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Santa Monica Events Calendar March 23-29: Events, Art, Theater, And Music:

LAST CHANCE

Pop-Up Studio and Benefit Art Sale. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s popular gift shop GRACIE presents “Astrid Preston: Small Forest,” a special weeklong pop-up studio and benefit art sale of stunning new work by this internationally renowned local artist. On view through next Thursday, March 29, in the Museum’s Project Room 1 and GRACIE shop, Small Forest will feature a unique and luminous collection of vibrant and detailed paintings of trees and birds created exclusively for this special occasion. A long-time member and supporter of SMMoA, Preston will generously donate up to 70 percent of proceeds to support the Museum’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586.6488, smmoa.org

Pentagon Papers. For the first time on stage, the hidden history of the Vietnam War that destroyed more than one president is dramatized at the Santa Monica Playhouse. The final show is this Sunday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. President Richard Nixon referred to the Watergate break-in which eventually lead to his resignation as ‘silly’ and ‘incredible’ in grand jury transcripts made public in November 2011. J-Powers’ new play Pentagon Papers presents key passages from the recently declassified Pentagon Papers revealing the shocking secrets that led him to create a team of Watergate burglars and eventually to the self-destruction of his presidency. Tickets $19.50, $17 (students, teachers, seniors, members of the military), $15 (groups of eight or more). 1211 4th St. 310. 394.9779 ext. 1, santamonicaplayhouse.com

Follow That Chef Series, concludes its lineup of chefs and authors for their tours of the Santa Monica Farmers Market and demonstrations at The Gourmandise School this Wednesday, March 28. The event is free to the public and requires registration. The event begins with a meet up at the corner of 3rd and Arizona at 9 a.m., followed by a tour led by the chefs and introduction to farmers. Students will then walk down to The Gourmandise School for a demonstration and light tasting, as well as Q&A with the chefs. Some events include a cookbook signing. Follow That Chef is brought to you by the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and The Gourmandise School, located inside The Market at Santa Monica Place. themarketsmp.com/follow-chef-series-0

Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO,” is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. Tickets $45-$145. Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier. Concludes Sunday, March 25. 800.450.1480, cirquedusoleil.com/OVO

Cultural Illusions, TAG Gallery’s exhibit will conclude this Saturday, March 24. The exhibit features artists Katie Crown, Ernie Marjoram, and Juan Rosenfeldt, who are all local to Los Angeles. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net

THIS WEEK

Friday, March 23

63rd Annual “Stairway of the Stars” Concert. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 63rd Annual Stairway of the Stars at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica at 7 p.m. This event remains one of the most popular annual events in both the cities of Santa Monica and Malibu, as it spotlights the talents of the district’s music students, teachers, and music curriculum. This year, 26 bands, orchestras, and choirs will dazzle the audience at the concert. Ticket sales to the general public begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15. 1855 Main St.

Saturday, March 24

Lizz Wright at The Broad Stage. Her gospel-rooted voice gracefully flexing among R&B, jazz, and folk, Wright is a hot new singer with a knockout fourth album. Enjoy a warm night of soulful music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $47-$75. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200, thebroadstage.com/show_info.php?show_id=34

The Folly of Our Times. MoveOn.org West L.A. Council presents a tragicomic street-theatre look at the foreclosure crisis. The event will look at its causes, its consequences, and culminating in a trial from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ocean View Park, 2701 Barnard Way. The event features entertainment by Melissa Varday and The Billionaires, who perform original songs about current events, in this case related to a 20 minute play entitled “The Folly Of Our Times!” Enjoy a beautiful park and a clever production. Perhaps bring a blanket or chair.

Free Composting Workshop. The City’s Resource Recovery and Recycling Division is offering a free composting workshop for residents at 9 a.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. Always wanted to compost but never knew exactly how it worked? Wish you could compost but think your home doesn’t have space for it? Ever hear about worm composting and want to learn more? The workshop will answer these questions. 310.458.2223, smgov.net/r3

Sunday, March 25

The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club, will host the event “The State of Healthcare: 2012 and Beyond” at 4:30 p.m. at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The main speaker is CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Speakers from CA OneCare and Santa Monica’s own Consumer Watchdog will also take the stage. The discussion will cover healthcare reform (Affordable Care Act of 2010, Medicare for All, etc.) and a new ballot initiative that would give the commissioner more regulatory powers. Admission free, donations to defray costs welcome. 2525 Michigan Ave. E1. palisadesdemclub.org

We Did It For You. American Association of University Women, California invites the community to celebrate Women’s History Month by reliving We Did It For You: A Women’s Journey Through History“ at the YWCA from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Experience the reenactment of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. 2019 14th St. $5 suggest donation at the door.wediditforyou.org. RSVP to Julie Miele [email protected] or 310.452.3881

Monday, March 26

Citywide Reads Kids: Chet Gecko Detective School. After you’ve read “Trouble is My Beeswax,” attend Fairview Branch library’s fun Detective School to learn how to be a super sleuth at 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For ages 7-10. Free. 2101 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.458.8681, smpl.org

Tuesday, March 27

Paula Poundstone and Bobby Collins Live Onstage. For one night only, these two comedians team up for a night of stand-up to benefit the arts at McKinley Elementary School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Includes the show and after-party with dessert buffet and live music by McBand. 2401 Santa Monica Blvd. For tickets, call 310.828.5011

Who Bombed Judi Bari? This environmental feature doc with filmmakers Darryl Cherney and Mary Liz Thomson, Tom Hayden, and other producers begins at 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Contributions welcome. Laemmle’s Santa Monica, 1332 Second St. whobombedjudibari.com

C.J. Box & T. Jefferson Parker in Conversation. Santa Monica Public Library presents a special evening of conversation between Edgar Award-winning mystery authors C.J. Box and T. Jefferson Parker at 7 p.m. at the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. This event is presented free to the public and is open to all ages. Seating is first come, first served. 310.458.8600, smpl.org

“Seeds: Local & Global.” Santa Monica College presents this free lecture by garden master and author David King at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. King is the founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and garden master of The Learning Garden at Venice High School. For information, call 310.434.3911

Wednesday, March 28

NoirFest Santa Monica 2012: Closing Party at 7 p.m. Join jazz great Barbara Morrison and her friends with a special night devoted to live jazz music. Special drink and appetizer menu on offer. Vintage apparel is encouraged. Free admission/paid valet parking and free street parking on Ocean Avenue, just east of the Hotel. noirfestsm.com/Events.html

Landscaping Design Meeting. The Exposition Construction Authority invites residents to a community meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. regarding the landscaping elements proposed for the Expo Line in Santa Monica. The community will have a chance to hear an overview from the design team, receive an update on construction activities and the Colorado streetscape, learn about the tree relocation and replacement plan, and provide input and feedback. It will be held at Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Ave. 213.922.3976, BuildExpo.org

Wednesdays with Alfred Hitchcock. Screening of “Foreign Correspondent” at 7:30 p.m. General admission $11. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave. americancinemathequecalendar.com/aero_theatre_events

MUSIC

Friday, March 23

Venice Street Legends, Mona’s Vices, Damaged Kids @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Lori McKenna plus special guest Mark Erelli @ McCabe’s

The Goods With DJ Anthony Valadez, KG Superstar @ Zanzibar

Meredith Pollack, Brian Travis Band @ Bar Pico

Solidbody Fridays featuring Honeybear, Steven Hur, CatsMelvin, Freak @ Trip

Dessy DiLauro & Adrian Hibbs @ Harvelle’s

Silent Frisco feat. iDIOT SAVANTE and the Bonnaroo Silent Disco resident: MOTION POTION @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Saturday, March 24

The Diamond Light with special guests The Kingston Springs @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Igor & The Red Elvises @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

“Chicks with Picks” hosted by Olivia May, DJ Pickel @ Bar Pico

Blowin’ Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes @ Harvelle’s

Jim White @ McCabe’s

The Mason Void, Swami Lushbeard, Wild Ginger Kitchen, Captain Danger, Ancient Lasers @ Trip

Quality with DJs Haul & Mason @ Zanzibar

Sunday, March 25

Pico Joke Show @ Bar Pico

The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s

John Gorka plus special guest Rose Cousins @ McCabe’s

Gone Baby Gone, The Soundmasons, PiEL, A Wounded Party, Evolutia, and LeMay @ Trip

Cubensis – A Grateful Dead Music Tribute @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Monday, March 26

A Little Freak Out with DJs Ghost Lyon and softCORE @ Trip

Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar

Mondays with a Cause benefiting Thinking About Tomorrow ft. Dysphoria and a DJ set by Them Lost Boys @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s

Tuesday, March 27

The Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico

La Vie and Incongelo @ Harvelle’s

Y LUV Free Every Tuesday in March with Tic Tic Boom!, The Colourist, The Miracles and DJ sets by Izzi Willow @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Plastic Rhino and Friends @ TRIP

Wednesday, March 28

Luminous Movement: Yvad & the Posse, Shayn Almeida, Bjorn Dub & Meta Rock @ Zanzibar

TRiP Tease Burlesque: “Costume Burlesque Night – Pirates, Nurses, Dominatrix and more” @ Trip

Small Animals, Mangogna @ Bar Pico

The Revivalists with Family Cave, Erik Kufs @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s

Thursday, March 29

Afro Funke Thursday: DJ Evo (The Payback), Club Zumba @ Zanzibar

The VS (Versus) @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Pico Studios @ Bar Pico

Harlow Gold @ Harvelle’s

Darkhorse High, SXO, RonDre, The Knots, Curd, The Song Dynasty @ TRIP

EXHIBITS

Discovery and Renewal, opens at TAG Gallery from March 27-April 21 featuring artists Fielden Harper, Sally Jacobs, and Sue Keane who are all local to Los Angeles. Opening reception is Saturday, March 31, 5-8 p.m. Conversation with the artists: Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net

Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles is a special weeklong exhibition of the newest work by this iconic American graphic designer today through March 29. Milton Glaser for Lapchi revitalizes SMMoA’s relationship with Glaser and features a unique selection of original, hand-made Lapchi carpets, designed and conceptualized by the artist. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586.6488, smmoa.org

Malibu Art Association: “Enchanted Spaces.” A juried exhibition of 26 artists which will include paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Exhibition opens March 24 with a reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and runs through April 25. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Schomburg Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A (Bergamot Station). 310.453.5757, SchomburgGallery.com

Spring Is Here! It’s not every day you see a life-size blue horse, but artist Donald Gialanella makes the unusual a reality at James Gray Gallery starting Saturday, March 24. The opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday features works by Donald Gialanella, Paul Bedard, Gottfried Helnwein, Notio, Andy Warhol, Don Morris, and many more. Exhibit continues through April 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. 2525 Michigan Ave. D4 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9502, jamesgraygallery.com

Marcia Roberts. Rosamund Felsen Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Marcia Roberts through April 14. For this, her fifth exhibition at the gallery, Roberts will exhibit 13 new paintings and a selection of small drawings. Roberts has for many years been dedicated to a careful exploration of the phenomena of light. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday through Saturday. 2525 Michigan Ave. B4 (Bergamot Station). 310.828.8488, rosamundfelsen.com

SMC Emeritus College Student Photo Show I & II, is showcasing the exceptional talent of students, that will be held in two parts: March 22-April 26 and May 3-31. Emeritus College Art Gallery, located on the first floor at 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Gallery. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 310.434.4306, smc.edu/emeritus

Jerry McMillan: The Artist’s Image and Dennis Hopper: The Fort Worth 400. Craig Krull Gallery presents two exhibits through April 7. The Artist’s Image will focus on one aspect of McMillan’s artistic practice, his photographic portraiture of artists. This exhibition demonstrates his inventive techniques at creating a persona rather than a mere likeness. The Fort Worth 400 consists of the original and intact collection of more than 400 6×9” photographs that were included in Hopper’s 1970 exhibition organized by Henry T. Hopkins for the Fort Worth Art Center Museum. 2525 Michigan Ave. B3 (Bergamot Station). 310.828.6410, craigkrullgallery.com

Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny. Santa Monica College Photography Gallery presents this exhibit by Josh Sanseri’s that features portraits and live photographs of musicians and bands who are both established and “up-and-coming” in the indie music scene. Included are images of The Flaming Lips, Little Dragon, Deadmau5, Built to Spill, The Avett Brothers and many more. The show runs March 10-30 in the gallery, located on the second floor of Drescher Hall on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 310.4344289

Sharon Johnson-Tennant: DIFFUSION. Robert Berman Gallery presents this intimate collection of photographs by photographer Sharon Johnson-Tennant through March 31. In this collection of vibrant yet soothing photographs the viewer is taken to her personal visual escape of Los Angeles. This composed, yet organic series incorporates works from India, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Malibu, and a large portion from Block Island, R.I. where Johnson-Tennant spent her childhood summers. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 2525 Michigan Ave. C2 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9506, robertbermangallery.com

Felicity Nove “Poured Paintings,” is on display at The Gallery at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica through April 30. 2437 Main St. 310.392.7327, edgemarcenter.org

