Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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Venice Canals History in New KCET Series

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The history of the Venice Canals will feature in an upcoming episode of KCET’s newest original TV series LOST LA.  The series explores LA’s forgotten LA’s forgotten history in a series of short videos created by emerging local filmmakers based on original material from USC Libraries archives.

Premiering this Wed., Feb. 10 at 8:30 p.m. on KCET.  The episode, “Reshaping LA,” details how the city altered it’s topography to suit it’s evolving needs, including “lost” tunnels and the vanished canals of Venice Beach.

LOST LA has been created in partnership with the University of Southern California Libraries. The series is based on KCET’s “LA as Subject” web series written by LA historian Nathan Masters.

The three-part series, which Masters hosts, explores stories from L.A.’s past that have been lost to folklore, including wildlife and wildfires; the Elysian Hills before Dodger Stadium’s construction; and defunct tunnels, canals and hills.

The nine filmmakers use techniques, that range from rotoscoping to cinema verité, to bring the primary sources of L.A. history to the screen in surprising new ways.

LOST LA is the latest broadcast special to come out of KCET’s online to on-air incubation model where high-trafficked web content is produced for broadcast.

Venice High School Celebrates Top Seniors – VIDEO

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Top students are recognized at the 31st Annual Academic Jackets of Excellence Awards and Luncheon

Venice High School celebrated their top seniors at a luncheon last Friday presenting each of the students with a special Jacket of Excellence at the 31st Annual Academic Jackets of Excellence Awards and Luncheon.

“Today is an exciting day for us, we’re here to honor our seniors who have outstanding academic accomplishments,” said Venice High School Principal Dr Oryla Wiedoeft.

Senior Class President and Jacket of Excellence recipient Simon Greiner said the 35 students were being honored for their “high GPA’s and class involvement throughout the school.”

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Venice High School celebrates top seniors

Sponsored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce and Rotary, the luncheon first took place in 1965. Over the years 1,200 jackets have been awarded to graduating seniors who have achieved high levels of excellence.

Venice Chamber of Commerce Executive Director  Donna Lasman says the Chamber proud to be able to support schools in the Venice community through work done by Joelle Dumas and the Education Committee.

“The Jacket of Excellence awards at Venice High School recognizes students who excel academically, and who are active in sports, clubs and the community. These students are on their way to becoming college graduates and future leaders. We are honored to be a part of this amazing event,” says Lasman.

Yo! Venice congratulates this year’s honorees…

Joshua Alaie

Hagar Hassan Ali

Mariam Aly

Daniel Anderson

Tanapat Apornprapha

Wendy Arce

Sara Smith Babakhyi 

Jeny Bannon

Catherine Barrie

Ashley Briones

Maina Cioni

John Covarrubias

Corynn Craig

Alexander de la Cruz

Ugyen Dorji

Simon Greiner

Iris Jacobs

Laura Johnson

Mellia Kanani 

Emily Kang

Emily Lui 

Benjamin Melechin

Merlyn Miano

Jocelyn Morales

Lauren Moy

Karina Orozco

Ine Richards

Miranda Robinson

Andrew j. Selvo

Anika Troeger

Graciela Trujillo

Blake Wakasa

Yesenia Vargas

Jennifer Vazquez

William Yi

One Last Fiesta

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Locals line up La Fiesta Brava’s last week on Rose

The end has been looming for almost a year and locals have had time to mourn the impending loss of favorite, low-key eating spot La Fiesta Brava. The time has now come to say goodbye, as the family run Mexican hole-in-the-wall, gets ready to close it’s doors forever  at their location on 423 Rose, Ave., in Venice.

In 2015 the Camarana family saw their restaurant become a poster-child for those against the gentrification of Venice as rising market rents, an evolving restaurant culture, and a proposed new development on the lot made it clear there was going to be no room on Rose for the family business.

However, after a year filled with anxiety and uncertainty, the family are now ready to move on, and look forward to the future with optimism.

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Sam Camarena serves customers during the restaurant’s last week on Rose

“We don’t want people to mourn the move. Saturday is a celebration of all the years we’ve been in the Venice community. What happened was unfortunate but there’s nothing we can do about it now, so it’s time to look forward,” says Sam Camarena.

Camarena is just one of the five Camarena children who grew up at the family restaurant. A restaurant that had been successful enough over the years to support the entire family and put all the children through college.

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La Fiesta Brava a local favorite for over 20 years

“My Dad built this place. He came here 22 years ago,” said Jasmin Camarena, the eldest Camarena daughter. “People have watched me grow up here, a lot of our customers, they’ve known me since I was 5 or 6 years old,” Camarena told Yo! Venice back in May 2015.

Saturday’s farewell party will run from 4pm-7pm at La Fiesta Brava and the family is inviting all of Venice to come join them, and a Mariachi Band, for one last supper at the Rose location before the doors are shut forever.

After Rose the restaurant will be opening a pop-up restaurant in the old Sauce space at  259B Hampton Dr, Venice.

Venice Beach Homeless Head Count

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Venice volunteers will do their part counting the homeless  tomorrow night from 6pm as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 2016 Homeless Count.

Homeless in Venice Beach

Last year the count saw Los Angeles named homeless capital of America. The nearly 42,000 homeless counted a worrying number considering many believe that number will go up this year.

Volunteers have signed up from across the Westside, however people are still needed for the count in Westchester-Playa del Rey, Del Rey, and Brentwood. People from these areas wanting to volunteer can sign up online.

For those that have already signed up the different deployment locations are listed on the They Count Will You website.