Long Beach, Ca- Sir Patrick Stewart will serve as Grand Marshal for the featured Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sun., April 19 at the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The acclaimed stage and screen actor is a racing enthusiast who competed in the 2002 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on the streets of Long Beach. Best known for his roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the X-Men franchise, Stewart returns to series television later this year starring as the title character in “Blunt Talk,” a half-hour comedy executive produced by Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames for Starz.
Saturday’s Grand Marshal, pro football star DeSean Jackson, is a three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection who prepped at Long Beach Poly High School before going on to stardom at the University of California, Berkeley, and with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe will wave the green flag as Saturday’s Honorary Starter and will also star later that evening in the “Rock-N-Roar” Concert, free to race ticketholders.On Sunday, Honorary Starter honors fall to long-time open-wheel and sports car driving star Adrian Fernandez, who is enshrined on the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame.
Saturday’s national anthem singer will be Karla Mosley, who has appeared in “Hart of Dixie” and currently is a regular on TV’s popular “The Bold and the Beautiful” and, on Sunday, actor/musician James Maslow, a competitor in Saturday’s Pro/Celebrity Race and the star of the top-rated Nickelodeon program, “Big Time Rush,” will sing the anthem before the IndyCar race.
Sunday’s invocation will be given by Father Glenn O’Conner, Catholic Chaplain with the Verizon IndyCar Ministry.And, our nation’s colors will be presented on both days by Alpha Company, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, California Army National Guard.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB,Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.
Los Angeles, Ca- Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Inaugural Blue Diamond Gala with special performance by Aloe Blacc live at Dodger Stadium on Thursday April 16, 2015. The Los Angeles Dodger Foundation honored The Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and The LA84 Foundation. There were many current players and honored guest in support of the Foundation.
The Dodgers rolled out the blue carpet for the guest to honor that Dodger Blue. Once the guest arrived at VIP Reception at the top of the park with a stunning view of downtown skyline as backdrop. They were treated to unlimited hors d’oeuvres and chance to mingle among current and former Dodgers greats ie. Yasiel Puig & Steve Garvey.
HONORING THE JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION AWARD RECIPIENT: RACHEL ROBINSON, FOUNDER
THE LOS ANGELES FUND FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARD RECIPIENT: MEGAN CHERNIN, PRESIDENT & CEO
LA84 FOUNDATION AWARD RECIPIENT: ANITA DeFRANTZ, PRESIDENT
It’s always a good thing to have positive energy supporting the local baseball team the Dodgers. A few city officials took time out of the busy schedule to show city support, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Joe Buscaino and Assembly member Curren Price.
Anaheim, Ca-LA Kiss (0-3) drop their home opener to Las Vegas Outlaws (2-1) 61-48. The game was a shootout but penalties and missed opportunities was the difference tonight.
For the Kiss’ 1st game you could not write a better storyline then your last two quarterbacks coming back as opposing team head coach Aaron Garcia and starting QB JJ Raterink. The students out did their teach Bob McMillen head coach of the Kiss.
The Kiss fans were entertained by the team on both sides of the ball. Adrian McPherson settled into flow of the game late in first quarter. McPherson completed 50% of his passes for 194 yards and 7 touchdowns (3 Passing, 4 Rushing). His favorite target was Donovan Morgan who accounted for six catches, 112 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Raterink showed the old fans that all he needed last year was line and few more seconds in the pocket. Behind his new line Raterink amassed 9 touchdowns, 294 yards and completed 64% of his passes. Three different Outlaw receivers had at least 6 catches. Jomo Wilson was the high with 4 receiving touchdowns.
At halftime the Kiss fans were pumped up with their team only trailing by single score 27-21. Then Morgan struck first with 13 yard touchdown reception on opening drive to take 1 point lead 28-27. But then the was first of many special team mistakes. The Kiss decided to kick an onside kick that was recovered by the Outlaws and gave them a short field. Then special teams had two more crucial mistakes with problems on the kickoff returns. New return man Marcus Trice gave up two turnovers by fumble and mishandling the ball off the net.
The Kiss were almost able to overcome their short coming behind McPherson’s legs late in game keep his team close with back to back rushing touchdowns taking what the Outlaws defense was giving him. The teams last taste of the endzone was with 6:40 left on fourth quarter to bring the game to 54-48 deficient. The Outlaws put one more score on board to make sure they secured the win for the visiting team.
The Kiss will again be on the road next week as they travel to Orlando to take on the Predators on April 18th. They return home on April 25th to take on the Arena Bowl Champions Arizona Rattlers.
“Here on earth you will have many trial and sorrows; but take heart, I have overcome the world.”
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”.. That’s a line to an old spiritual song that’s been around for decades.
For the believer, this song comes to life at many points along the way in our lives. Being a follower of Christ doesn’t give us a ‘problem free life pass’!
