Halloween 2021 is happening in L.A.... but where?
A roundup of spooky hayrides, frightening mazes, and haunted festivities in Los Angeles. Haunted houses, mazes and hayrides are back for Halloween 2021!/ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) Halloween is just around the corner, and the celebrations have already begun! With almost every holiday event canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, L.A. locals are ready to don costumes, eat candy, and have a ghoulishly good time in 2021. Sadly, West Hollywood’s beloved annual parade still won’t be returning, but Universal Studios and Disneyland are already feeling the ghoulish spirit – and some of our scariest hayrides and mazes are back, as well!Read full story
Animal Health Alert: L.A. County warns canine influenza and kennel cough are spreading fast!
How to protect your four-legged friend from this dog flu outbreak. L.A. County recommends canine influenza H3N2 and leptospirosis vaccines for social dogs/ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) On the heels of news that leptospirosis is on the rise among dogs in Los Angeles, the L.A. County Department of Public Health has issued an Animal Health Alert about the spread of canine influenza. The danger to your pup is only escalating, with an increase in dog-owners reporting “kennel cough,” as well.Read full story
Real estate “Love Letters” can be a form of systemic bias in L.A.’s tough market
Angelenos need a new way to get personal while buying and selling homes. Real estate love letters are out because they can tap into unconscious bias/ canva. (Los Angeles) Everyone has heard stories of buyers landing their dream homes by writing the perfect letter of intent to the homeowner. In a competitive market like Los Angeles, a well-crafted, emotional “love letter” can be a gamechanger… but it turns out, it can also be a form of systemic racism in real estate!Read full story
L.A. families are saying goodbye to their dying dogs, cats, and animals at home
What to expect when you choose in-home euthanasia for your pet. Miles Halpern, 10, and ailing Quincy say goodbye before an in-home vet came to perform in-home euthanasia/ Jami Halpern.Read full story
Let’s roll! L.A. County gets a new roller-skating rink
PCH pop-up feeds a recreational need created by COVID-19 Get your skates ready - Pigeon’s Roller Rink opens in Long Beach on Sept. 18, 2021/ Pigeon's Skate Shop. (Los Angeles) Just as the COVID-19 pandemic landed on Los Angeles, one viral SoCal TikTok created an international roller-skating craze and a new generation of skaters took to the streets. Starting September 18, 2021, the L.A. skate community has a new place to come together – a pop-up roller skating venue in Long Beach!Read full story
Prost! Oktoberfest returns to L.A.
Where to get ye ol' German beers, brats & oom-pah fix. Oktoberfest beer and bratwurst plate/ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) Germany’s official Oktoberfest has once again been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and so has SoCal’s beloved Alpine Village event, but Los Angeles has plenty of opportunities to celebrate bier with your crew in September and October 2021. So clean your stein, strap on your lederhosen, practice your chicken dance, and prepare to gorge on German food – even if you are vegan!Read full story
What is Pickleball… and should you be playing?
As seen at Memorial Park, four pickleball games can fit onto one tennis court./ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) Pickleball may have been invented back in 1965, but many Angelenos hadn't heard about it before COVID-19 landed. A strange hybrid of tennis, badminton, and paddle tennis, the sport has been picking up popularity over the last decade. These past two years, however, it’s been spreading like, well… a pandemic!Read full story
Abracadabra! The Magic Castle is back in business
How the iconic Los Angeles venue survived COVID-19 – and how you can get inside!. The Magic Castle first opened its doors in January 1963/ Ben Roman, courtesy of The Magic Castle.Read full story
With accidental overdose rates soaring, don't become a number.
