Author: juliekirst

Santa Monica 10Fest to note tenth anniversary of city sustainability effort

It may not be easy to get a community excited about solid waste and green buildings, but the City of Santa Monica aims to try with 10Fest. Designed to bring the idea of sustainability to the forefront while providing a good time, 10Fest celebrates the tenth anniversary of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan, according to city officials. Taking place at various locations around Santa Monica, the festival of events and activities runs from Monday, September 27th, through Sunday, October 3rd. “We want to have some fun with a topic that’s somewhat misunderstood,” explains Dean Kubani, Santa Monica sustainable city coordinator. “This festival is about sharing how little things add up to big successes,” he says. Sustainability is related to the quality of life in a community and a sustainable city ensures that the city’s economy and society flourish without destroying the natural environment in the process, according to city officials. Since the Santa Monica City Council adopted its groundbreaking policies ten years ago, the city has accomplished many things including building a facility to recycle urban runoff and saving one million tons of solid waste from going to landfills, city officials say. Among the many 10Fest events city officials hope will inspire residents to make changes in their lives, are tours of Santa Monica green homes and commercial buildings, organic cooking demonstrations with taste treats and a free screening...

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Clover Park in Santa Monica will be sight for Fresh Art

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division will present its fourth annual Fresh Art exhibition at Clover Park in Santa Monica later this month. Mike Hootman and Lawrence Scarpa have been selected this year to create artwork specifically for Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd. Park officials say the work is harmonious with the site. Installation of the temporary artwork is to begin Monday, September 13th, and the public is invited to the unveiling and opening reception for the artists at the park from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 18th. This year”s exhibits will remain at Clover Park until the Thanksgiving weekend. Fresh Art, a program to assist Santa Monica artists in learning how to compete for and complete public art projects, is limited to artists who live or work in Santa Monica. ìThis program gives artists the opportunity to work in their community and learn how to work with the government and public sectors, which is very different than working in a studio,î says Hamp Simmons, Santa Monica city cultural affairs coordinator. Simmons said the program mostly benefits emerging artists who haven”t done much public art. Proposals are submitted to the city Cultural Affairs Division and are then reviewed by a panel of arts administrators and artists. The proposals are judged on artistic merit, how well the artwork engages the community and how well...

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Fresh air and fresh food at Taste of Santa Monica

A superb ocean view, sunny skies and cool sea breezes promise to make Santa Monica”s third annual ìTaste of Santa Monicaî a unique and special event, according to Kathy Dodson, president of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Anyone who strolls onto the Santa Monica Pier between noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, September 26th, can dive into the delectable treats offered by about 40 different restaurants. For the price of $35 for adults and $10 for children between four and ten years of age, the event offers numerous choices to delight the taste buds. Presented by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the event is expected to sell out and the public is urged to buy their tickets in advance, according to Erin Deviny, director of marketing and events for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Santa Monica and chamber member restaurants such as La Vecchia Cucina, Akwa, El Cholo Mexican Restaurant, Blueberry Country Kitchen, The Victorian, Locanda Del Lago, Cinch, Chez Jay, Sushi-Teri Express, Ocean Avenue Seafood and Le Marmiton will be serving up their diverse samples. Water, soda, beer and wine will be available for purchase and specialty drinks such as margaritas and mojitos will also be for sale. While guests are checking out the food booths and sipping wine, jazz tunes will flow from The Sam Graham Trio. Chef demonstrations featuring chefs from participating restaurants will...

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Volunteering also benefits those who volunteer

Almost anyone who has volunteered time or services agrees that volunteering does as much for the volunteer as for the person or organization served. The Santa Monica Volunteer Program offers numerous opportunities to suit the time and interests of a volunteer. “Volunteering is a way to meet new people and to get hands-on experience in a variety of areas,” says Jaime Nack, City of Santa Monica Volunteer Program supervisor. She adds that volunteering can fulfill an area in a person’s life that’s left unfulfilled by a career. Nack encourages people to think about their interests and areas of enjoyment when deciding where to donate their time and services. Nack suggests that one of the most popular volunteer events is Santa Monica’s annual Senior Prom for seniors. More than 60 volunteers serve up refreshments and dance moves, acting as dance partners to attendees who don’t have a partner. Last year Debbie Langridge, originally from New Orleans, volunteered at the Senior Prom. Since the event had a Mardi Gras theme, this New Orleans native was recruited to teach the seniors a Mardi Gras dance called “The Second Line.” “It’s sort of a conga-line dance with a New Orleans flair,” says Langridge. She says the essence of the dance comes from the funky, jazzy feeling of a Cajun-influenced song. She also taught the seniors the Cajun saying, laissez le bon temps rouler,...

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Volunteering also benefits those who volunteer

Almost anyone who has volunteered time or services agrees that volunteering does as much for the volunteer as for the person or organization served. The Santa Monica Volunteer Program offers numerous opportunities to suit the time and interests of a volunteer. “Volunteering is a way to meet new people and to get hands-on experience in a variety of areas,” says Jaime Nack, City of Santa Monica Volunteer Program supervisor. She adds that volunteering can fulfill an area in a personís life thatís left unfulfilled by a career. Nack encourages people to think about their interests and areas of enjoyment when deciding where to donate their time and services. Nack suggests that one of the most popular volunteer events is Santa Monicaís annual Senior Prom for seniors. More than 60 volunteers serve up refreshments and dance moves, acting as dance partners to attendees who donít have a partner. Last year Debbie Langridge, originally from New Orleans, volunteered at the Senior Prom. Since the event had a Mardi Gras theme, this New Orleans native was recruited to teach the seniors a Mardi Gras dance called “The Second Line.” “Itís sort of a conga-line dance with a New Orleans flair,” says Langridge. She says the essence of the dance comes from the funky, jazzy feeling of a Cajun-influenced song. She also taught the seniors the Cajun saying, laissez le bon temps rouler,...

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