Author: The Argonaut

Venice Electric Sign Restoration Project part of Venice Centennial observances

Editor’s note: Venice is celebrating its Centennial this year. The following is from the project manager of the Venice Centennial Committee, which is leading the effort to acknowledge the first 100 years of Venice. BY TODD VON HOFFMAN It was 1905 and the camera of Edward S. Curtis was recording the fading, final figures of the Wild West. The Wright Brothers’ Age of Flight had entered its second year. The dust had yet to settle on the new sculpture by Rodin that he called The Thinker. The year before, Giacomo Puccini completed his first version of Madame Butterfly and Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard saw its first production. The great Panama Canal project was under way, thanks to the dynamic Teddy Roosevelt, who was beginning his second term as president, and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, true remnants of a passing era, had hightailed it out of the country to South America. That summer, as America celebrated its birthday, California celebrated the birth of a sensational new resort community — Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America. The Fourth of July grand opening celebration included band concerts, a 300-strong children’s choir, tennis, sailing and swimming competitions and, of course, the wonderful new pier and beach attractions. Windward Avenue, the main thoroughfare leading from the Grand Lagoon to the pier entrance, was packed with a constant flow of variations on the...

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Local volunteers will be recognized during National Volunteer Week April 17th-23rd

National Volunteer Week starts Sunday, April 17th, and continues through Saturday, April 23rd. There are so many quiet, unassuming individuals in our community who help those in need without asking, “What’s in it for me?” Among America’s most valuable assets, these dedicated volunteers continue to give their time and energy as service group leaders, Little League coaches, mentors for at-risk youths, doctors and nurses who volunteer their skills to provide free health care at the Venice Family Clinic, and those who serve in so many other ways that are too numerous to name. In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing National Volunteer Week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every U.S. President since that time has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. This year’s observance is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. The 2005 theme is “Inspire by Example,” chosen because the theme reflects the power volunteers have to inspire the people they help and to demonstrate how rewarding it can be to attract others to join them. If you are not already involved in some volunteer activity, now is the time to look around your community and become involved. VENICE FAMILY CLINIC —The Venice Family Clinic is always looking for volunteers to assist with providing free health care to those in need, as well as volunteers for Art...

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Placement agency seeks homes for foreign students

International Student Placement (ISP) is seeking host families for students from overseas who are attending local colleges. As a home host, a family provides a private bedroom and meals. In exchange, the student pays the host $700 per month for room and board. “We have several international students who want to attend Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College this fall and we need an equal number of homes for them to stay in,” said Frances Sotcher, ISP area coordinator. “It can be a very rewarding experience.” Information, Sotcher, (310) 827-3618 or by e-mail at...

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Citywide Reads programs continue through May 21

Santa Monica Citywide Reads, a program that encourages people who live or work in or visit Santa Monica to read the same book and come together to discuss the book in public book clubs and related events held citywide, began Tuesday, April 12th, and continues through May 21st. The featured book is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Set in Afghanistan and California over a period of three decades, this novel is a story about the relationship between two boys of different social statuses and the complicated relationship between a father and son. Said to be “the first Afghan novel to be written in English,” The Kite Runner provides insights into the turbulent recent history of Afghanistan and the rich cultures of the people of Afghanistan and Afghan-Americans. Hosseini, was born in Kabul in 1965 and immigrated with his family to Northern California in 1980, where he has been a practicing physician since 1996. As part of Citywide Reads, Hosseini is making a special appearance at Santa Monica College Saturday, May 21st. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library, with support by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library, the Santa Monica College Associates, and community, educational, and business partners, Citywide Reads has scheduled the following public book discussions: Tuesday, April 19th, 1:30 p.m., Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St.; Wednesday, April 20th, 7 p.m., Montana Avenue Library,...

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As councilmember, Krisiloff would waive city fees for Westchester Farmers Market permits, she says

Los Angeles City Council District 11 candidate Flora Gil Krisiloff said Tuesday, April 5th, that if she is elected, she will protect the Westchester Certified Farmers Market from closing by waiving a city permit fee that Krisiloff alleged threatens the future of the farmers market. Krisiloff is running against Bill Rosendahl in the Tuesday, May 17th, runoff for the 11th District seat, now held by Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. “The small-town feel of this community is enhanced by the Westchester Farmers Market and our city bureaucracy should not get in the way of something which benefits and brings joy to so many people,” Krisiloff said. The Westchester Farmers Market, which is operated by the Westchester Vitalization Corporation, would likely go out of business if it were required to pay the weekly special event permit fee that covers city costs in closing the streets where the market is held, she said. “The Farmers Market is one of those special things that makes the Westchester community unique, and I will do everything possible to make sure that it continues to operate,” she said. Miscikowski has waived the city permit fee through the end of her term, but numerous Westchester Vitalization Corporation board members have expressed concern about the continued operation of the market because of the fee, which equals roughly what the nonprofit organization raises each week. POLICE UNION ENDORSEMENT — Krisiloff...

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