Civic to have one more show

The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will perform a farewell concert for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 25, before the historic venue closes at the end of June.

The concert will feature works from renowned compos- er Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, such as movements from “The Sleeping Beauty Ballet” and his “Fifth Symphony.” The finale of the “1812 Overture” will end the concert.

Santa Monica resident, professor of cello at UCLA and Grammy Award-winner Antonio Lysy will be a featured soloist.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The auditorium is located at 1855 Main St. For more infor- mation, visit

The City Council in October of last year voted to shut- ter the landmarked structure after it felt that it could no longer afford the $2 million a year that would be required to keep the auditorium running while officials tried to find the $50 million needed to renovate it. The council planned to use redevelopment money to renovate the Civic before redevelopment agencies across California were killed to close the state’s budget gap.

“This is a huge loss for our community,” said Guido Lamell, the symphony’s music director. “The Civic Auditorium has a rich history of service to our city and to Los Angeles.”


Art for a cause

The seventh annual ART for CLARE event will be held at Bergamot Station on Sunday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The charity event will include an art action with works by Ed Ruscha, Kim McCarty and actor Anthony Hopkins; a silent auction with items ranging from luxury vacations to sports memorabilia; live music and food from some of the area’s best eateries, including Lemonade and El Cholo.

Bergamot Station is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. Advance tickets are $25, and general admission is $30 at the door.

CLARE is a Westside-based recovery center that focus- es on addiction. For more information, visit http://www.clare-

College to start summer youth program

Santa Monica College is starting a summer camp meant for kids and teens called “Build Your Own Camp” starting June 17, college officials said.

The program is structured so that kids can create their own curriculum with things that interest them. Approximately 150 classes will be offered in various sub- jects including public speaking, auto care for new drivers and photography.

SMC has also added four new tours for those who want to visit locations all around Los Angeles, such as trips to the Watts Tower, Downtown and Little Ethiopia.

Most classes will be offered on the Bundy Campus of the college, located at 3171 S. Bundy Dr.

Some classes will also be available online.

Brief: Fire captain to be honored

Santa Monica Fire Capt. Jerry Parker will be honored by the Los Angeles Medical Services for his 39 years serving the public as a paramedic.

Parker started his career with the SMFD in 1972 and began attending paramedic training two years later. To this day he still maintains his paramedic certification by keeping up with his training.

The SMFD was the first fire department in the country to provide paramedic response via a fire engine, officials said.

The ceremony will take place on May 15 in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

SMC wins award for being green

Santa Monica College won the statewide annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition in the facilities and operations category, officials announced Wednesday.

In 2012, the SMC Energy Project was developed and approved by the college’s Board of Trustees, and included three main projects: replacing nine old and inefficient boil- ers; replacing 11,000 of the approximately 16,000 light fix- tures on the campus; and a comprehensive renovation of the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies.

In 2009, SMC was named a winner of Santa Monica’s Sustainable Quality Awards for its progressive environ- mental practices and programs that range from education to recycling to transportation.

Local nonprofit looking for young musicians

Elemental Strings is inviting students in third or fourth grade who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments with a minimum of eight months experience to audition for Elemental Band.

Auditions will take place Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Will Rogers Elementary School, located at 2401 14th St.

The band, which will be forming for the first time for the 2013-14 school year, will be directed by Jessica Swift, an elementary music teacher for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Other music teachers will also join the team.

The Elemental Strings Orchestra Program currently runs two ensembles — Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia. Students rehearse weekly at John Adams Middle School, under the direction of Jason Aiello, assistant director of orchestras at Santa Monica High School, and Josephine Moerschel.

Over 400 students in the community have been part of Elemental Strings since its inception in 2004, officials with the nonprofit said.

Elemental Strings is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality music instruc- tion to young musicians through a youth orchestra/band environment, according to their website.

For more information, visit

Malibu school district advocates meet

The Advocates for Malibu Public Schools, AMPS, will hold a meeting today at 7 p.m. to gain support for their efforts to separate the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Karen Farrer, founding member of AMPS, is calling to arms families and communities from Malibu and Santa Monica in order to help spread AMPS’ message.

“The schools in both Malibu and Santa Monica would be financially better off if we sep- arate,” Farrer said in an e-mail. “Malibu would have substantially more funds and the abil- ity to control the direction of our kids’ education. Santa Monica would have more fund- ing as well. Malibu would be able to create an exceptional school district based upon Malibu values. Santa Monica would be able to focus on its own agenda and goals without the distraction of Malibu.”

With a separate school district, AMPS wants to create smaller class sizes, bring in new technologies to the classroom, have more resources for academically-struggling stu- dents, and more.

Within the past week, AMPS has funded studies, to be conducted by research consult- ant WestEd, to work out the details of separation.

The meeting will be held at Malibu City Hall, which is located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.