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What is Obscura Day? It’s more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places. Access to this private collection of rare and restored vintage pinball machines usually requires an invite, but we’ve got your ticket in. Don’t worry, you won’t need a password, a special knock or a secret handshake to get through the door – Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein has made special arrangements for an OBSCURA DAY pinball party just for the Los Angeles Obscura Society.

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In an undisclosed location in Pasadena, Thumperdome is open only to those on the owner’s personal mailing list. Now we will get the chance to flip and bump our way to Pinball Wizard stardom on his vintage machines – some decades old, and many of which have been salvaged from bars, arcades, and even the trash. Pinball machines have been restored onsite and brought back to their former glory for players of all ages to experience again, or for the first time. We’ll chat with Thumperdome’s owner about the history and design of a few of his machines, and we’ll find out what goes into repairing them. We may even see some restoration work in progress!

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Whether you’re a serious gamer, a lover of kitsch, or an old soul, here’s your chance to strike points, earn extra balls, hit the jackpot, and learn about a fiercely competitive hobby that has achieved cult status. And you won’t need a pocketful of quarters to do it.

WHAT: Obscura Day 2015: Private Tour And Play At The Pacific Pinball Museum
WHEN: May 30, 2015 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Pasadena, CA 91104  

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: $20 

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The belle of all things “berrylicious,” the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard celebrates 32 years of serving up all day fun with delicious eats, entertainment, and fine arts.

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Featuring 50+ food booths, contests like the tart toss and shortcake build off, celebrity chef demonstrations, Strawberryland For Kids with rides, and more, the celebration ranks among the nation’s top outdoor Festivals.

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The two-time Grammy-award winning “Maraichi Divas” and “Dirty Rice” headline the non-stop concerts on multiple stages.

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WHAT: California Strawberry Festival
WHEN: May 16 – 17, 2015 | 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
WHERE: Strawberry Meadows of College Park | 3250 South Rose Avenue | Oxnard, CA

DETAILS: 

  • Tickets: Adults: $12; seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8; Youths (5-12): $5, Free for kids 4 and under
  • Proceeds benefit southland charities

CONTACT: (888) 288-9242

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Streets in Downtown Burbank will be packed with special effects artists, street painters, and more than 100 established artists from disciplines such as painting, photography, and sculpture at the Downtown Burbank Art Festival. The festival will take place outdoors on four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. The Festival is free and open to the public.

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As part of the festival, the Burbank-based Creative Talent Network will present the CTN Road Trip, an event devoted to animation and visual EFX artists from feature films, video games and television. Happening on San Fernando Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Angeleno, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase artwork and interact with the artists, whose contributions are found among the highest grossing animation films of all time.

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Also scheduled are live art demonstrations, panel discussions with top Industry artists and art directors, portfolio reviews, and breakfast with the pros presented in collaboration with Brainstorm. Guest speakers include talent from Marvel Studios, Pixar, Insomniac Games, and many more.

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WHAT: Downtown Burbank Art Festival
WHEN: April 11 – 12, 2015 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 
WHERE: Downtown Burbank, CA

DETAILS: 

  • The Festival is free and open to the public

CONTACT INFO: (818) 238-5180

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Tis the season to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays! While most of us in Southern California aren’t going to get much of an “authentic” feel during the holiday season, with temperatures in the 70′s and 80’s and palm trees swaying, we simply do what we can to get into the spirit. Luckily, many of our neighbors have created some holiday cheer to help us spread the joy with our friends and families.

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El Segundo Candy Cane Lane

Since 1949, Candy Cane Lane has been an El Segundo holiday tradition. This block of houses includes a huge array of decorations including a visit from Santa on his sleigh sometime between 7:00 and 9:00 pm nightly. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned food for needy families in El Segundo. The event runs until December 23rd.

Location: 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue, look for the Candy Cane Lane sign. The street is closed to cars, however, nearby parking is not difficult.

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Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane

The Woodland Hills candy cane lane is located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets near Pierce College. This eight square block area has been maintaining this holiday tradition of decorating with lights, characters, and artificial snow since 1952. Santa has been seen roaming around on occasion. Residents request visitors arrive before 10:00 pm weekdays and 11:00 pm weekends and many turn their lights off after that hour to discourage late night neighborhood traffic. Be warned: the traffic getting onto Oxnard backs up. Runs through New Year’s Day. It begins on the 2nd Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year.

Location: Lubao and Oxnard Streets

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Altadena Christmas Tree Lane

This year Altadena Christmas Tree Lane is celebrating its 90th anniversary. This neighborhood boasts the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the US. This has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It runs from dusk to 10:00 pm weekdays and until midnight weekends and holidays through January 2nd.

Location: Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive

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Brea Eagle Hills Christmas Lights

Running through New Year’s Day, this Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood goes all out with 100 homes decked out with lights, decorations, live music, a live nativity scene, and horse-drawn carriages. Some residents even decorate the interior of their homes and allow visitors to peek inside.

Location: Entrance is either via East Birch and South Starflower Streets or East Lambert Road and Sunflower Street.

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South Torrance Sleepy Hollow

This South Torrance neighborhood is fairly remote, located in the Seaside section of Torrance quite a distance from the freeways. Many consider the trek to be worth it to check out the nearly 40-year-old tradition. It’s a cute neighborhood with non-uniform blocks allowing for some “old country” feel as you turn the bends. It is also recommend you park and walk. Runs through New Year’s Day.

Location: Entrance is near the intersection of Anza Avenue and Calle Mayor.

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San Marino Majestic Pines on St. Albans

St. Albans Drive decorates its massive pine trees for the Christmas season and it really is a site best taken in by walking. The effect makes you feel as if you are a miniature character in some fun, surreal, Christmas spectacle.

Location: St. Albans Drive at Huntington Drive.

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WHAT: Candy Cane Lanes And Holiday Lights
WHEN: Multiple cities
WHERE:
Check each neighborhood

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Shine up your skates and grab your mittens! LEGOLAND® California Resort is getting its outdoor gear ready for its annual winter celebration, Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights. The winter fun kicks off with more than 50 tons of real snow, a new ice rink, festive treats, holiday entertainment, and family fun activities.

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During Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, the Park’s Fun Town transforms into a winter wonderland featuring 7-foot tall snow-covered tube runs for children to slide down and a snow-play area where families can throw snowballs at LEGO® themed targets and build snowmen using LEGO accessories.

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Plus, new this year, guests can enjoy gliding on ice at the Resort’s ice rink located in front of the ticket plaza for additional fee. Park guests can also sing along with holiday entertainment including live music featuring LEGO Friends Live, Jingle Jammers, the Big Test Holiday show and the Holiday Character Dance Party. Holiday Snow Days continues with the annual LEGO Christmas tree lighting event and concludes with San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

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WHAT: Legoland Snow Days & Winter Nights
WHEN: 
November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015
WHERE: 
1 Legoland Drive | Carlsbad, CA 92008

CONTACT INFO: (760) 918-5346

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