Taste Washington through Wine

Wheel of Wines at Taste Washington Photo uploaded by tracyhunter This coming weekend of April 5th and 6th marks the arrival of the Taste Washington: The Ultimate Wine Experience at Qwest Field! Seminars with top wine experts kick off the festival with their broad knowledge of Washington's wines, covering topics from the shape of wine glasses and usage of oak along with an ode to David Lake and wines of the world. These great learning experiences will be followed by a food and wine pairing lunch by none other than Ilan Hall, the Season 2 winner of Bravo's Top Chef and master sommelier Evan Goldstein. Visitors can not only taste the best of Washington's wines at the QFC Farmer's Market, but can also enjoy live jazz at the Caffe Vita Lounge or sample some delicious beef at the … [Read more...]

Book Lovers Guide to Los Angeles

Craig Johnson and Mark Coggins at the Festival of Books Photo uploaded by Mark Coggins While you're in the land of glitz and glamor, be sure and check out the amazing resources for bibliophiles that also exist in the city of Los Angeles! The downtown area alone boasts of the Caravan Book Store, which is the last of the book shops on what was known as Book Seller's Row, Dutton's at REDCAT, complete with 400 titles and a liquor bar, along with Metropolis Books, located in the oh-so-hip Old Bank District, which specializes in fiction, mystery, anime, and film. There's also Eso Won Books, specializing in African-American works and the Fashion Bookstore at the California Mart. If you've got kids, be sure and head out to the San Fernando Valley to visit Storyopolis, carrying the best in … [Read more...]

Children’s Humanities Festival in Chicago

Chicago Botanic Gardens photo uploaded by mattnis Running May 3-10 in Chicago, the 2008 Children's Humanities Festival promises fun for the entire family. This week long family arts festival covers five different Chicago neighborhoods and features live performances to inspire and entertain kids of all ages. The roster of performers includes Mirah and Spectratone International performing "Share This Place" (a multimedia video performance with live music), Lelavision (performing in English & Spanish), Teatro di Piazza D’Occasione (presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Botanic Garden, picture above). The highlight of the festival will the world premiere of José Cruz González's new play, The Blue House, which is about a 13 year old girl discovering … [Read more...]

Honolulu AIDS Walk

Kapiolani Park Photo uploaded by skyseeker Join in the Honolulu AIDS 5K Walk on April 20 around beautiful Kapiolani Park! Register as an individual walker, team, or join an existing team and help raise funds for HIV prevention and the Life Foundation, Hawaii's oldest and largest AIDS organization. Head over to the bandstand for registration at 8 am on the day of the race and be ready to start walking at 9 am sharp. You can also register ahead of time online, as well as donate to the AIDS walk on their site. Here's to helping out a great cause that's as easy and fun as a walk in the park! … [Read more...]

Go Green on Your Next Trip to San Diego

Recycling photo uploaded by Aine D While on vacation, remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Since the 1970s, environmentalists are estimating that we use between 500 billion to a trillion plastic bags annually in the world. They usually find their way to the garbage very quickly, where they contaminate our environment. Paper bags are equally as wasteful, as they consume high amounts of energy to produce, as well as recycle. Instead of thinking about “paper or plastic,” this Earth Day, take a moment to consider if the bags are really necessary in the first place. Grocery stores like Whole Foods Market have already started to eliminate plastic bags altogether in an effort to reduce waste. Instead, they will be offering reusable bags at a low price. So, help to take care of our … [Read more...]

Florida Marlins Opening Day

Florida Marlins photo uploaded by Scott Ableman Florida Marlins' Opening Day is today versus the New York Mets. The Marlins will try to build on a disappointing 07 season where they finished fifth in the NL East, 10 games below .500 and also traded away 2 of their best players, left handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis and superstar 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera. Leading the 08 squad will be infielders Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez was the 2006 Rookie of the Year, so this team has talent but is very young. They have also added long time MLB vet Luis Gonzalez. This is definitely a rebuilding year. The Marlins will get to take a look at their players of the future and begin to build around shortstop superstar in the making Ramirez. On a brighter note, the Marlins have a new stadium for … [Read more...]

Jazz at the Museum of Natural History

Rose Center for Earth and Space Photo uploaded by tonydolor On the first Friday of every month, the Museum of Natural History hosts Starry Nights in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. It's an evening full of live jazz in an amazing setting, complete with wine and delicious tapas. The Valerie Capers Ensemble will be performing at the next event, to be held on Friday, April 4 starting with seatings at 5:15 pm. A native of the Bronx and a Julliard grad, Valerie Capers has performed with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, and Ray Brown. Legally blind since the age of 6, Valerie is a great inspiration to all. Here's to a great Friday night! … [Read more...]

Awakening of Red Sox Nation

Fenway Park photo uploaded by toddwickersty Red Sox Nation is awakening from a long hibernation with our home opener on April 8th against the Detroit Tigers. We all have high expectations for the returning champs, but even with two World Series wins under our belts we will always worry about our local boys. Some of the big news this year includes: • The release of the famous knuckle-ball catcher, Doug Mirabelli. • The acquisition of the former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon. • The questionable condition of our star pitcher Curt Schilling. All this will add up to be another nail biter season for Red Sox fans everywhere. So if you’re thinking about making a trip to Fenway to catch a game, you may have to dig a little deeper in your pocket for tickets. The only possible … [Read more...]

Carlsbad 5000 Returns to San Diego

Carlsbad Beach photo uploaded by Kathy Dodd The Carlsbad 5000 is known as one of the most competitive 5k races in the country. Over 10,000 runners from various places around the world will line up in Carlsbad on Sunday, April 6 to compete for a $70,000 prize. The course extends along a beautiful stretch of seaside terrain, winding through Carlsbad village. The event also features a beer garden and post-parties which help draw in a wide variety of runners every year (both professionals and amateurs are welcome to compete). Over 16 world records and 8 American records have been set on this course in the past 22 years! For other activities in Carlsbad, check out LEGOLAND and Museum of Making Music. Both are included with the Go San Diego Card! … [Read more...]

Experience Hawaiian History

Iolani Palace photo uploaded by digitonin As an island out in the Pacific, Hawaii has a history and culture that are drastically different from the rest of the United States. Hawaii is one of only three U.S. states that were indepedent before joining (or being annexed by) the United States. It's also the home to the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Here are some places on the island of Oahu where you can discover Hawaii's rich history. Iolani Palace is a designated historic landmark that has been lovingly restored and maintained by the people of Hawaii. Built in 1882, it was the official residence of the last two Hawaiian monarchs, King King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. Volunteer guides take you through this grand historic building and tell stories … [Read more...]