The Institute for Spine and Sports Care has designated April as Teacher and Faculty Appreciation Month. During April, all teachers, faculty, and their families will receive a full exam, including health and history consultation, Orthopedic and Neurological Exam, and a report of findings, at no charge. For an appointment, call 310.998.5800.
Danskin Women’s Triathlon Series training session, 6:30pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 973.984.3000.
Round Dancing Lessons, includes waltz two step, cha-cha and fox trot, first time free, $5, 6-7:30pm, Marine Park, 16th St. and Marine, 310.312.1749.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 12 Steps for Everybody’s Writing Workshop meets every Wednesday, 7-8pm, 16730 Bollinger Drive in Pacific Palisades. Also, every third Saturday, 3-hour writing workshop, 9am-noon. Call 310.454.5138 or e-mail email@example.com.
UCLA researchers seek adults, ages 40-74, who have been diagnosed with severe emphysema for a study comparing the effectiveness of an investigational device to standard treatment for improving symptoms, 310.206.0396.
Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. This month features a dance created by Romanian Gypsies and another from Armenia, 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.