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  • 15 Santa Monica Restaurants to Share the Love this Valentine's Day

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Feb 26, 2024

    It's that time of year again when cupid lands upon the love-stricken and no acts of affection are too grand. Valentine's Day can be dreamy or dreaded, so take yourself out to an extraordinary dinner or plan a special evening for your loved one at one of these fine Santa Monica establishments – and leave the cooking to the pros! A fabulous dining experience is surely one way to win anyone's heart. Surfing Fox Dine outdoors on the sophisticated patio at one of our favorite newcomers to Santa...

  • Adoption Fees Dropped for German Shepherds Thanks to WeRateDogs and the 15/10 Foundation

    Marcia Mayeda, DACC|Feb 26, 2024

    One of my favorite sites on social media is the site called WeRateDogs. WeRateDogs asks pet owners to send photos of their dogs, then posts selected photos with humorous comments. Dogs are rated on a scale of one to ten, but always get an above-ten rating. The posts are always enjoyable and heartwarming. WeRateDogs has over 20 million followers across all platforms including Facebook, Instagram, X, and TikTok. Matt Nelson, founder of WeRateDogs, expanded his support for dogs with his first...

  • The Crowds Came Out For Author Scott Michael Nathan's Book Signing At Barnes and Noble

    Christine Peake, PeakePRGroup.com|Feb 23, 2024

    Hundreds of guests stood in line on Friday evening for a much coveted signed copy of Scott Michael Nathan's newly released 'The Big Book Of Bad Decisions. Friends, family and dedicated Tik Tok fans who had traveled from afar, came out to celebrate the author, who is also an established and respected photographer in the entertainment business. Stunning actress Kristen Dalton, looked effortlessly chic in a black suit as she read the book's Preface, followed by a hilarious and informative Q&A...

  • Should I Claim Social Security at 68, or Wait Until I'm 70?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 20, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Social Security at 68, or Wait Until I'm 70? Dear Rusty: I have a question regarding my SS benefits. I turned 68 this month and work part time. I earned $28,000 last year but will probably gross $36,000 to $38,000 this year. My husband collects his SS, and he earned $25,000 last year. I was told by a financial planner that I should apply for my benefits now, instead of waiting until I'm 70. I would collect $1700/month at 68 and $1944/month if I wait. Which is the...

  • 'Lovers And Other Strangers' Opens Friday Feb 16th With A Stellar Cast At The Taylor Studio-

    Christine Peake PR, PeakePRGroup.com|Feb 16, 2024

    Living Truth Theater, a renowned theater company based in Burbank, CA, is thrilled to announce its upcoming live theatrical production of "Lovers and Other Strangers" by the extraordinarily talented duo of Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The play explores the intricacies of love, marriage, and family dynamics through a series of interconnected vignettes, and with it’s perfect blend of both humor and poignancy, “Lovers and Other Strangers” will absolutely leave audience members laughing,...

  • Top 10 Spring Break Travel Recommendations Around the Globe

    Chanin Victor, Travel Editor & Travel Trends Founder|Feb 16, 2024

    Spring Break is the perfect time to embark on a cultural and mind-enriching immersive journey to some uncommon destinations. This year, the travel trend is to seek out uncommon destinations, vibrant cultures, and thrilling adventures. If you've got a family, Spring Break coincides with a school break, which is also the best time to plan a family getaway. Here are my top 10 recommendations for unique and life-enriching Spring Break travels. Central Macedonia, Greece Central Ma...

  • UNWIND WITH YOUR LOVED ONE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY AT BURKE WILLIAMS DAY SPA

    Feb 16, 2024

    Burke Williams, California's leading luxury day spa, is excited to announce three expertly crafted Valentine's Day gift card packages to give the ones you love a special wellness experience. An expert self-care destination for luxurious relaxation, Burke Williams, will launch Valentine's Day packages on Thursday, January 18, inviting guests to sweep their loved ones off their feet by spoiling them with the sweet embrace of a Burke Williams experience, guaranteed to rejuvenate. Burke Williams'...

  • Videre Restaurant: Romantic Roof-Top Escape in the Heart of Los Angeles

    Chanin Victor, Food & Lifestyle & Travel Editor|Feb 14, 2024

    Suppose you just realized Valentine's Day is near, and you're stressing about reserving a table for a romantic dinner with your significant other. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Videre is the perfect under-the-radar gem – an intimate, private, and romantic roof-top hideaway, promising an enchanting ambiance away from crowded, mainstream choices. Crowning the Kimpton Hotel Wilshire, Videre creates an idyllic escape that transcends the ordinary. Open for just the past three months, this...

  • Will my Windfall Elimination Provision Reduction Go Away if I Continue Working?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 14, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Will my WEP Reduction Go Away if I Continue Working? Dear Rusty: I'm 63 years old and have not yet started my Social Security. I now work for the State of Illinois and will draw a pension from that state's university system. I don't pay into Social Security from this position and, as a result, my Social Security payment will be reduced. But I have also worked elsewhere and contributed to Social Security for 26 years. If I retire from the state university and begin drawing my...

  • Christine Peake's Birthday Comedy Show For 'Breast Cancer Bandit' Brings The Talent And The Laughs.

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 12, 2024

    Despite what Governor Gavin Newsom called the worst storm in decades, the crowds came out to comedian Christine Peake's Birthday charity show for 'Breast Cancer Bandit', a charity founded by journalist and actress/comedian Marisa Sullivan, who also performed at the standing room only show. The show not only had a stellar line up featuring SNL legend Darrell Hammond, Thash Mose, Greg Baldwin, Marc Gordon and Cat Ce, world renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold supported his friend Christine and waived his...

  • Valentine's Day Idea: Adopt A Zoo Animal and Support Conservation

    Los Angeles Zoo|Feb 12, 2024

    Seal it with a kiss this Valentine's Day! 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 include a 4x6 in. color photograph of an adorable seal smooch! All our resident animals are available for ADOPTion, and gifts are fully tax-deductible! Proceeds support high-impact,...

  • Supermodel and Actress, Beautiful Eugenia Kuzmina Drops In To Santa Monica's Tikkun Spa En-route to her latest movie premiere.

    Christine Peake, Peake PR Group|Feb 5, 2024

    Stunning supermodel & actress Eugenia Kuzmina was seen this week at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica. She stopped in to sample one of their most popular hydra-facial complete with a radio frequency body contour. The Guy Ritchie favorite, she has appeared in several of his films, needed to hydrate her face before taking the red eye flight to New York City, where she walked the red carpet of her new movie starring fellow actor and comedian Matt Rife. The movie is called A Celebration Of Young...

  • Will Withdrawing from 401(k) Affect My Social Security?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 29, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Will Withdrawing from 401(k) Affect My Social Security? Dear Rusty: My full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and 8 months, which I'll reach in September 2024. I'm still working 3 days a week. I want to cash in my 401K and want to know if I have to wait until my FRA for IRS purposes or can cash it in anytime in 2024. I don't want to affect my Social Security or end up paying taxes on my benefits. Signed: Seeking to Avoid Taxes Dear Seeking: We're not experts on IRS matters here at the...

  • Unsocialized cats from out-of-compliance rescue facility need a barn or warehouse in which to live their best feline lives

    Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control|Jan 25, 2024

    In October 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) served a search warrant at an animal rescue facility in Littlerock, CA, leading to the rescue of over 200 cats and dogs. The warrant was issued due to the rescue organization's failure to comply with State and County animal care laws, exceeding the number of animals allowed, and neglecting to provide proper medical care for the animals. All seized animals were distributed among DACC's seven animal care centers,...

  • Where to Get Details About Your Social Security Payment

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

    Ask Rusty – How Can I Get Details about My Social Security Payment? Dear Rusty: How do I find the actual breakdown of the Medicare insurance that I have auto deducted and my actual Social Security payment? I was just looking at a video which explained the 3% Cost of Living Adjustment we will be receiving this year, and it compared the current payout to the new payout. There seems to be a big difference in what I am getting and what they said in the video. Currently my Social Security payments...

  • Guide to Pet Insurance: Understand Your Dog or Cat's Needs

    Marcia Mayeda, Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control|Jan 18, 2024

    Several years ago, I was walking our three dogs at the time – Isabella, a Great Pyrenees, Rebecca, a Golden Retriever, and Lucy, a Bernese Mountain Dog. In the middle of our walk, Isabella began having difficulty breathing. Her gums turned blue, she began vomiting, and collapsed. I was several blocks from home and couldn't leave them unattended while I ran home for my van. I called my friend, who drove over immediately. We live about 15 minutes from an animal emergency hospital, and as we...

  • Golden Globes stars all flock to Santa Monica's Best Kept Secret - Tikkun Spa

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 18, 2024

    Located in downtown Santa Monica since 2009 Tikkun Spa is still the number one spa destination for Hollywood A-Listers to relax, cleanse and beautify themselves ready for awards season or just to rejuvenate themselves from their busy schedules. At the recent Golden Globes yesterday, the stars were glowing and looked flawless in their glittering gowns and tuxedos. They all shone on the red carpet after hours of getting ready with an array of stylists, hair and makeup teams, but many of them have...