Honor those we’ve lost to substance abuse by getting help before it’s too late. International Overdose Awareness Day is a campaign to end overdose and remember those we've lost./ overdoseday.com.Read full story
Melrose District fights back against murder, crime, and a “circus-like” atmosphere
Historic L.A. shopping hub is hopping... but faces safety issues. Melrose Blvd. is hopping again, but safety has become a concern for locals/ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) Spurred by the August 11 murder of Shoe Palace employee Jayren Bradford and a general increase in violence and crime, locals in Los Angeles’ iconic Melrose District are coming together to demand solutions. For decades, this funky, alternative shopping scene has been a hotspot for tourists and locals, alike. With the neighborhood still recovering from the hard hits of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020's looting and rioting, however, the strip is looking a lot different these days – and has become far less safe!Read full story
Haiti’s earthquake has Los Angeles wondering when to expect The Big One
Are you prepped for our next Northridge-sized quake?. Los Angeles is poised for an earthquake measuring magnitude 6.7 or larger in the next 30 years./ canva. (Los Angeles) As Haiti continues to struggle in the wake of a devastating earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace, Angelenos can’t help but empathize. Los Angeles is, after all, no stranger to rumblers and their disastrous effects. Here are some facts on how worried you should be about The Big One, how to prepare for our next quake and what to do when it hits. Plus, is California really destined to get shaken into the ocean?Read full story
Understanding the Gavin Newsom gubernatorial recall election ballot
If I vote “no” on the California recall, should I still vote for a successor?. The California gubernatorial recall election ballot is confusing some locals./ Deanna Barnert.Read full story
From L.A.'s underground music scene to Grand Performances: Subsuelo turns 10!
Los Angeles’ global bass crew takes over SoCal's biggest free stage. Subsuelo crew members (l-r) Juxli, La Tigresa, Gazoo, G Morales, Cody "El Canyonazo" Canyon, FarahStop, Ethos, Gozar and Gabriel Osuna/ photo by Farah Sosa.Read full story
Are L.A. beaches safe after the Hyperion sewage spill?
L.A. beaches are safe in the wake of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant sewage spill/ Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) The Pacific Ocean was hit by 17 million gallons of untreated wastewater after Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant became backed up with debris and spilled over in July. A month after this epic, controlled emergency measure at the city's oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility, the stink of sewage is almost gone in El Segundo and all L.A. and Catalina beaches are back open. There's just one advisory remaining in effect – and it's a major landmark.Read full story
How can Los Angeles be the 3rd best city for singles?
It may be hard to meet people, but the numbers are in L.A.’s favor. In the third best city for dating, locals get creative about socializing during the Covid-19 pandemic./ Deanna Barnert.Read full story
L.A.’s can't miss gluten-free bakeries
Where to find celiac-approved, vegan, and allergy-friendly bread and desserts. L.A. has some great dedicated, gluten-free bakeries - there's no reason to suffer!/ Deanna Barnert.Read full story
Animal Health Alert: The vaccine L.A. County is now recommending for dogs
What is canine leptospirosis... and can humans catch it?. Should your dog be vaccinated against leptospirosis?/ photo by Deanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) While your veterinarian may have suggested avoiding giving your dog a leptospirosis vaccination in the past, the L.A. County Department of Public Health sent local vets an Animal Health Alert in July that calls for a change in protocol. With an increase in reported confirmed and suspect Lepto in local dogs this summer, humans can get this disease, too.Read full story
How to fight L.A.’s pesky, new “ankle-biter” mosquitos
With West Nile in California, there’s a free county resource battling mosquitoes!. Photo of an adult female Aedes albopictus "ankle-biter" mosquito during a blood meal./ courtesy of the CDC.Read full story
How to book a pool day – even if you don’t own a pool!
L.A. pool-sharing service is like Airbnb for pools. SoCalInfluential co-founder Abby Solis enjoys a Swimply swim with her family./ courtesy of @Tribe.Adventures. (Los Angeles) Los Angeles is famous for its fabulous pool scenes and parties… and yet most locals don’t actually have access to a private pool. Or at least, we didn’t before Swimply came along! With pools rented out by the hour, this online platform connects pool owners with people looking to dive into the deep end.Read full story
Beat the L.A. summer heat with free museum days!
August museum tickets dropping as the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads. Miles and Rosie Halpern exploring The Broads "Under the Table," By Robert TherrienDeanna Barnert. (Los Angeles) Los Angelenos have pulled out their sweatshirts during a short mid-summer cool down, but summer is far from over. With record heat and fire-related air pollution expected in August and September, locals can find air-conditioned respite and cultural adventures by visiting their favorite museums – and NewsBreak has the rundown on free admission, ticket release dates and special events for Summer 2021!Read full story