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Monday, November 29, 2010

Brooke Burke from “Dancing With the Stars” Lights Up LEGOLAND® California's Holly Jolly Holidays!

Actress and her family are special guests
at annual tree lighting ceremony

Brooke Burke from the number one rated TV show “Dancing with the Stars” is coming to Carlsbad to help light the world’s largest LEGO® Christmas tree at LEGOLAND® California’s eighth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony honoring Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults.

Burke is a successful host, actress and entrepreneur.  She can currently be seen co-hosting ABC’s hit competition show, “Dancing With The Stars,” with Tom Bergeron, having earned the coveted mirror ball trophy as season seven’s champion with her professional dance partner, Derek Hough.  The mother of four (all between the ages of 2 and 10) is Co-CEO of the popular website ModernMom.com, President of BabooshBaby.com and she will add author to her resume when Penguin Books publishes her first book, “The Naked Mom,” in February 2011.

After the 30-foot-tall LEGO tree is lit, fireworks light up the sky and snow showers Park guests from above kicking off LEGOLAND California’s month-long Holly Jolly Holidays presented by Western Dental.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Academy award-winning actors Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along with their children Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7, flew over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and past Hogwarts Castle while riding Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando Resort on November 27, 2010. Fans of the Harry Potter books and films, the family also sampled Butterbeer, got fitted for wands at Ollivanders and toured Hogwarts Castle while on vacation at Universal Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most spectacularly-themed entertainment experience ever created that was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CHEETAH CUB THAT STARTED PURRING ON 'DAY 1' OPENS HIS EYES

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Guests Can See 10-Day-Old Cub Playing in the Animal Care Center

     Kiburi, a 10-day-old cheetah cub, opened his eyes today at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Animal Care Center.  He took in the world, gobbled down a bottle, played for a little while, and then went back fast asleep in the window of the nursery.
     Safari Park guests can see the 1.4-pound bundle of fur in the nursery's window. While he sleeps between 20 and 22 hours a day, he gets a bottle of special formula every 2 ½ hours and also has taken to playing with an adorable ferociousness.
     Of the 134 cheetahs born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Kiburi, which means proud in Swahili, is the first to be born to two hand-raised parents, Makena and Quint. Makena gave birth to two cubs on Nov. 14, but the first one died shortly after birth of unknown causes. She then showed signs of abandoning Kiburi, who was taken to the Park's nursery. (It is common for cheetah mothers to abandon a single cub because there is a high mortality rate in cheetah cubs and spending the energy to raise just one is not in her best interest.)
     At the nursery, Kiburi began "purring from Day 1," said senior nursery keeper Sandy Craig.
     "Kiburi really loves his bottle," Craig said, "as soon as he gets a taste of the milk he scarfs it down, then, soon after, he goes back to sleep."
     The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as Wild Animal Park) is operated by the not-for-profit San Diego Zoo and includes a 900-acre native species reserve. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

TADPOLE RELEASE INTENDED TO BOLSTER ENDANGERED POPULATION

University of California, San Diego Zoo, State and Federal Agencies Work to Increase Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Population in So. Calif.

Endangered tadpoles were released into a stream near Idyllwild, Calif., today (Nov. 23, 2010) with hopes that the Southern California population of the mountain yellow-legged frog Rana muscosa will thrive again.

This is the second release of tadpoles into the same stream at the University of California James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve in Riverside County, which is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The release was done in collaboration with partners including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

The initial reintroduction effort of this species occurred in April 2010 when about 500 eggs were released into the stream in hopes of successful hatching. The tadpoles from that release of eggs are so small that it has been difficult for scientists to determine how many survived.

The first-ever tadpole reintroduction for the species occurred in August. By “head starting” the tadpoles, partners hoped to increase survival in the wild. The release was conducted using both caged and free-swimming tadpoles. Eighteen tadpoles were released immediately into the stream while another 18 were put into a cage in the stream; the cage protected the tadpoles from predators and also allowed researchers to feed them. Each grouping was tagged with a different color marker. All 18 tadpoles in the cage survived the three-month period of reintroduction into the stream and were about 50 to 60 millimeters long (1 to 2½ inches) when they were released from the cage today. In the spring, scientists will go back to the stream and count the tadpoles to determine which of the release methods was most successful.

 “The experiments will help us to determine the most successful way to re-populate Southern California creeks with the highly endangered mountain yellow-legged frog,” said Frank Santana, research technician for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where the tadpoles were bred. “The initial success that we have had with tadpole survival is very encouraging, but the real test will be how many tadpoles survived through the harsh winter.”

The creek is frequently monitored and some of the free-swimming tadpoles from the August release have been spotted during these efforts.

“When I survey the creek I am constantly on the lookout for the tadpoles,” said Becca Fenwick, director of the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve. “I am excited for the day when I come upon my first full-grown mountain yellow-legged frog, a species that once thrived throughout Southern California.”

Globally, amphibians are on the decline because of habitat loss, effects of climate change, pesticide residue, introduction of nonnative species, and the spread of a deadly pathogen called the chytrid fungus. The mountain yellow-legged frog is one of three frogs or toads on the federal endangered species list in Southern California and has recently been proposed for listing under the California Endangered Species Act. Today, only a small wild population of less than 200 adult mountain yellow-legged frogs can be found in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto mountains.

The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research was the first to breed the mountain yellow-legged frog outside of its native habitat.  Historically, scientists have had great difficulty breeding frogs in laboratories. This year, Zoo scientists discovered that the frogs’ breeding behaviors increased in the lab after the frogs were chilled to temperatures that resembled their high mountain stream environment.  Scientists hope the second year of breeding will result in an even higher fertility rate.

The Zoo’s breeding program, in conjunction with its partners, began after a wildlife biologist with the San Bernardino National Forest noticed declining creek water levels in Dark Canyon in Riverside County in 2006. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s salvage effort started the next day. Recovered tadpoles were taken to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where they metamorphosed into frogs.

Brooke Burke from “Dancing With the Stars” Lights Up LEGOLAND® California's Holly Jolly Holidays!

WHAT: Brooke Burke from the number one rated TV show “Dancing with the Stars” is coming to Carlsbad to help light the world’s largest LEGO® Christmas tree at LEGOLAND® California’s eighth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony honoring Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults.

Burke is a successful host, actress and entrepreneur.  She can currently be seen co-hosting ABC’s hit competition show, “Dancing With The Stars,” with Tom Bergeron, having earned the coveted mirror ball trophy as season seven’s champion with her professional dance partner, Derek Hough.  The mother of four (all between the ages of 2 and 10) is Co-CEO of the popular website ModernMom.com, President of BabooshBaby.com and she will add author to her resume when Penguin Books publishes her first book, “The Naked Mom,” in February 2011.

After the 30-foot-tall LEGO tree is lit, fireworks light up the sky and snow showers Park guests from above kicking off LEGOLAND California’s month-long Holly Jolly Holidays presented by Western Dental.

WHEN: Monday, November 29, 2010
5:30 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony begins
Interview opportunities can be arranged post ceremony

WHERE: LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad
Please call for directions to media entrance

DETAILS: Visuals include: Brooke Burke and her  fiance’ David Charvet and children  helping  Santa pull the switch that lights the world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree; a special check presentation to Operation Smile; a performance from Jingle Brass Band plus snow and fireworks bursting into the sky above Miniland U.S.A.

More than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks click together to create this one-of-a-kind holiday tree at LEGOLAND California. Adorned with nearly 400 LEGO ornaments including colorful bulbs and 1,000 lights, this LEGO brick tree towers over the main entrance of the 128-acre family theme park in Carlsbad.

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, Operation Smile has a presence in more than 60 countries and has treated more than 150,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities since its founding. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and donates crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.

LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

WHAT:          Light up the holidays at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, where the season meets the sea.

Family and friends can experience the joys of Christmas with all-new festivities, including The Sea of Trees –- 74 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes – and The Christmas Market, where guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights.  Plus, enjoy returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come.

·         Winter Wonderland on Ice, a spectacular show where Christmas comes to life with towering water fountains, magnificent fireworks and some of the most talented ice skaters in the world.

·         Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, a Christmas comedy with everyone’s favorite sea lions,  Clyde and Seamore, and a few mischievous otters and a jolly walrus or two.

·         A Sesame Street Christmas,  a festive and fun musical celebration where guests can celebrate the holidays with friends from Sesame Street . The holidays have arrived, but Abby Cadabby doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about … she’s never heard of Christmas! Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street  friends gather to share the true spirit of the holiday with her. 

·         Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles while Christmas carols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.  It’s the magnificent holiday show, Shamu Christmas … Miracles.

Holiday events take place Friday through Sunday nights, Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2010 and nightly Dec. 17, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.

To discover more on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

The Day After Thanksgiving FREE ADMISSION DAY AT FAIRYTALE TOWN

 Friday, November 26 from 10AM to 4PM
(families who donate canned goods receive free admission)

Fairytale Town is offering Free Admission to families who bring a canned or packaged good for donation on Friday, November 26, 2010 - the day after Thanksgiving. Fairytale Town is  serving as a donation site for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services: Holiday Spirit of Giving Food Drive.

Activities in the park will include a hands-on activity for children and puppet shows in the Children's Theater (for an additional fee). Families can spend a few leisurely hours in the crisp winter air and let the hustle and bustle of the season pass you by. Let your imaginations run wild around the 25 oversized storybook playsets and exhibits. Say hello to Mary's Sheep, meet Peter Rabbit & family, see the Three Pigs, the Three Blind Mice, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff, visit Eeyore the Donkey, and Daisy our new calf. Parents and children alike can explore the Crooked Mile, King Arthur's Castle, Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach, Sherwood Forest, or the Yellow Brick Road.

For more information, please call 916-808-7462 or visit our website at www.fairytaletown.org

What: Free Admission Day at Fairytale Town
When: Friday, November 26, 2010 - Canned Food Drive
             10AM to 4PM (weather permitting)
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Contact e-mail: mail@fairytaletown.org
Website: www.fairytaletown.org

Wild Adventures Christmas Begins This Friday

2011 Season Passes Make the Best Holiday Gift

Valdosta, GA –Wild Adventures Theme Park offers families a full day of stress free holiday adventures during A Wild Adventures Christmas, select days November 26 through January 2, 2011.  Families can catch the Christmas spirit with holiday themed activities, such as O Holy Night: A Living Nativity and the new Let It Snow Dance Party, in addition to more than 40 thrill rides and hundreds of exotic animals. In addition, during November 26 – December 12, guests can donate a toy to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and receive a FREE general admission with purchase of a regular general admission. 

Family Holiday Activities

A Wild Adventures Christmas is the hassle-free way to enjoy the holidays, with yuletide activities for every member of the family.

·         Let It Snow Dance Party

·         Tinker the Talking Christmas Tree

·         O Holy Night: A Living Nativity

·         How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reading

·         Elf’s Workshop Craft Station

·         S’mores Stations

·         Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

·         Holiday Meal

With all of the holiday activities, even the Scrooge of the family will be singing, “Joy to the World.”  Plus, the park abounds with holiday lights and decorations.  Wild Adventures Christmas runs select days November 25 – January 2, 2011, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Donate a Toy and Spread Christmas Cheer

This holiday season, Wild Adventures partners with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new toys for those in need.  Guests can help spread the holiday spirit to a boy or girl by donating an unused toy, and receive a special offer on park admission in return.  Guests receive one free general admission when they purchase a full-price general admission and donate a new toy, valued at $10 or more.  The offer is available at the park during November 26 – December 12, admission must be used on the same day of purchase and is valid for the second day FREE.

2011 Season Passes Make Great Gifts

2011 Season Passes are the perfect gift which keeps on giving.  Season passes can be used for unlimited admission to Wild Adventures and Splash Island Water Park through the 2011 season.  Starting at $59.99, a season pass fits everyone in the family with access to thrill rides, Splash Island Water Park, animals, shows, concerts and special events throughout the season.  For $20 more, a Gold Season Pass includes free parking, miniature golf and go-karts.  2011 Season Passes are offered online (www.wildadventures.com), via phone 229-219-7080 or at the park.

Friday, November 19, 2010

PANDAMONIUM STRIKES AS CUB AND MOTHER ENJOY NEW TOYS

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Giant panda cub Yun Zi and his 19-year-old mother, Bai Yun, were like two kids in a candy shop at the San Diego Zoo on Friday. After more than two weeks of renovations, the pair returned to the Giant Panda Research Station habitat to find new scents, new logs to climb, and a great big pile of dirt to roll in.

     "This should be called the black bear exhibit," exclaimed an onlooker. "Look, I'm a grizzly," joked someone else.
     Admittedly, after five minutes of wrestling in a fresh pile of soil that was deliberately placed in the center of the exhibit by keepers, Yun Zi and Bai Yun looked more like their bear cousins than a critically endangered species from China.
     Other new items in the panda exhibits are Chinese elm trees, shrubs and sod, thanks to donors to the Zoo's "animal care wish list," an online shopping list created by keepers of enrichment items to keep animals stimulated and healthy. Items on the list range from $5 to $5,000. The current list is seeking enrichment items for birds.

     Panda exploration continued when even momma bear tested the new climbing structures by hanging upside down while reaching toward her 1-year-old cub. Yun Zi raced up and down the logs, sliding head first and then backward.

     "I haven't seen Bai Yun play like that in years," said Kathy Hawk, San Diego Zoo senior keeper. "Yun Zi is going to sleep for days."

     The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as the Wild Animal Park), which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT INTRODUCES FIRST EVER ONLINE STORE FEATURING A WIDE SELECTION OF THEME PARK MERCHANDISE

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Nickelodeon, Jurassic Park and Other Popular Brand Items Now Available Online

WHAT:          Just in time for the holidays and for the first time ever, guests can purchase their favorite Universal Orlando Resort merchandise online at UniversalOrlando.com. The new online store features items from both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

From SpongeBob SquarePants t-shirts to Betty Boop tote bags, the new online store features hundreds of items themed with popular Universal Orlando characters and attractions, such as E.T. and Jurassic Park . Available items include, SpongeBob SquarePants plush backpacks and Jurassic Park dinosaur molded mugs. Guests can also purchase an exciting array of items from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, all inspired by the Harry Potter books and films, including Hogwarts robes, Ollivanders wands and Hedwig and Pygmy Puff Plush toys.

Guests can view the entire selection of merchandise available for purchase online now at www.UniversalOrlando.com/universalmerchandise. Additional items will be added to the selection in the coming months. All items are subject to availability. Most major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

WHERE:       To view the new Universal Orlando online store, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/universalmerchandise.

KNOTT’S INVITES FAMILIES TO ROCK ON! RIDE ON! THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Live in Concert, Terri Nunn and Berlin

    BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm will have something for the entire family this New Year’s Eve with a variety of dance music, a hypnotist, a Beatles tribute band and a special performance by Terri Nunn and Berlin.  All this plus Knott’s rides, attractions and a Midnight Mayhem Pyrotechnic Show in Calico Square will make Knott’s Rock On! Ride On! New Year’s Eve the place to ring in 2011.
    Headlining the evening will be Terri Nunn and Berlin.  80’s superstars Terri Nunn and Berlin reached international fame with hits “No More Words,” “The Metro” and “Take My Breath Away.” The group will be performing at Knott’s Calico Square for two performances during the event.  For those who love the music of the 60’s, Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will be performing in Knott’s Wagon Camp.
    But that is not all that is going on this New Year’s Eve at Knott’s.   Guests can put on their dancing shoes and get on the dance floor as Knott’s rolls out not one, but two dance parties in the park.  The evening will include salsa instruction in Knott’s Fiesta Plaza and line dancing in Knott’s Wilderness Dance Hall.
    The whole family will enjoy a special performance of Snoopy on Ice and Hypnotist Dominick DeCarlo.  In addition, Camp Snoopy will be open with rides and shows for the young and the young at heart.
    When the clock strikes twelve, the skies above Calico Square will be ablaze with color as Knott’s rings in the New Year with a Midnight Mayhem Pyrotechnic Show.  Rock On! Ride On! is a special ticket event beginning at 7 pm.  This event is not included with regular daytime admission.  Tickets for Rock On! Ride On! are $37.99 (Regular) and $19.99 (Jrs ages 3-11/Srs ages 62+).  Daytime guests can stay for the event for just a $20 upgrade ticket.  Admission to the event is also included with any 2010 or 2011 Knott’s Season Pass.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.knotts.com.

Wild Adventures Receives International Industry Honors

Park Named Finalist at International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo 2010

Valdosta, GA – Wild Adventures Theme Park received international attention as a finalist for the Brass Ring Awards at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, Florida this week.  The park’s brochure was one of three attractions recognized in the print advertisement category for class three facilities.  This is the first IAAPA honor for Wild Adventures Theme Park and comes on the heels of the park’s Wave Review Award from the World Waterpark Association.

“We are honored to be recognized by IAAPA as a finalist for this international award, commented Linda Jensen, vice president of marketing.  “Being up against theme parks and attractions from across the world makes this honor particularly meaningful for us.”   Overall, Herschend Family Entertainment properties were named finalists in 13 categories, winning six awards.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are the most prestigious awards within the attractions industry worldwide. The program was designed to build on the high quality and excellence the ‘brass ring’ has come to signify and recognize outstanding efforts in seven categories, including marketing and advertising.  IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide.  Founded more than 90 years ago, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry.

WINTER WONDERLAND AT FAIRYTALE TOWN

December 3 & 4 - 5PM to 8PM 

Kick start the holiday season with Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town! A festive display of holiday lights and decorations throughout the park will welcome all ages for evenings of traditional songs, strolling, shopping and fun. Hands-on arts and crafts activities will be provided for children. Fairytale Town's colorful Storybook Playsets will be open for nighttime play as they are aglow with twinkling lights. 

Moms and Dads  can unwind in an atmosphere of relaxed, stress-free  ambiance. Complimentary gift wrapping will be available onsite, as well as  live  music and entertainment and vendor attractions include: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca, Bloom Hoops, Sacramento Craft Collective, Ribbit-Tat, Crocker Art Museum. Father Christmas will also be on hand for all those last minute requests while he poses for pictures on our own Mother Goose Stage (for an added fee).

Admission to Winter Wonderland is only $5 (Children 2 years of age and under will be admitted free). Fairytale Town Members receive 2 for 1 tickets for this event.Please note: Fairytale Town will close early at 2PM on these dates to prepare for the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 916-808-7462 or visit our website at www.fairytaletown.org.

What: Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town
When: Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4
Time:  5PM to 8PM
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Cost:  $5 General Admission (Children 2 and under are free) Members receive a 2 for 1 discount.
Contact Phone: 916-808-7462
Contact e-mail: mail@fairytaletown.org
Website: www.fairytaletown.org

LEGOLAND® Florida Construction Recycling

From Concrete to Palm Trees - Park Reuses Assets

POLK COUNTY, FL (November 18, 2010) – LEGOLAND® Florida is preventing 18,000 tons of concrete slab from entering Florida’s landfills by crushing the existing sidewalks and foundation into stones and powder.  The Park has contracted with an outside company to operate a 15 ton machine to “chew up” concrete and sort it into several different sized bits.  Once crushed, the gravel will be re-used in the Park as a base layer for the new sidewalks thorough Central Florida’s newest full-day family theme park.

“It’s important to us at LEGOLAND Florida to make as little environmental impact as we build Central Florida’s newest full-day family theme park,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND Development, John Ussher.  “By recycling and reusing the concrete already on the property, we’re not only saving 18,000 tons of slab from area landfills, but doing what’s right for our business.”

Other ways the Park is reusing assets is with tree restoration and relocation.  660 oaks and palm trees from the property’s former adventure park area have been moved to an alternate location for the duration of construction.  Once the diggers and back-hoes have completed their job, the trees will be relocated to their new home in LEGOLAND.

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ROCKETTES KICK OFF THE HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2010) — Members of the world famous Radio City Rockettes danced their way into LEGOLAND® California today to help kick off the holidays! The Rockettes lent a hand to the Park’s Master Model Builders by placing the finishing touches on the LEGOLAND Christmas tree in preparation for the Park’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

The Park’s annual tree lighting takes place Nov. 29 when celebrity guest Brooke Burke from "Dancing with the Stars" lights the giant tree which stands more than 30-feet-tall and is made of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks. The tree lighting is the start of LEGOLAND California’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration which runs through
Dec. 31.

The Rockettes are visiting San Diego as part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular tour, with performances at the San Diego Sports Arena on Dec. 3, 4 and 5.

LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY EVENTS

LEGOLAND® Holly Jolly Holidays – Nov. 29 through Dec. 31
LEGOLAND® California kicks off Holly Jolly Holidays presented by Western® Dental on Nov. 29 when a celebrity guest lights the world’s tallest LEGO® Christmas tree in the annual tree lighting ceremony and continues through Dec. 31 when the season concludes with Kids’ New Year’s Eve.  The theme park transforms into a holiday wonderland during Holly Jolly Holidays which features festive entertainment every weekend including carolers, elves and strolling musicians; nightly fireworks Dec. 26 through 30 and an enchanting holiday musical. All Holly Jolly Holidays activities are included in the price of LEGOLAND California admission ($67 for adults, $57 for kids). For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 29
LEGOLAND California’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration presented by Western® Dental kicks off Nov. 29 when a celebrity guest lights the world’s tallest LEGO® Christmas tree in the annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Families gather around the giant tree which stands more than 30-feet-tall, is made of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks and surrounded by packages and LEGO friends the whole family can enjoy. The event features festive entertainment, fireworks and a visit from Santa himself!

“Let It Snow” – Nov. 20 to Dec. 31
“Let it Snow”, an enchanting mini musical returns with a holiday story that is sure to warm guests’ hearts. Share in the spirit of the holidays with 10-year-old Emily as she wishes for some holiday magic! Emily’s toys spring to life in a musical celebration as they help her realize her Yuletide wish – snow! Will the weather forecast change in southern California just for Emily? The 20 minute musical holiday show features the Park’s signature song, “Season of Imagination.” “Let it Snow” runs daily from Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 in the Playtown Theater.

Nightly Tree Lightings – Dec. 2 to 24
LEGOLAND California hosts nightly tree lighting ceremonies Dec. 2 through Dec. 24 at park close where a lucky child will be randomly selected from the audience to help pull the switch that lights up the LEGO Christmas tree. The giant LEGO Christmas tree has become the centerpiece of the holiday season at LEGOLAND California. It stands more than 30-feet-tall and is made of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks.

Holiday Fireworks – Dec. 26 to 30
A stunning display of fireworks lights up the sky over LEGOLAND California nightly Dec. 26 – 30 at 7 pm. as part the Park’s Holly Jolly Holidays celebration. The festive fireworks are choreographed to holiday songs from around the world. The best viewing spot is Miniland U.S.A. which is also decked out for the season with holiday scenes in every miniature city.

December 31 – Kids’ New Year’s Eve!
Midnight strikes at 6 p.m. in LEGOLAND California with the earliest New Year’s celebration in San Diego County – Kids’ New Year’s Eve! Like the famous Times Square party, Kids’ New Year’s Eve, presented by Western Dental, features a countdown followed by a huge LEGO brick dropping 22-feet into 2011 and a dazzling fireworks display. The party begins at 4 p.m. and includes performances by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Opens Dec. 3 and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

THE BROADWAY HIT
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy
Created and Directed by Neil Goldberg
Opens December 3 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Tampa, Fla. (November 2010) – A groundbreaking theatrical, acrobatic and musical adventure is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this winter for a limited engagement.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy will open December 3 in Busch Gardens ’ Moroccan Palace Theater.  Created and directed by renowned theatrical and circus impresario Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations, brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians.

The astounding feats performed in this action-packed Cirque Dream are enhanced by spectacular costumes, which were nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. The journey comes to life in a fantastical jungle setting filled with flora and fauna that inspire a variety of endless imagination. From the Butterfly Ballet and Flipping Monkeys to the Hopping Frog Jugglers and Stretching Lizards, this world-class explosion of athleticism and Broadway theatrics will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages.

“Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy will bring to audiences what fans have come to love and expect from Busch Gardens -- incredible stage shows, the likes of which cannot be found at any other theme park in the nation,” said Busch Gardens ’ president Jim Dean.

“ Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has set the bar high with quality entertainment productions in the past, which compliments my passion and the global expansion of our Cirque Dreams Brand,” said creator Neil Goldberg. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has accomplished one groundbreaking feat after another and will do so again when presenting this caliber show in partnership with Busch Gardens .”

The Broadway storyline will remain intact in the Busch Gardens ’ rendition of the show. The lead character, Mother Nature, leads her Jungle Boys through an adventure of sound, light and movement. The vibrant jungle first comes to life with award-winning costumes, then transcends imagination. Some highlights include artists trained at the State School of Contortion in Mongolia reenacting flexible lizards; rhythmic jugglers from Cuba and Russia portraying frog musicians, and manipulation and aerialists from Russia , Ukraine and Uzbekistan soaring as butterflies displaying feats beyond belief. All this and more added to Cirque Dreams signature production style, original score and whimsical audience participation will make Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy a feast for the senses and a wild entertainment experience at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay .

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy debuted at the Broadway Theatre in June 2008 and is the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway.  The show again gained critical acclaim when Debbie Gibson, 1980’s pop icon, recently performed the leading role of Mother Nature at the MGM Grand Theatre, Foxwoods , Connecticut .  Neil Goldberg's creations according to the Chicago Tribune are “Brilliantly conceived entertainment for multiple generations, fused with fresh, clever, Goldberg Touches.” Goldberg’s brand of Cirque Dreams entertainment also includes international touring sensations Cirque Dreams Illumination, Cirque Dreams Pandemonia, Cirque Dreams Coobrila, Cirque Ingenieux, and the first show of its kind at sea…Cirque Dreams & Dinner on board the Norwegian EPIC. Cirque Dreams Holidaze will tour the US this holiday season with a prestigious week-long engagement at the Kennedy Center . More than 20 million fans have attended a Cirque Dreams show throughout the U.S. and abroad in the past five years. 

PURCHASE TOY AT KNOTT’S FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND GET IN FREE DECEMBER 4 - 19

BUENA PARK, Calif. (December 2010) – Knott’s Berry Farm will look like Santa’s Toy Shop this year as it stocks hundreds of toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive.  This year guests can simplify their holiday gift buying by purchasing a $15 gift from one of several merchandise locations in Knott’s Marketplace and then bringing it to Knott’s Main Gate for free admission. Those wishing to bring their own new, unwrapped gift valued at $15 or more, will be given a voucher to purchase a regular Knott’s Merry Farm admission for only $15.

    For those who wish to donate to Toys for Tots online, simply go to wwww.knotts.com and click on Santa’s Toy bag and your donation will purchase a gift for the Toys for Tots Drive and give you a ticket to Knott’s as a thank you.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive at Knott’s runs Dec. 4-19, 2010 only.  The collected toys will be distributed by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve personnel to disadvantaged children throughout Southern California.  The annual program is part of a nationwide U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  Knott’s Berry Farm is one of the largest collection sites for Toys for Tots in Southern California collecting over 630,000 toys over the years.

A visit to Knott’s Merry Farm is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season with your family.  The Park, which has been transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland, includes activities for the whole family including a colorful Christmas parade and a spectacular holiday ice show.

The “A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” is a Christmas celebration with seven elaborately themed floats featuring the Peanuts gang and accompanied by students from the Orange County Song and Dance Company.  Children and adults alike will be able to get into the holiday spirit as they become part of a magical world of dancing snowmen, oversized toys and glittering Christmas trees.

Returning to Knott’s 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre is “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!”  This ice spectacular is hosted by the famous skating Beagle and features Knott’s ensemble skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes and plenty of surprises!  There is no better way to get into the holiday season than to enjoy the world’s most famous beagle as he skates to your favorite holiday music in a production that is truly breathtaking.

    Back for 2010’s Merry Farm is Elf Mountain Christmas.  The famous Timber Mountain Log Ride has once again been transformed into the North Pole where we can all get a glimpse of Santa and his elves getting ready for their busiest night of the year.  Rich with lights, music and the merriest of times, this attraction will remain open until Jan. 2, 2011.

    Knott’s Merry Farm also offers guests the opportunity to get a little Christmas shopping done.  Knott’s 1880s Ghost Town becomes Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, and invites guests to explore one-of-a-kind treasures created by more than 100 artisans in a Victorian holiday wonderland.  And don’t miss live performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O’Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” in the Bird Cage Theatre.

The Toys for Tots campaign collected close to 57,000 toys at Knott’s Berry Farm last year and hopes to exceed that number this December.  Each year, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve coordinates the distribution of the collected toys to disadvantaged children through local social service agencies.  This year’s campaign at Knott’s is supported by UPS, who will transport collected toys to the local U.S. Marine Corps drop-off center.

    For information on Knott’s Merry Farm activities and show schedules, call (714) 220-5200 or click on www.knotts.com.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Upcoming Events at the Wabash County Historical Museum

DON’T MISS IT!

Thursday, November 18 at noon.   Our speaker will be Joe Krom, author of the historical novel, Heart of a Warrior:  The True Saga of Sweet Breeze and William Wells.  His topic will be “Frontier Battles on the Eel and Wabash Rivers .” Thanks to Peabody Retirement Community for their sponsorship of our History Hunters Series.

Red Carpet Club:  Thursday, December 23 at 6 pm.   Such a busy time of year, we know, but save this date for a special treat!  We’ll be watching “A Christmas Story”!  Indiana connection?  It is set in Hammond !  Film sponsored by Heather Allen of Lady of the House Hair Salon. Promotional sponsors for the Red Carpet Club series, 95.9 Kiss FM.

Family Fun Day:  Thursday, December 30 from 10am-4pm.   We hope that you’ll be rested up from your holiday activities to attend what is sure to be an enjoyable day for the entire family! Sponsored by 105.9 the Bash.

Moving Pictures:  Now through January 8, 2011.   Haven’t seen our exhibit on the historic Eagles Theatre? What are you waiting for?  Sponsored by First Farmers Bank and Trust.

NEW ADDITION

You may have seen the article in the Plain Dealer regarding our updated “We Honor” wall. Come down and see this exhibit, which now includes 383 names that had been omitted in the initial exhibit.

STOCKING STUFFERS

Our gift shop shares the same hours as the Museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. You needn’t pay admission to visit our shop! We are currently taking orders for Bill Wimberly’s new book, Hanna’s Town, due out in December. We also have a variety of uniquely Wabash County items, sure to please everyone on your list.

Looking for a gift for the person who has everything? How about a Museum membership?

wabashmuseum.org/

LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Light up the holidays at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, where the season meets the sea.

Family and friends can experience the joys of Christmas with all-new festivities, including The Sea of Trees –- 74 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes – and The Christmas Market, where guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights.  Plus, enjoy returning favorites sure to inspire traditions for years to come.

Holiday events take place Friday through Sunday nights, Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2010 and nightly Dec. 17, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.

To discover more on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Friday, November 12, 2010

UNPRECEDENTED ART PROJECT SUPPORTS SAN DIEGO ZOO'S HAWAII ENDANGERED BIRD CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Artist Dedicates Four Years to Create Audubon-style Paintings of Hawaiian Birds

     There are only 37 endemic Hawaiian bird species left on Earth. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is working to prevent the extinction of the remaining Hawaiian native birds with a captive care, breeding and reintroduction project called the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program. These birds are integral elements of Hawaiian cultural heritage as well as the ecology of the islands.

     Hawaiian birds are also the focus of wildlife artist Marian Berger, who has been referred to as the "Audubon of Hawaii" at galleries where her work is exhibited. In "Mea Makamae: Hawaiian Bird Watercolors," Berger has captured the beauty and essence of the 37 avian species in 33 paintings. Her original watercolors are double elephant size and are painted in the style of naturalist John James Audubon. The originals are available for purchase exclusively through the San Diego Zoo until Jan. 8, 2011.

     The Volcano Art Center in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will host an exhibition of the entire collection from Jan. 8 through March 6, 2011. The paintings also will be reproduced as investment-quality giclees. Only 250 complete sets of the full-size (26" x 39.5") reproductions will be issued.
   
     Berger was born in Limerick, Ireland.  She spent her early childhood on Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean and in Alaska. It was in these environments where she acquired her father's love of science, her mother's artistic bent, and her parents' mutual love of the outdoors. She graduated with a degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1976. During her 35-year career as an artist, Berger has received numerous awards and commissions for her wildlife art.

     Berger, and the anonymous donor who commissioned the work, have pledged the entire collection for the benefit of Hawaii's endangered birds. The funds raised through the sales of Berger's art will go to San Diego Zoo Global to support the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.  This program is a collaboration of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the U.S Geological Survey Biological Resources Discipline and private landowners, including Kamehameha Schools. The conservation program comprises two captive breeding facilities - the Keauhou and Maui bird conservation centers - and has a number of field sites around Hawaii.

     The collection can be viewed at www.sandiegozoo.org/hawaiibirdbook.  For pricing and availability of the artwork, please contact Julie Denman at 619-694-8696 or jdenman@sandiegozoo.org.

EARN YOUR WINGS DURING VETERANS DAY WEEKEND AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

Flight is a skill mastered by birds, the military and… you? Now through Sunday, visitors to the San Diego Zoo can celebrate the art of flight and Veteran's Day while earning their own wings during Mission Fed's Discovery Days: Festival of Flight, a four-day event filled with fun activities as well as facts about wildlife and conservation.

     Watch birds in flight or try flying during trapeze class! Get up close during animal encounters, watch an amazing aerial feeding frenzy, use your bird brain during a scavenger hunt or stop in to talk to conservation biologists to learn more about birds.

      Did you know a California condor can glide on its 9-foot wingspan without much flapping? This endangered species can reach heights of as much as 15,000 feet on thermal air currents. Who else can compete with these aerial feats? The military can!

