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Africa Thriving – FOOD + WINE + ART = GIVING LIFE

Sunday, October 21 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Fred and Lisa Stoughton 649 California Oak Dr Vista, CA

The Dining Experience

•3 Hour Interactive Guided Mindfulness Experience
•Learn Intuitive Tasting & Education on Wine
•Learn Powerful Mindfulness Practices
•Sommelier, Marisa Hallsted, On-site Celebrity Chef, Geordis Moulios
•3 Custom specially selected Farm to Table gourmet courses
•3 Sommelier Selected Sustainable Wine Pairings
•Take Home Pleasure Gift Bag

The Giving Experience

•Proceeds from this event will be paying for food and clean water for over 500 children in Kenya
•The feeding program is done in partnership with Risa Primary School and Africa Thriving
•Your gift of providing life essentials equips the school to provide a quality education for a brighter future
•Arrive hungry and leave satisfied knowing that life is being nurtured through you
•Experience Africa through recent imagery from the area that we are impacting
•Learn about opportunities for you to volunteer in Kenya with Africa Thriving

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10th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise

Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 AM
Hornblower Cruises & Events 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego

Dogs are invited to the exclusive Bow Wow Buffet! The 10th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is offered to help raise money and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. This cruise not only helps helpless animals, it puts smiles on the faces of many dog lovers in San Diego. Portion of proceeds will go to Helen Woodward Animal Center and sponsored by Petco.

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Fright Night Cooking Class

Saturday, October 27 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Franco On 5th, 3334 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Social Dating 101 will be embarking on their second multi-sensory event, “cooking classes with celebrity chef Lauren Lawless” (https://www.cheflawless.com/)from masterchef season 8. The goal of this event is to nurture the connections of local singles and couples while simultaneously learning how to prepare some delicious dishes. This is the ultimate interaction for a meet and greet mixer. If you love music, enjoy the nice sound of piano player-Jesse Johnson during our cocktail hour. In addition, to the creative platters that chef Lauren Lawless will provide. The aesthetics of the event will be a nice relaxed atmosphere, with no more than 60 people. There will be seating for both indoor/outdoor with cocktails and a raffle for some great gifts. We will be encouraging our guests to wear their favorite Halloween costumes. Our guests will have the pleasure of learning how to make Homemade Ricotta Cheese Gnoochi with Sausage, Mushrooms, Kale & Walnut Pesto. There will be groups of 15 to 20 people that will be in a class at one time during our rotation. During the time a class is going, the rest of the guests will be enjoying good food and wine along with group activities where gusts will play Halloween trivia for money and prizes. There will be cash prizes and gifts for the best Halloween costumes as well. So make sure you come in your most original Halloween costume if you want to participate in the contest. Tickets are $75 per class, and include picture with celebrity chef and gift bag. The menu for this event will be.

Appetizers

Mini Pork Tostadas with Ancho Chili Grape Jam & Micro Greens

Caliente Shrimp Skewers with Mango Shooters

Main Course

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Gnoochi with Sausage, Mushrooms, Kale & Walnut Pesto

Dessert

Flambéed Apples with Rum Spiced Cake, Apple Dust, Cinnamon Sugar Almonds & Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream

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Coronado Ferry Landing Art Walk

Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 AM to Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 PM
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado, CA

In 1983, Ronda Mills founded West Coast Artists and for over 30 years she has produced many of the finest art festivals throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The events promoted by Ronda feature exceptional artists and craftsmen offering high quality original artwork, from throughout the Western United States. West Coast Artists’ events have been among the highest-rated, superior-quality fine art shows in California.

Her goal is to bring to appreciative new audiences a wealth of ever-changing art from accomplished artists and craftsmen. The artists provide their patrons a finer appreciation that comes from sharing time and space with a piece of art, watching the sun color and shade a work over the course of an afternoon.

West Coast Artists’ shows are distinguished by scope of diversity and the wide variety of fine art. Presented are innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern, and southwest art for the discriminating individual or corporate collector. Hundreds of talented artists are proud to present their unique work in acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed media, oils, pencil, watercolors, digital and traditional photography.

Contemporary craftsmen present unique styles of individually handcrafted functional and decorative pottery, raku, turned wood vessels and gourd art. Among the objects of art you will find at any one of the many shows are one-of-a-kind works of sculpture in a variety of media such as bronze, clay, blown glass, paper, metal, stone and wood. Gifted artisans present their original custom designed and fabricated jewelry, art furniture, stained glass, and weavings. There is something for every taste and budget, be it a simple gift or the keepsake of a lifetime.

West Coast Artists’ shows are truly unique fusion of art, culture, and living. They are like 100 galleries at the same place and time, in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Admission and parking are free. The event is handicap accessible.

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Party Pics – Wasted

Champions crowned at first WASTED event
Chef Works and Kitchens for Good team up for charity, sustainability
SAN DIEGO — Chef Works and Kitchens for Good are thrilled to announce the winners of the first-ever
WASTED: A Celebration of Sustainable Food.
On Oct.14, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, dozens of chefs and mixologists put their creativity
and innovation to the test by competing in three categories using food that would typically be
discarded.
The Nude Dude Food team of Ryan Van Voorhis and Seth Bradley from Chicago – sporting their
signature aprons-only look — won the Savory Event. Thiago Silva of Boston won the Pastry Competition.
And San Diego’s Christian Siglin was named top mixologist. The winners were determined by attendees
voting on their favorite dishes in each category.
“The creativity of all of the chefs and mixologists was so inspiring,” said multi-award winning celebrity
chef Elizabeth Falkner, who served as the emcee for WASTED. “The movement of eliminating food waste
and focusing on sustainability is gaining tremendous momentum and events like this will help bring it to
the forefront.”
All money from the event, including tickets and auction items, supported Kitchens for Good – a non-
profit organization in San Diego that tackles issues of food waste, poverty and hunger. Each chef was
paired with one of KFG’s culinary students – many of whom have had to overcome adversity such as
homelessness, imprisonment or aging out of the foster care system.
“The talent at this event was amazing and we’re honored to have won,” said Bradley and Van Voorhis.
“Food sustainability is an issue we take very seriously and I think with just a little bit of education,
people at home can start making a difference in their own kitchens. We’re thrilled to have helped raise
money for an amazing cause while educating people about sustainability.” The event generated approximately $48,000 for Kitchens for Good.
“We had an idea of what we wanted this event to be and it turned out to be so much more,” said Chuck
Samuelson, founder and board member of Kitchens for Good. “We’re humbled by the outpouring of
support from the community, the chefs and the companies that answered the call to bring awareness to
some important issues in the food industry.”
Chef Works, the global leader in culinary and hospitality apparel, provided personalized chef coats and
aprons for each participant in addition to a $25,000 grant through its charitable arm, Chef Works Cares.
“When we first heard about Kitchens for Good and what they stand for, we knew we needed to be
involved,” said Cynthia McCormick of Chef Works, who oversees the Chef Works Cares program. “Food
sustainability and eliminating waste is not just a corporate responsibility, it’s a corporate obligation. We
take it very seriously and we’re honored to put our name alongside Kitchens for Good.”
About Chef Works Chef Works is the global leader in culinary and hospitality apparel with unrivaled
distribution in more than 70 countries. With an emphasis on fashion and function, Chef Works dresses
the back of the house and waitstaff for a diverse range of customers including: International hotel
chains, award-winning restaurants and bars, culinary schools, food service companies, laundries,
assisted living facilities and upscale cinemas. The family-owned-and-operated business has helped pave
the way for the culinary uniform movement by working directly with celebrity chefs and hospitality
influencers to develop innovative, fashion-forward garments.
About Kitchens for Good Kitchens for Good is a San Diego based non-profit that uses kitchens as a tool
to nourish bodies, empower the marginalized, and create economically vibrant communities. Kitchens
for Good rescues surplus food that might otherwise go to waste, and turns it into nutritious meals for
the hungry, while training men and women previously perceived as unemployable for careers in the
culinary industry. This approach addresses the most immediate need of hunger by feeding the food
lines, but also helps to shorten the line itself by offering pathways out of poverty for individuals
transitioning out of incarceration, homelessness and foster-care. KFG’s ensures its sustainability through
a catering and food service enterprises that offers on the job training opportunities for all students, and
generates 59% of the organizations budget.

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Party Pics – Hannah’s House 30th Anniversary

Hannah’s House has served parents and children in the midst of family breakup for 30 years – since 1988. With 6 programs and 40 services, this amazing nonprofit organization serves over 1500 families each year relying primarily on donations and volunteers from all the communities of San Diego county.

Congratulations Hannah’s House, and thank you for your great love and deep compassion for fragile families in need of care. We are celebrating it with a big party, so bring your finest clothes from Fifth Collection Louis Vuitton!

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Party Pics – A Taste of Coronado

This year’s “Taste of Coronado”, on Wednesday, October 10, was another great success.

This event was organized by the Coronado Junior Women’s Club to benefit local nonprofits, including Monarch School of San Diego, A Walk On Water, and Coronado Junior Woman’s Club.

