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Creating a Xeriscape Garden

By Michael Apelian

Dr. Eric Schmitter, a retired orthopedic surgeon, realized that our drought was persisting and he wanted to do his part to conserve water. The city of Santa Monica encourages (with rebates by the square foot) residents to replace the grass in common residential parkways with drought tolerant plants. Continued here...

Love, Your Valentine: A History

By Miceala Shocklee

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love, lore, and long-reaching history. The modern-day celebration is rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held from February 13 to 15 each year. Continued here...


Police Tape and Turpentine: The Emerging Art of George Centeno

By Miceala Shocklee

George Centeno entered the world with an artist’s beginning. George’s mother, a Los Angeles resident, traveled back to the home of her own mother in New Mexico in order to give birth to George. Continued here...

Scotland: A Whirlwind Wintertime

By Miceala Shocklee

After seven years in Los Angeles, I thought I remembered what winter was like from my 18 years of experience with it while growing up in Missouri. As Scotland has since shown me, I did not. Continued here...


Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica

Each year the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica honor members who have been recognized during the year for going above and beyond the call of duty as a representative of the club. They have shown incredible leadership, character, promoted healthy lifestyles, and achieved academic success. All are winners, but one member is selected as Youth of the Year at a dinner held in January with friends and family members in attendance. Shown above from left, the finalists Jonathan Flores, Lesli Lopez, Eryn Mitchell, Tiffany Minnie, and Damien Vega. Congratulations to Jonathan Flores, who was selected as the Youth of the Year.








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