November 24-December 24
Ride The Big Blue Bus Holiday Shuttle to shopping and events in downtown Santa Monica, noon-8pm weekdays, noon-10pm weekends, through December 24, $1, trips run down Main St. from Marine St. to Wilshire Blvd. and along Ocean Ave. from Marine St. to Broadway, 310.452.5196.
Holiday Shopping Season Kick-Off in Bayside District. Special deals, free shopping bags, gift wrapping and carolers. Shoppers can also buy a gift to donate for the “Best Ever Gift Challenge” sponsored by the Santa Monica Police Athletic League (PAL). Donated gifts accepted at the Winterlit Holiday House on the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade.
Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show, live comedy performance with slides showing how the holidays were in times gone by, 8pm, Egyptian Theatre/American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 866.754.3374. Call for other dates and times.
Synapse Dance Theatre, program of contemporary dance, 8pm, Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave., 310.434.3000.
Famous, Almost Famous and Infamous, art event with auction and wine sampling to benefit Venice Community Trust, 2-8pm, Ravensworks Studios, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, [email protected]
Christmas Celebration Concert, 7:30pm, $15, $10, at First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.
Abbot Kinney Holiday Street Event, local vendors open shops from 6-10pm, Abbot Kinney Blvd., 310.392.2525
The Santa Monica Conservancy seeks volunteers to be trained as docents for a walking tour of downtown Santa Monica. Training sessions will be held in two-hour sessions on six consecutive Saturdays beginning January 6 through February 10, 310.496.3146.
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa are looking for volunteers ages 18 and over, no previous experience required, fluency in more than one language is helpful, training is provided. Day, evening and weekend shifts available. Call 310.440.7303 before December 31.
The St. Joseph Center in Venice has moved its Thrift Store from 404 Lincoln Blvd. to 2545 Lincoln Blvd., just north of Washington. The Thrift Store has been operating since 1978 and in addition to selling used items, gives vouchers for free clothing and household goods.
The Veterans Administration and Westside Community Adult School offers Cook Trainee and Food Preparation classes to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the restaurant and food service fields. Registration is $20 with a $30 materials charge. Students may enroll at any time. Classes are held at the Veterans Administration Food and Nutrition Building, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., WLA, 310.210.2086.