Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - OCTOBER 2007...

I am sorry to begin this month’s newsletter with the sad news that Mary Ann Jones, Executive Director of the Westside Center for Independent Living has died. Mary Ann was a strong and effective advocate for people with disabilities and partnered with many other non-profits here in Santa Monica. You can read her obituary at,1,6041023.story
Please send contributions in her memory to the Westside Center for Independent Living, (WCIL) 12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066. For more information on WCIL and Mary Ann’s work, please go to

Janece L. Maez is the new Assistant Superintendent in charge of Business and Fiscal Services for the Santa Monica Malibu Public Schools. Maez brings to SMMUSD over twenty years of experience in school district finance and comes highly recommended from several school districts within California.

Longtime President of the Education Foundation and schools advocate Ralph Mechur was appointed to the Board of Education in August following the resignation of Emily Bloomfield who has moved to Washington, D.C.

The Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center is proud to announce that client James Cragg is the recipient of the first runner-up award for the national SBDC Client Success Story competition.

The highly competitive award - there were more than 1,000 nominations by various SBDCs throughout America - was given to recognize superior service provided by SMC's center and for Cragg's outstanding achievements. Cragg's firm S.O. Tech experienced sales growth this year of about 520 percent and increased its personnel by about 180 percent after Cragg was counseled by and took a marketing course at SMC's SBDC.
SMC was also awarded a $1.2 million grant (over 3 years) by Los Angeles Universal Preschool to improve the training and educational levels of the Early Childhood Education workforce. This grant is a partnership with SMMUSD and Cal State Dominguez Hills to raise awareness and create a pathway for careers in Early Childhood Education.
Transportation Planning:

Saturday, October 6, 9am-2pm
City of Santa Monica Transportation Workshop
John Adams Middle School, Cafeteria
2425 16th Street
(closest entrance through gate on 17th Street)
This is the next step in the City of Santa Monica’s Land Use & Circulation Element (LUCE) process. For more information, please go to or call 310-458-8341
Wednesday, October 10, 6:30pm
SMC Environmental Issues Lectures: Bringing Urban Rail to the Westside

Santa Monica College Bundy Campus, room 123, Free
New plans are being made to bring rail back to Santa Monica via the Expo LIne, the Subway toward the Sea, and the Green Line from LAX. Bart Reed shares this vision of a rail network to the Westside.
Thursday, October 18, 6-8pm
Community Meeting: Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Boulevard
This is one of 5 community meetings scheduled by Metro for communities on the Westside as part of a study on Alternative Analysis for transit and traffic including considerations of additional dedicated bus lanes, light rail, and subway possibilities. For more information, please go to
Special Special Events:
There are too many special events to highlight so please be sure to go to the calendar. However, here are a few extra special special events!
Thursday, October 11, 6pm
For The Arts art auction
silent auction 6-9 pm
live auction 8:15 pm
Track 16 Gallery
Bergamot Station
Tickets are $125 per person
This auction benefits arts programming in our public schools and features more than 75 works of art from well known local artists. Join Artist Chairs Laddie John Dill, Astrid Preston and Ruth Weisberg. Robert Berman of Santa Monica Auctions will be conducting the Live Auction. Hors d'oeuvres by Joe's Restaurant  and Joe's soon to open Bar Pintxo.  This is a wonderful opportunity to buy art now and to support the arts in our schools! For more information, please call (310) 450-8338, ext. 395 or email

Sunday, October 21, 7pm
Under the Radar: A Free Series at Second Space: Los Angeles Tango Ensemble

(Dance Class at 6pm)
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (formerly known as the Madison Campus)
Second Space
Santa Monica Boulevard & 11th Street
Reservations required. Call 310-434-3414 or email
Traditional Argentine Tango with a modern twist. This amazing ensemble plus string quartet and dancers features players from Argentina. A pre-concert dance class will be offered at 6pm.
This is the first in a new series at a new venue --- Second Space at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center! Generously funded by Bill and Laurie Benenson, the City of Santa Monica, and the Madison Project Foundation in association with Santa Monica College.
Thursday, October 25, 4-6pm
New Educators Celebration
Le Merigot Beach Hotel & Spa
1740 Ocean Avenue
$25 admission ticket; sponsorship opportunities available
Every year the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts this reception to welcome all the new teachers to the Santa Monica and Malibu school districts.
To register or sponsor, please go to

Volunteer Opportunities:
Reading Volunteers Needed at John Adams
John Adams Middle school needs volunteers to help students in reading.
Anyone with an hour after school from 3-4pm or lunch time from 12-1:15pm preferably 3 times a week. Volunteers will receive the training they need. If you are interested or have any questions, please call Maria Rodriguez at (310) 452-2326 Ext. 215 or email her at
Peer Counseling Training for Seniors Volunteer Opportunity
10 Sessions, Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
October 17 to December 19, 2007
Center for Healthy Aging
2125 Arizona Ave.
Volunteers 55 and older will receive extensive training and ongoing supervision from licensed mental health professionals to provide individual counseling to older adults experiencing emotional difficulties, at CHA or at the client's residence. Minimum one-year commitment required.
The Peer Counseling for Seniors Program, created in 1977 at Center for Healthy Aging, utilizes the skills and life experiences of older adults 55 in providing emotional support to their peers. The program offers older adults the opportunity to talk to someone of their age who has gone through similar life changes and can understand their concerns. Call for interview: Sheila Segal - 310-576-2550, ext. 373
Websites to Bookmark:
The Santa Monica Art Palette
Every week the City of Santa Monica Community and Cultural Affairs Department posts a listing of art openings, exhibitions, and special events in Santa Monica. If you would like to receive this weekly update, please send a blank e-mail with the word "Subscribe" in the subject line to: or look online at
Santa Monica Public Library
Our public libraries (and especially our beautiful new Main Library) have a wonderful and wide array of great programming. In fact, there is so much that I’ve given up trying to list it all on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar. So, please bookmark these pages and visit them regularly:
Library Book Groups:
Library Movie Screenings (lots of screenings for all ages and interests!) :
Programs for Kids:
Programs for Teens:
Library Home Page with Special events:
Please check out the lifelong learning community calendar at for many, many, many October events.

I think that next month I will try a new calendar format – providing links with events to you but not spending the considerable amount of time it takes me to list events chronologically. So, enjoy this month’s LLC Calendar – it may be the last!

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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