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Local named Humanitarian of the Year

Santa Monica resident and business owner Eric Faber received the title “2010 Humanitarian of the Year” by the Small Business Council of America. The award will be presented today at the 27th Congressional Annual Award Reception in Washington D.C., with $1,000 given to the charity of his choice.

A marketing and business solutions consultant, Faber is the co-founder and president of the Westside Co. He also serves on the board for the Red Cross of Santa Monica and the Pier Restoration Corporation. He supports many local causes and schools.

The SBCA named Faber this award for his “outstanding humanitarian endeavors and achievements as representative of our nation’s small business.”

Santa Monica Firefighters Award Scholarship

Two students have been selected for the 4th Annual Santa Monica Firefighters Scholarship, an award of $1,000 each. Santa Monica High School students Emili Said and Jivanto Van Hemert distinguished themselves through their dedication to helping others.

The students were selected after a rigorous review of applications with a focus on community service in the city. The Firefighters will host a luncheon in their honor May 10 at 12 p.m. at Santa Monica Fire Station #1.

Vote on New Santa Monica Airport Gardens

Community residents are asked to vote on three sustainable public garden designs for the Santa Monica Airport (SMO). Local landscape designers submitted sustainable garden layouts to compete in the Airport Demonstration Gardens Design Contest.

Gardens are judged on water-efficiency, climate appropriate plants, drip irrigation, and lawn alternatives, among others. A panel of experts from landscaping design, architecture, and green building materials, along with a SMO representative, narrowed down contestants from twenty-seven to nine. The top nine designs are available to view for public vote on the airport website.

To vote for the public gardens until the end of May, log on to

Cellist Performs for School Fundraiser

Classical music recording artist Antonio Lysy will perform a free concert in Santa Monica to raise money for a music school for children. Lysy will launch a compact disc of Ar-gentinean music from his recent recording at the Eli Broad Stage.

Proceeds of the new recording go to the SOL-LA Music Academy, a non-profit organization with classes in voice, performance and instrumental instruction. The event will be held May 8 from 1-3 p.m. at 1812 Stanford Street in Santa Monica.

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