LA Zoo Lights

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This holiday season for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo changes stripes from a daytime adventure to a dazzling winter wonderland known as “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”, which electrifies guests as it transforms the Zoo’s enchanting environment into a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays. Open nightly from Friday, November 28, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6 to 10 pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), this magical new experience is destined to become a wondrous, “don’t-miss” holiday tradition. “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS,” bringing lights back to Griffith Park for the first time since 2009, is produced and presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and made possible with support from Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles, 4th District.

When: Friday November 28, 2014 – Friday December 28, 2014
Where: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission: $8-13

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit LA Zoo Light website.

Chill at the Queen Mary

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This holiday season come out to the Queen Mary in Long Beach to experience frozen magic at the Ice Kingdom. The giant dome will be frozen over into a giant igloo giving Southern California a special holiday celebration. This chilly exhibit will feature larger-than-life ice creations made from two million pounds of ice. There will also be ice-tubing, ice skating, live music, carolers, and more.

Bring a warm jacket and your gloves because temperatures will reach 9 degrees!

The third annual CHILL returns November 21st.
For dates, tickets, and more information visit the Queen Mary Chill website.

Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square

Do you love winter time as much as I do? I’m so glad that the warm weather has passed. Also, with the holidays around the corner every city is doing something rad to celebrate.

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Last week, Pershing Square in Downtown LA opened up their holiday ice rink! Now through January 2015 you can skate under the California sun or below the sparkling night sky in the heart of Downtown. Addition to skating, there ail be fun and free activities for all ages.

Admission is $9 to skate for an hour and $3 to rent skates.

For advanced ticket purchase, directions, and event information, visit the Holiday Ice Rink website.

Happy Veteran’s Day from That LA Writer

That LA Writer would like to thank those who have served our country and fought for our freedom. Words can not express our gratitude to you whom have risked your own life for ours. Your dedication and bravery does not go unnoticed.

Our prayers and good vibes go out to those who have been wounded in battle and especially to the families that have lost loved ones.

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ABC News has put together a list of deals and freebies for our Vets on Veteran’s Day.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt

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For a limited time, some of Los Angeles’ hottest foodie spots will be participating in the first ever Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt! #HelloKittyHungryHunt

From October 24, 2014 through November 21, 2014, visit participating foodie venues around town and enjoy a special limited edition Hello Kitty themed food or beverage item created for this special occasion. All participating restaurants offer something delicious and exclusive!

Each Hungry Hunt menu item includes a small gift: a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin featuring Hello Kitty enjoying a culinary treat. The menu items and pins are exclusive to each location and available for a super limited time while supplies last.

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

Cafe Dulce
Little Tokyo
134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall Bldg E
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chado Tea Room
Little Tokyo/JANM
369 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Charm City Cakes West
WeHo
8302-A Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Daikokuya Sawtelle
Sawtelle
2208 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Dylan’s Candy Bar
Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Lemonade
Downtown
250 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Lollicup Coffee & Tea
Sawtelle
2206 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Downtown
1111 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #103
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Seoul Sausage
Sawtelle
11313 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Xlixe Pizzeria
Little Tokyo
432 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Zip Sushi & Izakaya
Little Tokyo Arts District
744 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For more information, visit the Yelp event page.

Edgar Allen Poe Reading

The night before Halloween, author, actor, poet, director, and playwright Peter Hayes Brothers will captivate you with performances by talented thespians of the most macabre literary imaginings penned by Poe. Director Peter Brothers will enthrall audiences with works like “The City in the Sea,” “To One in Paradise,” “For Annie,” and excerpts from literary masterpieces like “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Sphinx.”

Fitting the season, Brothers will turn his bookshop audience into accomplices for eerie tales of intrigue, betrayal and supernatural specters. Bring your friends to witness the resurrection of shadowed gothic literature; for only as long as the pendulum swings.

When: Thursday, October 30 @ 7:00pm
Where: Barnes & Noble
4735 Commons Way,
Calabasas, CA
Admission: Free

For more information, visit spotlighthearts.org

Michelle Phan Book Signing

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Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression. Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.

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When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069