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July 20

Cuban Film Series presents Guantanamera, a social and romantic comedy, 7pm, $5 donation, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.

Learn About Wine, summer soiree benefit for Meal on Wheels, 7:30-10pm, $125 presale, $150-$200, California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, MDR,

July 21

Bazaar and Yard Sale, hosted by the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 8am-4pm, free, 1450 11th St., 310.394.3773.

Call to the Wall, surf contest to benefit Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times, 6am-sunset, donation, Surfrider Beach, Malibu, Also July 22.

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, film documentary on the poet-songwriter, 2:30pm, free with museum admission, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series launches with a lecture on climate change by Richard Matthew, Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at UC Irvine, 4pm, free, Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.346.8950.

Mar Vista Library Book Sale, 10am-4pm, hardbacks, paperbacks, mass market fiction and nonfiction, videos, DVDs, CDs and vintage records, Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.390.3454.

Miss Malibu Pageant, 7:30pm, $10-$20, Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Restaurant Design: An On-Site Study Tour, tours of restaurants and discussions with designers, architects, chefs and owners, pre-tour lecture, Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm, $275, UCLA Extension Building, 1010 Westwood Blvd., WW, 310.825.9061. Also July 22.

Santa Monica Bead Faire, 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm/Sunday, $5, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Also July 22.

Michael Scoggins, through August 31, d3 Projects, Bergamot Station, 310.829.9856.

Sensuality in the Abstract, Lynda Benglis, Richard DeVore, Craig Kauffman, Larry Bell, Ken Price, Ed Moses, opening reception 5-7pm, through August 18, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

The 12 Steps for Everybody’s 3-Hour 12-Step Writing Workshop, 9am-12pm, $15, Westside Pavilion, 10800 Pico Blvd., WW, 310.428.0904.

Workshop on the Future of the Industrial Lands, part of Santa Monica’s Shape the Future Project, 9:15am-2:30pm, free, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.458.8341.

July 22

Jessica Kamm, instrumental and vocal music, 4:30pm, free, Palisades Lutheran Church, 15905 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.459.2358.

July 23

Kay ’N Dave’s will donate 20 percent of sales to support Free Arts for Abused Children, a nonprofit group that brings arts programs to abused, neglected and at-risk children. All three branches are participating: Santa Monica, PP, WLA. Donation only applicable to receipts put in “Free Arts” basket. Through July 26.

July 24

Author Discussion with mystery writers Eric Stone, Timothy Hallinan and David Corbett, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Flower Arranging Demonstration with Brenda Berkley, co-author of Zen Flowers and owner of the Flower Box Boutique, 7:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

July 25

American InterContinental University’s Celebrate the Library Speaker series kicks off with Christopher McDonald, noon-2pm, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd, LA, 310.302.2111.

Foggy Mountains Breakdown More Than Non-Foggy Mountains, film about bluegrass music, plus shorts, 8pm, live music at 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

Dr. Nita Valens, noted psychotherapist and radio personality, is the guest at Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

July 26

Third Annual Legendary Bingo Night, 6pm, $50, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica Pier, 310.314.2555.

Ready Set Sold! Home Selling with Michael Corbett, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Twilight Dance Series presents Roots Rock Reggae with Fully Fullwood and Junior Marvin plus opening act the Blue Notes, 7:30-9:30pm, free, Santa Monica Pier,

Mark Your Calendar

Mods and Rockers Film Festival, Aero Theatre, July 27-29.

Malibu Arts Festival, July 28-29.

Santa Monica Film Festival, August 3-6.

Community Announcements / Ongoing Events

Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched a new Internet service,, enabling homeowners and contractors to schedule building inspections online. Another option is to call interactive voice response (IVR) system at 310.458.2202.

The City of Santa Monica offers competitive landscape grants to help property owners set up sustainable irrigation systems. Visit or call, toll-free, 866.728.3229.

Community Art School is now open in Santa Monica. Classes are offered in a garden setting and are in conjunction with an online learning center, 310.804.0335 or go to

Community Classes in Theatre Games, offered by Mob Rule Inc., a community outreach project, Sundays at 6pm, $5, fanaticsalon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., LA, HYPERLINK “”

Hands-On Opportunities are available for volunteers and docents at The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. A training program for docents will be held July 28, 10am-noon, and a meeting for general volunteers on August 5, 10-11am, 323.644.4703.

Into EdVentures is looking for families to host international exchange students, 877.522.4868.

“I’ve Got 7” is a campaign to alert Santa Monicans to disaster preparedness, launched by the Santa Monica Red Cross, the Santa Monica Fire Department and the City of Santa Monica,

Leads Club is an international organization that offers a weekly forum for business people. The Santa Monica branch meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:30-8:45am at Bravo Cucina, 1319 Third Street Promenade, 310.442.5752.

Liberty Hill Foundation is looking for pledges to double a matching fund. The first 100 people to contribute at least $150 will be entered in a drawing for a special night on the town. Donate online or print out form at /donateform.pdf or write to Liberty Hill Foundation, 2121 Cloverfield Blvd., Suite 113, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has introduced its “Just Be Ready: Prepare Together” emergency preparedness ad campaign as the next phase of its ongoing effort to encourage residents to ready themselves in case of an emergency. TV, radio, print and online PSAs (public service announcements) in 12 languages will inform the public about assembling emergency kits and planning strategies with their families for dealing with an emergency,, the leading website for social network users is teaming up with the American Red Cross to raise funds for disaster relief efforts. The 45-day program began on June 11. Fifty percent of donations will be given to the Santa Monica chapter of the organization to aid local disaster victims as well as other recipients of Red Cross services, including youth, military families, seniors and other at-risk groups in Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica Conservancy’s walking tour of downtown Santa Monica is offered weekly. Tours meet at 10am every Saturday and cost $10 general, $5 for Conservancy members, RSVP 310.496.3146.

The Santa Monica Film Festival showcases the films of many local, national and international filmmakers, and will use “text voting.” Funds from each vote will support the Santa Monica Film Festival’s nonprofit 501c3. Entry fee is $50, more information at

Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each Tuesday, 7-10pm, Church of Christ, 9733 Venice Blvd., WLA,, 310.202.1380.

Santa Monica’s Solid Waste Division has launched a new website that answers many residential and business customer queries. To learn how to setup recycling programs at apartment buildings, what to do with unwanted electronics devices, where to drop off bulky items like refrigerators and answers to many more questions go to

Sony Studios is conducting Twilight Tours every Thursday through September 28, 6:30pm, $25, approximately 90 minutes, RSVP 310.520.tour x8687.

Soroptimist is a service organization available to help women and children, meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, 310.395.6168.

UCLA Extension is looking for stories by alumni for their new website “Your Story is Our Story,”

UCLA Extension is offering classes in conversational French, Spanish and Italian. Workshops will be held from 9:30am-4:30pm over two weekends, August 4, 5, 11 and 12 at UCLA, $290 per workshop, including course materials and continental breakfast each day, 310.825.1898.

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