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27 Oct  

Halloween Fun in Santa Monica

From dog costume parades, to haunted surf contests and horrorthons – Get your “spook” on at  Halloween festivities in Santa Monica!

A Halloween Hullabaloo at Santa Monica Playhouse

Saturdays and Sundays, October 22-30, 2011
1211 4th St | (310) 394-9779 x2
A magical, musical fairytale journey up and down memory lane, exploring Halloween through the ages – a delightfully interactive musical comedy in which audiences discover just where the trick-or-treat event we celebrate today with candies and costumes, ghosts and goblins came from, win prizes, join the actors on stage, sing-a-long with the music, and receive complimentary face-painting before every show.

Pumpkin Decorating at Santa Monica Farmers Market

October 29-30, 2011 10am-1:00pm
Saturday- Viriginia Ave Park, Sunday- Main Street | (310) 458-8712
Locally grown, bright orange round pumpkins are the perfect canvas for glitter and googly eyes. So bring the little ones to decorate a pumpkin masterpiece that will be admired by all of the trick- or-treaters!

ZJ Boarding House Haunted Heats III Halloween Surf Contest

October 29, 2011
Tower 26, Santa Monica Beach | (888) 799-5646
Get spooky on your board, compete for prizes, glory and blood at our infamous surf costume contest. This is a ‘fun first’ competition, so if your still progressing in your surfing don’t hesitate to sign up! All ages and skill levels are welcome, but you must be in costume to participate. FREE entry and there is a chance to snag some nice prizes (more details later).

6th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon at Aero Theatre

October 29, 2011 7:30pm
1328 Montana Ave
Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s sixth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises! Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen’s Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

House of Restless Spirits

October 29, 2011 from 7pm-11pm &
October 30-31, 2011 7pm-10pm
1008 Euclid St

The House of Restless Spirits will be open in 2011 for three nights only, on Saturday, October 29 from 7 until 11pm, and Sunday and Monday, October 30 and 31 from 7 until 10pm. To ensure the best possible experience, guests will be admitted onto the grounds in small groups at regularly-timed intervals.

2nd Annual Pet Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

October 30, 2011 1pm-4pm
To Wag For, 1123 Montana Ave
There will be a Doggie Halloween parade on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1-4pm on Montana Ave. Register at pet boutique TO WAG FOR on 1123 Montana. $5 per pet. Big prizes! Over $500 worth of prizes for Most Original/Best in Show, Over $250 worth of prizes for Best Duo or Group (Animal /or animal human), Over $250 worth of prizes for Funniest, Over $250 worth of prizes for most Beachy. It will be a sidewalk parade walking up and down the sidewalks of Montana between 6th and 17th St., stopping a judging stations along the way. You can stroll at your own pace – stop for a drink, or enthusiastically march around twice.  Prizes will be awarded at 4:30pm on 14th and Montana, the broad sidewalk next to the Whole Foods parking lot. Proceeds go to Unleash the Beach.

4th Annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop

October 31, 2011 3pm-6pm
Montana Ave from 6th to 17th Streets
The 4th annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop on Monday October 31st, 2011 from 3 – 6 pm.  The Halloween Hop  provides a safe and fun way for families to parade on Montana Ave from 6th to 17th streets and show off their Halloween costumes while getting treats from participating businesses.

20th Annual PAL-loween

October 31, 2011
Barker Hangar
Pal-loween provides a fun and safe place for kids to be on Halloween, featuring costume contests, trick-or-treating, games family fun and more!

Halloween Celebration at The Market at Santa Monica Place

October 31, 2011 3:30pm-5:30pm
The Market (3rd level Dining Deck) | (310) 260-8333
Join us for a Family-friendly Halloween pre-party before sundown. Fun activities and entertainment for children, plus specials throughout The Market.

24 Oct  

October 29th “Exclusively Local” wine tasting and music night at TRiP Santa Monica

By Josh Wiener

TRiP Santa Monica

TRiP Santa Monica, an independent bar and concert venue today announced plans to introduce their new “Exclusively Local” wine list at a wine tasting and charity event on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

TRiP will feature winemakers from local Malibu vineyards, as well as an eclectic mix of live music acts. In keeping with the local theme, TRiP has chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds from the wine tasting to Heal the Bay, a local non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up and maintaining the Santa Monica Bay.

At the tasting event, every wine from TRiP’s new “Exclusively Local” menu will be available to sample.

The evening will start at 7:00pm and will feature special musical performances by John Parr, Jason Arimoto, members from Marcus Very Ordinary, Elle Carpenter and more. “TRiP’s new wine list will feature only locally grown wines from the Malibu region. Many local residents  are not even aware that this is an up and coming wine region and currently home to more than 50 locally  owned, independent vineyards,” said John DeCoster, owner of TRiP.   “Starting on October 29th, TRiP will  be a great one stop shop for customers looking to find the very best wines of the region. Some of these  wines will be available by the glass and all of these wines will be available for customers to enjoy by the  bottle. You’ll even be able to purchase wine to go.”

The Malibu wine region has been growing in popularity and wines from the region have already won several prestigious awards at international wine tasting events and competitions. For example, the 2008  Colcanyon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was recently one of only thirteen wines out of over 3,500 to win  double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This wine will be available exclusively  at TRiP starting on October 29th.

TRiP will feature wines from some of the best vineyards in the region, including:

Cielo Farms:
TRiP will feature the Cielo Estate Syrah, as well as their local blend, Cielo Estate Malibu  Rouge.  You can find out more about Cielo Farms at

Colcanyon Estate:
TRiP will be serving Colcanyon Estate Wine’s Merlot, as well as the award-winning  2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.  You can read more about Colcanyon Estate Wines at

Malibu Rocky Oaks:
TRiP will be serving Malibu Rocky Oaks’ Rosé, Black Raven Cabernet Sauvignon  and Syrah. You can read more about Malibu Rocky Oaks at

Malibu Sanity:
TRiP will be serving Malibu Sanity’s Chardonnay and their Pinot Noir. You can read more  about Malibu Sanity at

TRiP will be pouring several different wines from the Rosenthal vineyard.  You can read more about Rosenthal Wines at

TRiP will be serving the Semler Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. You can find out more about Semler Wines at


John Parr: UK musician John Parr is the Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and composer best  known for writing the St. Elmo’s Fire theme song. John’s musical career has come a long way since then, and he now brings a tasteful and soulful acoustic Americana pop rock and blues act to TRiP. John has sold over 10 Million albums
worldwide, and has performed on legendary stages throughout the world at places like Giants Stadium, Wembley Arena and TRiP in Santa Monica! He has performed with legendary recording and touring acts like Meatloaf, Journey and Richard Marx. John brings his act back to TRiP  where he will headline the wine unveiling and Heal the Bay benefit concert. You can find out more about John at

Jason Arimoto:
Jason is a virtuosic electric blues ukulele player from Hawaii. As a former student of the  legendary Hawaiian ukulele player Jake Shimabakuro, Jason brings a unique and eclectic approach to  the instrument. He has wowed audiences all over the country with his soulful, bluesy voice and talented command of the ukulele. Read more about Jason at

Elle Carpenter:
TRiP Santa Monica’s very own Elle Carpenter brings a unique blend of pop, rock hip hop and folk to the stage at TRiP where she will be unveiling the world premiere of her new music video for  the song “Don’t Ask Questions”. When she isn’t composing music, Elle works as a bartender here at TRiP and is on the rise with the release of her new album slated for later this fall. You can find out more about  Elle at

Members of Marcus Very Ordinary:
Marcus Very Ordinary is the exquisite nine-piece folk/art rock band  from Los Angeles, California. On October 29th, they will bring a stripped down acoustic trio back to Trip.  The acoustic sounds of the trio consisting of members from Marcus Very Ordinary will be sure to  complement the wine tasting for a tastefully delightful evening. You can read more about the band at

