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28 Jun  

Santa Monica Place Job Fair – Saturday, July 10th

Santa Monica Place

Searching for a job? Be a part of the experience at Santa Monica Place, opening August 6th, 2010. Come join our established retailers and restaurants in their search for excellent employees.

When: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

For more information, please visit our website

21 Jun  

4th of July Events in Santa Monica

Photo by Nik Wheeler

Summer is in full gear in Santa Monica and 4th of July is right around the corner. Start planning your trip to the beach! Find 2010 4th of July events in and around Santa Monica -

Santa Monica 4th of July Events

Celebrate America – Sat., June 26 5pm
Santa Monica College Corsair Field
Don’t miss our annual celebration of Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks salute to America and our nation’s independence. Mark the date, and plan to attend with friends and family! Please call (310) 434-3005.

4th Annual 4th of July Parade – July 4th, 9:30-11:30am
Main Street
The entire stretch of Main Street, in Santa Monica will be closed during the 4th of July Parade. After the parade there will be a refreshment area at Ocean View Park, including one band that will continue to play until noon. (310) 564-1968

Nearby Santa Monica

Marina del Rey July 4th Fireworks – 9:00pm
Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village
Fireworks shot over Marina’s main channel. Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village are popular viewing spots, but any water view seat is a good one! Park early most public spaces are filled by 6 p.m.

For more summer events and specials, please visit and

14 Jun  

Santa Monica Holds Emergency Training Seminar on June 16th

Santa Monica’s Emergency Training Seminar Aims to Prepare Businesses and Organizations for That Inevitable Emergency

Disasters occur without warning, and it is essential that businesses and organizations be ready for these emergencies before, during, and after they occur. This is all part of Santa Monica’s Emergency. Preparedness Seminar for Business on June 16th, 8:30 AM to 3 PM at the RAND Corporation. Sign up today for this free, one day seminar which is made possible by the City of Santa Monica, American Red Cross of Santa Monica, the RAND Corporation and Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disasters (SMOAID). The purpose of this seminar is to provide the necessary tools and information to help ensure Santa Monica businesses and organizations are adequately prepared for all aspects of an emergency.

Topics include Crisis Communications, Emergency Planning Concepts for Business, Continuity of Operation Planning, Building Emergency Response Teams at Work and an overview of both RAND’s Incident Command and Emergency Response Teams across multiple locations. Employees will also be taught how to respond to various emergencies, including a zombie attack which is meant to help demonstrate the correct responses and actions required during an emergency.

SMOAID is a coalition of local businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and service organizations that strive to prepare the community before a disaster and pledges to serve after one. The coalition employs a three-pronged strategy for preparedness, targeting businesses, residents, and service agencies. The goal of SMOAID is to make Santa Monica the most disaster-resilient community in the country.

The City of Santa Monica, American Red Cross of Santa Monica, the RAND Corporation and SMOAID invite you to attend the Emergency Preparedness Seminar for Business. It will help your business become informed and prepared for any type of disaster, even if it’s a zombie attack. The RAND Corporation is located on 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Parking is available free of charge in RAND’s underground parking garage. Attendees must enter the parking garage at the North entrance, which is accessible from Main Street. RSVP early because space is limited. Please call 424-203-1117 or go to

11 Jun  

Paddle Racing Returns to Historic Santa Monica Pier

Restoring a decades-old tradition, the world famous Santa Monica Pier and the Honolua Surf Co. will kick off the summer of 2010 with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race, dory and outrigger canoe competitions and a paddle gear exhibition, on Saturday, June 12 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

“Santa Monica and the pier in particular have a rich history of paddleboarding and we’re thrilled to be bringing back that tradition and tapping into the growing popularity of stand up paddling,” said Pat Fraley, brand manager at Honolua Surf Co., which is presenting the event. “This will be a great day at the beach and the pier for anyone who enjoys the ocean or a good competition.”

Paddleboard racing was a popular Santa Monica sport in the 1940s with two paddleboard clubs headquartered on the pier and race results regularly published in the local newspaper. The sport’s popularity waned over the decades, but has recently made a dramatic resurgence.

The event is presented by Honolua Surf Co. and Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and its public marine education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will receive a portion of gross proceeds from the paddleboard race.

“Heal the Bay is excited to be a part of this wonderful ocean event. Not only will a portion of the proceeds support our efforts to make Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, safe, healthy and clean, but it also promotes greater awareness of, and deeper connections with, the Santa Monica Bay,” said Natalie Burdick, Heal the Bay’s constituent development manager.

The start and finish of the races will take place on the sand immediately south of the pier with the courses running along the coast.

The stand up paddle and prone paddleboard races feature 5.5 mile and 1 mile courses, both of which take paddlers by the historic Santa Monica Pier, visited by an estimated 4 million people each year.

“The pier is a world-class venue for an ocean event and restoring the paddleboard tradition to Santa Monica is awesome,” said Todd Roberts of ZJ Boarding House, which is helping to organize the event. “We are expecting everyone from some serious competitors to first-time racers who are just out to have fun and be a part of fantastic day at the beach.”

For the dory competition, area lifeguards will row fiberglass rescue boats in both a 1 mile sprint and a crowd-pleasing 3 lap race through the surf zone. The outrigger canoe competition will feature 6-person Hawaiian-style canoes in a demonstration race starting and finishing in the water next to the pier.

On the pier deck, manufacturers will show off the latest in paddleboards, accessories and clothing. An awards ceremony will follow the completion of the races for the top finishers in each of the divisions.

Event partners and major sponsors include: Honolua Surf Co., Heal the Bay, ZJ Boarding House, Positive Existence, Santa Monica Daily Press, Hawaiian Tropic®,, Power Balance, Coreban, Surftech, Boardworks Surf, C4, Hovie SUP, Rusty, Joe Bark, Anderson Surfboards and National Doryman’s Association.

Participation in the race is limited and early registration is encouraged. The first race begins at 8:45 AM, June 12, 2010. For more information visit

“L’Esprit et le Coeur en Harmonie” or “Mind and Heart in Harmony” is the spirit of aloha and the foundation that the Honolua Surf Co. was founded on. Celebrating the lifestyle of the island waterman – Honolua is focused on the person who has built a life centered on the ocean and all it has to offer. Honolua was named after the mystical bay found on the Hawaiian Island of Maui’s western shore. One of the most perfect waves in the world breaks along the point, ending in the crystal blue waters of the bay where an abundance of sea life lives in tranquility. The islands are also home to one of the largest populations of waterman in the world because of the wide variety of conditions they have to offer. Whether it’s canoeing, paddling the inter island straits, tow in surfing at an obscure outer reef or paddling out to off shore perfection, the islands offer the waterman a daily opportunity of being in the ocean.

Heal the Bay is dedicated to making Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. It uses research, education, community action and advocacy through programs such as the Beach Report Card®, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and Coastal Cleanup Day. For information, visit

ZJ Boarding House is Santa Monica and Los Angeles’ premier local and online surf and skate shop. Since 1988, its been our passion to help customers buy top brand surfboards, skateboards, clothing, accessories, and boarding gear; as well as offer surfboard rentals, snowboard rentals and a full service snowboard repair shop. For more information, visit

09 Jun  

Santa Monica Conservancy Offers New Palisades Park Walking Tour 6/13

The Santa Monica Conservancy’s new tour of Palisades Park is a voyage of discovery – the people, the history, the landscape, the historic structures and the special places….opening up new vistas into Santa Monica’s unique character.

The tour takes place on Sunday June 13 from 3 – 6 pm. Docents stationed at points of interest along the walk route provide new insights and information, sharing photographs of the park in former days.

An exhibition of vintage postcards of the park, historic watercolors and photographs of landscape features will be held at the Senior Recreation Center, where refreshments will be served.

Shuttle buses take tour-goers from check-in at the Visitors Center, 1400 Ocean Avenue, to the northern boundary, making the walk one way – downhill.

Advance reservations strongly recommended as space is limited. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. A limited number of tickets may be available on the day of tour. To purchase tickets visit our website at

07 Jun  

Glow Returns to Santa Monica September 25th!

Santa Monica is known throughout the world as a center of innovation and cutting-edge culture. Glow was developed by the City’s Cultural Affairs Division to reflect these attributes. Glow is a biannual event.

Glow is an opportunity for the City, and its partners, the Bayside District Corporation, the Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, to showcase many of Santa Monica’s unique attributes, including:

  • One of the largest creative communities in the country – 43% of our residents make their living in the arts.
  • A spectacular natural setting.
  • A commitment to the environment.

In 2008, Glow was the first all-night event of it kind in the United States, and it continues to be the only one – where artists are commissioned to create new, site-specific artworks for one night.

In 2008 Glow drew over 200,000 visitors to the beach and downtown Santa Monica.

Glow 2010 has been over two years in the making and will again feature installations on the beach north and south of the Pier and in Palisades Park.

For Glow, artists from multiple disciplines (visual arts, music, dance, poetry, etc.) come together to re-imagine public space in ways that are playful, inspiring and thought provoking.

Glow represents a new way for the public to engage with contemporary art; each of the works is participatory in some way.

Glow’s Artistic Director, Marc Pally, is nationally known as a pioneer int he field of public art.

Glow 2010 will be free to the public through the generous support of a number of private donors and sponsors.

For more information on Glow, please visit For information on Glow hotel packages and discounts, visit

02 Jun  

The Next Food Network Star Contestant Darrell ‘DAS’ Smith Talks Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets

LA resident Darrell “DAS” Smith, 28, is competing in Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star which premieres on Sunday, June 6th on the Food Network. When it comes to favorite places to shop for ingredients in Los Angeles, Darrell says hands down its all about the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

Learn more about the 12 Next Food Network Star finalists at


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