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  • Goose Egg Park on Alta will Host Pilates in the Park one Saturday per Month, Starting May 21

    Zoe Muntaner, Observer Staff Writer

    Connect with each other, connect with our parks and connect with our bodies, Zoë Muntaner launches Pilates in the Park. A monthly community event to get movement as medicine in our local parks. It is a free event all are welcome. The inaugural event started as a gratitude offering to the Ask, Borrow, Give Santa Monica Facebook Group, which trades items and information amongst local neighbors. The newly opened Perspire Sauna Studio on Montana and BAO Foot Spa on Wilshire donated services to...

  • Las Posadas: Do You See What I See?

    Zoe Muntaner, DIVERSITY MATTERS|Dec 23, 2017

    "Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky little lamb Do you see what I see?" ~Christmas Carol by Noël Regeny & Gloria Shayne Baker Las Posadas is Spanish for lodging, or accommodation, which in this case refers to the "inn" in the story of the nativity of Jesus (born from a Jewish mother). The novenario (nine days of religious observance) is celebrated chiefly in Latin America and by Hispanics (Latinos and Spaniards) in the United States beginning on the...

  • Giving Tuesday: Generosity that NEEDS to Happen.

    Zoe Muntaner, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 28, 2017

    Santa Monica has officially joined over 115 community initiatives in 100 countries participating in the largest social movement in the world. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday...

  • Landmark Puerto Rican Film Restored: "Romance Tropical" was Presumed Lost

    Zoe Muntaner, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 11, 2017

    In September 2016, Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film & Television Archive, was searching for material germane to the Archive's research project, Recuerdos de un cine en español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960, and noticed a promising film title: Romance Tropical. A single 35 mm nitrate print had screened in New York City in 1934 and then been placed in a vault belonging to the Krypton Corporation, the contents of which the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) acquired...

  • The choice begs the question: Are City Parks for Chaos or Community?

    Zoe Muntaner|Oct 9, 2017

    "Championing justice is not charity work. It is not meant to make anyone "feel good." And this idea that we should "win people over" by watering down our principles and approach confuses social movement building with political campaigning (where the message keeps changing according to the audience). This is not a popularity contest. Which means I'm not after your vote." ~Dr. Ruha Benjamin The waters have settled following the commotion from the last three workshops of the Committee for Social...

  • Activists Liken City Hall Mural to a Confederate Flag or Statue in Santa Monica

    Zoe Muntaner, Compassionate Santa Monica|Sep 22, 2017

    "What's love got to do, got to do with it What's love but a second hand emotion What's love got to do, got to do with it Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken." ~TinaTurner Update from the Office of Civic Wellbeing was presented to Santa Monica City Council under the Special Agenda Items at the September 12 meeting. On the heels of the renewed call for removal of the historic Stanton Macdonald-Wright City Hall mural, one of its most relevant highlights involve intensive staff training on...

  • Risky Business Theme Highlights Importance of Knowing When Behaviors and Habits Can Be Unhealthy

    Zoe Muntaner, Compassionate Santa Monica|May 10, 2017

    Santa Monica, CA May 8, 2017-When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it's a lot to handle. It's important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently-and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year's...