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Just real quick...Surf Memorial Fundraiser, Rosebud the pig's Quinceantero (sp?)

By Joy A. Kennelly

I was in a car accident this morning (not my fault) so please say a prayer that my back will heal quickly and this will get resolved easily. That's all I will say about that. Thank you though.

Enjoy these pix of my friend, Laura and her pig, Rosebud's 15th Birthday party and quick shots of the wonderful Surf Memorial Fundraiser held at Sangria's this weekend in Hermosa Beach that I visited briefly:                                                         Rosebud's pedicure - sm Tiara rose - sm
Soulful rosebud -sm  
Laura & rosebud - smSolo cake - smRosebud3 - sm


Face on rose - sm Ron newman -sm

Surfboard - smSurf Memorial Fundraiser Event Manager, Ken Hartley, a member of Leadership Hermosa, who, with his wife, Event Co-Chair, Dorothy M. Forba-Hartley, and many others, spent hours producing the wonderful Surf Memorial Fundraiser. This is only one of the many auction items available to bid on which were all valued at $60,000 total.
 Money shot - sm

Leadership Hermosa Event Chair, Ryan McCormick; Leroy's son, John Grannis; me, Joy Kennelly; Director of Public Works, Rick Morgan; Owner of Sangria, Kevin Barry, host restaurant of the Surf Memorial Fundraiser; Artist who will create the Surf Memorial and painted all the beautiful paintings behind us, Phil Roberts, that were auctioned: Dewey Weber's son, Shea Weber

(I believe I have the order correct, but if I'm wrong, please correct me. Very honored to be in such esteemed company. Don't you love all the flip flops? Wouldn't see that in Hollywood! Perfect though because I didn't want to wear heels because of my accident.)

Here's some close-ups of the absolutely gorgeous paintings that were on sale in the auction today. I sure hope they went for a lot. This is, of course, not actual size. Photographer, Leroy Grannis, (sitting in the water) shot this picture of Dewey Weber just as this is painted. Dewey surfing is what the Surf Memorial Statue is based on:

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Bet you didn't know this about another blonde...

A friend sent me this and since I like hearing about empowered, successful, caring, accomplished business women, I thought you might enjoy reading this too.
I haven't made my mind up on who I will vote for come election day because I'm still collecting information, but this is interesting and makes one think.

And I quote...

"I doubt if you see this on the nightly news....................

 We've seen this before, but I like this one because of the photos.  Maybe those of you who watch TV have seen her "up close" but I haven't seen any news in the newspaper or in the Yahoo headline area.  She's certainly the type of First Lady I want in the White House.


Cindy McCain

Bet you would have never guessed this one!  No ma tter your politics.

The media will never tell of this, so pass it on.  

GO  GIRL!!!!!!!!!!

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John's wife.
All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside John.  I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems she is.   This is a summary of the article.

She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs

 After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman. Sales have doubled since she has taken over from her father. (This is to sway for all the beer drinkers who aren't into politics. HA!)

They have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain separate.        
She is involved around the world clearing land mines - travels to these
countries on a detonation team and service on their bo ard.


They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq, another son in the Naval Academy, a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ., an adopted daughter in high school,and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm.


Raised kids in Phoenix , Az. rather than Washington DC . (better

atmosphere)  He commuted.

In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh .  
Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate.
She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.

They have a Family Foundation for children's causes.

She's active with 'Halo Trust' - to clear land mines, provide water and
food in war ravaged and developing countries.
She will join an overseas mission of 'Operation Smile', a charity for corrective surgery on children's faces.
She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers.  
She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process.

I'm surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes.   (Cindy is a) person with business and international experience.   John did work for the firm for awhile when he left the Navy.  She, however, has the real business experience.  Very interesting.

