It’s Groundhog Day!

“It’s Groundhog Day!” (again)

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“BING!”

 

“Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”? C’mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well?”

 

“Ned?”
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February 2nd is always Groundhog Day!

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“Don’t drive angry!”

The Groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as  the woodchuck (aka chuck, wood-shock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and, among French Canadians, siffleux), is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots.

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“There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped.
….And I have to stop him.”

EXTREME COLD ACROSS THE UNITED STATES! Stay warm!

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“You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”

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Punxsutawney is the largest incorporated municipal borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. The largest Groundhog Day celebration in the United States takes place every February 2nd at Gobbler’s Knob with Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, who predicts the weather. According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an “early spring.”
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1886 was the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper and February 2, 1887, was the first official ceremony at Gobbler’s Knob.

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2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts an “EARLY SPRING”!

“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”

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2019: EARLY SPRING!

“When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”

Phil is kept in a special enclosure at the town library. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle takes care of Phil year-round and they script the Groundhog Day ceremonies in advance, with the decision on whether he’ll see his shadow made in advance.

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There is only one Punxsutawney Phil, and all other groundhogs are impostors!

Groundhog Day is rooted in a Celtic and Germanic tradition and the pagan holiday of Imbolc, also known as Candlemas. When German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania, they transferred the tradition to the local wildlife, replacing hedgehogs with groundhogs.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.

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“Groundhog Day” is a 1993 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman caught in a time loop during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event, repeatedly reliving the same day.
NOTE: The film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, not Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
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“Groundhog Day, The Musical” is also musical comedy stage play with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and book by Danny Rubin. Based on the 1993 film of the same name.

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Groundhog Club HQ – 200 West Mahoning St, Ste 1, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
http://www.groundhog.org

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February 1st, 2019 – Rabbit, Rabbit.

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Audra McDonald, the LA Phil & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald, the LA Phil & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Ballet Theatre at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Traffic was light and we were early!

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

It was a fun program, the music was great, the ballet was terrific and the weather was perfect. Audra McDonald is a fantastic performer with a truly amazing voice!

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic time! Spaghetti Bolognese, Caesar Salad, bread with olive tapenade, Clos du Bois red wine & cheesecake

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

– 1st act Overture from “West Side Story”, Audra McDonald sings popular songs!

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

– 2nd act ABT recreates the original “Fancy Free”

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

Audra McDonald & the ABT at the Hollywood Bowl

 

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Where is the Best Place to see 4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles? 2015

Q: Where’s the Best Place to see Fourth of July Fireworks in Los Angeles?

A: Here’s my short list of Independence Day events for 2015:


Grand Park BLOCK PARTY!  July 4, 2015 >>> 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

200 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE!  www.grandparkla.org #GO4THDTLA

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

From the Grand Park website:

LOS ANGELES! Grand Park is the place to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Please read all event info to know what to bring and what to leave at home:**

PICNIC and OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES and COOLERS must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda. ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. FREE WATER FILLING STATIONS will be available in the event space, provided by LADWP, in addition to several booths with water for sale. HANDHELD UMBRELLAS allowed, no tents, large umbrellas or anything that spikes into the ground

NOTE: This will be an alcohol-free event: no beer garden or point of purchase / no outside alcohol permitted in event space. All bags will be checked.

SCHEDULE: Doors open at 3pm for early birds (no prior admittance). Rooftop fireworks show at 9pm. Event ends at 9:30pm. 

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME: Grilling gear, alcohol, narcotics, fireworks, sparklers, candles, large coolers (handheld coolers OK but subject to search), lawn furniture including low folding chairs, tents, lawn umbrellas or sun umbrellas (handheld umbrellas OK) or anything that spikes into the ground or would obstruct views of stages.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

Grand Park is an LA County park powered by The Music Center. 

http://grandparkla.org/event/4th-of-july-block-party/



The Rose Bowl Stadium and outside the Rose Bowl – Pay to see the 89th Annual “Americafest” show inside, pay for parking to see the fireworks show from the outside. It’s the biggest and longest running 4th of July party in the L.A. area.

Join in celebrating our nation’s independence with the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at AMERICAFEST! The largest fireworks show in Southern California! 

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

2 PM: Festival begins outside the stadium (parking lots open at 9am)

There will be food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides for the kids outside the stadium starting at 2 pm and closing following the fireworks. Fanfest is located in Area H southeast of the Rose Bowl marquee sign.

Live Motorcycle Stunts by TNT Action Sports

Celebrating, “The 50th Anniversary of when Elvis Met the Beatles in Los Angeles”

9 PM: Fireworks Spectacular! produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza

In celebration of the upcoming Universal Pictures “Minions” movie there will be a viewing of “Despicable Me 2” on the videoboard directly following the fireworks.

General Admission $13 Reserved Seating $25 TicketMaster 800-745-3000

General Admission children 5 years and under will be admitted free. Reserved Seating children 2 years and under require a ticket in these sections.

Day of event tickets will be available 10am– 9pm at the ticket booth at Gate B. Before 2pm guests may park in Lot B at no charge for 15 minutes to purchase tickets and leave or they can pay to park in any general parking lot and remain. After 2pm guests will be required to pay to park in general parking as directed to purchase tickets. After 2pm there are no in-and-out privileges.

