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  • February Promises Unforgettable Romance Amidst Pacific Coast Magic at Terranea Resort

    Jan 18, 2024

    Nestled along the Pacific Ocean, Terranea Resort introduces a captivating lineup of February experiences to celebrate Valentine's Day and the month of love. The Oceanfront Romance Package beckons guests to unwind and rejuvenate, while special activities such as Cupid's Couples Archery and Couples on the Course offer enchanting moments. Throughout the resort, specially curated oceanfront dining experiences, tailored with a nod to Valentine's Day, await guests seeking an unforgettable February...

  • 2024 Maybe The Year of The Dragon- But Maybe It's The Year of The Cat Ce!

    Christine Peake, PeakePRGroup|Jan 18, 2024

    All round entertainer and producer Cat Ce is a familiar face and name in Hollywood circles. Known for Producing sold out comedy shows every month at The Ice House, The World Famous Comedy Store etc. she also is a fan favorite guest star on leading shows at Jimmy Kimmels's famous comedy club in Las Vegas. When not doing stand up comedy she is a working actress and just celebrated her 50th popular Podcast, which is on spotify and iheart radio. Cat Ce is definitely productively packing her days...

  • Can Someone Work While Collecting Social Security Disability?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 18, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Can Someone Work While Collecting Social Security Disability? Dear Rusty: If a person is collecting Social Security disability benefits, can they, at any point, work at all? If they can, what is the maximum they can earn and still keep the disability benefit? I am asking because my husband is still young, but his injuries will not allow him to go back to the job he had prior to his injuries and surgeries. He does not just want to sit at home doing nothing! Signed: Concerned Wife D...

  • Author Scott Michael Nathan Releases The Much Anticipated 'The Big Book Of Bad Decisions' - already a #1 on Amazon

    Christine Peake, PeakPRGroup|Jan 15, 2024

    The wait is over- Scott Michael Nathan, the renowned award-winning photographer, director, and video artist hailing from the heart of Los Angeles, has unveiled his hilarious debut book, 'The Big Book of Bad Decisions.' It is a must read compelling collection of tragicomic vignettes and hilarious true adventures that provide insight into his celebrity encounters, ill-fated decisions, and the extravagant lifestyle of Tinseltown. Whether you're intrigued by the glittering excesses of Hollywood or...

  • Why the Public Works Dept Flushes Out Fire Hydrants, Leaving Water in Santa Monica Streets

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 15, 2024

    Have you ever noticed the men in blue with yellow vests, opening fire hydrants, so that perfectly good water flows into the Santa Monica streets? Well, we were curious, and there is in fact, a good reason. So we asked one of the workmen. “We test the valves every three months by opening them, and allowing water in the system to flow out,” John Ramirez of Santa Monica Public Works explains. "The valves are 100 years old in Santa Monica, and it’s essential that we know before the fire department n...

  • 2024 starts with a bang at the DPA Golden Globe event.

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 15, 2024

    Los Angeles, January 7, 2024-The New Year kicked off with a bang with the DPA Events, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company, honoring the 2023 Golden Globes Award Nominees by hosting the DPA Golden Globe lounge on the 5th and 6th of January. Held at the LUXE Hotel in Los Angeles, this year the guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. Nathalie Dubois the founder of DPA, who has in the past produced the official Billboard Music awards DPA gift suite...

  • The 75th EMMY Awards dazzled this year with it's official Giving suite

    Preity Upala, Special to the Observer|Jan 15, 2024

    Los Angeles, January 14, 2024-The New Year kicked off with a bang with the Award season including this year's inclusion of the rescheduled EMMY Awards in January. The Backstage Creations, a veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting company, honored the 2024 EMMY Award Nominees by hosting the 75th EMMY Award Giving Suite on the 13th of January. Held at the J.W Marriot Hotel in Los Angeles, this year's guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. This Giving suite was held in partnership...

  • Sweet Lady Jane Closes Bakery on Montana Avenue, And It's Other Six Locations

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 8, 2024

    Sweet Lady Jane bakery closed all 7 of its locations on Sunday December 31, including it’s location at 17th Street and Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The chain issued a press release that said: "We did not come to this decision lightly nor quickly. While the support and loyalty of our customers has been strong, sales are not enough to continue doing business in the state of California, allowing us to service our lease obligations and pay our treasured employees a living wage without passing t...