SBPC's Surfrider Benefit/Tasting Party at The Shore hosted by She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd

By Joy A. Kennelly



TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, Hosted

 South Bay, CA--- The Shore Restaurant’s Chef David Linville and Co-Owners, Jason Baran Jason & greycie2 and Dr. Rainer Beck, along with South Bay Professional Connection Founder, Joy A. Kennelly, Joy & rainer - sm   co–hosted a tasting party benefiting Surfrider Foundation during an evening of networking, music, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine, environmentalism and beauty in Hermosa Beach, CA at The Shore Restaurant on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Model Finalist, Melissa ToddMelissa todd long-short hosted the evening and interviewed attendees, Chef David Linville, Tom, melissa, chef2 Surfrider Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, Melissa interviewing alan2 and others on camera, and announced winners of the evening’s raffle prizes which included a $50 Dinner for Two to The Shore Restaurant, a designer dress donated by Luna G’s Stylist,  Greycie  Baran, Raffle winner2 and Spyder beach chairs donated by Surfrider Foundation. Melissa & Greycie2

    Chef David Linville served numerous internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine appetizers during the tasting party with the Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction as the hands down favorite, and the Crab Cakes served with cream sauce a close second. Food display with jl2 Guitarist James McKenna played acoustically throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation South Bay Chapter Chairperson, Craig Cadwallader and Environmental Coordinator, Alan Walti, explained Surfrider’s mission Alan & craig2and encouraged guests to speak out in favor of banning the use of plastic bags due to the negative environmental impact. Group shot near surfrider2 $500 was raised from entry fees and t-shirt sales for the charity.

Curly Hair and Color Specialist, Kym Chartrand of Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach, sponsored the networking contest’s goody bag prize Kym with goody bags2 which guests: Independent Producer, Ed Sanders; Ed with filming in the background2 Senior VP Wachovia Securities, Mike Girardi; Skychick, Ramona Cox;  Restaurant Consultant, John Bowler;  and Manhattan Beach Resident, Colleen  First;Group shot near bar2 Paige & Coleman Interior Designer, Miriam Paige; Strong Project Sales Manager, Mike Pochepan; Chiropractor, Chris Ullman; Group shot with mike inside2   Creative Director, Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney;  Manhattan Beach Stylist, Victoria Coleman; Tom kearney2 and  others enjoyed. Actor/Producer Patrick Kilpatrick was delayed casting his film, Vain Attempt, and Fitness Model, Brenda Kelly's flight delay prevented her from attending.  Julie, joy & kym2 Bar scene2

Mike & victoria2

Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville,  Chef2 formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort food.  Mushrooms2

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance.  Setting2 After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (SBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. SBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.

South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.


Joy A. Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing  (310) 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity (at) gmail (dot) com

Here's some great events, articles and videos to inform, interest and entertain you...

By Joy A. Kennelly

One thing I forgot to mention earlier today is that the Creative Director of the Hermosa Shorts Festival, Tom Kearney, shot interviews with Melissa Todd as our on-camera host. Once we get that edited we'll share it with you, but in the meantime, while I complete my wrap-up release and picture editing, check out the following links that I received today.

Susie Kim of the American Institute of Architects (who I've written for before - see for the copy.) sent me a very cool invite to an event supporting New Orleans taking place tonight and Saturday. I can't attend because I have plans both nights, but wanted you to know about it because it's very cool and very thought-provoking about New Orleans and architecture with live theater.

Here's the invite Susie sent me through Facebook. Join the group and support the cause:

"Hey all, I wanted to send a personal invite to this new original Live show that I produced with a Theater company at the A+D Museum that is Site and Exhibit specific. We only have 2 more shows Tonight, Thursday and Saturday at 9pm and would love to have you come down and support.

Here is the link to the details -

Hope you can make it. and please help us by spreading the word!!!

Love Architecture and Design.- come support us.
We love you.

Watch the Video link below - I'm at the Beginning." :)

Then, for those of you following the Dragon's hearing and their subsequent hearing, here's the link to the Daily Breeze wrap-up of the decision not to allow them to stay open beyond 12 midnight entitled HB's Dragon Tamed. Click here.

(For those searching for Jason Michael McDermott - I've removed all content - his court details are now available only on the Daily Breeze Crime and Courts blog here. There's tons of criminal stuff going on all around here, but I'm not going to be covering it. I'll leave it to those who are getting paid to write about it.)

Lastly, on a funnier note, here's a few commercials Tom sent me today that were very clever. I recognized the long haired boat driver as a local comedian and am sure some of the other people you'll recognize as well.

Very clever, very fun. Enjoy!

They almost make me want to get involved with shorts again they're that clever.

Now to get back to what I've been working on because I have an internet entrepreneur meeting to hit tonight. Can you believe my feet are still killing me from wearing heels last night? Even after soaking them? OY VEY!

See ya.

