Coco Jack Debuts Spanish Website

October 22nd, 2014

coco_jackCoco Jack, a new line of innovative tools for opening and serving fresh coconuts, debuted today their Spanish-language website The site allows Coco Jack to provide an “in-language” experience for their Spanish-speaking customers. The site, which contains the same features as its English counterpart, was developed to serve Coco Jack’s growing domestic Hispanic and international customer base in Latin America.


Like its English-language counterpart,, the new site will enable Spanish-language customers to learn about the Company and its history, view product information, and find valuable resources like Coco Jack’s Instructional Videos.


“This new site makes information more accessible for our Spanish preferred customers. This includes our recipes, resources and products, including the Coco Jack, Mallet, Scoop and auxiliary products,” said David Goodman, Founder and CEO of Coco Jack. “It also helps our customers to share our incredibly fun instructional videos with friends and family.”


Additional updates and resources will become available on the site in the coming months.


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Adelina Anthony ‘B4B’ Film Update

October 22nd, 2014

brusingThe Hatchfund project that was posted by AdeRisa Productions back in April 2014 is still moving forward. Adelina Anthony, Hatchfund Artist and Cultural Activist has wrapped her wonderful film project, “Bruising for Besos”. The film is derived from Anthony’s personal experiences as a self-identified queer Xicana artist. As a cultural activist, Anthony is most proud of the workshop TEATRO Q she designed in 2006. The workshop helps queer/trans people of color to study and practice performance/theater arts in a safe, energizing space.


The film “Bruising for Besos” will break ground in several arenas. This will be first feature film with an out lesbian X/Chicana as its main protagonist. It’s also the first time a professional out Xicana lesbian actor (Anthony) will perform in such a role.


Moreover, the world of this film is described as a Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) scene in Los Angeles, guaranteeing an array of diverse characters. Much like the protagonist, the other lead and supporting roles have been cast with out QTPOC actors and Women of Color allies, including nationally recognized trans performance artist, D’Lo.


On Facebook they announced they had an overall AMAZING experience! The immense talent, resources, and time provided to this project by the production team, crew and cast went beyond their wildest expectations. The Hatchfund donations got them into production and were well spent on the generous and unique team.


As with any major efforts there were stabling blocks, even toward the end of the July production, The B4B Team had their apartment trashed and broken into. As you can imagine, it created havoc and set them back. But they’re okay and nearby friends have been so supportive.


Despite this they’ve kept a positive vibe in their hearts, especially because they’re officially in post-production with the film. The post production process will take many months, perhaps up to another year, because they have to seek new financial resources for this part of the project. But the B4B Team has made a film that is a project not easily executed. At the end of the day there is nothing like raw footage to reassure your undertaking has been awesome.


To the B4B Team y Adelina Anthony “May your dream project be the masterpiece that you have dreamed of.”


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Segerstrom hosts “Mariachi”

October 21st, 2014

vargasThe celebrated Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán will be making their debut at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on November 29, 2014.


Founded in 1898, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has delighted generations of listeners at performances filled with pageantry and musical virtuosity. Hailed as “el mejor mariachi del mundo” (the best mariachi group in the world) the 13 members of this legendary ensemble continue to define the sound of modern mariachi while remaining firmly rooted in the rich traditions of Mexican folk music.


There will also be the “Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Camperos” on December 23, 2014. The show will showcase popular Christmas music and traditions from Mexico. This mariachi group was founded by Natividad “Nati” Cano, who was born into a family of mariachi musicians in Jalisco, Mexico.



Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Date: November 29, 2014

Tickets: $29 and up


Fiesta Navidad with Mariachi Los Camperos

Date: December 23, 2014

Tickets: $29 and up


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Bowers Museum Exhibit

October 21st, 2014

bowers_lostChina’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui

Now open at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana


New Exhibit Features Mysterious Bronze, Jade and Gold Pieces from 1,200 B.C. One of Archaeology’s Greatest Discoveries and Ancient Mysteries

Who were they and where did they go?


The Bowers Museum is proud to present the latest in its series of exhibits highlighting important treasures from around the world. China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui will include objects from the discovery termed “the ninth wonder of the world” and acknowledged by many scholars as one of the greatest archaeological finds ever to be unearthed.


During the summer of 1986, construction workers accidentally uncovered an astounding cache of more than 200 ancient jades, weapons, burned animal bones, over 60 elephant tusks, monumental bronzes, and a life-sized statue of a nobleman at Sanxingdui, about 24 miles outside of the Sichuan Province capitol of Chengdu. Most of the contents had been intentionally destroyed and deposited in two large pits. This chance discovery has become one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century and has forced scholars to rewrite early Chinese history. The objects date to about 1200 BC, a time when it was thought that the cradle of Chinese civilization existed 745 miles to the northeast on the Yellow River in China’s Central Plain region.


Excavations at Sanxingdui reveal the remains of a sophisticated culture who excelled in their bronze making abilities. These cast bronzes were far larger and much stranger in appearance than anything seen in the ancient world before. The three largest masks are in the form of human heads with supernatural features including large wing-like ears, monstrously protruding eyes or ornate appendages. Other bronzes reveal traces of paint or are covered with gold. The Sanxingdui culture left no written record or human remains and appears to have existed for only about 350 years before it vanished.


In 2001, another archaeological discovery, this time in the city of Chengdu at a site named Jinsha, revealed possible clues to the mystery of where the Sanxingdui culture may have gone. China’s Lost Civilization will present over 120 of the most important discoveries from both Sanxingdui and Jinsha and examine the great mystery of who this 3200 year old culture was. The exhibition will be on view at the Bowers Museum through March 15, 2015 before traveling to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui has been organized by the Bowers Museum and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Sichuan Province, China. Suzanne E. Cahill, Ph.D. is Guest Curator for China’s Lost Civilization. Major funding has been provided by John and Mary Tu, Jim and Angela Hsu, China Southern Airlines, Van Cleef & Arpels, the James Irvine Foundation and East West Bank. Additional support has been provided by the Bowers Chinese Cultural Arts Council, the Medellas, and Capital Group.


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Red Ribbon Campaign Oct. 23-31

October 21st, 2014

redribboncamarenaThe National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.


Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”


On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.


In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.


In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.


For more about the activities happening in celebration of Red Ribbon Week visit their website

Reyna Grande “Posada Toy Drive”

October 21st, 2014

reyna1Author Reyna Grande, writer of The Distance Between Us, Dancing with Butterflies, and Across a Hundred Mountains. She is originally from Guerrero, Mexico. At two years old, her father left for the U.S. to find work, and when she was four her mother headed north as well. Reyna and her siblings were separated from their parents for many years. They lived in extreme poverty, and the years they spent in Mexico without their parents were hard. But one very happy memory of Mexico is the Christmas season.


Every year her neighborhood would have a “posada,” a reenactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took as they sought shelter. The posadas were held for nine days leading up to Christmas day, and at the end of each day, kids would receive goodie bags and get to break a pinata! But on the last posada instead of goodie bags kids would receive a toy.


Reyna’s family was too poor to afford toys, and if it weren’t for the posadas, Reyna and her siblings wouldn’t have gotten anything special for Christmas.



So this year, as a way to give back what she was given, Reyna will be going down to her hometown in Guerrero, Mexico to host a posada in her old neighborhood and give free toys to all the neighborhood kids. Reyna has never forgotten the poverty she came from, and how the simplest acts of kindness can change a child’s life.



Please help her make this Christmas season special for the children living in her hometown. Be part of the Grande Posada by contributing to her toy drive or helping to spread the word via social media.

Knott’s “Camp Spooky” is for Families

October 8th, 2014

snoopyThe Knott’s Berry Farm’s Camp Spooky (#CampSpooky) Social Media Day* was filled with family friendly Halloween cheer. That’s the way it has been planned for the little ones “Halloween cheer without the fear.” Watching my 4 year-old daughter navigate the Peanuts Costume Parade, Mini Monster Maze, Photo Stations, a Witch’s Potion Station and The Witch’s Keep in the Calico Mine Ride was a great way to head into Halloween.


The Peanuts Costume Parade is held at the Camp Spooky Theatre and kids are invited to participate! The costume parade and contest follows the 3:45 pm Camp Spooky Theatre show on Saturdays and Sundays. Children who participate can win cool prizes. While “Anna” costumes where too plentiful to take a prize, My little one was delighted to see an adorable Go-Go dancer, a unique white butterfly costume and a cute baby pumpkin take the prizes.


Next up was the Mini Monster Maze and at first she was hesitant but a few steps in and she realized there was nothing to fear. Complete fun obstacle challenges made it tough to move on but a small candy surprise provided to little ones for free got us closer to the exit.


A quick stop at the Witch’s Potion Station cast a spell on her as she cooked up her own version of a soda pop and a sugary mixed drink. *A small additional fee was required for this experience.


Finally, my daughter’s last challenge of the day was the Calico Mine Ride where the witch is real for a four year-old. As she buries her face on Daddy’s arm and holds Mommy’s hand she makes it through once again. Once safely back down the from the ride “See, I told you it was not scary.” and “Yes, little one you are so right.”


Camp Spooky runs weekends in October from Now until October 27 and is included with regular park admission. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park operating hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.



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“Cristela” on ABC Friday, October 10th!

October 8th, 2014

cristela2Cristela Alonzo is a stand-up comedian that has appeared on Conan, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand-Up Revolution, Showtime, Last Comic Standing and Live at Gotham. She taped her first half hour special (The Half Hour) for Comedy Central in 2013 and she also recorded her first CD for Comedy Central in the spring of 2014.


In 2013, Cristela signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox in which she sold and created a sitcom based around her life for ABC. The show is aptly named “Cristela” and it premieres Friday, October 10th.


Cristela’s dream of becoming a lawyer is something her traditional Mexican-American family doesn’t quite understand. She’s entering her sixth year of law school after juggling home obligations and working multiple jobs to pay her way.


Cristela lives in cramped quarters with her sister Daniela, her long-suffering brother-in-law Felix and their two young kids. The senior member of this extended family, all living under one roof in Dallas, is Cristela’s old school mom, Natalia, who tells her “somebody could have been a doctor two times in the time it’s taken you not to become a lawyer.” Daniela loves her sister but balks when she tries to bring her modern views into family life. Felix resents how Cristela pays no rent and worst of all, always drinks his last beer. After six years of setbacks, her mom Natalia worries that becoming a lawyer might not be in the cards for her and doesn’t want Cristela to be hurt by a dream that might not come true.


Felix’s cousin and co-worker Alberto flirts shamelessly with Cristela, but the only feeling she has for him is a shared passion for the Cowboys.


Then, Cristela’s life begins to look up. Lawyer Trent Culpepper, who is unapologetically politically incorrect about Latinos and just about everyone else, offers her an internship at his prestigious firm. She’ll be working – unpaid – with Culpepper’s pampered daughter Maddie and good-natured fellow intern Josh.


Her family can’t believe she’s going to work for free. But when a turn of events shows just how effective Cristela can be when she works her lawyer knowledge for the greater good of the family, they decide it’s worth (begrudgingly) supporting her as she follows her dreams – which might not be so impossible after all.


The Cristela TV show stars Cristela Alonzo as Cristela, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Maria Canals-Barrera as Daniela, Terri Hoyos as Natalia, Andrew Leeds as Josh, and Sam McMurray as Trent.  Stand-up sensation Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie) also appears as Alberto.


Cristela was co-created by Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Executive producers are Kevin Hench, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Alonzo is co-executive producer. “Cristela” is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Remembering a “Regular” Hero

October 8th, 2014

hero_samHis name was Sam and he was born in Newport Beach in the back of a Volkswagon van in 1973. At the age of 2 he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis but that was where the challenge only began.


On a hot Saturday in September 2014 at the Newport Aquatic Center many gathered to share his challenges in life living with Cystic Fibrosis and they shared that it didn’t really beat him but made him live fully.


They shared stories about passions like his love of the ocean, rowing, flat water canoe paddling and outrigger paddling. But I’d just like to share his part in helping start a program with 6 kids from Santa Ana. Sam was one of a set of people that made a small gesture of helping teens learn to kayak in the Newport Beach Back Bay and those same teens went on to participate in national competitions.


Sam touched the lives of the young teenagers I remember most at the Santa Ana Youth Program Project P.R.I.D.E. where I was a newsletter editor 20 years ago. My wife who was the Program Director back then, received a call it was an offer to take kids kayaking. No one could have imagined that it would shape the lives of those young people into continuing to take kids there 20 years later. While I didn’t have the same bond that our kids did with Sam. Watching one of our kids talk about the mentor, friend and hero who he grew up alongside with for the past 20 years was a real tear-jerking moment. We may think that making a difference comes with having everything and a strike genius. But really it comes as quietly as a stroke of a paddle in some steady water near the place we already call home.


Sam went out of his way to make sure anyone that wanted to paddle could have the opportunity. Most of all he professed that winning wasn’t everything, and if you weren’t having any fun then you weren’t doing it right.

Art Aids Art Summer 2014

August 1st, 2014

artaidsartTom Harding Co-founding Director of Art Aids Art a nonprofit organization serving women and children through programs in impoverished South African townships has sent a Summer 2014 update.


The latest newsletter welcomed new followers from Art of Adornment, St. Andrew’s Fair Trade Market, Santa Fe Folk Art Market and



Charlie Parker, Miriam Makeba and Langston Hughes joined the fun in Cape Town. See photo and video highlights of children’s programs at eKhaya eKasi Center by clicking the link below.



In early July, eKhaya eKasi Center participated in the world’s largest folk art market, with support from Art Aids Art.



The iPhone project in South Africa continues to move forward with successes. See photos here.  Click the link to read news coverage.


Art Aids Art promotes education & economic development through the arts, helping South African families impacted by poverty & HIV/AIDS to help themselves.


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