Laguna Playhouse Presents: HAIRSPRAY!

Gooooood Morning Laguna Beach!

Laguna Playhouse announced their first show in their 2017-2018, and it’s a fun one! They’re kicking off their 97th season with the effervescent musical, HAIRSPRAY!

Hairspray is based off of the book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell, featuring music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, musical direction by Michael Ferrara and directed and choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan.

“We are opening our season with just the perfect show for a Laguna Beach Summer,” commented Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Ellen Richard.

It’s 1962 and Hairspray’s big, bold heroine Tracy Turnblad twists, ponys and mashed potatoes her way to Baltimore stardom, while fighting for integration on a local TV dance show. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Hairspray knocks your bobby socks off with spectacular songs, energetic dancing, and an uplifting story for all ages!    

“We welcome Paula Hammons Sloan and the ‘nicest kids in town’ back to our stage for this nostalgic musical confection. Talent abounds on our stage this Summer!” added Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham.

Hairspray opens on Sunday, July 9 at 5:30pm and will run through Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

For more information on the cast and creative team, show times and tickets, visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

Cars, Country Music, and Craft Beer invade Norco THIS WEEKEND!

Cars, Craft Beers and Country Music – oh my! This weekend, all three come together for an amazing day of unparalleled fun.

MuscleKingz, the world’s most powerful American muscle car brand, is excited to bring their MuscleKingz Car Show, Concert and Craft Beer Festival to Norco!

The event will descend upon SilverLakes, a world class venue, this Saturday, July 1st, for what is sure to be the largest single entertainment event in the city’s history. Thousands are expected to attend the massive, family-friendly festival, making SilverLakes THE place to be this weekend.

Presented by K-FROG and SilverLakes, and headlined by Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay (who currently have the #1 country single in the country) and country radio staple Rodney Atkins, with special guests, former Bachelorette contestant and rising country star Luke Pell, and up and comer Jackie Lee.



A new announcement came out that there will be additional attractions, including The Brandin’ Iron Line Dance Tent, featuring line dancing instruction and more, plus an appearance by the Shocker Motorsports Monster Truck. The event also features a Kids Zone, and a Vendor Village in addition to everything else going on! (Kids 5 and under are FREE. 6-12 discount with paid adult admission.)

The list of esteemed craft brewers offering pours for attendees 21+ has also been announced and includes: Alpine, Ballast Point, Belching Beaver, Desert Barn Brewing, Fireman’s Brewing, Green Flash, Hangar 24, Lagunitas, Oak Hills Brewing, Pabst, Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams, Sons Of Liberty, Saint Archer, Wyders Cider, and more!

Tickets are on sale NOW at musclekingz.com

 

Marvel Universe Live! Returns to SoCal with 3 Stops!


Super hero thrills return to Southern California arenas with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes such as Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017.

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing throughout Los Angeles from July 7–23, 2017:

STAPLES Center in Los Angeles: July 7th through July 9th

Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario: July 13th through July 16th

Honda Center in Anaheim: July 20th through July 23rd

Tickets are on sale now for all SoCal shows – starting at just $25! To purchase tickets, visit MarvelUniverseLive.com

Use offer code MOM20 to get up to 20% off!

More about this year’s exciting show:

“Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.”

AMG Opens Their First U.S. All-You-Can-Eat Location in Lynwood!

Disclosure: We were invited to a complimentary media tasting in order to try out a variety of offerings from this restaurant. No other compensation was given in exchange for this post.

AMG recently opened their very first All-You-Can-Eat location in the United States. Located in Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, the new restaurant boasts a huge selection of 45 AYCE items. And their prices are affordable – $20.99 for an adult dinner, and $15.99 for an adult lunch.

AMG serves nothing but prime fresh meat, ready to be grilled right at your table. And if you’ve never had Korean BBQ before, just let the staff know and they’ll help get you started. Their unique in-table grills include a spot on the side to rest your cooked meat, and a reservoir to cook eggs as well.

AMG Korean BBQ also offers an amazing selection of beers and soju. Their beers range from $4.25 to $7.00, but most of them are $5.00. Bottles of Soju are only $10.

A few other notable mentions – they have a great banchan selection, and yes it includes rice paper. Their volcano (kimchi) fried rice is delicious and fun to watch them make, and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

AMG’s newest location is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy great service and a delicious meal. With so much variety and such amazing service, you won’t be disappointed!

 

The Summer Movie Express is Back at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo!

Most South County schools are out for the summer, and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, stay cool, and save money. Thankfully, the annual Summer Movie Express at Kaleidoscope’s Edwards Stadium 10 in Mission Viejo is back!

The summer-long series features second-run family movies, rated G or PG, for only $1 admission per person. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 20 through August 16.

This year’s featured movies include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Monster Trucks
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • and more!

Tickets are available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am. Each week, two movies will be shown on both days. A portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movie Express goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

For a full list of featured movies, and info on other participating theaters, click here!

Pacific Islander Festival – Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! Scroll down for more info on the event and giveaway entry!

On June 3rd and 4th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, you must! It’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands while hanging out with some of your favorite ocean creatures!

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $29.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!) Click here for a mobile coupon.

Win!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

To Enter:

Head over to this Facebook post and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite aquarium exhibit is!

I’ll pick a winner on May 25th, 2017 at 9:00pm. Must be 18 or older and live in Southern California or planning to be there during the festival. Parking/travel is not included.

For more info and schedule of events, check out the festival page!

 

Imaginology returns to OC Fair & Event Center April 21st!

It’s that time of year again! Families, students, and fun-lovers alike will enjoy STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities during the FREE Imaginology event at OC Fair & Event Center this Friday through Sunday, April 21-23.

Imaginology is where curious people of any age can discover opportunities to fuel their imaginations with a variety of “makeshops” and workshops. Imaginology attendees are encouraged to explore and learn through hands-on experiences and exhibits ranging from woodworking to crocheting, prehistoric pets to futuristic robotics, and tech play to farming.

This exciting, three-day exploration celebration is open Friday April 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and many of the hands-on activities are included. Parking is free on Friday, and $8 on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s so much to explore during this fun and educational weekend! Here’s what you can find at Imaginology:

Creative learning: Students can participate in activities including sun prints, clay sculpting, sewing, tech play, cardboard building projects, crocheting and more. Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead the demonstrations and all necessary equipment and supplies are provided. Participants can take home the crafts and artwork they create.

Free family group contests: Family members and friends can team up at Imaginology to compete in onsite contests to decorate the best sawhorse or scarecrow. There are awards and prize money. It’s free to enter and basic materials (sawhorse, scarecrow, clothing and some decorations) will be provided but teams are encouraged to bring their own decorations to make their entry unique.

Games and activities: Enjoy interactive and innovative activities that make learning math exciting, interesting and fun. Families and students can try cool games and get involved in activities such as Blockopolis, Ice Caves, Conic Connections, Code Breaker and Math & Golf.

Centennial Farm: Guests can check out animals and crops on the three-acre working farm and enjoy free tractor rides, an oxen exhibit, blacksmithing, sheep-shearing demonstrations, radish-seed planting, cow milking and the OC Beekeepers exhibit.

4-H competitions: Local youth are judged on their abilities to raise small livestock, their understanding of animal and veterinary sciences and their projects on community service, aerospace, electricity and more.

Vital Link STEM + the Arts Career Showcase: Vital Link provides resources to help students discover and consider professional careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) with exciting competitive displays, workshops and competitions.

More free activities: Exhibitors will offer things to do and see including Wild Science Activity Area, Adventureland kids’ area and family-friendly entertainment.

For more information, visit http://www.ocfair.com/steam/ or head over to the OC Fair & Event Center to see for yourself!

The Gringo Bandito + Chronic Tacos challenge at Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival

It’s the match-up you’ve been waiting for: The 7th annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will be held at the 4th annual Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point!

The Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge brings together top professional eaters from around the world to test their skills and speed at taco eating. Among the 10 professional eaters is well-known world-champion eater Takeru Kobayashi who will be defending his 2015 record of 144 tacos in 10 mins. This year’s challenge also welcomes defending European taco challenge champion Jesse Pynnönen. Other professional eaters include Molly Schuyller, Naader Reda, Kevin Ross, Erik Lampkin, and Dave Brunelli, among others.

Think you have what it takes to take down a mountain of tacos? An amateur competition will be open to 8 lucky contestants. Organizers will be in the festival crowd looking for potential taco-eating champions. You can also stop by the Gringo Bandito booth to sign up!

Get the most up-to-date info on the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival by visiting them at:

19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1K

The 19th Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run returns to Orange County this March 26th, 2017 at Irvine Valley College!

The event honors pediatric cancer warriors, patients, and survivors everywhere, and brings runners, walkers, fundraisers, sponsors, vendors and volunteers from all over Southern California together in an effort to Reach for the Cure!

After the race, there’s a finish line festival – fun for the whole family! The festival features exhibitors, food and musical entertainment, and the PCRF’s famous Kids Zone with petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, video trucks, face painting, attractions and more!

There’s still time to join in and help support the fight!

Adult Half Marathon – $80.00

Adult 10K Run – $40.00

Adult 5K Run – $39.00

Adult 5K Walk – $39.00

Child – 5K Run, 5K Walk (Untimed), 10K Run – $25.00

1K Kids Fun Run (Untimed) – $20.00

Virtual Participant – $20.00

Use Code MOMMYMANIA to receive 15% off all adult entries!

Click here to register!

Hope to see you there!

Sabroso: Craft Beer, Tacos, Music, and More! Tickets on Sale Now

The Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival is back for its 4th year, and this time they’re heading to the beach!

The ultimate taco and craft beer celebration, presented by KLOS and powered by Gringo Bandito, is proud to announce an all-new location at the scenic Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

This year’s music lineup will be headlined by Orange County-based, multi-platinum rock band The Offspring, along with performances from Sum 41, Rival Sons, Lit, and Unwritten Law, as well as the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, Metalachi. There will also be roving mariachi band performances throughout the festival.

During the festival, taco lovers can indulge themselves in $3 gourmet tacos from top local chefs and restaurants, who are competing for the coveted Sabroso “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees can select their favorite via a Text-To-Vote system during the event. There is also a “Best Of Show” award, chosen by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

The 2017 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will feature renowned craft breweries including Bottle Logic, Bootleggers, Riip Brewing, Pizza Port, TAPS Fish House and Brewery, Stereo Brewing, Fall Brewing, Barley Forge, Ritual Brewing, Modern Times, Artifex Brewing and more.

If music, beer, tacos, and the beach aren’t enough, attendees will also be entertained by lucha libre style wrestlers like Red Spider, La Golosa, Lady Lee and Mariachi Loco, who will take to the ring for four action packed qualifying matches, followed by a championship match.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival will run from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, April 8. VIP entry begins at noon, to include an extra hour of complimentary exclusive tastings in the VIP lounge. The festival is only open to attendees 21 and older.

For more info and tickets, head to www.SabrosoTacoFest.com!