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First California theme park targets post-COVID-19 reopening date

Legoland became the first California theme park to target a post-COVID-19 reopening date as the state moves closer to allowing thrill seekers of every age to once again climb aboard roller coasters, water slides and kiddie rides this summer. Legoland California has set a target reopening date of July 1 following an extended coronavirus closure of the Carlsbad kiddie park. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Seaworld, Jurassic World, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, San Diego County, Epcot, Legoland Florida, Legoland California


How to get a free Farmer Boys cheeseburger on Thursday, May 28

Farmer Boy is planning to give away 2,000 Big Cheese burgers to its loyalty club members on Thursday, May 28. The occasion is National Hamburger Day. The first 2,000 guests who make a purchase and scan their receipts using Farmer Boys’ Very Important Farmer app will receive an offer for a free Big Cheese burger for their next visit, according to a news release from the Riverside-based fast casual chain. The Big Cheese has a single beef patty, lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato and thousand island dr...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Nevada, Taco Bell, Riverside, San Fernando Valley, Big Cheese, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Soboba, Cahuilla casinos reopen after temporary coronavirus closures

Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto and the new Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza both opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, May 27, after closing in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Both casinos announced their openings on social media, with Soboba announcing it was open shortly before 11 a.m. and with Cahuilla announcing it was open shortly after 11 a.m. Soboba has opened its gaming floor, two of its bars and three of its restaurants, but is keeping its hotel closed for no...
Tags: Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Jacinto, Anza, Harrah, Agua Caliente, Cahuilla, Top Stories PE, San Manuel Casino, Soboba Casino, Resort Southern California, Soboba Casino Resort, Soboba


Rammstein postpones its North American tour including stop at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

German heavy rock band Rammstein’s full-scale stadium production North American tour was one of the most anticipated events of the year. However, the band has been forced to postpone its trek due to the continued spread and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Sadly, but in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety, we have to postpone our North American Tour,” the band issued via its social media pages on Wednesday. “We are now working to rescheduling the tour in 20...
Tags: Music, Germany, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Aeg, Southern California, Concerts, Anaheim, Honda Center, Carson, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sammy Hagar, Rammstein, Top Stories LADN


Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue talked to 40 famous couples for ‘What Makes A Marriage Last’

When Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue learned a close friend was getting divorced after nearly 30 years of marriage, the actress and the talk show host — who themselves are celebrating 40 years of marriage this month — were shaken. Thomas, who can remember hiding in the bushes when she was a child to watch 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor leave for the church for the first of eight ill-fated marriages, thought that a relationship that had weathered three or four decades ought to be able to go the dista...
Tags: Books, TV, Sport, Marlo Thomas, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, Manhattan, Kevin Bacon, Bank, Kyra Sedgwick, North America, Neil Patrick Harris, Elizabeth Taylor, Jesse Jackson, John McEnroe


What could Disney World’s reopening plan mean for Disneyland?

Disney will wait at least six weeks before reopening its Florida theme parks at the Walt Disney World resort in a move that suggests Disneyland will likely follow a similar conservative course when the company reopens its Anaheim theme parks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Walt Disney World resort plans to fully reopen in mid-July after extended coronavirus closures of its four Florida theme parks. Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will reopen on July 11 while the Epcot and D...
Tags: Florida, California, China, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orange County, Epcot, Legoland Florida, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Disney World


The Greek Theatre cancels concert season for the first time in 90 years due to coronavirus

The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles announced this week that it has officially been forced by the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic to cancel the remainder of its 2020 concert season. “Although we had hoped to celebrate our 90th anniversary season of providing live entertainment for the citizens of Los Angeles we feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” AP Diaz...
Tags: Music, Norah Jones, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Concerts, Gladys Knight, Deftones, Carson, Joe Bonamassa, Andrew McMahon, Maren Morris, Sammy Hagar


Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: Remembering an unbearable camping misadventure

If you’ve lived in California long enough and ever go outdoors, there’s a good chance that somewhere along the way, you’ve encountered a bear. I don’t mean Samson, the celebrity hot tub bear from Monrovia who ended up in the Orange County Zoo. I mean a real live wild bear who lives, duh, in the wild. I saw my first bear in Yosemite as a child, when he wandered into our campground lavatory, looked around for snacks and then wandered back out, apparently deciding I didn’t look tasty enough. But th...
Tags: Yosemite, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, American Express, Santa Barbara County, Amex, Nissan, Monrovia, Don, Samson, Salmon Salmon, Top Stories OCR, Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom, Orange County Zoo


When will Disneyland reopen Downtown Disney?

