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Santa Monica Clean Beaches Project

Construction crew works on the Santa Monica Clean Beaches Project at Beach Lot 1, 1550 Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The project entails constructing an underground tank capable of collecting up to 1.6 million gallons of stormwater runoff and brackish groundwater, which the City of Santa Monica will treat for non-potable reuse such as irrigation and toilet flushing. By repurposing stormwater and brackish groundwater, the City of Santa Monica could save up to 560 acre-feet of water per year, or the equivalent of 275 Olympic-size pools. The Santa Monica Clean Beaches Project is anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2018.

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10:58AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California invites you to a unique Oktoberfest experience this year at the 21st annual Pier del Sol fundraiser at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Oktoberfest celebration will be like none other, one that fuses great food and amusement park experiences to benefit Special Olympics Southern California athletes.

Tickets for the event are on sale at www.sosc.org/pierdelsol. This is an exciting and unique day of fun on the historic Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park. At the only food & spirit festival fused with a backyard private amusement park experience, attendees will enjoy 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.”

Here is who is scheduled to bring tasty treats to your taste buds:

Angelini Osteria (with Pier del Sol honorary chef Gino Angelini)
BJs Restaurants (Chef David Vazquez)
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (Chef Kelly Bowers)
Clementine (Chef Annie Miller)
Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream (Chef Don Whittemore)
Dulan’s on Crenshaw Soul Food (Chef Greg Dulan)
El Cholo Los Angeles (Chef Gerardo Ochoa)
Four Stars Private Cuisine (Chef Alain Giraud)
Hache LA (Chef Michael Schepers)
Josette Bistro at Normandie (Chef Josette LeBlond)
Chef Kimmy Tang
LA Prime Restaurant / Westin Bonaventure Hotel (Chefs Joseph Mills & Carlos Bojorquez) 
Luxe Hotel (Chef Olivier Rousselle)
Manhattan House (Chef Juan Torres)
Mari / inside Intercontinental Hotel (Chefs Jonathan Wood & Shane Hosac)
Mariasol (Chef Antonio Centeno)
Melissa's Produce (Chef Tom Fraker)
Melisse and Charcoal Venice (Chef Josiah Citrin)
Mzuma Kitchen and Baklava House (Chef Mualla Bulut)
Pinks Hot Dogs (Chef Richard Pink)
Poke Shack (Chef Casey Parker)
Porta Via (Chef Peter Garland)
Providence and Connie & Ted's (Chef Michael Cimarusti)
Sprinkles (Chef Candace Nelson)
Tanino Ristorante Bar / Via Alloro (Chef Tanino Drago)
Terroni (Chef Stephen Murray)
Upper Crust (Chef Paulo Lopes)
Zapien's Salsa Grill (Chef Marco Zapien)
Wexler's Deli (Chef Micah Wexler)

The VIP Brunch ticket includes unlimited rides to Pacific Park and 12 game booth tickets. The special VIP Brunch will feature amazing food from L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants along with a beach top Beer & Wine Garden as part of this year’s theme, “Oktoberfest.”

Admission to the VIP Brunch is $175 per adult ticket and $75 for children (ages 5 to 12 - available at the door on the day of the event only). Children under five are free, but will not receive a meal/beverage coupon nor game tickets. General admission to the event is $75 per ticket and includes an unlimited ride wristband (valid all day after the event is over until the park closes), eight game booth tickets, and a meal/beverage coupon to be redeemed at the Pacific Park Food Plaza.

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

To purchase tickets, visit SOSC.org/PierDelSol.

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 04:04PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

LA Opera 

LA Opera presents Opera at the Beach, a live broadcast sponsored by Los Angeles County and by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, at the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, October 23, 2017. The season opener of CARMEN, starring Ana Maria Martinez and conducted by James Conlon, broadcasts live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier. #OperaAtTheBeach#Carmen

Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 09:11PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

DJ and the Greenleas

DJ and the Greenleas perform at the Santa Monica Farmers Market at Virginia Avenue Park on Saturday, September 23, 2017. 

Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 08:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

L’ SHANA TOVA

L’ SHANA TOVA! HAPPY JEWISH NEWY YEAR! 5778! Rabbi Levitansky from Chabad in Simcha Monica blows the shofar (Ram's horn) during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of a new year in the Hebrew calendar. The shofar blast marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur.

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 06:42PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY

Today at Santa Monica Beach, Disney was promoting the video release of Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Lies. #TalkLikeAPirateDay #PiratesLife

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 01:12PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Pirates of the Caribbean

HAPPY TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! Today at Santa Monica Beach, Disney was promoting the video release of Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Lies. #TalkLikeAPirateDay #PiratesLife

Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 01:11PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Volunteers pick up trash during Heal the Bay's Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 16, 2017. More than 60 nations participated making this the largest volunteer day on the planet! Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) began in 1985 and has grown into a huge annual event. Every state with a coastline participates, including the Great Lakes states, and even some inland states clean river and lake shores. Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are the Los Angeles County coordinators for the state of California's Coastal Cleanup Day. They bring out over 10,000 volunteers to cleanup sites each year in L.A. County to over 50 sites along Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways. Last year, over 12,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County joined together to pick up over 180,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterway. Coastal Cleanup Day involves individuals, schools, community and company volunteer groups. Volunteers in Los Angeles County typically collect tens of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclable during a three-hour period. By filling out the trash "data cards" during the cleanup, volunteers are helping to identify and stop polluters in the future. Most people clean at the beach and on foot, but there are also special cleanups for inland creeks, boaters, kayakers, and divers. By far the most common item picked up are cigarette butts. Some of the more unusual items found in recent years were a chandelier, a briefcase full of graham crackers, and a bridal gown.

Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 08:39PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint