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.@ActionCasting2 Director James LeVine added to #Mentorship table @IVYentertainment #Summit this Sat. @AFI 10am

IMG_3190Very happy to announce Casting Director-Director-Producer, James Levine (pronounced LeVINE) of Action Casting, is hosting one of the first mentor round tables during the exclusive IVY Entertainment Summit and Awards, held at the HBO Pavilion and Mark Goodson Screening Room at AFI this Saturday, July 27 at 10 am - 10:45 am. 

The entire Ivy Entertainment Summit runs from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and is chock full of amazing speakers, insider tools and strategies to stay viable in a disrupted industry,  discussions on how to leverage diversity and digital distribution in ways that increase your ROI, and exclusive mentoring roundtables scheduled throughout the day.

The full-day event will culminate with a complimentary exclusive networking reception for All-Access Pass Holders at Hollywood's historic Cat & Fiddle just minutes from AFI.

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09:30 am - 10:00 am   Arrivals & Networking

10:00 am - 11:00 am    Diversity, Disruption, & Digital Distribution - Speakers John Kim, Deep C Digital, and Nina Ameri Entertainment Attorney / Partner, One LLP

11:00 am - 12:00 pm    A Creative Person's Secrets to Success - Pen Densham (Producer, ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, BACKDRAFT) and Lisha Yakub Sevanian (USC, Producer / Attorney, Sony Pictures Television)

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm  Screenplay Masterclass - Jim Hart (Screenwriter of Hook, Contact & Dracula) and the new tools available for mapping stories.

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm  Strategies to Finance Your Independent Project - Harris Tulchin (Attorney)

02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Exclusive Networking Reception

You can learn more about all the guest speakers, mentors, and what this elite event holds in store for you by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ivy-entertainment-summit-awards-tickets-60380129593 (Receive 75% off using code ActionVIP)

Hope to see you there! 


JAMES LEVINE, 20 YEAR VETERAN CASTING DIRECTOR FOR SUCH CLIENTS AS CAPITAL ONE, DISNEY, THE VOICE & COMEDY CENTRAL Teaches Bring It! Acting/Audition

IMG_4191Sherman Oaks, CA. Director-Producer-Casting Director, James Levine of Action Casting, brings 25 years’ experience both in front of and behind the camera, to his new On-Camera Acting Auditioning class starting this Wednesday, July 24th through August 14th at 7:30 pm at On Your Mark Studios in Sherman Oaks, CA. A second Tuesday class begins on August 6th and will run through August 27. Course fee: $200 with $50 off using discount codes: BringJoy and Frontier.

 Each class teaches the tips and techniques Levine gained over 20 years as a successful actor, producer, director and casting director of 1000’s of commercials and theatrical projects for such notable clients as Apple, Microsoft, Chase, Capital One, Sears, Disney, The Voice, and Comedy Central, to name a few.

The Audition/Acting classes enforce the auditioning tips and techniques he offers in his new book co-written with Charles Carpenter entitled, Bring It! Everything You Wanted to Know About Auditioning, But Couldn't Ask. Answered by the Casting Director!,which will be provided as a FREE PDF copy as a gift to all participants.

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The 4-week course covers such topics as:

  • Comprehension, Delivery, Creativity
  • On-Camera Auditioning Techniques
  • Self-Tape Audition Tips & Tricks
  • Improv for Auditions
  • Cold Readings for Commercials

COURSE DETAILS:

 Dates:        WEDNESDAY evenings: July 24th, 31st, August 7th, 14th

TUESDAY evenings: August 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

Time:          7:30pm-10pm

Where:       On Your Mark Studio 13425 Ventura Blvd #200 Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

*STREET PARKING ONLY-PLEASE READ SIGNS*

 Cost:          $200.00 (Receive a $50 discount with BringJoy or Frontier codes at checkout)

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Each workshop session provides students the opportunity to audition on-camera, watch themselves on playback, and receive immediate personalized coaching from James. Private coaching is offered separately online and in-person and includes audition self-taping in On Your Mark Studios on an appointment basis.

Levine has taught classes in Los Angeles and internationally with Stella Adler Academy and TVI Studios. In addition to his “Bring It!” book, he also co-hosts and produces an online interview show for Casting Frontier called The Curve which recently featured such luminaries as Bernard Hiller, April Webster, Stuart k. Robinson and many more.

James Levine (pronounced LeVINE) is a member of the Commercial Casting Director Association (CCDA)Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), and represented by BX2 Management.

For more information, please contact bringitclass (at) gmail (dot) com.

 **Please Note: At the conclusion of the class/workshop, the instructor will NOT be taking home nor given access to your headshot, resume, or any other of your promotional materials. Your headshot/resume and any other promotional materials will be returned to you. This is not an audition or employment opportunity. **

 


SUPPLYING AID TO VICTIMS OF EMERGENCY DUE TO #CALIFORNIAFIRES (SAVE)

SAVE RESPONDING WITH AID FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS

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.

TO DONATE TOWARDS THE SAVE PROGRAM, CLICK HERE.

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 btrudeau@cpf.org or (916) 641-1707.

THIS WAS TAKEN FROM THE SAVE WEBSITE AND MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.cafirefoundation.org/


Railroad Park Resort - All aboard! Visit Siskiyou County and experience #train #travel like never done before.

By Joy A. Kennelly

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My review of the Railroad Park Resort is biased because I've known the owners, Mark & Mary Lilley, for a very long time and know they ran a very successful campground elsewhere for about 30 years. They know what they're doing and it makes me happy to see them take on this very fun adventure here in Dunsmuir. For those who don’t know where Dunsmuir is, it’s just below the Oregon border, past Medford, on the northernmost part of California, above Shasta Lake in an area called Siskiyou (Siss Kew.)

According to the visitor site for Siskiyou: “Presiding over it all is Mount Shasta – the 14,179′ strato volcano that towers 10,000 over the surrounding area – and provides a ready playground for climbers, skiers, hikers and sightseers of all stripes.” 

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To me, the Railroad Park Resortlooks like a perfect place for a HUGE children's party because kids LOVE trains. I wonder if any of the celebrities with children would consider renting out the entire place? LOL Sandra Bullock? Charlize Theron? Chris Pratt? He's a big kid himself! Can't you just see Angelina Jolie's brood enjoying this? How about it folks?
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Or what about a press junket stop for Murder on the Orient Express?! Doesn't that film look fabulous? In theaters November 10th. 
It reminds me a little of The Grand Budapest Hotel film, although Grand Budapest is hilarious! If you haven't seen it yet, you simply must! The views of the countryside are sumptuous, the acting superb, the cinematography amazing and the plot-line hysterical. For mature audiences only. Helps if you're a fan of Wes Anderson's directing too.

I also thought the Railroad Park Resort would be a great place for a conference because each of the 23 cabooses are independent, there's also six large cabins, an RV Park attached, multiple attached fine dining cars, and a very cute gift shop. Many of the cabooses include double beds, queen and king if memory holds true. Check out the website for exact details though because all the real details are there: http://www.rrpark.com/  

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We enjoyed breakfast the next day and it was very hearty. Can you tell I like hearty?:) You don't have to stay here to dine either so if you're craving a unique night out with the Mrs., pop in.
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Breakfast, dinner and a bar. What more could you want?
 
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Each caboose is as it was originally, but with some enhancements to the restrooms because apparently when they were working cabooses your restroom would have been the size of a closet! LOL Now they're normal size and come with a shower or bathtub depending on your preference. Again, check the website because then you can choose which one suits you.  P1150102 P1150111 P1150091
Just know, it's a little hard to find when driving north because semi's often block the signs for the exit. I would mark it on your GPS to keep an eye out to make it simple. There's great signage heading south and it's very easy to find. Just look for Railroad Park Road exit. There's also a RV camp so pick your poison!:)
 
It's a fun, unique experience as you're driving between CA and the Pacific Northwest. It's reasonably priced, there's specials and I would encourage you to check it out! Mary and Mark are great and will take great care of you! 
 
And for a few unbiased reviews of the place, read Buzzfeed's article here! We Found The Quirkiest Vacation Spots In California And Actually Stayed There

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Having each lived in New York City at one point, we've both definitely dozed off inside trains before.

But sleeping on the subway or on a commuter train definitely lacks the romance of yesteryear. So when we discovered Railroad Park Resort — a lodge made entirely of antique railroad cars — we signed up pretty much immediately.

We got there right before sunset and asked the friendly desk agent where the best place to get a view of nearby Mount Shasta would be, and she literally just pointed up the road. 

This place was pretty much a one-stop shop of gorgeous views. Continue reading here.

Here's another fun travel video produced by Go There Media which gives a nice overview of everything there is to see and do in and around the Railroad Park Resort, but please note, there are now 23 cabooses since this was filmed:


UNBRIDLED is one film you won't want to miss during AFM! #film #horse #humantrafficking

Sharing this because my very talented writer/director friend, John David Ware, has created a beautiful film entitled "Unbridled," (available in Nov., all rights intact) and will be participating at AFM. "Unbridled" has won festival awards in many categories including Acting, Best Film, Best Director and Best Score. 

UNBRIDLED is a girl-and-her-horse thriller that tackles the hot-button, global social issue of human trafficking. Sarah (Tea McKay) eludes her captors and temporarily hides and finds healing at an equine-assisted therapy ranch.

“A surprisingly sensitive film, stripped of the visual agony of what these girls have suffered. Ware is careful to keep 'Unbridled' low-key and straightforward, never dipping into contrivances the premise might encourage.” (ThatMomentIn.com)

Featuring such stars as T.C. Stallings (“War Room” $90M), Eric Roberts (Dark Knight $533M), Dey Young (Flicka, $21M Red Eye $57M, Pretty Woman $178M), Lindsley Register (The Walking Dead, House of Cards) Jenn Gotzon (God’s Not Dead 2, $21M), UNBRIDLED  introduces Tea McKay.

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“McKay is very convincing, a natural, believable actress with good presence. She’s easily identifiable for teens and all (characters are) portrayed with great authenticity.” (ThatMomentIn.com) 

A PG-13 rating is expected. The film is not visually graphic and is suitable for families with tweens on up. 

SYNOPSIS:


Sarah (Tea McKay) is abused by a sex trafficker in her own home. She fights, but is overpowered by her mother’s new boyfriend, Roger, (Eric Roberts – The Dark Knight). Sarah’s mother, Karen (Dey Young – Pretty Woman) looks the other way. Roger toys with police Detective Sangrin (T.C. Stallings –War Room), who is desperate to find his own missing daughter.

Sarah escapes from Roger with help from some friends; including a boy she likes named Kenny (David Topp – Beverly Hills Canine Country Club).They guide her to The Academy, a safe place where she meets a mysterious horse, whose harrowing journey parallels her own. Sarah meets a closed group of young girls, who make her prove herself before being accepted. Her relationship with the horse promises healing until Roger is freed from jail. Sarah's life hangs in the balance as he hunts her down to re-join his dark empire. “UNBRIDLED” is inspired by a North Carolina Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program called Corral.

The teaser has 462,000 organic views on Facebook and YouTube and a rabid fan base. The team have identified at least three distinct audience segments: Horse Lovers, Anti-Human Traffic (Endorsements from The Salvation Army and Passage Out, etc.), and Faith-Based audiences.

The Director (Ware) can leverage a vast, worldwide network of filmmakers. He has built this network since 2003 through his amazing 168 Film Project which has launched 18,000 filmmakers. He has excellent ties to high level entertainment executives, faith-based organizations and churches, all who will get behind this film.

If this is of interest to you, John will have good availability starting the morning of Friday, Nov. 3 during AFM. 

 


Modern Day Princess Rite of Passage Course Helps Teen Girls Discover their Purpose, Value & Strength - read on

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MODERN DAY PRINCESS RITE OF PASSAGE COURSE HELPS TEEN GIRLS DISCOVER THEIR

PURPOSE, VALUE AND STRENGTH IN A TEN WEEK PROGRAM

Designed to Counteract Female Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, Self-Mutilation, Depression & Sex Trafficking, More Than 2,500 girls Have Gone Through This Life-changing Journey

 Los Angeles, CA Becoming A Modern Day Princess, a Rite of Passage self-discovery course, has helped teenage girls from the ages of thirteen to eighteen to overcome and escape female bullying, teen pregnancy, self-mutilation, depression and sex trafficking as it teaches them the ten key character building steps every girl needs to become a young woman of integrity and influence. It also provides a way for parents, mentors and leaders to make life-changing, positive impacts in the lives of adolescent girls who are just entering womanhood.

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Statistics provided through www.SaveOurGirls.org show the desperate need for this program:

 • One in three females will become pregnant out-of-wedlock before the age of 20.3

 • Median age which young women have their first sexual experience is 17.4, outside marriage.

 • The CDC reports that 48% of teens have had sex at least one.

 • One in four will contract a STD (sexually transmitted disease) before the age of 18.

 • One-third of all teen pregnancies end in an abortion.

Launched in 1999 under the auspices of King’s Harbor Church by Founder/Author/Speaker, Doreen Hanna, her Modern Day Princess curriculum has been taught and shared nationally, and now internationally, since her book, Raising A Modern Day Princess co-authored with Pam Farrel, was published in 2010 by Focus On the Family/Tyndale.  975743_w185

A 7-week, community-based MDP program was established in 2006 at the request of the State of New Mexico and has been embraced by various state-funded organizations for at-risk girls.

Image003Doreen Hanna’s personal mission statement, “Empowering Women To Equip Our Teen Girls,” is not just a proclamation, but a vision she has seen fulfilled since 2000 as she has trained and mentored over 300 BMDP leaders who have guided more than 2,500 girls on this life changing journey to find value and strength in the lives of participating girls, their families and others who have joined them in their journey and public celebration.

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Hanna said, "The greatest reward for me is watching these girls go through the program and see them become confident, gracious, young ladies."

Sessions within the BMDP program include: 1) Discovering the Princess Within; 2) My Legacy Empowers My Destiny; 3) The Wealth Found in Obedience; 4) The Portrait of a Prince; 5) The Treasure of True Friends; 6) Looking & Acting Like a Princess; 7) The Princess in the Mirror; 8) Beyond My Kingdom; 9) Dancing with the King; 10) Remembering My Crowning Celebration. Central to this process is the final rite-of-passage ceremony—a defining moment in which girls are blessed by the significant father figure in their lives as their family and community celebrate and support them as they step into womanhood.

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Hanna, recognizing a teen girl’s need for fatherly affirmation and the importance of celebrating her step into womanhood, developed this final public ceremony where girls are affirmed by the respected man in her life, as the culmination of the program.  "

Just having been asked often begins to unlock the hearts of the men." Hanna said. "This is a structured oppor­tunity for men to reflect, opening up their hearts and minds to often express things they've never said to their daughters or the girl they care for.”

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Miracles frequently happen such as fathers expressing their love publicly for the first time, reconciliation of father/daughter and family relationships, and positive male role-models which includes grand­fathers, uncles, teachers, coaches and more who step in to bless these girls and often promise to remain in the lives of girls who may not have fathers.

“‘Becoming a Modern Day Princess’ was an indescribably uplifting experience for our entire family,” says Max W. “As we celebrated our little girl's ‘rite of passage’ into young womanhood, an overwhelming sense of pride and melancholy welled up inside of me. What a profound honor to bless our daughter. This program is essential in continuing the moral well being of our daughters and young families, not to mention future generations as well.”

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Doreen Hanna, Founder of Treasured Celebrations (the non-profit umbrella for all MDP resources) created and implemented the first Becoming A Modern Day Princess Biblically-based program in 1999 at King’s Harbor Church in Redondo Beach, CA.  By 2006, upon the request of the State of New Mexico, Doreen developed a 7-week community-based program, titled “Today’s Modern Day Princess” that has been embraced by various state-funded organizations for at-risk girls.

In 2010 the book, Raising A Modern Day Princess co-authored with Pam Farrel, was published by Focus On the Family/Tyndale.  It has sold more than 24,000 copies throughout the US and internationally. Additional Modern Day Princess Resources include leadership guides, journals, and most recently, a woman's program titled, "Still a Princess~Becoming a Bride." Doreen and her husband Chad have two grown daughters, four grandchildren, and reside in Los Angeles, California.

For more information, please review: www.moderndayprincess.net


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.

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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!:)


HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BEAUTY WEB SERIES “SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER” DEBUTS TODAY!

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HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BEAUTY WEB SERIES “SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER” DEBUTS TODAY! 

 

ACTRESS, WRITER AND BEAUTY SPOKESPERSON HOLLY FULGER (ELLEN, thirtysomething,

ANYTHING BUT LOVE) IS ON A MISSION TO OPEN A DIALOG WITH WOMEN

ON INNER BEAUTY & AGING GRACEFULLY

Los Angeles, CA...Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson Holly Fulger (“Ellen” / “thirtysomething” / “Anything But Love”) is on a personal mission with her newest ground-breaking digital series, “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger,” to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities about aging and ultimately help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image and feel more beautiful at every age.  

The web series launches today, August 21, on http://www.speakingofbeauty.tv, and on “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger” YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/SpeakingofBeautyTV

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Created and Executive Produced by Holly Fulger, and directed and produced by Melinda Augustina  (“16 to Life” / “Fun with War Crimes” / “Three-Fifty”), the new beauty web series showcases Holly’s interviews with her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds.

These dynamic individuals discuss their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman," and how these perceptions influence their lives and their power as women. 

Interviews include: Dari Lallou Mackenzie 2011Writer/Performer, Dari Mckenzie, who launched Twiggy’s clothing line and worked with Fellini in the 60's, sharing her perspective on aging gracefully; Twelve-year-old Student and Aspiring Writer, Grace Williams, who shares her “wise-beyond-years” thoughts on the imperfections of beauty; Jewelry Designer, Rachel Abroms, sharing how family and Society’s negative focus on weight led her to self-mutilate before finding peace; and Professional & Personal Development Coach of Missing Peace, Cynthia Ordebuga, sharing beauty
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Fans who subscribe to “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger” on YouTube channel will be the first to receive additional access to beauty-related health data, provided by “Speaking of Beauty’s” medical partner, the Cleveland Clinic’s health education program, Speaking of Women’s Health. (@SPKwomenshealth)

In addition, today only from 10am to 4pm PT, “Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger” will exclusively offer YouTube viewers & Blip.TV viewers the ability to submit questions, or comments, to be personally answered by Holly and her guests.  

In September 2012, the Cleveland Clinic partnership will be formally announced in conjunction with additional episodes rolling out weekly to all fans on the official web site: http://www.speakingofbeauty.tv, along with the official release of the corresponding “Speaking of Beauty Inner Beauty” journal book by Holly Fulger.

Taking a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of beauty, Holly’s new web series presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.

Holly_Fulger_Hosts Speaking of Beauty TV - smallAn accomplished actress, “Speaking of Beauty” Host, Holly Fulger was a television series regular on such shows as “Ellen,” “thirtysomething,” “Anything But Love” with Jamie Lee Curtis. Additional appearances and feature films include the Disney trilogy “Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century,” and over fifteen television movies.  Holly is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, California.

For more information, or to join the conversation, please go to: www.speakingofbeauty.tv  


All about @HollyFulger host of Speaking of Beauty which launches Tuesday, August 21!

Actress, Writer and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger is on a personal mission to help women discover their inner beauty and feel more beautiful at every age.

Working first as a model and then as an actress, she always felt compelled to lie about her age, Holly experienced the good, the bad and the misguided aspects of beauty in our Hollywood and Madison Avenue driven culture.

As a result, she developed a lifelong passion to help women develop a positive, compassionate, and beautiful self-identity. It’s now the driving force behind her latest her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, designed to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.

 As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of beauty and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.

Holly has always loved beauty and fashion, but it wasn’t until she became a step-mother that she felt comfortable with her own beauty and actual age. Struggling with feelings of inadequacy since a teen-ager, Holly knows firsthand the struggles women experience in today’s distorted view of beauty.

A year ago, she co-launched an inner-beauty workshop with a professional makeup artist and held numerous workshops teaching women how to internalize the truth of their own unique beauty and create a deeper connection between their inner and outer selves. Many women experienced beauty breakthroughs for the first time with the information, support, and resources provided.

As a spokesperson and inner-beauty workshop leader, Holly has written numerous articles on beauty. An article she wrote for iCNN caught the attention of a CNN producer who interviewed Holly and seven other women on their perception of beauty. To Holly, the most interesting part of her beauty workshops and being on CNN, was listening to other women’s stories and hearing how difficult it was for women to say what is beautiful about themselves.

“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”

An accomplished actress, Holly was a television series regular on such television shows as ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE with Jamie Lee Curtis, numerous other TV shows and feature films, including the Disney trilogy ZENON, GIRL OF THE 21st CENTURY, and over fifteen television movies.

Prior to moving to Hollywood from her Ohio hometown, Holly studied stage acting at the acclaimed Remains Theatre Co. in Chicago, where she starred in many award-winning plays directed by Tony® award-winning director, Robert Falls. Now that her children are teen-agers, Holly has returned to her theater roots and just worked on a new play by Mark Roberts (creator of MIKE and MOLLY) with the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles, where she is a company member.   

Holly Fulger is married to character actor, Ron Bottitta, and lives with their two children and all their rescue animals, in Hancock Park, CA. 

Bookmark: www.speakingofbeauty.tv to see the launch of Holly's new web series on beauty. Holly & friends will be available to answer questions and comments from 10am - 4pm PT tomorrow too!

Don't miss out!


Update on International Stylist, @NicoleJanowicz, and Introducing @SPKofBeautyTV with @HollyFulger

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently received an article my recent client, International Stylist, Nicole Janowicz, had contributed to months ago when we were still working together. Thought you might enjoy reading it, expecially if you're planning for your own wedding.

CTW has licensing agreements with 1,000 additional newspapers and online journals and you may have read this story on one of those sites as well. 

