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Monday, April 3Public Health Week, bringing communities together, three days of activities held in collaboration with private hospitals, providers, schools, churches and community organizations, Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, 2509 Pico Blvd., through April 5, 213.240.8144.OngoingCreative Living For Women, a circle of women discuss current health and personal issues in a safe, supportive atmosphere, Library of the Presbyterian Church in Pacific Palisades, Tuesdays at 1pm, 310.475.1211.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.Food Addicts Anonymous meets every Monday from 7:30-8:30pm, Beit T’Shuvah Treatment Center, 8831 Venice Blvd., and every Saturday at 12pm at the S.H.A.R.E. Center, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., 310.412.6620.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, 7-9pm, The Wellness Community, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1040, 310.314. 2555, 310.314.7586.Lymphedema Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm– 9pm. All welcome for information and mutual support. Call 310.815.1077 for location.Men’s Heart Support Group,Third Thursday of the month, Dinner, 7pm, San Gennaro Restaurant, Brentwood, very casual. 5–7 men. Jerry 310.476.5885.Mental Yoga classes every Monday at 8pm at Habitat Creative Center located at 3226 Thatcher Ave. in Marina Del Rey. Sessions last 90 minutes, and the first time is free. Classes are only $15. Register, find other details, including session topics, at www.mentalyoga.com.Overeaters Anonymous, Newcomers Meeting, held every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Reed Park Auditorium, one-half block north of Wilshire Blvd., on Seventh St.. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Regular meeting follows from 7-8pm. 310.392.1130Pancreatic Cancer Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of every month from 5-7pm, free, for people with pancreatic cancer and their families, Wellness Community-WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1040, 310.314.2555.T’ai Chi can tone and strengthen every body muscle. Free classes. Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30pm, Memorial Park, 1401 Olympic Blvd., 310.434.4306.Theraputic Hatha Yoga, with Bea Ammidown, RYT 500, Wednesday, 7-8pm, Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm, and Friday, 10-11am; Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am, Yoga and Writing Workshop continues to 12:30pm. For more info, call 310.358.3338.T.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group, Marina del Rey/Venice area, 821 Dickson St. Sundays 6-7pm. Enthusiasm high–cost low, $1. All welcome. Andres at 310.488.2375 camelion @camelioninc.com.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 4pm and Sunday at 9am in Palisades Park at San Vicente Blvd. Please call coach Jerry Condon at 310.451.4139 for further information.


March 30

Yoga for People 50+ Saint John’s Health Center’s SENIOR TLC Program in Santa Monica presents Eric Small, Senior Level II Iyengar Yoga Master. Free. 2–3:30pm,First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, 1008 11th St. Advance registration required, 310.582.7059.

Wednesday, April 5

Sha’arei Am: The Santa Monica Synagogue will present as part of its adult education series: “Caregiving–Finding a Balance.” Learn how to take care of yourself and others. Workshop will explore the emotional, spiritual and psychological dimensions of caregiving. Contacts and resources will be provided. Speakers: Wendy Schmelzer, MSW, former NPR correspondent on The Aging Beat, and Ishara Bailis, LCSW. Admission is free. 7-8:30pm, 310.453.4276.


Ballroom Dancing, Saturdays, Mahood Senior Center Auditorium, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, $2 per person, 1–3pm, 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, x 217.

Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. Beginners teaching 7:15–8pm, intermediate teaching 8–9pm, followed by general dancing, ending at 10:30pm. Felicia Mahood Senior Center, $3 donation at the door, for more info call 310.306.7372.

Free Stroke Recovery Program, WISE Adult Day Service facility at 1510 Pico in Santa Monica. 9am-12pm on Tues & Thurs. 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.

Lipreading classes for the hard of hearing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.477.2084.

Mentoring Program Seeks Retired Teachers. Help mentor first-year teachers in Compton, Pasadena, LA and Lynwood by offering your expertise, including classroom observation /feedback. UCLA Center on Aging: 310. 794. 0676.

Men’s Group. Weekly support group for 55 and older, talk about personal issues in a confidential environment, not drop-in, must call first, sliding scale. Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550.

Senior Improv Workshop. Ongoing free class for seniors over 55, 12pm Tuesdays, Comedy Underground, 320 Wilshire Blvd., alley entrance. 323.512.8245.

WISE Retired & Senior Volunteer Program offers opportunities for volunteers 55 plus to tutor children at lower income schools. Tutor reading, art, or use computers to teach literacy (training available). 310.394.9871, x452.

Senior Suppers. Discounted meals for people over 55, 3:30-7pm in the cafeteria at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, 1250 16th St., $3.25 plus tax, 310.319.4837.

Widows and Widowers, discuss feelings that often accompany loss, Wednesdays, 1– 2:30pm, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2554.

Santa Monica Strutters, a walking program for seniors sponsored by UCLA Healthcare, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8-10am in the 3rd level Community Room at Santa Monica Place, 310.319.4560.

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