Category: Events

Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation LA Family Day

Asher Angel from Disney Channel’s Andi Mack & ABC’s American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe are set to perform at T.J. Martell Foundation Los Angeles Family Day to be held at The Grove for the third consecutive year on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 12p.m. – 4p.m. PT.

In addition to Asher Angel and Maddie Poppe, other top music artists will also perform. Families will enjoy delicious food, a live auction, live musical performances, games, prizes and other activities while raising funds for cancer research. Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now and can be purchased at

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Every year, the T.J. Martell Foundation honors outstanding members of the music and medical communities who dedicate their time and efforts in support of cancer research. This year, the LA Family Day honorees include:

  • Dr. Alan Wayne, Director of the Children’s Center For Cancer & Blood Diseases, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
  • Erika Ender, composer, singer, actress, philanthropist and Latin GRAMMY 2018 Song of the Year winner for “Despacito”
  • Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment
  • Steven Vincent, Vice President of Music & Soundtracks for The Disney Channel Worldwide

You can see highlights of LA Family Day event from the last time we were invited to cover it here:

Prior to Family Day, the foundation will host its Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The fundraising event will include an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, and live musical performances. CITI® cardmembers have exclusive access to purchase tickets for LA Family Day and Spirit of Excellence Dinner. For complete details on presale and preferred tickets for CITI cardmembers, visit

For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, LA Family Day featuring Asher Angel & Maddie Poppe and the Spirit of Excellence Dinner visit

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Hailee Steinfeld inspires students at Make Your Dreams Stick event

Hailee Steinfeld kicked off the back-to-school season this past Monday (are we really talking about back to school already?) with Post-it® Brand at the “Make Your Dreams Stick with Post-it® Brand and Hailee Steinfeld” event in New York City, to inspire students to dream big this school year and #makeitstick.

The event included a performance by Hailee and an interactive Q&A with Hailee and Post-it® Brand Global Business Director, Remi Kent. Check out some quotes from Hailee about her goals, facing setbacks, upcoming projects and what inspires her.

Hailee Steinfeld on achieving her goals

“I feel like if you can put [your goals] out into the universe and work tirelessly to achieve [them], then you can do anything ….. you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and I find that to be true” 

Hailee Steinfeld on inspiration

“I’ve been very, very lucky – I’ve had some incredible people around me my whole life that have inspired me and motivated me – if I can be that person for anyone else, then I consider that a huge honor” 

Hailee Steinfeld on her current goals

“It has been a goal of mine to get out on the road this year so that is coming to life, which is exciting. I also love doing both acting and singing – as long as I can remain doing both, happy and healthy, then that’s my goal”

Hailee Steinfeld on facing setbacks

“Whatever it is that you’re doing, if it makes you happy, then nothing should come in the way of that – of course you will face setbacks, but it is important to stay positive and keep going” 

Hailee Steinfeld on upcoming projects

“I am in the middle of a tour right now with Charlie Puth on the Voice Notes Tour, so that’s been very fun. We are just kinda getting started, so I will be doing that for the majority of my summer and then I have a film called Bumblee coming out around Christmas, which is a spinoff to Transformers”

Maluma Concert and VIP Meet and Greet Review and Set List – Los Angeles

The 23-year-old Colombian Reggaeton singer, songwriter and record producer Maluma added to his sold out concert dates with stop in Los Angeles California on March 26th. Nothing to be too surprised of — after all, he sold out every city on his first official US tour, a total of 14 cities!

I was lucky to get to see Maluma perform this night, and even splurged for the VIP Meet and Greet package. If you are a Maluma fan, I bet you’d love to know how he is in concert. Well, I am about to tell you all about the experience, from meeting him to his entire show! Keep scrolling to read all the details.

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Just before the concert he took time to meet and great some of his fans, including me. He took pictures with each person and even signed a poster for the lucky ones to take back home in a Maluma “goodie bag.”

My first complaint is about his security team. They were completely over the top. They did not let any of his fans take pictures with their own phones, but made them use only the photo service they had in the location. The pictures may be of a better quality, but in this day and age of instant gratification and fast turnaround this is not a good option for the tons of young followers that the singer has. The photos were promised to be available online to download at full resolution within three days. THREE DAYS! That’s a lifetime to a teenage girl. (in truth, they ended up going live in a day and a half, not too bad).

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The second complaint is that you got to spend very little time with Maluma, it was like getting fast food — they rushed you through.

The third complaint is the extremely long wait to start the concert, which was a whole hour late.

Despite the minor meet and greet problems and the slow start, I must admit he rocked the show! His energy and charisma was contagious, and he knew how to work the crowd.  He asked several times jokingly about how many women in the crowd were single: “El 90% de las mujeres son solteras esta noche, no lo puedo creer.” (90% of the women are single tonight, I can’t believe it). To which all the women started screaming!

