October 1. 6-8 pm. FREE weekly jazz concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. LA Times Central Court. This week: Tom Rizzo Quartet. With his signature sweet tone and driving rhythmic pulse, guitarist Tom Rizzo plays not only bebop based jazz, but has also spent much of his career playing funk, pop, folk, R&B, and alternative music. Rizzo has recorded and performed with a wide range of musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Mathis, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, along with numerous recordings under his own name.
October 1 - October 3. Last weekend for the L.A. County Fair!
PARKING is $10 for general and $15 for preferred.
October 1. 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: http://www.lacountyfair.com/2010/entertainment/documents/21ReadtoRide10.pdf
October 1-3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. LA Kids Consignment sale. This is a 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, 91502. http://www.lakidsconsignment.com/
October 1-31. Kids, ages 3-9, get free admission to San Diego Zoo (with purchase of adult ticket). If you were planning a trip, this would be a good time to go.
October 2. 9 a.m. (Come as early as 8 a.m. for food and fellowship). Men’s and Women’s Fall kickoff event at The Church on The Way. Childcare is available, reservations required. Call 818-779-8085 for more information. This will be a great time to hear about all the wonderful new groups starting and be refreshed!
October 2. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Home Depot's FREE Kids Workshop to make a fireboat. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
October 2. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Special Latin Music FREE at LACMA, Hancock Park.
In celebration of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion, join us for an afternoon of live Latin music. 12–1 pm: Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble, under the direction of Irineo Yanez. 1–4 pm: Angel Lebron y Su Sabor. 4–6 pm: Quetzal.
October 2-3. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. FREE admission to LACMA to celebrate the opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. Timed tickets required. Please click here to reserve your tickets. Please click here to view the schedule for the weekend, including music, family activities, a free photo booth and food for purchase.
October 3. 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: Guest Artists from NEC perform Schumann (Guest pianists from New England Conservatory perform works in commemoration of Robert Schumann's bicentennial).
October 5. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is Olivia!
October 5. Free day for La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum.
October 5. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free evening for Kidspace Museum. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with cultural art activities by Lation Heritage from 5 to 7pm and a dance performance by Folklorico Nahuatzen at 6 p.m. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103. (626) 449-9144. http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
October 5. 5 p.m. FREE LEGO® mini model build at the Glendale Galleria LEGO store, the first Tuesday of each month. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. 2148 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, 91210. (818) 549-0733.
October 5. 6 p.m. FREE. Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas. This week: Ventriloquist Puppetry. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas.
October 6. 11 a.m. Kids Club at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. This week: Puppets on Parade. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T. Oaks, 91362.
October 7-9. Used book sale at Northridge Library. Get a bag of books for $2! Hours: Oct. 7, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 & 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 818-886-3640. 9051 Darby Avenue, Northridge, 91325.
Paid Focus Groups
Have you ever been to a focus group? Companies will pay you to tell them what you think about their products. They are generally 1-2 hours and vary in pay, about $75-$100 dollars for your time. Some places even feed you! Here is a list of some local groups. If you sign up for several different groups, you have a better chance of getting called. You are eligible every 3 months or so, depending on the group.
**Adept Consumer Testing http://www.adeptconsumer.com/home.php
Qualitative Insights http://www.q-insights.com/respondent.html
Adler Weiner Research http://www.awr-la.com/participants.htm
Facts ‘N Figures Inc. http://www.factsnfiguresinc.com/
Inspired Opinions (formerly called Schlesinger Associates) https://inspiredopinions.com/registration.php?rc=MTg%3D
Savitz Research Companies http://www.savitzpanel.com/
Plaza Research http://www.plazaresearch.com/
Check out this link if you live somewhere besides Los Angeles: http://hubpages.com/hub/Paid_Focus_Groups
**New to list
October 8. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mom’s Bible Study begins at The Church on the Way.
October 9. Used book sale at Mid-Valley Regional Branch. This is a sale not to miss! Children’s books have all been 25 cents in the past! It’s held in a small room stuffed with books, so I try to go without my children if possible. 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills, 91343. 818-895-3650.
October 9. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Target Free Family Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum. The day includes workshops, performances, and craft activities for children. 369 East First Street, L.A., 90012. (213) 625-0414. http://www.janm.org/
October 22-24. 9 a.m.-5 p.m LA Kids Consignment sale in Santa Clarita. 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. 24901 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, 91355. http://www.lakidsconsignment.com/
October 23. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Healthy Neighborhood Festival. Music and dance workshops and performances. Cooking workshops. Admission, parking and health screenings are free. The California Endowment. 1000 N. Alameda Street, L.A., 90012. http://www.calendow.org/healthyneighborhoodfest