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Health & Fitness:

January 19

Learn Why Hypnosis Works For Weight Control, 11am, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., RSVP to 310.393.2721 x129.

Stress Reduction Workshop, with Dr. Carol Kochoff, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.8600. Also meets January 26 and February 2.

January 21

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

January 22

Medicare Seminar, 11:30am-12:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., RSVP to 310.393.2721 x129.

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.

Through April 7

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.

ONGOING

The City of Santa Monica has a recreational tennis league for intermediate and advanced players. To register, call 310.358.3393.

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.

DanceAlive class with Melinda Deamon, 1-2pm Wednesdays, $3, Center for Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550 x390.

Dance and Live Fiddle Band, the California Dance Cooperative holds contradances (which is sort of like square dancing, only more fun) on the first and fourth Saturday night of every month, Brentwood Youth House, 731 S. Bundy Dr., 7:30pm, all ages welcome, $9, 818.951.2003.

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

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital seeks volunteers to spend four hours a day helping patients. Adults and teens may apply, 310.825.6001.

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.

Therapeutic Hatha Yoga, with Bea Ammidown, E-RYT 500, Wednesdays, 7-8pm; Thursdays, 10-11am; Fridays, 10-11am, Yoga Prose, a yoga and writing workshop continues to 12:45pm; and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am, 310.358.3338 or [email protected]

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, $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.

Young Adults Group Fighting Cancer Together, the Wellness Community WLA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Tuesdays, 310.314.2555.

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