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The Resorts of Dana Point will be hosting a rare herd of elephants as the international open air art exhibit makes its debut in the coastal city. The Elephant Parade: Welcome to America is the worlds largest exhibition of life-sized elephant statures that are painted, decorated, and displayed by local and international artists to generate world-wide attention and public awareness and support for the endangered Asian elephant.

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The History

She needs your support. In fact, a whole species does. Asian elephants are on the verge of extinction, and the commitment for their preservation started with a special elephant known as Mosha. After stepping on an abandoned land mine, Mosha was fit with the world¹s first-ever prosthesis for a baby elephant. Her powerful strides inspired father and son duo, Mike and Marc Spits, to create Elephant Parade in 2006.

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As a socially conscious business enterprise, Elephant Parade has since rapidly grown from a grassroots movement into a global crusade combining a powerful mix of corporate, celebrity, and community support. Through the sale of merchandise and auction of the original art pieces, the exhibition has raised over $6 million dollars to help support the world¹s most majestic land mammals and raise global awareness of issues affecting their dramatic plight.

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The Parade

The art side: Elephant Parade is a FREE, city-wide, open-air art exhibition featuring dozens and dozens of life-size Asian elephant statues painted by renowned artists, dignitaries, and celebrities. It’s as simple as A-B-C. The more powerful the Art, the more successful the Business, and the more funds raised for the Charity.

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The heart side: Proceeds from Elephant Parade‘s full-size exposition statue sales and an additional 20% of the Elephant Parade net profits are donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation (TAEF), an independent charity which financially supports and actively monitors projects for the welfare of the Asian elephants. Most of these projects are focused on supporting elephant hospitals and sanctuaries, developing solutions for the Œhuman-elephant conflict, and donating mobile elephant clinics to support local teams of specialized elephant doctors.

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The Location 

Surrounded by waves of inspiration — dazzling sunshine, seven miles of golden coastline, and the pageantry of the Pacific Ocean — Dana Point was hand-picked to host Elephant Parade‘s first-ever appearance in the United States after successful exhibitions in London, Milan, Amsterdam, and other global destinations. With a commitment to conservation and the preservation of the world’s most majestic mammals, including the variety of wales living seconds of the coastline, Dana Point is thrilled for the opportunity to welcome the artistic spectacle of culture and creativity to the shores of Southern California.

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The Need

Scarce and exploited, this beloved animal is rapidly vanishing from our earth.

  • Over the last 100 years, experts believe the Asian elephant habitat has shrunk by 95%, and its population has decreased by over 90%
  • In Thailand, where the elephant is the national symbol, reports indicate there are just 5,000 of the mammals in existence, with only 2,000 of those surviving in the wild
  • Statistics reveal that the Asian elephant population decreases by 3.5% annually, so scientists confirm that without proper action, the species will become extinct in just a few short decades

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While landmasses are restricted by perimeters, the oceans connect us all. And as an oceanfront destination dedicated to the preservation of the planet’s creatures, The Resorts of Dana Point think beyond the boundaries of land and sea to raise awareness for the crusade of conservation across the globe. A collection of luxury resorts and a community of locals, leaders, and lovers focused on a common cause — commit to the protection of the Asian elephant and raise global awareness of issues affecting their dramatic plight.

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WHAT: Elephant Parade: Welcome To America
WHEN: November 8 – 16, 2013 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Lantern Bay Park | 25111 Park Lantern | Dana Point, CA 92629

DETAILS:

  • Public Viewing Days — Friday 11/8 through Thursday 11/14. Over 3 dozen life-size baby elephants are on display as the artworks are available to see anytime during the day throughout the three-day public viewing. 
  • Community Goodbye — Friday 11/15 (12:00 – 6:00 pm). The host city will come together as local residents and community members— led by City Councilman Scott Schoeffel — say goodbye to the pretty pachyderms. 
  • Final Farewell — Saturday 11/16 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm). Celebrate with steadfast supporters with live music, artist interviews, exclusive merchandise sales and creative workshops throughout the day.

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor returns for 17 terrifying nights with a sinister new circus themed maze, horrifying freak shows, and more. Experience thrills and chills in mazes so daunting you’ll sell your soul for a chance to survive. This year, the Captain celebrates Dark Harbor by raising a circus of horrific spirits, malevolent circus entertainers, and other unfortunates.

