Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kristin’s Kickbacks List Week of 8-20

August 20. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: The Delgado Brothers. Food & Beverages for sale (No outside food or beverages; no pets allowed.) Activities for the kids. Downtown Valencia in the street on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita. (Thanks, Kristi!)

August 20. 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. FREE Friday Night Sing-Along at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sing Broadway show tunes. Tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program starts. 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 213-972-3660.

August 21. 9:30AM-10:05 or 11-11:45. FREE Kids Rhythm Club Drum Circle. Drum Provided. No reservations needed. Event every Saturday morning at REMO Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood, 91605.
(1/2 block North of Sherman Way). Journey and explore music making through rhythm, song, and fun activities. Recommended ages for kids: 2 to 12, but all ages are welcome.
Parents must stay with children. (Thanks, Diane!)

August 21. 7-10 p.m. Warner Park: Movies on the Green. Movie begins about ½ hour after sunset. This week’s movie is: Up (PG). Outdoor family movies are presented on Saturday evenings through August 28th and are projected on a 30’ screen with digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills.

August 21. 6-8 p.m. Free weekly summer concerts at Simi Valley Town Center. This week: Rio Carnivale - Brasil Brazil! 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, 93065. (805) 581-1430.

August 21-22. 4-5:30 p.m. Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty. Free admission; no reservations required. This week features Sarah Lee Guthrie. Sarah Lee Guthrie brings charm and heart to her alt-country music for children and families. Accompanied by her husband and kids, Guthrie continues the song-making tradition forged by her grandfather Woody and father Arlo, presenting thoughtful, playful music inspired by folk traditions as well as bright new compositions. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 90049. (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.

August 21. 5-7 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum. This week: Alfredo de la Fe. Cuban-born and New York-based violinist Alfredo de la Fe helped transformed the violin into an important sound of salsa and Latin music. The first solo violinist to perform with a salsa orchestra, de la Fe has toured the world more than thirty times, appearing in concert and recordings with such top-ranked Latin artists as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, José Alberto "El Canario", Cheo Feliciano, the Fania All-Stars and Santana. His second solo album, Alfredo, received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Album.

August 22. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Pianist Andreas Klein performs Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K.31, Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Opus 5.

August 22. 3:30 p.m. FREE concert for families at Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, 2230 W. Sixth St., L.A. 213-384-5701. Bob Baker Marionettes. Amazing puppetry enjoyed by generations of children. Open lawn seating. The Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park is located in the northwest corner of the park near the intersection of West 6th Street and S. Park View Street, just west of downtown Los Angeles. 3:30pm Activities for youth and families. 4:30pm Showcase of local youth talent. 6 pm Featured youth band.

August 22. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. FREE weekly concerts in the park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Ticket To Ride--a BEATLES tribute.

August 23. 10 a.m. Last week of the FREE Monday Morning Concerts for children at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. This week looks like a lot of fun! Come join me and my kids if you’re available that day. 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: A CLASSICAL BLAST - A classical pianist accompanied by a mime.

August 23. Starts at dusk. FREE. Last week of Monday Movie Nights at Simi Valley Town Center mall in food court area, some seating, okay to bring chairs. Movie this week is Old Dogs (PG).

August 23 and August 26. 10 a.m. Last week of free movies at The Promenade at Westlake! This week: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG). 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.

August 24. 6 p.m. Free Kids’ Club at The Commons at Calabasas. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas. This week come enjoy Music with Wendee, a popular children’s musician.

August 24 & 26. 10 a.m. Last week of free movies at the Mann Janss Marketplace 9. This week: Monster House (PG). 255 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360. (805) 374-9656

August 25. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Kids’ Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. Come enjoy a WILDLIFE RESCUE SHOW. The Nature of Wildworks presents an educational morning of animal fun. You'll even get a chance to meet the animals up close! 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O.

August 25. 7 p.m. FREE. Children’s Night at Levitt Pavilion with Debi Derryberry. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

August 26. 8 p.m. Free All-Time Favorite Movies Under The Stars! The Grove Presents Movies in The Park. This week is UP (PG). 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. 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.

August 26. 6-9 p.m. Last week of 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: Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. One of the most sought-after bandleaders in the U.S, Polanco has gained recognition for making the type of contagious Latin music that is truly appreciated by anyone who loves to dance. Throughout nearly 35 years of professional musicianship, Polanco has achieved a high level of skill on thirteen instruments, including the tres and cuatro guitar, trombone, and vibes.

