Enjoy Free Concerts and Movies with OC Parks this June

Enjoy Free Concerts and Movies with OC Parks this June

Kick Off the Summer Season with OC Parks

Enjoy free live music and movies June 14-28

WHAT:

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series, with events kicking off in June. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. June films include ZootopiaGrease, and Thor, and concerts feature Hard Day’s Night and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Sunset Cinema events will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family. Dates and times vary per series; for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com.

WHEN:

OC Parks Sunset Cinema June Dates

  • Fridays June 14, 21, 28 from 6 –10 p.m.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series June Dates

  • Thursdays June 20, 27 from 5 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:

OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series

  • Carbon Canyon Regional Park

o   Location: 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823

o   Date: Friday, June 14

o   Movie: Zootopia (2016, PG)

o   Date: Friday, June 21

o   Movie: Grease (1978, PG)

  • Craig Regional Park

o   Location: 3300 State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835

o   Date: Friday, June 28

o   Movie: Thor (2011, PG-13)

OC Parks Summer Concert Series

  • Craig Regional Park

o   Location: 3300 State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835

o   Date: Thursday, June 20

o   Concert: Hard Day’s Night and Greasy Spoons

o   Date: Thursday, June 27

o   Concert: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kris Bradley

OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources.

http://www.ocparks.com

Grappling with the Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

Grappling with the Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

In the recent Finding Neverland documentary, the long term effects of childhood trauma are clearly demonstrated. The two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck (who tell of the chronic sexual abuse they suffered at the the hands of Michael Jackson), only started to deal with what had happened to them almost 20 years later. Sometimes it takes that amount of distance from the pain to be able to deal with it, but the awful things that happen to you as a child do not simply go away. No, instead those experiences fester within and influence you in multiple ways, playing out in poor choices, addictions, ill health and a possible host of health and behavioral problems. Why does that happen? How does it happen? What does it look like? And how does one make it better?

Well, Rita Ciolek and Marianna Mankowska, both survivors of child abuse, have teamed up to do an in depth feature-length documentary film entitled Child Not Released to find those answers. The film will explore long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect by examining diverse survivor stories. The emphasis is on the effects of trauma on early childhood brain development including developing susceptibility to addictions, problems related to building healthy relationships with oneself and others, and repeating cycles of abuse in the context of intergenerational trauma. The film will also offer innovative approaches to healing, cutting-edge treatments, and experimental programs to help survivors re-wire their brains and overcome trauma. Rita and Marianna share a vision for this film to be a conversation starter on the difficult and often stigmatized issues related to childhood trauma. They want the survivors to know that they are not alone, that resources are available, and that any trauma can be healed.

Due to its hot topic issues, the project is gaining momentum and attracting top experts in the field of childhood trauma including Dr. Ramani Durvasula (psychologist), Dr. Regina Pally (psychiatrist), and Jenica Morin-Pascual (domestic violence expert). The project is also in talks with Dr. Gabor Maté (renowned speaker and bestselling author with expertise on addiction, stress and childhood development), and Dr. James Doty (Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford).
Interviews with these experts will discuss:

  • Re-wiring of brain circuits to overcome trauma Recovery from addictions
  • Learning to give language to emotions
  • Forming healthy relationships
  • Effective parenting
  • The third stage of self-esteem development – evolution

The producers are currently looking for collaborators and survivor stories in the local communities. Correspondence can be send to [email protected].

Kazia Productions is a Santa Monica media production company, founded by Rita Ciolek, MFA, CPA,
Rita Ciolek (Founder & Creative Director)  is known for collaborations with prominent figures in the entertainment, business and humanitarian worlds including Barbra Streisand, Linda Cruse, Keith Merrill, and David Rudd.
Marianna Mankowska (Co-producer and Lead Animator/Graphic Artist) is a multi-award winning animator and illustrator. (Scenes from the film demonstrating physical, psychological and emotional abuse and neglect will be depicted with animations).

Homeward LA

Homeward LA

Homeward LA is a 10-day citywide event from April 26 to May 5 where multiple productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have experienced homelessness, will be performed by hundreds of actors all around the city, inspiring the community to address the homeless crisis.

Last year, over 10 days, nearly 300 actors performed in 26 productions of monologues, based on stories from people who have been homeless.

The productions were seen by nearly 2,000 people in venues all around Los Angeles, raising approximately $55,000 for The Midnight Mission.

This year, from April 26 to May 5, Homeward LA will be staging new stories from those who strive to find their way home in 50 productions across the city.

Join us as we inspire the community to come together and end homelessness.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to The Midnight Mission, a nonprofit on Skid Row that provides shelter, food, education and more to LA’s homeless population. If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the cause via the donate button below.

To learn more or to find other Homeward LA productions, go to Homeward LA
To learn more about The Midnight Mission, go to Midnight Mission

Some material contains adult themes and language.

To buy tickets click here

 

The Fess Parker Winery

The Fess Parker Winery

The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Celebrates 30 years in Santa Barbara County

Los Olivos, CA – The Fess Parker Winery is pleased to celebrate its 30th year in Santa Barbara County in 2019, a satisfying milestone for the family owned and operated business. In the years since its inception the winery has developed some of the finest vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley and established itself as a brand popular with wine enthusiasts and critics alike.

Says winery President Tim Snider, “We mark this anniversary with equal parts pride and gratitude – pride for the quality we have achieved with our wines in national and international markets and gratitude for the opportunity to grow our business while remaining family held. By playing to our strengths and focusing on working with the Rhône and Burgundian varietals that grow so well here, hopefully we have set ourselves up well for the next 30 years. We are fortunate to have a tremendous winemaking team under the direction of Head Winemaker, Blair Fox, who celebrates his 15th anniversary with the winery this year as well.”

Winery co-owner Ashley Parker Snider says, “Knowing that a career in Hollywood wasn’t necessarily a long-term proposition, creating a family business that all of us could participate in for generations was important to my dad. Before he passed in 2010, he was incredibly proud of how far we had come.”

Eli Parker – a founding family member and former head winemaker reflects on the occasion: “Our greatest hope is that people who have enjoyed our wines over the last 30 years will continue to enjoy them as part of their own family traditions and celebrations. Even more so, we hope that people just discovering Fess Parker wines will appreciate them as the finest expression of the beauty and bounty of Santa Barbara wine country. Continuing to work together toward this objective as a family is a real privilege.”

To mark the date, the winery has produced limited edition magnums of its sparkling Fesstivity 30th Anniversary Cuvee, a blend of 70 percent Chardonnay and 30 percent Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards the winery developed in the highly regarded Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Only 500 magnums were bottled and they are available for direct purchase at the winery.

To learn more about the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, visit https://www.fessparker.com/.

ABOUT THE FESS PARKER FAMILY PORTFOLIO

Since the late 1980s, Fess Parker and his family have cultivated a world-class hospitality portfolio around the beauty and bounty of Santa Barbara County. The Fess Parker Winery is focused on the grape varieties best suited to the region’s unique growing conditions – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhone wines – with its vintages consistently earning 90+ point ratings from top critics around the world.

In addition to a waterfront hotel in Santa Barbara, the family honors their late patriarch’s legacy by hosting guests at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, which also houses The Bear and Star restaurant, featuring refined ranch-to-table cuisine from Chef/Partner John Cox.

For more information, please visit www.fessparker.com.
For all events at The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard click here

Sammy Smart’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2018

Sammy Smart’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2018

Welcome to Sammy Smart’s Top Ten countdown list of TV shows for 2018 (Films will be coming shortly).
You may not agree with her, but it is fun to see what shows are proving popular. Sammy is not a TV/film critique but rather a TV/film enthusiast.

The Rain 

Number ten this year is The Rain. Not necessarily the most original show I’ve ever seen, but I don’t know anyone who watched it so I thought I’d show it some love. Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead back when it was good. Great performances, I watched it all in a few days. If you’re into post-apocalyptic survival stories, give it a try.

Riverdale 

Riverdale is a very ridiculous, very over the top show and I love every god damn second of it. Serial killers? Check. Cults? Check. Musical episodes? Check. Continuously shirtless everybody? Check check check. 
Nothing brings me as much joy as often as this show. It feels like it’s on more often than the bachelor and as Arie would say I LOVE THAT. I will not apologize for loving this show.

The Haunting of Hill House

At #8 we have The Haunting of Hill House which had such an effective jump scare I think I actually flew a few inches off the couch. 
Look how spooky this damn picture is! Never knew I needed a horror tv show. Shout out to all the ghosts hidden in the background.

