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.
Art classes are starting now at Los Angeles Arts Academy, with classes for kids, teens and adults. LA Arts Academy, 1925 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310. 829.ARTS.
Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched a new Internet service, eInspections.smgov.net, enabling homeowners and contractors to schedule building inspections online. Another option is to call interactive voice response (IVR) system at 310.458.2202.
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, 310.804.0335 or go to campbellart.com.
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.
Host an exchange student. Contact the World Heritage Student Exchange Program, 800.888.9040.
The Jewish Learning Institute presents “The Kabbalah Of Character,” a class meeting Wednesdays for 8 weeks, through February 14. 7:30, Pacific Palisades Jewish Community Center,15207 Sunset, PP, 310.454.7783.
Light a virtual candle for HIV/AIDS at lighttounite.org and Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate $1 to National AIDS Fund.
Meals on Wheels offers hot meals for persons who are homebound or have difficulty shopping or cooking on their own. It is not an age-specific program. To order Meals on Wheels service or to volunteer to deliver meals, call 310.394.5133.
Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to californiarecycles.com.
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 to smpl.org/greenprize.htm before April 30, 2007. Prizes will be awarded in September 2007, 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.
Venice Arts is offering 12-week spring workshops in art, photography, digital arts and filmmaking. Registration is by appointment only, January 27 at 10am, 310.578.1745.
Health & Fitness
Shots for Tots and Teens, clinic providing free immunizations for infants and teens up to age 18, 12:30-2pm, Westside Family Health Center, 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.2191.
Through April 9
Lose weight for good, behavior modification program for weight loss, meets Mondays for 13 weeks, 7:30-8:30pm, $300, advance registration required, St. John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 310.829.8453.
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.
Support Group for Parents of Children with Epilepsy, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, free, 7pm, Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Room 202, 800.564.0445.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
T.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group, new in MDR/Venice area, 821 Dickson St., Sundays 6-7pm, $1, Andres at 310.488.2375 or email@example.com.
Transitions, 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.
57th Annual Seniors Tennis Tournament, teams will be divided into age groups from 30 and over, to 80 and over, 9am-sunset, free, Reed Park.
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.
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.
WISE Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers opportunities for volunteers 55 plus to tutor children at lower income schools. Tutor reading, work with children on art and other projects or use computers to teach literacy, training available, 310.394.9871 x452.