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Jan. 16MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. Prayer, readings and song coordinated by the Westside Interfaith Council and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition kicks off the weekend of celebration. Keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Art Cribbs is the Executive Director of CLUE-California. 7:30am | First United Methodist Church, Simkins Hall | 1008 Eleventh Street, Santa Monica 90403 | Tickets $25 per person/$160 per table of 8—Contact : 310-570-9475 | Free parking across from the church. Flier here.

Jan. 17Annual MLK Commemorative Concert. Special selections in the spirit of the weekend by the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. 2:30pm | SGI-USA World Peace Auditorium | 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401 | Free admission | Free parking at 1212 Seventh Street. Flier here.

Jan. 19—30th Annual MLK Celebration. An inspirational event commemorating the Reverend Dr. King, Jr.’s ideals and vision for a just society for all people: Speaker Gabriella Rosco organizes with CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice–Los Angeles). She believes in the importance of working for systemic changes, and knows from personal experience that the meaningful way to address the root causes of injustice is through a social movement in which people of all faiths and cultures can stand united. Gospel vocalist Linda Alvarez will sing a medley of songs from the life of famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, with Dr. Severin Behnen on piano. This year’s Community Light Award recipient is the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) featured recently in Seascape and celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Student education awards, readings from Dr. King’s work, and dance performances are featured. 9am | SGI-USA World Peace Auditorium | 525 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica 90401 | Free admission | Free parking at 1212 Seventh Street. Flier here

Jan 19—Community Involvement Fair. A civic engagement event follows the annual celebration. Community organizations meet and greet visitors and provide informational materials. Refreshments and the Coalition’s 30th Anniversary cake are provided, and door prizes. Non-profit organizations who donate $40 or more may reserve a display table. 10:30am | SGI-USA Youth Center | 606 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica 90401 | Free admission | Free parking at 1212 Seventh Street | To reserve a display table: Contact 310-570-9475. Flier here

Feb. 9, 2015—Super Bowl-a-thon 19: A fundraiser for the Westside Coalition. Bowlmor Santa Monica. More info to follow here.

Feb. 21—I ♥WFHC: Westside Family Health Center cordially invites you to its First Annual Fundraiser. 7-11pm | TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station | 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404 | Tickets at Flier here.

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Sat. Dec. 6—See Santa on Pico. Fun for all ages with Santa and his helpers setting up an activities workshop for kids. Music from The Lads and refreshments from Gilbert’s El Indio. Come out for the fun, music, shopping and dining. Say hi to neighbors and friends of Pico as families and business owners come together for the #HolidayHopPico. Your Pico Boulevard Merchants and Neighbors look forward to seeing you! Brought to you by the Pico Improvement Organization. Venice Family Clinic | Pico Blvd at 26th Street | 12-2pm

Sat. Dec. 6—Holiday Hop Along Pico Please join friends, families, neighbors and business owners as we celebrate the holiday season on Pico Blvd, from the Ocean to 34th Street in Santa Monica. There will be music and food up and down the street, including the Oceanaires, a barbershop quartet singing holiday songs along Pico. Merchants will be offering special discounts during the day and the month of December, just look for the Red Bow on their door and say #HolidayHopPico. Brought to you by the Pico Improvement Organization. Event flier HERE. Pico Blvd at 26th Street | 12-6pm | Along Pico from Ocean to 34th Street

Sat. Dec. 6The film “White Dog” (1982) was shelved by the studio for more than a decade for its highly provocative investigation of American racism presented in the context of an African American dog handler attempting to tame an animal trained to kill black people. Starring: Kristy McNichol, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle, and Jameson Parker. Director: filmmaker Samuel Fuller, the audacious visionary renowned for his low-budget genre movies with controversial themes. Presented by: SMC Associates. Santa Monica College Film Series | Main Campus HSS-165 | 6pm | Free admission | Free parking

Sun. Dec. 7—Westside Wonderland Celebrate the season at a premier holiday beauty and gifting event on the Westside: fashion shows, local tastes and treats, beauty lounge, craft beer and wine tastings, gift wrapping, mistletoe market, champagne and desserts, live entertainment. Sip, savor and shop for a cause! Proceeds benefit the Westside Family Health Center. Buy tickets HERE. 6:30-9:30pm | Westside Pavilion | 10800 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90064. Your gift means so much… help us help others:

  • Buying a digital thermometer for one family ($6)
  • Buying a humidifier for one child ($25)
  • Helping provide one visit to the doctor ($53)
  • Covering one year of breast health screenings and management for one patient ($143)
  • Covering one month of care for a child with asthma ($208)
  • Covering one month of gas for our 36-foot mobile medical unit – which visits six different locations around Los Angeles County ($833)

Tues. Dec 9—CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY—NAT TRIVES’ 80th BIRTHDAY SUPER FUNDRAISER Celebrate one of the finest community servants in Santa Monica. Join Nat, our former major, for a community party at Pacific Park. 100% of your entry fee will be donated to the charity you pick from Nat’s list! Santa Monica Pier | 6-9pm | Entry for Adults $100 | Entry for Children $25 | Buy tickets and designate your charity HERE.