Last night at The Shore was a lot of fun - great food, beautiful host, fun people

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know why man ever created high heels because every single time I wear them (making me 6' plus!) my feet ACHE the next day. Just soaked my tootsies while talking business on the phone and now must run out to a meeting, but didn't want to leave you hanging too long about last night.

Once I've downloaded, edited and selected the pix, I'll upload them and (sung to the tune of The Brady Bunch)

I will tell you a story of a place called The Shore... and the lovely Chef Dave who made our night. He  cooked his tasty treats for us to eat and man did we ever eat.

And the pretty hostess, named Melissa who interviewed everyone and gave out all the prizes.

Next chorus

The surfers who represented Surfrider shared the message that we don't need any more pollution in our oceans.

And the guests who've never before stepped inside, were pleasantly surprised.

Let's not forget (okay, sing this part real fast) Curly Hair Specialist, Kym Chartrand's sponsorship of the Goody Bags, with special Deva gel for everyone.

Now curly haired people everywhere are rejoicing to have their curls under control, but those of us with straight hair can find the curl in there too.

And the dress given by Luna G's Greycie Baran went to a man who is going to trade it for his wife. We all laughed and had a fun time living the stylish life.

(sing the next part to the tune of The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch)

The Shore Restaurant. The Shore Restaurant.

Okay, it's stretching it a little bit, but if you sing it as you read it it does make a little sense! More to come!:)

Have a great morning.

South Bay Professional Connection Surfrider Benefit at the Shore adds new celebrity guests!


 WHAT: The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort food from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA. TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. (

 WHO: Chef David Linville, Chef david- best TV Land’s She’s Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, and special guests,Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Fitness Model Brenda Kelly, and Actor Patrick Kilpatrick

WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:30pm – 8:00pm

WHERE: The Shore Restaurant 

1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

WHY: The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo 

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.

For more information, please contact Publicist, Joy A. Kennelly 310 714-2077






What is a Peacemaker? Very convicting sermon this morning. Enjoy!

By Pastor Greg Johnson - guest pastor of Bay Cities Community Church this morning.

A quick intro. I really enjoyed today's sermon by Pastor Jim's brother-in-law and since I haven't been quoting them in a long time thought you might appreciate reading this too. Very convicting for me and something I'm going to work harder at achieving.


God bless you on this sweltering hot Sunday!

What is a Peacemaker?

"Becoming More of a Peacemaker"

A peacemaker - someone who wants to make peace. Their goal in life is to make peace.
Peace has been described as absence of conflict. God calls us to resolution of conflict.

1. A Peacemaker is blessed in life. When you're a peacemaker, you're putting yourself in the position to be blessed by God.

Matthew 5:9:

   9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Psalm 128:1:

1How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.

Faith must change our mindset to alter the way we live.

2. A Peacemaker is a child of God.

Matthew 5:9:

   9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

Galatians 3:26:

   26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:14:

   14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Galatians 5:22-25:

   22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

   23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

   24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

   25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (It becomes more difficult to do what's wrong when we live a Christian life.)

3. A Peacemaker rejects living a self-centered life.

Romans 12:1:

   1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

Philippians 2:3-4:

   3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

   4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

1 Peter 2:1:

  1Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander of every kind. (Okay, now the pastor's meddling where he don't belong. JUST KIDDING! This one especially struck home.)

Peace loving flows from a pure heart. God doesn't want us to be peacemakers when we're too old to do any good. He wants primetime peacemakers!

4. A Peacemaker leans on God's wisdom.

James 3:17:

   17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

Job 12:12:

      12"Wisdom is with aged men, with long life is understanding. (It takes time to develop wisdom.)

Ephesians 1:15:

   15For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints,

When you decided to do what's right you give God the chance to be great.

5. A Peacemaker knows real peace comes with a price tag.

Romans 12:18:

   18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

1 Kings 18:17:

   17When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?"

A. You must become vulnerable to those you wish to impact.

    Philippians 2:6-9:

   6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

B. You must change your opinion about your enemies.

Matthew 5:43-45:

   43"You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.'

   44"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

   45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

3. Peacemaking behavior is the mark of a changed life.

Luke 9:29-30:

   29And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.

   30And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah,

6. A Peacemaker brings the Hope of Heaven to lost people.

1 Peter 3:15:

   15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

And I'll close with the phrase I hear in so many churches that I just love, "May God richly bless you in the reading of His Word."

God bless you and have a great day!

