Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Santa Fe Springs, Saturday, December 3

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 3

Santa Fe Springs City Hall
Corner of Pioneer & Telegraph

Monday, November 28, 2011

Outdoor Skating Rink: Pershing Square (downtown L.A.), Nov. 17-Jan 16 2012

The Downtown on Ice skating rink is now open everyday (including holidays) until January 16, 2012 at Pershing Square: 532 S. Olive St. in Downtown Los Angeles.  The price is $8 per person including skate rental, cash only.  Skate rental sizes are available from a toddler's 6 to a man's 15.  Attendants recommend that any adult skating with a toddler be a skillful skater.  Underground parking is available on-site with discounted rates when you show your skating receipt.

Or, take Montebello Bus Lines Route 40 along Beverly Blvd and get off at Pershing Square.  Click here for a $1 off skating coupon from Montebello Bus Lines.

Skating Session Times
See above for skating session times.  The 10 am session is only good on Friday-Sunday

Some of the special Holiday-themed events at this site include:

  • "It's Christmas, Snoopy" sneak preview performance on Tuesday, November 29 at 4pm.  This is a sneak preview of the skating spectacular show at Knott's Berry Farm.

  • Winter Holiday Festival: Saturday, December 10, 11am-7pm.  Santa and his reindeer will make an appearance, along with snow, train rides, crafts and other free activities.

  • Rock Around the Rink: Free skate on Friday 12/16 and Saturday 12/17 at 8 pm.  Free skating sponsored by The Sound 100.3.  For more information visit www.thesoundla.com

  • Menorah Lighting Celebration: Tuesday, 12/20 at 8pm

  • Kwanzaa Celebration: Thursday, 12/22 at 8 pm
For more information about Downtown on Ice visit http://laparks.org/pershingsquare/.

Friday, November 25, 2011

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas Movies: Get the DVR ready!

The ABC Family Channel has its 25 Days of Christmas schedule available. Holiday themed and family friendly movies are showing everyday now through Christmas day.  View the schedule here and set the DVR for family movie night.

Movies include holiday themes such as The Santa Clause, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and the Polar Express. Disney favorites including Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, Up, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Aladdin, The Incredibles, A Bug's Life, and Ratatouille. All day marathons of holiday classics and Harry Potter are scheduled on weekends.

Old Town Monrovia Holiday Events 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pasadena Tree Lighting: Friday, 11/15, 6pm

This looks like fun! Bring a new toy to donate and get a free picture with Santa 6:30-9pm only. Write a letter to Santa and recieve a personal reply. Visit http://www.onecolorado.com/fun_treelighting.php for more information.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sportswear Sample Sale: near the Montebello Metrolink Station

My family came across this sample sale during the summer and it was amazing! Sizes XS-XXL. Infant - Adult. I bought a girl's hoodie jacket for $3! Organic cotton onesies and baby caps for $1. Adult pants $10, T-shirts $4. Very well organized. Quality merchandise.  Credit cards/cash accepted. No try on rooms.  On Flotilla between Garfield and Vail, near the Metrolink.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Grand Illumination: Uptown Whittier, Friday, December 2

For more information click here

Electronic Waste Collection: Santa Fe Springs, Saturday 11/19

Electronic Waste Collection

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Santa Fe Springs Christian School
11434 Otto St, Santa Fe Springs

For more information call 562-321-9313

Nutcracker Craft Boutique: Brea, November 18 and 19

 Brea Nutcracker Craft Boutique

Friday, November 18, 9am-6pm
Saturday, November 19, 9am-4pm

Brea Community Center
695 E. Madison Wy, Brea

Admission: $2

Over 250 vendors of arts, crafts and food for the holidays.  For more information click here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guy Stocking Stuffers Ideas

This is Mr. Montebello Mom guest writing today’s blog post about stocking stuffers for guys.  While we pay special attention to big ticket item shopping for the kids and significant others during the holiday season, smaller items tend to be relegated to the back burner.  You can always go with the old standards: a box of See’s Candies or a giant popcorn tin.  However, if you are thinking about mixing it up a bit this year, here are some great low cost stocking-stuffers ideas for the guys in your life.  These also make great presents for co-workers and as "emergency presents" for the occasional distant family member who drops by unannounced on Christmas Eve . 

Office Depot flashlight: $4
First we have the Office Depot 9-LED flashlight for under $4.  Guys love flashlights, and you can never have too many of them.  Kids love them too, which makes these a great stocking stuffer for all ages. 

keychain multi-tool: $4

I picked up several of these small keychain multi-tools at Office Depot for $4.  The best part is that you will be hearing for months about how your gift saved the day when they needed an emergency screwdriver/pliers/cutter. 

2-piece headlight: $6
A close cousin to the flashlight is the “Headlight”, the flashlight worn around your head with an elastic band.  We know the women in our lives think we look like total dorks when wearing them, but few things come in handier when repairing leaky faucets or working on the dark crevices of our vehicles.  Home Depot has this 2-piece set for under $6.  One for dad, one for son!

Leatherman Wingman $25
The Leatherman Multi-Tool is hands down, bar none, the ultimate guy gift that does not feature an internal combustion engine.  Every guy needs one, and should have at least two or three.  Home Depot has this model for $25, which is an excellent deal considering they usually go for over $50.  When purchasing full size multi-tools, please don’t settle for Made in China knockoffs; go with Leatherman, Gerber or Victorinox and you will have a happy guy in your life. 

The Home Depot in Commerce (Telegraph and Garfield) has a great section of tool gift sets near the cash registers for under $20, many of them under $7.  Any of these would make an awesome present for any guy over 12.

These low-cost gift ideas will allow you to be a Christmas hero to all without breaking your wallet.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pico Rivera Craft Boutique, Pico Rivera, Thursday, November 17

Pico Rivera Craft Boutique

Thursday, November 17

Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave, Pico Rivera

Unique items, crafts and gifts!  For more information click here.