The Lincoln Blvd Task Force is returning to address all things Lincoln Blvd. A lot of change is coming to Lincoln and OPA needs to play a role in shaping some of that future by highlighting issues from residents’ perspectives. Anyone who would like to participate please reply to this email or click here to email Dave Tann.

SMCLC Letter Re: Gelson’s Project: “Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (“SMCLC”) is a nonprofit, all volunteer group of Santa Monica residents concerned about unsustainable commercial development.” They  are collecting signatures for an open letter to the developers of the Lincoln Center @ Lincoln & Ocean Park Blvds. regarding its size and scope. More details here.   

Rave Review for Atla from The Infatuation: “If you’re west of Lincoln Boulevard, consider Atla a can’t-miss catch-all for lunch, cocktails, or a high-stakes date night. But beyond that, it’s also something else: the undisputed best Mexican restaurant on the Westside.” 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd, https://www.theinfatuation.com/los-angeles/reviews/atla-venice 

2024 Santa Monica State of the City: Join Mayor Phil Brock, Vice Mayor Lana Negrete and City Manager David White for the annual Santa Monica State of the City. Thursday, Feb. 29 · 5 – 7pm @ John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Performing Arts Center, 2425 16th St. More details & RSVP here.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Samohi Theater Presents Phantom of the Opera: Two weekends, 6 performances: Friday, Feb. 23 & Saturday, Feb. 24 @ 7:00 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 3:00 pm. Friday, March 1, & Saturday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm, and Sunday, March 3 @ 3:00 pm. Buy tickets at https://www.samohitheatre.org/.
  • Black History Greens Festival (Saturday 10am – 2pm): This event is themed “Acknowledging the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future,” and attendees can engage in cooking demonstrations, book readings and dance performances. FREE @ Virginia Avenue Park.
  • Smart Gardening Workshop (Saturday 3 – 4:30 pm): Learn about backyard and worm composting, water conservation, Grasscycling, and edible gardening. @ Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. More details here.
  • Heal the Bay Aquarium Comedy Club (Saturday 7pm): Where else can you watch comedy while the fish are swimming around you? And it’s BYOB! $28 @1600 Ocean Front Walk. https://healthebay.org/event/aquarium-comedy-club-february/ 
  • Malibu Lagoon State Park Bird Walks (Sunday 8:30am Adults; 10am Parents & Kids): More birds than you can shake a stick at. What can I say? Birds you’ve never even heard of! Marbled Godwit, Black Turnstone, Heermann’s Gull, Frabulated Wigulet, Pelagic Cormorant, Western Roof Owl, maybe 65 other species. A quiet beach on a quiet day. Who can complain about that? Dress in layers. https://smbasblog.com/ 
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: We welcome special guest Elena Escudero to the stage from 10am – 1pm. Bach to Rock petting zoo will be on the lawn. See you on there. 
  • Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade (Sunday 11am-6pm): Marking its 25th year, participants are urged to don their most festive costumes and join the lively, irreverent celebration. More details here.
  • Pistachio Eating Championship (Monday 11am): Monday is World Pistachio Day (because why not?) and LA Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa tackles World Champion Competitive Eater Joey Chestnut and other Major League Eating’s top competitors at Pacific Park for another world-record attempt at cracking pistachios. More details here.
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