OPA Update: OPA Happy Hour POSTPONED, Structural Fire on Main St., SaMo Black History Month Kick Off, & Things To Do This Weekend


OPA Happy Hour POSTPONED: Mother nature did not cooperate and so we are postponing our (OPA’s) first community happy hour of the year for three weeks to February 22. We expect it will still be from 4:30-6-30pm @ Lula’s back patio (2720 Main St.) but will update you as it gets closer. 

Santa Monica’s Black History Month 2024 kicks off Feb. 1: This year’s theme is “Black Media & the Arts” and there are events throughout the month, including kick-off YMCA event on Feb. 1 (more details below), Food trucks & dancing on Feb. 7 @ City Yards, Food trucks & music on Feb. 15 @ Big Blue Bus Depo, & Santa Monica Greens Festival on Feb. 24 @ Virginia Avenue Park. More details here.

OP Features Prominently in EaterLA’s List of “19 Superb Santa Monica Restaurants”: This list includes a good mix of high-end places like Pasjoli & Capo and casual spots like Cobi’s, Heavy Handed & Augie’s. 

Structural Fire @ Free People Builing on Main St.: This Instagram post details the early morning fire at 2925 Main St. on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

History of the Main St. “Clownerina” Building: This article details how “A quirky, 30-foot-tall sculpture of a ballerina clown has become the patron saint” of the neighborhood.

Termite Treatment at Muir/SMASH: The termite treatment process is scheduled to take place on these dates: Jan. 29. through Feb. 2 (drywood termite treatment) & Feb. 5. -6 (subterranean termite treatment). More details here

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.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

  • Black History Month Event @ YMCA (Thursday): SaMo Black Lives Association is teaming with the SaMo YMCA to celebrate and kick-off the month. More details here.
  • Abbot Kinney First Friday Food Truck Fest (Friday starting at 5pm): About two dozen food trucks are expected to line the street for the monthly event. https://www.abbotkinneyblvd.com/
  • Recycling Event (Saturday 9am – 2pm): The City is hosting a FREE recycling event Saturday, February 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Santa Monica residents only. Bring your used mattresses, box springs, electronic waste, and up to five boxes of paper for shredding! Shredding will happen on-site and the paper will be recycled. City Yard Parking Lot @ 2500 Michigan Ave (2nd gate entrance). More details here.
  • Santa Monica Film Festival (Saturday): It showcases award-winning independent films from local, national and international filmmakers @ AMC 4 Santa Monica, 1441 3rd St. Promenade. More details here.
  • Valentine’s Day Conscious Market (Sunday 9am – 6pm): Looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine? Conscious Market is your chance to support local designers and businesses   Plus, there will be FREE Fitness classes all day sponsored by FIT GIRL CLUB @ Third Street Promenade. More details here.
  • Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: This Sunday we welcome back singer/songwriter Kiazi Halprin Fleece Kawasaki at 10am-1pm with the Laura Jean Music Academy pop up at 11am and noon. And for all of you animal lovers, YARI, the Youth Animal Rescue and Initiative and Yogi’s House will be joining us.

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