Academic Foundation For International Cultural Exchange is looking for individuals to work as community representatives and is also looking for host families to house foreign exchange students. To volunteer call Anne Ring, 866.462.3423.
Airport Dog Park Permit Tags are required by January 1. To obtain a 2008 non-resident permit tag for use of the Airport Dog Park you must furnish the following items for your dog: copy of dog license receipt, full name and current mailing address, current phone number, copy of current rabies vaccine record from your veterinarian, full description of dog (name, sex, breed, color, age, and size or weight), and check of $15.50 made out to City of Santa Monica. Send to Santa Monica Animal Shelter, 1640 9th St., SM, CA 90404.
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers. Positions are available for desk and telephone receptionists, blood services, computer and web design, public relations, class instructors, fundraising, working in disaster preparedness, and assisting the chapter’s youth program. To volunteer, call Tom Viscount at 310.394.3773 x112 from 1-5 pm, Monday through Thursday.
Ananda LA offers free Thursday Night Lectures, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, anandala.org.
The Assistance League of Santa Monica is celebrating their 70th anniversary. Help the ALSM by shopping at their thrift shop, the Assistance League Bargain Bazaar, 1453 14th St., 310.395.2338.
Baha’i Center in Santa Monica is located at 3102 Colorado Avenue, 310.394.7971 or go to santamonicabahai.org.
Carepages.com and the USO are sponsoring Yellow Ribbons For Our Wounded Troops, a web page where wounded soldiers and their families can post their stories, share information about medical advice, and give and receive support from others, carepages.com/yellow-ribbons.
Host families are needed by Pacific Intercultural Exchange for foreign high school students, 866.546.1402.
Kentwood Players are now auditioning for the musical Gypsy, opening in March at the Kentwood Playhouse in Westchester. Auditions for roles for both adults and children will be held January 12, 10am-3pm, and January 13, 6-9pm. Apply at kentwoodplayers.org.
Los Angeles Master Chorale is auditioning for singers with outstanding musicianship and sight-reading ability. Resumes may be faxed or mailed until January 11. Fax to 213.687.8238 or send to Kathie Freeman, Production Manager, Los Angeles Master Chorale, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA, 90012.
Mt. Olive Film Night, entertaining and thought-provoking films shown on the 2nd Saturdays of each month, supper at 6pm, films start at 7pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
On January 12, M. Hanks Gallery will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Fund-raising Reception Celebration from 7-9pm to benefit HeArt Project, the nonprofit organization that supports overlooked teens in their quest to develop artistic talents, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., 626.791.3847.
Santa Monica Hiking Group meets every other Saturday at a different hiking spot. The group is a nonprofit that donates back to the community by having beach cleanups. To register go to hiking.meetup.com/354/about.
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 Santa Monica Rotary Club is accepting applications from area nonprofits for capital and equipment funding requests. Applications are due January 31 for the next funding cycle. Applicants can call the Rotary Club at 310.917.3313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Monica Playhouse’s Winter Break Create-a-Play Workshops will be offered January 2-6, for children between the ages of 6 and 14. Enrollment is by interview only. For an appointment call Cammy Truong at 310.394.9779 x673.
Santa Monica’s Solid Waste Division’s website answers many residential and business customer queries. To learn how to setup recycling programs at apartment buildings, what to do with unwanted electronics devices, where to drop off bulky items like refrigerators, and answers to many more questions go to smgov.net/swm.
SMC’s Continuing Education Program is offering free ESL and Citizenship classes, 1-4pm Wednesdays, at SMC’s Bundy campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, and at the Madison campus, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3400.
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 United States Veterans Initiative (USVETS) is collecting used and unwanted cell phones to raise money for formerly homeless veterans and returning troops. Donations can be dropped off at 733 S. Hindry Ave., Inglewood, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, at the front desk, or 24 hours a day in Room 206.
The World Festival of Sacred Music – Los Angeles will take place September 20 to October 4, 2008. The festival is currently looking for performers, venues, presenters, and volunteers. Applications are due January 4, 310.825.0507.