Lifelong Learning Community News April 2005
There are several key events occurring in April that I would like to highlight in this newsletter and strongly encourage you to attend. Additional events will be added to the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar so please check there throughout the month!:
RAISING READERS: A LITERARY FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 2, noon to 4pm at Santa Monica College, Clock Tower Quad
This event highlights the importance of childrens literacy and language development from infancy onward and is geared for young children, parents, child care providers, and teachers. The Raising Readers Festival has become an annual lifelong learning community event, co-sponsored by Connections For Children, Santa Monica College and the North Bay Chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC). Come enjoy a day of fun, educational activities, good music, food and fun. Bring picnic lunches and sunhats! For more information, call 452-3325, ext 237.
Research continues to confirm the importance of early childhood experiences. The Santa Monica Westside YWCAs A Place for Parents offers ongoing parent support groups and infant/toddler & me classes in partnership with SMMUSDs Infant and Family Support Program. For more information, please contact Barbara Olinger at 452-3881.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP on GANG VIOLENCE in Santa MonicaPart II
Saturday, April 9, 2005 9 a.m. to Noon
John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th Street
This follow-up working session on gang violence, hosted by State Senator Sheila Kuehl and the City of Santa Monica, will turn the ideas identified on February 26th into action steps. Workshop participants are invited to sign up for one of three working groups http://santa-monica.org/residents/sgv/working-groups.htm:
- Bring It Home
- Make It Work
- Keep It Safe
For more information on the planned working groups, go to: www.StopGangViolence.smgov.net and click on Working Group Areas.
To register, please fill out the form at:
Registration is not required, but is encouraged. Breakfast, child care (age 5 and up),
Spanish translation, and free parking will be provided.
CELEBRATION FOR THE ARTS!
Saturday & Sunday, April 9th & 10th, 11am-6pm at the Santa Monica Pier
Special Benefit Concert with VENICE
Saturday, April 9th, 7pm
Arcadia Nightclub on the Pier
Ticket $35 to benefit Olympic High School Guitar Program and
For The Arts endowment.
Call 310-450-8338 x 395 for concert tickets & information or email email@example.com
This weekend festival of the arts, showcases amazing student artwork and performances, art vendors, local community arts groups, fun arts & crafts activities and delicious food from great local restaurants. On Saturday night, there is a special Community Concert featuring local band VENICE.
Pacific Park Wristbands are available for only $15 by pre-order, $5 off the regular price! Wristbands valid for one-day use through Labor Day. Call 310-396-4557 for purchase information.
FOR THE ARTS is an endowment campaign of the Education Foundation of Santa Monica-Malibu to promote arts education in our public schools. For more information on Celebration For The Arts 2005 and a schedule of weekend performances, please go to http://smmpta.org/events.html
CITY/SCHOOL CONTRACT COMES BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL
City Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 12, 7pm at City Hall
City staffs report and revised draft of the Master Facilities Use Agreement between the City and the School District is now posted as an information item at http://www.santa-monica.org/cityclerk/council/information_items/2005/SMMUSD Agreement.pdf
and is scheduled to come before the Council at their April 12th meeting. This agreement to increase the Citys base payment to the District to $6 million annually has been absolutely essential in maintaining the level of service and quality our schools still manage to provide. For a glimpse of the destruction ripping through schools across the state as a result of inadequate, unpredictable, and unstable funding, please skim the collection of articles posted at http://smmpta.org/press.html
SANTA MONICA CITYWIDE READS FEATURES THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini
April 12 through May 21
Santa Monica Citywide Reads encourages people who live or work in or visit Santa Monica to read the same book and come together to discuss it in public book clubs and related events held citywide. Book discussions and events are free and open to the public.
April moderator-led public book discussions are scheduled for:
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade.
Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street.
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Montana Ave. Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave.
Monday, April 25 at 2:15 p.m. Emeritus College, 1227 Second Street, Room 407.
Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. Cafe Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd. (Teen book discussion).
Special Citywide Reads programs in April include:
What is it that Empire Steals?: U.S. Foreign Policy and Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner, a talk by Political Science Professor Larry George of California State University, Long Beach, about the novel in the context of Afghanistan and international politics over several decades.
Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m., Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Kandahar, a screening of the 2001 film, written and directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, that follows an Afghan émigrés perilous journey back home during the Taliban reign, introduced by Amanda Roraback, author of Afghanistan in a Nutshell.
Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., Montana Ave. Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave.
For more information, call the Santa Monica Public Library (310) 458-8600, or visit www.smpl.org/cwr.
THE FUTURE OF CALIFORNIA's K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Saturday, April 16, 2005, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, Reservations required. Email iao@Rand.org
In January RAND released a report entitled Californias K-12 Public Schools: How Are They Doing? The report chronicles 30 years of decline and has been cited repeatedly in the current discussions regarding the State Budget and Governor Schwarzeneggers proposals. RAND has graciously agreed to host a public policy forum for our lifelong learning community with principal investigator Dr. Stephen Carroll presenting Research Findings, a factual introduction as an opener to two panel discussions: Coping at the Front Lines, and Next Steps -- Policymakers Perspectives. For program details and panel participants, please go to http://smmpta.org/pdf/April_16_FLYER.pdf. Seating is limited so make your reservation today!
CARAVAN FOR KIDS TO SACRAMENTO!
Wednesday, April 27th & Thursday, April 28th
Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), a local political action committee (Im co-chair) has worked hard to ensure stable, predictable, and increased local funding for our public schools. CEPS is now partnering with the State PTA to organize and mobilize parents and concerned citizens in communities throughout the state in support of adequate, predictable, and stable state funding for public education. Please get on the bus and join the Caravan for Kids to Sacramento! For more information and to sign up for a free seat on a chartered bus, please go to Caravan for Kids website.
Please take a moment to check out the wonderful new website for the Santa Monica Malibu Council of PTAs at http://smmpta.org/
Calendar listings on the Lifelong Learning Community website include more special events and activities in April. Take your pick!
Thanks, Cheers and Onward!
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