OPA Update 11/20/23: Announcing 2024 OPA Board Nominees, Drawing to Win an iPad, & Things To Do This Holiday Week


2024 OPA Board Nominees: We’re excited to share that these seven people are running to be on the OPA Board next year: Abe Sassoon, Dave Tann, Erin Mosbaugh, Jeffrey Jarow, Lucy Stone, Robbie Leer, & Will Burrington. Learn more about them here. Election will be the week of our Dec. 9 Holiday Party.

OPA Drawing for an iPad: All paid members will be entered into the drawing at the Dec. 9 Holiday party and all new members and members who pay their 2024 dues between now and then will get an additional entry. Click here to join or pay your 2024 dues now

OPA Holiday Party Details: Mark your calendar to join us at the Victorian Main Patio Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3pm-5:30pm. More details soon.

The Street Seen: The Wilson: This week’s write-up details the new 4-story mixed use project @ 2903 – 2931 Lincoln Blvd @ Ashland. 

Gently Used Clothing Drive: Santa MoniCARES, in collaboration with the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, will collect gently used professional attire for individuals re-entering the workforce. Donations will be accepted until Sunday, December 31 at the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Visitor Information Center on 2427 Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. All donations will benefit Chrysalis – Santa Monica.

SaMo Receives Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard: This SaMoNext write up details the accomplishment for the fifth consecutive year, reflecting the city’s inclusive municipal laws, policies and services for LGBTQ+ people who live and work here.

NY Times List of the 25 Best Restaurants in LA Includes Local Favorites: This list of their “current favorites in one of the greatest food cities in the world” includes SaMo favorites Pasjoli and Birdie G’s. 

Things To Do This Week & Weekend: 

  • Karaoke Night Party at Tavern on Main: Sing a song, sing it loud and sing it strong at Tavern on Main’s Karaoke Night Party, every Monday and Wednesday night from 9pm to 1am. More details here.
  • Tuesday Tales: A Traveling Storytime (Tuesday, 10:30am): This fun and engaging weekly series, featuring stories, songs and rhymes travels to different library locations every week. Limited space; free tickets available at 10:15 a.m. For ages 2-5 @ Pico Branch Library 2201 Pico Blvd.
  • Game Day for Teens (Tuesday 4-6pm): Celebrate International Games Month by playing board games at the library. Explore new adventures, solve murders, and give your heart to a princess. Teen session for ages 10-18 @ Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Blvd.
  • Alfalfa Sneaker Drive + Run (Tuesday 6pm): Join us for an exciting event with Prince Mumba, a former Olympian, at 2309 Main Street, Los Angeles, California, USA. Get ready to lace up your sneakers and make a difference! This in-person event aims to collect sneakers for those in need. Let’s come together as a community and help others step into comfort. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet Prince Mumba and contribute to a great cause.” More details here
  • Wednesdays on Ice PRIDE Night: Celebrate the season with your chosen family at Ice at Santa Monica. Join us for a festive night celebrating Santa Monica’s LGBTQ+ community. More details here.
  • Thanksgiving in Venice 2023- Come Help Feed The Homeless (Thursday, 6:30 – 10am): “For the past 11 years, a large group of volunteers ranging from all ages… come together to feed, clothed, handout toiletries and many smiles to the less fortunate community of Venice Beach. We successfully have had over 300 volunteers each event and served over 4000 people who may not have a family to spend the holidays with, and are living on the streets.” @ 219 Rose Ave. More details here.
  • Turkey Trot (Thursday 7:45a.m. – 12:00p.m.): It’s time for the Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, or Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day! Pick your speed and work up an appetite running or walking along the beach path. @ Crescent Bay Park 2000 Ocean Ave. More details here.
  • Salt & Straw Black Friday Offer: Get a free Scoop with purchase of in-store gift card beginning on Friday, Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve. Yum! 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Arts Commission Meeting (Monday 6:30pm):In-person only in the SMi Training Room (northwest corner of the 2nd floor of the Civic Center Parking Structure – 330 Olympic Drive).
  • Commission on Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and the Environment (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Monday 7pm):More details here
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar.

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