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.
A Hebrew reading crash course is being offered by Chabad Jewish Community of Pacific Palisades. In five easy lessons you’ll be able to read the language of the Bible and feel at home with Hebrew. Classes commence January 14 for five Monday nights, 7:30-9pm, 310.454.7783 or register online at chabadpalisades.org.
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.
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.
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’s Couchois Family – C.C., Patrick, Danya, John, and Joshua – will be competing on the TV series Family Feud, beginning Friday January 4, 6pm on KCAL-TV Channel 9. Anyone interested in appearing on the show can do as the Couchois Family did and call the Family Feud hotline at 323.762.8467.
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.
UCLA Extension is offering gardening classes during the Winter Quarter beginning January 5. Classes include Plant Propagation For Gardeners, Plant Identification and Taxonomy, Introduction to Horticulture, Soils and Fertilizers, and Mediterranean Gardens for Southern California Homes. For information call 310.825.7093.
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.
Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshop meets Thursdays from January 10 through February 28. The workshop will be facilitated by poet/writer Lisa Marguerite Mora. Cost is $220 for eight weeks, 7-9:30pm, at the Electric Lodge in Venice, lisa@barringtoneditorial. com