June 16, 2012 |
Father's Day 2012 arrives in cutting-edge style: Via a Google Doodle featuring an animated, remote-controlled robot serving a coffee mug declaring dear old dad #1. Google Doodles typically offer up honors to the obscure and the offbeat. This Google Doodle , however, underscores the challenge many Americans face when the Father's Day holiday rolls around on the third Sunday of each June. Buy a tie for dad? Or some grilling accouterments? Socks? A round of golf? Why is it so hard to find the perfect gift for Pops?
July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has a simple wish for his upcoming birthday: some cash. At least that is what First Lady Michelle Obama is asking for in an email to supporters Monday, in which she reveals she and her husband plan to celebrate his 51st birthday next month with "a little celebration" at their Chicago home. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4, and his reelection campaign is using the occasion for another contest in which supporters can enter to win a chance to meet the president.
December 23, 2013 |
Last-minute shoppers visited fewer stores and spent less money last week than they did the week before, putting a pinch on retailers who had hoped for strong sales during the final weekend before Christmas, according to ShopperTrak. The data firm found that from Dec. 16-22, revenue at bricks-and-mortar stores slid 3.1% from the same week last year. Foot traffic tanked 21.2%. Harsh weather kept many consumers from reaching malls, according to ShopperTrak. And many Americans now research their shopping lists online before buying products in person, which results in fewer stores visited per shopping trip.
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June 16, 2013 |
Officials in Chinatown unveiled a 7-foot bronze statue of Bruce Lee to a crowd of several hundred in the historical Central Plaza on Saturday night. The unveiling caps a five-year effort to bring the statue to Chinatown, said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter and president of the Bruce Lee Foundation. The statue, created by an artist in Guangzhou, China, is the first such statue of her father in the United States, Shannon Lee said. Though the statue will not be permanently installed until business leaders can raise $150,000 to install seating and a concrete plinth, the timing was right for the unveiling, Shannon Lee said.
June 13, 2013 |
Food and community: Apolis , a “socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities,” will be hosting a summer speaking series with the first event scheduled June 18. Marcus Samuelsson, author of “Yes, Chef,” and Rohan Anderson, author of “Whole Larder Love,” will be leading a conversation about food and its ability to create community from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, to be held at the Apolis retail space located inside Common...
June 12, 2013 |
San Lorenzo Bikinis has landed in North America, opening a flagship store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The company was born in Lima, Peru, in 1991 in a small sewing shop. Later it expanded production into Brazil and in 2005 ventured into Hawaii, where it now has six stores (five in Oahu and one in Maui). The company prides itself on offering a range of quality swimsuit choices, including custom made. The store is at 271 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Events The “Teen Party Expo” -- a showcase of goods and services that are available for teen events including bar and bat mitzvahs, sweet 16 parties, quinceñeras, Filipino debuts and proms -- is coming to the Dome at the Queen Mary from noon to 5 p.m Saturday.
March 1, 2012 |
Help protect the ocean and get a free ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific in return, at its 10 th annual street cleanup March 10, a Saturday. Participants will clean up streets in downtown Long Beach, and pick up trash before it can flow to the Pacific. In exchange for a full bag of trash, volunteers will receive a ticket to the aquarium, a $24.95 value. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach. For info: (562) 590-3100 or click here . . . . A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, June 16 . In addition to the music, get a rush of Father's Day weekend good feelings by checking out the personal collection of Johnny's daughter Cindy, who lives in Ventura.
June 8, 2012
--Ugg Australia, a division of Goleta, Calif.-ba sed Deckers Outdoor Corp., opened its first flagship men's store in New York on Wednesday. The 800-foot-square store is dedicated to outerwear, accessories and footwear for males, including the iconic leather boots that Ugg is known for. It's part of a growing trend of retailers opening shops dedicated to their male clientele. Last year, Hermes opened its first guy-only store in New York and Coach opened its first men's boutique.
May 22, 2013 |
'The Adobo Road': Food-blogger-turned-cookbook-author Marvin Gapultos will be celebrating the launch of " The Adobo Road Cookbook ," a Filipino food journey, on Thursday at Max's of Manila in Industry. The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will include a book signing, a talk led by Gapultos and food featured in the book. www.burntlumpiablog.com . Suds & Shellfish: Catch restaurant in Santa Monica is hosting a one-day-only seafood fest called "Suds & Shellfish" on June 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The four-course menu will feature Maryland soft-shell crab rolls, Louisiana shrimp, Santa Barbara prawns and more.
June 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama unexpectedly ducked out of the White House for lunch on Wednesday, heading to a barbecue restaurant near Capitol Hill. The White House said the president was honoring Father's Day by dining with two active-duty military dads and two local barbers involved in a federal program to promote fatherhood. The men ate at Kenny's Smokehouse in northeast Washington, D.C., and chatted about parenting and haircuts as the president looked down at a plate of beef ribs, greens, black-eyed peas and a corn muffin.