Surplus, is an exhibition by young Austrian photographer Michael Krebs at dnj Gallery through April 14. “Surplus” was exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna and nominated for the International Photography Award in the category “Deeper Perspective”. In “Surplus” Michael Krebs uses powerful references to iconic war photographs to visualize the modern western consumer’s struggle. Tuesday-Saturday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite J (Bergamot Station). 310.315.3551, dnjgallery.net

California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Exhibit. From gorgeous coastlines and beautiful birds to underwater sea life and happy kids, photographs from the California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest are coming to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for viewing during the month of March. The California Coastal Commission, the Thank You Ocean Campaign, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts sponsor the annual contest. The photos selected for the exhibit represent winning entries from over the years. The Aquarium is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The marine center is closed Mondays. 1600 Ocean Front Walk

The Groundwork Indie Garage Presents Gary Palmer – Coffee Series. Palmer’s latest pieces were painted specifically for this exhibition that runs daily through April 23, measure approximately 16” x 20” each, and are available for purchase by lovers of art and coffee. Groundwork, 395 Santa Monica Place. themarketsmp.com/gary-palmer-coffee-series

Breaking in two: provocative visions of motherhood, is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by women artists who are mothers where the work itself integrates the maternal experience, the relationship to the body, the child, the family, and the society at large. Showing through April 14 from noon till 6 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibition will feature a multi-cultural group of four generations of nationally and internationally recognized artist-mothers. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and assemblage, installation, photography, film/video, poetry/writing, and performance. Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave.310 251 4299. [email protected]

THEATER

Arsenic & Old Lace. The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department presents Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace” March 23-April 1 in the Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd. A popular black comedy that has been widely performed since it opened on Broadway in 1941 and has been translated into many languages, “Arsenic & Old Lace” follows Mortimer as he discovers that madness runs rampant in his family. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. show is added for Saturday, March 31. Tickets $10-$15. A $1-per-ticket service charge is added. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends. 310.434.4319, smc.edu/theatre

Brave Irene. In this musical retelling of William Steig’s classic tale, young Irene finds herself having to brave the elements — the Cold, the Wind, and the Dark — in order to deliver a ball gown to a spoiled brat of a Duchess – just in time for the Duchess’s ball. A wonderful musical story of courage and perseverance for all ages. Opens March 24 through April 5 on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Admission: $10, $7 for children 12 and under. Morgan-Wixson Theatre. 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org

Private Eyes. CRE Outreach’s Theatre by the Blind puts its unique spin on Steven Dietz’s “Private Eyes,” a drama with comedy about jealousy and revenge through April 8. The play will be performed by an entirely blind cast, directed by Greg Shane, at the Promenade Playhouse. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission $20. 310.902.8220, creoutreach.org

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the hit Broadway musical based on London’s urban legend with several stage adaptations dating as far back as 1847 opens at Morgan-Wixson Theater runs through April 7. Regular show times Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $23 general, $18 students and seniors. 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org

“The Lonesome West,” is written by four-time Tony Award nominee and two-times Academy Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh, has been extended by Ruskin Group Theatre through Saturday, March 31. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An idealistic and flawed young man stumbles into the lurid world of two brothers, who are locked in an endless cycle of petty grudges. He puts his life on the line in an effort to get them to reconcile. Is there hope for the brothers…in this dark comedy of unexpected proportions Tickets $25. Reservations: 310.397.3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com

Ghosts. Mrs Helen Alving’s struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end in this modern adaption of the classic play at the Edgemar Center for the Arts through April 8. Tomorrow, commemorating the tenth anniversary of her husband’s death, a new orphanage will be dedicated in his name. For 29 years, since her mother and two aunts arranged for her to marry the wealthy, charming Captain Alving, Helen has kept a dark secret – the reality of her late husband’s deviant excesses and his disease. Now, with her son Osvald finally home to stay after many years abroad, a triumphant new life begins. The past will be buried forever. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets $34.99. 2437 Main St. 310.392.7327, edgemarcenter.org

The Adventures of Little Red (Riding Hood, of course). Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Matinee Series presents this enchanting journey through the Bavarian Black Forest replete with romance, lots of laughs, and musical and lyrical ideas brazenly borrowed from Gilbert & Sullivan… filled with ever-surprising delights that will lift up your spirits. Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through May 20. General admission is $12.50; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 1211 4th St. Reservations are necessary. Call the Playhouse Box Office at 310.394.9779 ext. 2, santamonicaplayhouse.com

