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News, Santa Monica, Kami Garcia

Young Adult Authors Kami Garcia & Anna Todd at Santa Monica Public Library

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:51 am

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to welcome back young adult (YA) author Kami Garcia to the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., for an author talk and book signing with fellow writer Anna Todd on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Salon

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Conservancy

Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Fundraiser at San Vicente Boulevard Estate

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:31 am

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual Fall Salon on Saturday, October 23, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Armstrong-Cobb house, a former home of Bette Davis. The Salon will feature a tour of the estate, a reception with wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres, as well as a talk about the house's architect, the renowned John Byers, by Dr. Ken Breisch, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

News, Santa Monica, Mao

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:27 am

This delicious recipe was the favorite of one of my patients; it came from her Sardinian grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 102. Its ingredients benefit the heart, enhance immunity and aid digestion; mushrooms are high in fiber with virtually no fat and are very helpful in lowering cholesterol and cleansing the intestinal tract while the magnesium and potassium in chard or spinach give your heart a boost. Serves two. Enjoy!

SOPHIA: Sweet Sophia is a gentle and playful girl. Her playful personality shines when she has visitors at the center! Sophia has an outgoing personality and will reach out to you with her little paws as if to say “hug me!” Sophia is also a smart cat—she loves to play interactive app games. Very playful personality. Enjoys wand toys and interactive app games. Adopt Sophia today for just $9 during our “9 Lives” promotion and you’ll have a lifelong friend!

News, Santa Monica, Nkla

NKLA Pets Of The Week!

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:11 am

JENNY: If there were a competition for “Best Smile,” Jenny would get first place! A staff and volunteer favorite, Jenny is one of the happiest dogs we’ve ever known. Her tail wags non-stop and she is an affectionate, gentle, and tolerant dog. Jenny has allergies and sensitive skin and would be a great fit for somebody who prefers cuddling on the couch and moonlight strolls rather than sunbathing! Nothing seems to faze Jenny. No matter what, she always has a positive demeanor and a great big grin. Jenny can be very playful with other dogs, but would also be happy as your one and only. Jenny is an absolute gem. Adopt her and start every day with a smile!

Nija Okoro as Dussie May and Levee (Jason Dirden).

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Play

A Powerful “Ma Rainey’s”

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:08 am

Playwright August Wilson has been one of the most compelling voices in illuminating the African-American experience. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for the ten plays in “The Pittsburg Cycle,” which began in 1904 with “Gem of the Ocean.” The other plays were: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Seven Guitars,” “Fences,” “Two Trains Running,” “Jitney,” “King Hedley II,” and “Radio Golf.” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originated in 1927 and to say the play has travelled well is evidenced by its current riveting revival.

Hot Chocolate and Tea Lovers – Unite!

Santa Monica, Good Taste

Hot Chocolate and Tea Lovers – Unite!

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:12 pm

There’s a little Italian place on Montana that has a multi-page menu of only authentic Italian hot chocolate and exotic teas! The owners are from Travisi, Italy, where the concept was conceived. He started my culinary journey by explaining the history of chocolate and teas.

Rinde Eckert

News, Santa Monica, Thigs To Do

Beach = Culture Series Presents Rinde Eckert

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 11:39 am

The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Santa Monica, as part of its Beach = Culture series, will present a pop-up concert with Rinde Eckert on Tuesday, September 27, at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 6:30 p.m.

Members of various classes from the 1970s were there to show support.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Samohi Celebrates!

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 11:20 am

In honor of the 125th anniversary of Santa Monica High School, alumni from all past graduating classes were invited to gather in Samohi’s quad for an afternoon of food and school spirit last Saturday.

A man surrounded by police lays in the middle of Neilson Way Wednesday.

News, Santa Monica, Crime

Man Down in Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 11:00 am

Guns were drawn as LAPD sped to the scene Wednesday morning which saw a man throw himself to the ground with arms splayed. Onlookers report that additional LAPD cars quickly descended on the intersection of Neilson Way and Marine Street, Santa Monica, with officers jumping out of their cars and running toward the site with guns drawn.

Thane Roberts for SMa.r.t. Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow.Thane Roberts AIA, Architect, Robert H. Taylor AIA, Mario Fonda-Bonardi AIA Planning Commission, Daniel Jansenson Architect, Samuel Tolkin AIA, Phil Brock, Santa Monica Arts Commission.

News, Santa Monica, Sma.r.t

Opinion: SM.a.r.t. Clueless In Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 10:45 am

SM.a.r.t has been watching closely both sides of Measure LV, which is on the November ballot in Santa Monica. The majority of “vested interests” in Santa Monica have uniformly decided to oppose the measure, including an organization entitled Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE.)


News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Brock on Your Block: At the Samohi Annual All-Class Picnic

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 1:22 pm

Phil joins hundreds of Santa Monica High School grads in celebrating 125 years of Samohi at the Annual All-Class Picnic presented by the Samohi Alumni Association last Saturday...

Fall Festival

News, Santa Monica

The Annual Fall Festival at Virginia Avenue Park is October 1st

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 12:15 pm

The City of Santa Monica’s Annual Fall Festival at Virginia Avenue Park is only ten days away! Come out and enjoy fall festivities at one of your favorite parks with live music and dancing, tons of activities hosted by community organizations, and the traditional hay bale maze!

Pico Fitness Crawl

News, Santa Monica, Pico

Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. to host LA’s first “Fitness Crawl”

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 12:42 pm

The Pico Improvement Organization is producing the first Fitness Crawl in the LA area. Sixteen fitness businesses along 2.5 miles of Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. will hold 10-minute workouts, every 20 minutes on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8AM – 11AM. All Crawlers will receive a free gift bag and giveaways. Tickets are $5.

Samohi Orchestra

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Magical Music of Disney by the Samohi Orchestras

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 11:46 am

As a reprise to last year's widely successful fall musical extravaganza, the Samohi Orchestra's will once again present the Magical Music of Disney on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Henry Servin

News, Santa Monica

Henry Servin Selected as New City Traffic Engineer

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 11:44 am

The City of Santa Monica has selected Henry Servin as its new City Traffic Engineer. Mr. Servin will lead the Traffic Management Division of the Planning & Community Development Department (PCD).

John Catoe

News, Santa Monica

Former Santa Monica Transportation Director inducted into Transportation Association’s Hall of Fame

Posted Sep. 20, 2016, 9:48 am

Former Santa Monica Director of Transportation John Catoe was inducted into the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame during the trade industry’s annual conference on September 12. Catoe was one of five public transportation officials from around the country whose lifetime of service to the industry was recognized during a special ceremony at the JW Marriott.


News, Santa Monica, Things To Do, Things

Fall Art at Bergamot (VIDEO)

Posted Sep. 19, 2016, 12:30 pm

Almost half of the 40+ galleries that make up the Bergamot Station complex are showcasing new works. The Ruth Bachofner Gallery, which opened 30 years ago and has been located at Bergamot Station since 1998, premiered new exhibits by artists Trang T. Lê and Trygve Faste.


News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Boyb

Brock on Your Block - Phil Looks at Samohi's Heritage

Posted Sep. 19, 2016, 12:28 pm

Phil finds treasures from Samohi's history at the Samohi Heritage Project, with celebrated Samohi Football Coach and Teacher Tebb Kusserow, who is one of the archivists of the project.

Dr. Alejandro Sanchez

News, Santa Monica, Flu Shot

Flu Vaccine Myth Busting with Kaiser Permanente Dr. Alejandro Sanchez

Posted Sep. 19, 2016, 11:36 am

While there are many myths about the flu vaccine, there are also many compelling truths about the benefits of the flu vaccine. Alejandro Sanchez, M.D., an infectious disease physician at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, clears up some of the misperceptions about the flu and explains why the flu vaccine is so beneficial.


News, Santa Monica, Police


Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:51 pm

Broken Rules Britannia. On Sunday, September 4, at 12:20 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to The Britannia (a British themed pub and restaurant), located at 318 Santa Monica Boulevard, in order to investigate a report of vandalism.


News, Santa Monica, Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air at Bergamot

Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:48 pm

Last Saturday, almost half of the 40+ galleries that make up the Bergamot Station complex began showcasing new works. The Ruth Bachofner Gallery, which opened 30 years ago and has been located at Bergamot Station since 1998, premiered new exhibits by artists Trang T. Lê and Trygve Faste.


News, Santa Monica, Beauty

Travel: Sanctuaries of Beauty, Grace and Rejuvenation

Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:41 pm

Part 1 Recap: The initial installment of my two-part feature on Losinj, a magical island that’s part of Croatia, explored some of the state-of-the-art hotels, including the five-star Bellevue Hotel as well as some of the boutique hotels including Villa Hortensia, Villa Augusta and the gorgeous Hotel Alhambra.


News, Santa Monica, Indignation

“Indignation” Provokes Thought

Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:30 pm

“Indignation,” a movie set in the early 1950s and based on a novel by Philip Roth, centers on the sexual awakening of a working class freshman college student named Marcus Messner, who has high intellect, but little experience with female relationships. Logan Lerman plays the young man, one of the few Jewish students at a Midwestern Christian school. By enrolling in college, Messner was able to get out of serving in the Korean War. The film explores his adjustment to campus life and courtship of an attractive coed named Olivia Hutton, played by Sarah Gadon. Hutton has emotional and psychological issues, which she tries to hide from Messner at first, for fear that he will reject her.


News, Santa Monica, Metro

Seventy Percent of Passengers on the Metro Expo Line are New Riders

Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:26 pm

A new survey conducted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) found that 70 percent of those using the Expo Line to Santa Monica are new riders and of those new riders 44 percent used to drive and 23 percent used to take the bus.

News, Santa Monica, Autumn

Bring Autumn Colors to Spiced Sweets

Posted Sep. 18, 2016, 12:14 pm

Cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice are all signs of fall. Whether you’re hosting a pumpkin carving party or decorating sweet treats with family, celebrate the season with maple-flavored leaf-shaped cookies, pumpkin patch cupcakes and hot apple cider.

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