Universal CityWalk Scores with the Addition of NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Opening in 2020. Stay tuned!

Get in the Game!Universal CityWalk Scores with the Addition of NBC Sports Grill & Brew to Its Impressive Lineup of Restaurants, Opening in 2020. Look for it in 2020 located adjacent to the recently opened Antojitos Cocina Mexicana.

Universal City, Calif. – October 15, 2019 – Universal CityWalk keeps its eye on the ball with the announcement of its newest dining establishment, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, bringing an entirely new level of sports-dining to the popular Southern California destination, opening in 2020.

            Located adjacent to the recently opened Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, the all-new restaurant will be designed to reflect the excellence and excitement of NBC Sports’ award-winning coverage, with a fresh take on pub menus and a stellar selection of regional and exclusive draft brews.

            With a complement of over 100 HD TV screens, broadcasting favorite sporting events, live stream sports content and in-depth sports coverage, NBC Sports Grill & Brew will offer guests the MVP treatment with the best seats in the house.

The arrival of NBC Sports Grill & Brew marks the ongoing celebration of Universal CityWalk, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for over 25 years.  With introduction of new restaurants, including popular eateries Antojitos Cocina MexicanaVIVO Italian KitchenJimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with shopping experiences and the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar renovation of the Universal Cinema, the spotlight continues to shine brightly on Universal CityWalk as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Santa Clarita 20th among Wallet Hubs 2019’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity better than others. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify what factors contribute to a lasting cycle of growth. The South and West currently seem to be attractive places to move, as the U.S. Census Bureau reports eight of the 15 cities with the largest population gains in 2018 were located in the South and six were in the West.

Some cities thrive even through hard economic times while others struggle. To determine where the fastest local economic growth has occurred in the U.S., WalletHub compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 17 key measures of both growth and decline over a period of seven years. Our data set ranges from population growth to unemployment rate decrease to growth in regional GDP per capita. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

Main Findings

Fastest-Growing Cities in the U.S.

Overall Rank*CityTotal Score‘Sociodemographics’ Rank‘Jobs & Economy’ Rank
1Lehigh Acres, FL82.1153
2Mount Pleasant, SC79.47237
3Bend, OR78.184
4Enterprise, NV76.62665
5Frisco, TX74.253155
6Fort Myers, FL73.881113
7Meridian, ID73.764125
8Saint George, UT72.42252
9Cape Coral, FL71.561911
10Round Rock, TX70.991528
11College Station, TX70.541350
12Murfreesboro, TN69.969122
13McKinney, TX69.2310129
14Midland, TX67.461699
15Austin, TX67.32736
16Concord, NC66.911895
17Milpitas, CA66.543230
18Miami, FL66.543524
19Arden-Arcade, CA66.1112277
20Santa Clarita, CA65.583442
21Sugar Land, TX65.521472
22Spring Valley, NV65.4226121
23Greeley, CO64.7665
24Brandon, FL64.5514288
25Seattle, WA64.5523100
26Chino, CA64.414839
27Pearland, TX64.257349
28Orlando, FL63.1833101
29Indio, CA63.124073
30Spring Hill, FL6328203

