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.
Competitive landscape grants of up to $20,000 are being offered by the City of Santa Monica. To qualify for a grant, the landscaping plan must include water-efficient irrigation, plus one or more of the following: California native plants, water-efficient plants, storm-water management systems, graywater systems, and/or other innovative water-saving features. Applications will accepted through March 27, and are available by calling 866.728.3229 or at smepd.org org.
Food Addicts Anonymous has free meetings every Saturday from 11:30am at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester, foodaddictsanonymous.org.
The St. Jude Heroes Charity Athlete program has openings for Los Angeles Marathon racers who run as St. Jude Heroes. To reserve your Los Angeles Marathon race bib, and to register as a St. Jude Hero, go to stjudeheroes.org or call Mariana Vargas at 800.227.6737.
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 venicewake.org.
Meals on Wheels West needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound people in Santa Monica. Deliveries are from 11am-1pm, Mondays-Fridays. To volunteer call 310.394.7558.
Nominations are now being taken for the 2008 Green Prizes in Sustainable Literature. Books from publishers and authors, or titles suggested by the public must be submitted by March 31. The winners will be announced at a presentation in October. For information go to smpl.org/green prize.htm.
The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation is accepting submissions for the 24th Annual Twilight Dance Series annual poster contest. The artist who creates the winning design will receive $750 and a VIP package for the summer including a backstage pass to the Series. All entries are due by March 7. Contest rules, design specifications and entry forms are available at santamonicapier.org under “What’s Happening.” For more information, call 310.458.8901.
Santa Monica Playhouse’s Spring 2008 after-school program is now open for enrollment. Classes begin February 4 and will culminate in live performances in May. For enrollment information, call 310.394.9779 x3 or go to santamonicaplayouse.com.
Venice Arts has an array of classes, including two Comics classes, Black and White, Intermediate, and Advance Photography classes, and Advanced Studies Film as well as an internship program for advanced students. Registration, by appointment only, is Saturday, February 2nd, for new students. You must call in advance to make an appointment, 310.578.1745.