NELA Living Blog by Emilie Broughton

4 Things To Get You Excited About Moving Into A New Home

Let’s face it. Nobody enjoys moving. The process of packing up all of our memories, clothes, knick-knacks, dishes and the anxiety of having to turn around to unpack it all can seem overwhelming. But, just like everything else, what seems like an unwelcomed load of tasks become worth it once all is said and done.

Here are 4 things to remember to be excited about before, during and after the big move.

#1  The perfect time to de-clutter
It’s not always easy to make time in our busy lives to go through everything we own and decipher what to hold onto and what to donate or just toss out. Most of us would rather spend our free time at the park or binge-watching Netflix. That is why there is no better time than to tackle this feat as we pack up everything we own. And the best part? There will be less to unpack once all the boxes have been unloaded.

#2  Shopping For New Furniture, decor
Did someone say IKEA?! What better excuse to finally feed that urge to buy new things? With shows like Fixer Upper and Love It Or List It, we all have a tendency to think “I would love to decorate my house that way” or spot items we dream of buying during a typical Saturday afternoon stroll at Target but it just won’t go or there isn’t enough room. Here is the perfect opportunity to get creative.

#3  Make New Memories…but, remember the old
Yes, it can be sad and daunting to move into a new place. Especially, if it was the first home a baby was welcomed into the family or all of the kids have grown up in that house and the fear of the memories fading into the past. Just remember that home is where the heart is and those memories will always be a part of life’s history and with change comes more beauty and memories.

#4  A Fresh Start
Every neighborhood has their own hidden treasures. Different local breweries and restaurants. Cute little boutiques and trendy salons. Parks and outdoor activities and fun ways to become a part of the community. Embrace the new and exciting adventures and meet new people in the process. Another fun aspect is inviting your family and friends to your newly decorated, de-cluttered home and show them around the area. A fun time had by all.

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What’s New at the Aquarium Of The Pacific This Spring?

This season at the Aquarium, see a new show in the Ocean Theater, visit your favorite animals (I love the cephalopods), and take part in cultural festivals and events celebrating the ocean planet.

Two shows are now playing daily in the Ocean Theater, Sammy & Ray 3D and Hurricane 3D. Sammy & Ray is an animated film following the story of two young sea turtles as they cruise the ocean on their raft. Hurricane explores hurricanes in the Atlantic, how they develop from winds to monsoons to depressions as they travel across the ocean, and their impacts on people and the environment. Check Show Times insert in the visitor guide or the Aquarium Visitor App.

Several new animals are on view in the Deepwater exhibit in the Northern Pacific Gallery. This exhibit is now home to four bigeye octopuses, three spiny king crabs, spot prawns, and a type of sea slug sometimes referred to as a California sidegill sea slug.

Yutaka, the Aquarium’s juvenile giant sea bass, is acclimated to a new home in the Amber Forest exhibit in the Southern California/Baja Gallery. Yutaka was the first giant sea bass ever successfully hatched and raised at a public aquarium. This fish was first on public view in the Aquarium’s Redondo Canyon exhibit in the Southern California/Baja Gallery, just down the hall from its parents’ home in the Honda Blue Cavern exhibit. As Yutaka grew, this young fish was moved first to the Breakwater exhibit and finally to Amber Forest. Today Yutaka is 18.5 inches long and weighs just over 4 pounds.

March is Teacher Appreciation Month, when the Aquarium offers $7 admission to all teachers for pre-Kindergarten through college levels and school support staff through March 31, 2019. Visit the Aquarium’s Teacher Appreciation Month page for full details.

Events at the Aquarium in March include Divers Day on March 9, the International Children’s Festival on March 16 and 17, Noche de Estrellas on March 22, and the Urban Ocean Festival March 30 and 31. In April the Aquarium will host its annual Earth Day Celebration on April 27 and 28, and on May 4 and 5 visitors can experience the annual Pacific Islander Festival. Visit the Aquarium’s events section for a full calendar of educational, entertainment, and cultural events.



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Experience the Excitement of Pasadena’s Free Spring ArtNight

Enjoy an evening in beautiful Pasadena exploring 20 prestigious arts and cultural institutions showcasing diverse works of art, music and dance by the best the city’s creative community has to offer Friday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is free and will delight those of all ages and walks of life. Experience memorable visual and performing arts and participate in hands-on, interactive activities-all for FREE!

The City of Pasadena is also providing free shuttle transportation to and from participating venues, with City Hall serving as the primary transit hub. Food trucks will be parked at several venues, offering tasty food items and beverages for purchase.

Visit for a complete list of the family-friendly art and cultural offerings at ArtNight, one of the most exciting events in Southern California! Be sure to post photos and videos of your experience on social media using hashtag #ArtNight2019 and tag the City of Pasadena

(@PasadenaGov on Twitter, and @CityofPasadena on Instagram and Facebook). “We’ll share as many posts as we can!”

Participating arts and cultural institutions include:

Armory Center for the Arts<>

ArtCenter College of Design<>

ArtWorks Teen Center<>

California Art Club<>

City of Pasadena<>

The Gamble House<>

Jackie Robinson Community Center<>

Kidspace Children’s Museum<>

Light Bringer Project<>,


Norton Simon Museum<>

Pasadena Central Library<>

Pasadena City College<>

Pasadena Museum of History<>

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) with Side Street Projects<>

Red Hen Press<>

Shumei Arts Councilsp[a]ce

USC Pacific Asia Museum<>

ArtNight is produced by the Cultural Affairs Division<> of the Pasadena Planning & Community Development Department in collaboration with participating arts and cultural institutions. For accessibility assistance, or to request information in braille or large-print format, call (626) 744-7062.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.


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South Pasadena Fire Department

The South Pasadena Fire Department opened their doors for a recent open house. It was interesting to see the trucks, ladders, and gear up close.

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