Boys and Girls Club Halloween Festival, rides and refreshments galore, 4:30-9pm, tickets $.25 each, 1238 Lincoln Blvd., 310.393.9629.
“Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Initial Science Results,” lecture with Dr. Richard Zurek of the Jet Propulsion Lab/Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7pm, $5, lecture in Science Lecture Hall 140, Sky Show in Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Oktoberfest, good old-fashioned fun with games, burgers, hot dogs, bouncy house, music and more, 5-8pm, $5, game tickets $.25 or 5/$1, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113.
Robert Greenwald, filmmaker, shows his latest film Iraq For Sale and leads a discussion afterwards, presented by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, 7pm, $30, $50 couples, 701 Haverford, PP, 310.230.2048.
The White Album, a play about love and the Beatles, a benefit for the Save the Playhouse fund, 6pm and 9pm, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Folklorico de SMC presents dances from around the world, $15, $12 students and seniors, 8pm, Santa Monica College Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Lion’s Pounce Dance Theatre, family entertainment with Sarah Berges, Fri-Sat. 8pm/Sun. 2pm, $15, $10 children, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.396.7324.
Photo Workshop with John Isaac, award-winning photojournalist, fee $625, 5-9pm Fri., 9am-5pm Sat. and Sun., Julia Dean Photo Workshops, 3111 Ocean Front Walk, MDR, 310.821.0909.
October 27, 30-31
Haunted Tours at Sony Pictures Studios takes visitors on a walk through movie history and scary movie adventures, 7pm, $25, must be 12 or older, Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd, CC, 310.520.TOUR.
A Carnivorous Delight, art event with video, performances and music, 8pm-2am, $6, Gallery Noir, 2032 Stoner Ave., WLA, 310.295.0054.
An Evening Honoring Anti-War Activist Fernando Suarez del Solar, and the Guerrero Azteca Peace Project, with guests including Ron Kovic, 7pm, $10 donation, Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice, 310.838.8131.
Composting Workshop, 9-11am, The Patio at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., RSVP 310.458.8916 x1.
Dia de Los Muertos exhibit and festival, music, refreshments, arts and crafts, a costume parade, entertainment and more, 1-5pm, free, prices for food and games $1-$5, Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave., 310.828.0335.
Friends of the Santa Monica Library celebrate Friends of the Library Week by offering a free, regular priced book to anyone who comes into the Friends Bookstore, 11am-4:30pm, SM Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.395.1951.
Halloween Party in the kindergarten play yard, costumes optional, 10am-12pm, free, Walgrove Elementary School, 1030 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista, 310.795.9120.
The Jungle Book, children’s play based on Kipling’s classic, 11am Sat. and Sun., through November 12, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Os Guinness, author, speaks about evil in the post-9/11 world, 9am, free, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, 16221 Mulholland Dr., LA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playhouse of the Damned, 11pm, $10, adults only, an evening of horror plays to benefit The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 818.292.0162.
The Play’s the Thing, LA Theatre Work’s radio play series presents War of the Worlds, (recreation of the original radio broadcast) plus My Favorite Husband, 10pm-midnight, KPPC-FM, 89.3.
Yuval Ron Ensemble, Concert For Unity, 8pm, $20, The Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Loyola Marymount University, LA, for tickets 818.505.1355.
Concert and Dinner with Israeli clarinetist Tibi Cziger and cellist Michal Korman, 4:30pm, $85, California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.475.5397.
The Doll with the Yellow Star, staged reading of the award-winning book, free but reservations needed, 2pm, Museum of Tolerance Peltz Theater, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310.772.2526.
Family Fundays Creative Playground presents “Halloween Stories,” 11am and Dia de los Muertos puppet show, 1pm, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
5K Hunger Walk, sponsored by Westside Food Bank, registration at 11:30am, walk-a-thon at 12:30pm, free, walk begins at Santa Monica High School, 310.828.6016 x18.
Meeting of the Santa Monica CoHousing Group, 11am-1pm, free, Palisades Park west of Ocean Ave., meeting spot marked by green flag, www.cohousing.org.
Spooky Hike, Halloween costumes optional but bring jackets, water and flashlights, 6:30pm, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., 310.454.1395 x106.
PALloween Carnival, presented by the Police Activities League, with a haunted house, costume contests and game booths, 5-9pm, free, Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., 310.458.8988.
Tootsie, with Dustin Hoffman masquerading as a woman, 6:30-8:30pm, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Day of The Dead Celebration, with art work, music, Mexican food and drinks, 6-10pm, free, Pico Youth and Family Center, 828 Pico Blvd., #9, 310.396.7101.
Horace Tapscott’s Arkestra, a film about the jazz-bop pianist, 8pm, with a pre-show featuring percussionist Taumbu, 6pm, 7 Dudley Cinema at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Chapter, women on corporate boards forum, 11:30am-1:30pm, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., 213.622.3200.
Poet-author Steve Abee reads from his work, 11:15am, Art 214, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Sid Fleishman talks about his new book, Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, 10:30am, free, presented by Children’s Book World, Will Rogers School, 2401 14th St., 310.559.2665.
18th Street Arts center is now accepting applications to its Residency Program for four non-live-in and two live-in artists. To apply, see form and requirements at www/18thstreet.org/residency_application.pdf.
The Santa Monica Chorus offers a class in four-part a capella harmony for women, $50 fee for six weeks, class runs October 24 through December 5, 310.671.1305.
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department is accepting applications for its Cultural Transportation Grant program. Funds for transportation to cultural events and venues are available for any Santa Monica-based groups (students, community and social groups). Applications should be submitted to Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division by 5pm on Wednesday, November 15. Contact Hamp Simmons in the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division at 310.458.8350 or email@example.com.
Tennis players are now being recruited for the Westside Challenge To Beat Breast Cancer. The tennis tournament will benefit low-cost mammograms at SM-UCLA Medical Center. To apply, call 310.823.0157 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.