Coronado’s most popular restaurants served up a plethora of fantastic offerings for attendees to enjoy. This 4 hour experience was the perfect way to spend a fall evening with friends and family.

Visitors could make their way down Orange Avenue, or start at the Ferry Landing, to enjoy all that Coronado offers. When your feet got tired they just hopped on the complimentary trolley to go to the other side of town.

Images and some content courtesy of Island Girl Blog. http://islandgirlblog.com/caught-in-camera-taste-of-coronado-2018/

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The Toe Tag Monologues 1st Annual Gala Fundraising Event

Saturday, June 9 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa 11011 West Charleston Boulevard Las Vegas

Attend the Event That’s Going to Wake Up Your Sensations and Motivate you to Join the Toe Tag Monologues (TTM) Movement

Since 2008, TTM have been the motivators of change for the children in our community. Thanks to modest honorariums from various community centers, churches, synagogues, public and private schools, and the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center we have been able to positively impact the lives of thousands of youth and adults. However with your philanthropic support, TTM will be able to provide hundreds of more performances of the TTM, and we will also be able to provide no-cost support, education, tutoring, mentoring and counseling to the 10,000 more youth in Southern Nevada that need help the most. TTM performances and wrap-around services will build meaningful and positive relationships and get our children ready to off their “toe tags” and improve their lives. Now we need help from our community members to propel the movement of the Toe Tag Monologues. and our leaders and our community… Action! We need you to take Action by becoming a sponsor of our first annual fundraising gala. You will have an enlightening and festive evening, and you will leave knowing you will be helping provide education and social services support to an projected 10,000 youth during the next 2018 – 2019 fiscal year. Our children need your help. Please support us and this great cause.

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Rotary Ladies Tea Party to Honor SOAR

Sunday, June 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Petrossian Bar 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas

Join a few of the ladies from Rotary for High Tea at the fabulous Bellagio! We love getting dressed up and socializing with finger sandwiches and tartlets! Wear your best hat for a chance to win a wonderful prize for our best hat contest. There will also be a trivia contest. Not only are we celebrating the sisterhoood of Rotary and Las Vegas, but we want to spread the word about a great event that honors our first responders! The SOAR ceremony will be a Las Vegas City Hall on September 17, 2018 at 8am. This tea party is not a fundraiser, but we will discuss the ceremony and encourage everyone to attend. After the recent events last October, we want to fill every seat in the City Council Chambers! Tea is $35 plus tax and gratuity = $44.88 ticket price. Once you are at Bellagio, remember that parking will be around $10 and an upgrade to add champagne is $12++ (neither are included in ticket price). This event is 21 and up only. No one under 21 is allowed as the high tea takes place inside a bar.

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Classic and Custom Car Show

Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
No Regrets Bar 8349 W Sunset Rd, Ste 150, Las Vegas

Bring your cool car and awesome bikes to our 2nd annual Cruisin’4 A Cure! Lots of amazing raffle prizes again! Like luxury suites in top hotels on the strip, fine dining for two, show tickets, cigar afficianado gifts…etc… All to help raise money for the kids! $20 Minimum Donation to Register Your Vehicle. The event Benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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Las Vegas Great Santa Run – Registration Launch Event

Thursday, June 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fremont Street Experience Fremont St, Las Vegas

Join us on Fremont Street at the Main Street Stage as we kick off registration to the 2018 Las Vegas Great Santa Run with a Bang!

We will be joined by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Santa and many other special guests to be announced.

Our friends at FIT4MOM Las Vegas will get the party started with a high energy workout.

We will be offering discounted registration, offers from our amazing partners and more.

Stay tuned for more details! Details subject to change.

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Water for People Bash

Monday, June 11 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
House Of Blues Restaurant & Bar – Crossroads Room 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas

Please join us as we kick off ACE18 with a fun night of music, food, and drinks in honor of a great organization. The Bash will be held at the iconic House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. You won’t want to miss this event!

Ticket cost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Ticket includes 2 drink tickets & light appetizers.

Thank you to our sponsors: CDM Smith, Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers & Harold Beck & Sons, Inc.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Water For People global work.

This event is open to the general public.

About Water For People

Founded in 1991, Denver, CO based Water For People is a global nonprofit working across 9 countries in Latin America, India, and Africa to achieve lasting quality water and sanitation services. Water For People brings together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments, to build, operate and maintain their own reliable water and sanitation systems and services.

Currently working in 30 districts with 4 million people, Water For People is growing to deliver services to over 7 million people in 50 districts globally over the next 10 years. Water For People is also working at the national level in Rwanda, Uganda, Bolivia and Honduras.

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