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Santa Monica Tibetan Buddhist Study Group invites you to join them every first and third Thursdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. for instruction in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and book study. Open to everyone, by donation. 2439 Wilshire Boulevard at the Clubhouse in Santa Monica. For info call Daniel 310.451.4368, SantaMonicaKTC@earthlink.net

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

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

Bridge, have fun, meet new people, and challenge your mind playing bridge every Monday. Advanced beginners welcome. 1 p.m. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard. Free. 310.458.8681

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

Dao-In Tao Yoga Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Dr. Mao Shing Ni and Baylen Karl Slote through Oct. 13. 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. Beginners and walk-ins welcome. $18/class or $55/4 Class set. 1412 Fourteenth Street, Santa Monica. The Wellness Store at 310.260.0013

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

Free help with anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. 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, 12 p.m., at Trinity Church, California and Eleventh St., Santa Monica. Donations are requested but not required. For more information, call Randy at 310-828-9328 or go to www.lowselfhelpsystems.org

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 captures the gracefulness and meditative benefits of the popular yang style of TaiChi, the power generating aspects of Chen style, and the agility of the Wu style with Kumiko Yamamoto. 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. Beginners and walk-ins welcome. $18/class or $55/4 Class set. 1412 14th Street, Santa Monica. Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 4. The Wellness Store at 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

Heart Centered Toastmasters Club meets 7:15 to 8:30 pm Thursdays in Santa Monica. Practice and improve your communication skills in a warm, heart-centered environment. Call Cynthia at 310.995-4283 for more information.

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theater presents an exclusive theatrical engagement of “Beauty and the Beast” for the first time ever in Disney Digital 3D from Sept. 2 through Sept. 15. The El Capitan will even provide “Kid Sized” 3D glasses for this one of a kind experience. A special live appearance by Belle is also featured at every performance. 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. www.elcapitantickets.com, 818.845.3110

The L.A. County Fair, runs through Oct. 2, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111, www.lacountyfair.com

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

Movies on the deck at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy classic favorites under the Stars Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the Dining Deck, Level 3, through October 26. Movies complimentary and are shown in their original, unedited format. It is first come first serve basis. Feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, food, etc. 395 Santa Monica Place, 310.260.8333

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

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, 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

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

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 7th 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

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

Babies, kids and teens can explore our world this summer at the Santa Monica Public Library by earning prizes for the amount of time they spend reading (or being read to)! This year’s summer reading program celebrates the richness of our world’s many cultures with the themes “One World, Many Stories” for children, and “You Are Here” for teens. Beginning Saturday, June 18, kids, teens, and parents of babies can sign up at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard

Volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Marina del Rey center. We have various opportunities, at the Marina del Rey center and other locations, weekdays and weekends. Open to all, 18 years and older. Contact Gail at 626.677.2297 or gtomura@girlscoutsla.org

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

Yin Section Harmony Tai Chi from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays through Oct. 28. Harmony Tai Chi balances the energy of the three energy centers of the body. This class will focus on the yin section of harmony Tai Chi, which covers the first 58 steps of the complete, 108-step long form version of harmony Tai Chi. Taught by Curt Callison. $18/class or $55/4 Class set. 1412 Fourteenth Street, Santa Monica. For more information please contact the Wellness Store at 310.260.0013

Yoga for the Community! New days and hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. by donation. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Classes are on-going. Drop-ins welcome. Classes taught by Max Diamond diamond.max1@gmail.com Classes located at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1342 Ocean Park Boulevard. Free parking off of 14th street mtolivelutheranchurch.org

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

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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