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Here's a great initiative to support diverse voices by @ActorsConn. If you're a black actor - check it out & apply! #acting #NYC #ZOOM #alwaysbelearning #BLM #entertainment

This is taken from the newsletter I received this morning from Actors Connection. I didn't have anything to say and this seemed like a great way to use my blog for good. If you have positive things you're doing to assist African American's move forward in society and I like them, I will share them here. All emails can be sent to joykennellyactress (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

EH_x4W8WkAM4MHSHey All!

I'm really excited to announce a few new programs Actors Connection is pulling together in support of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement.  We went dark for Free at Three the other day and I spent the time asking myself how we can do more.  What can we do?  What SHOULD we do?  How should we do it?

We want to become HYPER ALLIES!  And although everyone on staff has been participating in their own ways individually (donating, marching, advocating ---you name it!)-- as a company we wanted to PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS and show you that without a shadow of a doubt-- WE LOVE YOU and ARE HERE FOR YOU.


So here is what we are doing.

1) We are launching weekly MICRO SCHOLARSHIPS of $100 for actors of color for the months of June and July.  To apply, email us a video of you talking about how YOU as an ARTIST can create change in our industry.  We know we are going to love them all so winners will be selected at random.  Email your submission to and mark "MICRO SCHOLARSHIP" in the subject line.  We know you are using lots of your resources to support your mission right now, so let us help keep your career going in the meantime.

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2) We are investing $5000 in projects by content creators in our new ACtivate Your Voice Program.  We will be accepting project proposals all month.  We are looking to support projects that celebrate YOUR unique voice and projects that will inspire CHANGE.  The top 10 proposals will do a live pitch to the AC leadership team and one person will be selected in early July.  To submit, email and mark the subject "ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE". You must include the following:

  • Headshots and Bios of all key players in the project
  • Short one paragraph synopsis on the project
  • Project timeline
  • Project budget
  • Description of the change you would like to create due to this project and how you expect to engage people in it's message

3) We are scheduling a ZOOM PANEL about bringing more equity & equality to our industry.  Stay tuned.  We will announce these details soon.  It'll be an awesome community conversation with the goal of writing down actionable steps to suggest to the members of the entertainment community.

We are working hard to make our impact reflect our intention.  

We love you.  Like a lot.  Our customers are some of the most extraordinary humans on this planet.  Helping you makes our hearts happy.

Be the change,
The AC Team

Here's some of the other great things they've been doing overall that you might enjoy if you're an actor or creative who wants to get involved during our lockdown experience.

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TODAY,  June 3rd, Allison Kirschner, Casting Associate at 3pm EST

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June 9th, Elaine Bromka, Emmy Award Winning Actress, at 3pm EST
June 10th, Up-to-Date-Theatricals at 3pm EST
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As part of the California Fire Foundation’s mission to provide victim assistance, it’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims in California year-round, including both firefighters and civilians. The California Fire Foundation has mobilized direct assistance to those who’ve suffered catastrophic losses in the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire.

Through Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program, CPF local affiliates and their fire departments can be on-site, with thousands of SAVE Mastercard gift-cards. The $100 SAVE gift-cards are provided to those suffering substantial property loss with immediate on-site assistance. Earlier this year 800 SAVE gift-cards were provided to victims of the Carr Fire, and in 2017 over 2,700 SAVE gift-cards were provided to victims of wildfires.


Fires and natural disasters not only wreak havoc on the emotional state of its victims but also their financial state. Often left with just the clothes on their back, victims often find themselves panicked, with no money, nowhere to sleep and little more than the clothes on their backs.

As part of our mission to provide victim assistance, the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program provides emergency short-term financial assistance to fire and natural disaster victims.

Through SAVE, front-line firefighters in California provide gift cards, in the amount of $100, to eligible victims of fires or other natural disasters so they may purchase basic necessities such as food, clothing or medicine.

This program is available to any officially organized fire department or district. In order to participate in the program, a Memorandum of Understanding must be signed by both a Fire Chief and President (or Lead Representative) for the Respective Bargaining Unit (s) or Association (s) for Firefighters.

Please CLICK HERE to view corporate partnership levels.  Every level of support is appreciated by the California Fire Foundation.

If you have any questions or would like to donate to SAVE, please contact Program Director Brittany Trudeau at or (916) 641-1707.


Journey of Faith stepped up today to help the #Homeless crisis in the #SouthBay - here's how you can too.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today I witnessed the most beautiful sight at my Torrance Journey of Faith campus I had to write about it.

Months ago, you may remember I wrote a blog about the lack of homeless resources offered through Journey of Faith church and the City of Manhattan Beach. I wrote the deacons at the church and the city council member I knew to challenge them to do more. 

Not sure if the City of Manhattan Beach has done anything with the homeless resource information I gave because I don't see it on their city website, but perhaps I'm not looking in the right spot?:) I hope they take what Journey of Faith is doing and consider doing more because when I visit the library there, I see homeless people around the city more and more.

Here's what an article in the LA Times entitled Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is a national disgrace  had to say about the homeless demographic:

"Contrary to popular belief, the homeless in Los Angeles are not mostly mentally ill or drug addicted, raving or matted-haired or frightening — although a sizable minority meet some of those descriptions. They are not mostly people who drifted in from other states in search of a comfy climate in which to sponge off of others; the overwhelming majority have lived in the region for years. Today, a greater and greater proportion of people living on the streets are there because of bad luck or a series of mistakes, or because the economy forgot them — they lost a job or were evicted or fled an abusive marriage just as the housing market was growing increasingly unforgiving.

It will surprise no one to learn that it is the most vulnerable among us who usually end up without a place to live. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, more than 5,000 of the county’s 58,000 homeless people are children and more than 4,000 are elderly. About one-third are mentally ill. Some 40% are African American. Also heavily represented: Veterans. The disabled. Young people from the county’s overwhelmed juvenile justice system and its foster care programs. Men and women just released from jail, without the tools or skills needed for reentering society. Patients released from public hospitals — often with untreated cancers, infections, heart disease or diabetes. Victims of domestic violence." 

That's why, when I saw that Journey of Faith had prepared an amazing gift for the homeless we packed after service today, it brought me to tears to see Love in Action. Sometimes you don't think what you have to say matters to anyone and maybe I had nothing to do with this new direction, but I like to think I made a small difference.

A finished bag included a bottle of water, sanitary wipes, foot powder, bandaids, snacks, deodorant, toothbrush kit, socks, a McDonalds gift card, a list of the food bank resources in the area, and a pamphlet on the book of John
A finished bag included a bottle of water, sanitary wipes, foot powder, bandaids, snacks, deodorant, toothbrush kit, socks, a McDonalds gift card, a list of the food bank resources in the area, and a pamphlet on the book of John


Loved seeing this little boy learning about giving back at such a young age.
Loved seeing this little boy learning about giving back at such a young age.
Everyone was given a plastic bag to fill up after church this morning
Everyone was given a plastic bag to fill up after church this morning


Your community can do something similar very easily.
Your community can do something similar very easily. Make a difference today!
If you don't have time to donate, but want to give, here's some resources who need your support. Doors of Hope in Wilmington is a shelter for women that isn't listed, but can use financial support too.
If you don't have time to donate, but want to give, here's some resources who need your support. Doors of Hope in Wilmington is a shelter for women that isn't listed, but can use financial support too.

IMG_20180624_104740781Your donation of money, time or resources will go a long way to helping people get back on their feet. Some of the organizations listed above include: 

Harbor Interfaith

"The programs we offer clients are funded by a mix of government and community support.  Without your help, we couldn’t offer programs such as The Children’s Center, the Associated Learning & Living transitional housing program, and others.  Please consider a gift today to help eliminate homelessness and poverty in the South Bay."

Click Here to donate cash.

  • $60,000 pays for one year of case management to house 25 families
  • $6,000 pays for childcare for one child for a year
  • $1,000 pays for one week’s food supply at the Pantry
  • $500 pays for a month of educational materials for the Children’s Center
  • $100 covers the cost of Internet connection for the job-search computer lab
  • $50 pays for lunch for the school-age children for one day of summer day camp
  • $25 pays for one evening of “Movie Night” for our senior clients

Tax ID:  Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc., is a 501.c.3, tax exempt, corporation.  Your gifts are tax deductible.  Our Federal Tax ID number is 33-0031099.

1736 Family Crisis Center

1736 Family Crisis Center relies exclusively on donations and grants to financially support our programs. The Center is a private nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) and California tax exempt status. Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


Donate by Phone

Donate by Cash, Check or Money Order

Memorial Donations

Make a Tribute

Project Halo

Precious Gifts Program

Stock and Estate Planning Donations

Take us to work

Sponsor a Special Event

In-Kind Donations

Holiday Stores

Family Promise 

Family Promise is a community-based approach, engaging both
the local community, as well as houses of faith in the effort to combat family homelessness.  Guests in our program receive a full complement of resources, support, and services as they work toward their own stability and self-reliance.

Doors of Hope/Beacon Light Shelter
We seek to identify the extreme challenges of homeless women and provide support to help them transition from despair to spiritual wholeness. 

There are very few female-focused shelters in Los Angeles, and this one is located in Wilmington. They always need clothes, food, and financial support. They are under the umbrella of Beacon Light Shelter and offer a warm dinner nightly to those in need and housing for up to a week. 

And that's your Sunday message for today. God is love. He loves those who are struggling. There is hope. There is a huge need. Please participate in any way you can.

God bless. 

Azusa Pacific University Choir & Orchestra Holiday Dinner Concert Tonight! Tuesday, November 20 Doors open 6:30pm

554243_357737554320657_2099625694_nAzusa Pacific University Choir & Orchestra Holiday Dinner Concert Presented by South Bay Christian Business Men's Association 

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

We invite you to join us for the South Bay Christian Business Men's Association holiday dinner and concert featuring the award-winning, 100 member University Choir & Orchestra from Azusa Pacific University. An evening of spectacular Christmas music awaits you and your family!

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Catch the Holiday Spirit as you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner followed by uplifting music of the talented APU Choir & Orchestra whose accolades include: the Dove Award for Exaltation, and a Grammy nomination for the Amen Gospel recording with the Cincinnati POPS! Orchestra.


Please reserve your space today for our 2nd Annual Holiday Dinner & Asuza Pacific Choir & Orchestra Concert!

WHERE: Carson Community Center 801 E. Carson St. Carson CA 90745

WHEN: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Doors open at 6:30pm

TICKETS: $35 per adult; $25 per child (12 and under); or $350 per table (each table seats 10)

For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Paustian at (310) 702-6231 or Pat Kennelly (310) 328-3664. A limited amount of tickets will be available for sale at the door tonight since we've been given permission by the site to do so. See you there!

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They'll be waiting!:)

#Sharefest 9th Annual Evening of Community Fundraiser Nov 2. Deadline Mon, Oct. 29 to RSVP!


Sharefest develops comprehensive programs and services that strengthen communities and meet the needs in the lives of children and families. Please RSVP by Monday, October 29 to support Sharefest's 9th Annual Fundraiser on November 2. All the details above. 

Here's why it's so important:

This has probably been the most difficult year we have ever faced ... however, due to Sharefest's work, our school–comprised of 100 precent 'at-risk kids–has thrived! Thanks to Sharefest we've had our largest graduating class and our highest percentage of proficiency on the California High School Exit Exams.


Dig4Kids Fundraiser update & Welcoming Troops home from Iran & Afghanistan 8/11/2010

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you're looking for images from the Fashion, Food & Wine Festival fundraiser last night over at Raleigh Studios benefitting Dig4Kids, I will have more to share soon. I invited my photographer friend, Angelique Chacon, to shoot for me since my cameras are acting up right now and she's got a great eye and much better camera.

In the meantime if you continue scrolling through my blog, you will be able to read commentary of last night's wonderful event (but just realize my Blackberry camera has limitations right now!:) I had no idea so many Olympic athletes came out of the Manhattan Beach Open. Really amazing to see them live and in person which was a real treat.

What I also appreciated was seeing how down-to-earth and real everyone was in spite of, or because of, their achievements. What surprised me though, was to learn how many had bad tempers since I always thought everyone playing had good sportsmanship. Guess we're all human, right?:) Maybe they've outgrown it since they're no longer competing.

It was just fun to relive certain memories as the videos played showcasing each honoree's life story. I grew up in the 70's and 80's living on the beach and totally remember all those hairstyles and clothing. And I'm pretty sure I probably went to school with a few of the athletes who became famous for beach volleyball too because their last names sounded familiar.

In high school, I hung out with the church & smart kids crowd though which is why it's not as close a memory as it is to others.:) Plus, being as freckled and light skinned as I am, I burn so quickly I couldn't stay out on the beach too long which kept me out of the volleyball world too.

Moving right along.

I saw this video and just had to share it here too because more people need to see it. I don't care what you think of Bush, it is very classy to take time from your retirement to welcome our troops home and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

(Unlike a current vacationing President... Sorry, it just needed to be said and you know it too.)

If anything, watch it to recognize our troops and realize how much we owe them for our current freedoms. I for one, am very grateful. I love America and will always support it.

God Bless!

#Chris Marlowe's video honor #Dig4Kids

It's really fun to hear the story of each athlete as they're being honored. I believe Fox sports created the videos so you know they're quality. He acted and played beach volleyball. Then moved into announcing as the voice of the Olympics and now Denver Nuggets. It's so cool to be around Olympic athletes. Makes me proud of my home town, beach volleyball and our country!

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#Mike Dodd announcing #Chris Marlowe, this year's #Manhattan Beach Open honoree #Dig4Kids

Both amazing athletes. This is probably bittersweet for Dodd since he was the recent commissioner of the AVP's (I believe) which closed a week ago.

There's such a camaraderie in the audience tonight since so many have played together for decades.

This is a great event and I wish you were all here to enjoy.

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Food, Fashion and Wine Festival Featuring The Dinner of Champions Comes to Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach Saturday, August 21 6pm - 10pm Benefits Dig4Kids

By Joy A. Kennelly

Looking forward to attending the Food, Fashion & Wine Festival honoring sports legends, Linda Hanley, Chris Marlowe & Steve Obradovich this Saturday, August 21, from 6pm - 10pm at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach.   Ffwprogram-1 I'm especially happy to attend because this event also benefits Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana's Dig 4 Kids Education Foundation. Watch the video below to learn more about this awesome volleyball charity!

This is exactly why I admire some of our local professional volleyball athletes so much. Some are such amazing role models to the community and a real blessing to children who need them now more than ever.

If you join us you will also enjoy a live art show by Andy Brown. South Bay restaurants are serving food and wine will be served by One Hope, Rosenthal and Thomas Halby.

I love a good food & wine festival with art, especially when it benefits a charity. I've never seen the NY Backlot of Raliegh Studios either which is where it will be held.  How fun!

The other fun aspect this ambitious fund-raiser event has included is a fashion show (another favorite event of mine) hosted by the current MISS CALIFORNIA USA® Nicole Johnson and AVP announcer, Chris "Geeter" McGee.

If Geeter is the same guy who was emceeing the recent Six Man Magnum game, I'm sure it's going to be a very funny evening.

Also, the models are MISS CALIFORNIA USA® contestants and professional volleyball athletes which means lots of eye candy for all the guys who attend because they're wearing swim suits and casual wear from Body Glove, Sledge, Jayime Jean, O'Neill, Lost Bird and stylish shoes by Michael Antonio.

