Pier del Sol, 2011 (File photo)

Santa Monica Pier — Special Olympics Southern California Pier Del Sol “Goes Hollywood”

With a “Hollywood” theme, Special Olympics Southern California is holding its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. on the Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.

This year’s event includes a VIP brunch with spectacular cuisine from 38 of LA’s top restaurants, including Chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence, Chef Olivier Rousselle of On Sunset, Chef Tanino Drago of Tanino Ristorante, and Chef Ermando Robles of Porto Via.

VIP Tickets are $150 each or $500 for five, to include an amazing VIP Brunch prepared by LA’s top restaurants, unlimited rides, and 12 game tickets. Child VIP tickets are $50 (ages 5-12 and only available at the door). General Admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited rides, eight game tickets, and a meal coupon for Pacific Park’s food plaza.

The event will feature music, entertainment, all the rides and games of Pacific Park with game booth prizes. Attendees will have their chance to win fabulous silent auction prize packages from shopping sprees to local entertainment. Participants will also enjoy arts and crafts and karaoke.

“Pier del Sol is a fun day at the pier that the whole family can enjoy, while making a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Each year, we bring out an entertaining new theme, and we hope the public will continue to come out and enjoy the wonderful cuisine, live music, and games on the historic Santa Monica Pier at Pacific Park.”

At this year’s fundraiser, Special Olympics will honor The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company has been an Official Global Partner of Special Olympics for 46 years, and has had significant impact on the Southern California program through financial support, budget relieving Coca-Cola products, leadership engagement on SOSC’s Board of Directors, marketing and promotional support of our competitions, and a loyal and passionate team of volunteers. In 2015, that support will extend to the 7,000 athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

“The Coca-Cola Company has proven to be a very valuable partner to Special Olympics,” said Shumard. “We couldn’t be prouder to honor them at this high-level event.”

Handfuls of celebrities and sports figures will visit the pier for the fundraiser, with Maria Shriver and Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver attending as honorary chairs. Since 1997, Pier del Sol has raised nearly $8 million, benefiting and changing the lives of more than 17,000 Special Olympic Southern California athletes.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sosc.org/pierdelsol or contact mbrien@sosc.org or (562) 502-1137.

Main Library — Drawn to Happiness Workshop at the Santa Monica Public Library

The Santa Monica Public Library welcomes therapist Erica Curtis for the Drawn to Happiness Workshop on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Join therapist Erica Curtis for a presentation and hands-on learning workshop that explores how drawing can be used to promote happiness and well-being. Learn the unique qualities of drawing that make it particularly suited for creating change in our lives and identify everyday opportunities to enhance your life through making art. No artistic experience or skill is required and admission is free. Materials are provided. Seating is on a first arrival basis.

Erica Curtis is a licensed marriage and family therapist and board certified art therapist. She served on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association, and is a program advisor for UCLArts and Healing. Erica has a therapy practice in Santa Monica and also serves as an expert source for media outlets such as PBS, USA Today, The Boston Globe, eHow Family, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s World.

This event is part of The Big Draw LA, a month-long audience participatory drawing initiative that spans the globe and is presented in Los Angeles by Ryman Arts. Santa Monica Public Library is offering several drawing-related events for adults and children in October. To learn more about The Big Draw LA and locate drawing events visit www.thebigdrawla.org.

The Santa Monica Public Library and all City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to each event. For more information, call the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org.

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