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The U.S. Coast Guard will set up temporary safety zones for fireworks displays in Southern California waters for the New Year's fireworks displays.

News, Holiday, Marina Del Rey

500-Foot Temporary Safety Zone Set For Marina Del Rey Harbor Fireworks Tonight

Posted Dec. 31, 2015, 9:52 am

The U.S. Coast Guard will set up temporary safety zones for fireworks displays in Southern California waters for the New Year's fireworks displays. 500-Foot Temporary Safety Zone Set For Marina Del Rey Harbor Fireworks Tonight

News, Los Angeles, Holiday

Christmas Eve In Los Angeles: The Music Center To Mark Day With Music, Dance

Posted Dec. 24, 2015, 10:47 am

Christmas Eve in Los Angeles will be marked today by a music and dance program at The Music Center and traditional Masses and church services celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

News, Holiday, Pasadena

Rose Parade Fail: Band From Guatemala Won't Perform After Failing To Get U.S. Visas

Posted Dec. 24, 2015, 10:41 am

A band from Guatemala that planned to perform in the 2016 Rose Parade on New Year's day has failed to secure U.S. visas for its members, a newspaper reported.

Chelsea’s top eating tips for when you are attending a holiday party.

News, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica, Food

VIDEO: Chelsea’s Eating Tips For When You Are Attending A Holiday Party

Posted Dec. 24, 2015, 9:10 am

Chelsea’s top eating tips for when you are attending a holiday party.

Despite the constant construction cacophony from Westfield Century City’s $800 million redevelopment project, the mall’s Christmas spirit is in full swing.

News, Video, Holiday, Century City

VIDEO: Christmas Came Early To Westfield Century City

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9:46 am

Despite the constant construction cacophony from Westfield Century City’s $800 million redevelopment project, the mall’s Christmas spirit is in full swing.

Spare a thought for the many shelter pets who are forced to sleep on cold concrete during the winter months. Here's how you can help one local Venice business make a difference this holiday season.

News, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Spread The Holiday Love By Helping A Shelter Dog

Posted Dec. 15, 2015, 9:40 am

Spare a thought for the many shelter pets who are forced to sleep on cold concrete during the winter months. Here's how you can help one local Venice business make a difference this holiday season.

Preschooler’s donations to benefit local Present Now charity.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Piper Preschool Collects Toys For Children In Domestic Violence Shelters

Posted Dec. 14, 2015, 9:55 am

The holidays are truly about giving for the young students of Piper Preschool in Santa Monica. From now until Christmas, the students and their families are donating presents to other children who are less fortunate through a school-wide toy drive to benefit the local charity Present Now.

The Westside is gearing up for plenty of Holiday Happenings now through the end of December.

News, Seven Days, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Check Out These Fun Holiday Happenings On The Westside

Posted Dec. 11, 2015, 10:06 am

The Westside is gearing up for plenty of Holiday Happenings now through the end of December.

Head on down to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel this Sunday afternoon to take part in the free community holiday celebration called Meet Me Under the Fig Tree.

News, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

Celebrate The Holiday Season At ‘Meet Me Under The Fig Tree’

Posted Dec. 4, 2015, 8:54 am

The spirit of the holidays will be in full swing this Sunday, Dec. 6 during Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, a free annual community event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital from 2-5 pm at the hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd.

The 63rd anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will return Dec. 13 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Return For 63rd Year On Sunday, Dec. 13

Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:48 am

The 63rd anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will start Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Holidays: A Consideration

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:24 am

We are in the “holiday season” now which the Grinch-ier among us might call the “Shopping Season” and those looking for a fight over the last few years might call, “The Season of the War on Christmas.” ‘Tis true that this season began with a fiery national debate over what a paper Christmas coffee cup should look like.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Shopping

Thousands Flock To Stores & Malls For Black Friday Bargains

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:46 am

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to head to stores and malls today to continue the tradition of searching for Black Friday bargains amid major changes in Thanksgiving weekend shopping.

Yo! Venice hit the streets to ask people in Venice Beach, 'What are you thankful for?'