August 26-29. Old Navy, Banana Republic, and The Gap Give & Get Sale! Take an extra 30% off your entire purchase with this coupon!! Enjoy 30% off and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society gets 5% of what you spend. Valid in-store only.

Toy Story 3 is now playing at the discount theatres in Pasadena and Simi Valley if you haven’t seen it or want to see it again.

Simi Valley 10 Cinemas
Matinee: $3.00 Evening: $3.75
Box Office: (805)526-4329
1457 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley CA, 93065

Academy Cinemas - Pasadena
1003 E. Colorado Blvd
At Colorado & Catalina
Pasadena, CA. 91106
Matinee Admission $2.00 Films starting at and before 6pm
Evening Admission $3.00 Films starting after 6pm
Wednesday Night Special! Movies starting at 6 PM and later are a great deal for you and a buddy! You and a companion get 2 admissions, 2 popcorns and 2 sodas for only $10!

Back-to-School Deals
There are a lot of back to school sales for school supplies right now. Check out this link Janet sent me for a great chart of sales at various stores.

Photo Deals
Picaboo is offering a FREE classic photo book during August. Just design your own photo book at Picaboo. Get it FREE with code FREEBK until 8/31. To design your book you will need to download Picaboo’s free software Make sure to design a large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom book by August 31. The total cost of your book (up to 20 pages) will be deducted from your order total. This is a $39 value and you just pay the shipping of $8.99. This offer is available to new Picaboo members only. The website is

Here’s another photo deal. Through 9/1, you can order 3 Free 5×7 Folded Photo Cards from Shutterfly (just pay shipping, just over $1). I took advantage of this deal earlier in the year and made great Father’s Day cards for my hubby and dad. At checkout, enter code: SUMMERCARDS. Here’s how to order the cards:
· Create or Login to your account.
· Click on ‘Cards & Stationery’, then ‘5×7 Folded Greeting Cards’, then select other card style and upload photos
· Order
· Select ‘Send them Back to Me’ to avoid postage costs
· Change Quantity to total 3 cards, then ‘Add to Cart’
· {or you can order 1 each of 3 different styles!}
· When you’re in your shopping cart, click on the blue words at the top “Enter promo code”
· Enter & apply code: SUMMERCARDS

Frugal Girls list other photo deals out right now. Here’s the link:

Restaurant Deals
Maggiano’s Little Italy now has a new option on their menu. For $12.95, you get a pasta dish to eat and another one to take home. Add a dessert for just $2 with the coupon available at the following address through 9/3/2010. You can also sign up online to receive $10 off your next meal, and discounts on your birthday, anniversary, and occasionally throughout the year.

Here’s a deal at Wendy’s. Each store got 1,000 keychain cards to sell for a $1 each. Purchase the keychain and get a Junior Frosty (the small kids size) for free. On each returning visit to Wendy's present the card and you'll get a free Junior Frosty (when you purchase something). You can use it as many times as you would like through December. Limit one free Frosty per transaction.
Every day in August, from 4-10 p.m., kids eat free at IHOP. Buy an adult entrée, get a kids’ meal free.

Ongoing Deals
My friend Randi recommends the Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s $2 for adults, $1 for kids (I think) and is open everyday except Tuesdays. (310) 394-8042. Make a day of it and check out the Annenberg Community Beach House. It’s Santa Monica’s only public beach house, offering a pool and beach access. It’s normally $7 but go on a Monday (August 23 or 30) and it’s only $1 per person! Passes go on sale at 9:30 a.m., pool entry is at 10 a.m. All members of your group must be present to buy tickets. Hours vary; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays. NOTE: The pool is 4' to 8' deep. Due to the depth of this pool, children under 8 years old and 4' tall must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times. Children under 12 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult in the pool area. Children requiring use of a diaper must wear a swim diaper in the pool. It looks like a beautiful place!

Upcoming Events
L.A. County Fair is coming Sept 4 - Oct 3, 2010. There are all kinds of deals, including the following during the opening weekend.

Opening Weekend $1 Specials – Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 4 – Monday, Sept. 6
Admission –$1, 10 a.m. – 1. p.m., regular admission rates apply after 1 p.m. Ages 5 and younger free every day. PARKING is $10 for general and $15 for preferred.

Do you have any children in kindergarten up through 8th grade? The Read to Ride Program is a special reward program for kids who read books over their summer vacations. Kids will receive 3 free carnival ride vouchers for every 2 books they read and write a book report for. Check out all the details at this link:

September 25th is museum day! You can request a ticket for free admission for two people by going to this link.

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