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 through Thursday.
The Artists’ League of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club invites you to drop in Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to work on independent projects in water color, gouache, and collage. $3 donation benefits local youth art programs, 1210 Fourth Street, 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, 8 p.m., Tuesday night Creative Non-Fiction, 8 p.m., Wednesday night poetry, 8 p.m., Thursday night alternative screenplay, 8 p.m., Saturday afternoon poetry 1:30 p.m., and fourth Saturday of the month morning poetry and prose 11 a.m. Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Clarity, a new faith-based group, meets every Sunday evening, 7 to 8:15 p.m., free, Magicopolis, 1418 Fourth Street, www.clarity.la.
Crane Style Qi Gong with Jason Moskovitz, runs through March 12, Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Crane Style Chi Gong is a gentle form that is possible to do in small spaces. The form is relatively easy for people of all ages to learn and is suitable for those with physical limitations because Crane Style can be done while comfortably seated. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Dao-In with Baylen Slote, runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28, Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dao-In, the ancient Taoist predecessor to Tai Chi Chuan, is performed sitting and lying down. These gentle movements can be done by almost anyone in almost any circumstance, and include meditative postures to invigorate personal energy. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
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 Street. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR.
Eight Big/Little Treasures with Craig Ravenscroft, runs through March 12, Saturdays, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Craig’s class combines both the Eight Little Treasures and the Eight Big Treasures. Both versions will give you a head-to-toe energy work out in this complete system of body-mind exercise. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Eight Little Treasures, Tai Chi/Qi Gong class with Loa Arnoth, runs through March 2, Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eight Little Treasures will give you a head-to-toe energy work out in this complete system of body-mind exercise. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Eight Little Treasures, Tai Chi/Qi Gong class with Maria Bodman, a half hour of guided meditation followed by a head-to-toe energy workout, ends Feb. 28, Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., $18 a class or $120 series, The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Eight Little Treasures, Tai Chi/Qi Gong class
with Curt Callison, runs through March 1, Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., a head-to-toe energy work out in this complete system of body-mind exercise. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 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 to 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Youth Lounge, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica; Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica; and Saturday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Room 101, 1008 11th Street., 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. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd Street, Westchester. There are no dues or fees, just the desire to abstain from the foods we crave. foodaddictsanonymous.org.
Harmony Tai Chi with Dr. Mao Shing Ni, Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Be taught by Dr. Mao! 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. $18/class or $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Have you ever wanted to act? Design sets? Make costumes? Whether you want to be on stage, or behind the scenes, we can help you unlock your creative side. Work with professional writers and directors, as well as teens just like you, to develop and sharpen your skills in our free teen theatre workshop. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Christian Institute, 1308 Second Street, Santa Monica. For more information call 310.394.4178 or 310.617.4905.
It’s hip to be square. Fun and fitness set to music. New class in Square and Line dancing every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Marine Ave Park, 16th and Marine Avenue, Santa Monica. Eight sessions, $42 for Santa Monica residents (others $46). Sponsored by the Red Ribbon Squares in association with Santa Monica Parks and Recreation. Information: 310.312.0410.
Kentwood Players announces auditions for the hilarious multi-generational family comedy “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp on Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, www.kentwoodplayers.org
The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club meets first Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lloyd Taber Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, 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. to 1 p.m., Mondays through 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 Boulevard, 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 Street. Santa Monica.
A New Grief Support Group for Parents who have lost children to addiction, drugs, medications, alcohol. Santa Monica near Ocean and Montana Avenue. Dates and times TBA. 310.917.5008, www.grasphelp.org, email@example.com
Outrageously Wise Women Circle. Linda Novack, MA, Master Certified Coach, will host a six-session Circle of Outrageously Wise Women, at a private home beginning Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The Circle will bring interested women in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s together to support and stimulate each other to find greater meaning, purpose and laughter in their lives. For information and registration: www.outrageouslywise.com or 310.454.2886 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 6 to 8 p.m., 606 Venice Boulevard, #21. 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 to 4 p.m., $25, 11965 Venice Boulevard, 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 and 11th Street, Santa Monica. Free, but free will contributions welcomed. For more information, call 818.268.9841 or go to www.lowselfhelpsystems.org.
Meditation for People Affected by Cancer, free workshop intended to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Join Malcolm Shultz, JD, MFT as he guides participants in the art of meditation using a variety of techniques, including mindfulness, breath work, and visualization. For cancer patients and their families. Every Thursday, 6 to 6:45 p.m., The Wellness Community West Los Angeles, 2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 1040, 310.314.2555.
Sand and Sea Speakers Award-winning Toastmasters club meets Monday nights 7 to 9 p.m. Improve your communication skills in a positive, fun environment and practice becoming a better public speaker. Guests visit free. Call 310.450.8589 for more info.
Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each each Monday 7 to 10 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 4427 Overland Avenue, Culver City, oceanaires.org, 323.377.3570.
The Santa Monica Public Library announces a call for entries for the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Books published in the United States in 2010 are eligible for the Prize. Books may be submitted by following the guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library website at www.smpl.org/greenprize. The submission deadline is April 30, 2011.
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 with Laraine Crampton, runs from Jan. 13 to March 3, Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Anyone interested in their health and well-being is welcome to join Self-Healing Qi Gong. This class 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 $120/series. The Wellness Store, 1412 14th Street, 310.260.0013.
Senior Scholars, a unique education program offered by the UCLA Center on Aging, gives people age 50 and over the opportunity to expand their learning by attending undergraduate classes at UCLA. The deadline to register for the new quarter is March 18, 2011. Classes begin March 28. Interested adults can call the UCLA Center on Aging at 310.794.0679.
SMC’s Continuing Education Program is offering free ESL and Citizenship classes, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, at SMC’s Bundy campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive., West Los Angeles and at the Madison campus, 1310 11th Street, 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.
Take a walk through Santa Monica history! The Santa Monica Conservancy conducts downtown walking tours every Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for Conservancy members, $10 for non-members. For reservations, call 310.496.3146 or go to smconservancy.org.
Volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Santa Monica center. We have various opportunities, at the Santa Monica center and other locations, weekdays and weekends. Open to all, 18 years and older. Contact Gail at 626.677.2297.
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! Flow Yoga, Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 1 p.m. Classes are on-going, drop-ins welcome. No experience necessary. Classes taught by Coco Yellin, know for her life-affirming teaching styles. Suggested donation:$8 per class. Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard, 310.452.1116 or mtolivelutheranchurch.org.