News, Venice, Video, Holiday

VIDEO: What Are You Most Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:43 am

Yo! Venice hit the streets to ask people in Venice Beach, "What are you thankful for?"

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Meals For Homeless, Poor Planned For Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:27 am

Thanksgiving will be marked in Los Angeles County today by large gatherings on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park to feed homeless and poor residents, and distance races that include charitable aspects.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Shopping

Poll Finds Growing Popularity Of Thanksgiving Shopping

Posted Nov. 26, 2015, 9:13 am

While Thanksgiving shopping has its critics, more people plan to shop today than on Thanksgiving last year, according to the National Retail Federation's Thanksgiving Weekend Expectations survey.

Thanksgiving can be healthy and delicious! Swap your grandma's butter and sugar laden recipes for these healthier alternatives this year. There's no reason to sacrifice your weight loss and diet goals!

News, Video, Holiday, Food

VIDEO: Eat Healthy This Thanksgiving With Tips From Chelsea Gilson

Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 9:40 am

Thanksgiving can be healthy and delicious! Swap your grandma's butter and sugar laden recipes for these healthier alternatives this year. There's no reason to sacrifice your weight loss and diet goals!

The St. Monica annual Thanksgiving dinner will be served in Cantwell Auditorium on the St. Monica campus; Entrance is accessible from the corner of 7th Street and Washington Blvd.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

St. Monica Community To Host Thanksgiving Dinner & Clothing Boutique Wednesday

Posted Nov. 24, 2015, 10:01 am

St. Monica Catholic Community will host its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 25 for those who may be facing particular financial hardships this season or who may find themselves alone this holiday.

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Posted Dec. 31, 1970, 4:00 pm

Veterans Day has its roots in a proclamation issued by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919, a year after World War I ended, designating Nov. 11 as Armistice Day. States soon starting declaring Nov. 11 a legal holiday.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Veterans

Veterans Day Observances Planned Throughout L.A. County

Posted Nov. 11, 2015, 8:11 am

Veterans Day will be marked in Los Angeles County today by a parade in the northeast San Fernando Valley and events at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills and in Commerce designed to improve the financial and physical health of men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States.

Santa Monica has been labeled as "most expensive destination in California.''

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Labor Day Holiday Closings Throughout the City

Posted Sep. 7, 2015, 9:44 am

All Metro-operated buses and trains will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. For information on Metro schedules, visit www.metro.net, or call 800.COMMUTE.

A man blowing a shofar during Rosh Hashanah.

Life And Arts, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Familiarize About The Jewish New Year As It Approaches

Posted Sep. 5, 2015, 9:55 am

At sundown on Sunday, Sept. 13, Jews will begin the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day holiday marking the Jewish New Year.

Wimbledon tightened its dress code because of Gussy Moran. She is remembered with the renaming of a tennis court at Reed Park in Santa Monica.

News, Sports, Holiday, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Open Will Draw Top Adult Tennis Players This Labor Day Weekend

Posted Sep. 4, 2015, 9:28 am

Labor Day weekend is always a big one for sports fans, and this weekend will be no different. Tennis fans can check out the 86th annual Santa Monica Open being held at Reed Park on September 5-7.

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

July 4 Fireworks Shows To Be Held Throughout L.A. County

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 7:20 am

Fireworks shows to mark the 239th anniversary of the nation's independence will be held tonight at several of Los Angeles County's iconic venues along with parks and high schools.

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close watch on their animals on the Fourth of July since fireworks frighten them.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Pets

Keep A Close Watch On Pets During July 4 Fireworks

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 7:11 am

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close watch on their animals on the Fourth of July since fireworks frighten them, prompting them to run loose onto streets and freeways, get lost or wind up in shelters.

Pauline Alchian will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 4.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

A July 4 Birthday To Remember: Local Resident Turns 100 Today

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:29 am

Century. That word is more than just an insurance company; It’s 100 years. In the U.S. alone from 1915-2015, four generations passed, there were two world wars and the cold war, as well as Vietnam and Korea, among others. The country went from the roaring ‘20s to the Great Depression to McCarthyism to Civil Rights, and everywhere in between. Now imagine living through all of it.

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