Month: December 2020

Fitness Pro

Celebrity trainer Mike Ryan helps Hollywood stars shape up for the big screen By Kamala Kirk Hollywood stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are admired for their impressive physiques, which require hard work to achieve and maintain. Longtime Venice resident Mike Ryan is a renowned fitness expert and personal trainer who has worked with Johnson and many other celebrities and athletes to get them in top shape for film and television projects. Originally from Peabody, Massachusetts, Ryan was encouraged by his father to start working out at a young age. Together, they would lift weights in the cellar of...

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Opinion: Gratitude for Front-Line Workers 

Thank you for going to work so we can stay home By Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich It wasn’t so long ago–nine interminable months–that we learned a new concept called “social distancing” and that if we stayed at home, we could save the lives of family, friends and neighbors with pre-existing health conditions and others vulnerable to a new disease called coronavirus or COVID-19. Now it’s the end of a year defined by a pandemic none of us could have ever imagined. And it has gotten worse. Much, much worse. And while the risk has never been greater, our...

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Cheers to 2021  

Ring in the new year with fun and festive virtual celebrations By Holly Jenvey New Year’s celebrations may look different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun and enjoy various festivities. Check out these virtual events that offer a safer way to ring in the new year! Santa Monica Ferris Wheel Live, 11:30 p.m. to midnight Instead of coming down to the Santa Monica Pier to participate in its special countdown programming, you can stream it online starting at 11:30 p.m. on December 31. The Ferris wheel will welcome 2021 with 174,000 LED lights and...

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Telling Stories  

The Braid announces its 2021 season of storytelling By Bridgette M. Redman Never an organization to settle for the conventional, The Braid (formerly known as the Jewish Women’s Theatre) in Santa Monica has announced a season that embraces the virtual while losing nothing of what they are known for. Their “salon” shows curate stories, mostly Jewish, but all fresh and original voices that touch on specific topics through monologues. It is a format that artistic director Ronda Spinak says they were able to roll with throughout 2020 and will be continuing with during their 2021 season. “This year translated,...

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Feeding Families  

HHLA and Venice Family Clinic provide 150 meals to local families By Kamala Kirk On December 19, the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center (HHLA) partnered with Venice Family Clinic and several tenants to provide fresh hot meal packages to 150 families that were in need during the holiday season. Local families lined up in their cars or took public transportation to come pick up the curbside meals that were handed out by volunteers. “HHLA wanted to do this event as it has been a devastating year for so many people who have been incredibly impacted by COVID-19,” says Marla...

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