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October 16th, 2pm

Jerry Ruben invites us:

"Please bring sunflowers (and your positive energy) to surround and hug the Children’s Tree of Life in Santa Monica Palisades Park (Ocean Ave. and Colorado Ave. just north of the Pier) as we publicly gather there to honor Marissa’s amazing life on her 83rd birthday Sunday, October 16 at 2pm.

Marissa and I planted the tree in 1983 at a public Earth Day peace celebration and were married there a few months later."


At the birthday gathering there will be songs, poems, tributes and the sharing of a specially decorated cake courtesy of Carlo’s Bake Shop. Following the event, the sunflowers (and any other flowers) placed around the tree will be donated to Sunrise Senior Living located in Santa Monica.

For more about our friend, please read this obituary lovingly written by Jerry: