Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Plan Your Wedding With David Tutera

My Fair Wedding's David Tutera
If your planning a spring or summer wedding there is a unique opportunity to get guidance from Reality star and wedding and event planning expert David Tutera.

On March 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm the Reality star will be appearing at the City National Grove of Anaheim with a mix of entertainment and great wedding planning great advice.

There will be demos and makeovers, and Tutera will dispense his wisdom and interview local celebrities while making cocktails in an informal, loungelike setting.

He will discuss what goes into throwing a fabulous event, as well as how he got to where he is today and how you too can make your dreams come true.

Every ticket holder also has the chance to win prizes, including a dream wedding package, a dream vacation package that anyone can enjoy, a one-hour consultation with Tutera or a live makeover.

The evenings grand prize is  $10,000.00 Dream Wedding Package that includes a Wedding Gown,  fine Jewelry for bride and 5 Bridesmaids plus crafts for accessorizing the wedding and a consultation with David.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Zen Mountain Center Annual Guest Season,

assajara Zen Mountain Center
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012, San Francisco Zen Center is thrilled to begin its next 50 years of spiritual engagement and community building with the public opening of this year's guest season (April 26 - September 9, 2013) at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. As spring blossoms, the gates to Tassajara open to Zen and meditation seekers, yoga lovers, and artisan foodies looking to experience a truly serene environment; 8 months of the year Tassajara is closed to the general public for private Zen practice.

Nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness, Tassajara has been long known as a place for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. In 1967, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Founder of San Francisco Zen Center, Author of the seminal Buddhist book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind) established Tassajara as the first Zen training monastery outside of Japan. Suzuki Roshi searched for a mountain temple similar to the monasteries in Japan, and was able to purchase Tassajara through the support of the Zen community, friends, and patrons. Today, Tassajara is internationally recognized as the most remote Zen center in the United States and beckons as a top destination for Buddhist practitioners and vacationers alike.

Only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles via a 14-mile dirt road, Tassajara is an eco-efficient paradise garnering 100% of its energy from solar panels and the local hot springs. The hot springs have proven to be a main attraction of the Monterey/Salinas area following the native Esselen people's discovery of the springs in the 1870's; generations of settlers and visitors have come ever since seeking renewal and tranquility.

For the forthcoming 2013 guest season, Tassajara has a new eco-retreat center that was designed with the highest standards in green development, by architect Helen Degenhardt (JSW/D Architects); all retreats will be held in the new center. The Tassajara Program Schedule 2013 offers disciplinary retreats in the following six specialty areas, all led by some of today's leading teachers: Body Mind, Mindful Living, Spiritual Practice, Practice, Engaging Earth, and Creative Expression.

Tassajara offers a special opportunity for the general public to unplug, reconnect with themselves, and relax. Visitors soak in the hot springs, meander along the trails, savor Tassajara's celebrated vegetarian cuisine, stay in beautiful accommodations, participate in zazen (meditation), and enjoy the eclectic retreats offered by some of today's leading teachers. Tassajara invites visitors to explore the variety of ways that Zen and other complementary practices can inform and enrich one's life.

Additional detailed information can be viewed on www.sfzc.org/tassajara.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Annual Lodi Spring Wine Show

Enjoy more than 40 wineries under one roof – rain or shine. Learn how to taste AND make wine. Sample gourmet olive oils.

 Watch cooking demonstrations and taste some local delicacies.

Relax on the “Cigar and Port” patio. Browse wine and grape themed vendors, included fabulous wine barrel furniture. Get an up close look at the latest grape growing and harvesting equipment.

Nibble on tasty treats from some of the area's finest food purveyors. Enter to Win! The Ultimate Wine Basket of over 100 bottles of wine and other goodies

Sample gourmet olive oils.
Watch cooking demonstrations.
Relax on the “Cigar and Port” patio.
Browse wine and grape themed vendors, included fabulous wine barrel furniture.
Lodi Spring Wine Show March 22-23, 2013

Tickets are on sale now at www.grapefestival.com

Monday, February 18, 2013

San Juan Capistrano Food Tour

San Juan Capistrano food tours
Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the most visited historic destinations in California. Many visitors tour the mission and leave town without discovering the hidden charm that surrounds the village of San Juan Capistrano.

One of the best ways to so the sights and learn about the history of San Juan Capistrano is by taking a guided food tour.

You will discover the hidden gems left out of the tour books  while tasting local delicacies.

Flavors of San Juan Capistrano Tasting Tour lets you experience the beautiful views, flavorful tastes and fascinating history of this picturesque South Orange with a casual walking tour of the area.

Over the course of the three-to-four-hour excursion, a friendly and knowledgeable guide will fill you in on the architectural, historical and cultural aspects of San Juan Capistrano.

The main focus of the tour is on the food.and you will visit five or six local restaurants, including a few hidden gems, and sample some of their signature items.

Flavors of San Juan Capistrano is great for both locals and tourists.  This culinary adventure offers a variety of eats for everyone. Save $28.00 off San Juan Capistrano Food Tour

Monday, February 11, 2013

Whale Watching Newport Beach $13.00

Newport Whale Watching
February is peak season for whale watching of the Newport Coast and now you can board a three hour excursion for $13.00 adults and $3.00 kids. This is a fantastic deal perfect for families on a tight budget.

This deal is being offered by Davey's Locker out of Newport Beach. Whale watching trips depart daily form the Balboa Pavillion.

 Davey's Locker's whale-watching ship, which features a large upstairs sun deck, a snack bar with food and beverages available for purchase, wraparound outdoor seating and indoor seating with large windows.

 Each cruise is a unique experience in which you'll have a chance to encounter a variety of marine life, including giant blue whales, finback whales, grey whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin, seals and more.

Davey's Locker Whale Watching has served Southern California for 40 years, and its experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew will provide details on marine creatures, environment and ecosystems throughout your memorable maritime journey.
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Friday, February 08, 2013

Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Valentines Excursions

Valentines Week with a Murder Mystery Dinner  (Saturday, Feb 9) that combines some unique fun with your dinner.  The train leaves 4 pm so there is plenty of time to enjoy the countryside while you are served a delicious dinner.  Tickets are $67 plus tax & service for your 3-hour train trip, 3-course dinner and show.

On  Valentine's Day the  annual Valentine's Dinner. Tickets cost $92 per person + tax & service for your 4-course dinner,3-hour train ride, champagne toast, private table and rose for the ladies.
3-hour Scenic Lunch Saturday, Feb 16. Tickets cost $53 + tax & service for  3-course lunch and train ride.  The beautiful landscape adds a wonderful backdrop during your meal that is served  in fully enclosed and heated coaches.  Info and tickets call 1-800-866-1690

Sierra Railroad
330 So. Sierra Avenue
Oakdale, CA 95361

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Big Bear Mountain Valentines Day Special

Impress someone special with a day on the slopes! Bear Mountain and Snow Summit aremaking it easy to be unique while saving money with a very special Sweetheart Deal! Buy one lift ticket and the second one is free when you purchase online. There is no better time to take advantage of midweek skiing and snowboarding at Big Bear Mountain Resorts!

“Last year, we had a couple get married on the top of Snow Summit,” says Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “We were thrilled to add a uniqueness factor to their big day. The Sweetheart Deal gives people the incentive to grab a partner for an out-of-the-ordinary date, with midweek skiing on our great snow conditions at half the price.”

The Sweetheart Deal lift ticket deal will be available online only. Lift tickets are valid for use February 12th through February 14th. This special is available for Adult and Young Adult tickets and valued up to $118. Same day purchase is not available.

Don’t let this one get away! Purchase your Sweetheart Deal lift tickets online beginning tomorrow. If ticket is not used during February 12th through February 14th, it may be upgraded by paying difference from purchase price to price of current ticket rate.

Monday, February 04, 2013

February Palm Springs Events and Things To Do

If you heading out to Palm Springs this month to enjoy some cool desert fun there are plenty of events and shows going on.

 As you can see by the size of the list there is something going on just about every day In Palm Springs.
February is a great time to visit the Southern California deserts. Warm days in the low seventy's and cool nights are the norm.

February 4: Cinderella Presented at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert. Performed by the Russian National Ballet. Music by Prokofiev Performed to recorded music.

February 8: Don Rickles & Tony Orlando on Stage at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

February 8: Rita Rudner & Paul Reiser Perform at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 9: Itzhak Perlman, Violinist Performs at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert. Accompanying Perlman, pianist Rohan De Silva.

February 9: Johnny Mathis Performs at The Show at The Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.

February 10: Madame Butterfly Presented at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert. Puccini's opera performed by Teatro Lirico d'Europa.

February 11: An Evening with Garrison Keillor Presented at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 15: Frank Sinatra Jr. Performs at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 15: Boyz II Men Perform at The Morongo Casino in Cabazon.

February 16: George Benson Performs at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 16: Bonnie Rait In Concert at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

February 17: Linda Eder Performs at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 20: Kenny Loggins at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 22: Kathy Griffin Performs at The Show at The Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.

February 16: Bonnie Rait In Concert at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

February 23-24: The Ten Tenors Perform at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.

February 24: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons In Concert at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

February 27: Ellen Paige Performs at The McCallum Theater in Palm Desert.