Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community
Lifelong Learning Community News March 2005
Now that we have our very own Lifelong Learning Community Website, Im going to use this e-letter to highlight just a few upcoming special events and encourage you to go to the website and click on CALENDAR. But first, here are a few highlights in March:
THE NEXT LOS ANGELES: STRUGGLE FOR A LIVEABLE CITY
Robert Gottlieb, speaker
Thursday, March 3, 11:15am
SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. Free
Given Santa Monicas focus on updating our General Plan, this SMC Associates Lecture by Robert Gottlieb is extremely timely. Dr. Gottlieb is the Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and an expert on the urban environment. His talk will provide an overview of alternative visions for achieving social and economic justice in LA and observations on key trends reshaping LA at the beginning of the 21st century. For more information, please call 434-4003.
GOOD NEWS FROM SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL!
Academic Decathlon, taught by Ingo Gaida, is one of many electives offered at Samohi. This year, two teams from the Academic Decathlon class have gone on to take top regional honors:
Samohis Science Bowl A Team took first place at the Los Angeles County Science Bowl Competition and will represent LA County at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. in April. Congratulations to "A" team winners: Areeb Pirani, Jesse Zaretsky, Ze Nan Chang and Bennett Rankin.
This past Saturday, Samohis Academic Decathlon Team also took first place, (for the second year in a row,) winning the Los Angeles Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl. The team will now advance to the National level for a competition in April in Biloxi, Mississippi. Team members include Courtney Borden, Areeb Pirani, Douglas Matsunaga, and Eileen Wong. Go Samo!
Also just this past weekend, the Samohi Orchestra, with 97 student musicians led by Director Joni Swensen, participated in the National Orchestra Festival in Reno, Nevada and won the Grand Championship! Congratulations!
And now, Professor Harold Hill, the traveling con man, is coming to Barnum Hall as Samohi's Performing Arts Department presents a production of The Music Man with a live student orchestra, full choir, and marching band. This is a great opportunity to see Samohis theatre department, instrumental music and choral music departments all in one great, fun musical! Come admire and enjoy some of the hard work and talent at Santa Monica High School!
THE MUSIC MAN
March 12th at 2pm and 8pm, Barnum Hall
Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd. (try parking at the Civic)
Tickets $20. For more information, please go to http://smclo.org
For more good news about Samohi students and staff, go to http://www.samohi.smmusd.org/About/accomplishments.htm
NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC WORKSHOP
(A continuation of the General Plan and Circulation Element updating process)
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. to Noon
Civic Center, East Wing, 1855 Main Street
Validated parking is available in Civic Auditorium parking lot
Youth are welcome and childrens activities will be provided
Please RSVP no later than March 2, 2005
310/434-2664 or Transportation.Management@smgov.net
The completed update of the General Plan and Circulation Element will govern development and transportation/circulation matters throughout the City and each of our neighborhoods for the next 20 years. If you can not make the meeting, please email your ideas or concerns to Beth Rolandson, Senior Transportation Planner at the City at Beth.Rolandson@SMGOV.NET or write her at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information, please go to www.motion.santa-monica.org.
Also on March 5th... (theres a lot more so be sure to check out the LLC Calendar).....
AUDITIONS FOR MANZANAR YOUTH CHOIR - Ages 12 to 17
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Santa Monica College, Music Building, Room M139, 1900 Pico Blvd.
The Madison Project of Santa Monica College is holding auditions for the Manzanar Youth Choir. The 10-week choral program, which culminates with a UCLA performance, will meet mostly on Saturday mornings. The youth choir will perform on June 2 at UCLA's Royce Hall in the Los Angeles premiere of Manzanar: An American Story."
For more information regarding the youth choir auditions, please contact Anthony Jones at (310) 434-3414 or email@example.com. For more information on Manzanar: An American Story please visit: http://www.smc.edu/madison/performances/upcoming_05_20_05.html
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Tuesday, March 8th, 7pm
I am hopeful that the contract drafted to describe the City/School Master Agreement will be presented and approved at this meeting. The agenda will be posted this Thursday at http://santa-monica.org/cityclerk/council/agendas/2005/index.htm
FOLLOW UP TO COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON GANG VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Saturday, March 12th, 9am-1pm
John Adams Middle School Cafeteria, 2425 16th Street, Free
Sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and State Senator Sheila Kuehl, this is the next step following the very well-attended February 26th opening workshop. The communitys next task is to shape a Community Action Plan that will reduce gang and youth violence with a special emphasis on improving circumstances for residents in the Pico neighborhood. For more information, look on the Citys website at http://santa-monica.org/home/index.asp
To read about the first Workshop, go to http://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2005/Feb-2005/02_28_05_Overflow_Crowd_Takes_on_Gang_Violence.htm
ANNUAL SENIOR PROM (for older adults, not high school seniors!)
March 12, 1 - 4 pm
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Free
Hosted by the City of Santa Monica, the Senior Prom is a semi-formal dance for seniors, featuring dancing, refreshments and a big band orchestra, all at no charge to participants. To attend the prom, for transportation information or to volunteer, please call the Santa Monica Senior Recreation Center at 458-8644.
GOOD NEWS -- even if we cant go along!
Representatives from our Lifelong Learning Community Older Adults Task Force have been invited to the American Society on Aging (ASA) Annual Conference. They will present a workshop on the collaborative model our consortia has been using here in Santa Monica. The conference is March 10-13th in Philadelphia and 4 members of our Older Adult Task Force will be attending: Nicole Kaplan, from Center for Healthy Aging; Liz Wilson from WISE Senior Services; Linda Behar from WISE Senior Services; and Linda Laisure from H.O.M.E. - Helping our Mobile Elderly. For more information on the ASA and the Conference, please go to http://www.asaging.org/
For more information about services and opportunities for older adults here in Santa Monica, check out Especially for Older Adults, at http://smllc.org/links.html and links to health, caregiving, and social service providers at http://www.santa-monica.org/hsd/links.htm
NEW EXHIBIT AT THE SANTA MONICA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
Santa Monica Red Cross: A History of Helping
Opening Reception Lecturer, Anna Lisa DeBois
opening/lecture - Sunday, March 13, 2:30pm
1539 Euclid Street (limited parking in back), Free
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 - 4:30
Second and Fourth Sundays 1:00 - 4:00
General admission $5.00, Seniors and students $2.00, Children under twelve free
For more information, call the museum at (310) 395-2290 or go to www.santamonicahistory.org/
FREE CPR TRAININGS IN MARCH!
March is American Red Cross Month and to celebrate, the Santa Monica Red Cross is providing free CPR trainings to the community.
Saturday March 26th, classes at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm
Ken Edwards Center
1527 Fourth Street in downtown Santa Monica.
Participants will also have an opportunity to become certified in CPR.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please call (310) 394-3773 to
VIRTUAL LIBRARY OPENS AT WWW.SMPL.ORG
With construction of the new Main Library still many months from completion, Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) has launched a new web site, www.smpl.org, that creates an inviting, online library available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The site features a large collection of online resources not available through standard Internet search tools, user-friendly organization, easy navigation, and new content. Check it out!
Also new online, the Santa Monica Malibu Council of PTAs now has a website. Please check it out at http://smmpta.org/
If you are a film buff, don't forget that the Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Blvd. is now open and home to the American Cinematheque. To find a listing of their screenings, please go to http://www.americancinematheque.com/Aero/aeromastercalendar.htm
Thanks, Cheers and Onward!
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