Special Row-In Movie Night this weekend: “Slithis”!

You’re in for a treat this weekend! Just when you thought Row-In Movie Nights were done for the summer…

Slithis movie poster


Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 P.M.
Linnie Canal at the Dell Ave. bridge

86 min.
Rated PG

Sponsored by the Venice Heritage Foundation

From IMDb:

A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California.

Magnificent. And set and shot right here in the Venice Canals! Read more at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078277 if you really must, or just row in Saturday night.

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Proposed VNC Resolution on homeless housing project

Many of you have asked what you can do to help stop Mike Bonin’s plan to develop the Venice Blvd median parking lot as housing for the chronically homeless. One of the first steps, for us in the Canals as well as for other Venice residents, is to get a resolution in front of the Venice Neighborhood Council and have them vote on it. In order to do that, we must have a critical mass of signatures and addresses from residents stating their opposition to this project.

The link below takes you to a resolution that states some basic facts of the project, and spells out a few reasons why the project needs community input. Please show your support and sponsor this resolution by adding your name and address in the form below the resolution. We will send these names and addresses to the VNC; the VNC will then put this item on their agenda and vote on it. We will keep you all posted on progress.

» Proposed VNC Resolution on homeless housing project (Google Form)

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Winners from the VCA’s Fourth of July events

Here are the winner’s from the Downwind Regatta and from the Rubber Ducky Race. Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to everyone who came to watch!


1st: The Driftwood – Hannah Fierstein and Ruby Phillips
2nd: Jolly Quacker – Matthew, Oliver and William Ahern
3rd: My Boat – Ming-yen Johnson, Vanisa Chou and Delia Chou
Most creative: Jolly Quacker

Duck Race

1st: Paula Rosen (prize still unclaimed; Paula, if you’re out there, please get in touch!)
2nd: James Arnall
3rd: Karen Ciccone

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VCA By-Laws available online

The by-laws of the VCA are now online. You can read them here.

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VCA Annual Membership Meeting January 25, 2016

Please join us for the

Venice Canals Association

Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, January 25, 2016

Marina City Club
4333 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 [map]

Complimentary valet parking

6:00 p.m. — Social Hour – Join us for Wine and Appetizers
7:00 p.m. — Meeting begins

All current members, Canals residents and Canals homeowners are invited. We will be discussing issues that affect all Canals residents as well as the community.

Guest Speakers

  • Councilmember Mike Bonin
  • Stephen Pouliot, President of the Venice Heritage Foundation

If anybody is interested in running for the VCA Board, please contact Josie Scibetta at josiescibetta@yahoo.com.

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Winners of the Holiday Boat Parade, and the Best-Dressed Homes and Bridges




 “Christmas On The Rocks”

“Christmas On The Rocks”
Martin Meunier and Nika Dunne

“Arctic Mishap”
Barbara Mastej and John Ransom

“Festive Fellas”
Emmett Oreilly and friends

“Neptune’s Fantasy Workshop”
Philip and Kristen Messina

“Frosty the Snowman”
Jack Galanty and Mark Galanty

“The Magic Moment”
Suzanne Wrede and 11 kids


Sherman Canal, “Home Sweet Home”

Sherman Canal, “Home Sweet Home”
John Ransom, Barbara Mastej, Patrick Taylor  & John Revell

Carroll Canal, “Sailing Ships”
Ricky Otterstrom

Howland Canal, “Matterhorn”
Martin Meunier & Nika Dunne



446 Sherman Canal

446 Sherman Canal
Carol Ann Cassella

452 Carroll Canal
Barbara & Allen Toennies

214 Howland Canal
Donna, Randall & Lindsay McKay



The Venice Canals Association would like to thank everyone who participated in our 34th Annual Holiday Boat Parade by decorating their homes bridges and boats.

A special thanks to Sandy Berens the chairman and her fearless committee: Renee Kaplan, Monnie Fanning, Deb Kaufman, John Schacht, Claudette Shores, Maggie Bright, James Arnall, Mark Galanty, Jack Galanty, Jay Levitt, Carisa Levitt, Alyxa Chang, and Steffi Berens.

And thank you to the local restaurants that donated prizes:
Baja Cantina • C&O Cucina • C&O Trattoria • Canal Club • Cheesecake Factory • Danny’s • Venice Islands • James Beach • Joni’s Coffee Roasting Cafe • The Terrace Cafe • Tony P’s Dockside Grill • Wabi Sabi Sushi Bar & Pacific Grill • Whiskey Reds

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Orson Bean in “A Christmas Carol” Friday, Dec. 11 – Sunday, Dec. 13

Long-time VCA member Orson Bean will be appearing in “A Christmas Carol” this weekend:


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34th Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

It’s time to start planning your boat for the
34th Annual Venice Canals
Sunday, December 13

Parade will begin at 4:00 pm at the corner of Eastern & Sherman Canals

Our theme this year is Jingle Bell Rock

Boat Parade: Gingerbread house
Canals Holiday Bridge
Canals Holiday House

Boats will line up at 3:30 PM. Parade will begin promptly at 4:00 PM, rain or shine.

We welcome everyone to be part of the parade; however, this year ALL BOATS MUST BE REGISTERED to be eligible to win a prize!

You can register Saturday, December 12th between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM at Sandy Berens’ home at 2429 Eastern Canal.

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.

And don’t forget to light up your home and canal for the

Best-Dressed Homes & Bridges Contest

Judging for the Home & Bridge Decorating Competitions will be Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to join the judges. Make sure your lights are on.

Winners will be announced at the beginning of the parade on the 13th

» Download the flyer and entry form.

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Winners of the 2015 Rubber Ducky Race & Downwind Regatta

The list is in! Here are the winners in this weekend’s Fourth Of July festivities:


First Place: Grant Miller (#549)
Second Place: Gavin McGarry (#159)
Third Place: John Schacht (#10)


First Place: Brad Bolton, Boat #8 – “Bolt”
Second Place: Melissa, Troy, Flavio &, Boat #12 – “Pop My Cherry Pie”
Third Place: Hannah Fierstein and Ruby Phillips, Boat #9 – “The Sharkies”
Most Creative Entry: Ming-yen Johnson, Vance Chou, Vanisa Chou, Arielle Candaele, Boat# 10 – “My Cauliflower”

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