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December 26, 2009

DEC 29: Meet Daredevil Travis Pastrana at DC Store (Melrose)

Travis Pastrana



Travis Pastrana, the star of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., will make a special autograph signing appearance at
the DC Store on Melrose
Tuesday, December 29th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

8025 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0041

Travis Pastrana

Pastrana will attempt to shatter the world record for car distance jumping at
Red Bull: New Year. No Limits., which will air live on ESPN on Thursday, December 31 at 6:00pm PST From the Long Beach Pier.

December 21, 2009

DEC 21: Anthony Kiedis To Host Dual-Cause Holiday Fundraiser at Shop For A Cause Pop-Up Boutique

Anthony Kiedis, Sherri Rogers and Niki Shadrow 
Host a Dual-Powered Charity Event for
Cambodian Children’s Fund & Children of the Night
WHAT:  Holiday Party hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis, the fabulous Niki Shadrow and Sherri Rogers. Come enjoy an evening of appetizers, desserts, & cocktails. Musical stylings by DJ Kid Japer and fabulous shopping for a great cause.

Guests attending the event can drop off product/presents for Children of the Night Charity Shelter at the party. A Wish List from Children of the Night can be found HTTP://www.childrenofthenight.org/wishlist.html.  All donations from the event will benefit Children of the Night.


The party will take place at the Shop For A Cause Pop-Up boutique, a high-end luxury shopping experience.  Your favorite men’s, women’s and children’s designer cloth­ing will be presented at up to 90% off retail!  All proceeds from the sale will help benefit the lives of chil­dren who are suffering from malnutrition and unsafe living conditions in Cambodia. The retail atmosphere embodies a luxurious lounge appeal with some of LA’s hottest DJ’s spinning tunes.  The space includes a wine bar by ONEHOPE, and is hosted by Blue Angel Vodka, Mellow, Jana Water, Hint Water, Izze and Diana Phillips Artisan Chocolatier.  This shopping soiree is the perfect place to buy chic holiday gifts at an amazing discount, all while supporting two worthwhile causes!


WHO: Celebrities expected: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Lindsay Lohan, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Asher Book, Samantha Droke, and many more.


Celebrities who have already attended: Garcelle Beauvais, ,Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven”), Brandi Cyrus (Frank and Derol – Miley’s older sister), Renee and Scott Baio, Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray,” “Dancing with the Star,” “Dance Your Ass Off”), Barrett Foa (“NCIS”), Samantha Droke (“Eastwick,” “Princess Protection Program”), Zoe Myers (recording artist), Shane Sparks, Asher Book (“FAME”), Allen Evangelista (“Secret Life of American Teenager”).

Designers:  Superdry, William Rast, Ella Moss, Junk Food, Gordon Rush, Jeffrey Fitzhugh, Frankie B., Dittos, See Thru Soul, Kut From the Kloth, Spiewak, Ever, Rich and Infamous, Primp, OHA Skin, T3, PONY, Love Crush, Skechers, Faith Worx, Twirls and Twigs, Critter Brigade, Kaiya Eve, Ju-Ju-Be, GoGo Gear and GoGo Voyage, Linea Pelle, Todd Goldman, Daniel Maltzman, Jurni Tea, Logan and Blue, Baby Genius, David and Goliath, Volcom, Rewash, Bishop, Brooke Benson Jewelry, Private Quarters, CLENE, Geren Ford, Gibson, Fender, OM Girl, Aziam, Allen Allen, Dayla Baby, Kao Pao Shu, MikiMax by Julie Quinn, Juan DeLascarain, Add-A-Kid, Diana Phillips (chocolates), Alterna, Aquiesse (candles), DayNa Decker (candles), Fenix, Colorescience, Baby Butter, Budzie, Chatti Patti, PippiTails, Pink Pewter, Cali Norton, Family Jewels, French , Cameron Hawaii, Primp and more!


WHEN: Monday, December 21, 2009.  7PM -10PM


WHERE: Shop For A Cause Pop-Up Boutique (directly across from Maxfield – near Robertson).  8816 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA  90069

About Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)

Cambodian Children’s Fund is a non-profit 501c (3) tax-exempt organization, which was founded by Hollywood film executive Scott Neeson. Scott traveled to Cambodia on holiday in early 2003 and found his life forever changed by the desperate circumstances and unlikely courage of Phnom Penh’s most impoverished children.


CCF was originally developed as one shelter providing a safe haven for 45 children in critical need. Within five short years, CCF has grown to incorporate five separate facilities, where over 400 children receive nutrition and housing, as well as medical treatment, dental services and vaccinations. CCF children are given a comprehensive educational program that includes local language reading and writing, as well as multi-level classes in English, social studies and math. They also attend evening classes at the rooftop cultural center, where they learn traditional Khmer music, dance and drama.


