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20 Sep  

Support the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club through Music!

By Lauren Johnson

Support the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club through Music

Green Brooms Music Academy in Santa Monica, CA is happy to host a $10 Music Lesson Day to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica’s music program. Our fabulous instructors will be teaching private and group lessons on Sept. 25th from 10am-4pm in Santa Monica and all it costs is $10. All lesson proceeds will go to the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club’s Music Program. Call us at 310-310-2623 to schedule a lesson for that day!  This event will fill up!

16 Sep  

Discover Palisades Park Sept. 18th

This Sunday, September 18, 2011 join our Santa Monica Conservancy docents for a stroll through Palisades Park.

Our familiar park – with its dazzling views – holds many secrets that offer fascinating insights into the City’s personalities and development. How did Abbot Kinney, creator of Venice, get involved with trees? Why are cannons placed in the park? Where do you go to watch the Winter Solstice? Why is a statue of our oft-forgotten heroine, Arcadia Bandini, in the park?

The walk is one-way, beginning at the park’s north end, and takes about two hours. Mini-bus transportation will be provided from check-in at the Visitor Center, 1400 Ocean Avenue (in the park near Santa Monica Blvd). The shuttles depart at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 PM. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to check in. Parking is available in the City structures on 2nd Street.

Tickets: Advance purchase is recommended!
$10 Santa Monica Conservancy members.
$15 General public
$20 Day of tour, if available.
Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free.

Questions? Call 310-496-3146 or email

09 Sep  

Commemorating 9/11 Tenth Anniversary

Press Release

City of Santa Monica FIRE DEPARTMENT

Commemorating 9/11 Tenth Anniversary

Date: September 7, 2011
Contact: Judah Mitchell, Captain
(310) 458-8288

Santa Monica – September 7, 2011 – The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and in Shanksville, Pa. resulted in the deaths of 2,977 people. Those killed included 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and 8 private EMT/Paramedics totaling 411 emergency personnel. Also included in the civilian deaths were 5 people with connections to Santa Monica. In recognition of those who perished on that tragic day, the Santa Monica Fire Department annually conducts a brief and solemn remembrance ceremony consistent with the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommended protocols. All four community Fire Stations will participate. An artifact from the Ground Zero site now resides on the second floor of our Public Safety building (333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica CA 90401) right outside of Santa Monica Fire Department’s administration office.

The public, city employees, and in particular neighbors of the fire stations, who are interested in participating are invited to gather at any one of the fire stations listed below. The observance ceremony will begin promptly at 06:45 a.m. and should last no longer than 20 minutes.

Station 1
1444 7th Street

Station 2
222 Hollister Avenue

Station 3/4
1302 19th Street

Station 5
2450 Ashland Avenue


07 Sep  

Fashion’s Night Out takes over Santa Monica

On Thursday, September 8th, 2011, Santa Monica, California Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with fashion-inspired events throughout the city. Check the Santa Monica Events Calendar for more information and other exciting events!

Main Street Santa Monica

Main Street Santa Monica presents Fashion’s Night Out this Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Red carpet arrivals will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2640 Main Street.  Boutiques and businesses will be celebrating with parties, discounts, DJ’s, runway shows, styling contests, plus much more.

Downtown Santa Monica

On Thursday, September 8, Downtown Santa Monica & Third Street Promenade will be an exciting fashion playground as more than 30 shops and retailers come together beginning at 6pm to host an extraordinary evening of shopping, entertainment and neighborhood-wide fashion events during the global shopping celebration, Fashion’s Night Out.

Offering a place to stroll, shop and sip a glass of wine, Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica Place will boast fashion events, exclusive discounts and contests for shoppers, as well as live DJ’s, champagne, refreshments and more. Shoppers will find a variety of evening events all within walking distance throughout Downtown Santa Monica, including Third Street Promenade, at retailers like Steve Madden, Brandy Melville, Ted Baker London, Aldo, Kitson and many more!

These fashionable, can’t-miss events include a Santa Monica block party hosted by Fred Segal and Flaunt Magazine showcasing the hottest items for Fall. Babette, another of Downtown Santa Monica’s unique retailers on Fourth Street, will feature their newest collections while shoppers enjoy delicious wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Guests will also have a chance to win a $300 Babette gift certificate. Zara, located on Third Street Promenade, will host a festive party including a celebrity DJ, champagne bar and the hottest looks of the season. GAP and other retailers will offer deep discounts and special promotions on this night only.

Santa Monica Place

Grab your girlfriends and celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy an evening of exclusive retailer events and promotions, beauty consultations and mini-makeovers from Bloomingdales’ Laura Mercier and much more. Don’t miss two live fashion shows taking place in The Plaza at 6:30pm and 8pm – limited seating available, first come, first served. The fashion shows will feature the latest styles from Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole and Betsey Johnson, just to name a few. Fashion shows will be hosted by the famous mother/daughter duo, Lisa and Brittny Gastineau who will showcase their jewelry line, Gastineau Girls.

Event Benefits OPCC, Sept. 1 – 8 – Make room for your new fall fashions. Donate your gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to benefit OPCC. Drop-off your donation at Concierge on level 1.*

Gift With Purchase, Sept. 8 from 6pm-9pm – Spend $500 or more and receive a $20 gift card to a participating restaurant.

Valet and Play – Dine with us and receive 3 hours free valet. Valet parking located at Broadway, 2nd and 4th Streets.

05 Sep  


By Sergei Stepanov

Sweet Lord Welcome



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