OPA Update 1/29/24: OPA Happy Hour THIS Thursday, Black History Month Kicks off Thursday, & Other Things To Do This Week


OPA Happy Hour THIS Thursday: Our first community happy hour of the year is THIS Thursday from 4:30-6-30pm @ Lula’s back patio (2720 Main St.). Come enjoy FREE appetizers and GREAT company. See you there!  

SaMo’s Black History Month Kicks off Feb. 1 with the Theme “Black Media & the Arts”: More details here and here’s a snapshot of events: 

  • Thursday, Feb. 1: Food trucks & dancing (City Hall, 12 – 2 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7: Food trucks & dancing (City Yards, 12 – 2 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Feb. 15: Food trucks & music (Big Blue Bus, 12 – 2 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” (12:30 – 1:30 p.m.), sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library 
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Santa Monica Greens Festival (Virginia Avenue Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Solidarity & Celebration (Third Street Promenade, 1 – 8 p.m.)
  • Thursday, Feb. 29: Screening of “The Wiz” (Santa Monica Library, MLK auditorium, 11:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.)

Santa Monica Hires New Fire Chief: Monterey Park Fire Chief Matthew Hallock “brings 24 years of experience in public safety and emergency response,” City officials said. More details here.

The Street Seen: Viceroy Hotel: Here’s the history of the The 8-story Viceroy Hotel, built in 1967 on the corner of the hotel at 1819 Ocean Avenue @ Pico.

See What’s Cooking at Cha Cha Chicken: This SaMoMirror video report highlights the neighborhood staple onon Ocean Ave.

Ride the Big Blue Bus for free on Transit Equity Day, Feb. 4: Transit Equity Day is a nationwide day of action honoring Rosa Parks’ birthday by highlighting the advancement of a fair and equitable public transit system. More details here.

SaMo Founded Happy Returns Featured on Good Morning America: This video report details the company’s goal to make customer returns easier while keeping customer costs down for retailers. 

SMC Extends Record Transfer Streak as the No.1 Transfer College to UC’s: For the 33rd year in a row (a streak that began the year the Cold War ended) leads the nation in UC transfers. Last year 1,086 SMC students transferred to UC campuses, with 414 headed to UCLA. More details here

Things To Do This Week: 

  • LA Startup and Tech Mixer 2024 (Wednesday 6pm): @ The Santa Monica Whaler (101 Broadway). More details here.
  • OPA Happy Hour THIS Thursday: Our first community happy hour of the year is THIS Thursday from 4:30-6-30pm @ Lula’s back patio (2720 Main St.). Come enjoy FREE appetizers and GREAT company. See you there!

OPA & City Meetings:

  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link or Click Here to add it to your calendar.
  • Housing Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.

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