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29 Nov  

Santa Monica Hotels & Businesses Welcome Residents with Annual Extra Bedroom Program


Participating Hotels and Businesses Provide Santa Monica Residents
with Deep Discounts on Rooms, Services and Attractions to Give Visiting
Friends and Family Extra Room and Things To Do Throughout the Holidays

Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), with the help of its hospitality partners, is helping residents celebrate the holidays by launching the popular Extra Bedroom program which offers deep discounts to local residents and their visiting friends and families. The Extra Bedroom program allows locals to enjoy the city with their families and rediscover the destination, which was named one of National Geographic’s “Top Ten Beach Cities” in the world in 2010.

From November 15, 2010 through January 24, 2011 all Santa Monica residents with proof of residency (California ID or drivers license) can take advantage of a number of discounts and special offers for visiting friends and family. Between discounted hotel rooms, offers at Santa Monica attractions like Pacific Park and the Trapeze School and a number of specials at top Santa Monica restaurants, there are plenty of reasons for residents to encourage their visiting family to stay, play and buy local. For a full list of program offers and participating Santa Monica businesses please visit

“We are thrilled to again be able to offer our residents an opportunity to make it easier for them to accommodate their visiting guests during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We hope to encourage our residents and their visiting family and friends to stay local and explore all the great things Santa Monica has to offer during the holiday season.”

In addition to the Extra Bedroom program, Santa Monica also plays host to a wide range of holiday events perfect for visiting family and friends, making entertaining during the holidays a little easier. Residents can stop by (or drop off their visiting relatives) at one of Santa Monica’s four visitor information locations and the experienced staff will help them plan their transportation, itinerary and share all of the wonderful things to do in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area. Below is the list of Visitor Center locations and some exciting holiday activities taking place:

Santa Monica Visitor Center Locations:
1920 Main Street, Suite B
1400 Ocean Avenue
1300 Third Street Promenade
322 Santa Monica Pier

Winterlit & ICE at Santa Monica
Starting November 2010
Downtown Santa Monica & Third Street Promenade
Make this holiday season a special one for the whole family. Enjoy festive events, photos with Santa, the annual tree and menorah lightings and ICE at Santa Monica, all part of Downtown Santa Monica’s elaborate Winterlit holiday program.
ICE at Santa Monica returns to Downtown Santa Monica November 5th, 2010 through February 15th, 2011. The ice rink is located at 1324 5th St (corner of 5th St & Arizona Ave). Admission & skate rentals are $10. For more information, please contact Bayside District Corporation at (310) 393-8355.

Santa Monica Place Holiday Events
Starting November 2010
Santa Monica Place
Enjoy nightly tree performances throughout the season, “Get Gifted” holiday program for Black Friday and every Friday, Menorah Lighting event, Santa Claus appearances, live music and dance performances and more!

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 3rd, 2010 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Montana Avenue between 7th-17th Street
Kick the Holiday season off with Montana Avenue’s annual Holiday Walk. You and your family are sure to find the perfect holiday gifts walking down twinkling streets filled with live music and festive fun! Special promos and sales…four hours only!! And of course, Santa too.
Montana Avenue will also be holding its first-ever Holiday Window Design Competition December 11th, 2010 and on December 18th, 2010, Montana Avenue is hosting a special shopping day full of delicious noshes and once-in-a-lifetime deals.

Main Street Annual Holiday Event
December 4th, 2010 (sidewalk sales December 4th-5th, 2010)
Main Street
Take part in the Main Street tree-lighting, caroling and candlelight walk to the famous shopping cart tree at Edgemar Courtyard. Vote on your favorite windows during the annual window decorations contest, take photos with Santa Claus, enjoy holiday parties at numerous Main Street Santa Monica businesses and more. Enjoy sidewalk sales on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th.

Roller Coaster Ridin’ Santa at Pacific Park
December 10th-25th, 2010 12:00pm-close (operating hours vary daily)
Pacific Park
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, riding Pacific Park’s coaster beginning Dec. 10th-25th, from 12 p.m. to close, at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The roller coaster ridin’ Santa likeness will celebrate the holidays while riding in the last car of the West Coaster roller coaster. Guests have the opportunity to take photos with Santa while the train is in the station or ride-along as the coaster races 55-feet above the Santa Monica Bay.