Just think, it's a worthy cause too which means you can write off your schmoozing and ogling!:)

But on a more serious note, here's the official statement from Dig4Kids Founder and Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Fonoimoana, himself from the press release:

"I grew up in Manhattan Beach and as a kid, I loved watching the legends of beach volleyball compete. The Manhattan Beach Open Dinner of Champions was established to remember those who have won the Manhattan Beach Open and thank them for being a role model and ambassador of our sport."

Don't miss your chance to mix and mingle with legends of the Manhattan Beach Open and all the special guests in attendance. It's not too late to buy a ticket.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by clicking this Ffwparticipants1 or going to or at the door.

For more information, please visit or email: 


By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally! I can announce to the world the wonderful Hermosa Beach Christmas Village that we've all been working so hard to put together for everyone which will also benefit Project NEEDS, our local food bank.

I am so proud of everyone who is involved because this is just another example of how generous Hermosa Beach residents and business owners really are to the community. I'm donating my time and expertise to promote it which is a lot of work, but well worth it.

Lots of goodies, deals and fun stuff - read on for more!

Is this a cool, hip, beach community or what?
Come on down and see for yourself! Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item too ok?

Mark your calendars - this Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 12pm -8pm. Don't miss it!

Contact: Joy Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing

WHO: The South Bay Professional Connection welcomes you to the First Annual Hermosa Beach Christmas Village in Hermosa Beach, CA. Free admission. Benefiting Project NEEDS.

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Participants include: Omaggio Art Glass, Luna G, RE:Style, Splashin’ Gifts, Nü Shüz, Out of My Tree Candles and Bath, Beachy Keen Bay, Fernando’s, Hermosa General StoreMani Pedi Cutie!, Mimosa, AR Salon, Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio, Pilates Place, Fritto Misto, Paciugo Gelato Café, Sangria, Dragon, Hennessey’s Tavern, The Lighthouse Café, The Coffee, Bean & Tea Leaf, Lotus Yogurt Bar, Breathe, Sharkeez, Buono Vita, New Orleans Cajun Café, Union Cattle Company, Zane’s, Café Boogaloo, Girlfriend’s Clothing & Salon, Hermosa Chiropractic, Treasure Chest, Patrick Molloy's, Becker Surfboards, Gum Tree, Yari, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, and Pedone’s Pizzeria. (Italics indicate Project NEEDs collection locations.)

WHAT: Hermosa Beach Christmas Village is a shopping and dining extravaganza with over 35 stores, restaurants, and businesses participating. Holiday gift specials, Christmas decorations, special celebrity appearances, and discounted food and drinks throughout Hermosa Beach, CA.

Special Attractions:

  • A canned goods and non-perishable food drive for Project NEEDs, a local food bank

  • A holiday Dessert Competition at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge featuring Chef David Linville, Chef Annette Gallardo, Hermosa Beach City Councilman, Michael DiVirgilio, and Project Needs/St. Paul Pastor, Cheryl Kelly, 3pm – 6pm

  • Live samba dancing to Brazilian music at Breathe
  • Free bull rides at Union Cattle Company with Project NEEDS donations
  • Free pictures & autographs with X-Games Gold Medal Freestyle Moto, Nate Adams and Jeremy (Twitch) Steinberg at Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio to first 25 guests
  • One-of-a-kind, unique gifts and holiday specials at all the local establishments
  • Christmas cheer with family and friends…

WHEN: Sunday, December 7, from 12pm – 8pm

WHERE: Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach down to Pier Plaza and along Hermosa Ave.

WHY: To bring the community and visitors together in a Christmas celebration with lots of specialty gifts, one-of-a-kind designer items, and eco-friendly home décor shopping opportunities, and discounted delicious holiday food and drinks at participating locations.

The Christmas Village benefits Project NEEDS, a local South Bay food bank.

Christmas Village Sponsors include: The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, Baja Sharkeez Hermosa, Union Cattle Company, Sangria, Paciugo Gelato, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing



Omaggio Art Glass is recognized globally for unique and elegant Italian hand-blown designs in glass including art, chandeliers, pendant lights, sconces, sculptures, accessories and gift pieces that are distinctive and sophisticated. 10% discount offered on all items; a donation of all sales of the evening will be made to Project Needs. 423 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 877-701-7375.

Yari offers a well-rounded selection of women’s clothing and accessories. A Project Needs collection location.327 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-9800

Luna G is a high end men and women’s specialty boutique offering personal shopping, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry, designer clothing, custom signs and unique gifts. Offering holiday drinks and a raffle for $100 gift certificates. 323 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-3641

Becker Surfboards first opened in Hermosa Beach in 1974 and they've been bringing the public great boards, threads, and gear ever since for all their surfing and lifestyle needs. Phil Becker has shaped over 100,000 boards; more than anyone in the history of the sport. Project Needs collection location and discounts. 301 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-6419.

Gum Tree offers unique home décor, baby & kids toys and gifts, jewelry and eco friendly “green” products. Selling holiday ornaments and decorations; offering cider and cookies. Also a Project Needs collection location. 238 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-8744.

RE:STYLE, in Hermosa since ’81, has always been one of the most fashion forward, cutting edge stores in the Los Angeles area and is a showcase for the newest up-and-coming designers of shoes, clothing and accessories for men, women and children. 20% off almost everything storewide. 138 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 798-1534.

Splashin’ Gifts offers a diverse range of organic bath and body products, soy candles, gifts, trendy children and adult sleepwear/clothing. Offering discounts and giveaways. 132 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-7270.

Nü Shüz, guiltless shoe pleasures for the serious shoe addict, offers the newest style shoes, boots, and fashion accessories at import prices.  New shipments every week.  30% discount and holiday drinks & snacks. 112 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-3338 

Out of My Tree Candles and Bath carries natural organic candles and bath products. Offering free samples. 1134 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 561-6019

Beachy Keen Bay girl’s boutique offers swimwear, shoes, clothing, denim, hats and accessories. 20% discount off entire store; serving cider and cookies. 1038 Hermosa Ave,  Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-4416  

Fernando’s offers an eclectic collection of men and women’s clothing and accessories, as well as, custom designed clothing and home décor including custom-made pillows and blankets, . New shipments delivered daily. Offering “BFD – Big Fernando Deals” $30 jeans, hoodies and more. 1242 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-7906

Hermosa General Store offers Hermosa Beach souvenirs, clothing, gifts, sandals, beachwear, tiki mugs and furniture. 10-75% storewide discounts. 1284 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 376-4666

BREATHE carries Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Kerri Walsh’s volleyball clothing line - K Active and several different women’s fitness wear lines from Brazil which pair unique Brazilian fashions with high performance material. Offering discounts while serving hot chocolate, warm cider and Christmas cookies; holiday music from Brazil and a live Samba dancer. A Project NEEDS collection location.1312 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 374-7445.

Treasure Chest is a unique specialty store offering year-round costumes, beach clothing and accessories, novelty gifts and Hermosa Beach souvenirs. A Project Needs collection location; also offering holiday drinks and food. 50 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 372-5644


Mani Pedi Cutie! is an eco-friendly, natural nail salon for men, women and children using only organic, pure products. Serving eggnog and offering $30 peppermint pedicures. 507 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 376-9988

Hermosa Chiropractic, in Hermosa since ’93, offers quality, comprehensive chiropractic care, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, and relaxation massage and live foods. A Project Needs collection location and offering discounts, free adjustments and live food samples. 440 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-4200.