In this life, we will face many challenges and obstacles. It doesn’t matter where you were born, who your parents are, or what type of education you have, you will face many challenges. No one is exempt from the trials and tribulation of this life.
Yet, Jesus tell us to take heart, knowing that He has overcome the world. When this life is over, we will see Him face to face, and finally meet the One who gave His life for us, so that once we pass through our earthly journey, we can spend eternity with Him..problem free, and so much more..
Can you imagine that? this dims the light on some of the issues that seem to shine so bright when we put it all into perspective!
Although we may not like it, God Himself assures us that we WILL have MANY trails and sorrows in this life, so we shouldn’t be surprised when they come!
Los Angeles, Ca- What do you get when you mix a room full of comedic talent? Comedians that rock, that’s what! Funny lady Hope Flood is taking over the stage once again with her 4th Annual Comics Rock! Convention, April 23 through 26, 2015, in the comedy capital, Los Angeles! The Comics Rock! Convention (CRC) will gather a diverse group of professional talent, from up and comers to veteran stand ups, with the intent of discoursing all things related to the industry of funny and beyond. Workshops and seminars will be held at comedian/radio personality J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club, located 5581 W Manchester Boulevard in Westchester, CA. Master comic, social/civil rights activist and humanitarian Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker at the convention on Saturday, April 25, during a luncheon held at The Mavericks Flat Bar & Grill on 4225 Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. A legendary octogenarian, Gregory was recently feted with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Industry experts such as Kym Whitley (OWN TV’s “Raising Whitley”), Luenell (“Katt Williams: American Hustle”), Mother Love (LA Talk Radio’s “The Mother Love Show”), Rodney Perry (BET’s”The Mo’Nique Show”), Shang Forbes (BET’s “Comic View”), Joe Torry(“Def Comedy Jam”) and The Mooney Twins (sons of comedy legend Paul Mooney) are only a sampling of the talent slated to conduct workshops and seminars over the course of the four days. Workshopsincluding “Social Media & More,” “The Art of Stand-Up Comedy,” and “Intro to Voiceovers” will assist comedians with conquering every aspect of the business. On Saturday, April 25, KJLH radio host Tammi Mac will also lend her comedic flair with her “On the Radio” workshop.
“Comics On the Catwalk 4a Cause Fashion & Comedy Show,” featuring a special musical guest and after party, promises to be an added event highlight. A co-production with Los Angeles’ premier event host, Kevin Rouseof Rouse House Entertainment, comedienneCocoa Brown (Tyler Perry’s“For Better or Worse”) and comic and New York’s KISS-FM morning show host, Talent Harris, will preside as comedians temporarily forfeit stand-up for fashion on the runway. The affair will benefit The American Diabetes Association and A Nickel of Hope, Inc., a non-profit founded by Hope Flood that helps mentor at-risk girls in the inner cities (www.anickelofhope.org). “Comics On the Catwalk 4a Cause Fashion & Comedy Show,” will take place Sunday, April 26at 3:00 p.m. at OHM Nightclub, 6801 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood. Tickets for this fundraising event are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comics-on-the-catwalk-for-a-cause-2015-tickets-16368124501 .
As the founder of Females in Comedy Association (FICA), Flood originally launched her comedy convention a few years ago as the “Females in Comedy Convention,” but has since expanded her vision to embrace both genders. With FICA however, she continues to offer female comedians tools for networking, mentoring, and collaborating as well as fueling awareness for comediennes in the entertainment industry. Comics Rock! will honor females in comedy with a special day of gifting and pampering.
“Comedy on stage and in life is a crucial component for happiness,” cites Flood. “This year’s convention is particularly special as we acknowledge all things funny but also all things crucial to survival in this ever changing business. It is especially heart warming for me to pay tribute to pioneer and icon, Dick Gregory. As a guide and mentor, it is his work and dedication that drives me to continue to present this convention year after year.”
Hope Flood has always made waves with her humor, reaching beyond the stage to influence and motivate. Early on in her career she was not only producing weekly showcases that served to propel the career of many comedians, but also publishing her own magazine, “Comedy the Magazine,” the first nationally distributed comedy magazine. She has served as an on-air radio personality onDallas’ KRNB 105.7 radio with BJ & The Morning Show and has appeared on the Russell Simmon’s HBO All-Star Def Comedy Jam,Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” hosted by Tracy Morgan, and “Comics Unleashed Hot Chocolate with Byron Allen,” to name a few. Hope has been a semi-finalist in the Old English 800 Women’s Comedy Crunch and a two-time semi-finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition.
For registration and more information regarding sponsorship, vendors or attendance, go to www.comicsrockconvention.com. The Comics Rock! Convention is going to seriously shake up the funny.
Westwood, Ca- UCLA closed out the Legends of Track & Field Invitational on Saturday at Drake Stadium. The meet was highlighted by some big personal bests and nine event victories.
The field had many local colleges there to sharpen their skills, San Diego State, UNLV, Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Academy of Art, Nevada, Cal State LA, and host UCLA.
San Diego State women’s 4 x 100 team blazed to 45.19 win : 1) Brown, Kristen SR 2) Henderson, Ashley FR 3) Auzenne, Micha SO 4) Glenn, Simone FR to start the track events off. The women may have a few less sprints to do on Monday practice pleasing head coach Sheila Burrell with win on her old collegiate track.
Academy of Art (San Francisco) men’s 4 x 100 team won with a time of 40.78 : 1) Britton, Marlon SO 2) McNally, Alexander JR 3) Edwards, Jordan SR 4) Howard, Shaquille JR. Howard ran that anchor leg strong to secure the win, the former Long Beach Poly Jackrabbit said “It feels good to be back home!”
Westwood, Ca- Ucla Legends Invitational day one has Bruins off to a fast start winning three event victories on Friday at Drake Stadium.
Senior Ida Storm opened the meet with a big victory in the women’s hammer throw. Storm unleashed the second best mark in the country with a season best of 213-6. Her throw was nearly a 12-foot improvement on the season.
Senior Alec Faldermeyer followed suit with a victory in the men’s hammer throw. The All-American cruised to the win with a mark of 204-10.
UCLA will close out the final day of the Legends of Track & Field Invitational on Saturday. Collegiate field events will begin at Noon while the action on the track will start at 2:05 p.m.
LOS ANGELES – Cal State L.A.’s baseball team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped Thursday night by Chico State in a tense opener to a four-game California Collegiate Athletic Association series.
The Golden Eagles got outstanding pitching from Greg Humbert and Mitchell Moore, but couldn’t produce enough late-inning heroics and fell to the Wildcats, 3-2, at Reeder Field. Cal State L.A. (19-10, 14-7 CCAA) committed a costly fourth-inning error and left eight runners on base, including six in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Humbert pitched seven strong innings to give the Golden Eagles a chance. He allowed eight hits and three runs, but only two of them were earned. He walked one and struck out five in his longest outing of the season.
Moore entered the game in the eighth and was dynamic over the final two innings. He retired all six batters he faced, four of them by strikeout.
Kyle Peralta was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI for Cal State L.A., while Jesus Cuevas was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Danny Miller was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. He had a pair of triple down the right-field line that were instrumental in the Chico State win. Dylan Garcia was 2-for-5.
Luke Barker went eight innings to get the win for Chico State. He allowed seven hits and only one earned run and was able to escape Cal State L.A. threats in the latter part of his start. Ryan O’Shea pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.
The Golden Eagles struck first in the second with an unearned run. Peralta doubled and scored with two outs when a ground ball from the bat of Paul Martinez was misplayed and then throw away.
Cal State L.A. helped Chico State get two runs in the fourth. An infield pop-up was dropped to start the inning and Miller cashed in the miscue with his first triple of the game. Sean Smith followed with a one-out single to score Miller and give Chico State a 2-1 lead.
Chico State made it 3-1 in the sixth. Miller tripled again and scored on a groundout by Clayton Gelfand.
The Golden Eagles didn’t score in the sixth after loading the bases with one out on a walk to Trent Zaks, a single by Rodrigo Martinez, a sacrifice bunt by Jesus Cuevas and an intentional walk to Peralta. The Golden Eagles didn’t score in the seventh inning, either, after Paul Martinez led off with a single.
Cal State L.A. made it 3-2 in the eighth when Peralta doubled home Cuevas with one out. Jake Jelmini was hit by a pitch, but Barker retired the next two batters to escape further trouble.
The Golden Eagles got the tying run aboard in the ninth when Nick Osuna drew a one-out walk. Trent Zaks hit a bullet on a 3-2 pitch that seemed destined for left field, but Garcia dove to his left to make the play and began a game-ending double play.
Cal State L.A. will continue the four-game series with Chico State in a doubleheader at Reeder Field beginning at 1 p.m.
Game Recap Provided Courtesy of Cal State LA Athletics
“For great is Your love, higher than the heavens.”
The love of the Lord is indescribable at times..
He takes the broken hearted, and mends every piece. He takes the rejected and abandoned, and showers His acceptance and favor upon them.
It never matters how far you’ve strayed, or how long you’ve strayed, God’s arms are always stretched out and ready to receive the weary soul.
It is funny how the human mind thinks. When we are hurt or intentionally mistreated, we seek revenge and justification. We will even go as far to try and hurt the one who has hurt us even more than what they did to us.
Not so with the Father. We disobey daily, and yet He says “Come, I forgive you and I love you.”
We walk away from assignments that we ‘feel’ we can’t handle, and He says “It’s ok, get back up and try again, I am with you.”