      Help celebrate Veteran's day by visiting the military booth to meet fearless flyers of today as they share stories and prepare for next year's Century of Naval Aviation celebration. Learn about space flight and the men and women who forged aerospace history with the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Then climb aboard the USS Midway Museum's cockpit and check out the vintage engine waiting for restoration. Kids can try on a flight suit, helmet and more.

     For the brave who are all aflutter to "fly," the Zoo is offering four daily flying trapeze classes. Or try a bird-themed VIP tour. There is a possibility of feeding birds some special snacks. The VIP tour and trapeze class each cost $69 per person.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND SAN DIEGO ZOO SIGN COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT TO SAVE SPECIES

Today, Thursday, November 11, officials representing the San Diego Zoo and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formalized a partnership to work together to save endangered species.  In a small ceremony near the Zoo’s famous giant panda exhibit, key representatives signed a memorandum of understanding designed to set the stage for expanded efforts in the future.

“Our two organizations have worked together for many years to preserve and recover endangered species populations,” said Douglas Myers, CEO for San Diego Zoo.  “Today we are recognizing this history of collaboration and pledging our joint efforts to halt extinction in the future.”

By working together cooperatively, the two conservation organizations hope to combine resources and expertise in a way that will leverage the strengths of both organizations.

"There is little we can do in the field of conservation without partnering," said Benjamin N. Tuggle, regional director for the Southwest region of the Fish and Wildife Service. "Agreements such as the one signed today set the stage for big strides in conservation of species throughout the Southwest."

In a study recently published in Science magazine, conservation programs are credited with helping to recover 64 endangered species, including the California condor.   San Diego Zoo and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials point to the recovery program for this critically endangered bird species as a model for successful programs in the future.

“Although extinction continues to be a serious threat for many species, we believe we can save many of these species through proactive efforts at preservation and recovery,” said Allison Alberts, chief conservation and research officer for San Diego Zoo Global.  “We hope that this collaborative initiative will set the stage for more successful programs such as those we have been involved with for the mountain yellow-legged frog, Hawaiian forest birds, and the desert tortoise.”

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

CHICAGO FAMILY SURPRISED WITH EXCLUSIVE TOUR OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER LED BY PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSAL CREATIVE MARK WOODBURY

The Emdes from Mundelein Experienced Hogsmeade, Toured Hogwarts Castle and More

WHAT:                      When Barbara Emde and her children, Tyler (17) and Caroline (15) arrived at Universal Orlando Resort to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter they were invited to tour the new area with Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative – one of the creative minds that brought The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life. Woodbury toured them through Hogsmeade, where they tasted treacle fudge and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, sipped Butterbeer and got fitted for a wand at Ollivanders wand shop.

The family also walked the halls of Hogwarts castle with Woodbury and the group experienced Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – the marquee attraction located within Hogwarts castle – together. For a video of the Emde family’s experience with Mark Woodbury click here. Photos of their experience are also available at www.universalorlando.com/harrypotternews.

Since celebrating a grand opening on June 18, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to be the top travel story of 2010. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was recently named “Best New Attraction” for the year by ThemeParkInsider.com.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most spectacularly themed entertainment environment ever created, complete with multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant. 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ’S AMC UNIVERSAL CINEPLEX THEATER TO OPEN “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1” ON ALL 20 SCREENS

Showings for 2010’s Most-Anticipated Film Begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 19

Orlando, Fla. (November 11, 2010) – Universal Orlando Resort’s AMC Universal Cineplex 20 will devote every theater to the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” – giving guests multiple opportunities to be among the first to see one of 2010’s most anticipated films.  All 20 movie screens within the theater, including The IMAX Experience theater, will debut the film at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 19.  There will also be a 3:15 a.m. IMAX showing of the movie.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series and will be told in two full-length parts.  Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes—the keys to Voldemort’s immortality.  On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever.  But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Guests can also prepare for the new Harry Potter film by experiencing The Harry Potter Adventure special event at AMC Universal Cineplex 20.  At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, guests can enjoy the adventures of the two most recent Harry Potter films – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – before the 12:01 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.” Tickets are $20 and include admission to see all three Harry Potter films.

Tickets for both the 12:01 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” and The Harry Potter Adventure special movie block can be purchased at the box office or by clicking here.  Tickets are expected to sell out and should be purchased in advance.

AMC Universal Cineplex 20 is Orlando ’s premier movie showplace, featuring 20 state-of-the-art digital screens, including an immersive IMAX Experience theater. Each theater features all-stadium seating with high backed rocking chairs and high-tech Sony digital projection systems. AMC Universal Cineplex 20 is located in Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort’s 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex.  For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit www.universalorlando.com.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience at SeaWorld Orlando Starts THIS Friday, November 12

WHAT:          The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to jump aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience at SeaWorld Orlando, starting this Friday, November 12.

At Wild Arctic, guests can climb aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience and take an unforgettable train ride to the North Pole.  Classic scenes from THE POLAR EXPRESS movie are recreated in a multi-sensory experience that immerses passengers in special lighting, scents, sounds and motion effects. When guests arrive at the North Pole, they’ll discover a winter wonderland surrounded by holiday cheer and amazing animal encounters.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Starting November 26, experience the joys of the season with SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration featuring all-new holiday festivities, including:  

The Sea of Trees 
Guests will discover 74 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake.

The Christmas Market

Guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights.

Plus, enjoy returning holiday favorites:

·         Winter Wonderland on Ice, is a spectacular show where Christmas comes to life with towering water fountains, magnificent fireworks and some of the most talented ice skaters in the world.

·         Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, is a Christmas comedy with everyone’s favorite sea lions Clyde and Seamore and a few mischievous otters and a jolly walrus or two, just for good measure.

·         A Sesame Street Christmas is a festive and fun musical celebration where guests can celebrate the holidays with friends from Sesame Street .  The holidays have arrived, but Abby Cadabby doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about … she’s never heard of Christmas! Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street  friends gather to share the true spirit of the holiday with her. 

·         Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmas carols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.  It’s the magnificent holiday show, Shamu Christmas … Miracles.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration takes place Friday through Sunday nights, Nov. 26-Dec. 12, 2010 and nightly Dec. 17, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.

Worlds of Fun Increases 2011 Capital Investment to Over $8 Million

KANSAS CITY, Mo. − Worlds of Fun, the Midwest’s premier amusement park, announces additional capital projects for the 2011 season, highlighted by a complete restoration and installation of one of the world's most famous carousels, a new catering pavilion, and the previously announced Planet Snoopy.

In 1926, M.C. Illions meticulously carved 64 jumping horses and two chariots to create the Illions Supreme carousel, the most famous and reproduced carousel in the world. Known for their all wood horses with high swept manes adorned with jewels, only five original Supreme models were ever built by Illions. When installed at Worlds of Fun this spring, the carousel will be one of only two operating in the world.

Illions built the ride in 1926 for the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration held in Philadelphia. In 1927, it was moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and in the 1930's moved to Coney Island be restored. The carousel operated at Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio, from 1937 to 2007, and now has been painstakingly detailed to its original condition by Carousel Works, Inc, Mansfield, Ohio, the largest manufacturer of carousels in the world. Guests will be able to watch the full restoration and installation of this beautiful ride in its entirety on 'Ultimate Restorations" (www.urtvshow.com).

To make way for the new carousel, Festhaus, the park's largest catering facility, will be removed and rebuilt as a brand new permanent structure in 2011. This new group outing pavilion will be able to handle groups into the thousands as well as multiple events simultaneously.

The new carousel and Festhaus areas are a $2 million capital investment, and join the $6 million Planet Snoopy investment for 2011. As previously announced, the world’s most popular beagle's new home will boast six new rides all themed around the PEANUTS characters. Little ones and their families can take a trip around Planet Snoopy on new car and truck rides, a giant balloon tower ride, teacups, or hop in a new spinning tug-boat. Over 20 rides, shows, and attractions will great the whole family in 2011 inside the all new Planet Snoopy.

Construction for Planet Snoopy, the carousel, and Festhaus will be documented on worldsoffun.com in anticipation of their 2011 debut. Guests wanting to experience these new attractions in 2011 can purchase a 2011 Season Pass, now available at the lowest price of the season.

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN”.  In addition to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, Cedar Fair owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, five other waterparks, one indoor waterpark resort, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California, under a management contract.

ROCK IN 2011 WITH SUPERSTAR BRET MICHAELS AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK’s new year’s eve celebration

Tickets on Sale Now for Orlando’s Hottest and Most Exclusive New Year’s Eve Party

Festivities Include a Live Concert by Multi-Platinum Artist Bret Michaels, Unlimited Access to Seven Clubs, Live Entertainment, Gourmet Cuisine and More

Orlando, Fla. (November 9, 2010) – Universal CityWalk is hosting one of the biggest and most electrifying New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orlando.  With live entertainment, access to CityWalk’s most popular clubs, delicious cuisine and a rocking performance by Bret Michaels, Universal CityWalk is the place to party on Dec. 31.

Multi-platinum rock artist Bret Michaels is one of the biggest names in music and pop culture today.  Known for being the lead singer/songwriter for the legendary metal band Poison, Michaels has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.  Some of his most popular hits include “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me” “Something to Believe In” and “Nothing but a Good Time.” He’s also starred in multiple TV shows, including VH1’s “Rock of Love” and “Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It.” Michaels also won the third season of NBC’s hit series, “Celebrity Apprentice.” 

New Year’s Eve guests will also enjoy an exciting party throughout Universal CityWalk with live entertainment and DJs in seven of CityWalk’s hottest clubs, including CityWalk’s Rising Star, Pat O’Brien’s and Red Coconut Club.  Party-goers will dine on gourmet cuisine including filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and decadent desserts – and welcome 2011 with a memorable midnight champagne toast and colorful confetti bursts.

Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration takes place from 8pm – 2am. Tickets are on sale now and include all-night admission to seven CityWalk clubs, all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine, access to Bret Michael’s live performance and the midnight champagne toast.  Tickets are $119.99 plus tax per person if purchased by Dec. 27.  From Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, the price increases to $139.99 plus tax per person.  Special discounts are available for Universal Orlando Annual Passholders.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.universalorlando.com/holidays and click on the “New Year’s Eve at Universal CityWalk” button on the left.        

BUSCH GARDENS INTRODUCES OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN TO ITS OWN VERSION OF “PINK AND BLUE”


Pop Star Held Her “Pink and Blue For Two” Fundraising Event
at the Tampa Park To Raise Awareness for Breast and Prostate Cancers

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2010) — Olivia Newton-John met a pink flamingo and blue hyacinth macaw at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Wednesday right before she hosted the second annual benefit fundraiser, Pink and Blue For Two (PB42), at the park.

Newton-John, an 18-year breast cancer survivor, paired with H. Lee Moffitt, founder of the Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center, for this year’s event. The campaign was created to raise awareness about the strikingly similar statistics between breast and prostate cancers and to urge couples to remind one another to go to their doctors for screenings.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay combines world-class thrill rides and one of North America’s largest zoos for an unforgettable adventure for the whole family

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Animals Enjoy Carved Pumpkins for Halloween

The animals in Busch Gardens’ Edge of Africa enjoyed carved pumpkins during the week leading up to Halloween. Different treats that appeal to each animal were placed inside the gourds. Lions and hyenas were tempted by meat. Ring-tailed lemurs sought grapes, while meerkats were after mealworms. Hippos love fruit, but Kita enjoyed playing with the buoyant pumpkin for a few minutes before smashing it and eating it. Busch Gardens zookeepers used the seasonal fruit as enrichment for the animals and to vary their diets. Enrichment items such as food and toys are used daily by the zoo team to keep the animals engaged and stimulated, both mentally and physically. This Halloween weekend, Busch Gardens welcomes guests to Howl-O-Scream. For information about Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens’ extreme, after-hours Halloween event, visit www.MyXrocks.com

LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION


Orlando, Fla. (2010) – Light up this year’s holiday season at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration.  It’s where guests can experience the joys of Christmas with all-new festivities sure to inspire traditions for years to come. Holiday events take place Friday through Sunday nights, Nov. 26-Dec. 12, and nightly Dec. 17-Jan. 2.

All-New Holiday Festivities
New to this year’s Christmas Celebration is the Sea of Trees.  Guests will discover 74 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake.

Also new this year is The Christmas Market, located on the park’s Bayside Pathway.  Here guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights.

"Our guests will be immersed in the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of a joyous holiday experience,” said Michael Fletcher, vice president of Entertainment for SeaWorld Orlando. “The Sea of Trees is going to transform our holiday nights with a stunning symphony of lights and music on the water.  Guests can even do their Christmas shopping in the new Christmas Market while they feast on delicious holiday favorites.  We want SeaWorld to become a joyous holiday tradition for our guests, so this year we're truly bringing the sea to the season!"

Returning Holiday Favorites
Returning to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration are family favorites.  At the park’s Wild Arctic attraction, guests can jump aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience and take an unforgettable train ride to the North Pole.  Classic scenes from THE POLAR EXPRESS movie are recreated in a multi-sensory experience that immerses passengers in special lighting, scent, sound and motion effects. When they arrive at the North Pole, guests discover a winter wonderland surrounded by holiday cheer and amazing animal encounters.

THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience is based on the film from Warner Bros. Pictures and
Shangri-La Entertainment, inspired by the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.  He embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Families and friends can once again enjoy the spirit of Christmas during four of SeaWorld’s holiday-themed shows:

    * Winter Wonderland on Ice, is a spectacular show where Christmas comes to life with towering water fountains, magnificent fireworks and some of the most talented ice skaters in the world.
    * Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, is a Christmas comedy with everyone’s favorite sea lions Clyde and Seamore and a few mischievous otters and a jolly walrus or two, just for good measure.
    * A Sesame Street Christmas is a festive and fun musical celebration where guests can celebrate the holidays with friends from Sesame Street.  The holidays have arrived, but Abby Cadabby doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about … she’s never heard of Christmas! Elmo, Big Bird and other Sesame Street friends gather to share the true spirit of the holiday with her. 
    * Shamu Stadium once again brightens the night with dazzling lights and glowing candles, while Christmas carols abound and Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.  It’s the magnificent holiday show, Shamu Christmas … Miracles.

For those looking for unique holiday cuisine with SeaWorld’s special touch, the Makahiki Christmas Luau is a South Seas-style festive celebration of the ancient holiday traditions of the Pacific Islands.  Joyful songs of the season are reinterpreted with Polynesian rhythms, music and dance.  For more details on holiday dining options, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HOLIDAYS EVENT OFFERS MUSIC, CHEER AND UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY MEMORIES

Celebrate the Season with Macy’s Holiday Parade, Grinchmas and an All-New Holiday Village

Enjoy Nightly Holiday Music, Including Three Concerts By Top-Selling Holiday Music Group Mannheim Steamroller on December 4, 11 and 18

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 1, 2010) – Imagine cheerful holiday music floating on the brisk air. Children marveling at giant, colorful balloons passing overhead. Laughter from the crowd as The Grinch and the Whos share their timeless story live on stage. Imagine families sharing the spirit of the season together, experiencing exciting rides and attractions. There’s no better place to be for the holidays this year than Universal Orlando Resort.

This year’s Holidays event runs December 4 through January 1, 2011, and offers guests incredible entertainment themed for the season at both its theme parks.

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will fill the streets every evening with the same iconic balloons seen winding through New York City . The parade features colorful holiday characters, floats, balloons and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, adults and children alike will be entertained when the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in Grinchmas. Guests can see a live stage show featuring The Grinch and The Whos from Whoville with an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Also, guests will have the opportunity to meet The Grinch and the strolling Whos, and on select dates, purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with The Grinch.

Guests can also enjoy the sounds of nightly a capella holiday music at Universal Studios. And, on December 4, 11 and 18, Mannheim Steamroller – the masters of Christmas music with more than 30 million albums sold worldwide – will play their memorable holiday music for guests on the Music Plaza stage. Guests can explore the nearby, all-new Holiday Village, filled with hand-blown glass ornaments, caramel apples, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and a cupcake decorating location.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s three on-site hotels – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort - all of which will glisten with holiday decorations. Hotel guests will be immersed in the spirit of the season with tree-lighting ceremonies, special musical performances, holiday "dive-in" movie presentations and holiday buffets and dining events. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel kicks off the season on Friday, November 26 with 'Holiday Harbor Nights', a wine tasting, food and jazz celebration on the piazza. Hard Rock Hotel welcomes Santa to the Kitchen restaurant on Fridays in December and Loews Royal Pacific Resort rings in the new year with ALOHA 2011, a New Year's Eve celebration, with a special kids-only party right next door to the main event. Florida Residents can enjoy discounted rates at each of the three on-site hotels.

