It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Anna Valenzuela

Comedian Anna Valenzuela performs during the Twilight Concert at the#SantaMonicaPier on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 04:28PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

King Solomon the Snake Charmer

King Solomon the Snake Charmer holds a plastic snakes while balancing on a bucket at the #SantaMonica Pier on Monday, August 12, 2019.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:34PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Gino Loffredo

Artist Gino Loffredo @ginoflo paints a mural at Main Street and Pacific #SantaMonica on Friday, August 9, 2019.. The mural was commissioned by Beautify Earth.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:31PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Otomi rag doll of QuerĂ©taro

The Amealco Artisan Doll, better known as the Otomi rag doll, was spotted today at the Santa Monica Pier promoting tourism to #Querétaro#Mexico. The Otomi rag doll, represents the tradition, customs and roots of their native peoples. The doll is an unrepeatable and special craft made by hand, mainly by women from the communities of San Ildefonso Tultepec and Santiago Mexquititlán of the Municipality of Amealco de Bonfil in Querétaro. As an important fact, in Amealco the language of hñähñu is still preserved and the inhabitants wear their traditional clothing with pride The dolls have become like a state craftsmanship with great impact within the Mexican Republic as an international way, which has motivated the municipality of Amealco to have a museum dedicated to them. Its origin is playful, for the smallest of the family and that is why their sizes range from 3 to 45 cm. One of its characteristics is that the artisan women who make and dress the rag dolls are based on representing the notions of the human body, the gender roles and the social structure that exists within the indigenous communities.

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 08:53PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

National Night Out

Highlights from 36th Annual National Night Out at Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday, Aug, 6, 2019. National Night Out is an opportunity for the Santa Monica Police Department to honor the exceptional relationship our police and community share together. This partnership allows the City of Santa Monica to be a safe place to live, work and visit. The event is designed to generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts. It strengthens neighborhood and police-community partnerships and sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Along with showcasing the Department's personnel and equipment, there were local bicycle vendors, driving demonstrations, giant inflatable fire engine slide, rock climbing wall, carnival games, food trucks and more. National Night Out involves over 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 07:20PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Muir Woods

Jane Golden's 1978 "Muir Woods” mural on Olympic High School is being restored, August 6, 2019.

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 09:38AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

COAST TO COAST

Eleven young cyclist (ranging from 16 to 22) arrived at Santa Monica Beach on Monday, August 5, 2019, concluding Overland's bicycle tour, the 'American Challenge.' The challenge began six weeks ago in Savannah, Georgia. The Bicyclist rode more than 3,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, averaging 85 miles per day, while camping out in tents along the way. The cyclists rode over the pier, took off their front tire and raced across the sand and into the ocean celebrating the end of the journey.

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 02:38PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Festival of Chariots

Harre Krishna's hand-pull three fully decorated, 40-foot tall “chariots" along Main Street Santa Monica during the 42nd Annual Festival of Chariots on Sunday, August 4, 2019. The Festival of the Chariots featured free feast for thousands, free entertainment, exhibits and booths all bringing together the finest in Indian culture. The festival celebrates Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, and is put on by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The Festival of the Chariots is now performed in every country across the world and dates back 5 thousand years to Jagannatha Puri, India.

Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 01:47PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint