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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and Project Nightlight is offering volunteer opportunities for adults, teens, and children to work in programs based on film, fashion, music, and sports. Volunteers are only required to have a willingness to learn and have fun with kids., 310.991.1852.

Baby2Baby is raising money to provide car seats for needy families. Donations will be accepted at Booth 734, located at the Baby Celebration LA, April 12-13 at the LA Convention Center, or online at baby2baby.org.

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.

Passover Workshops are offered by Chabad of Pacific Palisades on April 15, free, to register call 310.454.7783.

Santa Monica is seeking proposals from qualified applicants to develop, equip, operate, and manage the concessions at the new Annenberg Community Beach House located at 415 PCH. Proposals will be accepted until 2pm on Monday, May 5. Contact Open Space Management at 310.458.8573 or smgov.net/osm.

Santa Monica Citywide Reads has gone online with a blog, santamonicacitywidereads.blogspot.com. From April 12-May 17, Santa Monica residents are encouraged to read The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch and discuss the book through community groups as well as through the blog. Copies of the book can be obtained through bookcrossing.com.

The Westside Eclectic Comedy Theatre is offering improv, stand up, and sketch comedy classes starting this month. Each class is $300 and most are 8 weeks. Contact Lloyd Alquist at 310.451.0850.

Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshop presents “Finding the Words in the Writer” and the “Writer in the Words,” with poet, writer, fiction editor Lisa Marguerite Mora, Thursdays, April 10 to May 29, 2008. Cost $220 for eight weeks, 7:00-9:30, Electric Lodge, Venice, lisa@barringtoneditorial.com, www.barringtoneditorial.com.

Yappy Hour, new ongoing social event, every Thursday dogs and people can meet and greet each other, 6-8pm, free, Tails of Santa Monica, 2912 Main St., 310.392.4300.

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