Friday, August 27, 2010

Kristin’s Kickbacks List Week of 8-27

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.

August 27. 6 pm. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. BP Grand Entrance. This week: Mon David.

August 27. 7-9:30 p.m. This is the last week of the Keyes Lexus of Valencia has Jazz and Blues concert series. This week: Michael John & the Bottom Line. 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 28. 10 a.m. FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build a school bus! The kids get goggles, an apron and a kit to build an item. They use hammers their size and get a patch afterward for completing the project.

August 28. 9:30-10:05 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. 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 28. 10 a.m. Big!World!Fun! Family Series at the Ford Theatre. This week features LA Opera. No experience with opera is necessary to enjoy Sing Out Loud! Artists from LA Opera offer interactive performances of opera’s greatest hits plus music from the theatre.PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES START @ 9AM – arrive early to make opera glasses with 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 28. 7-10 p.m. Last week at Warner Park: Movies on the Green. Movie begins about ½ hour after sunset. This week’s movie is: Star Trek (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 28. 6-8 p.m. Last of the free weekly summer concerts at Simi Valley Town Center. This week: August 28th: Grand Final Disco Night and Costume Contest! 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, 93065. (805) 581-1430.

August 28. 5-7 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum. This week: Oscar Hernandez and the LA/NY Connection. Oscar Hernández is known as one of the most gifted pianist/arrangers on the contemporary Latin scene.

August 29. 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 Maria Demina and violinist Mitchell Newman perform Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, Opus 49, and Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor.

August 29. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Last of the FREE weekly concerts in the park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. This week: The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz.

August 29. 7 p.m. FREE. Levitt Pavilion. Rhythmic Circus Presents: Feet Don't Fail Me Now--An innovative jazz production that features urban tap dance. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

August 31. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is getting ready for school.

August 31. 6 p.m. FREE. Kids’ Club at The Commons at Calabasas. Stoil Stoilov mixes magic and comedy. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas.

September 1. 9 a.m. Get tickets for Huntington Gardens free day in October. Call 800-838-3006 or go online at

September 2. 10:30 a.m. The Oaks in Thousand Oaks. Enjoy music for children from award-winning Tia Cohen. 350 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.


$4 Movie Ticket on (up to $12 value)
· Convenient online redemption
· More than 16,000 screens nationwide
· Everyone likes movies
The Fine Print
· Expires Feb 28, 2011
· Limit 1 per person. Must register Fandango account. Valid for 1 ticket worth up to $12. Not valid for IMAX or 3D movies. Not for resale. No cash back.
· See the rules that apply to all deals.

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

Free 8x8 Photo Book from
Get a free 8x8 photo book with hard cover (offer valid for one-time redemption per member). Just choose some of your favorite summer pictures and make your photo book.
· Get a free photo book using code 8PBA91
· Offer ends September 1, 2010
· You'll love it. We promise. If not, we offer 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
· New photo book layouts help tell your story
· Printed on the highest quality paper.
· Free shipping on orders of $30 or more using code SHIP30

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 this Monday, August 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. Open on Labor Day, closed Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of the fair dates.
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 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boddy's Big Backyard Festival at Descanso Gardens. Inspired by the legendary parties that E. Manchester Boddy hosted in the '30s and '40s, Descanso celebrates Labor Day with music, food and flora. Enjoy a morning walk through the California Natives Garden at 10 a.m., then gather the kids for a special reading of "Teddy Bears' Picnic" at 12:30 p.m. Kick out the jams with the Mobile Homeboys from 1 to 3p.m., and either bring a picnic or purchase a BBQ lunch from Patina's gourmet chuck wagon from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities are free with admission. General $ 8. Senior/Students $ 6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Members and children under 5 free.

September 6. 12-8 p.m. Free admission all day to LACMA.

September 11 and 12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7th Annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival will take place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes. FREE admission and parking.

September 20 - 26th. SpaFinder Deal Days. Book early for SpaFinder Deal Days. SpaFinder Deal Days lets you enjoy spa, wellness or beauty services for just $50 prices or 50% off at spas, yoga and Pilates studios, fitness centers and more across the U.S.

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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