The spirit of the holidays was in full swing on Sunday, December 6th at Meet Me Under the Fig Tree, the free annual community event hosted by Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and MSD Capital.
Families gathered under the historic Moreton Bay fig tree to celebrate the season with live performances by the Santa Monica High School Orchestra, Clare Means and Grammy Award Winning pianist Bill Cunliffe. The event was hosted by Greg Goldner and Gauri Ramnath, while guests enjoyed holiday cookie decorating, hair braiding, mini manicures by Exhale Mind Body Spa, a bounce house, a petting zoo, mural painting and a whimsical ginger bread house display, as well as meet and greets with members of Santa Monica’s Fire Department and Police Department. Once again, pictures with Santa Claus proved to be extremely popular. Additionally, families enjoyed furry four legged friends from the Los Angeles based Best Friends Pet Adoption clinic and an interactive exhibit with Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Guests were also treated to a complimentary raffle, which featured prizes donated by community partners including Del Frisco’s, Helens Bikes, Joan’s on Third Santa Monica, Metre Records, The Lobster, Thyme Cafe, Truxton’s, and Westside Acupuncture, along with prizes from the hotel by Exhale Spa, Fig Restaurant and a two night stay at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows.
Guests delighted in culinary offerings such as pumpkin soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and apple cider from FIG Restaurant and delectable hot chocolate from Zenbunni.
Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food to be donated to OPCC. In total, approximately 9,000 pounds of food and over $700 was collected for OPCC which will directly help thousands of individuals and families in need during this holiday season.
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We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate the holidays at the annual 'Meet me under the Fig Tree' community event on Sunday, December 6th from 2 - 5PM at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
It's an afternoon for the entire family! There will be entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus, whimsical gingerbread houses, seasonal crafts and a complimentary raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and the Fairmont Hotel. For the kids, there will be a bounce house, and special new events this year including mural painting with Beautify Earth, an interactive exhibition with Heal The Bay, mini-manicures with Exhale Mind Body Spa, a bounce house, snow and more more!
Your nonperishable food items will be donated to the Ocean Park Community Center, the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. Last year approximately 8,500 pounds of food was donated. Your contributions will help change lives and provide food for those in need in our community.
Admission is free.
For more information about the event, please call 310-576–7777. We're looking forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP on our website or on our Facebook page.
Stay tuned for more details!
See you on Sunday December 6th under the Fig Tree!
Friends of the Miramar
Creating more affordable housing for Santa Monica is an important issue for many of our supporters. The Miramar Plan will create up to 40 new aﬀordable apartments, located across the street from the new Miramar Hotel (pictured in in the red highlighted area in the photograph above). These new affordable housing units will promote economic growth and diversity in Santa Monica and also ensure that people can live closer to where they work. All of those things will improve the vibrancy of our community!
Friends of the Miramar supports smart development practices such as requiring affordable housing as a component of new market-rate housing projects. However, due to the demise of the Redevelopment Agency, funding for new affordable housing has been extremely limited in recent years. The proposed Miramar Plan units would equal nearly 3% of all aﬀordable housing built in Santa Monica over the last 20 years. If we want to make sure Santa Monica can continue to be a place for all of us, we need to create new affordable housing.
Join us and support the Miramar Plan in building a diverse economy and community for Santa Monica.