Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Partners with Disneyland® Resort to Offer Special, Limited-Time Savings

  • February 22, 2018

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Partners with Disneyland® Resort to Offer Special, Limited-Time Savings 

Southern California residents can enjoy magical offers for train travel and theme park admission through May 21, 2018

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® has partnered with the Disneyland® Resort to offer special, limited-time savings for Southern California Residents on both train travel and Disneyland® Resort theme park admission through May 21, 2018. The Pacific Surfliner brings nearly 3 million travelers annually to Southern California destinations including Anaheim, the gateway to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Pacific Surfliner and the Disneyland® Resort have partnered to offer Southern California Residents a magical offer including:

  • Kids ride free on the Pacific Surfliner to the Disneyland® Resort with a paid adult
  • An additional 5 percent savings on the SoCal Resident Ticket offer for Disneyland® Resort theme parks

“We are excited to partner with the Disneyland® Resort to offer enhanced savings not only on train travel but on a quintessential SoCal experience,” said Bryan MacDonald, chairman of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. “Through this partnership, we hope to make passenger rail service more accessible and approachable for Southern Californians, while also providing added value to our existing Pacific Surfliner customers.”

Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) provides a convenient shuttle connection from the train station to Disneyland® Resort. From the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), board ART Route 15 to the theme park. The ride is free with your valid train ticket. Participants can travel to ARTIC by train from points throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Program details:

  • Kids Ride Free to Anaheim – Book the train to Anaheim, CA and for each adult ticket purchased, receive one child ticket free (ages 2-12). To redeem, select one “Adult” and one “Child” as your passenger types, and enter promo code V231.
  • Enjoy Special Savings on the Disneyland® Resort SoCal Resident Ticket – Unlock an additional 5 percent savings on the SoCal Resident Ticket offer by visiting

Visit for complete offer details.

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K

  • February 22, 2018

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K

Walk, Run, or Jog Through the Queen Mary’s Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Registration for Businesses and Individuals is Now Open

[Long Beach, CA] February 8, 2018 – The Queen Mary’s inaugural Queensway 5K invites Long Beach to lace up their high-top sneakers and walk, run, or jog through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach harbor on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for the post-race celebrations. The first-year festival is a new, family-friendly event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the Long Beach community, local businesses, and organizations, all at the iconic Queen Mary.

The Queensway 5K kicks off at 3 p.m. with on-site registration, music, and organized stretches. The 5K run will begin at 5:15 p.m.  All participants are expected to be finished by 6:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will see Queen Mary signature characters and icons as they walk, run, or jog through a year of events offered at the legendary Queen Mary.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden, vendors and much more. Racers can refuel with food trucks and food booths including food tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Refreshing, Long Beach-based craft beer will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tastings are included with each race registration.

A portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to Long Beach Unified School District to help fund transportation for educational field trips for Long Beach schools. To learn more about the Long Beach Unified School District please visit:

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at Queensway 5K race tickets are $35 per person. The 5K run is a timed race. Team discounts for groups of (5) or more are available. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michele Ward at All registered race participants will receive same-day access to the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit / events/queensway-5k/ .

Global Genes® Celebrates 11th Annual World RARE Disease Day February 28, 2018

  • February 6, 2018

Global Genes® Celebrates 11th Annual 
World RARE Disease Day February 28, 2018

Genes Raises Awareness for Rare Diseases with First-Ever RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams and Social Media Movement

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (February 2, 2018)Global Genes, a leading rare disease patient advocacy organization, and the rare disease community of more than 350 million people worldwide, are preparing for a special month of celebrations in observance of World Rare Disease Day. In addition to nationwide events, this year Global Genes has partnered with the Festival of Children Foundation to create the first-ever RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams. The inaugural fundraising event will be held February 28, 2018 in San Francisco, at the Children’s Creativity Museum, and will provide a unique opportunity for the more than 30 participating rare disease foundations to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases nationwide.

World Rare Disease Day is an annual observance to help raise awareness about rare disease and the impact of living with a rare disease on patients, families, and caregivers. Global Genes raises awareness  throughout entire month of February, with the final day of the month recognized as World Rare Disease Day. During the month, Global Genes and rare disease advocates worldwide will host awareness and fundraising events for the more than 7,000 rare diseases.

This year, Global Genes is raising awareness in observance of World Rare Disease Day across the nation by sharing their top 3 ways to get involved:

  • Recognize a RARE Caregiver Hero with a short “selfie” style video to post on social media, using the hashtags #RAREhero and #GlobalGenes.
  • Upload a picture of your favorite rare patient or family into a customized World Rare Disease Day picture frame and share it on social media, using the hashtags #WRDD2018 and #GlobalGenes.
  • Attend an event, or host and share details about your World Rare Disease Day event, and take your involvement to the next level.

“World Rare Disease Day is a unifying day that promotes awareness and support for rare disease patients, advocates, families and disease champions in this fight. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 10 individuals live with a rare disease,” stated Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO of Global Genes. “It takes a day like this to help the world take notice, and grow the much needed support. We’re happy to be a part of something so amazing, and do our part to help expand engagement and involvement around the globe.”