Very interesting info on the future and fun soccer pix

By Joy A. Kennelly

I belong to Peter Shankman's online community for media professionals and found his presentation at the Executing Social Media Conference very interesting. So much so, I'm giving you the link to all the conference presenters to allow you to keep up on trends in the internetsphere also.

You might see some names you recognize if you're into this sort of thing. Click here.

Yeah bloggers!

We rule.:) Always disappoints me though to see how few females are represented at these conferences and that  those who are have kind of lame presentations because they come from such a limited point of view since they work within a corporate environment. I may be generalizing, but...

Where are the maverick internet women who are entrepreneurs and have their hands in numerous pots like me? Oh well. Maybe I should hire someone just to pitch me as a speaker. HA! I was honored as a Who's Who in Technology years back for my work producing Internet World's first (and only) online Media and Entertainment Festival in case you didn't know. I would give you the year, but I always forget which one is right (2000 or 2001?) and don't want to confuse you.

For awhile there I was getting so many awards/recognition it was hard to track (she says modestly waving a fan in front of her face because it's so dam hot in here.) JUST KIDDING! Not about the awards, just about being modest about it! LOL When you're good, you're good. HA!!! Notice it hasn't happened in a couple of years. That's to keep my head in check. :)

Oh on another note, by the way, all the photos of The Shore's food and table setting are courtesy of Nathan Schirmer, photographer for hire. If you need someone to take food shots of your restaurant or interiors, then please consider hiring him. He's got a great eye and is very cool to work with.

Here's his contact info - don't abuse it please: 310.463.2793 nschirmer3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Let's see, what else? Oh, here's some fun pix from the weekend (can you tell I'm stalling? I'm waiting on someone to pick me up and it's going to be a bit before they arrive.) Pays to have VIP front row seats, eh? By the way, the U.S. creamed Barbados seven to zero if I remember correctly. Very exciting game! I used to play AYSO soccer as a young person and totally love the sport. I also love how patriotic everyone is. GO USA!!! Doncha love the flag shot?  That's my money shot. All reproduction rights reserved by Joy A. Kennelly 2008.

Action shot Camera crew Fans  Goalie shotGoalie shot2Soccer field

Sign Great goal shot Scoreboard Soccer field3Us flag2 Fans2   

South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) Announces June 25 Surfrider Benefit at The Shore with TVLand's She's Got the Look, Melissa Todd, hosting

By Joy A. Kennelly


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Hosted by TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” Finalist, Melissa Todd; Evening benefits The Surfrider FoundationSurfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

South Bay, CA The South Bay Professional Connection (SBPC) announces a Tasting Party at The Shore Restaurant featuring Executive Chef David Linville’s menu of fresh, internationally inspired California comfort cuisine from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA.

TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” finalist, Melissa Todd, a Redondo Beach native, will host the evening and raffle drawing. 100% of the $20 suggested entry fee donation will be given to The Surfrider Foundation. Goody bags will be given to the top 20 winners of the SBPC networking questionnaire contest open to all attendees.

The Shore’s Executive Chef Dave’s Chef david- best Tasting menu includes: Garlic Shrimp sauteed in compound butter with goat cheese crustinis; Shrimp Crimini Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, shallots and smoked bacon; a Greek Trio served with hummus, tapenade, tiziki and toasted pita; Ginger Soy Marinated Poki served with shaved Japanese pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Buttermilk and Tabasco marinated Southern Fried chicken with Belgium waffles and maple syrup; Parmesan crusted New Zealand lollipop lamb chops in port wine reduction; Crab Cakes served with Dijon cream sauce, and Mac & Cheese with Amsterdam imported cheese enhanced by a well-rounded international wine list. “It’s all about the food,” says Chef Dave. “I love the South Bay because people care more about enjoying my food than they do about being seen.”

An experienced TV host/model, Melissa Tank Top Pic 4 E-Mail Todd, will host the raffle offering a $50 Gift Certificate to The Shore, a designer dress donated by local retailer Luna G’s Personal Stylist, Greycie Baran, among other items. Melissa will be available for guest’s questions and comments about her appearance on TV Land’s show, “She’s Got the Look,” throughout the evening.

Surfrider Foundation information will be available for interested guests to review and additional donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

The Shore is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 and is open Monday through Friday: 5:00pm - 1:45am and Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm - 1:45am. Executive Chef David Linville, formerly with Standard Hotel Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, Mastros Beverly Hills, and St. Regis Hotel, offers an internationally inspired California comfort cuisine menu. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.


