The Small Pleasures of Life in the Silver Strand, Marina del Rey, Ca

The Venice Farmers Market:

Time: Every Friday from 7am to 11am, excepting holidays

Location: Venice Boulevard between Dell and Ocean Avenue

Small boy. Giant Squash. Photo courtesy the Venice Market.

Smaller and easier to maneuver than the Santa Monica farmers markets, less commercial than the Mar Vista market (no food stands other than a coffee bar), and plenty of parking. You will find certified organic, freshly picked vegetables, humus,  fruits, nuts, flowers, fish, chicken, meat and baked goods (Rockenwagner has an outpost here). There’s a small area, really nothing more than a fair-sized patch of dirt with a tree planted in the middle of it, where parents and children congregate to play and chat. The atmosphere is charming and very neighborly.

The Lloyd Tabor Library, Marina del Rey:

4533 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 821-3415

Mon 11 – 7
Tue 11 – 8
Wed 11 – 8
Thu 11 – 8
Fri 12 – 6
Sat 10 – 5
Sun Closed

A quiet reading nook with a beautiful view

This is a reader’s library. It’s quiet(!) and has excellent librarians in place to help you with questions large and small. Sailor’s alert: it has a room devoted to all things nautical. There is also a charming children’s reading area. The general selection of books and DVDS on hand is wonderful, but the best thing is that you can order books from the complete holdings of the Los Angles County Library online and pick them up at Lloyd Tabor. You need a library card for this which you get by going there. They notify you by email when your books, DVDs, etc. have arrived. They will be held for you for two weeks and you can keep them for three weeks. They you an email 3 days in advance of the return date. If you are like a kid in a candy store when ordering online, keep in mind that your books, even best sellers, will arrive fairly quickly. Remember that your intellectual appetite may be greater than your reading speed. Click here to access the site:

The Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, Venice:

Location: Venice Boulevard between Dell and Ocean Blvd.

Sun Closed
Mon 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tue 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thu 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, Venice

This library provides access to the collection of the City of Los Angeles library. Founded in the 1920s, it is among the largest publicly funded collections in the world.  So, if you can’t get what you want at from the County via Lloyd Tabor, this is the place to go. It has a large room devoted to children’s reading materials.  Again to take out books or order on-line,  you need a library card, which you can pick up at the library.Click here to access the site:

Nearby Children’s Parks:

Mothers Beach:

Location: northern end of  Via Marina at Admiralty Way.

Gentle water for kids to swim in with a life-guard on duty during daytime. Cabanas and picnic tables. Good launch site for kayacking and windsurfing.  Easy parking.

Mothers Beach, Marina del Rey. Photo courtesy

Linnie Canal Playground:

Location: Venice Canals on Linnie

This is a small but very active playground for toddlers in the Venice Canals. Lots of happy kids and parents here. It’s right next to the duck preserve, which includes many mallards and geese, an added attraction. Best to go on week days as parking on the weekends is tough. Of course, you can easily bike or walk there from the Silver Strant at any time.

Glen Alla Park:

Location: Glencoe Avenue at Alla Road.

Glen Alla Park playground. Photo courtesy

This is a hidden gem. It’s a fairly large park, very popular with dog walkers (leashed, of course) and kids. It  has a recently opened, state of the art, children’s playground. A great place for a birthday party.

Parking is on the street, but plentiful


NEW!!! Food Trucks at Mothers Beach:

Beach Eats at Mothers Beach. Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors

Carol Baker of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors has just sent us  information about this new event scheduled to open this coming Thursday, July 26 at Mothers Beach. Different gourmet food trucks will arrive each Thursday between 5pm and 9pm with their offerings. Parking is available in the Mothers Beach parking lot for $1.00 an hour. The debut of the event will include Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Border Grill, Dosa, Nom Nom and Sprinkles.

Concerts at Burton Chace Park:

Location: At the western end of Mindanao Way

This park is, of course, our neighborhood treasure. A great place to exercise, walk your dog, have a picnic or barbecue and enjoy the best view of the Marina harbor.  It also offers a summer outdoor concert series. Bring a picnic, a blanket or beach chairs and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars.


Thursday, July 26 – Rich Capparela, narrator in Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Thursday, August 9 – Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano
Thursday, August 23 – Lindsay Deutsch, violin

Saturday, July 21 – Co-Headline, Shelby Lynne & Lisa Loeb
Saturday, August 4 – Arturo Sandoval
Saturday, August 18 – Ambrosia
Saturday, September 1 – Evelyn “Champagne” King

Concert Schedule and Admission Information
All concerts are free to the public. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., and generally last about two hours.

Public Parking
Public Lot #4 – 13500 Mindanao Way; one block from Chace Park
Public Lot #5 – 4545 Admiralty Way; three blocks from Chace Park
Dock 52 – 13501 Fiji Way; three blocks from Chace Park
Limited disabled parking is available in all public lots. Concert parking is not allowed in Waterside Shopping Center.


The Marina del Rey Waterbus.

In support of the four Thursday evening classical concerts, the Marina del Rey Summer  Water Bus operates from 5 p.m. – Midnight those evenings. It will also be operating as scheduled (11 a.m. – Midnight), for each Saturday performance. Silver Strand Residents can board the Water Bus at the Esprit I Apartment Complex on Marquesas Way and enjoy a boat ride to Burton Chace Park without enduring the parking hassle. The fare is $1 each way.

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