College, fireworks, outdoor weddings and “green” with beauty

Ask the Yenta
Dear Yenta, Do you know if Los Angeles City College is any good?”
I can’t give you a definitive answer on this, but click below to see what people are saying about LACC on YELP. My other suggestion is to make an appointment with a counselor and ask all the questions you want answers to.  Hope this helps!!
The LACC Counseling Center : Administration Building, Room 108 | (323) 953-4000 ext. 2250

“Dear Yenta, Where are some places to celebrate 4th of July in Los Angeles?”

Here are some dynamite spots across LA and The Valley to celebrate!!

Hollywood Bowl: This venue is so popular, it celebrates the 4th of July for three entire nights: July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  This year, John Fogerty is the special musical guest. The event starts at 7:30, and you must buy tickets in advanced for assigned seating.
Queen Mary: Performers, dancing, several DJ’s, outdoor nightclub, radio stations, and lots and lots of fireworks. If you go early, you can spend the day touring and shopping on the Queen. Then at 9 pm, the fireworks start. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids. There are also festivities on Friday and Sunday.
CBS Studios’ Fourth of July Fireworks Festival: on Radford in Studio City, this is truly a family event with magic shows, a kids’ zone, strolling pirates, tattooing (spray on) and more. Of course, there will be music and fireworks as well. Tickets are available at the Studio City farmer’s market or online at the chamber website. Get them soon – there may not any left on the day of the event. Adults are $15, and kids are $8. (Under 6 are free). There is also VIP seating if you’d like to sit on the rooftops.

Rose Bowl: This year, the AmericaFest will be a fabulous celebration of Independence Day with music, food, family fun (with rides!) and fireworks. General admission is $13 per person (7 and under are free), and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  Outside food court opens at 2 pm, stadium opens at 6 pm, and fireworks start promptly at 9:05 pm, $15 cash for parking.Palisades Americanism Parade/Pacific Palisades Parade: There are bands, performers, and if you can believe it – skydivers! Old-fashioned Independence Day Parade at 2 pm, 7 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks. Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.

Fireworks Extravaganza, Marina del Rey: A traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey is programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park. 9 pm at Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman’s Village and Marina Beach.  It’s free!
4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific: Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Guests can also choose special combo tickets to enjoy admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style entrees hot off the grill and decadent deserts. Aquarium opens at 9 am. Aquarium admission for the evening will be $11.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $20.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3-11, $17.95 for seniors, Aquarium plus dinner is $34 adult, $27 child. Advance reservations required for dinner.

Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills: Huge Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley with food vendors, play zone, a free concert and fireworks show. Concert begins at 6 pm, fireworks to live music at 9:05 pm at Warner Park, 5800, Topanga Canyon Blvd. It’s free!! Parking: $15 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard

“Dear Yenta, Can you recommend an outdoor wedding venue that would work well in the spring or the fall?”

Since I am unsure of your budget or the amount of guests, I can’t get very specific, but below are some unique outdoor spaces for you to check out.  Good luck!

The Bridal Bar is also a great resource for any bride-to-be.

Grayson Garden Wedding Center – Downtown

Happy Trails Garden – Pasadena

Calamigos Ranch – Malibu

Descanso Gardens – La Canada

Japanese Gardens at Cal State Long Beach

Los Angeles River Garden Center   – Downtown

Additions to The Y List


Eco-Friendly Beauty

Mani/Pedis with no “Big 3” toxins- DBP, Toluene & Formaldehyde

Nori’s Eco Salon
Nori’s is a family-owned, full-service “green” salon. They use non-toxic hair products in a green environment in accordance with the principles of sustainability. They offer cuts, coloring, makeup, massage, waxing, and organic facials.

Vert is a luxe, eco-chic beauty boutique offering high quality eco-friendly products from around the world.