Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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High surf

Huge surf to batter Venice beach through Friday from Hurricane Marie

High surf generated by Hurricane Marie will batter California’s coast starting today, raising fears of some flooding and powerful
rip currents through Friday and creating “extremely dangerous” conditions for swimmers and surfers, forecasters said.

The surf will begin rapidly developing along south-facing beaches late this morning and increase this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service advisory.

It will peak this afternoon through Wednesday, then slowly diminish but remain strong enough to meet high surf advisory criteria through Friday, it said.

“There is the potential for damaging and life-threatening surf across south- and southeast-facing shores of Los Angeles and Ventura counties,” warned the advisory. “These areas will potentially see the largest surf seen in recent years, with breakers of 10 to 15 feet possible.

“Surf this large will have the potential to cause structure damage and significant beach erosion,” and low-lying areas “may experience some minor coastal flooding near times of high tide,” the NWS said. Tables indicate tides will peak at 6.7 feet at 2:17 p.m. today and 6.6 feet at 2:12 a.m. and 2:44 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, very strong rip currents and longshore currents will
likely create extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions for anyone,” the NWS warned.

The high surf advisory will be in force in several counties north and south of Los Angeles, including Orange County. But Los Angeles and Ventura counties “will likely see the largest impacts of this powerful surf event,” according to the NWS advisory.

An NWS high surf advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday in L.A. County.

The NWS warned that the surf event starting today “will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.”

Additionally, it “has the potential to produce structural damage to
piers and beachside property as well as significant beach erosion,” according to the advisory. “Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties near the water’s edge and suddenly inundate beaches.”

House of Ink

Venice Tattoo Parlor, One Of Its Artists Sued Over Alleged Assault

The tattoo parlor from the Oxygen channel’s Tattoos After Dark television series and one of its artists are being sued by a woman who alleges she was assaulted outside the Venice establishment last year.

Corey Fortenberry filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Asaru Mushavu and the House of Ink, alleging assault, battery, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and general negligence.

She seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Mushavu could not be immediately reached, and a man who  answered the phone at the House of Ink said he had no comment.

Fortenberry alleges she and a female friend were leaving the Sidewalk Cafe n Venice about 5 p.m. on April 14, 2013, when her companion became sick outside the tattoo parlor.

Mushavu complained about the woman becoming ill and asked who was going to clean up after her, according to the suit.

Then suit alleges Fortenberry told Mushavu she would take care of the cleanup, but he “suddenly punched Ms. Fortenberry for no reason.”

He later “concocted an absurd story that he feared for his safety and that he was defending himself when he punched a defenseless woman half his size in the face,” the suit says.

Fortenberry still has a bruise on her face that her doctor says is a hematoma, according to her lawsuit.

18 members of the Pardee Properties team participated and ultimately donated $1,800 to the Pete Frates Fund to help strike out ALS. Courtesy Photo

Pardee Properties participate in Ice Bucket Challenge

Pardee Properties, a real estate firm based in Venice, took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge (#IceBucketChallenge) with a team of 18 members on Aug. 7. It took place at 5 pm in front of firm’s Abbot Kinney office; the Ice Bucket Challenge seeks to raise funds for charities and philanthropic organizations.

Pardee Properties donated $1,800 ($100 for each person that participated) to Boston-based Pete Frates #3 Fund, which helps raise awareness for ALS, as several Pardee Properties members have ties to the former Division 1 college athlete.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral and become a social media sensation, attracting a myriad of followers and celebrities.  True to its name, the title involves pouring buckets of ice water on the participants, recording footage of the spectacle, posting the video to social media outlets, and finally, nominating or “tagging” others to try the same.

Pardee Properties nominated other Venice businesses like Google, Snapchat, Microsoft, and Zephyr to accept the challenge.

Pardee Properties has a “Giving Back” program, which was created by Tami Pardee in 2009, which allocates 10 percent of net sales of each property to the local charity of the client’s choice. This month, Pardee Properties raised more than $500,000 to donate to local charities.

Pardee Properties is located at 1524 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice.

Taste of Venice

Taste of Venice to be held Sunday, Sept. 14

The count-down begins for Taste of Venice 2014, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14.

Starting at The Electric Lodge, Taste of Venice highlights Venice’s extraordinary culinary talent and features a unique restaurant walking/tasting tour where attendees sample signature dishes from chefs as well as enjoy wine, beer and cocktail tastings.

Highlights also include music, cooking demonstrations by favorite Venice chefs, and special presentations by celebrity hosts.

The event supports the Inside Out Community Arts Program of P.S. ARTS while celebrating chefs that make this eclectic and cosmopolitan community their home.

Taste of Venice consists of three courses: the opening ceremony, the tasting hour, and the post reception.

Guests will be divided into 25 “tour groups,” each led by a “Tastemaker,” a well-known member of the Los Angeles culinary community.

The opening ceremony from 3-4:30 pm will feature food, cocktails, a silent auction, and entertainment.

The tasting tour from 4-6:30 pm will be an opportunity to taste exclusive samples from top Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurants.

The post reception from 6:30-7 pm will include coffee, treats, and drinks.

All funds raised support the arts education program.

The Electric Lodge is located at 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

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