Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community
Lifelong Learning Community News - July 2006...
July kicks off with SMC's annual big community picnic and fireworks
Sat, July 1, begins at 5pm, Fireworks at Dusk
Santa Monica College, Corsair Field
16th Street and Pico Boulevard
Admission Free (on campus parking off of Pico - $5)
Bring your family and friends to SMC for an early Independence Day celebration. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with spectacular fireworks. For more information, please call 434-3000.
Rally to Save the Public Beach Club
And now four wealthy beachfront neighbors are suing to take it all away!
Wednesday, July 5th, 7pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC ON THE PIER
Santa Monica Pier. Free
The Performing Arts Center and Music Academy, PACMA, (formerly The Madison Project) of Santa Monica College is pleased to present "Classical Music on the Pier," a free concert featuring three orchestras, the Santa Monica College Orchestra Winds, Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and Los Angeles Flute Orchestra.
For more information, please call (310) 434-3430.
Speaking of music on the pier, the ever-popular Thursday evening Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Dance Series has returned! Next up:
Thursday, July 6, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Dance Series
Santa Monica Pier. Free
Another great community (et al) event!
Here's more music to benefit a wonderful community organization:
Saturday, July 22nd, 2:30pm
"Mozart's 250th Birthday Concert Series"
Santa Monica Main Public Library,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Free and open to the public
For more information, please call 458-8600 or visit www.smpl.org
To see what else is happening at our libraries in July, please go to http://www.smpl.org/calendar/July2006Calendar.pdf
Santa Monica High School Project Echo team places 1st in the nation!!
July 31st is the deadline for senior exemptions for School District's parcel tax for 06/07.
When voters approved school funding Measure S in June of 2003, they included an exemption for senior citizens. Seniors (over 65 by June 30th) who wish to apply for or renew their exemption, must file an application by July 31st, 2006.
For more information and to apply for an exemption, please go to http://www.smmusd.org/ and click on “Senior Exemption.” or call (310) 450-8338, ext. 269.
Applications must be received and/or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2006.
Interim Schools Superintendent Mike Matthews has accepted a new job and will leave our school district after 15 years of great service. He will be deeply missed although fortunately, he lives in Malibu and will continue to be an active, informed, and well-liked member of our lifelong learning community! See http://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2006/June-2006/06_20_06_Interim_Superintendent_Matthews_to_Leave_District.htm
Dr. Matthews' resignation comes at a time when many top administrative positions and secondary principalships are open in the School District emphasizing the essential role of the elected Board of Education and a committed and vigilant citizenry in maintaining focus, continuity, and progress in improving our schools. The Board of Education has been interviewing candidates for Superintendent and rumor has it that very strong candidates have applied for the position. Meanwhile, congratulations to Dr. Ilene Straus who has been appointed as Senior Director of Secondary Instruction.
Also on the schools front...
Congratulations Class of 2006!
Members of the Samohi class of 2006 have received college acceptances at more than 180 universities and colleges including our nation's most prestigious schools. For a listing of college acceptances, please go to http://www.samohi.smmusd.org/Students/seniors/colleges.htm
City Budget Approved
On June 20th, the Santa Monica City Council approved a $442.6 million budget for 2006-2007. See “Budget Puts Focus Within” at http://www.smdp.com/site/archives/062206.pdf
The Council included $50,000 in bridge funding to continue services provided by the Infant and Family Support Program (IFSP). The IFSP has been funding by Saint John's as part of the Development Agreement and part of their Community Benefits budget. Saint John's is facing severe budget restraints and has cut back on their contributions to non-profit organizations and schools. The IFSP provides parenting workshops, including non-violent parenting, and Mommy and Me, Baby and Me classes for parents of children 0-3. This includes Spanish language classes every morning at the newly reopened and expanded Virginia Avenue Park. How ironic to finally have the park open and to lose the programming for families. Many thanks to Saint John's for their continued support and to the City Council for also recognizing the importance of this program and keeping it afloat. For more information on the Infant and Family Support Program, please go to http://www.smmusd.org/cds/infant.html and click on "About Us," "Programs," and "Services."
Election Results in, Election Preparations Begin!
Monday, July 17, 8:30am and 4:30pm
Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street.
For more information on vacant seats and eligibility requirements, please go to http://santa-monica.org/cityclerk/Election2006/electionpublish.htm
The School Board is also considering placing a local bond on the ballot to repair and upgrade existing schools and improve educational facilities. A recent survey showed that 62% to 68% of likely voters would support such a measure. Stay tuned...
Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
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