September 28, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Free Family Fun At Santa Monica Festival This Saturday At Clover Park:

The 22nd annual Santa Monica Festival returns to Clover Park at 2600 Ocean Park Boulevard this Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.

The free event will showcase sustainable living and culture through an array of fun, family-friendly activities and performances.

Throughout the day there will be live music, dance performances, art workshops, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and other interactive activities that reflect the culture and diversity of the city.

MC Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining will get things cooking with local chefs and culinary experts who will share their secrets to sourcing and preparing meals that are delicious, budget-friendly, and sustainable.

Chef Clemence Gosset, of the Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories, will start the day with a decadent dessert demonstration, followed by Ricky Flores of Co-Opportunity, who will demonstrate how to prepare his signature Co-op kale salad. This year’s Chef Challenge features Chef Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant and returning champion Chef Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire Restaurant.

Their task is to create a “$15 Meal for Four,” a delicious and nutritious vegetarian dish that feeds four for $15 or less.

Lastly, kids can join in the fun with Kid’s Kitchen with Kelly Dumke where they can participate in several nutrition-related presentations.

Kids can also test their culinary skills during a kitchen tool quiz and simple recipe preparations.

Enjoy a full day’s line-up of eclectic music and dance performances at the Ocean Stage, beginning with a heart-pounding, bass-thumping Hip Hop dance routine led by Angela Robinson.

Other performances include songwriter, singer, and accordionist Jessica Fichot, whose style combines the French chanteuse tradition with gypsy jazz and the folk music of China and Latin America; The Lions, a reggae-infused sound firmly rooted in soul music, drawing inspiration from sound system culture and Jamaican music old and new; and Contra-Tiempo, a non-profit, activist dance company, dedicated to transforming the world through dance, with their contemporary take on Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban styles.

To honor the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth presents the Voice of ONE Gospel Singers.

CREST Elementary School’s flash mob dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will be an irresistible highlight of the day’s entertainment, and the 12-piece party band Boogaloo Assassins will close the event with their rousing fusion of R&B, doo-wop, Afro- Caribbean jazz, and salsa.

A variety of fun and active workshops throughout the day will prove that fitness can be fun.

Classes range from square dancing and salsa, to yoga and self-defense – and of course, the festival favorite Zumba.

The festival’s Art Zone will feature do-it-yourself workshops and demonstrations to delight and amaze.

Contemporary artist Cassandra Tondro leads a kid-friendly workshop creating eco-friendly art, using recycled latex house paint collected from the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility.

The Mobile Mural Lab (MML), a traveling art studio and multi-media exhibition space, offers an interactive painting workshop, where everyone can contribute to creating a mural painted on the MML vehicle.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art encourages kids to get in touch with their creative superpowers by designing their own wearable cape made of recycled fabric.

The Santa Monica Public Library reinvents the library experience as an “ant farm,” where kids can craft playful headband antennas and dig into a magical colony of engaging books. The Festival’s Art Zone also features live music, drawing workshops, games, storytelling, and face painting with the Santa Monica Symphony, Kids on Stage!, the Santa Monica Playhouse, and The Broad Stage.

More than a dozen food trucks and carts will park at the festival for the day, with a wide range of healthy fare and options.

The festival’s marketplace will feature guilt-free shopping, featuring earth-friendly, artistic wares, jewelry, and crafts from Santa Monica’s favorite artisans, artists, and independent vendors.

The Town Square section of the festival will include organizations including the American Red Cross, Santa Monica Fire Department, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Santa Monica Conservancy, and many more.

Free bike valet is available on 25th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard.

Free rides will be available on the Big Blue Bus Route 8 only for festival participants.

For more information on parking, food trucks, live entertainment, and a line up of the day’s events, visit www.smgov.net/festival.

in News
Related Posts

OpEd: The Miramar Project Will Be a New Architectural Jewel

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

The Miramar Hotel has been a central part of Santa Monica’s history and an integral part of the community for...

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

Local Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered as County Passes Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Fire Department Fighting Blazes Across State

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Fire Department has been busy helping combat wildfires burning throughout the state. Learn more in this video...

Lawmakers and Residents Take Steps Towards Police Reform

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Santa Monica residents will soon have more control of policing after local lawmakers took significant steps to reform the Santa...

2020 Census Due September 30th: Santa Monica Beat – September, 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * 2020 Census Due September 30th * Bobcat Fire Reaches Historical Size...