Monthly Archives: February 2012
Feb 29 2012
2nd Annual Santa Clarita WineFest

2nd Annual Santa Clarita WineFest
Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PT)

Bridgeport Marketplace
24045 Newhall Ranch Road
Valencia, CA 91354


Leap Year Special – $59.95 Admit One Adult to the 2nd Annual Santa Clarita WineFest
This special deal admits one adult to the 2nd Annual Santa Clarita WineFest March 3rd,
benefiting the Michael Hoefflin Foundation

Get your tickets today and enjoy the WineFest this Saturday!

Feb 29 2012
Contessa’s Next Celebration – March 16th

Contessa’s Next Celebration – March 16th


Just received this invitation:

Contessa Chocolate Collection
We enjoyed our Grand Opening Gala so much that we decided to have another Friday Event!

In the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day
You are Cordially Invited to Celebrate With Us

— Featuring —

Live Entertainment
Chocolate Truffle & Guinness Pairings
Complimentary Espresso Shots
— Wear —

— Bring —

Your Worst Leprechaun Jokes.
Email us your joke entries or write them that night.
— Win —

Your joke enters you into a drawing for a your choice
of one of our new individually sized desserts:

A Flourless Chocolate Cake
or a Single Shot Chocolate Pudding Mini Push-Up.

Drawing will be held at 8pm.
You have to be there to win.
— Buy —

Other espresso drinks available for purchase, as well as a selection of spring inspired fresh truffles, and decadent chocolate desserts.

For this evening only, and while supplies last, receive $5.00 off an 8-piece box of assorted hand crafted chocolates.

— On —

Friday, March 16, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

— At —

380 South Lake Avenue, Suite 111
Pasadena, California 91101
In the Burlington Arcade

Ph. 626- 793-7761

— RSVP —

To [email protected]
by Monday 12, 2012

— Find us on —



An Invitation from Contessa Chocolate Collection
Gourmet chocolates and fine espresso on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena.

Feb 29 2012
Whole Foods Market Presents “Crack Heard Around The World!” March 10, 2012 3PM

Whole Foods Market Presents “Crack Heard Around The World!” March 10, 2012 3PM



On Saturday March 10, 2012 at 3pm EST(is that 12pm PST or is that 3pm PST as well?) — wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano will be simultaneously cracked and sampled at Whole Foods Markets across the US, Canada and the UK. Shoppers are encouraged to stop by their local store to enjoy samples and pairing ideas.

Feb 29 2012
OMG @911: #FacingCrisis in Social Media

OMG @911: #FacingCrisis in Social Media

AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Get directions

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Social media’s fast becoming the go-to place for all kinds of news – including the bad and dangerous kind. So what happens when disaster strikes? When crime occurs down the street? First-responders, city officials, and law enforcement are now using Facebook and Twitter to issue updates and manage citizen queries. But it’s a relatively young process that the press and the public can help improve. The question is: How?

On Wednesday, March 14th, join KPCC’s Kim Bui (social media editor) and guest panelists who’ll address how social media’s being used by government agencies; what the reaction’s been to online tools; and where journalists and regular people fit in to the info-spreading picture.

6:30pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Program

Admission is free, but RSVP’s are required.

Community Engagement

Feb 29 2012
Revenge of the Electric Car – A Film Screening and Conversation KPCC March 8, 2012

Revenge of the Electric Car – A Film Screening and Conversation

Revenge of the Electric Car

Thursday, March 8, 2012
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Get directions

RSVP for this event

The electric car got “killed” before: What ensures its life now?

Community Cinema and KPCC partner to bring you Revenge of the Electric Car, a behind-closed-doors documentary about two car giants, one Silicon Valley start-up, and a one-man L.A. DIY’er each trying to remake the electric vehicle… and maybe the future’s auto industry.

Join us on Thursday, March 8th to see the film and discuss the dollars and sense behind electric cars with director Chris Paine.

6:30pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – Program

Admission is FREE, but RSVP’s are required.
Sponsor: Community Cinema

Feb 28 2012
Twitter List Your Top Followers and Those Following by Number of Followers

Twitter List Your Top Followers and Those Following by Number of Followers.

I am looking for your help to get feedback on an application I am working on.

