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This week, there’s a bunch of exciting stuff, including “Santa Monica 2030,” an evening of urban planning through play with James Rojas, Latin jazz at the Pier, more picnics on the Promenade, and a trip to the Annenberg Beach House with the Santa Monica Public Library.

Santa Monica 2030

Join Santa Monica Next and renowned artist and urban planner James Rojas for “Santa Monica 2030” on Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by Pocrass & De Los Reyes Bicycle Law, is an evening of urban planning through play, during which attendees will have a chance to visualize and build the Santa Monica of the future together. There will be food and drinks.

Where: 1640 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When: Tuesday July 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

¡Cubanismo! at the pier

Come celebrate a new era in Cuban-U.S. relations at the Santa Monica Pier this week with the 14-piece Cuban orchestra, ¡Cubanismo!

“¡Cubanismo! features music steeped in dance and what is essentially know as the Cuban Son, the foundation of other forms of world popular music such as African Soukous to Salsa created in the United States. Mixing vintage Danzon, Rumba, Cha-Cha- ¡Cubanismo! brings back the descarga (jam) tradition in a big and fresh format,” according to the Twilight Concert Series website.

¡Cubanismo! will share the stage with Chicano Batman.

“Ethnomusicologists in their own right, [Chicano Batman] are students of rhythm, globe trotting on a quest to reclaim and represent the musical roots of their past generations,” the website reads.

When: Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Santa Monica Pier

SMPL Heads to the Annenberg

The Santa Monica Public Library continues its series of summer beach outings this Friday, July 24. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SMPL will head to the Annenberg Community Beach House with “a curated collection of books for readers of all ages, a Surfside Lounge to relax and grab some shade, and beach-themed activities for the whole family,” according to Library officials.

“Programs will include: Seaside Story Time for Kids, Hula Dancing and Hula Hooping classes, nautical crafts, and our new South Beach Reads Book Group for adults. Librarians will be on hand to sign out books, answer questions and demonstrate cutting edge library apps, eBooks and streaming media. In addition, anyone signing up for a library card will receive a free Santa Monica Public Library beach tote,” officials said.

For more information about this free public program, visit or call the Reference Services Department at (310) 434-2608.

When: Friday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Picnic on the Promenade with Downtown Santa Monica

Join Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the nonprofit that makes Santa Monica’s “living room” run, for a picnic on the Promenade this Friday, July 24 from noon to 3 p.m.

Bring some food and take in the vibrant scene on Third Street, between Arizona Ave. and Santa Monica Boulevard, at DTSM’s pop-up picnic area. This week’s picnic will feature the Rower Challenge presented by Orangetheory Fitness.

When: Friday July 24 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Third Street Promenade, between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd.

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