Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - December 2006...

2006 winds down with the certification of the November 7th election and the installation of newly elected and re-elected local officials.

Tuesday, December 5th
Election certification and Installation of new officers
Reception – 5pm
Installation – 5:45pm
Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street

The installation of newly elected and re-elected local officials will be Tuesday, December 5th at the beginning of the Santa Monica City Council meeting. The installations will be preceded by a reception in the lobby. Please come if you can! Many people worked hard on so many different campaigns and issues... this reception is a great opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate our lifelong learning community.
We have much to celebrate. More than 2/3rds of Santa Monica voters approved local Measure BB for good schools and Measure V for clean beaches. That is a remarkable level of support. State Measure 1D, Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, also passed and will provide additional funding for SMMUSD and SMC facilities.
At their November 28th meeting, City Council members also did their part to strengthen Santa Monica's position as a lifelong learning community by approving a Child Care Linkage Fee and a Cultural Arts Requirement for future developments. Both of these programs will provide for improved learning opportunities and facilities in the future. For more information, please go to
Being sworn in: All three City Council incumbents – Kevin McKeown, Pam O'Connor, and Bob Holbrook - were re-elected, The School Board, Rent Control Board, and College Board will all have some new faces. Nancy Greenstein (incumbent), Louise Jaffe, David Finkel, and Andrew Walzer were elected to the College Board; Emily Bloomfield (incumbent), Oscar De La Torre (incumbent) , Kelly McMahon Pye, and Barry Snell to the School Board; and Jennifer Kennedy (incumbent), Marilyn Korade-Wilson, and Zelia Mollica to the Rent Control Board. (Election results are available at All of these officials will be sworn-in at City Hall on Tuesday night.
There continue to be changes among top level administrative staff. Winston Braham has resigned as Chief Financial Officer for SMMUSD. Winston played a huge role in shepherding the district's facility master planning process and in the formulation of Measure BB. His legacy will endure for decades as school facilities are upgraded and built. Thank you, Winston for your service to our community. (All three major lifelong learning community instititutions – the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, and the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District are now without chief financial officers!!)
Good News!
Hamp Simmons, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, reports: "In conducting research for Creative Capital, our new cultural plan, we learned that Santa Monicans are huge arts consumers. Did you know that 82 percent of our population attends concerts, 83 percent visit art galleries, 61 percent go to museums, 69 percent attend theatre and another 69 percent participate in festivals? These are numbers far greater than those of the average American citizen - we're a pretty smart and sophisticated bunch of people!"
SMC's Madison Project has received a $250,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation to support the first three years of Arts Education programming at the currently-under-construction Madison theatre.
For the 16th consecutive year, Santa Monica College is No. 1 in transferring students to the prestigious University of California system. SMC was also the leader in transfers to the UC-California State University systems combined, as well as the No. 1 transfer school for Latinos to the UC system.
SMC fees are being reduced from $26 to $20 a unit for California residents in time for Winter and Spring Sessions. The six-week Winter Session begins Jan. 2, 2007, and the 16-week spring semester begins Feb. 12, 2007. Students can apply and register online and also purchase parking permits online. For more information, please go to
Here are just a few December lifelong learning community event highlights:

Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 3, 7:30pm
SMC Chorale's holiday concert: "A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION"

First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th Street
Suggested donation is $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens.
For tickets or more information, please call (310) 393-8258.

"A Christmas Celebration" - the popular holiday concert featuring the Santa Monica College Concert Chorale, the Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, and Spirit of L.A. Ringers (on handbells) - will feature actor Peter Graves as special guest narrator. Featured will be Schubert's Magnificat, Vivaldi's Gloria, Carols, and the ever-popular audience sing-along. The conductor is SMC music professor James E. Smith. Feature soloists will be soprano Barbara Smith, mezzo soprano Erin Wood, tenor Rolando Sanz and bass William Trabold.
Tuesday, December 5, 6pm-9pm
Arts Tune Up Workshops for Artists and Small Budget Arts Organizations

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street
The Arts Tune Up is free, but you do need to REGISTER by clicking on this link:
Arts Tune Up provides free workshops for artists and small budget arts organizations

Topics for Artists: Artist Residencies and Live-Work Housing, Arts Loan Fund, Fundraising for Individual Artists, Getting Your Sh*t Together!, How to Get Hung, Intro to Public Art, Legal Issues & Contracts, Copyright and Collections, Marketing for Visual Artists, PR for Performing Artists, Recording, Promoting, and Selling Your Music, Tax Tips for Artists, Working in Arts Education (K-12),

Topics for Organizations: Arts Loan Fund & Business Training, Arts Education In-School Resources (K-12), Board Development, Fundraising for Organizations, Legal Issues, and more.

There will be lots of basic information for individual artists and small arts organizations. While seasoned artists, arts administrators and board members are welcome to attend, the information is geared more toward those people who are earlier in their careers and are looking for some basic ideas to help them with the business side of their work.

The Arts Tune Up is sponsored by the Organizational Development Program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division in collaboration with LA Stage Alliance.

For additional information, please contact John Arroyo, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, (213) 974-1396,
Friday, December 8, 8pm
Saturday, December 9, 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 2pm
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Theatre Arts Building, 1900 Pico Boulevard
Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for non-SMC students and senior citizens, and $10 for SMC students and employees. Parking is free.
For tickets, call (310) 434-3000 or go to

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Amadeus, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by Peter Shaffer based loosely on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and of his relationship to Antonio Salieri
Saturday, December 9, 9am-4pm
Sunday, December 10, 9am-4pm
Alternative Car and Transportation Expo

Barker Hangar
Santa Monica Air Center, Airport Avenue
The largest presentation ever of electric, hydrogen, natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol and high miles-per-gallon cars. Ride and drive lot for an experience with all technologies. Continuous seminars and panel discussions. For more information, call 310-390-2930.
Sunday, December 10, 7:30pm
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 Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin
Wagner: Overture to "The Flying Dutchman"
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

For more information on The Santa Monica Symphony, please go to
Friday, December 15 at 8pm,
Saturday, December 16 at 2pm and 8pm.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Santa Monica High School, Little Theatre, 601 Pico Boulevard
Tickets: $15
Santa Monica High School's 06-07 Theatre Season begins with William Shakespeare's Comic Masterpiece "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM." For more information or to order your tickets, please call 310-458-5939, email or go to
Friday, December 15, 8pm
Saturday, December 16, 8pm
Sunday, December 17, 4pm
"The Magic Flute"
Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Christine Emerson Reed Park
Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for students and seniors. For reservations please call 310.396-4360.
Opera Nova and Gail Gordon present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute".
Sunday, December 17, 2:00 pm
Family Flicks: "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"

Santa Monica Main Public Library, MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd
Free. All ages welcome. Seating is first come, first served.
Movie fun for everyone! Join us for a special holiday screening of Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey.
As always, there are many more wonderful lifelong learning events listed on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at (Please note that A Midsummer Night's Dream, Amadeus, the Magic Flute, and the Nutcracker all have multiple engagements.)

Please also note that Lifelong Learning Community Links include many local theatrical companies including The Santa Monica Playhouse, Powerhouse Theatre, Ruskin Group Theatre Company, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 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

And, if you are going out of town for the holidays and leaving from Terminal 1 at LAX, be sure to enjoy "Distinctive Artists of Southern California," a free mixed-media art exhibition for ticketed passengers, curated by Santa Monica artist and arts advocate, Bruria Finkel.
That's all for now. Enjoy the holiday season and thank you for supporting and participating in lifelong learning!

Thanks, Cheers, and Onward,
Louise Jaffe

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