Providence Saint John’s Health Center Presents “Living Well–Aging Well” Lectures

Providence Saint John’s will present a free educational forum to the community in two sessions on March 20 and March 22. Lecture topics presented by Providence Saint John’s Health Center clinicians and guest speakers include: Keynote speaker Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM aging, living and dying well. Other speakers will discuss how to maintain cognitive health as you age; your senses and aging: hearing, seeing well and kinesthetic sense — core strength, muscle mass, balance and exercise. The program includes a question and answer panel discussion.

On March 20, Brian Madden, M.D., medical director of the palliative care program, Providence Saint John’s and associate clinical faculty and the John Wayne Cancer Institute at the hospital will moderate and provide an introduction. Susan Howland, MSG, Director of Education with Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, will speak on maintaining cognitive health as you age and The Healthy Brain Initiative. Keynote Speaker: Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM, founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health and professor emeritus of medicine and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University will speak about whole person care — “Aging, Living and Dying Well.” Dr. Byock is author of a number of books including, “The Four Things That Matter Most — A Book about Living and The Best Care Possible.”

On March 22, Susan Howland, MSG, will repeat her lecture. Nathan Pierce, M.D., Providence Saint John’s otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, an affiliate of Providence Health & Services will discuss “Hearing” including hearing loss, balance, vertigo and Meniere’s disease. Thomas Hanscom, M.D., Providence Saint John’s ophthalmologist and retina specialist, will discuss “Seeing Well,” that is, common age-related eye disease including macular degeneration. Jennifer Unterreiner, DPT, OCS, CLT orthopedic specialist, Performance Therapy at PSJHC will explain “Kinesthetic Sense,” core strength, balance, muscle mass, and exercise.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Please call (310) 829-8453 for reservations. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 22, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library, Main Library (The library is not a program sponsor.) 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Submitted by Michele Bonant



Soundwaves concert

On Thursday March 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes pianist Vicki Ray to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

This concert is a preview of selections from Ms. Ray’s upcoming performance on the PianoSpheres series at Zipper Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, entitled “ec(Static): New Music for Piano and Electronics.” It features compositions by Fay Kueen Wang, Sarah Reid, Joshua Carro, Daniel Corral, Nobuyoshi Tanaka, and Pierre Jodlowski.

Vicki Ray is one of Los Angeles’ leading performers of contemporary piano music, faculty at CalArts, and a member of the EAR Unit and Xtet. She has appeared with the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale and on the Green Umbrella and Monday Evening Concerts series, among many other prestigious engagements. She recently released an album of free improvisation with her brother, slide guitarist Scot Ray. This is her second Soundwaves appearance. For more information see

Founded in 1994, PianoSpheres presents a core group of four pianists plus a guest artist in annual recitals. It is one of the pillars of the LA classical music scene. This year is the start of a collaboration between PianoSpheres and the Santa Monica Public Library/Soundwaves to present free Westside previews of their regular Downtown concerts. For more information, see

Soundwaves is a concert series presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

Submitted by Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian


11th St.

Artist Talk & Reception

Open now in the Fireside Room: KNOW, LOVE, DO: Changing Nature and Us, the work of artist Christian Kasperkovitz (aka Elkpen). A Los Angeles-based artist, Elkpen looks for novel ways to talk about nature to a wide audience. Employing context and site specificity, her premise is that seeing things in unexpected ways helps deepen a viewer’s connection to content and hopefully build bridges to conservation values. She creates messages about natural history stories using the shorthand of pictographs, graphic lettering arrangements, and humor in formats that range from matchbooks to street art to large scale wall drawings. Her work has been shown and installed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Florida, Canada and Mexico. The event will be held on Sunday March 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m. In the Fireside Room.

You can see more of her work at or on Instagram @elkpen

Submitted by Tina Gage, Communications Director First United Methodist Church & Preschool



Visual Artist Jen Stark Tunnels into Downtown Santa Monica with 2nd Largest Sculpture To-Date

The portal is open. Los Angeles-based visual artist Jen Stark has brought her vibrant fractal-bending, pattern-echoing artistic style to the public in Downtown Santa Monica’s Triangle Square. Installed Wednesday, February 21, the outdoor sculpture titled Tunnel Vision is Stark’s second largest and uses repeating rings to present both polychromatic and monochromatic visual systems in one dynamic piece. The addition is the latest installment for DTSM, Inc. and the City of Santa Monica Art Commission’s public art initiative ROAM Santa Monica, created to activate the public real and expand cultural offerings in Downtown Santa Monica. Stark’s art is featured at institutions across the globe including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in her hometown Miami.

Tunnel Vision is an optical double entendre comprised of a 20 ft. linear series of 10 waterjet-cut aluminum rings, each 5 ft. in diameter and coated with a metal semi-gloss paint. Onlookers can experience Stark’s signature kaleidoscopic style in rainbow or black and white, depending on which side of the installation they’re engaging. The shifting gradient of circles and colors revealed in aligning the sculpture’s rings explores Stark’s musings in nature and patterns in evolution, geography, and sacred geometry. Tunnel Vision will run indefinitely through time and space.

Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983 and received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, majoring in fibers with a minor in animation. Since then, Stark has realized exhibitions globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami, among others. Her artwork is driven by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, and mimetic topographies. Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement. The resulting works often resemble organic, molecular, cloud-like structures, and are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and the implausible designs found in nature.

Triangle Square is located on the Colorado Esplanade and Third Street, adjacent to the Sears building and Santa Monica Place.

Submitted by Ryan Porter, Jeff Wagner Agency



Watercolor exhibit

Thirty nine years ago the Small World Book Shop and Sidewalk Café hosted the first showing of Susan Weinberg’s Venice/Santa Monica watercolor paintings. She painted almost 250 of them during the years 1979-1980, recording the activity at the Venice Pavilion, the music on the Boardwalk, and the disco skaters, along with the background architecture. Now she is having a retrospective show in the same venue, opening on March 15, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. – the same night as the Venice Art Crawl – hosted by the Venice Chamber of Commerce, and running for two months.

The theme of the retrospective is “How it was then, how it is now” which examines how the beach scene has changed over time.

Weinberg has grown older and she lost the studio due to a fire but she is still the same inside. She hung on to that studio until 2015 but it’s loss did not stop her. She is gone from the beach now, but she is still in Santa Monica, and is still painting.

The night of the opening will be a fun night, with food and wine, music, and all the activity of the people who have come to Venice for the Art Crawl. Weinberg’s friend, Annie Siqueiros, will be dressed as a clown, playing with the people. Weinberg is inviting any of the old-time roller skaters to come down with their boom boxes in an attempt to recreate the feeling of the 70’s, when life was easy and fun, costs were low, and time was always available.

There will be a slide show running in the Book Shop showing about 60 images. Some of them will be “now and then” with the original watercolors juxtaposed next to current photography of that particular scene today.

Mary Goodfader still owns the Sidewalk Cafe and Small World Book Store – both dinosaurs and relics from the past – who hang on and keep going. Bob Goodfader had the vision to buy the property 40 some years ago – which had been the old Venice Gas House and the block next to it, right on the Boardwalk in the center of Venice.

The show will run for two months and there will be smaller prints of the paintings available for sale. It will also be possible to custom order giclees of the original paintings, reproductions of the originals, in many different sizes.

Weinberg will be on hand for the opening, painting a new watercolor of a current scene that shows how the Now compares to the Then which is portrayed in one of the historic watercolors.

Submitted by Steve Weinberg



Malibu Summer Day Camps Open for Registration April 2

The City of Malibu Community Services Department will offer over 35 day camps, running from June 11 to August 9, sign ups open boys and girls ages 3-13 starting on Monday, April 2. A variety of sports, enrichment and surf camps will be offered to the community during the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District summer break.

Various enrichment camps offer boys and girls the opportunity to have fun while learning about science, music, baking, art, nature, and more.

Sports camps will also be offered to those with a desire to learn a new sport, as well as those wanting to improve their skills and learn more advanced techniques. Sports camps will be offered for basketball, baseball, flag football, volleyball and tennis. Sports camps will be presented in a fun and invigorating training environment and offer the core skills of each sport to ensure correct instruction by many Malibu High School Coaches.

The famous Aspects Surf Camp will be back for its 10th year to offer eight weeks of Surf Camp for kids ages 7-13 at Surfrider Beach, Tower 3. Instructors will provide superior instruction and a dynamic curriculum with a low participant to instructor ratio.

