Pacific Palisades Plans a Dog Park

After years of effort, a Pacific Palisades Dog Park Working Group was formed, headed by representatives from LA Recreation & Parks, Councilman Mike Bonin’s office and local community members, to secure plans for a dog park near the corner of PCH and Temescal Canyon Road. This will be a safe off-leash, free range dog park with separate sections for large and small dogs and the perfect place for humans and hounds to meet and socialize! The committee recently presented its designs at a community outreach meeting to garner support, discuss fundraising and push the plans forward. Construction and maintenance will be entirely donation supported. For more information or to contribute, visit PalisadesDogPark.org.

 

Blankets of Love

Since its inception in 2003 by Eileen Smulson, Operation Blankets of Love has collected over 4 million items, from gently used blankets and towels to every type of pet item: food, treats, beds, toys shampoos, vitamins, flea meds, harnesses, collars, leashes, pet clothes, dog igloos, cat trees, crates and more. Like the Red Cross to the animal rescue world, OBOL fills the constant need of animal shelters and rescues for comfort and care items that are not covered by their general operating budgets. Providing blankets to the animals makes them more comfortable, increasing their happiness and helping them get adopted. OBOL also teaches Humane Learning Education Programs to schools and youth groups. Their Anti-Cruelty campaign creates greater community awareness about the plight of abused and neglected animals, while improving quality of life for some 12,000 homeless vulnerable cats and dogs each year. Her husband, Brad, takes care of day to day operations to make sure they have enough supplies to donate to the animals in need. Learn more about OBOL, including where to drop off donations, at OperationBlanketsofLove.org or call 818.402.6586.

 

Woman’s Club Welcomes Guests

The Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club members have planned a variety of upcoming events, including several open to the public. On March 6, at Grant Awards Night, the PPWC will award grant money raised at their annual Home Tour to numerous local charities and schools that give back to and enrich the community. March 10 features a Rummage Sale open to the public. The PPWC welcomes the community to come find a treasure and support renovation of the clubhouse. Interested in joining the Woman’s Club? RSVP for their March 18 reception for potential new members at ThePPWC.org.

Stand-Up Kids

Join local youth comedy performers on March 9 for a live show at the Malibu Civic Theater that includes improvisation with audience participation. Anything can happen during this fun, exciting night of live entertainment showcasing talented local Malibu youth. Special guest artists from Westside Comedy Theater, Mission IMPROVable, will also perform. Members of the group have been seen on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Funny or Die,” “Speed Channel,” “Epic Rap Battles of History” and thousands of live shows in more than seven countries and all 50 states. Mission IMPROVable is a nine-time nominee for Comedy Act of the Year, 2011 winner of Comedy Act of the Year and winner of the 2012 National Entertainer of the Year. The event begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $10 at the door. Root beer floats will be served following the performance. For more information, call 310. 317.1364 or visit MalibuCity.org.

Beauty in Bloom

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show returns to the Earl Warren Showgrounds March 9-11, for its 73rd anniversary. The longest running and one of the largest annual orchid shows in the United States showcases thousands of varieties of rare and beautiful orchids. Plant sales, orchid art and photography, culture demonstrations and breathtaking floral arrangements will keep nature lovers entertained for hours. Admission is $12 and show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. SBOrchidShow.com

Save the Date

The Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Celebration takes place next month, Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. This 20th Annual Chumash Day Powwow will celebrate Native Americans from all over the country, representing hundreds of tribes who will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park. Enjoy Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies and dances on both days. Admission is free, and parking and shuttle service will be available on the corner of Webb Way and Civic Center Way. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available onsite. For more information, call 310.456.2489, ext. 350.