LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi Gras

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The camellias are in town for February and Valentines’ Day, Tomatoes. The LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show is a great event to indulge and get ahead on shopping for Valentines’ Day. I’ll give you gals the skinny on ways you can celebrate Black History Month.  And I’m saying it again “The Ignite Your Mojo Tour” event The Three Tomatoes is hosting is an event you don’t want to miss. We can’t forget Mardi Gras on Tuesday, ladies because Union Station has an uplifting way for Tomatoes to get their Mardi Gras groove on. Oh! And Happy Valentines’ Day Tomatoes!

Feb 10 & 11. LA Cookie Con

LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi Gras 

Scrumptious delectable cookies, glorious cakes, yummy ice cream, tantalizing candies, unforgettable chocolates, pretty pastries …and …coffee. Oh lordy, I can’t stop drooling. LA Cookie Con and Sweet Show or as I like to say, “Sweet Tooth Heaven” is considered the “biggest” baking convention on the West Coast. Let’s hear a Yum & Wow Tomatoes!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner perhaps you can pick up some sweets for your sweetie and …you. For 2018, they’ve expanded and added more exhibitors with delicious samples, freebies, classes, panels, and celebrity appearances for the whole family to enjoy. The best part is 100% of all Competition fees is donated to Smile Train & Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Charities. Now that’s what I like to hear Tomatoes!

Black History Celebrations

LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi GrasIf you are looking for a free way to celebrate Black History Month, the LA County Library has a plethora  of  events this month at local libraries.Plus CAAM opened a new exhibit yesterday on “How Sweet The Sounds of Gospel Music in Los Angeles” are.  And there is much more happening all across LA in honor of Black History Month Tomatoes.

The SFV Museum and the Pacoima Historical Society are hosting a speaker series event “Black History in the SFV: A Deep History That Really Hasn’t Been Told” this Sunday Feb 11. And on Feb 14 there is a screening of the film “Mahogany” at the Hammer Museum. There’s a lot to pack in gals.

In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of “Negro History Week” to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life. Dr. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”, chose the second week of February because it commemorates the birthdays of two men who greatly affected the African American community: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). Negro History Week became Black History Week in the early 1970’s. In 1976, the week-long observance was expanded to a month in honor of the nation’s bicentennial.

Feb. 24. Mojo Event

LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi GrasJoin Deborah Kagan, Mojo Recovery Specialist, me and other FAB women at “The Ignite Your Mojo Tour” Pasadena event which is presented by The Three Tomatoes LA and powerhouse Deborah Kagan. We will ply you with delish food and drinks in a beautiful home, with a motivating workshop for living a “Turned On” life, gift bags with super great stuff and a few surprises. It’s going to be a rockin’ time Tomatoes so get your tickets now.

Deborah Kagan helps women conquer self-doubt and indecision to step into their full power, love who they are and live a “turned on” life. Deborah is the creator of the Rock Your Mojo™ programs and the author of “Find Your ME Spot: 52 Ways to Reclaim Your Confidence, Feel Good in Your Own Skin and Live a Turned On Life”. Deborah is a popular speaker and has been interviewed on shows such as KTLA Morning News and Dr. Drew Midday Live. Find her socially on all platforms for more MOJO.

Feb 10 & 11. Shakespeare, Sonnets & Camelia Shows & more.

LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi GrasThe Queens are in town for the season ladies and by that, I mean the Camelia’s are in bloom and are considered the Queens of the Winter Flowers.  They brighten our winter days with colorful blossoms that always steal the show. Both the Huntington and Descanso Gardens  will be celebrating and showing off their amazing collections of these highly prized exquisite blooms with special events this weekend.

The Huntington is having their Annual Camelia Show & Sale both days this weekend at the Brody Botanical Center. Descanso Gardens is getting in to the Camelia act as well with their “Shakespeare Love Scenes and Sonnets” Event this Saturday & Sunday as well as February 17 & 18.

Both Camelia Gardens, or as I like to say Camelia forests, are stunning and wonderful to explore. Not a bad way to ring in Valentine’s Day week. And remember Camelia’s are royalty, Tomatoes. Descanso also has an array of blooms besides Camellias.  Let’s hear it for Magnolias, Cherry Trees and Daffodils Tomatoes.

Feb 13. Mudbug at Union Station

LA LIFE: Cookies, Black History, Mojo, Camellias, Mardi GrasYep Tomatoes, Tuesday is Mardi Gras and you can celebrate and get energized with, Los Angeles based but Louisiana rooted, Mudbug Brass Band at Union Station hosted by Metro Art LA. Take your dancing shoes gals.

This 8-piece New Orleans Jazz band, is dedicated to the Second Line tradition, drawing from New Orleans traditional jazz, R&B, funk and Mardi Gras in the spirit of a spontaneous roving block party. And it’s free Tomatoes and no reservations required. Woo hoo!


  • Debbie Zipp

    The Three Tomatoes LA Life editor, Debbie Zipp is your friendly guide to the best of everything in LA with a tomato style perspective. Debbie is an actor, producer, and writer. She is best known for her recurring role as Donna on the CBS series "Murder She Wrote" starring Angela Lansbury. She has had many other TV and stage roles and has starred in over 300 national TV commercials. As head of In The Trenches Productions, Debbie produced, directed, acted in many short films for her company. Her book, The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known was recently published. Buy her book: The Aspiring Actor's Handbook: What Seasoned Actors Wish They Had Known

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