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*No. 1 = Fastest-Growing

Ranking by City Size

Rank*Large City Name
(Score)
Rank*Midsize City Name
(Score)
Rank*Small City Name
(Score)
1Austin, TX
(67.30)
1Lehigh Acres, FL
(82.11)
1Mount Pleasant, SC
(79.47)
2Miami, FL
(66.54)
2Enterprise, NV
(76.62)
2Bend, OR
(78.10)
3Seattle, WA
(64.55)
3Frisco, TX
(74.25)
3Fort Myers, FL
(73.88)
4Henderson, NV
(62.92)
4Meridian, ID
(73.76)
4Saint George, UT
(72.42)
5Denver, CO
(62.23)
5Cape Coral, FL
(71.56)
5Concord, NC
(66.91)
6Oakland, CA
(60.61)
6Round Rock, TX
(70.99)
6Milpitas, CA
(66.54)
7Fort Worth, TX
(59.91)
7College Station, TX
(70.54)
7Chino, CA
(64.41)
8Atlanta, GA
(58.70)
8Murfreesboro, TN
(69.96)
8Indio, CA
(63.12)
9Charlotte, NC
(58.39)
9McKinney, TX
(69.23)
9Manteca, CA
(62.53)
10Tampa, FL
(57.27)
10Midland, TX
(67.46)
10Pleasanton, CA
(62.26)
11Phoenix, AZ
(55.72)
11Arden-Arcade, CA
(66.11)
11Redwood City, CA
(60.38)
12Mesa, AZ
(55.70)
12Santa Clarita, CA
(65.58)
12Nampa, ID
(60.29)
13San Francisco, CA
(55.27)
13Sugar Land, TX
(65.52)
13Tracy, CA
(60.05)
14Aurora, CO
(55.02)
14Spring Valley, NV
(65.42)
14Fayetteville, AR
(59.92)
15Raleigh, NC
(54.34)
15Greeley, CO
(64.70)
15Mountain View, CA
(59.91)
16Nashville, TN
(54.12)
16Brandon, FL
(64.55)
16Loveland, CO
(57.76)
17San Jose, CA
(54.03)
17Pearland, TX
(64.25)
17Boca Raton, FL
(56.86)
18Boston, MA
(53.95)
18Orlando, FL
(63.18)
18Bellingham, WA
(56.42)
19Jacksonville, FL
(53.06)
19Spring Hill, FL
(63.00)
19Chino Hills, CA
(56.41)
20Dallas, TX
(52.95)
20Tempe, AZ
(62.85)
20Palm Coast, FL
(56.39)
21Fresno, CA
(51.92)
21Port Saint Lucie, FL
(62.85)
21Springdale, AR
(55.86)
22Sacramento, CA
(51.92)
22Charleston, SC
(62.69)
22Flower Mound, TX
(55.31)
23Portland, OR
(51.86)
23Richardson, TX
(62.18)
23Avondale, AZ
(55.30)
24San Antonio, TX
(51.84)
24Hillsboro, OR
(62.15)
24Longmont, CO
(55.03)
25Las Vegas, NV
(51.64)
25North Charleston, SC
(62.01)
25Hemet, CA
(54.91)
26Washington, DC
(51.60)
26Irvine, CA
(61.84)
26Boynton Beach, FL
(54.87)
27Omaha, NE
(50.50)
27Denton, TX
(61.74)
27Layton, UT
(54.86)
28Riverside, CA
(50.44)
28Thornton, CO
(60.44)
28Edinburg, TX
(54.72)
29Colorado Springs, CO
(50.34)
29Reno, NV
(60.05)
29Lake Charles, LA
(54.29)
30Columbus, OH
(48.99)
30Cary, NC
(59.85)
30Asheville, NC
(54.20)
31Los Angeles, CA
(48.33)
31League City, TX
(59.45)
31Orem, UT
(54.06)
32Stockton, CA
(47.85)
32Clovis, CA
(59.06)
32Melbourne, FL
(53.94)
33Minneapolis, MN
(47.64)
33Roseville, CA
(58.86)
33Somerville, MA
(53.93)
34Anaheim, CA
(47.57)
34Bellevue, WA
(58.81)
34Carmel, IN
(53.56)
35San Diego, CA
(47.11)
35Sparks, NV
(58.68)
35Union City, CA
(53.52)
36Kansas City, MO
(47.07)
36Odessa, TX
(58.17)
36Largo, FL
(53.49)
37Arlington, TX
(46.55)
37Ontario, CA
(58.11)
37Medford, OR
(53.45)
38Santa Ana, CA
(45.62)
38Surprise, AZ
(58.00)
38Apple Valley, CA
(53.04)
39Houston, TX
(44.95)
39Santa Clara, CA
(57.46)
39Santa Fe, NM
(52.77)
40Saint Paul, MN
(44.89)
40San Mateo, CA
(57.42)
40San Marcos, CA
(52.73)
41Cincinnati, OH
(44.65)
41Murrieta, CA
(57.34)
41Fishers, IN
(51.73)
42Long Beach, CA
(44.65)
42Davie, FL
(57.21)
42Livermore, CA
(51.72)
43Oklahoma City, OK
(44.25)
43Fort Collins, CO
(56.78)
43Bloomington, IN
(51.41)
44New Orleans, LA
(43.84)
44Scottsdale, AZ
(56.74)
44Lake Forest, CA
(51.26)
45Bakersfield, CA
(43.45)
45Fontana, CA
(56.70)
45Hawthorne, CA
(51.07)
46Lexington, KY
(43.02)
46Sandy Springs, GA
(56.32)
46Bryan, TX
(51.02)
47Indianapolis, IN
(41.97)
47Arvada, CO
(56.06)
47Deltona, FL
(50.99)
48Philadelphia, PA
(41.82)
48North Las Vegas, NV
(55.90)
48O Fallon, MO
(50.93)
49Louisville, KY
(40.21)
49Fremont, CA
(55.83)
49North Richland Hills, TX
(50.61)
50Corpus Christi, TX
(38.61)
50Gilbert, AZ
(55.67)
50Sunrise, FL
(50.05)
51Chicago, IL
(38.34)
51Sunnyvale, CA
(55.51)
51Sandy, UT
(49.40)
52New York, NY
(36.91)
52Cambridge, MA
(55.24)
52Rock Hill, SC
(49.37)
53Tucson, AZ
(36.16)
53Tacoma, WA
(54.79)
53Spokane Valley, WA
(49.22)
54Detroit, MI
(35.75)
54Grand Rapids, MI
(54.71)
54Upland, CA
(49.13)
55Saint Louis, MO
(35.65)
55Fargo, ND
(54.21)
55Plantation, FL
(49.02)
56El Paso, TX
(35.46)
56Vancouver, WA
(53.99)
56Chico, CA
(48.93)
57Honolulu, HI
(35.40)
57Palm Bay, FL
(53.96)
57Hesperia, CA
(48.90)
58Pittsburgh, PA
(35.39)
58Richmond, VA
(53.95)
58Citrus Heights, CA
(48.68)
59Wichita, KS
(35.26)
59Irving, TX
(53.80)
59Pharr, TX
(48.46)
60Baltimore, MD
(34.92)
60West Palm Beach, FL
(53.79)
60Redding, CA
(48.21)
61Virginia Beach, VA
(34.17)
61Hayward, CA
(53.73)
61Federal Way, WA
(48.21)
62Milwaukee, WI
(33.05)
62Daly City, CA
(53.66)
62Deerfield Beach, FL
(47.87)
63Cleveland, OH
(31.50)
63Richmond, CA
(53.57)
63Yuma, AZ
(47.85)
64Tulsa, OK
(31.45)
64Sioux Falls, SD
(53.42)
64Folsom, CA
(47.22)
65Albuquerque, NM
(31.36)
65Everett, WA
(53.23)
65Gastonia, NC
(47.15)
66Memphis, TN
(28.33)
66Allen, TX
(53.20)
66San Leandro, CA
(47.12)

67Centennial, CO
(53.18)
67Redlands, CA
(46.89)

68Concord, CA
(53.02)
68Rapid City, SD
(46.85)

69Fort Lauderdale, FL
(53.00)
69Turlock, CA
(46.83)

70Lakewood, CO
(52.97)
70Bellflower, CA
(46.81)

71Durham, NC
(52.84)
71Missouri City, TX
(46.74)

72Salem, OR
(52.41)
72Ogden, UT
(46.58)

73Elk Grove, CA
(52.12)
73Baldwin Park, CA
(46.57)

74Temecula, CA
(52.09)
74Baytown, TX
(46.56)

75Moreno Valley, CA
(52.05)
75Lawrence, KS
(46.49)

76Carrollton, TX
(51.88)
76Plymouth, MN
(46.47)

77Clarksville, TN
(51.58)
77Lynwood, CA
(46.46)

78Corona, CA
(51.56)
78Beaverton, OR
(46.46)

79Highlands Ranch, CO
(51.47)
79Alameda, CA
(46.39)

80Hollywood, FL
(51.36)
80Merced, CA
(46.21)

81Lewisville, TX
(50.81)
81Napa, CA
(46.19)

82Pompano Beach, FL
(50.79)
82Silver Spring, MD
(45.45)

83Saint Petersburg, FL
(50.78)
83Buena Park, CA
(45.33)

84Glendale, CA
(50.65)
84Arlington Heights, IL
(45.23)

85Lakeland, FL
(50.43)
85Lynchburg, VA
(45.16)

86Vista, CA
(50.39)
86Roswell, GA
(44.98)

87Vallejo, CA
(50.20)
87Bethlehem, PA
(44.89)

88Eugene, OR
(50.10)
88Edmond, OK
(44.74)

89Antioch, CA
(49.97)
89Brockton, MA
(44.67)

90Waco, TX
(49.86)
90Wyoming, MI
(44.63)

91Modesto, CA
(49.84)
91Rochester, MI
(44.62)

92Peoria, AZ
(49.82)
92Lakewood, CA
(44.56)

93Chula Vista, CA
(49.81)
93Kalamazoo, MI
(44.18)

94Hialeah, FL
(49.78)
94Weston, FL
(44.10)

95Boise, ID
(49.78)
95Lees Summit, MO
(44.02)

96Palmdale, CA
(49.71)
96Tustin, CA
(43.83)

97Rialto, CA
(49.69)
97Suffolk, VA
(43.31)

98Rochester, MN
(49.56)
98Miami Beach, FL
(43.29)

99Provo, UT
(49.47)
99Lawrence, MA
(42.91)

100West Jordan, UT
(49.04)
100Carson, CA
(42.66)

101Santa Maria, CA
(48.99)
101South Gate, CA
(42.64)

102Paradise, NV
(48.93)
102Saint Cloud, MN
(42.62)

103Lubbock, TX
(48.82)
103Lynn, MA
(42.47)

104Athens-Clarke, GA
(48.79)
104Compton, CA
(42.32)

105Visalia, CA
(48.71)
105Greenville, NC
(42.28)

106Fairfield, CA
(48.70)
106Iowa City, IA
(42.15)

107Glendale, AZ
(48.67)
107Missoula, MT
(42.04)

108Salt Lake City, UT
(48.64)
108Westminster, CA
(41.56)

109Santa Rosa, CA
(48.12)
109Town ‘n’ Country, FL
(41.54)

110Spokane, WA
(47.81)
110Dearborn, MI
(41.43)

111Plano, TX
(47.74)
111Sioux City, IA
(41.03)

112San Bernardino, CA
(47.50)
112Framingham, MA
(40.97)

113Kent, WA
(47.43)
113Eau Claire, WI
(40.82)

114Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(47.40)
114Cicero, IL
(40.82)

115Vacaville, CA
(47.19)
115Whittier, CA
(40.77)

116West Valley, UT
(47.15)
116Union City, NJ
(40.72)

117Berkeley, CA
(47.13)
117Lauderhill, FL
(40.69)

118Madison, WI
(47.04)
118Reading, PA
(40.61)

119Chandler, AZ
(47.01)
119Troy, MI
(40.43)

120Laredo, TX
(46.91)
120Southfield, MI
(40.00)

121Tyler, TX
(46.75)
121Waukesha, WI
(39.41)

122Grand Prairie, TX
(46.69)
122New Bedford, MA
(39.40)

123Wilmington, NC
(46.63)
123Redondo Beach, CA
(39.26)

124Des Moines, IA
(46.42)
124Quincy, MA
(38.46)

125Coral Springs, FL
(46.34)
125Brooklyn Park, MN
(38.42)

126Olathe, KS
(46.21)
126Yorba Linda, CA
(38.11)

127Victorville, CA
(45.74)
127Santa Monica, CA
(38.01)

128Killeen, TX
(45.61)
128Newton, MA
(37.93)

129West Covina, CA
(45.28)
129Alhambra, CA
(37.93)

130Miramar, FL
(45.10)
130Rio Rancho, NM
(37.84)

131San Angelo, TX
(45.05)
131Mission Viejo, CA
(37.63)

132Garland, TX
(44.95)
132New Britain, CT
(37.41)

133Fort Wayne, IN
(44.89)
133Yakima, WA
(37.39)

134Inglewood, CA
(44.82)
134Westland, MI
(37.02)

135Fullerton, CA
(44.76)
135Farmington, MI
(36.53)

136Ann Arbor, MI
(44.76)
136Santa Barbara, CA
(36.39)

137Overland Park, KS
(44.74)
137Cranston, RI
(36.23)

138Costa Mesa, CA
(44.63)
138Passaic, NJ
(35.83)

139Pomona, CA
(44.16)
139Pawtucket, RI
(35.78)

140Boulder, CO
(44.15)
140Parma, OH
(35.63)

141McAllen, TX
(44.13)
141East Orange, NJ
(35.62)

142Huntington Beach, CA
(44.09)
142Appleton, WI
(35.41)

143Kansas City, KS
(43.88)
143Bloomington, MN
(35.19)

144Lincoln, NE
(43.77)
144Mount Vernon, NY
(34.93)

145Savannah, GA
(43.65)
145Hoover, AL
(34.87)

146Chattanooga, TN
(43.64)
146Schaumburg, IL
(34.86)

147Arlington, VA
(43.63)
147Livonia, MI
(34.84)

148Tuscaloosa, AL
(43.42)
148Ellicott City, MD
(34.69)

149Garden Grove, CA
(43.27)
149Mission, TX
(34.63)

150Alexandria, VA
(43.18)
150Skokie, IL
(34.59)

151Lancaster, CA
(43.16)
151Newport Beach, CA
(34.22)

152Abilene, TX
(43.07)
152Kendall, FL
(34.14)

153East Los Angeles, CA
(43.01)
153New Rochelle, NY
(33.96)

154Lowell, MA
(42.97)
154Racine, WI
(33.74)

155Gainesville, FL
(42.89)
155Toms River, NJ
(33.72)

156Columbia, MO
(42.84)
156Cheektowaga, NY
(33.42)

157El Cajon, CA
(42.75)
157Fall River, MA
(33.36)

158Jersey City, NJ
(42.69)
158Scranton, PA
(33.20)

159Carlsbad, CA
(42.65)
159Jacksonville, NC
(33.12)

160Huntsville, AL
(42.62)
160Muncie, IN
(32.78)

161Pembroke Pines, FL
(42.55)
161Wilmington, DE
(32.75)

162Escondido, CA
(42.51)
162Clifton, NJ
(32.61)

163Greensboro, NC
(42.38)
163Warwick, RI
(32.57)

164Salinas, CA
(42.06)
164Saint Joseph, MO
(32.35)

165Springfield, MO
(41.89)
165Nashua, NH
(32.17)

166Ventura, CA
(41.79)
166Waukegan, IL
(31.93)

167El Monte, CA
(41.78)
167Gulfport, MS
(31.90)

168Clearwater, FL
(41.68)
168Kenner, LA
(31.48)

169Oxnard, CA
(41.54)
169Fort Smith, AR
(31.42)

170Mesquite, TX
(41.54)
170Lorain, OH
(31.18)

171South Bend, IN
(41.52)
171Youngstown, OH
(30.14)

172Miami Gardens, FL
(41.49)
172Bolingbrook, IL
(30.13)

173Orange, CA
(41.48)
173Albany, NY
(30.03)

174Elgin, IL
(41.43)
174Champaign, IL
(29.83)

175Chesapeake, VA
(41.39)
175Roanoke, VA
(29.72)

176Westminster, CO
(41.35)
176Gary, IN
(29.63)

177Allentown, PA
(41.34)
177Bloomington, IL
(29.49)

178Norwalk, CA
(41.31)
178Palatine, IL
(29.37)

179Winston-Salem, NC
(41.10)
179Duluth, MN
(29.33)

180Oceanside, CA
(41.07)
180Norwalk, CT
(28.98)

181Burbank, CA
(40.87)
181Evanston, IL
(28.65)

182Torrance, CA
(40.74)
182Longview, TX
(28.26)

183Elizabeth, NJ
(40.31)
183Camden, NJ
(28.11)

184Pueblo, CO
(40.22)
184Dothan, AL
(27.96)

185Warren, MI
(40.05)
185Hammond, IN
(27.10)

186Lansing, MI
(39.80)
186Flint, MI
(26.80)

187Downey, CA
(39.75)
187Trenton, NJ
(25.57)

188Independence, MO
(39.62)
188Danbury, CT
(25.53)

189Norman, OK
(39.20)
189Lawton, OK
(25.25)

190Green Bay, WI
(39.14)
190Portsmouth, VA
(24.97)

191Metairie, LA
(39.09)
191Waterloo, IA
(24.43)

192Worcester, MA
(39.08)
192Albany, GA
(22.00)

193Gresham, OR
(38.99)
193Decatur, IL
(21.26)

194Amarillo, TX
(38.83)
194Erie, PA
(19.66)

195Pasadena, CA
(38.79)
195Canton, OH
(18.17)

196High Point, NC
(38.78)


197Naperville, IL
(38.62)


198Manchester, NH
(38.33)


199Newark, NJ
(38.12)


200Aurora, IL
(37.05)


201Broken Arrow, OK
(36.82)


202Dayton, OH
(36.73)


203Sunrise Manor, NV
(36.61)


204Springfield, MA
(36.46)


205Tallahassee, FL
(36.18)


206Billings, MT
(36.15)


207Yonkers, NY
(35.94)


208Columbia, SC
(35.42)


209Brownsville, TX
(35.35)


210Knoxville, TN
(35.35)


211Sterling Heights, MI
(35.13)


212Akron, OH
(34.96)


213Hampton, VA
(34.92)


214Stamford, CT
(34.89)


215Joliet, IL
(34.21)


216Cedar Rapids, IA
(33.99)


217Paterson, NJ
(33.99)


218Evansville, IN
(33.93)


219Providence, RI
(33.29)


220Pasadena, TX
(33.16)


221Buffalo, NY
(32.97)


222Lafayette, LA
(32.80)


223Simi Valley, CA
(32.66)


224Beaumont, TX
(32.66)


225Fayetteville, NC
(32.65)


226Thousand Oaks, CA
(32.64)


227Kenosha, WI
(32.59)


228Augusta, GA
(32.32)


229Syracuse, NY
(32.26)


230Little Rock, AR
(31.62)


231Norfolk, VA
(31.56)


232Las Cruces, NM
(31.35)


233New Haven, CT
(31.29)


234Bridgeport, CT
(31.22)


235Birmingham, AL
(30.63)


236Wichita Falls, TX
(30.30)


237Waterbury, CT
(29.71)


238Newport News, VA
(29.57)


239Jackson, MS
(29.19)


240Mobile, AL
(29.17)


241Hartford, CT
(28.68)


242Rochester, NY
(28.24)


243Montgomery, AL
(28.06)


244Columbia, MD
(27.93)


245Peoria, IL
(26.32)


246Rockford, IL
(26.04)


247Toledo, OH
(25.93)


248Baton Rouge, LA
(25.89)


249Topeka, KS
(25.75)


250Columbus, GA
(25.02)


251Anchorage, AK
(24.16)


252Springfield, IL
(21.95)


253Davenport, IA
(21.04)


254Shreveport, LA
(17.72)

*No. 1 = Fastest-Growing

Ask the Experts

Rapid city growth can yield both positive and negative effects. Some cities thrive as they expand while others struggle to keep up. For insight into these dynamics, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What are the biggest challenges faced by cities experiencing rapid population growth?
  2. What should be the key priority for local authorities who want to grow their cities?
  3. Should local authorities do more to ensure current residents aren’t “priced out” of established neighborhoods in the face of population growth? What are good models for supporting gentrification without displacing residents?
  4. To what extent are zoning policies and “NIMBY-ism” responsible for skyrocketing housing costs in cities experiencing population growth?
  5. Are entrepreneurship and employment opportunities disproportionately better in cities that are growing quickly? How so?

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Star Ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Upcoming Star Ceremonies


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HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR WENDY WILLIAMS WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Talk Show Host, Wendy Williams will be honored with the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 17, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard.

Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be CEO of FOX Television Stations, Jack Abernethy and Radio Personality & Walk of Famer Elvis Duran.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

            Wendy Williams, born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, has a career in media that expands over 30 years. She is a media mogul, philanthropist, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author who is best known for her nationally syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Recently extended by FOX Television Stations through 2022, and broadcast in more than 50 countries, the program has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Its place in pop culture has earned memorabilia from the show a place in the Smithsonian Museum. The Wendy Williams Show, now in its 11th season, isproduced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury and averages more than 1.6 million viewers an episode.

Staples of the show include Wendy’s signature segment, “Hot Topics,” in which Wendy gives her candid, unfiltered opinion on today’s pop culture stories, and also includes a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. Both Williams and the show have earned Daytime Emmy nominations for “Best Talk Show Host” and “Best Entertainment Talk Show.”

            Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio with “The Wendy Williams Experience,” a top-rated daily show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor.

            With TV, Broadway and film performances to her name, Williams is a seasoned performer, both as herself and in character. Her television credits include appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock as herself, competing on Season 12 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, hosting Game Show Network’s original series Love Triangle, and appearing as a featured guest on ABC’s One Life to Live and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. She also appeared in the major motion picture Think Like a ManThink Like A Man Too, and took center stage as “Mama Morton” in the Tony-winning revival of the musical Chicago.

In the spring of 2014, Williams released her seventh book and first romance novel, Hold Me in Contempt (Harper Collins). The book became a New York Times Best-Seller the first day of its release and sales continue to thrive among her fans.

            Currently, Williams is developing and will executive produce a biopic and a documentary for Lifetime Television with the focus on her early days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show.


HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR HARRY CONNICK JR.  WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

Connick’s star will be placed next to the star of one of his favorite songwriters, Cole Porter

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Grammy and Emmy Award-Winning & Tony-nominated entertainer Harry Connick, Jr.  will be honored with the 2,678th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in front of IgnitedSpaces.

     “When choosing a star location, we try to incorporate ties to the honoree and this one turned out to be a coincidence as we had heard that one of Harry’s favorite songwriters is Cole Porter, who is Harry’s neighbor star. His latest album, titled True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, will be released on October 25th, to be followed by a Broadway show in December entitled Harry Connick, Jr: A Celebration of Cole Porter. Talk about serendipity!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame. “We welcome Harry to our Walk of Fame neighborhood and we are proud to honor him!”  added Martinez.

Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Walk of Famer will be Academy Award-winning actress & producer Renée Zellweger and Trish Kinane, Showrunner and Executive Producer of American Idol & President, Entertainment Programming Fremantle.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

           Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.

Over the past three decades, Connick has established himself as a musician, singer and composer par excellence, a legendary live performer and a best-selling artist with millions of recordings sold around the world.  Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)”, “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” “Come By Me”, and “Only You.” 

Connick has appeared in 19 films including: New In Town with Renée Zellweger, Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Bug with Ashley Judd, and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver, and on television (American IdolWill & GraceSouth Pacific, not to mention his Emmy Award winning concert specials). In the fall of 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show featuring his touring band, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations in its two seasons, including two nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show. On Broadway, Connick received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer/lyricist for Thou Shalt Not.

Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” a community in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Musicians’ Village provides homes for Katrina-displaced musicians and its focal point, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, is an after-school teaching facility for children, a performance hall and recording studio for indigent musicians, and a gathering place for the community.  

Connick’s honors, including induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, Honorary Doctorates from Tulane and Loyola Universities and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, have not led Harry Connick, Jr. to slow his creative pace; they only confirm his determination to apply his talents in ways that prove inspirational to other artists and publicly spirited citizens.


HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR DIRECTOR LINA WERTMÜLLER WITH A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that award winning director Lina Wertmüller will be honored with the 2,679th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.  Along with this stellar honor, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that its Board of Governors will present an Honorary Oscar to Wertmüller on October 27th.  

 “Lina Wertmüller has dedicated her talent to all mediums of the arts, including cinema, theatre, opera in addition to writing many songs and novels. We are proud to have this distinguished talent on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

 Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Pascal Vicedomini, Secretary General of the Capri in the World Institute, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Lina Wertmüller born in Rome on August 14th, 1928 began her journey by enrolling in stage directing courses at the Accademia Pietro Sharoff. After receiving her diploma, she worked in theatre productions with Garinei & Giovannini and became an assistant director. Through her acquaintance with Marcello Mastroianni, she met Federico Fellini and, in 1962, Fellini offered her to be his assistant director on 8 1/2. In the meantime, she worked as writer in radio and television programs such as Canzonissima and Studio Uno.

She made her directing debut with The Basilisks (1963). The film’s subject matter – the lives of impoverished people in southern Italy – became a recurring motif in her later works. In the 70s Wertmüller expressed her creative nature and poetry, by writing and directing The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), All Screwed Up (1974) and Seven Beauties (1975), most of them are performed by Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.  The Seduction of Mimì and Love and Anarchy were premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Lina Wertmüller’s films were the first by a female director to be selected for Cannes. Her work displays a unique writing and directing style that has proved popular in Italy and abroad.

With Seven Beauties, Wertmüller became the first woman in history to receive four Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Giancarlo Giannini. Her other films include:  Night Full of Rain (1978); Blood Feud, also known as Revenge (1978). A Night Full of RainA Joke of Destiny, Up to Date and many others.

In 1985, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. Recently, Wertmüller has dedicated to hand down her knowledge in the art of filmmaking to younger generation of future directors, writers and actors. She directed for six years the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Cinecittà and she is still continuing to hold Master Classes at the National Film School and in many film and theatre academies around Italy. Since 1995, Lina Wertmüller has been the honorary President of the Capri in the World Institute, the nonprofit association promoting the Annual International Festivals ‘’Capri, Hollywood’’ and ‘’Los Angeles, Italia’’.  She is also heavily involved in FIRC – an Italian foundation dedicated to supporting cancer research.


ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $50,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – www.HollywoodChamber.net

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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Reminder to Santa Clarita Residents on Preparing for Possible Power Outages.

When Traffic Lights are Out or Blinking – Treat Them as a Four-Way Stop.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Southern California Edison provides electric utility service to residential and commercial customers in Santa Clarita, as well as those located in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County within the Santa Clarita Valley. The company recently advised utility customers that forecast fire weather conditions in Santa Clarita may lead to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical lines Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11. This outage could result in Santa Clarita residents being without power and cause stoplights in the City to work intermittently.

In anticipation of this potential power shutoff, the City of Santa Clarita would like to remind motorists about safety procedures when approaching traffic signals that are experiencing a blackout or have lights flashing.

·         Traffic Signal Blackout – If all traffic signal lights at an intersection are not working due to an electrical power failure, the intersection must be treated the same way as a four-way stop sign. Drivers must stop at the intersection and then proceed only when it is safe to do so while yielding to bicycles and pedestrians.

·         Flashing Red Lights – A flashing red traffic signal light means “Stop.” After stopping, drivers may proceed when it is safe, observing standard right-of-way rules.

Drivers are reminded to anticipate pedestrians and bicyclists and be cautious of other motorists who may fail to stop before entering the intersection.

Residents are also encouraged to take precautions and prepare for a power outage that may stretch beyond a few hours. Charge cell phones, spare batteries, laptops and other devices ahead of time. A portable, battery-powered radio can also allow residents to receive updated information from news agencies in the event other devices lose power. You should also have flashlights accessible, learn how to manually open automatic garage doors or gates and prepare to meet special needs of any infant, elderly or disabled members of your household.

For more information on Southern California Edison’s potential power shutoff, please visit sce.com/psps. If you see a downed power line, please stay away, call 9-1-1 and report the issue to SCE at (800) 611-1911.

Santa Clarita Residents Encouraged to Participate in Survey for Housing and Community Development Needs

Results will Guide the use of Community Development Block Grant Funding.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – What are the most pressing issues affecting housing, infrastructure and services offered in Santa Clarita? The City invites residents to participate in the annual Housing and Community Development Needs Assessment Survey. Results are used by the City to help determine how to best allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The survey will be available online in multiple languages from October 9 through November 4, 2019, at santa-clarita.com/Housing.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides the City of Santa Clarita with CDBG funding to benefit lower-income residents in the community. This annual survey allows residents to weigh in on the City’s housing and services priorities and provide feedback on how funding should be distributed to Affordable Housing, Supportive Services, and Community Facilities and Infrastructure.

For more information on the CDBG Program or the Community Needs Assessment Survey, contact Erin Lay, Housing Program Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 286-4174.

Universal CityWalk Expands Its Eclectic Dining Options with Newest Restaurant Additions, “A little craving” eatery, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, and VIVO Italian Kitchen.

Universal City, Calif. – October 7, 2019 – Helmed by seasoned executive chefs, Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurants, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana and VIVO Italian Kitchen invite guests to savor an array of culinary concepts, as the popular destination expands its scope of dining options designed for the discerning palates of Angelenos and out-of-town visitors alike.

 With eye-catching traditional Mexican décor in bold hues of oranges, greens and pinks, and complemented by striking, hand-painted murals, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana sits at the heart of CityWalk, bringing an aesthetic vibrancy to the destination. 

With eye-catching traditional Mexican décor in bold hues of oranges, greens and pinks, and complemented by striking, hand-painted murals, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana sits at the heart of CityWalk, bringing an aesthetic vibrancy to the destination. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Spearhead by Executive Chef Gian Caterina who hails from Brazil, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up fresh ingredients—diced, marinated and grilled—to perfection.

Antojitos features open space seating, private dining rooms and an outdoor patio where guests are serenaded by live musical performances from local Latin artists and mariachi bands.  A large centerpiece bar serves as a new trademark of the restaurant and features over 150 tequilas from around the world, a variety of spirited sampling flights, a selection of handcrafted cocktails and margaritas and cold cervezas served on tap.

Dining for the whole family at Antojitos a new restaurant at Universal City Walk. The “little cravings” eatery features open space seating, private dining rooms and an outdoor patio where guests are serenaded by live musical performances from local Latin artists and mariachi bands. Photo/Los Angeles Life and Style, Sept. 28, 2019

The substantial menu features such delectable items as Guacamole Trio and Chips, including signature guacamole, pomegranate guacamole with queso fresco and pepita guacamole with jalapeños and lime salt; Carnitas Nachos (crispy pork carnitas); Queso Fundido (melted Oaxaca, Chihuahua and cotija cheeses); Chicharrones de Pollo (crispy chicken bites, chili lime salt); Elote (street corn) and Sopa de Tortilla, to name a few. 

Flavorful tacos, made from hand-pressed tortillas, include Carne Asada (tequila marinated steak), Al Pastor (tender pork), Pollo (achiote braised chicken), Chorizo con Papas (ground chorizo with crispy potatoes), Birra de Res (six-hour braised beef), Baja Snapper (crispy fish) and Vegan Chorizo, all served with Mexican crema, refried or black beans and Mexican red rice.

Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up fresh ingredients—diced, marinated and grilled—to perfection. A large centerpiece bar serves as a new trademark of the restaurant and features over 150 tequilas from around the world, a variety of spirited sampling flights, a selection of handcrafted cocktails and margaritas and cold cervezas served on tap.
Photo/Los Angeles Life and Style, Sept. 28, 2019

Diners can enjoy a sampling of enchiladas that includes Molé (braised chicken), Rojas (braised beef) and Verdes (three blended Mexican cheese) flavors, or they can opt for any of these as a standalone entrées.

Desserts, the celebratory finale of every good meal, includes such decadent sweets as Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Bar, a trio of Coconut, Pear and Mango Sorbet, traditional Flan and Churros.

Antojitos also caters to dietary restrictions, offering vegetarian options.

Situated within a sleek, modern setting, VIVO Italian Kitchen boasts an open expo kitchen and prides itself in serving heirloom family recipes as part of each carefully prepared meal.

Situated within a sleek, modern setting at Universal City Walk, VIVO Italian Kitchen boasts an open expo kitchen and prides itself in serving heirloom family recipes as part of each carefully prepared meal. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Featuring both indoor and al fresco dining and serving an array of palate pleasing lunch and dinner menus, VIVO’s signature dishes come to life under the stewardship of Executive Chef Cyndi Tran, whose culinary training translates to the creation of fine Italian cuisine with such menu items as Tuscan kale and white bean soup, creamy garlic mushroom sauté, mussels marina, house-made meatballs, a variety of Paninis, tempting hand-tossed, hearth baked pizzas and a selection of innovative twists on classic pastas favorites.

Warm homemade Italian bread with its crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior, grace each table as diners peruse the menu. Decant homemade desserts include such tempting treats as Chocolate Zucotto Vasi, Ricotta Cheesecake, Tiramisu and homemade Gelato, accompanied by signature rosemary infused homemade butter cookies. A full bar featuring a variety of Italian-inspired cocktails, conceptualized by an expert mixologist, can be enjoyed at the bar or with dinner in addition to a broad wine selection to complement every meal.

The arrival of Antojitos Cocina Mexicana and VIVO Italian Kitchen mark the ongoing celebration of CityWalk, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for 25 years.  With the introduction of new restaurants, including popular eateries Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, shopping experiences and the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar renovation of the Universal Cinema, the spotlight continues to shines brightly on Universal CityWalk as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville all accept reservations, and cover a percentage of valet parking at CityWalk.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

“Universal Monsters” Inspired Merchandise from Acclaimed Graffiti Artist Tristan Eaton and ‘80s Themed Collectables Debut at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Themed events!

From Candy Apples with Scissors to the Mind Flayer’s Milkshake and the Slimer’s Dog, Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Bite to its Creepy Cuisine Inspired by this Year’s Slate of “Halloween Horror Nights” Mazes.

Universal City, CA, September 26, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to take a bite out of “Halloween Horror Nights” with its menacing menu of creepy cuisine and merchandise inspired by this year’s slate of terrifying new mazes.

Fans of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” can enjoy a taste of the Starcourt Mall’s favorites, including Scoops Ahoy ice-cream, as featured in Season 3, to savor the Mind Flayer’s Milkshake, a black chocolate treat topped with strawberry sauce, chocolate whipped cream, crushed Oreos®, a black waffle cone and black licorice tentacles. Or, they can opt for Eleven’s Waffle Sundae, an inventive ice cream sundae featuring mini waffles, vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce, jelly beans, chocolate chips and Reese’s® Pieces®.

Other “Stranger Things”-inspired treats include: the Demo-Dog, a quarter-pound hot dog topped with beef chili, cheddar cheese sauce, crushed Flamin’ Hot® Cheetos®, sour cream and scallions, served with a side of tater tots; Benny’s Burger,a juicy beef burger topped with cheddar cheese served on a brioche bun with ketchup, mustard and pickles and served with a side of tater tots; The Upside Down Burger, this signature “upside down” burger features cheddar cheese sauce and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomatoes with a side of tater tots; and the Demogorgon’s Totcho, this dangerously delicious snack piles up tater tots, doused in spicy queso, chili, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream and scallions for delicious twist on classic nachos.

Ghostbusters-inspired eats include: Zuul’s Egg Sandwich, a warm fried egg, juicy turkey sausage and cheddar cheese sandwiched in a brioche bun with chipotle aioli and caramelized onions; Slimer’s Dog, a quarter-pound hot dog dripping in green slime and topped with roasted peppers; the Firehouse Hot Chicken Bites, crispy chicken bites with Nashville sauce, coleslaw and picked piled on crispy Texas toast; Loaded Mac n Cheese, pasta with cheddar cheese sauce, bacon, roasted peppers and scallions; and Cola Battered Corn Dog, aquarter-pound corn dog with cola batter, cherry ketchup and cherry Pop Rocks®. A special “Ghostbusters” Muon Trap popular bin, perfect for catching ghosts in the maze, is also available.

Signature Us favorites include iconic Red Candy Apples affixed with scissors and served at a carnival-inspired stand, reminiscent of the fateful Santa Cruz Boardwalk, as featured in the film. Additionally, a Killer Klowns from Outer Space-inspired Kotton Kandy Cocoon Doughnut, a yeast raised raspberry filled doughnut with pink vanilla frosting encased in pink cotton candy and garnished with a swirly straw, will be available for horror fans.

Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk also joins in on the Halloween festivities with the introduction of weekly specialty doughnuts, including Jack-O-Lantern, Tombstone and Frankenstein designs.

Guests looking to commemorate their “Halloween Horror Nights” experience can choose from a variety of collectibles themed to this year’s must visit event.

Retro chic items include ‘80s inspired VHS tapes filled with “Halloween Horror Nights” and “Ghostbusters”-themed socks, “Ghostbusters” Slimer replicas, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” cotton candy props and “Creepshow” masks.”

This year, acclaimed graffiti artist Tristan Eaton and apparel brand The Hundreds have collaborated to create exclusive “Universal Monsters” themed merchandise including skateboards, sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags.

From Candy Apples with Scissors to the Mind Flayer’s Milkshake and the Slimer’s Dog, Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Bite to its Creepy Cuisine Inspired by this Year’s Slate of “Halloween Horror Nights” Mazes.

Here’s a quick snapshot of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes and attractions:

  • “Us,” an all-new maze based on the blockbuster film from Universal Pictures and visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele
  • “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures’ classic 1984 film comes to life for the first time ever in this all-new maze
  • “Stranger Things,” based on seasons 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller
  • “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” the popular 1980s horror sci-fi film lands at “Halloween Horror Nights” in this all-new chilling maze
  • “Creepshow,” inspired by the 1982 cult classic horror movie and Shudder’s all-original anthology series
  • “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre
  • “House of 1000 Corpses,” inspired by Lionsgate’s 2003 cult classic film and directed by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie
  • “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  • “Curse of Pandora’s Box,” an all-new original maze based on the twisted Greek mythology tale
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

This year’s event dates are: September 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019. Advanced purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out. Tickets can be purchased at https://hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com/.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the all-new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

John Tesh & his Grand Piano songs and stories in concert for an ‘Acoustic Christmas’ in Palm Desert, Poway & Torrance, CA, Nov. 30, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7, 2019.

Los Angeles Calif. – John Tesh will present an evening of Acoustic Christmas at the McCullum Theatre on November 30th; the James R Armstrong Theatre on December 6th; andthe Poway Center for the Performing Arts on December 7th.

John Tesh & his Grand Piano songs and stories in concert for an ‘Acoustic Christmas’ in Palm Desert, Poway & Torrance, CA, Nov. 30, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7, 2019.


Tesh’s music will celebrate the season with fun, music & inspiration.
He looks forward to seeing you at one of these shows!

