Home community news OPA Update 9/7/23: Main St. Festival THIS Weekend, Preview of OPA Monthly Meeting Agenda THIS Monday, Sept. 11, & Other Things To Do This Weekend

OPA Update 9/7/23: Main St. Festival THIS Weekend, Preview of OPA Monthly Meeting Agenda THIS Monday, Sept. 11, & Other Things To Do This Weekend

OPA Update 9/7/23: Main St. Festival THIS Weekend, Preview of OPA Monthly Meeting Agenda THIS Monday, Sept. 11, & Other Things To Do This Weekend

Sharing an Open Main St is THIS Weekend! 

Main St. will again be transforming into a pedestrian plaza all weekend – enjoy a bite at one of the picnic tables, live music, a beer garden & more! Click here for the full lineup.

Preview of OPA Monthly Meeting Agenda Monday Sept. 11 6:30pm @ Alfalfa: 

  • Guest – SMPD: Update on recent work
  • Guest – Jim Harris: Executive Director, Santa Monica Pier
  • Board Agenda: Sharing an Open Main St Retro & Planning, and much more (draft agenda here)

How High Are Santa Monicans’ Monthly Bills Compared to the Rest of the U.S.?: This SaMo Mirror article summarizes a Doxo Insights report stating that SaMo bills are $15,705 higher per year than the U.S. average with the average mortgage at $3,637 v $2,055 national average among a variety of other data points.

Community Invited to Sept. 23 Kickoff Meeting for SaMo Equity Plan & Grant Program: This SaMo post details how plan will include recommendations to improve the well-being of everyone, especially people who have been historically disadvantaged because of their identities. The event will include a panel discussion featuring people of diverse backgrounds who will speak about the challenges they face because of their identities & small group sessions where community members will discuss their identities and unique challenges.

The Street Seen – Beach Improvement Public Art: This week’s post explains the history of two prominent art installations on Ocean Park Blvd. @ Barnard Way. 

Quarterly Compost/Food Scrap Bucket Giveaway Event This Saturday: “ONLY – paper shredding, electronic wastes, mattresses/boxsprings, carpets (dry, no bugs); NO OTHER ITEMS – PLEASE.” September 9, 9 am – 2 pm inside City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave. (follow signs).

The Naked Truth – Someone Thinks Clothing is now Optional on Main St.: This SaMo Observer article includes redacted photos of a guy going for a stroll in his birthday suit this past weekend. 

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Main Street Community Garden Open House: “Join us for a stroll through this magical habitat just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Grab a complimentary cup of coffee and see what the buzz is all about.  Might be the bees and butterflies, might just be the chatter about our new project, the 19th Street Community Farm and Wellness Center, coming soon to the Pico Neighborhood. This event is free and open to the public.” Saturday, 9 – 11a.m. @ 2318 Main St.
  • ANYTHING GOES Art Show at California Heritage Museum: More than 60 artworks will be on display and available to buy as part of the museum’s fund raising efforts. Open 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday with Opening Receiption 4 – 7pm Saturday. 
  • Endless Summer C.A.M.P. (Community | Art | Music | Picnic) at Tongva Park (FREE): This final of four Saturday events celebrates community, arts and culture. Bring a picnic and join as artists from across Santa Monica and the LA region share their culture through interactive music, performances, and hands-on crafts. Special performances by local youth will be featured. Open to all. Saturday, 11a.m. – 2p.m., 1615 Ocean Ave.
  • Bergamot Station Arts Center Fall Open House (FREE): Expect a variety of gallery exhibitions, artist talks & exhibitions, food & entertainment (including standup comedy), and kids’ activities. Saturday, 1 – 10p.m. @ 2525 Michigan Ave. More details here.
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: “Start your Open Main Street Sunday experience early with the Main Street Farmers Market open from 8:30am-1:30pm. Special interactive kids singalong with Kymberly Stewart begins on the lawn at 9am followed by the GM Jazz Quartet 10am-1pm.” Kiki will also be chalking down the drive and into the street on Sunday and hosting a soundbath on the lawn at noon.
  • Mishkon Temple Open House – Celebrating 75 years on Main St. (FREE): Expect live music, food, drinks, history and tours. Sunday, 4 – 6p.m. 206 Main St. mishkon.org
  • Americana in the Park 2023 (FREE): “Bring a picnic, blanket, and beach chairs for this end-of-summer series that explores Americana styles from its roots to modern forms.” This week features blues/jazz singer Mara Kaye & New Orleans style soul with Dr SoundGood featuring Doug Legacy along with multiple food trucks. Every Sunday in September, 4 – 7p.m. @ Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St.
  • City Hosting FREE Workshop “What We Can Do About Racial Segregation”: More details here on workshop to discuss racial justice and begin hammering out a citywide equity plan. Sept. 10 both online an in person at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Center.