Calendar of Events

February 23, 2018

“An Illegal Start” – Theatre in the Merry Go-Round

The original stage play “An Illegal Start” plays in the Santa Monica Pier’s historic Merry Go-Round Building – A truly unique theatrical experience!

Start: February 23, 2018 8:00 pm
End: February 23, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Merry Go-Round Building
Address:
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $30

February 17, 2018

“An Illegal Start” – Theatre in the Merry Go-Round

The original stage play “An Illegal Start” plays in the Santa Monica Pier’s historic Merry Go-Round Building – A truly unique theatrical experience!

Start: February 17, 2018 8:00 pm
End: February 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Merry Go-Round Building
Address:
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $30

The Hutchins Consort presents: All’s Fair in Love and War

A brand new arrangement of Bibers extraordinary Battalia (battle) is paired with the motets of Don Carlo Gesualdo, and other works of love.

Such is the versatility of the Consort that not only do they make it work, but they pull it off with style. This unique violin octet performs on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds.

Start: February 17, 2018 8:00 pm
End: February 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: St. Augustine by-the-Sea
Address:
1227 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $15-$35

Grown Ups Stand Up For Kids – Comedy Show

Grown Ups Stand Up For Kids…
is a comedy competition where adults do the funny and the kids do the judging.
This G-rated family comedy show raises money for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (Ed Foundation).

Donations to the Ed Foundation fund outstanding staff and programs for all SMMUSD students. www.smmef.org

Reserve tickets by registering for the show on Eventbrite. Suggested donation is $15.00 per ticket.

Or, email grownupsstandup4kids@gmail.com with your name and how many tickets you’d like to reserve.

Only cash donations will be accepted at the event.

We are planning on filming the event. If anyone in your party prefers not to be on camera, please email - grownupsstandup4kids@gmail.com.

Start: February 17, 2018 4:00 pm
End: February 17, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: Franklin Elementary School Cafetorium
Address:
2400 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 90403
Cost: Suggested Donation of $15

February 16, 2018

“An Illegal Start” – Theatre in the Merry Go-Round

The original stage play “An Illegal Start” plays in the Santa Monica Pier’s historic Merry Go-Round Building – A truly unique theatrical experience!

Start: February 16, 2018 8:00 pm
End: February 16, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Merry Go-Round Building
Address:
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $30

February 15, 2018

Westside Family Health Center: I Heart WFHC

Westside Family Health Center’s annual fundraiser will feature gourmet food, drinks, silent auction, dancing, music and more. Early bird tickets are $100 increasing to $125 after February 1 and sponsorships range from $250 – $20,000.

All proceeds will benefit WFHC, a non-profit community health center that has been an integral part of the community for 43 years.

The event has been generously sponsored by individuals and businesses and more sponsorship opportunities are available.

Start: February 15, 2018 5:30 pm
End: February 15, 2018 9:30 pm
Venue: The Mark for Events
Address:
9320 W Pico Blvd , Los Angeles, 90035
Cost: $100 ticket

February 11, 2018

Whale of a Weekend

Just like the migrating Pacific gray whales, Whale of a Weekend returns to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium February 10-11.

Gray whales migrate from Mexico to the Arctic every year, swimming nearly 10,000 miles roundtrip. From their feeding grounds in the Arctic during the summer to the warm waters of Baja Mexico in the winter, where they breed and give birth. Around the beginning of the year, the gray whales and their calves begin their journey north, passing through the Santa Monica Bay, and often coming close enough to see from the Santa Monica Pier, as they pause to find food on their way back up to the Arctic.

The Aquarium celebrates this migration each year with a weekend full of whale-centric activities: visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen, and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth. Kids of all ages can have their faces painted and make a whale visor to take home. Learn more interesting facts about these gentle giants at the Aquarium through story time, interactive exhibits, and presentations about the gray whale’s migration habits.

Aquarium naturalists will staff a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. Those who stop by are welcome to spy for whales through binoculars and field guides will identify local birds and marine life.