“Why We Have A Body,” is Tanna Frederick’s directorial debut at the Edgemar Center for the Arts through April 8. Lili’s a private eye. Her specialty is divorce cases, investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual. Lili has a sister, Mary (Frederick), a career criminal who compulsively robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is trying to make an effort at having a non-criminal life. For this, she will have Lili’s assistance. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 5 p.m. Admission $34.99, 310.392.7327, edgemarcenter.org

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/ONGOING EVENTS

Free easy 60 minute workout. Take part in a free “Community Get in Shape” program in the park starting Sunday March 4 offered for the next 90 days. Enjoy a great out door workout for men and woman. A professional instructor trained to help you achieve results no matter where you’re with your current fitness level. They are dedicated to helping you have a healthier life style through better nutrition and exercise. Call Patricia now to reserve a space and find out which park at 310.453.2630 or email [email protected]

Santa Monica Farmers Markets. The Downtown Farmers Market is held Wednesdays on Arizona Ave (between 4th and Ocean) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays on Arizona Ave. (between 4th and 2nd streets) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pico Farmers Market is held Saturdays at Virginia Park at Pico and Cloverfield from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Main Street Farmers Market is held Sundays at 2640 Main Street (in Heritage Square) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of these markets are widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music, and more. 310.458.8712, smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket

Sixth Annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. The Santa Monica Public Library announces a call for entries for the sixth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. It was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, and broaden public awareness of, sustainability. Authors, illustrators and publishers are encouraged to submit titles for consideration. Books may be submitted by following the guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library website at smpl.org/Green_Prize.aspx. The submission deadline is April 30, 2012. The winners will be announced later this year, preceding an awards program in September. 310.458.8600. smpl.org/Green_ Prize.aspx

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy Classes for pain management without the use of drugs and their harmful side effects. Easy to learn, practical to use anywhere or anytime healing body and mind. Taught by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. (Dr. B.) with 25 years specializing in self-help, relaxation/meditation therapies, and prevention of stress causing diseases. Sundays at 1:15 p.m. for one hour in Santa Monica. Cost $25. You must RSVP: 310.433.2382

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 [email protected]

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

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 Street, Santa Monica. Donations are requested but not required. For more information, call Randy at 310.828.9328 or go to lowselfhelpsystems.org

Homeless discussion and advocacy group, Side By Side, for homeless and non-homeless citizens every first, third, and fifth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Community Center, located at 1527 4th St., Any resident interested in listening to and talking with local homeless can come to this regular meeting. Side By Side has met continuously at Ken Edwards since 1996.

Joel S. Goldsmith Tape Group meets Mondays to listen to the taped class work of Joel S. Goldsmith on his spiritual teaching known as The Infinite Way. 7:15 p.m. (silent meditation), 7:30 p.m. (tape played), 8:30 p.m. (silent meditation). New Age Bible and Philosophy Center, 1139 Lincoln Blvd. (rear entry only off alley) in rear classroom. $5 minimum donation appreciated. 310.963.9377 or email [email protected]

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

Free Qigong class for cancer survivors in Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. These classes are offered through the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, and are taught by Michael Sieverts, an 11-year brain cancer survivor. For more information, call CSC at 310.314.2555 or go to www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org

YWCA Winter class sessions are now under way. Sign up now for classes for adults and teens: Barre, Belly Dancing, Core Pilates, Dancing like the Stars Ballroom Dance, Gentle Exercise, Life Drawing, Step Aerobics and Step Interval, Strength Training, Strong and Stretched, Timeless Body, Women’s Basic Ballet, Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Yoga with Bhavani, Zumba Gold. For children and youth: Afternoon Kids Club (ages 4 to 6), Ballet (ages 6 1/2 to 9), Basketball (ages 4 to 14), Broadway Stars Gymnastics (ages 6 to 10), Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet (ages 3 to 6), World Dance Fusion (ages 7 to 12), Karate for Kids (ages 5 to 10), Little Tumbling Stars (ages 3 to 5), Tiger Kick Fit (ages 3 to 5), Twinkle Toes Ballet and Tap (ages 2 to 3), Toddler Tumbling Fun (ages 2 to 3.5) For just $25/year (youth ages 17 and under), $30/year (seniors 55+) and $45/year (adults), you can become a member of the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside. To sign up for one or more of any of the above classes, visit smywca.com or call 310.452.3881

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 St., Santa Monica. Meditation instruction for newcomers held from 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

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September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects: Santa Monica Beat – September, 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Police Searching For Robbery Suspects * Should School Board Representatives Have...