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Heart Healthy Macadamia Nuts

National Macadamia Nut Month is the perfect time to indulge in the health benefits of macadamia nuts. Sweet and full of essential minerals, vitamins and heart-friendly mono-unsaturated fatty acids, macadamia nuts are a rich source of energy in addition to providing numerous health benefits:

  • High fiber content: 100 g of macadamia nuts provide 8.6 g, or 23%, of daily recommended levels of dietary fiber.
  • Gluten free.
  • High in mono-unsaturated fat (MUF) like oleic acid and palmitoleic acids, offering protection from coronary artery disease and strokes.
  • Excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium, a cardio-protective micro-mineral.
  • High in B-complex vitamins.
  • Source of Vitamin A and E, antioxidants that protect cell membranes and DNA damage from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

Calling all Sweethearts!

Come out to the Valentine Sweetheart Ball at the Palm Garden Hotel and dance the night away to the tunes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, and so many more. If dancing works up an appetite—no problem! Mingle with loved ones or friends while drinks and food are provided by Brendan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, located next door to the Palm Garden Hotel.

Grab your dancing shoes and come out Monday, February 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10! For more information:

Experience Civil War Days

The public is invited to Strathearn Historical Park & Museum’s Civil War weekend on Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Step back in time to experience a soldier’s camp in 1862 and see the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilian re-enactors. The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Experience authentic artillery infantry and demonstrations plus soldier and civilian camps. A highly regarded Lincoln impersonator will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address.” In addition to encampment activities, at noon each day, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information. Old-fashioned barn dance lessons will also be provided by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society in the historic Wood Ranch Barn. Daily admission: $5 for age 13 & up – $3 ages 5 to 12 years old. Children 4 & under are free. Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is at 137 Strathearn Place in Simi Valley (the street behind Target off Madera Road) Call 805.526.6453 for more information or visit

The World’s Sauciest Party

The Flying Tomato Festival at Pacific View Mall in Ventura on Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is inspired by the huge tomato fights in Europe. Ventura’s Tomato Festival combines an amazing concert with a huge food fight, and then sprays you down in the Rinse Cycle before you head home. It is pure adrenaline and crazy fun! The Tomato Festival is more than an amazing event and raises awareness about food waste and feeding the hungry. The Tomato Festival donates meals and funds to Action Against Hunger and is fighting hunger by conducting local food drives as well as supporting several local nonprofits. Participants receive the best swag in the business: a terry Headband, Aviator Sunglasses, a classy Moustache, cool event T-shirt, terry sweatbands, fun fake tattoos and all the tomatoes you can throw. Flying Tomato Festival is for people of all ages; children 11 and younger may attend for free when supervised by a paying adult. Tickets: