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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.

Santa Monica Beat

WestsideToday.com presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

Santa Monica Beat

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo as lovers dealing with AIDS in the powerful television film, 'The Normal Heart.'

News, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo: Life At Home & The Psychological Challenges Of Acting

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 12:30 pm

Any time you mention Mark Ruffalo’s name to anyone, the response is always, “He seems like a really nice guy;” or “He seems so genuine and not full of himself;” or “I love his acting;” or “I really love that guy.” And so it goes.

A woman reported missing from the Simi Valley area on Monday has been rescued from a Malibu hillside.

News, Fire Department, Malibu, Santa Monica

Firefighters Rescue Missing Woman From SUV That Crashed Off Malibu Hillside

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:33 am

A woman reported missing from Simi Valley was found inside her crashed SUV today about 50 feet down the side of a hillside north of Malibu and taken to a hospital with what were described as moderate injuries.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

News, Beach, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: The Importance Of World Oceans Day

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 10:07 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Marion Clark, Programs Director for Surf Academy and the Surf Bus Foundation, about World Oceans Day.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

"Flex Alert" Issued For Today As Hot Spell Grips Southland

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:55 am

With a heat wave gripping the Southland and power demand on the rise, the manager of the state's energy grid issued a "flex alert," urging residents to conserve electricity between 2 and 9 p.m. today -- a warm, muggy day when showers and thunderstorms are possible -- to reduce strain on the system.

Locals will have a chance to view an original 1911 Santa Monica Road Race car owned by Brian Blain on Friday, July 17.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Relive The Santa Monica Road Races On Friday, July 17

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:37 am

Santa Monica will relive the historical 1911 Santa Monica Road Races on Friday, July 17 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows who is sponsoring the event to benefit the Santa Monica History Museum.

Tongva Park has sweeping views of the Ocean.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Tongva Park Named One Of Six Finalists For Global Award Of Excellence

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:32 am

The City of Santa Monica and James Corner Field Operations announced that Santa Monica’s Tongva Park/Ken Genser Square Project has been selected as one of six finalists in the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award of Excellence For Urban Open Space.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Female Jogger Assaulted In Early Morning Attack On Santa Monica Beach

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:15 am

A female jogger on an early morning run had the fright of her life on Saturday, June 20, after an 18-year-old man tackled her to the ground for no apparent reason.

Matrix Institute founders Jeanne L. Obert, Richard Rawson, Ph.D., and Michael McCann.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Considering Alcohol, Drug Addiction Treatment? Matrix Institute Has 30 Years Experience

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:09 am

When Matrix Institute on Addictions founders Jeanne L. Obert, Michael McCann and Richard Rawson, Ph.D first opened its doors to drug and alcohol addiction patients in 1984, neither of them could have imagined the significant impact they would make in the years ahead.