West Valley Music is about offering quality musical instruments, teaching music lessons and promoting fresh perspectives about music in the community at large. West Valley Music works with school programs and promotes the professional growth of individual musicians. The store has an extensive collection of world-class musical instruments and accessories, soundproof studios for lessons and an excellent repair department that delivers reliable service. In addition to sales of instruments such as flute, trumpet, french horn, clarinet, trombone, violin and guitar, the store rents them as well. This store is located in downtown Mountain View.
www.westvalleymusic.com 262 Castro St , Mountain View , CA 94041 | 650-961-1566
Brickell Motors (www.BrickellMotors.com), Miami’s premier Honda, Buick and GMC dealer, is giving customers another reason to love the 2011 Buy Back Vehicle Purchase Program. Starting today, customers who buy a brand new vehicle are eligible to drive away with a free Apple iPad2, valued at $500. Released this past spring, the all-new iPad2 is thinner and lighter, with a faster A5 chip and FaceTime video calling.
Brickell Motors Customers Drive Off with Two New Toys: their Brand New Vehicle and a Free Apple iPad2 Brickell Motors Customers Drive Off with Two New Toys: their Brand New Vehicle and a Free Apple iPad2
Last month, Brickell Motors launched the 2011 Buy Back Vehicle Purchase Program, making it easy for in-market customers to upgrade to brand-new vehicles by providing additional trade-in value and other special incentives. Through the program, eligible drivers can easily trade in their old vehicles for a similar monthly payment with a minimal down payment that is equal to or less than the cost to maintain their current vehicle over the next 2-3 years.
“Through the 2011 Buy Back Vehicle Purchase Program, we are creating a great opportunity for those customers who wish to upgrade their vehicles at minimal cost to them,” said Mario Murgado, Owner of Brickell Motors (www.MarioMurgadoNews.com). “And as a thank you to our customers for choosing Brickell Motors, we are giving away a free Apple iPad2 with their purchase of a new vehicle.”
To take advantage of this unique program, customers should visit www.BrickellMotors.com or call 888.329.7687 to select their desired vehicle. A Brickell Motors specialist will provide a professional appraisal of the customer’s current vehicle and present eligible consumers with program pricing, financial options and federal paperwork.
About Brickell Motors: Located at 690 SW 8th Street in Miami, Brickell Motors is Miami’s premier Honda, Buick and GMC dealer, serving the South Florida region with an extensive line of new and certified pre-owned Honda, Buick and GMC vehicles. For more information or to schedule a test drive, call 888.329.7687 or visit www.BrickellMotors.com.
Celebrate Black History Month with Ntozake Shange’s historic play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, February 21 through 27, at the Orange Stage at 1050 N. Orange Drive in Hollywood. Whether you liked the film adaptation not, you will love this soulful, uplifting work returning to LA. professional stage for the first time in over 30 years. Experience all 22 poems with original music and an all-star cast including Carrie Cain Sparks (Rumble In the Bronx with Jackie Chan, The Man with Sam Jackson), Shauntay Hinton (iCarly, Miss USA 2002), ButtaCup Reese (Hype Underground, this year’s Miss America’s Ms. High Desert), Niketa Calame (young Nala in Disney’s The Lion King), with Constance Lopez, Monique Wilson, Ebony Perry and choreography by Tanya Alexander. Purchase your tickets to day and see why this powerful work has transformed millions. Don’t miss out – this one week engagement is selling out so get your tickets today. Get information and purchase tickets online at visartsociety.org or call 310-595-8696.