You enter your twitter name and enter the captcha code then select to list your top followers or those following you.

And you will get a list, give it a minute or two to return the results.

And don’t hesitate to give feedback using the left margin pop out.


Feb 28 2012
BIL Conference 2012

BIL Conference 2012

BIL Conference 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM – Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PT)
Long Beach, CA

Most of you have heard of TED or watched the talks online, but do you know about BIL, the quirky, populist, unconference taking place nearby?  Open to the public and fully participant powered, BIL features a wild mix of technologists, scientists, artists, hackers, and those with a passion for community awareness.  Join us March 3-4 on the historic Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, California.

 BIL is an un-conference — organized and observed by the participants. BIL emerged from a community of people who aspire to change the world for the better. It’s a place for passionate people to come together, energize, brainstorm, and take action! Everyone at BIL shares a common trait: BILders are the everyman thinkers and doers of today and for tomorrow.

 Expect to hear a lot of topics covered, from life extension and robotics, to D.I.Y. biology, social change, the future of the pharmaceutical industry, and open hardware hacking.  This year, many members of local L.A. hackerspaces and the Space Industry will participate and you can hear about the exciting technologies being developed by these amazing tinkerers.  We have invited a great group of speakers, and found an amazing venue- but the rest is up to you, because YOU are BIL!

Don’t miss this fantastic weekend of mind expanding discussion and our amazing speakers! Sign up now to ensure you are part of the action and check out:

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM – Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PT)

Tickets range from $50 to $100

Feb 28 2012
Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook PC only $339

Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook PC – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz, 2GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, 14.1″ WXGA, Windows 7 Home Premium (Off-Lease)
Buy now

Powered by an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.26GHz Processor
2GB of DDR2 Memory
Equipped with a 160GB Hard drive
802.11b/g/n wireless networking
14.1” WXGA Display

Make you life more productive with the Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook PC. Whether at the office, home, or on the go; this mobile PC delivers reliable computing, excellent display quality and seamless communication. Experience fast-paced, high-performance applications; this notebook PC provides the speedy capabilities of an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.26GHz Processor with a 2GB of DDR2 Memory, and supports a large storage capacity with a 160GB 5400RPM Hard drive. On its 14.1in WXGA display, you can view your documents, reports, and emails clearly with a 1280 x 800 image resolution. Work on your business at any time and at any place; choose the Dell Latitude E6400 Notebook PC and improve your mobility.

Buy now

Feb 28 2012
Asus Prime Tablet

Asus Prime Tablet

I found the Asus Prime series of tablets far outshines anything Apple can throw at the market right now.

The current Prime already outshines the iPad 2 and the next Asus Prime (Infinity) with its Quad core processor and HD resolution (1900X) is stunning.

Apple has had it their way for too long charging exorbitant prices for less than cutting edge technology and selling it to unsuspecting customers who aren’t tech savvy.

Feb 28 2012
Apple To Release Quad-Core iPad 3 With 4G next week in San Francisco

Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 7 at 10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive early.
Apple To Release Quad-Core iPad 3 With 4G next week in San FranciscoNew York at a press event on March 7, 2012.

Apple Invite Includes Image Of iPad
Apple Invite Says ‘We Have Something You Really Have To See. And Touch’
Apple Hosting Event In San Francisco On March 7, is this also in addition to NY?

So what is in store for use with the iPad 3?

– higher-resolution 2048×1536 ‘retina’ display,
– 1GHz quad-core Apple A6 processor
– 4G connectivity,
a few other update we are yet to learn… stay tuned for video and pictures of the iPad 3.

Is 4G far behind for the iPhone? It is interesting that the iPhone now will lag behind the iPad in feature specs.

Best Buy dropped the price of Apple iPad 2 models by $50 this past weekend

Feb 28 2012
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The popularity of coupons came from the uprising costs of hotels and motels. Most people are worried to travel because even after making smart online bookings, the costs don’t seem to go down. In the past, people had to just depend on the online booking agent for whatever deals they offered, but with coupons, they can exploit the cheapest options. There are endless coupons for every popular travel destination, and users are making the most of them. The discounts may vary according to locations and places, but the discounts you get are prodigious, ranging between 20% and 80%. Expedia is a popular website and has millions of customers globally, and therefore, the coupons belonging to the company are indisputable. You can smartly save on your next hotel or stay with and enjoy the benefits of frugal spending.

However, with millions of discount websites operating on the web, it often becomes difficult to find an online portal that will offer you genuine coupons. A branded and reliable portal is FrugalDad. The website offers the best discount coupons for Expedia and is highly authentic. The best part of the website is the simplicity factor, which allows you to browse through various coupons and deals without any complexity. You can check various things about a deal like the discount, the term for which it is valid, and options to maximize savings. Apart from hotel bookings, you can do apartment and rental bookings for most popular destinations. Since the coupons are legitimate, you will have no issues to using them. Also, the links of the coupons take you directly to the main website, which ensures that you get access to all terms and conditions of the deal to save on your next hotel or stay with before redeeming it.

Feb 28 2012
Season 14 Dancing with The Stars Cast Revealed – DWTS

Season 14 Dancing with The Stars Cast Revealed – DWTS

The cast of this season’s Dancing with the Stars was made official this morning via an announcement on Good Morning America.

Here is the list of who will be competing for the mirrorball trophy this season:

Donald Driver (football player, Green Bay Packers) with partner Peta Murgatroyd
Gavin DeGraw (singer-songwriter) with partner Karina Smirnoff.
Gladys Knight (legendary singer with The Pips) with partner Tristan McManus
Jack Wagner (soap opera actor) with partner Anna Trebunskaya
Jaleel White (Steve Urkel in Family Matters) with partner Kym Johnson
Katherine Jenkins (opera singer) with partner Mark Ballas
Maria Menounos (television host) with partner Derek Hough.
Martina Navratilova (tennis legend) with partner Tony Dovolani
Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prairie actress) with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Roshon Fegan (Shake It Up! actor) with partner Chelsie Hightower
Sherri Shepherd (The View co-host) with partner Val Chmerkovskiy
William Levy (telenovela actor) with partner Cheryl Burke

“Dancing With the Stars” premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC

Feb 27 2012
Petition Ralphs to Upgrade Altadena Store

Petition Ralphs to upgrade

Please sign this petition to tell Ralphs’ corporate offices to upgrade the Altadena Ralphs. The more people shop in Altadena, the better it is for the health and vibrance of our community.
“Ralphs is the largest grocery store in Altadena, which has a population of 42,777 and a median income of nearly $80,000. Yet the store is cramped, with a poor selection of produce and items, and has no deli, bakery, meat department, or coffee bar. These are the types of improvements that people in Altadena want, need, and would patronize in their grocery store. We ask Ralphs to begin a remodel and/or expansion of this location to better serve our community needs.”

Feb 27 2012

Mark your calendars!!!  Hear Steve’s talk AND buy a wonderful selection of 4 inch tomato seedlings to get a jumpstart on your garden! No reservations necessary – just come!  Free with admission and to Arboretum members. Jill



When?    Wednesday, March 21 at 10am

Where?       Palm Room & and Gift Shop Patio

Instructor:  Steve Goto, Tomato Guru

Cost?             Free to Arboretum Members / Free to Non-Members with Arboretum Admission


Back by popular demand for the 11th year!! Join us for Steve Goto’s famous and informative (and funny!) talk, AND his Top Tomato Picks for 2012! Learn all the tricks to successful  planting and harvesting of the best tomatoes for this area. Have all your questions answered!  After Steve’s talk, attend THE GREAT TOMATO SALE on the patio behind the Gift Shop. You won’t want to miss the large selection of different varieties of heirloom tomato plants.


Feb 27 2012
3rd Annual VidCon – Video Conference

VidCon 2012
The event will be held June 28-30th, 2012.

We’ve got good news for you, our registration has gone live and since you gave us your e-mail address we watned to let you know even before we launch the new website.

Registration is OFFICIALLY OPEN! The website will be going live later today…so you pretty much just have a two-second head start. UTILIZE!

We also now have three types of passes, and wanted to explain that to you to avoid any confusion.

The Good-ol’ Community Pass – $80 which is the same as always and gives you access to EVERYTHING (including expo hall) on June 29th and 30th.

The Industry Pass – $300, which gives you access to the community stuff as well as industry day on the 28th. This is a time for the leaders and creators and enablers of the industry of online video to get together to learn from each other and talk shop.

The Expo Pass – $40: Which gives access just to the Expo Hall, with it’s nerf guns , gaming content, tournaments, merch booths, and exhibition space from YouTube, Maker Studios, DFTBA Records and more. It doesn’t give you access to anything outside the expo hall though, so no concerts, breakouts, keynotes, or meet-ups.

We created the Expo Pass for two reasons…one, because we want to have a cheaper ticket for people who haven’t been able to attend VidCon in the past. And, two, because we wanted for more people to be able to attend the conference (we keep selling out) but we don’t have space for everyone in the keynote, concert, and meet-up areas.

Only a limited number are available at these extra-cheap, early-bird prices, so get them while they’re hot.

Click Here to Attend VidCon 2012 before tickets are sold out

Here’s some of the many speakers at the 2012 event:

Alex Day
Charlie McDonnell
Dave Days
Hank and John Green
Michael Buckley
Mitchell and Kyle
Phil DeFranco
Rhett and Link
Shane Dawson
Shay Carl
Wheezy Waiter

Feb 27 2012
Costa Allegra Fire Out, Now Ship Adrift off Seychelles Islands

Cruise ship fire off Seychelles, ship adrift
Costa Allegra On Fire Off Seychelles, Ship Adrift

Over 1000 passengers are safe, but the cruise ship is without power.
Part of the same fleet of cruise ships from the ill fated Costa Concordia.

Italian coast guard says a fire broke out on an Italian cruise ship off the Seychelles islands and the ship is now adrift, but the passengers are safe

Feb 27 2012
Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena

Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena
1174 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 798-3000

Next Door Cafe Opens on Lake in Pasadena
7 AM – 4 PM
1174 N. LAKE AVE.

Feb 27 2012
HERB – Rosemary Linked to Improved Thinking

HERB –  Rosemary Linked to Improved Thinking With a Sniff

Smell the fresh rosemary and you could improve the thinking.

The results published in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology,  published by SAGE Publications.

Results showed absorption of 1,8-coneole into the bloodstream, meaning the natural compound was absorbed through the nose and into the blood plasma.

MSN Story on Rosemary

Just sniff the fresh rosemary.

Look up books by Dr. Alan Hirsch and info on the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

Sniffing peppermint to subdue the appetite is pretty common diet advice at this point.

have read many places that citrus scents also help to decrease one’s appetite. Many dietitians recommend burning a grapefruit scented candle in the house (grapefruit is preferred over other citrus scents for some reason) in order to decrease appetite. I’ve never heard of peppermint (the smell) lowering one’s appetite, but I’ve heard several people say if you are hungry, just chew some peppermint gum and it will take the edge off your hunger. All very interesting stuff to me. One person I know says if he is hungry but it isn’t lunchtime or dinnertime, he brushes his teeth with a mint toothpaste. That suppresses his appetite.


“God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent man should not neglect;” (Sirach 38:4)

Feb 27 2012

Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.

Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Hugo

Original Score: The Artist

Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary (short subject): Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Feb 27 2012
2008 Joseph Family Alexander Valley Cabernet Duo @lot18

From Lot18: Less than 22 hours left on this offer Family Vineyards won’t be a secret for much longer. It has been quietly and consistently producing Alexander Cabernet that is so good, it might make you want to sing after just a taste. Out of nearly 150 wines tasted at a recent event in San Francisco, this wine was by far the most memorable. The wine’s elegance, structure and Bordeaux-like qualities will have you pining for more. It didn’t take long for me to see the obvious reason for Joseph Family’s success: a truly venerable rockstar winemaker. David Ramey, who cemented his reputation working for wineries such as Bordeaux’s Château Pétrus, Rudd, Chalk Hill and Dominus, produces Alexander Cabernet that can stand shoulder to shoulder with wine from any other great Cab region.

Perhaps best of all, we were able to secure two bottles of this hidden gem for close to the price of one. Grab this gorgeous wine while Joseph Family is still under the radar!

View the 2008 Joseph Family Alexander Valley Cabernet Duo Only $49 for two bottles.


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