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30 Aug  

The Miles Playhouse presents Steppin’ Out at the Miles

Put on your dancing shoes this Labor Day Weekend!

Swing Cats Big Band – Saturday, September 4th at 8pm

Swing dance the night away to this 13-piece outfit led by trumpeter Dan Methe and featuring the Swing Kittens vocal trio. The Swing Cats play the ageless melodies of Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other favorites. Turn the clock back and enjoy this high energy ensemble! Dance lessons at 7:30pm and at intermission.

Triple Chicken Foot – Sunday, September 5th at 3pm

Square dance with this old time string band comprised of Ben Guzman on fiddle/mandolin, Mike Heinle on banjo, and Kelly Marie Martin on guitar. Caller Susan Michaells helps newbies with easy instructions, and the toe tapping beats will make you want to be a part of the new square dance revolutions! Dance lessons at 2:30 and throughout.

For more information, please visit or call 310.458.8634.

23 Aug  

Santa Monica Loves Beatlesfest!


Beatlesfest, a three day tribute that began five years ago, is proud to be a part of the Twilight Dance Series  at the Santa Monica Pier this summer!

On August 26th, “Abbey Road” will open the night with an acoustic set of the Beatles, followed by Los Angeles based Led Zepagain, as part of the British Invasion. Throughout the day on Thursday, there will be Beatles karaoke, Beatles movies, memorabilia, the history of the Beatles, photo opportunities, food, the kids’ zone at Pacific Park, celebrity appearances, radio personalities, raffles and much more.

This will be followed by a Tribute to the Beatles on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th at the Pier with live entertainment throughout the day. The free festival will be open at 10 a.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday night, the award winning musical ‘Ticket to Ride’ featuring Abbey Road will perform at the Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High.

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16 Aug  

Sharing the Santa Monica Love Wordwide

By Logan Lemberger

Chocolate Hills Bohol, Philippines

Spreading the Santa Monica love at Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines.

09 Aug  

I Love Sheraton Delfina Summer Clean-up Days

By Lauren Rogers, Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sheraton Delfina Street Clean Team

Sheraton Delfina Street Clean Team

Today we spotted the street clean team from the Sheraton Delfina picking up trash on Pico Blvd. Once a month, General Manager Kara Altice and her team walk from the Sheraton Delfina down Pico Blvd. to the beach to pick up trash off of the sidewalks.  Today, they  created a clear and clean pathway down to the beach for both residents and visitors alike.

Thanks Kara and team for taking pride in our wonderful beach city!

06 Aug  

“Insider” tips for getting around Downtown Santa Monica

1. Park at the Civic Center – this “colorful” parking structure at the corner of 4th and Olympic  is one of the city’s best parking spots. Just two blocks from the beach and the Third Street  Promenade, you can park all day for $9 – only $3 when you enter after 6 p.m. The Main Library lot at 7th and Santa Monica Blvd. is also a great option at just $3 each day.

During Santa Monica Place grand reopening weekend, August 6, 7 & 8, parking in the Civic Center Structure, Lot and the North Civic Lot across from City Hall will all be $5 flat rate all day.

2. Biking is a great way to get around Santa Monica. Take advantage of the city’s free bike  valets available for the Main Street Farmer’s Market, Twilight Dance Series, special events like  GLOW and the reopening of Santa Monica Place Mall.

3. Self-park your bike anytime – new bike racks are going up throughout the Downtown area,  and Parking Structure 7 adjacent to Santa Monica Place will have a bank of racks for more than  100 bikes.

4. Take the Big Blue Bus. Fast, inexpensive and convenient for residents throughout Santa  Monica, the Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 and Rapid 3 & 7 all stop in the Downtown area. New 30 Day and 13 Ride Passes are coming in August – check schedules and fares at or visit blue: the transit store at 223 Broadway.

5. In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays the Mini Blue Tide Ride will ferry you between
points at the Pier, Main Street and throughout Downtown for just 50 cents per ride! (25 cents for seniors/disabled/Medicare).

6. When parking at the mall, don’t forget to pay BEFORE you leave – the mall structures ( 7 & 8 ) now feature walk-up automated payment machines so you can cruise out of the structure faster.

7. Come early. You’re already close, so beat the traffic and head Downtown in the morning, before beach traffic picks up after 11 a.m.

8. Use the Lincoln Blvd. exit and take 7th Street to Colorado or Broadway to access
Downtown –  those streets are usually less crowded than other routes. Also note that
Broadway and Arizona are excellent alternatives to busy Santa Monica Blvd.

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02 Aug  

Santa Monica Police Department National Night Out – Tuesday, August 3

SMPD National Night Out

Santa Monica Police Department invite you to the 2010 Annual National Night Out Block Party on Tuesday, August 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This year’s theme is bicycle theft prevention and bike safety. The Santa Monica Police Department will be hosting a block party on Olympic Drive in front of our Public Safety Facility.

They will have:

  • Mini Bike Rodeo for kids
  • FREE Bike Safety Inspections
  • Bicycle licenses for sale – Santa Monica residents only
  • Displays by local bike retailers
  • LIVE entertainment by “Westside Crew” R & B, Lain, Rock, and Funk music
  • Free hot dogs, pizza, and beverages, and other give-away items (while supplies last)
  • Great raffle prizes at the conclusion of the event.  Must be present to win

Free parking will be available in the Civic Center Parking Structure located directly across the street from the Public Safety Facility.

For additional information regarding this event please call the S.M.P.D. Community Relations Unit at 310-458-8474 or visit our website at


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