“She’s Got the Look” model, Melissa Todd, a sexy 38-year-old originally from Redondo Beach, CA, is a finalist on TV Land’s new series, in collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc., which seeks to discover a sophisticated, beautiful and confident woman 35 or older to become the next great supermodel. Prior to her TV Land appearance, Melissa enjoyed an active hosting career as an on-camera host for the Hallmark Channel, Toyota Corp., LA Fitness and a PBS cooking show among others, in addition to commercial & film appearances. She has also graced the covers of Shape, Muscle and Fitness Magazines.

ABOUT THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.


Opened in March 2006, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere and quality dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. Dining at The Shore allows guests to feel relaxed and catered to as if transported to a faraway locale while enjoying fresh, internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine. Scallops

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the 11 plasma/projection screens, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. For more information, please review: or call 310 376-0414.

(Look for our scallop ad in the local papers!)

No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky by Marcy Blochowiak - enjoy!

My coaching friend, Carol, just sent me this. I found it very inspirational and beautiful which is why I'm sharing it here. I take no credit, just posting it here for your reading pleasure because that's just the kind of girl I am.:)

No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky

Words To Live By

An excerpt from No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky

By Marcy Blochowiak

Dream what you want to dream; Go where you want to go; Be what you want to be, Because you have only one life And one chance to do all the things You want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human and Enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily Have the best of everything; They just make the most of Everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always Be based on a forgotten past; You can't go forward in life until You let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying And everyone around you was smiling Live your life so at the end You're the one who is smiling and everyone Around you is crying. - Anonymous

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What I love about living by the beach...

By Joy A. Kennelly

My favorite thing to do living at the beach (besides swimming in the ocean and watching hot guys play volleyball and surf) is walking down to the ocean at dusk, finding an empty lifeguard station and sitting up on the wooden planks watching the sun go down framed by the open rails.

The tide goes in and out, in and out like clockwork leaving behind a thin layer of water that reflects the beautiful sunset sky like abalone shells across the sand. Occasionally someone walks by, but otherwise it's just me and the ocean. It's so peaceful I just love it. I look out across the ocean and feel God is in control.

I also love watching the lights come on along the pier and the city as the sun disappears into the ocean. This is just my favorite time of night.
Lifeguard stn & Sailboat
Care to join me? 

What a great weekend - just what the doctor ordered

By Joy A. Kennelly

This has been one of the most spontaneous weekends I've had in forever. Saturday included attending my friend's child's preschool graduation dinner celebration which is always adorable because they love my attention.

The littlest got to pick the restaurant and when I was telling Kirsten some of the questions I had asked at my last event like what is your favorite South Bay restaurant, Kira piped up and said what is yours Auntie Joy? I knew I had to win points so I said why Mimi's of course (since that's where she had chosen to celebrate.)

She was so thrilled she said "That was a good answer." all proud and all like she's got it going on with choosing great places to eat. Too cute. I just love those kids. I love Kirsten too. She's family to me and like the sister I always wanted. Good, good, good people.

Then spent some time with the parents who always crack me up because they bicker over politics like nobody's business (I think my mom has a slight crush on Newt Gingrich to be honest!) before dashing off home to get ready for The Young Dubliners at St. Rocke - a place I like to call the South Bay's House of Blues.

Very modern, sophisticated, stunningly beautiful lounge and restaurant. Highly, highly recommend a visit. Great music too. It's new so if you haven't heard of it, it's the one which replaced the old Pitcher House. You must check it out sometime. Tell 'em Joy sent you. :)

Didn't have a chance to experience the food since it was 11pm when the band came on, but did enjoy the ambiance and electric vibe of everyone attending. Lots and lots of fun. It was so nice to drive 15 minutes and be some place like that. Normally I drive an hour each way when I go to Hollywood. OY! With gas the way it is now too...

Sunday of course hit Bay Cities Community Church like I always do and heard Jim's Father's Day sermon on Understanding Men. I think I'm beginning to understand them more. Now just need to find one to practice on! LOL

I get that men compartmentalize things. I understand men can't multi-task. I also understand men think about SEX all the time. Let's see what else? Oh, men do nothing that's how they get unstressed whereas women feel better when we talk through our stress. So true! It was a good reminder though. I love going to church because I always hear what I need to hear to live a better life in all areas of my life.

