Welcome to PIO
  1. The PIO is committed to promote business and commerce within the Santa Monica Pico Blvd Business Improvement area.
  2. The PIO is committed to promote goodwill between the business community and the residential areas immediately adjacent to the Boulevard.
Contact Info

3019 Pico Blvd #4
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Monthly Board Meeting

The PIO Board of Directors meets the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Virginia Avenue Park. Click to view the meeting agenda, click here.

PIO BYLAWS click here

Our Partners

Welcome to the Event Page of the Pico Improvement Organization. Here, you will find upcoming events on the Pico corridor!

Entries by PIO (33)


March 12: Spring Art Opening at The Upper West


February 26: Upper West's Oscar Fundraiser

Click for details


January 9: City of Santa Monica Open House

City of Santa Monica Open House:  Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway + Safe Route to Edison School

Date:   Monday, January 9, 2017

Time:   Drop by anytime between 6:30PM - 8:00PM! 

Location:  Community Corporation of Santa Monica Community Room, 2345 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica

About the project:

The Edison Language Academy Safe Routes to School Project is an exciting step towards implementing the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGo) long term vision. The goals of the greenway improvements will aid students in walking and biking to and from the Edison Language Academy and improve the safety, comfort and accessibility of bicycling within the Pico neighborhood.

The project starts along 30th Street at Ocean Park Boulevard and connects west to Michigan Avenue through neighborhood streets.


For more info:  www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/Plans-Projects/Edison




December 10: Sale at The Colleagues 

On Saturday, December 10, come by The Colleagues for a 50% off sale. To benefit the Children's Institute Inc, The Colleagues' resale room sells vintage, budget and designer clothes, accessories, jewelery, menswear, antiques, decorative arts, and home goods. For more details, visit thecolleagues.com. Location: 3312 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 2pm.


October 23: Charlie Patton's Opening Reception at The Upper West

On Sunday, October 23 from 4-7pm, enjoy wine, cheese and art by Charlie Patton at The Upper West Details: theupperwest.com


September 10: BUY LOCAL Health & Fitness Festival

Join the fun on Saturday, September 10 from 11 am - 4 pm at the Santa Monica Civic Center Surface Lot (1855 Main St.). Activities include: free health screenings, fitness classes, bike skills classes and lots of activities for kids. Come meet your favorite local businesses, pop-up shops and food vendors. For more information about this free community event, visit smchamber.com/wblf.



October 8: Pico Fitness Crawl

The most fun workout in LA!
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8AM - 11AM, Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

14 fitness studios, 1 boot camp, and 1 beach camp along a 2.5 mile course offer 10-minute workouts, every 20 minutes. Try a combination of traditional workouts, like CrossFit, Zumba, Pilates, Gyrotonic, yoga, karate and resistance. Training along with "Totally LA" workouts, like professional dance choreography, surf instruction, virtual golf and virtual ski instruction!

After the Pico Fitness Crawl, stay for the food and the fun at the Virgina Avenue Park Farmers Market and get discounts in select Pico Blvd restaurants and shops. Everyone receives a FREE GIFT BAG and GIVEAWAYS!

For tickets and reservations, go to: santamonicapico.com/pico


July 12: Art Opening at The Upper West


June 24: PIO "Block Party" 

We hope to see you Wednesday, June 24 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. for refreshments, music and networking at the next Pico Improvement Organization Mixer. It's a "block party" on the south side of Pico from 33rd to 34th Street, location of two of this year's "Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses":  CrossFit Reflex and Sewing Arts Center.  Also open for the mixer: The Colleagues, The Swim Guy, Infuse Wellness, U.S. Bank. Walk, bike, Big Blue Bus #7 or parking in the rear of the buildings. 


Pico Blvd's Morgan-Wixson Theatre is proud to present LEGALLY BLONDE

June 27th through August 1st, 2015

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the
adored movie, “Legally Blonde” follows the transformation of Elle
Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of
her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with
memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and
heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin

June 27th through August 1st, 2015. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and
Sundays at 2 pm.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard (Pico @ 27th Street), Santa
Monica, CA  90405
Accessible by Big Blue Bus #7 and #8.

Reserved seats start at $25 online at www.morgan-wixson.org or call the theatre
box office at 310-828-7519.

Directed By:   Anne Gesling
Produced By:   Meredith Wright
Musical Direction By: Anne Gesling
Set Design By:   Thomas A. Brown
Lighting Design By:   William Wilday
Choreographed By: Lauren Blair
Costumes By: Kristie Rutledge



May 30: P32 Gallery presents "3 From The Street: LA Perspectives

A portion of sales benefitting Beautify Earth

Gallery location:
3129 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405


 Mural featured on Pico Blvd by Beautify Earth



May 5: Upper West Fiesta for a Good Cause


April 4: Vibrant Health Festival


April 11: P32 Gallery - Reception 

Please join us at P32 Gallery to celebrate our upcoming show, Light on Fire. An opening reception with Daniel Kaufman will be held on April 11th from 6-9pmThe Upper West will cater the event. The gallery and artist will donate 20% of gross sales and 100% of one painting to benefit Beit T'Shuvah. We are open Thursday - Saturday from 1-7pm and by appointment. 

Click Here for More Information on Light On Fire

Hope to see you there!



March 21: Photography Exhibit at Lo/Cal

Lo/Cal is proud to announce our next art exhibit at @lo.cal - featuring Mike O'hara's beautiful images from the #goldenstate. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday March 21st at 6pm with special coffee drinks and food. To RSVP email info@local-coffee.com. Located at 2214 Pico Blvd.


March 19: Upper West & Don Julio - Sold Out!


Oscar Night at Upper West

Watch the biggest night in film with good company, good food, and for a good cause!

The Upper West is hosting an Oscars Watch Party for the second year in a row. Come when red carpet coverage begins to fill out your Oscar winner predictions, then stay to watch the show with delicious food and drinks. There will be prizes for the most accurate Oscars predictions, and other prizes for opportunity drawings.

The Upper West is also giving back generously at this event. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of all sales on Oscar night to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is dedicated to advancing research, treatment, awareness, support and cures for blood cancers.



Live Painting & Local Benefit

Click the image for details about the live painting that will benefit a local organization.    


For The Arts Benefit Concert on Feb. 7

Saturday, Feburary 7th at 7pm located at Barnum Hall of Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Blvd.). For tickets and event updates, click the image below.





Pico Blvd prepares for "The Most Loved Santa Monica" Contest

Get ready for Buy Local Santa Monica's The Most Loved Santa Monica contest! These FREE workshops offered by HUTDOGS/Constant Contact in partnership with Buy Local Santa Monica Committee, Pico Improvement Organization, and City of Santa Monica Economic Development Team. Dedicate the time to brainstorm ideas to promote your business or organization.

Workshop 1: Building your Online Marketing Toolkit with Email & Social Media
(free, pre-register)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 10-11:45am
Santa Monica Public Library Pico Branch (Annex)
2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405

Workshop 2: So You're on Social Media, Now What? Social Media Marketing- next steps
(free, pre-register)

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 10-11:45am
Santa Monica Public Library Pico Branch (Annex)
2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405