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Solar Tour Showcases Mar Vista Solar Projects

Open Neighborhoods and the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign in Los Angeles are presenting the Westside Solar Tour as part of the National Solar Tour on October 1st, 2011. 

The tour will showcase innovative green buildings and homes and to demonstrate how homeowners can use…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on September 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

LAPD Reports Rash of Daytime Burglaries in Mar Vista

The LAPD recently reported that there was a rash of daytime burglaries in the Palms and Mar Vista areas. This trend has continued, and over the past week there were 5 additional daytime burglaries in the Mar Vista Area.

LAPD is reminding all area residents to ensure that you lock all of your doors and windows…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on September 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mar Vista Green Business Mixer on September 21st

Open Neighborhoods and the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign in Los Angeles will be hosting a free Green Business Mixer in Mar Vista on Wednesday September 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the courtyard behind Venice Grind coffeeshop and Earl's Gourmet Grub (12224/12226 Venice Blvd). The event is a forum for neighborhood businesses and professionals to connect and discuss local green initiatives.

Special guests include the Los Angeles Business Council, Los Angeles Alliance for a New…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on September 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Pesto Madness, LA Victory Gardens and More at The Learning Garden on the Venice High School campus

Organic Gardening Classes Offered at the Learning Garden at Venice High School

Photo by David King

If you've been longing to "grow your own," join DAVID KING--long-time Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden at Venice High School, horticultural instructor at…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on September 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Youth & Teen Theater and Performing Arts Classes begin this week

Kids On Stage Fall Class Session - NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN! 

Award-winning, premiere performing arts company for Youth & Teens since 1987!

Performance and Non-Performance Classes offered: Monday-Saturday's. 

  • Musical Theater Ages 4-6, 7-13
  • Teen Master Troupe Ages 12-16
  • Creative Dramatics Ages 3.5-7
  • Tap for…

Added by Kids On Stage on September 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Join your Mar Vista neighbors in the LA County Solar Challenge!

Open Neighborhoods has teamed up with PermaCity, Inc. to make going solar easy and affordable with group discounts, neighborhood workshops and a Solar Challenge to raise up to $40,000 for school booster clubs, religious institutions and other non-profit organizations.



Added by Open Neighborhoods on September 8, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Pilot seriously injured as small plane crashes into home near Santa Monica Airport


A small plane crashed into the yard of a home just west of Santa Monica Airport at around 2:45 p.m. Monday near 21st Street and Navy.

The pilot has been seriously injured, suffering a broken leg.  No one was home at the time, though painters working in the backyard rescued the pilot from the…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on August 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mar Vista Struck With HoneyLove


It was a full house at the Mar Vista Library as local residents swarmed the yellow carpet for a screening of the new documentary…


Added by Open Neighborhoods on August 25, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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…


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 parking meters with new solar-powered parking…


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 – and new data was released by Open Neighborhoods announcing Mar Vista’s…


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

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