Religion and Ritual, presentation and roundtable discussion, 2pm, free, GRI Lecture Hall, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Returning to the Moon, Part 1, show about moon exploration, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 for one show or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
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.
Brian Bress, Kelly Barrie, exhibit of art, opening reception 6-8pm, through February 10, Angstrom Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310.204.3334.
Tim Ebner, exhibit of art, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 3, Rosamund Felson Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.8488.
Charles Garabedian, new works on paper, reception for artist 4-8pm, through February 3, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., 310.822.4955.
Fielden Harper, exhibit of art, opening reception 5-7pm, through January 27, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
John Mason: Recent Works, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 3, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Meet Patricia Isasa, kidnapping survivor, and Hector Aristizibal, performing his one-man play Nightwind, with KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar as MC, 7pm, tamales for sale at 6:30pm, $10 donation (or what you can), Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.573.1901.
The Play’s The Thing presents “Mizlansky / Zilinsky” by Jon Robin Baitz, starring Nathan Lane, 10pm-midnight, KPCC-FM, 89.3.
Yukon Teruya, 3D News, exhibits, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 3, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.1595.
Music and Readings From Thomas Jefferson’s Library, chamber music concerts presented by Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, $35, $29 for seniors, 4pm, January 7, All Saints Church, 504 N. Camden Dr., BH, tickets, 310.458.4504.
The 60’s, by Trish Soodick, returns, $20-$25, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392. Also January 13 and 14.
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.
Free Family Art Workshop in conjunction with the exhibit “Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World,” 1-4pm, Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, WW, 310.825.4361.
Shiner New Year Jubilee with comedy improv group The Shiners and special guests The 313 is presented as part of Shiner Sundays continuing every other Sunday, 8pm, $8 admission is good for all shows of the evening, Westside Eclectic, 1323A Third Street Promenade (in alley behind building), 310.451.0850.
The Ultimate Choice, a film about our environmental crisis, 2pm, free, second floor Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.452.9681.
Max 10, a show with 10 performers doing 10 minutes each, 7:30pm, $8, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.306.1854
Two Ceramics Classes: “Wheel Throwing Techniques” beginning January 10 for 10 weeks, 6:30-9pm Wednesdays, and “Basic Hand Building With Clay,” beginning January 11 for 10 weeks, 6:30-9pm Thursdays. Classes are $125 for residents, $135 for non-residents, Ceramic Hut, El Marino Park, 5301 Berryman Ave., CC, 310.390.9604 or Jeff@TwoCreators.com.
Community Meeting For 2001 Main Street Project, to receive information about the proposed LEED Certified building project at the site and how the Horizons/Zephyr surf/skate shop will be worked into the plan, 7pm, free, Ocean Park Library, Main Street and Ocean Park Blvd., 310.396.2374.
Eden’s Lost and Found – Los Angeles: Dream A Different City, a program about improving the quality of life in American cities, featuring Treepeople founder Andy Lipkis and narrated by Jimmy Smits, 10-11pm, KCET, Channel 28.
Rob Curto’s Forro For All, performance of Brazilian music and dance, 8pm, $20-$25, Skirball Cultural Center, 2710 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
It All Rolls Downhill, campfire, 6:30pm, rain cancels, free, bring blankets and jackets, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
Mark Your Calendar
“Grease Sing-Along” for the whole family at Santa Monica Main Library, January 13.
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.
The Art Institute of California has added “Sustainable Packaging” as a theme taught in its Graphic Design classes for the winter quarter. Students and professionals interested in the Graphic Design program can call 310.752.4700 for information.
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 campbellart.com.
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.
Light a virtual candle for HIV/AIDS at lighttounite.org and Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate $1 to National AIDS Fund.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale is holding auditions for experienced singers with musicianship and sight-reading skills. Resumes are being accepted through January 12 via fax at 213.687.8238 or by mail to Kathie Freeman, Production Manager, Los Angeles Master Chorale, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 90012. For information on the audition process go to lamc.org.
Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to californiarecycles.com.
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 Public Library announces the creation of the Green Prize For Sustainable Literature. Books published in 2006 in both adult fiction and non-fiction categories and youth fiction and non-fiction are eligible. Applicants can submit titles for to smpl.org/greenprize.htm before April 30, 2007. Prizes will be awarded in September 2007. For more information, call 310.458.8600.
The Santa Monica Public Library is offering an amnesty period on fines for overdue materials the week of January 6-13. Billings for lost or damaged materials and fines on materials from other library systems are excluded from the amnesty program. For more information, call 310.458.8600.
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.
UCLA Extension is offering new courses beginning January 9, including Trends in Black Intellectual Thought, The Archaeology of Ancient Israel, Warfare and Imperialism in the Classic World, Palestine, Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Cultural History of Postwar Europe and other courses. For information call 310.206.8456 or visit uclaextension.edu.