From the sweltering summer heat of North America – welcome to Ferreira Fest, where we gather once a month around the 20th day and check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities. We have lots of goodies for you this time plus our exclusive Reading Series and a new recipe. Grab a refreshing pineapple cocktail at our virtual bar and come join us at the pool!
Director of Ability Online Michelle McClure writes:
Most Wednesdays now we do “Wellness Wednesday” virtual activities that are for all ages. People just send me a message letting me know they want the link and they join when they can. So much fun!
We are also holding a Golf Tournament September 18th at Granite Ridge Golf and Country Club, and we are doing our annual Whisky tasting and Scottish Dinner at The Caledonian in Toronto.
What you can expect to find in Ability Online
- Access to amazing Role Models and Mentors
- Peer Support – Friendship and a true sense of belonging
- Skill and Confidence Development Opportunities – Mental Health, Making Transitions, Help dealing with Bullying and Social Skills/Social Thinking
- Resources and Connections for Parents and Professionals (healthcare and education)
- Fun Stuff – A library of books for every level reader, games, videos, activity ideas, kid friendly recipes and the most wonderful members and volunteers who are guaranteed to help put a smile on your face!
- Safety and security is paramount. Member identification is verified prior to permitting access to the site, public message areas are monitored, and all volunteers and staff are police-screened.
- We have zero tolerance for bullying or inappropriate behavior.
- We strive to help our members in “off-line” areas of their lives too by providing mentors to help with the transition to adulthood and more! If you need help with homework but don’t know how to ask for help at school – we can help too!
- We don’t have any advertising on our member pages, and this ensures that our younger members are not distracted or lured off to other sites.
Help support this vital community for disabled children, youth and young adults by clicking on the logo below.
Summer is here, school has ended, and vacations are beginning. For many people, this is their favorite season, a time they plan for and look forward to. What should you plan for in the months ahead? How about extreme uncertainty?
In the last few weeks, we have experienced extreme heat, back-to-back-to-back days of rain on and off and on again, and alarming alerts about air quality as a result of Canada’s wildfires. On more than one day of late, it was reported that the air quality in Toronto was the worst in the world.
We hope that you have the option to stay indoors protected from the elements.
We hope for the same for our clients. We know that there are thousands of people who are homeless who have to face these uncontrollable risks head-on. Extreme heat, unpredictable rain, and toxic air mean the ten thousand people who are homeless on any given day in Toronto cannot stay cool, stay dry, and stay clear of health risks imposed by these extreme conditions. Certainly not every hour of every day.
At Haven Toronto, we provide clients with a vital reprieve, while we reduce barriers to health care, housing, and food security. This has led to record supports and our greatest impact in 90 years.
98% of clients surveyed utilize our Healthy Meals program.
Client visits per month with our onsite nurse are up 200%.
We have provided housing help 1,372 times since 2021.
Our ability to meet the growing need has only been possible with your help. We are grateful for your contribution to our success. We hope you will continue to support us, especially now with conditions so uncertain and the need so great.
We’ll keep it brief – we need underwear. Our shelves are bare. Please Shop And Share underwear in our online store. Every item you purchase there goes directly to an elder homeless man in need!
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is the country’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and families involved with the child welfare system.
Collaboration, courage and change. These are the words that defined 2022 for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the year we emerged from a global pandemic more determined than ever to co-create a future in which every child has every chance to thrive.
The 2022-2023 Annual Report shows what Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, along with our incredible community of allies, partners, donors, Board members, volunteers and youth members, have been able to achieve to support children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system over the past year. This year, we positively impacted the lives of 15,102 children, youth and families. Read the interactive report here!
Hand in hand with our powerful and growing community of supporters, partners, and champions, we launched and scaled deeply innovative new programs that hold the potential to transform the landscape of child welfare as we know it. We achieved some of our most ambitious goals, making great strides towards our $75 million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed Campaign milestone. We made meaningful progress toward our vision of becoming a truly national organization.
For more news stories click here. To make a contribution to help children in Canada’s foster system please click on the logo below – every penny helps!
Louis and Haven Toronto have both shared a cartoon depicting typical Canadian items for Canada Day. Louis’ last birthday project benefitted Haven Toronto.
Actor Mark Consuelos recently talked to Deadline.com about working alongside his son in the series Riverdale.
Here’s an excerpt from his interview:
“He didn’t even know I was there. But I was just so proud. And the role of the gangster that kind of plays his surrogate father was played by a dear friend of mine, Louis Ferreira. Him and I worked on a show 20 years ago… so I knew Michael was in great hands.”
Another online publication has jumped on the Stargate Universe band wagon with speculations about a reboot – read the full article here: Stargate Universe Season 3: Will It Ever Return?
Louis Ferreira as Everett Young – Described in the initial character breakdown as a “handsome, capable, former SG team leader” in his 40s who holds the rank of Colonel.
This month we have over 600 screen caps of the sixth episode of Hidden Hills – Halloween.
Louis plays Doug Barber, a hapless family man who lives in the posh Los Angeles suburb of Hidden Hills with his wife Janine and his two children. In this episode Doug thinks he got hit on by Pam, a friend of the family who is going through a divorce. As usual, hilarious misunderstandings get Doug into trouble with, well, just about everybody.
Here is a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Uzm6mZaPxTVGgw6H-n4hESqSpXlfeRYf?usp=sharing
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! – Part 2 by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns.
Unlike previous readers, this volume was published as a hardcover book within the Level 3 series of the Mr. Mugs readers. It was originally released in 1968. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age.
You can listen to all the previous book readings under the Reading Series Tab, and you can read and listen to the first half of this book here. https://www.louisferreira.org/the-4th-reading-series/
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 36: Fun at School (continued)
… to be continued next month!
“Look at the bears!” shouted Cathy.
“I like bears, don’t you?”
“Are they playing something?” asked Pat.
“I don’t think so, Pat. I think they’re fighting,” answered Cathy.
“Bears always want fish.
Look at that one take a tumble!
I like this!”
“So do I,” said Pat.
Intimacy coordinators are professionals who work on film, television, and performance capture projects. Karyn is on staff at Principal Intimacy Professionals and shares professional advice based on the shows she works on. She writes:
“Honored to support the cast and crew of The Prom this summer at Theatre Under The Stars.”
She also shares another infographic:
“Some things to percolate on. This is NOT Exhaustive and not all these need to be listed on an audition call, however, with roles like these going to young performers, I hope productions are having conversations around these considerations and best practices.”
Our friend Greyston is spending time in Naramata in the Okanagan region of south central British Columbia this summer.
“Pretty darn nice country up here.”
Greyston is not only a talented actor but also an accomplished photographer. Check out more of his work on his Instagram Feed.
Eric’s company Even Better Painting has posted lots more materials online:
Eric posted a video about his company’s pricing policies and estimates – click on the screen cap to watch it!
“This deck surface was in need of a makeover and we were happy to help! Now it looks as good as new!”
David’s new album Dave’s Day In Manhattan is now available on Spotify! Click on the ad to have a listen!
And here’s David during a recent visit to the Tate Modern Museum in London.
“I thought I’d reintroduce myself since I recently changed my Instagram page to @ingridrogersliving and I’m happy to have some new followers and friends here. Welcome!
In a nutshell I’m strong willed, soulful and sensitive. I care deeply about humanity. Being an actress for 30 years taught me great empathy and understanding. I started my career on All My Children, I’m best known for playing Steffie opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn in the cult classic Carlito’s Way and I ended my career on Bosch on Amazon.
I love the craft of acting but a couple years ago I decided to step away from it so I could start telling my story… raw and unfiltered rather than channeling my expression through a character’s life and a screenwriter’s words.
What’s so wonderful about social media is it allows us all to share our stories however we choose.
I still get to satisfy my storytelling itch from behind the camera with my ride or die and producing partner Robert Munic. We met at Whole Foods in 2002 and have been rocking together ever since. We recently renovated and moved into our little oasis in Central California. We’ve got two wonderfully creative and talented sons.
I’m innately curious. I hope to continue learning and growing until the day I die. I love interior design and creating a beautiful home. Long walks are how I recharge and I savor long intimate dinners with family and friends. I’m into organic food, health and fitness. The Godfather 1 & 2 and Love Actually are my favorite movies. My favorite painter is Modigliani. I love inspiring others and being inspired. Happy, creative and curious people as well as freaks and geeks are so my vibe.
I believe that life is fragile and amazing and it’s up to us to make sure that we’re living with passion and purpose. Thanks for connecting here. I really do appreciate you.”
Peter was a guest at Comic Verse Con on Sunday July 16 in Sacramento.
If you’ve never experienced Peter as a con guest you don’t know what you’re missing!
Since he’s an accomplished voice actor Peter loves entertaining the crowds with his incredible vocal displays, imitating celebrities and showing off the voices of the many cartoon characters he’s helped bring to life.
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend Jackie has an Instagram feed for sharing her culinary creations. Every month she contributes a recipe you can all try out, knowing that the result will be both nutritious and delicious!
Cauliflower steak with Olive Pistou
1 head of cauliflower, leaves and stem trimmed
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, juiced
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Do NOT core the cauliflower. The stem is needed to keep the steaks intact. Cut in half through the middle. Cut a thick steak like piece of cauliflower. Each piece should be approximately 1 1/2 inch thick.
3. In a baking dish, mix the garlic, lemon juice, stock, white wine, olive oil, bay leaves and salt.
4. Place the cauliflower into the liquid and cover tightly with foil. Carefully transfer to the oven and bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The time will depend on how thick the steaks are and your oven.
5. Test the stakes periodically. When a knife goes in somewhat easily the cauliflower is done. The cauliflower should be cooked through, but still a bit firm. If it’s too soft it will fall apart during frying.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
2 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped
1/3 cup green olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tbsp golden raisins
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the oranges, lemon juice, olives, garlic, parsley, raisins and olive oil. Gently toss to combine, add salt and pepper to taste.
Finishing the dish ingredients:
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Remove the steaks from oven.
- Remove from liquid and place onto a plate lined with paper towel. Blot the top of the cauliflower. This step helps to ensure you get a golden crust.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil followed by the cauliflower. Let the cauliflower cook about 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown on each side. Try not to fiddle too much, otherwise the steaks will start to fall apart.
- Transfer to a serving plate and top with Pistou.
And that, dear Friends, is about it for this month! Thanks for visiting often! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the Louis news you can handle and TV reminders!
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