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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.

A residential Christmas lighting display that began in mid-October and remains on until 2 am nightly is “light pollution” according to a Santa Monica resident.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

A Little Too Festive? 'Light Pollution' Christmas Display Irks Santa Monica Resident

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 7:56 am

Santa Monica resident Kristine Hart loves Christmas, but has been at odds with her neighbors since Oct. 15, the day the home across the residential street near Santa Monica College lit up their annual Christmas display.

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, 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.

Ocean Park Association will host its ninth annual Fourth of July Parade at 9:30 am this Saturday.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Happy July 4 Weekend! Santa Monica Parade Returns To Main Street On Saturday

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

More than 8,000 spectators are expected along the sidewalks of Main Street this Saturday for the 9th Annual Fourth of July Parade in Santa Monica.

There are many firework celebrations for the 4th of July on the Westside including Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, El Segundo, and Redondo Beach.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Where To Watch July 4 Fireworks On The Westside

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 8:20 am

While the City of Santa Monica does not have a fireworks display on the 4th of July, there are many professional fireworks displays and events planned in and around the surrounding area.

Registration closes June 25 for groups wanting to take part in this year’s July 4 parade.

News, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Registration Closes Thursday For Santa Monica July 4 Parade Float Participants

Posted Jun. 22, 2015, 9:32 am

The 9th Annual 4th of July Parade will once again return to Main Street in Santa Monica on Saturday July 4, beginning at 9:30 am.

Memorial Day 2015.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday

Memorial Day Observances To Be Held Throughout Los Angeles County

Posted May. 25, 2015, 9:48 am

Memorial Day in Los Angeles County today will include removing ivy from a wall at Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach that will have a list of the names of the armed forces members who gave their lives in service to the country since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

Foster, Senior Citizen Mothers To Be Honored

Posted May. 10, 2015, 9:09 am

Mother's Day in the Los Angeles area will include tributes to foster parents and mothers in senior citizen housing today while Major League Baseball will dedicate all its games to the fight against breast cancer.

David Weiner, a local businessman, presented St. Anne Catholic Church and Shrine in Santa Monica with a sizeable check on Sunday.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica

"Robin Hood 702" Organizes Easter Dinner For Santa Monica's Less Fortunate

Posted Apr. 6, 2015, 9:32 am

The generosity of a Las Vegas man who goes by the nickname "Robin Hood 702" and restaurant partners RAO’s and Tender Greens hosted an Easter dinner for the needy and less fortunate in Santa Monica on Sunday.

Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at 2011 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica.

Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

St. Anne Catholic Church To Host Free Community Easter Dinner This Sunday

Posted Apr. 2, 2015, 8:55 am

St. Anne Catholic Church & Shrine in Santa Monica will host a free Easter Sunday dinner this weekend for the needy and less fortunate in our community.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

News, Museum, Holiday

Nixon, Reagan Libraries To Mark Presidents Day With Special Events

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 9:09 am

Admission will be free at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda today for Presidents Day, while the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley will mark the holiday with a free set of family-oriented activities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, History

Kingdom Day Parade To Take Place Starting At 11 a.m.

Posted Jan. 19, 2015, 9:08 am

The 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade will be held today under the theme "Love & Respect: Let It Begin With Me," and with Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson serving as grand marshal.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Holiday, History, Pasadena

Candlelight Vigil Planned To Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted Jan. 18, 2015, 9:08 am

A "Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Justice" will begin outside All Saints Church in Pasadena tonight on the eve of the federal holiday marking the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

News, Life And Arts, Los Angeles, Seven Days, Holiday, History

Several Southland Cities To Pay Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. Today

Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:42 am

Parades will be held in Long Beach and Gardena today to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while other observances will take place in Culver City, Lancaster, Pasadena, West Hollywood and at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

News, Los Angeles, Seven Days, Holiday

Kwanzaa Begins Friday; Parade Set For Crenshaw Boulevard

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 9:08 am

The 38th annual KwanZaa Gwaride parade will be held along Crenshaw Boulevard Friday to mark the start of the seven-day African- American festival of Kwanzaa with the theme of "Perfect YOUR Temple."

Susan Cloke, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Practice Of Gratitude

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:28 am

Gratitude infused the love I felt as I looked around the full Sunday morning brunch table. I’ve been thinking lately about the value of gratitude in the personal, daily experience of life and about its meaning in human history.

Latest news relating to homelessness.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Homelessness, Non Profits

Los Angeles Residents To Help Region's Poor On Christmas Day

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:25 am

While thousands of Los Angeles-area residents will be opening presents Thursday, there will also be several efforts to help thousands of the region's poor on Christmas Day.

Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

Health, Ucla, Holiday, Santa Monica

A Healthy Approach To Holiday Eating

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:24 am

With the arrival of Hanukkah, followed by Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Day, there is likely to be no shortage of calories between the latkes, ham, turkey, and tamales!

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