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The Captain and his horrific armada of ghosts are conjuring up a haunted carnival of chilling spectacles and spirits to frighten even the bravest of souls whom dare enter Dark Harbor. New in 2013 is Circus, the latest terrifying maze, and back by popular demand are Deadrise, Submerged, Hellfire, Village of the Damned, and Containment, a sextuplet of shiver spurring mazes haunted by more than 200 monsters. Enter the mazes of Dark Harbor and you’re walking into the best haunted mazes in Los Angeles.

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To enter this port of purgatory, guests maneuver through a fog-filled tunnel of cargo containers concealing monsters. So enter one of their six haunted mazes if you dare, they’ll leave you screaming for more.

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Meet the newest character of Dark Harbor, The Ringmaster, as she orchestrates the deadliest show on earth! She joins The Captain, Half Hatch Henry, Graceful Gale, Samuel the Savage, and Scary Mary.

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Their scares aren’t the only thing that makes Dark Harbor one of the best Halloween events in Los Angeles. Grab a cocktail, nosh on some delicious grub, and enjoy live music from local bands, DJs, and other themed nights…but don’t think you are safe, the monsters roam every inch or Dark Harbor. So don’t just visit any Halloween event this October, visit the best haunted event in Southern California.

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In addition to Dark Harbor‘s six terrifying mazes, The Queen Mary has added more entertainment for the damned – sure to scare the ship out of you! A wild, bucking Monster Ride, a Zipline, five Freakshows, and the popular Rock O’ Plane.

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WHAT: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor  
WHEN: 
October 3 – 5, 11 – 13, 17 – 20, 24 – 27, 31 and November 1-2 | 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
WHERE: The Queen Mary | 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0738

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The Italian American Museum’s fifth annual Taste of Italy, Los Angeles’ premier Cultural-Gastronomic event, returns to downtown Los Angeles. Known for its authenticity, promotion of healthy, modern, eco-conscious lifestyle, Taste of Italy, features 35 of the best restaurants in the region, exceptional wineries serving nearly 100 wines, and live entertainment. Get $5 off your tickets using the code XLATOI5!

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Drawing over 3,000 attendees, Taste of Italy is the largest annual benefit for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), a non-profit organization. The event takes place around the famous Pico House Built by Pío Pico, last governor of California under Mexican rule, who lived almost the entire length of the nineteenth century, from 1801 to 1894. This was the first three-story building and the first grand hotel in Los Angeles. It later became an Italian hotel.

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This year’s participants include Drago, Toscanova, Cafe Firenze, Pizzeria Il Fico, Trattoria Neapolis, Casa Nostra, Colori’s Kitchen, Ventura Limoncello Co., Bulgarini Gelato, Di Stefano Cheese, GROM, Grando Cioccolato, Little Dom’s, and dozens of others.

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There will also be two celebrity chefs at the event, live demonstrations, and close to 100 varietals by Cantina Pizzolato, Fasoli Gino, Le Vigne Winery, and dozens of others.

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Special guests include critically acclaimed Canzionere Grecanico, performing live, as well as chanteuses Maria Elena Infantino  and Elisabetta Russo. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will be present to conduct a cooking demonstration and sign copies of his new book Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. Actor Louis Lombardi will also be present to introduce his recently launched gourmet food line, Lombardi’s Gourmet.

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Los Angeles is home to the nations fifth largest Italian population, and one of the country’s oldest. “Taste of Italy is a celebration of authentic Italian culture and the tremendous, yet often overlooked, legacy of Italian Americans in the region,” said Marianna Gatto, Executive Director of the IAMLA and historian.

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“The IAMLA and Taste o Italy provide an avenue through which people of all origins can come together to learn about the region’s diverse history and experience Italian culture through the universal language of food,” said Paul Pagnone, President of IAMLA.

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Contests

Win tickets to Taste of Italy! Just create a video of yourself singing a short song with original lyrics about Taste of Italy or Southern California Italian American history.

Sing for the Taste Flyer

Win tickets to Italy!

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The Italian American Museum is located in the historic Italian Hall on North Main Street overlooking Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, just minutes from L.A. Live and the Civic Center. Built in 1908, the Italian Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest remaining structure from the city’s little Italy. 

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Slated to re-open in 2014, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is a 21st century, interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian Americans in Southern California and the nation. The IAMLA features exhibitions and a variety of cultural-educational programming. It welcomes an estimated two million visitors of all origins annually, including 300,000 students.

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The Mission of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is to foster understanding of Southern California’s diverse heritage through research, historic preservation, exhibitions, and educational programs that examine the history and contributions of Italian Americans in California and the nation.

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WHAT: The Italian American Museum Of Los Angeles Presents Taste Of Italy 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 5:00 – 10:00 pm
WHERE: 
Pico House | 424 North Main Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: General admission adult $50, general admission child $25, VIP admission $125
  • Get $5 off your tickets using the code XLATOI5!

CONTACT INFO: (2130 485-8432

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For 40 years, people have claimed to hear, see, and feel all manner of mysterious happenings at Heritage Square Museum. Whether it is the nature of the Victorian architecture, the historic furnishings and paintings on display or something all-together different, “ghost sightings” have occurred at the museum since its inception. Join Haunted Orange County for another paranormal investigation as they venture into Haunted LA County to investigate the museum hauntings.

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Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California during its first 100 years of statehood. 

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During the day it transports visitors to the end of the 19th century, when California was a fledgling state and the former cow town, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, began shaping itself into the metropolis it is today.

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At night after the sun sets, the visitors depart, and the last staff locks up for the night, its long time residents still roam the halls of its old Victorian mansions.

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Recently Haunted Orange County had the opportunity to investigate this property and they’ve gathered some compelling evidence, including disembodied voices on EVP and ITC sessions as well as physical contact and various personal experiences by their investigators. For only the second time, members of the general public will be able to experience these historic structures with a group of highly experienced paranormal investigators with Haunted Orange County

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All guests will be divided into four groups that you will remain with all night and rotate through each of the four mansions. Each mansion will have a lead investigator stationed there who will lead the groups as they cycle through. Guests will experience a different lead investigator at each of the stops. The four lead investigators will be, Chad Lindberg, Jason Gates, Don Staggs, and Ellen Stops. Guests will have an opportunity to investigate with all of the lead investigators. 

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WHAT: Heritage Square Paranormal Experience 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | VIP Exclusive 7:00 – 8:00 pm | Main Event 8:00 – 1:00 am
WHERE:
Heritage Square Museum | 3800 Homer Street
 | Los Angeles, CA 90031

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: General Admission $75 per person, VIP Admission $100 per person 
  • What to bring: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing, flashlight, camera, paranormal investigating equipment 

CONTACT INFO: (866) 446-7803 or Ernie@HauntedOrange.com

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Castaic Lake Recreation Area

September 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

Run by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Castaic Lake Recreation Area is a beautiful state water reservoir located just north of Santa Clarita on the 5 Freeway.

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Along with providing fresh water to local communities, Castaic Lake has also remained dedicated to providing the public with a wonderful place to have fun! Whether you come to admire, relax, and reflect upon the beauty, or pack in an extreme day of fun and excitement, there is something here for everybody.

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Several State, National, and World record fish were caught a Castaic Lake. The Lake is the largest state water project reservoir in Southern California, and contains over 11,200 total acres of parkland and open space habitat.

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Park gates are open from sunrise to sunset, and admission to the park ends an hour before closing. The Park is open every day of the year, except December 25th (Christmas Day). Park activities include boating, world-class fishing, hiking, walking, horseback riding, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, camping, picnicking, kayaking, sailing, plus simply enjoying nature and the great outdoors.

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Hiking and Biking Trails

The County of Los Angeles is proud to offer the community quality recreational trails at Castaic Lake. The trail system is open to mountain bikes, equestrians, and hikers. Participants are presented with a wide variety of potential destinations to discover and explore.

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Camping

Castaic Lake offers self-contained overnight camping on its Lower Lake/Lagoon. The campgrounds are located off of Lake Hughes Road on the east side and will accommodate travel trailers, campers, and RV’s. Tent camping is also available on a limited basis.

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Swimming

Designated areas for boating, swimming (seasonal), and fishing are easily accessible from the campgrounds. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails are also just a few minutes drive away.

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Because of their ideal location, the Castaic Lake Campgrounds make the perfect place to set up your “base camp” for all your recreational activities.

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Boat Rentals and Fishing Supplies 

Located at the Upper Lake Main Launch ramp, off Lake Hughes Road.

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Castaic Lake Fit-For-Fun Program

The Castaic Lake Fit-For-Fun program is an ongoing series of guided events, self-guided activities and/or independent workouts designed to help you stay fit and enjoy the recreation area while you work out! Membership is free. Become a member and start tracking!

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Float Tube Bass Derby

Friends of Castaic Lake present the Float Tube Bass Derby September 28, 2013 from 6:00 am – 1:00 pm at Castaic Lagoon. There will be a “big fish” cash prize and BBQ plus awards for top place catches.

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 Castaic Lake is a great family destination with lots of outdoor activity and fantastic views.  

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WHAT: Castaic Lake Recreation Area
WHEN:
Sunrise to sunset 
WHERE: 
Castaic Lake Recreation Area | 32132 Castaic Lake Drive | Castaic, CA 91384

CONTACT INFO: (661) 257-4050 or lbennett@parks.lacounty.gov

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The Tomato Battle unifies as many as 5,000 fruit-chucking fanatics for an afternoon of dancing to music, sipping libations, and flinging 300,000 pounds of Roma tomatoes at one another. Mosh in a ketchup-covered fray that marries the traditions of Spain’s La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany’s Oktoberfest.

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Festivities commence at noon with registration and opening, followed by live entertainment and a costume contest. At 4:00 p.m., soldiers donning bathing suits, safety goggles, and well-treaded shoes converge on piles of past-ripe tomatoes and set about pelting people with fruits like sentient apple trees avenging the initial-carving of amorous teenagers.

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Beats and beer flow until past 7 p.m., when ruddy troops lay down their arms and rinse themselves clean of pulp and juice. An extra set of clothes is highly recommended.

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Schedule:

Noon – Registration begins and beer garden opens

1:00 PM – Live Music and games

3:30 PM – Costume Contest

4:00 PM – Tomato Battle begins

4:30 PM – Live Music

6:00 PM – Washup and head home!

All of the tomatoes used during the exhibition will have been previously marked for disposal, making the Tomato Battle an efficient and entertaining use of inedible waste.

WHAT: SoCal Tomato Battle
WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2013 | 1:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Lakeview Park, Irvine Lake | 5305 Santiago Canyon Road | Silverado, CA

DETAILS:

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Vintage autos from the early 20th century through the 1960s will be on display as Heritage Square Museum presents its annual Vintage Automobile and Classic Car Show. Car aficionados will view a wide variety of autos from around the globe here at the Victorian Square. Visitors of all ages will marvel over the engineering and quality of various car styles from the Model T to the early hot rods of the 1950s and beyond.

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The event will also feature vintage machinery, Indian motorcycles, and other surprises to be announced in the coming weeks. The combination of vintage machines and period architecture is an opportunity for lovers of both to come together for a fun-filled day.

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The museum is excited to announce that Nick Federoff will be an exhibitor at the event. Since 1988, Nick has been reaching out to folks across the country to be “green.” Nick hosts two national award-winning radio shows, “Nick Federoff on Gardening” and the “Things Green Garden Minute.” This quest for helping others has earned him the title of America’s Master Natural Gardener. Nick will be displaying his history of lawn equipment exhibit, which will feature items such as vintage lawn mowers.

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Food will be provided by Rounds Premium Burgers via their Rounds Burger Truck. Founded in 2011, Rounds is a fun, new twist on the classic American burger stand, offering a flavorful selection of classic fare, recreated to be uniquely Rounds.

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Heritage Square Museum is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, offering visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century.

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WHAT: Vintage Automobile And Classic Car Show
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Heritage Square Museum | 3800 Homer Street | Los Angeles, CA 90031

DETAILS:

  • The auto show is included in the museum’s admission fee: $10/Adults, $8/Seniors, $5/Children ages 6-12

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