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.
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.
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.
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 Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) is looking for families to host foreign exchange students from their Academic Year Program (AYP) for the upcoming 2010-11 school year. All of the students placed are 15- to 18-years old and are proficient in English. Deadline is August 31, 2010. For more information about hosting a foreign exchange student, potential families can go to http://www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm, e-mail at email@example.com or call CCI’s toll-free information number at 800.634.4771.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Enjoy Spring and start out Summer right by getting into shape and/or learning a new skill! YWCA Santa Monica / Westside health and fitness classes begin May 3. We work with top instructors who bring you the latest in fitness, education and fun! Sign up now for great classes, including, for adults and teens: Beginning Acting, Belly Dancing, Dancing like the Stars Ballroom Dance, Gentle Exercise, Women’s Basic Ballet, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and more. To sign up for any of the above classes, visit www.smywca.org or call 310.452.3881.
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 818.268.9841.
Kentwood Players announces auditions for “Dracula” on Saturday, July 10 from 11am-3pm and Sunday, July 11 from 6-9pm with callbacks on Monday, July 12 from 7:30-10pm at the Westchester Playhouse located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester. www.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.
Media Arts Summer Camp, July 5-30, 2010, free for low-income families, ages 10-18, sign-up for 1 week or for all 4 weeks. Registration Details – In-person registration is required; please call for an appointment. 610 California Ave., Venice, tel. 310.578.1745 Saturday, June 19th, 10am-3pm: Continuing students, Saturday, June 26th, 10am-3pm: new and returning students.
Musicians invited to meet weekly and perform in concert with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Church of the Nazarene, 1001 18th St. Santa Monica. 310.313.3726.
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.
Pranic Healing Sessions and Meditation. Whether you’re stressed, in pain or just in need of inner peace, PRANIC HEALING can help. Master Choa Kok Sui’s PRANIC HEALING is an energy healing technique that utilizes “prana” or life energy to promote physical, emotional and mental health. It has worked successfully with ailments ranging from asthma, arthritis, cancer, to addictions, stress, depression and phobias. Aanad Saagar Fridays, 1318 2nd St. #21, 6:45pm, Guided Meditation, 7:15– 9:30pm, healing sessions. Contact: Isabel 310.883.8371 Suggested love offering $10. pranichealingsm@yahoo.
Pregnancy Support Group, ongoing on Mondays, facilitated by Sahaja Douglass, MA, LMFT and Aleksandra Evanguelidi, LM,CPM. This Support Group will focus on building community, releasing fears about birthing and mothering, and offering a safe place where questions can be answered by health care professionals. 2-4pm, $25, 11965 Venice Blvd. Suite 204, Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310.566.7690.
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