Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, 8pm Fridays/4pm and 8pm Saturdays/7:30pm Sundays, through September 29, $20-$25, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Campfire, 7:30-9pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
The Constant Wife, by W. Somerset Maugham, a production by the Kentwood Players, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $18, through August 11, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave, Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Craig Newton performs a program of music for children, 1:30pm, free, Community Room, Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.821.3415.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd., shops stay open late, 6-10pm, free, Soles4Souls will be collecting donations of new or lightly worn shoes at Ananda, 1354 Abbot Kinney, and at BrickLane, 1132 Abbot Kinney, Venice, 310.392.2525.
Grassroots, first in a new monthly series of acoustic concerts to benefit Children of the Night, hosted by Mark Islam, 8pm, donation, Synergy Café, 4437 Sepulveda Blvd., CC, 310.482.3490.
Impossible Boulevard, play about, and benefit for, OPCC, 8pm, $10, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.264.6646, or email email@example.com.
Passport Adventure Program, LA Audubon Society and Heal the Bay offer kid-friendly crafts and activities for children,11am-4pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
Pure, exhibit of art by Daniel Francisco, opening reception 6-7pm, through July 31, Kulturas, 1700 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.8707.
Family Fun Days at Theatricum Botanicum presents Hap Palmer 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Free Story Hour, plus snacks, in conjunction with the Family Film Festival matinee at the Aero Theatre, 2pm, free, Every Picture Tells a Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., 310.451.2700. Also July 15.
What’s the Story? monthly edition of solo storytelling show, 8pm, $10 or pay what you can, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.
World Music Night at “Music in the Zoo,” presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, 6-9pm, $7-$12, Los Angeles Zoo, LA, 323.644.6042.
Our Forest, Our River, Our Backyard: Saving the San Gabriel River, presentation by UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program, 7:30-9:30pm, free, Fireside Room, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 818.881.3706.
Seminar for New Owners of Rental Property, 6:30-8:30pm, free, Multi-Purpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8751.
Radical Politics in Mainstream Media, film by John Hankey that studies the way political statements have been made in mainstream films, 8pm, plus special “revolutionary feature film,” 6pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
They Call Me Muslim and The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud, films screen as part of High Noon Film Series, noon, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.
Cosmic Rays and Stray Particles, mixed media paintings by Michael Mew, opening reception 5-9pm, through August 12, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
The Genius Show, the first installment of a monthly comedy show with writers and comics reading personal essays, 9pm, $5, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade (in alley), 310.451.0850.
Gulliver’s Travels, adaptation of the classic fantasy by the Actors Gang, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, through September 8, $20-$25, The Actors Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.838.GANG.
Patricia Lousianna Knop, one-of-a-kind amulets, opening reception 5-9pm, through August 12, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
Luis J. Rodriguez, author, talks about his work, sponsored by SMC’s First Year Institute Summer Bridge Program, 10:30am, free, John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., 310.434.4525.
Summer Fantasy II, juried art show of student work, opening reception 5-7:30pm, through September 14, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310. 434.4306.
Twilight Dance Series, Plena Libre, The Spam Allstars, 7:30-9:30pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, twilightdance.org.
Mark Your Calendar
Shakespeare Santa Monica, Reed Park, July 17-26.
Ms. Beatnick Contest, Sponto Gallery, Venice, July 18.
Restaurant Design Tour, UCLA Extenson, July 20.
Mods and Rockers Film Festival, Aero Theatre, July 27-29.
Community Announcements / Ongoing Events
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 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 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.
The Independent Adoption Center is holding an Adoption Information Session on August 11, 9:30am-2pm, IAC_s Los Angeles office, 5777 W. Century Blvd., LA, 800.571.2913.
Inside Out Community Arts is now enrolling students for its Neighborhood Arts Project. The program runs Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30am-3:30pm beginning Tuesday, July 10 through July 30 with a performance Friday, July 27. 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 ivegot7.com.
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.
Liberty Hill Foundation is looking for pledges to double a matching fund. The first 100 people to contribute at least $150 will be entered in a drawing for a special night on the town. Donate online or print out form at libertyhill.org/common/to_print/donateform.pdf or write to Liberty Hill Foundation, 2121 Cloverfield Blvd., Suite 113, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
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 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.
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.
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, and wiill use “text voting.” Funds from each vote will support the Santa Monica Film Festival’s nonprofit 501c3. Entry fee is $50, more information at smfilmfestival.com.
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, oceanaires.org, 310.202.1380.
The Solid Waste Division has launched a new website that answers many residential and business customer queries. To learn how to setup recycling programs at apartment buildings, what to do with unwanted electronics devices, and where to drop off bulky-items, like refrigerators, and answers to many more questions go to smgov.net/swm.
Sony Studios is conducting Twilight Tours every Thursday through September 28, 6:30pm, $25, approximately 90 minutes, RSVP 310.520.tour x8687.
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
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.
UCLA Extension is looking for stories by alumni for their new website Your Story is Our Story. Visit story.uclaextension.edu.
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 writeawaywritinggroup.com.