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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.

Nat Trives, known as Mr. Santa Monica, held his 80th birthday at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier earlier this month, which has so far raised $83,000 for 30 non-profits he supports.

News, Santa Monica, Pier, Non Profits

Santa Monica Has Heart & More

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:18 am

As many of you know I have lived my entire life in service of Santa Monica. I believe in the people of Santa Monica and I am so touched by the generosity of spirit and the compassion I see every day here in my hometown.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Quaker Group To Host Special Guest Sunday, Dec. 21

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Shan Cretin, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), will speak and show slides of her September trip to the Gaza strip and surrounding areas this Sunday, Dec. 21.

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.

SMFD chief Scott Ferguson and SMPD chief Jacqueline Seabrooks at the Bay Shore Lanes on Monday.

News, Business, Non Profits

Registration Now Open For Santa Monica's 2015 SuperBowl-A-Thon

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:50 am

To kick off the 2015 SuperBowl-A-Thon, which includes the annual “Chiefs Challenge,” Santa Monica’s Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and Fire Chief Scott Ferguson “faced off” Monday at Santa Monica’s Bay Shores Lanes.

Nat Trives, known as Mr. Santa Monica, will have his 80th birthday at Pacific Park on Tuesday with guests asked to donate $100 to one of the causes he supports in return for food, rides, and games at the Santa Monica Pier amusement park.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier, Non Profits

Mr. Santa Monica To Host Charity Birthday Fundraiser Tuesday, Dec. 9

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:48 am

On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 9, a celebration at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will be providing the means to donate to a local charity and have fun at the same time, thanks to the birthday boy himself.

Teen opera soprano Golda Berkman will perform with the Dream Orchestra in Santa Monica on Dec. 5.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Handel's "Messiah" To Showcase Dream Orchestra At Dec. 5 Santa Monica Concert

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:37 am

Santa Monica will host Handel’s popular holiday oratorio “The Messiah” with acclaimed director Daniel Suk and young local soprano Golda Berkman promising a breathtaking performance.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

L.A. County Gets Set To Feed Homeless On Thanksgiving At Large Gatherings

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:14 am

Thanksgiving will be marked in Los Angeles County Thursday by large gatherings on Skid Row, the Sunset Strip and in Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley to feed homeless and poor residents and distance races in Burbank and Pasadena.

Bailey Spoonhower, Executive Chef Nick Shipp, Dominic Aberl, and Neil Everett of ESPN are hoping to sell-out a Miracles for Kids Foundation fundraiser at Upper West on Dec. 7.

Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Upper West Restaurant To Host A "Miracle On 34th Street" Fundraiser Dec. 7

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:17 am

Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica starts the holidays off in the spirit of the season with a fundraiser feast set for Sunday, Dec. 7 to benefit Miracles for Kids Foundation.

Roberta Koz Wilson founded Audrey’s Cookies with 10 percent of retail purchases being donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Homemade Cookies Donates To Starlight Children’s Foundation

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:42 am

A scrumptious win-win situation has arrived in all Whole Foods locations in Santa Monica, as well as stores in the Pacific Southwest region. There is now a way to enjoy the essence of homemade cookies, contribute to a worthy cause, and take part in a family legacy.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation To Host Benefit Auction At Lexus Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:47 am

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation will host its 2nd Annual LA Initiative Benefit Auction at Lexus Santa Monica this Thursday, Nov. 20.

The opening reception for 'Filling the wHole' raised $9,000 for Chase Foundation benefiting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica's P32 Gallery On Target To Raise $15,000 For Chase Foundation

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:34 am

The newly opened P32 gallery in Santa Monica raised $9,000 for the Chase Foundation in the first week of its exhibition, "Filling the wHole." The exhibition runs until Dec. 4 with a goal of raising $15,000. More than 150 people attended the opening reception on Oct. 25.

Sofia Vergara and CLARE Tribute Award honoree Joe Manganiello.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Non Profits

CLARE Tribute Dinner In Santa Monica Honors Hollywood Trio

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:23 am

The 17th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner honored actor/producer/director Joe Manganiello, talent agent Steven Glick, and screenwriter Craig Borten on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

The Meals on Wheels West Board of Directors and staff showing off their costumes at the Monster Bash.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Meals On Wheels West Monster Bash At Loews Santa Monica A Success

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Meals on Wheels West held its Halloween Monster Bash fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

SideChef makes cooking easy by providing photos and instructions for every step of a recipe.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, Non Profits

SideChef HQ In Santa Monica To Bake Halloween Treats For OPCC Clients

Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 9:13 am

SideChef, the step-by-step cooking app that rocketed into the iTunes Top 10 list of Food & Drinks apps during its iPhone launch, is baking Halloween treats at their Santa Monica headquarters as part of a Halloween Bake-Off on October 27 to give to the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC).

BAM Fest attendees can enjoy more than 40 craft breweries on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival) Returns To Santa Monica Sunday, Oct. 26

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 9:35 am

Tickets are selling fast to the 18th Street Arts Center’s renowned BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival) on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Conservancy To Host Fundraising Salon Today At Bundy House

Posted Oct. 12, 2014, 9:45 am

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual fundraising salon at the historic Bundy House today, Oct. 12, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits, West Hollywood

30th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Returns Sunday

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:07 am

The 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles will be held Sunday, with 25,000 people walking 10 kilometers through West Hollywood and the Fairfax district to raise funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles and more than 20 other Los Angeles County-based AIDS service organizations.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Charity Makes A Difference In The Lives Of Navajo Children

Posted Oct. 8, 2014, 9:21 am

The Spirit of a Giving Heart, a Santa Monica and El Segundo-based foundation that provides annual holiday gifts, clothing, and school supplies to children of the Navajo nation, benefits from the generosity of three local chief executive officers (CEOs) who are working to impact the lives of more than 300 disadvantaged school-age children in Arizona.

Phyllis Roteman, Kurt Rappaport, Sarah Mutch, Geyer Kosinski, Dr. Brian Perri, Elisabetta Canalis, Annie McCarthy, Sunil Perkash, Bill Kelly attend the Samburu Splash Bash Event on Sept. 27 in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

The Samburu Splash Bash In Santa Monica A Big Success

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 7:30 am

The Samburu Splash Bash held in Santa Monica last Saturday, Sept. 27 drew Los Angeles’ power players from the entertainment business and beyond.

Party On The Pier Returns This Sunday.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Ucla, Santa Monica, Pier, Non Profits

Party On The Pier Fundraiser Returns To Santa Monica This Sunday

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:01 am

A fun-filled, charitable event will take place on the Santa Monica Pier this Sunday, Oct. 5 in the form of the 15th annual Mattel Party on the Pier as part of a partnership between Mattel and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Gran Fondo Italia wound its way across the Westside on Sunday, Sept. 28 with more than 800 cyclists.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits, Cycling

Cyclists Take To The Santa Monica Mountains, Italian Style

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:00 am

The Santa Monica Mountains have played host to more than 800 cyclists in one of the most prestigious international amateur cycling events, Gran Fondo Italia.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Have You Visited The Assistance League Of Santa Monica Thrift Shop?

Posted Oct. 2, 2014, 8:21 am

Local residents can decide when they shop at the Assistance League of Santa Monica Thrift Shop. They have great merchandise, excellent prices, pop-up sales, and friendly member-volunteers to help.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Chorus To Support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted Oct. 1, 2014, 9:36 am

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Santa Monica Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is proud to announce its support through several public appearances in the month of October where the group will perform the “Mammogram” song.

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