Asian Americana: Exploring the Past, Looking to the Future, lecture at Santa Monica College Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
El Homo de Mayo, interlocking stories about the search for community among Latinos, gays and people trying to break into Hollywood. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 8:30pm, $15, 310.315.1459.
2006 Art Fair, a one day event, monoprints, serigraphs, original photography, jewelry, LA Art Exchange, 2451 Broadway, 10am-5pm, 310.828.6866.
Behavior: The Tip of the Iceberg, The Early Childhood Parenting Center workshop for parents with young children and professionals that work with kids. 10am-noon, held at Quaker House, 1440 Harvard St., RSVP 310.281.9770.
Fundraising fair for John Muir School includes vintage clothing, antiques, art, jewelry, food and more. Held at Olympic High School, 2510 Lincoln Blvd., 8am-3pm. For more information, go to www.johnmuirptafair.org.
Properties of Architecture: Design Value in Residential Real Estate teaches how to maximize your home’s value. Architects, contractors and appraisers will be on hand to answer questions. A bus tour of local homes and lunch is included in the $250 course fee. UCLA Extension, 1010 Westwood Blvd., 310.825.9061 or www.uclaextension.edu, 9am-4pm.
Salad Celebration. Learn how to make a chopped salad, chicken and mango salad, roasted beets with Feta cheese and mint vinaigrette and more. Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, 2366 Pelham Ave., 10am-1pm, 310.470.2640 or www.culinaryclassroom.com
The Santa Monica Vikings are holding sign ups for tackle football, from 10am -2pm at Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd. Five divisions for kids 7-14 years of age, 310.396.9744.
The UUCCSM Choir presents a concert of songs of activism and protest from different eras of the 20th century on Saturday, 7pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St. All proceeds go to the church.
Women’s Referral Service Networking Breakfast, California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, MDR, 9:30am. For reservations call 818.995.6646.
May 6 & 7
Yoga Certification Workshop, become certified with this 2-day workshop that will teach yoga postures, breathing, safety and more. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th St., SM, 800.AEROBIC or www.neta.org, 8am both days.
Art in the Afternoon: A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), a Venice-based nonprofit organization celebrates bringing healing art to battered women and children by holding its annual Art in the Afternoon event. Participants will create and take home their own piece, 710 4th Ave., #5, Venice, www.awbw.org or 310.396-0317.
Pacific Palisades Community Health Fair, local health related businesses, veterinarians, massage therapists, herbalists, etc., on Antioch, 10am-2pm, 310.459.7963.
Sha’arei Am – The Santa Monica Synagogue, to host Bobby Collins at annual fundraiser. Bergamot Station, 5-7pm, adults only, 310.453.4276.
Toddler/Pre-school Friendship Story Hour and Activities including a puppet show, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Community Room. Ages 2-6, 3-4pm, RSVP to email@example.com or 310.828.5725.
The Winter of Our Discontent, a book discussion, Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
AFI Associates are honoring the Arquette family at their annual Platinum Circle Award Luncheon, Regent Beverly Wilshire, 11:30am. Tickets are $160 and can be purchased by calling 310.288.1755.
Cook for the Cure, a six course gourmet dinner to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Art Institute, 2900 31st St., 6:30pm, 310.314.6057.
Earthwatch Institute Slide Program, by Field Rep Muriel Horacek, WLA Sierra Club, Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., 7pm, 310.837.369.
Maintaining Flexibility & Balance with the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education, with Ellen Sevy, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 10:30am-noon, 310.576.2550, x363.
May 12 & May 13
Cass Phelps, Electric Lodge Theatre, 1416 Electric Ave. 8pm, free, 310.862.4697 or www.electriclodge.org.
Listed below are some community service events. All of these organizations are always looking for dedicated volunteers.
Saturday, May 6
The 17th Annual Great L.A. River Cleanup, sponsored by Friends of the Los Angeles River, takes place at 15 different locations around Los Angeles, including Griffith Park, the Sepulveda Basin and Los Feliz, from 9am-noon. For more information, call 323.223.0585 or go to www.folar.org.
Sunday, May 7
This year’s local World AIDS Orphans Day event will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, from noon-3pm. All are welcome to participate in “Circle of Hope,” a photograph that will be taken by aerial artist and activist John Quigley. People will be positioned in a circle with the word “hope” in the middle. A child’s profile will also be part of the design. Many organizations, including Crossroads Teen AIDS Ambassadors, will be on hand to launch the May 7 Coalition, aimed at bringing global attention to youth around the world affected by HIV/AIDS, among other goals. Park in Lot 5 South, at Barnard Way and Ocean Park Blvd.
Surfrider Beach Clean-up & Surf Session, north side of Venice Beach Pier, 9-11am. Help clean up the beach and bring your board for a post beach clean-up surf lesson. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.surfrider.org/malibu.
Mar Vista Schools Beautification Day is a part of “Big Sunday – LA’s Annual Day of Service.” Join your neighbors with clean-ups, tree-plantings, gardening and painting projects. Go to any of the following schools starting at 9am: Mar Vista, Richland, Walgrove, McBride, Palms and Webster. For more information, go to www.bigsunday.org.