The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is currently accepting applications for students who do not live within the district but wish to attend grades K through 11 in the 2012-13 school year.

The school board recently voted to lift a moratorium on new permit students and increase the number the district will accept to 300. Typically students on permit have parents who work in the school district, at City Hall or other institutions within Santa Monica and Malibu.

To learn more about how to apply for a permit, call (310) 450-8338 ext. 70208 or go to

Public school officials said SMMUSD is “one of the premier” school districts in Los Angeles County with more than 90 percent of graduates continuing on to higher education.

— Kevin Herrera


More than just a day

Santa Monica-based environmental watchdog Heal The Bay is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month by participating or hosting nearly 50 events across the county throughout the month of April.

The events include beach cleanups and outreach programs at schools, businesses and community groups.

A beach cleanup in Santa Monica has been scheduled for April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon where Ocean Park Boulevard meets the beach. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult to participate. Bags and gloves will be provided.

That same weekend the Heal The Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will host special presentations and activities for all ages and offer free admission to everyone who first cleans the beach.

For a complete list of Earth Month events and to pre-register, go to

— KH


Calling all musicians

City Hall is taking applications during the month of April for musical entertainment during the Sunday Farmers’ Market.

Bands performing original and classic children’s music, as well as those with original work suitable for a family environment, are encouraged to apply. Visit the Farmers’ Market website for application details — Or call (310) 458-8712 ext. 5.

— KH

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