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., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Diamonds, a film documentary about diamond trading, 7pm, $5 donation, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.
Ceremony in honor of Eddie Greenberg, longtime Santa Monica Third Street Promenade and Parking Structure Maintenance Supervisor, noon, free, 1457 Third Street Promenade, at the fountain area just north of Broadway, 310.399.1000.
The Flower of the Season, solo dances by members of Body Weather Laboratory, 8pm Friday, 5pm and 8pm Saturday, $12-$15, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, lightningshadow.com. Also June 30.
Summer Deep Sky Wonders, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Parrot Tales, children’s program, 1:30pm, free, Community Room, Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.821.3415.
Who Killed the Electric Car? film followed by discussion, 7:30pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
June 29-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, 310.206.film.
Badass! Geza X, James Mathers, Timothy Williams, three-man exhibit, opening reception 7pm-midnight, through July 30, Black Cat Gallery, 11523 W. Washington Blvd., CC, 310.313.4931.
Ballona Bicycle Nature Ride, 2:15-4:30pm, free, meet at Daniel’s Bicycles, Fisherman’s Village, MDR, 310.821.9045.
Black Belt Test, with Grand Master Bong Soo Han International Hapkido Federation, 3pm, free, 3201 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.2643.
Celebrate America Early Independence Day, fireworks show and music, 6pm, free, Corsair Field, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3001.
Performance Showcase by City at Peace Teens, scenes from full-length musical project, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Ballona Nature Walk, with Roy van de Hoek, 2-4:30pm, free, meet at Del Rey Lagoon north of Culver Blvd., PDR, 310.821.9045.
Family Fun Days at Theatricum Botanicum presents Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts with Masanga Marimba Ensemble, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Festival of Arts outdoor art show, 10am-11:30pm, $4-$7, through July 31, Pageant of the Masters July 7-August 31,, $20-$80, Irvine Bowl Park, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145.
On Ensemble, taiko group, performs works with drums, voice, world instruments and dance, 3pm, $20-$25, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 323.960.7726.
Why Animals? A group show with animals and artists, including Tony Dow, reception July 14, 5-8pm, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 Pine Tree Circle, Topanga, 310.455.7744.
Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade, 2pm, free, begins at Sunset Blvd. and Via de La Paz, PP, pp90272.com/papa.
Stranger Than Fiction, comedy with Emma Thompson and Will Ferrell, 3pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Mark Your Calendar
Shakespeare Santa Monica, Reed Park, July 17-26.
Ms. Beatnik Contest, Sponto Gallery, Venice, July 18.
Mods and Rockers Film Festival, Aero Theatre, July 27-29.
Through July 4
Meals on Wheels West is looking for volunteers to deliver meals the week of July 4th, from 11am to 1pm Monday-Friday, call Joanna Vasquez, Meals On Wheels West, 1823 Michigan Ave., 310.394.7558.
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 broadhumor.com 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, 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.
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 to lead nature walks. Ages 6-up may apply. 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 campbellart.com.
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.
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 jesgrew.org/wake.
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 californiarecycles.com.
Reunion.com, 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 started 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.
The Santa Monica Film Festival showcases the films of many local, national and international filmmakers. The Festival will use “text voting,” and funds from each vote will support the Santa Monica Film Festival’s nonprofit 501(c)(3), entry fee is $50, smfilmfestival.com.
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, treepeople.org.