Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Picnic Time Is Celebration Time!


Enjoying Good Vibrations!
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel


Hot dogs, chili, ice cream, watermelon, carnival games, music and more!


Everywhere SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel looked we could see people having fun at Orange County's Celebration Recovery Picnic the annual event sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Orange County, Jamboree Housing, NAMI OC, and other community health organizations.


The picnic does more than bring people together.  It's a healing event that celebrates their accomplishments in overcoming life's setbacks – emotional, physical, and other difficulties.

 
Helen Cameron, Director of Supportive Housing at Jamboree Housing, told SurfWriter Girls, "I love going to the picnic each year because we see all the success stories. It's great to see people having fun and enjoying the day."  


There was something for everyone...with bingo games and a watermelon eating contest.




People lined up for ice cream. SurfWriter Girls spotted Jamboree's Operations Manager Raul Fernandez in line and joined him for a cool treat.   


Looking around, we found a crowd gathered at the face painting booth. Everyone was excited to see the transformations.
Volunteer Sheala Carstairs – with a beautiful butterfly painted on her face – made sure that everyone got chili dogs.

Other volunteers grilled the hot dogs, supervised the games and kept the music going.


Later, Helen Cameron, whose husband Alan was helping out, too, talked more about her goal:
“To help get people with disabilities off the streets and into permanent, supportive housing." She noted that it's a huge task, but when everyone works together it's amazing what they can do.

And, it was amazing to feel all the good vibrations around us.


 
A Dance to Summer – Jules Feiffer


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SurfWriter Girls Celebrate Six Years



Getting Better All the Time!
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel


Anyone who's used the Six Sigma business techniques knows the goal is to achieve excellence – something SurfWriter Girls is striving for as it celebrates its sixth year.
Whether it's surf, beach, environmental or lifestyle related, we want to bring you the stories that make a difference in your life and make the world a better place.


Since writing our first blog post on July 20, 2011, SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have written 211 feature stories about the people, places, events, organizations, and more that are affecting the quality of life on our planet. 

And, with the launch of our sister online publication Surf'n Beach Scene Magazine two years ago, we've been able to bring you even more stories!

It's great to see the wave of support we're getting from around the world as people enjoy, comment on, and re-post our stories, helping us to share the stoke.
Some of the stories we've shared with you this year include:
Vans U.S Open of Surfing - Off the Wall


New Sea Creatures Discovered


National Park Service Celebrates 100 years


Surfer Slang From A - Z


Owls Win Battle for Banning Ranch




Captain Charles Moore's Quest



Slyde Handboards Catch A Wave!


Tiki Party Time



Ron Croci Surfing Book is Bodacious!



Trestles Iconic Surf Spot Saved


Wyland - A Whale of An Artist



Surfrider Foundation's 400 Victories



Protecting the Pangolins


Women Making Waves 2017


International Surfing Day Guinness World Record


SurfWriter Girls Best Beach Books 2017

  
We have lots of new stories in the works and can't wait to share them with you! We're excited to be entering a new year and promise to keep getting better all the time! 

Thanks to everyone – especially Tony Soriano and the Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter – for all your support and contributions!



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