Linnie Canal Park Remodel!

From The Venice Canals Association:

Several years ago, the Venice Canals Association (VCA) began our Shades of Protection Project which involved the installation of a shade sail system in Linnie Canal Park. This project is designed to provide shade over the swing area and is funded by donations from the community and matched by a grant from the City’s Community Beautification Program.

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Picture by Steve Christensen

As with any City-sanctioned project, there have been many starts and stops but we are happy to announce that all the necessary permits and funding are in place and we have the go-ahead to proceed with the shade structure.

During the shade project approval process, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks determined that the almost 20 year old play equipment should be updated to current code requirements and soft matting under the equipment should be installed as it is safer and cleaner. The City will be doing this work at the same time that the shade structure is installed. Continue reading

Kettlebell Boxing Venice Beach

Looking to get in shape this year? For the rest of your life? Check out Kettlebell Boxing (KBB), a private, cutting edge technical boxing school here in Venice! The classes will make you lean without making you bulky, and you will be fully prepared if some crazy person tries to attack you on the boardwalk! Fit and safe is a win / win!

Kettlebell Boxing Venice Beach

KBB uses Russian kettlebells as the basis for their strength and conditioning programs, focusing on precision boxing techniques. Small six week group classes and private training are available! You can also get private kettlebell training lessons, without the boxing part!

I’ll vouch for Kettlebell Boxing! Awesome people! Contact them by clicking here!

Boys and Girls Club of Venice is Hiring!

Looking for a job? The Boys and Girls Club of Venice is hiring! Submit your resume and cover letter online!

Boys and Girls Club of Venice

From the Boys and Girls Club:

Job Opening: Full-time Resource Development Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: Resource Development Coordinator’s main responsibilities will be managing the donor database, gift entry, assisting with mailing efforts and providing administrative support to the Director of Marketing & Development. Continue reading

Christmas Tree Recycling Program This Sunday!

Posting this again as a reminder!

If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day. Collected Christmas trees will be recycled into compost and mulch.

Christmas Tree in Can
Example: how NOT to dispose of a Christmas Tree.

For those that miss out on curbside collection, Fire Station #63 will once again host a tree recycling drop off location on Sunday, January 6th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fire Station #63 – Venice
1930 Shell Ave.
90291
(310) 575-8563

Venice Beach Ranked 7th Most Popular Filming Location in Los Angeles

The LA Times has released their annual survey conducted by Film L.A. listing the top filming locations in Los Angeles. For 2012, Venice was ranked #7, with 130 production days.

1. Griffith Park: 409 production days
2. Point Dume State Beach (Malibu): 163 production days
3. Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey: 159 production days
4. Linda Vista Community Hospital: 156 production days
5. The 6th Street Bridge downtown: 157 production days

Curtis Vayden cited for interfering with the “Cougar Town” production on December 21st. He actually sounds pretty good singing away while getting handcuffed at 7:00 in, after the Cougar Town actress asks him to stop for a minute so they can work.

6. Elysian Park: 136 production days
7. Venice Beach: 130 production days
8. Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades: 124 production days
9. Herald Examiner Building: 116 production days
10. LA County and USC Medical Center: 114 production days

While Venice is a picturesque location, most the location managers that I have spoken with say that the west side boardwalk vendors are an absolute nightmare to deal with, making as much noise as possible to disrupt filming in hopes of getting paid off to go away. The vendors always argue that their right to make art (and a living) has been violated by the fully permitted production companies.