Liberty Hill Foundation Announces 2014 Fund for Change Grantees

The Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles’ social justice foundation, is pleased to announce their 2014 Fund for Change grantees. The total fund of $864,000 is being invested in 32 of the most effective community organizing groups working on economic justice and LGBTQ justice in L.A. With grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000, a wide range of neighborhoods and needs is being supported.

Liberty Hill Deputy Director, Grantmaking, Margarita Ramirez, notes, “Choosing from among many worthy grassroots groups in Los Angeles is challenging, but we feel we are supporting some of the most promising social justice organizing work being done in L.A. county and the entire U.S. How do we know? For the past six months, Liberty Hill staff and Community Funding Board members have reviewed applications, conducted site visits and interviews, and met in collaborative decision-making sessions.” Continue reading

American Paranormal Research Association Pilot to run as episode of “The Unexplained Files” October 14

The American Paranormal Research Association team

The American Paranormal Research Association team

Science Channel’s top rated show “The Unexplained Files,” will air a pilot centered around California’s respected investigators, the American Paranormal Research Association (APRA), on October 14 at 10pm.

American Paranormal Research Association (APRA), a scientific paranormal research organization specializing in research and documentation of haunted historical locations, has teamed up with world renowned scientist, Dr. Harry Kloor, PhD to document and classify paranormal phenomena. According to the council of graduate schools, the national research council and US department of education, Dr. Kloor is the only person to earn two PhDs simultaneously in any discipline. He holds PhDs in Physics and in Chemistry. Continue reading

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San Francisco Alt Rockers KiWi TIME Release Video for “Butterfly” Directed by Thomas Mignone, known for his work with System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Otep and more

San Francisco-based, Belarusian-born alt rock group, KiWi TIME, have just released their much anticipated video for single, “Butterfly.” The video was directed by acclaimed music video guru Thomas Mignone (System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Danzig), and can be seen here. “Butterfly” is featured on the band’s debut EP, It’s KiWi TIME. The EP features five standout tracks of dance-infused alt rock that showcase the band’s knack for melody, and above all, their closely knit bond with one another. “The band is like my family,” says KiWi TIME vocalist Anna Makovchik, “the band actually is my family.” Anna describes the new EP It’s KiWi TIME as being “about love, freedom, fighting and hope. We are happy to finally finish this EP and hope all our fans will feel the energy we put into this creation.” The EP is available on iTunes here. Continue reading

Call for Participation: Southern California’s Premier Holiday Event, the Seventh Annual Digital Family Reunion to Honor the socalTECH 50 at the Skirball Cultural Center on December 10

Now a yearly tradition, the seventh annual Digital Family Reunion, Southern California’s most vibrant gathering of technology and digital media industry leaders, issues a “Call for Participation” as it returns to the Skirball Cultural Center on December 10, and again partners with to celebrate the socalTECH 50.

Working to build community throughout the region, DFR invites professionals from across the spectrum of technology and business to get involved in the following ways:

-      Nominate an executive for the socalTECH 50;

-      Become a sponsor to help their company’s industry profile;

-      Involve their organization or group as a Community Partner;

-      Purchase a $20 advance ticket before October 1.

This is the second year of honoring the SoCalTECH 50 and nominations are now being accepted at The socalTECH 50 list recognizes the influential visionaries, entrepreneurs and others throughout the region who are most likely to create the next breakout company, technological leap, or otherwise influence the industry in a significant way. Nominated and selected by industry peers, the list will be announced in mid-November and the Digital Family Reunion will honor them in person on the night of December 10. Nominations can be submitted through Continue reading

Joshua Tree returns as UFO enthusiast destination with CONTACT in the DESERT, the community’s premiere event, returning August 8-11

joshuatreestarrysky-sliderWith the popularity of television shows such as “Ancient Aliens,” UFO enthusiasts hunger for more! Once attracting thousands of UFO enthusiasts, Joshua Tree, California, is rejoining the list of top UFO tourism destinations along with Area 51 northwest of Las Vegas, and Wiltshire east of London, England, due to its long history of sightings and the popular CONTACT in the DESERT event now in its second year, taking place, appropriately, during the Perseid Meteor Showers.

Called the “premiere UFO convention” by the LA Weekly, visitors to Joshua Tree who attend the CONTACT in the DESERT event from August 8-11 will be able to enjoy lectures, panels, workshops, and fieldwork experiences with some of the top UFO experts in the world including Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Daniken, “Ancient Aliens” star Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and radio host George Noory of “Coast to Coast Radio AM.” Continue reading

Veronica De La Cruz moves to the Bay Area as new anchor for CBS San Francisco

Veronica De La CruzThe Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation is pleased to announce their founder, former NBC News and MSNBC anchor, Veronica De La Cruz has made her long awaited debut in the Bay Area anchoring the KPIX 5 News at 6pm as well as launching a new 10pm show on the CW, which debuts in July. Becoming a part of Northern California’s pioneer television station after a long run in national news represents a homecoming for this self-described “California girl”. Continue reading

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy honors Liberty Hill Foundation with 2014 Impact Award

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced from Washington D.C. that it has selected L.A.’s Liberty Hill Foundation to receive its 2014 Impact Award in the community foundation category. Liberty Hill is proud to be recognized and to keep company with the other 2014 awardees: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The California Endowment and Hill-Snowdon Foundation.

The Impact Awards were created by NCRP, a philanthropy watchdog group, “to honor foundations of all sizes that practice smart, high-impact philanthropic strategies” and to promote philanthropy “that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.”

“This year’s 2014 NCRP Impact Awardees are a class above other foundations in the country,” said NCRP Executive Director Aaron Dorfman. “Their boldness, commitment to addressing the needs of the underserved and dedication to strategies that change lives for the better is an inspiration to all who seek to be changemakers in their communities.” Continue reading

Two Los Angeles teens launch skate brand Black Tie Emporium at noted Fairfax space ADBD June 3

BTE InviteLike many native Angeleno teens, Jonathan Heit and Alex Trevino are avid skateboarders and denizens of the Fairfax neighborhood’s concentration of skate, hip-hop and sneaker trendsetting retailers. With unique experiences that make them wise beyond their years, Heit and Trevino are launching Black Tie Emporium, an on trend skate/street apparel line at noted Fairfax space ADBD on June 3 from 7-10pm.

At just 13, Heit, already a film and television acting veteran, and Trevino, a budding mogul, came up with the idea of designing their own apparel line during an afternoon study hall.

“We were talking about skateboarding and we thought it would be so sick if we could just design our own clothes, stuff we’d wear boarding or just hanging out,” says Alex. “We wanted things that are different from the clothes sold in stores today, cool, colorful shirts with designs that anybody could wear but that we could jump into any time we skate.”

Added Jonathan, “Every time we go out to the park there are new people there – boys and girls – and we thought how cool it would be to have our own brand. We came up with the Black Tie idea because it’s so opposite what most people think of when they think of skateboarders.”

Jonathan is known from his appearances on television and in movies. He stars in the TV series, “Granite Flats” on upstart family cable network BYU-TV and has guest starred in the Nickelodeon series “Deadtime Stories,” as well as popular shows such as “How I Met Your Mother” and “Monk.”  He’s also had lead roles in top movies including Date Night, Valentine’s Day, and Bedtime Stories. Additionally Jonathan lent his voice to more than 30 “Family Guy” episodes and originated the role of Cubby in over 100 episodes of Disney’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” He’s an enthusiastic fund raiser and advocate for several causes including acting as Youth Ambassador for UNICEF, doing work with Soles4Souls, and now fundraising for unite4:good. Jonathan is using funds from his acting career to jumpstart Black Tie Emporium. Continue reading

CONTACT in the DESERT, the UFO Community’s Premier event, returns to Joshua Tree August 8-11

2014 GraphicWith most of the planet’s top UFO experts re-converging on the Joshua Tree Retreat Center from August 8–11, 2014, this noted contact point will again host the signature event of the UFO community. Headlined by legendary, Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Daniken, “Ancient Aliens” expert Giorgio A. Tsoukalos and George Noory of “Coast to Coast Radio AM,” CONTACT In the DESERT is committed to a serious, academic look at the UFO phenomenon, its impact on the human race and what it means going forward. Timed to coincide with the Perseids Meteor Shower, the second CONTACT in the DESERT will explore UFO technology, ancient aliens, human origins and the need to know with the leading scientific and military experts, researchers and theorists on the subject.

CONTACT in the DESERT has put together a very powerful line up of the leading UFO and Ancient Aliens speakers, all in one weekend. This prestigious group will feature Dr. Steven Greer, David Wilcock, Jim Marrs, Michael Tellinger, Nick Pope, John Anthony West, Colin Andrews, Jason Martell, David Jacobs, Linda Moulton Howe, David Sereda, James Gilliland, Stephen Bassett, Laura Eisenhower, Richard Dolan, Jesse Marcel, Nick Redfern, Mike Bara, Travis Walton, Yvonne Smith, Marshall Klarfeld, William Brown, Robert Perala, Robert Salas, Donald Schmitt, Alejandro Rojas, Mark Peebler, Dr. Lynne Kitei, Douglas Taylor, Dr. Joel Wallach, Celeste Yarnall, Barbara Harris and Gerald Clark. Continue reading

Patriot, the first Brooke Kinley Adventure debuts at #13 on Amazon with rave reviews

patriot cover“UNSTOPPABLE thriller…I don’t believe I took a breath the entire time. As a thriller/political espionage aficionado, I rank PATRIOT in the pantheon of the BEST”                                                         Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes, Mallory Heart Reviews

What would you do for your country? In Afghanistan, a US Army Patrol is devastated by an enemy with sophisticated weaponry, while in D.C., Pentagon staffer Scott Jenson tips off the ambitious young reporter Brooke Kinley about a billionaire businessman’s involvement in terrorism. But why is the White House determined to protect this businessman, and why does the answer seem to lie in the Canadian wilderness? In a dangerous journey to the remotest parts of the world and the darkest corners of men’s hearts, Brooke races to prevent a catastrophic attack on America, but can she uncover the real traitor?

Debuting at #13 on for International Mystery & Crime, new bestseller Patriot is a pulse pounding, high octane adventure thriller with a heroine who is as happy running rapids as she is asking difficult questions at the Pentagon, its Homeland channeled through Bear Grylls. This debut novel by A.S. Bond will be appreciated by fans of Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. Continue reading