BLA BLA BLA! Weekly Newsletter - Nov 21st 2013


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If you are new to LA you maybe interested to know that you don't need an American credit score to buy or lease a car, there is such thing as an Foreign Business Professional Leasing program that both Volkswagen, Santa Monica and Audi Pacific offer,  you need proof of some sort of visa to work in the USA. Email Artem or Jordan at Volkswagen, Santa Monica,  or Evan Bolton at Audi Pacific at  to find out how you can get into a car hassle free - these guys have helped countless Brits in LA members already. 

Plus both dealerships have committed to donating $100 per vehicle leased or sold to 
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Editor's Letter


Hi Breeps!
Thanksgiving is not too far away and it’s one of Americas biggest holidays -
Picture from Wikipedia
 I’m sure you all pretty much familiar with the tradition and the ‘real meaning’ of thanksgiving so won't patronize you with the ‘What’s it all about, Alfie?” but traditionally it’s celebrated around a feast and is very much about family time. I know so many of us ex-pats arrive here alone and without family and wonder whether we should join in the celebrations or not! I like to think as my friends in LA as my family, and that includes a LOT of Brits. Also being some what of a transient city, most of my American friends go back to their hometowns to be with their families. Whether you celebrate or not there is also a lot of good we can do on thanksgiving day.  
There are many homeless shelters that take on volunteers to serve thanksgiving dinner to the estimated 254,000 men, women and children living on the streets. And did you know, about 14 to 18 percent of homeless adults in Los Angeles County are not U.S. citizens compared with 29% of adults overall. See below I have listed a few shelters and missions in the LA area you can contact to see how you can get involved and give back to your community this year.

Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration

WHEN: Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday all day.

WHERE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

WHAT: Last year more than 1,200 volunteers served 2,500 meals and distributed tons of clothing and blankets. They also provided hundreds of children's immunizations, haircuts, and free medical consultations.

Los Angeles Mission Thanksgiving

WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday all day

WHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles

WHAT: Volunteering doesn’t just mean serving meals— the L.A. Mission is looking for donations of food, clothing, gifts, cash, and time. All will benefit the lives of impoverished men, women, and children who live on and around Skid Row. Last year volunteers and celebrities dished up 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of sesame and garlic roasted mashed potatoes, 800 pounds of green beans, and 600 pies; about 4,000 meals in all.

Union Station Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park

WHEN: Thursday at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Pasadena’s Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena

WHAT: Nicknamed the “Biggest Potluck in the Nation,” this event provides thousands of Thanksgiving meals for homeless men, women, children, seniors, very low-income families, and people who have no place where else to spend the holiday.

Food on Foot

WHEN: Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: 1625 N. Schrader Ave., Hollywood

WHAT: Volunteers will distribute hot nutritious meals, bus tokens, and sleeping bags to over 500 homeless and poor in Hollywood on Thanksgiving Day.

14th Annual Gobble Gobble Give
WHEN: Thursday setup begins at 7 a.m., event begins at 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Echo, 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
WHAT:  Gobble Gobble Give is looking for volunteers to serve food and/or to give clothing, toiletries, and time to those in need. The goal is to serve 6,000 meals. 

The lovely Miranda Kerr
This past week was quite eventful from the unveiling of the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe to launch of this years LA auto show. Actor Nicholas Hoult,  Kelly Osbourne, Paul Oakenfold, Simon Cowell, Miranda Kerr, “Byker Grove's" very own Donna Air and Male supermodel David Gandy mingled with Brits in LA Key members at Raleigh Studios, Playa Vista. 


Tinned dinner
The food was extremely tasty British style fish and chips in cones, beef short ribs over mashed potatoes and gravy served in a tin, Darren Darnborough commented that it was just like a Fray Bentos.?! Catering was by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Old Speckled Hen and Strongbow cider flowed alongside champagne for quite the unveiling. 
video

When the backdrop fell, an amazing light show ensued with a high speed car chase with the three F-Type coupes.

While I was swanning around being fabulous, Eileen was getting down and dirty with
Team 'NOT QUITE MORONS' won the quiz this week and thanks to
Marmalade Cafe for the raffle prize
Sandro Monetti  (wait that sounded wrong - oo-er missus) who was our guest quiz master at our new weekly “Pub quiz at the Pikey” he will also be taking on hosting duties at this weekends “Doctor Who” extravaganza at The Cat and Fiddle Pub.” Tessa Shaw a former Doctor Who actress will be there in person to judge the Who costume contest and introduce the special 50 year anniversary episode.  tix $15 includes a free drink.

Artwork courtesy of Cat n Fiddle Pub
Brits in LA 7th annual Christmas Party & Toy drive for Adopt-a-Letter
we have booked the venue, and will be hosting at new hot spot Pearl's on the Sunset Strip.
Tickets for our annual Christmas party also went on sale this week - tickets are very limited due to the intimate but very stylish venue Pearl’s of Sunset. Tickets are $65 which includes delicious appertisers and a full open bar.  Don’t wait  - 
We always sell out at Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas nobody does it better than Cadbury's - scroll to the end to see more Brit holiday commercials

And as always every Tuesday is breakfast club at Cecconi’s sponsored by Next Stop LAX and every Wednesday at 11am is our twitter chat with BBC America

Hope to see ya around.

Craig

The latest installment of Back to Jack, by Lisa Marks.


LOOKING TO RENT OUT YOUR CAR?
Drive Hubber  can help you do it safely and legally!
They take care of the insurance plus you get a free car wash
and don't have to pay for parking either!
If you are looking to rent a car make sure to mention you are a 
Brits in LA member, as he is offering a discount for you too !
Call Paul if you have any questions (855) 482-2371 ext. 120
or email him here


CONFUSED ABOUT OBAMACARE AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU?
Member Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. To find out more information you can reach him on 310 414 2100 or email him at info@beachfinancialgroup.com to get more information or get into an affordable plan.
He also can help with travel insurance, including those of you who are not residents here.  





We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.

Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325

MEET A MEMBER

Meet Nicholas Hosking from Surrey who moved to LA in 1997 to avoid getting a real job.


Don't forget to check our website Britsin.LA for all the info for upcoming Brit acts performing in or around LA, visit our Gigging Page as lots of great Brits coming to town, including our own EC twins - (THEY DJ'D ONE OF OUR VERY FIRST EVENTS 7 YEARS AGO.) Should be a fantastic night!

 If you have a gig you want to add to our listings email us here 


Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?
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


We have set up a Job Opportunities page for you, 
If you have a vacancy or need some work please post it here
If you have something to sell you should check out our Selling Pages
And for housing click here


Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Contact Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . 
For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the 
Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan

WE NOT ONLY LOVE CLAIRE WE ALSO LOVE HER DRESSES
& 20% GOES TO THE UKares CHARITY
Order your holiday dress by Brit fashion designer Claire Farwell & 20% of purchase goes to UKares
3 dresses to choose from.  
Purchase at 
add the code UKARES @ checkout

We're football crazy, We're football mad!
photo courtesy of C.Young

It is Premier League time check out our 
Steve 'Steptoe' Sidelnyk is our new sports correspondent!!! 
Read his column now! New every Friday.

As a Brit in LA you are bound to want to arrive at your next event in style?! Halloween, Toscars 2014, Britannia Awards? Or  send one to the airport to pick your mum up next time she visits? She will start her  trip to Hollywood in an excellent fashion!

In which case you can't go wrong with booking this classy stretch Town Car.
Your chauffeur Paul is a fellow Brit, and is looking forward to driving you to your next event.
Contact him via email or call 310-770-8845
Mention Brits in LA to secure the best rate! Brits looking after Brits!!
( But of course he drives non Brits too!) 


CHRISTMAS TIME,  MISTLETOE & WINE!

Thought about becoming a ‘Key Member’ ? and also a 20% off Christmas items from Brit grocery store 'Oh Fancy That!' check out her lovely crackers above! 
Click if you want to join our Key Members Club

I know for some of you it is a little early to start thinking about Christmas, however if you want your greeting cards to arrive on time, you had better start writing them now.
I came across these great designs by fellow Brit, Dean Morris. They are certainly not for the fainthearted, but I think a lot of you will enjoy them. 
Dean is offering Brits in LA members a 15% discount off your order
He has great gifts too - so make sure to check him out! 
(excludes shipping costs) 
Enter code 'ukla'
Our go to health insurance guy Adam Beach now can help you with Auto Insurance!


