Recreation

Supporting the Generation of the Future

SMC - Students at Santa Monica College, who are perhaps already on the younger end of the generation spectrum, are already focused on helping those even younger with the volunteer group Generation of the Future. The organization, founded by Santa Monica College student Trae Smith, helps and inspires young students from the ages of 4 to 15 to... Read more →

Travel

Barging in Burgundy

Good food, good wine, good company, the rolling hills of Burgundy and tranquility. That's what we found aboard the barge l'Impressioniste as we slowly cruised the historic Burgundy Canal in Eastern France. Unlike cruises on board ocean-going ships with hundreds or even thousands of passengers, a cruise on a European Waterways (EW) barge is... Read more →

Recreation

Mixed reviews for outdoor fitness regulations

PALISADES PARK — A pilot ordinance that restricts group exercise in the parks is a success to some and a bust to others, according to a report from City Hall released on Thursday. There’s been a notable reduction in the amount of commercial fitness training in the parks and grass has grown back in the areas where the training is... Read more →

Travel

Venice (Venezia) and Florence (Firenze)

My first experience in Venice involved waiting on a dock for a water taxi to pick me up from the Venice Airport and being extremely aware that I didn't know a word of Italian. Worse yet, I had no idea how to act like I knew what I was doing. Thankfully, the vaporetto (my first Italian word!) soon arrived and hurdle number one was crossed. I... Read more →

Life

Ax murderers and the civic auditorium in 1913

LONG AGO — To give a sense of how hot the civic auditorium issue was for Santa Monicans a century ago, here are the headlines and sub-headlines for a single Los Angeles Times article in July of 1914: “DECAPITATED BY MURDERER” “Woman Mangled With Ax; Police Hunt Husband” “Marriage License, Torn Up, Found Near Body” “Voters... Read more →

Life

Novena celebration marks 102 years of history at St. Anne’s

PICO BLVD — A century of tradition is currently on display at St. Anne's Church and Shrine. For 102 years, the congregation has celebrated the Novena, a multi-day celebration honoring the church's namesake. Members of the church are currently in the middle of the nine-day event and they will mark its conclusion with a pair of public... Read more →

Entertainment

TCS a homecoming show for Cayucas

SM PIER - If you listen to The Cayucas it's hard to imagine them playing anywhere but on a pier. The beachy indie-pop band will co-headline the third installment of the Twilight Concert Series, which starts at 7 p.m. on the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night. The concert series is free to the public and in it's 30th year. The Cayucas, a... Read more →

Life

Relay teams ready for day-long walk to fight cancer

Relay for Life will hold its annual 24-hour fundraiser July 26-27 at Santa Monica College. During the event, teams organize to walk continuously for the entire 24 hours around a track. During the walk, special events are held to honor cancer survivors, victims and as additional fundraisers. Teams solicit sponsorships prior to beginning the... Read more →

Life

Barnyard Madness at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background,... Read more →