How Many Jews Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?, sermon by Rabbi Steven Reuben on global warming in connection with the Festival of Lights, compact fluorescent bulbs will be given to all attendees, 7:30pm, free, Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.459.2328.
SMC Student Films, 6pm, free, Room 214, SMC Art Complex, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Star of Wonder, astronomy show about the Star of Bethlehem, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC campus, 310.434.4223.
Spike and Mike’s Twisted Festival of Animation, midnight, Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., 310.394.9741.
An Inconvenient Truth will be screened as part of a house party presented by MoveOn.org and Track 16 Gallery, 6pm, free, Track 16, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678, RSVP to http://pol.moveon.org/pac/event/ events/event.html?event_id=29164.
Braveland, exhibit of art by Chris Oatey, Greg Santos and Ami Tallman, opening reception 6-8pm, through January 27, Seeline Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.
Venice Arts Fall Youth Art Exhibit, opening reception 12-2pm, through January 15, Venice Arts Gallery, 1809 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8533.
The American Cinematheque Presents an in-person tribute to director Guillermo Del Toro, 6:30pm, followed by screenings of Del Toro’s films Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone, Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 323.466.FILM.
Surfrider Foundation Holiday Party (replaces chapter meeting), 7pm, non-members welcome, Malibu Inn, 22969 PCH, Malibu, 310.451.1010.
Santa Monica High School Choirs give a performance with the theme of perpetual motion, 7pm, $10 adults, $5 children, students and seniors, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.576.0423.
Mark Your Calendar
December 22-January 1
Screwball Comedies and Holiday Classics at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 323.466.FILM.
Adopt-An-Animal is a program created by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, offering “parent/friend” sponsorships of zoo animals. To join or to receive more information, call 323.644.6035.
CLARE Foundation is looking for volunteers for its holiday decorating event, December 21, 10am-noon, and its holiday party, December 22, 11am-3pm. For more information, call Lacey Von Deak, 310.314.6211.
Community Corporation of Santa Monica’s 2007 Affordable Housing Marketing List is now open. To be considered, pick up an appointment card at 1423 2nd St., Suite B, 8am-5pm, December 18-21, December 26-28, January 2-4.
British ex-pats who wish to return to live in the U.K. are wanted for a new reality TV series for British ITV. Families will be flown to London, all expenses paid, for a visit and can decide whether or not to re-emigrate. This is not a contest. Families can apply at the Continental Shop, 1619 Wilshire Blvd., 310.453.8655.
The Fairview Library is looking for volunteer library tutors who will meet once a week with children in grades 1-5. To apply, call Sylvia Anderle, Fairview Branch Children’s Librarian, 310.450.0443.
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 City of Santa Monica wants to remind people that the holiday season is a wonderful time to help improve the lives of those less fortunate. Please consider donating time, money or goods to one of the many Westside social service organizations in need of support. To find out more, contact Janet Craven, Administrative Assistant, Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition at 310.314.0071 or go to www.westsideshelter.org.
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 Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for the 2007 Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) Award. Candidates must have provided outstanding service to women and girls in Santa Monica, shown commitment to women’s issues and made a contribution to the community. All age groups are eligible; awards will be given in over-21 and under-21 categories. Nominations must be received by December 31, and can be submitted to www.smgov.net/ccs/cosw.
Santa Monica Playhouse’s Winter Break Create-A-Play Workshop is now accepting applications for children between the ages of 6 and 14, who will learn all aspects of play production during the holiday break, December 18-22. Enrollment is limited and acceptance is by interview only. For an appointment, call Cammy Truong at 310.394.9779 x673.
Stitches From The Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets and baby sweaters and hats for those in need. Please contact Kathy Silverton at 866.472.6903.
Winter Specialty Camps in the arts and science fields are now being offered by STAR Education for children in first through fifth grades. Camps will take place December 18-22 and January 2-5, $235 per week, 310.842.8060.