Posts Tagged ‘February 2014’

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/552588158143432/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, February 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/524366924350286/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Neighborhood Watch – Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399024127026156/

Catch some good ol’ punk rock in Long Beach this Friday night with Neighborhood Watch and more great local bands. The cover for this show costs just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk & Skacore Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1386039024992801/

Pay just $5 to check out some great local punk rock and skacore bands this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

The Makeup Show – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 2
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.themakeupshow.com/makeupshow/LA/index.html

Exhibit beauty, fashion, makeup, and more at this trade show all weekend in Los Angeles. This two-day event will feature workshops, seminars, live demos, merchandise, samples, and more. Presale tickets cost $48 for one day and $68 for both days. Tickets at the door will cost $10 extra.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/news/product/beer-and-food-festival-ticket

The IEBC will celebrate their 5th anniversary this weekend just like they did last year – with a massive festival at their brewery. Featuring over 30 breweries, plenty of food trucks, and live music, this festival will please any beer drinker. General admission costs $40, begins at 1pm, and includes 15 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, comes with 20 beer tasters, and allows access to the VIP area.

13th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Valiant Brewing 1st Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Valiant Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/509421035842680/

Just over a year ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This Saturday, the folks behind the brews will celebrate the first year of their brewery with an all-day celebration at their tasting room. Expect a grand total of 26 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not seen. For your entertainment, check out the mini hot-rod collection that will park outside the tasting room all day. Attendance requires no entry fee – simply show up, show your ID, and pay for beers as you go. This event will allow attendees under 21 to go inside; however, they still cannot drink any beer.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Punk Rock Night in La Habra
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451654678398695/

Catch an all-ages punk rock show in La Habra this Saturday night for just $5.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County
http://www.occocktailweek.com/

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 2
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://www.renegaderaceseries.com/index.php?view=details&id=12%3Acoaster-run-at-knotts-berry-farm&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=146

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

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The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 10th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Congratulations to Pushkin, the winner of this year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/575833545805424/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Angry Samoans in Thousand Oaks
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Lava Sports Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/268461276645502/

Get a sampler of Southern California punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks, as Angry Samoans headline a show with False Confession, Neighborhood Watch, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $10.

Female Fronted Frenzy
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/721399254561194/

Check out some chicks that rock this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 23
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Burning Baby Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22-23
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/401242160011971/

Prepare yourself for the biggest punk rock shitstorm ever. Torture yourself through two full days of punk rock and DIY madness for just $10 per day, with $5 parking per vehicle. This festival supposedly has no age limit, but take care with the little ones here.

Open That Barrel Night
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/262197507277537/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday night at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

Last year, this beer festival took place on a rainy Friday night at Broadway Pier. This year, the festival moves indoors to Balboa Park on a Saturday night. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/163297

Catch punk rock legends The Dickies as they headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach along with The Generators, The Howlers, and more. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Luicidal in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/737114729632552/

Luicidal headlines a local punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Shakedown Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/592451564161219/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk rock show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brewfest 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/200451416821507/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526443

Tommy Gomes has greatly impacted San Diego’s culinary community, and this Sunday, you can come celebrate with him, friends, and more with great food and great drinks. Enjoy a fantastic multi-course supper complete with beer pairings for just $75 per person. Act quick, as only 100 tickets will go out! No one under 21 may attend.

Cochon 555
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 23
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica
http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/los-angeles/

Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers await your stomach this Sunday evening as you partake in this epic pork feast for the ages. Sample over 30 different pork dishes, and sip on beers, wines, spirits, and more. Early guests will even get to try some foie gras! General admission starts at 5pm and costs $131, while early entry starts at 4pm and costs $208. No one under 21 may enter.

The 10th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

Orange County’s Noble Ale Works opened just over three years ago, and this past Saturday afternoon, they celebrated the third anniversary of their opening with a beer festival at their facility. Noble Ale has quickly risen as one of Southern California’s more well-known microbreweries. Serving over 35 different brews that they have concocted over the past three years, Noble Ale brought out the big guns for an attendance that far exceeded the festivals of their first two anniversary celebrations. This beer festival allowed for unlimited beer tastings during the festival hours, unlike most beer festivals in Southern California that limit attendees with the amount of beer they can have. Put this all together on a weekend lacking many events, and you have one massively crowded event.

Noble Ale only really served beer out of two spots – their tasting room, and a 360 booth set up outside. In previous years, they have spread out their serving stations. This time, their setup caused one of the most glaring issues with this festival. Because of confining the beer locations, this setup highlighted the notion that the organizers oversold this event. Note that I say organizers and not necessarily the brewery, as a different group of people organized this event. Two types of admissions existed – general admission to start at 1pm, or pay $10 more to enter an hour earlier. Arriving way early showed that attendees had entered and started drinking before noon, and those who only bought the regular admission had gotten in by 12:30pm. Throughout the day, they would continue to sell admissions at the gate, without any thoughts of capping the event. Past beer festival experiences tell us all that a beer festival must have a cap to the number of attendees present. Allow too many in, and they start to get restless.

For those who braved the never-ending lines, they received a treat in the form of rare beers or any of a multitude of cask beers saved for this special day.

An event cannot operate without the people. Sure the crowds meant less time for beer, but sometimes you meet some awesome people that you just have to stop and greet.

In the entire time that I stayed at the festival, I received no more than five beer pours into my small glass. The lines simply took much too long to endure, and on a day with clear skies, the heat made itself known amongst the attendees.

Noble Ale Works has carved out a name in Orange County’s history, so why have they not grown to a greater location? As the hermit ages, the hermit must leave the old shell behind to seek out a larger shell. This celebration clearly demonstrated the soaring popularity of this brewery, and that Noble Ale can only go up from here on out. Once you try their brews, you will understand the prominence of Noble Ale Works.

Los Angeles punk rock truly has a style of its own, evident at a show headlined by Union 13 last Friday night at The Airliner east of Los Angeles. This show demonstrated the chaotic and unpredictable nature of punk rock with the lack of knowledge of which bands would play next, coupled with the bands playing in a bizarre order. The originally planned co-headliners in fact did not play the last three slots, while some of the opening bands did not play at all. In other words, welcome to a Los Angeles punk rock show.

F.U.X. allegedly played first; however, I had arrived right when they finished their set, well before the first band should have even started. An hour later, Empty Pockets finally played at the first floor stage. Another band should have played on the second floor stage in the meantime, but some technical difficulties prevented any band from playing upstairs at the beginning. Empty Pockets did not mind the disorganization – they just rocked out until some of the rowdy bunch in the tiny pit knocked over some equipment. This venue does not allow for a large pit downstairs, so they had to make do with the limited space.

With the second floor stage still under inspection, Operation Milo took care of the crowd downstairs. As a tribute band to The Descendents and Operation Ivy, everyone present immediately recognized all of the songs. The improvised circle pit even spilled over into the bar and kitchen area. They played a reduced set that lasted only about twenty minutes, but consider that songs by The Descendents and Operation Ivy do not last that long in the first place.

At last, the second floor stage opened up to the crowd, allowing for Destruction Made Simple to rip it up. Following their show from two weeks ago, Destruction Made Simple played as a 4-piece band, with Andy and Adrian alternating between guitar and bass. This time, their set mixed in some of their new content with fan favorites, bringing back 21 Year Plan that they did not play at that last show. Whereas their original sound mainly covered hardcore punk, their new album borrows elements from multiple genres, incorporating reggae, ska, and metal into their punk rock sound. After their set, they treated all the attendees by giving out free merchandise from their booth. Check out Destruction Made Simple soon, and experience true Southern California hardcore punk rock, and perhaps even score some band swag!

With the first of the night’s headliners already completed, the first floor stage saw Los Enhierbados performing next. Much of the crowd remained upstairs as they had found out that the night’s headliners would all perform upstairs. Los Enhierbados still rocked their punk and psychobilly set for the few that wanted to run a pit. Like the rest of the night’s opening bands, they performed for about 20 minutes before cutting their set off.

Los Creepers could not wait to finish setting up to start performing. Given the chance, they got started right when the first floor band finished, albeit some of the band did not get into place by then. Also catching the crowd off guard, many unsuspecting bystanders took tumbling falls into the middle of the pit as the guys downstairs rushed upstairs to get in on the action. Once you hear the music of Los Creepers, you will want to get in on the action too. Their fast-paced instrumentals paired with their vocalist’s intense lyrics would get anyone’s heart-rate soaring in seconds. At the end of it all, Los Creepers left the crowd gasping for more.

Returning back downstairs, continuing the trend of the night, Anti Social played their brief set. The last time I saw these guys, they opened a show for Guttermouth. Surprising to see them again but performing so late, most of the attendees remained upstairs in anticipation of the night’s final headliner. Anti Social did not let that phase them, as they still delivered a great set.

Starting so late in the night, Union 13 got right into their set with amps blazing and the pit storming. Due to the reduced time, they could not play their full set, and had to cut out a handful of songs, such as Never Connected. Regardless, the energy in the room soared once vocalist Edward got on the mic and the band jumped into their set. The dangers of no security presented its face clearly here, as no barrier stopped the crowd from reaching onto the stage. Nothing drastic actually occurred, but this poses the question of the safety of the performers. Still, anyone at a punk rock show like this should fully comprehend the risks of attending a show, and thus unknowingly release liability upon entering the venue. Towards the end of the set, the band rushed through their songs, and even got to Raices Radicales (Roots Radicals) rather early. Once that song finished, 1:30am had hit, and the sound guy cut them off.

Although the sound guy cut Union 13 short because another band had yet to perform, the venue starting expunging people out. Sadly for Infirmities, they showed up yet never got a chance to perform. Welcome to the chaotic nature of a punk rock show organized by a third party unaffiliated with the venue. Remember to always check out each band’s Facebook pages and give them a Like so you can stay up-to-date with the latest news on each band.

Last Thursday night, the Mad Caddies headlined a small intimate show at the Constellation Room in The Observatory in Santa Ana. Just three months after they sold out a show at this exact same location, Mad Caddies once again fill this venue up, generating a crowd that even attracted those who attended the show in the bigger room. The Observatory features two stages – the main room, and the Constellation Room, a smaller, more intimate room. The audience Mad Caddies never relented, despite a sold-out Pepper show in the main room.

The only other band in this show, illScarlett, opened the show 75 minutes after the doors had opened. Despite their soaring popularity back home, very few of the audience had heard of this band that I can best describe as a pop-ska band. Much of their fan base resides in Canada, their home country, so I can understand of the majority did not recognize them. They played a full 45-minute set that included a wide mixture of songs, from fast punk rock-style songs to smooth reggae songs, and even some songs that involve vocalist Alex rapping. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this opener/co-headliner, and exhibited it with a strong circle pit starting at the second song.

After a 30-minute setup, the Mad Caddies finally entered the room to screaming fans. Those who attended some of their previous shows, such as the show three months ago linked above, may recognize the set list as nearly identical. This time, the Mad Caddies have added in some unreleased songs, as they have just finished recording a new album set to release later this year. The room remained relatively calm the entire time aside from the pit, as much of the audience behaved and stayed put, rather than bounce around frantically. They did a great job of transitioning between songs, not leaving too much downtime between groups of songs. This 90-minute set included lots of fan favorites, like Leavin’, Tired Bones, State of Mind, Monkeys, Silence, Road Rash, Drinkin’ For 11, and more. Although they could not play all of the fan favorites like Souls For Sale, they still generated limitless energy from the crowd, and attracted a handful of people from the show in the main room.

