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Southern California Farmers are Eligible for Technical and Financial Air Quality Assistance

Technical and financial assistance is available through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help farmers and ranchers in Southern California to make improvements in their...

California Vineyard Introduces New Endangered-Wine Label and Mission on Earth Day

Endangered-Wine proudly announces the launch of its new label of select wines from the fertile grounds of Northern California. Endangered-Wine grew from Founders Peter Crowley's and Bill Seet's...

One Year Later: Ghost of Prince Rogers Nelson Haunts Paisley Park Studio

4/22/2017: A year has passed since the Purple One died. In Minneapolis tonight, public buildings and concert halls are bathed in ghostly purple light in his honor. Singer Prince Rogers Nelson's...

Massive Power Outage in San Francisco Leaves 90,000 customers Without Power

Officials say that a circuit breaker failure at the Larkin Substation, caused the fire that left nearly 90,000 customers in San Francisco without electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric reports that...

PaintCare California kicks off the first 2017 event on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 in Santa Monica

For PaintCare, the nonprofit organization running the California Paint Stewardship Program, it's Earth Day every day! Even so, PaintCare California is kicking off its first free, one-day events of...

Visit National Parks, Contribute to the Westside's Local Economy

Thousand Oaks, Calif. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2016 shows that 906,605 park visitors spent an estimated $39.4 million in the local community while visiting Santa Monica...

SMPD Officer Detained in Taiwan on Weapons Charge, Gun in Her Purse

An 8 year SMPD veteran faces 5 years in a Taiwan jail, when she "simply forgot" that she had a Luger pistol and 6 bullets in her carry on handbag. Taiwanese customs came upon the weapon, which...

Saint Monica's Catholic Church and other local Churches Celebrate Easter.

Monsignor Torgerson lead an over flow crow of parishoners in prayer at Saint Monica's Catholic Church North of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica on Sunday morning, April 16th. The main church holds...

Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies in Italy

The world's oldest person, Emma Morano, has died in her own home in Verbania, Italy. Emma Martina Luigia Morano (29 November 1899 – 15 April 2017) was an Italian supercentenarian who, prior to her...

Why Dao Will Lose United Airlines Lawsuit, Even After They Dragged Him Off a Plane

Chances are you've seen the video ten times. Louisville doctor David Dao is dragged off United Airlines Flight 3411, bloodied and screaming, after refusing to surrender his seat for a United...

Autism Guardian Angels to Honor Matt Asner at Autfest April 23

Santa Monica-based Autism Guardian Angels and the Goody Awards for social good will honor Matt Asner (Autism Society of America) with a Golden Goody Award (lifetime achievement award) this Sunday,...

Hundred Year Old Santa Monica Pier Seeks Volunteer Docents

Santa Monica, CA – Imagine how cool it would be walk along the historic Santa Monica Pier with someone who can tell you what happened where, who made it happen and what made the Pier so...

Fiery Kimchi is the Reason Okinawans Live a Full Century

A while ago I reported on the glorious fact that the good people of Okinawa on average live beyond 100 years. To the best of known statistics that makes the Okinawans the longest living group of...

HoneyLove.org Hosting Bee Box-Building and Painting Event April 30

Spring is a vulnerable time in the life of honey bees. The bees leaving the hive to create a new home are provisioned only with the nectar or honey they carry in their stomachs. A swarm will starve...

Angels Wings Foundation and Royal Thai Consulate of Los Angeles Launch a Community of Thai Scholars

In an inspiring effort to provide financial assistance for Thai high schoolers in the greater Los Angeles area, the Angels Wings Foundation is awarding up to $240,000 in scholarships to 24 rising...

Ten Things that Often Happen in Sitcoms but Never Happen in Real Life

1. Everyone in the gang tries out for a community theater production. The most vain character doesn't get the leading role. Petty jealously and bickering lead to a disastrous performance. 2. A...

PAWrometer Survey Uncovers Pet-Related Benefits Are Increasing In Popularity Among U.S. Workplaces

It's no mystery Americans love their furry friends and increasingly consider pets family members. Banfield Pet Hospital set out to better understand the prevalence, impact and perceptions of...

SMC Student Film Accepted into the American Pavilion at Cannes

Santa Monica College (SMC) says that "Spaghetti Romance"-a short film written and directed by SMC student Carrie Finklea-has been accepted into The 20th American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase...

If Your SMMUSD Kids Have Norovirus, Please Keep Them Home, Says District

The Santa Monica Unified School District says it's hopeful they're past Norovirus. The school has sent home a letter to parents saying what measure's it's taken to get past the outbreak of the...

Make 'Em Laugh: The 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival Celebrates Comedy in the Movies

The TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Hollywood for its eighth consecutive year on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This year, the four-day film festival celebrated the Golden Age of Comedy. From...

A Walk On Water presents Wine for Waves Empowering Surf Therapy for Children with Special Needs

A Walk On Water (AWOW), a national nonprofit organization providing surf therapy to children with special needs, is proud to announce that its first annual fundraiser will take place on Saturday,...

Make Music Day 2017 Returns On Wednesday, June 21

Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in the United States, returns this year on Wednesday, June 21. The...

How to get into Stanford With a 3.0 GPA, and 400 on the SAT: Write #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times

When Ziad Ahmed faced his college applications to Stanford University, California's most prestigious private college, he gave the perfect answer for today's politically correct admission committee....

Winchester Mystery House, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, and the Pacific's Edge Restaurant

Edible Skinny loves a road trip like nobody's fool so last month were delighted to hop in our ride towards the Bay area! There we explored Mysterious Mansions, dined on extravagant (and veggie...

"National Park Week" Celebration Underscores the $12 Billion Need to Restore America's Parks

This week, Americans and international visitors will explore the country's 417 national parks free of charge on the weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23, in celebration of National Park Week....

Mark of Zorro Found at Santa Monica Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library presents a screening of the 1920 silent classic, The Mark of Zorro, with a live musical score performed by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, on Thursday, April 27, 2017...

Flamboyant Cuttlefish and the Eternal Mystery of the Pipefish at UCSD's Birch Aquarium

If you haven't seen a flamboyant cuttlefish before, picture this: a plushy purple almond of about three inches long, abutted at one end with a set of ten lacy wire appendages, one or two of which...

A Time Capsule Associated With Jules Verne Has Been Discovered in the French Pyrenees

A multidisciplinary team of archaeologists and historians from the Paris Descartes University and The Explorers Club NYC have made an extraordinary discovery close to the French Pyrenees in the...

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