An Irish Celebration

by Maite Sanchez

Top of the morning to you, Saint Patrick’s Day is close! Saint Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day in the 17th century, but has evolved into a variety of festivities across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. The holiday focuses on the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Most people celebrate this saint and Irish culture by wearing any clothing that is green and pinching others if they don’t participate.  

Another way to celebrate this holiday is to the parade in Hermosa Beach! Over 100 local

businesses, civic organizations, and school marching bands will take part in the seven-block parade down Pier Avenue.  This Saint Patrick’s parade includes entertainment such as bagpipers from the Emerald Society, floats, horses, and other animals from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. The parade captures about 20,000 spectators and participants who come to enjoy the family affair as well as the great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather that Hermosa Beach has to offer!

When is this parade?  

*Saturday, March 16, 2019

What time does the parade start?  

*11:00 AM

What is the cost of this parade?  

*This parade is free to the public.  

Where is the parade taking place?

*The parade begins at the staging area near

City Hall on Valley Drive, makes a left onto

Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

Visit the Night Garden

by Brianna Villalobos

Stroll Descanso Gardens’ grounds as the sun starts to set during this inaugural after-hours series of workshops and performances. Night Garden kicks off in February with storytelling, shadow puppets, and stargazing. As the days start to get longer, the programming shifts from plant-related activities in March, spring blooms in April (floral attire encouraged), and a spin on a science class in May.

Celebrate the variety and beauty of flowers. Wear your best florals, or maybe a garden party hat, and enjoy blossoms – real and imagined – in full bloom. Let your inner science geek go free and enjoy nature in a new way.

 

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Saturday, May 18, 2019

Where: 1418 Descanso Dr

La Cañada Flintridge

91011

Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm

Price: $15

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

by Nataly Roa

Orange County’s Cherry Blossom Festival returns for a spring celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture in Southern California. Each year the festival brings together a broad spectrum of performers and activities that span the traditional to the contemporary.

This year’s festival is expanding to three days, with the newly added Sakura Night Market on Friday and Saturday night. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend of music, dancing, cultural exhibits, martial arts, crafts, games and some of the best Japanese food and drink vendors in the region.

2019, We’re Not Done Celebrating Yet!

By Maite Sanchez

The new year celebrations are not over yet! On the 5th of February, people will be celebrating the Lunar New Year. This holiday is China’s most important holiday and has been celebrated by more than 20% of the world. On this holiday, people welcome spring and what it brings along: planting and harvests and new beginnings. This Chinese holiday includes their own unique horoscopes that include 12 zodiac signs based on years instead of months. For this new year, 2019 is the year of the pig!

In honor of this holiday, San Gabriel celebrates their annual festival called the San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival. This festival is heavily influenced by Chinese culture and emphasizes ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses. The festival will consist of the Street Food Fair, Marketplace, Carnival Games, Chalk Art Contest, and Kids Zone. Come and experience Chinese culture in front of your own eyes! Below are everything you need to know about the event.

LA Zoo Lights

by Nataly Roa

LA Zoo Lights is an event with a 60-90 minute walk through the zoo at night as all the lights create a memorable and beautiful sight. This year, it has been expanded with several new installations. You will get to experience a Christmas themed showcase of lights, making this a perfect date or family night. Upon entering the zoo, you will not only be able to hear and see some of the animals, but you will also get to make the best of memories with your loved ones. Every year, the creative approach towards the lights changes, so this is an event that you should always look forward to.
Not only does the zoo showcase wonderful lights, but they also sell many popular foods ranging from tacos, hamburgers, and seafood. There are also many sweets to buy, including churros, ice cream, cotton candy, and their famous popcorn! What’s a better way to spend your holiday nights than being there to experience magical lights and tasty food?

The Enchanted Forest of Light

By Brianny Martinez
The Forest of Light, featured in a beautiful botanical garden, is a mile long trail of whimsical and magical lighting experiences. The attraction is usually held at night because the hands-on art installations are able to effortlessly meld in with the atmospheric, luminescent forests. Along the trail, there are no signs or directions. Instead, visitors are encouraged to explore their surroundings and interact with the environment. One of the installations, called Celestial Shadows, is a series of pendants that lights shadows onto the ground. When a visitor gives it a push or a twirl, it transforms into a swirl of kaleidoscopic patterns.
One of the other installations, the Lightwave Lake, reacts to the push of a button that is accessible to the visitors, and it causes a large field with hundreds of faux tulips to change colors in waves. The tickets for the Forest of Light began to sell on October 15, so make sure to grab your tickets soon!

Christmas Tree Lightings

By Maite Sanchez

December is just around the corner which calls for Christmas! During this jolly season many cities like to decorate the city with Christmas decorations such as “Happy Holidays” signs and fake snow covering the land. We also can’t forget the humongous Christmas trees filled with hundreds of ornaments. There are also events that include live performances from musicians and community members and kids can also pass by to get a picture with Santa Clause! Hot chocolate is usually served to keep everyone warm and in the Christmas spirit.
The cost to enter these events are free but, you should still bring some cash for any food, snacks, beverages, gifts, etc. You will also have the opportunity to personalize your own ornament and place it on the infamous tree. Going to these events can be enjoyable for your friends and family, and a lively Christmas spirit.

Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium

by Nataly Roa

Don’t have any plans on Thanksgiving?  Go treat yourself and your family to a day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. You and your family can meet over 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean, and savor an expanded menu of a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the Aquarium Café Scuba. Foods to choose from include roasted turkey with a savory bread stuffing, dinner rolls, macaroni and cheese, red smashed potato with turkey gravy, and roasted Brussels sprouts. After enjoying your delicious meal, they offer dessert including home made fruit cobbler, and freshly baked cookies. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

 

Black Friday DO’s and DON’Ts

by Maite Sanchez

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving where Americans leave their houses before dawn to go shopping and get discounts with all the amazing deals. This day is perfect to get your Christmas shopping done in advance! You can shop for many necessities with reliable and affordable prices. Your Black Friday adventure isn’t going to be as fun as expected though. On this nationwide holiday, millions of people join in on the shopping and plan to visit their local malls after they finished their Thanksgiving dinner. It’s good to have patience during times like these considering all the people who will be shopping at the same time as you. But don’t fear, I am here to advice you of your Black Friday shopping do’s and don’ts.

Do

Don’t

  • Shop Before Hand: Visit stores one or two days early to spot gifts you are planning to purchase on Black Friday. Your experience will be smoother since you have an idea where the items are.
  • Create a List: It’s always good to be organized and make a list with the person’s name and the gift you’d like to purchase for them. This can make your shopping faster since you will already know what stores to walk into to get that said item.
  • Have Patience: During this night, it is key to have patience with other people like employees, customers etc. Otherwise, you will find yourself frustrated and stressed out with the situation.
  • Disrespect Employees: Employees are in the stores to guide you through crowds and lines. They are the ones who are making Black Friday happen. Some of them probably don’t want to be there but try anything possible to help you out.
  • Cave in to Misleading Sales: The poster might say, “Buy 2, Get 1 Free,” but if the first two items cost over $50 a piece, it’s not worth the free item. Save your money and be sure to fully read the advertisement.
  • Buy out of Impulse: Save your money! Ask yourself if you really need it and be rational with the items you want to purchase. You don’t want to overspend or buy something you’ll end up throwing out.

South Gate Turkey Trot

by Brianny Martinez

South Gate will be hosting their 4th Annual Spring Fit 5k Run on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The trail will take you on a scenic route, highlighted by the urban forest of South Gate Park. Join the fun along with your family, friends, and fellow community members as you demonstrate your pride for your city and your passion for fitness. A dri-fit shirt and a finishers medal will be given to those who participate in the event. The proceedings from the event will help provide families with a Thanksgiving meal. Make sure to register as soon as possible!