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News, Holiday, Religion, Bel Air

Local Rabbi Participates In White House Hanukkah Reception

Posted Dec. 18, 2014, 8:34 am

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, a vice president of the American Jewish University in Bel-Air, his wife Elana, and their daughter Shira participated in an afternoon Hanukkah reception at the White House today.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Hanukkah Begins At Sundown

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day commemoration of the temple rededication that followed the Maccabees' victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C., begins at sundown tonight, amid a call to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Seven Days, Holiday, Religion

Fiesta Chanukah Celebration To Be Held In Boyle Heights

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

The third annual Fiesta Chanukah Celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. today at the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights and will include a Hanukkah sweater fashion show, a holiday boutique, games, live screen printing and food.

Mar’sel chef du cuisine Charles Olalia will dish up special holiday menus this Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Dining, Holiday, Travel, Rancho Palos Verdes

Celebrate Holidays In Style At Terranea Resort With Special Dining, Extended Stay Promo

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:21 am

Perched on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea Resort is gearing up for the holiday season with special dining options this Christmas and New Year’s.

One of the 13 Nativity Scenes that will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for the second year in a row starting Sunday.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Lifesize Nativity Scenes Return To Santa Monica Church Sunday

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica’s controversial nativity installations will be unveiled for their annual Christmas display in the Ocean Park neighborhood this Sunday, Dec. 14. The lifesized Nativity Scenes grabbed national attention two years ago after efforts were successfully made to ban them from public land.

Downtown, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: 2014 Holiday Fun At Downtown Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 11:55 am

It's that time of year so we're traveling the Westside to help you get in the holiday spirit. This week we stopped by Downtown Santa Monica to learn about its Winterlit events.

Santa Monica Assistance League is located at 1453 Fifteenth Street.

News, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Assistance League Helps With Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:42 am

Santa Monica Assistance League is ready to help residents with last minute holiday shopping.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Flair Cleaners Santa Monica Accepting Donations For Holiday Clothing & Shoe Drive

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:31 am

Flair Cleaners in Santa Monica is currently accepting donations of gently used or new clothing and shoes as part of its 12th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive.

The 61st anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will return Dec. 14 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Return To Mount Olive Lutheran Church Dec. 14

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:04 am

Thirteen life size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will return as part of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes this year on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

Five Easy Steps To A Happy Holiday

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:00 am

The holidays are here, so let me be among the hopefully many who will wish you a Merry Christmas. I also wish you a joyful Hanukkah or Chanukah depending on how you chose to spell the holiday, which the AP Style Book shows as Hanukkah even though Rabbi Daniel Zemel told NPR’s Robert Siegel that there seems to be no “correct” spelling of the word. In this, the season of peace, let us all accept either spelling. Do not use “Xmas”. Try not to write “Xmas,” even in a text. “Xmas” is something for a sign on a muffler shop.

News, Holiday, Entertainment, Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood To Usher In "Grinchmas'' Holiday Season Today

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:22 am

Universal Studios Hollywood will usher in its annual "Grinchmas'' holiday season today as Mayor Eric Garcetti tries his hand at Seussian rhyme while presenting a proclamation to Whoville Mayor Augustus Maywho and helping a host of Whos light the curving Whoville tree.

Main Street invites the community out this Saturday, Dec. 6 for a weekend of fun, fitness, shopping, partying, caroling, an Instagram contest, holiday decorations contest for merchants, a visit from Santa, and a sidewalk sale.

News, Business, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Main Street Santa Monica To Celebrate The Holidays This Saturday, Dec. 6

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:56 am

Main Street in Santa Monica will celebrate the holidays by hosting a spirited extravaganza this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm.

Seven Days, Video, Holiday, Hollywood

VIDEO: Stevie Wonder To Lead Hollywood Christmas Parade Today

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 9:04 am

Legendary singer Stevie Wonder will serve as grand marshal today for the 83rd Hollywood Christmas Parade, which will also include appearances by Santa Claus, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, actress Cristela Alonzo and musician Richie Sambora.

News, Business, Holiday, Santa Monica

Retailers To Open Earliest Ever This Thanksgiving, Led By J.C. Penney At 5 p.m.

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

Several retailers will have their earliest Thanksgiving openings today in an attempt to satisfy shoppers who want a shorter wait between finishing their turkey dinners and starting to seek Black Friday discounts.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

L.A. County Gets Set To Feed Homeless On Thanksgiving At Large Gatherings

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:14 am

Thanksgiving will be marked in Los Angeles County Thursday by large gatherings on Skid Row, the Sunset Strip and in Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley to feed homeless and poor residents and distance races in Burbank and Pasadena.

News, Dining, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Wines To Buy This Thanksgiving According To The Duck Blind On Montana

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 2:28 pm

The Mirror's Barbara Bishop stops by The Duck Blind liquor store in Santa Monica and chats with owner Maurice Shevah about the best wines for turkey. The talk about everything including sparkling, red, white, and dessert wines and what you should buy this Thanksgiving.

Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop glides at the ICE at Santa Monica rink.

Downtown, Holiday, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

VIDEO: Santa Monica Ice Skating Brings Back Memories Of Childhood

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 9:27 am

Every holiday season for the past six years, I have passed the Santa Monica ice rink at the corner of 5th and Arizona, determined to skate “this year.” Each year, even though I swore I was going to, I just never got around to it.

Volunteers with Gobble Gobble Give will prepare meals for Santa Monica’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Locals Set Out To Feed The Homeless This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am

Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.

News, Holiday, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

LAX Forecast To Be Nation's Busiest Airport Over 11-Day Thanksgiving Travel Period

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:11 am

Los Angeles International Airport is forecast to be the nation's busiest airport during the 11-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period which begins today.

St. Monica, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

St. Monica Catholic Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 26

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:30 am

St. Monica Catholic Community will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 26 for those who may be facing particular financial hardships this season or who may find themselves alone this holiday.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica

Veterans Day Closures: Courts, Schools, Libraries, Banks, Post Offices

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:17 am

Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices will be closed today for Veterans Day.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica

Veterans Day Observances Planned Throughout L.A. County

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:05 am

Veterans Day will be marked in Los Angeles County today by a parade in the northeast San Fernando Valley and observances in several other communities amid calls from Mayor Eric Garcetti and President Barack Obama for year-round support for veterans.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Woodlawn Cemetery

Santa Monica To Celebrate Dias De Los Muertos At Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 1

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:53 am

Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday when family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Jewish New Year Starts At Sundown Today

Posted Sep. 24, 2014, 8:51 am

Sundown today marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays, referred to as the “Days of Awe” in English, and “Yomin Noraim” in Hebrew.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, History

The History Of Labor Day: An Annual Tribute To Workers Since 1882

Posted Sep. 1, 2014, 9:06 am

Labor Day, a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the nation, was first celebrated in the U.S. on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

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