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November 1st, 2017

5 EVENTS TO KICK OFF A NIFTY NOVEMBER IN MARINA DEL REY & BEYOND

There’s a wonderfully crisp November chill in the air that feels like pure fall — and there’s nowhere you’d rather be than out in that refreshing harbor air, breathing it all in. And that goes double when you live in and around Marina del Rey, because there’s always some kind of outdoor fun happening right around town. So, let’s get in the November frame of mind, shall we? Grab some fresh apple cider (perhaps at the farmer’s market?), throw on a light sweater, and head out for some serious season-inspired merriment. To get the fun rolling, here are five must-do Marina-close events that will perk up your fall spirits!

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October 24th, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! GET YOUR FILL OF CHILLS & THRILLS IN (AND AROUND) MARINA DEL REY

The Halloween countdown is underway, Marina del Rey — and starting this weekend, the spooky good times will begin right here in town (and all around us)! We’re talking about ghostly thrills, pirate chills, carnival shenanigans, trick or treat fun, spine-chilling (and super excellent) party cruises, and a whole lot more. Are you ready to revel in the Halloween merriment? Well, let’s get to it!

MARINA SPOOKTACULAR — OCTOBER 28TH & 29TH
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

The ONLY place to be this weekend for awesome family-style Halloween fun is the Marina Spooktacular at Burton Chace Park. This event is going to be spine chillingly awesome for kids, adults, and even four-legged pals! Just some of the weekend highlights include a “Thriller” Dance Flash Mob (learn it and make MJ proud!); face painting and carnival games; pumpkin carving pros (plus free pumpkins and carving kits); Pirate Ship Tours during the day and Haunted Pirate Ship Tours at night; DJ entertainment; and more. Make sure to dress up too, because there will be a Costume Contest for people and pets on both Saturday & Sunday.

Bonus Info: The event is free but anyone who wants to take part in activities & rides will need to hand in a Liability Waiver Form. Best idea? Download the form, complete it early and bring it with you. That way, you’ll get in faster and down to the fun!

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October 16th, 2017

IT’S NATIONAL FOOD BANK WEEK: LET’S IMPACT HUNGER AROUND MARINA DEL REY

This week is National Food Bank Week, and with the holidays starting next month and the holiday spirit already beginning, it’s the perfect time to start giving back. Every day in Marina del Rey, we look around at our gorgeous scenery, dive into great activities and indulge in amazing restaurants without thinking twice. And it can be pretty easy to forget there are a lot of people around us who aren’t quite as fortunate. Check out this statistic: In the U.S., 1 in 8 people are struggling with hunger. That’s staggering.

But guess what? You can totally make a difference — and that’s what National Food Bank Week is all about. Pitching in and helping Marina del Rey and the rest of the Westside wipe out the hunger problem. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. Just do something — every little bit can make an impact.

Here are a few easy ways to help.

 

DONATE FOOD TO NEARBY FOOD BANKS

Go through your cupboards or head up to the store for non-perishable items to donate. The most needed items include canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, canned fruit in water, low-sugar cereal, canned soups and stews, holiday foods (i.e. canned yams & boxed stuffing), canola or olive oil, pasta, packaged dinners (i.e. Mac & Cheese), low-sodium canned vegetables, and granola bars. ALSO – jarred baby food, infant formula, crackers/teething biscuits and diapers are big essentials.

Bring your goods to these nearby organizations!

Westside Food Bank
1710 22nd St., Santa Monica
Accepts donations Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm
Visit their website for more info.

World Harvest LA
3100 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles
Visit their website for more info.

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October 10th, 2017

8 MARINA-CLOSE SPOTS TO GET YOUR VEGGIE FILL FOR NATIONAL VEGETARIAN MONTH

Happy National Vegetarian Month, Marina del Rey! Now is the time to let your veggie love shine and dig into the natural goodness of vegetarian (and vegan) meals. The days of thinking you have to eat traditional meat for protein and satisfaction are long gone — especially when you consider the influx of plant-based proteins that taste amazing and are showing up on menus all over town. Seriously, have you tried the vegan cheese & sausage pizza at Fresh Brothers? SO. GOOD. And that’s only scratching the surface, because our prime locale just happens to be surrounded by some of the best veggie-friendly (and veggie-themed) restaurants on the planet. Yes, it’s time to eat your veggies, kids. Let’s celebrate National Vegetarian Month!

 

1. PLANT + FOOD + WINE
1009 Abbot Kinney, Venice

Plant + Food + Wine is an experience you don’t want to miss. Gorgeous setting, incredible outdoor patio and some of the most creative and delicious 100% vegan food in the region.

Must Tries: Wild Mushroom Sandwich, raw Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Lasagna, Kimchi Dumplings and, of course, their insanely good cheesecake.

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October 3rd, 2017

WILLKOMMEN TO OKTOBERFEST! 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE IN MARINA DEL REY AND BEYOND.

Marina del Rey Oktoberfest fans — are you ready for bier, brezeln, wurst, and crazy amounts of fun? If your answer is a hearty “JA!” then start your party planning. Because oh boy — there’s a ton going on this month for Oktoberfest.  We’re talking about festive cruises, major Oktoberfest parties and even a celebratory sailing regatta. So, start making those reservations, don your dirndls and lederhosen (for the parties, at least!), brush up on your Oktoberfest lingo (“PROST!”) and have an amazing Oktoberfest!

Eins, zwei, drei…let’s go!

1. SAVI PRODUCTION’S OKTOBERFEST CRUISE ON THE FANTASEA ONE

Dock 52 – 13509 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey

On October 7 at 8 pm, the FantaSea One will set sail for an epic three-hour Oktoberfest cruise filled with food, drinks and music. Book your reservation (just $69.95 per person) and enjoy all you can eat yummies, including gourmet sausage (aka: wurst), chicken wings, fish, garlic potatoes, pretzels and more. Two glasses of beer or wine, plus dessert are also included in the price. Head to the ship’s second level for great Oktoberfest music, or if you’re craving electronic and hip hop— the third level will be happening, as well! PS Make sure you arrive at the ship at least 30 minutes before it sets sail — no refunds will be accommodated if you miss the boat!