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The first Annual Skate Competition called the Thanksgiving Day Massacre, sponsored by The Venice Skate and Surf Association was supposed to take place on Saturday, November 21, but was cancelled because they failed to attain a permit before advertising for the competition. This First Annual Skate Competition was supposed to take place at the new Dennis “Polar Bear” Agnew Venice Beach Skate Plaza, at Venice Beach. However, some would-be contestants and others still had the after party at the Waterfront later that day.


Astronaut Randolph Bresnik jubilantly welcomed his new daughter into the world Sunday, November 22, as he floated 220 miles above it. Abigail Mae Bresnick was born as her father circled the Earth. Bresnick was a 1985 Graduate of Samohi and is part of the crew aboard shuttle Atlantis, which launched from Earth November 16.



Youth volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be collecting toys and gifts again this year for needy children and teens as part of the annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” Red Cross youth will also help Santa Monica Firefighters distribute the toys to deserving children in Santa Monica and nearby communities.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, KABC Channel 7 and Santa Monica Firefighters will collect toys through Friday, December 24. As in previous years, a new unwrapped toy or sports equipment can be dropped off at the Santa Monica Red Cross or any Santa Monica Fire Department station.

With the love and support from “Spark of Love Toy Drive” sponsors and a generous public, countless numbers of deserving children in Santa Monica and elsewhere will enjoy a new toy this holiday season. Everyone’s contribution is needed to brighten up a child’s holiday. Especially needed are toys, games, books, school supplies and items appropriate for teens from the ages of 14 to 18.

Santa Monica area families in need can also sign up for the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” to receive toys for their children. Persons needing toys can stop by the chapter during weekday business hours to sign up which includes providing the number of children in the family and their ages, or use the convenient on-line registration form at www.redcrossofsantamonica.org.

With the help of its partners, the “Spark of Love Toy Drive” collected over 600,000 toys in the five-county area last year. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off during business hours at the Santa Monica Red Cross chapter at 1450 11th Street (at Broadway) in Santa Monica. Santa Monica Fire station 121 at 1444 7th Street, Station 122 at 222 Hollister Avenue near 2nd Street, Station 123 at 1302 19th Street at Arizona Avenue, and Station 125 at 2450 Ashland Avenue (south of Ocean Park Boulevard) will all take in toys.

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