Holiday Elf Workshop
December 11th, 2010 1:00pm-3:00pm
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Make a special assemblage inspired by the whimsical work of artist Shari Elf. GRACIE, SMMoA’s store, will feature an Elf exhibition and sale in its holiday pop-up shop. Mulled cider and cookies provided.

For more information on all the upcoming events, as well as additional offers and discounts, visit

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

26 Nov  

Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition Honors SM Tourism Industry with 2010 Partnership Award

OPCC Executive Director and WSHC Chair John Maceri presents 2010 Partnership Award to SMCVB President/CEO, Misti Kerns and SMCVB Board of Directors Vice Chair, Ellis O'Connor. Photo by Brandon Wise.

Congratulations Santa Monica Tourism Community!

Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition (WSHC) honored our Santa Monica Tourism Community at WSHC’s 14th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast, on October 29, 2010. The coalition presented their 2010 Partnership Award to the local tourism industry for exemplary hospitality for those in need. The industry’s generosity to WSHC member agencies included financial and in-kind support for providing employment for the homeless and low-income clients and for the strong support of the SuperBowl-A-Thon fundraiser.

WSHC expressed their gratitude to the hospitality community for its continuing commitments and for working with the coalition on solutions for, and changing the face of, homelessness in our community. “Our local hospitality industry has demonstrated ‘hospitality’ for those in need as well as for visitors from across the world who enjoy our world-class destination”, said OPCC Executive Director and WSHC Chair John Maceri.

About Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition
The Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition (WSHC) is an alliance of over 30 organizations, public agencies and faith communities committed to ending hunger and homelessness through service coordination, public education and advocacy.

WSHC is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates under the administrative umbrella of Community Partners.  We were founded in 1982 to serve the Westside of Los Angeles County, and are the oldest coalition in the county working on behalf of the homeless.  Throughout our history, the WSHC has proven to be an effective tool in providing high-quality programs and services for those in need in our community.

Although individual agencies have the ability to provide separate services for people in need, the efforts of the WSHC help coordinate all services on the Westside in order to provide a true continuum of service care for the community.  Members work together to provide services that include initial intake and service referrals; showers, food and clothing; on-going case management; emergency, transitional and permanent housing; medical care; mental health treatment; HIV medical and social services; job training and placement; and substance abuse treatment.  Member agencies have been instrumental in Santa Monica’s chronic homeless project, as well as continuing to advocate for low income and homeless people at the local, state and national levels.

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

22 Nov  

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day Beachside

Experiencing the Fall Season in Southern California is like no other place. There is no need for those heavy jackets and mittens, just grab a scarf and a pair of flip flops when heading out to explore the many Fall Events & Activities, Hotel Packages and Special Offers for Autumn being offered around Santa Monica.

Searching for the perfect Thanksgiving feast? From fine dinning to Thanksgiving buffets, skip the pots and pans and treat the whole family to Thanksgiving by the beach! Check out the Santa Monica Thanksgiving Dining Guide at

18 Nov  

Santa Monica Extra Bedroom Program

Wish you had an Extra Bedroom for visiting friends and relatives during the holidays? How about special discounts at local businesses?

Well you are in luck because Santa Monica hotels and businesses are extending special discounts for Santa Monica residents and their guests as part of the Santa Monica Extra Bedroom Program, running November 15th, 2010 through January 24th, 2011!

Simply show proof of Santa Monica residency (California ID or drivers license) and your friends and relatives will receive discounted hotel rates and special offers.

Visit to view Extra Bedroom rates and discounts or you can download here!

15 Nov  

Thank You for the Santa Monica Beach Balls!

Dear Misti Kerns/CEO Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau

It was good to see you on Wednesday in the store. Just wanted to let you know that the beach balls and magnets were a HUGE hit with my daughter and the three other former girl scouts and Samohi graduates!  I put them in a care package I sent to them at their various colleges!

They loved getting a piece of Santa Monica.  In fact, now my daughter has requested that I try to find her some posters of Santa Monica for her to hang in her room (she’s at Tennessee Technological University  -  maybe she needs to see a bit of beach amongst all the green trees there!).  Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much your Santa Monica stuff meant to the girls.

Lynn Sturgis

12 Nov  

Santa Monica Civic Center Parks Community Workshop – Schematic Design Review

At this joint meeting of the Recreation and Parks and Planning Commissions, be among the first to see the revised design for both parks. Provide feedback to James Corner and the design team from James Corner Field Operations. This is your park. Make your mark.

Community Workshop – Schematic Design Review
Saturday, November 13 at 1:00pm
Santa Monica High School, Cafeteria
(enter through 4th Street, 6th/Pico or 7th/Michigan gates)

For questions, please call (310) 458-8310 or

08 Nov  

Route 66 84th Anniversary Celebration at Santa Monica Pier

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, the Pier will celebrate the 84th Anniversary of the world-famous Route 66 with some of its biggest names, authors, and artists, kicking off a day-long celebration of activities. All activities will be located on the Pier at the Route 66 Sign and Pier Parking Deck.

8:30AM – 9:00AM – Veteran’s Day Recognition Ceremony

9:00AM – 9:30AM – Classic Route 66 Car Caravan arrives in procession

9:30AM – 10:00AM – Civic Leaders Speeches and California State Assembly Members Resolution names November 11 as “Route 66 Day” in honor of the road’s 84th Birthday.

10:00AM – 1:00PM – Route 66 Author’s & Artists Event Begins

10:00AM – 4:00PM – Route 66 Car Show Begins

10:30AM – Gumpathon Runners finish their transcontinental run across Route 66

and the USA to raise money for injured veterans
10:50AM – Gumpathon Runners take the stage for interviews with Emmy Winner, Documentarian & Moderator Joe Frederick

11:00AM – Minute’s silence to remember the U.S. Military for Veteran’s Day

12:00Noon – 3:00PM – Route 66 “Legends” Series Begins (on-stage interviews with
Route 66 Icons about the importance of Route 66 to America, moderated by Joe Frederick)

3:00PM – 4:00PM – Route 66 Car Show Awards Ceremony (on stage)

4:00PM – Route 66 Birthday Event Concludes, Vintage Car Procession Leaves Pier

For information, visit

05 Nov  

“Why I Love Santa Monica” Public Community Forum

“Why I Love Santa Monica” will be the theme of a public community forum on Monday, November 8, 2010 starting at 7pm at the Ken Edwards Center located at 1527 Fourth Street in Santa Monica.

The forum will be hosted by longtime Santa Monica residents and community activists Jerry and Marissa Rubin.

At the forum, participants will reflect and brainstorm on the many wonderful aspects of Santa Monica, including its special places, projects, people and structures, as well as the many creative individual and community endeavors that make it such a great place to live, work and visit, says event organizer Jerry Rubin.

“The purpose of the forum is to share with each other the many positive things Santa Monica has to cherish and offer”, says event organizer Marissa Rubin.

For further information call: (310) 399-1000. Email to:

01 Nov  

Santa Monica Pet Fair and Chip-a-thon Nov. 6th!

Santa Monica Pet Fair & Chip-a-thon

Free “2010 Pet Fair/Chip-a-thon” on Saturday, Nov. 6!

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, The Santa Monica Fire Department, and Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disaster (SMOAID) and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcLA) are hosting the “2010 Pet Fair & Chip-a-thon,” Sat. Nov. 6, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 3 Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica.

The event will offer a variety of events and activities for every type of pet and pet lover. Free identification micro-chipping of dogs, cats and exotic pets will be available for the second year in a row. Low cost vaccinations will also be offered.

Dog training demonstrations, pet disaster preparedness tips, Red Cross pet first aid classes and pet registration and licensing will all be offered at the event. The Fire Department will demonstrate pet rescues from situations such as house fires. There will be both animal and human entertainment.

Humans and their pets are all welcome. Cats, rabbits and other exotic pets such as turtles, iguanas, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and others should be in pet carriers. Dogs must be leashed. The public is requested to not bring pets in cardboard boxes, milk crates or other improvised containers.

The highlight of the event will be a pet contest for the pet(s) that most resembles its owner, largest, most unusual, smallest, most obedient and most talented.

A number of animal experts including Karen “Doc” Halligan, DVM, and celebrity pet owners will be available to offer advice for keeping pets healthy and happy. Exhibitors will be on hand with free samples, literature, news about products and services and general pet care. Some exhibitors will be giving away samples of pet foods and other pet products. Last year, 1,400 people attended the event, 380 animals received free microchips and 28 animal “orphans’ were adopted out to loving owners.

All events will be held at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard (at 25th Street) in Santa Monica.Free parking is available near Clover Park – look for directional signs. Food and beverages will be available for purchase onsite.

For exhibitor information, contact: Liz Adams at the Santa Monica Red Cross, 310-394-3773 during business hours or email Go online at or for information.

For a guide to Pet-Friendly Santa Monica, please visit


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