July 8. 5-10 p.m. Burbank’s Birthday. Free event. The city turns 100 and is celebrating with an air parade, a Mascot parade, live performances, children’s entertainment, fireworks and a huge cupcake display. Downtown Burbank. www.downtown-burbank.org
July 8. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has free Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps. 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. www.valenciajazzandblues.com (Thanks, Kristi!)
July 8. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. This week:Clayton Cameron Sextet. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
July 9. 10 a.m. FREE Build and Grow Clinic at Lowes. Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build a project. 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.
July 9. 10 a.m. Big!Fun!World! Family Series: AXIS Dance Company. This dance troupe is known for integrating the audience into the dance experience. Reservations required. Tickets $5 for adults, free for children. Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. www.fordtheatres.org.
July 9. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Target Free Family Saturday: Once Upon a Time. Do crafts, watch vintage anime, listen to We Tell Stories and take part in a “storytelling tea party.” Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., L.A. 213-625-0414.
July 9. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park. (Free event every Saturday 5 pm–7 pm, May through September). This week:Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum.
July 10. 4 p.m. Free event at Levitt Pavilion. Hudson Vagabond Puppets. The troupe uses over-size puppets and maskes to tell the story on Jemima Puddle Duck. Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, W. 6th St. and S. Park View St., L.A. www.levittla.org
July 10. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). This week:Pianist Bernadene Blaha and violinist Livia Sohn. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. If you don’t make it there, you can also listen online for free at: http://www.lacma.org/programs/SundaysLive.aspx#audio
July 11. Get a free 7.11 oz slurpee at 7-11 (Thanks, Janice!)
July 12. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall.
July 12. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summer Family Series at Descanso Gardens. For six Tuesday evenings, enjoy family-friendly music, theater and fairies. Bring a picnic (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and get ready for fun. Concert included with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions. Free parking. This week: Aaron Nigel Trio, reggae-flavored music. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949-4200.
July 12-13. 10 a.m. $1 summer movies at select Regal Theatres. Selected G or PG movies start at 10 am every Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets and seating are first-come, first-served and are limited to theatre capacity. TALE OF DESPEREAUX & YOGI BEAR are playing at the Civic Center Stadium 16 in Simi Valley at 2751 Tapo Cyn Road. CLOUDY W/ MEATBALLS & GULLIVERS TRAVEL are playing at the Canyon Country Stadium 10 at 18800 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. MARMADUKE & MEGAMIND are playing at the Grand Palace Stadium 6 at 4767 Commons Way in Calabasas. Here’s the link for the full summer schedule: http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx
July 13. 11 a.m. Puppet Show at Porter Ranch Library. 11371 Tampa Avenue
Porter Ranch, 91326. (Thanks, Janice!)
July 13. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids Club: Reptilian Adventures. The Reptile Family will let you look at snakes and lizards! Free event. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-497-9861.
July 13. 7 p.m. Theatre 360 at Levitt Pavilion. Enjoy a free evening of family-friendly theater from this award-winning local children’s theater company. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. www.levittpavilionpasadena.org
July 14. 5:30 p.m. Music on the Main jazz series at Descanso Gardens.This week: Drummer Sammy Miller, a rising star on the jazz scene, headlines a concert of smooth jazz. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the Gardens.) Concert included with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions. Free parking. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949-4200.
July 14. 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 bar opens 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! Adults: $10 / Students and Seniors: $6 / Children (3–12): $4 / Children under 3: Free. Purchase membership on-site and enjoy all nine Sizzling Summer Nights for free. This week: Johnny Planceo y su Conjunto Amistad
Back to School Supplies
Stores already have back to school sales! Here’s one for school supplies from Staples, good until 7-9-11. (Thanks, Nikki!)
· Staples Paper Clips, 50 ct – $0.50
· Staples 12″ Ruler – $0.50
· Avery Insertable 5 Tab Dividers – $0.50
· Staples Steel 1 Hole Punch – $0.50
· Staples Magnetic Bulldog Clip, 3 pk – $0.50
· Staples Main Composition Book, 80 sheets, 2 pk – $0.50
· Staples Pencil Box – $0.50
· Staples Pencil Sharpener – $0.50
· Staples Clipboard, 5.5″ x 9″ – $0.50