It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus welcome guests during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Snow fell during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
The Santa Monica High School Choir performs during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Ken Reilly strings lights on the 14-foot Christmas tree at the California Heritages Museum on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The Main Street Holiday Party is this Saturday, December 3, from 5pm to 9pm.
The “first flush” of the storm drains is an annual event every fall or winter. The first heavy rain causes massive amounts of water and trash to flow out of the storm drains, onto the beach, and hours later, into the ocean. As a result, there is an enormous amount of plastic and urban runoff that is brought to the coastline, and this month was no different. After the first heavy rainfall hit the Los Angeles area this morning of November 21, garbage lodged in catch basins from all over the city was shuttled to the ocean shore. Santa Monica High School's Team Marine and Heal the BaySurfrider Club are quick on the scene. The groups ventured to the storm drains to collect samples, survey the damage, and start cleaning up. Club members are testing ocean water for fecal indicator bacteria, while Team Marine assessed the state of plastic pollution on the shore and will perform an emergency beach cleanup after school.
The Shopping Cart Tree by Artist Anthony Schmitt, is being constructed this week at the Edgemar Center on Main Street Santa Monica. The holiday tree is constructed from 86 shopping carts and is 33 feet tall. Schmitt uses shopping carts because they are a symbol both of abundance and a reminder of those less fortunate.
With respect, honor and gratitude, Happy Veteran's Day from the Armed Services Memorial at Palisades Park, Friday, November 11, 2016. Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedom. The Santa Monica Veterans Memorial is a unique memorial consisting of 5 granite columns representing each branch of the United States Armed Forces. The memorial is designed to cast shadows and line up across a pathway every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (which is when the Armistice for WWI was signed).