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 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to work on independent projects in watercolor, gouache and collage. This is a self-directed workshop that provides a supportive environment for those wishing to concentrate on their painting and an opportunity for painters to learn from each other! Your $3 donation benefits free art programs for local youth. 1210 4th St., Santa Monica. Info: 310.310.2273.
Beyond Baroque offers free writing workshops including Monday night Literary and Experimental Fiction, 8 p.m., Tuesday night Creative Non-Fiction, 8 p.m., Wednesday night poetry, 8 p.m., Thursday night alt screenplay, 8 p.m., Saturday afternoon poetry 1:30 p.m., and 4th Saturday of the month morning poetry and prose 11 a.m. Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Clarity, a new faith-based group, meets every Sunday evening, 7-8:15 p.m., free, Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., www.clarity.la.
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.
Eight Treasures Qi Gong, Tuesdays, 10/26-11/30 from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, 10/23-11/27 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Eight Treasures will give you a head to toe energy work out in this complete system of body-mind exercise. You can not only work on all parts of the body, but also activate all the main twelve channels and the eight extraordinary channels. $18/class or $90/series. 1412 14th St., Santa Monica. For more information please contact the Wellness Store at 310.260.0013.
18 Step Harmony Tai Chi, Wednesday, 10/27-12/8 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Harmony Tai Chi captures the gracefulness and meditative benefits of the popular Yang style of Tai Chi, the power generating aspects of Chen style, and the agility of the Wu style. It brings about unity between the body, mind and spirit and is a good practice for people of any age for health, joy, and artistry. $18/class or $90/series. 1412 14th St., Santa Monica. For more information please contact the Wellness Store at 310.260.0013.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step program for those struggling to control their relationship with food, has three meetings every week in Santa Monica. Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Youth Lounge, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica; Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica; and Saturday, 9-10:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Room 101, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. Free. Call: 800.600.6028 or see: www.foodaddicts.org.
Food Addicts Anonymous has free meetings every Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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.
It’s hip to be square. Fun & fitness set to music.
New class in Square and Line dancing every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Marine Ave Park, 16th and Marine Ave., Santa Monica. 8 sessions, $42 for Santa Monica residents (others $46). Sponsored by the Red Ribbon Squares in association with Santa Monica Parks and Recreation. Info: 310.312.0410.
The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club meets first Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. 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 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 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 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m., 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, 6:30 p.m., 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 8 p.m. 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.
Parenting After a Loss Support group for mothers who are parenting after having a childbearing loss (via infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death). Explore feelings and concerns that can arise and influence parenting living children. Facilitated by Amy Luster, M.A., LMFT. $30. Limited spaces available in group which meets monthly, on Fridays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Babygroup in Santa Monica. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.844.4414 for more information.
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, 6:45 p.m., Guided Meditation, 7:15— 9:30 p.m., 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. 2-4 p.m., $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, 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Church, California & 11th St., Santa Monica. Free, but free will contributions welcomed. For more information, call 818.268.9841 or go to www.lowselfhelpsystems.org.
Relaxation and Visualization for Cancer Patients & Family, intended to help improve the quality of life for people with cancer and their loved ones. Every Wednesday, 6:15-7 p.m., The Wellness Community West LA, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Boulevard, Ste. 1040.
Sand and Sea Speakers Award-winning Toastmasters club meets Monday nights 7-9 p.m. Improve your communication skills in a positive, fun environment and practice becoming a better public speaker. Guests visit free. 1920 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Call Steve 310.450.8589 for more info.
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.
Self-Healing Qi Gong, Thursdays, 11/4-12/16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in their health and well-being is welcome to join Self-Healing for Qi Gong. This class in the movement arts will introduce the basic principles of natural healing through Qi Gong and help you become more in tune with your own health. $18/class or $90/series. 1412 14th St., Santa Monica. For more information please contact the Wellness Store at 310.260.0013.
SMC’s Continuing Education Program is offering free ESL and Citizenship classes, 1-4 p.m. 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.
Volunteer and Docent opportunities are available for women, men, active seniors, and students 17 years up in the newly built Santa Monica History Museum and Cultural Center featuring Santa Monica treasures. Orientation meetings will be held. To apply: e-mail: email@example.com or call 310.598.1155.
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 p.m., Flow Yoga – Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. & Saturdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 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.
The YWCA Santa Monica / Westside has classes for adults and kids, plus free exercise for women with cancer and free programs for girls in middle school. For more information call 310.452.3881 or go to www.smywca.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 7:30 p.m., Zazen from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dharma talk the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Sensei Daishin at 310.315.3506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.