“I Am Awesome” By Garcelle Beauvais Book Reading & Signing at WeVillage Los Angeles

Actress, Producer, and Author, Garcelle Beauvais hosted a live book reading and signing at WeVillage Flexible Childcare in Sherman Oaks earlier this month on Saturday February 3rd.

Families in attendance were able to meet Garcelle, hear her story of why the I Am… book series was created from her own experiences as a mother accompanied by a reading of the book and enjoy free play in the amazing 3,000 sq ft WeVillage Flexible Childcare center.

Fellow celeb parents and kids, Ali Landry, Linsey Godfrey, Leila Gharache, Benjamin Akili Patterson among others were also in attendance.

Guests were also treated to sponsored refreshments by Brew Dr. Kombucha; Made Good; Sprout Organic Foods; and Plum Organics.

WeVillage is a modern space custom-designed to engage young minds. From infant care to preschool, after school programs and homework help; from school break day camps to organic meals and even French lessons, WeVillage’s got it all covered.

WeVillage Flexible Childcare is at 13335 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Dine At Osteria Bigoli and Feel Like Chef Claudio Marchesan Is Cooking Just For You

Dine At Osteria Bigoli and Feel Like Chef Claudio Marchesan Is Cooking Just For You

Looking for a more traditional meal that packs a lot of flavor without having to fly to Italy? Look no further than Chef Claudio Marchesan’s Osteria Bigoli on Montana Ave in Santa Monica.

While we’re still dreaming about the tender veal loin chop paired perfectly with the house red, what has me looking forward to my next visit is how Chef Claudio makes sure to greet each guest like family. During our dinner at the cozy restaurant, Chef not only came out and spoke with each party but often knew at least one guest by name and is just opener to the northeast Italian specialities that await you within the menu.

Chef Claudio in his element. Photo Credit: @osteriabigoli

Chef Claudio has been serving Osteria Bigoli “old world new” favorites at such as veal loin chop, chicken parm, and other classic Italian favorites since 2016 and has quickly become the go-to place for a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere that really does feel you stepped right into Chef’s home.

With option including paleo, roasted meats, sustainable fish, grass-fed Angus Flat Iron steak and marinated vegetables, Chef Claudio’s favorite indigents shine. Veal and pork meatballs are prepared  “old school” with a rich Pomodoro sauce and fresh parmesan. Well worth a drive over to the westside for a proper supper!

More information about the must-try restaurant’s Valentine’s Day offerings, live cooking demonstration classes and more curated by Chef Claudio and loyal 20 year business partner Mark Arreola coming soon.

Osteria Bigoli is located at 714 Montana Ave. Santa Monica, CA and is open Tue – Sat, 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Sun, 5 pm – 9:30 pm. Visit www.bigoliosteria.com for more information. 

Ely Anne Vedar

Food & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills. She is also a regular Editor for SoCal Magazine and other digital publications.

Volkswagen Celebrates With A Holiday Drive In Screening of Elf

Volkswagen Celebrates With A Holiday Drive In Screening of Elf

After a successful LA Auto Show, Volkswagen got a jumpstart on the holidays by hosting a Drive-In Event where they screened “Elf” on Sunday December 16 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Graylock & Justin Edmonds

Celebrity guests included newlyweds Dancer and Actress Julianne Hough and professional Ice Hockey Player Brooks Laich who got into the holiday spirit while they posed for photos.

Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Graylock & Justin Edmonds

All guests got a hands on chance to check out Volkswagen’s three fully electric concept vehicles: I.D., I.D. BUZZ and I.D. CROZZ. Early birds even got to experience from inside VW’s latest models!

Photo Credit: Ely Anne Vedar

The family friendly evening served up drive-in classics hot dogs, sliders, popcorn and ice cream; paired with keepsake VW blankets and lawn chairs.

Photo Credit: Ely Anne Vedar

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, Tiguan Limited and Touareg vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

How to Support Southern California Fire Relief Efforts

How to Support Southern California Fire Relief Efforts

As devastating fires burn throughout the region, several charities have boots on the ground and special programs supporting relief efforts.

Photo Credit: AP News

Here’s how you can make a difference:

Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation to the Thomas Fire Fund

The United Way of Ventura CountyAmerican Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund. All proceeds will go directly to support the hundreds of residents displaced by the fires.

Donations can be made via text message, on United Way of Ventura County’s website or over the phone at 805-485-6288. Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.

