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29 Oct  

A Healthy Dose of Halloween Safety Tips

Dr. Wally Ghurabi
Source: Santa Monica Mirror
Posted Oct. 28, 2010, 12:45:00 pm

This Halloween, I would rather not see any little ghosts, goblins or witches in our Nethercutt Emergency Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.  Please take precautions and follow some basic guidelines to ensure the safety of all trick-or-treaters.

The safety tips below are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Costume Safety
• Choose costumes and accessories that are flame-retardant, bright, and reflective.
• Apply reflective tape, if needed, or add stripping to costumes to increase their visibility.
• Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent trips or entanglement.
• Avoid masks that obstruct vision.  Non-toxic, hypoallergenic makeup and decorative hats may be safer alternatives.
• Swords, knives, and other accessories, if used, should be short, soft, and flexible to prevent injury.

Trick-or-Treating Safety
• Trick or treat in groups of four or more. One or more adults should accompany young children.
• Stay on well-lit streets and in familiar neighborhoods.
• Use crosswalks or, if unavailable, cross streets only at corners.
• Don’t assume the right of way.  Motorists may not see trick-or-treaters.
• Stay on sidewalks and carry flashlights that improve visibility.
• Never cut across yards and stay out of alleys or darkened areas.
• Never enter a home unless you know the owner or resident.

Home Safety
• Remove items that trick-or-treaters might trip over, including garden hoses, potted plants, lawn decorations and toys.
• Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
• Keep walkways and porches dry to prevent slips and falls.
• Restrain pets that may get startled and bite trick-or-treaters.

General Safety
• Never let small children carve pumpkins. Give them markers to draw faces instead.
• Use lights instead of candles that can ignite flammable objects.
• Feed children before they trick-or-treat to cut down on their hunger for candy.
• Examine all treats for choking dangers or signs of tampering.  When in doubt, throw it out!

We’re here if you need us, but we don’t want to treat you … to anything but candy.  Happy Halloween!

Dr. Wally Ghurabi is medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.  For directions or more information, call 310.319.4870

25 Oct  

3rd Annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop

Montana Avenue will be hosting its 3rd Annual Halloween Hop from 3pm-6pm on October 31. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating all along Montana Avenue, plus all kinds of fun, spooky activities for kids including face painting, temporary tattoos, fortune telling, a doggie costume contest, and of course lots of candy!

Many stores will also showcase special Halloween artwork in their windows created by local kids. Participating stores include:

Andrew’s Cheese Shop: Handing out candy
Aura: Handing out candy
Beauty Park Spa: Handing out candy
Blue House Antiques: Handing out candy & treats
Blues Jean Bar: Candy for the kids, discount cards for parents
Citron: Handing out candy
Classic Kids Santa Monica: Complimentary mini-sittings for ghosts and goblins big and small! 15-minute appointments available starting at 1:00 pm, walk-ins welcome from 3-6. Prints will be available for purchase approx two weeks after the session.
Dermalogica: Complementary Microzone Treatments (20 minute Face Treatments-regularly valued at $25.00). First come first serve. Gifts with purchases from 3-6pm. Staff will dress up and pass out candy
El Naturalista: Handing out candy
Engels & Volker : Handing out candy, creepy decor!
Estell: Handing out candy
Every Picture Tells a Story: Best costume contest — with prizes including children’s books and tickets to the Aero Theatre’s Halloween screening of THE MONSTER SQUAD at 5 PM
Jonathan Adler: Handing out candy
Jurlique: Interactive mask station, handing out candy, and 25% of products during the event
Language of Flowers: Handing out candy. Pumpkin patch in the garden. Hot cider and sugar cookies with the purchase of a pumpkin.
Leona Edmiston: Handing out candy
Louise’s: Handing out candy. From 4-10pm there will be a Prix Fix menu for $14.95 (includes a side salad, entrée, and tiramisu) and half price bottles of wine (every wine they have)
Marcia Bloom Designs: Handing out candy
Margaret O’Leary: Handing out candy
Menchie’s: Menchie’s tattoos
Michael Stars: Face painting and candy
Mom’s The Word: Temporary tattoos & skull bracelets
Moondance Jewelry: Handing out candy
Nothing Bundt Cakes: Mini bundt cakes
Optical Design: Handing out See’s Lollipops
Peek Aren’t You Curious?: Handing out candy
Pilates Place: Handing out candy
Planet Blue: Handing out candy
Platino: Handing out candy
Pom Pom Interiors: Handing out candy
Ponte Vecchio: Handing out candy
Purple Poppy: Handing out candy. Free black or purple nail polish w purchase
Rosemary McCaffrey: Candy chest, dress up, scary surprises, 15% off select merchandise
Rosti : Handing out candy
Scribble Press: Children’s activities
Shabby Chic: Handing out candy
Souliers: Handing out candy
Stephanie Grace: Halloween-themed candy bar
Subtle Luxury: Handing out candy
Sun Precautions: Handing out candy
Sweet Lady Jane: Candy corn brownie bite handouts, and Thanksgiving Holiday Bounty drawing
Three Bags Full: Madame Unravel Fortune Teller and handing out candy
To Wag For: Handing out candy and hosting Doggie Halloween Costume Contest. Prizes will be given for best & most original costumes.
Vero Chacon: Handing out candy

For more information, visit

22 Oct  

Spook-tacular Halloween Events in Santa Monica

Pumpkin Decorating, Haunted Surf Contests, Montana Avenue Halloween Hop….oh my!

Looking for a little Halloween fun in Santa Monica? Check out the Fall Specials page at ( for more information on Halloween events going on around town.

Have a goolish event you would like to submit? Email SMCVB at

20 Oct  

Lifetime Television’s The Fairy Jobmother Career Kickstart Boot Camp Heads to Santa Monica!

Lifetime Television’s The Fairy Jobmother Career Kickstart Boot Camp is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 23rd at the plaza at the new Santa Monica Place Mall which will be transformed into the ultimate job seekers’ destination and Hayley Taylor, The Fairy Jobmother, will make a special appearance.

Lifetime Television’s The Fairy Jobmother Career Kickstart Boot Camp is a one-day event intended to empower, engage and entertain attendees with real time advice and direction.  Main stage activities will be accented by interactive booths and a job fair.  Job seekers should come armed with a resumé. Get the job you want! Event will offer workshops, job-hunting skills, interviewing tips, recruiters and more! FREE ADMISSION.

Participate in the following exciting career events:

• Attend a Careers Dos and Don’ts panel with Fairy Jobmother Hayley Taylor, company leaders and hiring managers
• Interview with a Lifetime rep*
• Enter to win raffle prizes, including a laptop and printer**
• Attend resume workshops
• Learn job-hunting skills
• Get interviewing tips
• Meet with recruiters

For more information, visit

18 Oct  

Santa Monica History Museum Grand Opening Oct 24th!

Santa Monica History Museum Grand Opening

Join the celebration of the Grand Opening of the Santa Monica History Museum on Sunday, October 24th 2010 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

For volunteer and docent opportunities, email or visit

15 Oct  

Santa Monica CVB Takes Top Honors With Two Best Idea Awards


SMCVB Takes Top Honors With Two Best Idea Awards

Also Received First Runner-Up Award For The 2010 Best Industries
Readers’ Choice Awards From Southern California Meetings + Events Magazine

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 14, 2010) – Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) stood out from among its peers today – convention and visitors bureaus from throughout the Western United States and Western Canada – during an award ceremony sponsored by the Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB) in which SMCVB was awarded two 2010 Best Idea Awards.

WACVB’s annual Best Idea Program showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies submitted by WACVB members. At the 2010 award ceremony, SMCVB was the only convention and visitor bureau (CVB) to snag two Best Idea awards. One of its winning Best Ideas projects was a social media contest that was launched in conjunction with the Santa Monica Place opening and Mannequin Collective art exhibit. SMCVB conceptualized “Sandy Monica,” a British tourist, represented by a mannequin, visiting for the month leading up the Mannequin Collective art exhibit. Fans of Santa Monica were invited to follow Sandy’s adventures daily online on SMCVB’s Twitter, Facebook and website. Fans were also invited to submit an idea for a final adventure for Sandy Monica, for a chance to win a $500 gift card to the newly opened Santa Monica Place.

SMCVB’s other winning Best Idea project was the development of a partnership with Striker Media in support of Santa Monica hotels and their marketing and sales efforts. The partnership provided each of the city’s conference-style hotels with customized copies of a publication, which focused on their property specifically. The customized sales pieces are unique to Santa Monica, and have not been created in any other destination. Each of the hotel’s customized marketing materials included a personalized cover featuring a photo of the hotel, as well as expanded property highlights with additional pages in the accommodations section. This was the first of its kind amongst CVB’s.

This year’s Best Idea Program awards were presented during the 2010 WACVB Annual Conference, held October 13-15, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following receipt of the entry forms, a Board-appointed Task Force reviewed the submissions and selected several ideas for presentation at the conference. Representatives from several bureaus presented their best ideas during the conference.

Throughout this year, SMCVB has been recognized for its many exemplary endeavors, netting them various honors and awards. One of the awards was 1st Runner Up for the 2010 Best Industries Readers’ Choice Awards within the category of the Best Destination Marketing Organization from the Southern California Meetings + Events Magazine.

About Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
The Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB) is a regional professional association serving more than 140 member bureaus in the Western United States and the Western provinces of Canada.

About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the Official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 1920 Main Street Suite B, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call (800) 544-5319 or (310) 393-7593; visit; or email Follow SMCVB on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at

15 Oct  

Halloween Fun at Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is kicking off Halloween with a little pumpkin fun for the whole family!

On October 24, 2010 & October 30, 2010 from 10am-1pm, enjoy free pumpkin decorating for kids at the Main Street Farmers Market and Santa Monica Pico! Locally grown, bright orange round pumpkins are the perfect canvas for glitter and googly eyes. Create a princess or ghoul, the choice is yours, so bring the little ones to decorate a pumpkin masterpiece that will be admired by all of the trick- or-treaters!

October 27, 2010 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Downtown Farmers’ Market located at Arizona Ave & 2nd St, you can wade into the huge market pumpkin patch and walk away with as many pumpkins as you can carry down a 25-foot runway for a mere $5 (Yes that’s FIVE DOLLARS – Cash only). Balance them on your head, in your arms or dangle them from your teeth (at your own risk).

For more information, visit

11 Oct  

5th Annual Pico Festival

Pico Boulevard, one of the fastest growing areas in Santa Monica, celebrates its emergence as a creative hub in the City of Santa Monica with the 5th Annual Pico Festival, being held on Saturday, October 16th from 11am-4pm along Pico Boulevard.  The Festival, presented by the Pico Improvement Organization and the City of Santa Monica, celebrates all that Pico Boulevard is with Art Pavilions at Virginia Ave Park, a Classic Car Show, a fabulous Sidewalk Sale and many other surprises along the three mile stretch from Centinela to the ocean.

Visitors to the Pico Festival will see original artwork in all mediums at the Virginia Ave Park Art Pavilions where Pico art galleries, studios, and artists will display their work.  Children will also be able to participate in live art events at the Children’s Activities Pavilion, either watching new works being produced, or making their own unique creations. Live musical acts will perform on the Pico Festival stage, including groups from SAMOHI, Santa Monica College and other local schools.  Pico stores will showcase their wares in booths, and food vendors will offer delicious cuisine of all kinds. The Pico Improvement Organization will also give away free hot dogs to the first 1,000 visitors starting at 1pm.

Two Starline Tours double-decker buses with guides will operate the length of Pico in Santa Monica, directing passengers to various sites and events.  Visitors can stop and see artists exhibiting their work at various locations along Pico Boulevard.  Pico galleries and studios will be open and many will be demonstrating artistic and creative techniques.  Special coupons and discounts will be offered on festival day.

