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Family Activities

Santa Monica School Magic Show Needs Help

by WestsideDB April 23, 2012 Community Issues

Grant school in Santa Monica is looking for people to help in the preparation for the school’s fund raising event this Friday, April 27, 2012. The event will feature Jersey Jim, the Magician, and Obediah, the Master Juggler. The tickets to the event are on pre-sale since April 20th at $8.00, tickets will be sold [...]

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# 24 WestsideDB’s 365 Things To Do on the Westside – Solstice Canyon Hike – Caution! Waterfalls are Pretty

by WestsideDB February 24, 2011 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

Occasionally I’ll take a Sunday off from hosting open houses for homes for sale in West LA and spend some time with the family and just plain old good exercise.  Today we went up to Solstice Canyon which I had just heard about a month prior from another real estate buddy.  (Are there really any [...]

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#23 Westside DB’s 365 Things To Do in Santa Monica – Annenberg Community House Beach Tour

by WestsideDB February 11, 2011 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE “Back at the Beach” next to the Annenberg Community House! My own secret “country club” that my family and I can enjoy for hours at a very reasonable rate.  I wrote about it awhile ago for spring break, which is now just around the corner again.  It’s [...]

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#22 Westside DB’s 365 Things To Do in Santa Monica – Surfing at Venice Pier and Ocean Front Walk

by WestsideDB February 10, 2011 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

One of the most relaxing things that you can do for yourself is to take a stroll down to Venice Pier in Venice (obviously) where Washington Blvd intersects Ocean Front Walk. Gorgeous views, relaxing atmosphere, fresh air… It’s just a great place to go and where I often get my own juices flowing, therefore, it [...]

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#17 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – ICE Go Ice Skating!

by WestsideDB December 20, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

It’s that time of year again! Take a break from the Santa Monica real estate market and looking for homes for sale in Santa Monica and Let’s go ICE skating in downtown Santa Monica.  The City of Santa Monica takes the parking lot at the corner of Arizona and 5th and turns it into an [...]

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#15 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica & the Westside -The Santa Monica Aquarium at the Pier

by WestsideDB December 3, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

I was out looking for some Santa Monica townhomes for sale for some clients and decided that after a little work, it was time to have quality time with my son.  Under the Santa Monica pier lies a hidden jem that is inexpensive to get into and a great interactive learning tool for kids and [...]

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#14 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – Fishing at Troutdale

by WestsideDB November 30, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

Now and again the real estate world, for me, gets a little hectic and I have to remind myself to take a break from looking for houses for sale Santa Monica and get back to some of the more important things in life.  So, I took my son out for some “father and son” time [...]

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#16 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica and the Westside – Watch out for Santa Claus in Santa Monica

by WestsideDB November 27, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

If you are wandering around Santa Monica on December 4 and you hear sirens, its because Santa Claus is doing his annual cruise through the neighborhoods accompanied by Santa Monica’s finest – the Boys in Blue.  That’s right, Santa Monica Police Department and a bright red fire engine will be escorting our fine fat jolly [...]

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State of our Santa Monica Schools – Tonight from 6-9

by WestsideDB October 25, 2010 Community Issues

If you are like me, you want good schools because property values often go hand in hand with the excellence of education – plus having well educated children leads to a brighter future for everyone. Tonight at the Main Library is a community report on student acheivement, and district wide initiatives as well as the [...]

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#8 – WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – The Ferris Wheel!

by WestsideDB October 1, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

I know you’ve seen it.  Even if you don’t live here in Santa Monica, you’ve undoubtedly seen this icon – 9 stories tall and the only solar powered ferris wheel in the world.  You’ve seen it if you watch the opening shots of NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol or ABC’s Private Practice.  [...]

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#7 – WestsideDB 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – GLOW 2010

by WestsideDB September 21, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

While I’ve never been to Burning Man, I went to GLOW last year and was humbled by creativity and innovation that artists have created on the Santa Monica Beach. I imagine that if GLOW trips you out, Burning Man would knock you into a different wavelength altogether. It’s a great event happening on this Saturday [...]

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#6 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do In Santa Monica – The Promenade

by WestsideDB September 17, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Promenade is a pedestrian friendly shopping mecca for Santa Monican’s and tourists alike (I’d like to see the numbers, and I would guess locals are a pretty small percentage except for Farmer’s Market days). Stroll down the three block long area from Wilshire Blvd to Broadway Ave and discover local stores and [...]

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#5 – WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica – The Santa Monica Swim Center

by WestsideDB September 8, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

At Pico Blvd and 16th is Santa Monica College and hidden behind that wall facing 16th is the Santa Monica Swim Center where for 2 bucks (if you’re a resident) you can enjoy two different pools that are usually teeming with kids during the summer months.  (It’s 5 bucks if you live anywhere other than [...]

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#3 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do – Labor Day in Santa Monica

by WestsideDB September 6, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

I (like most people) enjoy the fruits of our labor by having a day off.  Actually, I don’t really need a good excuse.  I can come up with one fabricated out of thin air.  That being said, I can appreciate an “official” day off – Labor Day is an excellent excuse to BBQ with friends, [...]

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#2 Things To Do in Santa Monica – Stroll Down the Pier

by WestsideDB August 31, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Pier is iconic to the City of Santa Monica and is where, I like to say, “It’s where all the tourists end up”.  It’s where Colorado Ave dead ends into Ocean Ave. View Larger Map It’s the oldest pier on the West Coast of the US and was featured in Forrest Gump [...]

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#1 Things to Do in Santa Monica – Go to The Beach Already!

by WestsideDB August 30, 2010 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

As a part of a new thread here on SamoLive, we are sharing over 365 things to do in Santa Monica, most of them free too! Since we are just a few days away from the end of summer, and the June Gloom has finally burned off, our first post is dedicated to one of [...]

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Electronics Recycling Event at Mount Olive in Sunset Park

by WestsideDB August 7, 2010 Community Issues

FREE ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION Recycle your unwanted electronic waste in an environmentally sound way. Mt Olive Lutheran Church in partnership with California Recycles, Inc. will be offering FREE ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION On Sunday, August 15, 2010 You may drop off as early as Friday, August 13th at: 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 [...]

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Santa Monica Summer Dance Series

by SM mom June 11, 2010 Events

The good folks over at YoVenice have a good write up on what’s happening this summer at the pier.  The line up is included. http://www.yovenice.com/2010/06/10/twilight-dance-series-at-the-santa-monica-pier-schedule-2010/

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Spring Break in Santa Monica and Annenberg’s Got Your Back

by WestsideDB March 31, 2010 Beach Activities

Spring at the Beach House Spring is here! Celebrate the warmer weather and longer days by spending the day at the pool, or by jumping into a dance workshop with our Artist in Residence choreographer Holly Rothschild. Spring Break Splash! The pool will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 2, 3, 4 from 11am-3pm [...]

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The LA Marathon Comes to Santa Monica – Traffic Comes to a Standstill

by SM mom March 18, 2010 Events

Santa Monica Welcomes the LA Marathon! This Sunday, March 21, approximately 25,000 runners will race on the world-premiere course through four cities and past dozens of  Los Angeles landmarks before finally heading through Santa Monica on the way to a finish line that’s just steps from the Santa Monica Pier and beach.  The new “Stadium [...]

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