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.
UCLA Arts and Healing workshop on seven approaches to healing back and neck pain through movement, 7-9:15pm, $10, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.452.1439.
Lose Weight for Good, class meets through July 7, 7-8:30pm, $300, St. John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 310.829.8453.
Seminar: California Partnership for Long Term Care, 11:30am-12:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721.
National Healthcare Decisions Day, presented by St. John’s Health Center, 2-4pm and 6:30-8:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., registration at 310.829.8453.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is seeking participants with type 2 diabetes for a controlled clinical study evaluating an implantable device that delivers electrical impulses to the stomach. Participants must be between 18 and 70 years of age and have a body mass index between 28 and 45. For more information, call 310.423.3779.
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.
Isabelle’s Friday Social, salsa and tango lessons every Friday, lesson from 7:30-9pm, social from 9-10pm, class is $20, social is $5, Isabelle’s Dance Academy, 1334 Lincoln Blvd., 310.392.3493.
Lawn Bowl at Douglas Park with the friendly Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club. Join us for a free lesson at noon Monday-Wednesday-Friday or at 10am and 11am Sundays, Wilshire at 25th, must RSVP, 310.281.1901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Private Duty Association (NPDA) has launched a feature on its website that allows the public access to a searchable database of home care companies following guidelines established by the nation’s leading home care association, privatedutyhomecare.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, newcomers meeting, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Reed Park Auditorium, Wilshire Blvd. and 7th St., no dues, fees, or weigh-ins, regular meeting follows from 7-8pm, 310.392.1130.
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.
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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.