Announcing the Winners of the Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade and Best Dressed Homes & Bridges

Adult Boats

  1. DOGTOWN SANTA: Jessica Beeman
  3. STARRY NIGHT: Mark Galanty
  4. TWISTER: Michael Konter
  5. STAR TOURS: James & January Arnall, Kent Hayward & Lissa Hurchalla

Kid’s Boats

  1. SANTAS STARRY SLEIGH: Margaret Baelter
  2. SS DOGTOWN: Mark Hruby
  3. CAT IN THE HAT CLEAN UP CREW: Owen Hills-Klaus
  4. TWINKLE TWINKLE: Mary Territo
  5. THE JEW CREW: Lori Shapiro
  6. P’S GREEN BOAT: Imogen Harbinson-Frith


  1. 422-424 Carroll Canal: Lindsay McKay & Matthew Gitlin
  2. 408 Sherman Canal: Teresa Vega
  3. 446 Sherman Canal: Carol Cassella

Honorable Mention 446 Carroll Canal Jim & Barrie Kaufman


  1. Linnie near Grand Canal: Katherine Hollis & Christine Binns
  2. Grand Canal at Sherman: James & January Arnall
  3. 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)

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Important Announcement: Another Canal Enhancement Project by the Venice Canals Association

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.


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Hollywood Reporter article on Venice (with VCA movie night mention!)

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:

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Sad news regarding Henry Colman

We are sad to report that Henry Colman passed away yesterday. Henry was not only an accomplished and respected television producer; he was also a long-time resident of the canals and very active in the community. He served as president of the Venice Canals Association for many years, and at the time of his passing was a Director Emertius for the VCA.

We’ve been informed there will be no funeral, but have heard that for those who like, you can make a contribution in Henry’s memory to the Archive of American Television,  Television Academy
Foundation. Cards of condolence can be sent to Donna Colman, Henry’s wife, at 423 Linnie Canal.

We in the canals have lost a wonderful neighbor and a dear friend.

Henry Colman, at the Internet Movie Database:

Interview with Henry from the Archive of American Television:

The Television Academy Foundation:

Archive of American Television
5220 Lankershim Boulevard
N. Hollywood, CA 91601

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Canalloween Pictures

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Also, Catherine Hollis has lots of great pictures on her Facebook page she has offered to share. Thanks, Catherine!

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VCA Row-In Movie Night presents “Jaws”

This year: “Jaws”, screening Saturday, August 25 at 8pm

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water! The Venice Canals Asssociation is screening “Jaws” Saturday, August 25 at the Linnie Canal bridge on Dell. Festivities start at 8pm, with a couple of short features, followed by “Jaws”. Bring your boat or your chair and join in the fun!

VCA Row-In Movie Night presents "Jaws"

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VCA Fourth Of July Festivities – Winners and Thank-Yous

Thanks to all who attended this year’s Fourth of July BBQ Potluck and Downwind Regatta! Below are the winners of the day’s contests:



  • 1st: Julius Lariurecht “Beast” (#3K)
  • 2nd: Serena Revelins & Zoe Chernov “Australia II” (#14K)
  • 3rd: Melissa, Jack, & Emma Galanty “No Name” (#2K)


  • 1st: Brooks Pressman, Zac Brodney, & Joey Kaufman “The Voyager” (#5A)
  • 2nd: Lucas & Nicole Haimes “The Fiasco” (#2A)
  • 3rd:  Pierre Schlumberger “Superteam Ninja Awesome” (#3A)


  • 1st: Phillip Lord and Irene Neuwirth
  • 2nd: Kristen
  • 3rd: Berta Borin


  • 1st: Massimo, Red, White & Blue Very Tall Hat
  • 2nd: Eva, Blow Your Mind (human brain)
  • 3rd: Sophia, Butterfly Hat

The VCA wants to extend a very special “Thank You” to all the many volunteers who made this event such a great success!

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2012 Fourth Of July Downwind Regatta & Rubber Duck Race photos

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4th of July Linnie Canal Downwind Regatta – Rules & Entry Form

» Download the VCA 2012 Regatta Rules & Entry Form (PDF)«

VCA 2012 Downwind Regatta & Duck Race

Five Reasons to Enter

  1. It’s fun … it’s not about winning but having a great time with your family, friends and neighbors!
  2. It’s creative … you don’t need a boat … make your own … invent a method to get to the finish under wind power! Or give us a call and we will try to find you a boat to borrow!
  3. It’s memorable … create a life-long memory for the little ones (and the young-at-heart)!
  4. It’s motivational … you are the only ones that can “motivate” your ducky(s) down the race course!
  5. AND … you could WIN a fabulous rubber ducky trophy … the 3 boats in each division that cross the finish line in the fastest time will receive trophies !!!

For more information please call CJ Cole at 310.823.3129

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Fourth of July details are here!

Wednesday, July 4th

Festivities are held at the 2400 block of Grand Canal Court (at the intersection with Court C) and along Linnie Canal from Grand Canal to Eastern Canal.

8th Annual Rubber Ducky Race

10:00 – 1:15 – Buy your Rubber Duckies from the VCA for just $5.00 each at the Linnie/Grand location.

1:15 – Ducky sales officially close.

1:30 – The Rubber Ducky Race begins at the Dell Avenue Bridge over Linnie Canal & finishes at the balloon line over Linnie at Eastern Canal. Winners will receive cash prizes which will be awarded at the BBQ!

ALSO: you will be able to purchase your Rubber Ducky(s) in advance on Saturday & Sunday, June 23rd & 24th, and Saturday & Sunday, June 30 & July 1st, at Dell Ave and Court D between 12pm & 4pm. Last year we sold out of duckys , so get yours early!


Crazy Hat Contest

2:30 – 3:30 – Our 5th Annual! Don your most dramatic (tackiest) party hat for all of the festivities.

Judges will be secretly roaming to select the “Craziest” and the “Most Creative” hats. Be sure to be where you can be seen! Prizes will be awarded at the BBQ!

NEW THIS YEAR: We will have a decorating table where the kids can design their own crazy hats, from 2:30 – 3:30!


BBQ Pot Luck

2:30 – 4:30 – Live music by the
“Shoo Flies”.

Following the Rubber Ducky Race and the Linnie Canal Downwind Regatta the VCA will have a community BBQ & Pot Luck … Hamburgers and hot dogs along with all the fixin’s will be provided. To defray the rising cost of food, etc. we are asking for a contribution of $5 per person/$10 for family, or bring a salad, side dish or desert.

Trophies and prizes for the Ducky Race and the Downwind Regatta will be presented and there will be entertainment for all!


Linnie Canal Downwind Regatta

All boats must be wind-powered only. Let your imagination run wild. Here is your chance to be creative!

1:30Kids Division boats gather at the balloon Starting Line at Linnie Canal and Grand Canal.

1:45 – Start of the Kids Division – Ages 14 and under.

1:45Adult Division entries to the Starting Line.

2:00 – Start of the Adult Division. All those 15 and older.
Regatta entry forms (REQUIRED) must be handed to the Race Committee prior to the start. All kids on boats MUST wear life vests at all times during the race and the release must be signed by their parent/guardian.

Boats must be
prepared prior to race
time. Don’t forget
that sails must be
able to fit under the
two bridges on Linnie
Canal! A blast
from a fog horn will
start the race. Regatta
Officials at Linnie and Eastern Canals will note the winning boats as they cross the balloon Finish Line – the first 3 boats in each division will receive trophies!

Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the BBQ!

Regatta rules and entry form will be distributed next week.


For more information or to volunteer to help contact:

Ducky Race: Sandy Berens – 310.448.5961
Regatta: CJ Cole – 310.823.3129
BBQ: Maxine Leral – 310.822.5922

For a nice printable version of this notice please download it here. Thanks to CJ Cole for the artwork!

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