JULY 2018 - FREE
LMVL SoCal A LIVING MI VIDA LOCA PUBLICATION
FOURTH OF JULY
LEGOLAND WATER PARK
9 FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO DO THIS MONTH
WHERE TO CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY
OUR FAVORITE SPOTS AND OUR #1 MUST-EAT TREAT
CONTENTS GOOD EATS 16 Cactus Salad Recipe 19 Monthly 5: Date Night in Irvine 27 5 Best Mexican Paleterias in Orange County
Best discount theatres
What to pack: Camping Trip
Now playing: The Incredibles
Let Kids go Wild at these fun places
Let's Talk Disney!
SPOTLIGHT HAPPINESS AND GROWTH An insight into believing in yourself and accomplishing goals / p9
LEGOLAND WATER PARK EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tips for visiting the water park. / p12
Where to watch movies under the stars
OC Fair deals and discounts
DIY Juice Pouch Duct Tape Wallet
Family-friendly things to do and see this month
Six reasons to stay late at SeaWorld
Best movies to stream this Summer
Camping at Ventura Ranch KOA
4TH OF JULY
ON THE COVER
Suggestions on where to see fireworks shows. / p22
Photography by Pattie Cordova LivingMiVidaLoca.com
LMVL SoCal is published monthly by Cordova Media Group LLC and available online at LMVLSoCal.com. All rights reserved. Copyright 2018.
Pattie Cordova EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
We're in the middle of Summer vacation and we refuse to give into the Summer slump. We live in Southern California, one of the most beautiful places anywhere and we have SO many different activities and places to visit. We can be at the mountains for a morning hike and later at the beach roasting s'mores. If this month's magazine doesn't give you ideas on where to take your chiclets, then please visit us on our Instagram and Facebook pages. We provide daily inspirations for places to visit and things to do. This month, we celebrate the accomplishments of one of our contributors, Stephanie, as she graduated from college with her Bachelor's degree. She shares with us her journey and why she refused to give up on this 10 year journey. We also share our favorite places to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks and the best places to take the chiclets to get dirty. We apologize in advance for the extra laundry you'll have to do this month. And because we know our families love to camp, we bring you a very fun camping spot and a visual list of what you need to take on your next camping trip. Thank you for visiting and reading our magazine, and we welcome any suggestions!!! We love to hear your feedback. Happy adventuring!
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WHERE TO WATCH MOVIES UNDER THE STARS by Alma Pedroza Warm nights are here again! We rounded up our favorites films to watch under the stars this month.
Los Angeles 3 - The Goonies - Granada Beach 5 - Wonder Woman - CSUN Oviatt Library Lawn 10 - The Little Mermaid - Granada Beach 12 - Black Panther - CSUN Oviatt Library Lawn 13 -Justice League - Battleship IOWA 13 - Ferris Bueler’s Day Off - Pershing Square 17 - The Incredibles - Granada Beach 19 - Mrs. Doubtfire - Sunset Triangle Plaza 19 - Monsters Inc. - CSUN Oviatt Library Lawn 20 - Pretty in Pink- Pershing Square
Most movies start at dusk. Please call to confirm.
21 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Valley Cultural Center 24 - Coco - Granada Beach 26- Star Wars: The Last Jedi - CSUN Oviatt Library Lawn
27-Footlose - Pershing Square 28 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Valley Cultural Center 28 - COCO-Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park 31 - Jaws - Granada Beach
5 -The Nut Job: Nutty by Nature - Main Street Pedestrian Mall
Orange County 6 - Lego Ninjajo Movie - Lake Forest Sports Park 6 - Clambake - OC Great Park 7 - Peter Rabit - OC Great Park 9 - Back to the Future - Segerstrom Center 13 - Trolls - Mason Park - OC Great Park 14 - The Greatest Showman - OC Great Park 16 - The Princess Bride - Segerstrom Center 20 - Cars 3 - Lake Forest Sports Park 20 - Ghostbusters - Mason Park
7 - Kubo and the Two Strings - Ontario Town Square 9 - LEGO Batman - Los Amigos Neighborhood Park 12 - Lego Ninjago - Main Street Pedestrian Mall 17 - Despicable Me 3 - Victoria Gardens, Chaffey Town Square 14 - Zootopia - Ontario Town Square 19 - Emoji Movie - Main Street Pedestrian Mall 21 - Finding Dory - Ontario Town Square 26 - Coco - Main Street Pedestrian Mall 27 - Coco - Red Hill Community Park Amphitheater 28 - Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast - Ontario Town Square
23 - Moonrise Kingdom - Segerstrom Center 27 - Zootopia - Irvine Park 30 - The Mask of Zorro - Segerstrom Center
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WEEKLY DEALS WEDNESDAYS * We Care Wednesday (noon – 3 p.m.) Free admission and one carnival ride with a donation to that day’s charity. July 18, school supplies drive; July 25, food drive; Aug. 1, children’s book drive; Aug. 8, clothing drive. THURSDAYS * Wear Overalls Day (noon-3 p.m.) Fairgoers who wear overalls get free admission. * $3 Taste of Fair Food (noon-4 p.m.) Sample a variety of food from different vendors for $3 each. * Kids Day (all day) Children 12 and younger receive free admission.
OC FAIR Deals and discounts by Pattie Cordova LivingMiVidaLoca.com The 2018 OC Fair is July 13-Aug. 12, open Wednesday-Friday from noon to midnight and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
FRIDAYS * Seniors Day (all day) Guests 60+ receive $5 admission and free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round-rides. * $2 Rides & $2 Games (noon-4 p.m.) Try out all of the Carnival and Midway attractions for just $2 each. SATURDAYS * Best Deal Ever! (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests, and rides are half the carnival tickets to ride. SUNDAYS * Sunday Fun Day (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Admission is half price ($7) for all guests. Rides are half the carnival tickets to ride, OR guests can purchase a $35 unlimited ride wristband (11 a.m. – 1 p.m., valid until 4 p.m.)
COMMUTING DEALS Free offsite parking (every Saturday and Sunday) Park at the Experian lot in Irvine for free, and take the courtesy shuttle straight to the OC Fair. OC Fair Express (every Saturday and Sunday) Fairgoers traveling to the Fair on OCTA’S OC Fair Express bus receive a coupon for $4 Fair admission. The bus fare is $2 each way ($4 round trip; $1.50 for seniors). Buses run 10 a.m. to midnight and will pick up from nine different locations throughout Orange County. Visit ocfairexpress.com for more information. Regular pricing: General admission is $12 WednesdayFriday and $14 Saturday-Sunday. Seniors (60+) and youth (6-12) admission is $7. Parking is $10. For more information on these deals and this year’s OC Fair, visit ocfair.com/deals.
2018 SUPER PASS Super Passes include admission to all 23 days of the OC Fair. Other perks include a carnival value book, 20 percent off OC Fair merchandise (one-time purchase), free admission to the Orange County Market Place for the calendar year, two-for-one tickets to select events at Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena, and the ability to purchase up to 10 general admission Fair tickets for $10 each. Super Passes are $40 (general admission) and $33 (seniors and youth) through May 31, and available for purchase at ocfair.com/superpass.
HAPPINESS AND GROWTH
I let money get in the way because I got paid well and I
by Stephanie Weber
here, or what it is going to take me to finish. The important
thought, “there was no point in getting a degree”. Now, as a graduate and as I pursue my career as an educator I understand that it is not a race. It is not valuable to put a number on the amount of time it has taken me to get part is that I did it! I beat the statistics and I proved to my
Summer is here, and even though I looked forward to
children that hard work does pay off. My biggest regret in
this “break”, the truth is that there never is one. I find
those ten years was having negative thoughts, that I
myself still running out of time during my day to get
can’t, couldn’t and wouldn’t. Putting yourself down and
my to-dos crossed off, I’m exhausted by the end of the
saying “I can’t” is not going to change things. I once had a
day, let’s be real. Being a mom, wife, student and small
professor suggest we switch “I can’t” to “I won’t.” This
business owner isn’t easy. But I will tell you what it is,
simple adjustment allowed me to see things differently. It
rewarding. It’s a blessing to show my family that hard
gave me the want to do more, to use my time more
works pays off and ultimately this is my greatest goal.
purposeful and invest my energy into the things that
That even though I am tired, I understand that my
would bring happiness and growth into my life.