All holiday entertainment – including the Mannheim Steamroller concerts – is included as part of 2-Park or Multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Florida residents can take advantage of these special offers:

'Tis the Season for Florida Resident Holiday Offers

Florida Resident 2-Park Preferred Annual Pass Offer
• Purchase a 2-park preferred annual pass and get 2 months FREE with a UPC code from any Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Sprite can or specially-marked cups from Firehouse Subs

$219.99 plus tax per person
*Must be purchased by January 1, 2011 and activated by January 31, 2011.

Also available on Flexible Payment option
Florida Resident On-site Holiday Getaway Offer

• 2 night stay at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel

• Florida Resident 2 day park-to-park ticket to both theme parks

• Complimentary Universal Express access to skip most regular attraction lines – a FREE benefit worth up to $87 per person, per day

• PLUS early park admission to Islands of Adventure and MORE

Starting at $129 per adult, per night, tax inclusive

For more information on Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration and offers, guests can visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.

KNOTT’S ANNUAL CELEBRATION HONORS VETERANS & ACTIVE MILITARY WITH FREE ADMISSION

Over a million honored with free admission since program’s inception.
-- November 1-25, 2010 --

BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 21st annual Military Tribute. Knott’s is the only theme park that has continuously offered free admission to veterans and active military personnel in honor of our nation’s Veteran’s Day holiday. 

    The free-admission offer applies to all U.S. veterans and active military personnel and their spouse (or one guest.)  Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $15 each.  Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at their local MWR ticket office. 
U.S. veterans and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tribute tickets.  Veteran or active military personnel must be present.

U.S veterans and active military can also take advantage of a great $84 a night rate at the Knott’s Resort Hotel.  For reservations, call (866) 752-2444, or visit www.knottshotel.com  or your local military base.  For information on operating hours, please call Knott’s Information at (714) 220-5200 on the day you plan to visit or log on to www.knotts.com.

SeaWorld Orlando Welcomes Rehabilitated Manatee Home


ORLANDO, Fla., November 4, 2010 -– The package picked up by SeaWorld’s animal care experts at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, November 2, was indeed precious cargo.  It was Holly, a rehabilitated manatee, who was rescued in 1995, and has been rehabilitating at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the past five years.

Holly was rescued 15 years ago after she was found trapped at the Port St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island.  When she arrived at SeaWorld she received hands-on, critical care for cold stress at SeaWorld’s Manatee Rehabilitation Facility.  After six months, she was moved to Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park and then later transferred to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to complete her rehabilitation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) is the Federal agency that creates plans for each manatee that is rescued and cared for in Florida and the surrounding states.  In order to create space at SeaWorld Orlando for more critically injured manatees, USFWS moved Holly to a long-term rehabilitation facility.

Holly is set to be returned to the wild in early 2011.

“Caring for Holly 15 years ago was extremely rewarding,” said Randy Runnells, SeaWorld Animal Care Assistant Curator.  “It's great to know the initial care we provided has helped her reach this point in her life. We're looking forward to returning her back to the wild next year."

SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to save injured, abandoned and orphaned animals, including manatees, dolphins, whales, birds and turtles. To date this year, the park has rescued 24 and released 16 manatees.

TIGER HOUSE TEETHING WITH EXCITEMENT OVER BABY ANIMALS

Even before you arrive inside the tiger house at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park you can hear the sounds of little mouths yelping and chuffing with excitement. Two Sumatran tigers were born on Oct. 5 and are now becoming more active.

     On Friday, the two female cubs were roused from their slumber by their keepers, Lori Gallo and Tina Hunter, for a quick weigh-in and some socialization time. The 10- and 9-pound cubs are being desensitized to the human touch in anticipation of vaccines or other necessary veterinary care. It also allows keepers to check if the cubs are teething. On Thursday, keepers discovered the cubs' canines are emerging.

     The cubs are described as clumsy on their feet. Keepers expect them to be more agile and be ready to explore the outdoors in mid-January.

     Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species, with only about 400 cats left worldwide. They are the smallest of the tiger species, but a male can reach 220 pounds. The Park is currently home to seven Sumatran tigers, but 23 have been born here.
   
     The Safari Park is raising funds to build a forested tiger haven that will offer up-close views of these fascinating felines and other wildlife as well as highlight conservation efforts. For more information visit sandiegozoo.org/tigers.

     The 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as Wild Animal Park) is operated by the not-for-profit San Diego Zoo and includes a 900-acre native species reserve. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

KNOTT’S MERRY FARM INVITES EVERYONE TO “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS”

BUENA PARK, Calif. (November 2010) – Knott’s Berry Farm will be filled with the magic of the season this year as it transform into Knott’s Merry Farm and celebrates “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with seasonal entertainment, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade starting Thanksgiving day and running through December 30, 2010.

“A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” offers seven elaborately themed floats featuring the Peanuts Gang and accompanied by students from Orange County Song and Dance Company.  Children and adults alike will be able to get into the holiday spirit along with CHARLIE BROWN, LUCY, LINUS, SALLY, SCHROEDER and of course SNOOPY, as they ready for the holidays.  Join them as they partake in all the holiday festivities including candy making, tree trimming, and even toy building!  “A Peanuts’ Holiday Parade” will run November 25-28; December 4-5, 11-12, 18-23, 26-30, 2010 and January 1, 2011.

Also in the spirit of the season, Knott’s Merry Farm is proud to present the ice spectacular, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!”  The show, performed in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre, is hosted by the famous skating Beagle and features Knott’s ensemble skaters, dazzling sets, colorful costumes and plenty of surprises.   “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” will be presented November 25-28; December 3-5, 10-12, 17-21 and 23-24, 26-28, 30-31, 2010 and January 1-2, 2011.

Knott’s 1880s Ghost Town will again be transformed into Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, inviting mall-weary guests to explore one-of-a-kind treasures created by more than 100 artisans in a Victorian holiday wonderland of strolling carolers, musical groups, community choirs and lavish holiday decorations. 

The show and parade are included with regular Park admission and available to Christmas Crafts Village guests for a nominal additional charge.

Adding to the unique Village atmosphere are live performances of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O’Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” in the Bird Cage Theatre.

Elf Mountain Christmas is also back.  The world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride has once again been transformed this holiday season giving guests an up-close and-personal view into the world of Santa’s Elves.   Sneak a peak as Santa’s helpers get ready for Santa’s busiest day of the year.  Rich with lights, music and the merriest of times, this attraction will remain open until Jan. 2, 2011.

Guests can also experience the wonder of “Snoopy’s Christmas Light Spectacular.” Hundreds of thousands of twinkling white and multicolored lights merrily light up the nighttime sky accompanied by a festive soundtrack that bring the Christmas spirit alive from dusk to Park closing. 

A trip to Knott’s Merry Farm would not be complete without a visit with the man of the hour – Santa!  Stop by Santa’s Toy Barn for a little one-on-one with the big guy.  Here, in Santa’s cozy hideaway, kids can share their wish lists with St. Nick, and Mom and Dad can take home a picture of the occasion (photo requires additional fee).

Village guests can also indulge in the ultimate comfort foods with Knott’s world-famous holiday treats, including fresh-baked pies, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men, as well as daily specials and the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  For an all you can eat buffet, try Joe Cool’s Backyard BBQ Holiday Style starting November 28 and running Saturdays and Sundays through December 27.  For only $21.95 for adults and $19.95 for seniors (62+) and $12.95 for kids (3-11), you can partake of a holiday feast that includes Mrs. Knott’s famous fried chicken, roast turkey, vegetarian lasagna, roast beef, mashed potatoes, boysenberry pie and much more!  For reservations, call 1-800- PICNICS.

Another holiday treat is “Snoopy’s Calico Christmas Tree Lighting” each evening in Calico Square.  Join SNOOPY, LUCY, LINUS, SALLY and CHARLIE BROWN as they host a song-and-dance show complete with carolers and a Christmas sing-along then light a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The Peanuts gang is also featured in their very own live musical show, “Winter Wonderland” shown daily in Camp Snoopy.

Merry Farm guests can combine their holiday treats with Knott’s blockbuster rides.  The legendary GhostRider®, the ultimate wooden sleigh ride; 30-story Supreme Scream®, the world’s tallest descending thrill ride; Silver Bullet, the longest and tallest suspended coaster in the West and Knott’s newest addition, Pony Express, all deliver a thrill this holiday season.

Knott’s Merry Farm admission covers all Christmas Crafts Village and in-park shows and activities, including the ice show, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” and all regular rides, shows and attractions including Silver Bullet, GhostRider®, Supreme Scream® and XceleratorSM.  Adult residents of Southern California zip codes 90000 through 93599 pay just $44.99 and Juniors (3-11) and seniors (62+) are just $23.99.  For online specials visit www.knotts.com.

Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is included with regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission daily.  Monday through Friday guests may purchase Crafts Village only  tickets; $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and $5 for kids (3-11).  Village guests can enjoy the ice show, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” or take a spin on GhostRider for nominal fees. 

Knott’s opens daily at 10 a.m.  The park closes Dec. 25 to allow its employees to spend Christmas with their families.  For information about the day you plan to visit and available discounts, call (714) 220-5200 or click on www.knotts.com.

Donate Coats & Receive Free Admission

Fairytale Town Participates
as donation site for News 10's Coats for Kids

Beginning on Thursday, November 4, Fairytale Town will accept coats for the News 10's Coats for Kids, serving as an official drop-off site. To help inspire the spirit of giving for children and families, Fairytale Town will offer one free child's admission per coat, with a paying adult.  The collection will run from November 4 through November 28, 2010, during operating hours. The collected coats will then be delivered to the News 10 Station.

The News 10's Coats for Kids drive is celebrating 20 years of collecting coats to help families in the Sacramento area.  The News 10's Coats for Kids drive asks for a donation of new or gently used coats.  Over the last 19 years donors have helped collect and distribute more than 475,000 coats to children and families in need.  The News 10's Coats for Kids goal this year is 25,000 donations to make it to the ONE HALF MILLION mark!
 
"The News 10's Coasts for Kids drive is a great program, and we are happy to serve as an official drop-off location and extend free admission to encourage participation and donations," said Sharlene Lal-Hernandez, Education & Program Manager.

Coats can also be dropped off at Swansons Cleaners, Rogers Jewelry Co., Century 21 M&M and Associates, or the News 10 Studios.

For more information please call, 916-808-7462 or www.fairytaletown.org

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The International Café, New Universal Studios Hollywood Restaurant Wins Santé Restaurant Award for Innovation and Culinary Achievement

Universal City CA, October 29, 2010 --Universal Studios Hollywood’s new restaurant, The International Café, has been honored with a prestigious Santé Restaurant Award for innovation and outstanding achievement in culinary service and hospitality.

            Now in its 13th year, the Santé Awards program is the only peer-judged national restaurant and hospitality competition in North America.  Of the restaurants recognized with awards this year, The International Café is the only establishment located within a theme park.

            The International Café opened earlier this year to provide theme park guests with healthy food choices in a casual, unhurried European bistro-style setting.

The menu includes creative salads, cheese plates and healthy artisanal sandwiches, along with juices, mineral waters and many other food options suitable for a relaxed, sit-down or on-the-go meal for hungry theme park guests.

            “Dining is an important part of the experience we provide at Universal Studios Hollywood and we want to ensure that our guests have choices that fit their tastes and their lifestyles,” said Eric Kopelow, Universal Studios Hollywood Executive Chef.  “The International Café is helping us to satisfy a growing demand for healthy, tasty food options.”  A graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Kopelow designed The International Café’s innovative menu.

            Sample menu choices include a shrimp cobb and Greek salad, a grilled vegetable sandwich with gorgonzola cheese, a turkey with muenster cheese and arugula sandwich, a roast beef and brie with roasted pears sandwich and a “caprese-style” plate featuring heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil.  Located adjacent to the theme park’s “Streets of the World” film locations, which re-create European streets and plazas, The International Café offers indoor and al fresco seating.

            The Santé Awards were created to recognize excellence in restaurant food, wine, spirits and service hospitality.  Award winners represent a broad spectrum of restaurants and industry professionals.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Animals Enjoy Carved Pumpkins for Halloween

The animals in Busch Gardens’ Edge of Africa enjoyed carved pumpkins during the week leading up to Halloween. Different treats that appeal to each animal were placed inside the gourds. Lions and hyenas were tempted by meat. Ring-tailed lemurs sought grapes, while meerkats were after mealworms. Hippos love fruit, but Kita enjoyed playing with the buoyant pumpkin for a few minutes before smashing it and eating it. Busch Gardens zookeepers used the seasonal fruit as enrichment for the animals and to vary their diets. Enrichment items such as food and toys are used daily by the zoo team to keep the animals engaged and stimulated, both mentally and physically. This Halloween weekend, Busch Gardens welcomes guests to Howl-O-Scream. For information about Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens’ extreme, after-hours Halloween event, visit www.MyXrocks.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr31gYPzvqA

Hanna's Town TOMORROW NIGHT!

Haven’t reserved your spot for tomorrow night’s presentation by Bill Wimberly? There’s still time! Call the Museum at 260.563.9070 to reserve your spot for this FREE event.

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

Local author W. William Wimberly III will be at the Museum on November 3rd at 7pm to present his new book, Hanna’s Town: A Little World We Have Lost. This is a special “evening edition” of our popular History Hunters series, generously sponsored by Peabody Retirement Community. It will take place at 7pm in our multi-purpose room. This event is FREE, but reservations are requested. Call 260.563.9070 to reserve your spot! Order forms for the book will be available at the lecture.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

History Hunters Event:  Thursday, November 18 at noon.   Our speaker will be Joe Krom, author of the historical novel, Heart of a Warrior:  The True Saga of Sweet Breeze and William Wells.  His topic will be “Frontier Battles on the Eel and Wabash Rivers .”

Red Carpet Club:  Thursday, December 23 at 6 pm.   Such a busy time of year, I know, but save this date for a special treat!  We’ll be watching “A Christmas Story”!  Indiana connection?  It is set in Hammond !

Call 260.563.9070 to make your reservations for both of these events.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and see you at the Museum!

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HOLIDAYS EVENT OFFERS MUSIC, CHEER AND UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY MEMORIES

Celebrate the Season with Macy’s Holiday Parade, Grinchmas and an All-New Holiday Village

Enjoy Nightly Holiday Music, Including Three Concerts By Top-Selling Holiday Music Group Mannheim Steamroller on December 4, 11 and 18

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 1, 2010) – Imagine cheerful holiday music floating on the brisk air. Children marveling at giant, colorful balloons passing overhead. Laughter from the crowd as The Grinch and the Whos share their timeless story live on stage. Imagine families sharing the spirit of the season together, experiencing exciting rides and attractions. There’s no better place to be for the holidays this year than Universal Orlando Resort.

This year’s Holidays event runs December 4 through January 1, 2011, and offers guests incredible entertainment themed for the season at both its theme parks.

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will fill the streets every evening with the same iconic balloons seen winding through New York City . The parade features colorful holiday characters, floats, balloons and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, adults and children alike will be entertained when the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in Grinchmas. Guests can see a live stage show featuring The Grinch and The Whos from Whoville with an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Also, guests will have the opportunity to meet The Grinch and the strolling Whos, and on select dates, purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with The Grinch.

Guests can also enjoy the sounds of nightly a capella holiday music at Universal Studios. And, on December 4, 11 and 18, Mannheim Steamroller – the masters of Christmas music with more than 30 million albums sold worldwide – will play their memorable holiday music for guests on the Music Plaza stage. Guests can explore the nearby, all-new Holiday Village, filled with hand-blown glass ornaments, caramel apples, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and a cupcake decorating location.

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s three on-site hotels – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort - all of which will glisten with holiday decorations. Hotel guests will be immersed in the spirit of the season with tree-lighting ceremonies, special musical performances, holiday "dive-in" movie presentations and holiday buffets and dining events. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel kicks off the season on Friday, November 26 with 'Holiday Harbor Nights', a wine tasting, food and jazz celebration on the piazza. Hard Rock Hotel welcomes Santa to the Kitchen restaurant on Fridays in December and Loews Royal Pacific Resort rings in the new year with ALOHA 2011, a New Year's Eve celebration, with a special kids-only party right next door to the main event. Florida Residents can enjoy discounted rates at each of the three on-site hotels.

All holiday entertainment – including the Mannheim Steamroller concerts – is included as part of 2-Park or Multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Florida residents can take advantage of these special offers:

‘Tis the Season for Florida Resident Holiday Offers

Florida Resident 2-Park Preferred Annual Pass Offer
• Purchase a 2-park preferred annual pass and get 2 months FREE with a UPC code from any Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Sprite can or specially-marked cups from Firehouse Subs

$219.99 plus tax per person

*Must be purchased by January 1, 2011 and activated by January 31, 2011.

Also available on Flexible Payment option

Florida Resident On-site Holiday Getaway Offer

• 2 night stay at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel

• Florida Resident 2 day park-to-park ticket to both theme parks

• Complimentary Universal Express access to skip most regular attraction lines – a FREE benefit worth up to $87 per person, per day

• PLUS early park admission to Islands of Adventure and MORE

Starting at $129 per adult, per night, tax inclusive

For more information on Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration and offers, guests can visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.