UPCOMING THINGS TO DO

BRITS BREAKFAST CLUB 
SPONSORED BY NEXT STOP LAX
Every Tuesday RSVP HERE
$15 inc Tax and Tip* Breakfast Club sponsored by NextStopLAX
$18 for English Breakfast and free valet parking!

NextStopLAX  is the leading relocation and visa consultancy service for entertainment industry professionals transitioning to living and working in the US
Relocating Entertainment Professionals.
Next Stop LAX. Every day our team of experts assists entertainment professionals from all over the world in making the major transition towards working legally in the USA. We have a proven track record in obtaining visas and helping our clients meet other employment requirements. 
Disclaimer: Next Stop Media’s principal (Mr. Andrew Newton) is a bonded immigration consultant registered with the California Secretary of State, holding Bond Number 61292049. The Company is not a law firm and does not engage in the provision of legal advice. The Company does not guarantee any particular outcome for its clients, including adjudications of visa petitions or the processing time for such petitions. Further terms and conditions, including disclosures required by statute, are set forth on our website and in our client intake forms and engagement letters.

ARE YOU A BRIT OF A BRAINIAC?
Our monthly pub quiz at The Pikey is proving rather popular, so have decided to make this a weekly event. Team 'Our House' won for the second time in a row, so if you think you have what it takes to knock them off their pedestal come join us on a Tuesday night, starting in November. Not all questions are based on British knowledge, in fact it pays to have a couple of non Brits on your team!
Feel free to come solo, as we will put you on a team. Don't worry you won't be the only one and buy the end of the night you will have a new group of friends!
ALL DETAILS HERE


CALLING ALL WHOVIANS!
Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who!
November 23rd at The Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood
Hosted by Sandro Monetti 
Get your tickets here 
*closed captions will be available on 1 screen

PAUL DUDDRIDGE

ACTING CAREER COACH

"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!
As a producer / agent in the UK, Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit www.acting.fm
SPECIAL OFFER just for US
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal ! http://yogaworks.com/

EVENTS
we think you might like!)
Theatre Lovers! Irish Lovers! Elvis Lovers! 
You will all enjoy the World Premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s female-driven play ELVIS'S TOENAILS ~ playing at The Sidewalk Theatre in Burbank 11/15 through 12/8. Tickets are $20/person or $15/person for groups of 2 or more. Get your tickets here: 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
with Helena Bonham Carter
in theatres this week

Produced by our own David Faigenblum

SLEEPING BEAUTY BALLET

We also have a very special offer for you to see Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ - The two-time Tony Award® and five-time Olivier Award winning choreographer sets his sights on the third and final Tchaikovsky masterwork, re-imagining Sleeping Beauty as a gothic romance complete with fairies and vampires, enchanting and arresting scenery and costumes, all in a fully immersive surround sound experience. Special savings of up to 30% on select performances of Matthew Bourne’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, November 21- 29. Visit www.centertheatregroup.org/sleep and use promo code SLEEP.
 As part of National Theatre's 50th Anniversary festivities, they are offering "encore showings" of 2 of their most popular HD offerings - plus one NEW showing!

Saturday, Dec. 7, 1:30 pm
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1:30 pm
 Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 pm 
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
And if you don't have tickets yet, be sure to check out 
Saturday, Feb. 8, 4 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, Feb. 9, 4 pm 

NTLIVE TICKET PRICES
$25 Premium Seats (+ $5 booking fee)
$20 Regular Seats (+ $5 booking fee)
(Please note:  These are recorded video performances from National Theatre in London.)


Box Offfice:
310-827-0889, M - F, 10 am - 6 pm 

You can also contact our off-site/after hours service center at 866-811-4111.

All NTLive showing of National Theater are presented by L.A. Theatre Works at UCLA's James Bridges Theater, 935 Charles E. Young Drive (just off Sunset & Hilgard) with easy access to convenient parking that's just steps from our theater/  All Sales Final.   

