Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - MAY 2007...

Saturday, May 5, 3pm
An Afternoon with Audrey Niffenegger
Santa Monica College, Pavilion
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica College and Citywide Reads present An Afternoon with Audrey Niffenegger, the award-winning author of this year's Citywide Reads selection - The Time Traveler's Wife. Ms. Niffenegger will present a reading and discussion followed by a book signing at Santa Monica College. This should be a great community event for booklovers. For more information, please go to or call 310-458-8600.
Monday, May 7, 7pm
LUCE Update: Together, We Create Our Future
Civic Auditorium, East Annex
1885 Main Street
Hear how your input is coming together with the Land Use & Circulation Element (LUCE) to make Santa Monica a better, more vibrant place to live, work and play. As the next step in the LUCE process, SM's Planning & Community Development Department is focusing on neighborhood outreach and building consensus on "Placemaking" through a series of community-wide workshops.
Friday, May 11, 7pm
Saturday, May 12, 2pm & 8pm
Folklorico de SMC World Dance Program
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Gym Pavilion
1900 Pico Boulevard
 $15 General Admission/ $12 SMC Students & Seniors
 For tickets, please call (310) 434-3000 and for information, please call (310) 434-4594 or (310) 434-4856.
Showcasing choreography from virtually every corner of the globe, Folklórico de SMC will present dances from Africa, Argentina, Europe, Columbia, East India, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, the Middle East and the United States. Dance styles will include salsa, Indonesian, Argentine tango, East Indian, Japanese, Mexican Folklórico, ballet, African and hip-hop.
Sunday, May 13, 2pm
Arianna Huffington: On Becoming Fearless
Santa Monica Main Public Library, MLK, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
Tickets available one hour prior to program.
Celebrate Mother's Day with Arianna Huffington and her book, On Becoming Fearless, which she wrote to inspire her own daughters and girls everywhere to become fearless in all they do.
Monday, May 14, 7pm
Community meeting: Can We Improve the Electoral Process in Santa Monica?

Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street
The City Council wants to know what you think about the electoral process in Santa Monica. Please attend a community workshop and let them know what you think is and isn't working with the electoral process in our City. You can also complete a survey on or call 3100458-8211 to have a survey mailed to you.
Saturday, May 19, 11am-4pm
Art & Architecture Tours Benefiting Venice Family Clinic

Office of David Hertz
1920 Olympic Boulevard
$50 per person
This year, the Venice Art Walk weekend includes this self-driving, docent-led tour through modern green homes in Santa Monica and Venice. Proceeds benefit the Venice Family Clinic. For more information, please go to
Sunday, May 20, 11:30am-4:30pm
Venice Art Walk & Auctions
Registration opens at 10:30am
Westminister School
1010 Abbot Kinney
$50 per person
This wonderful annual event benefiting the Venice Family Clinic includes more than 60 private artists' studios, homes and special exhibits! There's also a silent art auction and food faire. A great event for a great orgnization. For more information, please go to
Sunday, May 20, 9:30am-5:30pm
Santa Monica Festival
Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Boulevard
Enjoy energetic music and dance, eat fresh foods from an assortment of local eateries, shop at the international marketplace and discover how to live greener, healthier and more sustainably in Santa Monica. For more information, please go to
Monday, May 21, 7:00pm- 8:30pm
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration
Santa Monica Main Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard.
A long time ago (thirty years to be exact) in a galaxy not so far away, the sci-fi adventure Star Wars was released and changed movie history forever.  The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates this pop cultural milestone with a program that includes a discussion between two Star Wars novelists, Steven Barnes and Michael Reaves, a book sale and signing, as well as prizes, music, Star Wars characters in costume, and much more.
This program is free and open to all ages.  Seating is first come, first served.
For more information on this and other Library programs, please call (310) 458-8600 or visit
Sunday, May 27, 2007, 7:30 pm
Santa Monica Symphony, Allen Gross, conductor
Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Raymond Knapp
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street, on the corner of Pico Blvd. and Main Street,
FREE, open seating, no tickets required. Parking at the Civic is $8.00 per car.
Program features Darren Mulder, trumpet
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major
Ives: Symphony No. 2
For more information on The Santa Monica Symphony, please go to
Saturday Mornings, 10:00am
Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tours
Meet at 1436 2nd Street
Tickets: $5 for members, $10 for the public
Purchase tickets online at
If you prefer not to purchase tickets online, you may call (310) 496-3146 or email us at
Reservations are required by the Thursday before your tour.
Check out the new Saturday morning walking tours of Downtown Santa Monica presented by the Santa Monica Conservancy.  In less than two hours and over the course of six blocks, you will traverse more than 130 years of Santa Monica history.  Did you know our sophisticated urban beach community was once a Wild West town with a real saloon?  You'll be amazed at what you can discover on this tour! For more information, please go to

Please, please, please check out our calendar for more special events!
As always, there are many more wonderful lifelong learning events listed on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at (We will continue to add events throughout the month so please check back regularly!)
Lifelong Learning Community Links includes many local theatrical companies including The Santa Monica Playhouse, Powerhouse Theatre, Ruskin Group Theatre Company, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Virginia Avenue Project and Miles Memorial Playhouse – listed under "Local Museums and Special Venues" as well as other useful websites. Please use these links to stay abreast of these wonderful local organizations and their offerings. Links can be found at

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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