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Surf Dog Is Quite the Best Friend!


Ricochet, the Surfin’ for Paws-abilities surf dog who is fundraising for Patrick Ivison, a 15-year-old quadriplegic and surfer exceeded her fundraising goals, and won second place in the large dog category at the Surf City Surf Dog event last weekend in Huntington Beach. You can see my video about the event, Ricochet and Patrick here.

Ricochet has been leading a fundraising campaign for Patrick for the last several months.  As part of these efforts, she and Patrick performed a tandem surf demonstration at the Surf City Surf Dog event last Sunday with the goal of raising funds, as hundreds of onlookers enjoyed the tandem pair.

Ricochet’s fundraising goals were twofold:  Raise enough money to cover the $2,000 cost of Patrick’s new service dog, Kona from Pawsitive Teams, a local service dog organization.  And, raise at least $5,000 for Patrick’s intense physical therapy at Project Walk.

The WebMD Health Foundation, who is thrilled to help Patrick reach his goals, made a kick off donation of $3,600, which helped Ricochet raise a total of $8,200, exceeding her goals! Donations are still coming in, and being accepted, so the totals will be updated in the next several weeks. If you’d like to make a donation click here.

Patrick suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of an uninsured driver backing a car over him, when he was a child.

How to get front-row seat for Broadway show for $20


This could be my one and only chance in a lifetime to sit in the front row of anything, (except for maybe a sold-out movie). Front row seats for “RENT: The Broadway Tour” are available for $20 the day of performance only at the Center Box Office at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Here are the details: Seats in the front two rows of the orchestra will be made available for just $20 for every performance of “RENT,” the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical running from Oct. 20-25. The $20 tickets go on sale at the Center’s box office on the day of each performance only, two hours prior to the show and are available to anyone, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person. The tickets will be distributed two hours before curtain on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line. The available seats are in two rows of chairs that have been set in front of the first rows of the house. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.  Regular tickets are $20-$70 and are on sale now.

Surfers Are Up Today at A Restaurant!


The A Restaurant in Newport Beach is well known for its fun, local celebrity guest bartenders nearly every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. And this week’s bartenders are pouring drinks for a cause—even better! Surf industry vets, Bob Hurley, Rob Machado, Sean Collins and Jonno Wells, will be pouring drinks with director McG for SurfAid International and relief efforts for the recent earthquake in Padang, Sumutra. So stop by for a drink and raise funds for a much-needed cause.

Prices Fall at Fleming’s!


The Fall is here, and that’s when Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach rolls out its three course fall prix fixe menu, priced at an affordable $39.95. Starters include roasted butternut squash soup; entree selections feature crackling pork osso bucco (slow-cooked pork shank served crispy with barbecue glaze and cilantro oil or filet mignon brochette), shallots, mushrooms and sweet peppers with Madeira sauce. For dessert? Dark chocolate mousse cake with almond brittle and malted crème anglaise. Bon appétit.

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