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“Professional Grade” HGTV’s hit renovation show is searching for homeowners in Santa Monica/Venice/Marina Del Rey who think they can renovate a room better and cheaper than a contractor this spring/summer. Homeowners are challenged by our host Matt Blashaw (who is a contractor) for a chance to win big cash! The goal for homeowners is to source high–end materials on the cheap, take on the bulk of the labor themselves and manage their subcontractors to get the best quality work at below market prices. When the renovation is done, our experts price out the job based on the quality. If their estimate is higher than what our homeowners spent, the homeowners pocket the cash difference. Our biggest winner took home $40,000. For an Applications candidates should e-mail Generalcontractor@highnoontv.com Auditions are going on now.

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 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

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

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 Street. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR

Healthy vs. Emotional Eating, free workshop series starting Thursday, June 2, every Thursday in June, Rachel Fintzy, licensed psychotherapist and workshop facilitator, will provide you with tools on how to improve your relationship with food, your body, and difficult emotions, in ways that feel right for you. This series will provide you with specific ideas on how to enhance your health and well-being, using creative exercises, practical information, and mindfulness techniques. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 Sixth Street, 310.393.2721

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: foodaddicts.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

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

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, grasphelp.org, graspsantamonica@yahoo.com

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

Santa Monica YMCA is seeking counselors and counselors in training (CITs) for summer camp. Counselors must be 18 years or older and able to commit to work nine weeks during day camp or volunteer one to three weeks of mountain camp. CITs must be entering the seventh grade for day camp or 10th grade for sleep away camp. For more information regarding camp please contact Audrey Meyer-Hollis, Youth & Family Director, at 310.393.2721 ext. 123

The Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street, invites youth and their families to learn to play chess, improve their chess skills, and take part in an exciting chess tournament. Co-Sponsored by CheckMates USA, the Ocean Park Branch will be offering three days of hands-on beginning and intermediate chess instruction, June 6, 8 and 13, from 3:30-5:45. Topping off these special classes will be an all levels chess tournament on June 15th, 3:30-5:45. There will be prizes for participants and trophies awarded to the winners.

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