Category Archives: Santa Monica

Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes days away!

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 12.12.54 AMWe are so excited to host Elly, Joshua and Joe for Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes 2016 Tour! We are planning a ZERO WASTE EVENT with some great sponsors and cool prizes!

We have some REALLY COOL STUFF planned! 
We’ll give you a preview early next week..
More Info and to register see the event HERE
Check out the tour in 
this video

To volunteer for this event email: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

• ZERO WASTE EVENT, RSVP and get a folding stainless steel SPORK!*
• VEGAN CUPCAKES* by Cynthia Rose
• Commemorative Pint Glasses!* and beer from FIRESTONE BREWING
• RAFFLES: Win one of two CRUISER BIKES & more cool stuff added daily!
*while supply lasts

You’ll be treated to chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet buffet spread. Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation that includes eight short films about groundswell movements where people have demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

See the Event for all the latest details HERE!

Portland Returns to Santa Monica for Dinner, Bikes & Cupcakes Tour 2016

Dinner, Bike & Cupcakes!
Friday, June 17th

Elly Blue, Joshua Ploeg, Joe Biel
Traveling to tell stories and show movies on Bicycle Culture while serving up tasty Gourmet Vegan Food!

Portland returns to Santa Monica with the sixth annual Dinner & Bikes tour of the U.S.
Bringing people together to eat delicious food and get inspired about bicycle transportation.

We will again add our own special spin to the event with VEGAN CUPCAKES and SO MUCH MORE!

• ZERO WASTE EVENT, RSVP and get a folding stainless steel SPORK!*
• VEGAN CUPCAKES* by Cynthia Rose
• Commemorative Pint Glasses!* and beer from FIRESTONE BREWING
• RAFFLES: Win one of two CRUSER BIKES & more cool stuff added daily!
*while supply lasts

Volunteer for this event: Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

You’ll be treated to chef Joshua Ploeg’s seven-course gourmet buffet spread. Elly Blue and Joe Biel co-present a new interactive discussion and presentation that includes eight short films about groundswell movements where people have demanded better neighborhood conditions and successfully implemented them. Throughout the evening there are plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions, and browsing the Microcosm pop-up book and t-shirt store.

Event location is immediately adjacent to the new 17th Street Expo Station at Breeze Bike Share HQ. Find out more about Breeze, bike share and test rides too!

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See the Event for all the latest details HERE!

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Santa Monica Open Street: Coast this Sunday!

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Metro presents: Santa Monica’s first Open Street Event: COAST

Bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free, engaging and fun way to explore Santa Monica. Enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends.

This local event transforms our streets into a park for the day – with music, restaurants, shops, dance and games with family and friends.  Stroll with Samba dancers, picnic, and feel the breeze as you move through the streets!  Explore the interactive Coast Zones celebrating culture, sustainability and mobility, as well as other attractions along the route.


Visit Santa Monica Spoke in the Mobility Zone at the Santa Monica Civic. Katie Rogers of Carless in LA will be at our booth too!
Free Kids Bike Skills Course with instructors & bikes.
Helmet Decorating and so much MORE!!

Volunteers need for this event – Volunteer@SMSpoke.org

The streets of Santa Monica belong to everyone — not just drivers, but people on bikes, pedestrians, and hey, maybe even hoverboarders. Come visit the Mobility Zone for great music, free bike repairs, information on Santa Monica’s revamped bike lanes, bike share and redesigned bus system, Our bike rodeo, a helmet decorating, and so much more. And did we mention there will be ice cream?

  • Big Blue Bus
  • Bike Center
  • Bike It / Walk it Santa Monica
  • Bike Rodeo: Bike clinic for kids on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Breeze Bike Share
  • CASM Climate Corps Booth
  • dublab: ambient music
  • First Aid by the American Red Cross
  • GoSaMo / Transportation Management Office
    • Join GoSaMo, the City of Santa Monica’s brand new campaign with giveaways and more at today’s Pop-up mobility kiosk
    • Show off your favorite way to get around by designing your own t-shirt and then having it screen printed right in front of you
  • Helmet Decorating Workshop for Kids with Safe Routes to School
  • Peddler’s Creamery: Ice Cream made by peddling a bike!
  • REI Bike Repair
  • Santa Monica Spoke: Bike Exhibition, display of all kinds of bikes
  • WISE & Healthy Aging
  • ZipCar

For ongoing updates and additional information about COAST, RSVP to the Facebook Event, follow the City of Santa Monica on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #GoSaMo.

