Venice Beach Events

I have had lot’s of emails asking me about the California Beach events. I will post the events of the Beaches I love and spend time at.  I would have to say I love Venice Beach, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara so I will try to keep you updated on these Beach events. Next week we will be going to Santa Barbara so I will have much more information and pictures. 

Venice Beach events:

July 31:  Festival of Chariots 1800 Oceanfront Walk

Aug. 13 & 14:  Venice Beach Music Festival  1800 Oceanfront Walk

Aug 20:   Disciples on the Move- gospel music 1800 Oceanfront Walk ATHLETIC – 1800 Ocean Front Walk (the Venice Boardwalk), Venice, Ca 90291

Aug 13 & 14:  Handball- 3 wall big ball doubles tournament

Aug 17-22:  Skateboarding-ASA Girl Jam

Aug 25- 28:  Basketball- ESPN Rise

Sept 5:  Figure and Bodybuilding- Labor Day Championships

Sept. 10 &11:  Paddle Tennis- US Open National Singles

Dec. 10:  Young Professional Society’s Naughty or Nice Pub Crawl to Raise Funds for Innovations Grant

The crawl will make stops at the following Venice Beach venues starting at 2:00 p.m.: Nikki’s – 72 Market Street Danny’s – 23 Windward Avenue Townhouse – 52 Windward Avenue Canal Club – 2025 Pacific Avenue James Beach – 60 North Venice Blvd.

Venice Art Crawl:  Every third Thursday of the month by the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice local businesses and residents become pop-up art galleries.  There are parties, live music, themed events and most of all, lots of great art!

First Fridays:  The first Friday of every month the merchants on Abbot Kinney Blvd. stay open late.  There are art openings, grand openings, give aways, complimentary refreshments, food trucks and more.

Every Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Venice Farmer’s Market.  501 Venice Blvd. CA 90291.  (310) 399-6690

Every Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Santa Monica Farmer’s Market  2640 Main Street.  Santa Monica, CA 90405.  (310) 458-8712

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Jerome, Arizona

Jerome Arizona, a whimsical old mining town which I find so very enchanting, and I always feel the urge to wear black when I visit…is it because of its wicked past, or maybe I feel like I am in mourning.

Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community.

Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history, resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899 .

 In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450…It includes a modicum of artists, craft people, musicians, writers, hermits, bed and breakfast owners, museum caretakers, gift shop proprietors and fallen-down-building landlords

Once a popular mining town, today the mines are silent, and Jerome has become the largest ghost town in America. As much as I love a creepy cool town, I feel a certain chill that runs all the way down my spine.

Seems I’m not the only one who likes to wear black here. These beautiful woman seem almost ghostly as they walked down the street.

I almost forgot why I was here, oh yea,  to do a photo shoot. There was so many very rustic places to shoot, but  I found the perfect spot.

The rustic stones and hanging ivy made this the perfect backdrop.

The sun was setting fast , so I was only able to get about five good shots.



After the photo shoot we went to The Haunted Hamburger to eat . The food was excellent. I had the chicken and ribs and for $13.99 it was worth every penny. The view was amazing as we were pretty much at the  top of this town.

Leo loved this place and he  wanted to hang out all night. I was ready to leave as soon as the sun starting going down.


Is it worth your time to visit? The answer is a resounding yes! Jerome is an enchanting town, and a photographer’s paradise. From its external appearances it hasn’t changed much in nearly 100 years. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. 

Next post Sedona , Arizona. One of the most amazing places I have ever had the pleasure to photograph.

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Packing for Arizona…

Leonardo and I are packing for Arizona to visit my mom and to take a drive to Sedona. Sedona is a photographers paradise, everywhere you look is simply gorgeous, even the red dirt is beautiful. I picked up a Coopix S30 at Target, but I was unhappy with the quality of the pictures. I think a Coopix is a great camera for outdoor summer fun because it’s waterproof. But I want a better photo. So I am traveling with my good Canon 60D .  As a blogger and photographer I realized how important it is to have a good pocket camera and a good DSL. My Canon 60D is a great camera for photo shoots and for my tripod but I need a small one to have with me everywhere I go. I notice on some blogs people are posting pictures from their cameras but the quality is just not very good. I couldn’t even Photoshop the photos from Darrills camera. Well enough about cameras I could go on and on …I will be posting my travels to Sedona so please join me.

(Photo Cheryl Canon60D, Sedona Earth Healing)

There is a Solar eclipse this Sunday 20th, at 12.00 am . Around the world in four directions and in all countries there will be a group meditation. So if you feel the need join in where-ever you are and say a little prayer for peace and for the new energy that’s here in 2012 , join us here on

Have a wonderful week

xoxo Cheryl

Newport Beach for Mother’s Day

A  day of relaxing at the beach with the kids is my idea of a wonderful day. I am wearing a retro 1980’s swimsuit with a 1980’s stripe tee.The weather was cool and breezy, my umbrella blew away while I was sitting there and a guy came over and said’ is this yours ?”  I dropped my small pocket camera and it broke , so I asked Darrill to take a few pictures with his phone camera. He took two. As a mom  I realized how important it is to have a small pocket camera with you at all times. I missed a lot of great shots today of the kids …

 Hunter and Leo made an amazing sandcastle. Then we met Tanya , Justin and his girlfriend Andrea at the Crab Cooker for lunch. I love the Crab Cooker, I  would have to say it’s the best place in Newport Beach to eat. Lunch was divine.

(Photo Justin’s camera phone)

I love to post pictures of Newport Beach and I am sorry I don’t have any photos of the beach, shops or the food that we ate . Tomorrow I am running to Best Buy to pick up a new pocket camera. Well thank goodness for phone cameras because now I have four photos of my Mother’s Day !   A simply fun but exhausting day….hope all you moms enjoyed your day.

xoxo Cheryl

Pink Lemonade Cake Recipe



scant 1 cup self-rising flour

1/4 tsp baking power

1/2 cup soft butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

2 extra large eggs

1/4 cup granulated sugar juice of 1 lemon

pink food coloring

This recipe makes ten cupcakes or one  8 ” cake.

Preheat oven 350, sift the flour and baking power into large bowl. Add butter, superfine sugar and eggs. beat untill smooth add a little pink food coloring.Spoon mixture into paper liners or cake pan. Bake cupcakes 18-20 mins and cake 22-26 mins. Place the granulated sugar and lemon juice in saucepan stir untill sugar is dissolved, let cool. brush the tops of cupcakes or cake with the mixture. Let cool .


1 lb. box of C&H Pure Can Powered Sugar

1/4 cup of lemon juice

1 tsp lemon rind

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 package cream cheese

pink food coloring (optional).

Mix all together and beat 2 mins, scraping the bowl often. Frost your cupcakes or cake, add lemon slice on top or add a straw .

I had requests for this recipe , hope you enjoy

xoxo Cheryl