Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

These posts are about what’s happening in Venice Beach California!

Novack to Announce Plans for New Hal’s


Don Novack, co-owner of Hal’s Bar & Grill, will provide an update for the community on the new plans for Hal’s in Venice and Playa Vista this Saturday night at The Electric Lodge in Venice.

The night also marks the launch of the Westside Jazz Concert Series. Hal’s Bar & Grill and Westside Jazz will co-host the evening  highlighting the diversity of today’s jazz scene in Los Angeles.

The concert series will showcase LA’s finest jazz musicians, including those who have played at Hal’s over the years. This friday event, ‘The Venice Connection,’ will bring together, for the first time on one Hal's Bar & Grillstage, an incredible collaboration of musicians and will feature two trios, one led by piano virtuoso Theo Saunders, the other by Motown great and leader of one of Hal’s long-standing bands, Quentin Dennard.

The event runs this Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

More details and tickets here.

Help Badge of Heart Feed Local Families


Venice based charity Badge of Heart aims to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving and they’d like some help with the cause.

“Our goal is to give 500 frozen turkeys to selected families. TheseTurkey Drive
will be distributed through local schools, churches, and also dropped off by LAPD Pacific Division Officers, ” says Officer Ken Lew from LAPD Pacific Division.

Lew was inspired to set up the local charity, Badge of Heart,  after witnessing first hand, through his time as a police officer, the struggle low income families and victims of crime face in Los Angeles.

“This year’s Turkey Drive is a way Badge of Heart hopes to ease the burden on families who face hardship in Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, Del Rey & Westchester,” says Lew.

A $20 donation will buy a Turkey dinner for a family of 4.

“None of this could be done without the help of our community and corporate partners. We would love for you to be a part of our growing family. Everything helps us help others. We are seeking donations in a form of financial contribution,” says Lew.

To donate click here.


The Venice Art Crawl Needs You

The Venice Art Crawl kicks off another festive evening of art, entertainment, and culture on Thursday, December 17th when artists and performers team up with local businesses in a celebration of art and community throughout the streets of Venice.

Numerous businesses and Venice restaurants will be taking part in the event which is run by a group of local volunteers who are passionate about art.

“The Venice Art Crawl is an all volunteer run organization,” says VAC Volunteer Co-ordinator Andrea Tan, “we’re always looking for volunteers who are passionate about art and interested in getting involved.”

2015 marks Venice Art Crawl’s 5th year in the beachside community. Part of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the VAC aims to share, inspire and promote collaboration within Venice through mixers and art events hosted by local businesses and artists’ studios.

“The VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.” says Lauren Harrison, one of the event organizers.

The Venice Art Crawl happens four times a year on the third Thursday of the quarter months, December 17 will be that last art crawl for the year.

The VAC is always looking for artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers, art lovers, and art buyers. For more information about joining the crawl visit their website.

To volunteer email:

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.

Final Days for Beach Yoga



As summer comes to an end so to does Body Love Yoga on the beach, but have no fear, it will return next year.

Class teacher Rose Pelosi explains her motivation behind starting Body Love Yoga,  the series of free summer yoga classes that ran three times a week at 6:30 pm each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout summer.

“I wanted to take away the intimidation,” says Pelosi. “Yoga is for all people. I just want people to feel better about themselves, confident, and strong.”

As the days have grown shorter and the winter chill begins to creep in beach yoga has moved to just once a week, Saturday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am.

Pelosi says that this summer’s beach yoga has been a gift and “tons of pure fun. Joining together with all the different people, from tourists to locals, who all came to share the beach space to practice yoga”

With three classes left, now is the time to make the most of the sand and sunshine before winter officially sees the end of beach yoga…until next year.

“I can’t wait to do it again next year and continue to grow the beach yoga community,” says Pelosi.

Pelosi says she is, “Definitely looking forward to next year and sharing more sunsets” on Venice Beach.

Read the original Yo! Venice story here.