Start: February 11, 2018 12:30 pm
End: February 11, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Address:
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Kids 12 and under: Free with adult; all others: $5 per person

February 10, 2018

“An Illegal Start” – Theatre in the Merry Go-Round

The original stage play “An Illegal Start” plays in the Santa Monica Pier’s historic Merry Go-Round Building – A truly unique theatrical experience!

Start: February 10, 2018 8:00 pm
End: February 10, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Merry Go-Round Building
Address:
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $30

Whale of a Weekend

Just like the migrating Pacific gray whales, Whale of a Weekend returns to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium February 10-11.
Gray whales migrate from Mexico to the Arctic every year, swimming nearly 10,000 miles roundtrip. From their feeding grounds in the Arctic during the summer to the warm waters of Baja Mexico in the winter, where they breed and give birth. Around the beginning of the year, the gray whales and their calves begin their journey north, passing through the Santa Monica Bay, and often coming close enough to see from the Santa Monica Pier, as they pause to find food on their way back up to the Arctic.

The Aquarium celebrates this migration each year with a weekend full of whale-centric activities: visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen, and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth. Kids of all ages can have their faces painted and make a whale visor to take home. Learn more interesting facts about these gentle giants at the Aquarium through story time, interactive exhibits, and presentations about the gray whale’s migration habits.

Aquarium naturalists will staff a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. Those who stop by are welcome to spy for whales through binoculars and field guides will identify local birds and marine life.

Start: February 10, 2018 12:30 pm
End: February 10, 2018 12:30 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Address:
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Kids 12 and under: Free with adult; all others: $5 per person

February 9, 2018

People of the Earth: Life and Culture of the Tongva

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will display an exhibition on the indigenous people of the Santa Monica Bay and greater Los Angeles from Friday, February 9, 2018, to Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Beginning Friday, February 9, the Santa Monica History Museum will host an exhibit exploring the history and cultural influence of the Tongva people, the original residents of the Santa Monica Bay area who have lived in the area for about 7,000 years. The exhibit, PEOPLE OF THE EARTH: Life and Culture of the Tongva, will display artifacts from everyday life ranging from musical instruments to fishing nets woven from milkweed fiber. 

Tongva means “People of the Earth” in the Shoshonean language. Tongva are also known as Gabrielino, due to their forced migration to San Gabriel Mission. Their vibrant hunter-gatherer culture included arts, religion, an organized society, and a wealthy trading economy. As one of the richest and most culturally sophisticated societies in California, their influence extended well beyond their borders. Gabrielino shells and soapstone have been found in service among people as far away as the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico.

Exhibit topics will include community and social structure, use of plants (for food, medicine, tools, and musical instruments), methods for building huts and canoes, and profiles of significant figures such as Toypurina and the Water Woman. The exhibit will also cover the disruption of life due to the forced move to the San Gabriel Mission, the presence of indigenous people in contemporary times, and ongoing efforts to bring awareness to the local native population.

Start: February 9, 2018 10:00 am
End: February 9, 2018 10:00 am
Venue: Santa Monica History Museum
Address:
1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: General Admission - $10; Student & Seniors - $5; Veterans, Children & Museum Members - Free

February 1, 2018

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz’s Moveable Lab Residency and Exhibition

Instituto Experimental Tropical del Amazonas is an installation of new work by Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, comprising a series of documents, posters and mixed media work from an imagined experimental art school that operated in the Amazon jungle between 1935 and 1942. Run by a team of feminist artists and designers with a communal spirit, the Instituto’s members studied the properties of rich tropical resources, learning building and crafts techniques with native populations (Makiritare, Yekuana and Yanomami) and setting out to re-imagine every aspect of living. They aimed to make art in concert with nature, within it and in contrast to it. Soto-Diaz’s installation at 18th Street aims to visualize a cultural institution founded on these indigenous values. One such value from the Manifesto, which will be on view: “WE HOPE the spirit of this school will outlast us: Post-brown, post-human, post-country are inaccurate designations. We recognize that by definition there is no embodied utopia, only the intention of living through the promise of propelling ourselves toward the circulating metaphysical powers that we can only imagine.”

The exhibition in 18th Street’s Atrium Gallery will open to the public with a reception on Saturday, February 24, from 6-8 pm, and runs through April 14, 2018.

