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This week, Santa Monica honors its sustainable businesses, relax after work with a drink with fellow bike riders at Handlebar Happy Hour, and get involved with the Santa Monica Junior Chamber of Commerce’s civic engagement committee.

Sustainable Quality Awards

The city, the Chamber of Commerce, and Sustainable Works are joining forces to honor Santa Monica’s greenest businesses this Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Sustainable Quality Awards.

This year’s grand prize winners are: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc.Loews Santa Monica Beach HotelNatural Resources Defense Council, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. In the category of “Excellence in Economic Development,” Arthur Murray Dance Center Santa MonicaGlobal Green, and haleARTS SPACE will be honored.

Taking home prizes in the category of “Excellence in Social Responsibility” are: Caffe Bellagio and Willow Spa. And, finally, in the category of Excellence in Stewardship of the Environment, Caffe BellagioPhysical TherapyworksSanta Monica College, and The Albright – SM Pier Seafood, are being honored.

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Keeping in the spirit of the event, the Santa Monica Bike Center is organizing a ride to the event from its headquarters at 2nd Street and Colorado in Downtown Santa Monica. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m.

For more information or for tickets, visit SQA’s homepage here.

Handlebar Happy Hour

On Wednesday, April 20, join Santa Monica Spoke for a Handlebar Happy Hour at Solidarity (1414 Lincoln Blvd) at 5:30 p.m. It’s a chance to unwind and chat with fellow bike commuters, casual bike riders, and others just interested in things bike-related. It’s also a chance to meet supporters of Spoke, Santa Monica’s local chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. More info here.

Santa Monica Jaycees Civic Engagement Meeting

Tonight, Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. the Santa Monica Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) is hosting its monthly civic engagement meeting also at Solidarity, featuring Cynthia Rose from Santa Monica Spoke. The topic will be Santa Monica’s multi-modal future. More info here.