Active military who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (up to 4 per family). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only. Veterans who present a valid Military ID will gain free admittance (1 ticket only). Tickets can be obtained from the ticket booth at Gate B beginning at 3pm on July 4th only.

Parking is $25 per car payable at the parking lots. Advanced parking for $20 per car will be available at the Rose Bowl Will Call Booth by Gate B beginning Sunday, June 28; hours-10am to 5pm; everyday through July 3.

Parking lots will open to the general public starting at 9am on July 4. Guests will be directed to the closest available lot.

For your safety and the enjoyment of all, we ask that you please help by observing the tailgating guidelines. (READ THE RULES!)

Pasadena Police and Pasadena Fire Departments will be patrolling the lots. There is a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal fireworks.

A shuttle from Old Town Pasadena will NOT be in operation this day.

http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/americafest-1



3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

FIREWORKS! Hollywood Bowl 4th of July!

Smokey Robinson, the King of Motown will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a Fireworks Spectacular each night at the Hollywood landmark. July 2-4th, 7:30pm $15-$250 + fee

www.hollywoodbowl.com



Marina del Rey Fireworks 9:00pm

Celebrate the 4th of July in Marina del Rey with a spectacular fireworks show over the water! Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina’s main channel, lighting up the night sky and water below. The show begins at 9 pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!

Depending upon weather and cloud cover on the night of the show, the fireworks can usually be seen throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most hotels, restaurants, beaches, apartments and anchorages. Popular viewing locations include:

Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way (2 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.)
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way)
**This location will have speakers set-up near the Helmsman statue, allowing spectators to watch the display and  listen to synchronized music 
Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach) 4101 Admiralty Way (1 block south of Washington Blvd.)

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Come early! There is no on-street parking inside Marina del Rey. Parking is available in 14 self-pay public lots. Park early because most public parking spaces are filled by 6pm!

The Marina del Rey Visitors Center (at the corner of Mindanao & Admiralty) will also be open from 10am – 4pm with festive giveaways like complimentary flags , red & blue bead necklaces, and other items to celebrate the 4th!

http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/4th-of-july



Santa Monica 4th of July Parade 

July 4, 2015 – Parade starts at 9:30am

This year’s theme: Inspirational Heroes!

Main Street from Pico Blvd, turning on Marine to the beach in Downtown Santa Monica

The entire stretch of Main Street in Santa Monica will be closed. http://www.opa-sm.org

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The Flag of the United States of America


The annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach  July 4, the 2015

Pre-Judging begins at 10am, Finals at 1pm

Sign up the morning of the competition. No Late Fee! Registration is 7am – 9:30am.

Muscle Beach – 1800 Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street and Washington Boulevard, at the Venice Recreation Center in Venice, California.

Bodybuilding.com presents the Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach, Saturday July 4, 2015. Hosted by Profight Supplements. BB, Figure, Bikini, Men & Women’s Physique, Couples (Mixed Pairs). Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach features men and women amateur athletes competing in a muscle and fitness competition. Categories include figure, bodybuilding, women’s physique, and men’s physique.

FREE and OPEN to the public. All are welcome!

http://www.musclebeachvenice.com



“Top Gun” + Fireworks! Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Gates open at 7:15pm, Screening at 9pm, Fireworks to follow!

Admission $25 (SOLD OUT!)

6000 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood

http://cinespia.org/event/top-gun/

FIREWORKS!

FIREWORKS!



There are many good options for the 4th of July in L.A., and there are many other smaller celebrations, both public and private events, happening all over Southern California. Check the local listings! LA Weekly, LAist, LA Times & google.

The Queen Mary and Disneyland have special events and extra-special fireworks for the holiday. Disneyland has special fireworks all week long!

Disneyland Fireworks!

Disneyland Fireworks!

The Dodgers are playing the Mets at Dodger Stadium at 4:15pm with Fireworks after the game, but we are BOYCOTTING the Dodgers until we can watch the games on television.

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND TIME WARNER CABLE!

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Happening the weekend before:

Celebrate America!

Saturday June 27 at 5pm – Corsair Stadium​ at Santa Monica Community College

SMC’s Independence Day Celebration, the biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the Westside! Bring your family and friends to SMC for a star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.
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Celebrate America – June 27th, 2015 at Corsair Field at Santa Monica Community College

http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Special-Events.aspx


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Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl! Box Seats! Life is Good!

We went to the Hollywood Bowl again last night! – Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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It was a warm Los Angeles summer evening, and after enjoying a wonderful middle eastern picnic and a little red wine:

On The Menu: Shwarma sandwich (pita stuffed with lamb/turkey meat, rice, hummus, taboule, avocado, tahini and spicy sauce), baby carrots, celery, cheese & crackers, watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, white peach slices, coke and red wine.

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I sat in my Box Seat listening to Gustavo Dudamel conduct the L.A. Philharmonic through  Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano and then the 5th Symphony. The Capucon brothers and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were tremendous! And from the opening notes of the 5th, it was a robust and wonderful rendition of one of Ludwig’s finest.

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And while sitting there enjoying the concert, relaxed, fully sated and comfortably entertained, I gave thanks for my good fortune and the fact that no one was shooting rockets at me, and thought “Life is good.”

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Don’t you wish this happened in everyday real life? People might behave better…

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