Visit the 5 themed hubs along the route.

Full Event Programing can be found here for the:
① Colorado Esplanade
② Culture Zone
③ City Zone
④ Sustainability Zone
⑤ Mobility Zone
⑥ Main Street and Norman Place
Coast Performers
Buy Local Event Specials
Bike Repair Along the Route
Get to Coast car free and carefree.
Bike Rentals
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Handlebar Happy Hour: Tonight at The Upper West

Celebrate Bike Month! Each week this month we visit Buy Localism Most Loved Santa Monica Happy Hour Finalists.

The Upper WestThis week we visit The Upper West in the Pico Neighborhood.

See Happy Hour food and drink specials on the event page HERE


Day:    Thursday
Date:   May 26th, 2016
Time:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (HH prices)
Place:  The Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd


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Come celebrate all things bike. socialize, talk bikes, give input ….
Have FUN!

Log miles over smiles and learn how to join the Nation Bike Challenge and ride for Team Bike Santa Monica
Learn about all the great events for Bike Month and Bike to Work Week!bike_local_sticker

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Santa Monica’s Savvy Multimodalism Shows Moxie

Great video of our fair city!

Shot before Expo Light Rail Line arrived – this is a great look at the steps City of Santa Monica  has taken to move us toward a safer, more active, healthy and sustainable community that serves it’s residents and welcomes visitors. If you haven’t been here lately – COME VISIT US!

Lots of events this week and beyond –

Wednesday- Free Screening: Carless in LA, one woman care free trek through Los Angeles
Thursday- HandleBar Happy Hour at Upper West
check SMSpoke.org/events
Now with Expo it is even easier to get west – don’t miss Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event

From  STREETFILMS

“Santa Monica certainly has a wave of transportation wonders taking flight. Like many cities they seem to be trying out a heaping of everything: bike share, a mix of bike lane treatments, a new rail line, neighborhood greenways, a pedestrian action plan (incorporating Vision Zero), a new people-friendly promenade/protected cycletrack where the Expo line terminates and of course they always have the hard-to-miss Big Blue Bus!

Just in the last six months they have launched both Breeze bike share and opened the Expo rail line to downtown Los Angeles which cuts travel times from an hour and a half by bus to 50 minutes. (Personal note: after spending the day shooting this story I endured a 2 hour and 15 minute bus ride back to L.A.’s Union Station. So at rush hour it can be even more tortuous than that!) The Breeze bike share was my first experience with the smart bike program and it was easy to use and comfortable.

So come see just some of the many options the city has employed to make getting around as easy as possible whatever mode you choose. Thanks much to the wonderful Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke who made my first visit there a joy by giving me the grand tour.”

Thank you Clarence!

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica: Saturday May 21t: Expo II Station Celebrations

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More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Visit all three Santa Monica Stations, each is planned to be themed differently – Santa Monica Spoke is planned to be at all three stations. At 4th Street we’ll be moving about with the Big Purple Cargo Bike, at 17th and at 26th St/ Bergamot we will be in the Mobility Hub – Look for #GoSaMo.
This historic event is one not to be missed.

Local Station activities will be hosted at all three Santa Monica stations at 26th St/Bergamot Station (at Olympic and 26 th Street), and 17th St/SMC Station (at Colorado and 17th Street), and Downtown Santa Monica Station (at Colorado and 4th Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fares will be free on May 21 on the Expo Line as well as on Big Blue Bus and Breeze Bike Share. Each of the new stations in Santa Monica will celebrate the opening and various locations will provide information about local transportation options, and encourage attendees to get out and about to enjoy local businesses and activities happening throughout the day.
Updates posted as they are released.

more info at
http://smgov.net/expo/ and http://moreexpo.metro.net

Movie Screening: CARLESS in LA – Laemmle Monica

In celebration of METRO’s new Expo 2 line to Santa Monica + Bike Month You are cordially invited to the premiere of the feature documentary:

Carefree in LA

CARLESS in LA: one woman’s car-free trek thru Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 25th see full event info here here

Panelist and Q&A Discussion to follow featuring Diego Cardoso of METRO; Jonathan Parfrey of CicLAvia; Aaron Paley formerly of CicLAvia; Cynthia Rose Director Santa Monica Spoke and filmmaker Katie Rogers

PLEASE NOTE: This is a private screening with limited seating. RSVP to KatieRogers777@gmail.com with your name and email to ensure your seat.

We are organizing a group ride that will meet at the 4th Street Expo Terminus Station (near corner of 5th and Colorado near the bike racks) and ride to the Laemmle for the show!
– Meet at 6:00pm ROLL AT 6:15pm
– Free Bike Valet: Opens at 6:15pm
– Panel discussion and a reception follow the movie

– all latest info will be updated on EVENT PAGE HERE

Bike Week LA in Santa Monica Friday May 20th

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Expo II Opening Ceremony & tomorrow Expo II Station Celebrations

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

Info posted as it is confirmed also see smgov.net/expo
Ride Expo for FREE today and tomorrow!
More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

An opening ceremony hosted by Metro will kick off service on the Expo Line, which is the first scheduled passenger train in Santa Monica since the Red Car ended service in 1948. There will be a banner break just east of the Downtown Station located at Colorado and 4th Street. Elected officials from Los Angeles, Metro, Expo and Santa Monica will converge to officially open the seven stations that are part of the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The line is expected to be open to the public in the afternoon and rides will be free.
For more information about opening weekend check back here or go to  metro.net/moreexpo

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Bike to the Movies and the NEW Laemmle Monica Film Center! Specials!

slide21Bike to the Movies / Date Night (no date required) at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

Discount tickets with your choice of movie.
Reception in the mezzanine from 6:00 to 7:30pm. $3 beer and wine – discounts on some food items more perks being planned.
Group Ride from 4th Street Expo Station (see below) 

To order tickets in advance go to Laemmle Monica Film Center

  • Select Friday May 20th
  • For either or these movies – title/time
    The Meddler (7:40pm)
    Eva Hesse (7:10pm)
  • Enter Pomo Code SMSpoke, your ticket will be $6.00
  • Concession discount – Popcorn & Soda combo = Small Popcorn & Fountain Drink $5
    ($3 off our regular prices)

Laemmle Eva Hesse Movie

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EVA HESSE

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dead from a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, was dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

Rated NR
Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary, History
Runtime: 108 min
Language: English

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Cast: Bob Balaban (voice), Selma Blair (voice) Patrick Kennedy (voice)

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here, select 7:10pm and enter code SMSpoke 


Laemmle The Meddler Movie
THE MEDDLER

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life

Rated PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Language: English

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here,
select 7:40pm at Monica Film Center and enter code SMSpoke


Group ride from the 4/5th Street Expo Station (meet near bike lockers/racks on Colorado) and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. We will be there at 5:15 and roll out at 5:45 to the theater.
Click here: RSVP@SMSpoke.org

Celebrate with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Join the National Bike Challenge: Ride for team BIKE SANTA MONICA

Expo II: Let’s go Multi-Modal with the Whole Family

 

Sunday May 22nd: Let’s go Multi-Modal on a special Expo II Adventure with the Whole Family.

Expo Line Opens to Santa Monica on May 20th. Join us for an family Friendly adventure for the whole family on Sunday!
With funding from our partners at Metro lets take a ride on Expo, Kids Bikes and All!
We start at 17th Expo Station take a short ride on the Expo II Bike Path and then jump on Expo to Exposition Park for a short ride around the Rose Garden, then back to Santa Monica. Fun for the whole family.

Start time planned for 10am,
Receive a FREE Expo II Commemorative t-shirt when you pre-register.
One for each child plus One adult shirt per family., while supplies last!

Registration limited please RSVP today. For registration form and any FINAL UPDATES please visit the event page HERE