The Santa Monica Police Department is collecting gently used handbags filled with basic toiletries and a $15.00 gift card. Once collected, these handbags will be given to local domestic violence agencies for distribution to women who are escaping abuse.

For emergencies and crimes in progress, call 9-1-1

To report all suspicious activity, immediately call 310-458-8491


Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Chief of Police




Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 07:00PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment


The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present “The Great God Pan” Oct. 16-25 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 

In “The Great God Pan” – a haunting play by Amy Herzog – up-and-coming journalist Jaime’s life is going great, but when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. This unsettling, deeply compassionate, and intimate performance tells the tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is suddenly revealed. The SMC production is directed by Dr. Adrianne Harrop. 

Please note: This theatrical performance contains adult subject matter, and may not be suitable for younger audiences. 

Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 and 23, and on Saturday, Oct. 17 and 24. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, and on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25. A preview is scheduled at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. 

Advance tickets range from $12 to $15 ($8 for preview), plus a service charge, and can be purchased by going to www.smc.edu/eventsinfo or by calling (310) 434-4319 or (310) 434-3005 Monday through Friday. Tickets are $3 higher at the door. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends.

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 04:17PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment

“Join the Celebration” at Special Olympics Southern California’s Annual Pier Del Sol Fundraiser

Special Olympics Southern California invites you to “Join the Celebration” at its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park.

Pier del Sol features Chef Alain Giraud’s VIP Brunch with spectacular cuisine from 35 of LA’s best restaurants, including Maison Giraud, Melisse, Spago, Mistral, and Providence. 

VIP Tickets are $150 each or $500 for five and include access to the VIP Brunch, unlimited rides, and 12 game tickets. Child VIP tickets are $50 (ages 5 - 12 and are only available at the door).  General Admission tickets are $60 and include unlimited rides, ten game tickets, and a meal coupon for Pacific Park’s food plaza. 

The event will feature music, entertainment, all the rides and games of Pacific Park, and prizes. Attendees will have their chance to bid on fabulous silent auction prize packages from shopping sprees to local entertainment. Participants will also enjoy arts and crafts, karaoke, and cupcake decorating.

“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. “This year’s theme ‘Join the Celebration’ embodies the inclusive environment that Special Olympics strives for, and we hope the public will continue to come out and enjoy the food, rides, games, and supporting Special Olympics at the historic Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park.”

Special Olympics will honor Joshua Grode, partner at Irell & Manella, LLP and a member of Special Olympics Southern California’s Board of Directors, at the event. Grode has been a board member since 2012. 

“The support and enthusiasm our Board of Directors brings to Special Olympics Southern California is extraordinary,” said Shumard. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the efforts of Joshua Grode, and all of our board members that go above and beyond to support people with intellectual disabilities.” 

The 2015 Honorary Chef for Pier del Sol is Chef Alain Giraud, of Maison Giraud in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles. Chef Giraud is the inaugural honoree, and as the honoree, the VIP Brunch is named after him. He has participated at Pier del Sol since the inception of the fundraiser in 1997. Year-after-year, Chef Giraud has presented dishes that enlighten fundraiser attendees with French tradition infused with California’s farm to table lifestyle. 

Handfuls of celebrities and sports figures will visit the pier for the fundraiser, with Maria Shriver and Bobby Shriver attending as honorary chairs. Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised nearly $8 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 19,625 Special Olympics Southern California athletes. 

The presenting sponsors for the event are Wells Fargo and Westfield. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.sosc.org/pierdelsol.

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 05:45PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Chamber Present Hack the Beach: The Contest

The City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce have partnered with local businesses to create a series of events titled Hack the Beach: The Contest. Hack the Beach: The Contest aims to bring together local technologists to build solutions addressing sense of community, citizen engagement, and mobility in Santa Monica. Much more than a hackathon, Hack the Beach: The Contest is a series of events, spanning from October 2015 to January 2016, allowing members of the public to submit proposals for apps, software, technology, processes, and/or tools to help Santa Monica improve in strategically significant areas.