Dashed to Dad's to give him his Father's Day card and gift. Was going to cook him a special dinner, but mom had started already so just made brownies instead. I'm much more of a baker than a cook so it's all good. I need to find a man who likes to cook!:)

Afterwards, spur of the moment, was invited to join a few friends to watch the USA vs. Barbados soccer match at Home Depot in VIP seats. I grew up playing AYSO soccer and thought maybe we'd see David Beckham. We were a wee bit late and if he played, we missed him. Bummer. I am a blonde though so if I got my teams mixed up... Sorry, my bad.

I got some great pix though which I'll have to upload another time. It was great to see the huge American flag in the stadium and see how patriotic everyone was. Go America!

I am absolutely LOVING this camera! It takes the best pictures so easily and quickly. Now if I would only read the manual I bet my pictures would be even better! (I'm not just saying that. Numerous people have said I should enter some contests and you know what? I'm going to! Why not. It's a fun hobby and I'm having a lot of fun with it.)

After the game came back to the Beach House Hotel to connect with some of Joy's friends. Yes, there are now two of us living in the South Bay and we're now the bestest of friends. With a name like Joy, you can't be unhappy for long right? I've only met two other Joys in my lifetime and we've always become fast friends.

There were too many women at the suite party (all very nice, but not what we had in mind so...) left to find greener pastures. Hit a few spots and then dropped into The Shore to share it with my friends. Chef Dave was there and made everyone the best appetizers ever.

I didn't know this, but apparently The Shore won numerous food awards recently by all the local papers. They're sending me the specifics and then I'll post them here to let you know too. They have been working very hard for over the past six months to build the restaurant side of the business since the live entertainment side is great. Yes, they do serve food and not just alcohol. It's true!

Mike, one of the owners, told me that they were extremely close to their 50/50 (I believe he said it was 46.1/ whatever the difference to that is) and since they have such an amazing chef and cuisine, it's only a matter of time before they're completely in balance if not over. I wish them well in achieving that goal.

That's what I like about these guys. They really see what they need to do and they're busting their butt to do it. Not that others haven't, but apparently Dave is one of the higher paid chefs in the South Bay and rightly so. The food is that good. (Full disclosure, I'm publicizing them now, but I would say it regardless. I don't lie and you know me! I love to eat!)

I don't have all the pix of the food and such uploaded yet, but promise to put them up soon. You will want to make the trek to the beach to check it out I promise you that. Here's a few to pique your appetite. Scallops Shrimp Beef

I'll post the press release for this upcoming tasting party soon too. Just waiting on a couple more things to finalize first ok?

After a lazy, fun, delicious afternoon being pampered and catered to by Chef Dave (delicious, fresh food and smooth wine), we wandered back to Joy's house to catch the final minutes of the Laker's game.

Go Lakers! It seems like high drama and totally fixed from an outsider's perspective because why else would the games go the full 7? Some of the injuries people have told me look totally fake, but hey, this is only my third game watching ever so what do I know?

That's what was so funny about today. I'm totally not that into sports and today was just filled with them! First soccer, then basketball. Oh, and even a little golf. What's happening to me? I don't recognize myself! Guess that's what happens when you hang in the South Bay long enough. That's what everyone else is into. Okay, now I get it.

It was just simply the best day. I'll upload pix soon. Have a good one. Now to get ready for my very busy week.

Good night!

Joy Kennelly's Surfrider Fdn promotion & Miami photo blog coverage for your review.

This is an old blog post I wrote in June '08, and in reading it again I realized it is a showcase of what I have done in the past to promote clients through blogging and provide photo essay examples of my travel coverage as well.

I've edited out other information to make this focused on topics I support and love- i.e. Surfrider Foundation and art in Miami.

Enjoy the read.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami I've been going through something of a life/career transition. While vacationing I had the epiphany that although I will always love art and am still open to representing artists, it's not what I want to focus my entire business on any more.

With the economy the way it is...

Here's a quote from a recent NY Times article entitled: Gatekeepers to the Art World, "As contemporary art’s Armory Show in New York concludes this weekend and the auctions unfold later this spring, many are watching to see what impact the sliding economy will have on the art market.

Mary Parr, a director at Cheim & Read in Chelsea, noted that if real estate slows noticeably, the art market follows suit about six months later. High-end collectors, she said, 'don’t get affected as quickly.'

A springtime thaw in prices may well trickle down to the gallery’s front desk. When the public, perhaps of necessity transformed into eligible customers, pushes open those chilly opaque doors, will gallerinas finally look up and smile?"

Click the link here for the entire article. VEERRRRRYYYY Interesting.

That's all I'll say about that. Plus, the other reason to go back to a more diverse client roster is I miss the variety I've always enjoyed. There's something to be said for being a generalist or jack of all trades. I still love artists though! Art rules!

Oh, and since you've been so patient, here's some of my architecture and art pictures from my vacation in Miami, FL.

I've been very busy with producing another event for my South Bay Professional Connection starring Hermosa Beach's own amazing Chef David Linville of The Shore Restaurant, and TVLand's She's Got the Look Finalist, Melissa Todd, a native of Redondo Beach, CA (she's the tall blonde sitting down wearing a black dress to the left of Kim Alexis.) TVLand\'s She\'s Got the Lookwhich will benefit Surfrider Foundation. More details soon.

Now here's Miami and South Beach... I recommend hitting the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, Bass Museum of Art, Ocean Drive (of course! I especially loved visiting Ritz Carlton and the Delano), the Miami Design District and the Lincoln Road art and cafe scene. Very cool.


AVP's in Hermosa Beach - Fri and Sat only - too much sun for me Sun!:)

By Joy A. Kennelly

I got a little too much sun on Friday and Saturday after sitting out watching some prelim AVP games (even wearing 50sp!), but it was worth it. I love watching athletes play. Here's some pix to share what I'm talking about. Friday are the bleacher shots and women games. Sat. are the beach shots sitting by the net.

Please note, Friday's are generally light because it's where people are playing to qualify. It's Sat & Sun where it really gets packed. I could have gone Sunday, but needed to get some work done and I was too burnt - by the sun and dancing so much Sat night. But that's for my next blog.

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Curly Hair rocks!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Here's some pix highlighting Kym, the stylist who specializes in curly hair and has this amazing hair product line called Deva Products that brings curls even into my straight hair it's so moisturizing and yummy.

Check out the pix to see what I mean! If you like what you see, then click on the link above because even the funny hand hair diffuser is available for sale there. Or, just walk in and ask for Kym, or call her at 310 701-9218.


In the meantime, enjoy these pix from Friday night.

Product shot - use Beachy hair The other blonde woman apparently came in with total frizzed out hair and was so thrilled with the Deva products as soon as Kym did a quick shampoo and conditioner she just had to buy. If you have problem hair you can totally relate. As it stands I used to have 7 shampoos in my shower at any given time. Not no mores!:) Deva for me!

Kym & client

Here's a quickie, cuz I've gotta run...K.C. and The Sunshine Band awaits!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Where else can you roll out of bed, throw shorts and a tank on, walk less than 15 minutes and be at one of the biggest volleyball attractions ever? I'm talking about the Hermosa Beach AVP's for those who don't know.

I decided to go early because my friend Caron had her haircut at the Paul Mitchell tent yesterday and was just raving over her $10 haircut. I thought, it's for a volleyball charity started by a local AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Player and Olympic Gold Medallist, Eric Fonoimoana called Dig for Kids, and if the students mess my hair up I can always pay more to get it fixed so why not support this group?

I'm so glad I did. The petite girl cut my hair dry and I just love it. I was so pleased I came back later and gave them more money. LOL

The other booth I really liked was the E2 alkalized water booth called The Real Water. I tried a sample and bought a bottle thinking it might help bring my stomach back into balance since this stomach virus has still been kicking my butt (literally and figuratively! LOL) Man, almost instantly my stomach has calmed down and I'm starting to feel like my old self again. That means I get to eat! You know me and food!

That's been the biggest bummer about having this virus. I've had strength to visit my curly hair specialist/friend Kym's Night of Beauty at Maximus Salon in Hermosa Beach where she works, but haven't been able to really eat anything beyond my bananas, rice, apple and toast without it affecting me and missed out on their lovely Chinese food spread courtesy of Happy Veggie. OY!

In any case, it felt great to be out in the sun today again. I hit a few games last night too, but today and tomorrow are the big games. I caught a few games in the free seats (on the sand outside the fenced off paid area - see if more pictures aren't taken of those sand games than inside the paid area with the bleacher seats because I don't think paying is going over very well down here because this is where the sport began and a lot of the athletes live here.) I know they need to pay their bills, but please, this is a public beach!

