Photo Contest: Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium invites all underwater photographers to enter its Underwater Parks Dayphoto competition, a contest designed to highlight the undersea world just off the Southern California coast. Entries will be accepted through 5pm Jan.10, 2010. Only one entry per person, consisting of a single image, will be accepted. Photographs will be judged for subject relevance and artistic vision by a panel of Heal the Bay staff. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at 2pm Jan. 16, at the Aquarium, at 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beach level beneath the Santa Monica Pier’s carousel. Complete rules and regulations for participating can be viewed at healthebay.org/smpa/uwparksday_contest.
Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) is looking for individuals to work as Community Representatives, who will find host families for international students and will work with them and their families. Call Anne Ring, 866.462.3423.
Adapted Gentle Restoratives for Seniors, yoga classes for seniors with Bea Ammidown, 310.358.3558.
Ammidown Yoga Studio Santa Monica is offering therapeutic special needs classes for all levels; Wednesdays, 7-8pm, Thursdays, 10-11am, Fridays 10:30-11:30am & (Writing Workshop continuing until 12.45pm) & Saturdays 9:30-10:30am. Please call Bea to register, 310. 358.3558, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.yogability.org.
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers. Various positions are available. To volunteer, call Tom Viscount at 310.394.3773 x112 from 1-5 pm, Monday-Thursday.
Art Experience Group Expanding the Limits meets weekly. Participants don’t have to be practicing artists but only need be open to a most daring examination of themselves through a visual experience. The group meets 3-4:30pm, Wednesdays, at 502 Rialto Ave., Venice. Cost: $320 a month. Call 310.450.6685.
Baha’i Center in Santa Monica is located at 3102 Colorado Avenue, 310.394.7971 or go to santamonicabahai.org.
Ballroom by the Bay, every Wednesday, Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th Street, 7:30-11pm, admission: $10, info: 310.487.0911.
Beyond Baroque offers free writing workshops including Monday night Literary and Experimental Fiction, 8pm, Tuesday night Creative Non-Fiction, 8pm, Wednesday night poetry, 8pm, Thursday night alt screenplay, 8pm, Saturday afternoon poetry 1:30pm, and 4th Saturday of the month morning poetry and prose 11am. Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Beyond Baroque seeks an intern to work in the office and bookstore. Call 310.822.3006.
Commercial Acting Classes for Older Adults. Learn on camera commercial acting and improvisation. Mondays 1:30-4pm, Wednesdays 9:30am-noon. $10 a semester, instructor: Adrienne Omansky. Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11328 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.914.3565.
Do You Have the Heart for Hospice? Roze Room Hospice seeks volunteers to provide support and companionship to terminally ill patients and their families. Training is free. We have patients at home and in nursing facilities in throughout the Westside and Los Angeles. For more information, contact Kathleen McMahon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 323.938.1155 or email@example.com.
Donate blood on Monday and Wednesdays at the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 1450 11th St. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR.
Every Friday, Isabelle’s Friday Salsa and Tango Class & Social Party, 7:15pm door registration! Free wine and beer, free parking. Come for the lesson and stay for Social Party! All levels welcome, bring a date or come solo because we rotate partners! Stay for the Social afterwards for drinks, mingling and showing off what you’ve learned with your own class peers…nice!! $20 class & social $10 social only. For details isabellesalsa.com, 310.392.3493.
Food Addicts Anonymous has free meetings every Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. There are no dues or fees, just the desire to abstain from the foods we crave. foodaddictsanonymous.org.
Free help with anxiety, depression, stress, and anger is provided by Recovery International. This worldwide non-profit organization, founded in 1937, holds weekly meetings every Saturday, 10:30am., at Trinity Church, California & 11th St. Free, but contributions welcomed. For more information, call 310.476.1741.
Hatha Yoga class by donation every Sunday at 1:30pm at Kathmandu Boutique, 1844 Lincoln Blvd (north of Pico Blvd). Please call 310.392.4711 to sign up or for more information. (Please leave a message if no answer). Part of your donation goes to charity. Come and relax your body and your mind!
