Food

Dog for all seasons

4th of July weekend is obviously the time to celebrate all things American. And what can be more American than the hot dog? After all, it's the literal melting pot of meat, reconstituted, grilled up, slathered in mustard and thrown in between a bun. Unfortunately Santa Monica is a heath conscious community and a subsequent wiener... Read more →

Life

Ferris wheel Mozart

File photo SM PIER — You round the bend on the Pacific Coast Highway, watch the Pacific Wheel dancing in the sunset, and see a lightshow. Dana Wyatt hears music. Wyatt, director of Operations at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, programs each frame of each light show like an animator drawing a cartoon. Each show is created to... Read more →

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Patriotic parade to fill Main Street

File photoFESTIVE: Many in the Fourth of July Parade are known to dress up in silly costumes for the occasion. (Fabian Lewkowicz santamonicacloseup.com) MAIN STREET — Santa Monica's one and only parade will fill Main Street on July 4 and organizers are encouraging residents to come down to enjoy the floats, music, horses, vintage fire... Read more →

Life

New pastor brings national experience to local church

Rev. Eric C. Shafer SUNSET PARK — Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is welcoming Rev. Eric C. Shafer as its new Senior Pastor with an official installation ceremony on July 13. Shafer, who began work in Santa Monica on April 1, has had a long and fruitful career in the church. He said coming to Santa Monica fulfilled a long-time goal of... Read more →

Events

Movie night to support women’s issues

DOWNTOWN Local Soroptimists are hoping Santa Monican's in the mood for a movie on Saturday night will look beyond the summer blockbusters and buy a ticket for their LUNAFEST fundraiser. The event features nine short films by, for and about women. Proceeds from the event support Soroptimist programs locally and contribute towards a national... Read more →

Entertainment

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Santa Monica joins Make Music Los Angeles

Courtesy photo On Saturday, June 21, Santa Monica will feature a variety of performances in parks across the city. This will be the third year Santa Monica celebrates Make Music Los Angeles/MMLA, a countywide celebration of music. The event is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. In... Read more →

Entertainment

14th Annual Summer SOULstice returns June 22

This Sunday, June 22, the Main Street Business Improvement Association will host their 14th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival on Main Street. The festival will include live music, food, sidewalk sales, and shopping. Musical acts Black Crystal Wolf Kids, The Paul Chesne Band, the Neil Young tribute band, 'Neil Deal', and the reggae-rock band,... Read more →

Life

Locals hope to ‘Do Rich Things’

Photo courtesy Do Rich Things When Clifford Leonard says “do rich things,” he hopes people take it as an inspiration to do more than seek money. He hopes the message, as promoted in his new Santa Monica-based clothing line, prompts locals to seek happiness and lead a good life. The company, called Do Rich Things, came to life in... Read more →

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East Coast transplant takes root in local arts culture

Jules Muck Jules Muck has become a fixture on the local arts scene but her presence on the Westside has as much to do with gas prices as it does the value of art. An East Coast native, she was traveling cross country when she ran out of gas on Electric Avenue. She adapted to the situation, living in her car as part of a homeless... Read more →

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German-American Club is the real deal

Families and friends cheer after Germany scored their fourth goal against Portugal Monday morning in the World Cup. (Paul Alvarez) LINCOLN BLVD — It is surprising, and perhaps it shouldn’t be, that many of the members of the German American Club maintain their German accents. One might expect a room full of Americans of... Read more →