  • Could a Common-Law Wife Collect Social Security Survivor Benefits?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 8, 2024

    Ask Rusty – Will My Friend's Fiancée be Entitled to a Survivor Benefit? Dear Rusty: I have a very good friend who has cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week. He is 71 years old and is currently receiving Social Security benefits. He has been living with his fiancée for a little more than 2 years, but they have been a couple for about 15 years and will be married in the next few weeks. She is 60 years old. I am naturally concerned about his, and her, future so my questions are: · What...

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    Spaghetti Sundays at The Georgian Room: Savoring Nostalgia

    Chanin Victor, Food, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica was recently renovated with meticulous attention to preserving its historic charm. It seamlessly blends classic architecture with contemporary luxury, creating a refined comfort. The hotel offers two dining options. The first is The Restaurant at The Georgian, spread across the lobby area with an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It also offers an indoor dining room and lobby bar area open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner....

  • Overcoming Online Holiday Merchandise Returns: E-commerce returns are the final act to close the holiday season

    The Counterfeit Report|Jan 4, 2024

    As the holiday season comes to a close, holiday shoppers and gift recipients are faced with the daunting task of returning merchandise for replacement, exchange, or a refund. Unlike the straightforward process at local retail stores, e-commerce returns present a unique challenge due to varying policies and practices across different platforms. While the return period is typically extended during the holidays, delaying returns can lead to encountering stricter policies and additional fees. It's...

  • Ten Pasta Dishes Worth a Drive in LA: Gnocchi Pomodoro at 1212 Santa Monica, Beef Pappardelle at Nerano Beverly Hills and more.

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Jan 4, 2024

    Cozy up this holiday season, dining solo or with family and friends, to indulge in a comforting bowl of pasta. These restaurants are worth the drive for a carb overload to satiate your cravings. Here are some of the most memorable bowls of noods we've devoured recently in Los Angeles. Gnocchi Pomodoro at 1212 Santa Monica A brand-new elevated menu arrives with Italian finesse thanks to new Chef Oliver Malmsten, a Roman born to Swedish parents, known for his culinary prowess as a competitor on...

  • Indulge in Luxury Healing at Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa

    Selena Hughes, Guest Post|Jan 1, 2024

    For those seeking the epitome of wellness, Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa stands as an unparalleled choice. Boasting 6 exclusive bedrooms at each location to ensure an undiluted focus on treatment, Carrara is a beacon of luxury and healing. Nestled in three prime locations Hollywood, Doheny Estates, and the Beach House on Carbon Beach-Carrara Treatment Wellness & Spa is not just a retreat; it's a comprehensive solution. The spa addresses concerns such as addiction, mental health issues,...

  • If My Wife Claims Now, Will It Hurt My Social Security Amount?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Jan 1, 2024

    Ask Rusty – If My Wife Claims Now, Will It Hurt My Social Security Amount? Dear Rusty: I am 69 years old, and my wife turned 70 early this year. I am still working full time. My wife is not working, but she got a letter from Social Security saying she should take her Social Security as soon as possible. My question is: since my wife has reached her full retirement age, can she take her SS without it affecting mine when I claim? I plan to work at least another year, depending on how the e...

  • Immersive Mediterranean Dining Experience at Mon Ami Santa Monica

    Chanin Victor, Lifestyle and Travel Editor|Dec 18, 2023

    Mon Ami, one of the many culinary sensations recently emerging in Santa Monica, is a testament to the city's evolving gastronomic landscape. Located on Ocean Avenue, across the street from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, you'd never know it was there. Walk past the Red O, down a romantic walkway and through a big wooden door to find this lush, vine-covered courtyard hideaway. It's truly a hidden gem, and only those in the know are aware that tucked away is a vibrant escape from the Santa Monica...

  • Collecting Ex-Spouse Social Security Benefits While Working Yourself

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Dec 18, 2023

    Ask Rusty – I'm 65 and Working; Can I Collect Ex-spouse Benefits? Dear Rusty: I turned 65 earlier this year, and I still work full time. I was divorced four years ago after 38 years of marriage, but my ex-husband has been collecting Social Security for at least 10 years now. Can I start collecting Social Security and still work full time? And can I collect my ex-husband's amount if it is more than mine (and what is the best way to achieve this)? When I went to my local SSA office, they said they...

  • Santa Monica College (SMC) is among Numerous Institutions Under Federal Investigation for Discrimination Against Jews on Campus

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 18, 2023

    December 15, 2023 - Dr. Sion Roy, the President of the Board of Trustees of Santa Monica College, announced in a Tweet that the institution was "among a number of schools being investigated by the US department of education for discrimination on campus." He claimed, "In our case this relates to SMC's Inter-Club Council's (ICC) action against Students Supporting Israel (SSI) in October." On October 19, the ICC, a student-run governing body, denied SSI, a pro-Israel group, the ability to register...