Favorite Local Shops in Los Angeles. We’ve even included brief descriptions of each local pick. Have something you want to add? Check out the rest of the comments and leave your own. Daquella_manera “I know they have some up north, but I dig Amoeba Records. I get lost in there for a couple of hours.” – Rene
This list wouldn’t be complete without an LA record store, but Amoeba Records isn’t just any indie shop. Think aisles upon aisles of music — more than 500,000 CDs — and a healthy dose of DVDs and videos. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it’s a good bet you won’t be able to find it somewhere else. “X-Large Store on Vermont” If you were created by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, you’d probably be as cool as X-Large, too. Filled with hip-hop and skate gear, the store is all about counter culture goodies: kitschy T-shirts, loud sneakers and even a clothing line from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. If you’re a Beastie Boys fan, check out copies of the Grand Royal fanzine, located at the back wall. Named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Twenty Gift Stores,” Handmade Galleries LA rightly deserves a spot on a favorite local shop list. The 5,000-square-foot store features works from über-creative artists and have built their reputation on unique specialty items, which means you won’t find any “mass market” stuff here. We like the decorative vintage pieces from Pigeon in Our Parlour and the panda figurines from Orient & Flume. “Popkiller!” Popkiller got more than one vote for best local shop, and it’s easy to see why. Specializing in the vintage sunglass look — isn’t this where everybody in LA gets their shades?” — Popkiller is really where Angeles go for their quirky hipster cravings. The store never disappoints, especially when they showcase Japanese toys and one-of-a-kind arm bands. “Hollywood book and poster co!!! On hwood blvd” You know the locals love it when it’s been around for 30 years. Angelenos come to Hollywood Book and Poster Co. for movie stills, movie posters, film scripts and…Mexican wrestling masks? Yup, the store features pretty much anything that has to do with the entertainment industry. “almost everything on Melrose” Ah, well there’s something obvious. Packed with stores that you’ll find only in LA, Melrose Ave. between San Vincente and La Brea Ave. is probably also one of the best places to people watch, too. That’s because they’re getting decked out at places like Aardvark’s, Red Balls, Von Dutch, Fred Segal’s and miu miu. “Black One Shoulder Jumpsuit at Intermix on Robertson. Have to say, it was a fabulous store. On the list, to be sure.” Second that, Ally. All the products at Intermix seem like they ought to belong in Vogue and Style magazines. We like their picks from Gryphon (harlequin sequin skirt and leather jean jacket), but Ally’s onto something with the jumpsuits for sure. “Favorite book store is Book Soup on Sunset! none better!” Famous for ceiling-high bookshelves, a celebrity clientele and author signings, Book Soup falls on quite a few top ten lists. In addition to in-depth fiction and nonfiction titles, it specializes in art, film and music as well as books from university, international and small presses. Glitzz boutique runs the gamut of mens and womens designer lines, as well as intimates and accessories. Denim rules here, with styles from Black Soul and Mondo, and if you’re in the market for a show-stopping buckle, this is the place.
LA Hotels that Treat You Like a Star The Standard Downtown LA LA hotels often host guests who are accustomed to the star treatment, so when it comes to services and amenities, many hotels step it up a notch (or 10). Whether it’s a meditation class for you or a personalized snack for your pet, you’ll feel like a Hollywood star at any of these Los Angeles hotels.
Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows: If the hotel will pamper your pooch with house-made, bone-shaped cookies with his/her name handwritten on each one, just imagine what else awaits your two-legged guest.
Mondrian: Sushi at 3 a.m. (or any hour), an indoor Lucite swing and a mushroom-shaped concierge desk are just a few of the over-the-top features of this Hollywood hotel.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel: For working out on the road, treadmills and stair machines are great — but yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, spinning, kickboxing, beach power walking, guided hikes, beach boot camp and meditation classes are awesome.
The Standard Downtown LA: The Standard ups the atmosphere ante with its funky red AstroTurf pool deck, complete with a bar, music, panoramic views, a dance floor, a fireplace and, of course, waterbed cabanas.
Sheraton Universal: All over LA, you’ll find hotel rooms decorated in a variety of styles, but there’s only one designed in pure ogre fashion. The Sheraton Universal’s Shrek Suite is decorated in a forest theme with Shrek-friendly amenities such as mud-bath packets and green-hued bedding.
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey: Nothing says luxury like taking a midnight dip in a pool overlooking the ocean. You can indulge in such watery bliss at the Ritz, whose 25-meter lap pool is open 24 hours a day.
Omni Los Angeles Hotel: Little ones feel like VIPs with the Omni Sensational Kids Package, which includes suitcases filled with books and games, a backpack upon arrival, and a safety kit with a nightlight and electrical outlet covers.
Four Seasons Westlake Village: Like many high-end hotels, the Four Seasons Westlake Village boasts luxurious spa and exercise facilities, but this hotel — home of the world-class California Health & Longevity Institute — also offers access to “science-based lifestyle rejuvenation.”
