June starts out the month with 1st Friday! The Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays Blog started 4 years ago to help launch this event to support the community and worked with the businesses on Abbot Kinney, the Venice Neichborhood Council and Venice Chamber of Commerce to make thisa successful event going from about 30 in attendance to well over 1000 people! We encourage you to check out all the unique shops, galleries and restaurants open late for the event and please tell them you found out about it here!

You can start your first Fridays with an invigorating Zumba Dance class at 9:15 am or 6pm at the newest dance/yoga studio, Venice Movement Arts Center for $15 a class. Also Yoga classes at 3, 4:30 and 8:30pm Friday and a Hip Hop class at 7:15. 122 Lincoln Blvd. # 105  across from Whole Foods.  Free street parking on Lincoln. See Website for details: http://www.venicemovement.com/

Altered Space and M Herrington Galleries are in the same building, which will make it easy for you to check out. They are at the west of of AKB closer to Westminster with openings between 5-8pm and 7-10pm respectively at. 1220 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

While you’re at that end of AKB you may want to check out Joe’s Restaurant at 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd for live music on the patio with jazz singer Judy Wexler starting at 7pm – music is free, must order dinner to be seated.

Head down to the other end of AKB for Very Venice Gallery at 1629  Abbot Kinney Blvd. from 6-9pm for their opening featuring a stable of talented local artists.

Here’s a cool event off AKB that’s just a short walk from it. Art Opening & Music at 1320 Main featuring artist Isabel Alford Lago and others, plus a few bands to liven it up from 7-11pm.

It’s All About Venice!