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The holiday season is just around the corner, but there’s a lot coming up between now and then. This week, the Urban Land Institute will have a meet-and-greet with Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole and Hack the Beach will have a happy hour to celebrate the next stage of the competition. Later this month, Breeze Bike Share will launch to much fanfare and Climate Action Santa Monica will partner with Big Blue Bus, Spoke, and Metro for a hands-on exploration of the city’s multi-modal future.

ULI Hosts Rick Cole

The local chapter of the Urban Land Institute is hosting a meet-and-greet with Santa Monica’s new city manager, Rick Cole, on Wednesday, November 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Rick Cole is certainly a well known figure, both in Southern California government in general and to ULI members in particular. He has been a smart growth leader, both appointed and elected, across the metropolitan area for many years now,” according to ULI’s website.

Register for the event here.

When: Wednesday, November 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 2025, Los Angeles, CA 90405

Hack the Beach Happy Hour at Cross Campus

Santa Monica’s Hack the Beach contest is in full swing and soon we’ll be hearing about the innovative proposals submitted to change the way we engage in civic life.

To celebrate, Cross Campus will be hosting the contest finalists, city officials, and others at their Santa Monica location for a happy hour mixer on November 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

At the event, there will be a formal announcement about who the finalists are and what projects they submitted. Register for the free event here.

When: Tuesday, November 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: 929 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Breeze Bike Share Launch Party

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. A year after the City Council approved a contract with CycleHop to operate a public bike-share system, Breeze Bike Share is officially launching on November 12.

The official launch will include a bike parade featuring 200 bikes, refreshments, and a press conference, starting at 8:15 a.m. in front of City Hall.

“As part of the day-long celebration, anyone who wants to can try out a Breeze bike for free from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.  To ride free for the day, the community is invited to register online at or on the Social Bicycles apps for android and IOS,” according to city officials.

When: Thursday, November 12 at 8:15 a.m.
Where: City Hall, 1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Practice for Our Multi-Modal Future with Climate Action Santa Monica

Join Santa Monica Spoke, the Big Blue Bus, Metro representatives, and Climate Action Santa Monica for a chance to learn about and practice using the many tools of Santa Monica’s multi-modal future on November 22 at the Church in Ocean Park.

“The program includes an interactive Transportation Festival between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm featuring a parked Big Blue Bus, the new Breeze Bike Share bikes, live music, and special prizes,” according to a press release issued by Climate Action Santa Monica.

RSVP for the free event here.

When: Sunday, November 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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