Neighborhood Spotlight – Kim Sinclair

Connecting and highlighting incredible people in our South Bay community is one of our favorite parts of our jobs.

 The inspiration we draw from those we interact with keeps us fueled through the ups and downs of the daily grind!

With the start of April, the designated Autism Awareness Month, we are proud to feature Kim Sinclair – Executive Director for the Autism Society Los Angeles!

After meeting Kim and sharing our story, she reached out to us to be featured as a Neighborhood Spotlight. This act is a perfect portrayal of Kim and her commitment to representing the Autism community.  Kim’s role with The Autism Society Los Angeles has provided her with an incredible platform to empower individuals with Autism, as well as serve as a resource for their families. With over 20 years of experience in both corporate and non-profit environments, Kim’s efforts have brought a focus on processes, fundraising, and program administration and development to the ASLA.   Kim and the whole ASLA team work ardently to improve the lives of individuals with autism, their families and professionals. Kim is especially passionate about using community collaboration to empower, educate and, ultimately, improve the lives of all individuals with developmental disabilities

Kim’s other passions include cycling, spending time outdoors and with her family.

  1. You are very passionate about what you do! What is your favorite part about working for The Autism Society Los Angeles?

Our mission is truly making a difference: “improve the lives of all affected by autism. We help empower individuals with autism (self advocates), their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support and community collaboration”.  I love our entire community and that we are making a difference in people’s lives every day.

2. The Autism Society Los Angeles has a broad range of services, can you please give us a brief run-down of the services/experience that the organization offers?

We are engaged throughout the community in Public Policy to influence the laws that support our individuals and families.  Through Advocacy ASLA represents individuals with developmental disabilities in Sacramento through membership on statewide commissions and committees and building relations with legislators and administrators.  ASLA trains medical and law enforcement professionals improving the outcomes of interactions for our community members.  Providing a resource “warm-line”, to provide support for in need families, self-advocates and members of the community.  Presenting conferences and trainings, to provide education and increase advocacy skills.  ASLA also just launched a Self Advocate Speakers Bureau, to provide speaking opportunities for Self Advocates to community groups representing their voices. And finally, we provide an Annual Summer residential camp to young adults – Camp NAVIN to support independence and friendships.

3. Of the many programs the organization offers, which one is your favorite and why?

I love the newly launched Self Advocate Speakers Bureau. We train individuals with disabilities on presentation skills and then connect with community groups for public speaking presentations to create acceptance of differences. It is powerful and provides employment for our disability community.

4. What would you say is the biggest place where you have seen The Autism Society Los Angeles make an impact?

Our programs and services help families and individuals across all developmental disabilities develop advocacy skills and become educated on how to navigate the multiple support systems in California to improve their quality of life. Most importantly, we have been the lead organization in passing laws in California that will have a profound impact on the thousands of individuals with disabilities.

5. Does the Autism Society Los Angeles only help individuals with Autism?

No, we help families and individuals across all developmental disabilities, and professionals including medical and law enforcement.

6. What do you see for the future of the Autistic community and how is The Autism Society Los Angeles helping shape that future?

We are THE resource in the LA disability community and have trained thousands of family members, individuals with disabilities, and professionals.  And we will continue to support the community across all stages of their lifespan.

7. What impact do donations to The Autism Society Los Angeles make within the community?

All donations stay local, unlike many peer organizations. ASLA is mostly a volunteer-run organization that relies on donations to keep our programs and advocacy efforts continuing.  The funds raised support our mission and all dollars raised by ASLA stay in our community.  We are also always in search of passionate and dedicated volunteers that can help.  And we always value business support to help sponsor programs.

Details of how to donate or become engaged can be found at www.AutismLA.org

A great opportunity to get involved with the Autism community is taking place THIS SATURDAY from 12:00-4:00! The Nick’s Community Chili Cook-off guarantees delicious food, adult beverages & unlimited fun for kids, with profits benefiting Nick’s Community & ASLA

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Feeling Green in 2017?

The Hermosa Parade & Redondo 5k may have already passed, but there is still plenty of time to get revved up for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Our suggestions to get in the spirit: Send a hand-written Irish blessing to a friend, bake some Irish Soda bread & check out a nearby celebration! (or dye your pool green if you are really committed)

  • Saint Rocke: Saint Rocke gets it going with tribute band Hollywood U2 and Barley Friday March 17th. Get in early for happy hour with “Piano Man” Scott Doyle (this is the guy from your favorite Dueling Piano nights).
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the LA Kings at Taste of the South Bay. It’s an upscale, food-centric social event at Shade Hotel’s new location in Redondo Beach. In between tastings, guests can mix and mingle with LA Kings personnel and celebrities, play casino games and bid on the silent auction. Also, proceeds from the event benefit Redondo Beach Police Foundation to buy classroom emergency safety kits for all Redondo Beach schools – a win-win!
  • If you feel up to venturing outside of the South Bay bubble, head over to the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes during lunchtime, while Stuart Marks and the Paddy O’Dors Band will park themselves on the West Patio during dinner.

