December 5, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Literacy for All in Santa Monica

The Art and Literacy Festival at Virginia Avenue Park was held Saturday April 28, and included a variety of booths, books and activities for youth and families to engage in.

Throughout the park, children and adults crafted bookmarks and journals, played literacy-based games like loteria, and sat together for story time. In addition to games and crafts, the main stage include live performances.

Claudia Chirino, the project coordinator for Champions for Change, a Los Angeles County-wide initiative aimed at the “prevention of obesity,” had an interactive display of mock food and beverages. She stated that the goal was to teach people “how to read a nutrition label.” While there are sugars in sweets, she clarified that sports drinks and soda “also contain sugar” and reading a nutrition label can reveal exactly how much.

Students from Santa Monica College’s Early Education Department also participated in festival, leading several craft stations and activity tables. Professor Cathi Miller explained that the students had developed the projects for the event. “There is a clay station, book making, cornstarch goop, beading, and a reading area,” Miller explained. According to Miller this is the third year that the department has participated in the festival. 

At the main stage, music literacy was taught by Joseph Peck who led a Caribbean Drum circle while he played a compilation of original and cover songs. He provided shakers, and conducted a group of more than 30 people from his steel drums.

For more information, visit: www.smgov.net/vapark.

Related Posts

Santa Monica Resident Sharon Gillerman Dies At Age 60: Santa Monica Beat – December, 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Resident Sharon Gillerman Dies At Age 60 * Grant...

Edify TV: Culver City Food Hall Opens

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

A highly-anticipated food destination has opened in Culver City in a historic building. Learn more in this video made possible...

Edify TV: Restaurant Grant Program Not Enough?

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

To help struggling restaurants, LA County is rolling out a grant program. But with most restaurants not qualifying, will it...

Vartan Abgaryan Restaurant Closes 18-Months After Opening

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

Vartan Abgaryan says Abbot Kinney Boulevard restaurant Yours Truly will not be reopening By Kerry Slater An acclaimed Westside restaurant...

Captain of Dive Boat That Killed 2 Santa Monicans and 32 Other People Indicted

December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

Jerry Nehl Boylan indicted by a federal grand jury on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter By Sam Catanzaro The captain...

Eflyn Launches Shopify Self Serve Checkout Kiosk to Help Businesses Stay Open With Contactless Purchasing

December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

Digital display and software company Eflyn rolls out Shopify kiosk to help local businesses stay open with contactless purchasing. By...

Video: Local Gym Owners File Lawsuit

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Local gym owners are seeking a relaxation of health orders aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus in a...

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Eats at Santa Monica Restaurant Hours After Voting to Ban Outdoor Dining

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

LA County Supervisor dines at Il Forno in Santa Monica last Tuesday By Sam Catanzaro LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl,...

Help Those in Need in The Salvation Army Santa Monica’s Holiday Auction

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Bid on a range of locally curated goods until December 6 By Sam Catanzaro Help those in need on the...

Newsom Curfew Protest at Santa Monica Pier

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Around 80 people protest at Santa Monica Pier over the weekend By Sam Catanzaro Around 80 people gathered at Santa...

Santa Monica Canine Officer Boris Retires: Santa Monica Beat – November, 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica Canine Officer Boris Retires * George Gascon Can Not...

Edify TV: Budget Cuts Leading to More Beach Pollution

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Local budget cuts are leading to more trash and pollution on Westside beaches according to environmental experts. Learn more in...

City of Santa Monica Closes Playgrounds

November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

Public playgrounds close, farmers market occupancy limited By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica officials have closed public playgrounds as COVID-19 spread...

Edify TV: 22-Story Office Building Planned for Westside

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

Learn about plans to bring a 22-story office building to the Westside in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.