Good Times During Summer Time

Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and so has summer. Wondering what to do or where to go? Check out this list of interesting and newsworthy events, happenings and yes, even grilling accessories and recipes.

Angeles National Forest reopens recreation areas
If you’re an outdoors person who loves hiking, picnicking and camping, then you’re in luck. The Angeles National Forest is reopening about 41,000 acres during this Memorial Day weekend. Stone Canyon Trail, Trail Canyon Trail and the Delta Flat are some of the recreation areas that will be reopened to the public. The extensive piece of land was closed as a result of the 2009 Station Fire, one of the largest wildfires that burned about 160,000 acres.

Getty Central Garden reopens
If you love museums and martinis, go check out the Getty museum this weekend (or in the near future). The Getty’s Central Garden will reopen this weekend. The garden had been closed since February due to site maintenance. In honor of the reopening, the Getty restaurant will offer “Grove Margaritas” and “Garden Martinis” on Saturday (5/26) and Sunday (5/27).

Behind-the-scenes tours of the Grauman Chinese Theater
To celebrate it’s 85th birthday, the Grauman Chinese Theater is offering extended, behind-the-scenes tours. Tours begin at 8:30 AM and will end at noon. General admission price is $20 per person. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation website. They also have a Facebook Event Page. If you’re unable to take advantage of these special tours, stop in any time for a general tour of the theater.

Palm Springs Restaurant Week
Love Palm Springs and food? Then you definitely want to check out Palms Springs Restaurant Week, June 1-10. The process is easy: dine at participating restaurants and enjoy a three-course menu for $24 or $36 per person. Over 65 restaurants are participating, you can view them all online through the event website. Many businesses are also offering additional specials for spa treatments, live entertainment and movies – just to to name a few. Those specials can be viewed here.

Interested in more events? Check out the events tab on the ILWU Credit Union Facebook page. We update it on a weekly basis and fill it with local events in your area.

Rachael Ray offers free grilling cookbook via Facebook
The Food magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray has a Summer Grilling cookbook available through it’s Facebook page. The cookbook includes 6 grilling recipes: grilled pattypan squash, sliced steak soft taco sliders with guaca-salsa, chicken, plum and red onion kabobs, satay sliders, stuffed pork chops and  salmon steaks with grilled pineapple and corn. We’re officially craving some barbecue!

The ultimate grilling tool?
And if you’re just planning to stay local and perhaps add more to your grilling accessories, then check out the Stake, a grilling tool that combines tongs, a spatula and a fork – all in one. We’ll let the video do all the talking:

So what are your plans for this weekend?

[Via: AllFacebookLAist, Lifehacker, Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, Image credit: Phil Gwinn]

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Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.