I was very happy to help Nicole create her online presence on all the popular social media platforms (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc); write all her marketing copy including press releases, email pitches (ad agencies, talent agencies, brands, schools and universities, media, celebrities and musicians), newsletters, and coverage in my blog; successfully pitch her to numerous fashion & wedding blogs as a contributing writer which resulted in her own Huffington Post blog, in addition to, national and international blog coverage; and speaking opportunities at FIDM San Diego and elsewhere.

All of our efforts ultimately helped find Nicole an agent at The Rex Agency before our contract ended. Very proud of this work and happy for her because this is what she needed to take her career to the next level.

Now she's busy with music styling for the Backstreet Boys and others, although she will do wedding styling on request. 

Here's a few examples of where she was featured in the article entitled, "If you’d like your silhouette to be a bit more streamlined, it helps to employ a few tricks. Here’s your guide to the best bridal shapewear to help you hide what lies beneath"

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Nicole became engaged while writing wedding tips for her Huffington Post blog and all the other wedding blogs too, which I thought was sweet. RingI have another friend who was working for The Wedding Knott who became engaged soon after working there too.

Guess there's something to preparing for a wedding that just tips guys off you're ready? Or is it guys realize, they snooze, they lose?:)

Have to admit, laughed out loud when I saw these cards on Pinterest because they're the opposite side of the spectrum.

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Currently working with the new web series, Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger, which will launch at the end of the month.

Speaking of Beauty - square - web largeActress, Writer, and Beauty Spokesperson, Holly Fulger (ELLEN, thirtysomething, ANYTHING BUT LOVE) is on a personal mission with her new web series, SPEAKING OF BEAUTY WITH HOLLY FULGER, to open a dialog among women to address their concerns and insecurities of aging, and ultimately, help women discover their inner-beauty, enhance their self-image, and feel more beautiful at every age.

“We don’t talk enough about beauty and the issues it brings up, to one another. I believe that is beginning to change” says Holly. “The older I become, the more I see that physical beauty is lovely to look at, but ultimately meaningless. Beauty is a reflection of who we are. It is, quite simply, our soul reflected outwardly.”

As she interviews some of her favorite role models and “everyday heroes” of all races, ages and backgrounds, each woman discusses their personal vision of beauty, the negative effects of media's "ideal woman", and how these perceptions influence their lives and their power as women. Holly takes a profound look at both the positive and negative aspects of being a woman and presents a platform for resolving the paradox of being "beautiful" and the power of being yourself.

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Very excited about this very important conversation and to be working with such a great team of professionals. Holly is very inspirational and this is a topic that is long overdue.

I love this description of beauty by Audrey Hepburn which I will leave you with now.

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Stay tuned! More to come soon, I promise! Click the link following to "Like" Speaking of Beauty with Holly Fulger on Facebook too! 


Team Building Case Study: School of Humans, LC Crowley and Mark Apen featuring Ben Sollee, Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman and more

By Joy A. Kennelly

I have had the privilege of working with SCHOOL OF HUMANS, a branded entertainment studio here in Atlanta these past few months writing their marketing materials and working on their online presence as their publicist. In so doing, I've gotten to know all the guys (and token female) very well which has been fun because they're all very unique and extremely talented.

Here's their demo reel highlighting some of their work:

 

I realized this morning, LC Crowley and Mark Apen were perfect examples of great team builders which is why I want to share their bios with you to explain further. So, without further ado, meet LC, or Chad as he's known to friends, and Mark, just two of the amazing team which comprise SCHOOL OF HUMANS:

L. C. Crowley Co-Founder, Executive Producer / Director 

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L.C. Crowley is a writer, director and producer with over a decade of non-traditional storytelling experience in film, advertising and multimedia entertainment. A creative visionary with a knack for building successful companies with an artistic sensibility, L.C., or Chad as he is known to friends, is best known for his artistry and storytelling talent and nurturing of creative communities in music, writing and film.

L.C. began his professional life immersed in fine art, typography, photography and design while attending college and running a small design firm which he successfully sold a few years later. His interest in art, and artists like Carvaggio and Vermeer, influence his creativity to this day. After selling his design firm, L.C. became a creative consultant with J. Walter Thompson and McRae Communications where he learned the business and client side of the advertising industry before transitioning back to the creative side for good.

He was soon recruited by the renowned ad agency Luckie & Co in Birmingham, AL and  soon rose to Associate Creative Director, where he was given wide creative control to write and direct a myriad of award-winning projects for blue chip brands including AT&T, Little Debbie, Mercedes Benz, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. As he and his team’s success grew, L.C. was instrumental in the formation of their new branded entertainment arm, Luckie Underground Productions, with the mandate to create entertainment pitches for current and new clients.

After accomplishing all he had set out to do there, L.C. returned to Atlanta to be closer to family and took a break to focus on writing screenplays and other scripted shows. When producers didn’t move fast enough with his projects, L.C. did what he does best; pulled together a team of qualified creative and business professionals to build a branded and original entertainment studio with the idea they would own and create their own shows.

Launching SCHOOL OF HUMANS in the converted Grocery on Home loft space in Grant Park in 2009, he and the company have continued to evolve and develop projects for film and TV,  often times with brands baked into the narrative. Currently Executive Producer of Discovery Network’s “Stuff You Should Know” broadcast show among other projects, L.C. is fulfilling his secret dream of becoming a circus man as he juggles ideas, stories, people, and production on this smart, character-driven, comedically-sensed, quirky, scripted project.

In his spare time, L.C. enjoys exploring obscure museums with his wife and two children, eating olives and studies American Pre-War music from his home in Atlanta, GA.

And here's Mark Apen, another talented guy Chad brought into School of Humans team to help develop their production slate which is set to explode.

MARK APEN, Executive Producer / Head of Production:

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Known for his diplomatic, calm professionalism under pressure, Mark is a well-respected producer, production manager and AD with over twenty years of experience in the Atlanta film and television industries. Mark is a member of the Georgia Production Partnership which provides a 30% tax incentive to film production in the State of Georgia. He also consults with a slate of companies on numerous nation-wide projects which keeps him in the market, relevant to crew, with a fresh Rolodex which keeps him abreast of what’s happening throughout the entertainment industry.  

Mark joined SCHOOL OF HUMANS as Head of Production in 2010, seeing it as an opportunity to do something original, creative and non-traditional. It was a mutually beneficial decision, as his reputation and experience opens many doors for their full slate of network shows, co-productions and web series.

Prior to this, Mark was responsible for organizing, budgeting, scheduling and producing numerous productions ranging from commercials for such major networks and brands as ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cadillac and Ford. An avid foodie and nature lover, Mark also worked on numerous episodes for such television shows as Food Network’s Feasting on Asphalt, a full season of Food Network’s Good Eats, and the fast-paced season finale of CBS’s The Amazing Race.

 Mark studied Radio/TV/Film at the Journalism School at the University of Georgia, which he continues to support as an Executive in Residence, and speaks on storytelling as a former Southern Order of Storytellers member. Mark enjoys the 360 degree integrated storytelling across all web, broadcast and social media platforms SCHOOL OF HUMANS employs and brings his own unique story telling ability to every project.

Now if you're curious how they all came to work together, their unique story and work, keep reading because I'm about to tell you.:)

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SCHOOL OF HUMANS was founded in 2009 as a ‘next generation’ storytelling entertainment company by L.C. Crowley, LC Crowley Marc Savoie Marc Savoie and Brandon Barr  Brandon Barrafter meeting for months over lunch and discovering a shared sense of rebellion against the ad industry’s status quo. Deciding to leave the traditional ad world behind them once and for all, Crowley came up with the idea to combine their storytelling and marketing prowess to create SCHOOL OF HUMANS and create entertainment properties they owned which people would actually want to watch.

 

The three principals’ advertising credits included designing and creating award-winning campaigns for cable and network television productions on ESPN, CBS, Food Network and Turner, as well as working on accounts for some of the world’s largest international companies such as Coca-Cola, GE, Toyota, American Airlines, Kodak, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Barclay’s Bank and AT&T.

Executive Producer/Director, Crowley; Managing Director, Savoie; and Head of Branded Content & Digital Media, Barr were joined by accomplished Producer Mark Apen, Mark Apen 2 who consulted in the early stages until coming on board full-time as Executive Producer and Head of Production in 2011.

After the core team was established, Crowley and the humans decided to share a converted neighborhood grocery store in Grant Park with friend and art dealer Matt Arnett. This new hipster hangout and part time music speakeasy became known as “Grocery on Home” - and the launching point for the business. 

In the course of six weeks, L.C.’s brother built out the first floor with a stage that soon became filled with artists, musicians, discussion groups and film screenings on a monthly basis. L.C., Marc, Brandon, Mark and a qualified team of freelance professionals brainstormed and worked on video, broadcast and web series productions for such clients as Coke, Toyota and the viral video juggernaut band OK Go, among others.

 

Renewing their creative juices at night in their in-house salon, a highlight was having genre bending vocalist and cellist Ben Sollee come in to perform which led SCHOOL OF HUMANS to create a music video with over eighty people involved in the artistry. 

 NPR and Atlanta InTown picked up the story, showcasing the co-owners and Grocery as a venue for artists.

As the SCHOOL OF HUMANS production roster grew, so did its team. Soon outgrowing the Grocery location, Matt took over the bookings. In 2010, the Humans moved into their current production facility in Decatur, Georgia adding Associate Producer, Mary Puchalski; Development Executive, Tom Lofthouse; and Media Strategist, Rick Shaughnessy in the process.

Music and creativity continues to play an integral part in their business. Barr describes their work as one part “band” – artists who like to make their own shows as they are currently doing with Discovery Networks on the first half-hour, scripted, non-fiction show, Stuff You Should Know featuring popular podcasters, Josh & Chuck of How Stuff Works. This project started out as a 26 episode broadcast micro-series which launched the Toyota web series and has grown into the full-length broadcast pilot inproduction due to its success. 

SCHOOL OF HUMANS is also one part executive production label, connecting select entertainment properties and production partners with brand funding that helps underwrite those projects – as they have done with Funny by Nature, a branded online comedy series featuring such name comedians as Chris Hardwick, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman, Aisha Tyler, Jeff Ross, and others. 

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Another success was their work with WowWee on their Light Strike Arena laser tag game launch, bringing the online gaming experience to the real world through the company’s first branching YouTube animated video experience. 

 

 

SCHOOL OF HUMANS is really good at taking their own ideas and making them marketable to both brands and networks. They make brands central characters in awesome entertainment — in a believable,organic way. Characters tweeting from the road, appearing at dealerships across the country, games on mobile, and other 360 degree story integration and transmedia immersion, they simply create assets around a show that are valuable to a brand because they are desired by their consumers.

They believe in marrying brand intent to riveting entertainment content by partnering with brands in the early stages of the creation process. But they don’t just place products, or create corporate mouthpieces that fail as entertainment. They stretch the boundaries and work with people who are willing to take risks and do something they haven’t done before in an entertaining, unique, clever and engaging manner.

As the barriers between advertising and content/media and the difference between the web and TV are coalescing into a single thing, SCHOOL OF HUMANS remains at the forefront in the ways in which stories can be told in this space and creating the next thing that can be.

 


@thejgold @LAWeeklyFood @musicconnection Time again for the Original Long Beach Lobster Festival September 9-11, 2011 Rainbow Lagoon #foodies #in

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The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival will take place September 9-11, 2011 at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. http://www.originallobsterfestival.com

Bristol Farms will serve unforgettable Maine Lobster Feasts, steamed to mouth-watering perfection in the world’s largest lobster steamers. Plates include; sweet, succulent lobster, melted butter dipping sauce, fresh cut lemons, coleslaw, dinner roll and watermelon. All lobster flown in nightly from Maine’s salty Atlantic Ocean.

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Live Entertainment:

Friday, September 91h: Chris Anderson Group, Decades 70’s/80’s Dance Band, The Bill Magee Blues Band, Texas House Party and Bennie & The Swamp Gators.

Saturday, September 10thDecades 70’s/80’s Dance Band, The Bill Magee Blues Band, Texas House Party and Bennie & The Swamp Gators

Sunday, September 11th: Upstream, Lazy Brad Lewis, Bonne Musique Zydeco.

All Days: A.J. Gibbs: “The Mydeco Dance King,” Dancing lessons between sets.

Learn more about all confirmed musical acts:

http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/entertainment.php

Festival also features: international food court, arts & crafts booths, delicious desserts, beer & wine gardens, special themed cocktails and FREE Souvenir digital photos.   

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Also, a Live Sports Tent courtesy of DirecTV, where you can watch your favorite sporting events on 4 flat screen TV’s while enjoying your lobster feasts. Children will love the storytellers, magicians and inflatable bounces. Free general admission to all active U.S. military personnel.

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WHEN

September 9-11, 2011

Friday, September 9th: 5pm - 11pm
Saturday, September 10
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Sunday, September 11
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WHERE

Rainbow Lagoon 
[400-403] Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS

$13 General Admission (Does not include Lobster Feast. $15 onsite)

Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Regular Presale Guaranteed Lobster Package - $25 (Includes 1 1/4 lb. lobster feast, served by Bristol Farms, and admission) $35 at the gate.

Jumbo Presale Guaranteed Lobster Package- for heartier appetites. $50 (Includes 2-1/4 lb. lobster feast, served by Bristol Farms, and admission) $55 at the gate.

Admission and Guaranteed Lobster Package advance discounts available only online at: www.OriginalLobsterFestival.com

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OC BBQ Bonanza Wrap Up & Long Beach Original Lobster Festival Launches 9/9-11 Big thanks to @alliemackay @ktlamorningnews @Feast_Monkey @thekarelshow #shareoc

By Joy A. Kennelly

OC BBQ BONANZA WRAP UP

What a wonderful weekend was had by all.

First off, you have to watch this great TV coverage courtesy of KTLA's own Allie MacKay extolling the virtues of this past weekend's OC BBQ Bonanza: http://www.ktla.com/news/local/alliemackay/ Just click the video for OC BBQ Bonanza to see her in action.

Ever effusive, CBS Radio Open Line foodie, Mojito Mas, also had this to say about his experience in the VIP Rib Village:

"Oh my god, what an amazing night!  We had soooo much fun!  I've got rib sauce flowing in my veins now!  lol.  Sooooooo delicious and yummy.  Gotta say, the Tennessee Hickory ones were THE BEST!  They were tangy, had the most real wood smoked flavor, fell right off the bone, AND we even got a chance to talk to the two awesome cooks back there who owned it.  They were so down to earth, friendly, shared some cooking tips (like keeping the oven at 250 degrees during the cooking process), AND they even gave us a little to go box with 8 ribs inside.  They really, really got it down right.

Truly appreciative!  I did see it on Channel 5 this morning at 7am too!.. the part about the guy having to sign the waiver... priceless.  lol. 
Hope you guys get a HUGE turn out!  I'm sure you will.  Was great seeing a good mix of people at the event as well, families, couples, lots of the college crowd. Awesome, awesome event!"

And another glowing review from Entertainer, Syndicated Talk Host, Author, Political Satirist, Actor, Huffington Post Contributor, Charles Karel Bouley, which you can read in full by clicking the title, or an excerpt below:

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"There are three things that don't often appear on my to-do list:

  1. Listen to lots of Country music
  2. Eat in public with my fingers tearing meat off of bones (when you have as many dinner or lunch meetings as I do, you just stop ordering something you've got to pick up and get into)
  3. Hang out in Orange County, CA (I used to live there and now that I don't I know why everyone used to joke that I lived behind the "Orange Curtain.")

So it took something pretty special to get me and a guest to gear up, hop on the Aprilia Mana 850 and ride down PCH to Warner and over to Mile Square Park at Brookhurst and Heil (The Fountain Valley Sports Park is the official name now, but when I lived across the street everyone knew, and knows it, as Mile Square Park).

That something special ended up being the lure of the best BBQ available in the area this weekend as The Orange County BBQ Bonanza takes over the Fountain Valley Sports Park (Mile Square Park, Heil Entrance off Brookhurst, Fountain Valley, CA).

(T)he OC BBQ Bonanza did not disappoint.... Aussum AussiesPorky-N-BeansCoyote RoadhouseCowboys BBQ & Rib, Johnson's Bar-B-Que, and the KC BBQ Team have each brought their "A" game, their pork ribs rubbed and marinated, their wood pits all fired up, thrown in some chicken, links, tri-tip and trimmins making for an old time country festival right in the heart of Orange County.

Coyote Roadhouse served as my favorite, with meat just falling off the bone, a sauce that was smokey and not too sweet, the absolute perfect rib. But that's like saying you like diamonds more than rubies really, since there was no bad BBQ to be had."

OC Register's coverage stated over 15,000 people attended the inaugural event with a clever title over their photo essay which you can preview by clicking the link here: Meat-up in Fountain Valley

Or for other fun pix from the weekend, check out Food Beast's: ADVENTURE: OC BBQ Bonanza 2011 

Even Fountain Valley Patch got in on the action and covered the winners which you can read by clicking here: Porky-N-Beans Dominates at OC BBQ BonanzaThe Ohio-based national traveling team took first in two of the three categories and second in the third. By Justin Petruccelli

Once I find more coverage I will share it too, but for now, onwards and upwards to our next foodie lover's festival, the ever popular, ever delicious, The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival coming to Long Beach September 9 - 11, 2011. 

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18th Annual @LBCrawfishFest July 30 - 31, 2011 #Rainbow Lagoon @LongBeachCity - it's Mardi Gras time in CA again!

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WHAT

New Orleans comes to Southern California! It's the 18th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Serving seasoned Cajun Crawfish dinners, prepared to mouth-watering perfection by Bristol Farms. Crawfish feasts include succulent red baby potatoes, buttery corn on the cob and creamy, delectable remoulade dipping sauce.

Live entertainment mixes the best Cajun, Brazilian, Zydeco, and New Orleans-style jazz and blues music. www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

WHEN

July 30 – 31, 2011

Saturday, July 30th: 12noon – 11PM
Sunday, July 31st: 12noon – 10:00PM

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CONFIRMED ACTS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 30th:

STEP RIDEAU & THE ZYDECO OUTLAWS
THE ZYDECOASTERS
DIKKI DU and The Zydeco Krewe
BENNIE & THE SWAMP GATORS
ROYALE GARDEN DIXIELAND BAND

CONFIRMED ACTS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 31th:

WAYLON THIBODEAUX
ANDRE THIERRY & ZYDECO MAGIC
BONNE MUSIQUE ZYDECO
DAVID SOUSA AND THE ZYDECO MUDBUGS

CONFIRMED ACTS FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:

A.J. Gibbs- The Mydeco King (Zydeco Dancing Lessons)
The Louisiana to L.A. Society (LALA) Second Line Dancers
The High Steppers New Orleans Boogie Band

Click here for more details on all acts.

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International food court featuring New Orleans- inspired cuisine, Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets, children's stage featuring the comedy and magic of Kerry Ross, Storytelling, Magicians, Inflatable Impressions, Bounces and FREE E-Souvenir Picture. Get out your beads, feathers and lace...for the largest Mardi-Gras Experience west of the Mississippi!

WHERE

Rainbow Lagoon
400-403 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Learn More: http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

Go Metro! Take the Blue Line all the way to the last stop in Long Beach. Walk just 3 blocks west to the Rainbow Lagoon. Plan your trip here:http://www.metro.net/default.asp

TICKETS

$13 General Admission (Valid only for advance online purchase- $15 onsite)

$25.00 1-Day General Admission, including a delicious CRAWFISH FEAST served by Bristol Farms. Feast includes 2 – 21/4lbs. fresh live steamed crawfish, red baby potatoes, corn on the cob and dipping sauce. (Valid only for advance online purchase- $33.00 onsite)

$30.00 – 1 Day General Admission, plus CRAW BUCKET FEAST, served by Bristol Farms. Crawbucket feast includes: 3 lbs. fresh live steamed crawfish, red baby potatoes, corn on the cob, and dipping sauce. (Valid only for advance online purchase- $41.50 onsite)

Special admission discounts and packages available online:

www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com.

The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is proudly sponsored by Bristol Farms and the Long Beach Sea Festival. Also, The Varden – A Boutique Hotel, DirecTV, and Beer Sponsors: Smithwicks, Harp, Smirnoff, Guinness, Red Stripe and Jeremiah Weed.  See you there! LBCPic5


@MIHollywood @JinglePunks @RocketHub #Social Media Panel blogs & April 21 @Facebook Panel Speakers & Tickets

By Joy A. Kennelly

Normally when I attend conferences I take dictation and microblog what the speakers are saying while they are speaking. I couldn't do that while moderating which is why I'm very happy to share the Musicians Institute's comprehensive blog coverage of all the speakers on April 7th's social media panel which addressed viral marketing with videos, live concerts utilizing StageIt, YouTube, Facebook, personal vs. professional publicity and so much more.

Click the picture below to be stunned and amazed at the wisdom coming from these mere mortals with extreme talent, creativity and intelligence:

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And for those who didn't get to click the pic above,  you can click here: http://blog.mi.edu/post/Social-Media-Seminar-Series.aspx

Jingle Punks has another fun blog post and Facebook Fan Page highlighting our event as well which you can review here:

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And for those who again, didn't understand to click the pic, click here: http://www.jinglepunks.com/blog/2011/04/15/photo-recap-musicians-institute/

They included more of the funny pictures taken that night which you can like here: http://www.facebook.com/jinglepunks

I'm in the camp of Jingle Punks where you can combine fun in business and life. Those who think those two can't work together, guess you haven't read Richard Branson's bio. You know, the Virgin Atlantic CEO, right?

Read his thoughts on life: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/ 

Maybe it will change your mind.:)

And RocketHub has posted their blog coverage of our panel together too which is a nice quick overview of the most salient points which you can read by clicking the RocketHub logo or title below:

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Musicians Institute Hosts The State of The New Music Industry Discussion

APRIL 21 FACEBOOK SEMINAR

7:30pm - 9:00pm Musicians Institute 

This week's panel on Thursday, April 21, which I'm moderating again, covers everything you ever wanted to learn about Facebook. Speakers on this week's Facebook Marketing panel include: 

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Brad Bogus, Member of SXSW showcased band “Audio Runner” & Social Media Architect for “Speak Social
Joseph Yi VP Marketing Reward Me
Joseph Yi, Social Media & Marketing Solutions Manager – GAGA Sports & Entertainment/VPMarketing – RewardMe 
Hunter Scott
Hunter Scott, Co-Founder/President of La Famos PR & Branding firm and a Musicians Institute Music Business Teacher 
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Britton Sparkman, co-founder and lead guitar player for Red Circle Underground are speaking at this week's Facebook marketing panel

You can buy tickets for the April 21 panel, or any of the ensuing panels below:

Come early to enjoy Chef Jack Harding's simply great gourmet food at his Clean Street Food Truck 5:30pm - 7:30pm across from the Concert Hall.  Jharding

@TheJoyWriter & @MIHollywood #Social #Media Seminar Series New Panelists Announced March 29, 2011

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 The Joy Writer and the Musicians Institute are pleased to announce more panelists are confirmed to speak at the Social Media Seminar Series 2011. The five-part instructional seminar series is designed to teach the how-to’s of social media and online marketing. 

 Each hour and a half program, moderated by Social Media Expert, Joy Kennelly, will focus on the basics of the social networking tools currently available and feature panels with high-profile entertainment industry executives and technology experts discussing how to utilize current social media platforms, upgrade social media skills and how to brand and market your company, your label or yourself online. 

The seminars will be held Thursday’s April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, and June 2, 2011, from 7:30 to 9pm in the Concert Hall of the Musicians Institute located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028. 

Buy tickets here: http://socialmediaseminarseries.eventbrite.com

Social Media Seminar Topics & Speakers

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>     April 21     How to Utilize Facebook and the differences between Personal Pages, Groups, and Fan Pages, as well as Privacy & Protocol issues. Attendees will learn how to best utilize the largest social media platform in the world while incorporating other social networking sites into it to maximize their exposure.

SXSW performer, Audio Runner Band Member & Social Media Architect with Speak Social, Brad Bogus Brad Rockstar
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Social Media & Marketing Solutions Manager – GAGA Sports & Entertainment / VP Marketing – RewardMe, Joseph Yi specializes in brand management and digital strategies  Joseph Yi VP Marketing Reward Me
   
Follow @joseph_yi    http://josephayi.com

Hunter Scott, Co-Founder/President of La Famos PR & Branding firm and a Musicians Institute Music Business Teacher, is profiled alongside such luminaries as NARAS Grammy President, Neil Portnow and Gene Simmons (KIIS) in Dan Kimpel's book, It All Begins with the Music: Developing Artists and Careers for the New Music BusinessHunter Scott
Follow @LaFamos http://lafamos.com

>     May 5        Twitter and Twitter Time Management Tools including TweetDeck, Hootsuite and others. Panelists will analyze who to follow, how to develop an audience, what to tweet, and why Twitter is important for artists, companies and self promotion.

COO/Executive Producer/Host, TechZulu.com, Amanda Coolong, is recognized nationally as an online media company covering technology brands and the personalities behind them.  Amanda Coolong
  
 
Follow @acoolong   http://techzulu.com   

President/CEO, DashGo, Inc., Benjamin Patterson, a leading digital distribution and marketing firm. Clients include Weezer, Delicious Vinyl, Coconut Records, Time Records, Rock Mafia and Next New Networks among others. Bpattersonprofile Checkers
      Follow @dashgo  http://dashgo.com

>     May 19      Blogging with Bloggers and others as they discuss the various platforms available (Wordpress, Typepad, Tumblr, Posterous), styles, audience building and blog marketing tips.

 Blogger, Author, Advertising Copywriter and Brand Consultant, Black Conseco's clients include Ford Focus and the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame, Absolut, RedBull, Mercedes Benz and more.  Black Canseco
Follow @blackcanseco  http://hustleknockin.com

Founder/Online Programming Producer, Special Purpose Media, Josh Brooks, is a former talent manager and digital executive; co-founded Fanscape.com, and specializes in Mobile Strategy/Mobile Development Ms_03-josh-brooks - web
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Billy Johnson Jr., Journalist & Author has covered hip-hop, R&B and pop music for such influential publications as Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and more. His Yahoo Music Hip Hop Media Training Blog averages 4 million hits per month.  BillyJohnsonJrIMG_1128
Follow @y_billyjohnson 
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>      June 2      Geo-Location Marketing and how to establish, engage and utilize FourSquare, Whrrl, with a wrap-up of all other popular social networking sites available in marketing & promoting artists, events and venues.

Managing Partner of TAG Strategic, Ted Cohen is a former Senior VP of Digital Development and Distribution for EMI Music, and popular speaker on all things music and tech. TedCohen102010
Follow @spinaltap  http://tagstrategic.com

 Co-Founder/CEO Rock Prodigy, Former Marketing Director, Guitar Center, Harold Lee, recently received an Appy Award for Education, was named “What’s Hot” by Apple, and broke into the Top 10 Free Music IPad apps in eighth week of operation (June 2)

               Follow @RockProdigyLive  http://rockprodigy.com

 More to be announced… 

For more details or to buy tickets, http://socialmediaseminarseries.eventbrite.com

About Joy Kennelly of The Joy Writer

Award-winning Social Media Strategist/Personal Publicist, Joy Kennelly’s social media marketing expertise includes a page one Google blog, working with Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Hootsuite and over 100 regional online marketing sites to enhance search engine optimization (SEO), increase attendance at events, and develop business on behalf of clients in entertainment, travel, technology, fashion, and politics.

Joy’s clients have included Actress Yari De Leon (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), VOX DJs, the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chef David Linville, the Shore Restaurant & Lounge, Filmmaker and Grammy Award winning Musician, Damien Earl Matthias, Actor Domiziano Arcangeli, the Original Long Beach Lobster Festival, Fine Artist Gali Rotstein, the American Institute of Architects, and more. She has presented classes and seminars on social media at Musicians Institute, American Cinematheque, and at conferences throughout the United States.

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About Musicians Institute

Since 1977, Musicians Institute has been a world leader in contemporary music education, providing cutting-edge resources in its state of the art facilities located right in the heart of Hollywood, the capital of the world music industry. Its dynamic curriculum is current, comprehensive and compatible with the needs of students who not only desire to study music, but also build a career in the music industry with the knowledge they learn on-campus. Over 6,000 students and alumni have passed through the school.

The mission of the Artist and Career Services Department (ACS) is to keep students informed of the many professional opportunities available in the music industry, help prepare them to take advantage of these opportunities, and make the transition from student to working professional as smooth as possible.  ACS assists in obtaining internships and professional placement for both students and graduates. Among other benefits, the office maintains a list of recording and rehearsal facilities, local clubs, management and promotional agencies, major and independent labels, and other establishments and services that are important to music professionals.

Buy tickets here: http://socialmediaseminarseries.eventbrite.com


The Joy Writer & Musicians Institute Social Media Seminar Panelists Announced Today

 

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Social Media Expert, Joy A. Kennelly, of The Joy Writer, and the Musicians Institute are pleased to announce the panelists confirmed to speak during their Social Media Seminar Series 2011. The five-part instructional seminar series is designed to teach the how-to’s of social media and online marketing. 

The seminars will be held Thursday’s April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, and June 2, 2011, from 7:30 to 9pm in the Concert Hall of the Musicians Institute located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028

Confirmed Panelists include: 

Founder/CEO, Stageit, Evan Lowenstein, recently named to Digital Media Wire's list of 25 Execs to Watch in Digital Entertainment for 2011 (April 7)

CEO/Co-Founder, Jingle Punks, Jared Gutstadt, named one of "America's Most Promising Startups" by Business Week (April 7)

Co-Founder/CTO, Rockethub, Vladimir Vukicevic, which has been called a "renaissance style of fundraising" by American Songwriter (April 7)

SXSW performer, Audio Runner Band Member & Social Media Architect with Speak Social, Brad Bogus (April 21)

Social Media & Marketing Solutions, Manager GAGA Sports & Entertainment/VP Marketing RewardMeS, Joseph Yi (April 21)

COO/Executive Producer/Host, TechZulu.com, Amanda Coolong (May 5)

Photographer/Author/Web Strategist, Kris Krug (May 19)

Managing Partner of TAG Strategic and former Senior VP of Digital Development and Distribution for EMI Music, Ted Cohen (June 2)

More panelists to be announced. 

Each hour and a half program, moderated by Kennelly, will focus on the basics of the social networking tools currently available and feature panels with high-profile entertainment industry executives and technology experts discussing how to utilize current social media platforms, upgrade social media skills and how to brand and market your company, your label or yourself online.

For more details or to buy tickets: www.socialmediaseminarseries.eventbrite.com


#Social Media Optimization Summits, #Social Media Week, #Start-up Mixer, & #Musicians Institute - Part III Final Wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

Now that my life is settling down a bit, I finally have the time to write about my recent experiences at the Social Media Optimization Summits in Dallas, TX, the recent seminars I attended during Social Media Week here in Los Angeles, the Start-up mixer at Wokcano in Santa Monica I enjoyed, and teaching Social Media and Fan Management at the Musicians Institute.

What some people don't realize, but I'll keep reminding them until they understand this fact, is believe it or not, there are women interested and involved in technology contrary to the young Meetup leader who thought women in the audience at a recent tech event meant we were there solely to look for a husband. lol

Can you believe it? He was a little drunk so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt for speaking without thinking. Kinda like Jerry Brown allowing his associate to call Meg Whitman a "whore" and then his not apologizing for them during the Gubernatorial debate last night.

 

DUMB and Sexist! I'm really tempted to call Jerry's number and bawl him out since NOW continues to support him. Why? I don't know. Blind adherence to their "religion" I suppose.

But I digress...

Now to give you a little of my tech history. I've been around this industry since the 90's when the dot com craze first hit and produced a very successful online film festival called Media & Entertainment Festival (affectionately nicknamed ME Fest) for Penton Media back in the day.

I have friends who have produced, marketed, and sponsored tech events which I always attend and also keep up-to-date on information by reading and attending conferences. In fact, heading to Las Vegas tomorrow to hit blogWorld too.

I've been incorporating digital marketing into my PR & Marketing strategy for clients for over ten years. I also used to attend all the tech events VIC (Venice Interactive Community) threw and still fondly remember the HUGE party held at the Skirball Center just before the tech crash.

Anyone else remember?:)

If my recent positive experience at Wokcano for the Start-up meeting is any indication of the growth of tech again, I'm sure LA is primed to explode. I enjoyed hearing Investor Mark Suster of GRP Partners sound a rallying cry to tech heads in Los Angeles to stand their ground and refuse to leave for SFO & Seattle to help build up our LA Infrastructure for bigger long-term growth.

I micro-blogged during his talk (editing out his profanity) and you can review that here:

#Mark Suster of GRP Partners speaking @Wokcano

The common thread out of the talks I attended during the Dallas conference seemed to be:

1. Listen to your audience to hear what they're saying about you and your brand

2.Create a strategy based on that research

3. Then contribute.

Here's some highlights of the people I heard once my talk was over.

Jodi Gersh spoke on the Power of Place and analyzed a variety of geo-location tools out there. Her favorite is GoWalla, whereas Jason Falls enjoys Whrrl.

P1000870 I'm giving Whrrl a whirl although GoWalla is intriguing because of the passport aspect since I love to travel and it would be fun to have a place to showcase my trips while I'm out and about.

I liked having the Geo-Location overview from a marketing person's perspective because then the following week during Social Media Week in Los Angeles, I was able to hear some of the CEO's of even newer geo-location services share their presentations on what made their geo-location service better than the others.

If you click here, and here, it will lead you to my micro-blog coverage of that series on Geo-Location Marketing which was sponsored by Moment Feed. Great evening.

Completely different perspectives and different ways of presenting information, but that's what makes Social Media so interesting. It's constantly evolving due to the creativity and technology utilized by people all over the world.

P1000869 It's not just about Foursquare people!:) Even though there are now 3 million users using it, this entire type of marketing really isn't mainstream just yet which is limiting it's reach and visibility.

Jodi mentioned even more options too: Foodspotting, footfeed, tri-out, aroundme, tonight.im, m.check.in and to be honest, I haven't had the time to check them out. If you do, let me know what you think.

I ducked in and out of a few Social Media Optimization Summits seminars to make sure I heard as much as possible and if my notes are scarce, that's why.

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I popped into Jun Loayza's "How to Implement Ambassador "Experience" Campaigns who stuck with corporate examples for his talk. I never gathered whether or not he was behind the strategies presented, or merely sharing other's successes as examples.

Here's one of his case studies for review. Click the highlighted name to learn more about the actual social media activities for this successful Ford Fiesta launch:

FORD FIESTA MOVEMENT

11 mil social network impressions

2.5 mil shares

11k videos 15k tweets 13k photos

38% gen y

What I enjoyed about his presentation was the direct ROI examples. People still have trouble understanding the value of social media vs. traditional public relations thinking they're separate and don't support each other, but I have never found that to be the case.

Traditional media relations is currently fueled by social media believe it or not. Sometimes the first place journalists learn about what's hot is on social networks. They also regularly read blogs, and constantly comb the internet looking for stories of interest.

I remind people of this all the time, because I have numerous journalists, civic leaders, celebrities, publicists, and others who pop in to read my blog due to my coverage of such a wide variety of topics. I never want to be focused on only one subject because I have a wide interest in all kinds of things and consider my blog more of a magazine style format, than an analysis of just one topic.

Again, I digress.

Back to examples of Ambassador campaigns that worked courtesy of Jun Loayza:

1.      Sharpie Squad - http://blog.sharpie.com/2009/05/meet-the-sharpie-squad/

2.      Red Bull University - http://www.redbullu.com/

3.      The Dew Crew - http://www.carsoncritique.com/college-career/my-job-as-a-mountain-dew-brand-rep-part1/

4.      Charmin – Enjoy the Go http://www.charmin.com/en_US/enjoy-the-go/index.php

As always, Fashion is on the cutting edge of social media and Jun shared how his company had helped create the LG campaign using popular fashion bloggers to spread the news. (Where was my invite? LOL)

P1000885 Apparently, Jun's company, www.postrank.com, (according to him,) is recommended over Technorati  to find bloggers (which I find hard to believe knowing the CEO of Technorati and learning in another seminar Technorati is considered the 4th largest social network, but hey, Jun may be right among a certain tech demographic...)

His bottom line was determine what you want to accomplish, find the influencers who will help you achieve your goals, and then implement the strategy to achieve your goals. I asked what a band could do to and was given some good ideas which I'll be able to share with my students.

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I attended the luncheon where I heard a few speakers including Shashi Bellamkonda from Network Solutions who discussed optional trends in New Media.

He basically gave a bunch of links and a quick highlight of each. You can find it on the company site here somewhere (I don't have time to research it for you.:): http://blog.networksolutions.com/

P1000889 The speaker I most enjoyed hearing present was Erica Campbell, Senior Manager of New Media Marketing for Rent - Video & Photo Sharing for Optimum Growth & Brand Exposure which you can review here:

Video & Photo Sharing for Optimum Growth & Brand Exposure
View more presentations from Erica Campbell. Be warned, there are 175 slides and trust me, she had to talk REALLY, REALLY fast to go through all of them in the three hours allotted for her chat.
That said, it was great and even though this was applied to the apartment rental industry, the principles apply across the board to any industry and her presentation is excellent.
And I'll close with this speaker since you're probably tired of reading so much data all at once, right?:) Now you know what I feel like after attending all these conferences and seminars! lol
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Strategic Planning by Jenn Kane Co.

KD Paine Measurement Checklist:

1.      What are your objectives?

2.      What audiences are you targeting?

3.      How would you prioritize these audiences?

a.      Media, influencers, bloggers, competitors, etc.

b.      Prioritize how you’ll reach them.

4.      What are your Key Performance Indicators?

a.      If this is really working, then>>>>

5.      What is the right measurement tool?

a.      Where will you know you’ve achieved this?

                                          i.     Socialmention.com – free! Use with Kids

                                         ii.     Peoplebrowsr

                                        iii.     Alterian

                                        iv.     Raidan6

                                         v.     Klout

                                        vi.     PR Newswire

                                      vii.     Jive

                                     viii.     www.search.twitter.com

Setting Benchmarks

               To define “Return,” ask:

a.      What are we measuring, and why?

b.      What does success look like?

c.      How will we know when we get there?

d.      Are there incremental milestones worth noting?

There's more, but you should hire Kane Consulting since that's all I have time to cover at the moment. Sorry. :) I enjoyed her talk because I've utilitized a lot of her suggestions as a leader of goal setting groups over the years.

I really enjoyed my experience in Dallas, TX because I was able to hear from a wide variety of speakers from all over the country and everyone was very interesting. Kudos to Tami for putting on a great conference which is sure to only grow as word gets out.
Now here's a great video of the Social Media Week seminar I attended at the House of Blues P1000921
entitled: "THE NEXT STAGE OF ENGAGE: BRINGING ONLINE MUSIC COMMUNITIES TO LIFE" with some great panelists.
I learned a lot and had other information confirmed to share with my students.
I'm teaching Social Media & Fan Management in the Musicians Institute's Music Business Program and am delighted to be working with such ambitious entrepreneurial students.
My kind of people!
Okay, that's all for now. Gotta run. I have a store launch to attend with my friend. Let me know what you think of what I've written!


#Hermosa Beach vs. #Venice Beach - A (cautionary) Tale of Two Cities 1st Friday and First Thursday events

 By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I finally had the opportunity to attend the wildly successful 1st Friday event held in Venice Beach which I like to call "Hermosa North." Here's some of the similarities and contrasts of the demographics according to Movoto.com in case you're not familiar with either city to see why I say this.

I will explain why I'm sharing this information with you after you've reviewed the following stats. Please note, the heavier outline border indicates Venice and the lighter border is Hermosa to help further differentiate.

Venice Beach tends to run a little older overall and appears to have a larger 20's - 30's demographic than Hermosa. Hermosa Beach is only 1.43 square miles and Venice Beach is also rather small at 1.975 square miles (both of these stats are according to city-data.com. The rest are Movoto unless indicated.)

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Both cities have more men than women living there. Good to know ladies.:)

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There is a slightly higher gay population in Venice, but otherwise the Unmarried Partner stats are very similar.

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Now here's where we start to see a slight divergence in populations.

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And this Population by Race stat was very interesting to see. Hermosa tends to run predominantly Caucasian, whereas Venice is a wider variety of races. According to one person I was mentioning this to, he said in Venice you can be surrounded by urban yuppies in one area and then turn into a neighborhood where you could get your head shot off right nearby.

In Hermosa, that just doesn't happen although their crime rate is higher than other beach cities in the South Bay.

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It looks like Venice & Hermosa share similar stats on Native born citizens which is interesting. Appears people born in CA generally don't leave.:)

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Educationally, Hermosa appears to have more college graduates. (Now I'm not an expert at analyzing graphs and if my estimations are off, please feel free to leave a comment to voice your opinion.)

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Again, according to www.city-data.com's 2008 stats, Venice Beach had a Population of 14,315 with a Population density of 7,249 people per square mile. Hermosa Beach had a Population in July 2008 of 19,350 with a much higher Population density of 13,531 people per square mile.

General consensus among people I've talked to and stats I've revewed is that Venice is much more creative and filled with a larger artist and entertainment industry population, whereas, Hermosa Beach is more finance and real estate.

Read more on Venice Beach demographics here: http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Venice-Beach-Venice-CA.html#ixzz0swhmlb00 and here: http://www.movoto.com/neighborhood/ca/venice/90291.htm

Read more on Hermosa Beach demographics here: http://www.city-data.com/city/Hermosa-Beach-California.html and here: http://www.movoto.com/neighborhood/ca/hermosa/90254.htm

Now that you have a clear picture of both cities, their similar size and demographics, here's my observation from the last  "Abbot Kinney 1st Friday" event in Venice Beach compared to the newly started Hermosa Beach "First Thursday" event. 

What I found interesting reviewing Yelp's promotion of Abbot Kinney 1st Friday is the majority of the reviewers were in support of the large variety of (roughly 40) food trucks and that's what they mostly discussed. There were a few angry comments about the food trucks taking over the city, but for the most part it seemed to be one of the main draws to Abbot Kinney from people who bothered to write a review.

Now while visiting the shops, it was a completely different story with some store owners who were very upset about the over-abundance of food trucks. One lady went so far as to say she wanted to take a machine gun and mow them all down she was so angry.

She had a point though. Apparently none of the food trucks have permits; they park in prime parking spots and camp out all evening blocking visibility of any stores from the street; their long lines create difficulty for people to walk the sidewalks comfortably; the police don't enforce the law regarding their vehicles; and the food trucks don't provide restrooms to accommodate everyone.

Since Hermosa Beach currently limits parking, they may want to consider whether or not they want to open this can of worms at all if extending parking limits ever comes up to vote in City Council. The other difference between Venice and Hermosa is that Venice has a much smaller predominance of restaurants on Abbot Kinney than Hermosa's Downtown area.

Hermosa Beach's First Thursdays was designed to bring business to the entire Downtown Hermosa area and is just getting started. I created a Hermosa Beach Christmas Village along the same lines a few years back which I believe was the model for First Thursdays.

If food trucks were allowed in Hermosa Beach it would draw business away from restaurants that need, and enjoy, the business foot traffic brings. Just sharing since this issue may come before City Council and it would be a smart, pro-active move to limit the amount of food trucks allowed before it gets out of hand like in Venice.

One of the other major differences between Venice and Hermosa is the variety of art galleries Venice offers along Abbot Kinney. Downtown Hermosa boasts only Bo Bridges art gallery and Ogden photography gallery. According to Wikipedia, gentrification occurs when artists move in and make an area hip. Here's the full explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentrification#Impact_on_artist_colonies

What I found interesting to learn about Venice's attempts to control their out-of-control 1st Fridays was the intense police presence (similar to Hermosa Beach's Pier Plaza clamp down.) Apparently, to bring sanity to the event, police ticketed jaywalkers, anyone drinking alcohol on the streets and other violations just to make it known this type behavior wasn't accepted any more.

It appears to be paying off, but there's a new twist which a friend of mine dislikes because she feels it's ruining the Venice vibe. Now, it appears numerous shops are choosing to hold "private parties" during 1st Friday in an effort to limit the amount of alcohol citations these places receive.

We walked in on two such events and where normally my friend could have enjoyed a free beer along with the rest of the party in standard Venice-style entertaining, this time they refused her which was upsetting.

Although I'm not a big drinker and didn't care either way, it did seem rather rude to have a "private" party in a "public" space and then pick and choose who you allowed to participate. It makes better customer service and marketing sense to host such an event on a night where the general public isn't apt to walk through your "private" party.

It was also interesting to note how many "beer/wine" gardens were going on in areas during 1st Friday obviously not licensed to host such events, but with no apparent law enforcement by the police. Huge areas of businesses gardens were crammed with people drinking and security guards making sure no one left with open containers.

Again, my friend thought this went against Venice's unwritten code of "open" partying, but times, they are a changing. 

I'm just writing this as an impartial observer because Hermosa Beach has been bringing the city back under control after years of out-of-control alcohol activities and what's happening in Venice may prove a cautionary tale on the potential issues facing First Thursdays in the future if it continues to grow and build too.

Now do you see why I call Venice, Hermosa North? They are very similar and experience a lot of the same issues a beach city faces which is why I thought you might appreciate this comparison and contrasting cautionary tale of two cities blog if you happen to live in either city.

This all said, I wish both cities continued success in bringing business to their shopping/dining districts, especially in this down economy.



 


VOX DJs/VOX Entertainment 25th Year Celebration wrap-up

By Joy A. Kennelly

I've been waiting on the professional photographer's shots from the VOX DJs/VOX Entertainment 25th Year Anniversary Celebration, but since it's taking too long I will use my images from the event to share what went on. (Mine aren't as diverse since there were two other shooters capturing the night. If you're my Facebook friend I've uploaded all I shot there - these are highlights.)

Oh what a night!

The turn-out was great with a huge mix of ages. Manhattan Country Club members were invited to join in the 25th Year Celebration because Shawn and his family have had a membership for years and many people wanted to recognize his achievement. In addition, VOX DJs CEO/MC/DJ, KC Campbell, and VOX Entertainment CEO, Shawn Sedlacek, had invited past and present clients, friends and colleagues which made it a fun mix.

Due to VOX Entertainment specializing in lighting and staging, the Manhattan Country Club was transformed into a nightclub like experience with colored lights creating a moody background for the final act of the evening - VOX DJ Raw Styles vs. Drummer Kaumyar performance which built from a slow beat into a huge crescendo with everyone dancing and having a great time.

Here's some of shots to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

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and special step and repeat wall which everyone loved posing in front of.

IMG_8522 VOX DJs CEO/MC/DJ, KC Campbell, Signature Magazine Publisher, Ian Bertrand and girlfriend, Sandra Taupin, with VOX Entertainment CEO, Shawn Sedlacek

IMG_8511 Special logo enhancements glowed on the walls while VOX DJ Andy Rossi played hip hop/dance music and everyone got their groove on. IMG_8527 IMG_8623

I helped with registration for the first part of the night with Annie from VOX Entertainment and can't tell you what went on while I was outside, but by the time I did go inside the party was rocking!IMG_8521 IMG_8533 One room was set up with couches, a private bar, appetizers and DJ Hero which was very popular with all ages. IMG_8531IMG_8532 In the main room, KC got up and entertained everyone with an acoustic rendition of a popular song on his guitar. IMG_8561IMG_8556  IMG_8559
My favorite part of the night was when Shawn got up to speak from his heart about his experience building VOX and the bittersweet feeling he felt now that VOX DJs was run by his long-time friend/DJ, KC Campbell. IMG_8535
I think in this day and age there aren't many rites of passage men go through to signify the end of one stage of their lives and the beginning of another. As a result, this 25th Year Anniversary Celebration was symbolic on many levels; a public recognition of the achievements of Shawn and all the guys who helped build VOX into the powerhouse award-winning event agency it is today and also, a public passing of the torch to KC as the sole owner of VOX DJs.
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KC acknowledged the business acumen of Shawn and his friendship over the years when it was his turn to address the crowd too.

IMG_8541 Both speeches were very moving and special. Immediately following, KC invited all the past and present VOX DJs in the house to come forward. It was great to see how many had shown up in support  IMG_8549Current VOX DJs IMG_8552
IMG_8551 IMG_8587 IMG_8534 After the speeches, Shawn and his band, Run for Cover, with lead singer, Johnny G, got the party started with great rock cover songs. Who knew Johnny G, quiet banker by day, was such a rocker by night? And such a good singer too! And Shawn was a great drummer too! IMG_8518 IMG_8563 IMG_8565 IMG_8592 
It was really fun to see everyone having such a great time after all the hard work we all put into making the event happen. Throughout the night, various VOX DJs spun, keeping the party flowing.

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We pulled an impromptu gathering of all the BNI ladies and friends which KC didn't mind.:) IMG_8568 IMG_8570 KC's parents showed up after attending a wedding and were very proud of their son. IMG_8596 IMG_8598 VOX DJ CEO/DJ/MC, KC Campbell and DJ Roderick aka Raw Styles finally relaxing.

Jose, the man who kept things running smoothly behind the scenes. He was very sweet and cut the sheet cake I'd baked to celebrate the guy's anniversary into bite size pieces to share with as many as possible.
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If you missed it, there's always the 50th!:)


Blog - #Manhattan Beach-based VOX DJs & VOX Entertainment Celebration Saturday!

By Joy A. Kennelly

KC CAMPBELL OF VOX DJS & SHAWN SEDLACEK OF VOX ENTERTAINMENT, MANHATTAN BEACH ENTREPRENUERS, Sara-STS-KC-Branden
TO CELEBRATE 25th YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT MANHATTAN COUNTRY CLUB IN MANHATTAN BEACH, CA  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009 FROM 8:00pm – 12:00am

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and VOX Entertainment President, Shawn Sedlacek, the founder of VOX DJs, IMG_7855 will celebrate their 25th Year Anniversary at Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach, CA Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 8:00pm – 12:00am. In 1984 at the age of 12, Young shawn
Shawn Sedlacek started VOX DJs as a hobby which quickly grew into a successful business under his direction.  In 2008, VOX DJs was purchased by its most tenured DJ/MC, KC Campbell. Kc Over the past quarter century VOX DJs has performed at over 10,000 events including national MDA PICTURE-billy-bush-nancy-odell-and-shaun-robinson-at-the-mda-als-stride-and-ride-walk
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private parties,
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corporate events,  LukeDTMixing1 conventions,
college and university functions,
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wedding celebrations,  DiegoLaptopBoxThumbnail  as well as, holding in-house "residencies" at some of LA's finest nightclubs, restaurants IMG_7285 Vox & girls and lounges. 
VOX DJs is a member of the American Disc Jockey Association (ADJA) and prides itself on a high level of customer satisfaction for their professional DJ staff, entertaining MC’s, and distinctive musical stylings. CEO/DJ/MC KC Campbell and Sales & Marketing Manager, Roderick Gaerlan aka “DJ Raw Styles,”  IMG_7703
continues the legacy of VOX DJs as a powerhouse DJ/MC entertainment company known locally and world-wide; they are a Bank of Manhattan’s “Celebration of Entrepreneurship 2009 Awards” nominee.

Recent awards presented to VOX Entertainment include: Event Marketer Magazine Top 100 Event Agencies 2009, Special Events Magazine 50 Top Event Companies 2009, Promo Magazine Top 100 Agencies 2009, and Top 50 Rental Companies 2009.

Manhattan Country Club is located at 1330 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. A limited number, on a first come, first serve basis, will be open to the public on Nov 1.  More information on the 25th Year Anniversary Celebration is available: www.manhattancc.com

Side note: Make sure to pick up this month's Signature Magazine for an article on VOX DJs! Available at the party! Image002



Oscar info I can share

By Joy A. Kennelly

Hey there,

Seeing as I can't give you my personal experiences too much I thought I'd provide you with a couple of links to The Oscars that will give you a broad overview of upcoming events I may or may not be working on: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/index.html

and some press releases that give you up-to-the-minute information on all the news that's fit to read on the Oscars: http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/

Notice how short and succinct they are? That's what it's all about - cut to the chase. I know the woman who writes all of them and she is one busy lady! I'm enjoying taking a break from that side of the business and just experiencing the fruit of her labor. Thanks Tenni!:)

Okay, that's all. Gotta run.


Actor Domiziano Arcangeli honored by 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have a moment to catch my breath and upload some pix from the 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council's Awards Ceremony Socal logo honoring Actor Domiziano Arcangeli Arcangeli_Domiziano_0263 with a Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement due to his acting work in Italy and the United States in more than sixty films, ten Television series and numerous theatrical productions, nationally and internationally.

Here's a close-up of the award. Isn't it pretty? 

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The Golden Halo Award was presented to Domi Domi & Margaret with award by Academy Award Winning Actress Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis, Little Women) who is one of the few actresses in Hollywood to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with four stars. If you remember, she played the daughter of Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. She continues to act to this day.

She's a Board Member I believe along with Judy Garland's only son with Producer Sid Luft named Joey Luft who also was in attendance as was Actor Jerry Maren, one of the original munchkins and recent Hollywood Walk of Star recipient. They all helped cut the beautiful cake which was delicious.
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Actor Randal Malone who is the President and Chairman of the Board was the Master of Ceremonies and was delightful. Cutting the cake

For those of you old enough to remember the Dick Van Dyke Show (or catch it on cable reruns), Rose Marie, the actress who played the gruff speaking, ballsy female secretary was there and is just the same as that character going strong despite a recent hospitalization. 

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 We all were able to sit together and enjoyed numerous talented musical and dancing acts while dining. I don't think I've seen Domiziano this happy ever! He plays bad guys a lot and is always straight faced, but this honor was a nice recognition of his entire career and very appreciated.

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Actor Patrick Kilpatrick came out to support Domiziano too which was very nice.  Domi & Patrick at table Patrick is one of the celebrity guests of tomorrow's Hermosa Shorts Fest Kick Off Party at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge as well.

Here's a pic of he and I to give you an idea of how tall he is seeing as I'm 5' 10"! He plays a lot of bad guys. Can you see why?

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And here he is in comparison to Actor Jerry Maren, who has a new book out called Short & Sweet: The Life and Times of a Lollipop Munchkin. Bet you didn't know Jerry was the original Buster Brown, did you?

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Martin Nolan and Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions were honored with the Philanthropy Award that night too because of their wonderful work supporting the 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council over the years with all their silent auctions.

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Domiziano's good friends, John, Actress Emma Bering, French Director Jean Veber showed up to support him as well. Table shot

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Domiziano was so touched to be introduced by Margaret O'Brien and shared a personal story of always watching Meet Me in St. Louis with his mother on Christmas Eve growing up as part of his acceptance speech. He also bought an art deco painting she created to memorialize the evening even more. It's really beautiful and will go quite well in his Hollywood Hills home.

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Here's a quick pic of me, Randal and Domiziano prior to his receiving the award.

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Actress Kate Linder of The Young and The Restless surprised us because we didn't know she was there till the end of the evening. She and I met during a UCLA Class on how to secure celebrities for your events years back. She's very nice and we always enjoy seeing each other at events.

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Overall, this was a really special evening filled with lots of famous legendary Hollywood stars which made it quite fun and memorable. Their next major event is a special Christmas dinner in December so keep your eyes open if you're interested in participating.

And with that, I'll leave you with this last fun picture of the Award-winning Actor of the evening, Mr. Domiziano Arcangeli! Congratulations and wishing you many more!

I am a winner


My long, up and down, fun, sometimes sad, interesting day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have to laugh at something Bill Maher said on his show just now. He apparently is showcasing countries where he suggests people should move to should McCain become President. Now that is stupid, but what made me laugh is when he said, go to India to visit your old job. So true!

Then he mocked Ghandi a little further into the segment and fortunately people agreed it was in poor taste and didn't laugh. Now he's mocking John McCain's war hero treatment comparing it to Tina Turner. I don't know about you, but that's poor taste.

But what do we expect? He's Bill Maher. Crass, sarcastic, full of himself, the biggest head on a body I've ever seen in person (even bigger than Dick Clark!), and blasphemous.

May he rot in hell.

Oops! Did I just say that?

Oh, ha ha. That's comedy.

Or is it? You tell me. It works for him and his show.

Why not at him?

I'm waiting for Entourage and was just curious about his show having never watched it before. Now that I have, I don't have to ever again. Is it always so one-sided? And they say Fox Channel is one-sided! Are comedians only liberal? Are things only funny when it's bashing things that you're against?

Just curious.

I love it. The Republican guest is countering Bill's determination that there needs to be more negative campaigning saying that's what caused the Democrats to lose in the past. Maybe he'll listen.

One can only hope.

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood is so high school where bullies are allowed free rein because those in power are so afraid of losing their jobs to counter something they personally disagree with they go with the flow even though they'd rather not.

Maybe that's why I like Entourage so much. Tells it like it is. For the most part. Gotta watch.

That was a good show. Nice way to end my day. Chris Rock is on now and is too funny. VERY crass, but too funny. Said Desperate Housewives should be renamed Ungrateful Bitches. Too funny.

Hit a non-profit organization's art event earlier today, but just couldn't get into the art exercise designed to relax all the participants and left early in tears from the last one when we were supposed to paint a place we felt safe.

Guess I don't feel safe anywhere right now. Hopefully that will change soon though. I think my safety is being out on the town. HA!

Probably won't be back to that organization actually. Too many memories I don't feel like remembering any more.

Time to move on. I need to ask the other non-profit who always invites me to their annual picnic to stop inviting me too. I'm over remembering that experience too.

Mooooving on. Moooooving on.

What was funny driving there was the van full of young boys who kept trying to get my attention at the stop light. Cougar power. Hellooooo.

Made me a little uncomfortable when I realized they looked like they were 14. Reminded me of the hilarious young boys in Sex Drive which I just saw last night. If you can get past the crassness, it's actually really funny and has a good ending considering it's crassness.

Totally predictable, but sometimes predictable is good. Felt good to just laugh. I think I have a very sick sense of humor for a Christian. Sorry. Can't help it.

That's where I first heard Fall Out Boy's song, I Don't Care. Still lovin' it. Click on the link for the video. When it comes on in your car scream along to it and you'll experience what it's like in my car when I hear it. I. Don't. CARE!

Totally the way I'm feeling. Never quite understood why people like rock music like AC/DC and today for some reason, I love it. There's something primal about screaming along with the music that releases tension I guess. Highway to Hell - especially when you start thinking that's where you're driving.

Laughing is helping though. I love Chris Rock because he totally just tells it like it is. Especially about sex. HILARIOUS! Did I say that? He is not funny at all. I don't know anything about what he's telling.

Or do I?

I enjoyed watching Fashion Designer Joy Han's Voom Fashion Show earlier tonight Downtown. I loved the title "Conservatively Liberal", the girls picketing for Joy Han for President, and the election pins that were passed out. I also liked the fashion - bright colors, lots of designs related to the 60's and 70's.

Once I upload all the pix I'll share them with you. I have some from the UCLA wine & cheese tasting too.

I visited the Santa Monica Arts Studio Open House after the fashion show. I took some pix of my new potential artist client's work and met her in person for the first time. Love her work.

Also saw a few people I know. Some I don't want to know any more, but that's par for the course as I roll. Oh well.

Mooooving on. Moooving on.

Now I'm going to mooooveeee on to bed. Want to watch Joe the Plumber on Huckabee's show. Go Joe!

Oh, and because I can't leave you without at least one Obama thing, here's a video I received tonight that I found very interesting. It's a letter written to the editor by a Cuban American who lived under Fidel Castro.

Interesting comparison. Take it or leave it.

I'm tired. Maybe I'll think differently when I wake up tomorrow.

Interesting, Huckabee has two people on who registered to vote 100 times each with ACORN. People who claim ACORN is innocent are crazy!

Now I'm going to bed. Enough already.

I DON'T CARE!







Onto something a little more fun Domi & me out on the town - finally, right?

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I've been loving about being more vocal about my political beliefs is that it's sussing others out who normally don't say anything either. One friend teasingly (I hope she was teasing!) said she almost defriended me on Facebook when she saw who I was stumping for.

Then she said she thought most publicists were Dems to which I replied, if I only publicized things I personally agreed with life would be very boring and it's a very short-sighted way of doing business.

Another friend expressed concern that I might lose business over being so vocal. Maybe so. However, I don't mind, to be honest. If someone only doesn't want to work with me because of my politics then there's probably other reasons I wouldn't want to represent them either. If people are more evolved than just their politics, then I'm happy to work together.

Take my current Celebrity client, Domiziano Arcangeli, for instance. We're about as diametrically opposed on numerous political and moral issuse as you can get, but we respect and understand each other and appreciate those differences while learning from each other.

Same with many of my other liberal friends whom I deeply love and care about.

Just because someone disagrees with me is no reason not to be friends! That's what makes life interesting! I learn from them and they (sometimes) learn from me.:) If all we focused on were our differences then maybe we wouldn't be friends for as long as we have been, but we have so many other things in common above and beyond politics and religion it makes our friendships/relationships richer and deeper.

I LOVE hearing about the Jewish practices my friend Shana shares with me. I love it. I also love hearing people's opinions about the debate, this race, and race, gender issues in general. I think there's room in this world for all kinds of beliefs and experiences. I also believe we're all allowed to have our own opinions and express them which I will do until the day I die and support everyone else to do so too.

Apparently I'm not the only one to think so either according to this recent NY Times article entitled, Talking Politics in the Office by Journalist Lisa Belkin. Heres an excerpt I especially like which I hope I have followed, but know I probably haven't all the time.

"Jamie and Maren Showkeir, consultants specializing in workplace culture, and the authors of the book “Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment,” have some tips on what to avoid when engaging in political conversation in the office: don’t assume your co-workers share your political views and opinions; don’t abuse your power or position, avoid making politics personal; discuss rather than debate; and try to find common ground."

I do like intelligent discussions, but being battered by someone doesn't feel good. If you have felt battered by me. I'm sorry. Now that I'm more cognizant of this fact I will try to be more balanced. However, I have to admit I did send that girl from my earlier post who sent me 12 pro-Obama newsletters a big fat email with my personal opinions from recent blogs which tipped her over the edge.

I don't mind though because now she's stopped bugging me. LOL Couldn't help myself. :) Last time though I promise. (Unless she pisses me off again.)

In any case, here's some fun pix from the other night's red carpet event up at Les Deux (sp?) in Hollywood against child pornography which was a lot of fun even though it's a very serious subject.

Really helped clear the brain to have some fun and discuss something other than politics. My client Domiziano Arcangeli was interviewed because his art house Italian film, House of Flesh Mannequins, directly relates to this issue.

(The trailer is really gory, sexual and gross because it's a horror so be warned. Very artistic though.:) It's definitely causing a stir in Italy with the Catholic Church. Domi and I laugh all the time that I'm involved with him because of this. Oh well. What can I say? I try to be open-minded about repping artists. However, it's not a film I'll be watching any time soon. He knows it too. We're cool.)

Here's a little behind-the-scenes of what goes on at red carpet events in case you ever wondered.

Vip check-in Domi & interviewer Domi & camera 2nd interview 2nd interview4 Behind the scenes Domi back interview2 Me & dom Happy domi D & j Domi bumped into his Actor friend, Jeffrey James Lippold, who had been in the Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf film with him. We all had fun hanging out together. Isn't he a cutie patootie? Uh oh, I think I'm being a cougar right now. Better pull my claws back in. :)

Jeffrey Mad dom Me & g Domi's Italian friend, Giovanni, came along to keep us company too. He doesn't speak much English, but enjoys hanging out with us because we're always laughing and joking around.
Possessed d & j Wouldn't this picture make you LOL? That's what I mean. We always goof around taking pix like Japanese tourists. Sometimes Domi has to tell me to put the camera away because it's too much.:)

Trio Trio2 We sure had fun that night. Ready for the next event! Have a good one.

Oh, because I've been so consumed with politics I haven't shared the latest and the greatest regarding Free Life International! We just launched a healthy energy drink called Chi3 Energy. You can buy some at my site: www.joykennelly.freelife.com. It's less expensive than buying the straight GoChi Juice and has an ounce of GoChi in it too.

I recommend taking it early in the day though because I was going till 3am the couple of times I drank it. I never crashed which was nice. Just would like to get to sleep earlier!:) Here's a new website designed to answer your questions about the product called: http://www.bestpowerdrink.com/

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Okay, that's all for now. Back to my regularly scheduled day. Just felt like lightening the mood a bit. My back is feeling much better thanks to the great care of my Chiropractor, Dr. Christopher Palmer. He employs active release techniques in addition to traditional chiropractic treatments and it's been working wonders!

I can't wait till I can start wearing heels again, but now I can sit on a wood chair without much pain; I can drive farther and not experience the excruciating neck pain that has been debilitating; I'm sleeping better; my TMJ is improving too.

Helps that I've also been drinking my GoChi Juice again. Great anti-inflammatory. Highly recommend it!

Have a great weekend! Let me know if you want to try some Chi3! I sell it independently, or you can buy it off my website: www.joykennelly.freelife.com. Thanks.

Huckabee, Obama, McCain, AVP's, & The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watching the new Huckabee Show - did you know it existed? I didn't till now. Very interesting. Geraldine Ferraro,  Dave Ramsey, and cute Elizabeth Hasselbeck were on it.

I've put a link to Whoopi Goldberg's opinion on racism that Elizabeth counteracts tearfully on The View. It is worth watching if you're curious about another perspective than mine. Dave is actually a Christian financial guy who has a very popular radio program.

Huckabee was asking what everyone recommended for the financial situation which I've not been listening to very closely, but wanted to tell you what type of guests he had on. The VP of Fox Business referred people to the Community Reinvestment Act to see what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were originally designed to accomplish. Click on the link if you're curious.

