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This week, get ready for Santa Monica’s transportation revolution with Climate Action Santa Monica, celebrate International Education Week at Santa Monica College, kick off SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Forum on the arts, and have a very merry un-birthday at the Main Branch library.

Santa Monica’s Transportation Revolution

Climate Action Santa Monica’s public forum this coming Sunday, November 22, will tackle the transformation our city is undergoing in terms of how we get around.

Breeze Bike Share officially launched last week, Expo light rail will open all the way to Santa Monica next year, the Big Blue Bus is overhauling its service to integrate with light rail, and the city is working on a comprehensive pedestrian action plan.

You can learn about all of this and more with a hands-on forum at the Church in Ocean Park that will feature speakers from the Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica Spoke, and Metro. It will also include climate change expert William Selby, professor of Geography and Earth Sciences at Santa Monica College.

When: Sunday, November 22 at 12 p.m.
Where: The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street

SMC Celebrates International Education Week

From November 16 to November 20, SMC will be celebrating its diverse international student body with “a lively festival featuring food and games; an informative session on the benefits and options of studying abroad through SMC; a talk on efforts to help civilians during times of violence and social upheaval, and more,” according to SMC officials.

All events are free and open to the public. See a full schedule of events here or email for more information.

When: Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20
Where: Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd.

SMC Public Policy Institute Kicks Off Fall Forum

This year’s PPI Fall Forum will look at the way public policy sustains creative arts and the Forum starts on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. with a free keynote address by Austin Beutner and Joanne Heyler at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

According to SMC’s website, Beutner is a noted civic leader, recent publisher, and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the 16-publication California News Group. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of The Broad Stage and the California Institute of the Arts.

Heyler is the founding director of The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, which just opened on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. She makes the 2,000 works of contemporary art in Eli and Edythe Broad’s collection accessible to the public through free general admission and arts engagement initiatives. She serves as the Director and Chief Curator of The Broad Art Foundation.

On Tuesday, November 17 at 11:15 a.m., the PPI will host a panel discussion “highlighting the importance of visual and performing arts in – and to – our society, and how community advocacy can contribute to public policies that support the arts,” according to SMC officials. The panel discussion will be held at SMC’s Main Campus (1900 Pico Blvd.).

For complete details for both events, visit SMC PPI’s website here.

When: Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17
Where: Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. and SMC Main Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Celebrate Your Un-Birthday with SMPL

The Santa Monica Public Library invites you to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s surreal novel, Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. in the Main Library’s Children’s Activity Room.

“This free program is for ages four and up and will include food, games, and a craft,” according to library officials. For more information, visit

When: Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m.
Where: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

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