Friday, May 6, 2011

Art + Environment = Santa Monica Festival this Saturday!


Celebrate The Festival’s 20th Anniversary Saturday May 7th
SANTA MONICA, CA (APRIL 10, 2011) – Commemorating its twentieth year, the Santa Monica Festival has evolved into a celebration of the unique intersection of art and the environment.  On Saturday May 7th, 2011 from 11am – 6pm, festival-goers can celebrate Mother Earth and all moms this Mother’s Day weekend with an eclectic mix of live music and dance, DIY art workshops utilizing recycled and repurposed materials, guilt-free shopping from vendors featuring earth-friendly artistic wares and local resources offered by a variety of City and local non-profit organizations.

Fresh and local foods will be in abundance from an assortment of food trucks, including Mexican, Indian and Asian cuisines as well as a variety of desserts. Cooking demonstrations will be offered throughout the day by chefs and farmers that have been paired by Laura Avery of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Attendees will have an opportunity to take part in a community flash mob, brought to you by Dance Attack and led by Ryan Heffington.  An array of environmental organizations will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and tips about living sustainably.

“The festival embodies both the pulsating energy and compassion that the City of Santa Monica has always emitted, but with a new twist!” says Katie Bergin, Executive Director of Community Arts Resources, the Festival’s producer. Allison Ostrovsky, Cultural Affairs Supervisor for the City of Santa Monica says, “The City is excited to be reimagining this community jewel presenting the 20th anniversary festival.”

The City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) present the Santa Monica Festival.  Cultural Affairs supports the arts, culture and the creative economy in Santa Monica. OSE is charged with protecting the environment and safeguarding the public health to create a more sustainable future.  Festival producer, Community Arts Resources (CARS) designs, installs and oversees a myriad of cultural events and has been dubbed by the New York Times as "Los Angeles' preeminent festival producer".  The festival is sponsored by Chobani Greek Yogurt, SOYJOY, Numi Organic Tea and Wyndham Vacation Resorts.

The Santa Monica Festival is a solar-powered, near zero-waste event.  The festival is free and open to all ages. The event is held at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., between Cloverfield Blvd. and 28th Street.  Free and ample parking is available but attendees are encouraged to take public transportation, walk or bike. Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Line 8 serves Clover Park. This year’s festivities include a free and safe Bike Valet located at 25th Street south of Ocean Park Blvd.  Clover Park is wheelchair accessible. For more information please visit

Welcome from Master of Ceremonies: KCRW’s Garth Trinidad

11:30 – 12:15
Surprise Guest Artists!
Check the festival website on April 16 for the announcement of this group.

City of Santa Monica Welcome and Community Heroes Awards
Presented by the City of Santa Monica City Council and the Santa Monica Bay Human Relations

12:30 – 12:45
Dance Attack
See the explosive culmination of choreographer Ryan Heffington and The Sweat Spot Dancers
community workshop at the Santa Monica Festival. Join in the fun by learning dance moves at 11:15am and 3pm on the Basketball Court.

1:30 – 2:15
The Americans
This Los Angeles-based band performs original rock & roll filtered through the prism of traditional rockabilly rooted in rural blues, early country and Appalachian folk music.

3:00 – 3:45
AK & Her Kalashnikovs
Journey to parts both familiar and unknown as this 8-piece ensemble blends their special mix of
Spanish passion, Greek tragedy, Russian schmaltz, Serbian sass and Roma soul.

4:15 – 4:30
Dance Attack

5:00 – 6:00
Surprise Guest Artists!
Check the festival website on April 30 for the announcement of this group.


Work off those calories from the food trucks by boxing and dancing your way to fitness with instructors from the Police Activities League (PAL), Crest, and Santa Monica Community Classes.
11:00 Yoga for Kids with Yogi Beans
11:30 Boxing with Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)
12:30 Belly Dancing performance and workshop with Dancing Rahana
1:00 Strength and Agility with Kermit Canon
1:15 Hip Hop with Tatiana Zamir
2:00 Zumba with Maria Olivera
3:15 Karate with Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)
4:00 Freeze Dance with Maria Olivera


Ever wanted to be a part of a flash mob? Here's your chance! The Sweat Spot Dance Space and choreographer Ryan Heffington teach you moves that you’ll perform on stage with hundreds of your
new best friends. Break out your favorite dance attire and be ready to move, sweat, laugh, and dance
your heart out!
11:15 and 3:00 Learn Choreography on the Basketball Court
12:30 and 4:15 Perform Dance Attack on the Ocean Stage


Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day, by chefs and farmers that have been paired by moderator, Laura Avery of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. They will work together to select what is in season now and share cooking tips and recipes.
11:00 Napa Valley Grill Executive Sous Chef Oscar Bendeck and farmer Barbara Spencer
from Windrose Farm in Paso Robles.
12:30 Locanda del Lago Executive Chef Walter El Magar and Alex Weiser of Weiser Family
2:00 Josie owner/executive chef Josie LeBalch and farmer Gloria Tamai from Oxnard.


