One Day In Venice

Abbot Kinney’s 164th birthday celebration today at Full Circle Venice

Did you know that today, Nov. 16, would have been Abbot Kinney’s 164th birthday?

In celebration, Full Circle Venice will host a block party full of high vibes, amazing artists, musicians, and a special sneak peek of the film “One Day in VeNICE.”

Here is the schedule for the entire day:

10 am-12 pm: Resonate meditation

12 pm-2 pm: Community Organic/Vegan Brunch

2 pm-5 pm: Yoga with Sean Gray and Thoryn Stephens

5 pm-8 pm: VENICE LOCALS (Live art installations, music, vendors, silent auction, and food!)

8 pm-8:45 pm: Sneak peek of “One Day in VeNICE” film with a Q&A with the director

9 pm-10 pm: Vinyl Soul

The event will take place at Full Circle Venice, 305 Rose Ave. The event is free, but $10 is the suggested donation. For more information, call 310.452.2201 or visit


Venice designer opens The Quest of Hayley Starr on Lincoln Boulevard

Venice-based designer Hayley Starr has opened her Lincoln Boulevard studio, The Quest of Hayley Starr, to the community for enlightening workshops and special classes.

The lineup through November is:

Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs with Myka McLaughlin
Friday Nov. 21 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
; Cost: Free

Are you a female artist, healer or creative type, drowning in the 10,000 things you “could do” or “should do” to grow your biz? If you are struggling to make great money, doing what you love, do not miss this workshop.

Myka, founder of WINC, will turn the light on and give you a step-by-step roadmap for generating wealth in your current or future business. She’s taught over 100 women her four-part system, and they are growing their business revenue by two times, three times, even 10 times in a matter of months. Click here to learn more and register.

It will be held at The Quest 2122 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291.

Primal Coding with Kristina Macias
Mondays 8 pm to 9:30 pm; Cost: $20

Connect to the breath, activate the body and mind, build strength and awareness deep within your core, and balance the central nervous system. Enjoy class that begins with meditation and reiki and ends with deep silence and preparation for the week ahead.  Class is led by the magical Kristina Macias with live music by the brilliant Ryan Beatty.

The Quest 2122 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291.

Breathwork with Randi Maggid
Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 9 pm; Cost: $20

Clear stuck energy and spark inspiration while connecting to spirit. The incredible teacher, Randi Maggid, holds deep space during this conscious Pranayama breathing meditation.

For more information on any of the events above, visit

Hama Sushi

Save the date: Celebrate 35 years with Hama Sushi on Thursday, Nov. 20

Celebrate 35 years with Hama Sushi on Thursday, Nov. 20  with free tempura ice cream for restaurant diners and happy hour all night on the patio from 4 p.m. to close.

Located on the former Grand Canal in historic Venice Beach, California Hama was founded in 1979 and was one of the first authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in the United States.

A decade ahead of the sushi craze, many Southern California residents can trace their first sushi experience to a table in this iconic restaurant.

Hama Sushi’s Esther and John Chaing on 35 years of Hama Sushi. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi
Hama Sushi’s Esther and John Chaing are celebrating 35 years of Hama Sushi. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi

Today people from all over the country travel back to Hama to eat at our sushi bar once again.

From its nightly last call theme song, to its birthday traditions, both regulars and first-time guests feel right at home the second they sit down.

Attracting a large and diverse clientele, at Hama guests are as likely to have an A-list celebrity seated next to them as they are a local surfer right off the beach.

Hama is also about more than great food and fast and friendly service; it is about treating customers as honored guests and making the dining experience a cherished memory for years to come.

Hama Sushi is located at 213 Windward Ave, Venice.

For more information, call 310.396.8783 or visit

LAX branch courthouse

2011 Penmar Park double shooting murder suspect convicted of killing teens

A jury found a 22-year-old gang member guilty Wednesday of murdering of two teens at a Venice park in 2011.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury convicted Michael Anthony Mariscal, 22, of two counts of first-degree murder for the June 22, 2011, killings of Salvador Diaz, 18, and Alan Mateo, 19.

Media coverage on the day of June 22, 2011.
Media coverage on the day of June 22, 2011.

Jurors found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder carried out to further the activities of a criminal street gang.

Mariscal also was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and one count each of street terrorism and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set for Jan. 14 at the Airport Branch Courthouse, according to Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan.

On June 22, 2011, Salvador Diaz, 18, and Allan Mateo, 19, were sitting in the bleachers in Penmar Park with a group of friends when Mariscal walked up and made gang references, according to witness testimony.

Mariscal then opened fire on the group of five teens, killing Diaz and Mateo and wounding a 17-year-old in the leg, the prosecutor said.

A third person — a sophomore at Venice High School — was shot in the leg. Two other teens escaped without injury.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.

Venice car keyed

Two Venice cars keyed from front to back causing $1,000 plus in damages

Venice resident Sunil Bhuta says two unrelated cars were keyed from front to back on the driver’s side — each felony vandalism with more than $1,000 in damages — both on Electric Ave. between Venice Blvd. and Superba Ave., both within five days of each other and overnight.

The dates of the incidents were Nov. 3 and on or before Nov. 9.

One of the cars that was keyed.
One of the cars that was keyed.

Bhuta  said both parties filed police reports.

“Would love to catch these guys, or at least increase awareness to add a street light to this dark section of road,” Bhuta said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD’s Pacific Division at 310.482.6334.

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