Special Events UCLA Healthcare Seeks Volunteers: Anyone interesting in learning about rewarding volunteer opportunities to help others ought to check out the Volunteer Services department, that will host an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on three upcoming Saturdays, also April2, and May 7, for possible volunteering at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza in Westwood, (310) 825-6003.
Discussing the ties that bind food to Jewish tradition, University of Judaism Professor Miriyan Glazer, Mishkon Tophilo, 206 Main Street, Venice, following Friday night services, 6:30 p.m., (310) 392-3029.
Saturday, March 5
Free Immunizations for Children and Teens, at Saint John’s Health Center, Westside Family Health Center, 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., 12:30 – 2 p.m., (310) 450-2191. Marathon Weekend Events, including discussion, music, art lectures, quilting, craft projects and California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park. Admission is free. Parking is $6. For more information, please call (213) 744-7432. Hostelling International – American Youth Hostels is conducting a World Travel 101 Workshop with an emphasis on Women Traveling Alone in Europe. The workshop will be conducted at the Hostelling International Travel Centre, 1434 Second Street, 11 a.m. Parking is available across the street from the Travel Centre. Admission is $5 for HI-AYH members and $10 for non-members.(310) 393-3413 for additional information.
Ballona Nature Walk sponsored by Wetlands Action Network, led by biologist Robert Roy van de Hoek. A 2.5 hour walk, free of charge. The only Ballona nature walk that educates about the different ecosystems that are part of the Ballona Wetlands region – lagoons, creek, sand dunes, salt marsh…all being visited now by birds on their migration flights. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing for unpredictable weather. Meet at Del Rey Lagoon Park on Pacific. 2 pm. Call 310-821-9045 to reserve space.
Tuesday, March 8 Jewelry Making Workshop, grades 4 – 12, registration is required, Santa Monica Public Library, Fairview Branch, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 4 – 5:30 p.m., (310) 450-0443.
Are YOU normal? Girls aged 11 to 13 can explore the answers to these and other questions at a three-part workshop,entitled, “Moon Magic: Growing Up and Loving It.”The workshop series, part of the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside’s Girls In Action program, will be held at the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside, 2019 14th Street, from 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Admission is free. Registration is required; space is limited. Call the YWCA at (310) 452-3881 to register.
A.R.T.S. Anonymous, a support group for creative people, meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Wild Oats Community Room, 500 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 836-1495. Ballroom Dancing every Saturday in the auditorium of the Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, $2 per person, 1 – 3 p.m., (310) 479-4119. Caring Support for people 55 and over, weekly groups and individual sessions with trained peer counselors, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., (310) 576-2554, ext. 217. Chi Kong, tone and strengthen every body muscle, T’ai Chi,” Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Marine Park, 1406 Marine St., free, (310) 434-4306. City Speakers Toastmasters, RAND hosts a Toastmasters club that meets from noon to 1 p.m., on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Meetings are held at RAND, 1700 Main St., Conference Room 1734. For more information, call Penny, (310) 393-0411, ext. 7159. Circumcision Restoration. NORM-SoCal (National Organization of Restoring Men – Southern California). A group for men seeking information on non-surgical foreskin restoration. Located at SHARE! Center, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles. Third Sunday of the month, 2:00 p.m. Free. 310-753-4259 or www.NORM-socal.org. Dance and Live Fiddle Band, the California Dance Cooperative holds contradances (which is sort of like square dancing, only more fun) on the first and fourth Saturday night of every month, Brentwood Youth House, 731 South Bundy Drive, just north of Montana Ave. 7:30pm. All ages welcome. Snacks provided. $9.00, (818) 951-2003. CPR and other courses in First Aid, including pet and infant, offered weekly by the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, (310) 394-3773. Dharma at ‘The Clubhouse’ Weekly Buddhist Study, discussion and meditation group meets Thursdays 7:30 – 9 p.m., no fee, plenty of street parking, 2439 Wilshire Blvd, at the clubhouse in Douglas Park. Newcomers welcome. For more information, call Dan, (310) 451-4368 or visit www.SantaMonicaKKSG. org. Farmers’ Market, four weekly markets of fresh produce and flowers, 2nd and Arizona Ave.: Wed. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Airport Avenue.: Sat. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Main Street and Ocean Park, The Victorian at Heritage Square: Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., features live music, pony rides, coffee, omelets, crepes & free craft workshop; (310) 458-8712. Fitness Programs for Women with Cancer, Team Survivor, a nonprofit providing free health and fitness programs for women in cancer treatment and recovery, holds weekly walking groups and exercise classes in the Santa Monica area. Other programs available. Call (310) 829-7849 for locations and information. Free Stroke Recovery Program at the WISE Adult Day Service facility at 1510 Pico in Santa Monica. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and includes therapeutic exercise and classes on the psychological aspects of stroke recovery for stroke survivors and family members. Pre-registration is required. Call (310) 575-1699. Free Yoga Dance Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 – 10 a.m. at 1831 Stoner Ave.; Mondays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Pan Pacific Recreation Complex, 7600 Beverly Blvd.; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., (310) 453-4053. Boy Scouts of America – Pack 887 is the only pack for home-schooled boys on the Westside. Cub Scouting is for 1st to 5th grade boys who enjoy hiking, fun crafts, outings, camping and much more. Scouting provides safe, fun social interaction for home-schooled boys. Boys of all ethnicities and abilities are welcome. For more information contact Del Herrera at 310-317-9762, Rachel Douglas at 323-939-6106 or Tammy Boone at 310-396-9619. Free Actors Workshop every Thursday, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, 1 p.m., (310) 399-3666. Great Books, every third Monday once per month in the Community Room at the Santa Monica Library Fairview Branch, corner of Ocean Park Blvd. and 21st Street, 7 – 8:45 p.m., 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., $15.95, (800) 222-5870. Health workshops and lectures, some free, some at cost, ranging in topics from blood pressure to breastfeeding to parenting to care for the elderly, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, (800) 516-5323. Just Between Men – Prostate Cancer Networking Group, the second Monday of each month, 7 – 9 p.m., The Wellness Community, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1040, (310) 314-2555, (310) 314-7586. Karate club, a community club that operates on the principle that no child will be turned away for lack of funds, 2013 Colorado Ave., (310) 892-KICK; www.CaliforniaKarateClub.com. Lap Time, an 8-week series for babies 0 – 24 months, through February 8, Santa Monica Public Library, Fairview Branch, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., (310) 450-0443. Lipreading classes for the hard of hearing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, (310) 477-2084. Low-Cost Law Clinic, daily consultations with different attorneys for just $25, call for schedule, document preparation service also available, The Legal Grind, 2640 Lincoln Blvd., (310) 452-8160. Lymphedema Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. All are welcome for information and mutual support. Call (310) 815-1077 for location. Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, the first Monday of every month, Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, Venice Blvd., 6 – 8 p.m., (310) 821-1769. Mental Yoga, classes take place every Monday at 8:00 p.m. at Habitat Creative Center located at 3226 Thatcher Avenue in Marina Del Rey. Sessions last 90 minutes, and the first time is always free. After that, classes are only $15. Anyone can register and find other details, including session topics, at http://www.mentalyoga.com. Mentoring Program Seeks Retired Teachers, help mentor first-year teachers in Compton, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Lynwood by offering your expertise, including classroom observation and feedback, call UCLA Center on Aging for more information, (310) 794-0676. Mt. Olive Film Night, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., entertaining and thought provoking films shown on 2nd and 4th Saturdays, supper at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m., free, for more information, call (310)452-1116. Musicians invited to meet weekly and perform in concert with the Santa Monica College Emeritus Band, Lincoln Middle School, in the Bandroom, California and 14th Sts., Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (310) 474-5271. Nature Walk with The Children’s Institute, everyday, various locations in the Santa Monica Mountains — from Malibu to Topanga to Beverly Hills — for directions and reservations, call (310) 998-1151, all walks begin at 10 a.m., $7 suggested donation per family, $5 for members. Overeaters Anonymous, Newcomers Meeting, held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Reed Park Auditorium, one-half block north of Wilshire Boulevard, on Seventh Street. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Regular meeting follows from 7-8 p.m. (310) 392-1130 Painting/drawing classes for children ages 4 – 11, to promote self-expression and communication through visual arts, Art Works Painting Studio, 13051 West Washington Blvd., MDR, (310) 202-1894. Pancreatic Cancer Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of every month from 5 -7 p.m., free, for people with pancreatic cancer and their families, Wellness Community-WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1040, (310) 314-2555. Public Speaking Made Easy, lose your fear; small group meets every Friday, 9 – 11 a.m., free, Emeritus College, 1433 2nd St., (310) 434-4306. Preserve & Restore the El Segundo Dunes, second Saturday of each month, at the center of the Santa Monica Bay shoreline: just north of El Segundo on the west side of Pershing Dr. between Imperial Hwy and Westchester Pkwy, 9 a.m. – noon, 13 years of age and up, (310) 641-3738;www.dune-prairie.org. Reading Tutor Cynthia Kolodny will help children in grades K-6 with reading skills, beginning at 2:30 P.M. Advanced registration for the 30-minute tutoring session is required. Friends of the Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., (310) 472-0163. Recovery, Inc. support groups for people suffering with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, substance abuse, obsessive compulsion, bipolar disorder, etc. offer cognitive behavior therapy in a structured interactive format. meeting at Regis House. Thursdays, 6 p.m., 11346 Iowa, West L.A. (310) 479-7447. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District operates quality preschools at several sites throughout Santa Monica. Our programs are well-equipped and staffed with qualified professionals. No cost to qualified families. Enroll now! Call Child Development Services at (310) 399-5865. Sand & Sea Speakers, a top-ranking Toastmasters club – learn to become a more confident, poised speaker, Best Western Gateway Hotel, Carousel Room, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd. (at 20th Street), Monday nights, 7 – 9 p.m., (310) 474-7704. Santa Monica Strutters, a walking program for seniors sponsored by UCLA Healthcare, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8 – 10 a.m. in the 3rd level Community Room at Santa Monica Place, (310) 319-4560. Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each Tuesday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., 9733 Venice Blvd.(Church of Christ), West L.A., www.oceanaires.org, (310) 202-1380. Senior Suppers, discounted meals for people over 55, 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, 1250 16th St., $3.25 plus tax, (310) 319-4837. Soroptimist is a service organization available to help women and children, meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, for more information, call (310) 395-6168. Stage Movement, for actors, singers and dancers, free first class for new students, with Irina Skobeleva, Santa Monica Dance Studio, 211 Arizona Ave., 2 – 3:30 p.m., (310) 319-5339. Talk About It, a monthly book discussion group for 5th, 6th and 7th graders, they will discuss “Howl’s Moving Castle,” Montana Avenue, 1704 Montana Ave., (310) 829-7081. Teen Youth Group, All high schoolers welcome for games, snacks, and hanging out, Fridays 8 – 10 p.m., Santa Monica Quaker Meeting House, 1440 Harvard St. Bring a friend! (Totally non-religious content.) Joanna or Jos: (310) 815-9730. Toddler Time on Thursdays, a fun-filled, theme-based program designed for parents and toddlers (2 to 4) using a hands-on approach to explore the museum, play and tell stories, advance registration required, $10 (general), $6 (members), Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 10 – 11:15 a.m., (310) 440-4636. Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles at LAX is looking for volunteers to assist travelers from all over the world on weekdays, weekends and evenings. Volunteers assist travelers with accommodations, transpiration and sightseeing information, (310) 646-2270. Usable Household Donations, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is facing a severe shortage of usable donated items such as couches, chairs, tables, drawers, coffee tables and major appliance, children going back to school also need backpacks and notebooks, etc., to donate, call (800) 974-3571 or visit www.svdpla.org for more information. Volunteer as a Technical Reader for Blind & Dyslexic Students, there is urgent need for technical readers who can also do a decent job describing the graphs, charts, illustrations or maps to those with vision impairments, to volunteer, call (310) 414-6506. Walking for Health and Fitness, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Santa Monica Relay for Life Program and the Santa Monica Track Club. The group meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in Palisades Park at San Vicente Boulevard. Please call coach Jerry Condon at 310 451 4139 for further information. Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. Beginners teaching 7:15 – 8 p.m., intermediate teaching 8 – 0 p.m., followed by general dancing, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, for more info call (310) 306-7372. Widows and Widowers, discuss feelings that often accompany loss, Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., (310) 576-2554. WISE Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers opportunities for volunteers 55 plus to tutor children at lower income schools. Tutor reading, work with children on art and other projects, or use computers to teach literacy (training available), (310) 394-9871, ext. 452. Write Away: Share your existing work in a supportive, constructive weekly meeting, 12 noon to 2:30 PM, Tuesdays, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., (310)458-4675 or www.writeawaywritinggroup.com. Free. 3rd Monday of each month. Monday or Tuesday.