For years since I knew him from the Enterprise script office, I've wanted to help my buddy Juan Fernandez and his now-annual ride in the grueling SanFran-to-LA AIDS/LifeCycle event (7 days, 545 miles) ... and so we shall, finally. And this year he's doing the LA Marathon April 25 as well?
Such insanity needs our support—BINGO. If you're in L.A. this Wednesday, April 29, he's amid the regular crazies for Hamburger Mary's weekly "Legendary Bingo" charity night in the 9-11 pm slot in West Hollywood 90046, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd— AND Pushing Daisies' Ellen Greene is special guest caller. Prizes galore—boxed set DVDs and movies, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to Chelsea Lately, signed memorabilia—and if you've never played and won at the WestHo Mary's, you just ain't scored. Note per Juan: It gets packed; get there a half-hour early and get on the wait list, or call to reserve a table for after the 7 p.m. bingo session gets out. It's a suggested $20 donation for 10 bingo cards and 2 grand prize cards.
Check out Juan's Facebook page on all this re: the bingo, and his motivation for five years in the LifeCycle, May 31-June 6 ... and his webpage for his team and donations too: "My main focus is AIDS/Lifecycle, because the services the AIDS Lifecycle Center provides is geared more towards treatment, prevention and outreach."
And just to show his Trekland cred ... see, Day 5 of the Lifecycle ride is "Dress Red" day so as to look like a giant AIDS ribbon when seen from the air along the highway. Of course, after it got turned around to "Red Dress Day," Juan (second from left) had to call his group Team Uhura...!