This newsletter was lightly edited to remove the events that were last night.
Rep Lieu Secures Nearly $2 Million for SaMo Community Projects: This includes a $850,000 for the Santa Monica Affordable Housing Rehab Project, $500,000 for the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Safety Enhancements, and $469,100 for the Cloverfield Services Center Interim Housing Program Renovations. The Lincoln Blvd. money “will add pedestrian lighting, upgraded crosswalks, and other safety features that will dramatically enhance safety for pedestrians, vehicles, and transit riders in the neighborhoods along Lincoln Blvd. This phase is part of a larger project that includes upgraded crosswalks, landscaped medians, pedestrian refuges, pedestrian lighting, and bicycle connectors to improve safety in the community.” More details here.
Santa Monica Conservancy Looking for Nominations for 2024 Preservation Awards: “Each year they honor exemplary projects and contributors to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage. The 2024 Preservation Awards will be announced during a special presentation at our Annual Meeting this May. The deadline for nominations is March 27. You can download the form here. Questions and nominations should be sent to
Why Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris Wheel Will Go Dark This Saturday Night: The Pacific Park Ferris wheel is “going dark” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the 18th annual Earth Hour. Known as “The Biggest Hour on Earth,” the movement encourages people to switch off their lights at home and monuments to darken their beacons to show support for the planet and raise awareness awareness of environmental issues. More detail here.
SaMo Lion’s Club Collecting Donations of Old Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids: All eyeglasses and hearing aids are taken to a facility where Lions volunteers clean, repair, sort by refraction, and shipped to to help thousands of people throughout, Southern California, Mexico and the Philippines. More details here and here is a list of drop-off locations.
Main St.’s Pasjoli Featured on NBC: “These chef-approved kitchen tips will completely transform your home cooking California Live’s Jessica Vilchis visits Pasjoli to meet award-winning chef Dave Beran, who trained Jeremy Allen White for his leading role in ‘The Bear.’ In this video report, Chef Beran shares his kitchen genius with Jess, who admits her entire outlook on cooking at home has now changed.”
The Best Places To Eat In Venice: “From Abbot Kinney to the Boardwalk, these are the best spots to eat around Venice Beach” according to this Infatuation article.

Things To Do This Weekend: 

Silent Disco @ The Waterfront Venice (Friday 4 – 8 pm): On the final Friday of each month, a new beachside bash takes place both in and around the restaurant and bar. @ 206 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. More details here.
Museums Free-For-All (Saturday): Got a list of L.A. museums you haven’t visited yet? Then Saturday is your day as museums all over town are throwing open their doors for free admission with over 30 museums participating, including the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, LACMA, Japanese American National Museum, GRAMMY Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Skirball and more. Click here for a list of museums.
FREE Papel Picado Workshop @ 18th Street Arts Center (Saturday 1 – 4pm): Papel picado is a form of traditional Mexican art that dates back to ancient times. This traditional art consists of cutouts that are often strung together with twine to create colorful banners used to decorate for celebrations and festivals. At the end of this workshop, participants will have their very own papel picado garland to take home! All ages. Workshop guidance available for English and Spanish speakers. More details here.
Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Join us for the chill vibes of local favorites, the GM Jazz Quartet 10am-1pm. We are pleased to announce that Harry’s Berries is back with organic strawberries. Is there anything better than a jazz brunch with berries? Happy Spring!  
Downtown Santa Monica Celebrates Easter (Sunday 12 – 4pm): Third Street Promenade Celebrate the Easter season at Third Street Promenade with fun, games, and FREE photos with the Easter Bunny. More details here.

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