Author: The Argonaut

Venice Arts plans photo project

with West Hollywood on Russian teens Venice Arts plans to collaborate with the City of West Hollywood this summer in a new photo documentary project in which Russian teen immigrants and refugees will learn how to tell their stories “through the lens of a camera.” The project will culminate in an exhibition in April at West Hollywood’s Plummer Park, as one of that city’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Through the mediums of photography and writing, the Russian teens will explore their own cross-cultural identity and their experience as refugees. The youths will also investigate the similarities and differences between their own immigration and immigration faced by earlier immigrants and refugees. Venice Arts officials say that images collected in the project will be both personal and public in nature. Family, home life, celebrations, environmental portraits of people and places found along Santa Monica Boulevard — the main West Hollywood commercial area in the Russian-speaking community — and portraits of activities at Plummer Park will be included. Venice Arts will collaborate with the City of West Hollywood through the city’s Russian Advisory Board and its Arts and Culture Affairs Commission. The project is supported by a $15,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities awarded through its New Californians Story Project. The City of West Hollywood has also committed additional funds as...

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on the agenda

The Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council election for board members is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 27th, at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Information, elections@grvnc.org A Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, June 28th, in the Vera Davis Community Center, 610 California Ave., Venice. Information, president@grvnc.org The Santa Monica Social Service Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 28th, at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica. An agenda was not available at press time. Information, (310) 458-8411. The Santa Monica Airport Commission is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 28th, in the Santa Monica City Council Chambers, 1685 Main St., Room 213, Santa Monica. An agenda was not available at press time. Information, (310)...

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Chamber installation was ‘Lance Lipscomb Night’

It was “Lance Lipscomb Night” at the annual installation dinner of the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce Friday, June 18th. The black-tie affair was held at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel. Lipscomb, owner of the LAX Travelodge Hotel and a longtime supporter of education, received the Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Community Service and Leadership Award. Lipscomb contributed the $5,000 award to seven of his favorite community organizations. Lipscomb was also honored by outgoing chamber president David Voss with the Jim Bunch Spirit Award — an award named for Lipscomb’s late partner who served as chamber president before his death in 2000. “There can be no more perfect match between an award winner and the award than this one,” said Voss. “After Jim’s passing, Lance was encouraged to become more involved in the chamber and he quickly became instrumental in the success of the Education Committee in particular. “What makes Lance so special is his ability to see the good in everyone and everything and to infuse the room with a positive energy that makes anyone he touches filled with enthusiasm and excitement for the task ahead. “With his cowboy hat and boots, he stands out in any crowd — not for what he wears but because he makes everyone he deals with simply feel good. “There can be no higher praise of character than that.” But the...

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Community Calendar

Friday, June 18th MEDICATIONS — UCLA Healthcare hosts a lecture on how to buy, store and properly take medications, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Place Mall Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free. Information, (800) 516-5323. Saturday, June 19th BOOK SALE — The Mar Vista Branch Library hosts a book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free admission. Information, (310) 390-3454. AQUATIC CENTER — The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center hosts an open house, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Aquatic Center, 14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Information, (310) 823-0048. Monday, June 21st LOW BACK PAIN — Dr. Langston Holly will discuss common causes of lower back pain, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Cafeteria Conference Room, 1250 16th St., Santa Monica. Free. Information, (800) 516-5323. SIERRA CLUB — The Airport-Marina Group of the Sierra Club will hold a discussion of local conservation issues, including Ballona Wetlands and the LAX expansion, 7:45 p.m. at the Burton Chace Park Community Room, west end of Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Information, (310) 398-6350. Tuesday, June 22nd DIGESTION — Wild Oats Natural Marketplace and Dr. Sandy Tang present a session on how people can restore their digestive functions naturally, 7 p.m. at the Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, 500 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free....

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Woman who posed as att’y pleads ‘no contest’ to charges

Anita Laureen Clark pleaded no contest to ten criminal charges, including six counts of grand theft, in a settlement reached with prosecutors in Santa Monica Superior Court Tuesday, June 8th. The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office had filed a total of 46 counts against Clark in a paralegal fraud scheme involving 35 different alleged victims. The city alleged that Clark posed as an attorney and bilked dozens of “clients” out of nearly $50,000. In other cases, the city alleged that Clark said she was a paralegal, but then performed “attorney services” and performed those services “incompetently.” As a result, the “consequences” were “disastrous” for the victims in their divorce, immigration and bankruptcy cases, the city alleged. Two of the victims had allegedly paid Clark more than $7,000 each. “This case sends a clear message to consumers with legal problems,” said deputy city attorney Adam Radinsky. “If you try to save money by hiring a non-attorney, beware. They are breaking the law if they perform lawyer-like services without a supervising attorney,” Radinsky said. Clark was released from Los Angeles County Jail Tuesday, June 8th, after being locked up for 33 days for violating the terms of her bail. She was released after paying an initial $5,000 to the City Attorney’s Office to go towards the victims’ restitution. Clark’s sentence includes: – five years of formal probation; – three years in...

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