W Hollywood: The W promises its guests Whatever/Whenever® service — and the posh hotel isn’t kidding. Whatever you can dream of, the W staff will make it happen.
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites: The Westin Bonaventure takes your workout out of the gym (though the hotel’s exercise facility is state of the art) with running groups guided by a Westin Hotel Running Concierge as well as self-guided route maps designed by Runner’s World magazine.
Pacific Palms Resort: With a world-class, on-site spa and fitness center, two golf courses and excellent dining, you might not have a reason to leave the Pacific Palms Resort. But just in case, there’s a fleet of luxurious chauffeured cars and limousines waiting to ferry you around the LA area.
The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena: To describe all the heavenly amenities and services available at this über-posh hotel would take ages, so we’ll just focus on an interesting recent addition to The Huntington Spa: Chuan Body + Soul, a world-renowned facility offering treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine.
Hotel Amarano: With many rooms including a kitchenette and walk-in closet, this boutique hotel in Burbank promises the comforts of home — that is, assuming your home has a 42-inch plasma TV, an iPod docking station, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop sundeck.
After a stop at Planet Funk, teen shoppers come out on the cutting edge of LA’s urban street style. The store offers laid-back clothing with graffiti-esque designs and edgy details. Girls can nurture their inner starlet with skinny leg jeans by Citizens of Humanity, a fitted Ed Hardy tunic and a quirky tote by Harajuku Lovers. Meanwhile, guys can cop some of the newest looks by Motor City Legends, Faith Connexion and Howe. The store also stocks cool accessories — from fedoras to skinny belts — to put the finishing touches on new looks.
7571 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Martha Stewart Talks Her Big Move To The Hallmark Channel Martha Stewart, author, television host, and all-around media mogul and lifestyle guru, is packing up her daytime talk show and moving it to the Hallmark Channel. If there’s anyone who you can trust to relocate their things in perfect condition, it’s Martha Stewart. Stewart debuted her Emmy Award-winning “Martha” back in 2005 which, across its past five seasons, has featured more tips than a needle factory. Her daily edutainment program provided audiences all the cooking and crafting wisdom she’s filled books, magazines, and the heads of millions of eager fans with thirty years ago. For the show’s sixth season, “Martha” is heading to the Hallmark Channel, along with a whole slew of Stewart-branded programming. But Stewart says that for her new home on Hallmark, there’s not much redecorating needed to be done. “There’s no reason to make changes other than total evolution of the show,” Stewart told our source. “We want to be the same wonderful, informative show that we’ve always been with some very exciting new twists.” For half the day, Hallmark essentially becomes the Martha Stewart Network, along with episodes of “From Martha’s Kitchen,” “From Martha’s Home,” and “From Martha’s Garden,” as well as “Everyday Food,” and the new “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn,” Executive Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnivision. She’s even bringing daughter Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt along for the ride. The two Sirius radio personalities, who also hosted the Stewart-skewering show “Whatever Martha,” will head the not-your-mother’s-talk-show “Whatever with Alexis and Jennifer.” But the new franchise Stewart is even more excited about is “Martha Stewart Presents,” a new interview program that will give audiences even more reason to wonder if Stewart and Diane Sawyer are the same person. Stewart will sit down with some of the most fascinating people in entertainment, politics and culture. First up is “The Women Who Dress America,” which features Martha sitting down with female fashion icons Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Tory Burch and Jenna Lyons. “The four designers are fantastic talent and also very interesting women and I think they come across as such on the program,” Stewart said of the special, which premieres September 19th on Hallmark. “I think they’re going to be pleased and I think their fans are going to be very pleased. They’re presented in a way that you really haven’t seen them before.” With the Hallmark Channel now becoming the home of Martha Stewart, the 69-year-old (can you believe it?) is as confident as ever as she caps off her year with more illustrious projects than ever. Also to look forward to this year are two brand new holiday specials from Stewart featuring the seasonal entertaining tips she’s known for. Who knew about brining your turkey and what a cheesecloth was before Martha? For her two new specials, Stewart takes on Halloween and Christmas with all new craft and cooking ideas. “We just finished our Halloween special and Halloween is one of my very, very favorite times of year,” Stewart said. “I can’t tell you who’s in it but it is the perfect celebrity for Halloween and the stuff we do is just extraordinary and it’s going to be a smashing hit.” “We’re also already working on our Christmas special which you will adore,” Stewart says. “It’s really great and it’ll get you through those holidays.” Don’t whatever Martha. She knows exactly what she’s talking about. “The Martha Stewart Show” debuts on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, September 13th.
Chromotherapy Rain Showers . The Domolight LED Shower Head Soothes Through Color Therapy. Have the ultimate shower experience with the new Domolight LED shower head, which lets cool blue light soothe bathers for a blissful shower experience. The Domolight LED shower head is designed to calm the user through colour therapy like a spa. The Domolight LED shower head even comes with a controller so you can mindlessly change the color and subsequent feeling of your shower at the touch of a button. I certainly wouldn’t mind basking in blue light, sounds sorta sultry!
Encounter Krakow With Lonely Planet’s Mini Pocket Guide. Seen enough of Prague? Done Budapest? Why not travel a little bit north and visit Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. The travel scribes at Lonely Planet can help you plan your trip to this medieval city with their Krakow Encounter mini-guide. It gives you twice the city in half the time, with suggestions on where to go, the best places to eat and what hotels to stay at and maybe even avoid. Written by Mara Vorhees, the guide includes secrets shared by local experts on the Krakow’s contemporary Jewish culture and the city’s unique art scene. There are also excursion suggestions to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, and a day trip to Kazimierz, a quaint town right outside the city. The quick reference guide provides readers with ready-to-go and need-to-know information such as the price of a pint of beer, useful phrases, country telephone codes and the currency exchange. Additionally, full-color pull-out maps and neighborhood maps are also included in the guide. Whether you are planning a week-long trip or plan to visit Krakow for a short weekend, the Encounter Guide is a must-have for every visitor wanting to explore the city’s mystical attractions including the impressive Wawel Cathedral or simply taking a moment to relax and dine in one of many 700-year-old caverns while witnessing the rebirth of a city that has redefined the meaning of survival. The Krakow Encounter Guide is available at bookstores or online at www.lonelyplanet.com for $12.99.
Hill walking, Rappelling, Camping & Treasure Hunt in Tonga’s. 100 km from Bengaluru, Kuntibetta is near Mysore and very close to Padavpura. Kuntibetta is actually two hills and the one on the right is also called Bhimanabetta. The rocks are oddly enough- also known as the ‘French Rock’ as the French who assisted Tippu Sultan in his fight against the British, who stayed here. An interesting place to explore history! In the countryside, you get to sniff at pungent smell of the jaggery and a warm smile, some polite words and a small request will guarantee unlimited amounts of the fresh sugarcane juice more delicious than anything you’ve ever tasted. From the hilltop, the lake below shimmers in the sun, the twin humps of Chamundi hills at Mysore flirt with languorous clouds while Melkote’s peak beckons in the distance. About 16kms north east of Mysore, on an island in the Cauvery River, stand the ruins of the capital from which Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan ruled much of southern India during the 18th century. The British had to capture the fort twice to get rid of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’.
CN Tower Owner Rejects $78 Million To Rename The Canadian Landmark. Canada Lands Company Vice President of Public and Government Affairs Gordon McIvor called an offer to rename a Canadian landmark a publicity stunt by an online used car firm that just launched its Website. Vehicle Gateway Corporation said on its portal on Tuesday that it will submit a $78 million bid to rename CN Tower and light it up using the car firm’s corporate color of green. Vehicle Gateway wanted to change the tower’s name to VG Tower. McIvor clarified that the 1,815-feet (553.3 meters) CN Tower, owned by CLC, is not for sale. However, Vehicle Gateway spokesman Peter Davies said their offer is a legitimate bid and is not to gain media mileage. CN Tower was the tallest free-standing structure on land until September 2007, when the title was taken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. However, the CN Tower is still the tallest tower in the west. More than two million tourists visit every year the tower, located in Toronto.
