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End the year on a memorable high note with our Holiday Photo Challenge! We’re calling you to take a photo a day based on a winter theme. Think of it as an easy and fun way to capture family moments this season. Each theme is totally up to interpretation as well. Take it easy! Plus, there’s a prize for one lucky participant who’s snapped pictures for every single day. The prize is a photo book of your entire challenge.

1. Photos can be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter.
2. Each photo post must be hashtagged with #RTphotochallenge.
3. Photo posts and accounts must be public (otherwise they won’t show up in the hashtag feed).

We’ll be giving away ONE Mixbook photo book (a $ 65 value) to one lucky winner of pictures from your entire challenge! That’s 31 days, 31 photos, 31 memories in tangible form.

Are you ready to take on the challenge? Check out our Instagram @redtricycle for inspiration!

mixbookMixbook is the easy and fun way to make completely customizable photo books, cards, calendars, and canvas prints on the web – for free. With Mixbook, you aren’t limited to static pre-designed templates – our powerful design software gives you the freedom to lay out and design your creations to your heart’s content. We’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating photo products so that you can make keepsakes that truly reflect your vision.

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Camille and Kelsey Grammer’s onetime home sells in Malibu’s Serra Retreat

A Malibu estate that Camille and Kelsey Grammer bought shortly after they were married has sold for $ 12.94 million.

Set on 4.75 acres in the gated Serra Retreat community, the estate centers on a main house with a kitchen designed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. A library, a home theater, four…

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Funeral for Downey police Officer Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Galvez

Mourners bid their final goodbyes Monday at a funeral service for slain Downey police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Galvez, 29, was killed the night of Nov. 18. He was sitting in his BMW in a parking lot next to Downey police…

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9 Super Chill Ways to Spend a Lazy Sunday in Los Angeles

As Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell highlight in their legendary SNL skit, Sundays are a day for being lazy. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Of course lazy has different connotations for different people. For some it means literally melting into their couch. For others, maybe just slowing down their exploration of Los Angeles to a gentle crawl.

With as much as there is to do in L.A. sometimes it’s nice to partake in low-key activities or simply bask in the beautiful outdoors enjoying that famous Socal sunshine.

Below you’ll find list of some of the things you can do when you just want to chill but more out of your Sunday than just watching Netflix.

However you want to approach it, just make sure enjoy your day of laziness!

El Matador State Beach Sunset

El Matador State Beach. Credit: CheWei Chang via flickr

1. Beach Day

El Matador and Leo Carrillo are not usually as populated as Venice Beach so you can likely have a small section of sand all to yourself to sleep on (after covering yourself in sunscreen because safety first). Explore the caves at El Matador, check out the tide pools at Leo Carrillo  or walk along the shore or one of the trails at Point MaguMalibu Lagoon State beach includes surfer heaven Surfrider Beach but even if you don’t surf you can walk along the pier or visit the historic beach house Adamson House because nothing says chill like a beach house in Malibu.

2. Yoga/Sitting Group

Some may say that exercise is counterintuitive on a lazy Sunday but this ain’t p90x. Sometimes a good yoga session gives way to a great nap. You can regularly find a free yoga session on Runyon Canyon and InsightLA offers free sitting group sessions on Sundays.

3. Barnsdall FREE Art Workshop

Barnsdall’s free art workshops are open to families and people of all levels (so don’t sweat it if you’re an expert stick figure artist) and all materials are provided so you literally just have to show up. Easy!

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Barnsdall Park afternoon

Hazy afternoon at Barnsdall Park. Credit: Christina Minh

4. Movie Day

Visit The Landmark or select AMC  locations and get in on the “recline and dine” experience with comfy (assigned) seats and food (and sometimes even drinks) while you watch. Bonus for students: $ 8 tickets, $ 1 small popcorn for films that start after 6pm at Laemmle on Sundays.

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5. Gardens Galore (and Museums too!)

The “descanso” in Descanso Gardens literally means “rest” so explore the grounds during their docent-guided weekend walks or find a bench and just take in the beauty of your surroundings.

Likewise, The Huntington Library has 12 gardens for you to wander but their Japanese garden is among the most popular. In keeping with the chill vibes required of a lazy Sunday what better place than a Zen garden? There’s also the Japanese Garden in The Valley that’s smaller in size but equally relaxing.

