Things To Do this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is not only a time to take a day off from work; it’s also a time to reflect on the economic and social achievements of the hard working Americans of the past and present. We have a couple suggestions for your holiday weekend!

Lakewood, California has plenty to do for the weekend warriors, like heading out to Round One Entertainment! Located in the Lakewood Mall, there’s everything from arcades, to bowling, to good food, plus so much more. It’s fun for the entire family and a good thing to do inside during the heat wave happening this weekend! If the heat wave doesn’t bother you, you could pack up your beach gear and take the short drive over to the shore! Beat the heat with the cool ocean waves and have the kids get all that weekend energy out.

Regardless of what you choose to do, all of us here at Lakewood Manor Apartments hope you have a very safe weekend!

Lakewood Nightlife: Celebrate St. Paddy’s at Brien O’Connors Pub

For those looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lakewood at an Irish Pub, you won’t find a more authentic location than Brien O’Connors Pub. The second you park, the bar offers that old school Irish Pub feel that gets you excited to have a drink. Locals say the place has “great cocktails and a nice selection of beers. The bartenders are all very friendly and hilarious”.

St. Paddy’s Day is like the Super Bowl for this pub as it goes all out on entertainment, decorations and drink specials to make the night memorable for anyone drinking in the location. The bar also offers pool tables, a jukebox and ample seating. So grab your friends and enjoy Brien O’Connors for a St. Patrick’s Day full of fun and shenanigans. Just remember to stay safe and never drink and drive. Order an Uber instead. 

Brien O’Connors

4130 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone number (562) 627-8999

Lakewood Bars: Find a Place To Watch Super Bowl LI

Do you need a place to watch the Super Bowl? This year the game takes place on Sunday, February 5th when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Houston. The game is typically the most watched event on TV draws over 150 million viewers worldwide. Even if you don’t like sports, chances are you’ll watch the game. The commercials are great, Lady Gaga is performing during half time, and the entire day is an excuse to hang out in a bar and have a few drinks.

For those in the Lakewood area, there are a number of excellent places that will be showing the game and provide various drink & food specials. Here is a quick look at two places near your Lakewood apartment to consider visiting.

Shipmates Restaurant & Sports Bar
11424 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone number (562) 924-3211

Glory Days Sports Grill
4132 Woodruff Ave, Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone number (562) 420-2424

Participate in the Lakewood Family Run

The City of Lakewood is all about family and that sentiment was never truer than with their annual family run. The event takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with a 10k, 5k, and 1k fun run race that features Sheriff’s deputies, local runners, families, kids, and council members. The run begins at the Sheriff’s Station and goes through various streets long the city.

Anyone interested can register here with prices for the 5 and 10 k races at $35 and $15 for the kids fun run race. The top three that finish in each category will receive a trophy and all finishers get a medal. Proceeds for the city wide event will go to Soroptimist International and the Lakewood Sheriff’s department and it various charitable efforts.

The race starts at 8 am and 9:30 am but the day will also feature music, snacks, various healthy booths and much more. So sign up your family today and start training for this amazing city event.



Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Queen Mary

Looking for something awesome to do to cap off the not-so-awesome mess that was 2016? Well then why not jump aboard the legendary Queen Mary and party the night way? Long Beach and the Queen Mary will be hosting an unforgettable NYE celebration on one of the most famous ships around.

The party starts on the 31st at 7pm and will feature a Hollywood themed night with decor inspired by The Godfather, Urban Cowboy, Mambo Kings, Avator and  more. Each ballroom will have a specific theme and decor tied with each movie in order to create multiple NYE experiences in various sections of the ship. If you are looking for a classically themed NYE experience get suited up and hang out in the Godfather room. But if you are looking to get a little wild (and blue) try the Avatar section of the ship.

The night will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show at midnight and a champagne toast. The event is 21 and over and cost $99 per ticket.  Here is a link to the Queen Mary’s site for more information.

Foodie Heaven: Eat At the Most Popular Spots in Lakewood

Let’s talk about food. We’re already hungry. For those Lakewood restaurants searching for the best and most popular eats in the city, there’s no better person to ask than Lakewood residents themselves. The locals have been raving about two excellent spots according to Yelp reviews, so here is a quick look at two tasty places to eat the next time you go out.

I Luv Sushi

3215 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone number (562) 421-8917

I love sushi, you love sushi, we all love sushi. I Luv Sushi has 1800 4.5 star reviews and is always one of the busier spots in all of Lakewood. Don’t let the crowds throw you off, however, as you can call ahead, place an order to go, or simply make a reservation.

Adobo Taco Grill

5695 Woodruff Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone number (562) 866-0608

The Adobo Taco Grill has a 4.5 star rating of nearly 1000 reviews, which means they must be doing something right. The guacamole is said to be amazing and the el pastor tacos just melt in your mouth. But the best part is the price. The tacos are as cheap as $1.50.

Adopt a Family This Holiday Season

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on gratitude and be thankful for all the amazing things that happen over the course of a year. They are also an wonderful time to give back and help the less fortunate. While there are many wonderful organization that need help in the Southern California area, one great program is the DPSS Adopt a family holiday drive.

Every year the DPSS provides Christmas gifts to low income families in need. The program gives toys, clothes and food during the holidays and helps wonderful families across the Southern California area to have a happy and warm Christmas.

If you are interested in helping out, please head over to the DPSS’ website and fill out a form to adopt a family this holiday season. The charity drive is only possible because of the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that participate in the Adopt-A-Family Program.

Anthony Leoni

Serve Your Mac & Cheese With a Twist This Thanksgiving

Mac & cheese is a classic Thanksgiving side that sits right next to mash potatoes and stuffing as the go-to food during the holiday. The dish, however, can be a little straightforward and boring at times, so if you are looking to class up your mac & cheese this Thanksgiving, here is a tasty recipe to try.


Kosher salt
12 ounces of gemelli or other twisty shaped pasta
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
Cayenne pepper (pinch)
1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup of milk
3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley


For this upscale twist on mac & cheese start by cooking the pasta for about eight minutes. Next melt the butter, add the flour, mustard and cayenne into the saucepan and stir to make a paste. Now whisk in the milks and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let simmer and whisk occasionally for six to seven minutes. Once completed, throw in the cheeses and all but 2 tablespoons of the parmesan. Stir until the mixture is melted.

Next mix together the panko, herbs, 1 tablespoon of butter and the remaining parmesan and microwave for one minute. Drain the pasta, and throw in one tablespoon butter, then mix in the cheese sauce. Season the mac & cheese with some salt and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top.

Best Plant Types For Your Apartment

Are you horrible with plants? Do you forget to water them and essentially kill every piece of greenery in your apartment? Well don’t feel bad—most of us are like that. But if you want to add some greenery and nature into your apartment, getting a plant is a must. Here are three perfect plants for busy professionals to try in their apartment.


Snake plants: are perfect for the person who is never home. They require little water, can survive in near darkness, and they also help purify the air.


Iron plant: this plant comes from Chinese origins and has a high tolerance for neglect and punishment. It also requires little light or water to thrive.


Jade plant: Jade plants need lots of sunlight but very little water. So just place one on a windowsill and let it grow on its own.


Fun Family Activities to Try In Lakewood

If you are looking to stay active and try some outdoor activities, we have quite a list for you this week. We have a running or hiking trail, a pool, and a driving range. Hanging out with the family doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have little ones, all they really want is to move around and expend their energy. Here is a quick list of three fun family activities to do that are near within minutes of your Lakewood apartment. Have fun and enjoy the summer. For more information, click the links provided below.


West San Gabriel River Parkway Nature Trail

4626 Shadeway Road

Lakewood, CA 90713


Mayfair Park

5720 Clark Ave

Lakewood, CA 90712

Phone number: (562) 866-4776


Lakewood Golf & Country Club

3101 Carson Street

Lakewood, CA 90712

Phone number: (562) 421-0550