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ICE at Santa Monica opened today! Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite.

A great location to celebrate the holidays, ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private event cabana, enjoy a first date or sign up for skate lessons. Join the fun and visit Downtown Santa Monica this season to experience ICE.
The cost to skate is $15 and includes skate rental.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm 
Friday: 2:00pm - Midnight 
Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight 
Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

#‎ICEatSM‬ Ice at Santa Monica Grand Opening Celebration

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Mobile Stroke Unit 

The Santa Monica Fire Department respond to an emergency in the new Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) at Ocean Avenue on Monday, October 30, 2017.

As part of a Los Angeles County mobile stroke study, the Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) has teamed up with UCLA to respond to 911 calls for service involving a possible stroke. The project uses a modified ambulance equipped with a mobile CT scanner to diagnose and start treating stroke patients while they are still en-route to the hospital.

The Mobile Stroke Unit is staffed by a medical team from UCLA consisting of a physician, two nurses, a CT scan technician, and a SMFD Firefighter Paramedic. There will be no delay or change in emergency response protocols as a result of the pilot. All calls for service will follow the Fire Department’s normal call protocol. Calls that involve a potential stroke will be augmented with a response by the MSU.

Experts say it is vitally important to begin medication within the crucial first hour after an individual has a stroke.

By restoring blood flow to the brain before a patient arrives at the hospital, mobile stroke units can save lives and prevent long-term brain damage and disability.

The Mobile Stroke Unit will be in service in Santa Monica for approximately 2 years. To recognize signs of a stroke the public is encouraged to learn, FAST, Facial droop, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.

In 2011, the world’s first active mobile stroke unit was deployed in Germany. Since then, mobile stroke units have expanded across the globe. While there are 14 mobile stroke units operating with positive results in states across the United States, no mobile stroke unit is yet operating in the State of California. UCLA and the City of Santa Monica Fire Department have collaborated to implement the first mobile stroke unit in California.

Not only will this be the first mobile stroke unit in the state but thanks to the generous support of Arline and Henry Gluck, it will be the first in the nation to be supported by a public-private partnership. On June 20, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to fund a mobile stroke unit pilot program in Los Angeles County. The Supervisors’ motion directs $1.46 million to expand the mobile stroke unit pilot program run by UCLA Health. The funding comes from the County of Los Angeles Measure B, a parcel tax funding source dedicated to supporting emergency and trauma services.

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 02:17PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

All YouCan Carry Pumpkin Patch for $5.00

People carry pumpkins down a 25-foot runway during the annual 'All YouCan Carry Pumpkin Patch for $5.00' at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

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Los Angeles DodgersPacific Park Ferris Wheel, #SantaMonicaPier, Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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Tuku Iho 

Tuku Iho perform traditional song and dance at the Santa Monica Pier, Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Join Tuku Iho for an unprecedented opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s Māori culture at the Rose Room in Venice Beach on October 23 through November 2, 2017. Visitors will experience Tā moko – the art of Māori tattoo, carving demonstrations, and live Kapa haka performing arts alongside a selection of contemporary Māori artworks handcrafted by students and teachers from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Don’t miss this unforgettable sensory journey through the spirit and legacy of one of the world’s most unique peoples.

#NZ #TukuIho #KapaHaka #LivingLegacy

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Decorating pumpkins at the #SantaMonica Santa Monica Farmers Market on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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Samantha Vega Photo Shoot 

Samantha Vega photo shoot today at #SantaMonica Beach on Sunday, October 15, 2017. #SAMANTHAVEGA

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Highlights from Special Olympics Southern California Oktoberfest at the 21st annual Pier del Sol fundraiser at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.  Attendees enjoyed an exclusive VIP Brunch featuring mouthwatering tastings from some of L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants, complete with a beach top beer & wine garden, entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, and unlimited rides.

“Pier del Sol is a family, fun day for the community, our Special Olympics athletes, and supporters of our movement,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “The funds raised help us serve more athletes, changing their lives, the lives of their families, and of the community.”

This year’s Honorary Chef is Gino Angelini, from one of the area’s hottest restaurants, Angelini Osteria. He has been a dedicated supporter and friend of Special Olympics Southern California for the past 14 years. The Pier del Sol honoree for 2017 will be Pacific Park CEO Mary Ann Powell. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Maria Shriver and Bobby Shriver.

“Special Olympics does incredible work. I respect that 89-percent of the money raised goes directly to provide activities for the athletes,” said Gino. “I am not an athlete, but being honored by Special Olympics is similar to winning an Olympic gold medal. I am very honored.”

Presenting sponsors of this year’s event is Westfield, JAKKS Cares and Wells Fargo.

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