Mimosa, featured on Dr. 90210 and Split Ends, has set the standard for hair and nail salons in Hermosa Beach for over five years with a full staff of stylists, estheticians, and nail techs. 15% off hair care and make-up (Bare Minerals), complimentary nail polish changes, and a raffle for blow-outs. 405 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-9411

Girlfriend’s Clothing & Salon is a sexy, hip men and women’s clothing boutique and hair salon. 30% discount storewide on clothing, cut-n-go haircuts $25, free haircut with any color service, holiday blow-out and style $50 and 25% discount on all facials and waxing; A Project Needs collection location. 1138 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-3337

AR Salon is an award-winning full-service salon. 25-40% off all hair products; giving away $10 gift certificates. 1046 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 374-4896

Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio Photographer Bo Bridges travels the globe shooting clients like Pepsi, Campbell’s, Ford, T-Mobile, Sobe, and Coors. His work can be seen in Sports Illustrated, Outside, ESPN Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Maxim. First 25 guests receive free pictures & autographs with X-Games Freestyle Moto Gold Medalists, Nate Adams and Jeremy (Twitch) Steinberg. 1246 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-3764

Pilates Place, located upstairs in a historic 1920’s building just steps from the Pacific Ocean, offers the widest variety of private sessions and group classes. There are seven reformers with room for up to 20 students per class. Purchase a package of ten classes and receive one free; open till 3pm on 12/7. 1221 Hermosa Ave, Suite 210, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-0444


Buona Vita is a unique Euro-style restaurant serving Italian cuisine. 10% discount with Project NEEDS donation; a Project NEEDS collection location. 439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 379-7626.

Fritto Misto is a Cal-Italian restaurant serving pasta, and vegetarian meals - “fantastically good food at rock bottom prices” Zagat.(2) Lunch for two certificates in a raffle. 316 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 318-6098

New Orleans Cajun Cafe serves authentic Cajun and Creole dishes prepared fresh while you wait. All seafood and sausages are flown fresh direct from the "Big Easy" (New Orleans). Serving free fountain drinks; a  Project NEEDS collection location. 140 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-8970

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Union Cattle Company offers quality steaks, seafood, chicken, and s’more’s. This award-winning restaurant offers ocean view decks, a Texas-style lounge and main dining room (see above). Free bull rides and ½ off any appetizer offered from 4pm -8pm with Project NEEDS donations. 1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 798-8227

Zane’s offers a premium dining experience with signature appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared fresh daily. Slate flooring, mahogany wood tones and chocolate walls frame the restaurant’s sleek, full bar. Raffles for $25 gift certificates; a Project Needs collection location. 1150 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 748-3314.

Paciugo up close

Paciugo Gelato Caffe, voted Best Ice Cream Shop in LA, offers Italian-roast coffee and espresso based drinks and a distinctive array of 32 authentic wholesome Italian gelato and sorbet flavors made by hand with fresh natural ingredients daily on-site. Buy one cup or cone and get one free. Free gourmet hot chocolate samples. 1034 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 379-2525.

Sangria, a Spanish/Mexicali restaurant, serves blackened shrimp, fish, steak, and baja inspired favorites enhanced by live entertainment. Sangria has helped raise over 3 million dollars over the years for local charities., 20% discount on all food; open 4pm – 10pm on 12/7. 68 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-4412


Baja Sharkeez Hermosa Beach is a Mesquite-Mex restaurant with fresh food, great music and 50 HD Plasma screens for the serious sports fan and those who enjoy the taste of Baja. Offering 20% off fish tacos; a Project NEEDS collection location. 52 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 318-0004

Patrick Molloy’s, is an Irish Pub in the truest sense of the word serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to sports fans who rave about the fish and chips. A Project NEEDS collection location. 50A Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254 310 798-9762

Dragon Restaurant is an upscale, newly renovated restaurant serving American Asian cuisine with a new tapas menu and great daily specials.  $10 appetizer platters; buy three tapas and get 4th free. 22 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 920-4106.

