Welcome to The Silver Strand News, Marina del Rey, CA

Welcome to The Silver Strand News. We hope to keep all those who live in the Silver Strand in Marina del Rey, California, as well as those who simply appreciate the beauty of this area, up to date on neighborhood news and to encourage communication between those who interested in the area. You can sign up for an email subscription by entering your email address in the box on the upper right. You then will receive an email from  wordpress.com, our web host, asking you to confirm your subscription by clicking on “Confirm Follow.” Without this confirmation your subscription will not be activated.The Silver Strand News is an independent news source and all posts represent the opinion of the author.

Please click on the Heading “Calendar of Upcoming Events” for up-to-date information on items of interest to residents.

Sandra Starr (Author, Publisher and Editor)

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Happy Easter 2014 From Borrego Springs, California

The Silver Strand News is on vacation in Borrego Springs, California, a very beautiful place, population 3500 and sited in the middle of the largest state park in America. It’s about a 3 and half hour drive from L.A. Despite its small size, Borrego Springs has terrific places to stay, i.e. the Casa del Zorro, the Palms at Indian Head and many others. It also has  several fine restaurants, including the Butterfield Room at the Casa del Zorro, the Rams Hill restaurant, the Crazy Coyote and El Borrego, ranging from the fancy to just plain really good. It also has a couple of good golf courses open to the public. Borrego Springs is one of the four communities in the world designated as a “Dark Sky” participant. So the major night-life attraction here involves looking at the stars in unpolluted skies. Another great attraction is the annual wild flower display, although due to lack of rain in the last few years, this is much diminished. The flowers are still there, but you have to get out of your car and hike in to see them. Borrego Srings  also has some remarkable architecture including homes designed by Clifford May and Henry Hester. There is no traffic here and no stop lights. Do I sound like the Chamber of Commerce?  Actually not. We’ve being coming down here since 1970.  It offers peace, tranquility and silence, the greatest luxuries of the 21st Century.


Borrego Springs Easter Bunny


Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs, California


Saint Richard’s Catholic Church, Borrego Springs, California


Night Sky in Borrego Springs. Courtesy Anza Borrego Foundation



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Upcoming Silver Strand Art Tour of Mike Kelley at MOCA/Geffen, May 15, 2014. Not To Be Missed!

Art Tour Again

Text Portion Art Tour

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Free Trees to be given away at the Venice Farmer’s Market, Friday April 18, 2014, 7:30- 11am

Venice Neighborhood Council Press Release
Venice Neighborhood Council Invites Million Trees Los Angeles to The Venice Farmers’ Market For Earth Day

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: environment@venicenc.org

Venice, CA, April 17, 2014 — Free of charge, and taking place this Friday, April 18, 2014 the Venice Neighborhood Council will be onsite at the Venice Farmers’ Market at the VNC booth giving out 50 fruit trees and 50 regular trees provided by Million Trees Los Angeles, 7:30A.M. – 11:00 A.M., 500 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.

This tree give-away has been initiated by the Venice Neighborhood Council, and its Environmental Committee. Million Trees Los Angeles will be providing the trees and trees will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

Million Trees Los Angeles is a public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles, local non-profit organizations, community groups, residents and businesses. MTLA’s mission is to improve Los Angeles’ urban forest and leave a living legacy for future generations of Angelenos.

MTLA is a unique hybrid organization under LA’s Board of Public Works with a non-profit 501(c)3 arm and foundation through Community Partners.

It’s your Venice. Get involved. http://www.venicenc.org

What: Tree Give-Away at Venice Farmer’s Market

Where: Venice Farmers’ Market, 500 N Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.

When: 7:30AM-11:00A

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Chag Sameach! Happy Passover.

Originally posted on The Silver Strand News:

Passover Full Moon

Happy Passover from Borrego Springs, California

Traditionally, Passover occurs on the night of a full moon after the Vernal Equinox.

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21st Venice, California Garden Tour Saturday, May 3, 2014

About the Tour

Annual Venice Garden and Home Tour

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(rain or shine!)
Start Location: Neighborhood Youth Association
1016 Pleasant View Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
(between Broadway and California, 1 block west of Lincoln Blvd)
Parking: Free on-street parking is available. Free shuttle vans are also available along the route.
Tickets: To purchase tickets, refer to our ticket information (tickets are non-refundable).
More Information: Visit the FAQ, where you can find answers to many common questions about what to do and what to expect on tour day.

If you still have any questions, please refer to our contact information.

This Year’s Tour: Iconic Venice Walk Streets

The 2014 Venice Garden and Home Tour features 30 gardens and homes in the secluded, charming Walk Streets east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the beach Walk Street neighborhood adjacent to the colorfully chaotic Venice boardwalk. Fantasy is alive and well in Venice, and Abbot Kinney’s 1904 vision of a Venice-of-America, a Coney Island at the Pacific Ocean resonates today.

The inland Walk Streets half a mile east of the ocean are quiet, peaceful oases in the midst of the congested city where homes face each other across the paths. Restored bungalows sit next to contemporary designs, roses bloom near spare, drought tolerant pocket gardens, dogs bark back and forth, cats slip in and out of fences, and neighbors quietly chat in gardens over morning coffee. Tour-goes will see the startling transformation of a 1920s bungalow into a California Modern with a spacious vegetable garden. There is also an architect’s three-story light-filled solution to creating a comfortable family home with only a 600 square foot imprint. There are updated Craftsman and beach cottages whose homeowners respect the past, along with slick new homes designed by acclaimed local architects.

The Ocean Front Walk Streets, where Abbot Kinney once lived, are steps from the gritty, gorgeous playground by the sea that is Venice Beach. Among the many intriguing homes is a large corrugated steel barn-like building designed by Arata Isoaki and once owned by Eric Clapton. Another fascinating home evokes a custom art deco yacht and features a stunning loft with a second-story lap pool.

The tour includes the work by innovative architects Tom Carson, Rios Clementi Hale, Koenig Eisenberg, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Arata Isoaki and Doug Pierson; designers Youn Choi and Jae Omar; plus landscape designers Jay Griffith, Rios Clementi Hale and Di Zock. The studios of Sandy Bleifer, Jean Edelstein, Helen K. Garber and The Garlow Studio will be open and are representative of the creative work generated in this mecca of art and creativity.

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Second Silver Strand Emergency Preparedness Meeting, Saturday, April 19, 2014


Bill Boyd and Emergency Pack

Bill Boyd and Emergency Pack

Topsail, Spinnaker, Reef Malls

and adjacent Roma Court

 Learn how to prepare and protect yourself and your loved ones in an earthquake or other emergency.

 Listen to Bill Boyd (Certified Community Emergency Response Team Member) give us valuable information which could be life saving, learn and share!

 When: Saturday April 19th 10:30-11:30a.m.

Where: 134 Spinnaker Mall

 For further information contact Nora Nicosia or leave a comment below

 According to David Eisenman, “We know best what happens during a disaster by looking at what others have experienced in these catastrophic events. It has been proven that neighbors do help neighbors.”



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2014 Silver Strand mini-Block Parties kick off on Sunday, May 4 with a Cinco de Mayo celebration

 The first series of Silver Strand mini-Block parties was held last year.  They were so successful that they are being repeated this summer and threaten to become an annual tradition. Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Board Member and Chair of the Block Captain Committee initiated the events in 2013 as a way for neighbors to get to know each other in a more intimate setting. These smaller parties, hosted by Block Captains, lead up to the large annual Silver Strand Block Party held in September. Block Captain Cindy Carlin, Chair of the ad hoc SSMHOA mini-Block Party Committee has overseen the organization of these events since their inception last year.

Iphoto of flyer

Block Captain Cindy Carlin, is hosting the Cinco de Mayo event along with fellow Block Captains Eileen Nugent, Penny Akashi, Beth Holden-Garland and Ann Murpha. Everyone on the Silver Strand Malls and Roma Court is invited, the only condition is that the event is a pot luck and you need to bring a dish to share and RSVP per the announcement above.

Last Year's Cinco de Mayo Party

Last Year’s Silver Strand  Cinco de Mayo Party

Note: Save these Dates:

The schedule of this summer’s the mini-Block parties so far  is as follows. Further details will be announced in the blog.

June 1, 2014: Spinnaker and Topsail Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes

June 21, 2014: Quarterdeck and Reef Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes

July 13, 2014: Mast and Northstar Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes


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