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It’s hard to believe it’s mid May. The year seems to be ﬂying by at record speed as we approach Memorial Day weekend and the unofﬁcial start of summer. Personally, we’re looking forward to spending the holiday celebrating the wedding of a long time friend during a festive getaway to Palm Desert. But for those sticking closer to home, there is a whole host of holiday activities to consider and plenty of time to make plans.
Mark your calendar for the 28th annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by UCLA on May 25th, serving up live music, world food and an arts & crafts village. Headliners feature Snoop Dogg, Aloe Blacc and Ky-Mani Marley with tickets ranging from $30 to $65. Marina del Rey will kick off the summer with cruises aboard both the Hornblower and Entertainer Yachts. These multi-level parties will include food & drink, sunset views, live music, party favors and more. For adults, Main Street Santa Monica will host its ﬁrst annual “Mainopoly,” a taste-of Main Street event with a Monopoly theme that will send you around a life-size Monopoly board to earn food and drink, fake money and all!
For family fun, the Santa Monica pier will host the ﬁnal show in its kid’s concert series on May 25th, featuring Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang. Or, head 30 minutes north to the Four Seasons Westlake Village, where the resort will offer a dive-in movie screening of “Frozen,” complete with an ice cream bar and hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to take a moment to reﬂect on the true meaning of the holiday and honor those who have so bravely served our country. For an opportunity to give back, consider participating in the Walk for Warriors 5k on the Veterans Affairs campus, Monday, May 25th. Proceeds from the race go to New Directions for Veterans, providing services and support for homeless veterans in Los Angeles.
Before your holiday weekend begins, please take a moment to enjoy this week’s issue of DIGS. Our Sweet DIGS home features a graceful French-Tudor style estate designed by noted architect Gerard Colcord in a much desired, but very secluded Paciﬁc Palisades neighborhood. We’ve also included a conversation with Jeff Marshall of Marshall Design Group offered by Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates… sharing his secrets to staging a home that creates a mood to spark the imaginations of potential buyers. And don’t miss our Art & History piece on Vincent Van Gogh’s poignant Irises, a part of the permanent collection on view at the Getty Museum.