Friday, December 2
The St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish, Christmas Concerto, St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades, 8 p.m., $22, (310) 573-7787.
Saturday, December 3
World Travel 101 – Budget Travel Workshop, 11:00 a.m., Hostelling International – USA is conducting a World Travel 101 Workshop on Europe. the Hostelling International Travel Centre, 1434 Second, (310) 393-3413.
Holiday Book Sale – Gift Giving Quality Books – Used Book Sale – Great Bargains for your Holiday Gifts, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, Jon David Waldron Community Room, 501 South Venice Blvd., (310) 821-1769.
Winter Wonderland of Plants Morning Hike, Temescal Gateway Park, 9 – 11 a.m. Meet in the front parking lot. (2 miles),(310) 454 – 1395 x 106.
“Quakers in the Workplace” is the topic of a free presentation given by Don McCormick, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Redlands. 12 to 1 p.m., Santa Monica Quaker Meeting House, 1440 Harvard St. (310) 597-9469.
My One Night Stand with Cancer, with comedic performer Tania Katan, The Wellness Community, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., (310) 314-2555.
Sunday, December 4
8th Annual Free Clothing Giveaway, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, 543 North Fairfax Ave., (877) 655-3807.
Channel Road Inn’s 16th Annual Holiday Tea to Benefit One Voice Scholarship Program, 1 – 4 p.m., 219 West Channel Road, 310-459-1920, www.channelroadinn.com.
Free Hula Heavy-Hoop Dance Workshop by HipHoops. 11:30-3pm. Learn tricks, moves and grooves. Adults and children. Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Call Pamela @310.749.5647 for more info., or e-mail Pamela@hiphoops.net.
Speaker Sameer Wahaj, presents: “My Journey Out of Islam.” Born and raised in the US, Sameer Wahaj grew up in a strict Muslim household. He will be talking about his journey from being a strong believer in Islam to eventually a non-religious humanist. Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway.
Five Golden Rings. Westside artists, jewelers and goldsmiths present a Holiday Jewelry and Crafts Fair, Church at Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, (213) 382-2223.
Vintage Holiday Sale. Venice Historical Society, Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., 12 noon – 4 p.m., www.veniceofamerica.org.
Monday, December 5
Meditation Based Stress reduction, with Lisa Davis & Bernice Glass, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Sha’arei Am- The Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th Street Santa Monica, (310) 451-8902
Scott Ritter, author of Iraq Confidential, The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein, discusses “How We Got Into Iraq and How to Get Out” 7:30 p.m. at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue. Suggested donation $10. (310) 842-8794.
Tuesday, December 6
Holiday Hoopla,stories and puppet show for ages 3 – 7, two shows, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main Street, free, (310) 392-3804.
Santa Monica’s version of “America’s Top Model,” at the “Winterlit 2005” – in search of 35 women, children and teens, finalists will be featured at the Winterlit Fashion Show on December 11, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Third Street Promenade. For more info, call (310) 450-6060.
Wednesday, December 7
Holiday Concert to benefit OPCC Access Center, a 30 voice choral ensemble will perform songs of the season, Frist Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd Street, free, 8 p.m., (310) 264-6646.
Greater Los Angeles Local Interest Group (ITIL® users group) “Gartner at The Getty” Meeting, 7 p.m. with refreshments and networking, The Getty Center Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Exit from the 405.