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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/ONGOING EVENTS:

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 from Jan. 15 to 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.

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 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 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 from Jan.15 to 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.

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. 310.313.3726.

Music West, Inc., announces open auditions for its Summer 2011 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 24th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 26th, beginning at 10 a.m. Auditions will be held at The Westchester Townhouse, located at 8501 Emerson Avenue, Westchester. Auditions are open to anyone ages 12 and up, with cast roles open for both adults and young people. For more information, see www.musicwest.org

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

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 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 Classes by Donation, Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., Kathmandu Boutique, 1844 Lincoln Boulevard, hathayogawave@gmail.com, 310.392.4711.

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 daishin@zcla.org

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