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  • BREAKING NEWS: An After Hours Stroll Through the Zoo to Highlight The Beastly Ball At the Los Angeles Zoo

    May 24, 2024

    The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts its annual fundraising event, the Beastly Ball, on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Actor, comedian, and television host Joel McHale is back for the fifth time as emcee, lending his celebrity and signature humor in support of wildlife care and conservation. Guests enjoy an after-hours stroll through the Zoo, complete with special animal experiences; gourmet food and drinks provided by Momed, Granville, Yukami, Not Just Chef Jess, Taste of the Wild...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Why am I Paying Medicare Part B if I'm Still Working and Paying into the System?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 24, 2024

    Ask Rusty – I'm Working after age 65; Why Aren't I Exempt from Medicare Part B Premium? Dear Rusty: Why, as I continue to work after age 65 and have FICA taxes taken from my check, am I - or anyone - also compelled under the threat of penalties, rate increases, etc. to immediately take Medicare Part B? Am I not then effectively paying into the system twice? As more and more people over 65 continue to work, isn't that a consideration that should be evaluated by Congress - if one is working p...

  • A Royal Black Tie Affair!  The Sixth Annual Notte di Savoia Spring Charity Gala 2024! 

    Rachel Danielle Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2024

    On Saturday evening April 13, 2024, The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Chivalry for Children'sCauses, Notte Di Savoia Los Angeles 2024 Spring Charity Gala, Invitation only was held at The Downtown Jonathan Club, 545 South Figueroa Street, Los Angles. Both the Prince of Italy His Royal Highness Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Venice, Prince of Piedmont, Princess Marina of Savoy, and Prince Dimitri ofYugoslaviaare were charming hosts to this elegant affair! This was the fifth year th...

  • If Required, Social Security Cutbacks Would Affect Everyone, not Just New Beneficiaries

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 18, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Future Retiree Worried About Social Security's Future Dear Rusty: I keep reading that the SSA will only be able to pay out 75% of benefits come 2033. If congress were to do nothing and this reduction in benefits occurred, would seniors already collecting benefits in 2033 have their benefits reduced or would it only be those who have not begun to collect have their future benefits reduced? I will be collecting my benefits no later than 2027 but my wife will not reach full r...

  • Ballet Legends and Star-Studded Performances at BroadStage May 17-18

    Jill Homes, Westside Academy of Ballet|May 18, 2024

    This May, the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica not only celebrates its storied 50-year legacy but also showcases the bright future of ballet during its Spring Showcase and Gala. Featuring renowned stars and promising talents, the event highlights the enduring heritage and vibrant future of performing arts in Southern California. The Masters of Movement Spring Showcases, taking place on May 17th and 18th at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, will feature a vibrant mix of classical and contemporary...

  • Level 8: Multidimensional Immersive Hospitality in the Heart of DTLA

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 18, 2024

    Level 8 is a one-of-a-kind amalgamation of gastronomy, mixology, and immersive entertainment. In a collaboration between hospitality visionaries Mark and Jonnie Houston of Houston Brothers and Mitchell Hochberg of Lightstone, this visionary concept is a testament to creativity and the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Los Angeles. It's an expansive venue (30,000 sq. ft. on the eighth floor of the Moxy & AC Hotel in DTLA) transcending traditional dining experiences, inviting guests to...

  • Discover Hank's: A Charming Neighborhood Restaurant in Pacific Palisades

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 18, 2024

    Looking for a charming spot for your next lunch or dinner outing in Pacific Palisades? Hank's Restaurant is nestled in the heart of a picturesque shopping area, offering a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for gathering with family and friends-the ultimate neighborhood bistro. Recently renovated and reopened with a fresh new look and menu, Hank's embraces classic Americana restaurant culture under the leadership of renowned restaurateur Tancredi DeLuca, known for Angelini Ristorante & Bar,...

  • Should You Protect Against Social Security's Future Lack of Funds?

    Rusty Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Future Retiree Worried About Social Security's Future Dear Rusty: I keep reading that the SSA will only be able to pay out 75% of benefits come 2033. If congress were to do nothing and this reduction in benefits occurred, would seniors already collecting benefits in 2033 have their benefits reduced or would it only be those who have not begun to collect have their future benefits reduced? I will be collecting my benefits no later than 2027 but my wife will not reach full r...

  • Give a Zoo Adoption Animal for Mother's Day

    Los Angeles Zoo|May 10, 2024

    Show your love with a gift that helps save endangered species and symbolically ADOPT an animal at the Los Angeles Zoo! All ADOPT packages include a personalized adoption certificate and a beautiful photo factsheet of your chosen animal. Plus, ADOPTions at $50 or higher will include a paper-framed photograph of our adorable Tamandua and his mom! All our resident animals are available for ADOPTion, and gifts are fully tax-deductible! Proceeds support high-impact, results-driven conservation...

  • The Ultimate Mother's Day celebration in Hollywood with Distinctive Assets.

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2024

    Los Angeles, May 5, 2024--It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate the most important person in our families- our mothers. Mother's Day is upon on and this year the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company, Distinctive Assets has decided to distribute it's annual "Mother's Day in Hollywood" gift bag. They will pamper 25 of the world's most famous moms which include Blake Lively, Keke Palmer, Kaley Cuoco, Halle Bailey, Emily Vancamp, Uzo Aduba, Ali Wong, Grace Gumme...

  • When Can a Surviving Spouse Collect the Decedent's Social Security?

    Russel Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens|May 7, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Widower's Retirement Stymied by Social Security's "WEP" and "GPO" Rules Dear Rusty: My wife passed away 4 years ago. I want to retire so called SSA and was told I can collect my own SS at 62, reduced by WEP. My wife's SS was greater than mine, but they said I do not qualify for hers at age 60 because of the GPO. This seems odd that I get zero for her, however I can collect mine at the two thirds reduction at 62. Is this true? This zero dollar amount places my retirement on hold f...

  • From Myth To Modernity: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and The Human Psyche.

    Alita Arose, Observer Staff Writer|May 7, 2024

    Three and a half thousand years ago in the city of Thebes, Greece, gods expanded in space upon the town's altar. For 9 months of the year, the beautifully sculpted and traditionally attractive Apollo stood in austere elegance. Known for being proud in law and order, he ruled over propriety. When humans were being good samaritans, following rules and practicing obedience, Apollo expressed joy. His other half, Dionysus, would also take the throne, but only for three months of the year. Equally as...

  • A Toast to Excellence: The DFS Wines and Spirits Gala 2024

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|May 7, 2024

    If you have a taste for the extraordinary and possibly possess a collection of rare and exclusive wines and spirits, you were sure to be dazzled at the DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits event this past Saturday, now in its illustrious 12th edition. Themed "Ignite Your Senses," this exceptional gathering at the NeueHouse Hollywood epitomized DFS's unwavering dedication to curating unparalleled luxury experiences for discerning connoisseurs and enthusiasts worldwide. A Global Showcase in Los...

  • Project Pop Drop's Annual Celebration Of National Pretzel Day brings joy to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|May 2, 2024

    Project Pop Drop Foundation, take "National Days" very seriously as an opportunity to give back to the communities that need their help. So on #NationalPretzelDay they partnered with the best pretzel brand in the world, Wetzel's Pretzels! Niki Shadrow Snyder and John David Snyder, the big hearted founders of Project Pop Drop,brought a team of volunteers and friends to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in Northridge. TV host shaka Smith, author Hari Tahov and recording artist Vanessa...

  • The O Family of Kittens is Looking for a Home

    The Lange Foundation|Apr 28, 2024

    We rescued Odette, Oona, Otis, and Ozzie two weeks ago from the East Valley shelter. They are seven-weeks-old and couldn't be cuter. They are all extremely friendly, playful, and curious. They are almost ready for adoption and will be available in pairs since kittens do best growing up with a friend. If you're interested in giving a pair of wonderful kittens a forever home, please apply at https://langefoundation.org/cat-adoption-application/. They would love to meet you!...

  • Santa Monica's Newest Chic Rooftop Bar: The Coco Club

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 28, 2024

    Imagine stepping into a space that feels like a time capsule of old Hollywood glamour, yet with a modern, laid-back California vibe. That's exactly what The Coco Club in Santa Monica offers---a rooftop retreat where the spirit of iconic Los Angeles destinations from the past mingles with the breathtaking views of today. As you ascend to The Coco Club, you're greeted by a panoramic vista that stretches from Venice Beach to the Malibu Coastline. Look straight out to the left and see the iconic...

  • Meet Chief, an Adorable Frenchie Up for Adoption

    The Lange Foundation|Apr 28, 2024

    Chief is a five-year-old Frenchie we rescued from the South L.A. shelter in January. He had a necrotic leg that needed to be amputated. Now he is all healed up and is much more comfortable as a tripod. It doesn't hinder him at all - he loves going on walks. Whoever adopts this sweet boy is in for a lifetime of love and fun. Chief has some eye and skin issues that we are treating him for and he is doing well. He even likes getting his medication! Chief is very friendly and loves people. He does...

