Seacliff 2015 Fundraiser in Huntington Beach

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“Huntington for Fun” Team! Stacey Mercer, Elena Zimina, and Lori Thompson of Coldwell Banker Beachside Realtors in Huntington Beach pictured.

What’s special about Huntington Beach? The community for starters… Huntington for Fun would like to educate the community on some of the activities we participate in. About 6 years ago our very own Stuart Thomas was approached by Barbara Meyer to donate to Collette’s Children’s Home. She had asked him to donate $1000 as he did the previous year. Stuart was glad to do it and donated his $1000. As is turns out, he had donated $100 the year before… a little typo. Stuart went ahead and told them to keep the whole $1000 and so began the tradition. After Stuart’s outstanding donation, the founder of Collette’s Children wanted to meet Stuart. They went to lunch and brainstormed the fundraiser we see today…

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Stuart Thomas

The first year, they thought of having a garage sale but didn’t have a large enough space to keep everything. This is when they decided to incorporate sponsors. They ended up having a “garage sale” at Tsunami Sushi and it was a success! Second year was held at Seacliff Country Club and funds were raised for Habitat for Humanity. The third year funds were raised for Project Self Sufficiency, helping single moms get back on their feet and living normal lives.

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The fourth year was donated to Make A Wish Foundation, helping children make their wishes come true. For example, one of the sick little girls had a dream to visit Disneyworld someday. With the funds that were raised, we were able to send this little girl to Disneyworld and make her dreams come true. Year 5 was for CHOC Hospital… again for the children… we all definitely have a heart for children!!! This was year 6 and funds were donated to help the City of Huntington Beach Police Department. Robert Handy, Chief of Police, helped us put together this spectacular fundraiser for 2015! One of the heart touching stories the Huntington Beach Police have with money raised for them is this story of a Garden Grove resident who stood speechless in the HB Police Departments helicopter hangar. She watched with tears in her eyes, clutching her grandchildren as she saw hers sons 2009 Nissan Cube rolls in. The Nissan belonged to her son, a combat engineer who was killed in action on January 2011, when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad, Iraq. The 21 year old was on his second deployment. It was said that as she approached her son’s car and slowly sat in the driver’s seat, she could feel him in the car. What was so special about this deed was the car had been totaled in a car accident and one of the police officers on the scene heard the story of the women’s son… he tracked down the car, bought it from the tow yard and restored it for the grieving mom. These are the kind of hearts we are dealing with when it comes to the HB Police Department.

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Chief Handy, Stuart Thomas, Frank Mc Dowell

This article would not be complete without thanking the wonderful men and women that make it all possible… Stuart Thomas, Teri Miles, Edie Newmeyer, Barbara Kramer, Courtney Madnick, Lori Jones, Nicole Nelson, Jennifer Handy, Sandy McGrath, Frank McDowell and Vanessa Schwartz… Thank you to all!!! Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you all there next year!!!

Some great friends of this wonderful cause. We hope you enjoy the memories!

Doppio Zero Pizzeria Huntington Beach

by Stacey Kuhne- Mercer, Elena Zimina, and Lori Thompson

Agents of Coldwell Banker Beachside Realtors

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Doppio Zero Pizzeria

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Welcome back to Huntington Beaches’ “Huntington For Fun”! This month Stacey, Elena and I are featuring a new kid in town…. “Doppio Zero Pizzeria”. Doppio Zero brings a bit of Italy to Huntington Beach, with its humble location off of Main Street, 100% organic ingredients and its extended menu, guests can enjoy a slice of pizza while sitting outside and watching the free entertainment go by.

Restaurant owners Carlotta and Francesco Zaza are so excited to open and offer this exclusive and special pizzeria to our city! They were both raised in Italy and had worked in restaurants there for about 5 years. They had a discussion of bringing their authentic Italian here to HB and opening a pizzeria. The decision was made to take and amazing risk…. They sold their home there and moved to, yes, you guessed it, Surf City Huntington Beach, CA. They had fallen in love with Huntington Beach themselves while traveling the world to surf. They would come to Huntington on vacations as part of their “surf tour”. Eventually, they made the decision to work and plan here. They found the perfect location with the right amount of square footage they needed… it just took a little negotiating and they were up and running! If anyone remembers where Coaches Deli used to be, this is where you will find this very different and healthy pizza.

Now, lets talk about the food… amazing! First of all, this is not just Italian pizza but Roman Italian pizza. This means its very thin!!… and is square!! Doppio Zero only uses the best and freshest ingredients on their pizzas.100% organic, 100% homemade, 72 hour rising dough and everything is slow baked, making it extra flavorful!

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An amazing selection

Huntington Beach - Home & Realty MagazineI, Lori Thompson, enjoyed the Rustica: Crispy bacon, potato, mozzarella cheese and rosemary. It was delicious and very kid friendly. Stacey had the Parmigianino with eggplant, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Elena was the brave one and ordered the special of the day “From Hell”, which now is a daily pizza. It consists of jalapenos, olives, and loaded with sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It is very spicy and delicious! They have so many different pizzas, including truffle and porcini, broccoli and a beautiful marguerite pizza. All pizzas are served on a wooden cutting board which adds to the fun beachy atmosphere. The tomato sauce is 100% tomato sauce and the meats are all hormone free. Carlotta arrives every morning while we are still sleeping to make the fresh dough and prepare the fresh pastries. Oh, the pastries!! They are amazing!! She makes fresh croissants, cannoli, tiramisu….. All baked fresh on-site and 100% organic! They also serve handmade pasta, homemade soups, sandwiches, delicious calzones and fresh as can be salads.
Not only can you enjoy lunch and dinner here, you can also enjoy breakfast as they are open during the week from 10:00am to 10:00pm and Friday/Saturday 10:0am0 to 3:00am… If you are ever out late and no one is open and you just feel like enjoying a fresh pastry and cup of coffee this is the place… literally the only place open until 3:00am downtown…nice to know….

Coming soon to Doppio Zero is a full outdoor patio with awnings and outdoor heaters. Here in Huntington Beach we like to sit outdoor and people watch while we enjoy a fresh meal and a refreshing drink. Speaking of drinks, they will also be serving beer and wine soon! These new additions should take place before Summer 2015… I can’t wait!

We highly recommend this pizzeria. We had a lot of fun, the energy is very positive and the food is fantastic!! The service is very family-like and hospitable… Welcome Doppio Zero to Downtown Huntington Beach! We had a great experience and look forward to many more!!!

Welcome to Huntington for Fun!

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Huntington for Fun – Stacey Mercer, Elena Zimina and Lori Thompson.

Welcome to Home and Realty Magazine! We’d like to introduce our Huntington for Fun experts, Stacey Mercer, Lori Thompson and Elena Zimina. We’re established realtors with Coldwell Banker Beachside in Huntington Beach California, and reside in this beautiful beach community as well.

We’re thrilled and excited to be co-publishing our new column for Home and Realty Magazine – “Huntington for Fun.” As residents of Huntington Beach we’d like to share with you some of our favorite insiders’ fun filled suggestions to popular restaurants, shopping, events, entertainment, beautiful destinations and amenities while visiting our Huntington Beach community.

We’re in Surf City USA, and Huntington Beach does not disappoint. We have beautiful beaches and weather, four star resorts, restaurants, locally owned businesses, and world renowned events, such as the US Open Surf Championship, and AVP Beach Volleyball. We also have some of the most beautiful and coveted real estate in the world. We as realtors are here to aid you any way we can, and to provide you with a service with utmost respect and courtesy. You are our clients and we work for you, with pleasure.

“Huntington for Fun” is a creative new column offering individual participation from our Huntington Beach area readers. In every issue we’d like to invite everyone to participate – to help create and design along side our writing staff. Your personal ideas can offer a much wider variety of excitement and make designing each column a great deal of fun!

Let us know what your favorite hot spots are in Huntington beach and throughout southern California. Each month we’ll be showcasing your suggestions and information for everyone to enjoy by visiting some of these favorite destinations and reporting our findings to our readers. Let us know what exciting events or contests that might be coming up, new restaurants, shops, boutiques, information on anything that you wish to share, and you want others to know about. Are there any hidden gems that we don’t know about? Do you have a great idea for a contest that you would like to share? This column was really designed for fun and the participation of our Huntington Beach residents. We are excited to have all of you involved to have as much fun as we are, putting together this column together for you. Simply fill out the comment sheet and send in your suggestions.

We welcome all of your input and encourage you to share your creative ideas and invite friends and family, to comment about our surrounding beach cities. Be sure to share our column with all of your family members and friends that will be visiting you in the near future!

We welcome all of your input, and look forward to hearing from you!

Respectfully, “Huntington for Fun” Co-Publishers

Stacey Mercer, Lori Thompson, Elena Zimina

Huntington for Fun – Spotlight

“Huntington for Fun-Spotlight”

Directed by Lori Thompson,

Stacey Kuhne-Mercer, and Elena Zimina

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Lori Thompson
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Stacey Kuhne-Mercer
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Elena Zimina

Your next issue of Home & Realty Magazine will unveil the new column “Huntington for Fun.” Our column will be directed, written, and photographed by Huntington Beach’s very own Lori Thompson and coordinated with her two closest co-workers Stacey Kuhne-Mercer, and Elena Zimina. All three ladies are professional real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Beachside in Huntington Beach.

As I stated in my Publisher’s Letter in this month’s issue, Huntington Beach was Lori Thompson’s “Sand Box.” I later learned from the ladies that both, Stacey and Elena, had also, shared this wonderful Sandbox called Huntington Beach with their good friend Lori Thompson. I discovered since they all played so well among themselves sharing many of the amenities, restaurants, shopping, surfing, and even dancing on the beach that this would be an excellent opportunity to showcase “Huntington for Fun” as a new column for our readers.

We hope you will consider working with Lori, Stacey, and Elena in the new development of “Huntington for Fun.” If you’d like to share your thoughts and creative ideas on how we can grow this column together for the mutual benefits of all of our local families, and visitors to Huntington Beach, kindly contact any of us, we would be delighted to hear from you. We hope you enjoy “Huntington for Fun.”

Warm Regards,

Lori Thompson

Stacey, and Elena


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Huntington Beach covers 28 square miles and is home to approximately 200,000 residents, making it the fourth largest city in Orange County and 16th largest city California.

It is among the nation’s safest cities and often ranked among the Top Ten Safest Cities by City Crime Rankings. With 8.5 miles of uninterrupted beach along the Pacific Ocean. Surf City USA® plays host to an annual visitor population of more than 16.3 million people, with the greatest attendance during summer, special events and weekends. A place with a mild and mellow beach culture, Huntington Beach’s surfing prowess is found through its famous surf events, the Surfing Walk of Fame, Hall of Fame and the International Surf Museum.

Huntington Beach offers residents a superb educational system with 35 elementary schools and five high schools located in the city. Further educational opportunities are offered in close proximity at Golden West College, Orange Coast College, the University of California, Irvine, and California State Universities at Long Beach and Fullerton.

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