First eat and drink your way through the Southland and then pause for a fun family film, a social night of painting, or a raucous comedy show while you digest.
Mar 4 – 11
Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
Various locations in Old Pasadena
Old Pasadena is a great place to wander, with 22 blocks of tree-lined alleys offering interesting architecture, sidewalk cafes, great boutiques and fun restaurants. If you haven’t had a chance to wander the streets of Old Pasadena this is a great week to do it. The restaurants and bars in the area are offering drink specials and appetizer specials all week. There will also be free music concerts at various venues around town. For a full schedule and details on participating restaurants and bars visit the Old Pasadena website.
Spend a creative evening with your spouse or some friends learning basic painting techniques over wine and cheese at PaintLab in Santa Monica. Instruction, art materials, painting surface and refrteshments are all included in your $55.00 class fee. You must book ahead to guarantee a spot. Paint Lab offers classes for all ages and event hosts kids birthday parties. See their full schedule online.
March 8 – 11
Laguna Beach a La Carte
Head to Laguna Beach this weekend for four days of festive food eating all to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Thursday night various restaurants around Laguna Beach will host Winemaker & Chef’s Dinners, see website for details. On Friday night the Hotel La Casa del Camino will turn out all the stops with a Taste of K’ya Bistro at the Rooftop Lounge. The party starts at 5:00pm and costs $30 for signature tastes. The main event of the weekend takes place on Saturday with the Laguna Beach Uncorked! International Wine and Food Festival. Located at the Festival of Arts grounds this major undertaking includes 25 wineries, beer and sake and fare from 25 local restaurants. The event officially begins at 1:00pm but VIP tickets are available for early entrance and include a Laguna Beach tote bag, free parking and an exclusive opportunity to attend a wine seminar at 10am with Orange County’s first master sommelier, Peter Neptune.
Spend an evening at The Lab at Hollywood Improv where slightly greener comedians gain their chops. At 7:00 pm the Awkward Kids aka Christiann, Dana and Michelle are back with Human Behavior 2: The Exodus starring the hot new gangsta rap “Forest B*tches” with Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood and Snow White battling to see who’s baddest. This combo of sketch, music and girls in tight shirts is a total riot. Stay for the 10:30pm show where Andre Hyland presents the Jesse Miller Talk Show a character sketch featuring Andre’s unique comedic characters in real life situations.
Several locations throughout Los Angeles
If you have kids and have been in the car with them in recent weeks, you and your kids have no doubt seen the billboards for The Lorax which opens in theatres on March 2. Since this is LA and people flock to see movies, we recommend you skip opening weekend and take your kids to see the movie once the hub bub has slowed down.
Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for moms at Mom Angeles.