  • Rachele Sweetser Wittily Turns Her Experiences As A Mother To A Child With ADHD Into A Much Needed Children's Book

    Christine Peake, PeakePRGroup|Jan 18, 2024

    Rachele Sweetser is known in Hollywood circles as the charismatic owner of Sweets Party Treats. Her cookies and specialty treats are legendary and have been sampled by many Hollywood A-Listers and have been a fan favorite at many red carpet events such as The Sag Awards and BAFTA LA’s annual Golden Globe party to name but a few. She also has a huge heart and has donated to many charitable events. Rachele has now proudly launched her first of a series of children’s books about a character cal...

  • February Promises Unforgettable Romance Amidst Pacific Coast Magic at Terranea Resort

    Jan 18, 2024

    Nestled along the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort introduces a captivating lineup of February experiences to celebrate Valentine's Day and the month of love. The Oceanfront Romance Package beckons guests to unwind and rejuvenate, while special activities such as Cupid's Couples Archery and Couples on the Course offer enchanting moments. Throughout the resort, specially curated oceanfront dining experiences, tailored with a nod to Valentine's Day, await guests seeking an unforgettable February...

  • 2024 Maybe The Year of The Dragon- But Maybe It's The Year of The Cat Ce!

    Christine Peake, PeakePRGroup|Jan 18, 2024

    All round entertainer and producer Cat Ce is a familiar face and name in Hollywood circles. Known for Producing sold out comedy shows every month at The Ice House, The World Famous Comedy Store etc. she also is a fan favorite guest star on leading shows at Jimmy Kimmels's famous comedy club in Las Vegas. When not doing stand up comedy she is a working actress and just celebrated her 50th popular Podcast, which is on spotify and iheart radio. Cat Ce is definitely productively packing her days...

  • Can Someone Work While Collecting Social Security Disability?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 18, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Can Someone Work While Collecting Social Security Disability? Dear Rusty: If a person is collecting Social Security disability benefits, can they, at any point, work at all? If they can, what is the maximum they can earn and still keep the disability benefit? I am asking because my husband is still young, but his injuries will not allow him to go back to the job he had prior to his injuries and surgeries. He does not just want to sit at home doing nothing! Signed: Concerned Wife...

  • Author Scott Michael Nathan Releases The Much Anticipated 'The Big Book Of Bad Decisions' - already a #1 on Amazon

    Christine Peake, PeakPRGroup|Jan 15, 2024

    The wait is over- Scott Michael Nathan, the renowned award-winning photographer, director, and video artist hailing from the heart of Los Angeles, has unveiled his hilarious debut book, 'The Big Book of Bad Decisions.' It is a must read compelling collection of tragicomic vignettes and hilarious true adventures that provide insight into his celebrity encounters, ill-fated decisions, and the extravagant lifestyle of Tinseltown. Whether you're intrigued by the glittering excesses of Hollywood or...

  • Why the Public Works Dept Flushes Out Fire Hydrants, Leaving Water in Santa Monica Streets

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 15, 2024

    Have you ever noticed the men in blue with yellow vests, opening fire hydrants, so that perfectly good water flows into the Santa Monica streets? Well, we were curious, and there is in fact, a good reason. So we asked one of the workmen. “We test the valves every three months by opening them, and allowing water in the system to flow out,” John Ramirez of Santa Monica Public Works explains. "The valves are 100 years old in Santa Monica, and it’s essential that we know before the fire depart...

  • 2024 starts with a bang at the DPA Golden Globe event.

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 15, 2024

    Los Angeles, January 7, 2024-The New Year kicked off with a bang with the DPA Events, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company, honoring the 2023 Golden Globes Award Nominees by hosting the DPA Golden Globe lounge on the 5th and 6th of January. Held at the LUXE Hotel in Los Angeles, this year the guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. Nathalie Dubois the founder of DPA, who has in the past produced the official Billboard Music awards DPA gift suite...

  • The 75th EMMY Awards dazzled this year with it's official Giving suite

    Preity Upala, Special to the Observer|Jan 15, 2024

    Los Angeles, January 14, 2024-The New Year kicked off with a bang with the Award season including this year's inclusion of the rescheduled EMMY Awards in January. The Backstage Creations, a veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting company, honored the 2024 EMMY Award Nominees by hosting the 75th EMMY Award Giving Suite on the 13th of January. Held at the J.W Marriot Hotel in Los Angeles, this year's guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. This Giving suite was held in partnership...

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