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The 15th Annual Lantern Festival

The 15th Annual Lantern festival is this Saturday, March 5 and will include live entertainment, crafts, art, music, food trucks and much more! Celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend  along with the breathtaking Chinese lantern display in downtown Los Angeles. The Lunar festival happens annually on the 15th day of the first lunar month and culminates the closing of Chinese New Year celebrations. The Los Angeles Lantern Festival has an aligned mission with the Chinese American Museum to foster a... Continue Reading >

Chocolate and Art Show

Kathleen Finnegan KGB STUDIOS is an ever evolving and progressive creative space that will be the location of this weekend’s famous Chocolate and Art Show, located right outside of Chinatown. Stop by the art gallery to enjoy great work by some of LA’s up-and- coming photographers, creators, and artists while enjoying free chocolate delights, including the infamous chocolate fountain. Take in the artwork while treating yourself to all the chocolate you can handle, along with street food served by Little Lily’s Kitchen! This... Continue Reading >

Drawing from the Masters at the Getty Museum

Kathleen Finnegan The Getty Museum is hosting a Drawing from the Masters: Creative Compositions course this month.  A free course for all levels will feature artist Augustin Valencia giving creative instruction on how to draw a masterpiece. Enjoy a day away, taking in the breathtaking views at the Getty including art installations, sculptures and a beautiful garden landscape.   Join in every Sunday, March 6 - 20 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM with your sketchpad or drawing paper. Sign-up starts at 2:30 PM at... Continue Reading >

Reading Builds Brighter Communities

Stories, songs and kid-friendly activities await your little one every week at your local library. Tuesday through Thursday, Ventura County LIbraries offer an early literacy class that introduces your child to reading through games, movement, music, and poetry. Also, Los Angeles County Libraries offer a similar reading time Monday through Saturday until March 16th. Children along with caregivers, parents, family and friends are welcome to take advantage of this free and fun activity. Storytime is said to be one of the... Continue Reading >

client appreciation party, october 2015 – speakeasy

Kathleen Finnegan Check out this video captured at the annual Client Appreciation Party - Speakeasy. The costumes look amazing, thanks to all who joined in on the fun!   Continue Reading >

stir things up this Memorial Day

Kathleen Finnegan The thing about weekends is that they’re usually too short. The glorious exception is, of course, the much anticipated holiday weekend. There’s something about a three day summer weekend that begs for lots of time spent with drinks over chilled drinks – and as Memorial Day weekend is officially here, it seems only appropriate that we share some fabulous drink recipes that can be made by the pitcher. After all, the fun only really begins when there are enough drinks... Continue Reading >

rainy day cocktail : hot toddy

Kathleen Finnegan Warm and toasty and just in time for a rainy day in LA, the Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink and it is very simple to make. The basic recipe only requires a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea, though some people prefer to skip the tea bag. It will be a matter of personal taste as to which of the liquors you choose for your toddy. Brandy, rum, and whiskey each bring their own characteristics to the drink and... Continue Reading >

happy fall Friday : bourbon cider cocktail

Kathleen Finnegan It's the first Friday of Fall and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail! While the kids have gone back to school and the football season has already started, it’s not officially fall at my house until we whip up a batch of cider. So I thought I would share one of my fav recipes , check it out. Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail Prep Time: 10 minutes The perfect fall cocktail with the flavors of apple, bourbon and ginger. Ingredients 2 parts Apple Cider, refrigerated 2 parts... Continue Reading >

happy friday : Martinique

Kathleen Finnegan  This cool, tart cocktail is kind of like a classic daiquiri with the added tangy, floral flavor of elderflower. What to buy: For this drink you can use either elderflower syrup or elderflower liqueur. If you opt for syrup, look for it at specialty grocers or online. If you go with the liqueur, look for St-Germain, which can be found at high-end liquor stores and online. INGREDIENTS •3/4 ounce elderflower syrup or elderflower liqueur •1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice •1 1/2 ounces light rum •Ice INSTRUCTIONS Place... Continue Reading >

happy friday : cucumber gimlet

Kathleen Finnegan Cucumber Gimlet Since it’s Friday I’m going to share another one of my favorite cocktails. A cool pre-dinner drink.  These cocktails are quite easy and quick. You whiz some peeled cucumber with lime juice, strain it, add gin and simple syrup (and, in my case, a bit of rosemary) and pour it over ice. I wanted my drink loosened up just a bit so I shook it and also added a splash of soda at the end. Cool and delicious; these go down way too... Continue Reading >

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