National Parks Park FREE Dates









National Park Service announced the park fee-free dates at our National Parks.  With over 400 National parks, it difficult to just pick one favorite park.   There are the majestic views of Yellowstone National Park and the beautiful landscape of White Sands National Park to name a few.

Park fee-free dates are great for day trips or weekend trips with your families.











The 2018 Park fee-FREE dates are as follows:

Start planning your 2018 day, weekend or vacations in 2018 around these dates!

Photo Credit:  Eva Smith



Murales Rebeldes

Murals in LA express identity, empower communities, and challenge dominant cultural norms, making them targets of censorship and destruction.    Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been censored through destruction, removal, whitewashing, or neglect.   In celebration of  Hispanic Heritage Month, ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege,  exhibit will be on display at LA Plaza.


Los Angeles Chicano Mural History

In 1920 the Mexican government initiated a project for murals.  The influence of the Mexican Mural Movement spread and inspired the Chicano Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  Through protests and their art, the Chicano movement demanded justice and equality.   Within months of its completing América Tropical on Olvera Street some scenes of artist,  David Alfaro Siqueiros, are considered anti-American and are whitewashed completely within 2 years.

Committed to the sociopolitical activism and ideology of el movimiento, the Los Angeles area experienced a surge of mural production during the 1970s and 1980s making it the mural capital of the world.  The distinction is now held by Philadelphia.

Barbara Carrasco’s L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective is displayed at Union Station as part of the Los Angeles Festival, the first and only time the Los Angeles public has seen the mural in its entirety.


In 1988,   Shell Oil Co. bulldozes East Los Streetscapers’ Filling Up on Ancient Energies without first notifying the artists. The Streetscapers decide to sue Shell Oil Co., which commissioned the mural, for its destruction and won in 1991.   The judge ruled that murals are considered “paintings,” as defined by the California Art Preservation Act (Botello vs Shell Oil).   The ruling sets precedent for the protection of murals under the act.

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In 2000, Ernesto de la Loza’s El Nuevo Mundo: Homage to the Worker is destroyed when the Peerless Hardware Store building on which it is painted is sold to the city to make way for the Edendale branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The building and the mural are demolished.



Ernesto de la Loza paints Organic/Manmade inside the Los Angeles Public Library Edendale branch, built on the site of his demolished mural El Nuevo Mundo: Homage to the Worker.


¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege


LA Plaza de culturas y artes


September 23, 2017 – February 27, 2018.    

The exhibit examines the controversial legacy of  8 murals created during 1960s and 1970s and eventually destroyed.   Barbara Carrasco’s 16-20 ft x 80 ft mural will be displayed at Union Station next week for the first time in 27 years.   The exhibit explores Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.  For additional information visit Murales Rebeles

Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review


Alvin and The Chipmunk – Road Chip, the fourth movie in the series of live action CG movies bring together Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and a trip to Miami.   Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.   Along the way they confront obstacles and an infamous air marshall.  The movie is in theaters December 18!

The movie cast includes   Jason Lee as Dave,  Justin Long as voice of Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as voice of Simon, Jesse McCartney as voice of Theodore,  Tony Hale as Agent Sugg, Bella Thorne as Ashley Grey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Samantha, Josh Green as Miles, , Kaley Cuoco as voice of Eleanor, Anna Faris  as Jeanette and Christina Applegate as voice of Brittany and Stefan Kendal Gordy as RedFoo.   The movie is directed by Walt Beck.


Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Trip is a fun, music filled movie with lovable and endearing characters.  It is a great movie for  familes.  No matter what age you are you will walk away from the movie with positive lessons and catchy songs in your heart.   The movie is full of trendy music and dance routines which guarantees to have you dancing during and after the movie.   The relationship between Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, live action and trendy music  such as “Juicy Wiggle” by Redfoo, Iko Iko, Uptown Funk are a winning formula for this series.


Movie Trailer

For additional information follow Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip movie  on Twitter ,Facebook  or on the Alvin Movie Official Website .

Inland Empire Food Festivals | Tour De Fork At Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 3rd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 11th.  I am sharing the event to support local cuisine and nonprofits.  The Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit two local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.


The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2015 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.  The theme for the event is EAT, DRINK and GIVE BACK, a great way to encourage others to give back and support local cuisine.



Im looking forward to tasting the menu for N7 Creamery, King’s Fish House and Crepes de Paris.  Can’t wait to taste all the yummy food & spirits.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online via paypal
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit: Victoria Gardens Buy Your Tour de  Fork page.  You can also RSVP and follow the event on Victoria Gardens Tour de Fork Facebook event.


Participating restaurants include

Slater’s 50/50

Luna MMK

Blaze Pizza

T.G.I. Friday’s

Crepes de Paris

Lucille’s BBQ

P.F. Chang’s

Corner Bakery



Paul Martin’s


N7 Creamery


Shakey’s Pizza

No Clue Craft Brewery

Firestone Brewing Co.

Dale Bros. Brewery

Hangar 24

Wicks Brewing

Joseph Filippi Winery

REV Brewing Co.

REV Winery

San Antonio Winery

Wine Tailor

Wilson Creek Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest from Tour de Fork organizers.  All opinions are my own.


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