Category: Westside Scrapbook

Westside Scrapbook

The holiday season got off to a festive start last Thursday in Santa Monica, with Santa and a team of dancing elves leading a parade down Third Street Promenade that concluded with a community tree-lighting ceremony at the Santa Monica Place shopping center. The visitors from the North Pole were accompanied by the Santa Monica High School Marching Band and shoppers who decided to tag...

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Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin and newly drafted shooting guard C.J. Wilcox stopped by St. Joseph Center in Venice on Friday to help distribute hundreds of frozen Thanksgiving turkeys, plus food baskets with all the trimmings, to local families and seniors in need. They also distributed clothing and books. This is the 26th year that the Clippers, headquartered in Playa Vista, have held their Teamwork at the Table event (also a partnership with Ralphs/Food-4-Less) at the nonprofit St. Joseph Center, which serves the homeless and working poor. “To be able to come out and give back and...

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Frank and Tabitha, escorted by proud papa Alan Bills, let their freak flags fly on the Venice boardwalk last Sunday during Uncle Chuck’s 12th annual Dog-O-Ween Costume Contest and Parade. More than 50 dogs turned out in costume for the event and were rewarded with organic treats from Hungry Dawgz of...

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On his way to hanging out with Gwyneth Paltrow at a $15,000-a-plate Democratic Party fundraiser in Brentwood last Thursday, President Barack Obama paid an impromptu visit to the Venice campaign office of state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat in Congress. Lieu said he learned that Obama would stop by his 724 Lincoln Blvd. campaign office only about 10 minutes before the president’s arrival. Once there, Obama spent a few minutes making phone calls to Westside voters on Lieu’s behalf. “It was the best phone bank in campaign history,” Lieu said. “I was...

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