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Where To Go This Summer in North, West, East and South USA

We get press releases and other insights on venues, events, and other destinations and are asked to pass them along to our readers. In this installment of ‘pay it foward’, we’re sharing an eatery, an amusement park, a writer’s workshop and a waterpark in the North, South, East and West coast of the United States


In New York City, everyone is feeling the heat. On the plus side, the hot weather means its time to enjoy the outdoor patio space at Hibernia Bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The private, shaded outdoor patio space located in the back of Hibernia Bar and Grill is good news for those of us who like to enjoy the outdoors with a cocktail and the company of friends and family during the summer.

This outdoor space is a great option for those who want to check out an outdoor bar and entertainment in New York City. If you’re itching to get out of your house with your family and onto a relaxing patio, check out Hibernia and the large outdoor space just on the backside of the bar.

A popular, authentic Irish pub which also serves as a restaurant where patrons often watch live sports, Hibernia Bar Hell’s Kitchen also offers an outdoor patio section great for enjoying the warm weather and spending time with friends and family. On its patio — or indoors, if the weather isn’t cooperating — enjoy a Guinness alongside Irish favorites and classic American dishes such as wings and calamari.

The outdoor patio space, consistently earns high praise from locals and out-of-towners for its unparalleled casual atmosphere and close proximity to Time’s Square and Rockefeller Center. It’s an ideal place to take your family, shoot hoops, and enjoy cold beverages throughout the day. Order one of Hibernia’s signature perfectly poured Guinness beers and set the tone for a down-to-earth day of fun.

Now that it is outdoor-dining weather in New York City, it is time to take advantage of the covered outdoor space at Hibernia and feel like you are escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. This patio is more of an enclosed courtyard, but that just adds to its unique appeal. When stepping onto the patio, you will immediately notice the vibrant and lush plant life dripping along the brick walls that enclose the space. If you take a look up, you will feel a sense of tranquility as you see the burnt orange cloth draped across the sky shielding you from the blazing sun. Throughout the patio the large wooden tables are the perfect setting for a lunch or dinner party to enjoy the company of close friends and family. No need to hide in your apartment waiting for the summer heat to subside or battle the crowds and take the 2 hour trek to the beaches. Instead, enjoy the summer season outdoor with your family and take advantage of our relaxing wood and brick-adorned patio space.


The Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library will host Never Forgotten: A Nisei Writing Workshop, to help new writers shape their life experiences into compelling narratives. The workshop will take place on four Saturdays from July 14 – September 22 at the Little Tokyo Branch, 203 S. Los Angeles St.

“Everyone has a story to tell, about themselves or their loved ones, but might have a hard time penning their memories on paper,” said James Sherod, the Branch’s Senior Librarian. “This workshop helps give them the confidence to craft their memoirs.”

Naomi Shibata, author of Bend with the Wind: The Life, Family and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata, will lead the workshop. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Little Tokyo Branch Library and Poets & Writers, Inc.

The workshop is free, but registration is required at the reference desk or by calling the library at (213) 612-0525. Participants should attend all sessions:

Workshop 1: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Workshop 2: Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Workshop 3: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Nisei Workshop Reading and Reception: Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Free Valet Parking: Available with library validation on Los Angeles Street.

The workshop is cumulative and concludes with a reading to celebrate the new works and the program’s mission of ensuring the legacy of the Nisei, American-born children of Japanese immigrants, carries through storytelling to future generations.


Summers were made to be enjoyed and explored, especially on the island of Key West, FL and nothing celebrates sun and fun more emphatically than the experiences awaiting the visitors at Fury Water Adventures! For a limited time using promo code: FURY, you can enjoy great savings on their many exciting trips this summer, including $20 off their most popular excursion, the Ultimate Adventure, which gives you a taste of virtually everything that can be done on the water like snorkeling, parasailing, a state certified water park and jet-skiing as well as breakfast, lunch, and unlimited refreshments! Enjoy 15% off all of their other great trips, including the crowd-pleasing Commotion on the Ocean live music sunset sail and a local favorite, Island Adventure. After you book your trip, check-in with them on their official Facebook or Instagram pages when you arrive in Key West and you’ll also have a chance to WIN the ultimate Fury Swag Bag! A drawstring backpack, a beach towel, a pair of sunglasses, a koozie and other must-have items on your Key West vacation! The time is NOW to get down to the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S. and experience Key West before these deals – and the summer – ride off into the sunset.


About Fury Water Adventures

Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal blue waters surrounding our island paradise. For almost three decades, visitors and locals alike have been choosing Fury Water Adventures as their number one excursion in and on the waters of Key West. Offering more than 20 adventure itineraries from snorkeling to parasailing and a fleet of expertly maintained, state-of-the-art catamarans, Fury is the premier watersports experience in South Florida.


Website: www.furykeywest.com


The summer season at Sesame Place® kicks-off with sizzling savings and plenty of furry fun for the whole family!   Now through 7/22, guests can save $20 on the Cookie Monster Season Pass, now only $99.  All tiers of Season Passes allow guests to visit unlimited times now through 1/1/19 including The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular® and A Very Furry Christmas™!

2018 Season Pass Member Benefits


25% off In-park food and merchandise

VIP Character Meet & greets

Free General Parking

Free Preferred Parking

50% off single-day guest admission

Cookie Monster



Thru 7/22



Big Bird






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Guests can take a ride on the park’s BRAND-NEW wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™!  The new coaster will send thrill-seekers of all sizes soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi joins Super Grover’s Vapor Trail® as the second roller coaster at the park. Super Grover’s Vapor Trail, which opened in 1998 as the park’s first mechanical ride, is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2018.

Celebrate America’s birthday with everyone’s favorite furry friends from July 2 through July 6. Be sure to visit 1-2-3 Smile with Me™ to take a patriotic photo with Elmo in his red, white & blue attire! On July 3 & 4 be sure to stick around for an impressive display of fireworks presented by DASANI®!

Celebrate Christmas in July with a character dine!  Enjoy some holiday menu favorites and get exclusive photo opportunities with some Sesame Street friends and of course – Santa Claus!  The celebration continues with a festive birthday bash dine for Sesame Place’s 38th birthday!  Paid park admission is required in addition to dine reservation.


The 14-acre park also features two popular themed lands – Elmo’s World which opened in 2006 and Cookie’s Monster Land which opened in 2014. A total of eleven dry rides, nine water attractions, five interactive play elements, the Sesame Street Neighborhood, three live daily character shows and The Neighborhood Street Party Parade bring the joy of everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends to families.



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