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Murder Most British: A Mystery Author Panel at the Santa Monica Public Library

The plot thickens as the Santa Monica Public Library hosts Murder Most British: A Mystery Author Discussion on March 10, at 7 p.m., in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Mystery novelist Rhys Bowen (author of the Her Royal Spyness mystery series) will lead the discussion, featuring fellow novelists Laurie R. King (Edgar Award winning author of Mary Reilly series) and Hannah Dennison (author of the Vicky Hill mystery series), and focusing on their British-set whodunits.

A book sale and signing provided by The Mystery Bookstore will follow the discussion. This author event is presented free to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.

Two Samohi Musicians Represent CA in National Competition

Santa Monica High School students Emily Wong and Matthew Van Pelt, Concertmaster and Principal Violist of the Samohi Symphony Orchestra, respectively, have been accepted to the 2010 National High School Honor Orchestra.

ASTA (American String Teachers Association), in partnership with NSOA (National School Orchestra Association), competitively selects the most talented young musicians from school orchestras in each state to create the National High School Honors Orchestra. This prestigious ensemble meets biennially and performs in a national showcase. NSOA will convene from February 18 through February 20 in Santa Clara, California.

The Santa Monica High School Orchestra program, founded in 1903, is extremely proud of Emily and Matthew for illustrating the high caliber of students that come from Samohi, its orchestras, the City of Santa Monica, and the State of California.

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Bresnik to Address Samohi Students

Astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Randy Bresnik, former Santa Monica High School graduate, will be visiting Samohi to address the student body on March 5. A private breakfast reception is being held in the Roberts Art Gallery at 9 a.m.

Fire Chief Jim Hone’s Retirement Ceremony

Hone will be honored for his 30 years of service to Santa Monica on March 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.

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