Fat-free gifts for foodies

What am I going to give so-and-so for the holidays? That is the universal question this time of year. Whether it’s for your assistant the java junkie, your friend the baker, or your brother-in-law the grill master, there are plenty of food-related gift ideas guaranteed not to be re-gifted. Chocolates, snack mixes, tubs of popcorn are... Read more →


Kids getting prepared

MAIN LIBRARY — City Hall’s Office of Emergency Management has completed an emergency preparedness activity guide for kids as a fun way for them and their families to be prepared for emergencies like an earthquake or fire. Included in the activity guide are tips, fun games and activities, and steps to create a family emergency plan and... Read more →


Santa Monican takes in 68 dogs after hoarder busted

PALS: Tawny with her friend Blessing.  Blessing is a golden retriever rescued wandering in the Palm Springs desert two years ago. (Photo courtesy Carole Hart) MONTANA AVE  — “Can you take six dogs?” Jean McCoy’s friend asked her in October. Animal Control officers had just busted a family of dog hoarders in Westlake and a few... Read more →


New rape survivor support group to meet Friday

DOWNTOWN — Polly Johnson spent years avoiding discussion about rape but now she’s going right at it. Johnson formed a rape survivors group, Face-2-Face, which will meet for the first time this Friday at the First Presbyterian Church on Second Street. The UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica is known for its world-class treatment and... Read more →

Community Profiles

Meals on Wheels legend Regalbuto retires

RoseMary Regalbuto (Brandon Wise PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — RoseMary Regalbuto worked with Meals on Wheels West for 27 years, thousands of days, but one of her most memorable was her third. She retired from her position as president and CEO last week. “After three days in the office I felt ready to go on a delivery... Read more →


The Better Option: Pho-get about it

Catherine An (right) of the Tiato Market Garden Cafe. (Merv Hecht Tiato, pronounced tea-ah-tow, owned and operated by Catherine An, is a restaurant-bar garden and venue space. Many of Tiato’s menu items have been chosen to honor her mother’s philosophy that “one should eat what tastes good and healthy,” while... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Celebrating 75 years of Laemmle

I’m not the kind of person who seeks out the latest sci-fi, special effects, shoot ’em up, vampire love story or superhero action movie. I prefer my films smart, quiet and emotionally touching, screened in familiar surroundings. That, to me, means Laemmle’s Monica 4, my home movie house, although I also frequent The Royal, newly... Read more →


Play Time: Ramble through 16th century Spain

Coco Blignaut (left) and Tsulan Cooper in 'God's Gypsy,' now playing at the Lillian Theater. In the new film “Saving Mr. Banks,” Walt Disney devotes 20 years to trying to persuade P.L. Travers to let him make a movie of her classic children’s book “Mary Poppins.” She finally does, but with the condition that she work with the... Read more →