Archive for March, 2009
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The much anticipated grand opening of Boutique ICE Restaurant and Lounge in Long Beach is scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2009.Thirty percent of the proceeds from the grand opening event will benefit the Stramski Children’s Development Center at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach.
Doors open at 6pm and admission is $35. Guests with paid admission will enjoy various samplings of Sushi and Tapas prepared by Executive Chef Isao. The charity event is hosted by Steel Magnolias Founder, Shirley Wild and Co-Chair Emeritus Jacquie Wetenkamp. Then at 9:00pm, ICE will convert the restaurant into a posh ultra lounge, complete with multiple VIP areas. Special celebrity, Playmate appearances have been arranged by official energy drink partner, Playboy Energy Drink. Live DJs will remix club hits, top 40 and mash ups. Advanced reservations for VIP tables are recommended and there is no cover charge to enter the lounge for guests with VIP table reservations.
Executive Chef ISAO has created several unique and decadent Sushi and Tapas offerings, including their signature ICE Fire Sushi Roll. The grand opening selections served will encompass several items from both the dinner and late night menus. For reservations to the ICE Grand Opening or for VIP table reservations to the Ultra Lounge, contact ICE at 562-495-8200. Website – www.ICELB.com.
About Boutique ICE Restaurant & Lounge ICE Restaurant and Lounge is located at 49 South Pine Avenue on the ground level of the historic Ocean Center Building. ICE Restaurant offers guests a combination of Sushi and Tapas in a decadent, social lounge atmosphere. ICE occupies 7,000 square-feet and the location is a much needed, new high-end restaurant and lounge that bridges the Pine Street scene with the Long Beach Pike. The décor at ICE is all white custom furniture made from Ostrich leather, modularArts® wall panels, cutting-edge LED lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system. ICE was created to attract trendsetting clientele with a distinct style and passion for great food and atmosphere. A key element of the restaurant will be the room made of solid ICE. Currently, only two exist in the United States (Las Vegas and Orlando). Once completed, the ICE lounge will be the only one in California. Guests will be able to enjoy specialty libations inside a room with solid ice walls and ice furniture.
About The Steel Magnolias: Steel Magnolias is a volunteer group established in 1999 with a singular mission to raise funds and to promote goodwill and the public’s awareness of the needs and services of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s Hospital. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to 50 active members. There is always a waiting list for membership. Eight of the current or past members are past recipients of the prestigious Rick Racker Women of the Year Award. Since its inception, the Steel Magnolias have raised several hundred thousands of dollars for the Stramski Development Center.
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Ad the award goes to…The Children’s Book Council has unveiled the finalists for its second-annual Children’s Choice Book Awards based on votes from kids from around the country who nominated their favorite book, author, and illustrator.
Some 15,000 children cast their ballots for best books in six categories—four based on age group, as well as favorite author and illustrator of the year.
For the second consecutive year, the winners will be announced at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala on May 12, during Children’s Book Week.
Award-winning author Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will host the gala again, during which the second annual Impact Award will be given—this year to actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg.
Get your students back to the ballot box. They can vote from March 16 through May 3, for their favorite books, authors, and illustrator at their schools, libraries and bookstores, as well as at BookWeekOnline.com.
And the finalists are:
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
The Donut Chef (Random) by Bob Staake
Katie Loves the Kittens (Holt) by John Himmelman
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion) by Mo Willems
Sort It Out! (Sylvan Dell) by Barbara Mariconda, illus. by Sherry Rogers
Those Darn Squirrels! (Clarion) by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Babymouse: Puppy Love (Random) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia (DK) by Peter Chrisp
Underwear: What We Wear Under There (Holiday House) by Ruth Freeman Swain, illus. by John O’Brien
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illus. (Sleeping Bear) by Cyd Moore
Spooky Cemeteries (Bearport) by Dinah Williams
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
100 Most Dangerous Things On the Planet (Scholastic Reference) by Anna Claybourne
Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper (Scholastic/Graphix) by Kazu Kibuishi
The Big Field (Philomel) by Mike Lupica
Swords: An Artist’s Devotion (Candlewick) by Ben Boos
Thirteen (Dutton) by Lauren Myracle
Teen Choice Book Award
Airhead (Scholastic/Point) by Meg Cabot
Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown) by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games (Scholastic) by Suzanne Collins
Lock and Key (Viking) by Sarah Dessen
Paper Towns (Dutton) by John Green
Author of the Year
Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown)
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Abrams/Amulet)
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr (Knopf)
James Patterson, Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Disney-Hyperion)
Illustrator of the Year
Laura Cornell, Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperCollins/Cotler)
Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly! by Jane O’Connor (HarperCollins)
Mo Willems, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion)
David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon, Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka (S & S)
Jon J Muth, Zen Ties (Scholastic)