  • Savoring Australia in Malibu: The Great Australian Bite

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 22, 2024

    All Photos Courtesy of David Arellanes Imagining Australia evokes stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and vibrant cities, yet those familiar with the country also appreciate its renowned culinary scene featuring diverse cuisines and exceptional wine regions. The Great Australian Bite brought this culinary essence to Malibu's iconic beaches, uniting cultures with a blend of Australian and Californian ingredients and world-class wines. Headlined by top Australian chefs-Josh Niland (Good Food...

  • Should She Claim Social Security Early to Clear Her Credit Card Debt?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 22, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Older Husband and Working Wife Seek Guidance Dear Rusty: I am 74 years old, retired and receiving Social Security. My wife will be 65 in January of 2025. Our hope was to start paying off some credit card expense by her receiving SS when she turns 65, however it appears there would be a substantial reduction to her benefits. Her work income is $37,500 a year, and she wasn't planning on retiring from work at age 65. Because I am 11 years older, we felt it makes sense to use her S...

  • Layla: Santa Monica's Newest Restaurant

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 19, 2024

    Santa Monica's dining landscape welcomes a captivating newcomer: Layla, conceived by Chef Chris Sayegh and the Boulevard Hospitality Group. Paying homage to his grandmother Layla, this enigmatic eatery draws inspiration from cherished family recipes and the conviviality of shared meals. Layla presents a fresh take on Middle Eastern cuisine with a menu infused with refined French techniques, crafting dishes that tantalize the taste buds and linger in memory. Doors officially opened on March 8,...

  • St. Germain Jardin Pop-Up at Shutters On The Beach

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 19, 2024

    Santa Monica's iconic Shutters On The Beach Hotel hosts the loveliest St-Germain Jardin pop-up cocktail lounge this spring. The venue promises a festive experience filled with floral charm and delicious drinks. Happening every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the end of June, this event is a must-visit for cocktail enthusiasts and those looking to savor the season. Step into the hotel's exterior courtyard, transformed into a lush oasis adorned with blossoms, where you...

  • Pamper Mom with Glen Ivy Hot Springs' New Wellness Offerings for Mother's Day

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 19, 2024

    This Mother's Day, give the gift of relaxation and tranquility with Glen Ivy Hot Springs' exciting new wellness offerings. Just in time for this special occasion, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is thrilled to announce their renewed gift card sale and enticing spa bundles, available until Mother's Day on May 12. To start, Glen Ivy Hot Springs offers a special 15% discount on their gift cards, making it easier than ever to treat mom to a day of pampering. With free shipping, $100 spa gift cards are now...

  • British Beauty Entrepreneur Melanie Marlo's Weekly Majestic Breakfast At Ye Olde King's Head.

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Apr 15, 2024

    Ye Olde King's Head has a new weekly royal treat in store every Friday morning for anyone who loves everything British, particularly a world famous British Breakfast. British local beauty Melanie Marlo hosted her first of many future weekly gatherings, where guests mingled, networked and made new friends as they enjoyed a selection of delicious traditional British fare. The nostalgic Crown Room at Ye Olde King's Head was brimming with but not limited to just British guests, their motto is " all...

  • Can I Claim Social Security and Still Work?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 15, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Can I Claim Social Security and Still Work? Dear Rusty: I will be turning 63 soon. Can I apply for Social Security and continue to work? Would I be limited to how many hours or how much I could make? I know my monthly SS amount would be cut by 30%, or somewhere around there, but how would working affect me? I was trying to read up on this, but the $1 and $2 thing confused me. I have an offer to take a work-at-home position and need to decide soon, but it is a cut in income. The c...

  • Terrenea Resort Announces the Return of Summer Favorites: Sips and Sunsets, Slow Smoked Sundays and Veuve Clicquot Terrace

    Chanin Victor, LIfestyle and Travel Editor|Apr 15, 2024

    Terranea's Exciting Spring Events Include a Food and Wine Festival, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Derby Day Celebration With the summer season quickly approaching, oceanfront Terranea Resort invites guests to revel in a seamless blend of luxury, relaxation, unparalleled service and awe-inspiring coastal vistas as they enjoy the resort's celebrated culinary events: Sips and Sunsets, Slow Smoked Sundays and Veuve Clicquot Terrace – all overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. In addition to these s...

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