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Ed Begley, Jr. Speaking in Santa Monica

Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmental activist, will be the guest speaker at the Unitarian Church of Santa Monica on August 10 at the 10 a.m. Sunday services.

Ed Begley, Jr. is known for his environmental activism, his TV show Living with Ed and many television and movie appearances including St. Elsewhere, The Accidental Tourist, and most recently “Recount,” on HBO.

Mr. Begley now has a book out detailing his life to “live simply so others may simply live.” His book, Living with Ed, will be available for purchase after the service.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica. Free parking in the UCLA Hospital parking garage at 1311 16th St. Visit to print out a parking pass. The church located on Arizona Ave. & 18th St. with easy access to Blue Bus # 1 on Santa Monica Blvd. and Bus #2 on Wilshire Blvd.

SMMUSD Accepting Online Applications

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Personnel Commission is excited to announce that effective September 1, 2008; applications for classified (non-teaching) employment opportunities will be accepted “online” only.


For those individuals who do not have access to a computer or the Internet, a kiosk is available in the district office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1651 16th Street, SM.

Teacher Receives Livestrong Award

Jeffrey Schwartz, Santa Monica resident and Lincoln Middle School teacher, was recently awarded the 2008 LIVESTRONG Award by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) for the extraordinary work he has done to create a cancer support network and promote cancer awareness and advocacy amongst local middle school students. After attending the first LIVESTRONG Summit in Austin, TX, in 2006, Mr. Schwartz left empowered and inspired to impact his local community and to join the fight against cancer. Schwartz, the second recipient of this award, was personally honored and acknowledged by Lance Armstrong.

LAF focuses on cancer prevention, access to screening and care, research and quality of life for cancer survivors. The LAF has raised more than $250 million for the fight against cancer. Unite and fight cancer at

SM Airport Offers Carbon Offset Service

How can the environmentally conscious traveler offset the greenhouse gas emissions created by most common modes of travel? One approach is to offer travelers the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets, a process of investing monies in activities that would remove the equivalent carbon emissions from a scheduled trip by planting trees, installing solar panels, or other comparable measures. Santa Monica Airport officials believe they may be the first of any airport their size to offer this new option to their customers.

The offset purchases go to non-profit organizations involved in reforestation and alternative energy projects. The cost of the offsets is actually quite modest – for two persons flying round trip to San Francisco it would be about $5.27 total.

Visit the Santa Monica Airport’s carbon offset page, to calculate and purchase offsets for flights and for other transportation activities, such as driving.

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