It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

BEACH CLEANUP DAY

Volunteers pick up trash during Heal the Bay's Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Over 60 nations participated making this possibly the largest volunteer day on the planet! Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) began in 1985 and has grown into a huge annual event. Every state with a coastline participates, including the Great Lakes states, and even some inland states clean river and lake shores. Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are the Los Angeles County coordinators for the state of California's Coastal Cleanup Day. They bring out over 10,000 volunteers to cleanup sites each year in L.A. County to over 50 sites along Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways. Last year, over 12,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County joined together to pick up over 180,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterwayCoastal Cleanup Day involves individuals, schools, community and company volunteer groups. Volunteers in Los Angeles County typically collect tens of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclable during a three-hour period. By filling out the trash "data cards" during the cleanup, volunteers are helping to identify and stop polluters in the future. Most people clean at the beach and on foot, but there are also special cleanups for inland creeks, boaters, kayakers, and divers. By far the most common item picked up are cigarette butts. Some of the more unusual items found in recent years were a chandelier, a briefcase full of graham crackers, and a bridal gown. Coastal Cleanup Day is held annually on the third Saturday of September.

Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 05:30PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

ECO DIVE

Eco Dive - Images by Fabian Lewkowicz

Scuba divers from Eco Dive Center, remove liter from the Pacific Ocean during Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Over 60 nations participated making this possibly the largest volunteer day on the planet! Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) began in 1985 and has grown into a huge annual event. Every state with a coastline participates, including the Great Lakes states, and even some inland states clean river and lake shores. Heal the Bay and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors are the Los Angeles County coordinators for the state of California's Coastal Cleanup Day. They bring out over 10,000 volunteers to cleanup sites each year in L.A. County to over 50 sites along Santa Monica Bay and along inland creeks and waterways. Last year, over 12,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County joined together to pick up over 180,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterwayCoastal Cleanup Day involves individuals, schools, community and company volunteer groups. Volunteers in Los Angeles County typically collect tens of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclable during a three-hour period. By filling out the trash "data cards" during the cleanup, volunteers are helping to identify and stop polluters in the future. Most people clean at the beach and on foot, but there are also special cleanups for inland creeks, boaters, kayakers, and divers. By far the most common item picked up are cigarette butts. Some of the more unusual items found in recent years were a chandelier, a briefcase full of graham crackers, and a bridal gown. Coastal Cleanup Day is held annually on the third Saturday of September.



Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 04:31PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

St. Baldrick's Day 

(above) Vidal Sassoon Academy students Deborah Shirey cuts Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson's hair during St. Baldrick's Day at Barney's Beanery  on Friday, September 24, 2010. (top) Cami Davis, 9, cuts her fathers (Santa Monica Fire Paramedic CJ Davis) hair during  St. Baldrick's Day at Barney's Beanery  on Friday, September 24, 2010.

Men, women and children baldly stand in solidarity with the 160,000 kids diagnosed with cancer each year while raising money to fund pediatric cancer research

Over 50 caring shaves accepted the lofty challenge issued by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and shaved their heads in exchange for donations to help raise much needed money for childhood cancer research at local popular restaurant, Barney's Beanery on 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. 

An astounding $20,933.91 was raised  as part of a worldwide effort to conquer kids’ cancer by the Santa Monica Firefighters. 26 Firefighters including the Fire Chief led by example by eagerly shaving off their locks for this worthy cause. 

Along with them were members of the community, including four women, and several children- some of whom decided to shave on the spot like 11 year old Lincoln Middle School pupil, Oliver Peake who raised $300 in under five minutes!Participants willingly shaved their heads knowing that is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these children endure, and helped raise much needed funds to help find a cure for children with cancer now and in the future. 

This was a very special day by our own Santa Monica Fire Fighters for a very special cause.

To help with this worthy cause and make a difference please visit the website and encourage your friends, family & children to make a difference.

1.888.899.BALD or visit

www.StBaldricks.org.

 

About the St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!) and donors, including Allied World, Barbicide, Dowling & Partners, elope and PartnerRe.

Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 09:38PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler


Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler - Images by Fabian Lewkowicz
The cast of "Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler" perform during dress rehearsal at the Morgan-Wixson Theater on Thursday, September 23, 2010.
 
It’s the final act of Ibsen’s play, and Hedda’s just done herself in—again. In hopes of a rewrite, Hedda ventures out on a rollicking quest to liberate her story. She’s joined by a quirky collection of other well-loved dramatic characters equally eager to jump off their pages.  Sabrina Ann Lloyd directs Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty’s (Avenue Q) mind-bending and riotously funny comedy that will have you questioning your attachment to archetypes, stereotypes—and your own destiny. (Strong language, mature themes)
 
The play opens this Saturday and runs through October 17, 2010. Produced by Saul Saladow.



Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:30PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The Buffalo Skinners

The Buffalo Skinners, who are here visiting from Scarborough - North Yorkshire, England, perform at the Santa Monica Downtown Farmers Market on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
 
The Buffalo Skinners are a 5-piece folk group. All are students at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus. Being plaid and denim enthusiasts, the boys list their influences as ‘The Felice Brothers, The Band, Bob Dylan, Levi’s, and whiskey.’ This is clearly reflected in the music they play. Covering old gospel songs and getting people moving is what they're all about. Howlin’ Peter Seccombe hails from the rugged underworld of Manchester and is a vocalist and guitar picker. Accordion boy Lawrence Menard is all the way from Southern California and traveled here especially to play American folk music… in Scarborough. Robbie Thompson, from Sheffield, decided he needed a break from the gym and gave his fingers a real workout on the bass guitar. Joe Thornton, also from Sheffield, is the drummer of the band. Whether it's cow skins or public doorways, he will drum on anything. James Nicholls usually resides in Leeds and has mastered his craft of fiddling on the rooftops.



Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 02:33PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz in , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint