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November 17th, 2015

Never Quit Quitting: The Great American Smokeout Comes to Marina del Rey, November 19th


It may have looked pretty cool back in 1955 when James Dean was lighting up in “Rebel Without a Cause,” but in 2015, we know a lot better than to think inhaling nasty tar and nicotine into our bodies is anything but gross. We live in Marina del Rey afterall, the land of the healthy lifestyle! So smoking is just not part of our regular routine… at least for most of us. Yes, it’s a sad fact, but there are still some people out there who smoke— and because we adore all of our neighbors, we want to motivate those lingering smokers to quit that unhealthy habit for good.

That’s why we want to remind anyone with a pack of smokes in their pocket to get geared up for the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout®, this Thursday, November 19th — because you can stop smoking! Think about it, you won’t smell like an ashtray anymore, your sense of smell will be so much better, you can go to Mother’s Beach without nicotine cravings ruining your good time, you can bike up Marvin Braude Bike Trail without getting all out of breath — you can live that healthy Marina del Rey lifestyle that we all know and love. Sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?

So mark your calendar for Thursday and finally make it happen! You’ll be so glad you did.


If you need some extra motivation, here are some facts to think about:


1. Amazing Stuff Happens When You Quit

Within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within 12 hours of quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. After 72 hours of no smoking, the nicotine is totally out of your body. Between two weeks and nine months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function improves. After one year, your risk of suffering coronary heart disease is cut in half. After five years, your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker. Amazing, right?


2. Smoking Costs You

Californians who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day are spending about $2,555 a year on their habit. Isn’t there something way better you could be doing with that cash? 


3. Smoking Is Deadly

Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to smoking.


4. Millions Live with Smoke-Related Illnesses

8.6 million people live with serious illnesses that are caused by smoking.


5. Smoking and Lung Cancer Go Hand-in-Hand

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and smoking is responsible for approximately 87% of those lung cancer deaths.


For help and support, check out the California Smokers’ Helpline or call 1-800-No-Butts.

Are you participating in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday? If you are, we’re rooting for you!



November 10th, 2015


Flag Beach Umbrella

When you’re immersed in the Marina del Rey way of life, it’s super easy to forget the rest of the world and just chill at Mother’s Beach, indulge in a harbor side dinner, and bike around town all carefree and happy as can be. And who can blame us? That’s what you’re supposed to do in the Marina. But tomorrow, November 11th, is Veterans Day — and that’s the day we take a step back, look at how lucky we are to have this amazing town (and nation) to call home, and honor our brave U.S. Veterans who sacrificed so much to keep us safe, happy and free.

So what’s going on in and around Marina del Rey that will give you the opportunity to show your appreciation to a veteran? Aside from saying a simple “thank you,” we have some other great options right here. And for our veterans and active duty military personnel — you’ll also find some awesome deals available just for you.


To show their support, there are a number of dining spots around town that are offering special deals to military veterans and active duty military tomorrow. If you’re interested, check these out:

Killer Shrimp
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
OFFER: Free Veterans Day Meal in the Killer Café. Bring military ID or be in uniform to take advantage.

California Pizza Kitchen
13345 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
OFFER: Special dine-in only Veterans Day Menu offering a choice of free pizza, full size salad or pasta. Bring military ID or be in uniform to take advantage.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
2901 Ocean Park Blvd. #107, Santa Monica
OFFER: One free 6 oz. frozen yogurt to veterans or active duty military with military ID.

4070 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey
OFFER: Free Red, White & Blue Pancakes from 7 am to 7 pm. Bring military ID or be in uniform to take advantage.



It may take a little traffic-tolerance, but if you’re interested in going to a Veterans Day event, here are two notable ceremonies that are definitely worth some bumper-to-bumper.

Forest Lawn 56th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony & Job Fair
6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA

The 56th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony & Job Fair is a monumental Veterans Day event that always attracts a huge number of guests. The action starts at 11 am and you can expect lots of music, military displays, free souvenirs and the Golden Stars Skydiving Team showing what they can do. There will also be a job fair for veterans starting at noon, which will feature employers and other local organizations.

Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial
309 The Esplanade, Redondo Beach

The Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial project will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony and barbecue at 1 pm tomorrow at 309 The Esplanade in South Bay. This event is always filled with emotion, bringing out a lot of veterans from all over the area. For more information, you can contact Herb Masi at 310-993-4637.



Care Packages

While banks and post offices will be closed tomorrow, most of us don’t get the day off of work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still show our support! There are a lot of military-oriented programs online that welcome donations — and we’ve made it easy by outlining some of the best options out there. Take a look.

Donate Frequent Flyer Miles

The Fisher House Foundation supports military families, and has a program called Hero Miles. The concept is great: You donate your frequent flyer miles (Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, American, and Frontier airlines are all partners) to help deliver airline tickets to injured and ill military service members and their families. Pretty swell way to make use of those extra miles.

Send A Care Package To Troops

Operation Gratitude has some amazing programs and the Care Package Delivery is one of the best. The packages contain entertainment items, food and toiletries, and personal letters of appreciation for their service — it may not seem like a lot, but it really does lift the spirits of our troops and new recruits who are missing the comforts of home. Operation Gratitude has already sent over 1 million packages, and you can be a part of continuing that work by sponsoring care package shipments. Donate anywhere from $15 for a single care package all the way to $2,625 for a group of 175 new recruits. When you sponsor, each box will include a card with your name on it.

Recycle Your Old Devices

Most of us upgrade our cell phones every couple of years, and GRC Wireless’s Operation Recycle gives you the opportunity to recycle your old phone for free, while benefiting Operation Gratitude. Just recycle your cell, smart phone, iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Blackberry through this GRS Wireless program, and they donate $300 to Operation Gratitude for each device. Where does the money go? To those awesome care packages we mentioned above!

Donate To The Purple Heart Foundation

Help veterans by donating to the Purple Heart Foundation, an organization that helps our returning heroes make a smooth transition back to civilian life. You can choose any amount you can afford, and your support will help veterans and their families with VA services and assistance-programs for Service Dogs, Post Traumatic Stress, Scholarships and more. 

How do you plan to spend your Veterans Day tomorrow? Let us know.


November 3rd, 2015



Image source: National Peanut Board

November in Marina del Rey is filled with the best elements of a California autumn— the perfect temps, the perfect coastal setting, and peanut butter… lots and lots of peanut butter. Wait? Peanut Butter, you ask? Yes! Because November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and we think it’s high time we celebrate this spectacular holiday like only Marina del Rey people can. One great way to celebrate is to go to The Cheesecake Factory on Via Marina and indulge in the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, or get crazy at Jamba Juice and order the Peanut Butter Moo’d® Smoothie…so sinful and good. Of course, if you want to scale down on the naughty factor, you could also just chomp down on a peanut butter granola bar before heading to your Boot Camp workout — not as decadent as as the other two foodie suggestions, but still a solid choice for the holiday.

Now if you want to forget the calorie overload all together and go the cerebral route for the festivities, we can help you out there, as well. Just memorize our super handy Peanut Butter fun facts! Then you can invite some pals to picnic at Burton Chace Park and dazzle with your superior peanut knowledge (while feasting on PB&Js, of course). See how inspiring Peanut Butter Lovers month can be?

Ready? Take a look at our 8 Fun Facts and tell us you won’t be bursting at the seams to share your peanut proficiency.