Author: The Argonaut

Liberty Hill Foundation gives $2.75 million to ‘fledging’ groups

Liberty Hill Foundation, a public foundation based in Santa Monica, this year donated $2.75 million in grants to emerging grassroots organizations that seek to combat poverty and injustice. “Our grants fund change, not charity,” said Torie Osborn, Liberty Hill executive director. “Because without change, we will always need charity.” For nearly 30 years, Liberty Hill has partnered with fledgling grassroots organizations, Osborn said. A Liberty Hill grant is often the first grant a new organization receives. Such “seed funding” helps those organizations become a “well-established and influential community organization,” Osborn said. Since 1976, Liberty Hill has contributed $25 million to grassroots organizations in Los Angeles County. Past recipients include organizations that sought to amend California’s “three strikes” law, fought to prevent Wal-Mart from opening a superstore in Inglewood and helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants who graduated from high school and want to attend state universities. Information, (310) 453-3611 ext. 121, or...

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Playhouse gets city arts grant

The Santa Monica Playhouse, a nonprofit community theater space in downtown Santa Monica, has been awarded a City of Santa Monica Community Arts Grant to expand the playhouse outreach program into local schools. Specifically, the grant will fund a series of theater field trips in which students from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will participate in interactive professional musical productions, post-show talk-backs and language arts workshops, according to Santa Monica Playhouse director of education Cammy Truong. Students will also be familiarized with behind-the-scenes lighting, costuming and stage makeup. Playhouse officials say they hope that the program will stir students’ imaginations, offer practical study skills and even help students meet state standards in English, theater and reading. As part of the theater field trip program, professional actors present original musical adaptations of familiar classics. The actors interact with the students, encouraging them to come up with imaginative theatrical solutions to social and moral issues of the day. Interested Santa Monica schools can contact the playhouse for scheduling information at (310) 394-9779. Santa Monica Playhouse is one of ten city arts organizations recognized as qualified to teach arts in the Santa Monica school district through the SMARTS in the school art program. The Santa Monica Playhouse, arts complex is at 1211 Fourth St., Santa...

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Waldorf School, St. Augustine by-the-Sea plan holiday events

The Westside Waldorf School Snowfairy Market and the Fifth Annual Festival of Lights at St. Augustine by-the-Sea are scheduled Saturday, December 11th. The Westside Waldorf School is at 1229 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, and St. Augustine by-the-Sea at 1227 Fourth St., Santa Monica. The Snowfairy Market is scheduled between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. The Festival of Lights is scheduled between 6 and 7 p.m. in the St. Augustine by-the-Sea sanctuary, 1227 Fourth St., Santa Monica. Admission is a $5 donation. Childcare for children under five years old will be provided in the Waldorf kindergarten at $5 per child. The Snowfairy Market is an event where children and their fairy guides go to purchase holiday gifts for others. Westside Waldorf School families supply the market with small handmade or purchased gifts. The room will be decorated with a snowy fairy theme and each gift may be purchased for $2 by children. Outreach and hospitality tables will also be set up in the courtyard during market time. At the fifth annual Festival of Lights event, the community will celebrate light during the darkest time of the year. The Festival of Lights is appropriate for children five years old and older. Information, Westside Waldorf School, (310)...

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Decorated boats available for rental for Marina Holiday Boat Parades

Marina Boat Rentals plans to have decorated boats that the public can rent to participate in the 42nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade next week. Decorated boats will parade in the Marina main entrance channel two evenings this year — between 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, December 10th, and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11th. A Zambelli-produced fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, December 11th, will announce the beginning of the Saturday boat parade. The boat parade entries will be judged during the Saturday evening boat parade. Marina Boat Rentals plans to rent its decorated boats for $125 to $150 per boat for a two-hour rental. Boats that will be decorated and available for rental during the boat parade are available for viewing on the Internet at: boats4rent.com Cindy Williams, president of the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, expressed delight at the availability of decorated boats for this year’s boat parades. This will be the first year that the boat parade will be run on two nights. Williams said that the Marina Boat Rentals manager is familiar with lighted boat parades in Newport Beach and wanted to have the Marina boat parade run five nights. “We’re not quite ready for that,” Williams laughed, but we are excited to have our boat parade now on two nights.” The theme for this year’s Marina Holiday Boat Parade...

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St. Monica High basketball team will make changes, hoping for better season

The St. Monica High School Mariners boys basketball team hopes to make some changes in the 2004-05 season on the way to challenging for the Camino Real League title. The Mariners finished last season with a 4-22 record as a mostly young and inexperienced team, but coach Chris Yoakum says this year his team expects to overcome the difficulties of last season. “We played most teams close, but we did not have a lot of basketball experience,” he said. “I believe we can compete for the league championship this year.” St. Monica will aim for the record turnaround and a chance at the league title by relying on its top returning players to step forward, the coach said. Two players who should provide some team strength at the wing position are David White, a five-foot-ten senior, and John Khela, a six-foot-two junior. Other key returning players on the roster include senior Eric Santos, a six-foot-five forward, and sophomore Bryce Hamaguchi, a five-foot-nine point guard. “This year we should be solid at the guard,” he said. “We have decent size. The league is small and we should have quite a height advantage.” Yoakum said practices have been competitive and the team has been preparing since the spring, but in order for the Mariners to make a run at the league crown they will have to accomplish a few things. The...

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