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.
The Bagavagabond Bohemian Circus is accepting submissions for the “Pop Art Explosion” show on January 25, to benefit For The Arts. Submissions of art and/or film and video may be made until January 19 and should be sent to Bagavagabonds, 11277 Sardis Ave, LA, CA 90064, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baha’i Center in Santa Monica is located at 3102 Colorado Avenue, 310.394.7971 or go santamonicabahai.org.
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.
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.
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.
Meaning of the Torah is a new series of lectures by nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Dennis Prager. The classes will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning January 15 at American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air. Tickets are $40 per person, or $100 for the series, and can be purchased by calling 310.440.1246.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Whole Foods Market is launching a website for people who want to make lasting resolutions for lifestyle changes. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com or to whole foods market locations to enter your resolution.
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@barrington editorial.com.