Hack the Beach: The Contest is open to any Santa Monica resident. A kickoff event will be held at General Assembly on October 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Detailed applications will begin to be accepted on October 9, coinciding with another Hack the Beach event hosted at Expert Dojo from 10:00am to 1:00pm, during which interested parties may interact with judges and city officials in order to gain a deeper understanding of the strategic initiatives, learn more about the contest, and/or have questions answered about the application process.

Chief Information Officer Jory Wolf explains, “We have long been proponents of building public/private partnerships. The City is fortunate to have many resources at our disposal, but we can do even more to serve the public by partnering with our incredible local talent pool.”

More information about Hack the Beach: The Contest, including the ability to submit preliminary applications of interest and sign up to attend one of the upcoming events may be found at hackthebeach.com.

Hack the Beach is a collaborative effort between the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and the following partners from the local technology and business sectors: Cross Campus, Downtown Santa Monica, Expert DOJO, General Assembly, Santa Monica Pier, and WeWork.

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 05:26PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment


Introducing the first-ever OFF THE HOOK Santa Monica Seafood Festival, a seafood tasting and community awareness event on the Santa Monica Pier in celebration of National Seafood Month. The event will take place on Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 from 3-7 p.m., and bring the city's finest chefs together to present dishes with their favorite underwater ingredients while raising funds and awareness for the sustainable seafood movement through a partnership with the Aquarium of the Pacific's Seafood for the Future program.


Presented by Shock Top, attendees will enjoy all-you-can-eat seafood tastings, beer gardens, live music, interactive displays, cooking demos, oyster shucking competition, educational programming, with topics such as "What is 'Local' Seafood," "History of Fishing on the Pier," "How We Can Support Local Fisherman" and "Understanding Where Your Fish Comes From," as well as other marine-inspired activities.


"We're very excited to have OFF THE HOOK at the Pier," said Jay Farrand, Santa Monica Pier Administrator. "Sustainability is a critical topic and OFF THE HOOK is a great way to bring the community together and get the discussion started on how we approach seafood more responsibly."  


Participating restaurants include The Lobster, Geoffrey's Malibu, Catch, Del Frisco's Grille, FIG Santa Monica, The Farm, Il Grano, Gladstone's, James Beach, Bubba Gump, The Albright, Manchego, Whiskey Red's, Rusty's Surf Ranch and more. Other exhibitors include Santa Monica Seafood, Santa Monica Aquarium, Bulletproof Coffee, Boxed Water, Gardein, The Jolly Oyster and Moet ICE.


"We need to eat more of the right kinds of seafood to support human and ocean health," said Kim Thompson, Program Manager for Seafood for the Future. "We are delighted to partner with OFF THE HOOK to highlight and celebrate the important role that local seafood from well-managed wild-capture fisheries and environmentally responsible aquaculture play in the bigger picture of responsible seafood!"


Tickets are $60 in advance, which includes unlimited food tastings, beer, wine and champagne tastings and access to the main stage with live music and the educational pavilion. The Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge tickets are $90 in advance and includes access to the VIP Lounge presented by Santa Monica Seafood, ATOD Magazine and Fresh Wata with reserved seating, curated cocktails by Green Bar Distillery, beer, wine, raw bar, chef demos and more.


OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored by Shock Top, Spin PR Group, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly, ATOD Magazine, Time Out LA, Angeleno Magazine, Yelp, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica Free Ride, Bulletproof Coffee, Fresh Wata, Boxed Water, Cheeky, Green Bar Distillery, Santa Monica Seafood and Moet & Chandon Champagne.


A portion of proceeds will benefit Seafood For the Future to raise awareness for the sustainable seafood movement. Tickets are available now at www.offthehookseafoodfest.com



Seafood for the Future is the Aquarium of the Pacific's nonprofit seafood advisory program. The program works with a network of seafood suppliers, fishermen, aquaculture producers, chefs and restaurateurs as well as representatives from the government, academia, and NGO sectors to promote healthy and responsible seafood choices. Learn more at www.SeafoodfortheFuture.org.

Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 06:46PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment