Friday, September 10, 2010

Kristin’s Kickbacks List Week of 9-10

Local and Online Weekend Deals from Groupon

$20 for $40 Worth of Handmade Jewellery from Justine Brooks Design


* Western Living Designer of the Year Shortlist
* Handmade jewellery
* Metal and beaded pieces

The Fine Print

* Expires Dec 10, 2010
* Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid for online orders only. No cash back. Not valid with other offers.
* See the rules that apply to all deals.

$20 for $40 Worth of Gourmet Gift Baskets and More from


* Gourmet gift boxes & baskets
* Candy, coffee, fruit & cheeses
* 100% satisfaction guaranteed

The Fine Print

* Expires Mar 31, 2011
* Limit 1 per household. Limit 1 per order. Must use in 1 visit. Valid toward ground shipping. Redeem starting 9/15.
* See the rules that apply to all deals.

$14 for a One-Year Subscription (49 Issues) to the "New York Observer" ($29.50 Value)


* Witty & informative tone
* Aimed at educated citizens
* Catch up on politics, culture
* Savvy news pieces

The Fine Print

* Expires Mar 13, 2011
* Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for delivery to U.S. addresses only. Not valid with other offers.
* See the rules that apply to all deals.

$15 for $30 Worth of Dry Biscuit, Bread, and Brownie Mixes from Do You Bake?


* Variety of baked-good mixes
* All-natural ingredients
* Made to order
* Shipped within 72 hours

The Fine Print

* Expires Mar 13, 2011
* Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per order. Shipping not included.
* See the rules that apply to all deals.

$35 for $70 Worth of Fine Japanese Cuisine and Drinks at Gonpachi in Beverly Hills


* Traditional robata-grilled dishes
* Hand-pounded soba noodles
* Locally sourced ingredients
* Fresh sushi daily, specialty rolls
* Free house sake

The Fine Print

* Expires Mar 13, 2011
* Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for happy hour. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with others offers.
* See the rules that apply to all deals.


September 4 - October 3. L.A. County Fair. There are all kinds of deals, including the following two for this weekend:

September 10-12. L.A. County Fair. $1 admission for active and retired military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics and $1 admission for 1 guest, i.d. required. 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.

September 10 and all subsequent Fridays. 12-6 p.m. L.A. County Fair. Ralphs Food Drive Fridays. Bring 5 cans of Ralphs brand food on Fridays to the fair and receive an admission ticket. The food is donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

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 10. 6-8 pm. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. BP Grand Entrance. This week: LACMA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society proudly present the 2nd annual “L.A. Jazz Treasure Award” to jazz keyboard pioneer Les McCann. The evening features saxophonist Jovan Jackson and his band who have toured the world with McCann and recently featured on NPR’s “JazzSet.”

September 11. 10 a.m. June 12. 10 a.m. FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build a pet leash hanger. 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.

September 11. 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!)

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. This includes children's hands-on artistic and interactive art exhibits and Gourmet Food Trucks from 2-5 PM at The Lakes.

September 12. 2-3:30. Free Event. Musical Circus at The Americana at Brand. The Pasadena Symphony Association’s Musical Circus is a favorite for children 3-8 years of age. The Circus will begin with the instrument “petting zoo” where youngsters can toot flutes, blow trumpets, pluck violins and cellos and bang on percussion instruments. 889 Americana Way, Glendale.

September 12. 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 Debussy Trio – Marcia Dickstein (harp), Angela Wiegand (flute), and David Walther (viola) perform works by Nicky Carligeanu, Don Davis, Paul Gibson, Sidney Hodkinson, David Lefkowitz, John Anthony Lennon, and Stephen Andrew Taylor.

September 13. 7 p.m. FREE interactive J.A.M. Sessions: Smba Escandalo. Feel as though you’re at Carnaval in Brazil as Samba Escandalo shakes things up. 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.

September 14. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is fairy tales and myths.

September 14. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free day at Autry National Center. (Museum across from L.A. Zoo).

September 14. 6 p.m. FREE. Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas. A world record juggler will be there this week. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas.

September 15. 11 a.m. Kids Club at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. Wear old clothes and be ready to paint and create! 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T. Oaks, 91362.


Redbox has a new deal going on where you can get a promo code for a Free Rental after renting one! Rent 1 movie at Redbox during September, then enter the code found on the dvd at this site After entering your code, you’ll receive a promo code valid for a free redbox movie rental! You have a week to use the promo code for your free movie. You are also entered in a contest to win other prizes, such as a trip to the People’s Choice Awards.

Half Price Movie Tickets
See all the latest movies for 50% off what the theater charges. This site purchases tickets in bulk, so they are able to sell the tickets at a discount. The tickets are only available for theaters that allow online purchase of tickets, so the choices are somewhat limited, but the discount is worth the drive. We haven’t used this site yet, so if anyone does, let us know what you think!

Photo Deals

Picaboo has a deal going on right now. Get 40% off Classic Books with 40 pages or more. Use code: SEPT40. Deal expires 9-15. I used Picaboo to make an album and was very impressed! You download their software onto your computer and then you have easy access to all your photos to make your album. And if you “like” Picaboo on Facebook, you can receive facebook only promotions and discount codes.

Upcoming Events

September 18. GraceFest AV. 12-9 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) Antelope Valley’s premiere music and message festival. Music groups include Big Daddy Weave, Barlow Girl, Aaron Shust and Dominic Bali. This outdoor event includes vendors, large kids area, prayer tent, special speakers, compassion ministries, concessionaires and more. Blankets, lawn chairs, beach umbrellas and coolers are permitted. Beach umbrellas okay until 5:30pm. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and pets are strictly prohibited. For info and tickets visit or call 661.265-6069. Presale general seating is $15 ($20 at gate), youth (13 - 19) $5, kids 12 and under free. Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, CA 93551.

September 20 - 26. 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 25. 4:30 p.m. FREE event. Feast of Tabernacles at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena CA. Free food and entertainment. Get there early because the food tickets go fast.

September 25. 12-6 p.m. FREE event. DEAFestival Los Angeles 2010. Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue, Lake Balboa. Free parking. This is a wonderful event that I’ve been able to attend in the past. There are activities for the kids, performances, food and drinks and just a lot of fun!

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

October 1-3. LA Kids Consignment sale. (San Fernando Valley) This is a one-weekend only children's consignment sale where you can find 50,000+ gently-used and new kids items from cribs to toys to bikes and clothing for newborns through pre-teens. 157 W. Providencia Ave., Burbank, CA 91502

October 22-24. LA Consignment sale. (Santa Clarita) LA Kids Consignment is the largest kids consignment sale in Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and coming soon to Pasadena! We are proud to bring you a fantastic way to buy and sell high quality, new and gently-used children’s items - anything kid related from infancy through pre-teens! When shopping at our sales you'll find only the best kids items - we only accept items in good, working condition that are CLEAN!!! Everything is highly-organized and easy to find!!! 24901 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, CA 91355

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