Border Grill – modern Mexican fare
Coolhaus – architecturally inspired ice cream sandwiches
Crepe’n Around – sweet and savory crepes
Gastrobus – farmers market driven menu featuring fresh organic produce, meats and dairy
India Jones – Indian snacks and more
Let’s be Frank - 100% local, grass fed beef haute dogs + veggie dogs
– Asian comfort-foodSweets Truck – LA’s best baked goods and espresso
Yalla – Traditional falafel sandwiches with nontraditional ingredients.


Sign a pledge at the Office of Sustainability and the Environment booth to remember to
BRING YOUR BAG when shopping in Santa Monica and receive a handcrafted bag created by Los Angeles Veterans. Embellish your new bag with a little help from Rosie’s Girls. Afterwards, let Snap Yourself! document your experience for a photo collage on display throughout the day. To find out more about the program go to


Learn about using repurposed and recycled materials with leading artists and arts organizations from Santa Monica and beyond.

Japanese Bookbinding with Erin Zamrzla
Local bookbinder, Erin Zamrzla will teach the basic techniques of Japanese stab binding. Make
your own book from recycled papers.

Spin-Pop with Joe Dillon and 18th Street Arts Center
Spin-pop is Joe Dillon’s carnival-inspired, interactive, wheelchair powered painting technique.
Assist in creating these dynamic and expressive abstract artworks made exclusively from
recycled materials.

Bloom Again!
Join reDiscover and The Urban Craft Center in transforming plastic bags into beautiful


Ride your bike to the Santa Monica Festival! Valet park it, learn how to fix it, get a license, hone your riding skills, learn about bike safety and join in a cycling themed art workshop.

City of Santa Monica Bike Valet
Have your bike parked for free on 25th St. at Ocean Park Blvd.

Learn do-it-yourself bicycle repair, maintenance advice and safe riding tips.
City of Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Bike Learning Area
Practice defensive driving techniques, slaloming and how to ride safely in the street.

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Ticket to Ride
Track your trek by filling in a scrap book preloaded with inspiring bike quotes, illustrations,
cycling tips and rules of the road.

Bike Exhibition with Santa Monica Spoke
This bike advocacy organization wants to make streets safe and comfortable for everyone. With
over 30 bikes on view, they will showcase the adaptability of bikes and how they can enhance
your lifestyle and keep you healthy.


Indulge Mom with a gift this Mother’s Day from one of the many top independent artists and vendors: Adornments | Bedford Falls Headwear | Ecousable | Erin Zamrzla & Ben Schlitter | Emily
Tyrie & Tatiana | Fabian Lewkowicz Photography | Hawaiian Art House | Jackopatomus | Lisa Ann
Sparks | Kamu Kamu | mysoul design | Rio to Babylon | Smart Art with a Heart | Soaptopia | Wick’d
Bean Candles | World Crafts


Explore environmentally smart solutions to daily living: Heal the Bay | LA Metro | Latino Resources
Organization | Sustainable Works | TreePeople | City of Santa Monica’s: Big Blue Bus| Household
Hazardous Waste | Office of Sustainability and the Environment | Resource Recovery & Recycling |
Solar Santa Monica | Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force | Water Conservation | Water Quality |
Water Resources Protection


Meet the people committed to making Santa Monica shine: All About Water/PS#1 School | The
Broad Stage | Buy Local Santa Monica | Community Corporation of SM | Connections for Children |
Friends of Sunset Park |Ocean Park Community Center | Pico Improvement Organization | Pier
Restoration Corp | SM Conservancy | SM Convention and Visitors Bureau | SM Playhouse | SM Red
Cross | WISE Connection | City of Santa Monica’s: Architecture Services Division | Civil Engineering
Division | Commission for the Senior Community| Community and Cultural Services | Fire Department |
Human Resources | Information Systems Department | SM Public Library | Planning & Community
Development | Police Department | Rent Control Board | Social Services Commission


Ivy said...

Wish I could be there :) Have fun.

Elra's cooking and baking said...

How wonderful Anna. SSuch a fun event, shouldn't be missed. Unfortunately, I live too far :(