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Health & Fitness:

January 12

Childbirth Preparation Class, 10am, $220, St. John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 310.829.8258. Also meets January 19.

January 14

Saint John’s Health Center presents “Lose Weight For Good,” a program for healthy weight management. Meetings are Mondays, 7-8:30pm from January 14 to April 7, $300, Saint John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 310.829.8453.

January 15

Medicare Seminar, with Mahin Salehi, staff attorney, Cancer Legal Resource Center, 11:30-12:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 393.2721 x129.

January 16

Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You? Talk by a UCLA certified plastic surgeon, 6-7pm, free, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465, WW, RSVP to 800.825.2752.

Through February 1

Nursery Nature Workshops for 2-4-year-olds, presented by the Children’s Nature Institute, 10am-noon, $60 for first child, $30 for each additional child, Temescal Canyon Park, PP, childrensnatureinstitute.org.


The Center for the Partially Sighted has free support groups for adults with impaired sight. You do not need to be a client of the Center to participate. For more information, contact Pam Thompson, Ph.D., at 310.458.3501 x146.

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center is recruiting volunteers for its Suicide Prevention Center’s Crisis Line. The next 8-week training class for volunteer crisis counselors begins January 26 at Didi Hirsch in Culver City. For more information, call 310.895.2325.

Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine will provide acupuncture treatments to Los Angeles County firefighters at discount rates through January. The clinic is located at 1807-B Wilshire Blvd. For additional information, contact Mary Good, 310.453.8300 x111.

Isabelle’s Friday Social, salsa and tango lessons every Friday, $5 per person, lesson from 7:30-9pm, social from 9-10pm, Isabelle’ s Dance Academy, 1334 Lincoln Blvd., 310.392.3493.

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.

The Santa Monica Laughter Club meets Thursdays, 11am-noon, Shakti’s Elements, 717 Broadway. Donations of any amount accepted. Call Kim Selbert, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, 310.471.5773.

Sharing Strength and Hope, breast cancer support group, meets the second Monday of each month, 6:30pm, Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St., 310.395.1308.

Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. This month features a dance from Bulgaria, Takanata, beginning at 7:30, followed by general dancing until 10:20pm. Admission is $3:00 at the door, and all are welcome, $3, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.474.5953.

Yoga Classes at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, including a kid’s yoga class, classes in Spanish, beginner’s courses and free meditation and kirtan every Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 6:30pm, 13325 Beach Ave., MDR, 310.822.yoga.

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