The 2013 Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival continues to collect new, unwrapped and non-violent toys through today (Dec. 5) at several locations, including: Abbot’s Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; Bank of Venice, 80 Windward Ave.; Oscar’s Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.; The Talking Stick Venice, 1411 Lincoln Blvd.; Venice Admiral Suites, 29 Navy St.; Venice Breeze Suites, 2 Breeze Ave.; and Venice Suites, 417 Ocean Front Walk. The toy drive culminates in a holiday festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Recreation Center. At the festival, children 16 or younger with a parent or guardian will be able to select a free toy (first come, first served), plus a book donated by Friends of the Venice Library. Santa will be available for photos, and there will arts and crafts, snow and a moon bounce for the kids.
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mixer to benefit the Marina del Rey Sheriffs Support Unit from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today (Dec. 5) at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $20 or $10 for members. RSVP at business.laxcoastal.com/events/.
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The Ocean Park Omelette Parlor, a Santa Monica mainstay since 1977, will shutter on Dec. 18, owner Bob Hausenbauer has announced. The business and its landlord failed to reach a lease agreement, he said.
“With its cozy yellow and green dining room and its bright garden patio, this destination has been a welcoming place of family and fellowship since the day it opened,” Hausenbauer said.
The Omelette Parlor, at 2732 Main St., is renowned for its generously overstuffed omelets and tasty potatoes, and early risers who arrive before 7 a.m. will miss their half-priced omelets.
There’s a new urgent care center serving Westchester, Playa del Rey and surrounding neighborhoods. Playa Advance Urgent Care is now open at Playa Medical Plaza, 5450 Lincoln Blvd. (adjacent to the brand new LA Fitness and across the greenery from Fountain Park), Playa Vista. The urgent care component of the facility treats conditions that require prompt medical attention but are not life-threatening, including allergic reactions, asthma, abdominal pain, back pain, bronchitis, infections, injured limbs, minor burns and pneumonia.
Buffalo Wild Wings has opened a new Howard Hughes Entertainment Center location. A festive grand opening celebration on Nov. 25 included a hot wings eating competition, and the first 100 customers to arrive received coupons for a year’s supply of free wings. The restaurant is at 6081 Center Drive, Suite 105, in Westchester.
Slyde Handboards celebrated the opening of its new retail store in Venice Beach Boardwalk’s Gingerbread Shopping Court, 517 Ocean Front Walk, on Nov. 9. Slyde is a surf brand centered solely on the sport of handboarding.
Richard Giorla’s wildly popular fitness franchise celebrated its first Westside location with the Nov. 14 grand opening of Cardio Barre Santa Monica. The event hosted by franchise owners Lauren Faretta and Tamara Hakim featured drinks, appetizers, music, gift bags and raffle prizes.
Scopa Italian Roots, a highly anticipated collaboration of chef Antonia Lofaso and bar experts Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix, launched in mid-November at 2905 W Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey. The menu, at scopaitialianroots.com, features specialty cocktails, craft beer and fine Italian Food.
Real Los Angeles, a creative workshop space, coffee bar and bookstore that also offers graphic design and arts classes, opened in November at 8225 Handley Ave. in Westchester. The business donates a portion of its profits to local arts education. Learn more at real-losangeles.com.
SusieCakes, a popular bakery that makes its delectable custom cakes and other goodies entirely from scratch, is expected to open a new location next year at the Marina Square Shopping Center, 4720 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey.
Roxy’s Café is expected to open next year at the Playa del Oro complex at the corner of Manchester Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester.
A Dave & Buster’s will debut in January in The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center. The restaurant and its sprawling arcade will be one of the largest Dave & Buster’s in the country, with more than 40,000 square feet of entertainment and dining space.
The Westchester offices of the Neutrogena Corporation raised more than $100,000 for the United Way during a fundraising effort that culminated with a Neutrogena team participating in the charity’s seventh annual HomeWalk on Nov. 23 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The company’s efforts to help alleviate homelessness, done in coordination with parent company Johnson & Johnson, raised the money through employee donation pledges, a raffle, a bake sale and other events, said organizer Reed Harris II, a project manager at the local Neutrogena campus.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Ralphs/Food4Less teamed up o n Nov. 26 to host their 25th annual “Teamwork at the Table” event at St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café in Venice. Six Clippers players, including Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, joined senior management from the team’s Playa Vista headquarters and Ralphs/Food4Less staff to serve hot meals to more than 150 homeless men and women. The effort also distributed more than 400 frozen turkeys and food baskets, books and clothing to those in need.
Will Leather Goods founder William Adler donated more than 350 new backpacks to Westminster Avenue Elementary School students in November as part of a broader five-year commitment to match purchases by donating up to 100,000 backpacks to students attending underfunded public schools across America. Will Leather Goods has its flagship store at 1360 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
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