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Frank R. Bowerman Landfill Tour

April 12th, 2017

 

Touring a landfill might not seem like the most popular tourist activity, but this incredible tour has a few surprises. Hosted by OC Waste & Recycling, every attendee is required to sign a waiver and wear suitable, closed-toe shoes. In 90 minutes, which includes an overview of safety, visitors learn what really happens to the tons of trash and recycling Los Angeles creates.

Only municipal and commercial solid waste haulers dump at this landfill. A daily tonnage limit is set by the county, and Bowerman has more “diversions” (rejected trucks) than any other landfill in the region. Bowerman is renowned for engineering and environmental excellence. Open for less than one year, the landfill has already racked up awards and established partnerships with the City of Anaheim to power over 26,000 homes.

Green Ideals

At Bowerman, visitors see the incredible benefits landfills offer via state-of-the-art renewable energy technology. Bowerman hosts a number of environmental protection systems and engineering excellence. There’s also a nature reserve, an erosion and sediment control area, and landslide mitigation management.

Children at least five years old are welcome, and carpooling is encouraged since parking is scarce. Located in nearby Irvine with easy interstate access, contact the landfill directly to schedule your tour. Public tours are capped at 14, but larger and private groups can be arranged.

What’s on Rodeo Drive Right Now?

April 8th, 2017

 

Famous Rodeo Drive is known for high-end shopping, but few non-locals can say exactly which shops are available. Current options include 208 Rodeo, Anne Fontaine and Balenciaga. You’ll also find Burberry and Bulgari, and affordable staples like Brooks Brothers. At the intersection of fashion, entertainment and dining, it’s truly an outing destination for all.

Check out the renowned Beverly Hills Wilshire where numerous films and photo shoots take place. It’s also a popular event venue available to rent. Cartier, Chanel and Céline are on the strip, along with Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Head to the 90210

In the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is home to Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Harry Winston. Shoppers can also find Guess, Jimmy Choo and La Perla Boutique. Lacoste has a boutique on Rodeo, as well as the world-known Lancer Skincare dermatology suite. Stop by Louis Vuitton, or spend the afternoon perusing Miu Miu.

On Rodeo Bistro and Lounge is a favorite spot for drinks and light fare, or check out Sidebar for a classic cocktail. The Polo Lounge is another hot spot, where you can take your breakfast while seated in the lap of luxury (or enjoyed in front of Tiffany).

LA Beer Fest

April 5th, 2017

 

April 8th marks the 9th annual LA Beer Festival. Buy your tickets soon! Last year’s event sold out, and this year is slated to be even bigger and better. Enjoy dozens of domestic and international beers, more than a dozen food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the festivities. Located at the LA Center Studios, this short and lively festival goes only from 12 – 3p.m., so come early to imbibe.

A second session is available from 5 – 8p.m., and many beer lovers reserve both tickets. Admission includes bottomless tastings, but food is sold separately. Opt for a Connoisseur’s Ticket for $80 to take advantage of a reserved indoor/outdoor deck, one-off beers not available for general admission, and luxury restrooms.

Bottoms Up

All proceeds benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc., an organization that rescues dogs from kill shelters to place them in loving homes. Proceeds specifically help with funding food, veterinary bills and shelter for the rescued pets.

Reserve your tickets now, and make sure to coordinate with friends so everyone is at the same session. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to try out a variety of gourmet beers and cuisine from some of the area’s top-ranked establishments.

 

Old Orange County Courthouse

March 6th, 2017

 

History buffs and appreciators of architecture will adore the 1893 Old Orange County Courthouse which is open for self-guided tours. It was the very first building in Santa Ana and opened in 1897 as a jail. However, in 1990 it began to transition into a courthouse and became the most striking building in the area throughout the first half of the twentieth century. It took 17 months to turn into a courthouse and was ushered into the new century and Orange County in 1901.

Unsurprisingly, the courthouse has been a staple in a number of big cases including the ruling which gave California royalties for off-shore drilling easements. In 1947, the streets were flooded with hundreds of people to catch a glimpse of the defendants in the People v. Gollum and Overell case. The courthouse became a landmark in 1983 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visiting the Courthouse

As part of the OC Parks System, the courthouse is open to the public, and you’ll find volunteers on site to answer questions. You can schedule group tours Monday through Friday, and the museum portion of the courthouse is open daily. It’s still a functioning courthouse with offices for marriage licenses, the OC archives, and hearing rooms for appeals.

Various wings of the courthouse are available for special events, and getting married at the Old Courthouse is very popular. Stop by for a museum tour, to explore the archives, or schedule your next event at this charming destination.

What’s New at Madame Tussauds?

February 24th, 2017

 

If it’s been a while since you visited the Madame (or if you’ve never been!), it’s time to tick this southern California staple off your bucket list. The famous wax statue museum is so massive it’s broken into categories including Spirit of Hollywood, Modern Classics, Making Movies, Marvel Superheroes, A-List Party, Country Western, and Crime. Even President Obama has his very own niche!

Private events and group sales are available if you’re traveling with a crowd, otherwise slip inside seven days a week, and “meet” your favorite stars. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley are waiting to greet you. Take a photo with Selena, snag a selfie with Jason Derulo, or get your photo with Adele.

VIP List

Everyone’s a VIP at Madame Tussauds when there’s Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Will Smith awaiting your arrival. In the crime wing, you’ll find Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando and Pierce Brosnan.

Shrek and Edward Scissorhands are always popular picks, and you’ll get the real 4-D experience in the Marvel wing! Thor, Wolverine, Captain America and more are all on hand to make your visit or special event one worthy of a hero.

 

Make Mickey Your Man This Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2017

 

Disneyland knows how to do every holiday right, including Valentine’s Day! The decorations are stunning with the entire park decked out in pink, red and hearts galore. If you’re looking for a truly magical day with your special someone (or family!), head to Disneyland, and take in the festive, outlandish decorations that only Disney can pull off.

The walkway near the It’s a Small World ride is always one of the most romantic areas in the park, with a tree-lined street and lanterns along with twinkle lights surrounding you. Surprisingly, the Storybook Land ride is incredibly romantic, whisking you under the light-covered rose arches on an intimate boat ride.

Sweet Things

Many sweethearts come just for the special Valentine’s Day food and desserts, and Disney doesn’t disappoint. In the morning, get the strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes at Carnation Café, and at Café Orleans you can get the “Bouchee of Love,” a puff pastry with savory delights.

Check all your favorite restaurants for surprise treats and special dishes throughout the month of February. Disneyland is one of the most romantic places in Anaheim and southern California if you plan your trip right. Where will your first romantic stop be?

 

Star Wars Half Marathon at Disney: Register Now!

January 14th, 2017

 

Sign up early to head over to the dark side at Disneyland in April for a full weekend of the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side. You’ll be racing through Darth Vader’s neighborhood while white uniformed stormtroopers cheer you on. The Galactic Empire Sith Lord and Darth Vader have a full weekend of surprises planned for this epic run, live entertainment and special events.

All ages are welcome for the half marathon, 10k, 5k and, of course, Disney Kids Races. Whether you want a fast fun run or a serious training race, this is the race for you. However, only participants who register before January 17 will get their full race swag on the big day. If you’re a frequent traveler to Anaheim, get a jump start on this spring event!

Early Planning

The races take place April 20-23, but they always sell out. You can sign up to run for the dark or light side, but the dark side is always the one that’s the toughest to get into. Registration is open now, and if you register before January 17, you’ll get a personalized bib, official digital event guide, your size choice of a tech shirt—and of course, that brag-worthy medal.

Register online or in person at the park. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple takes place throughout the day at Tomorrowland. Check out The Bootstrappers at New Orleans Square, or head to Frontierland for The Laughing Stock Co. Whether you’re here in January, April, or both, the fun and options are endless.

Salute: Beer for a Cause

November 4th, 2016

 

On November 12, enjoy a Beer for a Cause at the annual festival where live music, craft beer, and epic food celebrate our veterans. All proceeds benefit a myriad of charities in southern California committed to supporting veterans. You’ll find some of the best craft breweries from around the region and world here along with top DJs and reggae bands. The area’s most famous food trucks will be on site offering pairings that are heavenly matches for your favorite brews.

Enjoy unlimited samples from breweries with general admission from 1-4:30 p.m. and VIP hours starting at 11 a.m. You’ll take home a commemorative tasting glass and have access to over 12 of the best food trucks in town. Check out the art vendors and veteran organization booths, and take a look at vintage military vehicles.

What to Expect

Designated drivers pay just $20 at the door; general admission is $45 and VIP is $55. Everyone has to be at least 21, and please leave your furry friends at home. There’s limited free parking on site, but overflow attendees will be directed to the $10 Honda Center parking lot. Arrive early, drink and eat more, and save!

You’ll find the festival at The Phoenix Club, located at 1340 South Sanderson Avenue in Anaheim. Veterans are encouraged to attend, represent and enjoy with friends and family!

 

House of Blues Anaheim

November 3rd, 2016

 

Anaheim’s famous House of Blues has left Disney, but don’t worry—their brand new location, launched just a few weeks ago, is incredible! Now located at the GardenWalk Mall, it’s bigger, better, louder and crazier than ever. It’s located where UltraLuxe used to be, providing even more space for top-of-the-charts entertainers and their fans. The previous location was big, but there are so many fans eager for mind-blowing concerts that it was simply time to move on.

Enjoy the indoor/outdoor restaurant, live entertainment on four big stages, the foundation room where the legendary VIP room and nightclub can be found, and two floors of sightlines and sounds like you’ve never heard before. Original art, a one-of-a-kind experience, and live music every single day are all just a few miles from your Anaheim guest room.

Feeling Blue?

The restaurant and bar features inventive food with craft beers and cocktails, a soulful environment, and seating options no matter what the occasion calls for. Head to the nightclub or VIP room for pre-show parties and late night DJs. Private events here are amazing, with a flexible layout, premium service and one of the most creative beverage programs in the country.

Leading up to the opening weekend, much of the new House of Blues was kept hush-hush. Keep an eye on the official site for concert listings, special events, and more perks that will make the House of Blues your number one spot in Anaheim.

Flightdeck Air Combat Center

October 19th, 2016

 

Ready for the kind of thrills you can’t get at Disneyland? If you prefer your adrenaline rushes from a little more realistic venture, the Flightdeck Air Combat Center is for you! Choose from a variety of flight simulation options, and pull off aerial moves at 600 knots, or go head to head with friends (or strangers!) in simulated combat with genuine military moves. Feel the rush of managing a 737 commercial airliner, or if you prefer to watch, the Officers Club offers LCD views of all the aerial actions.

Before the experience, you’ll be treated to classroom instruction as well as in-flight guidance. You can also customize the experience for corporate events and parties. Select from eight types of fighter jets, each with an experience starting at just $59. The Boeing experience starts at $89, and the Kid Party options offer a range of choices!

Take Flight

Totally safe, you’ll literally stay grounded, but you won’t feel like it! The combat center is also a sweet destination for anyone considering a military or pilot career. Up to 18 “pilots” are welcome for children’s parties, which include half an hour of flying per person and access to the party room to decorate and fill with goodies as you see fit.

Rated as one of the top destinations in Anaheim and just two miles from Disneyland, it’s the kind of unique experience you don’t immediately match with southern California—but should!