It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...
Santa Monica Methodist Church of Santa Monica Senior Minister Patricia Farris leads Easter Sunrise Service at Palisades Park on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Mime artist Duncan Meadows, dressed as a Roman Centurion, performs at the Third Street Promenade on Friday, April 18, 2014. Meadows is an actor and hails from the UK.
Architects from Gensler build a sand castle on Santa Monica Beach while being filmed for a news segment on Friday, April 18, 2014. Leading architects and professional designers alike will square off in the return of this beloved beachfront competition at Heal the Bay commemoration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the beach south of the3 Santa Monica Pier.
Sandcastle teams will compete for top honors to be awarded by a panel of celebrity judges, including Single Mom’s Club star Amy Smart and Mina Chow, a professor at USC’s School of Architecture. A smaller-scale competition, geared toward non-professionals and families, will be open to the public later in the afternoon, with prizes awarded in a variety of categories.
While Heal the Bay ramps up its outreach and conservation efforts around Earth Day, the Santa Monica-based nonprofit encourages Southland residents to extend the spirit all year long by participating in our Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups, watershed restoration projects and community advocacy trainings, which are held monthly throughout the year.
Thousands of beach-lovers will converge in Santa Monica at Heal the Bay’s biggest cleanup of the year. Open to all ages, this Earth Day tradition is a great opportunity for families and friends to have good, clean fun while preserving a vital resource. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets and gloves. Community service hours available.
Heal the Bay will thank its cleanup volunteers by offering free admission to the Aquarium for all participants. Featuring over 100 species of Santa Monica Bay natives and a smorgasbord of kid-friendly craft activities, the Aquarium is a great place to learn about our local beaches, rivers and creeks. At 2 p.m. in the Dorothy Green Room, renowned underwater photographer Richard Salas will captivate audiences with stories and photographs from the deep
Congratulations to the new Miss Santa Monica, Claudia Ethridge, 20. She will be competing in the Miss California, USA, in January. (Ocean Front Walk, Monday, April 14, 2014)
A special workshop for kids focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) integrated California Common Core requirements in Science with instruction in Art and Design. Kids learned about the physics of flight, climate and wind, sustainable materials, and color theory while designing and decorating their own unique kites.
The Kite Festival was developed by Otis College of Art and Design’s Creative Action Program to bring families and communities throughout the Los Angeles region together for a fun-filled day of learning, creating art, and kite flying. This year, with generous support from the Drachen Foundation, Art4Moore, the Tides Foundation, the Home Depot, and the California State Coastal Conservancy, Otis has secured the funds and supplies to deliver a fantastic community event that will include educational workshops, painting, kite design and flying, and a special plein air drawing workshop.
“This is a fantastic event for the whole family,” says Richard Shelton, Director of Creative Action at Otis College of Art and Design. “Kids had the opportunity to learn about the physics of flight, work on their own creations, and watch some truly inspiring kites take to the skies.”
This year the indomitable Wini Jackson—celebrated advocate in service to children – has pledged her support and time to include kids from group homes, county facilities, public schools, treatment centers, and special needs homes throughout Los Angeles. All leftover supplies donated for the event will be given to Urban Compass in Watts.
In past years, Otis Kite Festivals have included children from the organizations Urban Compass, Junior Blind of America, Children’s Bureau, and St. Jude’s Hospital.
World Champion Unicyclist Jamey Mossengren juggles while riding a 12 foot unicycle at Ocean Front Walk on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Jamey has been unicycling for over 25 years and is currently the world champion so it’s no wonder he feels so at ease on unicycles. His skills astound the audience on numerous occasions by fearlessly jumping over a volunteer, jump roping and pedaling with his hands ... just to name a few. uniproshow: A ONE of a kind unicycle fire show!
Peter Rabbit greets children at Douglas Park during Santa Monica Jaycees' 22nd Annual Peter Rabbit Day Presented by Kate Bransfield on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Santa Monica Jaycees (Santa Monica Junior Chamber) is Santa Monica and the Westside's premier organization for young Professionals who want to make the most out of living in the Greater Los Angeles area. Recently named one of the top 115 chapters in America, we are a volunteer organization offering opportunities for leadership development, community service and camaraderie for women and men ages 21-40.
Merritt, Expert Henna Artist & founder of Party Henna, applies a henna tattoo during the Santa Monica Global Festival at theThird Street Promenade on Friday, April 11, 2014. The fest features live entertainment with music, dance and cultural demonstrations, interactive booths displays, educational items including clothing, pottery, artwork, artifacts, music, games, crafts and tasty samples from every continent. The Global Fest runs through Sunday.
Grand Marshall Bob Baker leads puppeteers through the Third Street Promenade Downtown Santa Monica during the Million Puppet March Parade on Sunday, April 6, 2014.