Learn When to Call 911 v 311 v Other Options, Westside Food Bank Warns of ‘Hunger Cliff’ & Things To Do This Weekend


Preview of OPA Monthly Meeting Next Monday April 10 6:30pm @ Alfalfa: Guests speakers include: 

  • SMPD
  • Peter James: Chief Operations Officer of the City of Santa Monica Public Works Dept providing an update on the City’s zero waste efforts and the Solid Waste Rate Study and raising awareness of the Airport Conversion planning effort and invite feedback on ways to best conduct outreach
  • Cathy Taylor: SMFD Fire Prevention Coordinator

Learn When to Call 911 v 311 v Other Options: SMPD published this guide on who to contact for help in various situations. OPA is also working with SMPD to schedule a 30-60 minute “Community Safety” learning session. Stay tuned for more details, but it will likely be Tuesday April 24 @ 7pm on Zoom.

“Vons is Gone, Long Live Vons”: This SMDP article details what to expect from the development on the former Vons lot along with a lot of renditions.

Westside Food Bank Warns of ‘Hunger Cliff’: This SaMo Lookout article details the problems. Click here to donate to Westside Food Bank.

Santa Monica Rents Rise After Declining 6 Months: This Surf Santa Monica article details the trends.

Some of L.A.’s Short Term Rentals Are ‘Hiding’ in Santa Monica: This SaMo Next article details how some Venice Airbnbs are trying to game the system by listing their rentals in SaMo. 

Food Trucks Returning to Main St: Here’s the press release announcing the return of the weekly Food Truck night Wednesdays from 5-9pm at California Heritage Museum starting April 12. 

Tipsy Chef is No More: The gastropub inside the historic Edgemar Center recently closed its door for good. 

History of the First National Bank of Ocean Park: This week’s Street Seen details the history of the first national bank in OP that was at 163 Marine Street @ Neilson.

SaMo Conservancy Seeking Nominations for 2023 Preservation Awards: “Each year we honor exemplary projects and contributors to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage. Nominations are due April 6th. Click here for more information and to download the nomination form.

Volunteer Collective Hosting City-Wide “Everything Essential Drive” with donation boxes across Los Angeles for new and gently used items for the bedroom, bathroom and office supplies. The campaign is a partnership with Pico Union Project which serves families near downtown Los Angeles. Click here for a list of items. You can find a drop off can behind Men’s Warehouse 17th St.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Active Aging Bicycle Outing (Thursday 2pm): Join the bike ride for older adults along the Expo Bike Path to learn rules of the road and safe biking skills. More details here.
  • An Evening with Matthew Desmond (Thursday 8pm @ Bergamot Arts Station): “The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.” More details here.
  • The Other Art Fair (March 30 – April 2 @ Barker Hanger): “When the art world as you knew it went one way, we went the other. Where elitism is the norm, we dared to deviate. We’ve created something different, and we want you to experience it. We combine affordable and original artworks and 140 independent artists with immersive installations, performances, DJs – and a fully stocked bar. Here, art is for everyone.” More details & tickets here.
  • Stand Up For Pups Comedy Show @ Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista (Friday 6:30pm): Is your fur baby craving a night out watching comics? A portion of ticket sales will go towards the PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund. More details here.
  • Coffee with a Cop (Saturday 10am-1pm) at Virginia Avenue Park Farmer’s Market.
  • Free OrangeTheory Class in Downtown SaMo (Saturday 1:30pm): More details here on the free workout event put on by Fit Girl Club.
  • Reframe: City Hall Mural – Community Listening Workshop (Saturday 3pm): Anu Yadav is leading a small group work for community members to share their diverse views on the City Hall Mural. More details here.
  • Soundwaves Concert Series at Pico Library (Saturday 3:30pm): More details here. This Saturday features Redlands Symphony Principal Bass Scott Worthington performing a solo recital.
  • 626 Night Market Mini Returns (Saturday & Sunday 1-10pm): The downtown SaMo snack around pop-up is back every other weekend this Spring at the corner of Arizona and 5th with three dozen rotating local food pop-ups, curated by the 626 Night Market team, merchandise & craft vendors, and a full bar. More details and FREE tickets hereVideo preview here.
  • Don’t Tell Comedy (Saturday 8pm): The BYOB pop-up comedy club that changes locations for every show is back in SaMo. More details here.
  • Sunday Main St Farmers Market: The Border Grill truck and the fire department will be at the market!
  • “Family Time Series: Dye-an-Egg and Sip” at Cooks Garden Urban Farm on Abbot Kinney (Sunday 11:30am): “We’re celebrating the cross-cultural symbol of rebirth, renewal and reawakening: the egg!  Each adult & child team (6yrs and up) or single adult will learn to use botanicals and flowers harvested from the garden to dye 6 hollow eggs to take home to celebrate the season!” More details here.
  • Downtown Santa Monica Celebrates Easter (Sunday 12-3p): “Celebrate the Easter season on Third Street Promenade with fun, games, and FREE photos with the Easter Bunny!” More details here.
  • Free Corepower Vinyasa Yoga @ Vuori Abbot Kinney (Sunday 9am): In addition to the class, expect refreshments and 20% off at the store. More details here.
  • Cirque du Soleil – Corteo (Now – April 30): While Cirque is no longer in a tent by the Pier, we ventured to the Microsoft Theatre downtown went this past weekend and found the new show still be awe inspiring. Discount tickets are available here on Goldstar.

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