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5th Annual Fiesta Fundraiser coming May 13

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5th Annual Fiesta Fundraiser, May 13 at El Paso Cantina

Allison Dewart, attended Towers Elementary, Bert Lynn Middle School and was Captain of her soccer team at West High School in Torrance. In 2006, during her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University, she was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver going the wrong way on the freeway. In 2010 Allison’s parents established The Allison Dewart Memorial Scholarship Foundation to award scholarships to female West High School students in her memory.

As Allison’s motto was “Mexican food is always good” the Dewarts teamed up with local Mexican restaurant, El Paso Cantina to enhance their fundraising efforts. On Tuesday, May 13, customers that present a copy of the flyer when dining will have 20% of their total food bill donated to the scholarship fund. People wishing to participate in this fundraiser should print out a copy of the flyer, which can be found at https://app.box.com/s/vpuoxumvjer3ligtetas and present it when paying their check. El Paso Cantina is located at 2404 W. Sepulveda Boulevard in Torrance and will be open from 11:30-9:30 PM. More details can be found on the Facebook event page they created.

Bluegrass, Punk & Gospel at Saint Rocke

These photos are from a concert I attended at Saint Rocke, a live music venue in Hermosa Beach, on Wednesday night. The photos begin with Saint Rocke’s Bluegrass Happy Hour, which featured the band, Pompous Highmen. The main show featured Hang Dog Expression, The Curly Wolf and starred Dustbowl Revival.

A week or so ago I won a contest on the Saint Rocke Facebook page; as a prize I won a couple passes to an upcoming event. I let Tanya look through the Saint Rocke calendar of upcoming events and she suggested we see Dustbowl Revival, an old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band that had been recently named Best Live Band in LA. I listened to a couple songs I found online and agreed this would be a good show to attend; I really had no idea how good it would be.

Saint Rocke has a happy hour most days, and last night it featured Pompous Highmen, a local group made up of three South Bay natives. We got there at the end of their act, but enjoyed what we heard. Since I had not looked at the calendar of events myself, I did not realize there would be two more acts before Dustbowl Revival came on. The first was Hang Dog Expression, a band that we had the pleasure of seeing when I covered the Froth Awards last March. You probably noticed that their vocalist, Kate, has a set of knitting needles and a work in progress. I noticed this the first time I saw them, so I decided to ask her a little about it. During every show, she knits throughout. To be more specific, she knits scarves. She then donates the scarves to homeless shelters. Excuse me if the next part is not dead on, but she has four sisters and sisters-in-law and they are all knitting these scarves. I guess they set a goal of knitting 250 of them, but a sister decided they would do 1,000 scarves to donate. Maybe it was that each would knit 250 for a total of 1,000. It is not that important, what is important is the work they are doing. I asked if other people could help them reach their goal and Kate excitedly said, “Yes!”

If you knit, or knows someone that knits or crochets and want to be included you should visit the Hang Dog Expression Facebook page and leave a message on the page and someone will contact you. Continue reading

One last Champagne Brunch at the Proud Bird

Last week my Facebook feed lit up with the news that the Proud Bird Restaurant, an aviation-themed restaurant by Los Angeles International Airport for 48 years, will be closing effective November 21, 2013. Apparently they are closing because the landlords, Los Angeles World Airports, want to increase the rent to such an extent that the restaurant cannot afford to stay open. As the Proud Bird and I go back about 35 years and Tanya and I had been talking about going to a champagne brunch anyway, we decided that we would go for one last brunch at the Proud Bird yesterday since we already have plans for next week.

I could not count the number of brunches I have gone to at the Proud Bird as we used to get a group of friends to ride over there almost every Sunday for a few years. There was a pretty decent crowd yesterday, which I guess was the reason for the slower than usual service; or it could be that the employees know their time there is dwindling so there is not a lot of enthusiasm. After a couple glasses of champagne, the wait did not seem too bad and as least I could say we were there at the end.

The last champagne brunch at the Proud Bird will be Sunday November 17; if you want to be there for the last one, I recommend getting there early (they open at 9:00 AM) and stick around the hostess’ desk. They may tell you there is a 20 minute wait, but it will likely be shorter and if they call your name and you are not there, they will move on to the next party. The brunch is $38.00 for adults and $17.50 for children. They have a wide variety of foods available and the champagne is poured freely, so have a good time but drink responsibly. The Proud Bird Restaurant is located at 11022 Aviation Blvd in Los Angeles just north of Imperial Highway. Continue reading

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