OPA Update 4/15/24: Ocean Park Branch Library Open House THIS Wednesday, OPA Happy Hour Next Thursday (4/25), & Other Things To Do This Week


OPA Happy Hour NEXT Thursday: Our Spring community happy hour is NEXT Thursday (4/25) from 4:00 – 6:00pm @ Jameson’s Irish Pub patio (2702 Main St.). Come enjoy FREE appetizers and GREAT company. See you there! 

Main St. Featured in LA Magazine: This multi-page spread highlights many of the great businesses on the street and declares “For more than a quarter of a century, Santa Monica’s Main Street has stood as one of the top Southern California summer destinations, drawing crowds before and after their beach visits.”

See Inside New Regent Santa Monica @ 1700 Ocean Ave.: This post has new renderings of what to expect at the $150 million remodel of the former Loews that includes the restaurant Orla helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina and more. 

Santa Monica Conservancy Call for Volunteers Storytellers: The Conservancy’s Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House is located just off Main Street and serves as the non-profit’s community headquarters. From here, the Conservancy offers free docent led tours of the building, seasonal garden tours, guided walks along Main Street and the Third Street Historic District. Your involvement would be essential to preserving and transmitting the many stories that have shaped the neighborhood! Join the team today. Email volunteer@smconservancy.org or call (310) 496-3146 to learn more. www.smconservancy.org 

Sustainable & Connected – Big Blue Bus Announces Public Hearings for Proposed 5 Year Service Plan: This SaMo.gov post details the planned public hearings and invite to the community to participate. Online public hearing is Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 p.m and the in-person public hearing is Saturday, April 20.

The Street Seen: Ocean Park Electric Trolley Depot: This write-up details the history of the electric trolley depot on the South East Corner of Neilson and Pier that was built in 1910 and serviced trolley service until 1950, before being demolished in 1955 to make way for a parking lot and a Bank of America.

Things To Do This Week: 

  • Coffee with a Cop – Nordstrom (Tuesday 12 – 2 pm): Join the Santa Monica Police Department for Coffee with a Cop at Nordstrom, 220 Broadway. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. More details here.
  • Ocean Park Branch Library Open House (Wednesday 12 – 8 p.m.): The Open Park Branch Library will make a “splash” with an ocean-themed Open House, encourages our neighbors to visit the branch and find out what the Library has to offer. Library staff look forward to meeting the community—welcoming regular users, as well as newcomers and patrons we haven’t seen for a while—and helping users sign up for library cards or apply for the branch’s self-service model. We’re also celebrating the 105th year of this landmark historic Carnegie library. Patrons can learn history of the branch during their visit, check out books and other materials, enjoy crafts and games with the kids, as well as partake in a few light refreshments.  For children and families, the Library will also feature two special children’s programs during the day. The fun starts with a special, pre-opening Wednesday Tales storytime at 11:30 a.m. for children aged 2 to 5 and their guardians. Kids will have a whale of a time, enjoying stories, songs & silly rhymes. Tickets for the storytime are available at 11:00 a.m. Later in the afternoon, the Library presents an after-school event at 4:00 p.m. with ventriloquist and puppeteer Marc Griffiths, who’ll have families cracking up with his hilarious and inspiring show. Tickets for the puppet show are available at 3:30 p.m. 2601 Main St. More details here.
  • Free Walk-In Legal Clinic (Wednesday 4:30 – 7pm): Santa Monica residents can meet one on one with a lawyer from Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for help with HOUSING issues. More details here.
  • Pier Locals Night (Thursday 3:30 – 9pm): The Pier will be rolling out the red carpet for Santa Monicans for a curated series for locals, by locals. Gather your friends and family and head down to the Pier for amazing entertainment including youth activities, a car show, local DJs and live music from local bands, art exhibits, and so much more! You really won’t want to miss this incredible and unique outdoor setting to unwind, all while celebrating Santa Monica. More details here.

OPA & City Meetings:

  • Commission on Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and the Environment (Monday 7pm): More details here.
  • Big Blue Bus: Online Public Hearing on Proposed Service Changes (Tuesday 6 – 8pm): More details here.
  • OPA Connects Meeting (Wednesday 12pm): Here is the Zoom link.
  • Planning Commission Meeting (Wednesday 6pm): More details & agenda here. There are two Ocean Park items on the agenda (more details here):
  • 129 Hart Ave. Appeal of the Architectural Review Board’s approval for building design, colors, and materials for a two-story addition and restoration of an existing residence in the potential South Beach Historic District.
  • 2651 Main St. Conditional Use Permit to allow a Type-47 (0n-premise Beer, Wine, and General Spirits) alcohol license in conjunction with a new restaurant located in the Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zone.
  • Recreation & Parks Commission Commission Meeting (Thursday 6pm): Click Here for agenda.
  • Architectural Review Board Meeting (Thursday 7pm): More details here

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