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June 22

John Abrams: Animals and Magic, children’s program, 1:30pm, free, Community Room, Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.821.3415.

Bridge2Growth Seminar, hosted by British Midlands Group, for California companies interested in expanding their business to Europe, 7:30-9:30am, free, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd.,

Multi Media and Design, Technology Jobs in 2007, seminar, 8-11am, free, Aviation Technology Complex, Room ATA 128, WLA College, 900 Overland Ave., CC, 310.398.0953.

Musical Chairs, an interactive musical, with the American Cultural Youth Ambassadors, 7:30pm, $30, Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.

Public Hearing on Clean Air, presented by the California Air Resources Board, 8:30am, free, Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd., LA,

June 22-July 1

UCLA Television and Film Archives events at the Los Angeles Film Festival, various times, $7-$9, some events free, Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW,

June 23

Chicago, Oscar-winning musical, 2:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Common Ground, The Westside Community Center, hosts a benefit for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, 6pm cocktails and silent auction/7:15pm dinner and program, $100 per person, 5457 Shirley Ave., Tarzana, 310.314.5480.

Community Workshop on improvements to Reed Park, 2-3:30pm, free, Reed Park Auditorium, Lincoln and Wilshire boulevards, 310.458.8310

Gourmet on Fire, an afternoon of gourmet cuisine, fine wines and cocktails, 3-6pm, $90, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., tickets 877.490.3337.

How to Interpret Your Dreams, workshop led by Dr. Jeanette Raymond, 1pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Pet Food Cooking Class, learn to cook healthy meals for pets with Elinor B. Silverstein, 1-2pm, free, Whole Foods Market, 2201 Wilshire Blvd., 310.315.0662

SMC Ceramics Show, exhibit of works by students and faculty, opening reception 4-7pm, through July 21, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

Summer Solstice, celebrate at the beach, presented by Church in Ocean Park, 6:30pm, free, meet at the foot of Ocean Park Blvd., 310.399.1631.

Michael Tabori, New Work, opening reception 6:30-8:30pm, through September 1, Wiliam Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.

June 24

Block Party, celebrating the resurfacing of the tennis courts at Reed Park, presented by Santa Monica Tennis Club, free tennis lessons to beginners, 11am-3pm, free, Reed Park, 7th St. and Wilshire Blvd., 310.451.1966.

Debate on Israel and Palestine with filmmaker Hanna Elias, attorney Josef Avesar and others, 1-4pm, $15 donation, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.,

Fowler in Focus: Doors in Global Perspective, exhibit of decorated doors from around the world, through December 1, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.

7th Annual Summer Soulstice Festival, theme is “Summer of Love” with tribute bands, scavenger hunt, costume contest, pony rides and more, noon-7pm, free, Main Street between Bay and Marine; screening of rock documentary Monterey Pop, 9pm, free, patio, Famous Enterprise Fish Company, 174 Kinney St.,

Venice Fest, a day of celebration with music, children’s games and a ceremony to welcome back the Venice Sign, noon-9pm, free, Windward Ave. between Pacific Ave. and Venice Boardwalk, Venice, 310.429.4169.

What is Happening in Congress and What Does the Future Hold? A talk with Congressman Henry Waxman, 9am-1:30pm, free, Claude Pepper Senior Citizen Center, 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310.559.9677.

June 25

June 26

Legendary Bingo Night, presented by the Wellness Community, an evening of bingo and comedy, 6pm, $50 per person, of which $35 is tax-deductible, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica Pier, 310.314.2555.

Noah’s Ark, a new permanent installation-attraction for the whole family, an enormous wooden ark offering an interactive experience, noon-5pm Tuesdays-Fridays/10am-5pm weekends, $5-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

PALPalooza, an evening of fun and games for the whole family, sponsored by the Police Activities League, 5-9pm, $25, $80 for four admissions, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, 310.458.8988.

June 27

Lorraine Lubner, Collaged Paintings, opening reception June 30, 4-6pm, through July 28, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.

Patt Morrison, journalist and activist, is guest speaker (rescheduled from last month) at the Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

June 28

An All Star Sahl-ute: A tribute to legendary comedian Mort Sahl, benefit for the Heartland Comedy Foundation, 8pm, $100-$200, Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood, 213.365.3500.

June Jamboree, kids program with puppet show, for ages 3-7, 2:30 and 3:30pm, free, Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.

On Ensemble, taiko group, performs works with drums, voice, world instruments and dance, 8pm, $20-$25, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 323.960.7726. Also July 1 at 3pm.

Paula Poundstone, stand-up comic, writer and mother, reads from her book There’s Nothing In This Book I Meant to Say, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Relay for Life, kickoff party, with honorary chair Nat Trives, 5:30pm, Sheraton Delfina Hotel, 530 Pico Blvd.,

Rogue Wave ’07, 12 Artists from Los Angeles, opening reception 6-9pm, through August 18, LA Louvre Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.

Scarecrow, a film by Jerry Schatzberg, is screened with an introduction by French director Patrice LeConte, 7:30pm, $6-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

Twilight Dance Series kicks off with The Ventures and Boom Pam, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Pier,

June 28-29

Relay for Life, 24-hour walking event, 9am on the 28th to 9am on the 29th, team registration $150, begins at John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St.,

Mark Your Calendar

Celebrate America, SMC, June 30.

Main Street 4th of July Parade, July 4.

Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade, July 4.

Shakespeare Santa Monica, Reed Park, July 17-26.

Ms. Beatnick Contest, Sponto Gallery, Venice, July 18.

Community Announcements

Art classes are available for kids, teens and adults. LA Arts Academy, 1925 Broadway, 310.829.ARTS.

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 go to or call 310.227.5376.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire (BBBSLAIE) is looking for male volunteers to become Big Brothers to boys in need. Call Jenny Biechele at 310.338.0055.

Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched a new Internet service,, enabling homeowners and contractors to schedule building inspections online. Another option is to call interactive voice response (IVR) system at 310.458.2202.

California Adult Education Center has classes in citizenship, computer skills, ESL, GED preparation and testing, math and reading labs and high school diploma labs and testing. Classes are available for adults 18 and older, 310.664.6222.

The Children’s Nature Institute is training volunteers ages 6 and up to lead nature walks. Training sessions will be held July 21 and 22 at Franklin Canyon Park, $60 donation covers materials, 310.860.9484.

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

The 12 Steps for Everybody’s writing meeting, Thursdays 7-8pm, 16730 Bollinger Dr., PP. Call Frank L. at 310.454.5138.

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.

Inside Out Community Arts is now enrolling students for its Neighborhood Arts Project. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 10:30am-3:30pm beginning Tuesday, July 10th through Monday, July 30th with a performance Friday, July 27th. Venice Center for Peace with Justice and the Arts, 2210_Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.397.8820 x104.

Into EdVentures is looking for families to host international exchange students. Call 1.877.522.4868.

“I’ve Got 7” is a campaign to alert Santa Monicans to disaster preparedness, launched by the Santa Monica Red Cross, the Santa Monica Fire Department and the City of Santa Monica. For information go to

Leads Club is an international organization that offers a weekly forum for business people. The Santa Monica branch meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:30-8:45am at Bravo Cucina, 1319 Third Street Promenade. For information, call 310.442.5752.

LAUSD offers classes for veterans at Westside Education and Career Center. Classes are held at the University High School campus, 11800 Texas Ave., WLA, $20, 310.914.3565.

The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegan’s Wake Reading Club meets first Mondays from 6-8pm at the Venice Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., free, 310-306-7330 or

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.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is registering artists for its youngARTS 2008 program. High school seniors in the 2007-2008 school year or graduates who will be 17 or 18 years old on December 1, 2007 are encouraged to apply for individual cash awards of up to $10,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Call 800.970.ARTS.

Paid Internships are available at 18th Street Arts Center. All interns must be continuing undergraduate students either residing or attending colleges or universities in Los Angeles County and not graduating before December 20, 2007. To apply, e-mail, fax or mail cover letter and resume to Michael Sakamoto, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404, tel 310.453.3711 x103 or fax 310.453.4347.

Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to, the leading website for social network users is teaming up with the American Red Cross to raise funds for disaster relief efforts. The 45-day program starts on June 11. Fifty percent of donations will be given to the Santa Monica chapter of the organization to aid local disaster victims as well as other recipients of Red Cross services, including youth, military families, seniors and other at-risk groups in Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica Conservancy’s walking tour of downtown Santa Monica is offered weekly. Tours meet at 10am every Saturday and cost $10 general, $5 for Conservancy members, RSVP 310.496.3146.

Sony Studios is conducting Twilight Tours every Thursday through September 28, 6:30pm, $25, approximately 90 minutes, RSVP 310.520.tour x8687.

The STS Foundation is looking to place international students in Santa Monica homes for the 2007-08 school year. Call Sean at 800.522.4678 or Emily at 323.256.1920.

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.

Team V of the Gulf Coast Work Project is in need of medical supplies and basic equipment to help people recovering from the Gulf Coast disaster. Call Jim Krause at 310.839.5455.

Treepeople’s Gift of Life program offers a chance for people to honor loved ones by planting trees dedicated to them. A single tree is $25 and a grove of five is $100,

UCLA Extension’s Gardening and Horticulture Program offers courses in The Art and Science of Pruning, Roses: Queens of the Garden, and Introduction to Horticulture, beginning June 23, 310.825.7093.

UCLA Extension’s Online Program has classes in Early Childhood Education starting June 23, 310.825.2960.


Art Adventure for Families, one hour tours for families with children five and older, sign-up at 1:30pm, every weekend through September 2, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6198.

Art Odyssey for Families, family tours of the museum galleries, 2pm, every weekend through June 30, free with advance tickets, sign-up at 1:45pm, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.

Sand & Sea Speakers, a top-ranking Toastmasters club. Learn to become a more confident, poised speaker, Best Western Gateway Hotel, Carousel Room, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Monday nights, 7-9pm, 310.474.7704.

Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each Tuesday, 7-10pm, Church of Christ, 9733 Venice Blvd., WLA,, 310.202.1380.

Soroptimist is a service organization available to help women and children, meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, 310.395.6168.

Write Away, share your existing work in a supportive, constructive, free weekly meeting, 12-2:30pm, Tuesdays & third Monday of the month, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.4675 or

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