November 20, 2014
It's Your Venice -- Get Involved!



November 19, 2014 - The Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) delivered several Land Use permit decisions, including the Chevron at the intersection of Lincoln and Rose and St. Joseph Center at 204 Hampton Dr., at the November Board of Officers meeting held at Westminster Elementary School on Tuesday, November 18.  Additionally, the Board made a number of recommendations on Venice community issues including a proposed ice rink at Venice Beach slated for next winter, visible outdoor dining permits, offsite parking, "mansionization," a proposed free shuttle service and new bathrooms at Oakwood Park.


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Wed., Nov 26:  22nd Annual Pacific Division Police Appreciation Dinner

The 22nd Annual Pacific Division Police Appreciation Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Needs Your Help! Please contact one of the organizers (listed above) if you are able to contribute or volunteer.  


Dec. 20:  The Great Venice Toy Drive!
Toys. . .Santa . . S N O W !!!

Venice, CA (November 13, 2014) - The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival presented by the Venice Neighborhood Council, Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center and the City of Los Angeles kicks off on Friday, November 14, 2014.


The Great Venice Toy Drive & Holiday Festival is a two-part holiday event for Venice stakeholders including a toy drive running through December 18 and then, onSaturday December 20, the Venice Neighborhood Council ("VNC") and the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center ("Vera Davis") will give the toys away to local kids, during a fun-filled day at Oakwood Recreation Center. 


The VNC and Vera Davis will collect new, unwrapped, non-violent toys at various locations in Venice from November 14, 2014 through December 18, 2014.


Toys can be dropped off at: (1) Abbot's Habit1401 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (2) Oscar's Cerveteca, 523 Rose Ave.; (3) Superba Food & Bread, 1900 Lincoln Blvd.; (4) the VNC booth at the Venice Farmers' Market (Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), intersection of Venice Blvd. and Venice Way; and (5) the VNC's Board meetings on November 18 and December 16, Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.


The toy drive will then culminate in a holiday festival to be held at Oakwood Recreation Center on December 20 from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.  At the festival, children up to sixteen years of age present with a parent or guardian will be able to select a toy.  (First come, first served.)  Children will also be able to take home a book donated by the Friends of the Venice Library.  Santa will be available for photos and kids will be able to engage in arts and crafts or play on a moon bounce or in the snow.  Food will be provided.


This is the fourth year that the VNC has sponsored The Great Venice Toy Drive, created in response to community concerns about the lack of a toy giveaway in the Venice area. 


Mariana Aguilar, one of the toy drive's team members, said: "Last year The Great Venice Toy Drive ensured that over 300 Venice kids not only had a toy for the holiday season, but also had a great day at Oakwood park.  With the help of the Venice community, we hope to make this year's event the best one yet."


The Great Venice Toy Drive is still looking for volunteers.  Please contact if you are interesting in helping.  


Friday, Dec. 5:  Third Annual Venice Sign Lighting

Current and Pending Road Closures
From our Council Office:

Current and upcoming roadwork related to the LADWP Scattergood Olympic Transmission Line Project at the following locations in West L.A., Mar Vista, and Westchester:

Until 12/5/14:

Bundy and 10 fry overpass day time (9am-3pm) and night time (9pm - 5am)
Lincoln Blvd - Manchester to La Tijera day time work (9am-3pm) (2 vaults only)
12/8/14:  Lincoln Blvd - remainder of work from night work 9pm to 5am.
To Nov. 30: Dump Bulky Trash and Green Waste for Free

City Councilman Bernard Parks has teamed up with Active Recycling and Lorraine Bradley, the daughter of the late former Mayor Tom Bradley to launch "Clean Los Angeles," a campaign aimed at providing free disposal of unwanted materials for Los Angeles residents, reducing the amount of debris on curbs and in alleys and public spaces, and making our city cleaner and more attractive. Until November 30, LA residents are encouraged to take advantage of this program which allows you to dump one load of bulky trash or greenwaste for free at Active Recycling Company.

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Saturday, Dec. 6:  37th Annual SM-Venice Christmas Run
Benefiting local charity Harvest Home on Saturday, December 6th, 2014; 7:30-11:00 am.

The course remains the same as years past with the race starting and finishing just steps away from the beach at the corner of Barnard Way and Ocean Park Blvd. Runners proceed southeast toward Abbott Kinney Blvd where they will u-turn and run through the Venice Boardwalk to the finish line!

L.A.'s Largest Holiday Running Event boasts beautiful views of these two famed cities as well as the always energetic Pacific Ocean. 


Saturday, Dec. 6:  Venice High School Beautification

Your Venice Neighborhood Council Wants You!
The Neighborhood Council system is growing.  We are too.  Learn about us here.

In addition to seeking new Board members and Committee Chairs, we are always looking for good people to serve on VNC committees. 

Now is the perfect time to get involved! 

For more information, contact Mike Newhouse or Marc Saltzberg.

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