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May 12, 1991
In response to architecture critic Aaron Betsky's article on Third Street Promenade (Times, May 2): Betsky should stay in West Hollywood, where their main street, Santa Monica Boulevard, is a garish, nondescript eyesore. The Promenade is a great improvement and a wonderful addition to Santa Monica. It is a place where people of all incomes can find enjoyment. His criticisms of the benches not being comfortable for the homeless, and of the lighting fixtures being "anonymous" are just sour grapes.
April 4, 1998
The biannual Santa Monica Fine Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on the Third Street Promenade this weekend. More than 100 artists selling paintings, photography, sculptures, stained glass and other items will be at the event, said Sandy Tamkin, the marketing director for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. The fair is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
August 5, 2010
More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the Sri Lanka Day Expo 2010. The annual event features a wide array of cultural entertainment from the little island country off southern India, whose most famous export may be the rapper M.I.A. Entertainment highlights include authentic Sri Lankan food stalls, live music and dance acts and a festive parade. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Free.
August 3, 2013 | By Jenn Garbee
Bill Okal's opening line is one of the oldest tricks in the close-up magic book: undersell your talent, then dazzle them with your best cards. "I really only do two tricks," the Bakersfield resident says apologetically to the two families standing in front of him on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Saturday morning. He taps on three brass demi-cups perched upside down on a weathered cabaret table with pom-pom trim. "One is with cups, which I'm sure you've seen beforeā€¦. The other, if you're ready for this, is the legendary egg trick of Max Malini!"
June 17, 1999
Business owners on the Third Street Promenade, concerned that runaway and homeless youths are harassing patrons and littering their shopping district, have asked social agencies and city officials for help in finding services for the youths. Santa Monica is known nationally by homeless and runaways for its temperate climate and tolerant community. The Third Street Promenade has become a main attraction for runaways.
On Santa Monica's popular Third Street Promenade, where national chains frequently jockey for sites, the latest development is a new Banana Republic store. The chain already has a Third Street store, but it plans to convert a large Promenade building, a site formerly used by J.C. Penney, into a flagship store. The existing Banana Republic store is one of the chain's top stores, and the chain decided Santa Monica could support a larger store.
Street performers on Third Street Promenade were put on notice to tone it down Tuesday as the Santa Monica City Council requested stricter noise rules for them and for businesses that blare music outdoors. In an effort to reduce noise on the popular pedestrian mall, the council ordered city staff to draft an ordinance restricting the use of amplified sound and suggested that amplification be banned in the busy evening hours. The council will take up the issue again July 25.
December 2, 1997
A 50-foot juniper tree will adorn the north end of the Third Street Promenade for the holidays following a lighting ceremony tonight. The lights on the donated tree at Wilshire Boulevard and Third Street will be switched on shortly after 6 p.m. by Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, said Kathleen Rawson of the Bayside District Corp., which manages the Promenade. Officials of the city's bus system, Big Blue Bus, also will collect nonperishable foods for the Westside Food Bank.
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