The inaugural RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams will take place on World Rare Disease Day, Wednesday, February 28, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the historic LeRoy King Carousel at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. For more information, to register, join a team, or donate visit

To learn more about Global Genes and to get involved in World Rare Disease Day 2018, please visit

World Champions to Compete at Queen Mary’s 25th Annual Scots Festival & International Highland Games XXV

  • February 1, 2018

World Champions to Compete at Queen Mary’s 25th Annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV Feb. 17-18

Scottish Bands, Whisky Tastings, Unveiling of Long Beach’s Official Tartan, NEW Pop-up Greyfriar’s Pub, NEW Birds of Prey Show, Wee Athletics and More

International Highland Games Athlete Kengo Kubato (Fukushima, Japan)
 LONG BEACH, Calif., (January 31, 2018) – The Queen Mary welcomes back the celebration of true Scottish heritage with the 25th annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV February 17-18. Hailing its silver anniversary, ScotsFestival will welcome internationally acclaimed athletes traveling to the Queen Mary to compete for titles in such events as the stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss in the Scottish Highland Games.

“I’m excited to compete in America again,” said Kengo Kubato (Fukushima, Japan), one of Japan’s long-reigning heavy event champions. Competing for over 10 years, Kubato has defended his title against westerners and recently placed 1st in his division in Norway and France. Kubato states, “I’m eager to meet new rivals, test my limits, and it’s always a thrill to compete against current and ex-world champions.”

The Scottish Highland Games, a pre-cursor to today’s Olympic Games, was designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors. Felicia Baker, current world record holder of women’s lightweight heavy hammer, looks forward to returning to the Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival and International Highland Games for her 6th season. “We’re a huge family built of men, women, short, tall and everything in between that have one thing in common: we’re here to throw and put on a show for the crowd.”

The 25th annual ScotsFestival will offer a full weekend of rich Scottish tradition highlighted through authentic activities, dancing, entertainment, cuisine and athletics. Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts are available for adult festival goers ($18 pre-sale) and Chef McBride will demo authentic Celtic Cuisine in the Culinary Corner. In addition to cooking demos, multiple exciting and authentic food vendors will offer delectable bites sure to tantalize taste buds of all ages.

Scotland’s award-winning George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums will be among the many live entertainment and bands performing at the festival and will pay homage to the Queen Mary with a traditional band showcase. The wee laddies and lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s knighting and coronation ceremonies, and even take part in the Wee Highland Games including youth competitions in caber toss, archery, potato sack races and tug o’ war.

Kick off ScotsFestival weekend on Friday, February 16 and keep cozy into the wee hours of the night at the all-new pop-up pub, Greyfriar’s Pub, with authentic food, a full bar, and a lively atmosphere. After a full day of events, continue the fun into the night from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. with the Ceilidh on Saturday, February 17. Grab a pint and experience the traditional clans’ celebration with games, live music, food, drinks, dancing, and more. Tickets to the Ceilidh are $10 online and the event is open to all ages.

Sport Kilt, in partnership with Long Beach-based design firm Commune Communication, will unveil the officially designated Long Beach Tartan at the 25th Annual ScotsFestival. The colors and pattern featured in the Long Beach Tartan pay homage to the city seal and are representative of the virtues of the city.

Tickets to the 25th Annual ScotsFestival and International Highlands Games are on sale now and start at $25 online (ages 12+) and $12 online (ages 4-11) for one day general admission. VIP tickets start at $45 online and includes VIP entry, access to shaded VIP Lounge, (1) drink ticket, and access to Ceilidh. Upgrades, ticket add-ons, and hotel packages will also be available. Discounts are available to military and seniors. Visit for more details and to purchase tickets online.

Santa Monica Place Rings in the Year of the Dog with Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

  • February 1, 2018



Katherine Ho of The Voice on NBC to Host Celebration Featuring Chinese Dragon Dance, Korean Fan Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Traditional Live Music, Arts & Crafts and Wishing Trees

The Lion Dancer interacts with guests at Santa Monica Place’s 2017 Lunar New Year celebration. (Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Place)

(SANTA MONICA, CA) – Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

“We are excited to integrate the cultural traditions of the Lunar New Year holiday into Santa Monica Place’s shopping and dining experience,” commented Stephanie Eglin, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place. “The holiday is important to locals as well as to our international visitors and this event will offer an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.”

Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year celebration features a variety of free cultural activities for the whole family to experience. Patrons are invited to hang a wish on the branches of the two New Year’s Wishing Trees for a two-dollar donation. The proceeds will benefit Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCLA. CSSA-UCLA is an officially registered on-campus organization devoted to organizing activities for Chinese student groups and promoting traditional Chinese culture on the UCLA campus.

More information about Santa Monica Place and the annual Lunar New Year event is available here.

Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The event will be held on level one in Center Plaza.

Lunar New Year Schedule of Events:

2 – 6 p.m.                                 Chinese Music Duo
Stilt Walkers
Traditional Dough Artist
Balloon Twister
Arts & Crafts
Wishing Trees

2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.     Korean Fan Dance

3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.     Chinese Dragon Dance

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