It’s Snowing in Los Angeles!

This holiday season if you have a hankering for snow and don’t want to drive to the mountains you can get your cold and snowy fix at Universal Studio’s Grinchmas.  Starting on the weekend of December 11th and then daily on Dec. 18th, Universal Studios will feature fresh snow as part of their Grinchmas attraction.  Be advised this is the real deal, actual snow that is fit for snow ball fights or just a romp through cold powder.  Family members can visit Whoville and enjoy the snow, then be a part of a magical tree lighting ceremony that features a show and a celebrity reading.

Stars currently booked for the nightly celebrity reading include Stephen Moyer, Jeffrey Tambor, Brandy and Fred Willard with more to be announced.  This is a wonderful holiday adventure in our own backyards.  Currently Universal Studios is offering their holiday special, buy a park ticket to visit Universal Studios before the end of the year and get the entire year of 2011 for free!

Universal Studios offers a wide variety of attractions including the newest King Kong 3D attraction, a Shrek 4-D attraction and The Jurassic Park experience.  For more information about Grinchmas or Universal Studios visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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Hanukkah at the Skirball

This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.  Without a doubt one of the most wonderful ways to commemorate this holiday which celebrates religious freedom is to visit the amazing Skirball Center and partake of their various offerings and their Hanukkah special events.

On Thursday December 2 at 1pm and continuing on Friday December 3 and Saturday December 4 the Skirball will offer their Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour.  Part of their Focus on Visions and Values series, this gallery talk features the history and significance of this special Jewish holiday and is included free with Museum admission.

On Sunday December 5th the Skirball Center will celebrate Down Home Hanukkah! This exciting event features American Folk Art, live music, hands-on arts and crafts projects, circus arts, Hanukkah treats and open woodworking and quilting demonstrations.  It is a full day of events starting at 11am and continuing until 4pm.  Tickets for this event are $10 and do not include Museum exhibits.

Children under the age of 12 are free and welcome at the event but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Performers featured at the event include Peter Himmelman, The Witcher Brothers, The Kinetic Theory of Circus Theatre, and drop in workshops are offered in the Candlemaker’s Craft, Zat Gezunt! Handkerchief Dolls, And Bookmark Ribbon Weaving.

Gallery exhibits featured at The Skirball Center in the month of December include: The Pieces of Me: L.A. GOALThe 1000 Journals Project , Maira Kalman: Various, Illuminations (of a Crazy World) and the world famous Noah’s Ark at the Skirball which if you haven’t seen, you should!  Be advised that Noah’s Ark tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

For more information on events at The Skirball visit www.skirball.org

 

The Encino Patch

If you are looking for a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of Encino, you need look no further than the Encino Patch.  This exciting electronic magazine or “ezine” offers daily articles about everything in an around Encino, CA. Experts from all areas of business and all walks of life contribute weekly articles about subjects of interest to Encino and surrounding area residents. 

I myself write a weekly article entitled The Real State of Real Estate.  This week’s article is ‘Tis the Season to Keep Your Home on the Market, which is filled with insight as to how and why to market your home during the Holiday season.  Recent articles include The Worst Home Selling Mistake and Enter Short Sales with Eyes Wide Open.

The Encino Patch features links to area resources and businesses as well as information about area events, arts and entertainment, sports, schools, nightlife, opportunities to volunteer and shopping.  You can visit The Encino Patch by visiting www.encino.patch.com or you can have it delivered daily to your email in box by subscribing to The Encino Patch on their home page.  Check it out and you’ll find me at “The Patch” on regular basis.  I’m Carol Wolfe and “Nobody Does it Better!”

Halloween at Los Angeles Theme Parks

The Los Angeles area is blessed with a plethora of world-class theme parks within short driving range.  As a resident with a free day you have your choice of Knott’s Berry Farm, Lego Land, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios or the world-famous Disneyland. 

 During the Halloween season each of the theme parks offers a special treat for visitors.

Knott’s Berry Farm features The Knott’s Scary Farm Haunt with an array of mazes designed to scare as well as specialized scare zones throughout the park.  This attraction is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and does not allow any costumes.

Lego Land offers two different types of Halloween events: daytime and nighttime.  The daytime events feature their “Brick or Treat” trail which allows children to trick or treat, in costume at various locations throughout the park.  There are also a wonderful collection of Lego “sculptures” that are Halloween themed, ideal for photo opportunities.  Lego Land’s night time fun features a costume contest, a pumpkin building challenge and a Halloween dance.  Nighttime and daytime events at Lego Land require separate admission.

 For older teenagers and adults Six Flags Magic Mountain offers its Fright Fest attraction for 12 creepy nights in October. Fright Fest features mazes, ride hauntings, roaming zombies and creepy themed shows and has a separate admission price.  For the younger children there are special Halloween themed events in Looney Toon Land that are appropriate for all ages.

 Universal Studios in Hollywood offers Halloween Horror Nights with five new frightful mazes, assorted scare zones and a terror tram that features Peter Jackson’s new 3-D version of King Kong.

Disneyland offers Halloween Time at Disneyland with wide assortment of Halloween fun for the whole family.  The entire park is decorated with orange and black and pumpkins a la Disney are prominent throughout the park for all your fall photo needs.  The Haunted Mansion reverts to its Nightmare Before Christmas mode and the Big Thunder Ranch features expert pumpkin carvers and Halloween crafts with Woody and Jessie from Toy Story.  There is also a Mickey Halloween party, with a special admission price that allows children to trick or treat with Disney Characters and enjoy a special themed Halloween party.

