It’s Hot Out There – LA County Cooling Center Info

hot tempIt’s hot, hot, hot out there, but LA County offers Cooling Centers to help you survive the summer heat.

For more information, call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1. Information is also available from this downloadable document furnished by the LA County Public Health Department. This document covers the entire county, so share it with an elderly friend. 🙂

It is advisable to call ahead to confirm seating is available.

Any local library is a great place to hang out in the heat, including our local Westchester library. The Lloyd Taber library in the Marina is listed as an official LA County Cooling Center:

Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library
4533 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey 90292
(310) 821-3415
Days & Hours of Operation
Mon – Thur: 11am – 7pm, Tue-Thur: 11am – 8pm, Fri: 12pm – 6pm and Sat: 10am – 5pm

What are you doing to survive the heat in 90045? Leave your great tip for your 90045 neighbors below.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach Schedule 2013

OK, admittedly it’s a trek, but shouldn’t everybody take in a movie at the beach at least once??

Alfredo’s Beach Club presents: Moonlight Movies on the Beach and Movies at Moms!

New Season Starts Saturday May 18, 2013 and runs through August 31, 2013

Movies are free and there is plenty of free parking.

Movies begin around 7:45 or dusk. Getting there early is recommended to find a good spot.

Bring a blanket and low back beach chair.

Dinner, Snacks and Popcorn (kettle corn) available for purchase.

For details, head over to

Kids Bowl Free This Summer in 90045


Kids bowl free at 90045’s local bowling alley. No coupons or vouchers required. An adult can pick up a summer pass for $34.95 and bring up to three non-kid guests.

AMF El Dorado Lanes
8731 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045

Get the details here.

Who’s up for a game??

LA Kids Weekend Events: July 12 – 14

Bonjour!  This Sunday is Bastille Day, which means it’s a great time to indulge in French fries, macarons, crepes and other Gallic delicacies.  You could also celebrate by storming the city (in lieu of the Bastille) and making it to as many of these…

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South Bay Art Department — 2 for 1 Art After Dark

We love this place for casual art! From their website:

Get two tickets for Art After Dark for just $30 (Regularly $60) Limit: 5 per customer. Never expires. Tonight, we’re not following directions or rules. We aren’t being judged as good or bad. We’re going to escape all of the rigid results-oriented tasks of our daily lives by making spontaneous, personal art. Be an artist for a night. No experience necessary!

Click here to buy. Tip: We let the kids paint while the moms sit on the patio and gossip. There have been wine sightings on occasion, but don’t tell. 😉

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New Westchester charter school finds its own home in time for September opening

Once adrift among the sea of schools seeking refuge at one of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s campuses, Westchester Secondary Charter School ended its odyssey last month when it found a home at a Westchester church.

The charter’s co-founders, Ann Wexler and Janet Landon, have always wanted to be in Westchester as the students of the community are their target audience. They say they have received applications from students from the surrounding areas of Mar Vista, Playa del Rey and Del Rey but also from the student feeder pattern of Westchester schools, Ladera Heights and Windsor Hills.

The site of the new charter is at 8820 East Sepulveda Speedway near La Tijera Boulevard, the former location of WISH Charter.

They are planning to open their doors for the first time Sept. 3.

The school will serve middle school students as well as ninth graders and plans to eventually add 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

See more details and the full story on

Wave Of New Talent At Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series Starts Tonight

The 29th annual Twilight Concert Series returns to the Santa Monica Pier at 7 pm this Thursday, July 11.

In its customary fashion – organizers have lined up a variety of local acts and world music to excite movement from all corners of the dock.

Last year’s line-up included headliners Best Coast and Amadou & Mariam. Also, an assortment of opening acts who have used their Santa Monica exposure to boost their way unto an international stage – see the three sisters of Haim.

This year, wonted co-producers Rum & Humble have partnered with Spaceland Presents, the company behind First Fridays (music and food events) at the Natural History Museum.

RH&S has written out a menu that goes beyond music – encompassing some gourmet food trucks which have become quite prominent in the past year.

See the full story on, including the complete summer schedule. For more information on the Twilight Concert Series, head over to their website.

$14 for Two One-Hour Passes with Shoe Rental at Sky Zone

Have you been to Sky Zone? It’s a little bit of a trek, but what a blast! Bounce on a massive sea of connected trampolines and angled wall trampolines with basketball hoops and 3-D dodgeball.

Groupon is running a 2-fer deal. Click here to grab the details and head on over with (or without 🙂 ) the kids. Better hurry, though, because this deal will sell out fast.