Donate to the Ventura County Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Ventura County Community Foundation supports organizations providing shelter and long-term housing, legal services, education, healthcare and other immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the Thomas Fire.

To support immediate needs, contributions should be directed to the “Sudden and Urgent Needs” Fund. To support mid-term to long-term needs, contributions should be directed to the “Disaster Relief” Fund.

Donate water, snacks to help displaced residents
The Salvation Army Ventura Corps has set up shop at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and is asking for donations of food and water as it works to help evacuees.

As the charity’s other chapters assist in various evacuation centers, Salvation Army is asking for monetary donations to support its work. Those wishing to donate can do so by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the organization’s website.

Donate, volunteer with the Red Cross
The Red Cross is accepting applications for volunteers on its website. The Red Cross of Los Angeles will disseminate information about volunteer opportunities on its social media accounts as it determines additional needs for communities impacted by the fires.

Volunteer work ranges from phone calls, data entry and client registration, to shelter support and supply replenishment. With seven shelters open, the following shelters, in order of priority, need the most help: Oxnard College, UC Santa Barbara, and Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Those who wish to make cash donations can do so on redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Donate gently used clothing, Christmas gifts for families displaced
Catholic Charities is accepting donations of gently used clothing as well as new toys and clothing to be given as Christmas gifts to families displaced by the fires. Donations can be dropped off at Catholic Charities’ Ventura Community Services Center at 303 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA 93001.

The charity has also established a special fund to help offset the cost of home repairs. Donations can be made to the Catholic Charities website.

Donate, volunteer with the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is providing shelter to all horses needing evacuation from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. Volunteers are needed to help feed, water and muck out the stables of the evacuated horses.

The club is also requesting feed and barn supply donations. Those able to help can contact the Polo Club’s Volunteer Coordinator Shannon McGraw at (805) 455-2400.

Donate cash or supplies to the Humane Society of Ventura County
As HSVC works to care for the more than 300 animals that it has taken in since the fires began, the organization says it is in need of donations. Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses and power generators can be dropped off at the shelter at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai.

HSVC is also asking for food and water donations to feed volunteers working around the clock.

The organization has set up an Amazon registry wishlist with items needed to care for the diverse group of animals currently in its care.

Those who cannot bring supplies to the shelter can make cash donations on HSVC’s website.

Support Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s disaster relief
LACACF is accepting donations to supplement its disaster relief efforts through its Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or submitted on the organization’s website.

Other free supplies for victims

American Mattress Man (Ventura & Newbury Park locations) 805-653-2323
-Offering free or low cost mattresses to victims. They are collecting clothing donations.

Meathead Movers (Oxnard location)
-Offering free storage units for fire victims until Feb. 1.

FOOD Share of Ventura County
-Taking food donations for fire victims, but they must be non-perishable, pre-packaged store-bought food. No home-cooked meals.

More about the Thomas Fire:

Since breaking out on Dec. 4, The Thomas fire has burned an area larger than New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco combined — and larger than any city in California except Los Angeles. The fire claimed the life of Firefighter, Cory David Iverson, in Santa Barbara.

While thousands of residents threatened by the fire remain under evacuation, others have been allowed back in their homes — or, at least, what was left of them.
The fire is so massive that more than 8,400 firefighters are working around the clock to save lives and contain it. It has turned neighborhoods to piles of soot and concrete as it churns through the area.
From our SoCal Magazine family to yours, we hope all will be safe from the fires soon.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

Vanessa Lachey Helps Introduce The New Chrysler Pacifica At The 110th LA Auto Show

Vanessa Lachey Helps Introduce The New Chrysler Pacifica At The 110th LA Auto Show

The 110th LA Auto Show is always filled with surprises along with brand new cars and models and Chrysler had a special treat for celeb moms and all parents alike.

Photo Credit: Scott Hirko

TV host by day, and mom around the clock Vanessa Lachey helped introduce the Chrysler Pacifica and its reinvention of the minivan with unprecedented levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling.

Photo Credit: Scott Hirko

Helping introduce the Pacifica’s new features were the Chrysler Pacifikids and the California State Bear! The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its class-exclusive, innovative hybrid powertrain. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range. The Pacifica Hybrid has all the same great features available in the gas model along with the Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system.

Photo Credit: Scott Hirko

Along with more surprise guests like Speechless’ Actor Micah Fowler and mom favorite Cookie Monster.

Photo Credit: Scott Hirko

Photo Credit: Scott Hirko

The family focused event served up delicious recipes by Top Chef Junior Contestants Maxine and Rahanna.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

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