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  • Venice Family Clinic Conducts Annual Fundraiser at Google's Main Street HQ

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2019

    5/19/2019: The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk and Auction hosted an event at Google LA on Sunday, May 19, raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Clinic's mission to provide health care to people regardless of ability to pay. Venice Family Clinic has been serving the medical needs of this community for the past 40 years. It celebrated this occasion with an art walk and auction, its goal to raise money on May 18 and 19. "Drive under the binoculars"( a Claes Oldenburg 2 story sculpture on...

  • Santa Monica Police Department and Fire Department Conduct Annual Memorial Service

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2019

    Santa Monica's Public Safety Building was the site of a memorial service honoring fallen fire fighters and police officers. The Tuesday morning event was the 10th annual memorial service conducted by the City of Santa Monica. Officer Craig Peterson played taps. Three police officers rode horseback, including Stevanie Tovar, Jorge Zendejan, Rob Dawson Honor guards included Captain Darrick Jacob and Sgt. Mike Boyd. Santa Monica Police stood shoulder to shoulder with Santa Monica Fire Fighters, as...

  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church Celebrates 105 Years in Santa Monica

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|May 10, 2019

    Pilgrim Lutheran Church celebrated its 105 Anniversary on May 5, 2019 with a special sermon by Rev. Dr. Micheal Gibson, the president of the Pacific SW district of Lutheran Missouri Synod. A community luncheon followed the service. The original church built in 1919 was on 14th street and Arizona. The present building was rebuilt after the Northridge Earthquake at 1730 Wilshire Blvd, with many stained glass windows representing Biblical stories and themes. It the first church to be constructed...

  • 12 Angry Women Register Voters in 60 Cities, Following Dramatic Reading of Play

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 17, 2019

    Last weekend, over 60 US Cities hosted readings from the play "12 Angry Men," performed "by 12 impassioned women!" Says the group's website, 12000voices.com. In 1954 Reginald Rose wrote a television/movie called 12 Angry Men. The plot involved sequestering 12 men in a room after a murder trial. The jurors were to dissect and analyze the evidence and possible guilt of a young man, accused of killing his father. The judge insisted there was to be no hung jury. It takes place in any metropolitan...

  • Exploring the Jewish Musical Legacy at the Braid Theater

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 17, 2019

    The Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) Presented Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music last Sunday. The event included a Celebrated Flutist, Emmy-Winning Composer and Internationally Renowned Conductor . The distinguished artists who comprise the panel are: flutist Susan Greenberg, composer Miriam Cutler and Rachael Worby, Artistic Director of MUSE/IQUE, LA's musical adventure series. Live music and a dance performance by Lillian Rose Barbeito. Screenwriter Arlene Sarner moderate the panel. She...

  • So Cal Edison Science Scholarship awarded to Samohi Senior Katie Richards

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 3, 2019

    3/26: At a presentation today, So Cal Edison surprised SamoHi Senior Katie Richards with a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International to pursue STEM education. Breanna Snyder, Katie's engineering teacher, described Katie's scientific article as "excellent." When Katie is not pursuing STEM, she is editor in chief of the Santa Monica High School year book and president of the Harry Potter Club. Edison International president and CEO Pedro Pizarro lauded the senior for her prowess in...

  • The Curious Palate Brings Adventure and Pasta to Santa Monica Place

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2019

    Carefully hidden on the third floor of Santa Monica Place Mall, beside the Arc Light theatre and across from the new Children's Museum is THE CURIOUS PALATE. An adventurous small restaurant with fine food, the owner goes to the SM Wednesday farmers' market weekly to buy organic fruits and vegetables. These are blended into a varied dinner menu of entrees, salads and home made noodle dishes. The food can be accompanied by a large selection of beers, wines and ciders . There is no hard liquor...

  • SamoHi Senior is a Semifinalist in The Music Center's Spotlight Program

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2019

    Dilay Akcora, a senior at Santa Monica High, was just announced as a Semifinalist in The Music Center's annual Spotlight program.  Spotlight is a free nationally-acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for teens," says Lisa Ducore, Director of Public Relations for the Music Center in DTLA. Dilay Akcora began her musical training when she joined the Franklin Ave elementary school choir in 4th grade. She was also on the dance team. At Santa Monica High School the Kiwanis 6F sponsored a...

  • United Methodist Church Divided as Church in Ocean Park Aligns with Progressives on LGBTQ rights

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Photographer|Mar 14, 2019

    Rev Janet Gollery McKeithen, the minister of the Church in Ocean Park (CIOP) was ordained in the United Methodist Church 35 years ago. She is the daughter of the late United Methodist minister Stanley Gollery and the wife of Floyd McKeithen, a United Methodist minister. She knew a previous minister Jim Conn, who helped re-form the church in the 1970's. She was assigned to the CIOP in 2005 and felt then and now it was what she was called to do. As part of the Santa Monica community she is a...

  • It's a Life Explores Death: Artists and Playwrights Share their Deepest Emotions

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 14, 2019

    Death is mysterious and unexplainable. Yet, throughout time, artists have strived to unravel and explain it in ways that bring comfort to the living. Five artists will share their explorations of life and death through different mediums in It's a Life, a new Gallery exhibit, opening March 9 at 6:30 p.m., at The Braid, Jewish Women's Theatre's (JWT) Performance & Art Space in Santa Monica. The new show features photographer Nancy Kaye, textile artist Smadar Knobler, mixed media artist...

  • Can a Nice Jewish Boy Find Happiness Singing at the Church In Ocean Park?

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 6, 2018

    Our photographer Mary Leipziger captured teen heartthrob (well ok, not really) Ross Altman, as he performed at the Church in Ocean Park. Altman has been singing at the Church in Ocean Park the Sunday before Labor Day for 37 years. He has new record out called"the singer-song fighter strikes back" Reviewer Al Martinez writes: "Ross Altman is probably the most prolific, literate, experienced, politically active, and excellent topical singer/songwriter in Los Angeles today. With a Ph.D. in English...

  • Retirement Fest For Fromin's Founder Maurice Solomon Features Well, Deli Food What Else?

    Mary Leipziger, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 20, 2018

    I enjoyed a warm, low key party to celebrate Maurice Solomon's retirement from the deli business after 65 years. His partner and friend from his Cleveland days, Dennis Fromin ,will be the new owner and continue to run the restaurant. The party was at the end of the dining room, decorated with balloons, for about 50 people. Many were old friends and customers, who reminisced and laughed. His two daughter, and granddaughter ,who worked with him for 6 years, lauded Maurice His future plans are...