Brits in LA Newsletter -- May 21st, 2013





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Talk to Artem Dasov and/or Michael Burger about how you can get into a VW. There are many options for ex-pats.  They have all the answers you will need and will work their very hardest to get you into the car of your choice.  Contact them on (310) 829-1888 ext 2728 or by email.  

If you would rather lease an Audi, make sure to scroll down to get 
Evan from Audi Pacific info 

Hi Breeps!

Firstly our hearts go out to the families and friends who have been affected by the Tornado in Oklahoma. It is absolutely devastating. Here is a glimmer of hope when an elderly survivor is reunited with her dog.

If you want to help you can donate to the American Red Cross  

This weeks newsletter is going to be all about charities. They're are so many fantastic and deserving causes out there and I'd like to highlight a few and ways you can give back. Are you ready to attend 'A Marvellous Party?' 
One of our main charities we support and which I am the CEO of, the UKares Foundation is having a dapper evening with A Noel Coward theme with some very special guests on the evening of May 31st. 
Under the stars and hosted in one of the most beautiful homes in Bel Air. 
Save the date MAY 31 and all ticket information will be made to you shortly. 

We are also very excited to announce our latest collaboration with British Photographer Rankin, his magazine 'Hunger' and ' Hunger TV' along with the British owned competition site Talenthouse and the charity Heifer International. 

A great opportunity for all budding photogs. Enter here

Renowned photographer Rankin lends his support to ending world hunger and poverty by raising awareness for the programs of Heifer International. Heifer International's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. 


Heifer International, together with The Hunger Magazine and Rankin, are inviting aspiring photographers to submit their best photography inspired by the Heifer International mission: hunger. One winner will have their photograph displayed and promoted at the Fahey-Klein Gallery reception.




Rankin's Choice

The winning photographer will:
Receive exposure for their submission which will be exclusively featured in The Hunger Magazineand across The Hunger Magazine's social media channels
Have their photograph exhibited at a private reception at the Fahey-Klein Gallery in Los Angeles
Receive two tickets to attend the Fahey-Klein Gallery reception*
*Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the winner

People's Choice

The highest-voted photographer will receive exposure for their submission which will be promoted on The Hunger Magazine's Facebook page

    Get Involved

    Launch: May 21, 2013

    Submit by: July 2, 2013
    Vote: July 3, 2013 - July 17, 2013
    Winner(s) Announced: July 23, 2013


    MP Logo BC
    One of our favourite members Gene Franklin Smith is the new artistic director of The Malibu playhouse, so join Doris Roberts, Sam Elliot and Seamus Dever in helping restore the old and dangerous stage. Find out how you can help here



    Adopt-a-letter is a fantastic children's charity run by Brits in LA member Dame Kimberly Moore. Each Christmas our toy drive benefits underprivileged kids, who have written to santa and Kimberly and her staff personally hand deliver the toys to the kids.



    This month, we are doing something very special... The Adopt A Letter program will be joining forces with "Larger than Life" charity at CBS Studios for a Hope-A-Palooza event, reaching out to children being treated for cancer. The children will get invited for a magical day of fun and Adopt A Letter will be there to help put some smiles on these children's faces and give out gifts to EACH child. There will be about 350 kids in attendance and with your help I know we can make it happen.


    And last but not least, one of my favourite people, Fashion designer and model, Claire Farwell has a trunk show Come see ClaireFarwell London's new Essential Collection.  

    Elegant designs with a British accent.  And, of course, champagne, strawberries and other delights.  May 23rd from 11am-3pm. Claire bravely shared her story this week about her double mastectomy with extraordinary photos. So inspired by her courage and openness - 

    Thank you Claire for being an inspiration to others
    read her story here


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    We have really been enjoying our collaboration with BBC America's Mind the Gap 's weekly #MindTheChat Twitter discussions, along with Big Apple Brits , and Virgin Atlantic.  Their is no chat this week due to memorial day weekend but we'll be back the following week with the discussion of raising a family in the states. 
    Friday 10am PST search for #MindTheChat and you can also follow us on Twitter  @britsinla 
    Lucinda Ellery is an expert when it comes to womens hairloss. Whether it be thinning due to age or hormones, or cancer or even trichotillimania, Lucinda Ellery can help. She now has hair studios in Beverly Hills, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

    See you all soon
    cheers
    Craig

    Lets talk about keeping fit!!!

    Runyon Canyon and Griffith Parks have some of the best hiking trails and 
    I'm always running into fellow Brits there.
    View from the top of Runyon
    Fancy biking or roller blading or even skateboarding - Santa Monica beach is perfect

    Try this great event coming up

    OK! Magazine Annual Body and Soul Event
    This is a great event and free as long as you RSVP.
    See you all Saturday June 8th!
    Lots of giveaways and exercise class,  feel free to tell your friends too!


    You wanna get fit here's the latest craze taking LA by storm - less time more results

    Also follow JC Mac's fitness blog
    Click here to read his fitness tips!
    JC also hosts our BRITS IN LA bootcamp
    to get you all in to tip top shape. Sign up here every Sunday in Griffith Park -
    $20 session or bring a friend and only pay $10.

    The New Hollywood HIIT program that is taking results to new heights and is only 30 minutes! 
    The fitness results that MALLA™ delivers is amazing, with the combination of the use of gravity, functional training in a HIIT format has you toned and shedding fat faster than most training methods.  
    MALLA™ really is the future of fitness! 
     The program is now the word amongst LA’s fitness crowd.
    For ALL fitness abilities.

    Classes Fitness Factory West Hollywood
    Tuesday: 10:30am 11:15am
    Thursday: 10:30am 11:15am

    Privates also available.
    help@mallafitness.com

    Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa?
    GIL BRITO
    Gil Brito of Beltran Brito has helped over 100's of Brits obtain visas into the 
    USA call or email him today to find out if he can help you.
     gbrito@beltranbrito.com or call on 305-860-4050 for a free consultation.
    or
    BERNARD SIDMAN IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM
    Bernard Sidman is a fellow Brit in LA and has helped many Brits in LA members with the immigration process and has a high success rate. He has helped many BRITS IN LA members through the citizenship application too and is very experienced and thorough. You can reach him on 
    818 981 0352 or check out his website at www.bernardsidman.com or Email him at bernard@bernardsidman.com


    By now I'm sure lots of you are familiar with the effervescent and very talented David Esquire. He's extremely active in our community, with miserable lesbians, the Toscars, Pepper, The Token Minorities. He is one superb photographer for events, weddings, birthday parties. Great bedside manner - Check his website out below. 



    Visit his website to find out what he can do for you 

    We are always being asked about good dentists and I want to introduce you to  Nicolas A. Ravon and Kimberley Knopf.
    Craig's been with them for about 7 years. They are so nice and relaxing.
    Click here to visit there website and to book an appointment.
    Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach his office by calling 310-275-5325

    Orchard Education, LLC is a NEW tutoring service in the Southern California area, direct from the UK.
    Orchard Education has had a successful tutoring company in the UK for over 12 years.  British teacher and Owner of two Private Schools, Glen Barker, set up a tutoring centre that he has now brought over to the USA.  Glen, with his business partner David have hand selected the tutors to follow on in the philosophy that has achieved outstanding results in the UK.  The main philosophy is that you need to establish a good working relationship between child and teacher and adopt a more holistic look at each individual: "It doesn't always matter what you teach the children but HOW?"  

    There are 3 choices for tutoring … 1. Homework Help: 2. Confidence boosting (the most popular choice in the UK) and 3. Subject/grade/exam specific lessons.

