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Researchers at UCLA seek women, ages 18 to 65, who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for a new study assessing how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may help diagnose different categories of IBS. Volunteers cannot be pregnant or currently receiving TCM therapies. Participants receive financial compensation and more information about their diagnosis.

The study is funded by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. For more information, please call 310.825.6475.

Through July 7

Lose Weight for Good, class, 7-8:30pm, $300, St. John’s Health Center, 1328 22nd St., 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.

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 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.

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

Lip-reading classes for the hard of hearing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am, Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.477.2084.

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,

Overeaters Anonymous, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30am, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., no dues, fees, or weigh-ins, 310.392.1130.

Recovery International, nonprofit since 1937, holds weekly meetings every Friday, 6pm at SHARE! 5521 Grosvenor, LA, 310.306.6766.

Researchers at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System are seeking volunteers, ages 18 to 55, who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), for a new study on the impact of psychological interventions on the treatment for IBS. During the six-month study, volunteers will be randomly selected to participate in one of three interventions. Call 310.478.3711 x43470.

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.

Salsa Dancing Lessons with Ana Maria Alvarez, 7:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, $15 per class, free dancing after 8:30pm, Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, 310.566.5610.

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

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

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

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.

Westside Walkers – Free Mall Walking Program Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-10am. Sign in at Macy’s storefront on level 2.5, Westside Pavilion on Pico Blvd., between Overland Ave. and Westwood Blvd. West Los Angeles. Call 800.516.5323 for details.

Westwood Co-Op Folk Dancers offers International Folk Dancing every Thursday evening. Dances as familiar as the Mambo and as exotic as a Hungarian Csardas are featured, 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,

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