The had a rebirth this weekend with a parade on the beach and after-parties at local Venice haunts.
Tuesday night will be with the finale of Neptune Festival—the summer solstice! The three bar/restaurants owned by Venetians Daniel Samakow and James Evan, , and , are keeping the party going with drink specials. Samakow was the force behind Saturday's celebration, and both are very active in the Venice community. Happy solstice! Happy summer!
Tuesday night also is the board meeting from 7-10 at Westminster Elementary School Auditorium. Leading the agenda is the regional impact of proposed LAX runway changes. The board will also vote on a motion to support the mayor's inclusion of line-item funding for the Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center, on the VNC Budget for 2011-2012, and on applicants for the vacant seat on the Land Use and Planning Committee. See the agenda online. 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (enter from Westminster).
Venice is the birthplace of skateboard culture, and there is a third event on Tuesday that will interest local skateboarders, even though it is downtown LA. Emerica's Wild in the Streets will feature professional skateboarders Andrew Reynolds, Brandon Westgate, Leo Romero and Kevin Long. More than 10,000 skateboarders will converge in downtown Los Angeles at 1 p.m. to benefit Boards for Bros, a group of skateboarders who collect and refurbish skateboards that are then distributed to children who cannot afford their own. This is part of the celebration of international “Go Skateboarding Day.” The 5-mile route starts at Hollenback Recreation Center, 415 South Saint Louis St., Los Angeles.
Of course, if you are a Venice High senior (or the parent, grandparent or even friend of one), the most important event this week is graduation! . Congratulations to the class of 2011!
(Stay tuned for our weekend preview on Thursday. Venice High is going to play an important role in this weekend's events!)