On April 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Cordon Bleu-trained chef and CII Trustee Lisa Baker Morgan is hosting a virtual Dinner in Paris cooking class with proceeds benefiting Children’s Institute.

Thursday, April 15

Virtual Commemoration of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee will host a virtual VJAMM Commemoration via Zoom and will welcome a stellar lineup of speakers that includes U.S. Congressmember Ted Liu. Hama Sushi in Venice will once again host a VJAMM fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Proprietor Esther Chiang will donate 10% of all dinner receipts to the VJAMM Committee for educational outreach, VJAMM maintenance, and funding the Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant.
To attend, visit venicejamm.org/zoom (Zoom meeting ID: 86774770786)

Saturday, April 17

Marina del Rey Farmers Market, 8 to 9 a.m. (seniors), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (general public)
This weekly outdoor event allows Westside residents to support local produce sellers and other vendors. Food from a wide variety of businesses is available for purchase. Masks are required and only 40 people are allowed to shop at any one time. Held in parking lot 11 at 14101 Panay Way.
More information is available at beaches.lacounty.gov/mdrfarmersmarket

Roads to Respect: Keeping Kids Safe, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop for parents and caregivers of elementary school children focuses on how to prevent child sexual abuse and help keep kids safe. Conversations body safety should happen in every family and can be done without fear or discomfort. Presented by Kimberly R. White form the UCLA-Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center.
Register at this link: bit.ly/rds2respect

Dockwalker Refresher Training, 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.
This virtual workshop is for Dockwalker volunteers who have been trained in the last three years. This workshop will serve as a “refresher” on the Dockwalker program and its efforts. Dockwalkers’ efforts increase boater awareness about clean and safe boating, thus improving the recreation experience in California while helping to preserve its precious wildlife habitat and water quality!
To learn more and sign up, visit santamonicabay.org/events

St. Mark Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In response to its local community in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mark Parish in Venice started an every-Saturday food pantry. Since October 2020, the St. Mark Food Pantry has helped over 11,000 people and distributed more than 82,000 pounds of food. They invite in-need families who are from Venice and surrounding neighborhoods to come pick up free produce and other food items. No registration needed. Drive-thru and walk-in options are available. Please wear a mask.
St. Mark Church, 940 Coeur D’Alene Avenue, Venice (entrance on Garfield Avenue). For more information, call the parish office at 310-821-5058
or email loavesandfishes@stmarkvenice.com

Virtual Beer & Bingo Fundraiser, 7 p.m.
The Culver City High School Booster Club will host a virtual Beer & Bingo fundraising event. In the comfort of your home, you’ll taste four different styles of beer from Los Angeles Ale Works, which is coming soon to the Ivy Station in Downtown Culver City. The brew master will lead partygoers through the different tastings. The event will include live Bingo games with prizes. A silent auction with dozens of amazing items will be available. Tickets cost $50 and include beer tasting for two and one bingo card good for four games. Additional bingo cards available at $5 each.
Tickets available at cchsboosterclub.com

Sunday, April 18

Santa Monica Main Street Farmers’ Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Shop for local fresh produce and prepared foods from local restaurants starting at 2640 Main Street. You can also enjoy musical entertainment from featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and if you catch it on the right week, a cooking demonstration featuring local produce.

Mar Vista Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This vibrant, year-round market offers local produce, prepared foods, kids crafts and live events. Located at 12198 Venice Blvd., Grand View at Venice Boulevard.
For more information, visit marvistafarmersmarket.org

Venice Electric Light Parade, 6 p.m.
Marcus Gladney created the Venice Electric Light Parade to bring together bike enthusiasts who love to light up their bikes and set out into the night along the beautiful Venice Beach boardwalk. The group meets every Sunday at sunset, at Windward Plaza on the boardwalk, down from the world-famous Venice sign. Must have safety lights and wheel lights (not required to ride) will be available for purchase. As many as 100 people show up each Sunday night for a chance to join the community for a few hours of fun. Everyone welcome, all ages, all bikes.
For more information,
visit facebook.com/veniceelectriclightparade

Monday, April 19

Dinner in Paris: A Virtual Cooking Series, 5:30 p.m.
Cordon Bleu-trained chef and CII Trustee Lisa Baker Morgan is hosting a virtual series of three fun and interactive cooking classes with proceeds benefitting Children’s Institute. Attendance will receive an ingredients list ahead of time and Lisa will lead the group in preparing seasonal culinary delights from the comfort of their own kitchen. Tickets start at $150. Each ticket includes admission to the class, a CII wine glass, a CII apron, recipes, a grocery list and suggested wine pairings. Attendees’ support ensures children and families impacted by trauma and poverty have access to critical programs and services.
Buy tickets at childrensinstitute.org/event/dinnerinparis

Wednesday, April 21

Climate Change and Extinction Events, 10 to 11 a.m.
Join the Brandeis Men’s Group of Los Angeles on Zoom for a stimulating and educational discussion of climate change and mass extinction events from the ice age to the modern day. The session will be presented by Dr. Emily Lindsey, who is the assistant curator and excavation site director at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and adjunct faculty in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Her research integrates information from past and modern ecosystems in order to understand how ice age animals and environments functioned, how climate conditions and human actions intersec to drive extinctions, and how to predict future ecological responses in the face of modern global change.
Visit bncla.org for the Zoom link.

Thursday, April 22

Media Park Revitalization and Conceptual Plan Development, 6:30 p.m.
The cities of Culver City and Los Angeles are developing a conceptual plan to revitalize Media Park, which is located at the corner of Culver and Venice Boulevard. In this virtual community workshop on Zoom, two draft design concepts reflecting comments received at the first workshop will be reviewed and discussed, as well as community survey results.
For additional information and to register, visit culvercity.org