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Dance Once Again In the Recreated “La Monica Ballroom Redux”

Those dancers who once were swept up among throngs of dancers reveling in the vast and ornate La Monica Ballroom, a palatial-like structure built in 1924 on the Santa Monica Pier, will get another chance to relive those heady days. Now 85 years later, and in celebration of the Santa Monica Pier’s Centennial Anniversary, the La Monica Ballroom Redux will come to life again the evening of July 23, from 7 to 10 PM, as the original experience of the La Monica Ballroom will be revived again, what with sets, a dance floor and a historic ballroom entrance.

Among the throngs of people expected to “walk” through and dance to the music of Johnny Vana & The Big Band Alumni, followed by swing dancing to the music of famed Squirrel Nut Zippers, are 100 “alumni” – those who actually danced in the La Monica Ballroom, in the many giddy decades that followed its grand opening.

The Pier remains an icon today and, La Monica Ballroom, a glamorous memory. What with today’s present fervor for dancing, coupled with a renewed interest in swing music, the Santa Monica Pier will look to an earlier generation of dancers to help the younger generation get acquainted with the history of a bygone time.

Those who wish to relive their time on the dance floor of the original La Monica Ballroom and once again take a turn on the dance floor on the night of July 23, from 7 to 10 PM, please contact 310.458.8900.



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Community For Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) Elects New Chair

Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) announces the election of Rebecca Kennerly as its new Chair. 

Ms. Kennerly has just completed a 2-year term as President of the Santa Monica Malibu Council of PTAs.  A dedicated volunteer and education activist since 2002 when her oldest child was still in an SMMUSD kindergarten, she has been a member of every school funding and bond measure campaign committees since then.  Rebecca joined CEPS in 2003 and worked on the Santa Monica City Charter Amendment Campaign, which resulted in the successful Joint Use agreement between SMMUSD and the City of Santa Monica (renewed April 09).

“CEPS has spent the last ten years successfully advocating to preserve and protect the integrity and excellence of our local public schools,” Ms. Kennerly said. “Its mission is to help ensure that local public school students are prepared for the complex future that awaits them.”  

“CEPS is a determined, dedicated advocate for Santa Monica and Malibu schools and children,” Ms. Kennerly continued. “This organization recognizes the enormous divide between inadequate and shrinking funding from the State of California, and the needs of children in public schools. We work to close that gap.”

Ms. Kennerly was also actively involved in the CEPS “Caravan for Kids” initiative, which, in conjunction with California State PTA, planned and executed press events in 11 major media markets throughout California, culminating with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol in April 2005, protesting those rounds of proposed State budget cuts to education.  

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