3 Easy Ways You Can Help Los Angeles get through the Coronavirus Pandemic

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now, you’re not alone. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone in Los Angeles. 

While many essential workers continue to serve on the front lines, many LA residents are sheltering in place and have spent weeks at home. And just maybe, you’re starting to go a little stir crazy. Channel that cabin fever into a force for good with one of these three volunteer opportunities.

It’s true – you can do even more than washing your hands and keeping your distance between others. With less people out and about, there is a greater need for those looking to donate their time. Of course, keep in mind your own personal health considerations before choosing to participate in one of these opportunities!

1) Give Blood

It makes sense that even regular donors have put a temporary pause on giving blood, given that donating requires close contact between people. But unfortunately, that makes our community’s need for blood even greater. 

Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed to support patients in Los Angeles hospitals and critical care facilities. Healthy donors can make an appointment with the American Red Cross at any number of Los Angeles locations. There is also extra need for patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate. 

There are several donation safety protocols in place on top of normal healthcare facility procedures. Some of these safeguards include conducting donor mini-physicals to ensure donors are healthy, following social distancing practices between donor beds, and enhanced disinfecting of equipment. 

2) Supporting Food Banks

With thousands of LA residents being out of work, our local food pantries are bare with long lines of people in need. Low-income citizens need our help now more than ever to put food on the table. 

Pop-up drive-thru food pantries have made it simple for in-need families to get the supplies they need safely. Unfortunately (and logically) volunteer activity has declined, making it difficult to serve the community efficiently. 

Volunteers are needed to staff food banks and pantries all across the Southern California area. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is providing regular updates to the public and has safeguards in place to protect volunteers and staff. 

3) Californians for All

On Tuesday April 21st, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for an “army of volunteers” in order to beat the coronavirus pandemic. The Californians for All initiative connects residents with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. 

One of the best things about the program is that there are remote opportunities available. That means that you can donate your time right from your home, without needing to visit any location in-person. 

After you sign up on the website, you can choose the issues most important to you. Then, the platform will offer up opportunities that match your interests.

Californians for All is a great program for all Los Angeles residents, even if you have never volunteered for any organization before. The idea is to make a perfect match between volunteers and organizations that need help. 

Brody Pennell is Here to Serve Los Angeles During Coronavirus Pandemic

We know that this is a trying time – and particularly hard as you stay at home for a majority of your time. Brody Pennell continues to serve the Los Angeles community with essential HVAC services. We are taking multiple safety precautions to ensure the safety of both homeowners and our team members as we continue to provide necessary services. If we can help make your home more comfortable during this time, call us at (310) 896-4911.

Through most of the year, we get beautiful weather in southern California. But occasionally during the summer in LA, we’ll get a hot and sticky day that has you searching for excuses to stay indoors. So, we put together this guide of indoor activities to help you stay cool in LA this summer.

1 – Vanderpump Dogs

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If you’re not able to own a dog of your own, you can get your fill of puppy kisses at Vanderpump Dogs. Owned by Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, this indoor activity is actually a 501(c)3 rescue organization. The 6,000 square foot facility is designed with a home-like environment to give both the pets and the visitors a more inviting feel to the space. Take a break from the heat and cozy up with some adoptable dogs for a relaxing afternoon indoors.

2 – Dreamscape

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Truly escape from the a hot summer day in LA with an adventure from Dreamscape. This immersive experience located at the Westfield Century City mall takes visitors to far away places and fantastical scenes. Your mind will be fooled by the mix of virtual reality and interactive physical features, like a platform that vibrates and shakes along with your experience. Choose from a daring adventure through an ancient tomb, or plunge into the ocean to reunite a family of whales. Or – take a trip to an alien zoo! The choice is yours.

3 – Las Fotos Project

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Check out the incredible photography work by teenage girls at the Las Fotos youth photo exhibit. Celebrating their 10th year of programming, the Las Fotos project inspires young women with access to professional cameras, quality instruction, and workshops throughout the year. Then, photographers are featured in regular exhibits in Lincoln Heights. The gallery is free and open on Wednesdays and Fridays.

4 – Dynasty Typewriter

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Book a babysitter and head down to Dynasty Typewriter for some belly laughs (although there is no minimum age requirement, they have a policy of not censoring their comics). With unique shows like the Pixar Roast on August 6th, you forget about the dog days of LA summers for a few hours. The nearly-200 person theater offers a cozy and intimate show for all who visit. Although there is no alcohol at the theater, that also means no drink minimums. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase, or if you’re really hungry, the next door La Fonda is a cult favorite.

5 – Griffith Observatory

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Another affordable activity for LA residents looking to beat the summer heat is the Griffith Observatory. The observatory is free and is open Tuesday through Sunday through the summer. Visitors can explore exhibits and look through telescopes. Plus, the Griffith Observatory is one of the best views of the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles skyline. Check the weather for clear skies before you head out for the best views of the stars.