Popped by The Shore restaurant to meet with their Executive Chef David to figure out the tasting menu for my next South Bay Professional Connection. He was in the middle of a photo shoot on the venue and his food, but took time to sit with me and share his philosophy and goals for the restaurant now that he feels confident they're ready to begin showcasing their menu. Can't wait to finally be able to eat again after talking to him!

Chef's can really make or break a place I'm learning. What's cool about Chef David, is that he came from cooking at some great places up in Los Angeles like The Standard Hotel, Mastro's, and the Ritz Carlton. He really knows what he's doing and is going to create a spectacular presentation for everyone who joins us on Wednesday, June 25 from 6pm - 8pm for my next South Bay Professional Connection. More details soon, but just had to share since I'm excited to promote great food and a great chef.

Let's see what else? Oh, the reason I have to run is I'm hitting a 70's concert with one of my favorite Hollywood friends, Shana, and need to work on creating the perfect Farrah flip. Please excuse me, my curling iron is calling.:)

Check out tonight's line-up at the Greek Theater:

MyFM Disco Fever
starring KC & The Sunshine Band, Hues Corporation, Evelyn Champagne King, Musique, France Joli, The Solid Gold Dancers and special guest host Deney Terrio -

Watch out gay guys here we come!

Have a gorgeous CA day - I'll have pix from my amazing hair transformation into a curly girl courtesy of Kym, pix from the Night of Beauty party which turned out really great, and pix of some of the hot guys playing in the AVP.

Stay tuned, you're not going to want to miss 'em.:)

The South Bay Professional Connection's event at Verch Insurance Services & CA Associates!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Sorry for the delay in writing about the last South Bay Professional Connection event announcing the Grand Opening of CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services.

I think I've been coming down with the flu which would explain why I was sleeping so much and it finally hit full bore on Monday. Today I'm finally feeling a little better which is why I'm going to attempt to write. Finally able to sit up longer than 10 minutes!

What I loved about last week's South Bay Professional Connection event was that it really was a "Professional Connection." A friend of mine had given me the idea of creating ice breaker questions for a contest that would help people get to know each other and those who chose to participate really enjoyed themselves.

I think a lot of people got to know people they probably wouldn't have talked to either which was the whole purpose. It's hard to go somewhere and try to start a conversation with someone you don't know and this really helped. Plus, the motivation to win the goody bags we were offering sponsored by Director of Sales, Lana Leazer, and her Globiwest Hospitality Group’s Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX helped too! Thank you Lana!

You might recognize some familiar faces among our attendees.  The yellow paper was the questionnaire and included questions like what is your favorite restaurant in the South Bay? Shark's Cove, Houstons, Chez Melange, Lido, and Blue Water Grill got a lot of kudos. People were pretty unanimous that A New Earth was their favorite book to date. Almost everyone said their favorite place to escape when not working was the beach. Of course.!:)

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Morgana & paige Goody bag winner3Goody bag winner2Malia and yodi Thanks to Darold and Kathy Verch and their daughter, Sonja McColgan, we      Raffle drawer3 Raffle winner also did a raffle for two Dodger tickets, resume help, $100 discount off insuGoody bag winnerIMG_1746rance, and an emergency kit provided by CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services. Thank you Verch's and Sonja! 

 We were very pleased to have Shark's Cove MB provide amazing appetizers which really were more like a meal!  They  sponsored our event with some of their famous Shark Attack wraps, two wonderful salads - a Chicken, Apple & Goat Cheese Salad and a lovely Garden Salad, two delicious pastas - a Chicken penne and an alfredo penne and everyone loved it! IMG_1690 Thank you McColgan's! Shark's Cove spread Shark's Cove spread close up 

What made this evening special to me Mccolgan wives was to see all the people who came out to celebrate the Grand Opening  and to remember their son, Brent. There were people from as far away as Orange County who attended.

What was also special was to see how much love and concern this family has for the people they do business with. No wonder they're so successful right?

Why Sonja stopped what she was doing in the middle of the party to counsel people who had driven up for career advice. Right in the middle of the party!

Every beach city was represented, all ages were represented and it was really a great success. Darold verch Thanks to all of you who attended! Great meeting you and/or seeing you again!

  Now to finalize the next one! I'll keep you posted!

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