John Tesh & his Grand Piano songs and stories in concert for an ‘Acoustic Christmas’ in Palm Desert, Poway & Torrance, CA, Nov. 30, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7, 2019.

McCallum Theatre
Saturday, November 30th @8:00pm
73000 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Box Office: 760-340-2787
Don’t miss the show – get your tickets now.

James R Armstrong Theatre
Friday, December 6th @8:00pm
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
Box Office: 310-781-7171
Don’t miss the show – get your tickets now.
Ask about special VIP packages!

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 7th @8:00pm
15498 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
Box Office: 858-748-0505
Don’t miss the show – get your tickets now.

About John Tesh

John Tesh

Six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations, three gold records, seven Public Television specials and 8 million records sold. After more than three decades as an international entertainer, John Tesh’s recording and live concert career continues to thrive today.

Whether at the solo piano, with a 12-piece ‘big band’ or an 80 piece orchestra, Tesh’s ability to create a unique journey for concert fans with music and storytelling has taken him from the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Coliseum in Rome to Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. John’s live television concerts, including the seminal ‘Live at Red Rocks,’ have raised more than 20 million dollars for Public Television.

Tesh’s consistent popularity as a TV and Radio broadcaster has only amplified the personal connection with his loyal tribe of fans who get to listen to him 6 days a week on the ‘Intelligence For Your Life’ radio and television programs. The radio show alone amasses 34 million gross impressions/per week. John’s Facebook page has a weekly reach of 15-20 million engagements/week. The weekly TV program adds another 2 million impressions. Tesh and his marketing team regularly utilize these robust platforms to promote his live concert performances.

Twenty five years and 50 plus recordings into his multi-faceted, ever-evolving musical and broadcast career, John Tesh’s highly successful and varied career path also includes a string of #1 radio hits, a Keyboard Magazine Performance award, 12 years as an investigative journalist for the CBS TV Network, a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, broadcast host and music composer for the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games, and the unique distinction of composing what critics have hailed as “The greatest sports theme song in television history,” the NBC SPORTS’ NBA Basketball Theme.

A self-proclaimed school “band geek” playing trumpet in marching and jazz bands in junior high and high school, Tesh was proficient on the trumpet and piano from the age of six. He studied privately with teachers from The Julliard School, and was named to the New York State Symphonic Orchestra in high school while also playing Hammond B3 in 3 Long Island rock bands.

https://www.teshmusic.com/

Bridge to Home to present Annual Soup for the Soul – Sera in Italia on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Television personality Rick Garcia to serve as Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds to benefit Homeless services in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Tickets still available for Sera in Italia at Bella Vida

Santa Clarita – Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12, 2019, for the annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser supporting Bridge to Home. Soup for the Soul – Sera in Italia, will be an evening of fresh from the garden soups and delicious delicacies. Local resident and veteran broadcaster Rick Garcia, currently host of My Radio Show with Rick Garcia, will be the master of ceremonies for the evening at Bella Vida.

This annual event is Bridge to Home’s largest fundraising effort. Proceeds will allow the agency to provide services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness in the Santa Clarita community.  Bridge to Home has recently expanded the shelter operation to year-round and is preparing the property at the end of Drayton Street to meet that need.

Growing from a community open house at the winter shelter, Soup for the Soul is now an event for several hundred people and an evening filled with fun and delicious food. Following the theme of soup, attendees will be treated to favorites from Salt Creek Grille, Souplantation, Olive Garden, Fish Tail Seafood Grill and Lazy Dog Café. In addition, the following restaurants and businesses are providing appetizers, salads, desserts, wines, and beer: Italia Panetteria & Deli, Marston’s Restaurant, Olive Terrace,  Wolf Creek Brewery, Egg Plantation, Spumoni Trattoria & Pizzeria, Piccola Trattoria & Pizzeria, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Old World Deli, The Press Room, Ralphs, Mystic Hills Wines, Kendall-Jackson Wines and barista Danny Silva.

Adding to the fun, there will be lively bidding on fabulous silent auction packages, a live auction featuring trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Big Bear, along with a Fund-a Need opportunity when participants can donate directly to support the case management services and the homeless shelter buildings operated by Bridge to Home.

More than 30 local businesses are already signed on as sponsors of this event. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are still available for Soup for the Soul. Please visit btohome.org to purchase tickets and learn more about the crucial services Bridge to Home provides.

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Get Ready for National Coffee Day coming up on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Wallet Hub’s Best Coffee in America.

Los Angeles, Calif- Coffee first became popular in the U.S. after the Boston Tea Party, when the switch was seen as “patriotic,” according to PBS. And since Starbucks debuted in 1971, the drink is now accessible almost anywhere you go. In a recent Reuters poll, sixty-three percent of Americans age 18 or older said they drank coffee the previous day.

What gave way to java culture? Science, for one, has convinced us that caffeine possesses multiple health benefits besides mental stimulation. At the right dosages, caffeine may contribute to longevity. Perhaps just as important, though, is coffee’s social purpose. Today, coffee stations are a staple of the workplace, and tens of thousands of shops serve as meeting places for friends, dates and coworkers. The creation of these drinks has grown increasingly professional, too. Being a barista has become less a part-time job than a career field. Latte art has even inspired a national competition.

But some local coffee scenes are stronger than others. To determine the best among them, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of coffee lover-friendliness. Our data set ranges from coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita to average price per pack of coffee. In addition, we compiled a list of top coffee retailers extending special savings in honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29.

With National Coffee Day around the corner and the U.S. coffee industry currently valued at $48 billion, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best Coffee Cities in America.

To determine the best local coffee scenes in America, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of a strong coffee culture. The data set ranges from coffee shops, coffee houses and cafés per capita to average price per pack of coffee.

The Coffee Scene in Los Angeles (1=Best, 50=Avg.):

  • 26th – Avg. Spending on Coffee per Household
  • 5th – % of Adults Who Reported Drinking “Ready-to-Drink” Coffee in the Past Six Months
  • 9th – Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses & Cafés Per Capita
  • 12th – Coffee & Tea Manufacturers per Capita
  • 6th – Affordable Coffee Shops, Coffee Houses & Cafés Rated 4.5+ Stars per Capita

Story by  Adam McCann, Wallet Hub Financial Writer

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