Category Archives: Venice Beach News

Moby Dick

Venice Oceanarium hosts annual “Moby Dick” readings this weekend on Venice Beach

The local community is invited to attend free “Moby Dick” readings on Venice Beach today, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, from 8 am to 10 pm each day.

Organizes will set up on the beach by the Breakwater Rocks – straight down from the end of Windward Ave.

“Come and read or come and listen,” organizers said. “Everybody welcome! Fun for all ages!”

“Moby Dick” readings are created and sponsored by the Venice Oceanarium with the generous support of co-sponsors and community partners: General Real Estate Management, Shout! Factory, Linda D. Levitz, Hotel Erwin, Venice Boardwalk Association,  Small World Books, Enterprise Fish Company , Whole Foods Market,  Danny’s Venice, The Beachhead, L.A. Weekly, and Venice Paparazzi.

The Venice Oceanarium, a museum-without-walls, holds weekly, free of charge, local ocean life exhibits on Venice Pier, late night Grunion Run Parties on Venice Beach, as well as educational nature walks along the seashore, local ocean life display and lectures at schools, community organizations, birthday parties, festivals, and special events such as the annual “Moby Dick” readings… and more.

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Turning Point Pilates

Venice Chamber networking mixer today at Turning Point Pilates

The Venice Chamber of Commerce is holding its monthly networking mixer today, Nov. 19 – one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving next week (it is usually held the fourth Wednesday of each month).

Today’s mixer will be held at Turning Point Pilates in Venice from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Robin Solo, teacher and founder of Turning Point Pilates, invites Chamber and prospective members to her studio to enjoy drinks and appetizers provided by Cairo Cowboy and take a moment to explore the equipment.

Solo founded the boutique Pilates studio in 2006 with a vision to bring classical Pilates to Venice’s colorful, laid back community in an open, supportive, welcoming space.

The studio teaches the Pilates Method as it was intended by its creator, Joseph Pilates.

Admission to today’s mixer is $5 for members, $10 for first time prospective members, and $20 for non-members.

Turning Point Pilates is located at 612 A Venice Blvd., Venice.

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Councilman Mike Bonin acts to protect parking in Venice

Neighbors, shoppers, and tourists frustrated with the lack of parking near Venice Beach are one step closer to seeing tangible solutions that will provide additional parking spaces, thanks to a motion authored by Venice area councilman Mike Bonin.

For the past 15 years, Bonin said developers in Venice have had the option to pay “in-lieu fees” instead of meeting parking requirements for their projects.

While in-lieu fees can be used to fund the construction of public parking lots or other solutions that increase parking capacity, the fees set by the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan are outdated and woefully inadequate, Bonin said.

Because in-lieu fees in Venice have not been increased since originally approved in 1999, the fees no longer reflect today’s costs or provide the City a real opportunity to build new parking capacity, he continued.

A motion recently submitted by Bonin will solve this problem by increasing the in-lieu fee to today’s dollars and by ensuring that it continues to remain consistent with inflation.

“We need to get real about providing meaningful parking solutions in Venice so residents, customers, and tourists are able to park near their homes, businesses, and the boardwalk,” said Bonin. “Updating the in-lieu parking fee in Venice will help us put neighborhoods first by allowing the City to finance the construction of parking spaces and increase parking capacity for the neighborhood.”

In addition to asking for in-lieu fees to be updated, Bonin’s motion directs the Planning Department to examine the merits of eliminating, restructuring, or replacing the in-lieu fees, and to examine the benefits and impacts of eliminating “grandfathered” parking rights as part of the upcoming Local Coastal Plan for Venice.

Bonin’s motion is one of a series of actions the Councilmember is taking to improve parking availability in Venice.

Beyond updating in-lieu fees, Bonin is exploring angled parking, public-private partnerships to build new lots, and a comprehensive review of alternatives to in-lieu fees (such as a parking credit system used in cities like Santa Monica).

The fee motion was seconded by Councilmember Jose Huizar and will next be considered by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

Read the full motion at:

Toy drive

Collection begins for Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival

The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival presented by the Venice Neighborhood Council, Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center and the City of Los Angeles kicked off on Friday, Nov. 14.

The two-part holiday event for Venice stakeholders includes a toy drive running through Dec. 18 and then, on Saturday Dec. 20, the Venice Neighborhood Council (“VNC”) and the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center (“Vera Davis”) will give the toys away to local kids, during a fun-filled day at Oakwood Recreation Center.

The VNC and Vera Davis will collect new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at various locations in Venice now through Dec. 18, 2014.

Toys can be dropped off at:

— Abbot’s Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

— Oscar’s Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.

— Superba Food & Bread, 1900 Lincoln Blvd.

— VNC booth at the Venice Farmers’ Market (Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way

—  VNC’s Board meetings on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The toy drive will then culminate in a holiday festival to be held at Oakwood Recreation Center on Dec. 20 from 10 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 (first come, first served).

Children will also be able to take home a book donated by the Friends of the Venice Library.

Santa will be available for photos and kids will be able to engage in arts and crafts or play on a moon bounce or in the snow.  Food will be provided.

This is the fourth year that the VNC has sponsored The Great Venice Toy Drive, created in response to community concerns about the lack of a toy giveaway in the Venice area.


Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive’s team members, said: “Last year The Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 300 Venice kids not only had a toy for the holiday season, but also had a great day at Oakwood park.  With the help of the Venice community, we hope to make this year’s event the best one yet.”

The Great Venice Toy Drive is still looking for volunteers.  Contact if you are interesting in helping.


Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting tonight, Nov. 18

The November Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting is scheduled for tonight, Nov. 18 at 7 pm at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The agenda includes Board consideration of a proposed ice rink to run at Venice Beach in 2015 and several Land Use permit applications with time allotted for public comment by Venice stakeholders.

Applications to be discussed include the Chevron at 251 Lincoln Blvd and St. Joseph Center at 204 Hampton Drive.

The VNC holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month and may also call any additional meetings in accordance with its By-Laws and the Brown Act. Snacks and coffee will be provided at the meeting.

A detailed agenda is available at and at the Abbot Kinney Library, 501 Venice Way, and Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.

There is no charge for this event. It is open to the public. Public comments are encouraged.