The stores and restaurants in the Downtown Disney outdoor mall next to Disneyland won’t reopen immediately following the announcement by California Gov. Gavin Newsom permitting indoor dining and shopping in Orange County. Disneyland has not yet decided when Downtown Disney will reopen, Disney officials said. “We are evaluating the guidance provided by California and Orange County and we have not made a decision on a reopening date for Downtown Disney at this time,” according to Disney officials....
Tags: Japan, Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orange County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Ernie Ball, Downtown Disney


Norco ’80, part 9: Violent pursuit through suburbia racks up casualties

Norco ’80 The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 It was a busy time of day for the working-class neighborhood of Mira Loma, especially on a Friday. Kids were walking or in school buses working their way home through the 4-square-mile grid of suburbia. Adults had ended their workweek, many already watering lawns or outside chatting with neighbors. As the wail of sirens, thumping of chopper blades and...
Tags: Books, News, California, Sport, Earnest, Things To Do, Soccer, Dodge, Vietnam, CHP, Riverside County, Baker, Chris, Brown, Riverside, Crowe


Garcetti says Runyon Canyon Park has reopened under coronavirus safety measures

The popular Runyon Canyon Park was reopened today, although it is being closely monitored by city personnel under coronavirus safety guidelines, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Visitors are still required to wear masks at the park, and people will have to walk in a one-way loop on its trails in order to maximize social distancing. “Make sure when you’re out there, wear a mask,” Garcetti said. “A lot of people still aren’t wearing masks, and especially in a place like Runyon, which can get crowded, mak...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Eric Garcetti, Parks, LA County, Garcetti, Runyon, Runyon Canyon Park, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Cruel World Fest featuring Morrissey, Blondie, Devo and more is canceled due to coronavirus

It’s a cruel, cruel world for fans that were hoping for a plethora of moody-cool music on a sunny day as Goldenvoice has officially pulled the plug on its inaugural Cruel World Festival. The event was set to feature sets by Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, Public Image Ltd., Gary Numan, Marc Almond, TR/ST, Cold Cave, Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel, Berlin, Bad Manners and Missing Persons. It was originally scheduled for M...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Music Festivals, Coachella, Jay Aston, Carson, Goldenvoice, Sammy Hagar, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze


12 best Chinese food restaurants in the San Fernando Valley for takeout, delivery

It is, easily, the most iconic to-go container in culinary history — a Totem of Takeout, an origami box built for noodles, pork, shrimp and chicken. It’s technically an isosceles trapezoid solid, a three-dimensional representation of a high school geometry problem. The Chinese food takeout container was born in the last decade of the 19th century, when it was known as an “oyster pail” because, well, it was used for to-go orders of oysters. It was also used, for many years, for honey — and was un...
Tags: Hong Kong, La, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Shanghai, Burma, Smithsonian, Dining, Peta, Chatsworth, Louis Armstrong, Rangoon


Harrah’s Resort Southern California reopens hotel

After opening its casino and some of its restaurants and bars on Friday, May 22, Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center opened limited room availability at its hotel as of Tuesday, May 26. Hotel guests will enter through the resort lobby entrance, according to a news release. Employees will check their temperatures and check that they have face masks before allowing them to enter. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fu...
Tags: Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Harrah, Rancho Mirage, Pechanga Resort Casino, Agua Caliente, Valley Center, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, San Manuel Casino, Harrah's Resort Southern California, Resort Southern California, Pala Casino Resort Spa


Universal Studios Hollywood is throwing a ‘Jurassic World’ watch party for National Dinosaur Day

While Universal Studios Hollywood will remain closed through at least May 31 due to coronavirus, the theme park is celebrating National Dinosaur Day on Friday, May 29 with a “Jurassic World” viewing party via Twitter. Starting at 5 p.m., fans can screen their personal copy of the film while engaging with fellow fans through Universal Studio Hollywood’s official Twitter account, @unistudios. The “Jurassic World” film directly inspired the revamp of the Jurassic Park—The Ride experience, which was...
Tags: Drinks, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Orange Juice, Universal Studios, Grenadine, Lime Juice, Southern California, Mai Tai, Twitter and Instagram, Universal Studios Hollywood, Twitter Starting, Universal Studio Hollywood, Top Stories LADN


ComplexCon in Long Beach canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns

Iron your old shirts and shine up the worn sneakers because you’ll be wearing them for a while. ComplexCon, the annual Long Beach event that’s part mall and part music festival, has been canceled this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. ComplexCon officials announced earlier this month that the event, which was scheduled for November, will instead return to Long Beach in 2021. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella lifer or prefer to watch from afar, get w...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Music Festivals, Coachella, Puma, Pharrell Williams, Chinatown, Kid Cudi, Anderson Paak, Oxnard, Sammy Hagar, Long Beach Convention Center, Billionaire Boys Club


Disneyland and other California theme parks can reopen in Stage 3, state says

Disneyland and other California theme parks currently closed by the COVID-19 pandemic can reopen during Stage 3 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-stage road map for reopening California’s economy, according to state officials. Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other theme parks fall into Stage 3 of California’s road map for reopening, according to state officials. “Theme parks are slated to open in Stage 3...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Newsom, Folmar, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Will fans come back when theme parks reopen?

While theme parks in California remain closed indefinitely, parks on the East Coast are preparing to return. Legoland Florida reopens on June 1, and Universal Orlando’s three parks will welcome back guests starting June 5. In the Midwest, Indiana’s Holiday World returns on June 17. In Europe, some parks have reopened even earlier, including Germany’s Europa Park and The Netherland’s Efteling, both of which rank among the top 25 theme parks in the world for annual attendance. Sign up for our Par...
Tags: Europe, Florida, California, Germany, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, East Coast, Walt Disney, Parks, Legoland Florida, Orlando, Southern California, Netherland


Norco ’80, part 8: Bank robbers flee the area, and reinforcements join the pursuit

Norco ’80 The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 George Smith sat in a pool of his own blood in the back of the stolen pickup and watched the Security Pacific Bank recede into the distance. He released an empty magazine out of the bottom of the Heckler and snapped in a fresh jungle clip. They crested the hill and continued north. All they needed to do was make it one mile more up Hamner, switch to...
Tags: Books, News, Sport, Earnest, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, California Highway Patrol, Little League, CHP, Smith, Chris, Hopkins, Reed, George, Brown


While we’re staying at home, our outside living areas become the focus

As spring turns into summer, the innate desire for fresh air and natural surroundings is all the more pressing. In the age of social distancing, people are looking beyond the confines of their four walls at their yards, patios and porches. And if you are like most, you are surveying a scene that isn’t measuring up. In a recent survey for the top outdoor furnishings association, a resounding 88% of respondents said they were dissatisfied in some way with their outdoor space, citing a lack ...
Tags: Home, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Marin, Ontario, Lee, Wayfair, Urban Oasis, Valletta, Forma, Cheviot Hills, Coroflot, American Home Furnishings Alliance, Home + Garden


Cahuilla Casino Hotel moves past coronavirus setback, gets ready to open

After roughly year and a half of work, the Cahuilla Band of Indians thought they would be ready to celebrate the opening of their new resort property, the Cahuilla Casino Hotel, on April 2, but the spread of the novel coronavirus forced them to make other plans instead. To protect the safety of their guests and employees they closed their original casino property on March 18 still hoping they could open the new replacement property in just a couple weeks. That didn’t happen either: The tribe lat...
Tags: Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Palm Springs, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Rancho Mirage, Newsom, Bonsall, Interstate 15, Agua Caliente, Bellino, Asmus, Top Stories PE, FRANK BELLINO


Norco ’80, part 7: Deputy arrives at gun battle before bank robbers flee

Norco ’80 The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Deputy Andy Delgado cut his siren and crested the rise between Fifth Street and Fourth Street going 75 miles per hour. Scanning the intersection, he spotted the green van off the road on Fourth Street just short of Hamner. Figures darted out from behind the van and disappeared again. Another stood between the open side cargo door and a chain-link ...
Tags: Books, News, America, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, Sierra, Chris, Andy, George, Riverside, Hamner, Carl, George Smith, Russ


Recipes: The Jewish holiday of Shavuot can feature flexible dishes with cheese and fresh produce

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins on Thursday evening, May 28. Many families celebrate the holiday with dairy foods. Rich, cheese-filled pastries and cheesecakes are often on the menu. Since shopping is more complicated these days, we decided to settle for simpler dishes that can be easily modified, so that if you don’t have an ingredient, you can substitute another. Our Mediterranean-inspired vegetable salad, for example, is accented by a choice of tasty toppings, such as Brie cheese, walnut...
Tags: Cook, Israel, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Rich, Mediterranean, Panna Cotta, Restaurant Reviews + Food, Orange Appeal, Yakir Levy, Faye Levy, Four Way Tomato Cucumber Salad, Walnuts Four Way Tomato Cucumber Salad, Yakir Levy Choose Brie


Norco ’80, part 6: One deputy is on the scene and others arrive quickly to confront bank robbers

Norco ’80 The true story of the most spectacular bank robbery in American history Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 of 14 The only way Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatcher Gary Keeter could explain what went down in Norco that day was that it had all happened so fast. “Riverside to Norco units, have a 211 in progress at the Security Pacific Bank at Fourth and Hamner.” Within two seconds of Keeter’s initial dispatch, deputy Glyn Bolasky responded, “3-Edward-50, 1097,” indicating his radio ID and 1097,...
Tags: Books, News, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Riverside County, Sierra, Edward, Chris, Billy, George, Riverside, Hamner, George Smith, Russ, Fourth Street


Lovers & Friends Festival in Carson canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic

The Lovers & Friends Festival, originally planned as a two-day showcase of hip-hop and R&B at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson earlier this month before being rescheduled as a one-day event in August because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has been canceled entirely, promoter Goldenvoice announced Friday, May 22. Goldenvoice said on its website that “the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic” necessitated scrapping the sold-out festival. “It breaks our hearts that we aren’t able to...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Coachella, Linda Perry, Inglewood, Carson, Goldenvoice, Sammy Hagar, Kerry Brown, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Top Stories OCR, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Players pack chairs as some Southern California casinos reopen

Slot machines displayed flashing graphics and made clanging noises as patrons spun the reels and Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money” played somewhere softly in the background at Pala Casino, Spa & Resort on Friday, May 22. In some ways it felt like a standard day at the casino, but there were also some notable changes in place. Pala joined Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Valley View Casino & Hotel; Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa; Spotlight 29 Casino; Tortoise Rock Casino; and the Ag...
Tags: California, Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Starbucks, Farmer, Palm Springs, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Pala Casino Spa, Donna Summer, Coachella Valley, Harrah, Rancho Mirage, National Indian Gaming Commission


Recipe: Bittersweet chocolate sorbet is easy to make, irresistibly creamy and versatile

Bittersweet chocolate sorbet is a dessert every cook should have in their recipe arsenal. It is easy to prepare and irresistibly creamy. But most of all, it is extremely versatile because it pairs beautifully with almost any fruit. Berries are a favorite. When buying berries, select those that are highly colored without soft spots, discoloration or mold. If boxed, tilt container to see if berries move. If they stick together it is a sign that they are moldy. Refrigerate, dry and unwashed, on a s...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Recipes, Restaurant Reviews + Food, Cathy Thomas Chronicle


Senior Moments: Flying solo on a special day

I have to admit to being slightly miffed when daughter Sara arrived at 10 o’clock on my birthday morning. My big plan for the day had been to sleep in so there would be less of the day to deal with. I mean, why not?  It was my second wedding anniversary without George. I was quarantining and I felt way more than a year older. She set a bouquet of fresh lavender on my dresser and announced, far too cheerfully for her not-a morning-person mother, that that she was going to make me a cup of tea. I ...
Tags: Virginia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Sara, George, Linda, Senior Moments


Successful Aging: Should you try to be productive during the pandemic?

Q: I am 70 years old and have been retired for several years. Prior to the pandemic, my life was very active, volunteering, going to movies, entertaining friends, hosting my book group and more. Yes, Isaac Newton invented calculus and Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” while both were on lockdown. That’s a lot of pressure. I vacillate between feeling the need to be productive and get things done — learn or create something — or take the advice from articles indicating it’s OK to do nothing and perhap...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Isaac Newton, Shakespeare, King Lear, Peregrine, Successful Aging, Doreen Dodgen Magee


Casino Insider: Morongo, Harrah’s, Agua Caliente casinos announce reopening plans

We’re back with another Casino Insider and it’s packed full of news as more casinos announce their reopening plans. Last week, more than 3,000 of you answered a survey asking when you would be comfortable enough returning to a casino, and the largest percentage of votes, 39%, was for the option “ASAP, the slots are calling my name!” Below you can see the full results before we get into the news of the week, which is that many, many casinos said they will reopen (there was one outlier this week t...
Tags: California, Casinos, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Las Vegas, Fox Business, Macao, Wynn, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Review Journal, Steve Wynn, Harrah, David Bauman, Agua Caliente, Morongo Casino Resort Spa