ABOUT MARIÁNGELES SOTO-DÍAZ

Soto-Díaz was born and raised in Venezuela, where she began her art studies at the Instituto de Arte Federico Brandt in Caracas. She received an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts. Her work has been exhibited internationally, from Venezuela to the United Kingdom to New York. Soto-Díaz is also the founder of the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM), a cultural intervention in Irvine, California.

SUPPORT

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz’s Moveable Lab Residency and Exhibition is generously sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Start: February 1, 2018 6:00 pm
End: February 1, 2018 6:00 pm
Venue: 18th Street Arts Center
Address:
1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, 90404
Cost: Free

January 28, 2018

Human Rights Watch Documentary Screening•Panel•Reception

Join us for a special screening of “Blood on the Doorstep,” a powerful documentary taking a behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most pressing human rights struggles.

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On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in a popular downtown park. Dontre’s death sparked months of unrest and galvanized his family to activism.

Filmed over three years in the direct aftermath of his death, this intimate verité documentary follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. With Dontre’s mother, Maria, and brother, Nate, as our guides, we look inside a movement born of personal tragedy and injustice. What would you do if this violence found its way to your doorstep?


“Ljung’s clear-eyed film finds hope within terrible circumstances, and hope within heartbreak.”  – Hollywood Reporter

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All attendees are invited to stay after the screening for Q & A followed by a cocktail reception with the director and producer of the film and the director of global initiatives at the Human Rights Watch.


General tickets are $30 and student tickets are $15.
Tickets are unreserved and seating is first-come, first-served.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.

*Refreshments served*


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Human Rights Watch Film Club

Through regularly scheduled screenings and discussions, Human Rights Watch’s Film Club in Los Angeles creates a forum to advance awareness of human rights issues and empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.

For close to 40 years, Human Rights Watch has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth in order to bring about deep-rooted change. Around the globe we work in tandem with local activists who often put their lives at risk to protect the rights and dignity of others.

Start: January 28, 2018 4:00 pm
End: January 28, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: New Roads School
Address:
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 90272
Cost: $15 - 30

Beautify Earth Live Mural Painting

Beautify Earth and Nixie are hosting a community celebration and live mural painting on Sunday, Jan 28th in Santa Monica. 

Artist Davia King will be painting a mural and will include the faces of event attendees in her mural. Flower Child Face and Body Paint will be available to paint faces, DJ Val Fleury will play music and the CoolHaus  Ice Cream Truck will be onsite. 

The first 20 people to show up receive a free Coolhaus ice cream sandwich and Grey Block Pizza will raffle off five free pizzas! 

Venue: Subway, 1801 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Cross streets: Pico Blvd + 18th St
Nearest public transportation: 17th St/SMC Station
Date and time: Sunday, Jan 28, 11a – 3pm 
Event Invite

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES

Start: January 28, 2018 11:00 am
End: January 28, 2018 11:00 am
Venue: Subway Sandwich Shop
Address:
1801 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
Cost: Free

January 26, 2018

Free Screening of BE RELENTLESS

iEmpathize presents BE RELENTLESS, a powerful binational, bilingual feature-length documentary that follows Norma Bastidas as she completes the World’s longest triathlon to fight human trafficking. 

Norma, a single Mom and trafficking survivor overcame great personal hurdles and incredible odds with one mission in mind:  To educate the world about sexual violence, human trafficking and inspire action to end modern day slavery.  Her journey empowers survivors worldwide by demonstrating that one’s past does not dictate one’s future and prevents what happened to her from happening to others.

Start: January 26, 2018 6:00 pm
End: January 26, 2018 6:00 pm
Venue: Virginia Avenue Park
Address:
2200 Virginia Ave, Santa Monica, 90404
Cost: Free

January 20, 2018

The Hutchins Consort: Bach and Rock

The Hutchins Consort is known for their mastery of the baroque music of Bach, Mozart and other classical composers, but they are equally as skilled at playing everything from Gypsy jazz to Americana and beyond. On January 20, they’re bringing their popular concert Bach and Rock to St. Augustine by-the-Sea in Santa Monica, accompanied by pianist Maksim Velichkin. You’ll hear awesome classic rock like Jimi Hendrix’ “Purple Haze” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” as well as several engaging pieces by J.S. Bach. This unique ensemble performs on eight scaled violins from the tiny Treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the Contrabass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello, producing an amazingly wide range of sound.