purpose is to fulfill all these roles. To teach my kiddos that education, persistence, and motivation matter. I wear many hats in my household. I work from home, which people often confuse for being a stay-at-homeparent, but I am not just that. In my home, I not only pack lunches, do housework, and care for my children. I also attend online classes for school, run and market my business, and at the same time support my husband for his countless efforts. Boundaries are something that I constantly must work on improving. I sometimes feel like
I get asked almost regularly, how I do it. “How can you
I am at war with myself. If I dedicate all my time to my
juggle being a mom, wife, going to school and running
family, I feel like I am not being the best student I’m
your own business?”. And those same people almost
capable of, but if I focus on my studies, I judge my
always say, “I can barely handle just school, or just work,
or just being a parent.” When there is a will, there is power and abilities you never thought were possible. My
This past May I accomplished one of my goals. On a ten-
greatest advice is to believe in yourself, to know that it will
year plan, I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Human
be hard, but not to be afraid. Going to school was very
Services. I let TEN years go by putting myself down,
important to me, and graduating was more meaningful to
building excuses, and telling myself there was no point in
me than I ever thought it would be. During this journey,
continuing just yet because I didn’t know what career to
there were tears, there was sacrifice, there was a lot of
late nights, but there was far more happiness.
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“...THE SECRET TO GETTING AHEAD, IS GETTING STARTED We all have different struggles and battles that we are dealing with, the important part is that we try to pick ourselves up from that, and do something that matters. This is some hearty advice I give to people who feel like they just can’t: 1. Stop negative thinking! 2. Don’t create excuses! 3. Believe you can, and you will! 4. Set boundaries, no one likes to feel burnt out. 5. Understand that it will be hard, and prepare yourself for it. 6. Get in a groove of a routine. 7. Continue to pursue and feed your will, motivation and desire! 8. Self-care!! Don’t forget to treat yourself!
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BEST DISCOUNT THEATRES DECEMBER 2016
by Belinda Espinoza Staying cool during the Summer days doesn't mean spending a lot of money. We rounded up our favorite discount theatres in Southern California.
PICTURE SHOW AT MAINPLACE MALL, SANTA ANA Weekdays before 6PM: $6.75 Weekdays after 6PM: Child and senior, $6.75, Adults $9.50 Weekend before 6PM: $6.75 Weekends after 6PM: Child and senior, $6.75, Adults $9.75 pictureshowent.com/
AMC CLASSIC WOODBRIDGE 5, IRVINE Prices starting at $4.99 amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/los-angeles/amcclassic-woodbridge-5
BREA PLAZA 5 CINEMAS Matinee: $5.45 before 5pm every day Kids: $5.45 Seniors, students and military: $6.45 Adults: $7.45 Tuesdays: $4.95 all day brea.tristonecinemas.com/
CINEMARK CENTURY STADIUM 25 AND XD
Tuesdays $1.50 all day All other days: general admission $3, matinee $2 regencymovies.com/main.php?theaterId=36
Newer releases at cheaper prices $5 on Tuesdays all day $7 matinee, $9.75 after 6pm rest of the week cinemark.com/southern-california/century-stadium-25-and-xd
VALLEY PLAZA 6, NORTH HOLLYWOOD
Sundays and Tuesdays $1.75 all day All other days $3.50 general admission regencymovies.com/main.php?theaterId=30
VINTAGE THEATERS LOS FELIZ 3 CINEMAS Adult: $9.50 Children and seniors: $5.50 Matinee: $6.50 vintagecinemas.com/losfeliz/
REGENCY THEATRES NORWALK
SIMI VALLEY 10 CINEMAS Tuesdays $4.95 all day Matinee: $7.45 Adults: $8.95 simivalley.tristonecinemas.com/
REGENCY THEATERS TOWNGATE 8 Sundays all day: $1.50 General admission: $3.50, matinee $2.50 regencymovies.com/main.php?theaterId=18
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LEGOLAND Water Park by Alma Pedroza Get there early and enjoy Legoland in the morning, and cool off in the evening at the water park. It worked perfectly for us and was really convenient. Even though we could have spent all day at the water park, my kiddos are water babies. Here I have compiled the kids fave spots at the water park, plus our must eats. Surfers Cove at LEGOLAND Waterpark Surfer’s Cove is the newest addition to Legoland Water Park. It has huge umbrella like shades with tons of beach chairs. I was quick to grab a chair and relax my feet in the sand. Nothing like the feeling of sand through tired toes from all the walking. Right in the middle of Surfer’s Cove is Wipeout Lagoon. A splash pad in which the water comes out in waves which is fun to see. On Riptide Racers, up to six racers can race to the bottom using mats which make you go faster. Surfer’s Cove is a great little spot for parents to chill while kids enjoy the water spouts and race on Riptide Racers.
