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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.

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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.

Hotel Shangi-La executive chef Kareem Shaw.

Dining, Santa Monica, Food

Experience International Flavors At Hotel Shangri-La's Restaurant The Dining Room

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 2:29 pm

Executive Chef Kareem Shaw’s menu at Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica is filled with the very best of local California cuisine with an international flavor catering to match the diverse range of global guests that visit the Ocean Ave. property.

Santa Monica City Council has started to look at how they want to select and regulate the two medical marijuana collectives that are to be within city limits.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Discusses How To Regulate Marijuana Collectives

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:13 am

Weed Maps, a way for medical marijuana patients to find collectives near them – a sort of Yelp for marijuana, where patients can look up prices and read reviews – shows that Santa Monica has almost 24 marijuana delivery services.

Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved two contracts for nail patrol and deckboard replacement at Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Pier

Consent Calendar Round-Up: Nail Patrol & Deckboard, Background Check, Surveys

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday, July 28 night meeting, including nail patrol and deckboard replacement at Santa Monica Pier, background check updates, bi-annual satisfaction surveys, and electrical and street lights.

Lifeguards warned the public on Wednesday of the dangerous rip currents that have formed along the coast of Los Angeles County beaches, including Santa Monica and Malibu (pictured).

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Surf

Big Swell Has Lifeguards Busy Along L.A. County Beaches

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:47 am

It was high tide on Wednesday and Santa Monica Beach was crowded for a weekday, the large waves making there way to the feet of onlookers as they cautiously took a few steps back. People watched as surfers and body boarders would ride the four-foot sets

Whole Life Balance incorporates a variety of treatment protocols, including but not limited to Vitamin IV Drip Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, and personal training.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What It’s Like To Get Drip IV Vitamins At Whole Life Balance In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:36 am

Walk toward the tail end of the hall and you’ll find a uplit, neon room. The white curtained walls glow azure as ambient music videos play from the 65-inch TV. Take a seat atop the sheepskin throw on the plush white couch, or ease onto the frosted leather recliner. This is place of luxury, fun, and consumption.

New Santa Monica Rotary Club president Tom Loo and guest speaker Professor Matthew Malkan, UCLA astrophysicist, who spoke about the origins of the universe.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Mission To Explain Everything: UCLA Professor Talks About Astronomy At Santa Monica Rotary Meeting

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:25 am

Four decades after Apollo 17 astronauts shot the “Blue Marble,” the first complete true-color image of the entire Earth, NASA released the updated version earlier this month of the fully sunlit Earth from one million miles away.

Latest Santa Monica High School news.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Olympic High School

PCB Inspection & Sampling Reports For Samohi, Olympic High Released

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:21 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is planning improvements to both Santa Monica High School (Samohi) and Olympic High School and has released the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) inspection and sampling reports for materials that will be removed during the planned demolition and modernization on both campuses.

Seven Days, Santa Monica

Greek Folk Music Benefit Concert This Sunday

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:20 am

A Greek Folk Music Benefit Concert will be held at Miles Memorial Playhouse this Sunday, Aug. 2 at 5 pm.

NBC4 Today in LA Morning News Team, including (from left) Co-Anchors Daniella Guzman and Whit Johnson along with Traffic Anchor Holly Hannula enjoyed a visit with a couple of adorable kittens from a local shelter. NBC4 Clear the Shelters event on Aug. 15 aims to find as many homes as possible for shelter animals.

News, Santa Monica, Pets

Santa Monica Animal Control To Take Part In Clear The Shelters Initiative

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 12:19 pm

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 are teaming up with nearly 50 animal shelters in more than 400 cities and regions throughout the five counties they serve on a first-of-its-kind pet adoption initiative – Clear the Shelters – on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Westside TV host Coral Rodriguez speaks with Shane Griffin, Founder of the new holistic wellness Center Whole Life Balance in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Looking For A New Holistic Wellness Center? Check Out Whole Life Balance In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 9:36 am

Westside TV host Coral Rodriguez speaks with Shane Griffin, founder of the new holistic wellness center Whole Life Balance in Santa Monica.

Naam Yoga LA in Santa Monica says a number of easy yoga techniques can be done while at work to reduce tension and stress.

News, Health, Video

VIDEO: Easy Yoga Techniques For The Workplace With Naam Yoga LA

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 9:34 am

Lola Castillo from Naam Yoga LA in Santa Monica demonstrates a yoga technique that can help with workplace tension and stress.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

High Heat Expected To Stay At Least A Few More Days, Say Forecasters

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 9:20 am

The high heat, elevated humidity and monsoonal moisture that has moved into the Southland is expected to stay at least a few more days, forecasters said.

The Apple Store at 1415 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

New Yorkers Arrested At Santa Monica Apple Store; Suspected Of Buying $90K With Fraudulent Cards

Posted Jul. 30, 2015, 8:29 am

Two New York men believed to be responsible for buying Apple Store goods fraudulently to the tune of $90,000 were arrested in Santa Monica on Saturday, July 18.

At the dedication ceremony led by the Rev. Karen Schnell, director of spiritual care at UCLA Health, a plaque was unveiled by Richard Azar, executive director of general services at UCLA. The plaque reads: “Lovingly placed by their family and friends, each medallion in this fountain commemorates an individual who gave the gift of life and health to others through organ, eye and tissue donation.”

News, Health, Ucla

UCLA Health Fountain Honors Donors Who, At Time Of Death, Gave Life To Others

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:41 am

Two years ago, Rachel Greenberg of Marina del Rey went out to run a few errands. While she was gone, her husband Glenn suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. He was immediately taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where physicians explained he had suffered the worst kind of brain bleed.

On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

News, Venice, Beach

VIDEO: Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim Nick Fagnano Remembered

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:32 am

On Sunday July 27, 2014, Nick Fagnano, 20, was fatally struck by lightning. On the anniversary of his death, friends and family gathered on Venice Beach to celebrate his life.

A group of women will march topless along the Venice Beach boardwalk on Aug. 23.

News, Venice, Women

Women To March Topless Along Venice Beach Board Walk Next Month

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:23 am

A group of women will march topless along the Venice Beach boardwalk next month as part of an annual call for equal rights for women who want to go bare-breasted in public.

Tony Scott.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Judge Approves $1.25 Million Settlement Agreement Against Estate Of Tony Scott

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:16 am

A probate court judge approved a $1.25 million settlement of a lawsuit filed against the estate of the late director Tony Scott by Creative Artists Agency, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Ramming Car Into Fence At Santa Monica Airport

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:12 am

A 23-year-old man from Cheviot Hills was arrested on Friday, July 17, after ramming his car into a fence at Santa Monica Airport.