Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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

Venice Chamber Launches Fitness Fridays


The Venice Chamber of Commerce launches Fitness Fridays, this week. The 8-week series is aimed at all fitness levels, encouraging you to work out in the afternoon.

Beginning this Friday, July 10 at Penmar Park, Chamber members will meet at 12:00 noon, at the corner of Rose and Penmar Avenue, for a one-hour exercise session led by personal trainers, yoga instructors and other fitness professionals.

Kate Willson from exhale/Venice will be the guest instructor for the first class on July 10. Water and snacks will be provided thanks to  Brittany Cook from Allstate Insurance Company/BNC Insurance.

There is no charge to participate and members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues.

Hosted by a different member studio and trainer every Friday, members attending will experience a variety of practices, such as yoga and pilates, that will help add more diversity to their existing workout or for many, introduce them to ways they can have fun while exercising.

“Fitness Fridays was created in response to members wanting to have a variety of get-togethers beyond the monthly mixers and happy hours,” said Carl Lambert, president of The Venice Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to add another activity that engages local business professionals and the community that, like the Venice Art Crawl and the Holiday Sign Lighting, exemplifies the creative and innovative spirit of Venice.”

Protest Planned at Garcetti’s Home

Civil rights protesters  planned a demonstration today outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence, demanding he veto revisions to the city’s municipal codes that make it easier
to seize and destroy homeless people’s belongings.

Los Angeles Community Action Network, the Downtown Women’s Actions say the recently approved ordinance is discriminatory and that compliance is impossible for homeless residents, people with disabilities, and street vendors.

Unless vetoed by Garcetti the ordinance will become law tomorrow, July 7th.

“These changes impact anyone resting their bag on the ground at a bus stop or someone with a small cart of goods to sell, but, primarily, they will cause unhoused individuals to be targeted by law enforcement simply because they do not have a home of their own to store their property,” said Cynthia Ruffin of the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition.

Garcetti announced last week he would not sign the ordinance, which can become law without his signature, and that he would block enforcement until the City Council eliminates the misdemeanor penalty for violations and removes medicines and documents from the list of items that can be seized.

In Venice, each Friday the city’s sanitation sweeps clear any belongings left along the Boardwalk.  It’s a move civil rights groups and local Venice homeless say discriminates against the homeless population.

“The residents are unacquainted with the needs of the unhoused population and it’s just pure prejudiced” said Jarad Ben Noah, a local Venice man who had previously been homeless.

Beach Clean Up on Sunday

Locals, who have experienced enough July 4th’s in Venice know that the Beach can be left a bit of a mess after the holiday revelers leave, have got together to organize a beach clean up this Sunday.

The Cinco de Julio beach clean up is a quick 1 hour event planned to give both Venice and the Marina Peninsula Beaches a quick tidy up.

“As great as the day on the beach is, the morning of the 5th is a hot mess with red solo cups and broken bottles everywhere.” event organizers Ran Craycraft and Lonna MSpit wrote on Facebook.

Volunteers will meet at The Venice Whaler on Washington at 9am and then head out for an hour of clean-up along Speedway and the beach.  Brunch and drinks back at the Whaler will follow the clean up.

Anyone interested in joining the group can click here for the Facebook event page, alternatively just head to the Whaler, 10 W Washington Blvd., Venice, this Sunday morning at 9am.

Today’s Sanitation Sweeps

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A garbage truck hauls away trash left along Ocean Front Walk

A group of residents held a conference this morning protesting the city’s weekly sidewalk sanitation sweeps along the Venice Boardwalk. The main demand, that the restrooms be opened at night for the homeless.

Jarad Ben Noah, who has previously been homeless but now sleeps in the garage of a local Venice artist said he believed the city was wasting money cleaning each week “They could be spending that money opening up safe bathrooms so people don’t actually create problems out here.”

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A homeless man waits with his belongings down a side street as the city cleaning crew works their way along Ocean Front Walk

Each week the it’s the same ritual for those homeless in Venice, they gather their possession, movie off the boardwalk, wait for the cleaning crew to come past, and then everyone returns to their spots along, an albeit cleaner, Ocean Front Walk.

Next stop for the protesters who had gathered at the public parking lot at Sunset and Ocean Front Walk  was said to be Mayor Eric
Garcetti’s residence where the plan was to continue with demands for a more humane solution to end homelessness.

“The poor will always be with up, you can’t just make them go away” said Noah

Venice to Host L.A.’s First Fermentation Festival


Sunday, July 12 the best way to get pickled is in Venice at the Los Angeles Fermentation Festival.

Showcasing local experts who will share the benefits and how-to of fermented foods as well as samples, the all day event will happen at the Venice Arts Plaza a 685 Venice Blvd., Venice.

It is the first time the Festival, which began in Santa Barbara in 2011,  has been held in Los Angeles.

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Kiss the Ground’s Lauren Tucker at the Venice Arts Plaza 685 Venice Blvd., Venice

Lauren Tucker, Education and Garden Director at Kiss the Ground explains that the event organizers approached  Kiss the Ground to ask about using the Venice Arts Plaza space at 685 Venice Blvd

Tucker says “I feel really excited about the festival. The message is about the importance of gut health as it relates to human health and soil is the same. Just as gut health is important to human health so to is soil health important to plant, and therefore, food health”

“Soil has billions of microbes, beneficial bacteria, and fungi. Just like our own bodies have billions of microbes. If you look at it this way you see the overall connection between planetary health and human health.” says Tucker.

Profits from the event will directly benefit Kiss the Ground, Beyond Baroque, and SPARC. All three organizations making up the space that is the Venice Arts Plaza.

As well as a delicious array of fermented food and beverages to sample, there will be workshops on fermentation and Kiss the Ground will run a workshop on composting.

For those over 21 there will also be a Farm-to-Bar area…wine is just after all fermented grapes!

Read more about Kiss the Ground and the Venice Arts Plaza here.

Read about SPARC’s latest exhibition here.