Start: January 20, 2018 8:00 pm
End: January 20, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: St. Augustine by-the-Sea
Address:
1227 4th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $15-$35

Santa Monica History Museum: Discover the History

Focusing on our current exhibit, “Saint John’s Health Center: 75 Years of Healing, Discovery and Service to the Community”, the lecture will include an hour long panel discussion followed by a thirty minute Q & A.

Speakers will include:
John R. Sellman, MD
Past Saint John’s Health Center Board of Directors (1991 – 1997), and its treasurer from 1995-1997, elected Chairman effective November 1, 1998. Past president of the medical staff in 1985 and 1986 and chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1988-1990. Dr. Sellman is an orthopaedic surgeon and first physician to lead the Board. He joined the staff in 1971.
John M. Robertson, MD
Saint John’s Health Center Board of Directors (2015 − present).  Past Chairman, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation Board of Trustees 2012-2014. Foundation Trustee since 1996. Director of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Saint John’s, past president of the Medical Staff in 2000 −2001. Dr. Robertson joined the staff in 1987.

Sister Maureen Craig, SCL
Sister Maureen, St. John’s archivist, came to Saint John’s in 1987 following a long career as an English teacher.  Sister has served as chaplain to the Foundation, the Physicians Alumni Association and the Cleft Palate Program.  She also serves as a foundation trustee.

Robert O. Klein, President and CEO of Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, will introduce the panel.

This lecture is offered free, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling (310) 395-2290 or emailing info@santamonicahistory.org

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  This event will be held at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica CA, 90401.  The museum can be reached by following routes to the Main Library.  The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18. Ride your bike? Bicycle parking racks are available at the library. The Santa Monica History Museum is wheelchair accessible.

We hope to see you there!

Start: January 20, 2018 3:00 pm
End: January 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica History Museum
Address:
1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: General admission for adults is $10.00 and $5.00 for seniors & students. Veterans, active-duty military, children 12 and under, and Santa Monica History Museum members receive free admission

18th Street Arts Center presents CARMEN ARGOTE: IF ONLY IT WERE THAT EASY

If only it were that easy…Carmen Argote’s performance for the REDCAT-organized Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA is an amateur motorcycle rally organized around an architectural mind map of the artist’s making. The work centers on a social exploration of motorcycle riding as a cognitive dream space akin to the “zone” or “flow” of artistic creation, inviting artists and culture workers who ride motorcycles themselves to collectively teach the artist about riding and about life. Argote will create the riding environment for the performance based on shapes created by the overlapping of floor plans from her childhood home in Pico-Union and her father’s house in Guadalajara. Collaborator-participants will choreograph movements on the course on their motorcycles, all the while telling story of their own experiences with cycling and domesticity.

Collaborator-participants will also help her to develop the skills necessary to complete a cross-border journey from her father’s house back to Los Angeles, reversing a trip Argote’s father undertook nearly two decades ago, when he absconded with the vintage Moto Guzzi California V11 EV motorcycle that his daughter now intends to reclaim. The motorcycle road trip, long associated with youthful masculinity and rebellion, and with transgression of both borders and social norms, offers a chance for Argote to realize her own great adventures across a transnational landscape.

The performance will take place in Griffith Park’s Merry-Go-Round Lot 2 – see here for the map to the location. All audience members can park in Lot 1 or the lower Lot 2 – there will be ample parking available. Audience members should bring comfortable weather-appropriate clothes, water, sunblock, hats and sunglasses, as the entire 2-hour performance will be outside. 

The performance will feature Carmen Argote with the following creative individuals who ride:

Tim Brown
Deanna Erdmann
Alexandra Grant
Bill Kelley Jr
Eva Perez
Nancy Popp
Anuradha Vikram

Free with RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carmen-argote-if-only-it-were-that-easy-motorcycle-performance-tickets-41319861819?ref=elink


Argote will follow the performance with a nine-week Artist Lab residency and installation at 18th Street Arts Center, which runs through March 23. The Opening Reception is February 24, 2018.

More about 18th Street Arts Center 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public. We strive to provide artists the space and time to take risks, to foster the ideal environment for artists and the public to directly engage, and to create experiences and partnerships that foster positive social change.

Start: January 20, 2018 1:00 pm
End: January 20, 2018 1:00 pm
Venue: Griffith Park’s Merry-Go-Round Lot 2
Address:
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, 90027
Cost: Free with RSVP

Santa Monica History Museum: Hands on History

This month we will be learning about the trolleys of Santa Monica!

Children and their parents are invited to this free series held monthly on a Saturday morning from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Each session will include a short, age-appropriate history lesson in the galleries followed by a related craft or activity.

Each workshop is designed to be engaging and educational for elementary age (5 – 11 years) children. Topics for the workshops will rotate throughout the year to feature relevant, seasonal lessons and activities. RSVP is requested, but registration is also available at the door. Every workshop is offered free of charge.

By creating something with their hands related to the history topic of the month, children will further create memories based upon their history lessons. Families can expect a fun-filled learning hour at the museum!
For more information or to RSVP to the next workshop, please contact the museum.

Start: January 20, 2018 11:00 am
End: January 20, 2018 11:00 am
Venue: Santa Monica History Museum
Address:
1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free

January 18, 2018

Santa Monica History Museum: Free Admission Day

Join us Thursday, January 18th, 2018 for our next free admission day.

Admission to the museum will be free from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and includes all galleries and exhibits. We hope to see you there!

Free admission includes both the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. With free admission, all are welcome to visit, bring family and friends, and enjoy a day of appreciating our local history and culture.

Start: January 18, 2018 12:00 pm
End: January 18, 2018 12:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica History Museum
Address:
1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free

January 15, 2018

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

A diverse celebration of Dr. King and his mission. The event will include education awards, keynote speaker Tommie Smith, entertainment and presentation of a Community Light Award to Step Up.

Start: January 15, 2018 9:00 am
End: January 15, 2018 9:00 am
Venue: SGI-USA
Address:
525 Wilshire Blvd , Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free

January 13, 2018

Santa Monica Symphony Annual Martin Luther King Weekend Concert

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with Santa Monica Symphony’s annual MLK Weekend Concert. Opening the concert will be Aaron Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man, followed by African-American composer Duke Ellington’s ambitious jazz composition, Black, Brown,and Beige. After the intermission, award-winning Bass-Baritone soloist Cedric Berry will present Giacomo Puccini’s “Te Deum” from the opera Tosca. His narration of the remarkably lyrical and deeply affecting finale piece, New Morning for the World by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner will complete the afternoon performance. The concert will be at 2 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the SGI Auditorium (525 Wilshire Blvd) in Santa Monica. All Santa Monica Symphony Concerts are FREE and open seating.

Start: January 13, 2018 2:00 pm
End: January 13, 2018 2:00 pm
Venue: SGI Auditorium
Address:
525 Wilshire Blvd , Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free

January 12, 2018

Martin Luther King Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

The annual Santa Monica area Martin Luther King Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 14th & Ocean Park, Santa Monica on Friday, January 12 @ 7:30am.  Everyone welcome. Tickets $25 at door.

Start: January 12, 2018 7:30 am
End: January 12, 2018 7:30 am
Venue: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Address:
14th Street & Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, 90405
Cost: $25

January 11, 2018

Voting Rights: Then and Now

Begins with voter registration followed by a film re: the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled: “Still…Fighting for the Dream”, followed by a panel discussion re: voting rights, then and now.

