Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - APRIL 2008...

Sandy Berlin, a believer in and exemplar of lifelong learning, passed away in March. Sandy was an early enthusiast of the Santa Monica Lifelong Learning Community Project and provided start-up funding for our conferences on early childhood.

April is the Month of the Young Child here in Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Child Care and Early Education Task Force (CCEETF) continues to be hard at work. Since 1983, the CCEETF has been advocating for high quality care and education for children in preschools, home care centers and after school programs. This month the Task Force has invited civic leaders to read a story to preschoolers at participating centers. A photography display showcasing 10 local settings for early childhood education and care will be exhibited at City Hall from April 1-11. The month’s celebrations end on Saturday, April 26 with the annual Raising Readers Festival at Santa Monica College.

The CCEETF has a monthly Wednesday lunch meeting. If you are interested in early childhood issues (ages 0-5), please let me know. The CCEETF welcomes new members.
The 2008 Santa Monica Citywide Reads selection is “The Highest Tide” by Jim Lynch. Citywide Reads is a community reading program that invites everyone to read and discuss the same novel in book clubs and other events held around the city.  2008 marks the sixth anniversary of the program.

In The Highest Tide, thirteen-year-old Miles O’Malley spends one transformative summer navigating the mysteries of Puget Sound and his relationships with family and friends.  The Highest Tide’s green themes, appeal to young and adult readers alike, and high quality of writing make this a compelling and resonant book for our entire community. 

Santa Monica Citywide Reads takes place from April 12 to May 17 and features free public book discussion groups in libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses, and other venues. For more information about Citywide Reads, visit, or call the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
Westside Family Health Center has updated and is regularly updating and posting new information on their website. Most of the content is now available in Spanish as well as English. For more information on the Westside Family Health Center, please go to

SMC’s Broad Stage is coming to life!
For the latest info on SMC’s Broad Stage and next year’s planned inaugural season, please go to
Santa Monica College is now hiring technical theater positions with experience in lighting, sound and rigging for the new Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. These are permanent, full time positions with great benefits.  Applications close April 11.  For more information on employment opportunities and/or to apply, please go to
While you’re waiting for the Broad Stage to open, the wonderful Under the Radar series is in progress; the schedule of remaining performances is posted online at

WISE & Healthy Aging’s new Travel Program begins with two trips scheduled for 2008: The 6-day Oregon Trails, featuring the Portland Rose Festival, Columbia River Gorge and a tour of local wineries, leaves on Friday, June 6.  The 18-day Australia & New Zealand Adventure leaves on Monday, Nov. 10. If interested, please attend the Orientation Session on Tuesday, April 1, 1pm at 1527 4th Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room. For more information, please call WISE & Healthy Aging at (310) 394-9871 or go to
Looking ahead....
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm-9:00pm
LUCE Workshop - Integrating the Plan

Lincoln Middle School Cafeteria,
1501 California Avenue
This will be the last community workshop before the release of the Land Use & Circulation Element draft concept plan. Participate in this workshop to learn about and discuss:
  • Economics of the Plan: the economic feasibility of the emerging proposals
  • Diversified Economy: tourism, health care, the arts, and retail
  • Strategy: for building Workforce and Affordable Housing
  • Wrapping Up the Plan: folding in adopted City policies

The entire Santa Monica community is encouraged to participate in Shaping the Future!
Please rsvp to or 310-458-8341

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Synapse Dance Theater
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
1501 California Ave., (14th and California)
The innovative and widely praised Synapse Dance Theater performance will include Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, a mixed media performance by dancers and artists, and an interactive improvisation cued by the audience.
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Saturday, April 5, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, April 6, 2pm

Santa Monica College, Theater Arts Main Stage
1900 Pico Boulevard
Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students and senior citizens and $12 for SMC students and employees with I.D.

Broadway's hit pop-rock musical, with music by Elton John, offers a contemporary take on Giuseppe Verdi's opera by the same name. Opening on Broadway in 2000 and running for four years, "Aida" won Tonys for Original Musical Score (Elton John and Tim Rice), Actress, Scenic Design and Lighting Design.

