The American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop is giving 10% and 25% discounts to all customers who donate $10 or $25 to the “Gift of Hope” campaign during the month of February. For $25 a Gift of Hope bouquet of fresh daffodils will be delivered anonymously to a cancer patient at a local treatment center. The Discovery Shop is located at 820 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call 800.acs.2345.
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.
Back on the Beach Café at 445 PCH will be closing for renovation as part of the 415 PCH construction project. The adjacent Beach Parking Lot 10 North will be closed through May 20. Until the lot reopens, beach patrons are advised to carpool, ride a bike, or use Beach Lot 9 North. For more information, go to 415pch.smgov.net.
Baha’i Center in Santa Monica is located at 3102 Colorado Avenue, 310.394.7971 or go to santamonicabahai.org.
The 2008 Broad Humor Film Festival is looking for submissions of comedic films and screenplays written and directed by women. Feature entries must be over 60 minutes running time or 60 script pages. Medium length entries cover 20-60 minutes/pages. Short entries must be under 20 minutes or pages. Early bird deadline is February 29, standard deadline is April 11 and late deadline is May 2. Download submission form from broadhumor.com.
Carepages.com and the USO are sponsoring Yellow Ribbons For Our Wounded Troops, a web page where wounded soldiers and their families can post their stories, share information about medical advice, and give and receive support from others, carepages.com/yellow-ribbons.
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.
Mt. Olive Film Night, entertaining and thought-provoking films shown on the second Saturdays of each month, supper at 6pm, films start at 7pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
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.