Category Archives: Venice Beach Organizations

Venice Art Crawl April Mixer

The next Venice Art Crawl mixer happens this Thursday.  Mix and mingle with local artists, gallery owners, and art lovers  while enjoying wine and tapas at Le Cellier,  417 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey.

Mixers happen every month between the quarterly crawls. Venice Art Crawl Vice President Nicole Muyingo says the mixers are “a chance for local art enthusiasts to connect.”

The VAC is always looking for volunteers passionate about art and the community, if you’re interested in taking part in this fun local event then the mixers are a good opportunity to find out more.

Entry is via a $5 donation, you get a raffle ticket and happy hour drink prices.

The mixer runs from 7pm-10pm this Thursday night, 16th April.

Poker Face for Charity – this Sunday

The 5th Annual No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice is happening this weekend Sunday, April 12th

Proceeds from this event will help fund the club’s Early Childhood Literacy Program.
When: 12 noon- 4:00pm this Sunday April, 12th
Where: Microsoft’s event space in Playa Vista  at 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd., Ste 200 Los AngelesCA 90094

Boys and Girls Club Poker 1Boys and Girls Club Poker 2

Boys and Girls Club Poker 3

Support the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker

A fundraiser for the The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker will happen Thursday, April 23rd at Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave. in Venice.

The plan, to install a black granite memorial obelisk at the northwest corner of Venice Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard. It’s a location many in Venice pass everyday. However, in March 1942 it served as a meeting point from where Japanese Americans who lived in the area where taken away to internment camps during World War II.

Arnold Maeda, 88, of the VJAMM Committee and Friends of Manzanar remembers being 15 years old and reporting with his family to Venice and Lincoln from where they were he says he and his family were “…sent to Manzanar Relocation Center, and I spent 40 months behind barbed wires.”

His family lost their home and business.

VJAAM Memorial

In 1942 over 100,000 Japanese Americans, more than two thirds of them American Citizens were taken away to camps where they were held in custody under armed guard. In an article written in 1994, Dr. James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State says “There were no crimes committed, no trials, and no convictions: the Japanese Americans were political incarcerees”

Phyllis Hayashibara of the VJAMM Committee says that the purpose of the marker, is to “remind people that this happened on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln, remind them this happened in the context of World War II — the rounding up of 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, including about 1,000 from Venice, Malibu and Santa Monica. To remind them … that it should never happen again to another minority group based solely on their religion, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation.”

The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m.  all lunch profits will go to VJAMM and ten percent of all sales from dinner (6 to 11 p.m.) will be donated to VJAMM.

To order your special fundraiser bento box email Phyllis Hayashibara

For corporate orders, email Esther Chaing

For more information on the project, visit

Showcase Your Local Business

Special early bird pricing for the Venice Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Business Expo “An Evening with the Merchants of Venice has been extended until April 9th, 2015.

The event, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, is open to the public and provides an opportunity for businesses in Venice to showcase their products and expertise to the community.

Only 50 spaces are available.

Early bird registration for members: $65.

Member registration received after April 9th: $75

Premium spaces for Members: $95

Non-member registration: $125

Premium spaces for Non-members: $145

Register online here.

Easter Spring Egg Hunt is on Today – join the fun

Peter Cottontail will make a special guest appearance at The Venice Recreation and Park’s annual Easter Spring Egg Hunt this morning.

The hunt kicks off at 10:30am at the park at the end of Windward Ave, 1800 Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

Each year the family friendly event attracts locals and visitors alike and there’s a great selection of activities for the kids.

Venice Fire Station 63 will be joining the fun and  bringing a firetruck.

Easter Hunt Venice Paparazzi 2

Another highlight,  free candy from the Easter Egg Hunt. Times are staggered by age groups  to make it fair. Bring a basket and get hunting!

Easter Egg Hunt Times: 

3 years and under: 1030am
4-5 years old: 11:00am
6-8 years old: 11:30am
9-11 years old: 12:00 noon

Photos thanks to Venice Paparazzi.

See more pictures from past events here at Venice Paparazzi.