This is too cute. Huckabee's closing his show with what sounds like a church band what with all the guitars, doing a cover of Only in America sung a little off-key and not very passionately. Too cute. Go Huckabee. Guess he's clinging to his church roots.

Oh, and because some don't always read comments, I'm reposting some key links a friend sent me that you might not have heard or read before re: Obama's connection to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and his personal pay-out (above others who've been statesmen longer!)

I'm doing it here because generally whatever I link to rises to the top of Google and this is important. Democrats, I dare you to watch and read this then comment:

Explosive Video, Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the "Family" and "Conscience" of Fannie Mae

And from Investor's Business Daily, The Real Culprits In This Meltdown

From a blog called, HotAir - Whose policies led to the credit crisis?

And the Holy Grail of the newspaper world, The New York Times, from September 11, 2003 New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Okay, enough of that. It is Saturday after all, but didn't want to leave that thought from yesterday just hanging there. Oh, and by the way, I really enjoyed hearing Obama speak during the debate last night. Surprised me at his knowledge of foreign relations, but did feel like I was being lectured by a college professor vs. someone with actual life experience as I felt when listening to McCain.

It's going to definitely be interested. Can't wait for the Palin/Biden debate next. I'm becoming my parents - help!

Here's some pix from fun events I've either attended, or thrown recently. The first is last Sunday's AVP's Men's championships with the recent Olympic athletes (whose names I don't know, but enjoyed viewing nonetheless. Oh, you can find out more by clicking on the link. Sorry, not that into sports, just hot guys. Especially shirtless ones. Now do you know why I love living near the beach? lol)

If you scroll down the pix fast enough it's almost you were watching them play!:) I thought this year's seating arrangements for the MB AVP's were the best ever. Lots of available viewing and seating for everyone.

Thank you AVP organizers!

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Here's some highlights. One night I hit two back-to-back with a client and then had to dash down to The Shore for another one. Needless to say, I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained by the end of the night.

One particular event was to raise awareness for Project Reina which keeps African American and Latina women and girls HIV/AIDS free through the promotion of education, prevention and wellness. Go to www.projectreina.org for more information.

Actress Gina Ravera (The Closer, ER) started this movement and was on hand to promote the artist's work and her project. If I had known who she was (she's much smaller in person), I would have taken her pic too, but didn't open the press kit till just now. That's a bummer too because I really like The Closer. Oh well...

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Outside This was such an elegant event it was really pleasant. Hated to leave.

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This was The Shore's BMW/Equinox USC v. OSU football game viewing party. Bummer for USC. We're an equal opportunity venue and will be hosting UCLA's Alumni Association on October 16 at The Shore for a wine tasting. All are welcome!

Okay, I think that's all for now!:)



The Shore Restaurant and Lounge for your reading and dining pleasure

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·       COMPANY BACKGROUNDER

·       FACT SHEET

·       CHEF DAVID LINVILLE BIO

·       PRESS RELEASE


 INTERNATIONALLY INSPIRED CA COMFORT CUISINE BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE AT THE AWARD WINNING SHORE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE IN HERMOSA BEACH, CA

Numerous Celebrities frequent * Acclaimed Live Entertainment * Special Events Planned

 

Hermosa Beach, CA Opened in March 2006, The Award-Winning Shore Restaurant and Lounge reflects the casual elegance of the South Bay, CA through its beautiful atmosphere, quality live entertainment, Celebrity clientele and full-service fine dining by Executive Chef David Linville, formerly of The Standard Sunset Strip, Viceroy Hotel, St. Regis Hotel and Mastros Beverly Hills. One of Hollywood’s A-List Chefs, Linville now serves award-winning internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine to the South Bay community and will be a featured Chef at Los Angeles Magazine’s October Taste of LA event.

Linville was one of the top private Yacht Chefs in 2007 for numerous A-List Celebrities, and The Shore’s celebrity and local clientele also appreciate his quality, down-home cooking. Since his arrival, The Shore Restaurant has received “Hippest Dining Spot,” “Best Dinner Menu,” and “Best New Dining Establishment” recognition in the South Bay.

The Shore’s upscale mix of creative “fusion” and traditional menu items offer a variety of internationally inspired appetizers, salads, entrees, and side dishes created with authentic ingredients straight from local farmer’s markets and international sources. The basis for Chef David’s cooking always begins with quality products.

            Appetizers include a diverse mix of cuisine designed to appeal to a discerning palate and those seeking lighter fare:  Garlic shrimp sautéed in a compound butter served with goat cheese ciabatta crustinis, baby Crimini mushrooms stuffed with baby spinach, shallots and Applewood smoked bacon; Ginger soy marinated poki diced and tossed with fresh avocado served with homemade Asian shaved pickled cucumbers and fried wontons; Katsu chicken, a Japanese fried chicken served with sticky white rice and homemade ginger pineapple teriyaki sauce; and pan seared filet mignon Carpaccio seasoned with smoked pepper and garnished with aged Balsalmic reduction and fried capers served with mixed greens.

Fresh seasonal salads include: Caesar salad with wasabi Caesar dressing, The Shore salad comprised of Romaine, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts, and shaved apples with a white balsamic raspberry goat cheese vinaigrette, and homemade mozzarella Caprese salad with organic heirloom tomatoes, served with garden fresh basil and drizzled with an aged Balsamic reduction.

Sophisticated, yet authentic entrees include: Argentine prepared Chimichuri skirt steak served with crispy fries and mixed green salad; Tabasco marinated southern fried chicken and buttermilk Belgium waffles and maple syrup; ginger miso glazed halibut served with a yakisoba noodle stir fry; pacific sea bass served with sautéed heirloom tomatoes, capers and basil Chive truffle oil; pan seared scallops with a sweet corn and huitlacoche mushroom veloute’; and pan seared filet mignon served on top of greens with a port wine reduction sauce.

          Sides include: Imported Old Amsterdam aged gouda mac and cheese, farmer’s market organic seasonal veggies sautéed with French butter tossed with Japanese bread crumbs, roasted Russian and purple Peruvian fingerlings, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed Crimini mushrooms.

The Shore offers a complete, diverse international wine list designed to complement any meal with ½ price wine bottles and wine tastings on Tuesdays. A range of all spirits, including top shelf beverages, are also available.

            The Shore is a hotspot for celebrities, sports figures, and Hollywood A-listers.  Guests have included Actor Benicio Del Toro, Mark Cuban and local South Bay resident, Model Rachel Hunter; Singer - Songwriter Alanis Morissette, Oingo Boingo, Devo, Elan, No Doubt, The Bravery, and Dramarama, and sports players from the LA Lakers (Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar, former Lakers - Kwame Brown, Ronny Turiaf) the LA Kings (Derek Armstrong, Anze Kopitar, Michael Cammarelli), the Anaheim Ducks (George Parros, Sean O’Donnell), the LA Clippers (Shaun Livingston, Paul Davis), members of the LA Galaxy Soccer Team and the Buffalo Bills, World Champion Surfing brothers, Timmy and Tom Curran, and local resident, Hall of Famer, Warren Moon, who all enjoy the excellent cuisine, the Shore’s well rounded international wine list, attentive servers, and beachside ambiance.

After 10pm, The Shore offers quality live entertainment, dancing and award-winning DJ’s. The Shore’s in-house Music Stylist and Co-Owner, Jason Baran, is responsible for creating the vibe and social scene that has the South Bay jammin’ weekly. With his finger on the musical pulse of Los Angeles, Jason, along with Oren Avineri of Listen Entertainment, books acclaimed musicians and bands that have a national following rarely seen in Hermosa Beach, CA. Musical acts/performers have included: Dirty Heads, Kua Ana, Pigeon John, B Side Players, Naked Rhythm and Ricky Rocks who competes every Thursday with DJ Dini, to name a few. Cover charges vary from $5 to $10 depending on the performer.

Special event hosting is available at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge.  Recent events have included Fundraisers such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Executive Lock-up, The South Bay Professional Connection’s Surfrider Benefit, and Project Touch; Professional Industry Events such as The South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening, The Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off Party, Hughes Aircraft Company Happy Hour, and Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Mixer; and private events like the Table for Six Dining group, wedding receptions, Christmas and holiday parties, birthday parties, workshops, film shoots, and others.

Future special events include: Nebraska Cornhuskers, New York Jets and Sexy Single Parent Monday Night Football viewing parties, Equinox/BMW USC/OSU Football viewing party on September 25, IAI’s Wine,Women & Wealth Seminar on September 30, LandRover Wine & Cheese Tastings Tuesdays October 7 - 28, UCLA Alumni Association Wine Tasting on October 16, the Third Annual Shore Halloween costume party October 31, and Singles Coach Katherine Bougli’s Be Open to Love Workshop on November 18, with other events to be announced.

The Shore’s 3200 square foot venue combines a chic aesthetic for relaxed dining and a sophisticated lounge experience.  The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.

THE SHORE RESTAURATEURS

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge Co-Owner/Manager, Mike Sribney, is an accomplished local South Bay 20 year importer/entrepreneur, and also currently owns the Award-Winning Pedone’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Co-Owner, Dr. Rainer Beck, a former Environmental Scientist and owner of Harvelle’s Blues Club Santa Monica, Trio By the Bay in Manhattan Beach and others, is a 30 year veteran of the restaurant and entertainment business. Co-Owner/Music Stylist, Jason Baran, previously created soundtracks for Lion’s Gate with Joel C. High and owns 5150 Music Management Company, in addition to managing the Shore Restaurant and Lounge’s musical line-up.

HOURS AND LOCATION

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is open seven nights a week Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturdays from 9:00am -1:30am, and Sundays 10:00am – 1:30am. A complimentary brunch buffet is served on Sundays until 12noon and a special lunch menu is served on the weekend to appeal to the sophisticated sports fan.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 or review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com.


FACT SHEET

 

CUISINE:               Internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine

 

LOCATION:            1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254


PHONE:                 310 376-0414

 

EXECUTIVE CHEF:  David Linville

 

CO-OWNERS:        Mike Sribney, Dr. Rainer Beck, and Jason Baran


 PRICE RANGE:       Appetizers: $7 - $13

                                    Main Courses: $15 - $27

                             Complimentary Breakfast Buffet until 12noon on Sundays

 

RESERVATIONS:    Recommended, walk-ins accepted at the bar/lounge. Reservations can be made through Restaurant.com

 

DRESS CODE:        Upscale casual

 

CAPACITY:             The Shore seats approximately 60 in the dining room, 30 in the bar and lounge, with an additional 34 on the patio. The entire occupancy is 180.

 

BAR:                      Full Bar

 

PARKING:              There is a public parking structure directly across the street with street parking available in the vicinity.

 

HOURS:                 Open seven nights a week, Monday through Friday from 5:00pm until 1:30am, Saturday 9:00am – 1:30am and Sunday 10:00am – 1:30am.

 

WEBSITE:              www.TheShoreRestaurantandLounge.com

 

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Chef David Linville grew up in the Central Valley of Northern California near the San Joaquin River where he experienced the typical Tom Sawyer country life. His early experiences in the kitchen were at the side of his grandmother as she used the garden fresh tomatoes and wild mustard greens he brought home from the fields for her to cook with.

Chef David took his first cooking job in a seafood restaurant at the age of 16 and quickly found himself at home. Traveling extensively throughout Europe, living in Amsterdam and on the Gold Coast of Spain a few years later, he absorbed the local foods and flavors. He continues to apply these experiences and foods to his cooking style today.

His background includes LA’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey, St. Regis Hotel, Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, Mastros Beverly Hills and The Standard Hotel on Sunset. He has also worked as a sought after private chef on yachts for some of Hollywood's elite. He currently is the Executive Chef at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach, CA. He resides in Venice Beach, CA.

Chef David’s deep-rooted, down home childhood is quite evident in his cooking style of internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine and his gracious table manner. He firmly believes that fresh quality ingredients combined with passion create a happy table.


The Shore Restaurant and Lounge September Music Calendar

 The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach,  CA 90254

www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com

310 376-0414

 ABOUT THE SHORE

  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. Chef Linville serves internationally inspired CA comfort cuisine.

Chef & food He was one of the top Private Yacht Chefs in 2007 for numerous A-List Celebrities and others who appreciate his quality, down-home cooking.

 Many famous celebrities including Actor Benicio Del Toro and the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team players also enjoy the excellent food menu prepared by Chef Linville, the Shore’s well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. Chef david- best After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ’s.

  The Shore’s In-house Music Stylist and Co-Owner, Jason Baran, is responsible for creating a vibe and social scene that has the beach jammin’ weekly. With his finger on the musical pulse of Los Angeles, Jason books quality bands that have a national following rarely seen in Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach, CA. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 and review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com. Publicity provided by The Joy Writer PR & Marketing 310 714-2077 thejoywriterpublicity at gmail dot com

 The Shore Restaurant and Lounge

September Music Calendar

 Wednesday, 9/10/08 Dirty Heads (www.dirtyheads.com) 10:00pm

 For more than four years, Dirty Heads have been making fans up and down the west coast with their distinctive brand of reggae, hip-hop and folk-influenced party music. Dirtyheadspr

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Sunday, 9/14/08 Naked Rhythm (www.nakedrhythm.com) 10:00pm

Naked Rhythm, a modern world-music phenomenon is currently garnering acclaim with their fresh culture-fusing sound and philosophy, and is highly sought after for their groundbreaking approach to peace. They have performed private concerts for celebrities like Sting (who endorsed their album), Robert Downey Jr., The Black Eyed Peas, and others. It's no surprise that their debut album, Frequency, recently released by Caravan Records, is taking the public by storm and enjoying heavy radio play.

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For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Wednesday, 9/17/08 Cipes and the People (www.cipesandthepeople.com) 10:00pm

Pop-Rock-Reggae Debut from Popular Actor/Voiceover Artist, now musician, Greg Cipes, the driving, creative force behind Cipes and The People, is an extraordinary “triple threat” musician, artist and performer. Cipes is a singer, songwriter, and powerful live performer with mesmerizing and uplifting music in addition to an actor/voiceover artist. He spent 3 years with Greg Whitman (producer) making the Cipes and The People album, which is a potent collection of Pop, Rock and Reggae. 

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Cipes is also unique because he has a shared consciousness POINT OF VIEW. His self-declared “Conscious Revolution” (and title for the album) is his attempt to unite people’s disparate beliefs.

For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

Wednesday, 9/24/08 The White Buffalo (www.thewhitebuffalo.com) 10:00pm

The White Buffalo is quite possibly a legend in the making. A throwback to the time of hard touring, hard drinking artists who really lived what they sang about. Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range. He’s as comfortable playing in a dive bar as he is in front of thousands in a European arena. With only an EP out, but literally hundreds of songs written and more coming all the time, the future is exciting for a guy who has that much raw talent.

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For Bottle Service, call 310 376-0414

All other nights:

Tuesday – Naked Music – Pro jam Session

Thursday – DJ Dini and Ricky Rocks on Drums

DJ DINI aka Chris Rondini is a well rounded DJs playing Tuesday and Sundays at The Shore. With 13 years of DJing experience this prolific party rocker electrifies crowds with his musical styling of a mix of Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, 80s and House.

Ricky Rocks brings DJing to a whole new level by combining live drums with house/hip hop music and giving the music a live feel. Ricky has played at some of the biggest nightclubs/convention centers around the world and has had a chance to be a part of the Hot Import Nights tour, which tours worldwide. 

He has also performed for/with some of the industries most well known celebrities including Jimmy Buffet, R. Kelly, Constantine Maroulis of American Idol, playmate DJ Colleen Shannon, DJ Spider, and several times with Tommy Lee/DJ Areo. He has also shared the stage/toured with acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Trapt, Shinedown, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, & Marty Casey & The Lovehammers.

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Friday – DJ Whitematic

DJ Whitematic spins party breaks, classic and exclusives. He is a self-proclaimed party rocker spinning the best mix of 80's, Rock, Mashups, Electro/House, Reggae, Top 40, and Hip Hop.

Saturday – DJ Quasar

Sunday – DJ Dini

 



Recent South Bay Professional Connection Hospitality Appreciation Evening

By Joy A. Kennelly

You are curious about our recent South Bay Professional Connection "Hospitality Appreciation Evening" at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge this past week or you wouldn't have clicked on the link right?

So, without further ado... here's some pix and information on who graciously attended, and who our wonderful sponsors/participants were.

We had a great response from a variety of quality hotels from all over Los Angeles because we were fortunate to have someone who works with all the hotels through her concierge job circulating our invite on our behalf in addition to all the personal, hand-delivered invitations The Shore guys and I passed out, and all the emails I sent out.

Here's our invite just in case you're curious what got everyone so excited! Doesn't Brittney, our graphic designer on this invitation, do nice work?  She was truly a lifesaver the night of the event too.

Thank you Brittney!
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Apparently a lot of people liked it because some of the hotels that responded included: Ayres Hotel, Indigo Hotel, LAX Marriott, Loews Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Ritz Carlton, La Quinta Inn, Torrance Marriott, The Grafton on Sunset, Doubletree Hotel, Foghorn Harbor Inn, AM Resorts, Hawthorn Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, LAX Embassy Suites, Holiday Inn Express, The Westin LA and numerous others. Thanks for coming everyone!

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These lovely ladies, Johanna and Molly, were on hand to welcome all guests including those representing Enterprise, Express Shuttle, and Air Canada which was a lot of fun.

Here's some more pix from the evening.

I also invited some of my new BNI buds to attend because then they could see The Shore in action too. You might recognize some of these professionals seeing as they're locals.

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JC, the Redondo Beach Fireman on the far left of this shot is married to Dayla of UBS Financial Services (in yellow) and we all teased him about being the only guy in the shot. The other ladies represent the local Marriotts (Torrance and LAX respectively.)

Trio Another fellow BNI'er, Gayle of Redondo Beach based G Body Therapy, joined JC & Dayla later on. Isn't that a beautiful dress she's wearing? Courtesy of our local Hermosa Fiesta thank you very much.

I took advantage of her massage therapy services the next day with much satisfaction. Felt like a new woman and may have to go back soon since my neck & back injury still isn't completely healed. Highly recommend her! Tell her I sent you!
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Here's some of the Air Canada folks and others who came out to join us. Mike Sribney, the co-owner of The Shore, is Canadian and enjoyed catching up with them.

Isn't this a cute shot of he and his new wife, Kristina? I think they're a cute couple and very nice to boot. Say that with a Canadian accent ok?
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Group shot

I shot this pic just as the evening was beginning and the guy in blue is Stephen Haller, a local Redondo Beach resident, who represents Loews Santa Monica.

We had a great mix of Owners, General Managers, Sales Directors, Concierges, Catering Directors, Event Directors, Executive Assistants and everyone really connected on a personal, yet professional level.

One of my good friends, and event planner buddy who I've known for years since we produced a charity event together over at Luxe Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills when she was working there, Lana Leazer now Sales Director for Globiwest Hospitality Group, complimented my by saying this was one of the first hospitality oriented events where people actually let their guard down and were honest and friendly with others in the business.

Coming from her, I count that as high praise. Here's a pic of us goofing around together. She was trying to teach me the Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie pose, but I just didn't get it. Oh well, it's funny regardless right?
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Abby's group
We actually had quite a fun bunch of people show up courtesy of Abigail Fernandez, Catering Director of the beautiful Portofino Inn and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Ironically, a lot of the guys who came out were the winners of the free manicures courtesy of the new Hermosa Beach Elegant Nails & Spa sponsor. Thanks Rebecca!

Here's some of the happy winners.
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Carlos westin winner  Jeremy o winner Winner Winners And we had more winners too.

Bside players winners B-Side Players were performing later that evening and joined the raffle as our guests too. They won the $50 framing gift certificate courtesy of Lisa's Gallery over in Manhattan Beach.

Thanks Jay & Linda!

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IMG_2831 Local Manhattan Beach husband and wife hoteliers, Jim & Deidre, joined us and won a Dreadstar CD and amazing car detailing respectively.
IMG_2830 This gentleman won the free hour fitness training from Debbie Dmirdijian (sorry Debbie, I'm ruining your last name!)

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Cardex These handsome guys came out from Cardex and enjoyed Chef David Linville's cheesy fries along with their specialty Cocktail drink.
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Chef serving food Chef made the rounds as he always does bearing foodie gifts for everyone which were a big hit. Notice the silver Equinox goody bag hanging from Lana's arm.

They, and Skechers, graciously provided bags that also included donations from our local Hermosa Beach businesses, Paciugo Gelato, Brix 1601, The Comedy & Magic Club, Pedone's Pizzeria, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Breathe Activewear, and Manhattan Beach Business group, and Stylist Carmen Butts of The Loft, Barbie K, Iduna Medical Aesthetics, among many others.

Redondo Beach based Seeking Sitters service missed the goody bags due to our error. I'm giving them an extra plug here because I'm sure you all might have kids and would welcome a resource that provides easy, safe, reliable babysitting solutions.

Go to www.seekingsitters.com or call Michelle James at 424 634-1018 for more information.

Thank you sponsors one and all. If I forgot anyone, my sincere apologies, just know you are appreciated!

Okay, I think that's all. Thank you everyone for coming. This won't be the last time we hold a hospitality evening and look forward to meeting more of you in the near future.


Last night at The Shore's Kick Off Party for the Hermosa Shorts Fest!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Okay, I cheated. I snuck out before uploading the pix to watch some shorts over at the Hermosa Shorts Festival, but I'm back because I remember now why I don't produce short festivals any more. Nothing against the filmmakers or anyone else, I'm just so burnt out after having done that for five years of my life I just can't watch another one no matter how good they are!

That said, I had a GREAT time at the kick off party last night. When I first arrived it was very quiet and I was a little worried, but I shouldn't have been. Before long the place was packed with happy people enjoying all the aps Chef Dave was sending out and all the drinks Mike and Heather were serving.

I was running between the red carpet and the main room all night gathering people together for pix which was fun. Here's some for your enjoyment now, but we do have others coming since they had a photographer stationed at the red carpet who got some great shots:

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Who likes Short Shorts? We like Short Shorts! Remember that old commercial?

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This is the calm before the storm as event staff waits for filmmakers and other special guests to arrive on the red carpet for their close-up.

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Annalise came back and brought a friend to enjoy Chef Dave's cooking after joining us recently for a tasting party for her engineer group's special event consideration.

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These guys liked it too. The guy on the left distributes short films and was looking for fresh talent.

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Alana and Mandy, just some of the cute waitresses from The Shore. They're the sweetest, nicest girls.

Bar2 Mike, the bartender, is the nicest guy too. Everyone at The Shore is nice.

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Tom listens intently to some of the filmmakers while Actor Patrick Kilpatrick does the same in the background.

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Mike was busy all night long!

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This was a light summertime snack someone ordered - caprese salad anyone?

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Hungry? asks Chef Dave. How about some of my signature stuffed mushrooms, filet mignon or salad?

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Chef Dave & Melissa Todd, host/model with a new look.

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Our Chef David Linville is one bad ass. He does martial arts training six days a week. Don't mess with him!

Kit & tom2 City Council Member, Kit Bobko, and Tom Kearney.

Me & kit2 - best Me and Kit. He always makes me smile because he's so handsome and nice. Wouldn't you get involved in politics too? Thanks for coming Kit!

Joy & Joy1-sm Me with Jazz Singer, Joy Rushing. We're the Joy's of Hermosa Beach. She's performed all over Los Angeles and is one of my friends down here.

Mel & friend2 Host/Model, Melissa Todd, with her best friend whose name unfortunately escapes me. Thanks for coming Melissa!

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Chef David Linville, The Shore's Bostonian General Manager, Brian Kelleher, and Hermosa Shorts Festival Director, Tom Kearney

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Chef came out of the kitchen to have fun on the red carpet with City Council Member, Michael Keegan, who arrived later and The Shore Co-Owner, Mike Sribney. Michael Keegan owns Manhattan Bread & Bagel over in Manhattan Beach so when you're in need of some of the best, go there.

Below, Mike Sribney (who also owns Pedone's Pizzeria voted Best Pizza in the South Bay by both the Daily Breeze and The Easy Reader) is joined by his lovely wife, Kristina, and Actor Domiziano Arcangeli.

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Actor Domiziano Arcangeli, recent recipient of the Golden Halo Award, was surrounded by beautiful women of the Hermosa Shorts Festival.

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 Equinox Corporate Executive, Shayline; Actress Melinda Bennett; Kiwanis Member, Pat Love; Volunteer Extraordinary, Vicki Hanson; and Hermosa Shorts Co-Founder, Maura Kearney.

Filmmakers2 Happy attendees.

Happy waiter2 Happy waiter.:)

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Happy Hermosa Beach Mayor, JR Reviczky, and City Council Member, Pete Tucker and his lovely wife, Sienna all came to support the Hermosa Shorts Festival. Thanks for coming!

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Happy Actor/Producer, Patrick Kilpatrick with a beautiful fan. Thanks for coming Patrick! He and I have been friends for a long time. He was one of the original board members of my shorts fest, Short Pictures International Film Festival years ago. Very good guy.

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Even a happy po po came to check out the Hermosa Shorts Festival. Keep him busy Kristina!:)
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Almost all of Hermosa Beach City Council came to show support. Back row - City Council Members, Kit Bobko, Mayor JR Reviczky, Peter Tucker and his wife, Sienna. Front row - Hermosa Shorts Festival Founders, Tom & Maura Kearney, Beach Cities Health District Board Member, Joanne Edgerton (I believe, correct me if I'm wrong),The Shore Co-Owners, Kristina and Mike Sribney and Actor/Producer, Patrick Kilpatrick.

We have another pic with more people that I'll upload once I receive it too ok? Below are the Owners, Jason & Mike, with Kristina, Melissa and Patrick. We all agreed, Jason was the hardest working man of the evening.

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Former City Council Member/Mayor, Sam Edgerton, even came out to show his support. He sat on Hermosa Beach City Council for 16 years.

Tom & art - sm Another former City Council Member (and probably Mayor too - sorry I don't remember, but if you tell me Art, I'll change this), Art Yoon, enjoyed receiving the special goody bags Equinox prepared for everyone.

Equinox & sribney2 Speaking of Equinox, here's the Equinox team, Veronica, Larry, and Shayline along with The Shore Co-Owner Mike Sribney and his lovely wife, Kristina.

Thank you Larry! Thank you Equinox! I'll be curious to see how many people turn in their golf ball gifts for their free one week pass.

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James McKenna entertained everyone acoustically until about 9pm then the dueling drummer/DJ began kickin' it up a notch. After that everyone was dancing and just having a blast. Even the LA Kings came in towards the end. Very nice hunky guys. My camera battery died and I really didn't want to disturb their privacy so it's just as well.
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I caught HB Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Carla Merriman, on her way out to snap this shot with Mike and Larry.
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Tom did not mind his job as Festival Director one bit last night despite having recently had foot surgery to mend a ripped Achilles I believe. Whatever it is, it was extremely painful. The injury, not posing with these beautiful women. Probably made the pain go away a little more too, right Tom? :)

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In the pic above is Tom's surgeon on the left and Roxanne Messina Captor in red, who used to run the SFO International Film Festival, Ken Unger on her right, and her friends, Harold and his wife, on her left.

Roxanne had a film showcased in last year's Hermosa Shorts Festival featuring Harry Shearer and Shelly Long and is good friends with Francis Ford Coppola if I remember correctly. We've been friends for awhile, but I'm tired so bear with me.
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Don't you love Larry's shirt? The body is a temple - Attract worshipers. I'll worship you Larry! LOL He's the GM of Equinox and such a great guy. We're going to start doing more events together soon. Can't wait!

Roxanne teaches yoga and other classes at Equinox when she's not busy writing and doing entertainment stuff. I'm sure she's quite good at yoga because she was a dancer all her life too. Very interesting woman.

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These folks are fun and interesting too. Tom, Joy, Domiziano, Patrick, Chef, and Maura.

And with this pic, I close.

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Hermosa Beach Shorts Festival Founders and Husband and Wife team, Tom & Maura Kearney - some great people who are making Hermosa Beach popular with filmmakers and the world.

Don't forget, this Sunday is a free beach screening of all the best shorts of the festival as soon as the sun goes down. Also, there's a closing night party at the Hermosa Beach Community Center where all the films are screening at 10pm Saturday night.

You know where you'll find me!:)

Have a good one everyone. Hope you are enjoying the Olympics! . Very cool to have so many South Bay residents competing in the Olympics this year too!

Oh, and here's a few links to websites with the results of the International Surf Festival last weekend too in case you're curious: http://www.tbrnews.com/ (The Beach Reporter) and http://www.easyreadernews.com/ (The Easy Reader)

Enjoy the read!


Tonight The Shore hosts the Hermosa Shorts Festival Kick Off Party!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Tonight is the Kick Off Party for the Hermosa Shorts Festival at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge in Hermosa Beach at 7pm. The Shore doesn't close till 1am. Don't forget to come!

Goody bags sponsored by Equinox include a one week's pass to their amazing brand new gym over on Rosecrans and Isis right off the 405. When you go, tell 'em Joy Kennelly sent you. And yes, I do get credit, so do it please!:)

Discounts from Pedone's Pizzeria, Lhea Beauty and Body Collection, The Shore and info on Shops@1601 (which by the way has amazing designer clothing. I don't know why they're only showing candles since that's a very small part of their clothing stores for men and women!) and the Hermosa Shorts Festival are included too.

Could be some additional surprises if certain things fall into place in time. You'll just have to come to find out for yourself! Thank you Joy and Vicki for helping stuff them yesterday!

    Executive Chef David Linville will serve his signature internally inspired CA comfort cuisine from 7:30pm - 9:30pm for filmmakers, VIP's, Sponsors, Hermosa Beach City Officials, Kiwanis members, and all the film lovers planning to attend.

I just had a tasting dinner last night with some guests at The Shore and Chef's food is to die for! Every single time I go Chef creates something new and every single time it's absolutely delicious. Last night's stand out was the Chicken and Belgium Waffles! YUMMY!!!!

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I'm addicted to his mushrooms too. I think I have to find a way to exercise with my back injury or I'm going to continue gaining weight quickly. Good thing the ocean is only a block away. I absolutely love floating in the cool water and ducking under waves as I swim out past the breaking water. Pure fun.Mushrooms2

No host bar tonight by the way. Please drink responsibly! This is Cougar Mama Joy ready to spank you if you get out of hand. And I do mean it young un's.
    The Kick Off party at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge launches the Hermosa Shorts Festival which runs through Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Hermosa Beach, CA with screenings, workshops and special events including a special beach screening of all the top films on Sunday evening when it gets dark. For more information on the Hermosa Shorts Festival: www.hermosashorts.com or call 310 430-8609.

ABOUT THE SHORE

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.

Many famous celebrities and sports players from the Lakers, LA Kings, LA Clippers, LA Galaxy Soccer Team also enjoy the excellent food menu, well rounded international wine list, and beachside ambiance. After 10pm, The Shore also offers live music, dancing and top quality DJ's. 

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 5:00pm - 1:00am. Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 1:00am. Happy Hour Specials from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information, please call 310 376-0414 and review: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com.


I can't get enough of Coldplay's Viva La Vida! What about you?

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know what it is about that Coldplay song, Viva La Vida, but it always makes me speed extremely fast with the song loudly blaring with all my windows down.

Every single time.

Especially on quiet streets with 35 mph speed limits - I blast down going around 60 mph. It's like my little rebellion. I can't help it. It's like great music is my speed. Don't tell.:) It has to be the aggressively strumming violins and the chorus where I can sing at the top of my lungs to release stress.

Doesn't hurt to drive a sports car too, but that won't be for long. Plus, that song doesn't come on too often unfortunately... or fortunately.

I heard it on the way to church and then when I got out. Fortunately, it was early and hardly anyone was out on the streets. I promise to stop. Really I do.

I think if I play this song at home I'd drive my neighbor crazy playing it over and over again. Especially when I don't know all the words and only belt out the chorus. Can you relate? There is just something about that song. I just love it. It's kind of primal scream therapy or something.

Now to listen to the rest of the album. I know, what's taking me so long? If I like one song, then I don't want to ruin it with another one till I'm saturated with my favorite first.

Big sigh. It's like cheating on a boyfriend. Not that I have or will. Cheat that is, or have a boyfriend for that matter, but still - I love Viva La Vida and Coldplay!

Now, moving right along. Want to hear what I learned in church today? If not, stop reading, but if you're curious enjoy the read.

The skit was right on target as always - about driving while talking on your cell and the ensuing ticket the dad received that the wife found out about through their innocent young daughter. Too funny! I especially liked it when the dad said, "It's a ridiculous law anyway." To which I said loudly, "Amen" making people laugh.

I hate not being able to talk as I drive. Now I'm afraid to put my mascara and makeup on while driving, paint my toes, shave my legs, eat food, steer with one knee while I put my hair up in a ponytail, or anything at all! Not fair.

(Oh, and for those who don't get my sense of humor - that is sarcasm people.)

Today's sermon by Pastor Jim Mackinga of Bay Cities Community Church is called:

Avoiding the Potholes in Life

James - Practical Christian Living

Part 16

Mistakes We Can Easily Make

1. Hurting Others With Words We Say.

James 4:11a

   11 -12Don't bad-mouth each other, friends. It's God's Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk.

I wish a former client would read this and realize that as Pastor Jim said today, "Slander is the revenge of a coward." Slander is defined as, "a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name."

Hopefully the threatening letter I sent will shut her up once and for all. It's not my fault if the public and the media doesn't find someone of interest. It just isn't. Either they like you and want more of you, or not. Brutal truth. I don't understand it either, but that's the breaks with PR folks.

I do the same type of publicity for every client and sometimes they hit, and other times, they just don't. No matter how much I want them to, or will them to, or how hard I pitch. Especially when they stop right when they should be pushing forward because they're at a tipping point, but run out of money. Oh well.

PR can be somewhat luck of the draw - if you want guaranteed placement... Buy advertising.

But I digress. Just a sore point that's all. I'm not innocent of talking badly about people either, but it does hurt when you think someone would be happy with everything you accomplished together (which was a lot of work to get her to the point she is today - trust me!)

What's weird is that I've generally only had this trouble with certain female artists. Not all, just some who think they're more than they really are.

Oh dear, is that talking bad about someone? Darn it. It's hard isn't it? Okay, this really is all. I promise.

Thinking lovely thoughts, lovely thoughts, lovely thoughts...

Ephesians 4:31:

   31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Colossians 3:8:
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

(Now Pastor Jim was meddling. Just kidding. I forgot the Bible doesn't want us swearing. Duh! Just a little reminder that Christians are supposed to live differently than the world.)

2. Improper Response to God's Law & Word.

James 4:11b

If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.

Matthew 22:35-40:
35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

   37 Jesus replied,

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.[b] 40

The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Now this chapter was very convicting because as Pastor Jim pointed out, if we really are doing God's will, we will view everyone through God's eyes and love them as He does. Jim did admit it's harder with some people than others. Truer words have never been spoken. Ha!

3. Have a Wrong View of God Himself.

James 4:12:
12 God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? (God doesn't need your help judging. Get it? LOL)

James 2:8:

   8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[a]

Philippians 2:3-4:

   3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

This verse is the hardest to live out, but I'm trying. Care to join me?

How To Be Careful

  1. Continue to be concerned with your words.
  2. Learn to Submit to God's word.
  3. Understand who's really in control.
  4. Stop arrogance in every way you can.
Okay, that's all for today. May the reading of God's word bless and keep you until we meet again. Isn't that a nice closing? I've only heard it in Presbyterian churches, and I like it.

Happy Sunday! Now to get some work done.

I'm excited The Shore Restaurant and Lounge has a bunch of cool events coming up which I need to prep for. Just met with the organizers of the Hermosa Beach Shorts Fest and they will be hosting their Kick Off Party at the Shore on August 7 from 7pm - closing.

Plus,Actor Domiziano Arcangeli's Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement from the Southern CA Motion Pictures Arts Council is right around the corner, August 4. Oy!

And you're all invited to everything too ok? See ya there! 










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

By Joy A. Kennelly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION AND THE SHORE RESTAURANT TASTING PARTY BENEFIT  BY CHEF DAVID LINVILLE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR SURFRIDER FOUNDATION  Surfrider_foundation_southbay_logo

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


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ABOUT THE SHORE

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: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION

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.

Inquiries:

Joy A. Kennelly

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


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

MEDIA ALERT

 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. (www.surfrider.org)

 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 www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com

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

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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

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION (SBPC) ANNOUNCES A TASTING PARTY AT THE SHORE RESTAURANT IN HERMOSA BEACH, CA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM

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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: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

ABOUT 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.

ABOUT MELISSA TODD

“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. http://www.surfrider.org or call Nancy Hastings 310 995-7873.

ABOUT THE SHORE

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: www.theshorerestaurantandlounge.com or call 310 376-0414.

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


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!

  Thanks for popping by. Crowd shot Early attendees IMG_1688 Enjoy the pix!  IMG_1683 IMG_1681 

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Positive South Bay Professional Connection news! (repeated on my wordpress blog too...)

By Joy A. Kennelly

Ever since returning from Miami, FL, I have been slammed with work and unable to catch my breath. (Okay, I did enjoy my Memorial Day holiday BBQ down in San Diego with a very good friend, and my lounging by the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday, and my playing with two hilarious dogs in Manhattan Beach, but otherwise - working!)

Really can't spare much time today, but did want to share some great news regarding my next South Bay Professional Connection event occurring tomorrow night over at CA Associates and Verch Insurance Services new office in El Segundo from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Here's some pix to showcase what you're in store for.

Just know, next time you see this space, it's going to be packed with people!

We had a great write-up in The Beach Reporter's Business section last Thursday - Thanks Eric! Also, over 1000 postcard invites have been distributed on top of the 100's of emailed invitations and media relations we've all done to promote this event.

I passed out 40 invites alone last night at a PV mixer with lots of people saying they're planning to come. Should be a great mix of businesses, industries and people since Sonja McColgan, the owner and Career Coach extraordinaire of CA Associates, and Darold Verch, her father and owner of Verch Insurance Services, know so many people having been in business for so many years.

For 20 lucky winners of our "Who's the Best Networker?" contest, guests will receive the following beachy type goody bags courtesy of Globiwest Hospitality Group's Holiday Inn Express Century City and LAX:

944 Magazine
Nice Pen or Computer cleaner from Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City
Lip Balm from Holiday Inn Express Century City
Scented Candle in container
Complimentary Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express LAX or Century City courtesy of Director of Sales, Lana Leazer.

Apparently, not only will you get to meet some great business and local people if you come by, you will also get to experience the local El Segundo Farmer's Market with a live band and all kinds of great produce and other stuff to buy.

However, as a result, please note you need to park behind the building since Main Street will be full. If you've never been to El Segundo, you're in for a real throwback in time. I call it the Mayberry of the South Bay. Others have called it the last real beach community of the South Bay. It's quaint, quiet, and cute. Lots of great restaurants, services, and local people call El Segundo home.

We had such a great time at our last South Bay Professional Connection, I can't wait to see who shows up for this one. For those of you who missed the last one, here's some highlights and pictures to share with you (I'm editing an original post I wrote for This is Hermosa website.)

Last month's attendees included: Sharkeez Owner, Ron Newman & UPAC Member, Kim McMullan ; Hermosa Beach City Council Member, Michael DiVirgilio; Hermosa Beach Resident, Gary Mallette; Union Cattle Owner, Jed Stanford;

Why Was I Dissed? Founder, Rachel Morton ; the Mackinga clan; Jayme Mackinga's groupies; local icon and Club 705 consultant, John Bowler; Hermosa Beach Writer's Group Representative, Gerry Althas-Vazquez; PV resident, Lane Mayhew; Beach Cities Relay for Life Volunteers, Jill Morales and Susan Cohen; Nutritionist Jayne Justice ; RB resident, Christie and HB Resident Lotus; Strong Project El Segundo Representative, Michael Pochepan; Beach Massage Business Development Representative, Kimberly Blaine; A Fresh Face Skincare Owner, Victoria Coleman; Project Touch Representative, Carol Shakely; and out-of-towners/friends like John Herzberg, Lana Leazer, Damien Carmean, and many others came to mix and mingle. Lisa Bollinger graciously managed the door.

Those who attended enjoyed the acoustic guitar of 16 year old Jayme Mackinga who has a voice akin to Corrine Bailey Rae. Everyone loved her music. What impressed me the most was the poise she exhibited while performing for around 100 people who sat in rapt attention while she sang.

Jayme performing

During the break, John Bowler entertained the crowd and invited everyone to support the Beach Cities Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society who had a table set up with all their information. What a great cause and great event coming up! Click the link for all the details and join the team.

Although we didn't raise as much money as I had hoped, it was a great start to a partnership that I hope to continue until the summer's event. Although I personally haven't experienced serious cancer, my grandmother died from lung cancer and my family suffers from non-malignant skin cancer every so often. Damn freckles!

John Pieplow gave a rousing concert which everyone enjoyed as well. He was grateful to be sharing his birthday for such a great cause and had a lot of fun visiting our little city. I'm hoping to get him back at a later date. Everyone who stayed received a free CD of his music as a thank you for coming.

Xavier and his wonderful staff served some great seafood appetizers too. A local HB Resident won the Dinner for Two at The Ardmore in our raffle. Thank you X and all your servers for helping make this a special evening at The Ardmore in 705


THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF CA ASSOCIATES & VERCH INSURANCE SERVICES’ NEW EL SEGUNDO OFFICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information: Joy A. Kennelly

310.714.2077

thejoywriterpublicity(at) gmail (dot) com

 

THE SOUTH BAY PROFESSIONAL CONNECTION ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF CA ASSOCIATES & VERCH INSURANCE SERVICES’ NEW EL SEGUNDO OFFICES

With a Networking Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:30pm – 7:00pm

South Bay, CAThe South Bay Professional Connection announces the Grand Opening of CA Associates Employment Specialists’ and Verch Insurance Services’ new El Segundo offices with a night of Networking and Celebration on Thursday, May 29, 2008 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.

As part of the Grand Opening Celebration, California Associates‘ Career Coach, Sonja McColgan, will offer resume critiques, information on industry trends and interview techniques while Verch Insurance Specialists will offer complete insurance analysis. Appetizers will be provided by Shark’s Cove Hermosa Beach, CA. A portion of the proceeds from GoChi Juice shots poured will benefit the Brent Verch Memorial Fund. The new El Segundo offices are located at 425 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. RSVP to CA Associates: 310.416.8797.

“We chose to move to Downtown El Segundo because it has been voted the ‘Most Business Friendly,’” says Verch Insurance Services Founder/Owner, Darold P. Verch. Verch Insurance Services is a multi-line, family owned agency with 40 years experience specializing in all types of insurance. For more information, please review: www.verchinsurance.com or call 310 322-1626.

California Associates Employment Specialists focus on placing candidates in Media, Technology, Accounting, Engineering, Human Resources, Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Administration and Entertainment. For more information, refer to: www.caworkingforyou.com or call 310.416.8797.

The Brent Verch Memorial Fund was created to honor Brent Verch and his life’s desire to support his three young niece’s college education. For more information, please refer to: www.brentverch.com

The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interest of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents. For more information, please contact Joy A. Kennelly via 310 714-2077 or tsbpc2008 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Bones, First Tuesday, The Riches, Cozy Faux, and Meetup

By Joy A. Kennelly

Never have watched the show Bones before and it's fun to see The Standard Downtown used as a location. If you're ever in LA you should hit it at least once. Oh good, now the The Riches are on! Now to see how sick it's become. :)

Just came from another First Tuesday group, but this time it's a 2nd Tuesday held down here in the South Bay. What another great group of women. This meeting was much smaller and more intimate which I just loved. Everyone was so honest and open with their emotions, it was more of a support group almost than business networking, but it's great.

