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April 19th, 2017

MAKE THE MOST OF EARTH DAY — THIS SATURDAY IN & AROUND MARINA DEL REY

Earth Day 2017 is coming up this Saturday, April 22nd, and with all of the natural beauty surrounding Marina del Rey, it’s one day of observance we can all appreciate. Since the very first Earth Day 47 years ago, the world has changed a lot, but the basic rules for protecting our environment remain the same — stop pollution, don’t litter, keep our water and air clean, conserve resources, recycle, be mindful of wildlife. This is what it’s all about! And Saturday is the day we unite in our dedication to make all of those things a priority. Keep reading, because we’re sharing some of the awesome events going on within a few miles of the Marina to help you celebrate, plus a few ways you can honor Earth Day every day!

 

Pitch In & Help Keep Ballona Wetlands Beautiful

Start your Earth Day off strong by joining the Ballona Wetlands restoration and cleanup effort from 9:30 am until noon. To take part, just register by emailing volunteer@ballonafriends.org or call 310.306.5994 — they’ll provide the gloves, tools, water and snacks. You just bring your own reusable water bottle and lots of energy! (There will also be a drawing for a free prize!)

 

Enjoy Free Admission at the Santa Monica Aquarium

Between 12:30 pm and 5 pm on Saturday, the Aquarium by the SM Pier will have a ton of eco-friendly activities going on, and admission is 100% FREE thanks to the Albright restaurant’s Earth Day sponsorship. Just some of the highlights will include a special Earth Day story time for kids at 2 pm, a live animal presentation, and an interactive “Who Pollutes?” presentation that offers the inside scoop on keeping our oceans healthy. Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk

 

Hop on the Earth Day Paddle Board Clean Up Crew 

Join the Kurmalliance Organization’s Paddle Board cleanup effort in Marina del Rey on Saturday from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Purchase tickets here ($10 donation fee with your own board or kayak/$30 for fee plus rental) and dedicate your Earth Day to protecting sea turtles and other beautiful sea creatures from the dangers of pollution. If you’ve never paddled before, no problem — before you’re armed with a net and bucket, you’ll get a quick paddle lesson. All donations go to funding the organization’s ocean-improvement projects and are tax deductible.

 

Go to Manhattan Beach’s 25th Annual Earth Day Celebration

For a great family-friendly celebration, head to Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park for their annual Earth Day party, sponsored by the city of MB and V.O.I.C.E (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment). The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm and will have live music, games, giveaways, environmentally friendly product displays and tons of useful information. There will also be some recycling opportunities available at different booths, so remember to bring any old prescription glasses you’d like to upcycle, as well as used battery and printer toner cartridges.

 

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WAYS TO IMPACT THE EARTH EVERY DAY

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Mushroom deliciousness at Plant Food + Wine

 

 

 

  • Cut down on waste and boost your garden with a compost bin. In fact, if you don’t mind the drive, you can take an LA Sanitation Department compost workshop on Saturday at the Griffith Park Composting Facility (5400 Griffith Park Dr.) at 10 am. Bring your ID and you can purchase a compost bin at a discount (only $20 each).

 

  • Drive less! Whenever you can, walk or bike to your destination OR take good ole’ public transportation. It makes a difference.

 

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Are you ready for Earth Day? Tell us what you’re doing on Saturday to make the most of this epic celebration!

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April 3rd, 2017

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MARINA DEL REY MLB PARTY A HOME RUN

March madness just ended and now, the Major League Baseball craze is officially underway with the first opening game happening just days ago (the Dodgers & Angels first games are TODAY)! Are you ready for the SoCal team spirit, Marina del Rey? As always, you’ll be able to take in the ballpark action at the usual spots around town, like Yardhouse, Sports Harbor, Mo’s Place, Tony P’s, Killer Shrimp… you know the sports bar drill. But sometimes, watching the game on your own big screen in your own awesome pad (especially if it’s a sweet waterfront pad!) has its own great rewards. Inviting only your besties to watch; having your own smorgasbord spread to enjoy; and kicking back with zero driving required are pretty excellent reasons to forego the crowded pub scene. Plus, no matter what team you’re rooting for, you can cheer them on loud and proud with zero judgement from the opposite side (well, as long as you invite like-minded friends over, that is).

To help you host an awesome baseball soirée, here are some party pointers with décor ideas and concession-style food inspired by our SoCal stadiums. (The menu holds so much more than hot dogs, my friends.) Ready? Let’s Play Ball!

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March 28th, 2017

Honoring National Volunteer Month In & Around Marina del Rey

April is almost here — and man, it’s a great month, isn’t it? Aside from being 2017’s first full month of spring (yay!), it has one other really meaningful distinction — It’s National Volunteer Month. This annual commemoration came to the U.S. in 1974 and became a kind of celebration of volunteerism.  In essence, this is the time to recognize the abundance of selfless work happening in our community, and inspiring others to get involved, as well. Donating time to a worthwhile organization can make a tremendous difference, plus no matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find a volunteer opportunity that goes right along with it. Love animals? Volunteer at the animal shelter. Good with kids? Apply to be a big brother or big sister. Into the environment? Be part of a beach clean-up crew. There are so many ways to help, especially in and around Marina del Rey.

Ready for your hour(s) to shine? Here are 7 volunteer ideas to consider starting this month.

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March 21st, 2017

The Best Marina-Area Spots to Watch the Final March Madness Action

NCAA action is in full swing and college basketball fans are definitely in their happy place with one eye on their brackets and one on the HD screen. These games have been hugely fun to watch and now that the Second Round is over and we’ve wound down to the Sweet 16 (and by Saturday, the Elite 8!),  it’s only getting more exciting. When you have that much stellar entertainment ahead of you, it’s pretty crucial that you find the right venue to take it all in. There’s a lot to consider: Number of TVs, quality of food, beer selection and Happy Hours are the top four factors — and as always, we’re here to figure it out and lay the best Marina del Rey options on the table.

 

SPORTS HARBOUR — 13484 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey

Yes, Sports Harbour is as divey as you can get but if you’re not into frills, this is a great spot to hang with friends and catch a great NCAA game.

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March 14th, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans In & Around Marina del Rey

Brush off those lederhosen and dirndls boys and girls because the Irish eyes are smiling down on us March 17th when — you guessed it — St. Patrick’s Day arrives! There are so many ways to celebrate in and around town, like going on the lash with the lads and lassies, hitting a pub that’s jammers or having a gas out on the harbor (yeah, we’ve got the Irish lingo down). You ready for some Marina del Rey-style craic? Take a look at some of your best options below, choose wisely and then have the best Irish holiday ever. Remember, if you’re planning on getting langered, arrange an Uber or Lyft to shuttle you about town. Safety first! Cheers to Paddy Day shenanigans!

Happy St. Patty's Day MDR

Brennan’s Pub
4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey