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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.

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Reminder: Upcoming Silver Strand Art Group Tour: Monday, July 28, 2014

 The Silver Strand Art Group will visit the Getty Villa’s exhibition, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium, on Monday, July 28, 2014.

 Christopher Knight, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, gave this exhibition a rave review (April 18,2014):

   Think of Byzantium, and a color leaps to mind. That color is gold.

  The empire ruled from the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for a    thousand years between AD 324 and its final collapse in 1453. At the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, where a rare and stunning exhibition of Byzantine art recently opened, gold is everywhere.

  Byzantine art wrapped a linear style of powerful abstraction in gold. That’s beautifully encapsulated in the Getty Villa’s galleries, comprising what is reportedly the largest show of its kind ever to be seen in Los Angeles.

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To reserve a space for the tour, please contact Marilee Karlsen (see list of Block Captains in your June billing statement), or leave a comment below.

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Photos and report on the Northstar/Mast Mall and Adjacent Roma Court Bastille Day Celebration, Sunday, July 13, 2014

   Despite competition from the World Cup’s final competition, 40 people attended, including children, grandchildren, friends  and residents of other Malls, among them, Cindy Carlin, Eileen Nugent, Kris Ellenberg and her two daughters, Richard Lysle, a friend of Mark Walker’s from Voyage Mall, Harrison Starr’s cousins, Terry and John Scott and several others.  They contributed very good food, games for kids and music. Highlights in the food department were Jennifer Manoogian’s home-made lasagna and the Kronsbergs’ roast chicken. Jackie Rappaport provided chicken MacNuggets and confessed to eating too many of them before, and  on the way to, the party. Marilyn and Simeon Spiegel brought pizzas which were devoured.  New Mast Mall homeowner, Erica Murray, brought very delicious desserts. Mark Walker contributed a pinata which proved to be a real challenge for the kids. Jennifer and Dick Manoogian brought a Lakers bean bag toss, also popular with the kids. At the end of the party, Don Kronsberg and his son Damon were caught trying their hand at it too. Cindy Carlin brought a pitcher of her extraordinary Margaritas and Suzi Greenberg provided superb Mimosas. It was a perfect sunny day and the atmosphere was congenial and intimate with many staying throughout the event and after chatting away with each other.

IMG_2328Left to right: Harryot Best and Lynn Tobias from Northstar Mall. New Mast Mall homeowner, Erica Murray and Mast Mall homeowner, Block Captain and party co-host, Jennifer Manoogian.



Northstar co-Block Captain, Harryot Best and Northstar homeowner, Lynn Tobias

IMG_2331Cindy Carlin’s husband Jeff and their son Aric who will soon be going to graduate school.


Suzi Greenberg, Mast Mall homeowner and Latte, one of our most popular canine residents. Background: SSMHOA Board Member and Chair of the Block Captain Committee, Nora Nicosia sitting with Mast Mall homeowner, Brenda Kronsberg.


Beau Kronsberg, the newest Mast Mall canine resident, checking out the remains of the day. The sweetest of the sweet – he lives with Don and Brenda Kronsberg. What a love he is.


Northstar Block Captain, Mark L. Walker, supervises the pinata as the Tobias’ grandchildren make their first attempts to break it open. It proved devilishly hard to crack.

IMG_2339Dylan Spiegel, with his father Simeon, gets into the act with the Tobias’ grandchildren

With thanks to: Nora Nicosia, for coming up with the idea of the mini-Block parties and Cindy Carlin for overseeing them; to Jennifer, Dick and John Manoogian for doing a huge amount of heavy lifting in terms of set-up and break-down, tables, chairs, coolers, ice, bottled water, music, fabulous lasagna, plastic cutlery, crêpe paper, games and mini French flags; to Suzi and Michael Greenberg for helping with set-up and breakdown, and providing Mimosas, chairs, card table, paper plates, tablecloths and cups; to Don Kronsberg for lending chairs and card tables and help with decorations and set-up and break-down, along with son Damon and to Brenda Kronsberg for roast chicken; to Mast Mall homeowner, Harrison Starr for lending his cousin John Scott to help with the breakdown.  Thanks too to Sandy Gooch, SSMHOA Board Member and Chair of the Landscape Committee for putting Mast Mall in beautiful condition in preparation for the party. And finally, to all those who sacrificed watching the World Cup final in order to attend and contributed food and their wonderful selves.

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Silver Strand mini-Block Party Celebration of Bastille Day this coming Sunday, July 13, 2014, noon to 3pm

  Mast and Northstar Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes will host a Bastille Day celebration this coming Sunday, July 13 on Mast Mall from noon to 3pm. There will be good food and entertainment for kids. It’s a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. Residents from all the Malls and Roma Court, plus kids, grand kids, friends and pets are welcome.

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Silver Strand mini-Block party, a celebration of Bastille Day, is next Sunday, July 13, noon to 3pm

Hi Everyone,

Mast/Northstar Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes are hosting their annual mini-Block Party on Mast Mall, noon to 3pm, this coming Sunday, July 13, 2014.   Residents from other Malls and Roma Court homes are welcome. This is a potluck lunch event, so if you plan to come, please bring a dish to share. At this point, green salads or like, entrees and desserts would be most welcome. Look forward to seeing you there.

Flyer Bastille Day pages * blog

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A Beautiful Small Garden on the Silver Strand, July 2014

   John Conner’s beautiful garden, in front of his home on the Silver Strand next to the Ballona Lagoon path, is always a joy to behold and a tribute to what can be achieved in a small space. My favorites are his dahlias, roses and hydrangeas, but the garden changes dramatically with the seasons. Here is how it looked over the July 4th weekend. A dazzling array of brilliant colors. -1



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Summer in the City 2014: Marina del Rey-Beach Eats

Tired of cooking dinner? Come to Mothers Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, every Thursday from 5-9pm, and enjoy a variety of cuisines from the gourmet to the kid-friendly Food Trucks who assemble there. Prices are very reasonable. Parking is easy, and you can bring the family and pets and sit at tables overlooking the beautiful Marina del Rey Harbor.

Beach Eats

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Summer in the City: Concerts in Marina del Rey

Roberta Flack, Opera at the Shore and Bernadette Peters sound like fun. Also note that the Marina del Rey Water Bus and the Beach Shuttle are now in operation. MDR Concerts

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