The Balance Disorders Institute is offering the Drivewell Senior Driver Therapy program, to help seniors assess their driving skills, improve their skills through exercise, learn safety measures and discuss when it is appropriate to retire from driving, 310.569.1570.
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.
Exercise classes for seniors are now being offered by the Westside Community Adult School. Weekly classes are held at Westside locations such as Barrington Park, WLA, Stoner Recreation Center, and the Pacific Presbyterian Church in PP, $1 per month, 310.477.2084.
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.
H.O.P.E. Unit Foundation for Bereavement, Loss and Transition offers Widow/Widower Support Groups for people coping with the first two years of loss. Two ongoing support groups are available and meet Tuesdays, 7-9pm, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 16611 Olympic Blvd., WLA, 818.788.4673.
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 third level Community Room at Santa Monica Place, 310.319.4560.
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.
HEALTH & FITNESS
“New Year’s Resolution Intensive,” 12-Step Writing Workshop for AA’s, and all other 12-Step programs, and anyone else with an obsessive-compulsive or habitual problem, 9am-noon, Westside Pavilion, Community Room A, 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Frank L. at 310.454.5138 for information and registration.
Life Line will be at Santa Monica Place to give screenings for health problems that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms and coronary disease. A complete vascular package is $129. To schedule an appointment, call 800.697.9721.
Viewing Vascular Disease, free health talk with Dr. Stephen Kee of UCLA Department of Radiology, 11am-12:30pm, free, Westwood Horizons, 947 Tiverton Ave., WW, 800.516.5323.
Lose weight for good, behavior modification program for weight loss, meets weekly for 13 weeks, through April 9, Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm, $300, advance registration required, St. John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 310.829.8453.
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.
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.
Parents of Adult Children, weekly support group (not a drop-in group), 2-3:30pm, sliding scale, Center For Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550 x373.
Salsa Dance Lessons, 7:30pm Sundays, $10 a lesson, free dancing afterwards, Casa Escobar, 14160 Palawan Way, MDR, 310.392.3493.
Round Dancing Lessons, includes waltz two step, cha-cha and fox trot, first time free, $5, 6-7:30pm, Marine Park, 16th St. and Marine, 310.312.1749.
Team Survivor Los Angeles offers free health and exercise classes for women living with cancer. For information, call 310.477.8557.
Therapeutic Hatha Yoga, with Bea Ammidown, RYT 500, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm; Thursdays, 10-11am, yoga and writing workshop continues to 12:30pm; and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am, 310.358.3338 or email@example.com.
Transitions, new weekly support group for people 50-65 who are undergoing changes in their lives, Thursdays, 12:30-2pm, sliding scale, Center For Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550 x373.
Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. Beginners class at 7:30pm, intermediate 8-9pm, followed by general dancing, ending at 10:30pm, $3, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.474.5953.
Yoga Classes at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, including a kid’s yoga class, classes in Spanish, beginner’s courses and free meditation and kirtan every Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 6:30pm, 13325 Beach Ave., MDR, 310.822.YOGA.
Young Adults Group Fighting Cancer Together, the Wellness Community WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Tuesdays, 310.314.2555.