Coming Up: Handlebar Happy Hour, Jefferson Starship at the Pier, Council Tackles Affordable Housing, and One More Jazz on the Lawn Concert


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Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t you have to slow down. This week, join Santa Monica Spoke for Handlebar Happy at El Cholo, see Jefferson Starship perform at the Santa Monica Pier, help the Council figure out how to fund future affordable housing, head to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library, and close out this summer’s Jazz on the Lawn series at Stewart Park.

Celebrate Handlebar Happy Hour at El Cholo

Join Santa Monica Spoke in supporting local businesses and sustainable transportation all while having fun.

“At the end of every month we get together for fun, to talk bikes, and LOG MILES OVER SMILES for the National Bike Challenge. Part of Team Bike Santa Monica or not — COME JOIN US! All are welcome!! Want to know more about Team Bike Santa Monica? Find out here!” Santa Monica Spoke writes on its website.

When: Wednesday, August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: El Cholo, 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

Jefferson Starship Lands on the Pier

What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to jam out to Jefferson Starship? The sci-fi folk rock ensemble, founded by Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner in 1971, will rock the Pier this Thursday.

They will be joined by Purple Mountains Majesty, whose music you can get a taste of here.

When: Thursday, August 27 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Santa Monica Pier

Council Brainstorming How to Fund Affordable Housing

At its upcoming meeting, the City Council will discuss possible ways of funding affordable housing in the future. The city is facing a major affordable housing funding crunch after the loss of money from its redevelopment agency in 2012 when the state shut down redevelopment agencies throughout California. Before then, the city would give about $15 million a year to nonprofit housing developers to help build new or preserve existing subsidized housing. With the regional housing crisis ongoing, the need for housing, both affordable and market-rate, is dire.

When: Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St.

Santa Monica Public Library Goes to the Beach

The Santa Monica Public Library will continue its summer beach sessions this Friday at the Annenberg Community Beach House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Santa Monica Public Library at the Beach will feature 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. 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,” according to library officials.

For more information, visit or call the Reference Services Department at (310) 434-2608.

When: Friday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Last Chance to Experience Jazz on the Lawn

This summer’s Jazz on the Lawn series wraps up this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Stewart Park. The series finale will feature Brazilian singers, Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos. The duo, known as Brasil Brazil, will deliver “the fervor, enthusiasm and excitement of popular Brazilian music with a variety of styles, rhythms and faces of this colorful and tropical culture,” according to the city’s website.

Once again, Jazz on the Lawn will also feature a lineup of food trucks. This week, Tokyo Doggy Style, Hungry Nomad, and The Pudding Truck will be offering up their cuisine.

When: Sunday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Stewart Park, 1836 Stewart Street

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.


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