“Y yo, soltero tambien.” (and I’m single too). All this with a very mischievous grin, getting the audience riled up.

Here is his concert set list, in case you missed it. Let me tell you — the crowd was totally into Maluma and got him to do two encores. No complaints about that. 🙂

Here are some video highlights from that night!:


“Nadie sabe
lo que he pasado
He trabajado fuerte
mi lugar me lo he ganado
Todos dicen que por mi imagen
he pegado
No hay soberbia
Miren los resultados (BIS)
Existe el que te admira y el que no también, pero lo negativo lo dejo en el reten
Con mi conciencia limpia porque siempre hago el bien y con Dios de la mano yo sigo en este tren
Ponte en mis zapatos y no me critiques y si vas a hacerlo, quiero que me expliques
Soy con quien sueña tu novia, no puedes negarlo por mi te derrites
Siempre la paso bien, viviendo en un hotel
Millones de fanáticos, que más puedo merecer”



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CHANTAJE (Shakira pre-recorded vocals)

VENTE PA’ CA(Ricky Martin pre-recorded vocals)
He repeated La Curiosidad and then asked one of the guys working with him to find him a “mamacita” who he could serenade. He sang to her, and there even was a little kiss action, but somehow I don’t think she minded. But anyway, come on pretty boy, let’s be a little more careful out there with the kissing. Germs, ya know. 😉



“CHANTAJE” a second time

LA BICICLETA REMIX(Carlos Vives and Shakira pre-recorded vocals)
At what we thought was the end of the concert he thanked everyone for supporting him, as well as thanking God for everything. He and his band left the stage.

No one moved and he returned for an encore. He sang the following three songs acapella, including the Cosculluela rapping part:




At this time his band returned to the stage and backed Maluma for the next two songs:

GYAL YOU A PARTY ANIMAL(Charly Black pre-recorded vocals) 


He left once more, but a second encore was needed as NO ONE, seriously no one was leaving the arena.

After screaming “Pretty Boy Dirty Boy” by the audience as guided by one of the band members, Maluma came out and sang his last song of the night wearing a red robe with black prints and matching red pants that allowed us see his well-formed abs. Girls went wild screaming. His song of choice? One of the songs that has created a bit of controversy around the singer.


Over all the concert was on point.

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Maluma gave props and introduced all his band members and backup singers, and he kept the energy high always. The dancers did an amazing job and Maluma did show us both sides: his pretty boy and his dirty boy as well.

Highly recommend going to see him next time he’s in town.

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Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Fun at Hollywood and Highland

So Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards are happening this weekend, and to celebrate, Nick and Toyota partnered to set up some fun activities at Hollywood and Highland this week — so of course we went to check out the action and GET SLIMED! Scroll down for the video of our junior reporter Keira Pena getting just that, but first some pics.

First how cool is this Spongebob Sienna? Pretty cool, that’s how cool it is. You got to sit in it and get your picture taken.

SpongeBob Sienna

Here is an overview of the scene. You can see more stuff in our video below (keep scrolling).

Toyota & Nickelodeon Activation View

They had fun stuff to do, like this animated GIF maker thingy.

Kiki at Nick

And here is Keira getting ready for some slimage. If you want to see her get slimed, watch the video below!


Here is the video!

Check out more Kids Choice Awards action at

ZuGoPet Soft Launch Party In Beverly Hills Brings Celebrities and Animal Lovers Together

Earlier this week, Teens Wanna Know’s junior reporter Keira Peña got the chance to mingle with some dedicated animal lovers and a celeb or two at the soft launch for ZuGoPet held at a private mansion in Beverly Hills.

What is ZuGoPet?

It is a dog car seat/pet bed/travel bag combo invented by Juls Bindi. It is designed to keep small dogs from becoming anxious while riding around in your car, which then easily converts into a stylish handbag.


Highlights of the product include:

  • Vegan-friendly material
  • Vented on 3 sides
  • 5 pockets to hold your stuff
  • Airport compliant
  • Available in three colors: Midnight Black, Lipstick Pink and Snow White
  • Matching harnesses and plush blankets are available

ZuGoPet’s slogan is “Buy a bag, save a life” because “any 501(c)(3) that sells a ZuGoPet bag will get 100% of the profits” and they will also give at least $1 from each ZuGoPet product sold through other channels to save the lives of shelter animals.

In order to raise funds for the first shipment, the company launched an campaign with lots of perks for contributors. You can check that out here:

And now…some highlights from the party!

Juls Bindi hosted the event. Here she is with Keira.


New York Times Bestselling Author Tamar Geller of “The Loved Dog” had some fun with a guest.


Dogs were brought for adoption by




Music was provided by KCRW’s DJ Valida


As well as by singers Maggie Szabo and Shalini Varghese


And even Oscar-winner Mel Gibson showed up to lend his support!

Keira Pena and Mel Gibson

It wasn’t just human celebrities who showed up. Making special appearances were Jiff the Pom and Beemo!

Beemo and Jiff the Pom

Keira and Beemo

Keira Pena and Jiff the Pom

Victor-H completed a painting while he was here.


And everybody had a great time!


Special thanks to Miss Behave Girls for providing Keira’s dress for the day. They have beautiful dresses specifically made to fit tweens and teens!


Remember: If you are thinking of getting a pet, go to a shelter first. Rescue dogs make GREAT pets (we have one ourselves at TWK headquarters) and these little lives depend on you to save them.




“Teen Nation Tour” Hits the Road with Anti-Bullying Message for Teens

A new tour is hitting middle schools, high schools and other venues starting this month, and it carries a strong message for teens: bullying is not cool.

The Teen Nation Tour (TNT) is a 90-minute  program which features up-and-coming recording artists from a variety of musical genres such as pop, country, and rock. In addition to performing, the young artists also share their own personal bullying stories and discuss options for preventing bullying — on a peer-to-peer level which is bound to be more effective than if the same message were delivered by adults.

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TNT’s first date was September 8th in Raleigh, NC and will continue through other cities in North Carolina, Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, and throughout cities and towns in Texas. The tour will also perform at some major events this year including a televised NASCAR Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and at a benefit concert for The Stand Up and Speak Out organization.

Some of the performers in this year’s lineup include: former Disney Radio artist Celeste Kellogg, J.Ryan from the X-Factor, Zach Matari, Katie Belle Akin, Dylan Rey, Simply Rayne, Rylie Lynn, Colton Jacobson, Mason Mercer, Rebelmann, Kristina Lachaga, Gracie and Joey and many more.

For more information visit

Here are some EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes pics!

Zach Matari, Darla Beaux, Kristina Lachaga and Tru Fam Getting pumped up before going onstage
Zach Matari, Darla Beaux, Kristina Lachaga and Tru Fam Getting pumped up before going onstage.
A few of the Guys from Teen nation hanging in the hall waiting to go on stage in Raleigh, NC - Collin Kazola, TRU  FAM, Jryan
A few of the Guys from Teen Nation hanging in the hall waiting to go on stage in Raleigh, NC – Collin Kazola, TRU FAM, Jryan
Jryan and Kaylin roberson trying our new faces for their next school performance
Jryan and Kaylin Roberson trying our new faces for their next school performance.
The Kids go Wild every time Colin Kazola walks into the place
The Kids go wild every time Colin Kazola walks into the place.
Zach Matari loves his fans
Zach Matari loves his fans!

Power of a Dream Music Festival to Hit Fresno August 30, 2014

Grizzly Youth Academy & Save Mart Center
Ventura County celebrities Sade Champagne and Lisa Lewolt are partnering up with the Grizzly Booster Club to launch, the first ever “Power Of A Dream Music Festival at the Fresno Save Mart Center in Fresno CA., Saturday August 30, 2014 from 6pm-10pm, a charity event to raise funds for the expansion project, a field for the kids and scholarships as well as awareness for California National Guards Grizzly Youth Academy Challenge Program.

The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults. This entire program is provided at no cost for the family. Lisa and Sade got the opportunity to experience firsthand at what this program does for at-risk teens ages 16-19 throughout California. They had the pleasure of volunteering for Mentor Day and helping to lead their chapel service where they encouraged and empowered the teenagers in the program.

The festival will feature popular Celebrity guest appearances and performances, community and special guest performers, inspirational speakers, vendors, large raffle prizes and so much more. This festival is also unlike any other because 3 people will win the chance to perform live at the festival through the Power of a Dream Vocal Talent Contest.

This entire charity event was originally dreamed up by Donna Hummer, one of the GYA Booster Club volunteers. Her teenage son Cody has greatly benefited from the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in San Luis Obispo. She reached out to Sade Champagne about helping her to create a large charity event so that more kids could receive the help that her son did. Power Of A Dream Music Festival will also feature testimonials from kids in the program, performances from Grizzly’s Audio Ignite music program and local Fresno celebrity entertainers like Travis Miller and 2Tallin’.

Sade Champagne and Lisa Lewolt are professional musical artists, performers, and inspirational speakers residing in Ventura County, CA. Through Sade Champagne Presents they have created, directed and executive produced over 30 unique popular charity events, raising thousands of dollars and awareness for charities all over the world. This summer they are launching their Power of a Dream Tour and traveling all over Southern and Central California with a team of musical artists, performers and inspirational speakers. It’s fitting that the summer leg of the tour would end in Fresno at the Save Mart Center arena raising funds and awareness for the California National Guards Grizzly Youth Academy. The Power of a Dream Music Festival is the culmination of everything the tour represents!