Irish Blessing

May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.


Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

 


Wherever you find yourself this St. Patrick’s Day, the Weber Accetta Group wants to leave you with the following Irish Blessing:

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Pumpkin Patch Appreciation Party – The Experience.

 

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At the Weber Accetta group, we are passionate not only about about guaranteeing success for our clients, but also about building a community that supports and encourages each other. Whether it be featuring Redondo Beach listings on our social media, highlighting monthly Neighborhood Spotlights or hosting a networking group, we continue to search for more ways to redefine real estate from a transaction to an interaction.  We are huge believers in the power of a strong community and feel incredibly lucky that our jobs allow us to facilitate the growth of new relationships and partnerships. 

One of our favorite ways to reflect our gratitude to our clients, friends and family is by hosting “Appreciation Parties”.  While these gatherings are primarily geared towards having a great time, they also create a platform where our South Bay neighbors get a chance to mingle and create new meaningful relationships! We have both worked with and networked with so many inspiring individuals and feel responsible for helping them all to intermingle and share their awesomeness!

Most recently, we hosted a “Pumpkin Patch Appreciation Party”- both to celebrate the fall season and to familiarize our clients and friends with our new office. We worked hard to provide a smorgasbord of tasty treats, seasonal drinks and festive decorations.. but the vibe was truly set by the participation and enthusiasm of everyone who attended!  

 We asked for some feedback from one attendee who commented,

“What a great vibe it truly was, so many people came through from all different walks of life and yet everyone interacted as if they were already friendly and acquainted with each other.

 From an outside perspective, you can tell that Lauren and Michelle really nurture the relationships with their clients to not only have great transactions, but to create friendships. The wonderful turnout showed that.” 

One of the most exciting aspects of the night was the introduction of our pumpkin carving competition! We gave each attendee a pumpkin of their own and encouraged them to tag us on our Facebook in order to compete. We are thrilled to announce the Nishihira family as the winners. We did have other amazing submissions – so thank you to everyone who participated!

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In the end, a picture is worth a thousand

words so take a scroll.. (and try not to die of the cuteness!)

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We look forward to many more opportunities to celebrate our clients, friends & family (and hold all their adorable children)! Thank you all!

 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Jen Carpenter

 

You may have noticed this month’s Neighborhood Spotlight around the South Bay .. Usually accompanied by 6-8 dogs she is hard to miss! Recognizing the busy schedules of South Bay-ers (not to mention the time spent in traffic for those of us commuting!), Jen Carpenter simultaneously understands that many pet owners love their dogs as if they are human family members.  To help solve this issue, she founded Jen’s Dog Walking, a service that not only gives her furry customers their needed walks, but the love and attention that they deserve. Fueled by affection from her own three 3 dogs, Jen Carpenter is passionate about providing other canines with regular walks in order to ensure their health and happiness.

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A day in the life!

 

She services from Redondo Beach all the way to El Segundo, giving pet owners the peace of mind that their pals are being taken care of while they at work, on vacation or held up with other obligations. Jen and her employees offer an online scheduling option for the convenience of her busy clients!

Jen is a staple for dozens of South Bay families (pets included!) and we loved getting to know her and hearing more about her unique business venture! Keep reading to learn more about her approach to dog-walking and her take on life here in Redondo Beach.

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The Carpenter Family     
1. What inspired you to start your own business? As a dog-walker in particular?
I grew up with lots of pets and have always been a huge animal lover. I knew that I wanted a career working with animals, but I didn’t know what that was until I found the perfect one as a dog walker.
 
2. Give us a brief run-down of the services/experience that you offer
We primarily offer pack walks in groups of approximately 8 dogs. Each walk is 55-60 minutes. Pack walks offer your dog longer walks and more socialization for less cost. All of our walkers are very experienced at handling dogs and are animal lovers. We offer 3 group walk times during the day. Mid morning, mid day and mid afternoon.
3. Do you have a personal favorite kind of dog?
I love all the dog breeds! Our family has a Labrador, a small mixed breed, and a Japanese chin.
4. How has living in the South Bay helped aid the growth of you business?
 Living in the South Bay is a great location for a dog walking business. The weather is perfect and there are a ton of dog owners. Unfortunately a lot of beach area homes don’t have yards,  so it lends well to people needing a dog walker so their dog can get out and have some much needed  exercise.
5. Do you have any plans for further expansion of your business?
I have been a dog walker for 12 years and it’s a very personal small business. I am pretty close with my clients, as I am taking care of their babies! I enjoy being a small local business because I’d like to maintain that personal family like feel with my clients.
6. What in your opinion makes Golden Hills a great place to live?
I think the Golden Hills is a great place to live because we have a great community of neighbors. We all look after one another and help and support one another in this tight knit community.
*For clients that mention the Weber Accetta Group, Jen will offer 2 free walks when you purchase 10. That’s a $40 value!*

South Bay’s 2015 Summer Concert List!

