Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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

Sun’s Out For Today’s Polar Plunge – Get Your Gear On And Hit “Mother’s Beach” This Morning

Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Marina “Mother’s” Beach in Marina del Rey – it’s happening this morning!


Saturday Feb. 28.
Check-In: 8 – 10 a.m.
Vendor Expo: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Plunge: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Raising funds for Special Olympics Southern California.

From the organizers:

For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2015 — the Polar Plunge.

Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and show off your plunge power to help support Special Olympics.

From us:

Get down there and support a great cause – the Expo runs through lunch if you miss the plunge!

More info here.

Venice’s First Green Expo Tomorrow at Mark Twain MS, It’s Free! Rain or Shine.

Living GreenVenice Neighborhood Council is hosting the first ever Green Expo this Saturday at Mark Twain Middle School.
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market on Lincoln Blvd, this event is designed to raise the “Green IQ” of Venetians and visitors on a wide range of topics, including Zero Waste, Sustainable Living, Soil Composting, Healthy Eating and the case for electric cars.
Exhibitors will present and discuss sustainable architecture, solar power, ocean health, grey-water solutions, home-food gardening, drought-friendly landscaping, composting and other green living solutions, products and services.
The Eco Genius “Ask an Expert” Bar will enable attendees to interact one-on-one with speakers and exhibitors on topics important to you.
Presenters will address the Expo beginning at 1:00pm, with Actor/Activist Ed Begley, Jr., providing the keynote address at 5:00pm.
Hal’s Restaurant, Superba Food + Bread, Wabi Sabi and the Venice Ale House will be supplying food and refreshments.  Admission and parking are free.
The Tesla Model S will be available for test rides by licensed drivers.  An onsite KidsZone will also be featured.  Attendees and participants are encouraged to walk or bike to this inaugural event, as well as to bring sustainable utensils for food and drink.
Where:  Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Avenue
Rain or Shine!
When:   Saturday, February 28th
Time:    12 noon to 6pm
For more information go to:

Speak Chinese? Your Kids Could – Changes To Mandarin Immersion Program To Be Discussed

 Mandarin-English-DLI-ES-Project-Community-Mtg-Feb-26-and-Mar-5-2015-Bilingual-page-001Two community meetings are scheduled to address the Mandarin & English Dual-Language Immersion Elementary School Project at Mark Twain Middle School:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm and Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

Mark Twain Middle School – Auditorium, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Both meetings will discuss the same topics.

For more information contact:  Fortunato Tapia on 213.241.6521 or email her.

Mural Proposal Meeting Tomorrow – Have Your Say On Westminster Ave

Venice Mural Proposal Meeting
Wednesday Feb. 25, 4 pm – 5 pm 

 Mural Description: Brick street pattern painted onto the asphalt. Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk was once brick as can be seen on various side streets where it is still in place off OFW.

Mural Address: Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk asphalt

Artists: Community Designed.

Date: February 25, 2015

Time: 4-5pm

Place: Westminster Ave. between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk in front of 3 Westminster Ave. Venice, CA 90291 at proposed mural location site

For more information Email Melissa Diner.

Chicano Photo Exhibition in Venice Opens With Reception Saturday

ChicanoThe Durón Gallery at SPARC, Venice,  will present A Short Essay on Chicano Photography, with a reception Saturday, February 21, from 5pm-8pm.

The exhibition is showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Durón that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano photography that has not been mounted in any venue large or small since in many years.

“One can argue that Chicano photographers took their cue from their quest to create their own reality admitting that it was not objective but reactionary to the few quite negative images that existed about Chicanos and their ancestors,” according to organizers.

The exhibit reveals that the aesthetic and formal concerns were never ignored as Chicano photographers sought to make their mark on their terms. The works in this exhibition will attempt to go beyond photojournalism and to demonstrate that aesthetic, formal and social concerns were ever-present and together often formed the resulting images by the artists.

The Durón Family Collection consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Durón has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers.

Durón writes an occasional column for Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, “From the Living Room Couch” on Chicano art. Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country. The Mission of the Durón Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects.

SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by distinguished UCLA professor and artist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is rooted in Art, Education, Community and Social Justice. For more info visit:

SPARC is located at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, the old Venice PoliceStation, SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977.