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Venice Neighborhood Council to meet tonight at Westminster Elementary

The Venice Neighborhood Council will hold its monthly board meeting tonight, Aug. 19 at 7 pm.

It will be held at Westminster Elementary School auditorium at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291.

Parking is available in the school staff parking lot. Enter the parking lot off of Westminster Avenue about one block west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

The VNC board meeting is always held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Click here to view the agenda.


Viral Venice Videos

Viral Venice Videos contest now open

A contest is now open to students of all ages, anywhere in the world, to create 30-second videos based on works in the exhibition currently on display in Venice.

The contest is thanks to a partnership between Hal’s Bar & Grill, V-SCAPE, and

The inaugural show, hanging in the newly opened Upstairs Gallery at Hal’s Bar & Grill at 1349 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, is available for viewing online at

A “Taste for Art” is a humorous yet serious show whose theme is food and drink in art and film.

It draws entirely from works loaned by leading Southern California artists and collectors.

From Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell soup cans, to Rob Reiner’s classic deli scene in When Harry Met Sally, to some of today’s cutting-edge artists, the exhibition explores a universal theme in painting, printmaking, sculpture, multiples and film.

The 25 pieces in a “Taste for Art” are the inspiration and springboard for our Viral Venice Videos contest. This is about creativity, having fun, and life imitating art. We invite students everywhere to riff on the art and tell their story in 30 seconds.

From its opening in 1987, Hal Frederick’s dedication to art and music established Hal’s Bar & Grill as a Venice community fine arts landmark. This exhibition is sponsored by and curated by, which has been organizing and curating exhibitions in the Venice – Santa Monica area since 2004.

Primarily for glory, winners will receive the following prizes:

·  Food: Dinner at Hal’s for 4 ($150 gift certificate)

· Bragging rights: “” which will be redirected to open the winner’s website or social media page, exclusively, for the next five years

· Collectibles: Set of four Andy Warhol (Marilyn) dessert plates

· Thought: Vintage Compact Oxford English Dictionary

· Swag: The “Official Google LA t-shirt” (not available in the Google store) for each finalist.

For official rules and more information, visit

For more about the Boys and Girls Club of Venice visit

BGCV’s focus is ensuring that members graduate from high school, live a healthy lifestyle, and build a life of community engagement.

Closing date for submissions is Monday, Sept. 15. The five finalists’ videos will be posted for online.

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Abbot Kinney Festival ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award Accepting Nominations

The Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award. Since 1989, The Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized those who have made significant community contributions through ‘Spirit of Venice Awards’.  Those honored have included artists, poets, and musicians who nurtured the creative environment, as well as those who have contributed to the greater good through nonprofits and In celebration of the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, the AKFA is seeking ‘Spirit of Venice’ nominations from the Venice community.  AKFA has recognized a wide variety of contributions, but the common bond is that the recipients have had initiative, vision and a strong sense of community. These are the people who build community gardens, develop youth programs, serve our neighborhood selflessly, as well as those who foster the artistic creativity that Venice founder, Abbot Kinney, envisioned. Who do you know that embodies these qualities? Please nominate them at:


The AKFA Board of Directors will determine final awards. The recipients of the ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award will be notified by September 15th. There will be a brief awards presentation at the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014, time to be determined. “We’re having fun and making a difference—that’s the spirit of Venice.” said Donna Humphrey, AKFA Board President. For more info about the Abbot Kinney Festival Association and the 2014 Abbot Kinney Festival, visit

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