Venice Art Crawl May Mixer this Thursday

Monday 18th May, 2015 10:12am

Join the Venice Art Crawl for a monthly mixer this Thursday from  7:00pm at the MyTable Lake House in Venice.

The event is an opportunity for artists to meet and source potential venues and for venues to find artists to create events for the next Art Crawl.

The deadline for submitting an event for the next Venice Art Crawl is June 1. Events can be submitted by visiting In addition, the organization is continually in search of community members who are passionate about art and encourage those interested in volunteering for the next crawl to attend the mixer.

“This is a great opportunity to make connections within the art community that will foster partnerships for the next Venice Art Crawl on Thursday, June 18.” says Lauren Harrison, one of the event organizers.

The Venice Art Crawl (VAC) is a celebration of art and community that encourages the preservation of the artistic character that has made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood. Currently celebrating its fifth year, the VAC is an organization by and for the people of Venice and greater Los Angeles.

As part of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the VAC fosters collaboration among local artists, businesses, galleries and community members through a series of hosted mixers and art events. The Venice Art Crawl occurs in the evening four times a year on the third Thursday of the quarter months. The upcoming 2015 VAC dates are June 18, September 17 and December 17.

When: Thursday May 21, 2015, 7PM
Where: My Table Lake House, 1200 Lake Street Venice, CA 90291

Admission is $10.00. Food and drinks will be provided. All attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes.

RSVP essential. 


Local Charity Fundraising for Glenn’s Funeral

Saturday 16th May, 2015 10:20am

Today Brendon Glenn’s Sister will graduate from school as a licensed Social Worker, heartbroken, knowing the skills she has acquired while studying just might have played a part in saving her brother’s life.

Brendon Glenn, affectionately known amongst his peers as Dizzle, had only been in Venice 2 months when at around 11:30pm on Tuesday 5th, May police respond to a 911 call regarding a man disturbing the peace. A scuffle broke out between Glenn and the police outside Townhouse on Windward Ave., resulting in one officer firing two shots at Glenn.  Glenn later died in hospital.

In an open letter to Yo!Venice Lauri Burns, founder of The Teen Project – a charity that has successfully helped thousands of LA’s homeless off the streets, writes of the suffering Glenn’s family now faces.

The Teen Project is currently seeking donations to help Glenn’s family bring him home to New York for a funeral and also to help support the son he leaves behind.

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“I am writing to encourage those who were impacted by the shooting of Brendon Glenn to become part of the group of angels that are making a difference for this young man’s family (his mom, sister, grandma and beautiful three year old son) at this very difficult time by helping to cushion this tragedy with support, positive light and love on the heels of extreme heartbreak.

I am the Founder of The Teen Project.  I was also a homeless youth and someone gave me a chance.  Free shelter and grant for technical school.  I became a Director of Information Technology at Northrop Grumman for 15 years, I have 32 foster kids now and started the charity eight years ago.  We give them what I was given, safe shelter and an education. The Teen Project has moved 126 kids off the streets of Venice in just 3 years.   Of the 126 kids we served, 5 were from California.

Many of our kids (like our biological kids) have their breakdowns.  Brendon was working with our drop in center manager, Timothy Pardue and had been at our Purpose Driven group prior to the shooting.   He was ready to return home to his mom.  I have a post of the vigil on ABC7 News that took place with the homeless kids two nights after the shooting below.

As parents, I plead with you to help pay this forward in the hopes that we never have to go through this ourselves.  My son was killed last year as well, so unfortunately I know how hard the road ahead will be for this family.

It is without doubt that Brendon had his flaws (as many of us do) but without further doubt, I can assure you he was a remarkably loving father and son.  He spoke with his mom every day on the phone (most days several times) and Skyped with his three year old son every Sunday.  Brendon had phoned his mom moments prior to the shooting.   I cannot tell you how absolutely devastated the family is.

His sister will graduate from school as a licensed Social Worker today.   Her words, “I don’t know how I will do this without him.   Brendon has always been at all of my graduations.”  Brendon’s mom and grandma were planning on coming to Venice with his son to surprise him and bringing him home for this.  She is committed to walking with her class… the only thought keeping her going — that he is watching her from above, all the while knowing she may be crying as she walks.

Brendon is an upstate New York native.  Brendon’s family wishes to transport his body home to rest in their family plot, next to his grandmother.  They need our help to do it.  I am not a rich woman, but I donated $1,000 of my personal salary.   I am not asking that you match me… just donate anything to join our angels.  Tami Pardee donated the cost of housing for 13 kids to move off the street this week and helped with food for the vigil.  Mark Sokol, owner of Erwin Hotel and Larry’s supports us to move kids of the street every month.  Brad Neal paid for food at the vigil with Paige Gesualdo.   Tommy Lasorta, donated 300 pairs of shoes and Bank of Venice provided all of the beverages, tea and coffee. The vigil is here – following the balloons are pictures of Brendon that will be shown at his memorial

Let’s get Brendon home and lay him to rest where he will be able to be joined one day by the loving family he was taken from too soon.

You can donate on the GO FUND ME site directly here

For TAX WRITE-OFF, donate here and choose toward the bottom, I want to send a one-time donation – write Brendon Glenn in the memo and the entire amount will go to the family with a card in your name.

We have raised $5,381 of $25,000 desired to send his body home and prepare for a traditional burial and support the family through a two week period.

Thank you all for you generosity and kindness.”

Lauri Burns, Founder, The Teen Project, Inc.

70 Windward Avenue, Venice, CA  92691

The Venice PAD (Protection & Direction) Drop in Center



Protest Planned Today on Windward Ave

Friday 15 May, 2015 9:09am

Protesters are expected to descend upon Windward Ave today at the site of the Brendon Glenn shooting.

The aim of the protest, to not only remember Glenn through a morning of creative, non-violent action, but also to forcefully urge the LAPD to release a security video taken from Townhouse that captured the shooting.

Brendon Glenn, affectionately known amongst his peers as Dizzle, had only been in Venice 2 months when at around 11:30pm on Tuesday 5th, May police respond to a 911 call regarding a man disturbing the peace. A scuffle broke out between Glenn and the police resulting in one officer firing two shots at Glenn.  Glenn later died in hospital.

LAPD Chief of Police, Charlie Beck said after seeing video footage of the incident that he is “very concerned” about the shooting, adding that it generally takes “extraordinary circumstances” for police to shoot an unarmed person, and it’s unclear if those circumstances existed in Tuesday night’s shooting.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, called Beck’s comments “completely irresponsible” and said it is too early to suggest the shooting may have been improper.

“As in the criminal justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We encourage everyone to reserve judgment until the investigation has run its course, and the facts are collected and assessed,” Lally said.

Beck said the department is working with the District Attorney’s Office and the LAPD’s independent inspector general to investigate the shooting.

“We will expend all resources to find out the truth of what happened … on Windward Avenue,” he said.

Glenn, who came from New York City and struggled with drugs and alcohol. Glenn had sought shelter and assistance at The Teen Project’s Venice P.A.D. homeless center, according to the center’s Timothy Pardue.

Glenn leaves behind a 3 year old son, The P.A.D. have begun a fundraising effort that will not only help send Glenn’s body home to his family but help his young child.

Today’s protest will coincide with the City of Los Angeles Sanitation sweep. The sweep previously a bi-monthly activity taken by the City to clean up abandoned belongings along Ocean Front Walk, will increase from today to a weekly cleanup.

Police Car Crashes outside Heather’s Flowers Venice

Thursday 14th May 2:47pm

An LAPD patrol car rushing to a call skidded out of control at the intersection outside Heather’s Flowers at Washington and Pacific Blvds., this afternoon.

The officer driving escaped injury but the front of his vehicle did not, headlights smashed, radiator destroyed, and hood buckled from the impact of hitting a parked SUV on Pacific Blvd.

The officer was responding as backup to a call, that had escalated, regarding a homeless man . Earlier police had been assisting a the man on Speedway and 29th when he became agitated. Police on Homeless call on Speedway

Several patrol cars and the helicopter raced to the scene. Where they quickly bought the situation  back under control.

LAFD were also there to help the man.

Rassol Darabian (picturedHeathers Flowers Police Crash), owner of Heather’s Flowers was looking out at the rain when he saw the police car loose control as it turned the corner of Washington and Pacific.

“I heard it, I knew he was going to hit something, thank God it was not a person. I usually park my car there for loading flowers, luckily it was not there today, otherwise he would have definitely hit my car, definitely.” said Darabian

“This is a very bad corner anyway, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen. So many things happen here, they should do something about it. I see so many accidents at this corner.” said Darabian.

With regards to the officer driving Darabian said, “They gotta do what they gotta do, but they’ve got to be careful too.”

With rain expected to continue tomorrow the crash is a timely warning to stay safe on the roads because even a well trained professional driver is not always a match for a slippery LA road in the rain.


Support Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions This Weekend

Thursday 14th May, 2015 10:16am

This Sunday join Los Angeles’ hottest established and emerging contemporary artists in raising over $650,000 to fund health care at Venice Family Clinic.

Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions brings thousands of artists and volunteers together each year. All auction proceeds go towards helping provide critically-needed health care to those with nowhere else to turn.

The clinic helps 20,000 low-income, uninsured, and homeless patients with healthcare they would otherwise not have access to.

Hosted at Google Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions is free and open to the public and showcases a gallery-quality contemporary silent art auction. As well as accompanying artist studio tours, artisan shops, family activities, entertainment, music, and food.

The event happens this Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Google Los Angeles, 340 Main St., Venice.

Artist studio tours run from Noon until 4:00PM and the silent art auction runs from Noon until 6:00PM view the online preview here.

For tickets for the Art & Architecture Tours, Angel events and Artist Studio Tour or to purchase an ART-venture Pass go online here or call 310.664.7916.

Jay Adams - JOSH 'BAGEL' KLASSMANJay Adams – At the Old Venice Pit by Josh ‘Bagel’ Klassman is just one of the many pieces up for auction this weekend.

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