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Lifelong Learning Community News - NOVEMBER 2008...

The November 4th election of course is the big, big, big news this month.
All else pales in comparison but... there are many noteworthy November lifelong learning community events to highlight, in chronological order....

Saturday, November 1, 7pm
The Winter's Tale
The Broad Stage
SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 Eleventh Street
Tickets: Adults $25, Students $12.50

Actors from The London Stage, classically trained professionals who auditioned in London, are culminating their residency at SMC with this full-length performance of Shakespeare's classic raucous comedy. Advance tickets may be purchased at the SMC Events Office on the main campus or by calling 310-434-3000. For all ages!

(SMC has provided complimentary tickets for this event to English and Drama students from local SMMUSD and private high schools and has also planned an outreach event for kids on October 29.)
Saturday, November 1, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2:00 pm

Santa Monica College Main Campus, Studio Stage
1900 Pico Boulevard
$10 Unreserved seating

On the eve of graduation, three college students in wartime America struggle to find a way to live their dreams. But each learns that life has a way of changing in stunning and unexpected ways. Blending reality and fantasy through words and movement, "Butterfly Wings" is a story of love, the search for identity and the interconnectedness of us all.

This play is written by Santa Monica College's very own award-winning playwright and public information officer Bruce Smith! For more information and to purchase tickets, please call (310) 434-4319 or go to
Monday, November 3, 6pm
The Lore of Dracula with Author Leslie Klinger
Main Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Boulevard

Join in for a discussion with Leslie Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula. Mr. Klinger's edition of Bram Stoker's classic novel provides new insight into the fact and fiction behind one of literature's most intriguing characters. A screening of the 1931 film Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, will precede the discussion and a book sale and signing will follow the event.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. For more information call (310) 458-8600 or visit
Tuesday, November 4th – ELECTION DAY
It's time to VOTE!

We will be electing a new President!!! And four City Council members, three School Board members, and three College Board members. There are also a number of local measures on the November 4th ballot that will or might impact lifelong learning here in Santa Monica. As a college trustee, I am focused on Measure AA...

YES on Measure AA: Santa Monica College Career and Educational Improvement

By bringing this measure forward for voter approval, the SMC Board of Trustees (which includes me) hopes to raise $295 million to renovate and replace college facilities that are more than a half century old, and not up to current seismic, mechanical, electrical, energy and ADA codes, so that SMC can continue to meet the needs of students in this technological era.

Measure AA will:
  • replace worn temporary bungalows with a new Math and Earth Science building;
  • replace an existing building at the Bundy campus with a Career Opportunity Center for workforce training in emerging and green technologies and healthcare;
  • replace existing physical education and health fitness facilities;
  • relocate our broadcast, TV, video, electronic print instruction, and radio station to improve Media and Technology programs;
  • replace the 1949 Corsair Stadium to meet seismic safety standards;
  • renovate the Drescher Building, landscape and improve the face of the college and reduce traffic congestion along Pico Blvd.;
  • provide College-level educational and library improvements at Malibu High School.
  • In addition, Measure AA will provide funds to modernize energy systems to reduce energy use and water consumption, improve environmental performance in all projects.

Measure AA is written so that it does not take effect until the year 2010. This allows the College to begin planning construction and qualifying for state matching funds now. SMC expects to qualify for $100 million in state and other matching funds. Beginning in 2010, the cost of Measure AA will be approximately $1.12 per month for renters and approximately $7.34 per month for the average single-family homeowner or condominium owner. About 30 percent of the cost of this bond will be paid by commercial and industrial property owners. All money raised will be spent in our community. None can be taken by the state.

Measure AA is overwhelmingly supported by community leaders. Endorsements have come from all SMC trustees, State Senator Sheila Kuehl, State Assemblymember Julia Brownley, former Assemblymember Fran Pavley, all seven Santa Monica City Councilmembers, 4 Malibu City Councilmembers, all Santa Monica-Malibu School Board members, the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, the SMMUSD Classroom Teachers Association, the SMC Faculty Association, the SMC Academic Senate, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, the Pico Neighborhood Association, Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), LEAD, the Santa Monica Democratic Club, the Malibu Democratic Club, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and many individual homeowners, renters, students, and community members throughout Santa Monica and Malibu. The current endorsement list is available at

Please join us and Vote YES on Measure AA!

