Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach  
Apr 21 2014
Science Awards Fireman Awards
Apr 28 2014
Steve Mayeda FBI Special Agent
"FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team"
May 5 2014
Cantor Ilan Davidson
"Upcoming Concert"
 Cantor Ilan Davidson has been pleasing audiences with his singing since before he could read. At age five, he began singing with his Cantor, Philip Moddel, and hasn’t shut up since. At ten, he made his Operatic debut with the Fullerton Civic Light Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, as a street urchin. Since then, he has performed roles in and scenes from Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, L’Elisir D’amore, Les Pecheûrs du Perles, and Manon, to name a few.

Besides his Operatic experience, Cantor Davidson also has extensive background, performing and directing theatre. He has performed such roles as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Tony in Westside Story, and has produced many one man musical theatre reviews. Ilan has also been the musical and artistic director for many children’s theatre productions.

Among his many accomplishments, Cantor Davidson is also known as a contemporary Jewish songwriter and performer, having delighted audiences all over the world, including Israel and Lithuania with the soulful sounds of his music. As the owner of Davidsound Productions, the Cantor has produced many recordings, including his first original album, Stained Glass, in 1995. Most recently, Ilan’s band, The Moody Jews, released In A Hanukkah Mood. The Moody Jews are working on two more recordings in 2009, including Still In A Hanukkah Mood, a CD of new, original Hanukkah melodies.

After making the choice in 1991 to pursue a career in Jewish Education, Youth Work, and the Cantorate, Cantor Davidson left the stage and in 1995 joined the Temple Beth El family, in San Pedro, where he has brought many new programs and much enthusiasm to the community. In 2007, Cantor Davidson founded KindredSPIRITS, a non-profit humanitarian organization that inspires and educates diverse communities to support its global partners. The inaugural event premiered June 5, 2008 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Whether it is Hazzanut, Pop, Opera, Musical Theatre, or Folk music, Cantor Ilan Davidson shares his soul and genuine love in every note.

When asked about his finest accomplishment, Cantor Davidson invariably responds, “After all the great concerts, services, and roles, my finest role in life is that of husband to my beautiful wife, Jodi, and daddy to my gorgeous daughters, Jordan and Zoe.”
May 12 2014
Shelley Bonus
"Space Tourism"
 Shelley R. Bonus, an astronomical historian and lecturer, is also an award winning performer, writer, and photographer who has worked with both Lily Tomlin and Melvin Van Peebles.

A real 21st Century renaissance woman, Shelley, (who among other things is a mother who holds the distinct honor of being the first woman ever to be hired to clown for Circus Vargas), Bonus teaches astronomy for the UCLA Extension Program, and she has given planetarium programs at Santa Monica College at the John Drescher Planetarium. Shelley is an experienced telescope operator at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory 60-inch telescope.

A superb bilingual (English/Spanish) educator and communicator, and an inspired star gazer, Shelley, who believes that we are all the brothers and sisters of stars, has become renown amongst her audiences for her enthusiasm, her sense of humor, and her unique ability to master her subject, therefore making the mysteries of the night sky come alive for not only professional, but amateur astronomers of all ages as well.

Jun 2 2014
Teacher Awards
Jun 16 2014
Manny Pacheco
""Forgotten Hollywood""

Author Manny Pacheco has enjoyed growing acclaim through his Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, now included in the library collections of the Hollywood Heritage Museum, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and American Film Institute. He’s currently in production to turn his literary work into a documentary. A Southern California television and radio personality for over three decades, Manny was on NBC's Santa Barbara, co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio on KCOP, and currently hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly radio program on the Financial News and Talk Network.


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