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Antioch University Counseling Center Expands Services for the LBGTIQ Community – Ways of Being Community Counseling Services provides affirming psychotherapy for the lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual, same-sex loving, transgender and fluid communities. Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230. A satellite location in West Los Angeles is also available. Call 310-578-1080 for more information.

Saturday, October 29

Conversations At Leon’s, for singles, the subject this week Saturday Night Mixer – $20 / $15 w/reservation by midnight. 7:30 p.m., 639 26th Street, S.M. just north of Montana, 7 p.m., (310) 393-4616.

First Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the Venice area,is one of the coolest home grown fairs in theCommunity. Home grown games, home cooked food, and the kind of hometown spirit that is hard to find in a big city. The Festival is free and open to all. 815 Venice Blvd. ( 3 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.), (310) 821-2740 or (310) 823-9367.

Halloween Activities in Downtown Santa Monica, through October 31 – Tawni’s Ponies and Petting Farm comes to the Third Street Promenade from 1 – 4 p.m.; at 5 p.m. on the Pier kids can trick-or-treat in their Halloween best until 6 p.m. at the shops and restaurants – there will be a costume contest open to all; at 7 p.m. Beetlejuice will play at the Drive-in at the Pier, and on Sunday, between 1 and 4, kids can visit Pirate’s Mini Golf.

Halloween at Heal the Bay – creepy critters, gooey seaweed, and mysteries of the deep, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, also Sunday, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m., (310) 393-6149.

Singles Halloween Costume Party, in a lovely Palos Verdes Home, DJ, dancing, etc. $25, for more info, (310)

Sunday, October 30

The 8th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Walk/Run & Kiddie-K, bringing awareness to pancreatic cancer, more than 2,000 men, women and children of all ages are expected to attend and participate dressed in costume in the spirit of Halloween. All proceeds from this event will benefit Pancreatic Cancer Research. 310-472-6310 or visit their website at

Author Aaron Hamburger to Speak on “Faith for Beginners.” Called a “vibrant new voice in fiction,” he will speak at Beth Chayim Chadashim, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6000 West Pico Blvd.

Koffee Klatch, meet a group in an informal atmosphere, Tanner’s Coffee, 200 Culver Boulevard, Playa del rey, 10 a.m., (310) 827-1441.

Village Church Halloween Carnival, from 11am to 2pm.Games, food, prizes, Jumper, psychic, costume contest 12pm, pet blessing & More!Near 405 fwy, exit Sunset Blvd. 343 Church Ln in Bentwood. (310) 472-7510

Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles – “Assisted Research Day at the LDS Family History Center” – 10741 Santa Monica Boulevard, WLA, 90025 north of the Temple, 11:30-5:00 p.m., $25.00; $30.00 for two in a family, and will extend through 2006.

Untraditional Halloween Enchantment Festival, from 5 – 9 p.m., Westside Waldorf Campus, (310) 576-0788.

Monday, October 31

Free Stand-Up Comedy Seminar – The Dean of Comedy, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Space is limited. RSVP by calling (310) 285-3799. Website:

Hope for Hearing Foundation, a six week session begins, learn to lip-read, Westwood Methodist Church School, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 7:15 – 9:15 p.m., (310) 410-0900.

SmART Space Celebrates Halloween with a SmART Party for Kids, a creative party and story-time for kids from 10:30am to 11:30am. Offering innovative classes in the arts, spooky and fun Halloween stories, and healthy Halloween treats for kids of all ages. All activities are free and open to the public. 12958 Washington Blvd in West Culver City, from 10:30am to 11:30am. (310) 827-2458 or browse online

Wednesday, November 2

Proposition Party – helping voters learn more about the measures on the upcoming November ballot, YMCA Santa Monica Westside, 2019 14th Street, free, (310) 452-3881.

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