 Each park offers its attractions at different times and there are often additional costs or restrictions involved.  Make sure to check the theme park’s website before planning your Halloween outing.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

 

Hoboken to Hollywood World Premier

If you are a Frank Sinatra fan you won’t want to miss the world premiere of   Hoboken to Hollywood: A Journey Through the Great American Songbook at the Edgemar Center for The Performing Arts in Santa Monica.  This new musical features the talented Luca Ellis and the Paul Litteral Orchestra and is directed by Jeremy Aldridge. 

Aldridge is well known among Hollywood audiences having directed the critically acclaimed musical Louis and Keeley: Live at the Sahara which premiered at the Sacred Fools Theatre. The LA Times called Louis and Keeley “One of the best musicals playing in town…see it twice!” while making it “Critics Pick”. Hoboken to Hollywood promises to deliver the same caliber of music, entertainment and brilliance.

Hoboken To Hollywood: A Journey through the Great American Songbook begins previews October 8-10th and opens on October 15th.  Tickets are available through the Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts.  This is a limited engagement and is expected to sell out quickly so get your tickets early if you are a Sinatra fan.

I’m Carol Wolfe and when it comes to Real Estate nobody does it better, not even Sinatra!

Underwood Family Farms

It’s harvest time in Southern California.  Do you ever wonder where your fresh produce comes from?  Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is fully functioning sustainable family farm that allows visitors, for a small fee, to tour their facilities and even pick and purchase fresh produce directly out of the field.

For parents with small children this is an excellent educational outing.  For the little ones the Underwood Family Farm has animals to pet and view and all of the trappings of the best available pumpkin patches during the fall festival, at other times during the year it also offers an opportunity to ride on a hay wagon into the fields in order to identify and pick their own vegetables.  Children delight in seeing how broccoli actually grows!  There is something magical about tromping through the dirt and discovering various lettuces or pulling leaves up from the ground to discover hidden treasures such as carrots, onions, beets and radishes.  It is a great way to teach children about whole foods and where they come from.  It also makes them interested to taste them.

Underwood Family Farms is a great Fall outing to entertain and educate. Ticket prices Monday through Friday are $3 and weekend tickets during the Fall Festival (Oct. 1-30 are $12, but offer a wide variety of Halloween activities)  Children under the age of 2 are free.  Vegetable picking is not available during the month of October.

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

The 23rd Annual Taste of Encino

Encino is a wonderful place to call home. Among its many spectacular attributes are some of the finest restaurants in the world. Each year Encino celebrates its culinary excellence by taking to the streets in a festival of flavors known as The Taste of Encino.
This year will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Festival and it promises to be one for the record books.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for October 9th and will take place at the St. Cyril School which is located at 4548 Haskell Avenue in Encino, at Haskell Avenue and Ventura Blvd.
The fun begins at 10 am and will continue until 9pm.

Area restaurants will be in attendance offering a wide variety of food along with artisans and craftspeople with treasures sure to delight. For those with young children there will also be a kid’s area complete with a moon bounce, a rock climbing wall, and a pumpkin patch ideal for picture taking. Additionally there will be home improvement and disaster preparedness exhibitions as well as a beer and wine pavilion.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults, admission is free for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund local school and community projects including the annual Teacher of the Year luncheon and the Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach. Free parking is available within walking distance to the festival. Tickets can be purchased at the event or from the Encino Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to enjoy the best of Encino’s food and entertainment while supporting local schools and community outreach! I know I’ll be there. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Art Beat by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

One of the great things about living in Encino is its family friendly environment. There is so much to do and experience for the whole family both in and around Encino. Art Beat Center for the Arts is ArtistPaletteone Encino business that is devoted to bringing art and art enrichment programs to the entire family.

Located at 16545 Ventura Blvd Suite, Art Beat offers a wide variety of classes and camps for children, teenagers and adults. Classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking and Mixed Media are offered in a variety of times and settings to fit anyone’s schedule. They even offer a class designed for new parents that is in a child proof room so small children can play while Mom or Dad get a chance to explore their creative side. There are also programs designed for small children to experience art with their parents. For children age four and up Art Beat offers camps and classes that are tailored to enrich, encourage and enlighten.

Camp Themes offered this summer are everything from Mixed Media to sewing and fashion! For more information on this exciting family oriented center right here in Encino visit their website : http://www.artbeatcenter.org. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is Coming by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Ahmanson Theatre regularly presents Broadway touring musicals and this summer will be no exception as Monty Python’s Spamalot makes its Los Angeles debut starting July 7 and running through September 6th.spamalot

Spamalot won three Tony Awards in 2005 including Best Musical and Best Director.

Monty Python’s Spamalot recounts the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, featuring a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and an armless and legless knight.

Monty Python is famous for its British comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus which led to several successful films.

John  O’Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on  Seinfeld, and dancing his way to the championships of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will star as King Arthur.

Hollywood Bowl by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheatre in the United States and a  major Hollywood Icon. hollywood-bowl-address It is a place where the world’s finest musicians come to play on an outdoor stage for a crowd that is happy to enjoy the music, ambience and twinkling stars hung on the LA skyline.
 
The Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the LA Philharmonic but the music doesn’t end there.  The best in Jazz, Classical, Broadway and world music find their way to The Hollywood Bowl each summer.

There are three types of seating at the Hollywood bowl, box seats, chairs and benches, seat cushions are available for a small charge.

There is no such thing as a bad seat at the Hollywood Bowl as large video screens project what is happening on stage. 

Food and Beverages are sold on the premises but picnic baskets are also allowed depending on the event. Ticket prices range from $1 to $100 and subscription packages are available.