Summer deals sizzle in downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles boasts some of the world’s finest museums and performance venues, is
home to legendary sports arenas and restaurants, and has a variety of
interesting neighborhoods to explore.

L.A. truly comes alive after sundown- with the hottest bar scene in the region,
live music and concerts, and restaurants that can make an evening meal an event
in itself.

summer, vacationers from near and far can take advantage of all that Downtown L.A.
has to offer – day and night – with
Summer Nights: Discover Downtown L.A.

best Downtown L.A. hotels and the
Downtown Center Business
Improvement District
(DCBID) have once again come together to offer interesting hotel
vacation packages at prices that won’t take the sizzle out of your summer.

aren’t your run-of-the-mill vacation packages. Highlights include the
opportunity to “Dine & Discover Downtown L.A.” with a stay at the JW
Marriott at L.A. LIVE, which includes a Downtown L.A. food tour and a
multi-course dinner personally cooked by Chef Nona Sivley, winner of Hell’s
Kitchen Season 8.

Adventurous couples can “Wheel & Deal,” with the Los
Angeles Athletic Club package, which includes 2 Dahon Speed Uno Folding Bikes.
And the O Hotel is offering a “Bed & Booze” package, which offers
vacationers complimentary drinks at several of Downtown’s best bars. Or stay
at The Standard starting on Thursday night for Downtown L.A.’s famous Art Walk.

 For more complete details and how to take advantage
of the warm summer nights in Downtown L.A., please visit

Celebrate Memorial Day in San Francisco

San Francisco will be the setting for
traditional Memorial Day commemorative ceremonies this weekend and a few
non-traditional festivities as well. For a complete calendar of events,

May 28, 2011
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Asian American Orchestra (AAO)
16-member ensemble brings a multicultural view to 12 compositions
written by ad/or associated with John Coltrane in “India & Africa: A
Tribute to John Coltrane.” At this performance AAO will showcase North
and South Indian instrumentalists and African percussion in new
arrangements of classic Coltrane compositions including “After the Rain”
and “Living Space.”
Admission: Free concert, 1-2:30 p.m.
Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, Fourth and Mission streets. Pack a
picnic and remember the sunscreen, hats and shades. For information
visit or call 415-543-1718.

May 28-29, 2011
Carnaval “Live Your Fantasy”
in its third decade San Francisco Carnaval, presented by San Francisco
Cultural Arts Traditions (SFCAT), is a long-standing Memorial Day
tradition – although it’s anything but traditional. From May 28-29
California’s largest multi-cultural celebration encourages everyone to
“Live Your Fantasy.” Presiding over the Grand Parade on May 29 will be
Grand Marshal Dr. Ana Maria Polo, one of Hispanic television’s most
prestigious personalities. The 2011 Grand Parade will also an
opportunity to see the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series trophy
accompanied by Giants’ mascot Lou Seal. Carnaval is a free, family
friendly event. On Saturday and Sunday, the San Francisco Carnaval
Festival will offer food, music, dance, art, crafts and other fun
activities and events on several stages for the entire family to enjoy.
Spanning seven blocks, the San Francisco Carnaval Festival will take
place on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets (10 a.m.-6 p.m.).
This year’s festival highlights include three stages of continuous
live music from around the globe, salsa dance classes and competitions,
children’s activities and much more. The Grand Parade takes place on
Sunday, May 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 24th and Bryant
streets where it will proceed west to Mission Street. From there, the
parade heads north on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn
east and flow into the festival area.
Admission: Festival and parade
are free; bleacher seats ($30) are available. For tickets and
information visit or call 415-642-1748.

May 28-29, 2011
Treasure Island Flea Marketplace
Island, renowned as the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, will welcome a
new attraction on Memorial Day weekend — the Treasure Island Flea
marketplace. Hundreds of local Bay Area purveyors are being courted for
the debut. In addition to antiques and collectibles there will be new
independent designer merchandise, handmade one-of-a-kind items,
repurposed and up-cycled goods, shabby chic and French garden pieces,
home dcor, emerging designers, art, specialty food providers and more.
Co-founders Angie and Charles Ansanelli are curating an experience
where shoppers will be able to connect directly with designers and
collectors, while offering a blend of local entertainment and special
events. The open-air market will be held on Treasure Island, Avenue of
the Palms, May 28-29, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the last weekend of every
month thereafter.
Admission: $3, 12 and under free. Parking is free. For information visit or call 415-898-0245.

May 29, 2011
USS San Francisco Memorial
annual event since 1950 the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation’s
ceremony is at noon. Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard the USS San
Francisco (CA-38) participated in almost every Pacific battle from
Pearl Harbor to the end of WWII. James Hornfischer, author of “Neptune’s
Inferno,” a detailed recounting of the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal, is the
featured speaker.
Admission: Free
Location: The USS San Francisco
Memorial Park, which was renamed this year after a $3 million
“overhaul,” is located at Lands End off Camino del Mar in the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For
directions and information visit or call

May 29, 2011
Golden Gate Park Band
American standards are on the bill today. Pack a picnic and make sure to include some classic summertime favorites.
Admission: Free concert, 1 p.m.
Location: Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park. For information visit

Memorial Day, May 30, 2011
Presidio Memorial Day Ceremony
official San Francisco Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday,
May 30 at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio, 1
Lincoln Blvd. Events start at 10:30 a.m. with a parade led by the 191st
Army Band pipes and drums from the Main Post Parade Ground at Montgomery
and Sheridan Streets to the cemetery. The formal program begins at 11
a.m. in the cemetery; it will feature music, a color guard and remarks
by Rev. Dr. John L. Young, of the Presidio Interfaith Center. The
ceremony concludes at noon with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army 5th
Brigade 75th Division.
Following the ceremony, light refreshments
and a spiritual service sponsored by the Interfaith Center will be held
at the nearby Presidio Chapel. From 12:45-1:30 p.m. there will be music
in the chapel and groups serving veterans, including the Coming Home
Project, Swords to Plowshares and Troops to College, will be on hand.
Admission: Free
Parking has changed due to Main Post construction. Free shuttle service
will be available from parking areas around the Main Post to the
National Cemetery. For information visit or call

Memorial Day, May 30, 2011
Submarine “Lost Boat” Ceremony
10:30 a.m. join submarine veterans in the “Lost Boat” ceremony aboard
the USS Pampanito, honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. This
moving ceremony features 65 bell tolls for each boat and crew on
“eternal patrol.” Butch Howard, Captain, USN (Ret.), will be the guest
Admission: The ceremony is free and open to the public.
The USS Pampanito is located at Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45, Taylor
Street and The Embarcadero. For information visit or
call 415-775-1943 ext. 13 or RSVP at

Memorial Day, May 30, 2011
16th Annual California Blues Festival
prepared to join folks from many diverse communities enjoying a day of
live entertainment and plenty of fun in the sun. This event brings
together the best of the best in entertainment from the Bay Area blues
Admission: Free, noon-6 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Park at 1900 Geary Blvd. between Scott and Pierce streets. For information visit

Memorial Day, May 30, 2011
USS Hornet Museum Ceremonies
of past and present wars will be honored during a special Memorial Day
service at 1 p.m. onboard the USS Hornet Museum. A National Historic
Landmark, the USS Hornet is one of America’s most decorated ships.
Families can experience naval history and space exploration firsthand
with authentic aircraft, Apollo exhibit and flight simulator.
Admission ranges from $6 to $15, children 4 and under free with paying
adult; group rates available. The ship is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The USS Hornet is berthed at Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda. For
information visit or call 510-521-8448

The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available
at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of
Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. A virtual
edition of the guide is also available online:
A visitor’s kit may also be ordered online at,
by phone at 415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD), by written request
to the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., San
Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to Domestic
and international shipping charges apply.

LAX adds nonstop flights to Shanghai, Madrid and Istanbul

We love to live in Los Angeles because you can get a direct flight to almost anywhere in the world. And to prove our point, Los Angeles International Airport has added direct flights to three destinations for the first time ever.

American Airlines launched new daily nonstop service to Shanghai, the largest U.S.-China air travel market.
American is the first U.S. carrier to offer this service.

In March,
Los Angeles became the only West Coast destination with nonstop service
to Spain. Iberia Airlines began new nonstop service between LAX and
Madrid. The Madrid flights depart three times a week.

Since March,
passengers can fly direct to Turkey on Turkish Airlines’ new nonstop
flights from to Istanbul. The flights depart four times a week.

Of course, LAX
also is expanding its domestic service. In April, American Airlines’
regional affiliate American Eagle began service from LAX to nine new
domestic destinations, including Houston, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and

American also expanded existing service with additional new
daily flights from LAX to Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas
and Orlando.

All these flights makes LAX the seventh busiest airport in the world and third
in the United States. It handles more than 565 daily flights to 81
domestic cities and more than 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 65
international destinations on more than 75 carriers.

Kahuna Laguna Kids Club ready at Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the Kahuna Laguna Kids Club at Laguna Cliff s Marriott Resort in Dana Point will offer children 5-12 activities packed with

Special children’s menus will be available daily at the
Vue Restaurant. Children can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with
choices ranging from Chocolate Chip Pancakes to a delicious Petit Filet.

Children will be greeted with a
treasure chest full of prizes to choose from and a passport, which takes
them on a scavenger hunt throughout the resort. When their journey is
completed another prize from the treasure box awaits them.

outdoor fun, the ocean-view pool features a family pool with a splash zone, water cannons, surf boards with water curl and other
family-friendly amenities. And while the children get soaked, mom and
dad can enjoy the spa, pool or relax with poolside dining in a private

evenings feature a special movie night with an
old-fashioned popcorn machine, free candy and beverages. Kids can redeem their ticket stub
for a special breakfast of scrambled eggs, chocolate chip
pancakes, bacon and orange juice at Overvue on Sunday morning.

For more information on booking your family’s get away or the Kahuna Laguna Kids Club go to

Big Weekend Savings available at San Diego Marriott La Jolla

If you’re looking for a weekend getaways or a family vacation, the San Diego Marriott La Jolla
is offering a “Big Weekend Savings” advanced deal from $79/night with
special promotion code ADV to June 30.

“AAA Members Get Free
Parking in Sunny San Diego” advanced deal with rates from $89/night with
special promotion code AAZ, valid to June 18 and subject to availability.

Coming to a galaxy near you Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

June 3 is the launch date for Disneyland’s latest new adventure. That’s when Star Tours-The Adventures Continue blasts into that “galaxy far, far away” with some of your favorite
characters like C-3PO and R2-D2.

Visitors never know where the Force might
take them, heck they may even encounter Princess Leia and Darth Vader. Riders will experience new destinations and new adventures in the Star Wars universe. Can’t wait to try it out for a firsthand report.