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Posted September 2, 2015 by The Argonaut in Columns
The CarMax Foundation gave $10,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA last month to support exercise programs for kids

The CarMax Foundation gave $10,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA last month to support exercise programs for kids

Spa Soliel (4728 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey) joined the wounded military veterans nonprofit Operation Homefront on Aug. 26 to launch a free massage program for wounded veterans in collaboration with the Hearts of Valor support and retreat network. Spa Soleil’s “Buy One Give One” massage program donates a free massage to a wounded veteran each time a customer purchases its $99 luxury spa and massage package. Call (310) 822-4200 or visit to learn more about the program and book an appointment.

The Westchester Family YMCA received a $10,000 grant last month from the CarMax Foundation in support of the local Y’s Physical Learning Activities for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) Program, designed to lower the childhood obesity rate in Westchester. Held at various local schools three times per week, the Y’s 60-minute P.L.A.Y. sessions are taught by Y coaches who teach exercise and fundamental motor skills while encouraging positive associations with physical activity. Call (310) 670-4316 to learn more about the program.

Manhattan Margarita (, a locally crafted tequila cocktail beverage becoming available at Bristol Farms stores in September, is the cocktail sponsor for the 11th annual Night by the Ocean auction and fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica.
The event supports the Marina del Rey-based Life Rolls On Foundation, a nonprofit founded by paraplegic surfer Jesse Billauer that uses action sports to improve quality of life for people living with paralysis. Call (424) 272-1992 or visit for more info or to donate auction items.

“Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey opened his Herringbone restaurant at 1755 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica on Aug. 1.The ocean-to-table concept pairs with craft cocktails from its Salt & Brine bar. (310) 971-4460;

eWellness Healthcare Corporation, a privately-held developer of the PHZIO distance monitored physical therapy telemedicine program, recently teamed up with Evolution Physical Therapy to open an initial patient induction office at 4644 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 406, in Marina del Rey.

Saturday, Sept. 12: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Cruise ‘N’ Brews craft beer tasting and networking event aboard the Hornblower yacht “Dream On.” Featuring tastings from more than 40 breweries, the ship sets sail from noon to 4 p.m. from Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $65. Call (310) 645-5151 or visit

Saturday, Sept. 12: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts its Wellbeing Buy Local Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot. Expect food, music, cooking demos and interactive classes that highlight local businesses supporting healthier lifestyles. There’s also a local personal trainer competition. Call (310) 393-9825 or visit

Wednesday, Sept. 23: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts the evening networking event “Venice Connect – Doing Business After Dark” from 6 to 8 p.m. at a location to be determined. $5 for members, $10 for prospective members, $20 otherwise. Call (310) 822-5425 or visit

Friday, Sept. 25: State Sen.
Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) is the featured speaker at the LAX Coastal Chamber’s governmental affairs breakfast. Seating for the 7:45 to 9 a.m. event is limited and open to chamber members only. Call (310) 645-5151
or visit


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