Photos from the Cinco de Mayo party

Thanks to Michael Town for the pics!

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Joan Del Monte Book Signing

The Friends of the Venice Library proudy present the new book launch party for FOVL member and Venice resident Joan Del Monte and her new book


High in his outrageous apartment over a brewery, a stock market genius plots four simultaneous bank robberies at one intersection. The police receive four alarms and ignore them thinking it has to be an error. The genius codes his plans with palindromes to hide them.

Come join us for the reading and book signing on

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 AT 6:30 p.m.

Jon David Waldron Community Room
Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library
501 South Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

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VCA Annual General Membership Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2014

Venice Canals Association -- membership does make a difference!

VCA Annual General Membership Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2014

VCA Wine & Cheese Social

Please join us at 6:30 PM for a Wine & Cheese Social, followed by the General Meeting.

Please note we have a new venue this year:

Marina City Club

Galaxy Ballroom, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey [map]

Complimentary Valet Parking

Meet our Councilperson Mike Bonin at the Wine and Cheese Social!

If you wish to run for a Board of Directors position, please notify us at
or call 310.301.6223 and leave your contact information on or before Friday, January 24th.
The first meeting of the newly elected Board will take place on Monday, February 3, 2013, at 6:30 PM.

  • Only General Members in good standing may run for a seat on the Venice Canals Association’s Board of Directors. As per 2004 Amendment to VCA By-Laws, and for purposes of continuity, Board seats are staggered in 2-year terms.
  • If you are not currently a general member and would like to become one, please visit our website at and download a membership application.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 27th!

NOTE: We distributed flyers that list the incorrect date at the bottom. Monday the 27th is the correct date.

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2013 Venice Canals Holiday Boat, in pictures

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See Orson Bean in Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

See Orson Bean in his rollicking adaptation of Charles Dickens’

“A Christmas Carol”

3 Performances:

  • Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 15, 5:30 pm

First Lutheran Church
815 Venice Blvd.
3 Blocks west of Lincoln

A Christmas Carol

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Announcing the 32nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade and Best-Dressed Homes & Bridges Contest!


We are delighted to announce our most popular tradition:

The 32nd Annual
Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade
Sunday, December 15

This year’s theme is “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Parade will begin 4:30 pm at the corner of Eastern & Sherman Canals

Pre-registration for boat parade entries is a must to be eligible to win prizes. Info to follow soon.

For further information, or if you have a boat that you will not be entering and are willing to lend it to a neighbor; or you need a boat to enter;or you want some advice or help on how to decorate a boat; contact Sandy Berens at (310) 463-3323.

Light up your home and canal for the

Best Dressed Homes & Bridges Contest

Judging for the Home & Bridge Decorating Competitions will be
Saturday, December 14th

Winners will be announced at the beginning of the Parade on the 15th.

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Canalloween 2013 pictures

Lots of spooky little critters arrived for Canalloween this year, full of tricks and treats and pizza. Here are some of our favorite pics:

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VCA awarded Venice Neighborhood Council Community Improvement Project funding for new salt bush plants

Several months ago, the Venice Canals Association applied for and was granted Community Improvement Project funding from the Venice Neighborhood Council for the purchase and planting of 205 new Saltbush Plants (Atriplex Lentiformis Breweri). The Atriplex serves as a city required safety barrier, and is placed along the water way in lieu of any fencing.

Mariposa purchased the plants recently and have been waiting for the right time to do their planting. The plan is to start the work during the last few weeks of October. Initially, Mariposa will care for the new plants.

If you have these new plants in front of your home, you can help with their success after the initial phase by digging a small narrow trench adjacent to the sidewalk. This will allow you to water during the dry periods without having the water run into the canals. Fill the trench with water periodically (at least weekly) depending on the weather.

Thank you to the Venice Neighborhood Council for approving the funding for this important environmental safety barrier planting project. We hope that all canal residents join us in protecting and nurturing these plantings.

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Chris Bennett Big Band Concert at Typhoon October 21


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To our Canal Neighbors

Venice Canals Association / Voice of the Canals

Recently, the Venice Canals Association (VCA) and the Voice of the Canals (VOC) have been informed by the Council Office that complaints have been received about plants encroaching onto the public sidewalks. The Council Office has asked us to bring this problem to the attention of all Canal residents.

The overgrowth of shrubs and flowers onto the narrow Canal walkways is a serious hazard to pedestrians.  There are some areas where almost half of the sidewalk is impassable and people have to walk in single file.  Older people with canes and walkers, wheelchair bound pedestrians as well as parents with strollers are in danger of personal injury as they attempt to avoid these obstructions.

We would like to remind all residents of Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 56.08(a), which addresses the encroachment of trees, hedges and vegetation onto a public sidewalk.   For safety and legal reasons, “plantings adjacent to the sidewalks cannot encroach into the walkways.”  Tree branches must be 9 feet above the walkways.

The Canals also have a special easement condition.  The City has an easement on both sides of the sidewalk, extending 2 feet to the water’s edge and 4 feet towards your residence.  The property owner is required to maintain their four foot easement.

Please join with all the Canal residents and look at your garden and perimeter plantings and trees to ensure that they don’t encroach onto the walkway.

The Los Angeles Department of Street Services has issued citations in the past to Canal residents.  We have been asked us to inform the community to comply by September 30th to avoid a citation.

If you wish to contact the VCA or the VOC, please do so at or Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

Download this announcement as a printable flyer (100K PDF)

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