Start: January 11, 2018 6:00 pm
End: January 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Venue: Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
Address:
601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica , 90401
Cost: Free

January 1, 2018

New Year’s Day

Date: January 1, 2018

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

Date: December 25, 2017

December 24, 2017

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society: Malibu Lagoon Field Trips

SMBAS invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

 Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
 4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
 SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
 https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL LU (310-395-6235)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)
 
DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Start: December 24, 2017 8:30 am
End: December 24, 2017 8:30 am
Venue: Malibu Lagoon
Address:
3999 Cross Creek Road (PCH & Cross Creek Road), Malibu, 90265
Cost: Free

December 19, 2017

Voices of Our City Homeless Choir: Performance, Open Call and Rehearsals for Santa Monica Choir

OPEN CALL AND REHEARSAL TO START HOMELESS CHOIR IN SANTA MONICA DECEMBER 19th AT SANTA MONICA MAIN LIBRARY, SAN DIEGO’S VOICES OF OUR CITY HOMELESS CHOIR TO PERFORM

This event is for homeless people who wish to express themselves through music and start their own choir similar to San Diego’s Voices of our City Choir and to use this as opportunity to identify a director to lead the choir. 
San Diego’s Voices of Our City Choir (https://www.voicesofourcity.org/) is a soul jazz gospel group that was founded in 2016 by Steph Johnson and Nina Deering as a response to the housing crisis, which pushed thousands of vulnerable, yet talented, citizens into living on the streets. Steph and Nina, established soul/jazz musicians, set out to create a safe place for choir members to meet each week.  The two have helped more than 25 people with housing along with offering support to go back to work, see doctors and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.  The joy from the choir rehearsals has drawn local and national media attention. The choir was created for people experiencing homelessness but is a community choir open to all who would like to join.

Start: December 19, 2017 11:00 am
End: December 19, 2017 11:00 am
Venue: Santa Monica Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
Address:
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401

December 16, 2017

9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl benefiting Westside Food Bank

Ho Ho Ho! The merriest night of the year in Santa Monica – the 9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl – returns Saturday Dec. 16th at 5 PM! Join thousands of crawlers spreading merry good cheer throughout the city and raising money for the Westside Food Bank. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000…enough for 100,000 meals! Choose between the Pier, Promenade, Main St. & Wilshire routes, get your tickets, and celebrate the holidays at the SANTA crawl. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of for the SMPC official wristband, which gives you access to food and drink specials at all of the participating bars on your route. Don’t miss the official SMPC after party at Wokcano after you’ve visited all the bars on your route!
All participants are asked to dress in Santa/Holiday attire, either individually or in teams, so that the streets of Santa Monica remain merry and bright. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-santa-monica-pub-crawl-tickets-32598986446?aff=es2

Start: December 16, 2017 5:00 pm
End: December 16, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: Wokcano Santa Monica
Address:
1413 5th Street, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: $15-35

Holiday Odd Market on Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET ON THE PIER. Outdoor craft market with a unique flair!

Odd Market on The Pier returns for our 2nd year bringing even more great family fun than before with over 80 local artists, makers, crafters & designers plus 3 food trucks. Perfect for all ages. Pets are welcome. Bring a blanket and your appetite. Sponsored by LA Weekly. Free admission and parking is available on the pier and under the pier.
Located on the West Half of the Pier
Bring your family and friends and spend the day
Over 80 pop-up shops
Pets Welcome.
Live Music and Guest DJ’s.
Easy Parking. On the Pier and Below.
Free Admission.

Start: December 16, 2017 11:00 am
End: December 16, 2017 11:00 am
Venue: Santa Monica Pier Parking Deck
Address:
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free

December 10, 2017

2nd Annual Community Boutique: An Alternative Gift Fair

This boutique invites members of the public to “shop” for the holidays by making donations, in honor of friends and family, to any of the 25+ participating nonprofits. Each charity has a staffed table with information about their organization. As shoppers learn about the charities, they use the “shopping list” provided to designate the donations they wish to make. After making their selections, shoppers then proceed to the “check-out,” where they make just one payment. Each nonprofit then receives a check and an accounting of all their designated donations. There is no registration fee for a nonprofit to participate, 3% of the total donated to the organization at the Boutique will be deducted to cover event costs, including credit card fees and refreshments.

Start: December 10, 2017 11:00 am
End: December 10, 2017 11:00 am
Venue: Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club
Address:
1210 4th St., Santa Monica, 90401
Cost: Free
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