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Must-Do Events This Week in Santa Monica

Our picks for great events in the neighborhood.

For more events happening in Santa Monica this week, check out our community calendar. If we're missing a local activity, don't be shy, add it!

1.  HALLOWEEN AT THE CINEMATHEQUE

Where/When: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Monday
Why go: Get a double dose of horror with a Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur double feature of the black and white flicks, Cat People, a woman becomes a man-killing panther cat, and I Walked With a Zombie, voodoo and zombie curses on a plantation.
Pricing: General admission $11; seniors, $5

2. THE MIRROR'S CANDIDATE FORUM

Where/When: Martin Luther King Auditorium, Main Library; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Why go: The Santa Monica Mirror will host a 90-minute Q&A debate with candidates for the Santa Monica City Council. The newspaper solicited questions from the community and from local neighborhood and business associations.
Pricing: Free

3.  AN EVENING WITH SANDRA CISNEROS

Where/When: Track 16 at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg C-1; 8 p.m. Wednesday
Why go: The author of The House on Mango Street will discuss her new book, Have You Seen Marie?, billed as a "fable for grownups." The Los Angeles Times' former Buenos Aires and Mexico City Bureau Chief, Hector Tobar, will lead the discussion.
Pricing: $20

4.  PARANOIA HAUNTED ATTRACTION

Where/When: Santa Monica Place; Weekly on Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 28
Why go: 50,000 square feet on the third floor of our mall will be devoted entirely to all things that frighten, scare, and give you nightmares. Beware…
Pricing: General admission, $24; students, $19; VIP fast pass, $69

5.  LOW-COST 'VICTORY GARDEN' CLASS

Where/When: Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd.; 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Why go: Classes taught by University of California Cooperative Extension LA County Master Gardener program volunteer instructors empower people to once again grow their own food.
Pricing: $15

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