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626 Night Market this Friday and Saturday 7/18-19

July 16, 2014 in Entertainment, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

I’ve been waiting for what seems an eternity for this to get here, but the 626  Night Market at Santa Anita Park is this weekend.  Great food, great people, fun chotskies and awesome food.  Yes, I was redundant, but the food is really the star at this event.

As a local I’d suggest skipping the Baldwin exist off the 210 as its been sketchy due to Gold Line rail connstruction the last several days.  Exit Santa Anita Ave and head south, make a right at Huntingon Drive and follow it to the main entrance for Santa Anita Park.  Next year, the Gold Line will be a fait accomplait and will give you instructions on how to get there from the Arcadia Gold Line Station, until then its freeway baby.

Parking is free, Admission is $3 per person.  Such a deal.

Deets: 626 Night Market 4PM-1AM Friday July 18 and July 19.  285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA91007  MAP HERE

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Summer Art Walks start this weekend in the SGV

June 27, 2014 in Art, Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

Man, dusting off my password and sharing one of my favorite fun things to do in the summer.  Wander about Myrtle Ave in Old Town Monrovia, hit a few of the night spots and enjoy some terrific art along the way.

Yup, its time for the Annual Summer Art Walks presented by the Monrovia Assocation of Fine Arts.  Now in its 10th year its a fine example of local art produced in my little corner of L.A.

Several of the local Art Galleries will be open, there will be live music as well as the usual Old Town attractions to keep you busy and entertained. The event will be held the last 3 Saturdays of June, July and August centered in the 400 Block of South Myrtle Avenue.  It will be held from 7-10PM on each of those nights.

If you are an artist that would like to exhibit and sell your work hit me up for the details.  [email protected]

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Solar powered cars – what will they think of next?

May 30, 2014 in Driving, environment, Social issues, Technology, Transportation, Utilities

While the rest of the city was chasing #hiddencash I was doing something a lot more entertaining yesterday. I learned about solar powered cars.  Then again, I nerd out on technology and cars so this was a double win for me.

I spent a nice chunk of yesterday listening to Mike Tinskey at Fords Los Angeles Regional office talk about the future of electric cars.  Mike is the Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure so he knows a few things on the topic.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Amy Alkon’s new book signing Tuesday June 3

May 24, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, People, Shopping, Social issues, West Side

Los Angeles book launch party/reading! Amy Alkon’s “Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”.  Tuesday, June 3, 6:30p-8pm at Diesel Books at the Brentwood Country Mart (address/map below).  Wine and snacks will be served.

This book has already gathered more than a few good reviews.  250 Words.com called it a must read for this summer.

And Wharton School’s Adam Grant called the book “outstanding work” and wrote this:

This book is a gem, hysterically funny and grounded in science. Amy Alkon explains why so many people are rude and how it’s possible to be courteous, even if you’re foul-mouthed and clueless about etiquette. If anything will convince my wife that my manners are better than she thought, this is it.
~Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

Amy Alkon aka The Advice Goddess is syndicated columnist in about 100 newspapers.  She is also all over the web at blogging daily: http://advicegoddess.com.  She also has a weekly radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon (Nerd your way to a better life! with the best brains in science) 7-8pm Pacific Time, or available at the link and on iTunes or Stitcher
If you can’t make the reception but really want the book NOW, you can get it on Amazon HERE.

Details. Diesel Books, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Suite #33, Santa Monica CA 90402 (310) 576-9960  MAP HERE

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Camelopardalid Meteor Shower to peak Friday Night

May 20, 2014 in environment, Events, News, Seasonal

Reports on this meteor shower are all over the board.  In short from what I’ve been geeking out over is that this is the first time we will be crossing this debris field from a some forgotten comet.  The potential is that it will exceed 100 meteors hour at its peak here Friday Night.  Maybe even be a full fledged meteor storm, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

Venerable JPL in Pasadena is hosting an open house of sorts Friday evening for the public to view it.  Their facebook page HERE.  They predict peak viewing for us will be  Friday 11PM to 1AM Saturday.  The meteors will appear from an area of the barely visibile Camelopardalid constellation.  Easiest way to remember is that this is between the Big Dipper and Little Dipper in the North, North Eastern sky.

Those of you sitting in traffic on points east or on your way to Las Vegas in the middle of the desert may get a great viewing as well. Since I’m in the foothills with no city lights or street lights for that matter, I’ll simply set up some lawn chairs in the front yard and hope for the best.  To add to the nerding out over this…I”ll be out there with a camera hoping to capture one or two of them zipping across the sky.  I’d much rather be out at Joshua Tree for this, but too much is going on this weekend to do that.

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Taste of Haiti fund raiser to rebuild schools

May 20, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Music, Shopping, Social issues

Nearly 4 years ago the island country of Haiti was devastated with an earthquake. International aid helped, but they have a long way towards rebuilding. Their education system took a huge hit and is in need of contnued help.  Taste of Haiti comes to Los Angeles as a fund raiser to continue rebuilding their schools and stuff.

Taste of Haiti is a celebration of all things Haitian and will take place on a rooftop in DTLA on Wilshire.  Food, Dance, and Music to celebrate their culture and share with those of us who can help with the cause.  High light of the event is food by Chef Jacques Laventure.

This isn’t free, tickets range in price from $20 to $100 with perks commensurate with your tax deductible donation.  Ticket purchase and more about the L.A. Event here.  More on the total Taste of Haiti Here.

Details: May 28, 2014 7:30PM, 3100 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90005

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Last day to register to vote for June Primary is today

May 19, 2014 in Law, Politics

Man, it snuck up fast. Today is the last day to register to vote for the June Primary. You can do it online HERE.

June 3rds election has a few things to decide.  Some will be to decide who the various candidates in the November general elections as well as 2 propositions.

Prop 41 is the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act where we are asked if CA wants to step in and do the Fed’s job of housing our returning service men and women.  Its a $600M bond we are being asked to approve.

Prop 42 is the Public Records, Open Meetings. STATE REIMBURSEMENT TO LOCAL AGENCIES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.  This propostion seeks to shift the cost of complaince from the state to the cities and counties.  Could add Tens of Millions to local governments for compliance.

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Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery robbed and ransacked

May 13, 2014 in Art, Law, Law Enforcement, News, People, San Gabriel Valley

Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.

Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →

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Heat wave and Red Flag until 8PM Wednesday 5/14/2014

May 13, 2014 in Law, News, Seasonal, Weather

Today was hot, miserable is tomorrow when most of us inland valleys will break 100 with room to spare. Ugga.

Red Flag warning has been extended until Wednesday night at 8PM.  If you live in an area with parking restrictions on Red Flag Days…pay them heed and respond accordingly.

Pets and little ones need extra water to stay hydrated and cool in this premature blast of late summer weather.  I put a big block of ice in the dogs outdoor dish to keep it cool and palatable as well as avoid evaporating faster.  For the toddler I keep his water bottle filled with ice in it as well.

It should go without saying don’t leave your pets or children unattended in the heat, but at least one dolt will do it with a tragic ending.  It is against the law, but some folks seem to pack their brain away in the glove box.  If you see it happen, please do the following.

  1. check the door…is it unlocked and you can open the door and let cooler air in:?
  2. note make, model, color and license plate of the offending vehicle
  3. call 911 and alert them of the problem and location of the car.
  4. go into nearest store and see if the owner is there
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Ecoboost Tour…take on the competition in head to head driving

May 10, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

I have to hand it to Ford.  It takes real chutzpah to invite people in to drive their cars and compare against the segment leaders.  They are doing just that today at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia here in the heart of the 626 with the Ecoboost Tour.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Its really a lot of fun.

I attended yesterday on a VIP Press Pass.  That ecoboost technology is pretty amazing stuff, twin turbos allowing a V6 to replace a V8, 4′s to replace V6 and even a 3cylinder to replace a 4.  All without giving up the performance you want while seeing gains in mileage of 10-20% over the larger engines. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mustang Madness at the Petersen

May 5, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, History, LA, News, Transportation, Vintage, Which Side?

I can’t think of a better place in Los Angeles to hold a car show than the Petersen Autmotive Museum. The Petersen is all about the car, and this city is one of Mustang’s most important markets. Historically 20% of the Mustangs made are sold in California…with the lions share here.

This weekends show at the Petersen didn’t disappoint.  First up was a guided tour through the history of the Mustang by Dave Kinney, Publisher and Founder of Hagerty Price Guide, the bible of old car pricing and history for collectors.  His tour through the last 50 years of Mustang was both informative and fun.

We started with this 1965 Mustang Convertible with 16,000 miles on it from Ronald Reagan’s gubernatorial campaign.  This car was chosen over all the others around at the time as it was youthful, different and didn’t raise the bar of snobbery that would have alienated voters of the time.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Pasadena PizzaRev opens to a packed house

May 2, 2014 in Entertainment, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

I popped in for lunch today with the lovely Mrs, and imagine my surprise to find a line some 35 deep and growing at noon. Turns out this Pizza Rev is in the ideal spot for a lunch crowd. Surrounded by shopping malls and offices in its East Pasadena location.

I absolutely love the pies from Pizza Rev.  You can build your own custom or chose one of their specials or recipe-down-pat varieties.  I can’t help but get creative and my pie was a custom, baked to order and really tasty.  The combos are pretty endless.  The addition of gluten free for those of you who watch that is a nice option.  Ditto the inclusion of vegetarian options.  Menu here.  Regardless of how you build it, you get a super thin crispy crust Roman style pizza in minutes.

As I posted the other day yesterday was their grand opening with proceeds going to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.  I talked with Dave Olson, the general manager for Pizza Rev Pasadena, and he said the turn out was unbelievable.  Easily ONE THOUSAND folks crossed their threshold for a made to order pizza yesterday.  He said they were beyond pleased with the response from the community.  Today wasn’t much different, big crowds and pretty much standing room only inside by noon. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum

May 2, 2014 in Driving, Entertainment, LA, News, Transportation

The 50th Anniversary of the Mustang continues, this time with Mustang Madness at the Peterson Museum brought to us by the folks at Galpin Ford in the Valley. Its not just a one day event, but an entire weekend full of events.

For me its a toss up which event will be the best. Could it be the rally from Galpin in the Valley with a couple hundred Mustangs? Maybe the screening of either the 1974 or 2000 versions of “Gone in 60 Seconds”? All I know is that Sunday is the day to be at the Peterson as that will be the day folks bring their cars and voting is done for the People’s choice with cash prizes for the 3 best cars.

Deets: Saturday 5/3, 9AM-2PM, Sunday 5/4 10AM-4 PM  The Petersen, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036

 

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Red Flag through at least Thursday 8PM evening of 5/1/2014

April 30, 2014 in Fires, News, Seasonal, Weather

With this drought we did it, skipped the winter rains and last years “fire season” ran right into this one. Things aren’t pretty in the IE and at least we in the rest of the foothills have been spared so far this heat wave. As has Griffith Park and the Santa Monica Mountains so far. If you know something to the contrary post it in the comments.

Here are a few nixle alerts I’ve received during the course of the day.  First up from L.A. Sheriff:

  MOUNTAIN AREAS CLOSED: Due to the high winds and high fire danger, Chantry Flats, Bailey Canyon Park, and Mt. Wilson Trail will be closed until tomorrow morning when the areas will be re-evaluated.

Sergeant S. Morsi

Temple Sheriff’s Station

And from my local Fire Department regarding those areas closest to me geographically and to my heart:

  The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. PDT, Thursday, May 1 for strong Santa Ana winds and widespread singe digit relative humidity for much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Strengthening upper level winds and increasing offshore flow is bringing a burst of strong Santa Ana winds to the region today.

Currently there is a 200+ acre brush fire north of Rancho Cucamonga with mandatory evacuations.  The Monrovia Fire Department is monitoring the situation and will be conducting fire patrols in the Monrovia foothills over the course of the day.  Updates will be provided if necessary.

Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will be close thru Thursday, May 1.

Damaging winds will be likely across the mountains and portions of the valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura counties with peak gusts in th 60 to 80 mph. Offshore winds are expected to diminish some late this afternoon and tonight, then reintensify on Thursday morning when gusts will generally range between 45 and 65 mph across wind-prone locations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Northeast winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph will continue today, with isolated gusts up to 80 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains and western peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Winds will diminish some late this afternoon and tonight, then reintensify on Thursday morning when gusts up to 65 mph will be likely.

If fire ignition occurs, there could be a rapid spread of wildfire that would lead to a threat of life and property.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring with strong winds, very low relative humidity, and warm temperatures that create extreme fire behavior.

Residents living in high fire areas should log on to www.ready.gov to learn more about how to prepare and take steps in the event of a fire.

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PizzaRev comes to Pasadena with a fundraiser 5/1/2014

April 30, 2014 in Contests, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

I like the local start ups that become a “chain” and PizzaRev is one of those. Even better, I love local businesses that support the community when they open up in town.  I wrote about them a while back and am totally jazzed they are coming to my corner of L.A. But whats not to love, thin crispy crust Roman style pie custom built to order.

Pasadena is getting their own with the grand opening is set for Thursday May 1st..  And its a twist with this opening…all of the proceeds from pizza sales will go to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.  And even better…its a pay-what-you-want for your pie so if you really feel generous about supporting the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA you can pay more than the $8 suggested donation.  They open at 11AM and will remain open until 11PM.

To further celebrate their opening in Pasadena, they are giving away 5 winners “Free Pizza for a Year”.  Contest HERE.

Continuing the party into the weekend Sunday May 5 from 5-10PM is “Social Media Fan Appreciation Night”.  Show on your phone, or a print out you “liked” or “followed” them on facebook, twitter or instagram and you get a free pizza.  Yes…free.

Deets: PizzaRev, 3455 Foothill Blvd (At Halstead) Pasadena CA  MAP HERE.