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2019 St. Patrick’s Day Events Santa Monica CA

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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Are you feeling the luck of the Irish this year? Check out these 2019 St. Patrick’s Day events in the Santa Monica-area! (more…)

2019 Valentine’s Day Events & Activities Santa Monica CA

Monday, January 21st, 2019
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Whether you’re in a committed relationship or you’re still single, these 2019 Valentine’s Day events and activities in the Santa Monica-area are sure to bring out your inner cupid! (more…)

Holiday Events, Downtown LA 2018

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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At Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we love to tell you about places you can take your new VW to have a good time. Read on to learn about the 2018 Christmas activities in Downtown LA guaranteed to show you and your new car a good time.

The Grove

For a Christmas celebration worthy of a West Hollywood Saturday night, try The Grove. This year’s winter Wonderland in LA happening now through Christmas Day 2018, includes a 100-foot Christmas tree, nightly snowfall at 7:00 and 8:00 PM and live entertainment. Pet lovers can drop by on December 11th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for pictures of your furry friend with Santa.

A Queen Mary Christmas

For a truly elegant Christmas experience that might make Beverly Hills shopping seem bland, venture down to the Queen Mary between now and January 6, 2019, for indoor ice skating, a holiday dinner show, and of course, pictures with Santa himself.

Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Magic Mountain is just a short drive from Culver City and well worth it to check out holiday in the park. This year they’ll have more than two million lights and seven uniquely themed areas perfect for the whole family. Drop by daily from December 15 through 30th 2008 for live caroling and holiday-themed acrobatics.

Snow Wonder

On December 8th Burton chase park in Marina del Rey transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland. Stop by from noon to 6 PM for tons of real snow, alive DJ, food, arts and crafts, and so much more. Entry is free with food purchase.

Grinchmas

Venture in from Brentwood to grab a picture with the Grinch himself and feel your heart grow three sizes too! Enjoy the Whoville carolers, catch the lighting of the splendid Whoville Christmas tree, and relax and let Cindy Lou Who lull you into the holiday spirit with story time.

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These wonderful activities are only the beginning of Santa Monica’s offerings. Check out our other city pages to see what attractions there are for visitors our favorite Santa Monica beach restaurants and the best places to take Fido for a run and socializing.

The Environmental Media Association

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Whether you live in West Hollywood or you make your home in Culver City, you and your family rely on your environment to provide the food, water, and air that keeps you healthy, whole, and safe. That’s why we support the Environmental Media Association and all they do to help keep our world green.

Who Is the EMA?

The Environmental Media Association in Beverly Hills, CA is one of a handful of Los Angeles non-profits whose focus is on protecting the environment. The EMA is made up of entertainment personalities, green icons, entrepreneurs, and technology icons, each devoted to spreading the message of environmental protection and the importance of living a more sustainable lifestyle.

What Does the EMA Do?

Like all sustainable non-profits, EMA spends a portion of their time raising funds for their many programs, some of which include:

  • Green My School: EMA garden program aims to teach children about the importance of organic gardening and helping to bring community gardens to schools across the country. These gardens not only provide an essential teaching tool, but they also give the children access to fresh fruits and vegetable as well.
  • EMA Green Seal: The EMA Green Seal program honors sustainable production and those companies ready to go the extra mile to ensure their productions help, rather than harm the environment.
  • Impact Summit: EMA brings together corporations, scientists, influencers, start-ups, and public personalities to brainstorm new ways to bring innovative solutions to environmental problems to the public.
  • Messaging: EMA uses the latest messaging platforms, including social media, podcasts, and PSAs to connect with the public and drive home the message of sustainability and spread the message that our efforts are having a positive impact.

Since the Environmental Media Association was founded in 1989, their message of hope and help has reached millions worldwide. And, with more high-profile faces joining the cause every day, they will continue to be a major influence on environmental issues for decades to come.

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To learn more about the Environmental Media Association, and to learn how you can help, visit them here. When you’re done, visit our other city pages to learn more about life in LA and the activities available from Brentwood to Marina del Rey. Our latest pages cover the best dog parks in LA, our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, and attractions and activities to keep you active year-round.

2018 Christmas Events and Activities Santa Monica CA

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Celebrate the holiday season at any of these 2018 Christmas events and activities in the Santa Monica-area! (more…)

2018 Thanksgiving Food Pantries and Food Banks near Santa Monica CA

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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Most of us can enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family on Thanksgiving, but some people are not as fortunate. Give someone the gift of a meal and donate to one of these food pantries or food banks in the Santa Monica-area. (more…)

Heal the Bay

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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At Volkswagen Santa Monica, we’re well aware of the ecological importance and natural beauty of our waters. That’s why we’re proud to work with organizations like Heal the Bay, to help protect, restore, and maintain our coastal waters, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Learn about Heal the Bay here at Volkswagen Santa Monica, an LA Car Guy Dealership.

What is Heal the Bay?

Heal the Bay is one of Los Angeles’ most active nonprofits, dedicated to the protection of the region’s water assets. Heal the Bay protects the region’s water assets by fighting for stricter, more effective environmental protections and by educating the public on the benefits of using water resources wisely. Heal the Bay’s current projects include:

  • Advocating for Water Recycling. By processing and recycling wastewater, cities can reduce their ecological footprint.
  • Monitoring Water Quality. Heal the Bay monitors 450 Santa Monica-area beaches each week, testing for the presence of bacteria that could be harmful to human life or sea life.
  • Empowering Communities. By teaching communities about the importance of local watersheds and campaigning for sensible restoration of damaged habitats, Heal the Bay aims to empower the people of greater Los Angeles.
  • Beach Clean Up. Heal the Bay has helped remove more than 2 million pounds of waste from local beaches.

With these and other projects, Heal the Bay seeks to make real change and help keep local Los Angeles beaches safe for people and wildlife.

How Can You Help Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is a remarkable organization, but they can’t do it alone. In order to keep projects going, they need help from volunteers like you. Some of the ways you can help with their mission include:

  • Organize. Helping to organize or participate in cleanup projects can keep tons of trash out of the water and off the beach.
  • Donate. 81 cents of every dollar donated to heal the bay goes to pay for programs that help to spread the word and build a cleaner L.A.
  • Speak. Whether you live in West Hollywood or in Brentwood, you can still spread the word by speaking to friends, sharing on social media, and passing the word.

Give Back to Santa Monica by Joining Heal the Bay

If you love Santa Monica as much as we do, you can help by donating your time and energy to organizations like Heal the Bay. If you need more inspiration, or you just want to explore the Los Angeles area, check out our other city guides and find the dog parks, Santa Monica Beach restaurants, and attractions we all love. Further questions about how to help? Contact us today!

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Best Brunch in West Hollywood

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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If you’re ready to show off your new Volkswagen, but don’t think shopping in Beverly Hills is quite the ticket, how about a relaxing brunch in West Hollywood? Below are our top picks. Check them out and let us know which ones make your list this weekend.

Otus Thai

With some of the best Thai food you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Otus Thai might not even be on your radar for brunch, but it should be. Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m., Otus serves up a unique fusion of foods with favorites like Thai-style omelet rice bowls, roti bread with fried eggs, rice porridge — and for the traditionalists — pancakes and waffles.

Location: 1253 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 969-8611

Gracias Madre

Take a little trip towards Brentwood and treat yourself to a unique meatless Mexican restaurant which serves a variety of plant-based favorites in a warm, open atmosphere perfect for people watching. Choose from sweet brunch favorites like the Plantain French Toast or go spicy with the Chimichanga — it’s all good at Gracias Madre.

Location: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 978-2170

Kings Road Café

If you don’t fancy a trip to Culver City for an intimate brunch spot, then Kings Road Café is worth a look. They offer some of the best coffee in the city, as well as a solid selection of breakfast favorites like the chorizo omelet, blueberry French toast, and avocado toast.

Location: 8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (323) 655-9044

Breakfast by Salt’s Cure

Called one of the most affordable breakfast joints in the city, Breakfast by Salt Cure might be one of the most popular, too. The West Hollywood location serves only a limited breakfast-only menu, but for $10 you can get a hearty plate of oatmeal griddle cakes, so it’s hard to complain.

Location: 7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 848-4879

The Fat Dog Fairfax

While mostly known as a drink and light meal place, The Fat Dog Fairfax offers a lot of hearty weekend options like short rib hash, breakfast pizza, vegetable frittata, and more. It almost makes rolling out of bed before noon worth it.

Location: 801 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles CA

Contact: (323) 951-0030

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Let us know what you think of our picks in the comments section below and, while you’re at it, check out our other city guides to find the best hiking spots near Los Angeles and things to do in Santa Monica to make your lazy day complete.

2018 Halloween and Trick-or-Treating Events Santa Monica CA

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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Have a scary good time at these 2018 Halloween and trick-or-treating events in Santa Monica! (more…)

What’s going on in Santa Monica CA during September 2018?

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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Are you wondering what’s going on in Santa Monica during September 2018? Check out these events and activities! (more…)