    Glen and David will match the tutor to your child's specific needs. 
    For all Brits in LA readers, there is a special 10% reduction on your first 2 trials lessons! Send an email to find out more

    The cemetery screenings are back !!!
    These screenings are so much fun take a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy movies outside
    Saturday, May 25th

    The Party

    When clumsy but lovable Peter Sellers is accidentally invited, he helps transform an industry party into the most swinging affair of the 60s! Also starring French singer Claudine Longet, with a mod score by Henry Mancini. Blake Edwards at his best. DJ Derek James spins before and after the screening.
    Tickets Online

    Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone stars in this modern retelling of the Jane Austen's Emma set in a fancy Los Angeles High School. DJs Turquoise Wisdom and Elijah Wood spin before and after the screening.
    Tickets Online

    Check out our Brits Gigging in LA page too as there are a lot of great shows coming up, including Jake Bugg, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Howard Jones, Andy Bell and The XX!! Huge thank you to Sophie for keeping this page updated. Don't forget Brits in LA member Aaron works for AEG and can get you some great deals on tickets at the Staples Center . Email him here

    I was very impressed with the selection of British brands and the prices
    from Brands of  Britain. 
    15% OFF your first online order - Bloody Brilliant, I say!
    visit either www.brandsofbritain.com
    or email info@brandsofbritain.com
    use code BRITSLA


    NEED TO RENT AN AFFORDABLE CAR?
    Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
    prices?If all you need is a runaround to get from A to B you should call
    Zoe at Express Rent-a-Car*
    They have short or long term car renting (she occasionally sells used cars too) 
    7007 Canby Ave Reseda CA 91335 818-668-3052 Hours 9-5  M-F 
    and Sat by appointment after hours service 818-429-7073   
    Or email her Expressrentacar4less@yahoo.com
    Rates starting at $16.95 p/day Inc Taxes....
    She has helped many Brits in LA members
    Also now doing airport transfers for $60**
    *These cars are not brand new luxury vehicles
    **Rates may vary depending on distance

    Meet Evan Bolton from Audi Pacific who also works under the LA Car Guy Umbrella. He is very experienced with the Foreign Business Professional Leasing plan, so if you prefer something a bit more up market, definitely talk to him about getting an Audi. You  can even do it all over email so if you are coming from the UK you can have a car ready for your arrival! Ask nicely and he might pick you up from the airport too! They have some great specials at the moment so drop him a line to find out more EvanBolton@LACarGuy.com

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    "I have used Paul many times, he has a magical way of helping me see the role clearer, 
    and stops me from standing in my own way" - Craig Young, NCIS:LA, Hawaii 5.0, Fringe
    1st Session is Free!
    Acting Coach Paul Duddridge has an outstanding track record 
    helping British and US actors get work in Hollywood. 
     He usually works one to one with clients but due to demand 
    he is starting group classes from April 2013. For a free consultation about either class 
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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
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    $15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
    $18 for English Breakfast


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    SATURDAY SOCIAL
    For those Brits that have to work during the week come and join us for a fully earned half price Mimosa brunch - Same great deal as Tuesdays BBC. $15 and $6 mimosas. - Cecconi's is such a perfect setting to relax unwind and start your weekend right.


    SEE HEAR MOVIES
    Summer nights in L.A. are for hanging outdoors as long as you can, enjoying the great weather and good friends. Eat See Hear Movies puts together the ultimate nighttime outdoor hangout, combining popular films with live indie bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks. The Los Angeles State Historic Park screenings take advantage of the spacious park setting and views of the downtown cityscape, rolling the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi into the park for screenings of everyone's favorite movies along with live performances by up-and-coming bands. As always, a variety of the city's best food trucks will be on hand to dish out food, offering up a variety of food choices from around the world.
    Only $5 if you book through Goldstar

    Free Screening

    FREE SCREENING: the movie THE HEAT with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Our screening info is below:

    THE HEAT
    Wednesday May 22nd @ 7:30PM
    AMC Century City
    PLEASE Email atrotta@alliedim.com you will receive an email confirmation if you are successful


    BILLY ELLIOT
    in Costa Mesa
    Click here to get half price tickets on Goldstar

    Broadway Hit Experience The Beatles With Rain 

    Half price tickets available on Goldstar!

    CATCH THE 'SCOTSBORO BOYS' BEFORE IT HITS LONDON


    MEMBERS NEWS:
    Gorgeous Mid Century House to rent
    in Palm Springs
    MAY NO VACANCY
    JUNE AVAIL
    JULY AVAIL
    AUGUST SOME AVAIL
    SEPTEMBER NO VACANCY
    Email Craig for all the details.



