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29 Apr  

5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Every year locals and tourists come to Virginia Avenue Park  for the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Join us as we celebrate with cultural performances including mariachi, salsa and folklorico, cultural education, activities and games for kids and delicious food. Last year, hundreds people attended! Free parking – Shuttle from Santa Monica College at 17th and Pico.

For more information call (310) 458-8688 or visit

27 Apr  

Where to Watch the Royal Wedding

For those of you looking for a fun way to take part in the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (from afar), head over to Ye Olde King’s Head in Santa Monica for some royal fun!

Ye Olde King’s Head will be celebrating the forthcoming Royal Wedding in style, with Breakfast served from 9am on Friday, April 29th. Guests can toast Kate and Wills’ nuptials with a complimentary glass of champagne  (served with all Kingsize Breakfasts, 21 and over only). Video of the wedding will be replayed throughout the day. On Friday 29th and Sat. 30th Royal Afternoon Tea will be served at Noon and 2pm  in the Crown Room.  Cost is $18.95pp and includes a glass of champagne. Friday evening will also see at Beatles tribute band in the main bar, starting at 8pm. (Ladies please wear your tiaras!). Article courtesy of British Weekly (

Ye Olde King’s Head
116 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-1402

25 Apr  

One-Stop Prep Shop Unique Emergency Preparedness Event

One-Stop Prep Shop Unique Emergency Preparedness Event
Tuesday, April 26 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Parking Lot
1855 Main Street

A unique emergency preparedness event – nearly everything you need to be prepared for disaster in one location! Emergency supply store SOS Survival Products and local vendors Bob’s Market and Fisher Lumber will have many of the items you need to be prepared – from water to flashlights to first aid kits. You can even order online in advance and your emergency pack will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive.  Get your “I’ve Got 7” pledge card at the event showing you are ready!

For more information, visit

22 Apr  

On The Mend 4 Japan Relief Benefit

On The Mend 4 Japan

Tiato Project Presents On The Mend 4 Japan, a benefit for Japan. Performing artists Mozella, David Ryan Harris, Wakahisa-Kai, DJ Mark Reitman, Koshin Taiko.

100% net ticket proceeds donated to Japan America Society of Southern California. JASSC sends 100% of raised funds to help aid Japan.

General $50
Dinner & General $100

Event Times:
6-8pm prixe fixe dinner & show
7-8pm hosted cocktails & hors d’oeuvres & show
8pm presentation & performance

For more information and ticket purchasing, visit

21 Apr  

Easter Fun in Santa Monica

Heading to Santa Monica Beach for Easter weekend and looking for a bite to eat with the whole family? Why not skip the dishes and taste what local Santa Monica restaurants have to offer!

Enjoy a Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch at i. Cugini (1501 Ocean Ave) or hang out with the Easter Bunny at Rusty’s Surf Ranch (256 Santa Monica Pier). Ye Olde Kings Head (116 Santa Monica Blvd ) will be holding a Easter Egg Hunt for the children while Fraiche (312 Wilshire Blvd) is offering a kids menu for $15! And don’t forget to swing by Douglas Park (2439 Wilshire Blvd) for the 19th Annual Peter Rabbit Day!

For a full list of Easter dining and activities, visit

18 Apr  

10 Best Contest- Lago

By Kimberly Wiethorn

Locanda del Lago

Hi everyone! It’s me Kimberly Wiethorn the winner of your “10 Best Contest” back to report on my next yummy Santa Monica dining adventure.

Having a nice meal and cocktails while sitting outside enjoying the lovely Santa Monica sunshine and people watching is something I love to do on the weekends. One of the great parts about wining this contest is it gave me a great excuse to catch up with friends and invite people to dinner with me.  This time, I took my friend Isaac and headed down to Locanda del Lago on the 3rd Street Promenade for brunch.

One of the great things about Lago is that they serve brunch til 4pm and the menu is quite extensive so they are bound to have whatever you are craving (and you can still sleep in!), they also have a Happy Hour every day from 4-7 and all night on Tuesdays.

We started with some awesome burratta (my weakness), followed by Salmon with Garlic-Lemon Sauce and spinach for me and an Ahi Tuna salad for my friend. I kept eyeing the pastas around me which all looked amazing.

They also have many specialty cocktails and martinis that I highly recommend! Being picky about my Italian food, one thing I always judge Italians by is whether or not they carry Amarro, a traditional Italian after dinner drink. Lago I believe had six of them!

So be sure to check them out next time you are out at the promenade.

Happy Dining!

11 Apr  

Upward Bound House Arts & Crafts Sale

Please join us as we celebrate Spring!

Upward Bound House Arts and Crafts Sale featuring art by Ruth Leaf, jewelry, ceramic, glass works and quilts, gifts ideas for moms, dads and grads. Lemonade and treat stand run by Upward Bound House kids. Proceeds help house homeless families with children.

April 16, 2011
Located at 1104 Washington Ave (Southeast Corner), Santa Monica CA 90403
2 Blocks North of Wilshire
Between 11th St  and  12th St
Street Parking or “Church Parking” enter on 11th Street

For more information, visit

09 Apr  

19th Annual Peter Rabbit Day!

19th Annual Peter Rabbit Day

When: Saturday, April 23rd
Where: Douglas Park in Santa Monica

Come meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy Easter egg coloring, games, face painting, Easter egg hunt and much more. Egg hunts are organized by age group and will continue while Peter Rabbit’s supplies lasts. Arrive early and don’t miss out!

For more information, visit or Peter Rabbit Flyer.

04 Apr  

Love Visiting Santa Monica!

By Arian Sullivan

From the moment I wake up and go out to the great coffee cafes for breakfast to watching the beautiful sunset with my daughter at the end of an amazing day. Santa Monica is bursting with amazing people, and places to go. I love going for walks or bike rides on the ocean pathway. Watching people from Santa Monica going through their every day exercise  routines, walking their dogs, riding their bikes, preparing for the Santa Monica marathon, surfing or playing volleyball.

I look forward to going to the Farmers Markets whether it is the Sunday Main Street market or the Arizona Ave. market. Seeing chefs coming for fresh produce for the nights dishes or families picking out fresh fruits and vegetables together. The beach is so spectacular and clean.The views are so calming. The salt air and ocean soothes the soul.The diverse ethnic  restaurants are outstanding. We also enjoy going out to sample the great Happy Hour menus at the Main Street Restaurants. The shopping is first class.

I can’t wait to visit again!


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