Then they can stop at the Classic Car Show, which will include 50 custom cars at the SGI parking lot at 26th and Pico. Pico Auto businesses will have booths, a dj and a mariachi band will provide music.  Trophies and prizes will be awarded in various classes.

A new feature of this year’s festival will be a “Bowl, Bike and Ski Triathlon” organized and sponsored by Bayshore Bowl, Virtual Ski, and Triathlon Sports (more details to be announced soon).  A number of Pico Restaurants will also join the festival by offering special tastings and coupons and many merchants will offer activities and events that will continue past 4pm.

At participating locations along Pico Boulevard, a large Sidewalk Sale will tempt fashionistas and bargain hunters.  Participating stores will have racks and tables with exciting merchandise on the sidewalk and some merchants will have their entire store on sale. Types of merchandise include fabulous men’s, women’s & children’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, and much more.

For more information, visit or Pico Festival on Facebook.  As in the past Pico Festivals there will be painting/drawing and photo contests that pay cash prizes and are open to the public.  For photo requirements contact Marissa Lopez at or for painting requirements, contact Randy Ball at

The Pico Improvement Organization is a Business Improvement District encompassing the entire length of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.  The district contains a growing number of attractions and businesses from Santa Monica College’s performing arts venues and planetarium to one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, designer furniture and more. A zone of small clubs and cafés are found along the eastern boulevard while Shutters on the Beach and Casa del Mar hotels mark Pico’s western terminus.

06 Oct  

Submit Your “10 Best” in Santa Monica for Your Chance to Win!

10 places to watch the sunset, 10 cheap sushi spots, 10 eco-friendly stores….

In honor of 10-10-10 (October 10, 2010), Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is asking for an original themed list of your “10 Best”. The most creative-themed list will win a grand prize of dinner for two at 10 different Santa Monica restaurants!

Submissions must be submitted to the online form at between October 5, 2010 through October 31, 2010. We are seeking your original “10 Best” of Santa Monica list, so please only one submission per person and be creative!

For more information, please visit Take a peek at some of Santa Monica’s “10 Best” submitted so far.

05 Oct  

Gourmet Food Trucks at The California Heritage Museum & The Victorian

Gourmet Food Truck Event

The California Heritage Museum and The Victorian are pleased to announce that they will be hosting Gourmet Food Trucks in their expansive parking lot, starting Tuesday evening, September 28th.  This event will occur weekly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., during which approximately ten trucks will provide a variety of unique culinary experiences.

All trucks are members of the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors’ Association (SCMFVA).  Among the trucks scheduled for September 28th are:

NomNom: Star of Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” serves “Bahn Mi” or Vietnamese sandwiches and other Vietamese inspired dishes
TapaBoy: Adobo bowls and tapas
Calbi: Korean BBQ fusion tacos and burritos
Don Chow Tacos: “ Chino-meets-Latino” fusion
No Reservations: Combination California and French cuisine
India Jones: Gourmet Indian Food
CoolHaus: Gourmet, artisan, all-natural ice cream

Sit-down eating accommodations and restrooms will be provided by The Victorian, while picnic grounds will be available on the Heritage Museum’s lawn.  Beverages may be purchased at The Victorian, including water, soft drinks, beer, wine and mixed drinks from their full bar.   Following the event, guests are welcomed to join their friends at The Victorian’s “Basement Tavern”—open until 2:00 a.m.

All proceeds from SCMFVA lot rentals go directly to the California Heritage Museum’s community programming.

Limited free parking can be found behind the Heritage Museum in its parking lot.  Visitors to the Gourmet Food Truck event may also park in the adjacent metered parking lots that run North/South along the backside of Main Street (Neilson Way).  Please remember to bring quarters, as meters are monitored 24 hours/day!

A great alternative to fighting traffic is to come by bike. A Bike Valet will be on site. The service is free and overseen by professional bike watchers.

The California Heritage Museum and The Victorian are located on the corner of Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard (2612 Main Street) in Santa Monica.  The event site is 1/2 mile south of Pico Boulevard and can be reached by the number 10 freeway. For additional information please contact the Heritage Museum at (310) 392-8537.


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