A thousand apologies to those who showed up for the 2:00 PM Open Reading on Sunday. Our carless host was cut off from the bus by the marathon, and our equally carless director was in the same position. We ask your forgiveness and welcome you all to return and claim a free Beyond Baroque tee shirt, only a small token for the inconvenience everyone suffered.
Just in! Claudia Licht, Certified Massage Therapist, will be providing Chair Massage on a donation basis before and after the Beyond Baroque event on Friday, March 25, 2011. All proceeds will go for the benefit of Beyond Baroque and its mission of being a community center for the literary arts. Claudia is certified by the statewide California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and is an active professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She has been providing massage therapy since 1998 after taking the national licensing exam as presented by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and specializes in providing pain relief utilizing the John F. Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release. The chair massage will be given in increments of 5 to 10 minutes with a suggested donation of $10 - $20. Clients are fully dressed and will sit in a specially designed chair with no oils or creams being used. The massage chair gives the massage therapist easy access to your neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands and head. We are looking forward to having you, so mark your calendars and reserve your 'chair'! Best, Your Beyond Baroque Team
PO Box 550, Venice, CA 90294 / www.VeniceNC.org
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone or Fax: 310.606.2015
EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
Chair: Pete Thottam
(Tele: 310.497.7255; email@example.com)
Location: Westminster School Elementary Auditorium
1010 Abbot Kinney Boulevard; Venice, CA, 90291
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011; Time: 2 - 5 pm
(Note: We are expecting a large number of attendees. Please arrive on time! In addition to Public
Comments, Board of Ed District 4 representative, Steve Zimmer, will be present and will speak to
the Prop 39 & Charter School issues affecting the Venice & Mar Vista family of schools. We will
also have representatives from UTLA and Green Dot speaking on behalf of both organizations.)
1. Call to Order and Roll Call (2 pm sharp! – Please Arrive On Time)
2. Approval of Agenda & Welcome from VNC Education Chair, Pete Thottam.
3. COMMUNITY FORUM DISCUSSION RE PROP 39 & CHARTER SCHOOLS: The March 12th
meeting’s focus will be gathering public comments on Prop. 39’s impact (current and pending) from
Venice stakeholders. Please note that no actual vote will be taken at the meeting. This primarily will be
an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss facts and to share information about Prop. 39’s local impact.
The meeting is being held to obtain community feedback and for the VNC board to gauge the range of
perspectives existing on area Co-location & Set-Asides, particularly for parents & teachers of school
children enrolled at Westminster Elementary and Walgrove Elementary. We will discuss the complex
factors & events since 2000’s voter passage of Prop. 39 as a constitutional amendment. We will also talk
about the potential negative effects of Prop. 39’s local implementation, about recent API & enrollment
trends at our local schools (positive & negative), about the two Prop. 39 lawsuits that LAUSD lost and the
apparent ‘gag rules’ that have informally been adopted by the District, LAUSD’s funding crisis and the
loss of federal stimulus funds after this year, & class underutilization concerns at LAUSD. Board member
Steve Zimmer will be present as will be representatives from UTLA & Green Dot. Gary Walker, a reporter
from the Argonaut, will be there to cover the discussion. We expect a large crowd. Please arrive on
Also for discussion (as time permits): (A). Steve Zimmer will present to the VNC on March 15th 2011
(location: Westminster Elementary School Auditorium near Abbot Kinney; 7 pm); (B). Michelle Rhee / Ex-
Mayor Riordan / UTLA} VNC Fall Town Hall on Charter Schools; (C). Mark Twain “World Language
Magnet” & Broadway/City Terrace dual language immersion programs (Mandarin/Spanish); (D).
Nutritional programs / DOLE partnership; (E). LAUSD’s new corporatization ‘budget subsidy’ initiatives.
4. Announcements & Public Comment on items not on the above Agenda.
5. Adjourn and Set Date for Next Meeting (tentative).
After working here for nearly a month, I am already smitten with the atmosphere at Beyond Baroque. The friendly and dedicated staff have cultivated an incredible place to absorb the wonders of poetry, and it's truly a pleasure to contribute to this community. Although organizing books and cleaning shelves can be exhausting, the events here are a pleasure to help out with. Before attending these readings, I was unaware that such unique talent existed in my area; as an amateur poet myself, this exposure to local wonders is inspiring and valuable. Hopefully, I can assist the staff in attracting a younger generation of artists to the foundation. If you enjoy the smell of old books, come check us out!
We are very sorry to report technical difficulties on our end with PayPal. If you tried to give a donation via PayPal after January 17th, your payment was not processed. You need to log into your PayPal account again, cancel the pending payment, and resubmit your membership request. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. To thank you for your patience and understanding, we are offering a complimentary t-shirt to those who resubmit their donations on PayPal this month.