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December 30

 The Play’s The Thing presents The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney, with Bruce Davison and Keene Curtis, 10pm-midnight, KPCC-FM, 89.3.

 Que Viva Cuba! A night celebrating Cuban culture and 48 years of the Cuban Revolution, 7pm, Workmen’s Circle and Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.2007.

 December 31

 New Year’s Eve at Santa Monica Playhouse, with the premiere of Audition: The Musical, two performances followed by after-party, 6:30pm and 9:30pm, $39.50-$49.50, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.

 Tsunami Memorial, for the second anniversary of the event, 5:45-7pm, free, west end of Santa Monica Pier.

 25th Annual Make Love Not War New Year’s Eve, with comedy, music, buffet dinner and midnight peace ceremony, 7pm (dinner), 8pm, entertainment, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., info line 310.399.1000.

 A Very KCRW New Year, with Eric J. Lawrence spinning the best music of 2006, 9pm-midnight, KCRW-FM, 89.9.

 Walk the Labyrinth, a special event based on the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in the Middle Ages, New Year’s Eve, 3-8pm, free, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.

 January 1

 Swim with the Penguins in their annual New Year’s Day dip in the chilly waters of the Pacific, noon, free, Venice Beach between Windward Ave. and Venice Blvd., 310.390.5700.

 January 3

 Circulos Mesotericos, exhibit of paintings by John de Heras, through February 3, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.

 Venice Film Festival, a tribute to local filmmakers, 7:30pm, pre-show with music and poetry, 6pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

 January 6

 Ballona Creek Bicycle Nature Ride, led by naturalist Roy van de Hoek, 2:15-4:30pm, free, bicycles for rent for $7, bring water and layered clothing, meet at Daniel’s Bicycles at Fisherman’s Village, MDR, reservations, 310.821.9045.

 January 7

 Ballona Nature Walk, led by naturalist Robert Roy van de Hoek, 2-4pm, free, wear comfortable shoes and bring water and layered clothing, meet at Del Rey Lagoon Park, PDR, reservations, 310.821.9045.

 Through January 7

 Holiday Art Show and Sale, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7909.

 Slava’s Snowshow, a Russian extravaganza by Slava Polunin, call for times, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, WW, 800.398.7021.

 Mark Your Calendar

 The 60’s, by Trish Soodick, returns to the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice for two weekends beginning January 6-7, 310.822.8392.

 Community Announcements

 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.

 Community Art School is now open in Santa Monica. Classes are offered in a garden setting and are in conjunction with an online learning center. Call 310.804.0335 or go to

 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 January 2-4.

 Easter Seals Child Development Centers are in need of toys and other donated gift items. To make a donation, or for more information call 989.981.4668.

 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. 

Go Green for the holidays. Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to

 Light a virtual candle for HIV/AIDS at and Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate $1 to National AIDS Fund.

 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. 

 Santa Monica College’s Continuing and Community Education is now registering students for “The Magic of Theatre: Writing For the Stage,” a six-week course in playwriting taught by award-winning playwright G. Bruce Smith. The class will be held from 6:30-9:30pm, beginning January 2 at the SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr.  Cost is $95, to enroll call 310.434.3400.

 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 

  Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets and baby sweaters and hats for those in need.  Call 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 January 2-5, $235 per week, 310.842.8060.

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