Author: The Argonaut

Telegrams, tuba concert, cruises among local Mother’s Day activities

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8th, this year and singing telegrams, dinner dance cruises, free ferris wheel rides on the Santa Monica Pier and even a tuba concert are some of the ways it’s being celebrated locally. SINGING TELEGRAMS — Members of the Santa Monica Chorus — a women’s chorus that sings songs in four-part a cappella harmony — plan to be ringing up moms across the country, serenading them and sending singing Mother’s Day wishes from sons and daughters living in the local area. The Mother’s Day repertoire includes the songs “Heart of My Heart,” “My Mother’s Eyes,” “That’s What Friends (or sons, daughters, kids) Are For,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “You Are My Sunshine.” Mother’s Day singing telegrams are $15, or $17 for calls outside the Los Angeles area. The Santa Monica Chorus won the 2005 Region 11 Small Chorus Championships of Sweet Adelines International, an organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. Information, (310) 454-2603. MOTHER’S DAY CRUISIN’ — A series of cruises will depart from Fisherman’s Village in the Marina in celebration of Mother’s Day. Three-hour dinner dance cruises with mom in mind are scheduled to board at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6th; and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7th, at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $66.95. On Mother’s Day...

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Burglaries increase in local LAPD Pacific Area

Burglary in the Pacific Area serviced by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for the first three months of the year increased by about 40 burglaries, compared to the first three months of 2004, an LAPD report indicated. Lt. Philip Fontanetta of LAPD Pacific Area issued the following tips, designed to assist residents in preventing their property from being burglarized. n Burglary is a crime of opportunity. Make the burglar’s work risky and difficult and you stand a good chance of stopping burglars before they get in. n Visibility means vulnerability. Burglars hide behind fences and shrubbery. To keep trespassers out while keeping your property visible, Fontanetta suggests using picket or chain-link fences and keeping hedges clipped down to around waist level. n Burglars try the doors and windows first. If burglars have difficulty gaining entry through your windows and doors, chances are they will move on to another property. n As far as locks are concerned, deadbolts are the strongest. Doors that swing out have hinges on the outside and a burglar can easily remove the hinge pins and lift the door out. Overhead doors, receiving doors and garage doors should be secured using sturdy padlocks. A padlock is only as good as the hasps on which it is mounted. Bolt hasps securely to a metal plate and make sure the bolts are concealed when the padlock is...

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Dances With Films fest for ‘unknowns’ only

Dances With Films, a film festival geared solely to the “unknowns” — films with no famous actors, directors, producers or writers — has screenings set for Friday through Thursday, May 6th to 12th, at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 per individual screening or $125 for a festival pass. This year’s schedule of screenings includes: FRIDAY, MAY 6th — 2:45 p.m. — Formosa 5 p.m. — The Distance 7:15 p.m. — East of Sunset 9:30 p.m. — Beverly Hills Midnight — Headhunter SATURDAY, MAY 7th — 11 a.m. — The Seeker 1 p.m. — Peaceable Kingdom 2:45 p.m. — Group one of competition short films 5 p.m. — Group two of competition short films 7:15 p.m. — What’s Bugging Seth 9:30 p.m. — Hit Me Midnight — Girl in 3D SUNDAY, MAY 8th — Noon — Finding Bryon 2:45 p.m. — Group three of competition short films 5 p.m. — Group four of competition short films 7:15 p.m. — From Other Worlds 9:30 p.m. — Tweek City MONDAY, MAY 9th — 2:45 p.m. — Dead Horse 5 p.m. — Fusion short films group one 7:15 p.m. — America 101 9:30 p.m. — Shelf Life TUESDAY, MAY 10th — 2:45 p.m. — The Amazing Omelette 5 p.m. — Fusion short films group two 7:15 p.m. — The Instrument 9:30 p.m. — Shattered Day WEDNESDAY,...

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Flight attendants to note 75th year anniversary at lunch, fashion show

Active and retired flight attendants will celebrate the 75th anniversary of flight attendants Saturday, May 14th, at the Flight Path Museum in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, 6661 Imperial Highway. The celebration will include a buffet luncheon and fashion show, designed to raise funds for the museum. The first flight attendants — called “stewardesses” — began service May 15th, 1930 on what was called Boeing Air Transport, which evolved into United Airlines, according to Ethel Pattison, information specialist for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles agency that operates city airports. At the time, all stewardesses were required to be women and registered nurses, she says. “The rules were very strict in the early years,” says Pattison, a former United Airlines stewardess. “Stewardesses in the 1930s and ’40s carried train schedules for use in event of an unplanned landing due to bad weather or mechanical problems,” she says. The celebration — with the theme “Welcome Aboard” — will begin at 11 a.m. with an informal tour of the Flight Path Museum. The luncheon will be at noon and include modeling of vintage uniforms worn by flight attendants of yesteryear. Tickets are $45 and available at (310) 215-5291. The Flight Path Museum is operated by the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California in cooperation with LAWA. The museum exhibits showcase the history...

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‘Jr. Gong’ carries on the Marley reggae legacy

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, brings his Welcome to Jamrock tour to Santa Monica with a performance on Thursday, May 12th, at Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica. “Jr. Gong” had a breakthrough in creating his own musical legacy when he won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album of 2001 for his Halfway Tree disc. Now he’s back with the single, “Welcome to Jamrock,” which delves into violence, murder, poverty and corrupt police and politicians in Kingston, not quite the image of the laid-back tourist paradise that Jamaica is often portrayed to be. “Jr. Gong” moves the reggae sound into the 21st century with his hip-hop influence and sensibility, while by birthright giving a nod to one of the most influential musical legends of the past. Though his father passed away while “Jr. Gong” was a toddler, he grew up surrounded by his musical brothers and sisters in his father’s Hope Road home, including Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. The Melody Makers are comprised of Marley siblings. His current tour features special guest appearances by brother Stephen Marley, who has been producing “Jr. Gong’s” latest material. Information, (310)...

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