November 17th 2013 |
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.
November 4th 2013 |
Lots of spooky little critters arrived for Canalloween this year, full of tricks and treats and pizza. Here are some of our favorite pics:
November 1st 2013 |
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.
August 16th 2013 |
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.
Download this announcement as a printable flyer (100K PDF)
January 5th 2013 |
- DOGTOWN SANTA: Jessica Beeman
- BABY SANTA KONG & THE STRAY CAT ELVES: Steve Gato
- STARRY NIGHT: Mark Galanty
- TWISTER: Michael Konter
- STAR TOURS: James & January Arnall, Kent Hayward & Lissa Hurchalla
- SANTAS STARRY SLEIGH: Margaret Baelter
- SS DOGTOWN: Mark Hruby
- CAT IN THE HAT CLEAN UP CREW: Owen Hills-Klaus
- TWINKLE TWINKLE: Mary Territo
- THE JEW CREW: Lori Shapiro
- P’S GREEN BOAT: Imogen Harbinson-Frith
- 422-424 Carroll Canal: Lindsay McKay & Matthew Gitlin
- 408 Sherman Canal: Teresa Vega
- 446 Sherman Canal: Carol Cassella
Honorable Mention 446 Carroll Canal Jim & Barrie Kaufman
- Linnie near Grand Canal: Katherine Hollis & Christine Binns
- Grand Canal at Sherman: James & January Arnall
- Sherman near Grand Canal: Darryl DuFaye & Friends
Honorable Mention Eastern at Howland Ct Frankie & Peter Bergman
The Venice Canals Association would like to thank everyone who participated in this 31st Annual Holiday Boat Parade by decorating homes, boats and bridges and also Sandy Berens’ fearless parade committee: Renee Kaplan, Dave & Toni Mannix, Paul & Jose Scibetta, Nadine Parkos, Irv & Trudi Puskin, Jon Schacht, Deb Kaufman, Maggie Bright, Victor Hammer, Michael Towne, Claudette Shores & CJ Cole.
And the local restaurants that donated prizes:
- 26 Beach: 3100 Washington Blvd – 310-823-7526
- Baja Cantina: 311 Washington Blvd – 310-821-2252
- C&O Cucina: 3016 Washington Blvd – 310-301-7278
- C&O Trattoria: 31 Washington Blvd – 310-823-9491
- Café del Rey: 4451 Admiralty Way, MDR – 310-823-6395
- Canal Club: 2025 Pacific Ave – 310-823-3878
- Canali Café: 123 Washington Blvd – 310-822-5379
- Cheesecake Factory: 4142 Via Marina, MDR – 310-306-3344
- Danny’s: 23 Windward Ave – 310-566-5610
- Gjelina: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd – 310-450-1429
- Islands: 404 Washington Blvd – 310-822-3939
- James Beach: 60 N Venice Blvd – 310-823-5396
- Joni’s: 522 Washington Blvd – 800-792-5750
- Pasta Factory: 425 Washington Blvd – 310-823-9838
- Shanghai Red’s: 13813 Fiji Way, MDR – 310-823-4522
- The Terrace Café: 7 Washington Blvd – 310-578-1530
- Tony P’s: 4445 Admiralty Way, MDR - 310-823-4534
- Wabi Sabi Sushi Bar: 1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd – 310-314-2229
2012 Boat Parade and Bridge & Homes Decorating Contest Winners (printable PDF)
November 16th 2012 |
Several years ago, the Venice Canals Association (VCA) began our Shades of Protection Project which involved the installation of a shade sail system in Linnie Canal Park. This project is designed to provide shade over the swing area and is funded by donations from the community and matched by a grant from the City’s Community Beautification Program.
As with any City-sanctioned project, there have been many starts and stops but we are happy to announce that all the necessary permits and funding are in place and we have the go-ahead to proceed with the shade structure.
During the shade project approval process, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks determined that the almost 20 year old play equipment should be updated to current code requirements and soft matting under the equipment should be installed as it is safer and cleaner. The City will be doing this work at the same time that the shade structure is installed.
The shade sail system work is being done by Courtyard Construction Co. under Los Angeles Building & Safety Dept. Permit No. 12010-20000-00856, while the updated park equipment is being done by the LA City Department of Recreation & Parks.
PLEASE BE ADVISED that the park will be closed as of November 19, 2012, for approximately 5 weeks while the shade system is being installed and the park is being renovated and updated. During that period of closure, we suggest that you try the children’s parks at both Penmar Park and in Playa Vista.
We have been told that Dell will remain open to traffic at all times but there will be construction equipment in the area and we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We want to especially thank Councilman Rosendahl’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Parks for all their help in making this happen!
Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you kindly contact Mark Galanty (310-749-5534) or call the VCA at (424) 229-2VCA.
November 14th 2012 |
Just came across this article from The Hollywood Reporter on trendy Venice. We share this not just because it’s interesting but because the VCA’s Row-In Movie Night gets a mention. Enjoy!
Venice Spotlight: Is the Coolest Neighborhood in L.A. Overheating?
from The Hollywood Reporter: