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New Year’s Eve fundraiser slated for the Redondo Beach Castle

At the end of 2011 I made a decision that GotBaddog.com would dedicate much of my content to promoting local businesses and non-profits. When Tanya was looking for something for us to do on New Year’s Eve, she discovered the Lady Of Magic at the Redondo Beach Castle was having a New Year’s Eve party that was also a fundraiser, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. It was then that we had the pleasure of meeting Sisuepahn Phila, the “Lady of Magic.”

Sisuepahn is a world renowned and world class magician, and I am not talking about doing sleight of hand card tricks or something like that. She has performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has been featured on Penn and Teller, on the Discovery Channel and on an A & E special, “Backstage from the Magic Castle.” She is also known as, “The Entertainer to the Stars.” What drew me to her was her Magic 4 Orphans which benefits more than 2,000 children both locally and those living in five orphanages in Laos. I have photographed a few events at the Redondo Beach Castle, including her magic shows which are pretty amazing. Many times I have looked through my photos afterwards and still could not figure out how the heck she changed into five different outfits without ever leaving the stage. She is really good.

Anyway, this Monday, December 31, 2012 she is hosting another New Year’s Eve party. If you are looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve that is fun and also helps others in the process, I suggest considering coming out to the Redondo Beach Castle. There will be live music, a DJ, dancing, and lots of really good magic. Continue reading

Business N Beer’s return visit to Sophie’s Place, Redondo Beach

These photos are from our Business & Beer networking group’s return to Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach last night. Sophie’s Place is a gastropub that serves really good food and offers 50 varieties of craft beer with eight brews on rotating taps. While our last few Business & Beer gatherings have had six or seven people show up, last night we had about 15. I was happy to see the big turnout, we had a good time.

If networking helps your business or it fits into your job description and you live or work in the South Bay, come check out Business & Beer. Business & Beer is a different kind of networking group. Unlike the more well-known business networking groups, there are no mandatory meetings, no dues, no restrictions on who can join. We meet every Thursday night at 6:00 PM and we meet at various microbreweries, brewpubs and gastropubs in the South Bay area. There are probably 50 people that have joined us, with our typical gatherings having between 10 and 15 people; with sometimes being less and sometimes more. The one consistent factor is that we have a good time and meet new people; oh, and we drink some good beer. If you want to join us, simply show up. The schedule is on the front page of BusinessNBeer.com and you can sign up to the mailing list so you will be notified when a date has been set. You can also follow us on Facebook to be sure you are kept in the loop. Continue reading

50 shades of South Bay gray; a day at the beach

Every once in a while I need to just take a day off, away from the house for a while, and yesterday was that day. I had been seeing Facebook status updates mentioning big surf was coming and I figured that with the rain clouds that it would make for some nice photographs. Since Tanya has been feeling a lot better for the last few weeks, she has been able to use her Canon Rebel again; so she was excited to join me. Without bothering to look at the surf report, we headed over to the beach.

We started off at the breakwater at King Harbor in Redondo Beach. While the waves crashing over the breakwater I was hoping to capture did not exist, there were quite a few surfers out there enjoying the swells. We then ventured over to the Hermosa Beach Pier to see if there might be some more dramatic scenery or surfers by the pier. There wasn’t. After several minutes it started to rain a little, so we used the opportunity to move along to the Manhattan Beach Pier. I knew that even if there was nothing else happening, we could go to the Roundhouse Aquarium.

We happened to park right around the corner from Brewco and since we had a nice time the first time we were there we stopped in out of the rain for a bit. After meeting the GM and setting a date for a Business & Beer gathering we headed down to the pier and a visit to the Roundhouse Aquarium. It is small but pretty cool. If you are in the neighborhood stop in and bring the kids. Continue reading

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