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Karate Club, a community club that operates on the principle that no child will be turned away for lack of funds, 2013 Colorado Ave., 310.892.KICK, www.CaliforniaKarateClub. com.

Lawn Bowl at Douglas Park with the friendly Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club. Join us for a free lesson at noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday or at 10am and 11am Sundays, Wilshire at 25th. You’ll learn why we love our sport! Reservations required, 310.281.1901 or [email protected]

Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours: Dinner & Bible Study. Dinner, a video and discussion at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd. Friday nights at 6pm, childcare provided, 310.829.4113.

Mt. Olive Film Night, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., entertaining and thought provoking films shown on 2nd and 4th Saturdays, supper at 6pm, films start at 7pm, free, 310.452.1116.

Musicians invited to meet weekly and perform in concert with the Santa Monica College Emeritus Band, Lincoln Middle School, in the Bandroom, California and 14th Streets, Tuesdays, 7pm 310.474.5271.

Painting/drawing classes for children ages 4-11, to promote self-expression and communication through visual arts, Art Works Painting Studio, 13051 W. Washington Blvd., MDR, 310.202.1894.

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Social Bridge, Mondays, 12-3:30pm, 1210 4th St., dessert & beverages served, $2 for non-members. Call Joyce, 310.395.2100.

Spring has sprung! The Venice Circle of Peace, a Peace and Justice Vigil, has returned to Fridays, beginning at 5pm, at Main and Windward. Bring your own sign or use one of the group’s. Appropriate issues include “Out of Iraq,” “Save Lincoln Place,” “Keep the MTA lot public,” “Stop the Freeway,” etc.

3rd Street Comedy at The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Fridays at 8pm, 310.656.8070 x17.

Write Away – Share your existing work in a supportive, constructive, free weekly meeting, 12-2:30pm, Tuesdays & 3rd Monday of the month. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.4675 or www.writeawaywritinggroup.com.

SENIOR SCENE

Saturday, May 20

Westside Health and Wellness Conference 2006, encouraging active, better living for older adults and their caregivers, 9:30-1pm, at the First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St. 800.516.5323.

May 23

Brainy Discussion, Dr. Liana Apostolova, a UCLA neurologist, will discuss memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease during this free health talk hosted by UCLA Healthcare’s 50-Plus Program. 10-11:30am, Fireside Room at First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 800.516.5323.

May 25

Veins, Pains and Cosmetic Gains, UCLA vascular surgeon Peter Lawrence presents an overview of vein disease, including varicose veins, venous ulcers and phlebitis, free, 1:30pm, YMCA, 1332 6th St., 800.516.5323.

Ongoing

Become a Mentor. The City of Santa Monica along with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce invite you to join Big Brothers Big Sisters in mentoring local at risk youth. Call Miguel at 213.481.3611 x212.

Senior Citizen Bible Study, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 11am, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113. Bring a sack lunch.

Free Stroke Recovery Program at the WISE Adult Day Service facility at 1510 Pico Blvd. The program runs from 9am-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 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.

Mentoring Program Seeks Retired Teachers. Help mentor first-year teachers in Compton, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Lynwood by offering your expertise, including classroom observation and feedback. Call UCLA Center on Aging, 310.794.0676.

Men’s Group. Weekly support group for people 55 and older, talk about personal issues in a confidential environment, not drop-in, must call first, sliding scale. Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550.

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.

Senior Improv Workshop. Ongoing free class for seniors over 55, 1-3pm Tuesdays, Santa Monica Senior Rec. Center, 1450 Ocean Ave., 323.512.8245.

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, Tuesdays, 10-11:30am, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2554.

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

HEALTH AND FITNESS

May 16

Is Your Safety Net Strong Enough? A health talk hosted by UCLA Healthcare’s 50-Plus Program, 7-8:30pm, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 800.516.5323.

May 17

Sound Advice, a talk on prevention and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus with supplements and new hearing-aid technology, free, 2:30-4pm, OASIS lecture room at Robinsons-May/Westside Pavilion, Pico Blvd. and Overland Ave. in WLA, 800.516.5323.

May 24

Herbal Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Prostate Function, Doubletree Hotel, 1707 4th St., 7pm, 773.276.2302.

Ongoing

Co-opportunity’s Monday Night Food For Thought. Talks on health, well-being, family and finances. Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Sha’arei Am – The Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., 310.451.8902.

Creative 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 noon at the S.H.A.R.E. Center, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., 310.412.6620.

Freedom from Smoking, Saint John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., developed by The American Lung Association. Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime, 12-1:30pm. Cost for the 8-sessions is $80; advance registration is required, 310.829.8453.

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.

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

Lose Weight For Good. Saint John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., announces a new approach to healthy weight management meeting Monday evenings, 7-8:30pm, through July 17, 310.829.8453.

Lymphedema Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm-9pm All are welcome for information and mutual support. Call 310.815.1077 for location.

Overeaters Anonymous, Newcomers Meeting, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Reed Park Auditorium, Wilshire Blvd. and 7th St. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Regular meeting follows from 7-8pm., 310.392.1130.

Therapeutic 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 & Writing Workshop continues on Fridays to 12:30pm, 310.358.3338.

T.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group, new in MDR/Venice area, 821 Dickson St. Sundays 6-7pm. Enthusiasm high, cost low, $1. All welcome, contact Andres at [email protected] or 310.488.2375.

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 mornings at 9am in Palisades Park at San Vicente Blvd., coach Jerry Condon, 310.451.4139.

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 time, 10:30pm. Felicia Manhood Senior Center, $3 donation at the door, 310.306.7372.

Young Adults Group Fighting Cancer Together, the Wellness Community – WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, every Tuesday of every month, 310.314.2555.

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