The Mad Caddies currently tour across North America, so check out their Facebook page for a list of upcoming tour dates, and remember to give their page a Like so that you can stay up-to-date with all things Caddies.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 6
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/612929522104013/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Luicidal @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381901362073188/

Spend your Valentine’s Day with these local punk bands this Friday night, as Luicidal headlines this show at the World Famous Doll Hut. Entry to this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 15
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy the day after Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your underwear at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $50 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

Bottle Logic Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Bottle Logic Brewery, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2014/2/15/bottle-logic-grand-opening

Bottle Logic Brewery’s tasting room will open its doors to the public this Saturday afternoon, after much anticipation since releasing some of their brews at some beer festivals last year. Simply show up any time during business hours, and check out their beers, or even order a flight. Porko Rico BBQ food truck will serve from 1pm to 9pm for any visitor that gets hungry.

I Just Wanna Dance
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach
http://www.ijwdshow.com/

This non-profit show brings together post-grads wanting to get away from the busy work life to let it all out and just dance for a night. For $20 per ticket, expect to hear music and see dances from many different cultures. The organizers will also provide FREE food and drinks!

Anarchy Taco @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1450185485195418/

Lots of local punk rock bands will play at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Check out this show for just $6. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 16
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

3rd Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 16
Helms Bakery, Culver City
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Radioactive Chicken Heads 20th Anniversary Bash
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
The District Lounge, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/436592339775245/

Twenty years has passed since the Radioactive Chicken Heads performed their first show, and they would like to invite you to come rock out with them this Sunday as they celebrate twenty years in the making. Check out this FREE all-day show in Downtown Orange this Sunday. No one under 21 may attend.

This Saturday, the 10th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival runs from 1pm-4pm along 2nd Street, rain or shine. Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, this all-ages festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Chase Bank will host the central hub, where guests can purchase ticket booklets and find more information regarding the fest, as well as locate the dessert contest entries and pie-eating contests, which start around 3pm. Anyone wanting to enter the dessert contest should fill out a form found on the aforementioned website link. Guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest at participating businesses along 2nd Street. This year, the organizers have transformed last year’s new Cake Walk activity into a Valentine Heart Walk that will run from 1:30pm-3pm. Participants may win cakes or gift cards depending on their location along 2nd Street in proximity to strategically-placed hearts.

Starting around 3pm, pie-eating contests will start and involve participants separated by age groups. Other activities will occur along 2nd Street, such as mural drawing, face painting, and more.

Looking for something to complement the upcoming Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Belmont Shore this Saturday!

The Southern California Pet Expo made its annual return to the Long Beach Convention Center this past Saturday. Moving to Hall C this year, this FREE all-ages expo allows all guests to bring their pets and to exhibit all the vendors, pet adoptions, pet fitness demos, pet competitions, and of course other guests’ pets. Shorty Rossi from Animal Planet’s Pit Boss also appeared at the expo to give a seminar about animal care and his passion for pit bulls. Goods sold by vendors ranged from food to toys to furniture to apparel and more. As far as I observed, the pet adoptions only included dogs and cats. Of all the guests who brought their pets, nearly everyone brought a dog. Other pets included cats, a mouse, parrot, snake, guinea pig, and an elusive kinkajou.

Of particular note this year, I noticed a few specialty pet food vendors present at the expo, whereas I do not recall any specialty food vendors last year. Just like how humans should adhere to, these vendors specialize in all-natural, gluten-free, non-GMO products. If we love our pets like family members, we ought to feed them like family members.

The entire back half of the room contained all the pet adoption booths. This allowed visitors to potentially bring home a new pet for the family, or at least seek information about any specific pets. See the website linked above for a full list of pet adoption groups that attended this expo.

For a free event, I expected to encounter the usual grumpy people or troublemakers. Surprisingly, I did not spot any of the sort; instead, most of the guests came off as overly-friendly. This interpersonal kindness contributed to the greater success of this event, since making an event free usually attracts troublemakers. When everybody wears a positive attitude, any event can run successfully. The abundance of dogs further contributed to the overall positive attitude. Take note for the future: to relieve stress, go to a pet expo or another pet event!