Category Archives: Kids Events

Venice Toy Drive


The Venice Neighborhood Council and the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center are collecting new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at various locations in Venice from now through December 17 as part of the Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival

Toys can be dropped off through December 17, 2015 at any of the 7 locations in Venice:

(1) Abbot’s Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

(2) HUZZAH!, 2010 Lincoln Blvd.

(3) Le Cellier Wine Bar & Restaurant, 417 Washington Blvd.

(4) Oscar’s Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.

(5) Superba Food & Bread, 1900 Lincoln Blvd.

(6) TheVNC booth at the Venice Farmers’ Market (Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way

(7) The VNC’s Board meetings on November 17 and December 15, 2015, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.  (Make sure to look for the bin with the reindeer riding the bicycle!)

The toy drive culminates in a free holiday festival to be held at Oakwood Recreation Center on December 19, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.  At the festival, children up to sixteen years of age present with a parent or guardian will be able to select a toy.

The toy giveaway will be first come, first served. Santa will be available for photos.  Kids will be able to engage in arts and crafts or play on a moon bounce or in the snow.  There will be facepainting as well as a caricature artist and deejay. Food will also be provided.

Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive’s team members, says, “Last year, The Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 500 Venice kids not only had a toy for the holiday season, but also had a great day at Oakwood park with their families and community.  With the help of our Venice neighbors, we hope to make this year’s event the best one yet.”

This is the fifth year that the VNC has sponsored The Great Venice Toy Drive.  The VNC created the event in response to community concerns about the lack of a toy giveaway in the Venice area.

The Great Venice Toy Drive is still looking for volunteers.  Please contact if you are interested in helping.

Pancakes with LAPD Pacific Today


LAPD Pacific host an open house today at Pacific Station, 12312 Culver Boulevard, Los Angeles from 9:00am until 1:00pm this afternoon.

They will serve a pancake breakfast for only $5 per person with proceeds benefiting Pacific Area Boosters, a non-profit that LAPD Pacific Open Housesupports Pacific Area Youth Programs. The breakfast will run until 12 noon.

There will be a bounce house for the kids and station tours. Admission is free. So get to Pacific Station today and meet the men and women of your local LAPD Pacific Division.

Venice Zombie Attack author to sign at Santa Monica bookstore

Venice zombie author Devan Sagliani is preparing for his first solo book signing appearance at Barnes & Noble  at the 3rd Street Promenade, Saturday January 17 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sagliani is the author of “Zombie Attack! 1 & 2: Rise of the Horde / Army of the Dead”, “The Rising Dead”,” A Thirst for Fire” and “Undead L.A”.

His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Million Writers Award. An active member of the Horror Writer’s Association, Devan writes a bimonthly horror column for Escapist Magazine.

Sagliani currently lives in Venice Beach, California with his wife.

The zombie apocalypse genre has been dominating pop culture of late with the success of graphic novel-turned-TV show “The Walking Dead” and the buzz surrounding “The Walking Dead” spinoff series.

Sagliani will sign the bind-up edition of “Rise of the Horde: Zombie Attack! #1″ and “Army of the Dead: Zombie Attack!, #2″, published by Permuted Press.

Find out more about the event here.

And the author here.

Movie Night at Oakwood Rec Center | July 13 2014

Michael Betti from the Oakwood Recreation Center Advisory Board, wants everyone to know: “We are having a big event this Sunday with FREE activities for the kids, including Shield Karate, Super Soccer Stars, Face Painting and more. We will be having the Food Trucks and we are also playing the Lego Movie outside at about 8:00, when the sun goes down.” Looks like it should be a fun Sunday for the family! lego