Author: The Argonaut

Art Flies Into Venice

Local artist builds flying carousel for Centennial Park By Bridgette M. Redman A bit of history is coming to Venice’s Centennial Park in the form of a flying carousel. Hearkening back to the days of Abbot Kinney and his carousel on the Pier, this new one is the brain child and love labor of public artist Robin Murez. Murez, who has done several other projects for the park over the past several years, spent 2020 carving animals for the carousel, each of which tells stories about Venice, its history, and the lives of people who live there. She’s planned...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates

Compiled by Kamala Kirk Cases and Deaths by Neighborhood as of Monday, Jan. 11: Culver City: 1,543 (Deaths 50); Del Rey: 1,498 (Deaths 12); El Segundo: 457 (Deaths 1); Marina del Rey: 243 (Deaths 0); Mar Vista: 1,408 (Deaths 17); Playa Vista: 420 (Deaths 2); Playa del Rey: 77 (Deaths 0); Santa Monica: 3,205 (Deaths 88); Venice: 1,127 (Deaths 9); Westchester: 1,589 (Deaths 26) Total Westside Cases: 11,567 Total Westside Deaths: 205 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 920,177 Total Deaths in LA County: 12,250 Total New Cases as of Jan. 11: 14,482 Total New Deaths: 166 Hospitalizations: 7,964...

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Retail Reimagined 

Beautycounter enhances the in-person shopping experience with virtual livestreaming By Sara Edwards Beautycounter is well-known around the world for its results-driven skincare products and cosmetics. The Santa Monica-based clean beauty brand is changing the retail game with the opening of a new content studio and livestream space in Venice. The 684-square-foot space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard combines the in-person shopping experience with a shoppable content livestream that can be accessed through social media or via the website. “We want to invite as many people as possible into the world of Beautycounter, and through our new store with livestream shopping...

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EDUCATION: Environmental Excellence 

Santa Monica students prove they’re the best at keeping things green By Stepan Sarkisian Upholding its commitment to environmental advocacy, Santa Monica High School achieved a 21st place finish in its first year participating in the Project Green Challenge. The international competition featured 758 schools across 85 countries with participating students acquiring points by engaging in daily environmentally-themed challenges. Each challenge centered around an issue related to sustainability and tasked students to examine their individual ecological footprints in a variety of ways including measuring water and food consumption, carbon impact and making ethical fashion choices. Along with answering questions,...

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Opinion: Making Mental Health a Priority 

6 reasons why getting help is so important By Stanley Popovich Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the help they need for various reasons. Making excuses for not getting treatment for your anxiety will not solve anything. With this in mind, here are a few reasons why getting help for your mental health is important. 1. You will get tips on handling your mental health issues. A  professional counselor can give you many ideas on how you can manage your fears and anxieties. Once you...

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