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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, beayoga888@verizon.net; 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.

The Artists’ League of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club invites you to drop in Tuesdays from 11am-3pm to work on independent projects in water color, gouache, and collage. $3 donation benefits the nonprofit “Free Arts for Abused Children.” 1210 4th St., Santa Monica. Info: 310.310.2273.

Baha’i Center in Santa Monica is located at 3102 Colorado Avenue, 310.394.7971 or 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.

The City of Santa Monica is seeking proposals from artists and/or artist teams for temporary art installations for the city’s biannual all-night event, GLOW. Proposals may be submitted by all professional artists and/or artist teams who live or work in Los Angeles County and must be received no later than Monday, April 12, 2010 at 5pm.For more detailed information, including application requirements, please view the full RFP at: http://www.glowsantamonica.org.

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 volcoord@rozeroomhospice.org.

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, Followed by Social Party. 7:15pm, Registration at the door. Free wine, beer, and free parking. Come for the lesson and stay for the social dancing and party! $20 for the class and social, $10 for the social only (after 9pm). For details, and for information about other classes during the week, go to isabellesalsa.com or call 310.392.3493. Isabelle’s Dance Academy, 1334 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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 11:30pm 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 announces auditions for Oscar Wilde’s immortal classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” on Saturday, March 13 from 11am to 4pm, and Sunday, March 14 from 6-9pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester. For information go to kentwoodplayers.org.

Malibu Pier Whale Watching Boat Excursions from Malibu Pier State Park, led by California State Park Rangers. Every Saturday and Sunday through March. Departures at 10:30am and 1:30pm from the Malibu Pier at 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Trips last approximately 2 hours. $45 for adults; $30 for children and seniors, group rates available; food and beverage available on board for purchase. Walk ups are welcome, however, for reservations call 310.456. 8031 or go online to malibupier.com.

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.

Music West, Inc. announces open auditions for its Summer 2010 production of Anything Goes, the Cole Porter musical. Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 18th, 6:30pm and on Saturday, March 20th, 9:30am at The Westchester Townhouse, 8501 Emerson Avenue, Westchester. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, March 20th, 11:30am. Auditions are open to anyone ages 10 and up, with roles open for both adults and young people.

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.

Pole Dancing Classes & Parties. We offer a small, weekly Intro Level Pole Dancing Class (max 10/class) EVERY Thursday 7-9pm. On Saturdays, we offer Level 1 though 4 from 10am till 2pm. You can also book a Private Pole Dancing Party for any occasion at a time convenient to you. To pre- registerfor classes or book your private event, please visit .isabellesalsa.com or contact Isabelle at questionsforisabellesalsa@yahoo.com. Isabelle’s Dance Academy, 1334 Lincoln Blvd., 310.392.3493.

Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve general well-being. This worldwide non-profit organization, founded in 1937, holds weekly meetings every Saturday, 10:30am at Trinity Church, California & 11th St., Santa Monica. Free, but free will contributions welcomed. For more information, call 310.476.1741 or go to www.lowselfhelpsystems.org.

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.

Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children will begin their Volunteer Training on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. The training is held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and runs through June 2010. *This training is mandatory for anyone who would like to volunteer at Sojourn.* To enroll or for more information call 310.264.6646 x225 or email *sojournvolunteertraining@opcc.net.*

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.

Sundays Salsa Class & Fiesta, at Isabelle’s Dance Academy. Registration starts at 7:15pm, and class runs from 7:30-9pm. We offer 2 different instructors and 2 independent groups, beginner and intermediate. Class only $15. For details and information about other classes during the week, go to isabellesalsa.com or call 310. 392.3493. Isabelle’s Dance Academy, 1334 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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.

Volunteers are needed for the Docent Training Program for Annenberg Community Beach House. Go to beachhouse.smgov.net for more information.

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, beayoga888@verizon.net www.yogability.org.

Zen meditation group led by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen, teacher at Zen Center of Los Angeles meets weekly on Wednesday evening at the Hill Street Center, 237 Hill Street, Santa Monica. Meditation instruction for newcomers held at 7 to 7:30pm, Zazen from 7:30 to 9pm, Dharma talk the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Sensei Daishin at 310.315.3506 or daishin@zcla.org.

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