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Abbot Kinney Festival ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award Accepting Nominations

The Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award. Since 1989, The Abbot Kinney Festival Association has recognized those who have made significant community contributions through ‘Spirit of Venice Awards’.  Those honored have included artists, poets, and musicians who nurtured the creative environment, as well as those who have contributed to the greater good through nonprofits and In celebration of the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival, the AKFA is seeking ‘Spirit of Venice’ nominations from the Venice community.  AKFA has recognized a wide variety of contributions, but the common bond is that the recipients have had initiative, vision and a strong sense of community. These are the people who build community gardens, develop youth programs, serve our neighborhood selflessly, as well as those who foster the artistic creativity that Venice founder, Abbot Kinney, envisioned. Who do you know that embodies these qualities? Please nominate them at:


The AKFA Board of Directors will determine final awards. The recipients of the ‘Spirit of Venice’ Award will be notified by September 15th. There will be a brief awards presentation at the 30th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014, time to be determined. “We’re having fun and making a difference—that’s the spirit of Venice.” said Donna Humphrey, AKFA Board President. For more info about the Abbot Kinney Festival Association and the 2014 Abbot Kinney Festival, visit

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The Venice Teen Project PAD Relocates

The Venice Teen Project PAD providing services for young homeless adults ages 18-24 has temporarily relocated to 70 Windward Avenue, to a space donated by Gary and Vera Sutter. The PAD has transitioned 130 young adults off the beach and into housing , schools, or drug programs over the last two years. They can assist with obtaining valid I.D. , Yoga/Meditation classes, student enrollment, and other services. Participants are required to attend daily meetings and participate in neighborhood street clean up. If you know a young adult struggling with homelessness or addiction on Venice Beach please refer them. For more information please contact the PAD at 310-392-3838 or visit are open weekdays from 9am to 2pm.  (via Ray Rae)

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