Newly designed for 2018, the City’s series of “Itty Bitty Camps” are open for kids ages 3-6 and are instructed by Parker-Anderson. The camps offer young campers the opportunity to select from enrichment camps every week, including “Animal Adventures,” “All Things Art,” “Adventure Week,” “Weird & Wacky Science” and more.

For more information visit or to register online, visit

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff, Malibu Media Information Officer


Olympic Blvd.

Activists lend their voices 4 Oceans March 22

On Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m., adventurers and extreme athletes will come together for Voices 4 Oceans, a storytelling event hosted by The 5 Gyres Institute at the Moss Theater, located at the New Roads School’s Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica, CA.

The three-part event includes a silent auction, live show and VIP dessert reception with music curated by Chris Douridas, KCRW’s legendary DJ, throughout the evening. Attendees will hear from renowned storytellers such as captain Pete Bethune of Earth Race Conservation, Alison Teal, TIME magazine’s “female Indiana Jones” and world record-breaking paddle-boarder Shilpika Gautam.

During the silent auction, guests will enjoy light bites from Mar Vista’s Little Fatty restaurant and chocolates from Alter Eco, as well as Karl Strauss beer, Rosenthal Estate Wines, and Pau Maui Vodka + Reed’s Ginger Beer Moscow Mules. After the live show, the exclusive VIP reception will feature Rosenthal Estate Wines sparkling wine and Alter Eco desserts. The event is generously sponsored by Everything But Water, Nordic Naturals, Rothy’s and Starboard, with artwork donated by Renee Lawter of Eyerus.

“Voices 4 Oceans is a celebration of our 10-year anniversary but the event also commemorates the kick-off of our North Star goal to stop the flow of plastic pollution from source to sea by 2028 ,” said Rachel Sarnoff, Executive Director, 5 Gyres Institute.

All proceeds from the event will support the 5 Gyres’ mission to end the global health crisis of plastic pollution. For more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit

New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Blvd.

Since 2010, the 5 Gyres Institute has researched plastic in all five main subtropical gyres; in 2014, the organization published the first global estimate of surface pollution, finding 5.25 trillion particles weighing in at 270,000 tons of “plastic smog” worldwide. The 5 Gyres study on microbead pollution in the Great Lakes inspired a two-year collaborative campaign that culminated in the 2015 law which made these plastics illegal nationwide. In 2018 the organization will embark on its 19th Expedition, to research microplastic pollution and zero-waste solutions in Indonesia. 5 Gyres is a science-to-solutions focused non-profit dedicated to a planet free of plastic pollution. More information is at

Submitted by Janette Rizk




Stay Noisy: Satellite Sisters Panel on Speaking Up/Making Change

Santa Monica Public Library presents Stay Noisy, a panel discussion with Satellite Sisters Lian Dolan and Liz Dolan, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 2:00 pm in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Lian Dolan and Liz Dolan, from the award-winning Satellite Sisters podcast, host a panel of women from business, entertainment and sports to talk about their careers – the highlights, lowlights and lessons they have learned about the importance of speaking up and making change.

Liz Dolan will share lessons from her executive days as CMO at NIKE, The Oprah Winfrey Network, National Geographic Channels and Fox International Channels. Sara Fischer is Head of Production at Shonda Rimes’ groundbreaking production company Shondaland. Sara oversees all of Shondaland’s series that are currently in production, which include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder”. Lee Ann Daly is Chairman, North America of The Talent Business, a global retained search firm that places senior international creative executives in C suite roles. Daly is recognized for her brand-building creative leadership as CMO at ESPN, Reuters and Thomson Reuters Markets.

The panel will be moderated by Lian Dolan, Satellite Sister and best-selling novelist, veteran broadcaster and speaker. Attendees are invited to bring their own Stay Noisy stories and questions for this live taping of the Satellite Sisters podcast. This event is part of the Women’s History Month celebration presented by the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women. For more information on the Satellite Sisters podcast, go to

This program is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10 and 18. The Expo Line and Big Blue Bus lines 2, 3, R3 and 9 stop nearby. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

Barbara Chang Fleeman, Public Services Librarian

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