Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kristin's Kickbacks List Week of 7-16

July 17. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. FREE Family Saturday at Japanese American National Museum. July’s theme is travel! 369 East First Street, L.A., 90012. (213) 625-0414
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.
· Tag! You're it! Create a fun luggage tag to identify your bag when you travel
· Pack it up! Decorate a backpack to take with you while you're on the go
· Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Smile... and fold your own origami camera!

July 17. 6 p.m. FREE Music in the Park concert at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Neil Diamond Tribute group. Bring blankets or chairs.

July 17. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Target Free Arts Family Day at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

July 18. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE Family Day at CAAM: California African American Museum. 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, L.A., 90037.

July 18. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Homage to Chopin: Palpiti artists Luiza Borac (piano) and Francisco Vila (cello). Program includes Cello Sonata in G minor, Opus 65, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Opus 22.

July 18. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. FREE weekly concerts in the park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills. This week the group is Don’t Stop Believin’ (a JOURNEY tribute).

July 19. 10 a.m. FREE Monday Morning Concert for children at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. Admission is first-come, first-served basis. I usually go around 9:30 and bring coins for parking meters. 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303 – 818-347-9938. This week’s concert is: ANDY RAWN. Baritone vocalist singing show tunes and standards.

July 19. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE McDonald's 7-ounce iced mocha or an 8-ounce hot mocha. No purchase is necessary. Free every Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until August 3 at participating stores.

July 19. 7 p.m. FREE interactive J.A.M. Sessions: Afro-Cuban Percussion 101. Learn to create the rhythms behind those virtuoso salsa moves. Bring your clave stick, hand bells or hand drum, or borrow ours. Session conducted by Walter Rodriguez. No need to be a musician to participate! John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A. Reservations recommended. Call the box office at 323-461-3673 to avoid handling fees. Parking is $1.

July 19. Starts at dusk. FREE. Monday Movie Nights at Simi Valley Town Center mall in food court area, some seating, okay to bring chairs. Movie this week is “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

July 19 and July 22. 10 a.m. Free showing of Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie. The Promenade at Westlake presents the Summer Film Festival! Free family movies at Mann Westlake 8 Theatres, Mondays and Thursdays. Plus, receive a KIDS EAT FREE postcard when you see a movie during the Summer Film Festival. Enjoy lunch at one of The Promenade restaurants listed below, where you will receive a free kids meal with purchase of any adult entree and beverage. 180 Promenade Way, Promenade Mall, Westlake Village, 91362. (805) 379-2299.

July 20. L.A. County Arboretum Free Day.

July 20. 10 a.m. AMC Summer Movie Camp will be offered at 10 a.m. each Tuesday morning this summer at participating theatres, from June 15 through August 10. This week the movie is Hotel for Dogs (PG). Each ticket is $1 and all admission and concession proceeds will benefit two AMC charities, Variety – The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for each week will be on sale approximately one week prior to the scheduled show date.

July 20-21. 10 a.m. FREE summer movies at select Regal Theatres. Selected G or PG movies start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity. Tickets for the 2010 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show. Doogal (G) and Night At The Museum II (PG) are playing at the Civic Center Stadium 16 in Simi Valley. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG) and Surf's Up (PG) are playing at the Canyon Country Stadium 10 on Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Madagascar 2 (PG) and Where The Wild Things Are (PG) are playing at the Grand Palace Stadium 6 on 4767 Commons Way in Calabasas.

July 21. 7 p.m. FREE. Children’s Night at Levitt Pavilion. Brian Vogan plays songs from his acclaimed kids’ music CD, Little Songs. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

July 22. 8 p.m. Free All-Time Favorite Movies Under The Stars! The Grove Presents Movies in The Park. This week is Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. Bring a blanket (no chairs, please) and have a magical evening at The Grove. The event opens for general grass and bleacher seating at 7:15pm. Exclusive Early Access with Picnics in The Park. For early access, and to bypass the line, simply pre-order gourmet picnics from any of The Grove's fine restaurants or purchase gourmet picnics in The Park. Compliment your outdoor movie experience with a delicious meal. Early access begins at 6:30pm. Only The Grove food permitted in The Park, please. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036. PHONE 323.900.8080.

July 22. 5:30-7 p.m. Jazz at Descanso Gardens. “The Evolution of American Jazz” concert series on Thursday evenings will feature top local talent performing on the new earthen stage on Descanso’s Main Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic supper (normally not allowed inside the Gardens), and settle back to savor music from some of SoCal’s finest jazz artists. Concerts run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through August 12. Concerts are free with admission to the Gardens and free for members. This week, Kenny Sara and The Sounds of New Orleans perform blues, jazz and gospel with a Big Easy feel.

July 22. 6-9 p.m. Thursday night summer concerts at the Autry Museum (across from L.A. Zoo. See top Latin bands in a fun, casual, energetic setting on the Autry plaza. The taco and drink bar open at 6:00 p.m., and the museum and museum store close at 8:00 p.m. Complimentary dance lessons and a separate dance floor for kids guarantee fun for all! Free for Autry members / $7 for nonmembers. This week enjoy Lucky 7. The band features the haunting harmonies of the vibraphone and features some of the hardest-working musicians in L.A. Their uniquely American-made style draws on the best of Cuban son, African American jazz, and Puerto Rican soul.


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known as the “Summer Lunch Program” provides FREE nutritious lunches and snacks to youth ages 1 through 18 at our City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks recreation centers. The goal of the program is to ensure children receive at least one nutritious and balanced meal per day when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program is open to all youth ages 1 through 18. Check out the link to see if there is a park participating near you.

A friend told me about this program that’s been around for years that I had never heard of. It is a free toy lending library through L.A. County Dept. of Public Social Services. It works just like a library. The child “checks out” the toy and returns it the following week. The child is rewarded with a new “incentive toy” to keep and take home with them after participation in the program for 5, 10, 15 and 20 weeks. You can also donate gently used toys and books. There are programs all over Los Angeles, including Whittier, North Hills, and Santa Clarita. Here’s a link to the various locations.

Blockbuster now has kiosks, similar to Redbox, called Blockbuster Express. The dvds are $1 per night. Here are some codes to use to make your movie free. GT16A (expires 7/30/2010), GT17A (expires 7/30/2010), G417A (expires 7/30/2010). Here’s a link to the site to find a kiosk near you.

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