The End of the F***king World

It’s wild to think that this show came out this year. It feels like a lifetime ago. But I guess it was just January. 
Anyways! These two are an absolute delight to watch. They run away from home together – she thinks they’re falling in love… he’ a psychopath planning how to murder her. You know, standard teenage rom com stuff.

BoJack Horseman

Don’t worry fans I didn’t forget- and coming in at number 6 is Bojack Horseman. 
This season wasn’t my absolute favorite (I think maybe last season was- I still think about ‘Stupid Piece of Shit’ pretty much every day) but every time a new season comes out, I block out the next 3 days to sit on my couch and laugh and cry and think about life. That’s pretty special.
This show is consistently very good, very dark, very funny and every season has at least one episode that floors me, this season was ‘Free Churro’ (pictured). Has this show won an Emmy? This show should win an Emmy.

Succession

Top 5 bay bay! This is where I start having extra strong opinions about things. 
I had pretty high expectations for this show and I was not let down. 
Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox are so fucking good. Everyone is good actually. Everything in this show is good. By the time you get to the finale you’re like “more of the same goodness I suppose” and then BAM it has an unexpected gut punch of a finale that took this from a show I liked to watch to one I couldn’t stop thinking about. Good job everybody involved.

Nanette

Not technically a TV show, but it feels wrong not to include Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette on this list. Truly unlike any other comedy special I’ve ever seen, Nanette had me laughing/crying/holding my breath in equal parts. 
Is calling it life changing too much? Maybe! But I definitely felt…different after watching it. Angrier! More hopeful! Lots of things. Something like that doesn’t come around very often. Watch it.

The Americans 

Man oh man am I gonna miss this show, but what a perfect ending to one of the best TV dramas in the last…ever I would say. The writing, the directing, the acting, the always perfect soundtrack, the opening titles and THE WIGS!! No show does wigs like The Americans does wigs. 
Obviously Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are fantastic and yes I am personally invested in their on and off screen relationship and yes I sometimes have dreams that we are all friends and go out to dinners together. But this season I couldn’t get enough Noah Emmerich. And Oleg. And Paige. Wow I’m going to miss them all so much.

The Terror 

WHY 👏🏼AREN’T👏🏼MORE👏🏼PEOPLE👏🏼WATCHING👏🏼THIS👏🏼SHOW👏🏼
Spooky. Historical. Fiction. In the 1800’s two *real life* ships went missing while trying to find a route through the arctic. This is a creepy/supernatural reimagining of what happened to them. They stick to the truth of what they know happened as much as possible, so it had me going back and forth on my phone googling while I watched a la The Crown. And I liked it so god damn much that I’m now considering going to a Nautical museum in Connecticut to see some of what they’ve recovered from the two ships (which remained lost sea until 2014/2016). Also currently reading the book this is based on. I’m a dork but I swear this show fucking rules.

Killing Eve

Well here it is, my favorite TV show of 2018 – Killing Eve. Sandra Oh is perfect in this and Jodie Comer as Villanelle is my favorite character in recent memory. If you’re interested in cat and mouse type thrillers where the cat and mouse have crazy sexual tension, watch this show. Phoebe Waller Bridge apparently can do no wrong! Perfect show 10/10
And I am very sorry to all the shows that were on the list at one point and then got bumped for one reason or another – Queer Eye, Big Mouth, Barry, Sharp Objects, Homecoming, and Maniac…just know that you were also loved. Or at least liked a lot.
What were everyone else’s favorite TV shows?
If you’d like to tell us, please email [email protected]

Sammy Smart loves TV and Film and started her career as an editor working at a trailer company, where she learned how to effectively tell a story, sometimes in as little as 15 seconds. After three years, she decided to branch out and has since gotten to work on a wide variety of projects and collaborate with some truly incredible people. Sammy worked on narrative films, documentaries, trailers, sizzle reels, branded content, docu-series, music videos and more.  She has edited content for Netflix, ABC, Esquire Network, Seventeen Magazine, Comic-Con, Disney, Disney XD, Exxon Mobil, Fortive and the World Wildlife Fund.

When she is not editing, she enjoys getting away from her computer and getting out into nature, or making misshapen bowls on a pottery wheel. She also spends a good amount of time giving belly rubs to her two cats


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