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Flywheel Opens in Santa Monica

The spinning studio that has had WeHo people crazed is finally making it’s much needed debut on the Westside. Created by Ruth Zukerman, legendary instructor and one of the driving forces behind the indoor cycling phenomenon, Flywheel offers performance technology I haven’t seen anywhere else, a supportive atmosphere, healthy competition, and highly trained instructors. Each bike is equipped with personal performance data, which allows you to challenge your biggest competitor: You. It was the first spin class I had taken with this technology,...

Mother’s Day

Viviane Restaurant at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills Take mom to Viviane, where she can enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch poolside and indulge in menu specially crafted for the special occasion. Choose a starter, entree and dessert; selections include Tomato Carpaccio with croutons, shaved parmesan, chives, and olive oil; Lobster Roll on a brioche bun with pickles vegetables and coleslaw; and a Matcha Green Tea Panna Cotta with sesame tile. $45; Sunday; 9400 West Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills 90212; 310.407.7791 The...

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Monday: Incidentally Coffee Cafe Tour Incidentally Coffee takes you on a walking tour of three LA-area coffee houses to learn about the history of coffee and the shops’ individual roasting or brewing techniques. These tours will also give you a unique way to explore LA’s neighborhoods. Three drinks will be provided and they suggest you eat something before you arrive. $45; Monday, 10:30 am-12 pm; Dinosaur Coffee, 4334 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 Wine Dinner at WBK with Ray Coursen of Elyse Winery...

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Monday: Esters Wine Shop & Bar Wine Tasting Co-Owner and Wine Director Kathryn Coker will be sharing her three favorite springtime wines, as featured in the most recent issue of Food & Wine, in which she was also awarded as one of the top sommeliers of the year! Sip on three flights and listen to Kathryn chat about how to pair these selections with market-inspired dishes. $20; Monday, 6-9 pm; 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405; 310.899.6900 Tuesday: Zak Pelaccio at...

Weekend

Los Angeles Times‘ 22nd Annual Festival of Books The nation’s largest literary festival is headed to the University of Southern California. The event will feature more than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists and chefs. On Friday, April 21, the 37th annual Book Prizes will honor reading and educational activist Ruebén Martinez with the Innovator’s Award, novelist Thomas McGuane with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and 11 outstanding literary works published during the last year. Authors and celebrities scheduled to appear at the festival...