OPA Update 5/23/24: Upcoming OPA Calendar of Events, The Network Meetup Tonight, & Other Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

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Upcoming OPA/Neighborhood Calendar of Events: 

  • Team OPA / Heal the Bay Beach Clean Up Day: Sunday June 9 (click here to email Dave Tann to learn more)
  • June Monthly OPA Meeting: Monday June 10 @ Main St. Library
  • July 4 Parade: Annual Main St. Parade (Main St. closed to vehicles in the AM)
  • Make Music Day 2024: Friday, June 21
  • Summer Solstice Festival: Saturday, July 13 (Main St. closed to vehicles all day)
  • Day of the Dog: Saturday, September 7 (Main St. closed to vehicles all day)

The Network Meetup at LULA on Main St. (Tonight 6:30pm): Join your Network crew at LULA Cocina Mexicana (2720 Main St) for margaritas, merrymaking, meeting your Westside neighbors, delish Mexican food, and building LGBTQ+ community. We’ll likely be there until 9:30pm and you can find us out on the back patio. Community members and allies are invited! Click here to email Erin for more info. 

“MAINopoly Offers a Sample of Main Street’s Best”: This SaMoMirror video report details some of the tasty highlights. And SMDP has this brief recap as well with photos.  

The Street Seen: Craig’s Market 2925 Main Street @ Kinney: This week’s post details that “In 1913, a 2-story brick building is constructed between Ashland and Pier Ave at 2924 Main St. To allow for the 1926 widening of Main St, the building is moved 40 feet west and the ground floor occupied by Craig’s Market.”

New Beach-Adjacent Hotel Tells the Story of Venice’s Black History: This SaMoMirror report details the slyly named “Redline Hotel” where “each one of its units are adorned with various decor that help guests discover a different period of Venice’s development.” 

SF Gate Article Details “‘Shocking’: The Fall of 3rd St. Promenade’s Once-Vibrant Outdoor Mall”: This article is a deep dive discussed the “unique confluence of factors has stymied the 3rd St. Promenade.” 

U.S. News and World Report Rank Santa Monica High School Top 5% Nationally: This SaMoNext report details Samohi ranked 850 nationally out of nearly 18,000 public schools in the nation. 

Holey Grail Donuts Launches Taro Donut Holes: Their new “Holeys” are the first-ever taro-based donut holes introduced to the market and are made-to-order in organic coconut oil and are 100% gluten-free. They are available in their signature Original Sin flavor (with Hawaiian vanilla bean, maple and sea salt), as well as a weekly rotating special flavor. 2441 Main St. https://www.holeygraildonuts.com/

Veteran LA Chef Michael Fiorelli Goes Back to Basics With Blistered, Wood-Fired Pizzas on Abbot Kinney: This Eater LA report details his “stellar new pizza spot serves inside the lush Cook’s Garden on Abbot Kinney in Venice.”

Things To Do This Weekend & Next Week: 

  • Salsa & Bachata Lessons at The Victorian (Thursdays): Dance enthusiasts can grab their dancing shoes on and meet at The Victorian every Thursday for Salsa & Bachata classes. They’ll enjoy music spun by The Victorian’s featured DJs and stay after the lesson to participate in open-floor dancing or indulge in this favorite nightlife spot’s menu inspired by Mediterranean-American fare. More details here.
  • Free Beginner Pickleball Clinic @ PicklePop (Saturday 10am – 12pm): This is a FREE 2-hour beginner clinic covering the basics on how to get started. @ 1231 3rd St. Promenade. Register here.
  • “The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson” (Saturday 7:30pm): Celebrate Memorial Day as SaMo Playhouse pays homage to Paul Robeson with film, television and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta’s acclaimed NAACP Award-Winning solo show about the renowned African-American artist-activist. @ 1211 4th St. 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. More details here.
  • Main St. Farmers Market (Sunday 8:30am-1:30pm): Looking for a chill groovy place to kick back and relax this busy holiday weekend? Lazy Dog Mountain Band is back at the Main Street Farmers Market with toe tapping foot stomping music for the whole family to enjoy. And yes! Holy Guacamole too! Ever wonder if you or a friend might qualify for the CalFresh program? Providence St Joseph will be at the market with sign up info.
  • Mental Health Awareness Event (Saturday 1-4pm): The Encouragement Group is aiming to shine a light on mental health with trauma based skits and an enlightening panel discussion followed up by a mindfulness meditation @ Church on Ocean Park, 235 Hill St. All are welcome to attend! Free parking is available. More details here.
  • City Council Meeting  (Tuesday 5:30 pm – public portion starts no earlier than 7:00 pm): Meetings are hybrid and can be viewed on this YouTube channel. Click here for agenda. 

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