January at the Annenberg Community Beach House
January 9, 2018
by Tati Simonian
Start off the new year exploring great opportunities at the Annenberg Community Beach House with a lineup that offers something for everyone. From fitness sessions to free events including guided beach walks, art talks, performances and a Gold Coast-era birthday celebration!
Sunday, January 14
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. - RSVP (Free)
Hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy. Docents in vintage attire evoke Marion’s Hollywood inner circle to shine a light on the actress, philanthropist, and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst at Davies’ 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House. Cut a rug with dancers from Santa Monica’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio to music from the classic American songbook by LA Love Band. Enjoy magician Tom Frank, and snap a silent movie photo of yourself. Producer Elaina Archer and Davies’ biographer Lara Fowler will share insights into Marion, her life and times, and Russell Johnson, curator of UCLA’s History of Medicine and the Sciences will present original materials and speak about Marion’s philanthropic work. At 1:30 p.m., a bubbly birthday toast caps the event.
Sunday, January 21
9 – 11 a.m. - RSVP (Free)
Bring your sense of wonder and take to the sands to sketch nature’s offerings on our beautiful stretch of Santa Monica State Beach! Binoculars, drawing boards, pencils and newsprint will be provided, or bring your own easy-to-carry sketching tools.
Tuesday, January 23
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. - RSVP (Free)
Meet native Angeleno and playwright Luis Alfaro and listen to a fascinating overview of art making, community building and national and international theatre work. Winner of the MacArthur “Genius Award” and a current Ford Foundation “Art of Change” Fellow, Alfaro spent ten years at downtown’s Mark Taper Forum creating and producing new American plays. Get backstage detail on plays and projects that have traveled to regional theatres across America, including adaptations of Greek classics that were featured just up the street at the Getty Villa in Malibu. Alfaro takes questions, dishes on how the theatrical sausage is made, discusses his roots in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, and relates his history as a performance artist and political roustabout.
Thursday, January 25
6:00 – 8 p.m. - RSVP (Free)
Join us at the opening reception for Four Million Angels. This exhibition examines the people who fill the streets of Santa Monica on a sunny day. Whether they are visiting the Santa Monica Pier, the 3rd Street Promenade, Angels’ Attic, Bergamot Station, a concert at McCabe’s Guitar Shop or Santa Monica State Beach, a diverse cross section of Angelenos will be in the crowd. Four Million Angels investigates the City’s history, environment, lifestyle, psychological range, architecture, and geography. The exhibition will be on view from January 18 through April 30, 2018.
Saturdays, January 6 – February 3
8:45 and 9:45 a.m., $10 per class (includes parking)
Aqua Aerobics returns to the Beach House! Kick off 2018 with a splash. Activities in Aqua Aerobics classes include the use of jogging belts and water barbells to increase strength and cardiovascular fitness. Each class is an hour in length and includes stretching, cardio, and strength training. These classes are geared toward each participant's fitness level and beginners are encouraged to attend. Whether you’re an Aqua Aerobics veteran looking for a change of scenery or you’re looking for a fun new way to work out in the pool, this is the class for you!
Saturdays, January 6 – February 3
11 a.m. to Noon, $15 per class (includes parking)
BOGAFit is an innovative fitness program that builds strength, deepens flexibility, and improves balance and coordination done on a floating training platform that provides a unique exercise experience. This class enhances the benefits of traditional fitness movements while minimizing the impacts of traditional land exercises, creating high intensity workouts that are low intensity on your body
For more information on all the Beach House has to offer, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com or call 310-458-4904. Space is limited for all events. RSVP and registration for all free events is requested. The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Parking is $3 per hour or $8 per day.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904. The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is operated by the City of Santa Monica. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.