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Registration closes June 25 for groups wanting to take part in this year’s July 4 parade.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Registration Closes Thursday For Santa Monica July 4 Parade Float Participants

Posted Jun. 22, 2015, 9:32 am

The 9th Annual 4th of July Parade will once again return to Main Street in Santa Monica on Saturday July 4, beginning at 9:30 am.

Memorial Day 2015.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday

Memorial Day Observances To Be Held Throughout Los Angeles County

Posted May. 25, 2015, 9:48 am

Memorial Day in Los Angeles County today will include removing ivy from a wall at Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach that will have a list of the names of the armed forces members who gave their lives in service to the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Foster, Senior Citizen Mothers To Be Honored

Posted May. 10, 2015, 9:09 am

Mother's Day in the Los Angeles area will include tributes to foster parents and mothers in senior citizen housing today while Major League Baseball will dedicate all its games to the fight against breast cancer.

David Weiner, a local businessman, presented St. Anne Catholic Church and Shrine in Santa Monica with a sizeable check on Sunday.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

"Robin Hood 702" Organizes Easter Dinner For Santa Monica's Less Fortunate

Posted Apr. 6, 2015, 9:32 am

The generosity of a Las Vegas man who goes by the nickname "Robin Hood 702" and restaurant partners RAO’s and Tender Greens hosted an Easter dinner for the needy and less fortunate in Santa Monica on Sunday.

Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at 2011 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

St. Anne Catholic Church To Host Free Community Easter Dinner This Sunday

Posted Apr. 2, 2015, 8:55 am

St. Anne Catholic Church & Shrine in Santa Monica will host a free Easter Sunday dinner this weekend for the needy and less fortunate in our community.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

News, Museum, Holiday

Nixon, Reagan Libraries To Mark Presidents Day With Special Events

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 9:09 am

Admission will be free at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda today for Presidents Day, while the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley will mark the holiday with a free set of family-oriented activities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, History

Kingdom Day Parade To Take Place Starting At 11 a.m.

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9:08 am

The 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade will be held today under the theme "Love & Respect: Let It Begin With Me," and with Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson serving as grand marshal.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Holiday, History, Pasadena

Candlelight Vigil Planned To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted Jan. 18, 2015, 9:08 am

A "Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice" will begin outside All Saints Church in Pasadena tonight on the eve of the federal holiday marking the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Life And Arts, Los Angeles, Seven Days, Holiday, History

Several Southland Cities To Pay Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. Today

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:42 am

Parades will be held in Long Beach and Gardena today to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while other observances will take place in Culver City, Lancaster, Pasadena, West Hollywood and at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

News, Los Angeles, Seven Days, Holiday

Kwanzaa Begins Friday; Parade Set For Crenshaw Boulevard

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 9:08 am

The 38th annual KwanZaa Gwaride parade will be held along Crenshaw Boulevard Friday to mark the start of the seven-day African- American festival of Kwanzaa with the theme of "Perfect YOUR Temple."

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Practice Of Gratitude

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:28 am

Gratitude infused the love I felt as I looked around the full Sunday morning brunch table. I’ve been thinking lately about the value of gratitude in the personal, daily experience of life and about its meaning in human history.

Latest news relating to homelessness.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Homelessness, Non Profits

Los Angeles Residents To Help Region's Poor On Christmas Day

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:25 am

While thousands of Los Angeles-area residents will be opening presents Thursday, there will also be several efforts to help thousands of the region's poor on Christmas Day.

Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

Health, Ucla, Holiday, Santa Monica

A Healthy Approach To Holiday Eating

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:24 am

With the arrival of Hanukkah, followed by Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Day, there is likely to be no shortage of calories between the latkes, ham, turkey, and tamales!

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows held its annual Meet Me Under the Fig Tree community event on Sunday. Pictured from left are Rae W. Archibald (OPCC board member), Janie Yuguchi Gates (Olympic High School principal), Alan Epstein (MSD Capital), Kait Peters (Development Director OPCC), and Matthew Lehman (Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows general manager).

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Meet Me Under The Fig Tree Helps OPCC, Olympic High

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:23 am

The Santa Monica community generously came together on Sunday, Dec. 14, to donate about 8,500 pounds of non-perishable food during Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, a free annual event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital.

News, Holiday, Religion, Bel Air

Local Rabbi Participates In White House Hanukkah Reception

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, a vice president of the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, his wife Elana, and their daughter Shira participated in an afternoon Hanukkah reception at the White House today.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Hanukkah Begins At Sundown

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees' victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight, amid a call to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Seven Days, Holiday, Religion

Fiesta Chanukah Celebration To Be Held In Boyle Heights

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

The third annual Fiesta Chanukah Celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. today at the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights and will include a Hanukkah sweater fashion show, a holiday boutique, games, live screen printing and food.

Mar’sel chef du cuisine Charles Olalia will dish up special holiday menus this Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Dining, Holiday, Travel, Rancho Palos Verdes

Celebrate Holidays In Style At Terranea Resort With Special Dining, Extended Stay Promo

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Perched on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea Resort is gearing up for the holiday season with special dining options this Christmas and New Year’s.

One of the 13 Nativity Scenes that will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for the second year in a row starting Sunday.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Lifesize Nativity Scenes Return To Santa Monica Church Sunday

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica’s controversial nativity installations will be unveiled for their annual Christmas display in the Ocean Park neighborhood this Sunday, Dec. 14. The lifesized Nativity Scenes grabbed national attention two years ago after efforts were successfully made to ban them from public land.

Downtown, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: 2014 Holiday Fun At Downtown Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 11:55 am

It's that time of year so we're traveling the Westside to help you get in the holiday spirit. This week we stopped by Downtown Santa Monica to learn about its Winterlit events.

Santa Monica Assistance League is located at 1453 Fifteenth Street.

News, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Assistance League Helps With Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:42 am

Santa Monica Assistance League is ready to help residents with last minute holiday shopping.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Flair Cleaners Santa Monica Accepting Donations For Holiday Clothing & Shoe Drive

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:31 am

Flair Cleaners in Santa Monica is currently accepting donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes as part of its 12th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive.

The 61st anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will return Dec. 14 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard.

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

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Return To Mount Olive Lutheran Church Dec. 14

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:04 am

Thirteen life size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will return as part of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes this year on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

Five Easy Steps To A Happy Holiday

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:00 am

The holidays are here, so let me be among the hopefully many who will wish you a Merry Christmas. I also wish you a joyful Hanukkah or Chanukah depending on how you chose to spell the holiday, which the AP Style Book shows as Hanukkah even though Rabbi Daniel Zemel told NPR’s Robert Siegel that there seems to be no “correct” spelling of the word. In this, the season of peace, let us all accept either spelling. Do not use “Xmas”. Try not to write “Xmas,” even in a text. “Xmas” is something for a sign on a muffler shop.

News, Holiday, Entertainment, Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood To Usher In "Grinchmas'' Holiday Season Today

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:22 am

Universal Studios Hollywood will usher in its annual "Grinchmas'' holiday season today as Mayor Eric Garcetti tries his hand at Seussian rhyme while presenting a proclamation to Whoville Mayor Augustus Maywho and helping a host of Whos light the curving Whoville tree.

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