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Local Boat Parades

Mark your calendars! Two beloved boat parades are right around the corner. The first event is the 51st Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade & Fireworks on Saturday, 12/14. Fireworks go off at 5:55 pm and decorated boats start circling the harbor at 6 pm. Boats circle the harbor three times, with the show ending […]

Venice’s G2 Gallery to showcase 3-day environmental film series in the fall

During its five-year history, G2 Gallery in Venice has attracted patrons and renowned artists alike in its mission to showcase leaders in the various aspects of environmental stewardship and advocacy, primarily through visual art such as paintings and photography. Soon the gallery will be branching into another realm of the visual arts world with an […]

Weekly Food Truck Meet Up in MdR at Mothers Beach | Thursdays 5-9

Since last summer, Beach Eats, with an average of eight trucks per week, has set up every Thursday evening in parking lot #10 from 5 to 9 p.m. off Marina (Mothers) Beach at 4101 Admiralty Way. As pointed out in a Yelp! review, there is parking, lots of tables and a killer view. What’s not […]

Lights! Camera! Dinner!

Richard Foss has yet another interesting and entertaining restaurant review over at The Argonaut. This time he reviews Marla’s, an unusual Venice purveyor well known in the local film community as a caterer. Apparently Marla has been persuaded to open an eatery and has decorated the place with set pieces picked up from years of […]

Santa Monica History Museum celebrates silver anniversary with gala honoring founders

On Sept. 15th, a gala dinner event will honor Santa Monica History Museum founders Louise and Bob Gabriel, museum architect Kris Andresen, and longtime supporter Mary Ann Powell, CEO of Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier. The casino-themed gala will echo the Rex gambling ship anchored offshore in Santa Monica Bay in 1939 , with […]

Top Ten Free Days at LA Museums

Filled with incomparable art, priceless learning experiences, and crisp cool air conditioning – who doesn’t love a day at the museum?  They’re a parent’s secret weapon for those hot or “I’m bored” days. But here’s the rub:  they ain’t all cheap.  And who wants to spend $30 to bring your little angel for a day […]

Tender Greens Sails Into The Marina

Three things caught my attention when I saw Richard Foss‘ restaurant review of the new Tender Greens location in the Marina  – fast, cheap and good, all prominently placed in the headline. Read a little deeper and you will – as I did – also discover gourmet and organic. What’s not to love? For the […]

7 Local Labor Day Getaways

Ahh, the last long weekend of summer.  The aptly named Labor Day can translate into a lot of work – getting ready for fall, getting back into the groove with school and classes, fighting the traffic now that everyone is back in town.  What you need… For 7 get away ideas that won’t have you […]

Jet to Jetty TOMORROW

Saturday, Aug. 24 marks the 29th running of the Jet to Jetty 5K/10K run/walk for mental health. The Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation is once again sponsoring the event, which benefits Airport Marina Counseling Service. There will be a 5K walk/run a 10K run, 10-mile and 20-mile family bike rides and a kids’ fun run. For […]

Exploring the Metro Green Line: From Nowhere to Nowhere and All Points in Between

On July 26, 2013 the Metro Gold Line celebrated its tenth birthday, an occasion that did not go unreported by much of the local media, who in some cases described the line as the Metro’s “most lovable light rail line” as well as its “most picturesque.” August 12 is the 18th birthday of the Metro Green […]

Fiesta La Ballona – Party in the Park This Weekend

From the event’s website: Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s annual “Party in the Park”, will be held this year on August 23-25, 2013 at Veterans Park located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. The weekend will feature carnival rides and games, live performances, over 100 booths featuring artisan wares, vendors and local groups, a […]

Streetcars along the Crenshaw/LAX Line from the mid-1950s compared to today

Nice “then & now” commentary comparing streetcars in the 50’s to today’s streets. The author worked hard to recreate the original photos and he tells a great story about the photographer who took the original photos. For the full story, motor on over to

Playa Vista: Drainage system continues to draw ire of some wetlands organizations

Attention surrounding a drainage system at Playa Vista that apparently was installed without permission from the state Coastal Commission has not dissipated since the discovery of the network was reported in June. The underground system was discovered earlier this summer and was reported to the California Coastal Commission. The installation is now under investigation by […]

Orange County 405 Shutdown Coming Our Way This Weekend

See on – 90045 Trending 3-1/2 days left until #BridgeBash. Orange County seems far far away, but the 405 is certainly near and dear. Be warned. 🙂   From the OCTA website:   “The southbound I-405 connector to the eastbound SR-22 freeway has been reconstructed in order to make room for the new carpool […]

Our Neighbor to The South – A Beach Town Filled With Family Fun

Explore our neighbor to the south – Manhattan Beach – with a great guide from Red Tricycle. Get the scoop on eats, baked goods, marine studies, Polliwog Park, botanical gardens, Sand Dune Park, shopping, parking and more. For the full story, pedal on over to

Westside Drivers Looking At More 405 Closures and Construction

Demolition of the Sunset Boulevard offramp from the northbound 405 starts this weekend. The ramp will be closed until at least Thanksgiving. Save your teeth knashing, though. The challenges get more fun in a couple of weeks when the eastbound Wilshire onramp to the northbound 405 closes on August 22nd. For the full story, head […]

Solar Water-Heating Basics Workshop This Week

Mark your calendars for a free workshop on Wednesday, July 31st, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Bergamot Station to learn about using solar power for heating your home’s water. The Solar Water-Heating Basics Workshop for Single-family Homeowners will cover technology, systems and available rebates. A Q & A session will follow. For more […]

Parking, traffic concerns lead committee to table Legado project in PdR

From The Argonaut: Citing disappointment with a traffic study and a string of missed opportunities to demonstrate how the developer was willing to work with Playa del Rey residents, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa’s Planning and Land Use Committee tabled a vote on a proposed project by the Legado Co. July 16. Legado, a development […]

Incubator School awarded national grant

From the Argonaut: A Los Angeles Unified School District pilot school has been selected to receive a $100,000 “Next Generation Learning Challenges Breakthrough Schools Grant.” The Incubator School, which will be colocating on the campus of Playa Vista Elementary School this fall, is one of 30 schools nationwide to receive the national grant. I’m rooting […]

Playa del Rey restaurant hits a home run

Three things caught my attention about this restaurant review: (1) Brooke Williamson’s name (my fan fave on the Seattle edition of Top Chef); (2) Playa del Rey; and (3) moderately priced. OK, the picture and the headline helped. From the review: The Tripel is named after a strong, fruity pale ale that is a Belgian […]