Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians and trustees joined Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate the March 11 grand opening of the hospital’s new outpatient care center in Santa Monica

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians and trustees joined Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate the March 11 grand opening of the hospital’s new outpatient care center in Santa Monica

OPENINGS
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians and trustees joined Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce members to celebrate the March 11 grand opening of the hospital’s new outpatient care center in Santa Monica. The pediatric care facility is staffed by 10 physicians with various medical specialties and is located at 1301 20th St., Ste. 460, Santa Monica. (310)820-8608; CHLA.org/SantaMonica
Locali Conscious Convenience — “a 7-Eleven meets Whole Foods” quick-service deli and market that specializes in vegan, gluten-free and organic food — has opened a third and flagship location in Venice. Locali Venice, at 701 Lincoln Blvd., opened in March and features an espresso bar, vegan coconut frozen yogurt and all natural slushies as well as favorites from the downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood locations. A grand opening party is set for April 19.  (310) 399-2254; localiyours.com

Self-serve fro-yo chain Yogurtland opened its newest location on Monday at Terminal 7 of Los Angeles International Airport. Yogurtland now has more than 260 locations worldwide, nearly 100 of them in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area.

On the Edge Dance Studio opened March 1 in Palms and is offering a day of free dance classes from noon to 5 p.m. on April 13 as part of its official grand opening celebrations. Classes for children and adults include jazz, contemporary, classical ballet, lyrical ballet, modern and hip-hop styles. The studio, operated by longtime teachers Kim Borgaro and Robert Gilliam, is also home to a youth dance ensemble. On the Edge Dance Studio is at 3500 Overland Ave., Ste. 140, Palms. (310) 344-3180; otedance.com

CLOSINGS
Lincoln Pipe & Plumbing Supply closed for good on Monday, March 31, after 66 years in business at 2919 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.

ON THE MOVE
A longtime fixture on Main Street in Santa Monica, Manchego has reopened in a new, larger space three doors down. The restaurant, now at 2518 Main St., still allows diners to bring their own wine on Monday through Thursday evenings, but is now also offering select small-production Spanish wines, South American wines and organic local varieties, in addition to house-made red and white sangrias. New Executive Chef Viviana Hernandez (previously of Bouchon, Blue Plate Oysterette, Messhall and 41 Ocean) has revamped the menu, featuring Spanish cheese- and meat-focused tapas. Happy hour is now from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. (310) 450-3900; manchegoonmain.com

Mondo Taco, known for its “Angry Chicken” tacos, has moved from Mid-city to 2200 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica. (310) 310-8922; mondotaco.com

AWARDS
The Los Angeles Business Council Institute, the research arm of the Los Angeles Business Council, received $300,000 in corporate grants last month to advance clean-tech workforce development efforts. Studies commissioned by the LABC Institute and conducted by researchers at UCLA and USC helped initiate CLEAN LA Solar, the nation’s largest rooftop solar energy program, approved by Los Angeles city officials in 2012. Two $100,000 grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the 11th Hour Project will fund work in support of energy efficiency programs. A $100,000 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Workforce Grant will fund research on the infrastructure and growth of Silicon Beach in Westside communities.

Lance Williams of Playa Flowers recently earned designation as an FTD Master Florist, awarded for quality floral designs and exceptional customer service. Only one in four FTD-member florists qualify for its Master Florist designation. Playa Flowers currently offers a large selection of Phalaenopsis orchids. The shop is open Mondays through Saturdays at 307 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey. (310) 821-0984; playaflowers.com

Nasrin Khatibi, an information technology specialist with the Jewish Vocational Services Marina del Rey WorkSource Center, contributed 15 paintings to help launch the center’s Arts in the Community Program

Nasrin Khatibi, an information technology specialist with the Jewish Vocational Services Marina del Rey WorkSource Center, contributed 15 paintings to help launch the center’s Arts in the Community Program

EVENTS
The Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Marina del Rey WorkSource Center launched its Arts in the Community Program with a celebration in February. The program taps local artist to display their work at the center as a way to brighten the days of job seekers and encourage creative thinking. “It’s an easy way to lift people’s spirits — more uplifting than [the previous] outdated motivational posters that weren’t that inspiring,” said JVS Workforce Development Director Marguerite Womack. Tile works by Piece by Piece, an organization that works with the homeless on Skid Row, were also on display and for sale. Displays are ongoing at 13160 Mindanao Way, Ste. 240, Marina del Rey. (310) 309-6000; jvsla.org

Participants in the March 7 “Dancing with Our Stars” fundraiser for St. Monica’s elementary and high school programs got some help with their moves from the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica. The studio donated 14 lessons to six faculty members and one parent participant, turning dance-floor novices into stars for the evening. The dance center is open for lessons from 1 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and located at 928 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 260-8886; dancingsantamonica.com

Actor Rob Lowe hosted a Get In Touch Foundation fundraiser on March 16 at Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica

Actor Rob Lowe hosted a Get In Touch Foundation fundraiser on March 16 at Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica

Actor Rob Lowe hosted the Get In Touch Foundation’s 2014 Pretty In Pink Luncheon and Women of Strength Awards on March 16 at the Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. The event raised funds for breast cancer awareness efforts.

Yesenia Monsour has joined the board of WISE & Healthy Aging

Yesenia Monsour has joined the board of WISE & Healthy Aging

NEW AFFILIATIONS
Ryan Iwamoto, a co-founder and of Culver City-based 24Hr HomeCare, and Yesenia Vallejo Monsour, director of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center, have joined the board of WISE & Healthy Aging. The nonprofit senior social services organization is based in Santa Monica. (310) 394-9871; wiseandhealthyaging.org
Santa Monica Hybrid, a division of European car repair specialists 405 AUTO, joined the The Hybrid Shop network or dealers in March. Santa Monica Hybrid, at 825 Olympic Blvd., now offers battery-pack conditioning to restore the capacity and power of older batteries. (310) 449-2743; santamonicahybrid.com

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