Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kristin's Kickbacks List Week of 8-13

August 4-15. (Hours vary). Ventura County Fair. 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Adults $10, children 6-12 $7.

August 13. 6 pm. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. BP Grand Entrance. This week: Nick Mancini Collective.

August 13. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: Nelsen Adelard. 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 14. 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 14. 10 a.m. FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build a bug box! The kids get goggles and an apron and a kit to build an item. They use hammers their size and get a patch afterward for completing the project. You can register online.

August 14. 10 a.m. Big!World!Fun! Family Series at the Ford Theatre. This week features Kayamanan Ng Lahi. Dance is a family matter for this Filipino company. Folk dances are passed down to the next generation like stories or mementos. Some of Kayamanan’s youngest members make their stage debuts in this lively demonstration of the deeply-rooted, living culture of the Philippine islands. PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES START @ 9AM – arrive early to make ribbon streamers – craft project led by the Autry! 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, L.A. One hour-long music, dance and theatre aimed for children ages 4 to 10 and families. Children free, adults $5. Parking $1. Reservations required. To avoid handling fees, call the box office at 323-461-3673. This is outdoors and it’s okay to bring food.

August 14. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE Family Day at the Japanese American National Museum, celebrating the museum’s 25th birthday. 369 E. First St., L.A. This looks like a lot of fun! There will be face painting, a ventriloquist, a magician, and many more activities! Here’s the link for more details.

August 14. 7-10 p.m. Warner Park: Movies on the Green. Movie begins about ½ hour after sunset. This week’s movie is Twilight (PG-13): 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 14. 6-8 p.m. Free weekly summer concerts at Simi Valley Town Center. This week: Classic Rock Night - Evyn Charles & the Neverquitters . 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, 93065. (805) 581-1430.

August 14. 5 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum. This week: Mongorama. "Mongorama" is a new, 9-piece, latin-jazz ensemble formed by KJazz radio personality Jose Rizo (host of 'Jazz on the Latin Side'), exploring the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 50's and early 60's. Conga legend Mongo Santamaria, saxophonist Chombo Silva and flautist Rolando Lozano performed an exciting latin jazz sound driven by cuban charanga rhythms and old-school straight ahead jazz. "Mongorama" celebrates this music preserving the "old-school" element , yet refreshing it with a modern perspective.

August 14-15. 4-5:30 p.m. Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty. Free admission; no reservations required. This week features Elizabeth Mitchell and Family. They perform vibrant reinterpretations of cherished American folk and rock songs from the new album Sunny Day. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 90049. (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.

August 15. 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: The Lyris String Quartet – Alyssa Park (violin), Shalini Vijayan (violin), Luke Maurer (viola), and Timothy Loo (cello) perform works to be announced.

August 15. 12-1 p.m. FREE Kids Cupcake Decorating Party at Whole Foods in Tarzana. They get to decorate and then eat their cupcake! To RSVP, please email 18700 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, 91356. 818-578-7840.

August 15. 3:30 p.m. FREE concert for families at Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, 2230 W. Sixth St., L.A. 213-384-5701. Aaron Nigel Smith, an award-winning guitarist, inspires through music. 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.

August 15. 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 Blue Öyster Cult, playing hard rock.

August 16. 10 a.m. FREE Monday Morning Concert 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:

These professionals and non-professional dancers are empowered to set and achieve both dance and life goals through community service and activism, volunteer work and mentoring programs. They present an array of dance styles, such as Africa, Flamenco, Jazz, Hoofing and Djembe Drumming.

August 16. 7 p.m. FREE interactive J.A.M. Sessions: Mexicana Footbeats.
Stomp to the heartbeat of Mexico! Learn how to make Mexican rhythms with your feet from the folklorico dancers of Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet. 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.

August 16. 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 Race to Witch Mountain (PG).

August 16 and August 19. 10 a.m. Free showing of Stuart Little (PG) at 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.

August 17. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free admission to Los Angeles County Arboretum. 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007.

August 17. 6 p.m. Free Kids’ Club at The Commons at Calabasas. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas. This week come enjoy an educational and fun filled insect show.

August 17. 8 p.m. FREE Bluegrass Band concert at the Braemar Country Club. (Every third Tuesday of the month). Come to Braemar on the third Tuesday of every month for an evening of authentic American bluegrass music performed by the best bluegrass bands in Southern California. Admission is free. If you would like to have dinner there, a Pasta Bar complete with Soup, Salad, Pastas, Rolls and Butter, Beverages, and Dessert is available for only $15 inclusive at 6:30 p.m. Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, 91357. p:818.345.6520.

August 17-18. 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. The only theatre still featuring the free movies is the theatre in Calabasas. Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie (G) and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG) are playing at the Grand Palace Stadium 6 on 4767 Commons Way in Calabasas.

August 17 & 19. 10 a.m. Free showing of Planet 51 at the Mann Janss Marketplace 9. 255 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360. (805) 374-9656.

August 18. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Kids’ Club at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. Come enjoy one of the best ventriloquists in the business. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O.

August 18. 7 p.m. FREE. Children’s Night at Levitt Pavilion. Rocknoceros performs. This eccentric group plays many different genres. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

August 19. 12 noon to 8 p.m. Free day at Japanese American National Museum. 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, 90012. (213) 625-0414.

August 19. 8 p.m. Free All-Time Favorite Movies Under The Stars! The Grove Presents Movies in The Park. This week is Alice in Wonderland (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 19. 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: Jose “Perico” Hernandez y Son de la Tierra play the full range of Afro-Cuban music.

Back-to-School Deals

Aeropostale & P.S. Aeropostale {for the kids} are both having a 30% off Friends & Family Sale through 8-15, both in store and online. Aeropostale {use promo code: FFAUG or FFAUGRS } P.S. Aeropostale for Kids {use promo code: FFAUGPS } Here’s the link for the printable coupon if you’re shopping at the store. Thanks, frugal girls!

Carters also has a sale right now through 8-16. Save 20% off $25, 25% off $50 or 30% off $75 or more! Sale is both online and in stores. Discount will automatically apply at check out!

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.

Upcoming Events

August 21 & 22. 4–5:30 p.m. Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty, Saturdays and Sundays. Free admission; no reservations required. The summertime tradition returns with another great lineup of kids' music! Don't miss this free concert series in the Central Garden for kids and their families, featuring some of the best children's musicians from across the nation. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 90049.

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