Build-A-Raft-River Our family loves lazy rivers and Build-ARaft-River was a perfect spot for us. The river is long giving you time to float away any stress and enjoy the ride. The best part for me was that while I relaxed the kids collected the floating legos. It kept them busy trying to get as many as they could. It was entertaining having them try and try to make their lego raft float. Finally, they got it to float and off they went to collect more LEGOs. Lion Temple Wave Pool The Lion Head entrance is awesome to walk through and above everything the floating island is astonishing. At the entrance there are water fountains which were perfect for little swimmers. My older kids went straight to the back of the pool to get the best experience of the waves. I felt assured that the kids were safe. There are plenty of lifeguards and life jackets are complimentary. ChimaWave Pool is a must visit for the older kids and parents alike.
Duplo Splash Safari This waddling pool has an animal theme with elephants, bears and alligators spouting water. Also three small slides perfect for toddlers not ready for the thrill of the big ones. Adjacent to the waddling pool is the Safari Zoo splash area with different animals also spraying passers by. If you do have diaper-wearing kids, then make sure to bring water diapers or buy some at gift shop. Must Eats Apple Fries are an original of Legoland. Only sold at Granny’s Apple Fries located in the back of park. Sweet granny smith apples covered in cinnamon and sugar. The container comes with a dollop of whipped cream for dipping. You can also pick up chocolate dipped sauce at the Churro Stand next to Granny's Apple Fries. LEGOLAND California Resort One LEGOLAND Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008
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WHAT TO PACK: RADAR CAMPING TRIP
THE NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
A quick guide to all the must-have essentials for your next adventure.
by Stephanie Weber
Sleeping Mat Tired of carrying those bulky air mattress? These sleeping pads are our absolute favorite. They are easy to store and use, but most importantly, they are so comfortable. We still use our sleeping bag over it. Outdoorsman Lab, $41.97
Hydration Backpack Whoever created this was a genius! We never go out on our hikes without our hydration pack. In fact, we have used it out at the swap meet too. So, you not only get camping/hiking use out of this, but hello urban hiking too! CamelBak, $48.99
Lightweight Tent Who remembers the days of those bulky tents? You know, the ones that took hours to build…. I am so glad we are out of that! Get yourself a durable, lightweight and easy to assemble tent. Core, $59.99
Hammock Because who doesn’t want to relax on their camping trip? A hammock is just what you need after a long day of walking and soaking in the vitamin D. Take a nap! SONGMICS, $23.99
THE NEWEST TECH & GEAR OF 2019 FOR YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
These are life savers! Really! No one wants to walk in the dark to the restroom. They help you find your way around camp. Lighting EVER, $7.99
Camping Chair Once you’re done with that nap, you will need a nice place to sit. Get yourself some comfortable camp chairs to sit and enjoy the fire while you cook s’mores. Moon Lence, $31.99
Hydra Flask After a hike, you want cold water. The hydroflask is amazing at keeping your water nice and chilled!
Because accidents do happen. Come prepared and carry this little kit inside of your hydration backpack. Be Smart Get Prepared, $8.99
Cooking Stove No one wants a cold meal and because, hello, coffee! This stove is awesome because is has two independently adjustable burners and the cooking surface offers plenty of room to fit a 12-in. and 10-in. pan simultaneously. Coleman, $69.99
CACTUS SALAD by Pattie Cordova LivingMiVidaLoca.com
Hot days are here again and we all know what that means... the stove gets a day off! This ensalada de nopales hits the spot and I love that this cactus salad is so easy to make, and you really don’t need to measure out any ingredients either. You can make it extra spicy by adding more jalapeños, or not spicy at all by omitting them. Either way, it’ll taste delicious. INGREDIENTS
Nopales Salt Garlic Cloves Tomatoes Cilantro Jalapeños Onions DIRECTIONS
1. Cut cactus into bite-sized pieces 2. Rinse cactus under cold water 3. Add to sauce pan and add salt and garlic cloves 4. Cook under low heat until cactus turn a darker green 5. Remove from heat and rinse well under very cold water 6. Drain and rinse again if needed. There should be no gelatinous sap 7. Add chopped tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños and onions to taste 8. Chill for up to 24 hours before serving if desired, or serve immediately
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DIY JUICE POUCH DUCT TAPE WALLET by Pattie Cordova
Keeping kids busy during the long Summer days can be exhausting sometimes. Take a break with them and sit down to make this easy craft! Older kids will be able to it on their own, younger kids will like being part of the process. Best of all - they'll be able to use it for the rest of Summer! SUPPLIES
Box cutter 3 juice pouches, washed and cut in half (only keeping the front part) 3 duct tape strips cut to 1" x 4" 2 duct tape strips cut to 1" x 8.5" 1 piece of self-adhesive VELCRO strip (cut two inches long)
Connect all three juice pouches using the three 1″ x 4″ strips Flatten, taking care that a full juice pouch is showing at the top Add the 1″ x 8.5″ strips of duct tape to either side of the flattened juice pouches Flip over and cut a slit where the wallet will fold Seal the sides of the top of the wallet Fold the bottom part of the wallet and seal with duct tape creating a little pouch Fold over the top part of the wallet Add the VELCRO strip to the wallet LMVLSOCAL.COM | 17
JULY 9 FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO AND SEE THIS MONTH
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Salsa Festival Find tons of delicious salsas to sample at this FREE event. Live music, dancing, and beer & margarita bar makes the Salsa Fest simply amazing . 12pm-8pm laparks.org/pershingsquare/salsafestival Segerstrom Center Movie Mondays Arrive early for movie related games, activities and trivia. Picnic, wine & alcohol is allowed, or purchase onsite. 5:30pm activities / 8pm movie start scfta.org/MovieMondays LACMA free admission FREE admission every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Perfect for summer months. Enjoy all the exhibits and outdoor fun. lacma.org Movies Under the Gun on Battleship IOWA FREE movie series held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Guests are encouraged to dress warm, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. 8-10pm Pacificbattleship.com OC Fair Come enjoy the first day of the OC Fair. Entrance and parking is free from 12-3pm on Opening Day. This years theme is Free Your Inner Farmer. The fair runs till August 12 and is open Wed-Sun. ocfair.com/oc-fair/
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Rocking Summer Concert Dos Lagos Summer Concerts starts with a bang featuring music by Bruno Mars. Enjoy food, vendors, beer garden and a kids section at this FREE event. 7pm-9pm shopdoslagos.com/event/brunomars-tribute/ Pretend City Get the inside scoop on National Ice Cream Day. They will be celebrating it at the museum with FREE ice cream from 12pm-1pm! 11am-5pm pretendcity.org Moonlight Movies on the Beach Families are invited to enjoy FREE movies under the stars at Granada Beach. Dinner, snacks and popcorn available for purchase. 8pm longbeachstuff.com/movies-on-thebeach/ Buster Balloon at Pearson Park Amphitheatre Wild and wacky side splitting comedy, mind boggling magic and balloons galore! Purchase tickets before show starts. 6:30pm anaheim.net/pearsontheatre LMVLSOCAL.COM | 18
MONTHLY 5: DATE NIGHT IN IRVINE By Belinda Espinoza
Pick up dinner Thai Kitchen has a great menu - pick up dinner to-go! 4250 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92614
Dinner with a view Park your car at AMC Classic Woodbridge 5, the discount movie theatre. Eat your takeout on a bench by the lake (across the bridge)
Take a romantic walk Grab on to your date and go for a romantic stroll around the lake. (Wear walking shoes or bring some with you for the walk).
Pick up a new book Walk back across the bridge and visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore for a new Summer read.
Enjoy a movie End your date by watching a budgetfriendly movie at the discount theatre.
SIX ELECTRIFYING REASONS TO STAY LATE AT SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO 1) Cirque Electriqueis a nighttime spectacular featuring daring aerial performers in advanced LED suits that mesmerize audiences as they bounce and fly in and over the waters of Mission Bay. 2) IllumiNight is an electric party that celebrates the energy, diversity and light under the sea.Hosted by a Laser Light DJ, the show features high flying acrobatics, floating sea life and a tribe of electric dancers. The interactive showencourages guests to move along to the electric pulse and become part of the #vibetribe. 3) SeaWorld caps off the night with a canopy of laser beams that submerge guests below in rays of color, floating sea life and an energetic soundtrack. 4) The night kicksoff at the signature dance area, Club Current, where DJs spin the hits while denizens of the deep show off the latest moves. 5) Guests can immerse themselves in color and light, as waves of fish and bubbles dance to high energy music in School of Glow, a sea-inspired light installation. 6) Experience Sea of Life, a dazzling display of gigantic schools of fish glimmers during the day and illuminates at night with lights synchronized to music.
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BEST MOVIES TO STREAM THIS SUMMER By Stephanie Weber
Stream our favorite picks this Summer: Netflix * The Waterboy * Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers * Just Friends * Along Came Polly * The Truman Show * The Brady Bunch Movie Hulu * I, Tonya * Who Framed Roger Rabbit * Baywatch * Barbershop: The Next Cut * The Switch * The Mask photo credit: Disney
NOW PLAYING: THE INCREDIBLES By Stephanie Powers
We have been waiting a whopping 14 years for our beloved superhero family, the Incredibles, to return to the big screen. They are finally back, and better than ever. The movie starts off with the Incredible super mom, Elastigirl leading the fight for justice. While trying to complete her mission she meets new supers who come out from hiding because of her heroic actions and being on the spotlight. While all of this is going on, Bob (Mr. Incredible) is left to stay at home with Violet, Dash, and JackJack, and faces the challenges of raising three kids; until a new super villain threat requires them to work together as a family and defeat the villain. At one point, Edna babysits Jack-Jack, for a short period of time. We hope Pixar makes Edna and JackJack's time together into a short film, it would be Fabulous DAHLING. This film is such a fun adventure, action packed throughout the movie, sweet and hilarious! Make sure to keep an eye out for all the for those famous Disney easter eggs, including: * "A113" is the room number of many of the Disney Pixar animators classroom at CalState while they were learning. "A113" appears in every disney Pixar movie. * Toy Story, Pizza Planet Delivery truck * Toy Story, Pixar's Luxo ball * Hidden Mikeys *Disney Character Cameos
Amazon Prime * A Very Brady Sequel * The Benchwarmers * Ladybugs * Superbad * Chef * How to be a Latin Lover
CELEBRATE THESE NATIONAL DAYS We love to celebrate around here, and we'll take any reason to party! These are a few of our favorite "National Days" happening this month: 3 - National Chocolate Wafer Day 4 - National Barbecued Spareribs Day 5 - National Bikini Day 6 - National Fried Chicken Day 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day 10 - National Pina Colada Day 11 - National Mojito Day 13 - National French Fry Day 19 - National Daiquiri Day 20 - National Lollipop Day 24 - National Tequila Day 26 - National Chili Dog Day 29 - National Lipstick Day 30 - National Cheesecake Day 31 - National Avocado Day LMVLSOCAL.COM | 20
TOP PICKS: JULY 4TH FIREWORKS by Isela Edens Whether you’re celebrating at home, by the beach, or near a park; we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots to enjoy a fireworks show to celebrate!
Data Point Harbor Display begins at 9 p.m. Free shuttles will be available 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.; shuttle services will suspend from 9 p.m. until end of display. DanaPointHarbor.com
Harbor Breeze Cruises Annual 4th of July Celebration on the waters of Long Beach Harbor. tickets.harbor-cruises.com
Newport Dunes Celebrate with live music, local food trucks, full bars and a fireworks show at 8 p.m. newportdunes.com
Queen Mary Full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, carnival games, and more. queenmary.com
FREE 4TH OF JULY EVENTS Grand Park Block Party 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles There will be picnicking, games, artmaking, music, and much more! 3-10 p.m. Fireworks: 9:00-9:15 p.m.
Huntington Beach Pier 325 Pacific Coast Highway Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.
AmericaFest at Rose Bowl Stadium
2455 E. Riverside Dr., Ontario Live music and entertainment. Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.
Family Fun Zone opens at 2 p.m. Fireworks: 9 p.m. rosebowlstadium.com
Snow Summit's Above the Boom Hop on the Scenic Sky Chair and climb to 8,200 feet for an evening of food, fun and panoramic views of the fireworks. bigbearmountainresort.com/summer/plan-atrip/purchase/above-the-boom
3000 West Edinger Ave., Santa Ana Family-friendly activities, live music, and food! 4-9:30 p.m. Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.
Exposition Park 3911 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles Live music, games and activities for the kids, delectable food and an over-thetop fireworks show. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 22
CAMPING AT VENTURA RANCH KOA by Pattie Cordova We visited Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula for a weekend stay. The campground itself is gorgeous. When you get there, you are surrounded by trees and it gives you the feeling of getting away from the rush of city life. It smells amazing and the campground offers all the amenities you need (especially if you rent one of their cabins). We walked around during our stay and saw all the different accommodations available at the campground, including teepees!!! At the top of a hill you’ll also find a clubhouse that is available to rent for large parties. It has a kitchen, dining area inside and outside, and a BBQ grill. Things to do at Ventura Ranch KOA Ventura Ranch KOA comes equipped with a bunch of fun activities built-in like a pool, a water hole, a jumping pillow and a playground, but they also have a daily activities calendar where you can do fun things like tie dye t-shirts, mine for gems, zip line and rock climb (for a nominal charge). Oh, and they also host a night-time "Bigfoot Adventure Walk." If you have a large group, you can also request a hayride. There’s an additional charge, and usually only available during Halloween time – but it can be arranged for you if your group is large enough. We had the best time visiting Ventura Ranch KOA and cannot wait to go back!
About Ventura Ranch KOA The Ventura Ranch KOA is a 76-acre campground nestled in Heritage Valley at the foot of Ventura County’s highest mountain, Topa Topa. Guests enjoy clean, fresh air as well as a forest setting close to the creek side. Little noise to distract; just lots of wildlife, gorgeous views, clear starlit nights and only 15 miles from the beach! 7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula koa.com/campgrounds/ventura-ranch/
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LET KIDS GO WILD
Adventure Playground, Irvine The kids will love the huge building blocks, chess pieces and checkers game. The ditch that runs in the middle is great for mud playing or rolling big yellow dump trucks through it. In the corner there is a spot for water fun, so bring extra clothes. The park offers free daily crafts and reading quiet zone. Free.
Mothers Beach, Marina Del Rey Great spot for families with small children. It is actually a marina so there are no waves and water level is low. There are plenty of lifeguards on duty. The swimming area is roped off making it perfect for young swimmers. Free.
Marina Park This is the perfect kiddie beach. Parking lot is near the sand and it’s only a short distance from sand to water, making it an easy trek with all your beach gear. The bathroom and outdoor shower are near the water. The lighthouse in the center of park functions as bathroom and slide. The playground is right next to beach and offers a fun break from water. This marina has no waves, lifeguards and roped off swimming section. On Saturdays the local firefighters pass by on their boat spraying kids making it a special treat. Free.
Bucaneer Bay at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center This pirate themed water park features a flowing river channel, three water slides, a children’s interactive play structure, zero-depth beach entry and two spray pad areas. It offers the feel of a water park in a smaller scale. There are grassy areas, tables and umbrellas for a picnic. Free use of life vest, tubes and parking. Price: Over 48in. $21.95 / Under 48in. $16.95 / Kids 2 and under Free
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LET'S TALK DISNEY! by Stephanie Powers Disneyland will be 63 years old this year and we're so excited! Arrive early on July 17th to commemorate the day Disneyland opened to the public. Everybody gathers around the flag pole in front of Disneyland Railroad station early in the morning. They save their seat from the time the park opens until the Disneyland Band starts marching down with the dapper Dans, Mickey and friends on Main Street. It usually starts at noon, but time may vary. They will perform a mini celebration parade and bring out other Disney Characters. It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss! Many Disney guest will dress up in their best 50’s inspired Disney outfits. There will photo ops and birthday buttons celebration.
Favorite Mexican Desserts at the Disneyland Resort Mich-Helado $10.49 Iced cold Amber beer with spiced tomato and lime sorbet. House-made Tamarindo sauce and Tajin (DCA, Clarabelle’s hand scooped ice cream) Mangonada $7.99 Two scoops of Mango Sorbet layered with Chamoy sauce. Fresh Mango chunks. Tajin seasoning and lime (DCA, Clarabelle’s hand scooped ice cream) Cocoa Churro $5.75 Ghirardelli chocolate powder, salted cinnamon sugar served with a spiced Mexican chocolate dipping sauce (Disneyland Frontierland) Coco Mexican Chocolate pot de creme $5.99 Layered chocolate pudding and chocolate cake crumbs (Rancho del Zocalo restaurante, Frontierland) Tres leches parfait $5.99 Layered vanilla cake, sweet caramel and rum paradise (DCA, Paradise Grill)
VISIT WITH EDNA MODE Pixar Pier has come to Disney California Adventure and it's everything that we hoped it would be. One of our highlights is seeing EDNA MODE from Disney Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” The iconic super suit designer greets guest at Disney California Adventure. If you would like to dress up like the fabulous Designer (Disneybounding), Knick’s Knacks on Pixar Pier is selling Edna's wig with her circle glasses, or if you were looking for something more fashionable to show off to Edna Mode, head over to Boxlunch.com. They just came out with their adorable Incredibles 2 line, you won’t be disappointed. Just remember one thing, “NO CAPES!”
“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” - Edna Mode
Tips for visiting Disneyland on July 4th Get to the park early, July 4th is one of the busiest days of the year. Parking locations for the theme parks open one hour prior to the published scheduled Disneyland Park opening time. Enjoy breakfast at Downtown Disney or you can visit the Disney hotels. The quickest way to enter the parks if you already have your tickets or passes is via the monorail for Disneyland. Go through the Disney Grand Californian hotel for Disney California Adventure. Purchase Disney's Max Pass to save on time. It is available on the Disneyland app or you can purchase it when you get your tickets at the ticket booth. It is $10 per day and per ticket. Download the new Disneyland App to organize your day. Bring out your best fourth of July outfits, or shop for them at the resort. Pick up some Instagram-worthy food items, desserts, and drinks. Only red, white and blue Mickey Mouse balloons are available for purchase. Special 4th of July Disney Pins will be available for purchase throughout the resort. Disney’s cast members photographers will have fun photo props to take pictures with, make sure to have this on your to-do list. Watch for special military performances through out the day including the Flag Retreat ceremony at 5pm. Grab a spot for the fireworks show choreographed to the sound of patriotic music. Enjoy your visit!
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5 BEST MEXICAN PALETERIAS IN ORANGE COUNTY by Alma Pedroza Mexican paletas come in two categories agua and leche, and traditionally made with wooden sticks. I took on the very difficult task of finding and tasting the Best Paletas in Orange County. All in the name of good journalism. Here are my top five paleterias picks: La Michoacana Express 300 E. 4th St. #101, Santa Ana 11am-9pm Leche: $2.50 | Agua: $2.25 This place is proving to be worthy of the name "La Michoacana." There are many with similar names, but do not be fooled. Each one is owned and operated differently. Their best seller is mango con chile. I had the arroz con leche which was so good. It was creamy and freckled with cinnamon all over. Located in the heart of La Calle Cuatro, this is a perfect place to enjoy a paleta on a bench while kids run around. Paleteria Azteca 17292 McFadden Ave Suite G, Tustin 10:30am-8:30pm Leche: $2.25 | Agua: $2.00 | Tropical Fruits: $2.25 This is a family run paleteria and they've been making them for generations. You can expect to find abuelo in the kitchen making, prepping and managing the whole system. He learned how to make awesome paletas from his youth in Michoacan. They offer 63 flavors of water and milk based artisanal popsicles. Even a black one made from Zapote Negro. My daughter loved the circus cookie popsicle. LMVLSOCAL.COM | 27
Delicias De Mexico 13466 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove 11:00am-9:00pm Leche: $2.00 | Agua: $2.00 This place has won Best Paletas by local newspapers, many times. They have such a following that customers come in weekly to stock up their freezers. They have 23 flavors all made in house. I loved their pineapple paleta, which has huge fruit chunks. They are famous for their membrillo and vanilla paleta which is so picture perfect. Membrillo is a jelly candy made from quince fruit, very traditional candy in Mexico.
Paleteria La Flor De Michoacan 1750 S Main St, Santa Ana Mon-Fri: 11:00am-8:30 pm Sat-Sun: 11:00am-6:30 pm Agua: $2.00 | Leche: $2.50 | Kids Mini: $1.00 CASH ONLY This is hands down the BEST place for a true Mexican popsicle. It was not the nicest shop or nicest looking paletas, but surely the best. Their popsicles are made in house using fresh ingredients and family recipes. They even have a paleta of Tequila, just one of the many flavors. This place is voted over and over “Best Paletas” not only in Orange County, but Southern California.
Neveria La Flor de Mexico 7151 Katella Ave, Stanton 12:00pm-8:00pm Agua: $2.35 | Leche: $2.35 This paleteria won Best Paletas by OC Weekly. They offer 50 flavors, which change periodically depending on what’s in season. They have traditional Mexican flavors, plus some more adventurous ones. I enjoyed a mango strawberry popsicle made with coconut water plus chia seeds. Their Beso de Angel is made with strawberry, cherry, marshmallows, almonds, and raisins.They have a true gift for combining flavors and making them super yummy.
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