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27 Sep  


By Melody Oksa,

I love my city, yes, born and raised in S.M. I have traveled all over the world as a flight-attendant for UAL. I choose to live here in the most beautiful city ever.

I work as a California-Tour Guide, I take the foreign-language students that come from all over to learn English at UCLA. The first place we visit is Santa Monica, the Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, and now the new Santa Monica Place.

One Tuesday I had 85 students on the Big Blue Bus, the driver was wonderful, he called his dispatch and said he was full and would not be picking up other passengers. His dispatch said they would add another bus to his route. I let them know that we would be doing this all summer, the Blue Bus was great, I wrote a nice note to them.

I am a Santa Monica Ambassador and couldn’t be prouder.


Melody Oksa

24 Sep  

Santa Monica History Museum Moving Sale Sept. 25

Santa Monica History Museum Moving Sale

The Santa Monica History Museum is moving and everything must go! Please see attached flyer for more information.

Historic Moving Sale!

Saturday, September 25th
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

1539 Euclid Steet
Santa Monica, CA 90404

23 Sep  

10 Inside Tips for Glow

Ready to Get Your Glow On?

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony for Glow 2010 begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday, but Coyotes will start howling earlier, at 6:15 pm. That’s when the 18th Street Arts Center & L.A. Commons’ Howling at the Sun, an epic procession and battle of drummers representing a Tongva/Gabrielino myth, will begin their walk to the Opening Ceremony. The procession moves down the Third St. Promenade to the Opening Ceremony itself, in front of the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier(intersection of Ocean and Colorado Boulevards). Plan to join the procession!

After a brief welcome from the Mayor of the City of Santa Monica and other dignitaries, Glow officially begins, and all sites go “live.” Lighting up the western wall of the Holiday Inn with five-story video projections is Intersection by artist-collaborators Freewaves & Super Expo.

A quartet of drummers, presented by Machine Project and playing a new work by L.A. composer Casey Anderson, head off north, south, east and west, and the Coyote/Sun procession descends to the beach to stage a battle to bring the Earth into balance with the Sun.

Top 10 Inside Tips for Maximizing Your GLOW

  • Ride your bike – it’s the best way to get to and around the Glow Zone… now with more free bike valets
  • Make dinner reservations in advance. Specials are listed online at
  • Driving? Carpool and park in the easy-to-get-to, low-cost beach lots south of Ocean Park Blvd
  • Download KCRW’s amazing GLOW companion soundscape at before you head to Glow. Don’t forget to bring your headphones.
  • Know where to GLOW – pick up a program & map from the Palisades Park info booth, or download the app for iPhone & Android from
  • Take advantage of mobile GLOW. Sign up for timely tweets at or text 55678 for live updates
  • Be comfortable – wear layers and walking shoes
  • Participate! Volunteer to work GLOW. IT IS FUN
  • Shape the GLOW collective memory by emailing your favorite photos to
  • Have fun, be safe, GLOW at your own pace.

20 Sep  

Music on 3rd Street Promenade

By Wen Mew

Sunday Morning Santa Monica

3rd street promenade is the greatest!  I was able to evolve into a world class musician playing everyday for four years on the promenade!

My new cd – Sunday Morning Santa Monica, all tunes composed on the promenade!

17 Sep  

Glow Santa Moncia 2010: Plan Your Visit

Glow 2008 - Photo by Robbie Kaye

As Glow 2010 gets nearer, visitors are encouraged to plan their experience.  What time of night would you like to be at Glow? How do you plan to get to Santa Monica? Which installations would you like to be sure not to miss, and where and when are food and drink available? Which of the broad selection of hotel and business specials sparks interest?

Food, drink and hotel specials are a major part of the fun. A multitude of restaurants and businesses near the action will be open until 4 a.m., with many offering Glow specials. (Alcohol service ends at 2 a.m. per state law, or at an earlier time in accordance with the establishment’s Conditional Use Permit.) Twelve Santa Monica hotels are offering low-rate Glow packages that include late checkout, complimentary breakfast and “glowing” specials such as picnic baskets and signature cocktails. A list of specials will also be in the event’s printed program, and a continuously updated list of Glow specials is posted on In addition, two food truck courts will provide food choices on the beach north and south of the pier.

KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley has created a podcast to guide visitors through the Glow Zone, now downloadable from the KCRW website at (To download directly to a mobile device go here: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you download this podcast in advance – this 50MB soundscape might be difficult or impossible to get at the event!

Most importantly, how will you get there? Walking and biking are excellent choices to get to the event since traffic and parking may be challenging at times. Three bike valets will be operating free of charge: in Palisades Park near Broadway, immediately south of the pier off the beach bike path, and in the parking lot west of Crescent Bay Park just north of Bicknell next to the beach bike path.

Streets in the Glow zone will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 5 p.m. (but open all night to bikes and pedestrians).  More info on transportation modes to Glow, including Big Blue Bus special re-routing for the event, may be found at

For those visitors who must drive, the easiest and least expensive parking will be in the beach lots south of Pico Blvd. and north of the California Incline. Flat-rate parking from $5-20 will be in effect in all city lots west of Lincoln. Real-time parking availability is always available at

More resources to help you plan your Glow experience:

  • All artist and project info can be found at along with a signup for weekly email blasts.
  • Glow’s Facebook page,, highlights a different artist every day.
  • Sign up for emails at under “Stay Connected.”
  • Download the free Geodelic app from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market to experience the mobile guide to Glow.

Members of the media are requested to contact Cultural Affairs at 310.458.8350 in advance of the event for credentials.

Glow takes place Saturday, September 25 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. and is expected to draw an estimated 100,000+ visitors. Produced by the City of Santa Monica, Glow re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful, participatory, temporary art. For one night only, the beach, pier and Palisades Park become a gallery exhibiting 20 commissioned installations, ranging from acoustic music performances to the most technologically advanced interactive artworks.


Event: Glow

Location: Santa Monica Beach, Pier and Palisades Park

Date: September 25, 2010

Time: 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Admission: Free

Information: 310.458.8350

15 Sep  

Volunteer for Glow

Glow Wants You! Glow Needs You!

Spend all or part of Glow being part of our team. Depending on your interests and skills, volunteers help assist artists with their installations, help visitors navigate the event, answer questions and make the experience of visiting Glow more enjoyable.

Volunteers will be given an orientation the week of the event and provided with food during the event. For more information about volunteer opportunities please send a message to Rachel Burke at

13 Sep  

Heaven in Santa Monica

By Nancy Shiffrin

Here’s a poem which expresses the peaceful beauty of Santa Monica -


a squirrel
scavenges bread crusts
at the corner café
I  turn
and watch two petals
from a full-blown rose

lustrous pink  edged with wine white at
the center
they drift down
the fragile afternoon breeze
the squirrel
to the top of a palm tree
his treasure
clenched between his

in the blinding summer chill
for just one moment
my chattering mind
is silent

For more about my poetry, click on

06 Sep  

Santa Monica Loves Movies at the Pier!

Brand X Movies at the Pier – Starts September 10!

Join us Friday evenings on the Pier Deck for our annual Movie Series presented by Brand X:

Iron Man – September 10
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie – September 17
Dirt! – September 24
The Karate Kid – October 1

Gates open at 7PM, Movies start after dusk. No tickets required in advance. Food, drinks and treats available for purchase. Chairs, blankets and kids are welcome. Protect the environment and ride your bike, FREE bike valet service available. No alcohol allowed.

For more info, please visit or


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