ICE at Santa Monica summons winter chill, thrill back

It's time again for Angelenos to embrace what those on the Eastern seaboard cannot - ice-skating in short sleeves! The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica is frosting over on Nov. 1 with the return of ICE at Santa Monica, the Westside's premier ice-skating venue and holiday gathering spot. Operated by Downtown... Read more →


Family picnic tailgate at Santa Monica College Oct. 31

Santa Monica College will host a Family Picnic Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 31. The free community event leading up to the SMC Corsairs 2015 Homecoming Game offers activities for all ages and features a DJ, carnival games with Halloween-themed prizes, balloon artists, free glitter and henna 'tattoos,' face painting, and more. Kids are... Read more →


Westside Family Health Center will open clinic in West LA

Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) will open a new clinic in West Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The site at 11101 Venice Boulevard, just east of Sepulveda Boulevard at S. Bentley Avenue, is currently operated by the Women's Clinic & Family Counseling Center (Women's Clinic), which is closing its medical practice in late... Read more →


Dread the downpour or welcome the water?

With 80-degree temperatures persisting in Santa Monica this fall, it might not seem like wet weather is around the corner. But it's becoming clear to scientists and climate experts that El Ni√±o is probably going to impact Southern California this winter. Public officials are urging residents to prepare for rainstorms that could further... Read more →


Animal shelter slashes adoption fees

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter will reduce adoption fees for cats and kittens from Saturday Oct. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 7. Up to two cats or kittens can be adopted for a $30 fee. At least 50 friendly, furry felines are eligible for adoption into forever families. In addition to discounted adoptions, the shelter has partnered up with VCA... Read more →


Special tour of Hercules Campus at the Los Angeles Conservancy

Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a very special tour of the Hercules Campus, the former Hughes Aircraft Company, in Playa Vista on Saturday, October 24. The Conservancy held a tour of this historic campus in 2011, when new owners The Ratkovich Company, had just begun a preservation project to adapt the buildings to new uses. The property... Read more →


Double feature at the planetarium

Two upcoming shows at the planetarium in Drescher Hall on Oct. 23 are sure to wow. "Dawn Explores the Asteroid Belt" will teach you more about the mission of the Dawn spacecraft, the first probe to orbit two large main belt asteroids - Vesta and Ceres - and what we are learning about them; and a special observing event, "11-Day-Old Moon, a... Read more →


SMMUSD campus treated for flea infestation

An infestation of fleas at Roosevelt Elementary School forced classes to relocate and led to multiple rounds of pest control, not to mention more than a few bites. The combination of heat and humidity apparently helped to transform the campus into breeding grounds for the wingless insects, which live off the blood of mammals and... Read more →


Local wins songwriting contest

Joe Sanders has been named a winner in the John Lennon Contest. According to organizers, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. It is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip... Read more →


Santa Monican receives award from Alma Mater

The Board of Trustees of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation held its fifth annual 1983 Society celebration at Juban's Restaurant in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Sept. 26. This year's event included the second annual 1983 Society Wingspan Awards for Dedication. This award was created to recognize and celebrate the... Read more →



Los Angeles residents petition to reduce helicopter noise

The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC) is filing petitions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish mandatory regulations for helicopter flights in Los Angeles County. According to LAAHNC, this action follows years of talks with helicopter operators that failed to result in any agreement on voluntary... Read more →

City Council

Council wrap-up

At their Oct. 13 meeting, the city council approved a transit heavy consent calendar while regular discussion focused on downtown development. Car share Council approved a pilot car share program that will provide Zipcar with exclusive use of 20 city owned parking spaces. Customers who sign up with Zipcar will be able to use the cars either... Read more →