Marsha Freedman, president of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, speaks at Sabbath services, 7:30pm, Beth Shir Sholom Synagogue, 1827 California Ave., 310.453.3361.
Observing Program: Saturn in the Eyepiece, an interactive telescope viewing, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, presented by the SMC Theatre Arts Department, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, through April 8, $15-$20, SMC Theatre Arts Building, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
The Way Out, drama by Tamara Christine Moss, benefit for Save The Santa Monica Playhouse Campaign, 8pm, $16, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
March 30-April 1
Ninth Annual All Nations Pow Wow, with Native American music, dancing, art, crafts, shopping, and food, noon-8pm Saturday/noon-5pm Sunday, free, El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, 310.660.3406.
West Coast Independent Design Show, 11am-5pm, 7:30-10:30pm Friday/11am-6pm Saturday/11am-5pm Sunday, $20, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., 310.394.8600.
An Afternoon With Paul F. Cummins, the co-founder of Crossroads and New Roads schools and Mirror columnist discusses his book Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools For All Students, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Aviator Nation Running the Malibu Waves benefit for local charities, sponsored by Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, 5k and 10k courses, plus a Kid’s Fun Run, 8am, Zuma Beach, Malibu, information, PepperdineC4C.org.
Tony Berliant, Hidden in Plain Sight, artist reception 4-8pm, through May 5, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., 310.822.4955.
Charlotte’s Web, adapted by Joseph Robinette, 11am, through April 15, $5-$7, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Karl Doyle, Nomadic Worlds, photography, opening reception 6pm, through April 30, Obsolete, 222 Main St., Venice, 310.399.0024.
Magic Hour at Horizon Farm, photos and music video by Robert McGinley, opening reception 5-8pm, through June 30, Ruskin Group Theatre Gallery, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.
Gwynn Murrill sculpture, artist reception 4-8pm, through May 5, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., 310.822.4955.
One Nation: Hip-Hop Unity Summit, a youth conference benefiting the Pico Youth and Family Center, 10am-8pm, Greek Theatre, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.396.7101.
Reed Park Improvement Workshop, to get input on planned landscape and playground improvements, 1-3pm, Reed Park, corner of Lincoln and Wilshire, 310.458.8310.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters Celebration for mentors and their mentees who have been working together for one year, 11:30am-1:30pm, Virginia Avenue Park, 310.338.0055.
Palm Sunday Services, 8:30am and 10:30am, Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades, 701 Palisades Dr., PP, 310.454.6537.
Community Seder, hosted by Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades, featuring Shemurah Matzo, gefilte fish, hot chicken soup, singing and discussion, $20-$40, Palisades Chabad Jewish Community Center, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783. Also April 3.
Paula Izydorek, lovepaula, artist reception 6-8pm, Hama, 213 Windward Ave., Venice, 310.396.8783.
Spark: What’s The Story? storytelling series, theme is “water,” 7:30pm, $10, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF.MAIN x5.
Leilani Chan: Refugee Nation/Legacies of War: Searching for Laotian America, through April 30, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Last Refuge for the Senses or Noise Hippies Against All War! presentation of 16mm films, 7pm, plus The Mythology Show with more films, 8:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Tiburon International Film Festival presents Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River, 7pm, free, Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice, 310.396.8783.
Community Based Solutions: Building a Sustainable Transport System From the Grassroots, lecture by Russell Sydney, 6:30pm, free, Bundy 223, SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.4743.
Farthingales LA hosts Ann Grogan from Romantasy in San Francisco, who will explain her program for reducing weight with corsets, 7:30-9:30pm, $30, Farthingales, 3306 Pico Blvd., to register 310.392.1787.
Do Sex and Race Matter in the Fight Against Cardiometabolic Epidemics? lecture by Dr. Karol E. Watson, 11:15am, Science Lecture Hall 140, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4003.
Mark Your Calendar
Jazz Easter Buffet at Le Merigot, April 8.
Artists can apply starting April 16 for the 7th Annual Rancho Santa Fe Art Fair. For information, call 858.759.3545.
Bilingual Computer Literacy Classes are now being offered, Saturdays, 8:30am-12:45pm, free, University High School, 11800 Texas Ave., WLA, 323.477.2084.
The Broad Humor Contest is now accepting submissions of feature films and shorts made by and/or written by women. Submissions will be accepted until July 7. For entry rules and submission form call 310.227.5376 or go to broadhumor.com.
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 12 Steps for Everybody, Thursdays 7-8pm, 16730 Bollinger Dr., PP. Call Frank L. at 310.454.5138.
Mother’s Prayer Group meets Wednesdays at 10am and allows mothers to get together for prayer, teaching, camaraderie and support. Childcare provided for small fee. Westside Vineyard, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., LA, 310.391.7366.
Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to californiarecycles.com.
Register now for Gardening Classes at UCLA Extension. Classes include General Botany for Gardeners, Gardening Practices and Techniques, Garden Design for Southern California Homes, Indoor Plant Identification and Culture. Spring Quarter begins March 31, 310.825.7093.
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital seeks volunteers to spend four hours a day helping patients. Adults and teens may apply. Free open house information session will be on April 26, 2-4pm, reservations, 310.825.6001.
The Santa Monica Public Library has created a 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, 310.458.8600.
UCLA Extension’s Creative Writing Program is now enrolling for spring classes in humor writing, crime writing, screenwriting, creative nonfiction and finding an agent. Classes begin March 31, 310.825.9415.