CCF is also expanding its community relief programs to provide suffering families better access to education, health care, food assistance and safe drinking water - essential in an environment where an estimated 80% of illnesses are water related. For additional information and to learn more about Cambodian Children’s Fund, please visit www.cambodianchildrensfund.org


About Children of the Night

Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. They are dedicated to assisting children between the ages
of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. Since 1979, they have rescued girls and boys from
prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. They provide all programs with the support of private donations.

Children of the Night is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children each year. Their commitment to rescuing these children from the ravages of prostitution is shared with a small but committed group of detectives, FBI agents, and prosecutors in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Diego, other areas of California, Las Vegas, Portland, Billings, Montana; Seattle, Washington; Miami, New York, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Phoenix, Hawaii and Washington D.C. — all stops on the child prostitution circuit.  The numbers keep growing as more and more dedicated individuals become concerned about the welfare of these desperate children.

Child prostitutes require specialized care for effective intervention. Most of the children were first victimized by a parent or early caregiver.  Most have been tortured by treacherous pimps and many testify in lengthy court proceedings against the pimps who have forced them to work as prostitutes.

In most cases these children do not have appropriate homes to return to and the only relative who is a suitable guardian may live far away from the child’s hometown. For many the only option is an out of home placement, college dorm, maternity home or mental health program. For those who reach 18 and need additional time to prepare to enter the mainstream society, independent living programs are recommended; special education programs are advised for those who need extra help with school and alcohol or drug recovery homes are suggested for those with substance abuse problems.

Children of the Night is in demand to assist other agencies across the country and around the world to develop similar programs.


About Shop for a Cause

Conscience Collective is pleased to announce that it has partnered with leading fashion designers for a new shopping platform that benefits shoppers by providing designer labels at significant savings while also providing charities with much needed donations. The first “Shop for a Cause” event started on December 3, 2009, sponsored by Morgan Samuels and benefits Cambodian Children’s Fund. The nearly 5,000 square foot space makes Melrose Avenue its “Pop-up” home and is located directly across the street from world famous Maxfield.

The temporary store features a wide selection of designer apparel and accessories for men, women and children as well as a collection of home and gift items all at up to 90% off retail prices, with proceeds supporting Cambodian Children’s Fund. In addition to offering a hip, fun environment and great deals on fashion and gifts, this special shopping experience will offer an unforgettable platform to educate Angelinos about Cambodian Children’s Fund and their incredible mission to help improve the quality of life for children.

This signature-shopping event marks a new fundraising format for Conscience Collective. Event updates, including information on how to donate to Cambodian Children’s Fund and/or participate in “Shop for a Cause: Chic, Cheap & Charitable”, will be available at http://www.ShopforaCause.us.com

December 11, 2009

DEC 12-13: CHEERS! at Environment Furniture, Free Holiday Event

Here is a message from the fine folks at EcoStiletto, an organization that specializes in eco-aware events in LA:

If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, take a break from shopping and join Anna Getty & eco-designer Heather Heron on Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th for a family weekend event with cookies and hot chocolate at Environment Furniture, inspired by Anna's new book I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations and Recipes That Use Less and Mean More. Environment Furniture is located at 8126 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90048. The event is free and no rsvp is necessary.


December 2, 2009

DEC 3-13: Shop For A Cause to Benefit the Cambodian Children's Fund (Featured Event)

Posted by Don Rose

As the holiday season revs into full gear, what better way to ring in the season than by shopping and doing good at the same time. A new WeHo popup store will let you do just that. "Shop for a Cause - Chic, Cheap & Charitable" runs December 3-13, 2009, offering designer labels at up to 75% off retail. Yes, this 10-Day Boutique will feature a wide selection of designer apparel and accessories for men, women and children as well as a collection of home and gift items, all at up to 75% off retail prices - and best of all, the proceeds benefit Cambodian Children’s Fund, www.cambodianchildrensfund.org.

So make your way down to 8816 Melrose (the trendy Melrose/Robertson area of West Hollywood) between December 3 and 13, from 10am – 8pm daily. For event updates, new product arrivals and additional information, please visit www.ShopforaCause.us.com. To donate product or to volunteer please contact Steven at: steven@ShopforaCause.us.com  





Steven Yamin

310.413.3339 Tel  / 310.861.8002 Fax

"Shop for a Cause - Chic , Cheap & Charitable"

To benefit Cambodian Children's Fund




November 19, 2009

NOV 19: Freedom and Fashion Designer Showcase & Trade Show Features Fair-Trade Clothing

Unique event, free and open to the public, raises awareness about fair-trade style during show on UCLA campus

Freedom and Fashion will hold its inaugural Freedom and Fashion Designer Showcase and Trade Show on November 19th 2009 at UCLA’s Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Freedom and Fashion brings awareness to the social injustices of modern-day slavery, sex trafficking, child labor, and human rights violations through the vehicle of a fashion show. Freedom and Fashion supports non-profit organizations by giving them exposure through the runway showcase, Freedom and Fashion magazine catalogue and biographical short films, as well as the opportunity to sell and market their products at FnF events. Freedom and Fashion events feature non-profit organizations and fair-trade clothing companies. Current partners include: Not For Sale, Nightlight and Kauzbots. “Seeing little children exploited for the sake of making money, and in the name of ‘style,’ was horrendous to me. I had to act!” States Freedom and Fashion’s President, B. Kim, “Freedom and Fashion is a way for me to put my resources and talents to use for positive change.” The vision of this innovative fashion event is to increase the demand for socially responsible and ethically produced goods and ensure they are readily available to consumers. The Freedom and Fashion event will draw the social injustices of the fashion industry from the background of consumer awareness to the foreground, and transforms shoppers into conscious consumers with a concrete “call to action” resulting in the ultimate goal of empowering guests with understanding that their own purchasing power can be used for greater purposes.

Freedom and Fashion welcomes all members of the community to attend.
Doors open at 6pm, fashion show at 7pm, trade show 8-10pm. 
Location: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom.

For more information visit www.

What is Freedom And Fashion?

Too often, fashion shows focus on the art of fashion design without deeper, substantial understanding of the impact the art form may or may not have on society. On one side of the fashion industry is art and culture, wealth and privilege, style and grace — society’s representation of what it means to be beautiful. The flip side, however — the hidden side of the fashion industry— is the exploitation of factory workers, cotton harvesters, and enslaved children. Freedom and Fashion (FnF) seeks to reconcile this through our Freedom and Fashion Designer Showcase and Trade Show. All merchandise featured and sold at, or promoted through FnF events are from non-profit organizations and companies that practice fair trade and/or provide critical job sustainability in various areas of the world. FnF draws the social injustices of the fashion industry from the background of consumer awareness to the foreground, and transforms shoppers into conscious consumers with our call to action!


Victoria Young
Freedom and Fashion
Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing
(626) 703-8812

November 12, 2009

NOV 12: FREE COFFEE BEAN Holiday Drinks, 4--8pm; Winter Dream, Pumpkin & Peppermint Please!

by Don Rose

With unemployment now topping 10 percent nationwide, we all could use a freebie now and then. Today, November 12, we have a nice refreshing one: from 4--8pm you can get free drinks at COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF stores. This offer is good at most if not all locations in the LA area (except for those inside other stores, like the Coffee Beans inside Ralphs grocery stores, for example; those may not honor this deal). The FREE flavors include Peppermint, Pumpkin and Winter Dream Tea (in your choice of Latte or IceBlended Drinks). These Complimentary 12oz Beverages are part of Coffee Bean's annual Open House promotion for the Holidays! So don't be a Scrooge; bound on down to CB&TL, bring a friend, and ask for the freebie options when you arrive. Enjoy!

November 9, 2009

NOV 2009: From German-World Magazine: 20 Years Since Fall of Berlin Wall - News/Events in LA (Wall on Wilshire) & Beyond

Posted by Don Rose

November 9, 2009, marks 20 Years since the Fall of the Wall in Berlin. See below for more info about the anniversary, and to find out where celebrations and commemorations are taking place, in LA and beyond. The information is from a recent email sent out by German-World Magazine, an excellent source for info related to Germany and German news/events around the world. (You can read the full German-World Magazine email by going to the online version.)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Address at the US Congress

On November 3, 2009, Angela Merkel became the first chancellor in 50 years to
address the US Congress. Merkel followed a rare invitation by Nancy Pelosi to
speak before the House of Representatives and the US Senate on November 3, 2009.
Prior to her appearance in Congress, she met with US President Obama for talks
about the upcoming United Nations summit in Copenhagen and various other topics
concerning both nations. German journalist Lars Halter who witnessed Merkel's
appearance in the US Congress told German World that she was greeted with
a very warm welcome and that her address received much applause and
standing ovations from the members of Congress.

Happy 20! Fall of the Wall Events Across North America

The German Embassy in Washington reached out to students at 30 universities
across the United States in 2009 with the Freedom Without Walls program.
Sponsored by the Embassy's German Information Center USA, this initiative
prompted numerous events and projects across North America.

What’s Happening in Berlin this Weekend?

Berlin will celebrate the day of the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall with
the 'Festival of Freedom' which will begin at 7 pm (1pm EST) on November 9th, 2009,
with an open-air concert at Pariser Platz by the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by
Daniel Barenboim. After the concert, the fall of the Berlin Wall will be symbolised by
knocking over of 1000 oversized dominos, which have been put in place since
November 7 and cover a route of around 1.5 kilometres from the Reichstagsufer
via the Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz. They create unique images and
impressions close to where the Berlin Wall once stood. These dominos have been
designed by students from Berlin schools. On international level, the co-operation
partner Goethe-Institut has sent several dominos into the world which are designed
by students as well as artists and intellectuals. This 'Mauerreise – the wall in the
world project' aims to raise awareness of walls around the world that continue to exist.

The Festival of Freedom will be broadcast live on ZDF on November 9, 2009
from 7.25 (1.25 PM EST) until ca. 8.15 pm (2.15 PM EST). Hundreds of thousands of
people are expected to attend this extraordinary event, among them the former German
Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and the Nobel Peace Laureates Kofi Annan,
Muhammad Yunus and Mikhail Gorbachev will be among the guests.

We suggest you to watch Deutsche Welle
in order to catch a few memorable moments of the event.
For more information, please visit

Nov 8 at 11 PM – 12.30 AM
20 Years of the Fall of the Wall Celebration in L.A.:
Wall Across Wilshire Street Festival

On August 13, 2009, Councilmember Tom LaBonge of L.A.’s 4th District,
held a press conference announcing The Wall Project, presumably the largest
and most ambitious celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the
Berlin Wall outside of Germany. L.A. has always enjoyed a special relationship with
Berlin since 1967, when L.A. became Berlin's first Sister City. The project, conceived
by The Wende Museum, in cooperation with the City of L.A. and supported by the
German Consulate General in L.A., the GIC in Washington, D.C. and the Los Angeles
Berlin Sister City Committee, will combine one mega street festival on November 8
at 11 PM and two art initiatives: The ''Wall Across Wilshire“ and the ''Wall Along Wilshire.“
Local artists and a Berlin-based French muralist will create a wall, symbolic of the one
that once separated East and West Berlin, that will be erected across Wilshire Boulevard
in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). A public ceremony will
feature an reenactment of actual events, with invited dignitaries breaking down
segments of the wall, a live-feed of events between Los Angeles and Berlin,
a video-montage presentation, speeches and live music.
The second part of the art project, the ''Wall Along Wilshire“
features ten wall segments installed in front of 5900 Wilshire
as an outdoor gallery exhibition on view from October 17 through November 14.
Participating artists including Los Angeles' muralist Kent Twitchell, '
'Obama Hope'' graphic artist Shepard Fairey and Berlin-based muralist Thierry Noir.


November 7, 2009

Ambassador Ball Honoring Germany & The Fall of the Wall.

The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (AC4GC, Inc.) is proud to invite you
to join the Ambassadors' Ball 2009.
Location: Hyatt Regency Resort at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale
www.consularcorpsfoundation.org or (480) 948 8348

November 9, 2009 – 7 PM

Author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen will discuss his latest book - Worse than War:
Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity . A screening of
excerpts from the new PBS documentary, based on his book, will also be shown.
Goldhagen, a former Associate Professor at Harvard University, is also the author
of the #1 international bestseller. Hitler's Willing Executioners.
Book signing to follow program.
Location: Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance,
9786 West Pico Boulevard
Information: 310-772-2527.
October 5 – November 30, 2009
Wende Flicks: Last Films from East Germany

”Wende Flicks” showcases six feature and two documentary films made by
East German filmmakers from 1988-1994. Most of these films were made by
the last generation of East German filmmakers, many of whom had not been
allowed to make their own films before, and all of whom trained at DEFA
(Deutsche Film Aktiengesellschaft), the state-run film production studio.
All films are in German with English subtitles.
Location: Goethe Instiut Washington DC
October 15 – November 10, 2009
Kids Euro Festival

This fall Washington once again hosts one of the country's largest performing arts
festivals for children, with more than 150 free events around the city. A project of
the 27 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than a dozen
major local cultural institutions.
For more information, click here
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Tuesday, November 10, 12 – 1:15 PM
Deutsch am Mittag (German at noon)

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Join us for monthly lunchtime gatherings of those
interested in hearing and speaking German. Each month, a special guest
will speak on a topic. Participants can bring their lunch and join in the ensuing
conversation. Led by Irmgard Wagner, professor emeritus of German at
George Mason University.
Sebastian Graefe (Heinrich Böll Foundation) will speak in German on
Leipzig Wendestadt: Before and After the Fall of the Wall.
Beverages and sweets are provided. Tickets: $6/$4
RSVP to Irmgard Wagner at
Location: Goethe Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC