Ice Skating

Ice Skating….at the Beach!

  Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beach-side community.  The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue is transformed into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. Students at EC Los Angeles had a great time skating, enjoying some of the live entertainment and food from an array of food trucks.  Just one of the many exciting activities that ECLA puts on for student’s every month.  The activities are a great way to meet new people and make new friends – and of course, to practice your English speaking skills! For more information about studying at EC Los Angeles, visit our website: English Language Center Los Angeles You can also find out more about the activites that we run by visiting our Facbook page: https://www.facebook.com/eclosangeles.school

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is a very popular Holiday here in the USA, but what exactly is it?  Why do we celebrate it?  Here is some information and fun facts about the origins of Thanksgiving and why it means so much to people all across America. What is Thanksgiving? Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. While today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, it continues to be a day for Americans to come together around the table—albeit with some updates to pilgrim’s menu. Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, and the local natives did participate, this “first thanksgiving” was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is little evidence that this feast of thanks led directly to our modern Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving can, however, be traced back to 1863 when Pres. Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since. FUN Facts! The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers! Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared – catch it while you can! 🙂 Have left over pumpkins from Halloween?  Try this delicious recipe for the perfect Pumpkin Pie PUMPKIN PIE … Read more