Located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica, Calif., TRiP is the West Side’s premier live music venue. During the day, we are a great place to kick back, relax, shoot a game of pool, try a NY deli sandwich and sample some of the world’s best beers (and now the best in local wines!)  At night, TRiP is the place to experience live local music seven nights a week – for free.   From punk rock, to indie rock, to singer/songwriter nights, TRiP truly brings something unique to Santa Monica’s nightlife.  Our goal is to
remain an active part of the surrounding community, support local artists and ultimately provide a safe,  comfortable environment where customers from
all walks of life are always welcome. For more  information on TRiP, visit us at:

Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters  and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. They use science, education,  community action and advocacy to protect those who swim, surf and play in the ocean, and the animals who make it their home.  To learn more, visit

17 Oct  

Pacific Standard Time Santa Monica/Westside Focus Weekend

Pacific Standard Time Santa Monica Bike Tour

Celebrate Pacific Standard Time with a Focus Weekend for our museum partners in the Santa Monica and Westside region. Explore the exhibitions by bus! Thanks to Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus and the City of Santa Monica, free shuttles will connect various museums Saturday, October 22.

Explore the exhibitions by Bicycle! Below please find a list of events offered during the Pacific Standard Times Santa Monica/Westside Regional Day at the Santa Monica Museum of Art:

On View
Beatrice Wood: Career Woman–Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects

Discover Beatrice Wood’s indomitable spirit and dynamic artistic force in this exhibition that features more than 100 drawings, paintings, and clay objects produced during Wood’s prolific 75-plus-years of art making. An artist who worked on both the East and West coasts and bridged gaps between areas as disparate as New York Dada and Southern California ceramics, Wood (1893-1998) was a vital contributor to the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and is thus a key player in the Pacific Standard Time project.

10 am – 6 pm
Free Santa Monica/Westside Pacific Standard Time shuttles

Free public shuttles will be available on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 6 pm for the Pacific Standard Time Santa Monica/Westside region. Visitors are invited to ride the complimentary transportation with stops at SMMoA and galleries in Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, the 18th Street Arts Center, Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS College of Art and Design, and the Getty Center. Free regional shuttles are supported by L.A. County Proposition A Local Return Funds, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, and Big Blue Bus.

11 am – 4 pm
Free Exhibition Tours of Beatrice Wood: Career Woman–Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects

11 am and 12 pm: Tours by Deputy Director and Curator Lisa Melandri
1 pm and 2 pm: Tours by Executive Director and Curator Elsa Longhauser
3 pm and 4 pm: Tours by SMMoA docents

1 – 4:30 pm
Pacific Standard Time Santa Monica Bike Tour

Peddle over to SMMoA for a bicycle tour of four Santa Monica Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Hit the breaks for private walkthroughs at SMMoA, the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, Eames Office, and the 18th Street Arts Center. Required: Some cycling experience, a bicycle in good running order, helmet (optional but recommended), lock, and bike lights. Bike tour leadership is provided by Santa Monica Spoke, a regional chapter of the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition. Free Admission, space is limited, Registration required.

For more information, please visit or

15 Oct  

National Plug In Day Parade Hits the Streets of Santa Monica

Plug In America's 2009 plug-in Parade

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Plug In America, Electric Auto Association and Sierra Club are celebrating National Plug In Day around the country. In Santa Monica, California they are planning an EV parade. Mingle with EV drivers and show off your car while showing the world plug-ins are here!

Highway-capable plug-in vehicles are invited in the area to join the parade as it rolls from the Santa Monica Civic Center down Main Street at 10 a.m. Staging will be in the parking lot from 8:00 a.m. through 9:30 a.m.

A press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Parade will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and proceed down Main Street.

For more information, please visit

14 Oct  

Los Angeles Food & Wine Heads to Santa Monica this Weekend!

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine will be the largest luxury food & wine celebration in the country, combining world-renowned celebrity chefs, internationally acclaimed wineries, and celebrities from film, sports and music for four days of exclusive wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, lunches, dinners, afterhours parties, live entertainment, strolling receptions, and the most luxurious grand tasting tent in the country. Hosted throughout the unique neighborhoods of the entertainment capital of the world, including Santa Monica, Downtown, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Food & Wine benefits the St Vincent Meals on Wheels Foundation.

Check out a list of exciting dining events taking place in Santa Monica:

Lunch at Melisse With Guest Chef Douglas Keane
- 10/14/2011 11:30a – 2:30p

From the intriguing season-driven menu to its world-class wine list, Melisse is both a two Michelin Star Award winning restaurant and the recipient of Zagat’s highly coveted number one rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003.  Situated in downtown Santa Monica, Melisse inspires all of the senses with its chic ambiance, superb, contemporary French cuisine and gracious service. This restaurant is only open for dinner but we have bent the rules and they have granted us exclusive access to their restaurants during lunch time.  Come join Melisse’s Executive Chef Josiah Citrin as he hosts Executive Chef Douglas Keane of Cyrus fame as they team up for this unique culinary experience.  A reception with delectable passed hors d’oeuvres and some refreshing bubbles is followed by a Four-Course Menu paired with some hand selected, perfectly paired wines.

Simply Seasonal Lunch at FIG With Guest Chef Graham Elliot
- 10/14/2011 11:30a – 2:30p

At FIG restaurant they put ingredients first.  Their menu is built around what’s in peak season and they always seeking out the region’s best growers and producers. They also serve simple, bistro-inspired dishes that bring out the best of what nature has already put in – nothing experimental or overworked; just pure, flavorful ingredients delivered to your table. Come join Fig’s Executive Chef Ray Garcia as he hosts Chef Graham Elliot from Chicago and Top Chef Master’s fame as they team for this unique culinary experience. A reception with delectable passed hors d’oeuvres and some refreshing chardonnay is followed by a Four-Course Menu paired with some hand selected, perfectly paired wines from Far Niente, EnRoute, Nickel & Nickel as well as Dolce, all presented by Beth Nickel.

California Clambake with Tom Colicchio
- 10/14/2011 7:00p – 10:30p

We bring the best of the East coast to the warm beaches of Santa Monica, with an evening event featuring unique takes on coastal cuisine. Guests will enjoy delicious bites and sample fantastic beachfriendly wine, beer and spirits. Join Tom Colicchio and his culinary friends as they cook up a clambake for guests to enjoy. Stroll and enjoy bites from over 10 amazing chefs while you work your way through 20 of the weekend’s best wine producers. Come experience this exclusive event while sampling some of the best that seafood has to offer!

Guy Fieri’s Brew B’Que On Santa Monica Pier
- 10/15/2011 4:00p – 7:00p

What’s not to love about Sunshine, BBQ, Beers, Music and Friends? Combine all those ingredients and you have a memorable event. Enjoy a day on the famous Santa Monica Pier and take in the sun-drenched view of the Pacific Ocean, the sounds of music from some Rockstar bands, BBQ tastes from celebrity chefs and beer from some of the most notable breweries around the world! – All this at one price ALL INCLUSIVE. You will never find a pub crawl that will give you this opportunity. A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

For more information, visit the Los Angeles Food & Wine website. For additional Santa Monica events taking place this weekend, click here!

05 Oct  

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Welcomes New Giant Sea Bass

The anxiety of moving is enough to give anyone an ulcer, but try moving a live animal — that will give you an ulcer and gray hair too. Yesterday we added a few more gray hairs as we introduced a new giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas, into our 2,200 gallon “Pier Exhibit” tank.

Approximately six months ago the aquarist staff started collaborating with the SEA Lab in Redondo Beach in hopes that we might be able to exhibit one of their basses in our facility. We hoped to exhibit this species about four months ago, but the opportunity arose to exhibit a triggerfish and then seahorses instead. Exhibiting a bass was put on hold until we could spend adequate time observing and caring for it in its new exhibit.

When the right time finally arrived, our senior aquarist Jose Bacallao and I discussed the transport process, and he showed me the tub that the large bass was to be placed in for the 40-minute drive from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica.

Jose then filled with the tub with salt water, a medical grade operated oxygen supply was inserted and it was placed in the back of Jose’s truck. And that’s when the drama began…click here for the full article

Blog post courtesy of Vicki Wawerchak, director of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.


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