Get Down in the Venice Dirt for a Great Cause

12:25pm

The Community Healing Gardens are calling out to volunteers, young and old, to help with their Coffee and Dirt Planting Party this Saturday, April 30 in Venice from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Community Healing Gardens Planting Party
Join the Planting Party fun

The party will meet at 805 Brooks Ave. Volunteers will  clean and plant new vegetables in the Community Healing Garden boxes on 4th and 5th Streets in Venice.

Bring your sneakers, hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle. Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided.

Community Healing Gardens is a non-profit organization that launched in Venice, CA on June 13, 2015.  The group creates urban gardens to provide sustainable, nutritious food to diverse and underserved communities.

Community Healing Gardens Planting Party Photo Laura Doss
The Venice community getting behind a great cause Photo by: Laura Doss

The organization says they,  “believe every corner with a patch of soil or some empty space has the potential to feed communities with nutrition, connection, and love.

Food grown in the gardens is be shared amongst the neighborhood and provided to feed children and others in need.

Calling the Merchants of Venice

Picture Courtesy: Venice Paparazzi 
6:11am
Registration is now open for the Venice Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Business Expo, An Evening with the Merchants of Venice.
An annual tradition for the Venice Chamber and the local Venice Chamber of Commerce Merchants of Venice Expocommunity, the expo is happening Wednesday, May 25th, from  7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd. Venice 90291
Open to the public, the evening showcases local Venice businesses and  provides an opportunity for people who live and work in the Venice area to share their specialties and meet, mix, and mingle.
Member registration is  $75. Premium spaces for Members (limited – corners/display/electrical) is $95. Non-member registration is $125
Food sponsors; Cantalini’s Salerno Beach/Cantalni’s Express, CasaLinda, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Hama Sushi, Rose Cafe, and Wurstkuche will be providing delicious sample snacks on the night.

Slight Chance of Rain Before a Warm Weekend at the Beach

5:11am

A weak storm will push into the Southland today dropping temperatures and carrying a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before giving way to warmer weather by the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the gusty winds that battered parts of the Southland Monday and lingered in mountain areas this morning have largely died down. An upper-level low-pressure system will move into the area Wednesday, but it will have “limited moisture” and only a slight chance of rain, bringing primarily partly cloudy skies for most of the area.

Mountain and inland areas have the best chance to see some moisture Wednesday night into Thursday, including a chance of thunderstorms that could drift into the valleys, according to the NWS.

“Brief heavy rain and small hail will again be possible, but very
isolated,” according to the NWS. “Many areas will likely see nothing or just sprinkles from decaying storms off the (mountains). A pretty strong onshore push (is) expected again Wednesday afternoon and there could be some wind gusts into the low 30s for coastal areas, and possibly some advisory-level west-to-northwest winds in the mountains and Antelope Valley late Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.”

Temperatures will dip as the system moves through, with downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach expected to top out at 71 on Wednesday, while it’ll reach 67 at Los Angeles International Airport, the mid- to upper-60s across much of Orange County and the low- to mid-70s in the valleys.

The temperature will be a few degrees cooler across the board on
Thursday, then rebound by Friday and continue to increase through the weekend, according to the Weather Service.

– from CNS

Venice Local Coastal Program Open House Event

8:29am

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 27th, the City Planning Department will host an open house at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, to offer information about the Venice Local Coastal Program.

Aiming to identify issues of community concern in the Venice Coastal Zone, the event is hosted by the Department of City Planning with support from the California Coastal Commission and open to all.

The Open House is drop-in style.  Attendees are free to come at any time between 7-9:30 p.m. and stay for as little or as long as they like.

Venice Local Coastal Program Open House Event
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: 1010 Abbot Kinney, Venice 90291

Crash Slowing Traffic on Venice Blvd

4:10pm

A crash involving a black Range Rover and a white sedan on Venice Blvd., at Glyndon has slowed eastbound traffic to one lane.

Emergency services are at the scene. Venice resident Henry Hereford said he saw a woman on the side of the road crying. “It was a pretty horrific crash. The Range Rover was up on the sidewalk and the sedan is badly damaged. The passenger side is done in and the axle is broken,” said Hereford.

Anyone driving east up Venice Blvd in the next hour of so may want to use an alternate route, taking Rose Ave, Palms, or Washington  Blvds.

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