photo by Shanna Camilleri

photo by Shanna Camilleri

The following are organizations and news services that serve the Venice community. Learn about Venice and ways you may give back to the community…

community organizations

Venice Neighborhood Council
Working to improve the quality of life in Venice; meetings held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7pm at Westminster Elementary

Venice Chamber of Commerce
Promoting local businesses & providing opportunities for members to meet. Also hosts the Venice Art Crawl.

Venice Community Housing (VCH)
Founded by local community members in 1988, VCH provides affordable housing and affordable programs for low-income families and individuals

St. Joseph Center
Founded in 1976, this social service organization helps low-income families and individuals by providing housing, mental health, education and vocational programs.

Venice Family Clinic
Launched in 1970, the VNC provides quality primary health care to people in need. Also hosts the annual Venice Art Walk & Auction.

news & CULTURE

Venice Update
Journalist Reta Moser’s “must read” e-newsweekly & community forum covers events, development, quality of life issues, & more

My LA 311
Report homeless encampments, graffiti, bulky item pick-up, street problems, etc. to the City of Los Angeles.

The Argonaut
Westside newsweekly for Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Westchester, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica

Free Venice Beachhead
Published by a collective of volunteers since 1968, this monthly paper is the oldest free publication in the country

Yo! Venice!
Originally created in 2006 by two friends, Bret & Keri, as a communal blog. Purchased in 2014 by Mirror Media Group.

Venice-Mar Vista Patch
Website with local news and human interest stories

Lifestyle & events

Venice - Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
Free programs for kids, parents, and teens

Lincoln & Rose
Venice food, lifestyle and events blog, by Nicole Urso Reed and Jeremy Reed

Venice Paparazzi
Website of event photographers Alex and Edizen Stowell offers an events calendar, plus info on local activities & attractions

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
Founded in 1976 by muralist and activist Judy Baca, this non-profit arts center known for its murals & other public art, hosts workshops, exhibitions, a digital lab & community events.

Beyond Baroque
Founded in 1968 and based in the original Venice City Hall, this non-profit literary arts center hosts programs & cultural events

Venice Oceanarium
Founded in 1995 by Tim Runick, this “museum without walls” hosts events on the beach and Venice pier

venice history

Venice Historical Society
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Venice's rich and unique history

Venice History Site
Historic articles, vintage photographs, and more, by Jeffrey Stanton, author of “Venice California - Coney Island of the Pacific”

Virtual Venice
Info about Venice CA in films, books, and other media, collected by local artist Pat Hartman (Got time? Help her add more.)

Venice Beach Walking Tours