Jamie Papish’s evening hand drum (doumbek) class meets every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, for adults and teens, first time free, $15 drop-in, $60 for four or $80 for eight classes, held at private home in Topanga, email for address, myspace.com/jamiepapish.
Kentwood Players will hold auditions for the musical “Li’l Abner” on Saturday, January 9 from 11am to 3pm, and Sunday, January 10 from 6 to 9pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, kentwoodplayers,org.
The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club meets first Tuesdays from 6-8pm at the Lloyd Taber-Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR, 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.
Musicians invited to meet weekly and perform in concert with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, Tuesdays, 6:30pm, bandroom, Paul Revere Middle School, 1450 Allenford Ave., Brentwood, 310.829.3149.
Pacific Jewish Center-The Shul on the Beach, has started a free lecture series, “Monday Night Connections,” at 8pm with Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, who will explore connections between Torah concepts. The class takes place at the synagogue’s “annex,” 726 Rose Avenue, Venice, 310.392.8749.
Relaxation Study: Relieve Stress, Tension, and Anxiety. Participate for free relaxation therapy in Santa Monica. Call Grant: 310.399.8982.
Relaxation & Visualization for Cancer Patients & Family, intended to help improve the quality of life for people with cancer and their loved ones. Every Wednesday, 6:15-7pm,
The Wellness Community -West LA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Boulevard, Ste. 1040.
Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each Tuesday, 7-10pm, Church of Christ, 9733 Venice Blvd., WLA, oceanaires.org, 310.202.1380.
Santa Monica’s Solid Waste Division’s website answers many residential and business customer queries. To learn how to set up recycling programs at apartment buildings, what to do with unwanted electronics devices, where to drop off bulky items like refrigerators, and answers to many more questions go to smgov.net/swm.
SMC’s Continuing Education Program is offering free ESL and Citizenship classes, 1-4pm Wednesdays, at SMC’s Bundy campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., WLA, and at the Madison campus, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3400.
Soroptimist is a service organization available to help women and children. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, 310.395.6168.
Sunday Salsa Fiesta at the Warehouse Restaurant Club. Free after 9pm for open salsa dancing! No partner necessary, we rotate constantly! We are Professional Instructors dedicated to giving you outstanding service when it comes to teaching you how to Salsa. We offer 3 different Instructors, 3 independent groups for each of the 3 levels. Class only $15, club free! Isabellesalsa.com.
Swing Brazil Kids is a one hour class designed to build confidence and self-esteem through the magic and creativity of Brazilian dance – movement, story telling, songs and drums. The class is taught by cultural educator Vida Vierra, Artistic Director of Swing Brazil Dance Company. Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Class fee is $10. 310.828.1489.
Take a walk through Santa Monica history! The Santa Monica Conservancy conducts downtown walking tours every Saturday at 10am. Tickets are $5 for Conservancy members, $10 for non-members. For reservations, call 310.496.3146 or go to smconservancy.org.
Thursday Nights Pole Dancing Class. We offer Semi Private 2 hours lesson Thursdays nights from 7 to 9pm. We sell out at 10 ladies per class. This is a fun, liberating, empowering workout! Isabelle and/or Angela, will teach you how to do it all! And… as a fitness expert, she will show you how to modify the exercises to each of your fitness levels (strength-flexibility) needs. $35. (isabellesalsa.com).
Volunteer to conduct guided programs for school groups and the general public, host a nature center, or patrol park trails. For more information contact Lisa Ann Carillo, 310.858.7272.
Yoga for the Community! Restorative Yoga-Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm, Flow Yoga – Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm & Saturdays 12:30 – 1:30pm. Classes are on-going. Drop-ins welcome. No experience necessary. Classes taught by Sarah Bergman & Shannon Baker, known for their life-affirming teaching styles. Suggested donation: $5 per class. Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310. 310.452.1116 or mtolivelutheranchurch.org.
Yoga Prose™, a therapeutic journaling process in a gentle and empowering Yoga class, 10:30am-12:45pm, Fridays. Beginners & non-writers welcome. Facilitated by certified Yoga therapist/journalist Bea Ammidown. Santa Monica Studio. 310.358.3338, firstname.lastname@example.org www.yogability.org.