Santa Monica filmmaker killed in Everest avalanche

Tom Taplin loved Santa Monica. It’s where he lived with his wife, spent time with friends and ran his filmmaking business. The massive earthquake that rocked Nepal over the weekend kept him from returning home. A 61-year-old Denver native who had lived in the beachside city since the 1980s, Taplin was among those killed in a Mt.... Read more →


Hit-and-run leads to DUI arrest (crime watch)

On April 16 at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 32nd and Pearl street in regards to a hit and run that just occurred. A witness described seeing a fleeing suspect park in the driveway of a home on the 2400 block of 32nd Street and run. The suspect was described as a female in her 40s wearing a pink T-shirt... Read more →


Commission recognizes Hellman House, Shangri-La Hotel

The Landmarks Commission agreed last week that a Swiss Chalet-style house is worth protecting and that some oral history about the Shangri-La Hotel deserves recognition. Hellman House The so-called Hellman House, a two-story Craftsman with a unique Swiss Chalet look, got a quick Landmark designation from the commission last week,... Read more →


CASA seeking volunteers to help foster youth

There are about 28,000 foster kids in the Los Angeles area and 80 percent of them go without the support they need. They might go without a guide through the court process, or without an advocate overseeing their education, or without an adult taking interest in their lives, even for a moment, to build self-esteem. Those who work in the... Read more →


Doctors orchestra to perform at New Roads

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater with an exciting program entitled "The Four B's," featuring the brilliant technique and sensitive musicality of pianist Hye-Won Choi. The concert is Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. The program includes the Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op 62,  Bruckner: March... Read more →


Learn green living at city workshops

Learn what you can do on a personal level to live more sustainably while connecting with your neighbors and community. Join a free workshop offered by the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Sustainable Works. Learn ways to save money, positively impact your family, community, and ultimately the... Read more →


Mock party to give parents a glimpse into underage drinking

This Saturday, Santa Monica parents are invited to take part in an event intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties. The #ItsTooEasy Reality Party will offer parents a tour of a mock teen house party, where student volunteers act out realistic scenes, including drinking games, common peer... Read more →


Arts & Literacy Festival set for Saturday

Join organizers for a free Family Arts & Literacy Festival, where books come to life, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd. The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes Cradle to Career's Kindergarten Readiness Campaign. Spend the day reading and making art in the park. Dress up as your... Read more →


Santa Monica Oceanaires to perform at Paul Revere

The Santa Monica Oceanaires will present its annual spring show “Radio Days Goes West,” which will be held at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Auditorium on April 25 at 2 p.m. The school is located at 1450 Allenford Ave., in Los Angeles, with free parking. The Oceanaires' spring shows are a fun attraction for the entire family... Read more →