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On The Road for Christmas? Here Where to Eat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

Travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2017.

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California DOT Issues I-5 Construction Advisory

The California Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-5 construction activities through December 8, 2017

SR-134 to Magnolia Boulevard

  • Sonora Avenue and Western Avenue Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime street closures on Sonora Avenue and Western Avenue from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid 2018. Detours are posted.
  • Alameda Avenue Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime ramp closures on Alameda Avenue from Flower Street to Lake Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through mid 2018.

    • The following loop on- and off-ramps will be closed:
      • Eastbound Alameda northbound loop on-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda northbound loop off-ramp
      • Eastbound Alameda southbound loop off-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda southbound loop on-ramp
    • The following on- and off-ramps will remain open:
      • Eastbound Alameda northbound off-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda northbound on-ramp
      • Eastbound Alameda southbound on-ramp
      • Westbound Alameda southbound off-ramp

Magnolia Boulevard to Buena Vista Street

  • Northbound and Southbound I-5 Lane Closures:
    Intermittent nighttime northbound and southbound I-5 lane closures between Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • East Orange Grove Avenue Closure:
    East Orange Grove Avenue between 1st Street and North Bonnywood Place will be closed. To access the Orange Grove northbound I-5 on-ramp use Angeleno Avenue. Detours will be posted.
  • Front Street Long-Term Closure:
    Front Street between the Metrolink station (south of the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge) and Burbank Boulevard will be a northbound-only one-way street. For access to the Metrolink station from northbound I-5 use the Olive Avenue exit to 1st Street and cross under the freeway on Verdugo Avenue, and southbound I-5, use the Verdugo Avenue off-ramp exit.
  • Buena Vista Street Closures:
    Intermittent daytime and nighttime closures of Buena Vista Street, in both directions, between San Fernando Boulevard and Winona Avenue.
  • On- and Off-Ramp Closures:
    Intermittent on- and off-ramp closures at Buena Vista Street, San Fernando Boulevard and Burbank Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Detours will be provided.
  • Empire Avenue Closure:
    Empire Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Victory Place will be closed through early 2018.

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Lane, Ramp Closures This Week for I-5 Construction in Washington

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts associated with I-5 construction and maintenance operations in the Olympic Region this week:

Tuesday, December 5

  • Southbound I-5 collector/distributor lanes will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • East 27th Street between East Bay Street and Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to northbound I-705/26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
  • SR 167 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 6

  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to northbound I-705/26th Street will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
  • Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, December 7

  • Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Bay Street on-ramp to northbound SR 167 (River Road) will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.
  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to northbound I-705/26th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.
  • Eastbound SR 16 ramp to southbound I-5 and 38th Street will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday.
  • East 38th Street onramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday.

Friday, December 8

  • Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Southbound I-5 exit to northbound I-705/26th Street will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday.

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Countdown to Hollywood’s Biggest New Year’s Party

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, EVE, on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.

The New Year’s Eve event, the first ever for Universal Studios Hollywood, is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide countdown party featuring multiple entertainment hubs with DJs and live music, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located adjacent to “The Simpsons Ride” and an area near “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed electrifying party hubs that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.


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Food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer and wine, as well as 2018 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” introduces “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle.” Several times each night, guests can enjoy amazing images inspires by the Harry Potter films as they come to life in breathtaking digital light projection on the backdrop of Hogwarts castle. And with extended hours on December 31, guests can celebrate the final day of “Grinchmas™” with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.


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Explore The Wild Side Of Winter In Monterey County

While much of the country slumbers beneath blankets of winter snow, sunny Monterey County is awake and alive with winter wildlife. Whether it’s the delicate, migratory monarchs, the gentle giants of the sea or abundant birdlife, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites visitors to come and explore the incredible biodiversity of our coastal region.

WINTER MONARCH MECCA
Witness fluttering clouds of orange and black descend upon charming Pacific Grove, also known as Butterfly Town, U.S.A. California’s central coast is the only place in America where monarch butterflies migrate to in the winter. They begin arriving in October and stay through February, creating spectacular effects as they flit and float through the air and hang in clusters from eucalyptus, pine and cypress trees in Pacific Grove’s Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. Because monarch butterflies have a lifespan of less than one year, their migration remains a mystery. They arrive each year, never having been to this destination before. Visit in the early afternoon, the warmest time of day, to see these delightful creatures when they’re most active.

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Oregon Plan Calls For I-5 Tolls, Gas Tax Increases

Oregon lawmakers are proposing new tolls on Interstate 5 in the Portland area and raising the state gas tax to raise billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure improvements.

Lawmakers claim that, in order to solve the current transportation problems, these changes are necessary.

The draft proposal includes increasing the current 30 cent state fuel tax by 6 cents next year, and another 2 cents every other year through 2026.

That, as well as other measures including the establishment of tolls on I-5, would bring in an estimated $509.1 million next year, increasing gradually to $1.1 billion in 2027.

Pending Federal approval, the legislation identifies Portland for immediate attention: I-5 and I-205 between the Washington border and their junction just north of Wilsonville.

The committee will hold public hearings on the bill, he said, and hopes to have it to the House floor by early June.


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Nearly 51 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving, Highest in a Dozen Years

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season.”

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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-5 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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Overnight Lane Closures for I-5 Construction in Washington

The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that construction crews have finished paving on I-5 and are beginning to remove the temporary barrier and install guardrail and striping on northbound I-5 as weather conditions allow.

Single and double lane closures will take place on I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive the week of November 6 during overnight hours for paving. Crews may work in both directions each night.

Bicyclists who use northbound I-5 will follow a detour route through DuPont.


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Pixar Fest Opens at Disneyland Resort in April 2018

Pixar Fest, the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks, brings guests together to celebrate friendship and beyond beginning April 13, 2018, at the Disneyland Resort.

During this limited time event, some of the beloved stories from Pixar Animation Studios will come to life in new ways at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, with characters and experiences from films such as Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up.” Guests will join the fun as they experience a new fireworks spectacular, the return of two favorite parades with fresh new Pixar surprises, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, creatively themed food and beverage and exclusive event merchandise.

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