Holiday Lights in Long Beach

December 21, 2009

Here is a map to check out the holiday lights in the Long Beach area courtesy of the Long Beach Press-Telegram. I still remember getting in the car with Grandpa and Grandma to drive around and see all the houses that were so prettily decorated for the holiday season in the Chicago area. I say ‘still’ because now I can do it with my own grandchildren!

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Free Art Venues Sponsored By Target

September 2, 2009

The Target Community Webpage gives you the opportunity to enter the city closest to you to list museums and art venues you can visit for free or with discounts thanks to sponsoring from Target. Target gives 5% of its income to communities. Their newspaper ad says that is over $3 million every week.

In the LA area:
Levitt Pavilion at McArthur Park -Target Children’s Night every Sunday through Sept 6 6:30-7:30 pm
LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles – Target Free Holiday Mondays 9/7/09, 10/12/09
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles – Target Free Family Saturdays Days – Second Saturday of the month
CAAM: California African American Museum, Los Angeles – Target Sundays at CAAM – First Sunday of the month
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles – Target Feria de la Familia 9/9/09
Bowers Museum – Target Free First Sundays Every first Sunday through December 10 am-4 pm

Orange County Museum of Art – Target Free Second Sundays Every second Sunday through December 11 am – 4 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra Target Free First Saturdays Every first Saturday through November and December 12 10 am – 5 pm

And several places in major American cities: Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Seattle, St. Louis, San Diego, Portland, Phoenix, Orange County, Detroit, Long Beach, Omaha, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Salt Lake City, etc. Check it out!

Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Factories

May 19, 2009

Chocolate, dark chocolate can help you stay healthy and can even help you lose weight! Great news for us chocolate lovers! Ghirardelli has 100% chocolate drops that I love to nibble at 3 in the afternoon. Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco is one of my favorite haunts – and across the bay is the San Leandro Factory Outlet.

Then there is Hershey, PA; Chicago and Times Square for Hersey’s Chocolate! Here are videos of the Hershey Factory tour. I am told it is a tasty time! Enjoy!

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

April 18, 2009

Another one of my favorite places in Chicago is (guess!) Shedd Aquarium! Another aquarium! I should have majored in oceanography! The on-line exhibits are interactive and quite interesting.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

April 10, 2009

One of the main recurring events of my life while growing up in the Chicago area were the annual school trips to The Museum of Science and Industry. I loved the the great train layout exhibit and the doll house fairy castle exhibit. There are so many really cool exhibits these days….. check some of them out right here!

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