One of the biggest advantages of living in the Los Angeles area is the ability to experience many different events from cultures all over the world. This is especially true during the holiday season when Los Angeles events celebrate everything from Christmas and Hanukah to the Chinese New Year.

Best Winter Events Los Angeles

Whether you’re looking to take your out of town guests to do something they can’t do at home, or just get into the holiday mood, you’ll find something nearby to enjoy. Here are our recommendations for Los Angeles events you should check out this winter:

Partywith, Westfield Santa Anita Mall, Arcadia

A unique experience designed for social media enthusiasts and art lovers alike, Partywith is a collection of 15 different themed areas made to visually dazzle you. If you have friends and family in from other parts of the country, this is a chance for them to see something they aren’t likely to see at home, and document it all over Instagram.

Partywith features what are known as dreamscape installations, featuring neon signs, an infinity rainbow, a giant eggplant, and more unique spaces are the perfect places to take photos for social media sharing. If you prefer to disconnect for a while, the exhibit offers Polaroid cameras to all guests on a first come, first served basis so you can snap photos the old fashioned way as you walk through. The exhibit is open nightly from November 22 to the 26th.

Chinese Lantern Festival, The Fairplex, Pomona

Over 1,000 light installations come together in a more traditional atmosphere at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona. Handcrafted to look like birds of nature, some of the lanterns measure over twenty feet tall. Following a theme that celebrates the distinct areas of the world, the lanterns reflect significant parts of culture from each continent.

Suitable for family members of all ages, The lantern festival lasts until January.  It’s also open on all major holidays, in case you need to get out of the house and walk off the calories from a holiday meal or get some personal space after a stressful Christmas.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

One of the best known Los Angeles holiday events, Descanso Garden’s light installation is perfect for those who want to avoid over the top holiday displays set to Christmas Carols. The forest is lit with beautiful colors and neon highlights that make it relaxing and exciting at the same time.

The one-mile walking path passes by multiple large-scale light displays, many of them built with interactive components to dazzle children and adults alike. The exhibit is open nightly until early January, and visitors are welcome rain or shine.

When you come home from activities in the Los Angeles area, you want your home to be comfortable and welcoming. If you’re having issues with your HVAC unit, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. Our team is on standby 24 hours a day to provide rapid, expert help.

The cool winds are starting to blow and leaves are taking on new tones, signaling that fall is upon us in California. If you’re looking for ways to get into the seasonal spirit, there are plenty of things to see and do near Los Angeles that will help you get in the mood to celebrate. Here are four of the best fall events that you don’t want to miss checking out this Fall:

Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Get into the seasonal mood with a trip to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own gourds to take home and carve or just have an extended photo shoot to share on social media. Going into its 21st year of celebrating the season, Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a popular choice with locals, thanks to the extensive schedule of activities throughout the month.

In addition to tractor rides and a corn maze, there’s often live music and a selection of food vendors serving up old-fashioned favorites like kettle corn and shaved ice. Open from 9 to 6 every day of the week through October, the festival is also budget-friendly, with prices ranging from $5-20 depending on the date.

Dark Harbor At The Queen Mary

If you prefer to celebrate fall with a healthy scare to get you in the seasonal mood, the Queen Mary provides an authentically scary experience. The iconic ship, that is now a floating hotel, has long been rumored to be teeming with ghosts of souls who perished there. In fact, it was named as one of the most haunted places in America.

With mazes with plenty of scary characters inside, live music, and haunted bars, it’s more intense (and fun!) than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. The Queen Mary is located at the port at Long Beach, and Dark Harbor runs until the start of November.

Learn All About Insects At The Natural History Museum

Always an interesting place to visit with tons of interesting information, the Natural History Museum is a must-see for insect lovers this fall, as two of the most complex insects take center stage. Visit the spider pavilion to learn more about our eight-legged friends and see species from all around the world, running now until Nov. 25. While you’re there, you can also visit the newly revamped Dinosaur Exhibit, a world leader in information about the Prehistoric age.

To learn more about the museum’s exhibits, plan your visit, or buy tickets, visit: https://nhm.org/site/.

Oktoberfest

If you want to celebrate in the classic German style, you’re in luck. There are multiple Oktoberfest celebrations in the LA area this year. With some running until the first weekend of November, there’s plenty of time to get your Lederhosen out. In addition to the Downtown LA Oktoberfest, you can travel up to Big Bear to celebrate along the lake, jet over to Burbank, or hit the longest running Oktoberfest in Alpine Village.

Keep Your Los Angeles Home Comfortable this Fall

When you’re done seeing the best Los Angeles and the surrounding areas have to offer in the fall months, you’ll want to return home to a place that feels comfortable and welcoming. If your HVAC unit no longer works to keep your home at the temperature you would like, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911 for fast, affordable repairs.

As temperatures start to heat up in L.A. this summer, you may be looking for cool ways to enjoy the season. Below, we’ve put together a list of our favorite fun Los Angeles activities to help you beat the heat:

  1. Catch a movie at Hollywood Forever.

What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying a film with other movie lovers in the Hollywood Forever cemetery, the resting place of some of Hollywood’s greats. Watching cult classics at this Hollywood cemetery is an essential summer experience for every Los Angeles resident.

If this is your first time catching a movie at Hollywood Forever, be sure to bring folding chairs or blankets so that you can rest comfortably while watching the films. You can also bring picnic baskets full of fun snacks and adult beverages to enjoy while you’re there. To buy tickets, visit https://cinespia.org/.

  1. Take the kids to the pool.

When the beaches are crowded, what better way to beat the heat than to take the whole family to the pool? There are many kid-friendly pools in the Los Angeles area that are great for swimming and relaxing without the rowdy beach crowds.

If you’re looking for an aquatic playground that’s perfect for the little ones, check out Stoner Park Pool in West L.A. If you want to enroll the kids in swimming classes or are looking for a place to host a summer birthday party, check out Waterworks Aquatics in Pasadena.

  1. Bring the family to Kidspace Children’s Museum.

If you’re looking for a fun place to bring the kids this summer, check out Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena. In addition to summer camp programs, the museum also offers events and exhibits that are ideal for children ages 10 and under.

All of the exhibits are outdoors, so make sure that your children are dressed appropriately. You may even want to bring a change of clothes and towels for the kids as they have fun water and mud features that are perfect for cooling down when temperatures start to heat up.

  1. Indulge in a sweet treat at one of L.A.’s best ice cream shops.

When the temperatures really start to heat up this summer, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself and the family to a sweet treat at one of the best ice cream shops in Los Angeles. At Afters Ice Cream you can try one of their signature milky buns filled with delicious ice cream and topped with crazy toppings. They even have vegan ice cream flavors!

For something a little different, try Blockhead’s Shavery Company. Their “snow cream” is a combination of ice cream and Hawaiian shaved ice.  After choosing a base flavor, you can add all the fun toppings you want for a treat that’s sure to cool you down in the hot L.A. summer.

These are just a handful of the many fun activities happening around L.A. this summer that you can enjoy while trying to cool off. If you need help keeping your Los Angeles home cool this summer, don’t hesitate to call us. Our team is ready to help make sure your home is comfortable all summer long. Call us today: (310) 896-4911.

Fall in Los Angeles has none of the tell-tale signs that it might in other parts of the country. There are no dramatic color changes. The temperatures remain warm, and the weather is sunny. Though fall in Los Angeles may not be typical, it still offers a number of great opportunities to soak up the warm weather and enjoy fall festivities.

Things to Do in Fall in Los Angeles

There are so many great ways to enjoy the fall weather and festivities in Los Angeles. Here are 8 of our favorite things to do in fall in Los Angeles:

  1. Take a trip to one of the many pumpkin patches in LA. It may be 80 degrees outside, but as October approaches, it is time to enjoy the annual pumpkin carving and pie-making activities that make fall one of your favorite seasons.
  2. Go on a whale watching cruise. Although most people consider a cruise more of a summer activity, the warm fall weather in Los Angeles makes it the perfect time to encounter a whale on the California coast.
  3. Head to Universal Studios Hollywood. Though the weather is by no means chilly, it has gotten cooler since summer, making it ideal for spending a day at the theme park. Since the children are back in school and many of the summer tourists have left, you can also enjoy shorter lines.
  4. Enjoy a refreshing bike ride along the Santa Monica Beach. Now that many summer tourists have left, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the open boardwalks with a fun bike ride on the beach. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one at the boardwalk.
  5. Hike the trails in Griffith Park. The slightly cooler weather makes fall the best time to enjoy the great outdoors. Taking a hike in Griffith Park is a great way to spend a fall afternoon.
  6. Dress up and enjoy the fun. Los Angeles has some of the best costume parties around. After you create the perfect costume, you can buy a ticket to one of the many, many costume parties in LA. Having a hard time choosing? Go to more than one!
  7. Enjoy a concert at one of the many venues in Los Angeles. If you enjoy seeing your favorite bands play live, fall is the perfect time to catch some big headliners at one of the many venues across town. From secret shows to free concerts, there is live music to be heard every night of the week!
  8. Check out Knott’s Scary Farm. If you are looking for some Halloween festivities and love haunted houses, you will not want to miss Knott’s Scary Farm at Knott’s Berry Farm. The historic theme park offers a variety of spooky attractions from mazes to haunted hospitals to stage performances. Knott’s Spooky Farm is a more kid-friendly version that’s fun for the whole family.

Having trouble staying cool and comfortable this fall? We have all your HVAC needs covered. Contact us today for an HVAC system tune-up or inspection