Sumo Sato Luau of Love Benefit April 9

Surfers Support OC Surfing Pastor

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Surfers around the world feel a connection to each other known as Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family. And, when one of them is in need, they come together – just as a family would do – to give their love and support.

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That’s happening now in Orange County where surfers are joining forces to help Pastor Sumo Sato of the H2O Community Church in Huntington Beach and an official chaplain for the Huntington Beach lifeguards.

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When word got out that Sato is battling colon cancer everyone wanted to get on board to help. Soon a Facebook page was up and running and people began coming up with ways to help pay for Sato’s medical bills.

Event posterThe Sumo Sato Luau of Love, at Don the Beachcomber, Saturday, April 9 (12 – 5 pm) will enable the surfing community to raise funds and let Sato know how much he means to it

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Along with financial donations, people are donating their time, efforts, skills, and more. Surf Artists Ricky Blake, Marene K. Downs, Matt Stanton Beard, Al Scholl, and others contributed artworks to be auctioned. So did photographer Diana Sullivan. And Dave Reynolds designed the event poster.

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Surf industry members and local shops are donating merchandise. Rockin Fig Surf Headquarters on Main Street in HB is planning central for the event, providing a place to meet, drop off donations and get tickets.

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Sumo at Figs with surfboardSo, mark your calendar and join in this tribute to a man who has always been ready to provide spiritual guidance – from sermons and counseling to officiating at paddle outs for fallen surfers, Blessing of the Waves ceremonies and Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductions.

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The Luau includes a Hawaiian-style buffet, four no-host bars, live entertainment, hula dancing, silent and live auctions –  in a family-friendly environment. For more information, go to Luau of Love on Facebook. Or contact Andrea Roberson: 657-706-9781 or ndr.roberson@gmail.com

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Then get ready to share in the warmth of Ohana!

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Arctic Circle – Comic With Eco Spin

Penguins Chill Out at North Pole

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The penguin characters in Alex Hallatt’s syndicated comic strip Arctic Circle aren’t surfers, but they share the same environmental interests and fears of global warming. After all, the ice cap is their home.

Arctic_Circle_signHallatt’s strip, which King Features first syndicated in August 2007, is about three penguins who have migrated from the Antarctic to the small town of Snowpeak within the Arctic Circle. In their adopted home, the penguins’ neighbors include a polar bear, a snow bunny, a lemming and an Arctic tern.

charactersTogether, from their Northernmost vantage point, they make the best of all the modern day issues of the 21st Century from climate change, new technologies, relationships and ocean pollution to genetically modified organisms gone wild.

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bottlenose dolphinAs for how she happened to put her penguins in the Arctic Circle, Hallatt explains in the book she co-authored, The Art of Cartooning, that when she first started the comic strip “I didn’t really enjoy drawing. I thought the Arctic would give me lots of lovely, white, blank space with no complicated backgrounds.”

arctic_ice_flowSince then Hallatt says her attitude toward drawing has changed and “I’ve engineered my Arctic universe to include a lot more than snow, sea and ice.”

igloo built on whaleSurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel love Arctic Circle’s mix of humor and ecology, which reflects Hallatt’s background. The British-born cartoonist has a degree in biochemistry and she worked in the pharmaceutical industry before deciding she was destined to be a cartoonist.

Alex Hallat2An artist and adventurer, Hallatt, who currently resides in England, has also lived in New Zealand and Australia. So you never know what she will draw on for her daily comic strip.

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Whatever it is, you can count on the penguins and their friends to put their own, slightly quirky spin on it.

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RecyclingWhether you read Arctic Circle online or in your morning newspaper, it’s definitely the way to jump start your day. Thought-provoking and laugh-evoking, it’s the perfect way to chill.

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Urban Plates – A Sea of Seasonal Food

Affordable, Fresh & Friendly

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were invited to preview the new Urban Plates restaurant in Brea (3413 E. Imperial Hwy) that’s opening in mid-March we were excited to see how fresh everything is.

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The restaurant prides itself on “changing the way the world eats by making fresh, wholesome and delicious food that is affordable and accessible to everyone.”

DSC05886You can see the sandwiches and salads being made right in front of you and the fruits and vegetables arranged against the wall look like something out of a farmers’ market.

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DSC05893Executive chef Thomas McNamara told SurfWriter Girls the restaurant, which is a combination of cafeteria style and fine dining, makes everything fresh from scratch. He wants people to know that they can “eat good food and not break the bank.”

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Shane Templeman, operations services manager, echoes that sentiment and explained that he uses social media to help get the word out about Urban Plates’ passion for food.

 

From the moment you arrive at the restaurant it feels like a party with people talking to each other and reading the menu boards, deciding what to order. Overhead signs direct you to the salads – which are huge! – and to the sandwiches, braises & stews.

DSC05891Sandwiches, always a favorite, run the gamut from grilled wild albacore, free range chicken and grilled steak to barbecued beef and oven baked salmon, served on ciabatta bread or grilled brioche buns.

DSC05901If you’re looking for comfort food, check out the braised beef and mushrooms with a side of mashed potatoes. Or opt for something more exotic like the Moroccan chicken potato peas braise with a Middle East, bazaar-blend of spices, including turmeric, paprika, ginger and cinnamon.

DSC05902The beverage menu has local craft beers, local and regional wines, organic lemonade, iced tea, and seasonal replinishers, which vary throughout the year. The coffee is fair trade organic.

The dining area itself is a celebration of food with plates and cooking utensils on the walls and separate dining sections with outside seating available. It has a flow that encourages people to mingle and talk whether you’re just stopping in for a drink or a full meal.

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DSC05903SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti gave a hug to our friend, pastry chef Michele Deinstadt, who is a student in the Cypress College Hotel, Restaurant, Culinary program and also takes entrepreneur and marketing classes. She bakes everything from brownies, to layer cakes. And her molasses cookies are as big as saucers…and hard to resist!

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Even though the restaurant was packed with diners, general manager Alex Baumberg found time to stop by to talk to about Urban Plates’ commitment to healthy food and its plans to serve the Brea community.

DSC05919With its fresh, friendly environment, SurfWriter Girls know that this new eating spot will definitely be discovered soon.

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