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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.

Friday, April 1

New Support Group for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1:30 – 30:00 p.m., Westside Center for Independent Living, 12901 Venice Blvd. (310) 575-1699.

Saturday, April 2

UCLA Healthcare Seeks Volunteers – Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on three upcoming Saturdays, also and May 7, for possible volunteering at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza in Westwood, (310) 825-6003.

Ballona Creek Bicycle Nature Ride – 2:15 – 4:30 (we meet at Daniel’s Bike Rentals – see below — at 2:15 and leave promptly at 2:30), 1st Saturday of each month, bring your own bike or rent one at Daniel’s in Fisherman’s Village, where we meet (rentals are $7/hour, including helmet, learn about the natural history and ecology of Ballona Creek and natural lands adjacent to the Creek, Fiji Way (turn on Fiji off of Lincoln Blvd., just north of the Ballona Wetlands) Marina del Rey (310) 821-9045.

A free workshop for gynecologic cancer patients and their families, presented by Dr. Ilana Cass, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Wellness Community-West L.A., 2716 Ocean Park Bl., #1040, (310) 314-2555.

Our Bodies, Ourselves, The Journal Of Aesthetics and Protest present A community talent show and Art Raffle Fundraiser, 7:30 p.m., Machine Project at 1200 North Alvarado Street.

Sunday, April 3

Blessings & Brunch, weekday morning prayer service featuring drums, music, and meditation, followed by brunch, 10 a.m., Social Hall, 206 Main Street, donation requested, (310) 392-3029.

Holding Presence, a community workshop guided by Ruth Gould Goodman, for those on a sincere inner search. Explore tantric pathways of the subtle body and communicate with others from that place thru dance, meditation and spontaneous vocal toning. Donation. 1-4 p.m., Foundation, 1725 Main Street. Venice (310) 392-3612 or visit www.ruthgouldgoodman.com for more info.

Monday, April 4

Design Workshop: Pedestrian and Streetscape Enhancements, Second and Fourth Strests, with merchant focus, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Ken Edwards Center, Room 100, 1524 4th Street, (310) 458-2275.

Meditation Techniques for Daily Life, Learn techniques that can help reduce discomfort and stress, work with cravings, increase your ability to focus and concentrate, deal with emotions,and bring you ease, peace, and fulfillment, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., free lecture, Sha’arei Am Synagogue, 1448 18th St., NW Corner18th & Broadway. Enter through parking lot. (310) 459-3480.

Tuesday, April 5

The Afternoon Adult Reading Group will meet at 1 p.m. in the community room to discuss “Caramelo,” by Sandra Cisneros, Friends of the Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., (310) 472-0163.

April Jollies, a special puppet show, for ages 3 – 7 p.m., two shows – one at 3:30 p.m. and one at 4:30 p.m., Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main Street, tickets are free but must be picked up in advance, (310) 392-3804.

Volunteer Training for services regarding battered women and their children, held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Sojourn Services, 1453 16th Street, (310) 264-6646.

Wednesday, April 6

Free Classes at Center for Healthy Aging: Feldenkrais, improve your posture, flexibility, balance, coordination, 9:30 – 11 a.m. 2125 Arizona Ave., (310) 576-2550, ext. 390.

Arlington West, screening of a film that features 64 interviews with soldiers & Marines en route to and returning from the war in Iraq, plus interviews with military families. Santa Monica Unitarian, Church1260 18th Street, Santa Monica (at the corner of 18th and Arizona St.), 6:30 p.m., www.arlingtonwestfilm.com. (323) 650-8166.

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