Category Archives: Venice Beach Organizations

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.


Venice Basketball League – Games on Today

Tip off has begun for the first of today’s games in the Venice Basketball League.


Founded in 2006 by some of Los Angeles’ hoop trendsetters, over the past 8 years the VBL has grown to become one of the most recognizable summer leagues in the world.

 The Venice Basketball League consists of 10 selective teams. Played to entertain, with no free throws, the games are high on physical action.
Today’s schedule:
12pm – Overthrown VS The Corporation 
1.30pm – Sunblock VS I’m Just Different
3 pm – Future Legends VS The Mean Ones 
4.30 pm – United Nationz VS Swagg Media 

Join the Venice Art Crawl Thursday

The Venice Art Crawl kicks off another festive evening of art, entertainment, and culture on Thursday, June 18 when artists and performers team up with local businesses in a celebration of art and community throughout the streets of Venice.

Numerous businesses and Venice restaurants will be taking part in the event, such as: Danny’s Venice, Hama Sushi, Canal Club, The Venice Whaler, The Terrace, The Sidewalk Café and James’ Beach.

2015 marks Venice Art Crawl’s 5th year in the beachside community. The VAC is now part of the Venice Chamber of Commerce and wants to share, inspire and promote collaboration within Venice through mixers and art events hosted by local businesses and artists’ studios.Venice Art Crawl

“The VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.” says Lauren Harrison, one of the event organizers.

The Venice Art Crawl happens four times a year on the third Thursday of the quarter months. For 2015 the next dates are -June 18, September 17 and December 17.

The VAC is always looking for artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers, art lovers, and art buyers. For more information about joining the crawl visit their website.

VAC maps will be available at Danny’s Venice Restaurant, 23 Windward Ave., Venice.

To save a tree,  download the “official” Venice Art Crawl Boardwalk App here.

Post VAC photos with #VeniceArtCrawl

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Venice Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn Series

Thursday June 12, 2015 7:29am

The Venice Chamber of Commerce will launch its new quarterly event series, Lunch & Learn, on June 17, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at C&O Cucina, 3016 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey.

For the first event, Trainers from Gold’s Gym will provide attendees with helpful tips on how to squeeze health & fitness into busy lives.

The Venice Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn event is a quarterly series where business professionals, while enjoying a delicious lunch, will obtain information and tips for refining skills and acquiring new knowledge. The Lunch & Learn series will aim to be relevant, engaging, and contribute to enhancing  professional and personal experience.

The event is open to the public, tickets are $25.00 for Chamber Members and $35.00 for non-members. Lunch includes pasta, salad and C&O Cucina’s famous Garlic Knots. To reserve your lunch space please RSVP online or call the Chamber at 310-822-5425.

Venice Arts Student Receives Warner Bros. Honorship

Wednesday June 10, 2015 11:59am
Venice Arts Advanced Studies student Rocio Padilla has been formally awarded one of the Warner Bros. Entertainment Reach Honorships for 2015.Rocio Oshima_Animation Overload-wk6_27
Padilla has taken several classes at Venice Arts, developing her skills in photography, film, and animation. Her most recent workshop culminated in “View Masters,” a composite short of all participating students’ animations, and is available to view on the Venice Arts’ YouTube channel.
The honorship, which is both an internship and a scholarship, is a four-year program giving recipients guaranteed internships within the company beginning the summer after they graduate high school, and ending the summer before their senior year.
Padilla is the second student from Venice Arts to win the Reach Honorship. Genevieve Ward, a recent graduate of Reed College, was named a recipient in 2011.
Always an active student, Padilla’s extracurriculars did not end at Venice Arts. She has served as an ambassador for Girls Inc., a non-profit aimed at empowering young women; a member of the Finance Academy; a member of the National Society of High School Scholars since her freshman year; and the president and founder of her high school’s Art Club. She hopes to pursue a career as a creative director for film, animation or television.
“If you work hard toward your dreams, it will happen,” says Padilla. “And don’t be afraid to scream when it does.”
Since 2005, Warner Bros. has awarded internship-scholarship packages, known as Reach Honorships, to graduating high school seniors who are passionate about the business of entertainment.
Now in its twenty-second year, Venice Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that is committed to providing high-impact arts education for low-income youth in the areas of photography, filmmaking, and multimedia, and serving as a local and global hub for community storytelling through media. In addition to its core Art Mentoring & Education Program, Venice Arts implements regional, statewide, and international Documentary Programs with both adults and children; presents exhibitions, public programs, and workshops for adults centered around documentary photography and film; and consults on media arts, visual storytelling, and arts education locally and internationally. It is the philosophy of Venice Arts that self-expression, particularly through the arts, has the potential to transform and empower young people to see greater possibilities for themselves and for their communities.