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Free Yogurt & Uncle Jake Story Telling

This Sunday will be our last day at this location. We are pursuing a new location and hope to reopen by September. Meanwhile we will still have our online store and will have off site events and author visits. Everything In the store is 25% off.

Don’t miss this months’ story time with original story teller, Uncle Jake.  Uncle Jake’s original stories, songs and poems are sure to captivate the imaginations of  kids and adults alike.   He will be performing May 30th at 10:00 am and again at Noon.
A special thank you to Frogurtz for providing FREE YOGURT for this story time event.  Frogurtz can be contacted by visiting their web site at

I look forward to seeing before we close for the summer. I will miss you all. Thank you for all the support and good times.

May 30, 2009 at 12:04 am Leave a comment

Author Visit Robert Gould


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May 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Mothers Day Wish from Uncle Jake

On this Mother’s Day
I wish you endless joy and bubbly laughter too
I wish that smiley smiles and giggly giggles
Wrap around and envelop you

I also wish
That all around the world
The air will fill with happy, “love you” songs
From every little boy and girl

For, you are the maternal vessel of life
You are our comforting protector and forever friend
You are the Mother of all of our tomorrows
And your love has no end

So, I wish that on this Mother’s Day
You are spoiled and pampered in every way
Then, please take a moment
Just to be with you, yourself and you
Give yourself a hug ‘n’ smile
And maybe shed a happy tear or a few
Sing a song, do a dance or anything you wish to do

This is your day–so in every way–
Please have a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

LJ Martin—for all seasons and a universe of reasons
May 10, 2009 ©

LJ Martin aka Uncle Jake will be appearing at Once Upon a Story…. this month.

May 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Story Time with Author Karen Beil Thursday, March 26th 11:00am

Join Author Karen Beil as she reads from her delightful new picture book Jack’s House and the hilarious Moover Over!

This Thursday at 11:00am Preschooler Story Time

Visit Karen’s web site Here


Have you heard the old story about The House that Jack Built? Most people assume Jack built the house. But one tired pooch disagrees.

Jack’s hard-working, big-truck-driving, hammer-pounding pooch, Max, wants you to know his side of the story in this exciting tell-all tale.

“This book was built for those youngsters with a jones for trucks and other big wheels, and it delivers in spades.”
Kirkus Reviews

A wonderful twist on an age-old rhyme. . . . The vehicles that drive up to the site delivering materials and excavating are rugged and tough, appealing to the construction enthusiasts, but the soaring house is the centerpiece of the story, and Max’s care in building it is obvious. This beguiling book will be a hit . . . ”

– School Library Journal


When an obnoxious cow elbows her way on board a crowded trolley, the hard-working driver loses count and his passengers go flying, even the pigs! What’s happening to the passengers? Will they ever get where they’re going?

“Readers will cheer as the ill-mannered bovine gets her comeuppance, and Meisel’s energetic and humorous acrylic illustrations will keep them in stitches as they practice counting by twos.” – School Library Journal

“Meisel’s colorful illustrations fit this tale perfectly, with the sweet facial expressions of the cow lending surprise to her rude behavior. Not only will readers learn to count by twos, they will also learn the words used to describe pairs: duet, couple, twosome, partners . . . in this funny story.” – Kirkus Reviews

March 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

All You Can Eat Sushi for Charity

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 –


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 squarefeet and the location is a much needed, new highend 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, cuttingedge LED lighting and a stateoftheart 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.



March 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

Local Author Nancy Johnson

Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 pm


The Medicine Cabinet

Words of Wisdom & Well being for Women

by Johnson and Johnson

This lovely book is intended as an antidote to the erroneous thought that “we are not good enough.” We women are absolutely fabulous and we need to affirm our worthiness daily, nightly, and always. Messages of healing and positive affirmation lead to a true self-concept and more pleasure in living. Healing thoughts, new thoughts, help us remember our passions, power, and prayers for a significant, courageous, happy existence. Cultivating uplifting thoughts is good practice in exercising the mind.

Beautiful photographs accompany thoughtful words. Use this collection of poems and essays as a “meditational tool.” Read and restore yourself in abundance and beauty.

March 19, 2009 at 4:46 am 1 comment

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