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Memorial Park Master Plan Community Workshop #2

August 13 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm

The City of Santa Monica is planning to expand Memorial Park! All residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in this public input opportunity. Three master plan options will be shared with the community for feedback. A light dinner will be served. Date and time subject to change.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for advance viewing of presentation boards and Q&A with the project team. Presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Parking validation will be available for the Civic Auditorium Parking Lot (immediately adjacent to the auditorium). A bike valet will also be provided.

If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.) please contact Community & Cultural Services by calling (310) 458-8310 or emailing ccs@smgov.net at least 3 days prior to the workshop.

Jazz on the Lawn 2018

The Jazz on the Lawn Summer Concert Series returns for its 13th year! Each Sunday in August.

“Everyone is invited to grab friends, family and dancing shoes for free concerts in the park. A sampling of jazz and world music genres, free dance lessons and intermission performances (on select dates), and some of the area’s finest food trucks will be presented in Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park). Patrons are invited to come early to enjoy new family-fun activities for children and adults, providing entertainment like corn hole, giant blocks and more beginning one hour prior to each concert,” — Santa Monica City.


Jazz on the Lawn Emcees: alternate concerts, check dates linked below 
• Actor, spoken word artist, humanitarian, and TED speaker Sean Hill
• Joe Hernandez Kolski
, co-founder of Downbeat 720*, an open-mic event for high school performers.

MUSICICAL PERFORMANCES:
Sunday, August 5th: Nick Mancini Collective
Sunday, August 12th: ScambootyFree swing dance lesson at 4:30pm
Sunday, August 19th: Twanguero, Intermission concert will feature The Samohi Jazz Combo
Sunday, August 26th:  Orquesta Tabaco y Ron,  Free salsa dance lesson at 4:30pm.

FOOD TRUCKS: Vary by date – check the calendar event
• The Berlin Truck
– grilled cheese sandwiches and German style sausages
• The Gastrobus
– farmers’ market bistro with locally-sourced dishes
• King Kone – ice cream and sweet treats
• Paradise Cookies & Ice Cream
– fresh baked cookies and homemade ice cream
• Tacos Super Gallito – burritos, tortas, quesadillas and tacos
• Yalla Truck – falafel and chicken kabob sandwiches

PRE-CONCERT GAMES: Begin one hour prior to the concert at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m.


Gandara Park includes a children’s playground, restrooms and parking. Free bike valet will be offered starting at 4 p.m. in the Gandara Park lot.
Walk, bike, scoot, public transit or multi-modal your way. Expo Line 26th Street/Bergamot Station is an short eight-minute walk and Big Blue Bus Route 5 stops in both directions on Olympic Blvd. at Stewart St.

For more information on the series, visit smgov.net/jazz. See and share posts about the concerts by using #ArtSaMo.

Downbeat 720 has been running for over sixteen years and is sponsored by the City of Santa Monica.

National Night Out 2018

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August 7 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm

Without people there is no unity or community! For this year’s National Night Out, the Santa Monica Police Department is inviting everyone, from every corner of the City, to one dynamic location! Plan to join us at Ken Genser Square on Tuesday, August 7th to celebrate police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and the diversity that makes Santa Monica such a great place to live.

Bring your appetite. Local food truck favorites will be on hand providing tasty fares at a reduced rate. Bring energy to take part in the Unity Art Project where we will “build a canopy of interconnectedness so thick it will be hard to see the sky”! Bring your pride for the community you live in and create your very own “Santa Monica Rocks!” project. Above all else, bring yourself, family and friends to celebrate diversity and togetherness with SMPD and those around you.

Let’s come together and UNITE the City!

Sunday Funday: Tour of Santa Monica with LACBC

July 1 @ 9:30 am12:30 pm

Join us and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) for the first Sunday Funday of the summer season! We’ll be enjoying the cool coastal air as we are joined by our LA County Affiliate LACBC for this excursion to explore our own Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway and share a preview of the amazing improvements planned for the Safe Streets for 17th Street & Michigan Ave project — and so much more!

We’ll be starting out at the 26th Street / Bergamot Station on the Expo Line meeting at 9:30 AM, rolling at 10 AM. There will be stops and water breaks along the way and is a perfect way to meet people, explore hidden gems and discover new neighborhoods. Facebook RSVP here for Sunday Funday!

Come one, come all! This ride is a no-drop ride led by Santa Monica Spoke with LACBC Ride Marshals. Riders should be able to keep a 10 MPH pace, and cover about 10 miles.

Ride with the Mayor to Main Street Summer SOULstice

This Sunday June 24th, join Mayor Ted Winterer and Santa Monica Spoke on a feeder ride from Douglas Park to 18th Annual Main Street Santa Monica “Summer Soulstice” Block Party. The ride will leave at 11:30 am from the west side of Douglas Park (near the tennis courts and restrooms), travel down California Ave to the Beach, and ride the beach bike path down to Main Street.

The ride will be roughly 4.5 miles long. Remember to bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children are welcome but should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.
No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.