Heroes Happen has the inside look at the FREE American Red Cross First Aid AppHeroes Happen has the inside look at the FREE American Red Cross First Aid App which now gives everyday heroes to ability to help others in an emergency with insight and knowledge they may not have had to handle a particular medical emergency.

While we can never predict when an emergency will happen, the ability to act quickly and confidently will create the best possible outcome for the person injured.

Heroes Happens is the creation of California Living TV series creator and Party Girl Diet author Aprilanne Hurley, and an Inside Look TV web-property spotlighting people, organizations and non-profits helping to make the world a better place to live, work and play.


Captain Maggie - Heroes Happen's 1st Everyday Hero of 2012

We are imensly grateful to American Red Cross Lifesaving Organization Hero Award Winners Captain Maggie McDonogh and the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry for their ongoing community support and involvement.

It is because of Angel Island Tiburon Ferry’s generosity that our coverage of many meaningful Community Public Service TV Campaigns, Volunteer Programs, and Non-Profit Organizations has been possible!” ~ Aprilanne Hurley, author, TV personality, creator of  Heroes Happen ~ Find The Heroes Happen Program.

The following offers an Inside Look at some of the amazing community programs and non-profit organizations  we have been able to spotlight in the media thanks to Captain Maggie & The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry:

Captain Maggie and The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry are Founding Supporters of the “Find The Hero in You” Volunteer Awareness Public Service Campaign now online @ HeroesHappen.org ~ “Find the Hero in You!” This “Volunteer Match-Making” Website and PSA Campaign encourages people of all ages to “get out and volunteer today!”

Watch Captain Maggie in the “Heroes Happen ~ Your Mission” PSA Now



“Be Prepared Today” is an evergreen PSA Campaign and Online “Survival Guide” & ToolkitCaptain Maggie supports wholeheartedly with a special emphasis on the importance of having a Family Emergency Plan in place BEFORE a disaster strikes, as well as organizing the emergency supplies needed for your family and pets.

Please check out the valuable online resources provided on CaptainMaggie.com and Be Prepared for you and your loved ones BEFORE a disaster strikes TODAY!



Lila Ranch is a Marine Mammal Center Adopt A Seal "Poster Seal"
Lila Ranch (above) is a Marine Mammal Center Adopt A Seal “Poster Seal”

Captain Maggie and The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry are founding sponsors of  the California Living TV Public Service Announcements on the Marine Mammal Center’s Adopt A Seal Program.

The Marine Mammal’s “Adopt A Seal Program” a fun and creative way for people to help through the symbolic “adoption” of marine mammals.

American Red Cross 2012 Life Saving Hero Organization Award recipients Captain Maggie McDonogh & Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.

For more information on any of the programs above, nominate someone you believe is an “Everyday Hero” in your community, and to find out how you can get involved with the Heroes Happen Volunteer Programs and multimedia campaigns please feel free to call us @ 415.209.0722.

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"Get in touch with the Hero in YOU!"

HeroesHappen.com lauches Public Awareness TV Campaign:

“Find the HERO in YOU.”

“Your Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to get out and volunteer today.”

This site offers a user-friendly “Find Your Match -Volunteer Opportunity Resource Toolkit” for people of all ages interested in helping their communites find engaging, meaningful, and FUN “Volunteer Ops” that will match an indivdual’s special interests and lifesyles.

Join California Living TV host Aprilanne Hurley, Captain Maggie McDonogh of the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, and Masi Oka, National Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet Member and Heroes TV Series star in their mission to encourage volunteerism.

To get started – simply check out the Volunteer Categories on this page that interest you most - and visit the website links provided there to get a look at some of the great ways you can help your community and help yourself in the process!

Naturally – one of the best resources for volunteer opportunites going is RedCross.org – where you can enter your zip code to find the American Red Cross Chapter serving your area with their VolunteerMatch Program.
Campaign Producer and California Living TV Health Expert  -Aprilanne Hurley recommends “volunteering” as an important lifestyle choice in her new book “The Party Girl Diet” available on Amazon - so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”
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Arrow - The Marine Mammal Poster Seal for Abused Mammals

“One of my first TV news segments was reporting on ‘Arrow,’ an abused sea lion that was shot with an ‘arrow,’ author and TV personality Aprilanne Hurley reports.

“Needing care for his injuries, Arrow was taken to  the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.

While it took some time for Arrow to heal, I’ll never forget the excitement when we covered Arrow’s eventual release back into his natural habitat – the sea!”

“It was also touching to see all the sweet little innocent faces of the many helpless creatures needing our love and care at the center,” Hurley notes.

If you are ready to dedicate your time and efforts to complete the orientations and training, and do what it takes to be successful in this rewarding field of working with marine mammals then this is your mission:

Contact The Marine Mammal Center at Volunteer@tmmc.org or visit their website @  www.tmmc.org.

“Find the Hero in YOU – Today!”

California Living host Aprilanne Hurley recommends volunteering as an important lifestyle choice in her new book The Party Girl Diet.

Hurley offers, “hands down – one of the most rewarding  “Volunteer Ops” you’ll find is with The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.”

Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, author of The Party Girl Diet, and Health Expert for California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trends in food, travel, and healthy living.

Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet is a healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combining today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living to deliver a revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you  “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”

Order your copy of The Party Girl Diet on Amazon.com


California Living Health Expert and author, Aprilanne Hurley - considers "volunteering" an important key to "good health" in her new book, "The Party Girl Diet."

When it comes to finding satisfying volunteer opportunities - Party Girl Diet author Aprilanne Hurley suggests:  “do what you love.”

In Hurley’s new book “The Party Girl DietHurley includes volunteering as an important “lifestyle” choice that provides people with a healthy dose of those “feel good” endorphins – a documented chemical reaction that occurs in our bodies when we do something good and help others.

Dubbed the “Helper’s High” in the volunteer sector, this pleasant “side effect” of doing good is a nice added bonus that has been associated with causing the same chemical reactions in our bodies as when we fall in love!

“Plus,” Aprilanne offers, “in addition to feeling good yourself, you will be helping out others in need, which will be a step in making our world a better place – 1 volunteer hour at a time!”

“If you like working with animals for instance, you can  inquire with a local shelter that could use your help caring for abandoned animals.   If you enjoy working with people, there are many non-profits that would welcome your time and expertise working with their clients in needs.  Nature lovers can enjoy volunteer ops with local or state parks.  The key is to identify what type of experience you will enjoy and do a little research to see where you can find volunteer opportunities that will work well with your personal interests.”  Hurley adds, “you can also create your own opportunity by offering your specific talents or skills pro-bono to an organization you think you would enjoy working with.”

If you live in Northern California – you can check out the different volunteer categories on this site, of which Hurley has personally worked with each and every one of them in some capacity in her role as a TV news reporter, or as the producer and host of California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trend in food, travel, and healthy living.

Take a few moments to check out the volunteer categories on this site that may best suit your lifestyle and interests – and “Find The Hero in You” by volunteering your time and talents to those in need!

Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, author of The Party Girl Diet, Health Expert for California Living TV, and Natural Foods Chef with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools Campaign.  Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet is a healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combining today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living to deliver a revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you  “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”

Content on this site is provided for educational and informational purposes.  It is not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease or illness.  Please consult with your health care provider prior to starting any new diet or exercise program.

Order your copy of The Party Girl Diet on Amazon.com


"When a community invests in it's youth - it's youth will grow up and re-invest in their community."

There are a number of wonderful organizations specializing in helping our youth develop into confidant, smart, caring, young adults.

Fire Squirts is a one-week camp experience organized by The Novato Fire Foundation offer Marin County’s at-risk youth a “chance of a lifetime”adventure.

Campers learn teamwork, life building and life saving skills, self confidence, and trust in others.

Firesquirts Camp photo

At Firesquirts - children learn to trust others and themselves...

Get an “INSIDE LOOK” at the Novato Fire Foundation’s Fire Squirts Camp:

Play 5 min. Fire Squirts Video

Play 60 sec. Program Highlights


For more information on how you or your organization can support the Fire Squirts Program please contact:

Fire Marshall Bill Tyler

(415) 878-2690


95 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945


8/26/2011 – San Francisco, California:

San Francisco Bay Area Author and Natural Foods Chef Aprilanne Hurley SFN Joins First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mission to “End Childhood Obesity Within a Generation” as Volunteer Chef with The First Lady’s “Chefs Move to Schools” Initiative.

“The childhood obesity epidemic we are facing in America is no secret,” offers Aprilanne Hurley, published author and Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, “it’s what actions are being taken to cure this epidemic that are the real headline makers – like First Lady Michelle Obama’s  “Let’s Move! and “Chefs Move to Schools” programs. These collaborative, community-oriented initiatives were started by The First Lady with the goal of “solving childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.”

For the First Lady’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program – Mrs. Obama calls on chefs to get involved by adopting a participating school to help educate kids about food and nutrition. “It’s a great  community ‘match-making’ service and tremendous resource support system for schools and chefs interested in making a difference,” says Hurley.  “I am excited to be working with the Nutrition Services Department and students in the Marin County Tamalpais Union High School District this fall with the First Lady’s program,” reports Hurley, adding, “Chefs Moves to Schools gives me the opportunity to share my passion for nutrition and love of cooking with fresh, local ingredients.”

Margan Holloway, Director of Student Nutrition Services at Tamalpais Union High School District  is very pleased with the “match” as well.  “We have a super health-conscious group of students who want to be involved in our school’s nutrition program,” offers Holloway, “and teaching students the importance of  cooking with local, seasonal ingredients  is paramount.” Holloway adds,  “this ‘way of life’ helps our surrounding communities and local farmers prosper, and offers a healthy, cost effective approach for everyone looking to ‘eat healthy’ within a manageable budget!  In Nutrition Services we constantly look at ways we can match the nutritional guidelines for our student’s meals with interesting and tasty dishes – while staying within our budget.”

“My mission is to make learning about nutrition and cooking healthy fun and entertaining for these kids,” adds Hurley, who has recently appeared live on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX to discuss the benefits of her healthy lifestyle plan outlined in her new book “The Party Girl Diet.”

Designed as a 4-part class series to be repeated at different schools each semester, Hurley’s “Mission Eat Right” ~ Teens in The Kitchen Series will teach students how to identify local food resources; cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients; and discover the health benefits of  cooking with fresh herbs they will grow themselves.  Hurley’s students will engage in a fun hands-on gardening project, and participate in an original “Healthy Teen-Recipe Contest.”  “Plus,” Hurley adds, “thanks to Margan Hollway’s support for this program, one of the healthy lunch recipes we create as a class will become an ongoing menu option in the high school’s cafeteria.  This way, the entire student body and faculty will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy a healthy recipe we created from fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in this class!”

For more information on Aprilanne Hurley’s “Mission Eat Right” ~ Teens in the Kitchen Series please call Aprilanne directly @ 415.209.0722, or email her @ april@aprilanne.com.  For more information on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chef’s Move to Schools Program please visit:  letsmove.gov/chefs-move-schools

Let's Move

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! ” Campaign “will help to impact the health of children by providing schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.”

We are going to need everyone’s time and talent to solve the childhood obesity epidemic and our Nation’s chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their standing in the community. I want to thank them for joining the Let’s Move! Campaign” – First Lady Michelle Obama.


HeroesHappen.com is a compilation of all the wonderful nonprofit organizations Aprilanne Hurley has worked with over the years as a TV news reporter and television producer together with her idea of creating a “match-making” site geared towards individuals looking for more meaning in their lives through volunteering and giving back through community service.   Site visitors can be confidant in knowing Aprilanne has either personally or professionally worked with every organization recommended on this site.

HeroesHappen.com is a unique “Volunteer-Opportunity-Match-Making” resource tool designed with people of all ages in mind!  The best part is – whatever your interests are -  there is a good chance a volunteer organization is waiting for you to apply your passion and skills to help them with their mission in serving the community!

Do you love animals, children, people?  Are you good with your hands – love to garden – cook – build things? HeroesHappen.com will have  a “Volunteer-Op for you!

We are excited for the unlimited, ongoing potential this site offers web-visitors and the community, and will be keeping it fresh and alive with new content and volunteer opportunities as they “happen.”

If you are a volunteer organization looking for volunteers – let us know, we would love to meet you and find out more about the services you provide the community, and if you are interested in volunteering and don’t see something  here for you please contact Aprilanne @ info@insidelooktv.com and we will find the perfect volunteer opportunity to match your interests and lifestyle – that’s Our Mission!

 About the photo:  Aprilanne took this photo of one of her twin lambs – “Dakota” when she was approxiamtely 6 months old.  This photo has not been touched, altered or otherwise adjusted in any way.

Marine Mammal Center's Adopt a Seal

Marine Mammal Center's Adopt a Seal "Poster Seal" - Astro

Whether you are interested in helping animals, people, or marine mammals like “Astro” featured here – when you give your time and  yourself to your communtity you will sucumb to the great feeling known in the volunteer world as the “helpers high!”

Certain times of the year such as “pupping season” pose higher threats to our marine mammals – Contact The Marine Mammal Center at Volunteer@tmmc.org or visit their website @   www.tmmc.org to find out how you can help save a life of a helpless creature today!

Check out the volunteer categories on this site that may be of interest to you and start tapping into those  “feel good endorphins” when you do something nice – like volunteering in your community!


This little guy is just way too cute for words!

Animal shelters and pet adoption organizations around the country offer interested volunteers the opportunity to work with and help rescue and ferral animals in need.If you live in the SF Bay Area and are looking for a great place to volunteer check out The Marin Humane Society located in Novato, CA  - which was voted the “Best Place to Volunteer in Marin” by the Pacific Sun.”    The Marin Humane Society offers volunteer orientations for community members interested in working with and helping animals.

As this is a very popular “Volunteer Op” there may not always be openings in the training sessions so if working with furry creatures of all sizes and shapes is calling you – Your Mission is to check out the links below and learn more TODAY!

 Marin Humane Society – Volunteer Opportunites   

Help Marin Humane Society's SHARE Program bring more smiles to more faces

 The MHS – “SHARE’ Program - Special Human-Animal Relationships - is a rewarding program offering opportunities to work with animals and seniors in the community.

MHS Youth/Student Volunteer Ops - Very popular so check in often and early each season to find out what Student Volunteer Ops they have to offer.