Toy drive

Collection begins for Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival

The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival presented by the Venice Neighborhood Council, Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center and the City of Los Angeles kicked off on Friday, Nov. 14.

The two-part holiday event for Venice stakeholders includes a toy drive running through Dec. 18 and then, on Saturday Dec. 20, the Venice Neighborhood Council (“VNC”) and the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center (“Vera Davis”) will give the toys away to local kids, during a fun-filled day at Oakwood Recreation Center.

The VNC and Vera Davis will collect new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at various locations in Venice now through Dec. 18, 2014.

Toys can be dropped off at:

— Abbot’s Habit, 1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

— Oscar’s Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.

— Superba Food & Bread, 1900 Lincoln Blvd.

— VNC booth at the Venice Farmers’ Market (Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way

—  VNC’s Board meetings on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The toy drive will then culminate in a holiday festival to be held at Oakwood Recreation Center on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.

At the festival, children up to sixteen years of age present with a parent or guardian will be able to select a toy (first come, first served).

Children will also be able to take home a book donated by the Friends of the Venice Library.

Santa will be available for photos and kids will be able to engage in arts and crafts or play on a moon bounce or in the snow.  Food will be provided.

This is the fourth year that the VNC has sponsored The Great Venice Toy Drive, created in response to community concerns about the lack of a toy giveaway in the Venice area.


Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive’s team members, said: “Last year The Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 300 Venice kids not only had a toy for the holiday season, but also had a great day at Oakwood park.  With the help of the Venice community, we hope to make this year’s event the best one yet.”

The Great Venice Toy Drive is still looking for volunteers.  Contact if you are interesting in helping.


Venice Neighborhood Council board meeting tonight, Nov. 18

The November Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting is scheduled for tonight, Nov. 18 at 7 pm at the Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

The agenda includes Board consideration of a proposed ice rink to run at Venice Beach in 2015 and several Land Use permit applications with time allotted for public comment by Venice stakeholders.

Applications to be discussed include the Chevron at 251 Lincoln Blvd and St. Joseph Center at 204 Hampton Drive.

The VNC holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month and may also call any additional meetings in accordance with its By-Laws and the Brown Act. Snacks and coffee will be provided at the meeting.

A detailed agenda is available at and at the Abbot Kinney Library, 501 Venice Way, and Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.

There is no charge for this event. It is open to the public. Public comments are encouraged.

Venice beach.

Woman run over by lifeguard SUV on Venice Beach files negligence lawsuit

A woman who was run over by an SUV driven by a lifeguard at Venice Beach filed a negligence lawsuit today against the County of Los Angeles.

Lorae Bermudez’s husband, Thomas Kim, also is a plaintiff and is alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress. They are both seeking unspecified damages.

A county spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment on the lawsuit, which says Bermudez was struck by the vehicle about 4:20 p.m. Sept 15 as she was lying on the sand at Venice Beach.

The 26-year-old newlywed suffered serious injuries to her pelvis, as well as to some of her internal organs, according to her court papers.

Her husband “was nearby and observed his wife screaming in pain and in severe distress,” according to the suit, which alleges the lifeguard “simply was not paying attention to her surroundings while she was operating the county vehicle.”

On the day of the collision, Los Angeles police spokeswoman said the lifeguard vehicle had been en route to the scene of an unspecified emergency, with its lights and sirens activated.

Stray dog

Stray dog found under a house on Superba Avenue

The owner of Bruno’s at 2012 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice is asking for the public’s help in identifying this stray dog.

Katie, co-owner of Bruno’s, said the female dog was found under a house on Superba Avenue, adding that local neighbors have reported seeing the dog running loose for about a week.

Do you know the owner of this stray dog?
Do you know the owner of this stray dog?

“She has had a recent litter and is very shy and timid,” Katie said. “We’re guessing she is a boxer mix. She does not have any identification or microchip.”

The dog is currently with Katie at the shop if anyone has any information.

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

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