Saturday, December 12, 2009

Us Too Gymnastics Holiday Party, Lake Forest

This facility teaches gymnastics to special needs toddlers through 12-year-olds with high-functioning disabilities such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD & Down Syndrome. It's a safe place for social interaction, physical activity & building parent support groups.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween at JPL, Pasadena

R2-D2, dressed in his R5-DD "costume," visited JPL on Halloween to help with a costume contest.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Star Wars Under the Stars, San Diego

Proceeds from this event benefitted the Ferrandi family, whose-1-year-old daughter, Olivia, is battling Canavan Disease, a neurological degenerative disease of infancy, for which there is currently no cure.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


We hosted the 7th annual gathering of Southern California area R2 Builders, with more than 20 droids & more than 40 builders. We had a bounce house for the young at heart, building demos, food & R2 themed desserts. Even a special guest: C3PO (Ian Martin) came for photo ops. John Bush received the Builder Award of Excellence. The webcast attracted people from around the world for this 12-hour event.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Star Wars Concert, Honda Center

R2-D2 joined a number of Star Wars characters & museum exhibits in the lobby to entertain guests prior to the symphony concert of music from the Star Wars soundtracks, which was narrated by Anthony Daniels (C3PO) & showed edited footage from all 6 films.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ashleigh's Birthday Party, Newhall

Ashleigh is an adorable young Star Wars fan who loves R2-D2 so much that her mom made a custom "R2-Kitty" cake for her 5th birthday party at a bowling alley with lots of her little friends. R2-D2 and friends were guests of honor.

CHOC Book Drive at Barnes & Noble, Santa Ana

R2-D2 greeted lots of book-loving Star Wars fans at this huge bookstore near Main Place Mall in Santa Ana. There were craft activities for the kids.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jimmy Kimmel Live Show shoot, Hollywood

R2-D2 filmed a skit for the studio audience of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in Hollywood. The video will instruct audience members to turn off cell phones prior to taping. The Prop Master, David, was the best. He looked after us and introduced us to the important people on set, including Jimmy Kimmel.

The call time was 11 am, but shooting didn't actually start till almost 2 pm. It gave us time to walk around Hollywood Blvd to see all the tourists and freaky locals. We left R2 in the studio, where some tours were going through. It gave them a good photo opportunity with R2. I toyed with the idea of taking R2 for a walk down the Blvd, but it was so close to rush hour, I decided to leave instead. We had taken R2 out there once before already. It was back in 2005 when the last Star Wars film was released and we visited the fans in line at Mann's Chinese Theater.

Jimmy Kimmel was just as cool and laid back as he is on TV. He posed for a mock interview pic with R2 and me (see pic below) at the end of the shoot.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wedding Ring Bearer, LA

R2 was in his first wedding! He participated in a wedding as Ring Bearer. He also delivered the toasting glasses to the bride & groom at the reception, using a specially designed tray. Kevin had approached me at a mutual friend's party asking if I would have R2 be a part of his wedding. Of course, my first reaction was "Are you joking? You want R2 to be a ring bearer?" Kevin and his bride to be explained that R2 was their favorite character.

The wedding was great fun with good people, good food, and good dancing! Jay showed up with his DeLorean Back to the Future car to sweep up the Bride and Groom, signaling the end of the reception. The festivities continued at the hotel. A really fun wedding!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

ICAN Bowling Fundraiser

The 501st SoCal garrison played their yearly part in a fundraiser for the International Child Abuse Network in Canoga Park. Our participation was lead by Kim. Members of the 501st did face painting for attendees. R2 lent support by giving photo ops and lending to the atmosphere.