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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Adopt Dixie! She is an adorable and affectionate Dachshund mix who is about three years old. Dixie gets along with other dogs and she is ready to curl up in your lap and be your new best friend. Dixie is from NKLA Coalition partner Downtown Dog Rescue and available to adopt at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

Adopt A Pet From NKLA $10 This July 4 Weekend

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 7:26 am

It’s the #Freedom100! The NKLA Pet Adoption Center is featuring kittens and cats for $10 and select dogs for $25 July 3-5!

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

July 4 Fireworks Shows To Be Held Throughout L.A. County

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 7:20 am

Fireworks shows to mark the 239th anniversary of the nation's independence will be held tonight at several of Los Angeles County's iconic venues along with parks and high schools.

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close watch on their animals on the Fourth of July since fireworks frighten them.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Pets

Keep A Close Watch On Pets During July 4 Fireworks

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 7:11 am

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close watch on their animals on the Fourth of July since fireworks frighten them, prompting them to run loose onto streets and freeways, get lost or wind up in shelters.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:25 am

Water. Everyone says drink water. It’s healthy for you. It will help you lose weight faster. It will help your skin look beautiful. It will make your whole body run better.

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees most food labels, requires food manufacturers to list Trans Fats on products with 0.5 grams or more of Trans Fat. In less than 3 years, trans fats will be banned from usage in food nationwide.

News, Health, California, Santa Monica

Trimming The Trans Fat: Helping The U.S. Get Healthy

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:24 am

Trans fats; they are typically found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHO’s), which is used to deep-fry food and preserve processed foods like potato chips, cookies, and cakes. While trans fats are easy to use, inexpensive to produce, and last a long time, they are responsible for raising bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowering good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Dear Mom & Dad: Could I Please Not Be Sick?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:21 am

At a certain point in the chronology of science fiction films, things turned and “the future” wasn’t always represented as being wonderful and full of zippy monorails and smooth clothing with white turtlenecks. Instead, right around the release of “Blade Runner”, the future became dystopian. Murderous robots, mutants, flesh eaters, and horrific plagues. And that was if you lived in the good part of town.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

News, Opinion, Santa Monica

PUC Reform Bills Too Little,Too Late

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:18 am

It’s the same with the state Public Utilities Commission these days as with almost everything else: by the time state legislators notice something is a problem, things are so bad, so extreme that other people and agencies have already acted.

Ocean Park Association will host its ninth annual Fourth of July Parade at 9:30 am this Saturday.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Happy July 4 Weekend! Santa Monica Parade Returns To Main Street On Saturday

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

More than 8,000 spectators are expected along the sidewalks of Main Street this Saturday for the 9th Annual Fourth of July Parade in Santa Monica.

A new app lets Big Blue Bus users track how far away their bus is though it’s currently not very accurate.

News, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

My Experience: Big Blue Bus’ Real-Time Updates Inaccurate

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

As of only a couple of weeks ago, Santa Monicans can now use an application called Transit to track the movement of their Big Blue Bus through real-time GPS updates. In addition to using the schedules posted at stops or looking online – which at best only gives a 30-minute window of when a bus could possibly be arriving – bus users can now see whether or not their bus is behind schedule.

Verizon Wireless opened its newest Destination Store on Wednesday in Santa Monica.

News, Downtown, Business, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Verizon Opens Fifth U.S. 'Destination Store' In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

On a rare cloudy morning on the Third Street Promenade on Wednesday, a new store opens its doors to the public. Its purpose is to provide new technology to those who seek it – to those who want to leap into the future. No, it is not the Apple store. It’s Verizon Wireless.

Santa Monica councilwoman Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Planning Commission, Santa Monica

Planning Commission Vote Sends One Council Member Headed For The Door

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

The task of making appointments to the Santa Monica Planning Commission became heated at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23 with Councilwoman Pam O’Connor almost storming out the meeting in dramatic fashion.

Artist Greg Chadwick will exhibit 14 oil paintings at Upper West restaurant starting Sunday, July 12.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Meet Artist Gregg Chadwick At Upper West Opening Reception July 12

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Delightful Santa Monica restaurant Upper West is counting down the days ‘til its next featured artist celebration next weekend when the art on its walls is changed for the next few months.

NYC street artists FLOrE (left) and Westgard will exhibit 20 of their works as part of an exhibition on Main Street starting next weekend.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Welcomes Two NYC Street Artists For Special Exhibition Starting July 11

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

“We were driving down Main Street and saw this show going on,” said New York City street artist known as Westgard. “The gallery is very inviting, with a huge glass store front. Inside were bright, large-scale paintings and lots of people. So we parked and went in.”

A scholarship, sponsored by the law firm of Harding Larmore Kutcher and Kozal, LLP,
was awarded to Shaila Hernandez (third from left). Pictured is Susan Annett, scholarship
committee co-chair, Ken Kutcher, a partner in the law firm, and Nat Trives,
Rotary Club past president.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear Merits Of Paul Harris Society

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Rotary District 5280 Foundation chair Rick Mendoza spoke to the Santa Monica Rotary Club June 26 about the Paul Harris Society, a 15-year-old program named for Rotary’s founder, and encouraged Rotarians to annually support the Rotary Foundation.

Manning Insurance CEO Richard Manning and his daughter Maureen Manning.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Manning Insurance, Delivering A Holistic Approach To Insurance For 30 Years

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Insurance can be complicated, but it doesn’t need to be, says Richard Manning, CEO and self-described “grandpa” of Manning Insurance.

Latest UCLA news.

News, Ucla, Westwood

UCLA Stats For Fall 2015 Semester: 16,027 Prospective Freshman Offered Admission

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 12:44 pm

UCLA has offered admission to 16,027 prospective freshmen for the fall 2015 semester -- representing 17.3 percent of applicants -- along with 4,905 transfer students, the university announced today.

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC's Drescher Planetarium Features Reusable Rockets & More In July

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 9:07 am

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites community members to come find out what the latest developments are in the quest for a reusable rocket, and enjoy a preview that prepares you to make the most of the Perseid Meteor Shower coming this month.

Have you enjoyed the walking paths at Tongva Park across from Santa Monica City Hall?

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Did You Know July Is Parks Month? City Says Rediscover The Great Outdoors

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:59 am

Although Santa Monica is internationally known for its iconic beach and world-class public spaces, the Wellbeing Project recently revealed that few locals find the time to get out and enjoy their own community’s park and recreation resources.

Latest 405 Freeway news.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Chain-Reaction Vehicle Crash On 405 Freeway Southbound In West L.A. Cleared

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:26 am

The wreckage from a chain-reaction collision involving four or five vehicles, which temporarily blocked the numbers 4 and 5 lanes of the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles this morning, has now been cleared, according to the California Highway Patrol.

There are many firework celebrations for the 4th of July on the Westside including Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, El Segundo, and Redondo Beach.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:20 am

While the City of Santa Monica does not have a fireworks display on the 4th of July, there are many professional fireworks displays and events planned in and around the surrounding area.