After schmoozing over some great appetizers, we all gathered together in the living room to hear my good friend Christi Wilson of Cozy Faux share all about her wonderful luxurious, soft faux blanket and specialty collection. So lovely - check out the web site for gifts. You'll love 'em!

Then we went around the room and shared what we were about for three minutes each. Then afterwards, Alexi of Little Effort Big Results spoke on hand analysis which was really a lot of fun. I was afraid it was palm reading because I'm not into that, but this is based on more scientific ideas and very interesting.

I have gifted hands!:)  According to  Alexi, my long "head line" means I have special unique talents and like solving complex problems. Totally! Your right hand indicates how you are in the world, your left is your personal life. When compared, both of my hands were so different it was very interesting.

According to my "heart" line, I like powerful people and need to recognize that I have that same power in myself so I don't need others to fulfill that. The more I move through life, the more I realize it's true. Can't help it!:)

What always amazes me is how people have a tendency to under-estimate me though. Men think I'm demure till they get to know me and are surprised that under my soft, quiet exterior I'm really strong; clients think I'm so nice I'm a pushover until they push me too hard and disrespect my abilities then I push back.

Tonight was just what I needed. A chance to "let my hair down" so to speak with other women who are dealing with their own issues who could totally relate and support my decisions. I'm really looking forward to "doing lunch" with some of the women I've met because they're so interesting.

On another note, I've also decided to expand my social horizons with men and have signed up for all kinds of fun groups over on Meetup.com. Have you all seen this site? My friend said it's started by the same people who began EBay and it's really great. Perfect for adults to connect with other like-minded people.

Check it out! Okay, that's all.

I want to relax and enjoy The Riches.

I love Eddie Izzard!


Great networking event tonight!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Watched Lipstick Jungle tonight after my mixer and like it a lot better than the Cashmere Mafia. We'll see... Much cuter men on Lipstick Jungle - especially the young hottie who seduces that married woman. Not saying I approve of that aspect, just like his look. Hot, hot, hot!

Love the fact the channel 4 news covered "the Cougar connection" --too funny! Tonight was a lot of fun with all my Cougar girlfriends - although we're not into younger men so much, we do enjoy the eye candy. Hey, we're not blind people. However, totally cracks me up that the term Cougar has become mainstream. Growlll! Why should older guys have all the fun with younger women? Right? Turn-about is fair play in my mind.

We had a great turn-out tonight! Once I figure out how to upload pix from this camera, I'll share them with you! Kim was so sweet and came early to help set up. You always love people like her who are such servant-hearted. I think she's my new best friend. LOL We all agree she looks like a younger, beautiful Maria Shriver. Go Kim go!

Actress Maria Rangel was in all her glory sharing her experiences on NBC's hit show, Age of Love, with a rapt group of women. We all agreed the "tennis guy" was cute, but dull. I guess if all you do is play sports and nothing else...

In addition to the wonderful Yummy soy candles she was selling, Maria literally gave this woman the dress off her back from her new line of Yummy designs to try on. I was laughing so hard I think I forgot to take pix, but imagine one woman modeling this extremely sexy long dress with lots of boobage surrounded by her lovely long blonde hair and then imagine the other lovely brunette woman (Maria) wrapped in nothing other than a spa wrap towel cheering her on! Too funny and so Maria.

The Gochi drink was a huge hit too because after all, Oprah endorses it! And Oprah is god-like right? Also, Dr. Oz, Time Magazine and so many more call it a Super Food! Gotta try it! Trust me. You'll be so amazed at how good you feel! It has changed my life by controlling my hormones which I am so happy about. Believe me, so are others!

Chef Melinda booked her first wedding cake order and cupcake delivery order tonight. Go Chef Melinda!
Her new company name is Sugar Cups - isn't that adorable? "Get your cake and eat it too!" You don't want to know the back story to that tagline...:)

We took the funniest pictures (which won't be included in the official company pix for obvious reasons - sex sells, but that's not what we're selling - only cupcakes people!) I wish I had another one right now. Perfect gifts for Valentine's Day if anyone needs a nice company present for anyone. Hint, hint.:)

What was interesting to me is that on my vision board I had cut out a picture of a wedding with cupcakes as the wedding "cake" and it gave me chills when I realized now I know a baker who bakes cupcakes! She hadn't decided on cupcakes as her main focus for her new business when I created my vision board. Too freaky. Maybe this is my year for love? I hope so...

Spa Riviera Owner, Tony, was a hit with the ladies and men because everyone wants to look years younger with his amazing microdermabrasion treatments. I especially enjoyed his new massage therapist, Martha's gifted hands as she released some of my tension during a chair massage. Can't wait for a real massage, I need one after today. OY!

Lou-e-Luey's outdid themselves too. Rafael's shrimp ceviche is absolutely divine, as was everything else, and everyone was asking for cards all night long. I had no idea they were such a great Baja seafood place. I really must visit soon. Really wonderful. Highly recommend it! Fun vibe in the restaurant and delicious food.

My new artist, Beverly Bigwood, showcased her artwork and her kissing cupids were a big hit. So glad we're working together. She has a real unique style and is such a beautiful woman (inside and out.) She deserves all the best. Now to help her achieve it.

Otherwise, life is moving ahead at warp speed. I'm very excited to see what will happen now that we've launched the first South Bay Professional Connection - onwards and upwards!

God bless everyone! God loves you and so do I!


Britney Spears... So sad... and other musings

By Joy A. Kennelly

(WHOOPS! I forgot to take this out of draft format! Here's yesterday's blog for your reading pleasure.)

I know, I know. Enough of the Britney saga, but I just feel so sorry for her. I used to have a friend who was bipolar and there really is no reasoning with someone like that unless they go on meds. It's just a difficult disease that is out-of-control unless people want to get help.

I pray Britney realizes she can't continue like this and seeks help. My friend and I stopped being friends because of her erratic behavior and angry outbursts. I've seen her since the time of our final blow-up and apparently  she's on meds which have been helping. I'm happy for her because she was spinning with no direction just like Britney. It's just a sad, sad, sad disease. I wish both of them much love and support.

BTW, wasn't that a riot about Sean Young getting so drunk she interrupted the DGA Awards? Sad and rude for Julian, but funny nonetheless. I bet a lot of people would want to say that to certain people throughout awards show season, but it was rude. Bad Sean, Bad...

However, I think that's the first time the DGA Awards show has ever actually hit the entertainment news. Maybe they'll look back and think it was a good thing too. Their five minutes of fame.

Now that Sean is in rehab, maybe she'll think so too?!:) I wish her much success in getting her life under control.

So glad to hear the Writer's Guild strike might be coming to an end sooner than later. It's about time! I've been forced to explore other options on my cable and it's just not as fun. HBO is interesting, but sometimes you want mindless viewing, not thought provoking or provocative. Does that make sense? Plus, I like commercials. Weird, I know, but I always have and always will. I like the mental break.

Here's a fun site to explore if you're not sure who to vote for, or want to see if who you're supporting shares similar views to you in all areas: http://www.vajoe.com/candidate_calculator.html I was kind of surprised to see who I came up with.

I was pretty even Republican/Democrat candidates which was nice to see because I've always said I'm a moderate because I see the value in both parties. I always wish there was a third party that combined the best of both. Don't you?

Oh, and here's a fun Christian Super Bowl Party if you're looking to meet other singles who share similar beliefs:

It's time again to celebrate the Super Bowl!

Come join the masses as we eat, drink, socialize and perhaps even watch the game (upstairs with Bill Dunn). It has been rumored that Patrick Hare will be creating and serving his famous New England Clam Chowder--you'll want to attend for that reason only.

Here's the basics:

Where and When: 2:00-9:00pm

Walter Beach House

18 23rd Ave

Venice, CA 90291

Near the corner of Venice Bl and Pacific   Ave near the beach

Parking:

There is scattered free parking in the area along with public parking at the corner of Venice and Pacific.

What to Bring:

Last Name A-M Food (Main Dishes, hor'douerves, salads, chips and dips)

Last Name N-Z Drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks, waters) and Desserts

PLEASE RSVP IF POSSIBLE (need to know how massive the masses will be)

email: superdave (at) socal (dot) rr (dot) com

Speaking of parties, our Pre-Valentine's Day party at Spa Riviera on 2/7 is coming together quite nicely thank you very much for asking. I've just invited a slew of people,  and media and so has everyone else who's involved. We shall see...

Come on down!


New event invite and other stuff...

By Joy A. Kennelly

In addition to everything else I was doing this week: i.e. attending two major art events (LA Art Show and art LA), taking new business meetings, working another freelance gig, house-sitting, and normal pro bono work for Hermosa Beach; I've also been putting together a big networking Pre-Valentine's Day Party for Spa Riviera which will take place Thursday, February 7 from 6pm - 9pm located at: 1611 South Catalina Ave., Lower Level L41, Redondo Beach.

No wonder I've been so tired!

Download 27invitefinal.doc - Click on that link for the complete invite. I am still learning how best to upload certain items and apologize this is so rudimentary. I will upload this properly once I figure out how to do so.

On another note, I think I need to clarify that I have a very quirky sense of humor and sometimes it doesn't translate well via writing. My apologies to anyone who is offended.

Also, the opinions expressed here are solely my own and should not reflect on my pastor, my church, my friends, my business partners, or anyone else I mention here as something they necessarily agree with. Oftentimes, they don't, but we agree to disagree. I just don't want you to think poorly of them - just think poorly of me ok? LOL

I've been watching this art series by PBS called art:21 which is very interesting.

Here's their welcome statement:      

"welcome to art:21

“Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century” is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration         into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions."

It's really been fascinating to learn all these contemporary artist's thought processes and what inspires and influences their art. I'm realizing more and more, that I'm more of an artist than I realized. My writing is my way of expressing part of my artistic side and my vision boarding aka treasure mapping is another.

I've also realized that there's so much more I can learn about art and artists by taking some art classes just for my personal pleasure. My heart really sang the last time I did. I've been wanting to re-paint one  large canvas forever yet know that I'm not disciplined enough to paint without the structure of a class setting.

It was very fun to see that numerous artists had pictures pulled from magazines too as inspiration. It was so nice to realize I'm not crazy, just creative! I love being around smart, creative, inspiring people.

That's why this weekend was fun. I went back to the LA Art Show again and really took my time this go-round. Last time I had been in a hurry because I needed to get home in time to take care of the dog I was babysitting and rushed through.

I'll give a full report on this show next week. I just need some space to sleep on my thoughts and feelings. I'll let you know.

Oh, and I do like the City Council people even though I don't always agree with their decisions. I just need the space to meet some new people at my event which is why I said what I did. No hard feelings ok? You probably would love a break from me too! Plus, everyone is going to be gone anyway so it's a moot point.

Enjoy your evening sans Desperate Housewives. Man, I wish these producers/CEO's realize how much they're screwing with their customers. Not a good position to be in. We need the escape ok? Get it together and stop stone-walling. Enough's enough.

I WANT MY DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!!! Ok, now I feel better.

Good night everyone.
 


Storm Watch - Hermosa Beach style & other stuff

By Joy A. Kennelly

I think I must be fighting something because I didn't wake up till 11am today which I guess I needed. After a few phone calls and catching up on stuff, I decided to join my new friend and help create sand bags for the Public Works Department in preparation for the big storm coming in.

You in cold states shovel snow, whereas, here in Hermosa Beach, we shovel sand into bags. Too funny. This is supposed to be the worst storm in a long time. It's about time we had some weather other than sunshine here.

I used to live in Seattle so I can say that. However, I do hope that everyone who has rain issues with their homes will be ok. Nothing like a leak to bring down your day. Hopefully people won't be needing the sand bags we created today, but glad to have helped create them. It was fun!

I've just totally updated my new wordpress blog - so please check it out here: www.thejoywriterpr.wordpress.com or just Google The Joy Writer PR.

Also, if you're interested in learning more about Hermosa Beach politics and what the community is thinking and concerned about - then check out This is Hermosa (www.thisishermosa.com). That's our community forum and there's all kinds of good info there.

I'm trying to keep my HB comments to that site when appropriate, but sometimes will share here. Just trying not to bore my readers here who could care less. Right people? Right. Oh, and sorry for my snide comments re: a certain female. I'll try to contain myself in the future. Not nice of me. I'm sorry. It was just too funny though...

If you're considering a movie to see I recommend P.S. I Love You - very sweet, funny film. Hot guys too. I love that kind of look in a man. And men who like to sing.

Hilary Swank wasn't too shabby either. Actually, I really liked her acting in this movie and could see how she could be compared to Judy Garland in looks (in a certain scene it's very obvious. Let me know if you agree.)

Have a great weekend all!


Check out my latest posts on my wordpress blog

By Joy A. Kennelly (new link here too - check it out!)

Hi Everyone, I've been busy promoting my client, Artist Gali Rotstein's Art Opening Reception January 12, 2008 at Lois Lambert Gallery in Bergamot Station and will have more time to blog about all the fun events I've been attending later today. Check out my wordpress blog (www.thejoywriterpr.wordpress.com) for recent highlights - very fun!

Hope to see you at the party!


Yeah! School is finally over! I'm getting my life back...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just had my last final exam presentation tonight at UCLA and I am so happy school is over for now. I need a break! Although I've really loved meeting all the cool speakers, getting to know Julian and Henri, my teachers/mentors, better and learning new things about the industry as it is today, but I just need some down time to enjoy Christmas and party a little.

This whole semester I couldn't really go to any of my usual social events because everything in Hollywood normally falls in the middle of the week vs. the weekend and I was too busy. I miss socializing! Tonight to celebrate the end, my friend Julie was gracious enough to meet me for a little impromptu bar hopping of our own in glorious Hermosa Beach.

We were curious about North End Bar having heard so many terrible things about the place that we decided to check it out first. Here's a quote from one web site:

"Worth Noting: Cursory research on the joint turns up a sketchy crime history in the neighborhood, so try not to bumble about hammered in the wee hours."
Interesting, eh? Otherwise all the locals have nothing but great things to say except for one resident and perhaps others a little less vocal about the noise, urination, bottles in their yards, fighting, etc. after the bar closes. Wonder what the outcome of the meeting with good 'ole Police Chief Saveli was? Inquiring minds want to know...

As we walked into the bar, there was a loud disagreement going on among some of the patrons with the young couple leaving in a huff, while the guy yelling at them remained at the counter nursing his liquor. Very exciting stuff and we just walked in on it! The female bartender was very nice, but she wasn't spilling. Who knew what kind of show we would have had if we'd only arrived a few minutes earlier! :)

Because their kitchen closed at 9pm and we were hungry we opted to go Downtown to find a place still serving. I had been so pumped up earlier I hadn't been hungry, but after my presentation I was starving. We ended up at Union Cattle for some nibbles and it was very pleasant.

Very quiet, but perhaps it was because we were downstairs vs. the upstairs bar, but we weren't there for that so it didn't really matter. I had presented my ideas for publicizing the City of Hermosa Beach in front of three PR experts as part of my final exam and was excited to share the outcome with Julie.

One of the gentleman, when I was through presenting my 18 page report, said, "In all my years of doing public relations, I've never heard of anything like this ever." Made me feel good like we were all on the right track. I'm going to be contacting him in the next few days for ideas on how to proceed based on what I've started since last July with the media and government officials . We shall see!

I have one more class ending tomorrow night which will be a little sad to end because I've really made some good friends there, but I am ready for a break! Me and some friends are planning a get-together at this weekend's Christmas boat parade in Belmont Shores which should be fun.

S'mores anyone?

I say you can never have too much chocolate. That's my drug of choice. You can have your alcohol. Not my thing since sometimes it gives me acid reflux. Bummer. Just depends on the quality though so I do enjoy certain drinks, but am not a lush - that's for sure!

Now that class is over I will have time to write about more of the speakers I heard in my other class taught by Henri Bollinger who were quite good too. I really love learning and meeting new people which is the only thing that kept me committed to attending class regularly when there were so many cool events going on in Hollywood.

However, the way my fine artist client, Gali Rotstein's Art Opening in January is shaping up I think we're going to kick off the New Year first class all the way. More details to come, but save Saturday, January 12, 2008 because it's going to knock your socks off.

Lois Lambert Gallery themselves are inviting over 4,000 guests! Then there's my list, Gali's list, Children's Action Network's high-profile entertainment industry list, all the other artist's who are included in this Group '08 show, and all the media relations I've done - this is going to be one of the better parties Bergamot Station has enjoyed in a long time if I do say so myself.

Plus, rumor has it there are other BS galleries throwing their own openings, so come early and stay late. Oh, and most important... BUY ART!!!! You know I have to say that or I wouldn't be doing my job as Gali's publicist right? There will be plenty to choose from, but buy Gali's first ok? Sometimes I make myself LOL.

I hope you LOL too.

Stay tuned, more to come...


Julian Myers' Entertainment PR class, Hasbro and Boundless Playgrounds

By Joy A. Kennelly

It's always interesting to find out who actually reads my blog. They may not realize I know, but I can tell. So that's why it's fun to gear blogs towards subjects I know will cause a reaction because that's why people blog right? What fun is it if no one reads what you have to say?

Plus, I think I do interesting activities and meet interesting people that are beyond their norm and that makes it fun too, to expose people to new thoughts, activities and philosophies. We don't all think alike which is why we're all unique and special. Aint that special?

That said, last night was another of my entertainment publicity classes with my 90-year old PR teacher, Julian Myers, who says: "Just find something to achieve that will take you till you're a hundred--hopefully something of social or civic value --and, ordinarily, your health will be there for you to attain it. And if you jog slowly for three miles outdoors each morning, as I like to, you'll feel better all along the way."

This from a man who runs in marathons and all kinds of competitions against people his age and younger. He wears coke bottle glasses, has a hearing aid that he had to turn up so loud last night to hear the speakers that it was whistling, and he shuffles a little when he walks, but he's still as sharp as a tack and the warmest, smartest, most well-respected man in Hollywood.

Almost every speaker who has come through this class to share their wisdom has nothing but good things to say about him, and/or professes to taking his class 10, 20 years prior! What a legacy he has created. Just last night we heard the President Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros., Dawn McElwaine Taubin, speak and she had taken his class!

I think last night was my favorite group of speakers to date which is why I feel compelled to blog about it. I love hearing powerful women in Hollywood share their knowledge. Especially women as accomplished as Julian always manages to bring in.

I know a lot of the other speakers from other nights because I've been involved in the Entertainment Professional Publicist Society, EPPS, for a long time and have networked at various functions with numerous people over the years. It's the organization to join if you are interested in connecting with a large spectrum of the entertainment industry from a publicity standpoint.

I've also worked at almost all the studios over the course of my career as a temp when I was first starting out and know people through that experience too. The other night, Producer, A.C. Lyles, one of the oldest living Republicans and the Ambassador of Good Will for Paramount Pictures came to speak.

He actually remembered me from the lot which totally surprised me. First, because it had been so long ago that I worked there, and second, because he meets thousands of people every year. I was flattered to say the least. He's quite the charmer.

That evening was cute since both he and Julian are both in their 90's it was like a convention of little old men. I took a picture with him for memory's sake. Everyone in Hollywood knows A.C. too and he's another legend. I guess doing what you love really keeps you going! Plus, he confessed he liked the ladies - which totally cracked me up because I know it's true.

Not for me, but I'm sure many a young starlet has seen him as their ticket to meeting the power players they want to move their career ahead. I just always get flashes of Samantha from Sex in the City having sex with an older wealthy gentleman who gave her tons of jewelry and attention, but in the long run was too wrinkly and old for her even. Saggy butt scene anyone?

Back to Dawn. She was extremely focused and informative on all the functions of her department. It was very interesting to learn how they all played out together and how much responsibility she bore for whether or not a film is a success or not (at least that's what I took away.) Very nice, down-to-earth, accomplished, powerful woman. If you click to the earlier Variety article link you'll learn more of her background. You'd never guess it from meeting her she's so normal. Very nice to meet and hear her speak.

It was very interesting to receive the strategic plan for No Reservations, one of their films and see how every aspect is broken down and analyzed. Also, how the film is determined whether to play it as a comedy or a drama. I always wondered about that because so often you think you're going to see a comedy based on the marketing when in actuality it's a drama.

She explained it's easier to get people to see a comedy, which I would tend to agree with. I want to laugh when I go to the movies to escape my reality sometimes. She also passed out Michael Clayton hats. Now I feel like I need to see the movie!

Apparently right now WB spends 10% of their marketing budget on internet whereas the average in the industry is 4%. Speaking of which, here's a very clever funny youtube video highlighting the reasons the WGA Writers are striking to receive payment for internet use of their content. Who knew writers were so funny, right? HA!

I hope they resolve their issues soon, but I'm with the writers. Why should they not make money while the big conglomerates do? Go underdogs! Maybe one day I'll be in the Guild too. Who knows? I do like writing. Now if I could get paid for writing blogs... ha!

Immediately following Dawn, Terry Curtin, the CEO and Creative Director of Intralink Film, spoke and took apart the making of the American Gangster trailer. It was very interesting to see the other versions her company had created and the reasoning behind why they went with the final version. That is one movie I absolutely must see.

I was supposed to go with a bunch of friends after my last house party, but we were all having too much fun to leave. I will probably go see it tonight. I like the concept of one honest man overturning such crime and the other man being above the mafia. Very cool battle of good and evil. Go good!

That's one thing my pastor, Jim Mackinga, spoke about last Sunday which has really resonated with me. He said that when you're doing God's will no man will stop you, although they may reject you. So, man's rejection, as the saying goes, is God's protection. I'd rather be rejected 100 x over than be outside God's will for my life right now.

It's amazing how crystal clear things become when you hold it up to God's standards rather than your own. My friend Deb was trying to set me up with this handsome black guy she'd met because she knows I have a propensity for the brothers, but when I saw his ego and attitude towards women I opted out of even bothering to meet him. No time or interest.

Although I normally really like men who are super built and very handsome, I'm beginning to appreciate other types of guys for qualities that aren't usually worn on their body, but are part of their souls. I like a good soul now more than a hard body. Big change for me, but hey, even shallow blondes can change. Lately, I've been meeting really good guys and it's nice.

Now to my favorite speaker of the entire evening. Every time I hear about the amazing cause marketing this company is doing I can't believe they can top themselves and every time they do. Last night was no exception.

Dawn Wilcox-Bloch of Allison & Partners, named by Inc as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, was the final speaker. I had missed hearing her speak in Jeff Duclos' class a few semesters back and was eager to hear what she had to say, although I thought I had heard it all before since I'd taken Scott Pansky, the founder's Cause Marketing course and heard him speak numerous times. I couldn't have been more wrong.

She was one of the first speakers to actually take an interest in who we were as students and what our backgrounds were. It was so refreshing to be considered in that way since so many teachers, (Robert Dowling, former Hollywood Reporter Publisher and Editor in Chief included) just assumed they knew we were all just starting out and totally green. Uh huh. Many of us have been doing this for a bit, although there are some newbies too.

I doubt even Julian bothered to take the time to understand the make up of his class which might explain why people dropped out, or leave before all the speakers have finished speaking. Who likes being spoken to in a way that doesn't really suit what you're there to gain? There's publicity and then there's marketing which I think needs to go hand-in-hand in order for something to be successful. You need to know who you're appealing to in order to properly publicize something.

My marketing efforts are targeted and with a purpose. I've just posted a party I'm throwing this Friday around my building. I know for a fact that the majority of the guys in my apartment complex won't participate in my treasure mapping party because it's not a guy thing to typically do.

However, the reason I invited my building, which I just learned is one of the oldest Hermosa Beach apartment buildings according to my wise neighbor, is because I want to stake a claim on the back patio and alert them to the fact I plan to have a group of people over who they're welcome to join. Whether they do or not, is entirely up to them. I hope so, but it doesn't affect me either way.

Does this make sense? It's way early because my allergies are keeping me up and rather than just toss and turn I decided to write my thoughts down in hopes if I write enough I'll feel tired to sleep through the misery. Oy!

I get the worst allergies this time of year and it's debilitating. Makes me cranky and irritable and difficult to speak my glands swell so much and my nose constantly runs. OY! Even Claritin doesn't seem to be having any effect. I may just have to break down and go to the doctor. It was exactly like this last year around this time. I'm beginning to wonder if the stresses of the holiday season make my immune system weak or something.

Enough on that though. Back to the second Dawn and her amazing case study. I just love seeing how a simple marketing idea has grown into this huge effort and changed the lives of everyone involved. I would love to see something like that happen in Hermosa Beach. If the group I'm meeting with next week has any say, maybe we will!

So, here's the amazing story Dawn shared. Hasbro/Playskool is one of Allison & Partners' clients. They decided to benefit Boundless Playgrounds. Here's a little blurb from the web site which explains the concept and reason why there's a need for such a thing:

The  Challenge

More than six million children in the U.S. have a disability that makes it hard or impossible for them to join in the fun at a playground. All children deserve to have a place where they can experience the joy and discovery of play. Yet, most traditional playgrounds are not accessible to children with disabilities.

The  Solution

Boundless Playgrounds is dedicated to helping communities create extraordinary playgrounds where children of all abilities can play, explore and learn together. These playgrounds eliminate barriers for children with disabilities and offer fun, challenging and sensory-rich activities that offer developmental advantages to all.

Now here's the amazing part that Hasbro and Playskool are involved with:

Hasbro  & Boundless Playgrounds : Every Child Can Play

The joint mission of Hasbro and Boundless Playgrounds is for every child to have a BOUNDLESS playground within their reach. Hasbro is the first national founding sponsor of Boundless Playgrounds, providing financial gifts totaling over $1 million to date. Our PLAYSKOOL division has pledged $250,000 to help Boundless Playgrounds continue its mission. As a toy company, we believe in the importance of discovery and learning through play, and we are dedicated to helping bring this joy to every child in every community.

When I read of companies who are giving that much money back to the community at large it brings tears to my eyes. Especially listening to the story Dawn told last night. Apparently Hasbro decided to give one deserving community a $350,000 Boundless Playground as a gift as part of their marketing efforts. Here's another blurb from the web site:

You Can  Make a Difference in Your Community!

The National Center for Boundless Playgrounds is a nonprofit organization that assists communities in creating barrier-free playgrounds, which provide developmental advantages for children of all abilities. Let's ALL play...it  matters!

You have  the ability to make dreams come true! Visit the Boundless Playgrounds Web site for ideas on how to join PLAYSKOOL in helping kids of all abilities  have fun, such as:

  • Encouraging your community to build a BOUNDLESS playground by rallying other parents, educators, civic groups, business leaders, etc
  • Learning about supporting an effort already underway to  build a BOUNDLESS playground in your area

Let's ALL  play...it matters!

Apparently there was a contest to find the most deserving community to receive the $350,000 Boundless Playground gift from Hasbro. Dawn said they didn't really expect to get more than 50 entries because not only did the contestants have to write in why they felt they deserved it, they also had to have permission from the city to build the playground which was an extra step.

Well, they didn't receive 50 entries, but 1,000! Dawn had to narrow it down to the top 20 to present to Hasbro and then all 20 were informed they were finalists. They were invited to again submit why they deserved to win (or something like that - I'm vague on this particular detail because I was beginning to get very tired it was so late last night.)

A small community in Pennsylvania went all out and created a little video highlighting all the reasons why they should win and how it would benefit the community as a whole. Just watching the joy and excitement on all 500 little kindergarten through fifth graders in the video at the thought their school might win a playground brought tears to my eyes just watching. The Governor was on the video and numerous city officials explaining why and how this would bring together the community - it was amazing.

Then Dawn showed the video of the school actually learning they were the recipients of the award and then I couldn't stop crying. What an awesome thing to be involved in blessing that community like that. Apparently, even though McCullough Elementary School is 40 miles outside the major city, all along that 40 mile route to the school were signs in store windows thanking Hasbro/Playskool for their generous gift.

The community is still giving back in so many ways to others less fortunate as a result of this amazing gift which to a company like Hasbro is a small amount of money in the grander scheme of things. Now if only more companies would realize their responsibility to make their communities better rather than just taking all the time. There's so much good that can happen when people put their mind to it.

Here's some of the press release on the winners taken from the Hasbro site:

"Boundless Playgrounds®, Hasbro  Inc.’s (NYSE:HAS) PLAYSKOOL brand and GameTime, a playground equipment manufacturer,  today revealed that McCullough  Elementary School and the Penn-Trafford School District in Claridge, Pennsylvania, is the grand prize winner of the “PLAYSKOOL  Win a Boundless™ Playground Essay Contest” and will receive a Boundless™  playground in their community so children of all abilities can play together.

The essay, submitted jointly by third-grade teacher Scott Mickey and parent Lisa Popovich, beat out almost 1,000 entries which were received from 44 states plus the District of Columbia.  The goal of the contest is to raise awareness that playgrounds should not exclude children with disabilities – instead, playgrounds can and should be places where everyone is included in the fun.

“Scott and Lisa’s story provides a touching example of why universally accessible playgrounds are so vital to healthy children and communities,” said Amy Jaffe Barzach, executive director/co-founder of Boundless Playgrounds.  “We are so grateful to be able to provide such a deserving community with a playground that will provide joy and fuel imaginations for years to come, and it brings us one community closer to making this wish come true for children everywhere.”

McCullough Elementary School and the community surrounding the school will receive a Boundless™ playground worth up to $300,000 which is to be built at a site previously designated as a practice field adjacent to the elementary school and centrally located for community use.  Following is an excerpt from the winning essay:

“While our goal to differentiate instruction within McCullough Elementary School has been successful, our community playground outside has fallen behind and limits our children’s play, movement, and interactions. ‘To infinity and beyond’ is not realized on the old, rusty, and outdated equipment. Many of our student population cannot even access the equipment due to its height or lack of ramps.”

“We at PLAYSKOOL are proud to award McCullough Elementary School with one of the greatest gifts a community could ever receive, a place where children and parents of all abilities can connect without boundaries,” said Lorrie K. Browning, General Manager, PLAYSKOOL. “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Boundless Playgrounds over the years to help them grow as an organization and meet the vast need for universally accessible playgrounds, and we look forward to continuing our support in the future.”

“The overwhelming response this essay contest elicited only reinforces our resolve to help provide every child with a place where they can play and learn together with their peers,” said Tom Norquist of GameTime. “McCullough Elementary School’s story truly inspires us and we look forward to building them a playground they will use for years to come.”

It was more than a decade ago that Amy Jaffe Barzach lost her 9-month-old son to spinal muscular atrophy and decided to build a universally accessible playground, in his memory.  His family imagined that in Jonathan’s dreams playgrounds would be places where children of all abilities could celebrate life. The special playground built in Jonathan’s memory became the inspiration that led to Boundless Playgrounds being established. 

As a founding national sponsor, Hasbro has been the organization’s most ardent supporter; the company has donated more than $1 million, helped establish a national resource center, launched an educational campaign, helped develop Boundless™ playgrounds in 24 disadvantaged communities across the country and sponsored two signature playgrounds in Rhode Island and Massachusetts."

Okay, I know that if you saw the video you would have an even greater understanding why this story is so amazing. My hope is that People Magazine or Oprah learn of it and cover it because it really was wonderful to see this community rally together.

At first you think, oh this community is only doing it because they want to win, but then when you watch the children's faces and see the purity in their desire, then you are blown away by the community spirit everyone exhibited. I hope Allison & Partners uploads all of their winning video on Youtube or something because you really must see it for yourself.

In the meantime, check out this very cute music video that all the students sang on to share their enthusiasm for winning this Boundless Playground. A parent wrote the lyrics and it still brings tears to my eyes watching it. I hope it does to you too.

This is what America is all about. Corporations giving to communities. Yes, Hasbro benefits in certain PR ways, but I'm also sure they benefit in deeper ways than even those involved expected to as well. Rumor has it that now Hasbro is considering turning their entire marketing budget into more promotions like this one. Just think. What if Hasbro became the next Extreme Makeover for children? I love it!

So, if you don't agree, or you are hardened to this effort and don't understand the value, I feel sorry for you. You must live a very selfish, self-centered life not to see the reason to reach out to your community and do something good rather than just party your life away or only live for yourself. But then again, who's to say you're even the type to read this? HA!

And with that, I'll close. May God richly bless you as you pursue your life. May He reveal His love for you in ways you can't even begin to imagine. May that expression of that love spill out into your life and affect those around you for good as well.

God loves you and so do I.

Now off to bed to sleep again hopefully.

Take care.


 



Sharefest, Groundlings, bibi davidson, Gali Rotstein, Bay Cities Community Church, Snow Goose Global Thanksgiving

By Joy A. Kennelly

This has been one packed weekend. I love times like this because I am very social and love being around lots of new people. I also like my time alone, but I needed to be around people to help deal with what I'm working through.

Hit the Sharefest Fundraiser Friday night which was a lot of fun. I was expecting to see more single guys there, but it was lots of single women and married couples. The fun part was seeing people I grew up with down here that I haven't seen in years and years because I was living in Hollywood and Santa Monica.

Some had changed and some hadn't changed at all. I also saw some people I wasn't expecting which was very surprising, but nice nonetheless. Maybe a little painful in light of the circumstances, but I dealt with it. I also enjoyed finally meeting Steve Napolitano face-to-face because I'd been contacting him regarding Hermosa Beach's crime for so long. Very nice, funny guy. Is he single? Just teasing.

I have been so cooped up working and going to classes so much I really haven't been out socializing like I normally do and man I was in rare form that night. I had my friends laughing the entire time we were greeting because I kept cutting jokes and making fun the whole time. When I'm on fire, I'm on fire. Can't help it.

My Dad has a great sense of humor and taught us to always see the humor in life. Plus, it makes you feel good to laugh right? I really needed to that night. It was fun to get dressed up too. I'm very casual and rarely dress up for work since I work from home and live a block from the beach, but love going out all decked out. Even curled my hair! Texas style if you get my lift...

I encourage everyone to come to next year's fundraiser for Sharefest because they have the best auction items - trips to exotic locations like Bali (two people bid $6,500 and each won!), amazing packages of products, great Christmas gifts, lots of stuff I was so impressed to see.

I've gone to a lot of silent auctions and this was the most extensive group of products I've seen in a long time - Laker tickets, some famous basketball player signed some sports shoes, and on and on. Very cool. Once I remember how to upload pix I'll put them in a special folder for you to see. I'm so impressed with the guys who created this entire organization - what dynamos! The entire South Bay really owes them a huge debt of gratitude for all their non-profit ventures to help the community.

Lots of people came out which was fun. I could have sworn this one guy came who looked like he was straight out of The Sopranos, only in a bright blue fedora and suit. Very handsome, distinguished gentleman who definitely wanted to be noticed. You were definitely noticed! :) There was a great mix of people. The place was packed. What a nice venue too.

The Marriott has really changed since I used to go there to dance in college with my friend Sheri. One time I wore my long African dress just because I felt like kicking back and not worrying about what guys thought. We had more fun that evening! She and I greeted people as they came in like we were the hotel greeters and then danced all night long with the guys we'd been joking around with. One guy told Sheri I looked like a dove on the dance floor. Fun memory. I love dancing. How about you?

As Sharefest volunteers we helped until the program started and then were able to join the large crowd for a nice dinner.  More auctioning went on and then the keynote speaker, Karen Ledebur began to speak. 

Here's a little blurb from her bio:

"Kären also served as Associate Director for Corporate Planning and Development for the Beach Cities Health District in Redondo Beach. Her work there transformed the Health District from a behind-the-scenes grant making organization to the dynamic public health entity it is today."

I thought she'd speak about change from more of a business perspective, but instead she shared her personal story of survival and how God had touched her life through the hardships. She used pennies as an example of the need for us to make change in our lives. It was interesting and very encouraging, but went a little long. Just being honest.

I think when you're "on" for the public (like we had been as greeters,) it's very tiring and around 9:30pm Deb and I cut out. She had volunteered with me and it was great fun to have one of my best friends to hang out with. Stephanie, my new friend from Bible Study, was there too and she's so stylish! Hardly recognize her when I see her not wearing her scrubs because that's such a unisex and plain garb.

Anyway, it was a really fun evening and exactly what I needed.

Saturday hit my final Groundlings class which was also fun, but a little sad because it was going to be the last time I saw some of these people since they're jamming on to the next workshop right now whereas I'm going to wait till January.

It's ok though because I think when you work with new people in an improv setting you learn new ways of acting with people that makes you stronger in that type work. I may be wrong, but it just seems like this change will be good. Plus, a chance to make new friends!

We all went out afterwards for drinks and apps to celebrate completing the class. I haven't been drinking in a few months and the martini I had went straight to my head immediately. Today I've been fighting a head-ache all day which makes me feel like the buzz just isn't worth it in the long run. Now maybe if I was back in my floozy days I might do it more, but now...

After a bit, dashed off to my client, bibi davidson's art opening which I believe was a huge success. So many of my friends showed up (even my former client, Domiziano Arcangeli, made a rare Santa Monica appearance) and bibi's studio was constantly packed with people. I think her space more so than some of the other artists...I was very happy to see that because I'd been doing so much publicity and inviting people it made it all worthwhile.

I'm hoping some papers I invited might have popped in too since I had a nice email from an editor indicating he liked the information I'd been sending out. We'll see.

I'm going to do a photo spread  and wrap up of that even in my other professional blog - thejoywriterpr which I started on wordpress. Again, once I figure out how to upload the pix. I'm hoping it's just like riding a bike and I'll remember right away. They are a lot of fun. bibi is such a character. I think she and her art are great.

Then Glen, my new bud, and I popped over to Bergamot Station to check out all the openings over there. Of course, James Gray Gallery had the best party as always. This one was a fundraiser for Artists for Human Rights. It was nice to see the Gallery Director and say hello. Also spoke for a bit to Artist, Stephen Bennett.

Both Glen and I could swear he was painting over the photographs he took of indigenous people, but Stephen says he paints from memory and off the pic, not on the pic. It's almost too perfect though, but whatever. I don't really care either way. It's very cool any way he creates the images - check out his link and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Then quickly ran over to Tarryn Teresa's Gallery. The more I understand about the art world, the more I'm impressed with Tarryn and Claressinka for doing what they're doing with this very cool gallery space. They're both so young and beautiful sometimes it's hard to believe that they, and Elizabeth, their counter-part, actually run this wonderful gallery. Kudos girlfriends! Keep up the good work on bringing interesting art to a younger, hip generation like you do so well.

Lastly we hit Lois Lambert's Gallery since Gali Rotstein, my other artist client, will be holding an exhibit there in January 2008. She's part of the Group '08 show and has four really cool pieces of art that will be on display. You'll have to save January 12 on your calendar and plan to join us ok? She's going to be huge, mark my words. And I'm not just saying that. Big time art people agree with me. I just have good taste what can I say? :)

Back to LLG. It was a little uncomfortable to walk in and see someone who I'd stopped being friends with years back, but we agreed to act as if the other didn't exist and I walked past without incident. It was only a matter of time before we saw each other again since she was the one who introduced me to the whole art world years back and she's the one who originally brought me to Bergamot. Oh well, thanks for the education, right? LOL

Life's too short to hold grudges, but to those of you who do, God bless you richly. I don't live like that, but if you must - hope it's working for you. LOL I guess I've just had too much therapy and healing to allow petty things hold me back any more.

I will get through the pettiness that's going on right now too, but have to admit that I was crying all morning over some of it. It just seemed like it was too much to bear any more, but my good friends I called loved me through it. My new pedicure helped too. Plus, I was able to go to a really cool Thanksgiving celebration today with Glen and his roomie Phil which really lifted my spirits.

I think it was just Jim's message on rejection really got to me. I don't cry very easily, but I just sat there crying for most of his message. However, I'm in a total different head space now. I'm glad I have good people in my life. I hope you do too. Again, life's too short to waste it on mean people.

All day was healing actually. Jim's sermon was great as always. Here's the notes since you might not have made it this morning. May it bless you as much as it blessed me - I'll tell you more about this amazing feast celebrating peace and world harmony called Snow Goose after the message.

The Answer to Rejection

"How God Wants us to Deal With Pain"

Why Rejection is so painful
(The lie - that other's opinions can determine our value.)

1. It's a form of relational murder. (Murder is the ultimate ending of a relationship. Hate is prolonged suicide.)

Matthew 5:21-23:

Murder

    21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,[c]' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

2. It's an attack on our God given value. (People feel if they can remove your value then they can disrespect you, but God says you have value and you matter.)

1 John 3:2:
2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears,[a]we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Romans 8:17:
17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

1 John 4:10:
10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[a] our sins.

Wisdom in dealing with rejection - know where true acceptance is found.

1. It's not based on my performance.

Titus 3:5 & 7
5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

2. It's not based on the approval of others.

Proverbs 29:25:

    25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
       but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Psalm 56:11:

    11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
       What can man do to me?

Matthew 10:28:
28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

3. It is based on my relationship to Christ.

Romans 8:1:

Life Through the Spirit

    1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,[a]

Romans 5:8:
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Since God Accepts Me - the truth is

1. It doesn't matter what others think of me.

Romans 8:31:

    31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

2. He has assigned to me eternal value.

Romans 8:32:
32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

3. No one can cause God to reject me.

Romans 8:35-37:
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
   "For your sake we face death all day long;
      we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."[a] 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

4. Nothing I do will cause God to reject me.

Romans 8:38-39:
38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Steps in dealing with rejection

1. Never let approval of others control you.

Galatians 6:10:
10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 1:10:

    10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

2. Grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Psalm 9:10:

    10 Those who know your name will trust in you,
       for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

3. Graciously accept others as God requires.

Romans 15:7:

    7Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

End note - People who don't fear rejection have a greater capacity to love.

Amen and amen. The special music by Steve Jordan was especially nice today too. He really does have a great voice. Sorry about being petty last week SJ. We're family so... Okay, that's the sermon from today. Hope you enjoyed reading it and learned something. I know I did. Really touched my heart today.

Another event that touched my heart today was the special Thanksgiving feast called Snow Goose my friend Glen invited me to attend today. 

Here's info from the web site:

Our Mission
To promote a celebration of peace, harmony and abundance through a festive atmosphere that embraces the beauty and solidarity among all people.
Our Goal
To implement one thousand locations with a thousand people at each site by 2012 and one million locations by 2026, moving our collective human-being-consciousness into another frequency of dreaming, thinking, and doing. Remember, we were all indigenous people at one time and wild and free and directly connected to the lifeforce of Creation. We can do this. We really can!
Our Vision
In 1992 Victor Villaseñor was giving a talk in a bookstore packed full of people in Portland, Oregon on his latest book Rain of Gold, when a local native asked him what was he going to do about Columbus.
Thanksgiving Ceremony
We’re asking each of you, to take a personal pledge that where ever you are, who ever you’re with, with or without a candle – at sunset, on Thanksgiving, you will take a moment to send peace and harmony through out the whole world.
Starting Your Own
It's easy. We don't want to reinvent the wheel. So contact your local church, your local grammar school, high school, and/or college. Get your local Rotarians and/or Soroptimists involved. Any service group that's inclusive and comes from the heart. Get together and have an old-fashion potluck on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Now imagine around 1,000 people spreading love and good will around the world at dusk tonight holding candles after hearing a great rendition of Amazing Grace. What a great way to spend today! That's what we did! Can't you just see it in your mind? All races, all ages, all socioeconomic reflected today.

We arrived at this huge estate owned by the host, Author Victor Villasenor, around 2pm, enjoyed a great turkey potluck dinner and then heard a great Latin Orchestra perform and watched people salsa dance for two hours before this ceremony. I love days like this that are totally unique and community-oriented. Lots of great music, great food, great dancing, and good times.

Plus, peace and good will to one and all. So, now I'm going to watch the American Music Awards so you have a good one y'all. Today can't get much better! Lovin' the music! One of these years I want to attend the show!

Good night and God bless.