July 13. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Starbucks is introducing a new drink on Friday called Refreshers made from Green Coffee Extract. You can get a free 12 oz. Refresher, either Cool Lime, which includes real lime, or Very Berry Hibiscus, which features whole blackberries. There is a limit of one drink per person, and it is available while supplies last. (Thanks to my brother Rick for this Kickback!)
July 13. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
July 14. 10 a.m. Big!World!Fun! Family Series: Contra-Tiempo at the Frod Amphitheatre. Families can learn about Contra-Tiempo, which combines sales, Afro-Cuban and modern dance into something fresh and fun. Pre-show activities begin at 9 a.m. $5 for adults, free for children. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (Not sure if there is a fee for parking.)
July 14 (and every Saturday). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Make a free craft at Lakeshore Learning Store. There is a store on Devonshire near Balboa and another in Pasadena. Check out their website for more information. www.lakeshorelearning.com
July 14. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park. (Free event every Saturday 5 pm–7 pm, May through September). This week:Louie Cruz Beltran. Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum.
July 14. 7 p.m. Movies on the Green at Warner Center Park. Enjoy watching Hugo for free. 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.
July 15. 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: http://www.lacma.org/programs/SundaysLive.aspx#audio
July 16. 10 a.m. Monday Morning Concert at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. Admission is first-come, first-served basis. I usually go around 9:30 and bring coins for parking meters (the meters now accept credit cards as well). 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303 – 818-347-9938.July 17. 10 a.m. Cinemark Theaters is once again doing their Summer Movie Clubhouse. You can enjoy 10 weeks of summer movies for kids on Tuesdays with a punch card for only $5 (purchased in advance – otherwise pay $1 per movie at the ). There is a Cinemark in North Hollywood. The address is 12827 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. 818-508-1943.
July 17. 6 p.m. Family Tuesdays at Descanso Gardens. These hands-on activities and performances are sure to entertain children of all ages (and grownups too!) Picnics are encouraged while kids and adults enjoy a variety of music, theater and garden events. All performances are free with admission and begin at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission prices: General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. No cost for parking. 1418 Descanso Drive,La Cañada Flintridge, 91011.
July 17-18. 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. http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/
July 19. 6 p.m. Enjoy 10 cool Thursday evenings in the Gardens with live music from some of best jazz artists in the Southland. Descanso Gardens welcomes back some fan favorites from summers past, and some faces new to the Main Lawn. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets, picnics and friends to savor the sounds of jazz! All concerts are free with admission and begin at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission prices: General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. No cost for parking. 1418 Descanso Drive,La Cañada Flintridge, 91011.
Here’s a bowling deal Brenda told me about. Children 16 and under get 2 free games a day, shoe rental is not included, from May to September (the dates are on the website). Also there is a plan for 17 years and older. Check out the details at www.freebowling.amf.com
July 20. 7 p.m. Dive-in Movie Night at Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway. 661-250-3766. Enjoy Toy Story 3 (PG) on the big screen while you float in the pool or lounge on the deck. No outside food or drink allowed; concession stand will be open. $7 per person.
JC Penney has announced that it will be offering free haircuts to children (grades K-6th) during the month of August. Make sure to call your local salon to confirm participation and set up an appointment. (Thanks to Common Sense with Money for this deal idea!)