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Home Energy Contest For Schools Offers $200,000 in Prizes

The U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Teachers Association have announced a nationwide student contest to help families save money by saving energy at home. America’s Home Energy Education Challenge will engage students in elementary and middle schools across the Nation to help them learn…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on August 19, 2011 at 10:48am — No Comments

A New Dawn for Mark Twain Middle School

A distinguished new principal, Dr. Rex Patton, has taken the helm at Mark Twain Middle School.

Patton previously served as principal of Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary, recipient of the 2008 California Distinguished School award and the 2007 Music Center's Bravo award while under Patton's leadership.  API test scores (Academic Performance Index) went from the low 600s to 900 during his tenure.

According to…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on August 10, 2011 at 12:58am — No Comments

LADWP to Relaunch Solar Incentive Program on Sept. 1, 2011

Under a plan approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners yesterday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will relaunch its Solar Incentive Program with double the budget for the next three years.  Promising a faster and more transparent customer experience, LADWP will resume accepting applications for solar incentives starting Sept. 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

In anticipation of resumed solar installations, Open Neighborhoods has issued…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on August 3, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Google maps Mar Vista schools

If you're looking for information about Mar Vista schools, start with the Mar Vista Schools map on Google

Join the Mar Vista Education, Arts & Culture Committee group on Open Mar Vista, and visit the…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on July 30, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Charter School Seeks Community Input On Proposed School Project

Inspired by the growing success of arts-integrated Waldorf Education in private schools, a group of Mar Vista and Venice neighbors began organizing over a decade ago to create a public independent charter school in the Mar Vista neighborhood with an innovative arts-integrated program based upon the principles of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education.

In 2004 Ocean Charter School was born with a commitment to…


Added by Ocean Charter School on July 23, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Grand View Fine Arts Studios Presents...

Artwork by Colin Doherty

For more than a dozen years, Grand View Fine Art Studios (GVFAS), previously Kraft Gallery, has been a low-profile hot bed of Mar Vista creativity.  Founded in the late 1990's, the 8,000 square-foot complex houses 27 private studios occupied by visual artists who paint, sculpt, do collage and assemblage in a…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on May 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Short Sale Expert Team!

A short sale will affect your credit. However the short sale itself is not what causes the big credit point hits. It's that coupled with missing payments. Missing payments is what does more damage. However in under 2yrs, you can really boost your credit score back up by remaining current on all other debt obligations. 

It is possible to complete a short sale without ever missing a payment. It is possible to do a short sale without having a severe hardship. 

If this is your…


Added by Madelaine Kolisnyk on May 17, 2011 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Mar Vista Patch is Looking for Bloggers!

Mar Vista Patch is looking for a few good bloggers. Do you love Mar Vista and love writing about it just as much?  Then we want to hear from you.


You can find out more details here.


Kelly Hartog

Mar Vista Patch Editor

Added by Kelly Hartog on May 10, 2011 at 8:54am — No Comments

Beginner Tango Dance Series Starts This Week


Photo By Viju Rao
Experience the meditative, beautiful journey of Tango! New beginner's series May 9th-June 2nd. Lessons are Monday-Thursday, 7:30pm-8:30pm.


We are located in Mar Vista, call us or send us a message for more information: (310) 744-6072,

Check out our…


Added by Oxygen Tango on May 9, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mar Vista Gets Solar-Powered Parking Meters

Venice Blvd. merchants have long complained that shortages of parking spaces and unfriendly parking meter policies have discouraged visits to Mar Vista's "Venice Town Center" near Venice and Grand View Blvds.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has recently responded by replacing the outdated…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on May 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mar Vista Clean Power Details Announced at Green Garden Showcase

Hundreds of residents from across Southern California visited Mar Vista on Saturday for a community-wide Green Garden Showcase featuring more than 80 local gardens demonstrating various aspects of sustainability. The tour highlighted many homes featuring solar panels…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on May 2, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This Saturday: Giant Eco Festival, Block Parties Throughout Mar Vista

Mar Vista's "insanely popular" Green Garden Showcase this Saturday will present drought resistant landscaping, edible gardens, composting techniques, water capture and even chickens! More than 80 homes will be open to the public.



Added by Open Neighborhoods on April 28, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Plug Into Your Park - Electronics Recycling this Saturday at Mar Vista Park

Recycle your old electronics this Saturday and help support our City parks.

Free Electronic Recycling Drop-Off!

Recycle your old electronic equipment at the park!

Saturday, April 30, 2011 8a.m. to 2p.m.

Mar Vista Recreation Center

11430 Woodbine Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90066

(Drop-off at Southeast Palms parking lot)

Proceeds Benefit Your City… Continue

Added by Open Neighborhoods on April 28, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New Sales Tax coming on selling your home in 2013. 3.8 % Plus Capital Gains/city and county transfer taxes/inheritance tax

A 3.8 Percent “Sales Tax” on Your Home?

April 22, 2010



I received this e-mail:

This should help stimulate the Real Estate market!





Added by Madelaine Kolisnyk on April 28, 2011 at 8:04am — No Comments

Full Slate of Candidates to Participate in April 27 Forum, Vie to Replace Jane Harman

The Mar Vista Community Council and Venice Community Council are co-presenting a candidate forum for the upcoming 36th Congressional District Special Election.  The event will take place at 6:30pm this Wednesday, April 27 at Westminster Elementary School, located at 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd (enter from Westminster).

The forum will feature the candidates certified by the County Registrar to run in the Special Election on May 17th. Moderating the… Continue

Added by Open Neighborhoods on April 26, 2011 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Mar Vista Program Inspires Silver Lake Clean Energy Conference

Mar Vista Patch reports on an Earth Day Conference in Silver Lake inspired by Mar Vista's goal of 100% clean electricity by 2018.

In 2009 Mar Vista became the first neighborhood in Los Angeles to adopt a local version of the goal of 100% clean electricity nationwide by 2018.  Since then the Venice Neighborhood Council has adopted…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on April 26, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Probate Explained

Probate Explained

The probate process seems to many persons outside the legal world to be a long, drawn-out and expensive process for settling a deceased person's affairs. This is often not the case as your probate matter may be fairly straight-forward and not require an attorney. However, it is always advisable to have a probate attorney specialist review your case to help you avoid costly and time-consuming delays. While this…


Added by Madelaine Kolisnyk on April 16, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Exchange a Bag Launch at the Mar Vista Farmers Market

Sunday is the launch of "Exchange a Bag"at the Mar Vista Farmers Market -- and the beginning of an effort for the Farmers Market to be entirely plastic bag free by September 1.

In partnership with the Mar Vista Green Committee, the Mar Vista Farmers Market will kick off this community initiative by giving away 500 free reusable bags available under the Green Tent this Sunday, April 17th.

The Mar Vista Community…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on April 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mar Vista to Host Westside Education Summit on April 14, 2011

The Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) Education Summit  will feature more than 20 area schools and a panel discussion on education reform at the Mar Vista Recreation Center Auditorium on Thursday April 14, 2011, 5-8:30 PM.

Striving to offer the community the largest, most inclusive free education event of its…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on March 25, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Peach Tree Pottery Calls Young Artists for PEACH FEST 3

Peach Tree Pottery is looking for young artists up to 17 years of age to submit artwork for exhibit and sale at PEACH FEST 3.  The event is Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm.  We are looking for a wide variety of media, but work submitted is limited to wall art: photography, painting, collage, mixed media, illustration; work must be ready-to-hang, either framed or on…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on March 23, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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