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Pat Furey for Mayor Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser

While I have never used this website to promote any particular political agenda, this is about to change. The City of Torrance will be electing a new mayor in June of 2014 and I am throwing my support, in any way possible, to Torrance City Councilman, Pat Furey. It was close to 25 years ago that I first met Mr. Furey and while we have never hung out and drank beer together, for as long as I have known of him, he has been involved in various organizations that benefited kids and that is something I feel quite deeply about.

One of my first recollections of Councilman Furey was when I was at some parent’s orientation for scouting or Little League, so it had to be close to 25 years ago. After the leaders gave their talk to us about what would be expected from parents to help their kids get the most out of the scouting (or Little League) experience, a gentleman approached me, introduced himself and told me that he had heard I was a parent willing to become involved in a leadership position. I remember thinking that this guy seemed like he must be one of those people that are lifelong scouts and that he must be one of those people that are always involved in civic activities.

I accepted his offer and for the next few years I saw him at scouting functions and Little League games, sometimes acting as an umpire. As my kids got older, I saw Pat less frequently but I still saw his name in the news since he was elected to the Torrance City Council in 2008. Towards the end of 2011 we joined the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and I started attending and photographing various ribbon cuttings. At one of these events he saw and recognized me and came up to say hello. As I attended more Chamber events, I saw Pat Furey more and more often; continuing to be involved in civic events. Continue reading

2nd Annual Waves of Grain at Shade Hotel, June 30

Waves of Grain

Over 40 Craft Brewers at Waves of Grain

It is that time of year again, beer festivals are upon us and the fine crafted brews are flowing. June 30, Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA is hosting their 2nd Annual Waves of Grain Beer Fest; this time benefiting the Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne, CA. The Richstone Family Center is an organization dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse. Child abuse is a rampant epidemic in this country and the children need all the help they can get. As my daughter works for DCFS this is something that means a lot to me, so I had to get involved in supporting them.

I was at the first Waves of Grain Beerfest last year and it was a blast. Last year they had 25 breweries represented; this year it will be more than 40 American craft brewers representing. The list includes Anchor Brewing, Beachwood, Ballast Point, Cosmic Ales, El Segundo Brewing, Monkish, Strand Brewing, Smog City, Stone, Dogfish Head and a host of others. If you enjoy craft beer you are going to really enjoy this. If being able to enjoy great craft beers and help a worthy cause at the same time is not incentive enough; they are also having a barbecue with a whole roasted pig. I have not steered you wrong yet, this is going to be a very fun event; you do not want to miss it. Continue reading

Sativa’s Graduation Party

These photos are from Sativa’s graduation party which was held Saturday. From what I could see, Sativa has a very large extended family and a lot of friends that all wanted to congratulate her as she prepares to go to school back east in Boston. As I was leaving, her mother mentioned how many times they had large family gatherings and no one takes any photos that are seen by more than a couple people. I am sure she is going to cherish these for a very long time.

In addition to taking the photos, I am able to host them for you as well; of course, you get a copy of the originals without any watermarks. If you ever want to memorialize any event, I am there to help. Continue reading

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