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Valentine’s Dinner February 13 with Star Trek Stars – Open to the Public!

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If you’re a fan of Star Trek (any of the series) — If you’ve never been able to afford going to the Star Trek Conventions or ComicCon with thousands of fans — and if you’ve EVER wanted to meet the Stars — here is your chance!!!

Valentine’s Dinner February 13 with Star Trek Stars
Open to the Public!
Sunday, February 13, 2011

6:00 – 10:00pm

In celebration of the grand opening of Cafe Cirroc and Restorante Polentoni, owned by “Jake Sisko” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and his fiancée’s new restaurants … the STARS are coming out!

Organized by Lightspeed Fine Art gallery owner Gary Hasson, this special evening hosts an intimate setting with a charity auction, mingling with the Stars, and live entertainment. 

Dine with your favorite stars. 
Enjoy the all-you-can-eat Italian buffet.

Mingle with your favorite actors:

Cirroc Lofton (it’s his new restaurant!)
“Jake Sisko” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
started his career at nine years of age with many minor roles. He is best known for playing “Jake Sisko” on the successful 1993 to 1999 TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which during the series, as he aged from 14 to 20, Lofton reached his full adult height of 6′ 3."

Nicole deBoer

"Ezri Dax" in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
A Canadian actor, Nicole is best known for her roles as "Ezri Dax" host of the Dax symbion on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from 1998 to 1999 and as "Sarah Bannerman" on The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007. She was also cast as "Dr. Alison Porter" in Stargate Atlantis.

Walter Koenig

"Pavel Chekov" in Star Trek: The Original Series
Walter is an actor, writer, teacher and director, known for his roles as Pavel Chekov in Star Trek and Alfred Bester in Babylon 5. He wrote the script for the 2008 science fiction legal thriller InAlienable.

Tim Russ

“Lieutenant Commander Tuvok” in Star Trek: Voyager
Tim is an actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his roles on Star Trek: Voyager, as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, Samantha Who?, as Frank, and on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly, as Principal Franklin, a recurring character. His band can occasionally be seen playing at the Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli.

Armin Shimerman
Armin i
s best known for playing the Ferengi bartender Quark in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kramer‘s caddy Stan on Seinfeld, voicing Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet and Clank series and Andrew Ryan, the antagonist of BioShock, and Boston Legal. He also has starred in Stargate SG-1 as one of the Nox.

Kitty Swink is married to Armin Shimerman. She guest starred in her husband’s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine twice, although the two did not share any scenes. Along with her husband, she contributed her voice to the video game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen.


Max Grodénchik

“Quark’s” adorable brother “Rom” in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
He played Sovak and Par Lenor in Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Captain’s Holiday" and "The Perfect Mate."  He is famous for being an expert on the Rules of Acquisition and can quote them by memory.

Aron Eisenberg
Adorable "Nog" on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rom’s son became the first Ferengi to ever join Starfleet, and best friend to Jake Sisko.

Corin Nemec

“Jonas Quinn” in Stargate SG-1
Corin is known for playing the title character on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, “Jonas Quinn” on Stargate SG-1, and Harold Lauder in the ABC miniseries The Stand. Nemec was inspired to become an actor after watching the children’s film The Goonies at the age of 13, for which his father had done art direction.

Menu: An unlimited 4-course Italian buffet with appetizer, main course, sides, Gelato, coffee, tea, or soft drinks.  Wine and alcohol are extra.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
6:00 – 10:00pm

Updates here at Lightspeed Fine Art site.

Make your reservations now!

Cafe Cirroc and Restorante Polentoni
11800 Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90230

Located off the San Diego freeway and Marina del Rey freeway junction.

Call Lightspeed Fine Art at: (800) 490-9690 or (949) 679-4444

Before February 12: $89 per couple; $45 for singles
At the Door: $125 per couple; $70 for singles

Everyone is welcome. Open to the public. Reservations encouraged. Casual and fun attire suggested.

Lightspeed Fine Art offers original art featuring the stars and scenes from your favorite science fiction movies and television series. These highly collectible pieces are offered as: originals, lithographs, chromagraphs, murals and posters in numbered limited and open editions. Many of these works are hand-signed by the artist or the cast members. We also offer an extraordinary collection of environmental art featuring the creatures of the land and sea.

Sci-Fi Celebrity Charity Benefit December 5-6, 2009

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Sci-Fi Celebrity Charity Benefit

December 5-6, Lake Forest, CA

Lightspeed Fine Art
is hosting their 10th Annual Celebrity Charity Benefit

Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6, 2009

Sci-Fi Stars will appear throughout the weekend for photo op’s, signing, and auctioneering items…
Different stars each day in an intimate non-convention setting.


Babylon 5
Pirates of the Caribbean
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG:1
Star Trek
Warehouse 13

View details and celeb photos:

Auction Highlights

*Sit in on the taping of an episode for the third season of William Shatner’s "Shatner’s Raw Nerve" on HBO and meet William Shatner himself.*
*A set tour of NBC’s “Chuck” and meet the cast shooting that same day.
*Hot props from Star Trek: Enterprise that John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) will be auctioning for the Aid Service Center.
*Personal memorabilia from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart (and others not attending).
*A set tour of TNT’s "Leverage" and platinum tickets to the "Leverage" convention.

Since this event is now SOLD-OUT, attendees must be clients of Lightspeed Fine Art. Although BIDS will be accepted from all non-attendees as of Monday, November 30 for auction items.

Owner Gary Hasson commented, "People who are not attending can still bid on some of the exciting auction items.  They can give us their bids in advance and bid on their behalf."

Leonard Nimoy has just donated a rare pair of his "Mr. Spock" ears that he used in Star Trek IV.  They are one of only 20 pair he kept while shooting Star Trek and which are now in private hands.  So this is a special offering.  Leonard is personally providing a signed Certificate of Aauthenticity.

We will also have a rare fully cast signed poster from the new Star Trek movie which was also signed by JJ Abrams.  Paramount donated this to Pacific Stages Theatre group to raise money, all proceeds on this item will go to Pacific Stages.

Proceeds to go to the American Cancer Society and charities of each actor’s choice.

Vanessa Angel, Lee Arenberg, Rene Auberjonois, John Billingsley, LeVar Burton, Claudia Christian, Evan English, Jonathan Frakes, Bonita Friedericy, Richard Herd, Catherine Hicks, Dominic Keating, Walter Koenig, Cirroc Lofton, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Mamoa, Eddie McClintock, Larry Nemecek, Robert Picardo, Kevin Sorbo, Jeffrey Willerth.
PLUS The Edwards Twins, musical and impersonation entertainment…
AND Star Trek Artist Keith Birdsong and
Garfield/Star Trek Life cartoonist David Reddick
EMCEE International convention auctioneer Marc. B. Lee

Vanessa Angel, Lee Arenberg, Claudia Christian, Catherine Hicks, Walter Koenig, Cirroc Lofton, Kevin Sorbo, plus The Edwards Twins, and Star Trek Artists Keith Birdsong and David Reddick.

Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club
Lake Forest, CA

Lightspeed Fine Art
offers original art featuring the stars and scenes from your favorite science fiction movies and television series. These highly collectible pieces are offered as: originals, lithographs, chromagraphs, murals and posters in numbered limited and open editions. Many of these works are hand-signed by the artist or the cast members. We also offer an extraordinary collection of environmental art featuring the creatures of the land and sea. Lightspeed Fine Art is a proud member in good standing of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC). Lightspeed Fine Art is a distributor of Fine Art and a division of American Entertainment Arts
8831 Research Drive, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618
Toll Free (800) 490-9690 or (949) 679-4444
Owner: Gary Hasson

Live Long and Prosper!
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Sci-Fi Celebrity Charity Auction Benefits American Cancer Society

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Sci-Fi Celebrity Charity Auction
Benefits American Cancer Society

On December 6-7, gallery owner Gary Hasson held his 9th annual event in support of the American Cancer Society.  Known as LIGHTSPEED FINE ART’S CELEBRITY CHARITY BENEFIT, it hosted a number of actors from science fiction television and motion pictures. With an "invitation-only" attendance, 250 loyal clients of Lightspeed Fine Art gathered in Southern California to support this most deserving charity amongst food and merriment with musical entertainment.

Saturday opened with a special screening of "Will You Sign This, Please?" by Robert Picardo, from Star Trek: Voyager, and now on Stargate Atlantis.  His new live comedy DVD is "Bootleg Bob." Picardo shown here with auctioneer Marc Lee.

Following the "Holographic Doctor," crewmate Tim Russ "Tuvok" and his pop rock and blues band performed a stellar concert.

