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Volunteers with Gobble Gobble Give will prepare meals for Santa Monica’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Locals Set Out To Feed The Homeless This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am

Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.

News, Holiday, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Forecast To Be Nation's Busiest Airport Over 11-Day Thanksgiving Travel Period

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:11 am

Los Angeles International Airport is forecast to be the nation's busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today.

St. Monica, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

St. Monica Catholic Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 26

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:30 am

St. Monica Catholic Community will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 26 for those who may be facing particular financial hardships this season or who may find themselves alone this holiday.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica

Veterans Day Closures: Courts, Schools, Libraries, Banks, Post Offices

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:17 am

Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices will be closed today for Veterans Day.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica

Veterans Day Observances Planned Throughout L.A. County

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:05 am

Veterans Day will be marked in Los Angeles County today by a parade in the northeast San Fernando Valley and observances in several other communities amid calls from Mayor Eric Garcetti and President Barack Obama for year-round support for veterans.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Woodlawn Cemetery

Santa Monica To Celebrate Dias De Los Muertos At Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 1

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:53 am

Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday when family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Jewish New Year Starts At Sundown Today

Posted Sep. 24, 2014, 8:51 am

Sundown today marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays, referred to as the “Days of Awe” in English, and “Yomin Noraim” in Hebrew.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, History

The History Of Labor Day: An Annual Tribute To Workers Since 1882

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:06 am

Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce in their colorful July 4 entry.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Thousands Line Main Street For Santa Monica July 4 Parade

Posted Jul. 5, 2014, 9:34 am

Thousands lined the 1.5 mile route along Main Street on Friday for the eight annual 4th of July Parade.

Pacific Park celebrates 4th of July with patriotic colors and patterns on the world-famous Ferris wheel.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Pier

Santa Monica's Ferris Wheel To Light Up Sky With Patriotic Colors

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

While Santa Monica doesn't have a fireworks display today, it does have Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel to light up the sky with a red, white, and blue extravaganza.

A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.

News, Holiday, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus To Operate On Sunday Schedule This July 4

Posted Jul. 3, 2014, 8:12 am

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus encourages the community to celebrate Independence Day with the transit authority, but to remember all buses will be operating on a Sunday schedule.

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, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Culver City

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

Posted Jul. 3, 2014, 7:55 am

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

Members of the Westside Impact Coalition in Santa Monica take to the streets in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, distributing door hangers.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Community Group Takes To Santa Monica Streets To Stop Underage Drinking

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 10:43 am

Members of the Westside Impact Coalition in Santa Monica will take to the streets today in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, distributing door hangers to Santa Monica neighborhood residents that remind adults throwing parties not to allow minors under 21 access to alcohol.

Sprinkles Cupcakes will bring its Cupcake Cart to Shore Hotel this Friday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 17, offering an assortment of classic favorites including Red Velvet and Dark Chocolate as well as February’s feature flavor, Salty Caramel.

Business, Holiday, Santa Monica

Sprinkles Cupcakes Cart To Sell Valentine's Day Treats In Santa Monica This Weekend

Posted Feb. 12, 2014, 9:04 am

Sweet treats are coming to the lobby of the Shore Hotel for four days next weekend as Sprinkles Cupcakes sets up a temporary pop-up shop to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Gerald C. Rivers is the keynote speaker at this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Santa Monica.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica Celebrates The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr. With Actor Gerald C. Rivers

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, 8:36 am

Actor Gerald C. Rivers – a multi-talented artist – will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by singer Charles Holt, at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, Jan. 20, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Community members celebrate the holiday season at Meet Me Under the Fig Tree event benefiting the Westside Food Bank. From left: Alan Epstein, MSD Capital; Nat Trives, Santa Monica’s Former Mayor; Iao Katagiri, Westside Food Bank board member; Ellis O’Connor, MSD Capital; and Matthew Lehman, Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

The Fairmont Celebrates The Holidays During "Meet Me Under The Fig Tree"

Posted Dec. 12, 2013, 8:36 am

Families gathered under the historic Moreton Bay fig tree at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on Sunday to celebrate the season during the free community event "Meet Me Under the Fig Tree."

The 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will start Sunday, Dec. 15.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Return December 15 With New Location

Posted Dec. 7, 2013, 9:43 am

Lifesize scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will go on display Sunday, Dec. 15 as the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes marks its 60th anniversary year with a new location and a large new scriptural banner telling the Christmas story.

La Vie en Rose by Sona Mirzaei is a 3D mixed media piece with organic botanicals, acrylic, oil, and metal leafing on canvas.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Art Gallery

Santa Monica Art Studios Celebrate The Holidays This Saturday Night

Posted Dec. 6, 2013, 9:45 am

This Saturday, the Santa Monica Art Studios hosts a reception from 6 pm to 8 pm for its holiday show. Original art makes a wonderful gift. At SMAS, you’ll find all types of mediums offered by an eclectic group of artists.

Off Their Jingle Bell RockersReturn For Holiday Shows

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Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers Return For Holiday Shows

Posted Dec. 6, 2013, 9:36 am

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers are back, ready to rock for the holidays. The Rockers have performed together for more than 10 years and have been a crowd pleaser for popular events such as the Montana Avenue Holiday Walk and the Main Street Holiday Extravaganza.

The Main Street Festive Extravaganza is this Saturday, Dec. 7.

Seven Days, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

What’s Hot: Main Street Festive Extravaganza This Saturday, Dec. 7

Posted Dec. 6, 2013, 9:25 am

Main Street in Santa Monica will be getting into the holiday spirit this Saturday when they host street-wide holiday parties and sidewalk sales. More than 55 businesses will be participating, offering holiday beverages, snacks, sweets, door prizes and more.

This year's Candy Cane Drive is this Saturday, Dec. 7.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

What’s Hot: Candy Cane Drive This Saturday, Dec. 7

Posted Dec. 6, 2013, 9:22 am

Santa and his Santa Monica public safety helpers will be distributing good cheer and thousands of candy canes as part of the 21st annual Candy Cane Drive this Saturday. Look and listen for the lights and sirens of the Santa Monica Police and Fire Department public safety vehicles.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Hotels

Santa Monica's "Extra Bedroom Program" On Offer Now Through Jan. 25

Posted Dec. 1, 2013, 9:14 am

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual "Extra Bedroom Program" is being offered now through January 25, 2014.

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, Columnist

A Healthy Approach To Holiday Eating

Posted Nov. 3, 2013, 8:02 am

November marks the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling on the same day this year. That means a double dose of calories between the turkey and latkes!

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Jewish High Holidays Begin September 4: Find Out Local Services & Celebrations

Posted Aug. 29, 2013, 8:12 am

Sundown on September 4 marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays, referred to as the “Days of Awe” in English, and “Yomin Noraim” in Hebrew.

The seventh annual 4th of July Parade, presented by the Ocean Park Association, attracted thousands of onlookers along Main Street Thursday morning.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Photos: Santa Monica Celebrates At 4th Of July Parade On Main Street

Posted Jul. 4, 2013, 11:48 am

For the seventh year in a row, the Santa Monica community came together for the Ocean Park Association’s highly successful 4th of July Parade along Main Street.

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