The Children’s Nature Institute is offering training for volunteers to conduct nature walks for children, beginning September 27, 9:30am-12:30pm and continuing through October 25 at various park sites, 310.860.0484.
Santa Monica Playhouse’s Youth Play Production Project is accepting applications for its fall session beginning October 2. Students ages 6-14 are welcome to apply and have fun learning theatre arts. For more information, contact Cammy Truong at 310.394.9779 x673.
Los Angeles Arts Academy has classes for kids, teens and adults, including Art for Kids, Art For Teens, Ceramic Functional Art and Sculpture, Halloween crafts, and winter art camp. Fees include materials. Classes forming now, LA Arts Academy, 1925 Broadway, 310.829.ARTS.
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.
Sand & Sea Speakers, a top-ranking Toastmasters club, Mondays 7-9pm, Best Western Gateway Hotel, Carousel Room, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.474.7704.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Support Group for Parents of Children with Epilepsy, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, free, 7pm, Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Room 202, 800.564.0445 or www.epilepsy-socalif.org.
Lisa Rands, rock climber, presents a slide show of her adventures, free, 7pm, REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
Yoga: A Gentle Way to Move, a workshop with Yoga instructor Sonja Chapnick, offering techniques for feeling better through yoga, free, reservations required, 10am-noon, Center For Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550 x390.
Fitness Programs for Women with Cancer, Team Survivor, a nonprofit providing free health and fitness programs for women in cancer treatment and recovery, weekly walking groups and exercise classes in the Santa Monica area, 310.829.7849 for locations and information.
L.A. Leggers, for marathon and half marathon training program and year-round club for runners and walkers of all abilities. Meets Saturday mornings in Santa Monica. Membership fee includes seminars, beginner-to-advanced pace groups, membership guide, marathon book, support stations and t-shirt, 310.577.8000 or www.laleggers.org /”www.laleggers.org.
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, must RSVP, 310.281.1901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lip-reading classes for the hard of hearing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.477.2084.
Nike Club Run L.A. at FrontRunners will host a marathon and half-marathon training program and offer refreshments, Nike footwear trials and a friendly, supportive running environment, 8am every Sunday through October 15, 11620 San Vicente Blvd., 310.207.0216 or www.frontrunners77.com.
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, Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Thursdays, 10-11am, yoga and writing workshop continues to 12:30pm; and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am, 310.358.3338.
Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. Featured dances are Sirto from Bulgaria and Tex Mex. Beginners teaching 7:15-8pm, intermediate teaching 8-9pm, followed by general dancing, ending time, 10:30pm. $3, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.474.5953.
Young Adults Group Fighting Cancer Together, the Wellness Community – WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Tuesdays, 310.314.2555.
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.
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, 310.575.1699.
Men’s Group, weekly support group for people 55 and older, talk about personal issues in a confidential environment, Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., must RSVP, 310.576.2550.
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.
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.
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 Citizen Bible Study, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 11am, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113. Bring a sack lunch.
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.