Hennessey’s Tavern is an Irish Pub/Restaurant known for their award-winning burgers and fries with an upstairs patio (voted Best Patio by locals) which overlooks the entire ocean. Hennessey’s prides itself on being the neighborhood meeting place. Offering two-for-one turkey dinners with all the trimmings. 8 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-5759

The Lighthouse Café is a world-renowned jazz club dating back to the 1940’s. Offering live music 7 days a week, notable performers have included Miles Davis, No Doubt, members of Guns & Roses, Howard Rumsey and many others. Offering two-for-one entrees. 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-9833

The Coffee, Bean & Tea Leaf is a family-run specialty company selling coffee beans, rare teas, and accessories. Serving sample cups of coffee.1225 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 379-9249

Lotus Yogurt Bar is a self-serve frozen non-fat yogurt shop with lots of fruit and dessert toppings. 20% off one frozen yogurt per customer. 1316 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa  Beach, CA 90254 310 798-9868

Café Boogaloo is one of the oldest blues clubs in Los Angeles and serves Louisiana influenced cuisine with live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. Blues legends Son Seals, Tab Benoit, Big Daddy Kinsey, and Lazy Lester are just a few who have performed here. Offering reduced price appetizers; a Project NEEDS collection location. 1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 245-4988

Empty shore from the front

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, voted Best California Dining in LA, serves internationally inspired California comfort cuisine courtesy of award-winning Chef David Linville. The main Project Needs collection location and host of the Holiday Dessert Competition from 3pm -6pm. Serving ½ price appetizers all day. 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-0414.

Pedone’s Pizzeria is an award-winning Italian restaurant serving pizza, pasta, wings, salads and a kid’s menu. Voted #1 Pizza by locals, Pedone’s, has been a South Bay and Los Angeles favorite for over 35 years. 25% off all children’s meals and 15% off entire check, also a Project Needs collection location.1332 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-0949

Project: NEEDS

Project: NEEDS now offers two main services to the needy in our community. Every Tuesday night a hot meal is available to anyone who is hungry. We also have a food pantry that distributes groceries to needy families and homeless people twice a month. Currently we serve on the average 120 meals every Tuesday evening, and approximately 300 families per month benefit from our food pantry.

In our approach, special attention is placed on making the homeless and hungry feel special and important and promoting “one on one” relationships. Every person who comes for a meal or groceries is served with dignity and respect. We strive to show all persons that they are valued.

Project: NEEDS provides the foundation for change in our local community. We are a grassroots project that is community supported. We have local churches and interfaith groups that volunteers and provide resources. We are proud to have established a long-going relationship with philanthropic and civic organizations throughout the South Bay.

Although Project: NEEDS is a church program, faith is not the primary issue concerning this project. We serve those in need without concern for religion, race, sexuality, health or city of residence. We hope to show our faith by turning our words into actions. Pastoral support and counseling is available to anyone expressing interest.

Volunteers are always needed, please contact Adriana at the church office if you would like to donate your time.

For more information about Project: NEEDS, contact:

St. Paul’s UMC 310-370-4319
Rev. Cheryl Kelly 310-370-4319
Adriana Romero 310-370-4319
Pat Hyink 310-370-0332

A Homeless Outreach Ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
2600 Nelson Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Ongoing Needs…

 Financial Contributions
 Toiletries
 Sturdy Paper Plates (Dinner & Dessert)
 Sturdy Bowls (Soup & Dessert)
 Hot & Cold Beverages Cups
 Paper Napkins
 Paper Place Mats
 Foil
 Zip Lock Bags
 Paper Towels
 Sponges
 Bleach
 Salt & Pepper Packets
 Coffee
 Sugar
 Creamer
 Dish Soap
 Salad Dressing
 Lemonade
 Margarine
 10 Cans of Vegetables, Ravioli, Soup, Beans, Fruit, Tuna.
 Baby items, such as diapers, baby food and formula
 Clothes

o All appropriate items should be purchased with concern for the environment.

The South Bay Professional Connection©


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.


The 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.


For more information, please contact:

Joy A. Kennelly, Founder

310 714-2077