Celebrities appearing Saturday for autographing, photo opportunities, and auction donations included:
Michael Shanks
, "Dr. Daniel Jackson," Corin Nemec and Beau Bridges from Stargate SG:1; Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer, Anthony Montgomery and Gary Graham from Star Trek: Enterprise; Menina Fortunato, one of the dancing green-skinned Orion Slave Girls from Star Trek: Enterprise; Michael Welch, who starred as the Young Jack O’Neill on Stargate SG:1 and in Star Trek: Insurrection; Denise Crosby, "Tasha Yar" on Star Trek: The Next Generation

I had the personal privilege of working with Michael Shanks as his assistant at his signing table. The conversations he had with fans were respectful, jovial and memorable. Watch for his appearances in Burn Notice beginning in January.

Many of the above celebrities also attended the special dinner that evening, joined by Rod Roddenberry, son of late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek. Pictured here: "Rod and Berry" comic strip artist David Reddick (also of Garfield fame), Sheryl Roush (me) and Rod Roddenberry.
Rod is passionately working on his feature film about fans, "Trek Nation."

Picture (left): Michael Shanks with an adoring fan. An event as "intimate" as this allows fans and stars to have conversations, and professional photos taken…. PRICELESS!

Celebrities appearing Sunday included:
Brent Spiner "Commander Data" Star Trek: The Next Generation;  Chris Judge  (right) and Beau Bridges from Stargate SG:1
; Kandyse McClure and Aaron Douglas from Battlestar Galactica; Andrew Robinson from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Jeffrey Combs, Star Trek: Enterprise (a blue-skinned Andorian) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Aron Eisenberg "Nog" on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; and William Morgan Sheppard, Star Trek and Babylon 5;
and seen here surrounded by adoring fans,
Eric Avari, Stargate SG:1 (the movie and the series) and The Mummy.



Pictured left: Brent Spiner auctioning off a real working script from a Star Trek movie!

Celebrities appearing both days:
Julie Caitlin Brown and Stephen Austin from Babylon 5; Andrea Thompson, from Babylon 5 and JAG; Douglas Arthurs, a G’ould from Stargate SG:1

Artists Keith Birdsong, Michael David Ward, and David Reddick were on-site all weekend sketching and meeting art collectors. Pictured: Keith Birdsong working on a new poster release. (Yes – that’s Kirk, Khan and Spock!) Order your print now through Lightspeed!

Lightspeed Fine Art offers original art featuring the stars and scenes from your favorite science fiction movies and television series. These highly collectible pieces are offered as: originals, lithographs, chromagraphs, murals and posters in numbered limited and open editions. Many of these works are hand-signed by the artist or the cast members. They also offer an extraordinary collection of environmental art featuring the creatures of the land and sea.

"Gary Hasson is a gracious supporter of the American Cancer Society, and we greatly appreciate his support and dedication in the fight against cancer," commented Corrine Castillo, Marketing Communications Specialist, for the American Cancer Society, Orange County Region.

-Sheryl Roush

National Authors Day: Sheryl Roush to Read Heart Book Series Poetry Nov. 1

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National Authors Day:
Sheryl Roush to Read Heart Book Series November 1

North County Authors and Poets (NCAP) and Oceanside Civic Center Library (San Diego County) are hosting a free event on Saturday, November 1st, in celebration of National Authors Day, drawing 32 local published authors and poets, from 10:00am 3:00pm. Open to the public, finger food and beverages will be served in the Community Room.

Robert Goodman, owner of Silvercat, a San Diego based publishing firm, is the keynote speaker. Goodman is the co-founder and past president of Publishers & Writers of San Diego, co-founder and faculty member of the La Jolla Writers Conference, and a Board Member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), formerly the Publishing Marketing Alliance (PMA).

Featured Heart Book Series author Sheryl Roush is a proud native San Diegan, and an internationally recognized inspirational speaker. She was only the third woman in the world to earn Toastmasters International’s elite Accredited Speaker designation, out of 4 million people in 93 countries. Twice crowned “Ms. Heart of San Diego” for her charitable work with homeless and battered women, Sheryl’s messages bring renewed hope and faith. Her 12 published books include these featured at Borders: Heart of a Woman (Corazon de Mujer, Spanish version), Heart of a Mother, Heart of the Holidays (Thanksgiving through New Years), and her September release of Heart of a Woman in Business. The series has also added Music CDs to accompany the titles for Heart of a Mother and Heart of the Holidays. Sheryl is the President of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., and a member of the IBPA. For more information click on or

This free event themed So You Want To Be An Author will give the community a chance to connect with published authors, and get tips on writing and publishing. Book-ended by authors’ readings, the day will feature a publishing panel addressing such subjects as:
· How can you fit into today’s world of publishing?
· Write in your “right” style
· Create your publishing platform through contests
· Book-selling success secrets

Moderator for the event is Dr. Elizabeth Yahn Williams.
Participating authors: Roger Conlee (Counterclockwise), Jennifer Kise (The Birthday Surprise), L. Curt Erler (Southside Kid & Mantilla Lady); Janie Lancaster (Julie & The Lost Fairy Tale); Teresa Gonzalez-Lee (Love Was Born During The Dance); Sheryl Roush (Heart Book Series), Carol Ann Lindsay (Songs From a San Diego Morning); Glenn Jacobs (The Samson Process); Marie Giordano (I Love You Like A Tomato); David Valley (The General’s Women); Maggie Chantiloupe (Iraq-The War That Shouldn’t Be-You Decide); Barbara Deming (The Quilt Maker), Elizabeth Yahn Williams and Robert T. Lundy (Hither & Yahn).

Chaired by Elizabeth Yahn Williams with Bob Lundy and Mary Lenore Quigley
For more information contact Anna at (760) 435-5630 or CJ at (760) 435-5600

Oceanside Civic Center Library
330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 435-5600
Cross Streets: Between Pier View Way & Civic Center Dr.

San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance Celebrates Int’l Coaching Week

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San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance Celebrates
International Coaching Week and Launches Speakers Bureau to address Organizations on Value of Coaching

News release from San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance
For more information contact: Dr. Elizabeth Fried, 760-633-4444Speakers Bureau Launched for International Coaching Week

San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance Celebrates and Educates

CARLSBAD, CA (01/29/2008– To celebrate International Coaching Week, February 3-9, 2008, the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance (SDPCA) launches its new speaker’s bureau service. As part of SDPCA’s community outreach effort, volunteer member coaches will offer a highly engaging and informative presentation designed to educate individuals and businesses owners about the field of coaching.

If you always wondered what business or life coaches do and how they can help you, then invite a member of San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance (SDPCA) speakers bureau to address your company, professional organization or community group. One of our speakers will come to your site and explain how a supportive relationship with a trained professional can enhance your ability to learn, make desired changes, solve problems, and achieve goals. This presentation is offered at no cost and delivered by one of our board or committee team members, based on availability.

“Our members are very skilled and will give you a clear picture of the coach’s job. They’ll demonstrate that a coach’s primary role is to ask questions and suggest alternatives—not provide advice or design solutions,” says Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D., marketing and public relations board member for SDPCA, and president of The Learning Engine, an executive assessment, development, and coaching firm. “The goal is to guide clients to discover their own unique answers and choose their own paths. A coach may provide ideas, expertise, and skill-building techniques, but doesn’t solve clients’ problems for them, nor tell them what to do.”

To engage a speaker for your group, contact Dr. Fried at 760-633-4444.

SPDCA has approximately 150 members, with an expected growth of 10 percent this year. Guests are encouraged to attend one of our monthly meetings. Take the opportunity to network with others and gain leading-edge information from our invited speaker. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at the Courtyard by Marriott in Kearny Mesa, (858) 573-0700, located at 8651 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111. Meeting registration and networking at 9:30 – 10:00 am, meeting and guest speaker at 10:00 am – Noon. No pre-registration is required. Coaches-in-Action follows from 12:15 – 1:00 pm. For general information about the SDPCA, go to

The cost to attend is $20 per meeting for guests. Cash, credit card or a check made out to SDPCA are accepted forms of payment. Meetings are free to paid SDPCA members. Membership is $100 per year.

Holiday Gifts Educating AIDS Orphans in Africa

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Educating the Children
Some years ago, I stopped sending holiday greeting cards and most corporate gifts. The budget for these items has been re-purposed (has a nice ring to it) and is now being used to educate AIDS orphans in Africa. An annual gift of $25 provides — you won’t believe this but it’s true — tuition, shoes, books and a uniform for 1 student. Your cards and presents have become educational tools. Thanks.
-John Reddish, Advent Management Int’l.

There are NUMEROUS SITES posted on Google – pick and choose how YOU would like to participate. I Googled "AIDS orphans in Africa" and there were 1,370,000 links.
-Sheryl Roush, Heart Book Series site administrator

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