Admission into the festival is $10. Advance Tickets will be available for purchase this month, and tickets will also be available at the door. This is sure to be an electric and motivating event that will inspire and be fun for the entire family!

Build-a-Bear’s Huggable Heroes & USO Partnership Reward Heroes Big and Small

build a bear heroesYou all know the Build-a-Bear Workshop brand: they are the stores found in malls across America and the rest of the world where you get to assemble your very own customizable teddy bear. Well, this company is giving back to the community with two initiatives that will reward charity-minded youth who are making the world a better place, as well as our military heroes and their families:

  • Huggable Heroes: The annual Build-A-Bear Workshop program recognizes and rewards children ages eight through 18 for extraordinary acts of service.  Ten winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to the winner’s choice of a designated charity. Guests can join this effort by nominating young social entrepreneurs in stores or at
  • USO Partnership: Build-A-Bear Workshop is supporting the USO “Every Moment Counts” campaign, which creates moments that matter for our troops and their families.  This is being launched at a special event in Los Angeles, where guests can share a message of thanks on their social media platforms with “#babwUSOthanks.”  For each share, Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate one dollar to the USO, up to $50,000.  Guests can also make a monetary donation to support the USO when they checkout through June 30. In addition, Guest will be invited to join in the USO’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record for “most signatures on a flag” by signing the flag in-person

BABW_654x325 The event takes place Thursday, May 14 at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, Westside Pavilion, 10800 West Pico Blvd., Space #248, Los Angeles, CA 90064. It runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. If you want to stay up-to-date with Build-A-Bear Workshop’s initiatives and current promotions, visit the following:

About the USO The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

Farmers Insurance Announces $100,000 Grants for Teachers with the “Dream Big Challenge”


Earlier this year, we reported that comedian and actor Jack Black became the first participant in the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” campaign by personally thanking his former teacher Debbie Devine (scroll down for video).

“Thank a Million Teachers” encourages people of all ages to thank the teachers who made a difference in their lives on the website, and provides up to $2,500 in grant money to select educators who submit proposals via the site. Over half a million teacher thank yous have already been logged, putting the program ahead of schedule for reaching its goal of one million teachers thanked in 2014.

The campaign continues, and on March 6th was expanded with the announcement of the “Dream Big Challenge,” a national competition which will award five teachers grants of up to $100,000 each for use in transforming their schools and communities. According to the press release for the event, which took place at the Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, “teachers will be invited to submit comprehensive proposals describing their visionary program, implementation plans and timelines, expected outcomes and a detailed budget.  Complete rules and guidelines, as well as downloadable forms are available at”

In addition to announcing the competition, the event also recognized five local high school students, known as the “M.I.T. 5,” who will be attending the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology together this fall. The students — Andrew Koh, Raymundo Cano, Gi Min Choi, Kevin Escobar Rodriguez, and William Lopez-Cordero — publicly thanked their teachers and were then presented with a check for $1,000 each from Farmers, while Polytechnic High School itself was given a check for $5,000.IMG_7381

Have you thanked a teacher today?

Teen Fave Cher Lloyd Rocks It at Star Magazine’s Hollywood Rocks! Event


Cher-PerformanceSinger Cher Lloyd performed a few of her hits at Star Magazine’s Hollywood Rocks Event on Wednesday at supperclub in Hollywood, and the executive producers of Teens Wanna Know were there to check it out.

First, visitors were greeted with healthy, all-you-can drink portions of Jamba Juice, including all-natural shots of lemon and ginger to perk everyone up. Those of drinking age were also offered unlimited wine from Yellowtail and spirited drinks courtesy of Svedka.

Guests mingled and checked out the other sponsors kicking up the Hollywood glam factor, which included:

  • Got2b, who provided free hair touchups and hairstyling products to all guests
  • Effy, who handed out amaaaazing edible jewelry
  • Just Fab, Austrailian Gold, Cottonelle and Hydroxycut
We kid you not, this is edible candy!

Finally, at roughly 9 p.m., hearthrob James Maslow of Big Time Rush fame and his Dancing With the Stars partner Peta Murgatroyd took to the stage to welcome everyone and bring up the one and only Cher Lloyd, who brought the crowd to its feet as she performed her new song “Sirens” as well as favorites “Swagger Jagger” and “Want U Back.”

There were also acrobats. Here are a few cel phone clips.

There were plenty of celebs in attendance, and we snapped a couple of selfies:

All in all, a great night. Now for some more pictures:

Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow on the red carpet
Cher Lloyd performing at Hollywood Rocks!
Cher Lloyd on the red carpet