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30 Apr  

Shecky’s Girls Night in Santa Monica

By Marina Drantyev

Shecky's Girls Night

How beautiful and serene it is!

What a great place for a night out with friends at the Shecky’s Girls Night Out event on May 19th-20th, 2010 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. For more information, visit

26 Apr  

Santa Monica Place Security & Concierge Casting Call!

Santa Monica Place

Want to join the Santa Monica Place team? We’re hosting an open call for professionals interested in working with Security and/or Concierge. Qualified candidates should attend our open interviews. Be sure to bring your resume and list of references!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
10:00am – 3:00pm
(first come-first serve based on availability)

1453 3rd Street Promenade, Ste. 250
Santa Monica, CA 90401

For more information, please contact us at (310) 394-5451.

24 Apr  

Cock ‘n Bull Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Cock ‘n Bull British Pub in Santa Monica is celebrating its 20th anniversary today from 6pm to closing! From 6pm to 8pm, to say thanks for supporting them for the past 20 years, they will be offering complimentary roast pork, turkey and roast beef, with all the trimmings! $2 beer, wine and well drinks. No cover charge.

Cock ‘n Bull British Pub is located on Lincoln Blvd. just south of Pier Ave. For more information, visit

23 Apr  

Yelp Passport To Santa Monica 4/24-4/30

Yelp Passport To Santa Monica is partnering with Buy Local Santa Monica Committee and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce to host the first ever Yelp Los Angeles neighborhood-focused promotional week in Santa Monica April 24-30th. Select local Santa Monica businesses will be offering exclusive discounts to Yelp passport holders.

Visit for Passport to Santa Monica business listings as well as a gallery where you can browse through the photos, print out discounts, etc. Yelp will also be handing out copies of the Passports so be on the lookout around town!

19 Apr  

What’s New in Santa Monica for 2010/2011

Photo by R. Friday

2010 and 2011 are full of new developments and special events for Santa Monica. Known as one of the West Coast’s most progressive cities, and home to some of the largest companies in the world, e.g. MTV, Google, Red Bull, Yahoo! and more, there is no shortage of exciting new offerings in this beach town.

“With our wonderful year-long weather, 340 days of sunshine on average, oceanfront views, casual lifestyle and cutting-edge mind-set, it’s no surprise that we have so many new developments in the works right now,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s an exciting time for us as we are able to offer the travel industry and our guests even more options when they visit, which is what Santa Monica is all about – it just keeps getting better!”

Among the new developments are the following:

• Ocean Avenue Hotel – Set to open in the summer of 2011, Ocean Avenue Hotel will be set in Downtown Santa Monica, with great views of the beach and Santa Monica Pier. The hotel will be a great addition to Santa Monica as it will offer moderately priced rooms in an ideal location near the beach and Santa Monica Place shopping mall. The hotel’s features include 164 rooms over four stories, an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, a meeting room, exercise room and outdoor courtyard space. It will also feature ground floor retail and restaurant space as part of the hotel, and will pursue LEED Silver Certification, joining many of the other eco-friendly hotels and businesses in Santa Monica. More information will be available on as progress on the hotel is made.

• Santa Monica Place Shopping Mall – Opening on Aug. 6, 2010, the new outdoor shopping mall will open in Downtown Santa Monica two blocks away from the beach, offering high-end shopping options in true California form. The mall will be anchored by Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, and will feature shops like Hugo Boss, Burberry, Kitson, and more. Distinguishing attributes of the outdoor shopping haven will be the beachside setting and ocean breezes, unique meetings and event space, fine rooftop dining and bar scene, a modern outdoor fireplace, and a stunning view overlooking Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Place will be the fifth shopping area in the city as it joins Third Street Promenade, Main Street, Montana Avenue and Pico Boulevard – shopping and entertainment destinations that offer an eclectic mix of boutique and brand name delights. More information can be found about the new mall, including virtual tours and photo galleries, at:

• GLOW: A Dusk ‘til Dawn Arts and Culture Festival in Santa Monica – GLOW is a beachfront arts festival that will feature cutting-edge art displays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010. This will be the second biannual Glow event in Santa Monica, where over 200,000 people will gather on the beaches of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Pier to experience and engage with compelling, enchanting and awe-inspiring public art displays from dusk until dawn. With a variety of world-class art and cultural experiences and attractions, it’s no wonder Santa Monica is home to one of the most unique arts festivals in the country. For more information about GLOW 2010, including footage from the inaugural festival in 2008, please visit:

• Two New Museums – The Museum of Flying, opening later this year, will be located in the South-side of the Santa Monica Airport directly adjacent to the DC-3 Aircraft Monument and Park. The museum will place heavy emphasis on Douglas Aircraft and the history of the Santa Monica Airport. Originally founded in 1974 by Donald Douglas Jr. as the Douglas Museum and Library, the museum reopened as the Museum of Flying in April of 1989. The museum gradually grew to a collection of more than 50 vintage aircraft with many still in flight-ready condition. The new museum will feature nearly two dozen aircraft chronicling the beginning of flight – from a replica Wright Flyer, all the way to the jet age, with the BD-5 micro jet and the FedEx 727 nose section. The museum will also feature a broad collection of aviation art, rare artifacts and ephemera from famous aviators.

Opening in Fall 2010, the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum will be the first museum to tell the story of Santa Monica as it relates to California’s arts and cultural diversity, as well as the history of the city. For years, the Santa Monica Historical Society has carefully collected and preserved artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, which will now be displayed in interactive state-of-the-art exhibits, including a virtual roller coaster and a “Then and Now” touch screen map of Santa Monica. Learn more about our museums at

For more information about what’s new in Santa Monica, please visit

16 Apr  

Santa Monica Parks Rock!

On Friday, April 9th, children and parents who were visiting Douglas Park in Santa Monica got an unexpected surprise when popular rock band Weezer showed up for an impromptu concert as part of a Vevo Impromptu Concert Series. The youngsters on hand got to rock out to some acoustic jams from the band, what a great day at the park!

For more information on Santa Monica parks, visit

13 Apr  

Groupon L.A. Gets Hyperlocal with “Santa Monica Week”

Groupon “Santa Monica Week” April 12–18, 2010

Groupon LA, a shopping website that offers a daily deal on the best local goods, services and cultural events in Los Angeles, invites customers to enjoy “Santa Monica Week,” April 12 – 18, 2010.  In partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Buy Local Santa Monica, Groupon L.A. has dedicated one week to celebrate the culture and sights of Santa Monica with a series of unbeatable deals from the best-loved businesses in the region.

Deals for the week include:
- 4/12: $25 for $50 in California Cuisine at La Cachette Bistro
- 4/13: $55 Enzyme Bath at Willow Spa
- 4/14: $10 Admission to Pacific Park
- 4/15: $20 for $50 in Eats at Border Grill
- 4/16: $219 for 1-Night Stay at Fairmont Miramar and Bungalows

“Santa Monica is an area rich with first-class merchants,” said Groupon founder Andrew Mason. “Groupon is excited to partner with The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Buy Local Santa Monica to feature classic favorites and hidden gems representing the best in the city.” Santa Monica Chamber president Laurel Rosen commented, “As President of the Chamber and a committee member of the Buy Local city program, I live the mission of patronizing local businesses. We are very excited to partner with Groupon to showcase the exceptional products and services our businesses of Santa Monica have to offer.”

Using the principles of collective buying, Groupon negotiates unprecedented deals with top businesses. Groupon subscribers receive free daily emails alerting them to the deal. These deals are only activated if a minimum number of people agree to buy, encouraging subscribers to share the promotion with family and friends via social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. By guaranteeing a large number of new customers, Groupon creates a win-win for local merchants. So far, this innovative approach to e-commerce has generated thousands in revenue for Los Angeles businesses while saving money for nearly 200,000 local subscribers.

12 Apr  

JiRaffe Turns 15 Today

By Marje Bennetts

Photo by David Kramer

Today JiRaffe Restaurant in Santa Monica turns 15!

Chef/Owner and Santa Monica Native Raphael Lunetta is celebrating with an inclusive 3-course $38 Bistro Birthday Menu — including “Surf & Turf” with 1/2 Maine Lobster Thermidor, Prime Beef Filet and of course, Birthday Cake! Enjoy and join in by coming by JiRaffe at 5th and SM Blvd. — for reservations call 310.917.6671. Celebrate with Santa Monica’s Own Celebrity Chef….

12 Apr  

Raising Kids in Santa Monica

By Kate Jerkens

Raising a 2-year old Santa Monica is like having the biggest best backyard ever. On the weekends, we can walk to the 3rd Street Promenade, where she is entertained by the fountains and street performers. Almost every other week we go to the same restaurant on Montana (Spumoni), where they know our order, and already  have our “usual” ready for us. On the weekends, breakfast at Babalu is always a hit, and they are so patient with the amount of Cheerios that hit the floor, while serving a wonderful (and quick) breakfast! When we are feeling especially ambitious, we can put her in the stroller and walk to the Farmer’s Market on Sundays for fresh pretzel bread and a ride on the ponies. Of course, we always have the option of the beach and Douglas Park, which is the best Santa Monica park. There is not a day or a week that goes by that we don’t think about how great it is that she is growing up here…

09 Apr  

Dance into Spring at the Annenberg Beach House

Lillie Grossman

Explore site, movement and process with the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist in Residence in a free 2 hour workshop. Participants
will create movement based on the architecture and story of the Beach House. Site exploration will also involve writing and drawing as sources for inspiration.

The 2 hour adventure will culminate in a mini-performance followed by a discussion. Previous participants are welcome back to explore the choreographic process more deeply, and new participants are also welcome. This workshop is appropriate for all ages from teens to seniors; no dance experience required. Youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Comfortable clothing suggested.

Workshop and Culminating Performance with Artist in Residence Holly Rothschild. Monday April 12, 6:30-8:30pm Composing Dance with Holly Rothschild. Info/Reserve:


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