PANTOMIME TIME!
Aladdin is coming to LA!
produced by the Lythgoe family.
Bring your American friends and show them what panto is all about!
Brits in LA members get a discount too
Toscars Judge, Bruce Vilanch has just joined the cast too. 
Use code LFP2013
Get your tickets here
Runs Dec 11 -29th 
Malibu Winter Classic Golf Tournament
benefiting the Special Olympics 
 Dec 5th, 2013
 Register here 

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Need a car for a month or longer? don't wanna pay the big brand car-rental
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MEMBERS NEWS
 congrats to Richard Halverson on his latest commercial for the Google Nexus





Brits in LA member, Florencia Carrizo work on the costumes for the LA Opera's 
Magic Flute and Falstaff , (featured in last weeks British Weekly )
which also happens to be a hot pick of Neil Fletcher!
Goldstar have great ticket deals for Falstaff, watch this space for discounted tickets for  the Magic Flute too! 
tickets here 

MATT CRABTREE
 is in a play!
Runs through till November 24th
Get tickets here

CAMERON NEILSON 
PALMS SPRINGS RESIDENCY
Delighted to share the following discount with the whole of Brits in LA.
10% discount for all November shows.  Code :  BRITROCK
No limits. Purchase via http://theedgepalmsprings.com
I saw this last weekend and it was brill. def check it out if you are there
video

The Real Warhorses
The Warhorse Foundation is run by Brits in LA member Fritz Bronner. 
They will be making an appearance at the Rose parade on New Years Day 
and have also been invited to the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. They need a bit of help raising the funds to get them to the UK, so if you can help, visit their website here.
Or just show a bit of support by 'liking' them on Facebook here


One of the most common questions we get asked is 
for shipping company recommendations. 
We have heard great things from a lot of you about these guys UPAKWESHIP. 
Visit their website here 


FITNESS AND SPORTS

Yogaworks is opening in Hollywood

PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON 
where to watch?!

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 

have said they will even open for the early ones 
if you want to round up a group! 
If we have missed any pubs , please let us know and 
we will happily add to the list below. 

Cat and Fiddle - Hollywood (323) 468-3800
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

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 The Patriates FC
Made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
and click here for their match schedule. 

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 

FINANCES
Don't get frazzled with your bookkeeping have a 
pro do it for you.
Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

Weekly Stars with Anne Shaw

email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com 
call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
She is amazing!

ARIES.
In any relationship situation please understand you cant control everything that people think so all you can do is  really is to keep an eye on what the other person is doing as it will be all you can do .

TAURUS
Your priority should be taking care of you in any area that requires attention. and start with what you know is well overdue .On the upside you can expect a call for a social event. Choose to dress extra specially.

GEM
The sun in your opposite sign Sagittarius can bring out a very creative side of you and its time to explore new areas. If you have unfinished business Mercury moving fast will bring it to the boil. Be bold and go for what you want.

CAN
You will have to be aware this next couple of week to not speak out of turn or about any one .Jupiter in your own sign is going for a slow backwards stroll until spring and you will regret any thing that is not a positive action or word

LEO.
This week ahead is a roller coaster and if you have responsibilities be sure they are of the highest priority. You can not just live in your own world and expect others to help or be there if you don’t reach out and ask.

VIR
Its time for a talk to some one who is not helping your life or making it easier than it can be .It is likely a family member or whom you consider so. With this mind bite the bullet and speak your truth.

LIB

If you have some thing on your mind even if it seems trivial, Be sure to at least write it down and then decide what is the best way to tackle the situation .You will know if it is a person you need to address that gently is always your best approach.

SCOR
Love or money situations will be back as Mercury started his forward stroll , this time make sure you get a good resolution.. Do not just roll with the punches this week stand up for your self in any way you feel that is unfinished

SAG,
.Be ready to have extra guests this month at the holiday and even if you are not too happy about this it will end up fine. This is the beginning of your new year. Happy Birthday

CAP
All work and no play makes for a dull life .Its not always this way and by mid December life is due for a much needed change .This means you must look at what has not worked this year and prepare yourself to change this .

AQU
Family matters at the holidays is surely not coming up again you ask? Well yes for sure if its not changed or is incomplete in any way .Be ready to party for sure and make it  fun by being laid back and mellow.

PISC

You have had problems this past few weeks for sure, however the events are unfolding now as you planted the seeds in the early summer .So remember if you plant potatoes don’t expect roses and if you don’t, well you will know better next time.

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