  • Roosevelt 5th Grader Runs a Yearly Craft Fair, Raises Funds For Westside Food Bank and a Local Animal Rescue Group

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2023

    Jack Baker, 11, helps provide 20,000 meals for the less fortunate. The Craft Fair has grown and he wants to include anyone who'd like to participate. So that more kids will know that they can make a difference, explains his mom. "We have a current 5th grade student who just raised 6000 for the Westside Food Bank," explains Jen Goldman, teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. "He runs a yearly craft fair that he works on year round. I thought it might be a story you'd like to run for the...

  • Everest Climbers Pass Numerous Bodies of Unsuccessful Hikers On Their Way to the Summit

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 13, 2023

    At 29002 feet tall, Everest is the world's tallest mountain. Oxygen must be carried up the path for most people to complete the trek, due to the thin air at the height of a commercial airline flight. For over twenty years, numerous mountaineers ascending Mount Everest have encountered "Green Boots," a deceased climber who lost his life near the summit in 1996. "Green Boots' body serves as a grim milestone for climbers, indicating their proximity to the summit.⁠ Despite ongoing uncertainty a...

  • Relax and Unwind this Season with Glen Ivy Hot Springs' Holiday Wellness Offerings

    Dec 13, 2023

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs is pleased to announce that new wellness offerings will be available throughout the holiday season. Give the gift of relaxation with exclusive spa packages, highly-anticipated gift card sales and seasonal spa bundles from Southern California's leading wellness destination. Glen Ivy Hot Springs is a wellness destination like no other, Glen Ivy Hot Springs lies sheltered across 14.5 lush acres in the Temescal Valley of Corona, California. Natural mineral spring water flows...

  • Claiming Social Security? You should start the process 3 months in advance

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Dec 11, 2023

    Ask Rusty – We're Planning to Claim at 62; What Do We Need to Know? Dear Rusty: My wife (born May 1962) and I (born April 1963) are retired and will soon be looking to start collecting our Social Security as we each hit 62. As this is new to us, I'm wondering what things we may need to be aware of or consider as we get closer to her 62 birthday in May. Any advice or information will be appreciated! Signed: Planning Ahead Dear Planning: If you and your wife are both retired from working and h...

  • SUGARFISH LA celebrates 15 years with 15 courses for 15 days

    Melissa Curtin, Guest Post|Dec 7, 2023

    Celebrate SUGARFISH's 15th anniversary with a special menu that runs for 15 days at all Los Angeles locations – from November 29 through December 13. The new menu features 15 bites, including new dishes and presentations never served, along with LA's beloved favorites. The Anniversary Menu will change daily, with no substitutions, but expect 2 orders of sashimi, 2 orders of nigiri sushi (2 pieces each), 2-3 different pieces of nigiri (Gunkan style), 3-4 pieces of nigiri sushi, sashimi & S...

  • What to do About Social Security if You Return to Work

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Dec 4, 2023

    Ask Rusty – I'm Returning to Work; What Should I Do About Social Security? Dear Rusty: I started collecting Social Security at age 62 earlier this year. I had an opportunity to partner in a new business this year that will allow me to earn about $200,000 in 2024. Because this is significantly above the allowed earnings when collecting early benefits, I need advice on how I handle this with the Social Security Administration. Am I supposed to call them and advise them of my change in income f...

  • Imagine a World Where Women's Blood Time is Celebrated

    Alita Arose, Special to the Observer|Nov 30, 2023

    Imagine a world where women look forward to having their periods. As the cramps begin to activate in their wombs, they know they are a day or a few hours from luxuriating in their femininity. During their week of bleeding, they are granted days of having nothing to do except nurture and care for their bodies, their souls. Nurturance might look like going for walks in nature, candle-lit baths, and blank canvases transforming into colorful, divine messes. In this world, women know their week of bl...

  • Shop Beautiful Antiques and Used Clothing at Lange Foundation Annual Sale - Help Rescue Animals

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Nov 30, 2023

    November 19, 2023 - The Lange Foundation Annual Sale, taking place at 2512 Santa Monica Boulevard through January 14, is a great place to get a bargain on a vintage gown, full set of china, or some amazing costume jewelry. The two levels of retail space are tastefully filled with all sorts of interesting items donated to help the Lange Foundation animal rescue, care, and placement. A leaded crystal vase sits on a coffee table adjacent to an as-if-new sofa. Lamps, a globe, and all sorts of...

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