• Art,  Los Angeles

    18th Street Arts Center Launches Innovative Statewide Arts Project to Advance the Well-being of California Communities

    18th Street Arts Center (18SAC) has been awarded $3.3 million by the California Arts Council as one of 14 administering agencies for its California Creative Corps (CCC) program. The 35 year-old Santa Monica organization is one of only three agencies chosen to conduct CCC projects statewide.

    The project design leverages the organization’s decades-long experience in activating place-based arts and cultural strategies as exemplified in its Culture Mapping 90404 project, which documented the rich history and culture assets of the 90404 ZIP code in Santa Monica.

    With 90404, 18SAC commissioned artists to create work informed by the culture map; resulting in performances, exhibitions, murals and public art, a film, walking tours and a local artisan collective. The iconic neighborhood project demonstrates how applying place-based arts practices drive community cohesion and inform public policy.

    “Our experience in empowering artists to do creative civic engagement work in the communities in which they live is that they have a unique ability to create trust among neighbors—a sense of belonging where people become oriented toward the common good. It’s hard for government agencies to achieve the same results,” said Jan Williamson, 18th Street Arts Center Executive Director.

    18th Street Arts Center California Creative Corps Project is now calling for applications from California artists and culture bearers interested in developing meaningful arts and culture projects in communities located within Quartile 1 ZIP codes of the California Healthy Places Index (HPI).

    Forty artists from across the state will be selected for further project refinement and will receive professional coaching to compose their full project concept and budget, along with a $1,000 stipend. Eighteen projects will be selected for support and funding.

    Each of the final eighteen artists will receive a year-long salary of $65,000, medical and dental insurance, the option to join 18th Street Art Center’s SIMPLE IRA plan with employer match and production costs for their community art project from July 2023 – July 2024.

    In addition to fostering community well-being, the selected artists will generate knowledge and media assets to contribute to a statewide California Culture Map. The culture map generated by 18th Street Arts Center California Creative Corps will provide the context to inform public policy and accelerate solutions to community needs. 18th Street Arts Center believes culture mapping is essential infrastructure for successful collaboration between arts and culture producers and community leaders seeking to foster well-being.

    Artists interested in further details and applying should visit: 18thstreet.org/californiacreativecorps.

    About 18th Street Arts Center

    18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA has been fueling the impact of artists on society since 1988. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, we are a globally recognized catalyst for deploying artistic imagination to meet society’s needs. We curate projects where artists and the public directly engage in creating experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change. 18thstreet.org

    About California Creative Corps

    California Creative Corps is a pilot program funded by the California Arts Council as an engagement campaign designed to increase public awareness about issues of public health, water and energy conservation, civic engagement, social justice, and more. https://arts.ca.gov

  • Eco,  food,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Small changes add up to big impact, Upright is building a world of better-for-you foods and beverages.

    Amazing to use as a milk substitute while baking, cooking, or brewing up your favorite lattes! Upright is an instant oat milk alternative. More convenient than your average oat milk product, Upright single-serving packets can be easily packed in your bag. Just add water and you have a glass of nutritious oat milk to drink or add to your coffee on the go. With 8 grams of oat protein in every serving and added vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamins A, B12, and D, Upright is the expert-approved oat milk choice.

    Oats are Upright main ingredient because they’re a powerhouse for both health and sustainability. The formulas are created in partnership with food scientists, pediatricians and world-leading experts.

    High-protein instant oatmilk – just add water! Made with just oats, a blend of vitamins and minerals, and natural flavors like chocolate and vanilla, each creamy cup packs 7 grams of oat protein and offers calcium, vitamins A, B12, D, and plant-based prebiotic oat fiber. 

    Upright bulk format is perfect for using at home, making a big family-sized batch for the week, scooping into smoothies or protein shakes, and adding to cooking or baking recipes for an extra boost of nutrition.

    PLUS: Fight climate change with each cup

    HOW TO ENJOY: Mix the contents of 1 sachet or 2 tablespoons of Upright with 8oz water & enjoy! Add more or less water based on your preferences. TIP: Use a blender bottle or electric whisk for the fastest blending!

    PACK SIZE: Choice of 1 pouch, 2-, or 3-pack. Net weight 340g (12 oz) per pouch. Each pouch makes 12 cups or 3 quarts of high protein oatmilk.

    GREAT FOR: Allergen friendly, flexitarian, vegetarian, plant-based, FODMAP, omnivore, and picky-eater diets.

    Made in the USA. Plant Based. Earth friendly. Female & AAPI-founded.


  • food,  Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Kicks Off 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Season

    Girl Scouts are now selling new berry-blasted Raspberry Rally™ cookies exclusively online,
    with all the iconic cookies, powering amazing experiences outdoors, STEM, and beyond.

    Today, January 29th, The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio kicked off the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Season in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. For the next seven weeks, Girl Scouts and their troops will rally their communities to support the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls.

    “New to the 2023 cookie season, the highly anticipated, online-exclusive Raspberry Rally™ cookie joins the iconic lineup, alongside classic family favorites like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, and more,” said Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s President & CEO, Cynthia H. Breunig.

    Girl Scout Zaira B 6 from Highland, Girl Scout Troop 1751. Girl scout Analyse H. 15 from Rialto is carrying her.

    “I love selling Girl Scout Cookies,” said Girl Scout Zaira B from Highland, Girl Scout Troop 1751 “This program has helped me build confidence and I love doing booths with my Girl Scout friends”.

    “Please support our local Girl Scout troops by purchasing your favorite varieties and trying the new, Raspberry Rally™ available exclusively online.  The new thin, crispy cookie is infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in the same delicious chocolaty coating as the beloved Thin Mints® cookies,” said Breunig.

    The new Raspberry cookie is the first in the Girl Scout Cookie lineup to be exclusively offered for online sale and direct shipment only.

    “This enhances our girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills. This latest approach will help to guide the evolution of the cookie program for the digital future,” said Breunig.

    This season, Girl Scouts will run outdoor cookie booths and sell online.

    “If you know a Girl Scout, ask how she’s selling cookies via the Digital Cookie online platform for direct shipment or local delivery,” said Breunig.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls. Girl Scouts’ newly updated Financial Literacy badges offer entrepreneurial playbooks for every age level.

    From the Cookie Goal Setter badge earned as a Daisy to the Entrepreneur Accelerator for girls in high school, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls financial literacy, planning, budgeting, teamwork, innovative thinking, and confident decision making.

    How to Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Year

    • If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies.
    • Text COOKIES to 59618 to be among the first to receive information about Girl Scout Cookies and to find out about other exciting Girl Scout news.
    • Visit the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to find a booth near you, to purchase cookies for direct shipment to your home, or to donate cookies to local causes.

    “The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s Cookie season is from January 29th – March 19th.  Girl Scouts in grades K–12 can start their journey to fun, friendship, and new experiences by joining the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization for girls at any point in the year,” said Breunig.

    To join the Girls Scouts or to volunteer go to: www.girlscouts.org/join, or call (909) 307-6555.

    About Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio

    We serve more than 10,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the dedicated support of 3,000 adult volunteers.  We believe that in order to be a leader within your community, you have to truly become a part of that community.

    Girl Scouts offers girls the unique opportunity to identify and support issues that are important to them, form partnerships with other people, businesses, and organizations, and create sustainable projects that change the world around them.

    To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit gssgc.org, or call (909) 307-6555.

  • Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Sustainable Products from the Coconut Coverings that are left out after being consumed, Get CocoBowlz®️ now!

    Surprise your loved one with a homemade, healthy breakfast on that romantic Day. Your loved one is sure to spark conversation when you present your plant-based foods in beautiful coconut bowls from CocoBowlz. The unique coconut shell bowls are made by hand-crafting a reclaimed coconut shell that might otherwise have gone to waste. A sustainable, plant-based alternative to artificially made kitchenware. Truly versatile and durable, these bowls are perfect for serving your favorite appetizers or snacks to your family and guests! The CocoBowlz collection is proudly Australian-owned and adds tropical flare to your tablescape.

    Natural Coconut Bowl

    This natural rough rustic CocoBowlz™ coconut shell bowl is made by hand, crafting a reclaimed coconut shell that might otherwise have gone to waste.

    • Reusable and food safe
    • No artificial creations
    • No mass machine productions
    • No chemicals, no glues, or lacquers used
    • All 100% natural plant-based and organic product

    All CocoBowlz™ bowls and utensils are polished and finished with coconut oil.

    CocoBowlz™ coconut shell bowls are products of nature, produced from 100% real coconuts after their shells are declared “unusable” therefore are discarded as waste.


    The dimension and sizes of our CocoBowlz™ coconut shell bowls generally range between 12cm-14cm in diameter with a depth of 6cm, and an average hold of 600ml.

    Because this is a natural and handcrafted item, there will always be a slight discrepancy in size between each bowl.


    CocoBowlz™ coconut shell bowls are products of nature and produced from real coconuts, individually hand-crafted by craftsmen and women.


    CocoBowlz™ coconut bowls are available in two styles of finish:

    • “Natural” – Rough rustic looking outside with a smooth finished inner.
    • “Original” – Smooth polished looking outside with a smooth finished inner.

    Looking for gift ideas this Valentine’s Day? Sustainable and beautiful… Cocobowlz’ candles are made from repurposed excess coconut shells, saving them from piling into landfills. Cocobowlz’ new range is patterned, giving them a unique, bohemian look.

    Coconut Candles Fruit Infused Range

    Enjoy the warm ambient light and tropical scent of Cocobowlz’ fruit infused coconut candles that will quickly turn your home into a tranquil paradise.

    Featuring your choice of a natural coconut or two-tone coconut shell, hand poured coconut soy wax and a crackling wooden wick, these beautiful candles will sweep you away with their fruity, citrus & coconut aromas.

    All coconut candles are eco-friendly, burn clean, have a lasting burn time of up to 50 hours and are hand poured in small batches in Melbourne.

    🕯️  Your choice of 8 scents:

    • Coconut Lime
    • Coconut Mango
    • Coconut Strawberry
    • Coconut Pineapple
    • Coconut Kiwi
    • Coconut Cocktail
    • Coconut Banana
    • Toasted Coconut

    🔥  Burn time: 50 hours

    📏 Size (approx): D9-10cm

    📙 Care + safety tips

    Burn while reading, bathing, meditating or wining and dining.

    But never leave your candles unattended and always ensure you blow them out before bed.


    CocoBowlz™ makes it easy to choose your feel-good moments, so you can not just enjoy life, but have a life well-lived. Healthier? Kinder? More active? More thoughtful? Whichever quality moment you want to prioritise today, Cocobowlz™ is here to support your journey. CocoBowlz™ products are made from all-natural ingredients such as reclaimed coconut shells, coconut palm wood and bamboo. You won’t find any nasties in their sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly products.



  • food,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Fun, Foodie V-Day Gifts Unveiled, Like Cute Bundt Cakes

    For all of those foodies looking for a lovely Valentine’s Gifts, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has several offerings that should delight nearly everyone. Here are just a few of the most-popular gifts this season. To see the entire Valentine’s Day collection, go here.

    Valentine’s Day Chai & Bundt Cakes, $99.99 (SKU 5890V)

    Send a deliciously indulgent and relaxing gift this Valentine’s Day with perfect (and distinctive) pairings — Chai and mini-bundt cakes — double chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. I mean, how cute is this gift, right? Perfect for women, men, grandma, grandpa — just about anyone on your list.

    With Love La Marca Champagne Gift Box, $89.99 (SKU 6679V)

    Say “I Love You” with this perfect gift. It arrives in a gorgeous magnetic keepsake box and includes a selection of delicious treats to be enjoyed with a glass of La Marca Prosecco. S’more Grahams, cheese and crackers, and Raspberry Mule Mix are included. Craft a Sweetheart cocktail and toast your loved one with this wonderful gift you can both share on Valentine’s Day.

    Love Is All You Need Candy Stash, $34.99 (SKU 4836)

    Okay, so this one is for some of the kids on your list — or the adults that never grew up and still have an incredible sweet tooth (like me). The candy stash box features fun-size candy bars and candies in a fun keepsake box. When the candy is gone, it’s excellent for storing jewelry, school supplies, or anything else. Make someone feel extra special with this box of sweet treats.

    GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded in 2002 with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. Through years of working in his family’s flower shop in New Hampshire, President & CEO Ryan Abood naturally realized an opportunity to provide handmade, high quality gift baskets. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc.500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. As this entrepreneurial family spirit continues in the next generation with the birth of the youngest A bood last spring, this proud family business will continue to exceed gourmet gifting expectations.
  • Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Rubio’s Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 99¢ Fish Tacos

    When Rubio’s Coastal Grill, home of The Original Fish Taco®, turns 40 on Wednesday, January 25, California, Arizona and Nevada locations will celebrate the company’s Baja roots. The community is invited to enjoy throwback pricing, 99¢ Original Fish Tacos®, the launch of a new, “remixed” Fish Taco, ’80s-inspired prizes and music.

    Ralph Rubio tasted his first fish taco as a college student during spring break in San Felipe. He brought the recipe home, opening the first Rubio’s in Mission Bay in 1983. Fish Tacos were 99¢ back then, and will be again on January 25. Proceeds benefit WILDCOAST, a non-profit organization working to conserve some of the world’s most significant coastal and marine ecosystems in the U.S. and Mexico.

    On January 25, Rubio’s Rewards members can participate in a contest, both in-store and online, to win ’80s-inspired gear and free Rubio’s. Fifty winners will receive limited-edition Rubio’s bomber jackets, and other prizes. Rewards members earn entries for every visit January 23–29.

    Rubio’s has become the #1 fish taco brand, credited with starting the fish taco phenomenon in the U.S. In celebration of the 40th anniversary, Rubio’s “remixed” The Original Fish Taco, offering a new version of the original favorite. The Baja Grilled Fish Taco features grilled mahi mahi and a special Baja sauce.

    “When Rubio’s opened 40 years ago, putting fish in a taco was pretty revolutionary,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “Today, The Original Fish Taco is still our most popular, award-winning item, and we’ve sold over 270 million of them. We’re going strong and look forward to 40 more years.”

    For more information, join Rubio’s Rewards and visit Rubio’sFacebookInstagram and TikTok.