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Free costumes for kids

The Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club, with the help of Malibu toymaker Jakk’s Pacific, Inc., will be giving away 10,000 Halloween costumes today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in an effort to help working families who are struggling during the economic recession. Brandon LaBrie, the branch director, said kids will be able to pick out their... Read more →

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Festival honors female filmmakers

DOWNTOWN — When director, producer and writer Patricia DiSalvo Viayra began working on her first film, she sent out an advertisement searching for a cinematographer. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of people she contacted, only one woman responded amid scores of men. “I just thought it was unusual that there were no other women... Read more →

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Businesses coming back to Montana

MONTANA AVENUE — There’s a resurgence taking place at one of the high-end shopping districts on the Westside where the lease signs are disappearing from the windows and the credit cards are reappearing. Following a challenging year during which more than 30 businesses — or 15 percent of the total merchants on Montana... Read more →

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Sports bar forced to scale back

CITY HALL — A popular sports bar on Wilshire Boulevard will be cutting back its hours and could have to turn people away even though there may be empty seats after neighbors expressed frustrations with the behavior of patrons and the noise the establishment creates. The Planning Commission last week ordered owners of The Parlor, located... Read more →

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Get your pet chipped

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is hosting a free Pet Fair and Chip-a-thon Saturday, Aug. 1 at Clover Park to help pet owners register their cats and dogs with micro chipping. The event, which will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will also host a variety of other activities including low-cost vaccinations and dog training demonstrations.... Read more →

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Red Cross offers bilingual CPR classes

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica will host the 12th annual Super CPR, offering free adult and child CPR classes Saturday. Held at Ken Edwards Center on Fourth Street, the training day will be divided into two four-hour classes held in both English and Spanish. After passing the course, a Red Cross certificate is available for $5.... Read more →

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Coastal Commission approves Travelodge project

DOWNTOWN — A proposal to build a new Travelodge on Ocean Avenue cleared one final hurdle last week when the California Coastal Commission gave the project the green light, allowing construction to finally begin this fall. The project, which includes tearing down the existing Pacific Sands Motel and adjacent Travelodge to construct a... Read more →

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Landmarking revoked for former mayor’s home

CITY HALL — A few dozen pleas to preserve a 57-year-old ocean-front building were not enough to sway the City Council on Tuesday from revoking a landmark designation of the home of Santa Monica’s first female mayor. Following a roughly hour-long public hearing featuring testimony from more than 30 speakers, the council voted to... Read more →