The historical societies of Marina del Rey and Venice are both holding events the weekend of September 6th and 7th.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 6th, the Argonaut and the Marina del Rey Historical Society will host an open house at the Argonaut offices, 5355 McConnell Ave., one block north of Jefferson Boulevard, in the Del Rey area.

The historical society will display historical photos and documents of the wetlands (the future Marina del Rey) and surrounding communities, the dredging of the Marina and newspaper headlines and articles from the 1950s and ’60s.

The Argonaut will display early issues of the newspaper. The public will also have a chance to see behind the scenes and ask questions about how the newspaper is put together each week. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free. All are welcome to attend.

Information, Greg Wenger, president of the Marina del Rey Historical Society, (310) 578-1001.

At 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 7th, the Venice Historical Society is holding a Champagne and Chocolate Anniversary Fundraiser at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice.

Classic movie clips that were filmed in Venice will be shown, including Charlie Chaplin’s Kid Auto Races, Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, Steve Martin’s L.A. Story, and Oliver Stone’s The Doors, with narration by movie historian and Hollywood Escapes author Harry Medved.

Champagne and chocolate desserts will be served.

Admission is $50 for members of the historical society and $60 for non-members. All tax-deductible contributions will go toward the historical society’s goal of creating a Venice Historical Society Museum.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.venicehistorical society.org or by calling (310) 967-5170. Reservations must be made by Friday, August 29th.

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