Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kristin's Kickbacks List Week of 10-7


October 7. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.

October 9. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). 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:

October 12. Free movie at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy Classic Favorites under the Stars Wednesdays at 7pm on the Dining Deck, Level 3. Movies are shown in their original, unedited format. This week: Moonstruck (PG). It is first come first serve, these showings are free. Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, food, etc. Santa Monica, CA 90401. (310) 260-8333.

October 13. 10:30 a.m. Toddler Time with Jennifer will be starting again in October at Barnes and Noble in Woodland Hills at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

October 13 (and subsequent Thursdays). 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free Mommy and Me Class at The Church on The Way for children under 5 years of age. Please bring a snack for your child. King’s Kid’s Building, West Campus, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, 91405. Call 818-779-8000 for more information.

Ongoing Events

You can now get ebooks from the library for your Kindle! Check out the library website for details:

Paid Focus Groups

Have you ever been to a focus group? Companies will pay you to tell them what you think about their products. There are not trying to sell you anything, just getting your opinions. 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


Qualitative Insights

Adler Weiner Research

Facts ‘N Figures Inc.

Inspired Opinions (formerly called Schlesinger Associates)

Matrix Research

Savitz Research Companies

Plaza Research

Focus & Testing

Davis Research

Check out this link if you live somewhere besides Los Angeles:

Upcoming Events

October 15. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 15 & 16. 11a.m. to 3p.m. (Zoo hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Dinosaur Train will be making a stop in Griffith Park during PBS SoCal Day at the Zoo! Buddy the dinosaur will be on hand to meet and greet his fans, and Zoo guests will have the opportunity to learn about the similarities between dinosaurs and some of our Zoo residents. This event is free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission.

October 24-30. Legoland is offering FREE Legoland Admission October 24-30 to all LEGO-VIP Members! “Two (2) registered VIP Members per household only, with up to six (6) additional friends and family eligible for $10 off one-day admission when accompanied by a registered VIP Member.” {go here for more information on free admission} If you don’t already have a VIP Lego Membership card… Here’s the link to register for your Free LEGO-VIP Membership! {you’ll be able to print and show them your welcome email if you don’t get your card in time!} (Thanks To Frugal Girls for this kickback!)

And don’t forget about homeschool days at Legoland! You must preregister. Here’s a link to read more about it:

October 28. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. IHOP restaurants will be offering one Scary Face Pancake free to each kid aged 12 and under! (You design it, so it doesn’t have to be scary, just yummy!) We went last year and my boys loved it!

October 31. 6-8 p.m. Free Family Fall Festival at the Sports Field at The Church on the Way. Come enjoy games, slides, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, and lots of candy! Children 11 and under and their families are welcome in family friendly costumes.

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