Thurs. Dec 11—LIGHT SM: A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL To remember and to commit to preventing gun violence: Part of the National Vigil for all victims of gun violence. Toy gun collection barrel: Bring your kids’ toy guns, and help spread the word. . . Don’t Buy Toy Guns This Holiday Season. Sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – Los Angeles Chapter, Church In Ocean Park, Women Against Gun Violence. Event flier HERE.  7 p.m. | Santa Monica Palisades Park | Ocean at Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401

DECEMBER—HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE  In support of the Westside Food Bank, there is a canned goods drive throughout the month of December with drop-off locations at Bowlmor Lanes, Gilbert’s El Indio, Roccos Cheesecake, Unurban Coffee, Walgreens, and Brought to you by the Pico Improvement Organization.

DECEMBER—HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE In support of the Westside Food Bank, there is a food drive with a drop-off location at The Church In Ocean Park. Needed items: Peanut butter (in plastic); Cans of soup, vegetables, tuna, pork & beans, stews/meats, fruits, pasta, pinto beans, lentils, macaroni & cheese; instant soups, hot and cold cereals, fruit juice, baby foods (glass okay for baby food only). Brought to you by the KDVBS Group, a program of the CIOP, a diverse interfaith community dedicated to social justice. 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica 90405 | through Dec. 21

DECEMBER—HOLIDAY CLOTHING DRIVE In support of St. Joseph’s, there is a clothing drive with a drop-off location at Westside Family Health Center.  1711  Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

DECEMBER—HOLIDAY SWEATER & COAT DRIVE In support of OPCC, there is a sweater and coat drive with a drop-off location at the Church In Ocean Park.  1711  Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

HOTEL DISCOUNTS FOR GUESTS Hotel discounts are offered for Santa Monica residents to book an extra bedroom when there’s no room at home for out-of-town guests. Take advantage of amazing hotel room rates offered exclusively for Santa Monica residents and their guests through January 23, 2015 at participating hotels: Ambrose Hotel, Best Western Plus Gateway Hotel, Days Inn, Fairmont Miramar, Hotel Carmel, Hotel Casa del Mar, Hotel Sangri-La at the Ocean, Huntley Santa Monica, Le Meridien Delfina, Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Ocean View Hotel, Palihouse Hotel, Sea Shore Motel, Shore Hotel, Shutters on the Beach, The Cottage, The Georgian Hotel, Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier. Must show proof of Santa Monica residents (CA drivers license) to redeem. For more information and to check back for additional hotels, please visit HERE. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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HRC Santa Monica announces its 2015 programs and collaborative activities


HRC’s new program recognizes individuals whose involvement with community organizations contributes to and impacts building a respectful, inclusive community. Honorees promote understanding within our diverse community, take actions that make a difference, and demonstrate compassion for others. Our program is named for Mark Benjamin—a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. He exemplified who Studs Terkel described when he wrote: “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.” More

      Jan 5:     Nominations accepted online at Deadline: Feb 2

      Feb 2:      Applications reviewed by a collaboration of HRC and SPA 5 service agencies

      Apr 1:      Impact Awardees announced for National Volunteer Month

      Apr 23:   Awardees honored at a special event


HRC’s 5th annual project pairs a senior community member with an Olympic High School student to share and illustrate artistically the branching points in their life paths to promote greater understanding of the events, experiences, and insights that shape our lives in important ways. More  

         Jan 16Feb 20: Six 2-hr. sessions Mondays 10:20am-12pm

         Feb 26:  Culminating celebration 4pm-6pm


HRC partners with the Santa Monica Baháí Center for Sunday Gatherings: Dec 7, 2014  and during 2015and partners with the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute for the Spring Symposium on Public Health during the week of May 11More

UPCOMING EVENT: The Santa Monica Bahá’í Center is hosting an event in partnership with the Human Relations Council. Dr. Mojgan Sami will speak on the topic of “People, Power & Our Planet.” Roundtable discussions will follow. Those who are unable to attend may join in online at Sun Dec 7 | 11:45 a.m. | 3102 Colorado Street, Santa Monica 90404 | Free admission | Complimentary Lunch | Event flier here


A program of experiential learning in photojournalism to create civic awareness and responsibility among youth aged 10 to 14 years, by encouraging them to explore their community and document their observations in a photo journal. The 7th Annual HRC KWC program begins in July. More

Mail: P.O. Box 1307, Santa Monica CA 90406


Email: [email protected]



Special Announcement

Join us for a vigil after the grand jury in Ferguson announces their decision. 

WHO: The Committee for Racial Justice, NAACP, Church In Ocean Park, Universalist Unitarian Church, African American Staff Student Parent Support Group, and Pico Youth and Family Center

WHAT: Candlelight Vigil

WHERE:  Santa Monica City Hall

WHEN: We will gather with candles at  5pm on the evening of the announcement unless the announcement comes after 5pm—then we’ll gather on the next evening at 5pm.


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  • Dr. Karen S. Gunn was elected as the 2014-2015 Chair at the Annual Board Meeting on October 28. Immediate Past Chair Ilda Jiménez y West will continue to serve on the Executive Committee with Debra A. Farmer, Treasurer, and Carolyn Baugh, Secretary.
  • December 1st will mark the launch of the new Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program. Stayed tuned for an exciting update!
  • HRC Board Member Nat Trives is celebrating his 80th birthday on December 9 with a Birthday Charity Fundraiser “Celebration of Community” at Pacific Park. Donate to one or more of the 30 local non-profit organizations and charities that Nat has served while you enjoy food, rides, music and friends at Santa Monica Pier. Coordinated by the Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation). Go to Nat’s Invitation and 3-Step RSVP.


Contact: Laura Rosenbaum  [email protected]  310.729.0278

Contact:  Chris LeGagnoux  [email protected] 310.487.3341

HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL SANTA MONICA will Host a Celebratory Photo Exhibition and Reception featuring Kids With Cameras

SANTA MONICA, CA, August 22, 2014 – The photos of HRC-Santa Monica’s Kids With Cameras will be featured in a photo exhibit on Wednesday, August 27 at Bergamot Station, G Building Courtyard, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.  In addition to the photo exhibition, there is a free and open reception for students and their families and members of the community beginning at 6 pm.

Kids With Cameras, a program of the Human Relations Council Santa Monica, is a 6-week workshop in photojournalism offered to Santa Monica middle school students through collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Police Activities League (PAL), and Santa Monica Family YMCA.  It is designed to encourage students to build both skills and to understand the inter-connections of all members of the community.

Supported by local photographers and other volunteers, the students took photos of life in Santa Monica through a Parks and Recreation lens, in search of ways to demonstrate how a community moves beyond intolerance towards tolerance, and in this way, creates understanding and acceptance of and respect for all people.  The students visited six Santa Monica landmarks: the Fire Training Center, Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Airport, Tongva Park, Woodlawn Cemetery and the Santa Monica Pier.  The culmination event is an opportunity for them to share the results of their work with the community.

Photographer-mentors included program director Fabian Lewkowicz, and photographers Charles Haskell, David Hurwitz and Nick Steers who volunteered their talents and time.  Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson chaired the Kids With Cameras program along with volunteer co-chairs Chris LeGagnoux and Laura Rosenbaum.  The Committee included representatives from the three youth service organizations and several members of the community who helped with logistics.

For further information about the Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area and its programs, visit

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Aug 23 — Dynamic Consultation: “9 Keys to Unity” with Trip Bartel of the Neighborhood Mediation Center from Reno, Nevada. Online materials at Sat, Aug 23 | 12-4pm | Free | Santa Monica Bahá’í Center | 3102 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica 90404

Aug 25 — OPCC Fundraiser Night! Mon, Aug 25 | 5-10pm | 15% of your bill goes to OPCC | The Counter | 2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

Sept 28 — OPCC 50th Anniversary Picnic for Friends and Families celebrating 50 years of providing hope. Sponsorships for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are available now. Sun, Sept 28 | 1-4pm | Contact Kait Peters [email protected] or 310-2648646 x270.

Oct 1 — Westside Family Health Center’s Lunch and Learn topic: Community Panel on the Biggest Issues Facing Teens in Santa Monica today. Wed, Oct 1 | 12-2pm | Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Auditorium | 1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica 90405

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Aug 14 — Open House and School Supplies Drive with Assembly Member Richard Bloom. Thurs, Aug 14 | 5-8pm | District Office | 2800 28th St, Suite 150, Santa Monica 90405

Aug 17 — The Role of Women in Building Community: A Sunday Gathering. Sun, Aug 17 | 11:45am | Santa Monica Bahá’í Center | 3102 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica 90404

Aug 21 —  Pico Better Together: Pico Improvement Organization’s Summer Mixer for businesses, neighbors and friends. Thurs, Aug 21 | 5:30-7pm | Lazy Daisy Café | 2300 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica 90404

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C*E*L*E*B*R*A*T*E — Kids With Cameras 2014 “Parks and Recreation” Program Culmination. Wed, Aug 27 | 6:00pm | Bergamot Station | 2525 Michigan Ave | Building G

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  • Next Steps 2014 Graduation Celebration Thursday, June 12 6pm at Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center.
  • Santa Monica Festival Saturday, June 14 at Cloverfield Park.
  • Pico Library Grand Opening Saturday, June 28 11am-4pm.
  • Robert Henderson will cover the topic of models for community building on Sunday, June 29 at noon at the Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica 90404. For more information:
  • Annual Fourth of July Parade 9:30am – Parade route goes up Main Street, starting at Ocean Park Boulevard. The parade is sponsored by the Ocean Park Neighborhood Association.
  • Affordable Care Act – Certain people can enroll through July 15. Call the Westside Family Health Center for assistance with enrollment or problems. 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica 90405 310-450-4773 ext. 206.
  • Santa Monica Youth Report Card is available online at A new services finder helps parents, educators and counselors locate youth services, tutors, and camps. The interactive platform allows interaction with the report card’s data on 50 indicators from 10 databases.