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Santa Monica Event Happenings April 19-25:

Friday, April 19

Miles Memorial Playhouse presents “The Marriage of Figaro” today at 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 4 pm. Expect all the farce and absurdity of a Mozart comedy with an extra heavy dose of bravado. In Italian with English subtitles and chamber orchestra. $30; $20 students/seniors; Santa Monica residents use code “smresident” to save $5 off general admission. 1130 Lincoln Blvd. 323.739.6122, app.ticketturtle.com/index. php?ticketing=pop.

Celebrate spring at the Clayhouse Gallery Show today through May 18. The opening reception will be today from 4-9 pm. The show will feature spring inspired work by 14 Clayhouse artists. There will be planters, vases, bowls, and other hand-crafted pottery for the home or garden. 2909 Santa Monica Boulevard. 310.828.7071, theclayhousesantamonica.com.

Fillmore & Western Railway Co. presents “Day Out With Thomas-Go Go Thomas Tour 2013” April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and 29. Take a train ride on Thomas, visit with Sir Topham Hatt, play with Thomas and Friends play sets at the Imagination Station, cruise through the hay maze, soar in the bouncy houses, listen to storytelling, and watch videos of Thomas. Large merchandise tent with everything Thomas, many items that can’t be found at retail stores. To purchase tickets visit ticketweb.com or call 866.468.7630. For information, visit fwry.com.

Saturday, April 20

Heal The Bay hosts a beach cleanup in celebration of Earth Day from 10 am to noon. Volunteers are welcome to join this cleanup effort. Meet at Tower 1550 (north of the pier). healthebay.org/get-involved/volunteer/cleanups.

The Broad Stage presents “Tales from Around the World: A Tale of India” at 11 am. Join the event for a beautiful journey to India for a memorable folktale. Experience extraordinary music, dance, and vibrant colors for a stunning cultural adventure. SOL-LA Tales will further engage young audience members by asking them to participate first hand in the magic of the story. After the show there will be arts and crafts, and tastes of India. Admission $15. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200, thebroadstage.com.

Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport presents Jimbo Ross and the Bodacious Blues Band from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Ross has been mesmerizing audience in a timeless fashion with his creative artistry for three decades. Dinner reservations are highly recommended; otherwise $10 cover. 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2nd Floor. 310.390.6565, typhoon.biz.

gGallery presents “Love your community” from 6-11 pm. This event is a fashion show in an art gallery with live performance. Art will hail from all corners of the globe including Hungary, China, South Africa, and Brazil. There will be fashion from the latest and hottest designers in LA. Admission: $35. 319 Wilshire Blvd. 310.430.1180, ses-american.com/events.html.

Tiato restaurant will present its “Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER. Wine Tasting Event” from 7-10 pm. The evening’s festivities will feature top California wineries paired with sophisticated global delights prepared by House of An catering, a silent auction with five-star get-aways which will compliment the large format bottles and wine donations of prized vintage wines, concert tickets, and other unique items. Admission $130. 2700 Colorado Ave. 310.841.2600 ext. 22, stopcancer.org/Main/default/EventsDetail.aspx?id=58.

YWCA Santa Monica presents the Annual Benefit Concert for Folkworks at 8 pm, an alternative voice for traditional roots music, dance, and related folk arts, and Southern California’s culturally diverse communities. Doors open at 7 pm. 2019 Fourteenth St. General tickets $20. 818.785.3839, brownpapertickets.com/event/ 352819.

Santa Monica Little Theater presents “The Nifty Balloon Show” at 11 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm. The show features David and Shana Brenion, a husband and wife team of world-class balloonists who live and work in Los Angeles. They offer a family-friendly variety show filled with music, storytelling, comedy and amazing balloon creations. Admission $8. 12420 Santa Monica Boulevard (just east of Centinela Avenue). 310.622.4482, theblackboxtheater.org.

Sunday, April 21

2013 Parkinson’s Beach Brigade Walk-a-thon will be held from 10 am to 1 pm at Santa Monica Beach Park #1. The walk-a-thon will raise money for research and education of Parkinson’s disease. Registration fee is $25 and attendees receive a free t-shirt. 310.874.8722, parkinsonsbeachbrigade.org.

Movies on the Beach at Coast. Hang out on the Coast patio every Sunday for a movie night! Show times begin at 6 pm. Food/drink specials from 6-9 pm. Tonight’s screening is of “Hugo.” 1 Pico Blvd. shuttersonthebeach.com.

Monday, April 22

The “Children’s Tree of Life” 30th Anniversary Public Rededication will be held from 6-7 pm at the tree, located in Palisades Park at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The Children’s Tree of Life was three times destroyed and three times replanted since the young sapling was first publicly planted at a 1983 Earth Day peace celebration in Santa Monica. It was officially declared a “living monument to world peace” by late Santa Monica Mayor Ken Edwards.

Barnes & Noble Santa Monica presents Caldecott award-winner Jon Klassen and noted ne’er-do-well Lemony Snicket for an enlightening tale of darkness at 7 pm. Meet both the writer and illustrator, and get signed copies of “The Dark,” “This is Not My Hat,” “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” This will be a wristband event. Wristbands available with purchase of “The Dark” only. The authors will sign limited backlist as well. 1201 3rd Street Promenade. Details: 310.260.9110, bn.com.

The Annenberg Beach House presents a Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk from 6:30-8:30 pm. Join lifelong Santa Monica resident and internationally celebrated assemblage artist Michael McMillen, award-winning artist luminaries Eileen Cowin, John Humble, and David MacDonald and web-based, intercultural and multidisciplinary choreographer Cynthia Ling Lee and as they show images and video of recent work and open a dialog with City residents in the fourth annual Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk. 415 Pacific Coast Highway. annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

Tuesday, April 23

Social Bike Ride to Monarch Sanctuary will be held from 9:30 am to 12 pm, starting at Santa Monica Bike Center, 1555 2nd Street. Join Bike Center manager Ron Durgin, members of the Santa Monica Commission for the Senior Community, and other fun folks for the leisurely bike ride. Bring your bike, helmet, snacks, bike lock, sunscreen, and water. The Bike Center will provide complimentary bikes, helmet, and locks for those who do not have their own. There is no age requirement; all are welcome, but all must respect the leisurely pace. For more information, call 310.458.2201 ext. 5265 or email diane.cancino@smgov.net.

Donate your bras between 11 am and 1 pm for the Clothes Line Project in the quad at Santa Monica College. Students and the public are invited to participate in the Clothes Line Project to help spread awareness on women’s violence. To get involved bring new or fairly wore old bras to donate or come and make a t-shirt to spread awareness. Donations will go to Sojourn Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica. For more details, email ruby.corley@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 24

Barnes & Noble presents best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki at 7 pm who is best known for “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” Learn his secrets to success and hear how the very skills they teach in school are the best route to middle. He will speak about his latest book “‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government.” 1201 3rd Street Promenade. Details: 310.260.9110, bn.com.

Santa Monica Public Library presents Japanese Farm Food with Nancy Singleton Hachisu at 7 pm in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Hachisu presents a discussion, slide show, and sampling from her cookbook “Japanese Farm Food.” This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.

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