Venice business owner and community volunteer Carol Tantau’s contribution to the Venice community is being acknowledged by the State Legislature.

Each year, the Women’s Caucuses in the State Senate and the Assembly provide each member of the California State Legislature the opportunity to honor one woman who has made an exceptional contribution to her community.

This year, State Senator Debra Bowen chose Tantau as Woman of the Year.

Tantau will be honored Monday, March 14th, in the State Senate Chamber, where Bowen will walk Tantau down the aisle to be congratulated by the State Senate president pro tem, who will present Tantau with a framed resolution as a Woman of the Year.

A reception will follow at the California State History Museum in Sacramento for all women chosen to receive this honor.

Tantau has devoted much of her life to making our community a safer and better place to live.

As the owner of Just Tantau on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Ven-ice, her visionary approach to economic improvement led to the creation of the Abbot Kinney District Association.

As association president, she forged strong relationships within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), providing a valuable asset in her role as the creative force behind an innovative, community-based response to domestic violence that grew out of a sub-committee of the LAPD Pacific Area Community Police Advisory Board.

Tantau is a member of the On-Call Emergency Advocate Network (OCEAN) 24-hour on-call staff and also serves as vice chair of the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force. OCEAN is a program of Sojourn Services for battered women and their children.

In addition, Tantau wrote the domestic violence protocol for the City of Los Angeles and has trained managers in methods to deal with domestic violence issues involving city staff.

She is fluent in Spanish and has just been engaged by the Mexican consulate to train consulate protection officers from California, Arizona, Texas and Illinois in ways to talk to victims of domestic violence in a sensitive manner.

Tantau will also be honored during an annual district banquet Saturday, March 19th, as the Venice Marina Lions Club Recognition Person of the Year for exemplifying community involvement and service.

CARNEVALE LOGO — The Venice Artists Forum — which has been sponsoring the annual Carnevale! Venice Beach since 2002 — has announced the third competition for a local artist to design the 2005 Carnevale! Venice Beach logo.

This year, Carnevale! Venice Beach kicks off the Venice Centennial celebration with an all-day costumed Mardi Gras-style festival in Venice’s Windward Circle Saturday, June 25th.

For the best design, a $500 prize has been contributed by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

The theme for this year’s event is “Electric Adventures.” Any form of two dimensional art, photo, drawing, or collage that is 11 by 17 inches, can be submitted by Friday, April 1st, to Venice Artists Forum, 55 Rose Ave. Venice 90291.

Participants must live and/or work in Venice Beach.

The Carnevale! Venice Beach celebration is a costume party inspired by the famed Carnevale in Venice, Italy, featuring theatrical, dance, and musical performances focusing on local Venice artists.

The Venice Artists Forum produces the event in association with the Venice Chamber of Commerce, with funding, in part from the Bank of America and a grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

Esquire Jauchem is the producer of the event and Miriam More and Bonnie Cheeseman are co-producers.

OTHER FILM FESTIVAL —The Other Venice Film Festival returns for its second season from Friday through Sunday, March 18th to 20th.

The festival is dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy, and diversity of Venice features.

More than 40 filmmakers and two screening venues are planned.

The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, will have screenings from Friday to Sunday and Switch Studios, 316 S. Venice Blvd. will have shows Saturday and Sunday.

OPENING NIGHT — Opening Night Mockumentary Celebration will be held Friday, March 18th, at the Electric Lodge with a live band performance by the Dragonfly Project at 7 p.m.

Icetown and M-Boys will premiere with Incident at Loch Ness, staring Werner Herzog.

An opening party with DJs, live video performance art, food, and libations from the great chefs of Venice will follow at 10 p.m.

Ticket reservations can be made at the Electric Lodge. Additional information on all weekend activities,

MYSTERY WRITERS — The Friends of the Venice Library will host 20 authors from Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime at the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22nd.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the Venice Centennial and gives participants the opportunity to meet the authors and have them sign their books.

Information, (310) 821-1769.

CHAMBER HOSTED — The Venice Chamber of Commerce will be hosted at Ravenswork, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23rd.

Robert Feist, originator of the chamber Venice Media District, will demonstrate his audio post-production services, including mixing for broadcast, music composition, sound design, voice-over recording, and digital transmission services.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the audio world and to network with your neighbors and fellow business owners.

Information, the chamber, (310) 822-5425 or

CITIZEN HEALTH — Therese Hughes, Venice Family Clinic government relations and legislative analyst, has been selected as one of 14 members of the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group by federal comptroller general David M. Walker.

This group is the first step in a two-year process designed to lead to a national dialogue on issues related to healthcare services, delivery, and cost.

Under federal law, the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services will serve as the 15th member of the Working Group.

Walker, who heads the federal Government Accountability Office, chose the 14 members from among more than 530 people who applied.

The members represent many regions of the country and a broad range of healthcare perspectives, including consumers, providers, employers, and workers.

The federal statute requires that appointments include people with personal experience or expertise in paying for benefits and issues of access to care.

Walker said:

“We need to re-examine every aspect of our healthcare system because its current course threatens both our economic and national security.

“Many policymakers, industry experts and medical practitioners contend that the healthcare system — in both the public and private sectors — is in crisis.

“Long-term spending for healthcare is driven by both the aging of our population and the rapid growth of healthcare costs,” he added.

Hughes’ outreach efforts to government officials and the public have brought attention to the challenges facing the providers of primary healthcare to the uninsured.

Hughes served as the chair of the Ventura County Grand Jury Health, Education, and Welfare Committee and was a board member of the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara.

PARK DEDICATION — Venice Centennial Park, adjacent to the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., was dedicated Thursday, February 17th.

This park, once overgrown and crime-plagued, is now re-landscaped and maintained by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Among those who worked to bring about the park were Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski and her Venice deputy Sandy Kievman, deputy city attorney for the Neighborhood Prosecutors Program Gita Isagholian, Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officer Theresa Skinner and Venice librarian Lucille Cappas.

Mary Richert can be reached at