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanical Garden features historical structures and a beautiful waterfall but perhaps the real star is all the free roaming peacocks. You’re bound to make some new and colorful friends (unless you’re not a fan of the flamboyant birds in which case be warned, they are everywhere).

Huntington Library Bridge

Japanese Garden Bridge at the Huntington Library. Credit: Michael Saechang via flickr

Doctor’s House Museum and Gazebo is a Victorian-style home that offers tours on Sundays and admission is only $ 1. The interior is full of relics with each room providing a glimpse into what life was like in the late 1880s for the doctor and his family. Also in Brand Park is the Whispering Pine Tea House which hosts workshops and events related to Japanese Art and Culture.

Finally, Sunday may Visit a museum and learn something for free instead of lounging around scrolling through social media (or at least do that later).  The Annenberg, Getty Villa and Getty Center, The Broad, and the Hammer Museum and offer free entrance (though you do have to pay for parking).

[RELATED: A Handy List of Free Museums in Los Angeles]

6. Picnic Time

Sometimes it’s all about just changing your scenery to make you feel a little better about doing nothing so grab your leftovers or whatever meals you had planned for lunch and set up a “picnic at the park” date with friends. Grand Park is the perfect spot and if you don’t want to pack a lunch you can find several eateries and/or food trucks nearby.

For those in The Valley, Lake Balboa (Anthony C. Beilenson Park) is home to swans, ducks, and a beautiful lake that is so inviting to look at that all you really want to do is  enjoy (and maybe Instagram) the view.

To add a little fun to your picnic check out the Old Zoo at Griffith Park and explore the old stone structures and cages or visit Rocketship Park (Los Arboles Park), home to a  28-foot steel rocketship that offers some of the most amazing views of the city.

And there’s always the classic choice of the Rose Garden at Exposition Park with 15,000 bushes of roses, gazebos, and a gorgeous fountain – just make sure you don’t end up in the middle of wedding day photo shoot.

Lunch time Grand Park

Lunch time in Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

7. Sunday Brunch

Sunday is the ideal brunch day, so here are a few of my favorite spots I’d recommend you consider.

Joe’s Cafe

It’s plain ol’ comfort food goodness made fresh. The (dog-friendly) restaurant  is famous for their stuffed French toast but I’m partial to the croissant sandwich with bacon, a fried egg, and smoked Gouda, either way you won’t be disappointed. On Sundays they only serve breakfast but it’s open till 3 p.m. so you can still get up at noon and not miss out.

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Grand Cafe at Omni Hotel

Their  breakfast buffet includes bottomless mimosas so basically it’s an all-you-can-eat brunch dream come true.  Bonus: it’s walking distance from The Broad (which is free with a reserved ticket) so you can add a little culture to your Sunday outing.

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Sadie’s Kitchen and Lounge

Their Sunday brunch is called “Brunch Drunk Love” so needless to say it’s a boozy brunch adventure with a soundtrack courtesy of local and touring artists. Their menu includes challah french toast and a banh mi breakfast sandwich.

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The Anchor

This cozy joint is known for its seafood, specifically their lobster roll. You can get that or the lobster benedict among other brunch staples plus bottomless mimosas, bloody mary’s, or micheladas for their weekend brunch special.

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[RELATED: The Best Brunches in L.A. to Try This Fall]

The Anchor Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll at The Anchor. Credit: The Anchor Venice on Facebook

8. Sunday Happy Hour

L.A. also have an impressive array of Sunday happy hour deals. I’ve noted a selection of a few favorites below.

Oliver Cafe + Lounge

It’s so L.A. when a place offers a “Chill Out Hour” featuring low-carb drinks like a wheatgrass martini but it’s also not surprising considering it’s adjacent to Equinox. They’ve also got specialty cocktails, wines, and dessert martinis (hello, tiramisu martini) plus a selection of appetizers.  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Yen Sushi and Sake Bar

It’s the self-proclaimed home of the “all day, every day sushi happy hour” and whether that’s true or not it doesn’t matter because who doesn’t appreciate good yet affordable sushi? The menu includes sake, wine, beer, tempura rolls, and appetizers.

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Being punctual on Sundays defeats the purpose of a lazy Sunday so fret not because they offer all day, every day bar specials for food and drinks. The crab and artichoke dip is not a common happy hour treat so dig in.

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The Misfit

It’s walking distance from Third Street Promenade providing a perfect cap to a night spent (window) shopping and watching street performers. They have a selection of well drinks, beers, wines, and sangria. From open-7 p.m.

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9. Fun & Games at a Barcade

For those of you who don’t have a stash of quarters lying around Neon Retro Arcade is for you. They’ve got 45 videos games including Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man, Mortal Kombat, and Tron and quite a few pin ball machines and they’re all set on free play so you just have to pay a flat hourly fee.

EightyTwo features more than 40 arcade games and pinball machines from the 1970s through the 1990s so fanatics are bound to find their favorites and with fully stacked bar it has all the makings for an epic lazy Sunday. Blipsy Bar in K-Town and Playland Arcade in Santa Monica are also gamer havens that never disappoint.

What are your favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday in Los Angeles? Let us know your ideas in the comments below!

‘Suspicious item’ near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say

A suspicious item found Sunday afternoon near the starting point of the Hollywood Christmas Parade turned out to be a purse stuffed into a mailbox, authorities said.

A bystander reported the “suspicious item” about 1:30 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, said Officer Rosario Herrera…

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Football: Bishop Amat-Oaks Christian playoff game to be televised

The Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff game between Oaks Christian and host Bishop Amat on Friday night will be televised by Fox Sports West.

Games to be streamed on the Internet on Prep Zone are Vista Murrieta at Upland, Palmdale at Bishop Diego, Mater Dei at Gardena Serra and Placentia Valencia…

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The Best Free Things to do in L.A. This December (2015)

As you’re planning out your December activities, keep in mind there are plenty of ways to explore Los Angeles without spending an arm and a leg. In fact, many are free. and we always enjoy curating as many of those ideas as possible!

To that end, in addition to our always-relevant big list of free & fun things to do around Los Angeles, we put together a quick link rundown every month of things to do you may want to take advantage of.

Our December 2015 list starts below, listed in chronological order.

In addition to the below ideas, we also suggest you check out this comprehensive listing of free museum days for December.


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Overlooking Los Angeles

Friends enjoying an epic view of L.A. from Griffith Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

[ALL MONTH] Lights on Display in Sherman Oaks

[DEC 2] Free admission Day at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

[DEC 3] Thriving on a Hotter Los Angeles at The Hammer.

[DEC 3] Downtown Santa Monica community tree lighting and Santa Parade.

[DEC 3] Culver City holiday tree lighting ceremony.

[DEC 4] ‘First Fridays‘ at various events throughout Los Angeles.

[DEC 4] All Space Considered at the Griffith Observatory.

[DEC 5] After-Hours Holiday Lights at The Getty Museum

[DEC 5] South Lake Ave. Holiday Fest in Pasadena.

[DEC 5] The 53rd annual Holiday Harbor Boat Parade.

[DEC 10The Downtown L.A. Art Walk.

[DEC 11-12] Holiday Odd Market at FIG@7th.

[DEC 12] After-Hours Holiday Lights at The Getty Museum

[DEC 12] Bergamot Station Holiday Open House.

[DEC 13] Free screening of The Sound of Music at The Hammer.

[DEC 18] Free screening of Home Alone for Holiday Movie Night at the Third Street Promenade.

[DEC 18] Lightsaber Battle in Pershing Square.

[DEC 18] Music Center Holiday Sing Along.

[DEC 19] Public Star Party at Griffith Observatory.

[DEC 19] After-Hours Holiday Lights at The Getty Museum

[DEC 24LA County Holiday show at the Music Center featuring more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city.

[DEC 26] After-Hours Holiday Lights at The Getty Museum

[DEC 31] Grand Park New Year’s Eve block party.

Have anything you think we should add to the list? Shoot us an email at so we can update this rundown and make it even more valuable!

Boys’ basketball: Viewpoint (4-0) wins Calabasas tournament

Whenever Coach J.J. Prince of Calabasas Viewpoint needs to give out a special assignment, 5-foot-10 Sayo Denloye is the usual candidate. There’s probably nothing Denloye can’t do if asked.

“We nicknamed him ‘The Machine’ because he’s so versatile,” Prince said. “He does so much on the basketball…

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