Continuing in our summer party mood, the fabulous Venice Centennial Carnevale 2005 will be held Saturday, June 25th, starting at noon at the Windward Traffic Circle.

More than 30 performances will take place on three stages and include the Venice Drum Circle, the Bonedaddys, Wadada, Sugarbitch, La Dee Dread, Koka-peli, Donatella, Hillel “Mr. Balloonman,” Kathy Leonardo, John Vester, Marc Lennon, Alfred Johnson, Lela Dance Company, Strut, Wearable Art, Taste of Brazil, La Verdad, Amaya Middle Eastern Dance, Katya, Shape of Sounds, and many more.

The finale of the evening will feature a performance at Windward Circle of the pyrotechnic group Mutaytor and our own locally-born-and-raised musical group Venice.

VENICE CAR SHOW — As part of the Venice Centennial Carnevale 2005 event, the Concorso Venezia Car Show, sponsored by Santa Monica Saab, will occupy Grand Boulevard all day with “old school” vintage cars, organizers say.

After the party ends on the street at 10 p.m., it will continue into the night at Club Carnevale: Masquerade, a private party hosted at the New Actors Challenge Training Performance space on Thatcher Avenue in the Oxford Triangle area.

Admission is $10 for those in costume and $15 for those who do not come with a costume.

There will be dancing with DJs Jason Saville and Travis Lea, with performances throughout the evening, including a spectacular show by Stiltworld with famed artist Trey Knight and his dancers on six-foot stilts.

VENICE INAUGURAL — Our new Los Angeles councilman-elect Bill Rosendahl will be joining in the spirit of Venice by honoring the Venice Centennial as his first official public act.

Rosendahl has decided to have his inaugural ceremony at Venice Beach at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2nd, at the Plaza, due west of Windward Avenue.

The public is invited to join our new councilman and other elected officials for the start of the Fourth of July weekend with musical and spoken word performances reflecting the diversity of the Council’s 11th District.

CENTENNIAL PARADE — The Venice Centennial Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 26th, and include marching bands, floats, vintage cars, Boy and Girl Scouts, Lions Club and Rotary Club members and clowns.

The parade route begins in front of Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., progresses southeast on Abbot Kinney Boulevard to Rialto Avenue, turns west on Rialto Avenue to Grand Boulevard and proceeds northwest on Grand Boulevard to Windward Circle, where an opening ceremony for the Centennial will be held at Windward Plaza.

VENICE JULY 4TH PICNIC — The Fourth of July Venice Centennial Picnic at Penmar Park will be a great way to enjoy the celebrity softball game, featuring the re-creation of the Venice Tigers, a minor league baseball team that once played in the Pacific Coast League and called Venice its home.

The revival team will feature members of Los Angeles City Fire Station 63 among other Venetians.

There will also be an artists’ village, children’s games, musical entertainment, a photography exhibit of Venice photos by local photographers and great food available through the magic of Stroh’s Gourmet Deli.

The fun will begin at noon and continue until 5 p.m.

VENICE SURF CONTEST — On Saturday, July 9th, the first Venice Centennial Surf Contest will take place at the Venice Beach Breakwater at Windward Circle.

The contest will be a celebration of another aspectof the Venice Beach lifestyle.

More than 140 contestants will be competing in eight divisions, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

At the conclusion of the contest, there will be an awards ceremony at the Venice Centennial stage at the Venice Boardwalk and Windward Circle.

Contest proceeds will benefit local ocean and water safety youth programs. Entry forms are available at local area surf shops.

VENICE CHAMBER MIXER — The Venice Chamber of Commerce mixer will be between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22nd, at Venice Suites, 417 Ocean Front Walk. Parking will be available at the end of Rose Avenue on the beach.

Venice Suites is an irreplaceable four-story brick building that was built in 1921.

Specially-skilled craftsmen re-pointed the entire vintage brick faÁade using diamond bits. A Carrera marble staircase leads to three hand-painted tile murals depicting dreamy underwater seascapes.

A new feature for the Venice Suites is the addition of a rooftop garden, which provides an unobstructed 360 degree view from Palos Verdes to Catalina Island to Malibu to the Hollywood sign.

We hope that you will join us on the rooftop garden to meet with friends and enjoy one of the reasons we all live in beautiful sunny California. The mixer is $5 for members and $10 for others.

Information from the chamber, (310) 822-5425, or visit the Web site at

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES — It’s that time again. The Marina del Rey Summer Concert season will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7th, in Burton Chace Park.

The Thursday Classical Concerts will be on July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th.

The 75-piece Marina del Rey Summer Symphony and soloists will be conducted by maestro Frank Fetta.

Saturday Pop Concerts will be held on July 16th with Pam Tillis; July 30th with the Mancini Institute Orchestra; August 13th with New York Voices; and August 27th with Cleo Laine.

Information, the County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors, (310) 305-9545.

PLAYA VISTA CONCERTS — The Playa Vista 2005 Concert Series will kick off between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26th, with Eight Days a Week, a Beatles tribute band.

The remaining concerts will be Sunday, July 31st, with Mark Wood Parrot Heads, a Jimmy Buffet tribute; and Sunday, August 28th, with The Answer.

The free concerts are open to the public at Playa Vista Concert Park.

Information, Playa Vista, (310) 822-0074 or

COUNTY SERVICE FORUM — The Los Angeles County Service Planning Area 5 that deals with education issues will host a community forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linderberg Park, 5041 Rhode Way, Culver City.

The purpose of the forum is to create a relationship between county representatives and the public to assist the county strategic plan and future funding for the West Region of the county concerning issues that impact school preparedness, school transitions and school and life success.

The county hopes to have parents, caregivers and youths participating in the process.

Information, council coordinator Maria Marquez, (310) 391-1579.

Mary Richert can be reached at