Adopt-A-Family Program a Huge Success

We received a record number of applicants for the 2015 Adopt-A-Family program, closing it off with 1,150 applicants-- 400+ applicants more than 2014. In total, we were able to ensure that 83% of the eligible applicants were adopted this year! Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 program--- Angels, Sponsors, Donors, Businesses. Your support of these families was overwhelming and we look forward to making an even greater impact with the Adopt-A-Family Program in 2016.
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Barry's Tickets SoCal Offices - Encino Office is One of Five

You may or may not have heard of Barry's Ticket Service. It is a ticket agency located throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and has been around for over twenty-five years. There are dozens of agencies who have managed to master the fascinating the world of the secondary market, but few agencies have discovered the lasting power of Barry's. Not to mention their prominent online presence.
So what is it that sets apart Barry's Tickets from the other agencies? Well, as someone who has been a customer for years and an avid event go-er, I can tell you that it's not just one thing that distinguishes this broker from their competitors. For starters, Barry's is the only agency who stocks actual, physical tickets in their inventory. Other agencies I've tried to become a loyal customer of will sell you a seat in a section and row "range" so to speak, but don't actually have the tickets to sell. So they will have to somehow acquire those tickets for you. That does not always go over so well! You may often find that a set of tickets for the worst seats in the house shows up on your doorstep the day of the event and you've no choice but to just take them.
I've also found Barry's Tickets to be highly selective about their ticket inventory. Rather than just acquiring massive amounts of sub-par seats and selling them for a two-dollar profit, you will find that Barry's actually has a decent inventory of tickets and prices them affordably. It is obvious they are more discriminating in what they decide to buy and sell for their customers.
Barry's tries hard to be accessible to the entire Los Angeles area. They have five offices, including one in Orange County. The Barry's Ticket Service Encino Office is the one that's closest to me. And thank heaven for that because I'd hate to have to drive to their Holiday Inn office, which is downtown, to grab tickets on the day of an event that is in the opposite direction! Located at 16161 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, it is always a relief that the Encino office is so conveniently located whenever I order tickets that are close to the date of the event, leaving no time for shipping.
I've done both however! I've enjoyed the reliability of Barry's Tickets for so long that I have both had the pleasure of picking up my tickets from the Encino Office as well as having my tickets shipped for me. That is another great thing about Barry's Ticket Service; I've never once had an issue with receiving my tickets. If I order tickets online and want them shipped, I've received my tickets on time without fail. If I would rather pick them up or I order my tickets so close to the event that shipping is not feasible, the Encino office always gets my tickets to their office in a timely manner so I can pick them up, no matter which office actually stocked the tickets I bought.

Train Travel to SoCal is Easy

No matter where you are coming from, train travel to California is an excellent way of getting there in comfort. The Amtrak system has all the schedules from different areas of the country at each station. The information is also available online, so you can figure out which trains you have to take to reach your destination; it's really quite simple. With gas prices being high, this is an alternative to driving that can save you time and money.
If you are traveling a long distance, Amtrak has sleeper cars to allow for overnight trips. Once you get to California, traveling within the state, say between San Diego and LA is easy and cost-effective as well. The right connections are all it takes and they can be found at the train station as well as in Amtrak's brochure which can be ordered online.
Amtrak connects the major train stations up and down the coast, and inland to other parts of the country. Once you are in the Los Angeles area, you'll often ride Metrolink, the regional rail system. This extensive system hits many stations where Amtrak does not stop. Metro Link schedules are available at the train stations.
So Amtrak is the national system and Metrolink is the regional railway in the greater Los Angeles area (Orange County and parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties included). An alternative to get you to where you are going in San Diego County is train travel aboard the San Diego Coaster. This regional train links North County and San Diego and many people use this mode of transportation for traveling to and from work. In addition, it is a great way to get to San Diego attractions while you are vacationing in California.
Train travel is a much easier way of getting from one destination to the other without the hassle of automobile traffic, and without the security hassles of air travel. If you are from out of state and have traveled to California via airplane or train, continuing on your way using Metrolink or the San Diego Coaster will be convenient. It will also allow you to see more of the sites than if you were driving.
The Coaster's schedule is also available online, so this can be printed out and taken with you if this is the way you are planning to travel. All the destinations as well as route numbers, a map and times the train departs and arrives are available on this schedule; it's really pretty impressive. In some cases the trains have continued to add cars as the number of passengers using the trains have increased dramatically.
The San Diego stations have ticket vending machines that allow you to confirm your destination and purchase the ticket with cash or credit card. If you are not planning on returning the same day, a one-way ticket would be the best choice. This will allow you to purchase a return ticket when you are ready.
There is always the option of flying into one area of California and using train travel to get to your desired destination. This may be what you prefer to do if you have a long way to travel.
When you are ready to take off on your California vacation, you will definitely want to check out Amtrak and the Metrolink and San Diego Coaster trains. Train travel can be a plus when you have a limited amount of time to check out a few things on your vacation.
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