Disney Cruise Line Brings Fun in the Sun, Water Play For Little Ones and Goofy’s Golf on the Disney Dream. An elaborately themed interactive sports deck, whimsical water play area, and relaxing poolside oasis for adults join the first-ever shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – to provide fun in the sun for guests sailing on the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream. These additions, announced today, one year from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream, offer new experiences for guests of all ages.Goofy’s Sports Deck
On Goofy’s Sports Deck, the magic tees off on deck 13 with Goofy’s Golf – a miniature golf course where “lessons” featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of wacky fun. Each hole offers special golf instructions – with a goofy twist. Lessons include:
• “Handling a dog leg” – Guests avoid a fire hydrant and use Pluto’s dog bone to guide them to the hole.
• “Stuck in the rough” – Goofy shows golfers how to avoid the tall turf and steer clear of a lawn mower.
• “Reading the green” – Stacks of books and a large magnifying glass are obstacles to circumvent on this undulating green.
• “Attacking the green” – Yo ho, yo ho! Golfers and landlubbers take a swashbuckling approach to sinking their putt on this pirate-themed hole.
Guests can choose to use the Goofy or Max tee on each hole, offering twice the fun. Family-friendly competitions and tournaments will keep the excitement on par while quirky golf clubs, some crooked and bent, will challenge golfers to stay on course. Goofy and Max may even swing by to interact with guests and offer some tips on club selection, stance or just goofing around.
Also on Goofy’s Sports Deck, two digital sports simulators provide a variety of virtual game experiences such as soccer, tennis, basketball, golf and more. With the simulators, guests can kick, swing and throw, participating in favorite high-action sports without the hassle of chasing the ball.
Max’s Courts are two mini-sized sports courts for little ones to enjoy soccer, basketball or group play. There’s full-court basketball that may also be transformed into a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court, plus table tennis and foosball tables. A walking track rings Goofy’s Sports Deck.
Little ones discover oceans of fun at this fanciful water-play area overflowing with pop jets, bubblers and lovable underwater friends like Nemo, Dory, Marlin and other favorites from the Disney•Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.”
Shaded for protection from the sun and featuring a soft wet-deck surface, the 1,500-square-foot Nemo’s Reef is a place for children to cool off and play among colorful, interactive figures that move and spray water. Children will delight as they splash alongside Nemo swimming in a sea anemone, glide down a pint-sized water slide shaped like Mr. Ray and frolic near Pearl the octopus who “inks” herself with a mist of water. Kids can even get soaked in a water curtain that undulates back and forth like the EAC (East Australian Current).
Nemo’s Reef is surrounded by a glass enclosure, with a main guest entrance and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar
Reserved exclusively for guests 18 and older, the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar is a retreat for adults to sunbathe and swim, indulge in a cool drink or enjoy a relaxing dip in a nearby hot tub overlooking the ocean.
One of three fresh-water pools on the Disney Dream, Quiet Cove Pool features varying depths for taking a dip, sunbathing in comfort and enjoying a poolside cocktail. A series of connected circular pools includes a 4-foot-deep plunge pool and a 6-inch-deep sunbathing pool with built-in loungers and a mister. Guests also can splash up to Cove Bar, which is part of the pool, and sip a refreshing beverage.
Nearby, on the sides of deck 11, guests can soak in a whirlpool hot tub while overlooking the ocean. Four “infinity” whirlpool hot tubs – two for families and two just for adults – provide spectacular views of the ocean beyond.
AquaDuck and More!
The Disney Dream will feature the world’s first shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – which will sweep guests away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids – all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.
Donald Pool is the place for families to gather and enjoy all of the activities up on deck. Overlooking Donald Pool is the giant Funnel Vision LED screen – more than 30 feet wide and 18 feet high – showing Disney films and other live broadcast events. A retractable floor extends over the pool, providing an ideal dance floor for deck parties.
Continuing a favorite feature of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream will also have a Mickey Pool for children. The shape of Mickey Pool resembles the beloved Disney character, and an oversized version of Mickey’s hand supports a yellow winding slide that splashes down near the pool.
As an added convenience for parents with children of different ages, Donald Pool, Mickey Pool and Nemo’s Reef are all located within the same vicinity, on deck 11 between the forward and aft funnel.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888/325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.