Tickets (general admission only) can be obtained online at or by calling (310) 434-3000.
Saturday, April 5, 10:00am-noon 
Career Workshops
Fairview Branch Library

2101 Ocean Park Boulevard
This is the first in a series of three workshops covering resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. Whether you are looking for that first job, hoping to make a career change, or re-entering the job market, these workshops will give you the skills you need to navigate today’s rapidly changing marketplace. 
The programs will be presented by Marcia Lewis from Santa Monica College’s Career Center and by an experienced employment counselor from WorkSource in Marina Del Rey, an affiliate of Jewish Vocational Services. 
For more information and to register for the workshops, contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 450-0443 or visit the Library’s web site at
Thursday, April 10, 10:00am
Samohi Campus Tour

Santa Monica High School, Robert’s Art Gallery
601 Pico Boulevard
Free. Reservations required.

Come see Samohi for yourself! The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. in
Robert's Art Gallery. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, please email Caroline Springer at
Saturday, April 12, 10am-2pm
Community Meeting: Shared Use of the Civic Center & Samohi

Park in Civic Auditorium Lot
Discussion in Samohi Cafeteria
This is the first community meeting on plans to share use of the City's Civic Center Campus and the District's Samohi Campus. After parking in the Civic Auditorium surface lot, participants will be able to take a self-guided tour of the area before convening for discussion in the Samohi cafeteria.

Present for the discussion will be the consultant Koning Eizenberg Architecture. City staff and the SMMUSD project team will be seeking joint use opportunities and working to assess, analyze and plan improvements to the sites.
Saturday, April 12, 11am- 2pm
Lunch with Mayor Herb Katz

Spitfire Grill
3300 Airport Avenue
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica, this annual Lunch with the Mayor is open to League members and to the public. The League of Women Voters is also holding a membership drive – dues are half price this month! To RSVP for the lunch, please call Peggy Fonkalsrud at 310-394-3079 or email
Saturday, April 12, noon-4pm
Around the World in 4 Hours: Culturejam

Santa Monica Public Library, North Entry Courtyard
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
The Santa Monica Public Library Teen Advisory Council invites people of all ages to experience culture through dance, food, music, spoken word, and art at Culturejam: Around the World in 4 Hours.
The Santa Monica Public Library Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is a leadership group based at the Main Library made up of high school students that live or go to school in Santa Monica. This group helps create and develop interesting and exciting programs for teens at the library.
All ages are invited to attend this cultural celebration. For more information about the presentation, please contact Erica Cuyugan, Young Adult Librarian, at (310) 458-8621, during library hours.
Tuesday, April 15 – Taxes Due!

Wednesday, April 16, 2pm-4pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm
National Healthcare Decisions Day

Santa Monica Main Public Library, MLK, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Advance registration required. Call 310-829-8453.
Join Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive now, while you can!
While making your own healthcare decisions can be difficult in the best of circumstances, making decisions for others is even more complicated. Each of us has the ability to guide our healthcare providers and talk to loved ones about what we want.
Use this April 16 event to decide, discuss and document your wishes. Featured speakers include physicians, estate planners, and Tish Starbuck, VP of Mission & Ethics at Saint John’s Health Center. Free Advance Directive Forms will be available. Advance registration required. Call 310-829-8453.
For more information, please go to  

Saturday, April 19, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Incoming Freshmen Orientation & Tour of Samohi

Santa Monica High School,
601 Pico Boulevard
The first day of high school is months away, but start preparing your student for it now by attending this Samohi Incoming Freshmen Orientation. Incoming Freshmen Orientation will provide students and their families with a smooth and helpful transition to high school.
Please RSVP with your SMMUSD Middle School Office:
  • Lincoln Middle School, (310) 393-9227 ext. 567 with Diane Niden
  • John Adams Middle School, (310) 452-2326 ext. 208 with Laura Check or
    or ext. 203 with Margarita Cisneros-Garcia
  • Santa Monica Alternative School, (310) 396-2640 ext. 171 with Janice Wold

Sunday, April 20,12noon - 6pm 
Earth Day Celebration

Santa Monica Pier
Heal the Bay is partnering with the Green Apple Earth Day Festival on the Santa Monica Pier to celebrate Earth Day wih education, music and fun. Currently, Ben Harper, Taj Mahal and Ziggy Marley are on the schedule. Bring the whole family! For more information and the latest line up, visit
Wednesday, April 23 at 3:45 p.m. in the
“A Poem Lovely as a Tree”

Main Library’s Children’s Activity Room
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Creative Kids’ Club celebrates National Poetry Month and Earth Day with poems, songs, stories, activities, and a craft to take home. “A Poem Lovely as a Tree” welcomes children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
For more information on these and other free programs at the Santa Monica Public Library visit or call (310) 458-8600.
Friday, April 25, 7:30pm
Under the Radar: Leokane Pryor

The Edye Second Space
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica Boulevard & 11th Street
Free with free parking. RSVPs required.
Leokane made his debut into the Hawaian music world in 2000 with the success of his first CD release, Maunahele. Leokane has gained popularity delighting audiences with his angelic falsetto vocals. We look forward to an enchanting evening of beautiful songs and hula honoring his home in Hana, Maui.
Under the Radar is a free series at The Edye Second Space at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. The Edye is a very intimate space with limited seating. RSVPs are required. Please call 310-434-3414 or email
Friday, April 25, 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, April 26, 10:00am-5:00pm
Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
The 5th Annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild Expo) is Southern California's most substantive and extensive showcase of green and sustainable building materials. It is the only regional event of its kind that allows the eco-minded professionals and public to meet and discuss green opportunities with serious green conscious figures in the design and construction communities.
Presented by the City of Santa Monica, this event features over 100 exhibitors displaying the latest in green building technologies and practices, landscape and water conservation products and interior design products and furnishings. Exhibitors include Sustainable Works, Downtown Diversion, Live Roofs, Rinnai, AFM Safecoat, Perform Wall, Low Impact Living, Tassahara, EpiCenter and C&K Landscape.
For more information, please visit or call (310) 390-2930.
April 26, Registration 8am, Walk begins at 9
Los Angeles Walk for Psoriasis Awareness

Meet at Crescent Bay Park
(Corner of Ocean Avenue and Bay Street)
Registration fees: $15 for youths, $25 for adults

The National Psoriasis Foundation is sponsoring the Los Angeles Walk for Awareness. A 1K and 5K walk along Ocean Boulevard and the Santa Monica Beach. As many as 7.5 Americans have psoriasis. This walk will supply funds for the NPF programs and services which include research and the distribution of invaluable information and assistance. Help those having to deal with this life long disease.
All ages are welcome. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Register or contribute online at Enjoy the beach, the sun and participating in helping the approximately 800,000 plus people with Psoriasis just in California.
Saturday, April 26, 10am-4pm
Green Gardens Tour: Gardening with Intent

1027 Princeton
Ticket prices - Day of: $50, Advance: $40, Seniors: $30, Students: $25.
The 4th Annual Green Gardens Tour highlights home gardens and homes that demonstrate sustainable designs, practices, and technologies. Attendees will
receive the Green Sourcebook, a free compendium of garden information, ideas and resources. This year’s theme, Gardening With Intent will be highlighted by lectures and demonstrations at each of the six gardens on such topics as: soil restoration, irrigation, infiltration, and using the right plant for the right space.
The tour benefits the Virginia Avenue Project, a Santa Monica based not-for-profit organization that uses the arts to help kids discover their full potential.
For more info, and to order tickets, call the Project offices at (310) 264-4224, or go to, and click on the Green Gardens link.
Saturday, April 26, noon-4pm
Raising Readers

Santa Monica College, Clocktower
1900 Pico Boulevard
The annual Raising Readers Literacy Festival invites preschoolers and children in grades K-3 to spend an afternoon filled with exciting activities – from sing-alongs to interactive storytelling – exploring the joys of reading and communication. The festival features theater groups, activity booths, refreshments, and some very special treats. Parents are welcome too! Bring picnic lunches and sunhapts!
Sponsored by Connections for Children, North Bay AEYC, and Santa Monica College. For more information, please call 452-3325, ext. 237.
Saturday, April 26, 11am - 5pm
Sunday, April 27, 11am - 5pm
Celebration For The Arts – Pier Party: Splash into Spring!

Santa Monica Pier
This year, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is expanding the fun! Come check out the Scratch DJ Academy boot camps, t-shirt silk screening, sneaker painting, graffiti art wall, OTIS art student demos and Stilt Circus. There will also be a Silent Auction featuring great local restaurants and hotel stays and a Teen Celebrity booth where you can get autographs from Disney, Nickelodeon and CW celebrities! Plus, you can enjoy great music, dance and drama performances by SMMUSD students. Original student art will be displayed in the carousel coffee lounge. Mural painting, face painting, artisan vendors and delicious foods will round out the fun.
This festival benefits arts education in our public schools. Come support the arts & celebrate our community! For more information, contact or (310) 396-4557.
Wow! How’s that for plenty to do?! And there’s much, much more....
Please check out the lifelong learning community calendar at  and use the links at to keep up with different organizations’ and theaters’ regular special events.
Happy Spring!

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,

Louise Jaffe

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