What’s Behind All the Street Lights Outages & How to Report Them, SMPD/OPA Community Safety Meeting Planned for Monday, Earth Day is This Saturday & Other Things To Do This Weekend


Streetlight Outages Throughout Ocean Park:

  • A lot of residents have been reporting increased streetlight outages lately. For example, all of 3rd St from Hollister to Pico and cross streets Main to 4th have been out for a couple weeks.
  • The city hasn’t confirmed that these outages are due to increases in copper wire theft, but here is a recent SMPD post on catching people at 7th & Pico & here is an LA Times report about it in the valley.
  • You should report street light outages to the city by using their 311 system (click here for the website, click here to download the app, email them here, or simply call 311). 

SMPD/OPA Community Safety Meeting April 24 @ 7pm: More details here on the Zoom learning session to learn who to call between 911 v 311 v someone else when dealing with public safety issues. Click here to email your interest and questions to Erin who is coordinating the session and click here to add the calendar invite & Zoom link to your calendar.

OPA Needs a Volunteer to Help Schedule Local a CPR Training Session: Want to get involved in OPA and help save lives? Simply reply to this email to volunteer. This site details how L.A. County has launched ‘Heart Heroes’ campaign to train 500K in CPR and we need someone to take the lead on scheduling a local training session. 

How To Participate In Beach Cleanups In Santa Monica For Earth Day THIS Saturday, April 22: This Patch article lists some of the events for volunteers to take to the streets and beaches to help pick up trash and we have listed most of them below as well. 

Piccolo on Lincoln Now Offering Weekend Brunch: To celebrate the opening, all Piccolo locations will be offering Bottomless Mimosa for $22. More details here. More details here.

Bread Head Sandwich PopUp at Juneshine (2914 Main St): More details here on the new concept from a couple Michelin starred chefs. Here is their Yelp page here is an LA Times article that listed them as one of the best new sandwiches in LA.

Venice’s New Bar Hangout Is an Entirely Alcohol-Free Cocktail Oasis: This Eater LA article details the new Bar Nuda on Abbott Kinney.

Eater LA Calls Calls “Reborn Georgian Hotel a Glittering Ode to Coastal Living”: This write up goes inside the nearly 100-year-old Art Deco destination on Ocean Avenue, now with completely redone restaurant and bar spaces.

Upcoming Santa Monica Active Aging Events: Click here for the list of upcoming events and to sign up for their newsletter. 

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Commemoration of Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (Thursday 11am): Click here to learn more, including why the 10′ monolith is at the corner of Lincoln and Venice Blvd.
  • Main Library Tech & Tasks Program (Every Thursday 2-4pm): “Need a little help? Receive one-on-one assistance from volunteer tutors and build your skills. Staff and volunteers can assist with reading, writing, and technology related tasks such as completing online forms and applications, resume writing, device help, improving reading skills, email, and downloading eBooks.” More details here.
  • Third Thursday at Ten Women Gallery (Thursday 6-8:30pm): “Bring a project and get creative at Ten Women Gallery on Main Street every third Thursday of the month. Meet artists, enjoy some delicious snacks and camaraderie and watch a special craft demo! This event is free and open to the public.” More details here.
  • Pier Locals Night (Thursday night): Music, art and crafts for kids will be offered tonight at the Pier’s Local’s Night. “Celebrate National Poetry Month with a custom poem typewritten for you or a loved one on the topic of your choice by RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, the current West Hollywood Poet Laureate. All ages.” More details here.
  • National Geographic Speaker Series Featuring Alizé Carrère (Thursday 7:30pm): Environmental anthropologist and filmmaker presents on human adaptation to climate change @ SaMo Broad Stage. More details here.
  • Saturday Earth Day Activities:
  • Active Aging Earth Day Bicycle Outing (Saturday 9am): Veo will be providing sit-down electric scooters and helmets for people who don’t have their own bicycle. The City will be giving out free bike lights to seniors. More details here.
  • Earth Day Beach Clean Up at Santa Monica Pier (Saturday 10am): “Come celebrate Earth Day and join HUM Nutrition, Youth To the People and Surfrider Foundation in a Santa Monica beach clean up!” Click here for more info and to reserve a spot.
  • Earth Day Butterfly Celebration (Saturday 10:30am): “Kick off Earth Day @ Montana Branch Library with a butterfly storytime on the patio, followed by activity and information stations with butterfly crafts, pollinator gardening, and more! Free milkweed seed packets available while supplies last. For families.” More details here.
  • Heal the Bay Earth Day Celebrations (Saturday  12-4pm @ The Aquarium Under the Pier): “Guests will feed sea stars, engage with the wildlife station, participate in an on-the-hour mini-dance party and enjoy themed movies and story-time sessions.” More details here.
  • Tree of Gratitude to be Planted in Memory of Marissa Rubin (Saturday 12pm): More details here.
  • Earth Day Regenerative Wine Fair (Saturday 2-5pm): Esters Wine Shop has invited “planet-friendly winemakers who practice regenerative farming in the vineyard for this epic, Earth Day walk-around tasting in the outdoor parklet. More details here.
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (Saturday 10am-2pm): SMPD and DEA will anonymously collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide.
  • Drag me to Church (Saturday 10am): Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (1343 Ocean Park Blvd.) hosts “A fundraising drag brunch as we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Drag queens from Oscar’s in Palm Springs will entertain with energetic song and dance, brunch will be served with optional bottomless mimosas.” More details here.
  • Sunday Main St Farmers Market: Dance with Miss Alice 9am; Lazy Dog Mountain Band 10am; CASM induction cooking demo, Instrument Petting Zoo and Coffee with a Cop.
  • Citywide Yard Sale (Sunday 9am-3pm): More details and list of participating addresses here.
  • Earth Day Panel: Diana Kapp with Kaitlin Mogentale (Sunday 11am): “Visit Zibby’s Bookshop and listen to author Diana Kapp, author of Girls Who Green The World, and Kaitlin Mogentale, founder and CEO of Pulp Pantry, for a children’s Earth Day event!” More details here.

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