    GET ME TO HOLLYWOOD: BRITISH EDITION
     Get Me To Hollywood: British Edition is now available for purchase & download on Amazon's Kindle Store!  

    BRITS ON THE STAGE
    Sandro Monetti is back


    Three shows in June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tickets at either at www.plays411.com/clooneycowell or hollywoodfringe.org


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    FITNESS AND SPORTS

    Our team THE BLAggers
    Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
    FOLLOW THEM HERE

    Or fancy a kick about? Some members are getting together to just have a fun kick-about with mates - check the group out here


    Anyone for Netball?


    Such a great group of Ladies. 
    All ages welcome as long as you can run around for an hour straight!
    If you fancy joining in the fun you can either join their Facebook group 

                           FINANCE SECTION 
    Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
    pro do it for you.
    Lisa is brilliant - they've helped us immensely and saved us an awful lot of
    time preparing for this years taxes.  
    CONTACT LISA AT lisa@fastaccounting.net
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    NEED ANY OR ALL INSURANCES, FROM CAR, TO HEALTH AND HOME
    SPEAK TO BRITS IN LA MEMBER ADAM BEACH


    "Adam Beach has been helping us set up our new retirement plans and 
    he's great at explaining all the complicated matter." - Brits in LA
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    Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
    Anne will be at the King's Head, Santa Monica doing spiritual
    readings Friday and Saturday afternoons make sure to call
    the number above to book an appointment.

    HOROSCOPES

    3/16/13  


    ARIES.
    If life at work is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month the pace will pick due to your boss Mars in your own sign. Uranus is also in there and will  not let you get away with much.

    TAURUS
    Your emotions are probably in a mess in regards to some area of life. It is more than likely a past situation that has brought things up and this is not in your best if you ignore it, so be ready to get it resolved once and for all .

    GEM
    This can be the best time in your life that’s because you are  looking at the truth
    of what you really desire.  This will stir you to make the much needed changes in your general life. Get ready you are about to makes a quick decision.

    CAN
    There is an old saying “ you can run but you cant hide “ This next couple of weeks will bring back a situation you had thought was passed. Its to your best good to deal with it head on and the sooner the better

    LEO.
    You may be in the mood to get far from the madding crown and you will as soon as what you must take care of in life is taken care of .Hey by then you will have some extra cash to play with.
    VIR
    This months beginning for you has not been as easy going  as you would like
    but its because everything in life is a lesson. When you can stop beating yourself up  you should relax and enjoy the moment.

    LIB
    Now we have Mars the red energy planet in Aries your opposite sign it is a wake up call for action. If you ignore the signs you will havethe explosive Uranus also in Aries to jolt  you into action. This means you will have to do the doing or it will be done for you.


    SCOR
    Mars your boss is sitting in Aries along with the explosive planet Uranus and as a result
    life could get sizzling hot for you especially in the relationship area. Best keep a handle on any thing said in haste  Don’t judge a book by the cover it could be interesting!!


    SAG,

    Mars your friendly cousin is sitting in Aries now encouraging you to take a leap of faith in some part of life. Be sure to look before you leap as he will be watching you and depending on where you land life can take a better direction than for some time.


    CAP.
    Mars in Aries along with Uranus can rattle more than a few bones for you .This may be a sign in time to take care of what not finished or things will take on a life of their own and it may not be what you wanted. Good news is you have time to rectify at least a couple of weeks.


    AQU
    If you can swing a weekend away this is the time as next month will be busier. Your unpredictable ruler Uranus is sitting with Mars this week in fiery Aries. This can mean a lot of things to different people this week .For you its keep a handle on that temper it can cause you problems.


    PISC
    .The family is much on your mind and if you learn to live in the moment things will work out quicker and with less stress. Things in life not what we want to happen however if you can not change it don’t stress, Life is good even so. Happy Birthday.



    And last but not least - An interview I did last week with Sandro Monetti talking about Brits in LA, UKares and my acting career.
    Video streaming by Ustream

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