This week I’m sharing our full concert list in the South Bay that we created and shared on our whatsupredondo.com website. You don’t want to miss out on all the action so make sure to mark your calendars with your favorite bands/music coming up!
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REDONDO BEACH SUMMER OF MUSIC

REDONDO BEACH PIER

July 2nd – September 5th

Thursdays & Saturdays 6-8PM

  • Thursday, July 2 6:00 – 8:00 PM  Woodie & The Longboards: Beach Boys Tribute
  • Saturday, July 4 3:00 – 5:00 PM  Rewind: Classic Hits
  • Saturday, July 4 4:00 – 6:00 PM  *BackTracks: Classic Rock
  • Saturday, July 4 4:00 – 6:00 PM  That Cover Band: 60’s – 90’s
  • Thursday, July 9 6:00 – 8:00 PM Retrofit: 80’s & 90’s
  • Saturday, July 11 6:00 – 8:00 PM TBA 
  • Thursday, July 16 6:00 – 8:00 PM Jack Dani 90’s Rock Revue: 90’s Rock
  • Saturday, July 18 6:00 – 8:00 PM 562nd United States Air Force Band : Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 23 6:00 – 8:00 PM JB & The Big Riders:Country
  • Saturday, July 25 6:00 – 8:00 PM Danny Dean & The Rockabilly Rebels: Rockabilly
  • Thursday, July 30 6:00 – 8:00 PM Elwood Moon: Classic Rock
  • Saturday, August 1 6:00 – 8:00 PM The Vignatis: Gypsy Rock
  • Thursday, August 6 6:00 – 8:00 PM Alarma: World/Alternative Rock
  • Saturday, August 8 6:00 – 8:00 PM 1969: Classic Rock
  • Thursday, August 13 6:00 – 8:00 PM Feed the Kitty : Rock
  • Saturday, August 15 6:00 – 8:00 PM In Contempt: Soul
  • Thursday, August 20 6:00 – 8:00 PM King Chris: Funk
  • Saturday, August 22 6:00 – 8:00 PM Amber Foxx: Rockabilly
  • Thursday, August 27 6:00 – 8:00 PM Clive Farrington : 80’s New Wave
  • Saturday, August 29 6:00 – 8:00 PM Brady Harris Band : Beatlesque Pop Rock
  • Thursday, September 3 6:00 – 8:00 PM Angelou Music LA : Americana/Soul
  • Saturday, September 5 4:00 – 6:00 PM *Chico’s Bail Bonds Blues Band: Blues
  • Saturday, September 5 6:00 – 8:00 PM West Swell: Reggae

MANHATTAN BEACH CONCERTS IN THE PARK

POLLIWOG PARK

JULY 5TH – SEPTEMBER 6TH

SUNDAYS 5-7PM

  • Sunday, July 5 5:00 – 7:00 PM  Hot August Night: Neil Diamond Tribute
  • Sunday, July 12 5:00 – 7:00 PM Bonne Musigue ZydecoCreole Music of Louisiana
  • Sunday, July 19 5:00 – 7:00 PM Blue Breeze Band: Motown R&B Soul
  • Sunday, July 26 5:00 – 7:00 PM South Bay Country BandCountry
  • Sunday, August 2 5:00 – 7:00 PM Scot BruceElvis Tribute
  • Sunday, August 9 5:00 – 7:00 PM Ricardo Lemvo & Makina LocaAfro – Cuban
  • Sunday, August 16 5:00 – 7:00 PM DSB: An American JourneyJourney Tribute
  • Sunday, August 23 5:00 – 7:00 PM LifeRock
  • Sunday, August 30 5:00 – 7:00 PM The Wiseguys Big Band Machine: Swing with Latino Flair
  • Sunday, August 9 5:00 – 7:00 PM Hard Days NightHard Days Night

MALAGA COVE CONCERTS IN THE PARK

FARNHAM MARTIN’S PARK, MALAGA COVE LIBRARY

JULY 8TH – AUGUST 26TH

WEDNESDAY’S STARTING AT 7PM

  • Wednesday, July 8 7:00 PM Eric the Reggae ManReggae at its Best
  • Wednesday, July 15 7:00 PM Andy and Renee: Pop/Rock
  • Wednesday, July 22 7:00 PM Bad Haggis: Electric Celtic Rock
  • Wednesday, July 29 7:00 PM Jim Sitterly Trio: Violin Impresario Classical
  • Wednesday, August 5 7:00 PM Steel Drum Island: Sounds of the Caribbean
  • Wednesday, August 12 7:00 PM Chuck Fernandez Blues: R&B, Light Jazz, and Americana
  • Wednesday, August 19 7:00 PM Eaglesquad: Eagles Tribute Band
  • Wednesday, August 26 7:00 PM Cody Bryant Show: From Honky Tonk to Cowboy Classics

HERMOSA BEACH SUMMER PIER CONCERTS

HERMOSA BEACH PIER ON THE SAND

AUGUST 8TH, 9TH, 15TH, 16TH, 22ND, 23RD 29TH, 30TH

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7PM

Hosted by Saint Rocke

Visit www.SaintRocke.com or 310.372.0035

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2015 Free South Bay Summer Concerts

4th of July Fireworks in the South Bay!

4th of July is coming up this weekend and what better way to enjoy the holiday than with a firework show? Below is a really great and informative article from southbayevents.com that lists all the local shows you can check out. Lucky me, I get front row seats that the Torrance Beach show 🙂 Where will you be????

Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Fourth of July Day

One of the biggest days of the year is coming to the South Bay- the 4th of July! Residents of Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach and citizens from all around the South Bay celebrate the peak of the summer more so than any other spot in Los Angeles, and maybe the whole U.S.A. From crazy house parties, crowded bars and a swollen bike path plus several Fireworks shows, the biggest party of the year should be experienced at least once.

    • Fireworks Shows: 2015 will have the traditional Fireworks shows, which are getting more impressive each year.There is a major show at the Redondo Beach Pier which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment at Seaside Lagoon. With budget cuts canceling the traditional huge shows at Wilson Park in Torrance, the Redondo show will be one of the largest in southern Caifornia. The 9th Annual Independence Day Party at Seaside Lagoon starts at 2pm with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food & beverage and more! Fireworks show will begin at 9pm, choreographed to patriotic music. Other shows that are currently open to the public are going to take place at Cabrillo Beach and Torrance Beach (shot from a barge offshore). The shows all begin between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and more info can be found at Redondo Fireworks.Redondo Beach Fireworks

      Torrance Beach fireworks. The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of Torrance beach. Jackie Briles, 95, covers the cost of the show in honor of her late husband. The pyrotechnics will begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m. from a barge.

El Segundo fireworks

      . El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon St. There will be food, games, contests and music. Other Gundo like festivities happen throughout the day in this small town, sea-dide hamlet: water-balloon toss, pie-eating contest, and watermelon-eating contest. Live music from 5 to 7pm and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310-524-2700.

Marina Del Rey

          . Marina del Rey’s firework show is back with a new budget thanks to donations from local sponsors. The roughly 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m. over the Main Channel. Presented by Zambelli Fireworks, the pyrotechnic display will be choreographed to music that will be broadcast over KXLU-FM 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park. The park is at 13650 Mindanao Way (one block west of Admiralty Way) and Fisherman’s Village is at 13755 Fiji Way. To find out more about the show including some of the best spots to see the fireworks, Take a look at

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    • 4th of July 5K Presented by UCLA Health Systems: The 22nd Annual 4th of July 5K will take place in Redondo Beach on Independence Day. The race will begin at 8 a.m., starting and ending at Riviera Village while encountering a panoramic ocean view along the way. The race has become the fastest growing event in the South Bay area, beginning with a few hundred runners in the inaugural event and growing to an anticipated 5,000 runners for this year’s race. Rock & Brews PCH will host the post-race party at its location near the finish line.More Info
    • Other Special Events: The city of Manhattan Beach is throwing a pool party at Begg Pool for the kiddies from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    • The city of Palos Verdes Estates is having their annual Independence Day celebration this year beginning at 9:30 a.m., including a bicycle parade and pie-eating contest.
  • Rancho Palos Verdes: The city’s 39th annual Independence Day celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Point Vicente Park, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. The event will feature music by the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and a country band, arts and crafts, rides, games, hula hoop contests, a petting zoo, and more. Admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle will run from the Hawthorne Boulevard Ralphs store to the lot adjacent the Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking costs $5 per vehicle.

Check out the full article here: http://www.southbayevents.com/events/july4.asp