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm.
To find your polling place, check your sample ballot, go to or call 1-800-815-2666.
Saturday, November 8, 2008, 7:30 pm
Santa Monica Symphony

Allen Robert Gross, conductor
Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm
Concert at 7:30 pm
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Parking entrance on Main St. just north of Pico

At this free concert, the Santa Monica Symphony will be performing Wagner's "Siegfried's Rhine Journey," Bruch's "Viloin Concerto No. 1," and Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet." Katia Popov on violin. For more information, please go

Wednesday, November 12, 7-8pm
Community Forum with Assemblywoman Julia Brownley
"Why Sacramento Matters: How it Impacts Our Schools"

SMMUSD Board Room
1651 16th Street, 2nd Floor

Are you:
  • Frustrated with the state budget process?
  • Worried about its impact on our schools?
  • Advocating for increased school funding?
  • Calling for more accountability? Transparency?
  • Asking why next year may be worse than this year?

HEAR from education leaders. SHARE your thoughts.

The featured speaker is the Honorable Julia Brownley, incoming chair of the Assembly Education Committee. Although Julia represents the 41st Assembly District, her role as Assembly Education Chair makes her a key player statewide. Following Ms. Brownley's presentation will be a panel of education leaders to talk about local impacts: Darline Robles, LA County Superintendent of Schools, Tim Cuneo, Superintendent of Santa Monica-Malibu USD, and Pam Brady, PTA State President. Following the panel discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

Sponsored by the California League of Women Voters, the LWV of Santa Monica and the SMM PTA Council as part of the School Finance Exploration Project. For more information, please contact Barbara Inatsugu at or 310-720-8761.

Saturday, November 15, 8am – noon
Special Education Fall Forum: Creating Unity through Collaboration

John Adams Middle School
2425 16th Street
Free. Free childcare.

The SMMUSD and the PTA Council Special Education Committee are co-hosting this community forum as a next step in creating unity through collaboration. The forum will provide a time for sharing information and resources for families with children who receive special education services. Keynote Speakers are Todd Gary, the Special Needs Liaison at San Ramon Unified Valley School District and Wendy Parise, Professor of Education at SMC's Early Childhood Education Department.

After the Keynote address regarding "Creating a Special Education Culture of Collaboration," participants will divide into five break-out sessions led by parent-staff teams to discuss details contained in the newly published Special Education Parent Handbook.

Break-out sessions will be divided into Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, & Spanish Language. Detailed in the discussion as well as the Handbook are: the Referral and IEP process, Special Education laws, SMMUSD Special Education services, Dispute Resolution, & Terminology/Glossary.

The Forum is open to all community residents and SMMUSD families, with an emphasis on families receiving Special Education services in the district. Childcare, snacks, and translation will also be provided.

All interested community members are encouraged to attend. Additional program and registration information will be available soon and posted on and For further information, please contact
Sunday, November 16, 4:00pm
SMC Symphony Orchestra

The Broad Stage
SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 Eleventh Street
Tickets $10
Join Dr. James Smith as he completes his 15-year tenure as conductor of the SMC Symphony Orchestra with a program that features some of his favorite pieces by Belioz, Bernstein, Elgar, Goodman, Hindemith, and others. For more information, please call (310) 434-3000.
Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day
And a few announcements:

Quick Reference Guide Now Available for Older Adults, Families, and Caregivers

The Older Adult Task Force (OATF), a coalition of approximately forty Santa Monica and West Los Angeles area social service agencies and related support services, has released a Quick Reference Guide for older adults, families, and caregivers. This helpful guide provides a listing of resources. Its user-friendly format highlights common questions/concerns many older adults face and then provides a listing of agencies with their phone numbers that can assist in addressing the relevant issues.

This guide will be distributed to local service providers and organizations, libraries, pharmacies, churches, recreation centers, and other locations in the Santa Monica and West LA areas. For a PDF version of the Quick Reference Guide, please visit

The Older Adult Task Force also offers Community Connections for Older Adults, an informative, free presentation that covers several topics, including where to obtain services, housing options, safety issues, and community resources.

If you are interested in receiving copies of the Quick Reference Guide or to schedule a free presentation, please contact the Older Adult Task Force at 310-394-9871 ext. 411 or by email at
If you haven't already done so, please sign up for Santa Monica Connect at It's a terrific new online resource guide for local arts and social services.
And sign up for the wonderful, weekly Santa Monica Arts Palette at

The City Clerk has information posted on candidates and ballot measures at

CityTV election coverage schedule is posted at
As always in our amazing city, there are too many wonderful lifelong learning events scheduled to include them all in this newsletter. For a listing that includes more, but by no means all, special events, please go to the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at
Lifelong Learning Community Links include local theatrical companies – listed under "Local Museums and Special Venues" - as well as other useful websites. Please use these links to stay abreast of these local organizations. Links can be found at
That's all for now.

Thanks, Cheers, Onward, and be sure to Vote!
Louise Jaffe

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