Santa Monica, Westide Events Calendar July 27-Aug 3: Art, Theater, And Music

Highlighting Santa Monica, Malibu, Marina del Rey, Venice, and Hollywood!

Saturday, 28 Jul 2012, 2:27:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Isaac Choi and Samantha Odeh in “James and the Giant Peach,” July 20-29 at Santa Monica College.
Photo by Judy Louff
Isaac Choi and Samantha Odeh in “James and the Giant Peach,” July 20-29 at Santa Monica College.

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings in Santa Monica and the Westside.

Last Chance

Bleicher Gallery concludes its show by Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick this Sunday, July 29. The series, titled “Series in Sand and Sky” is the exciting follow up to her previous show “Series in Fog and Sun.” Bleicher Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave. 310.451.9983. santamonica.bgartdealings.com.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre concludes “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” this Sunday, July 29. Lilly loves cheese snacks, her new red boots, her best friends Wilson and Chester, her new teacher Mr. Slinger, and especially her brand new purse that plays music whenever it’s opened. In fact, she loves her new purse so much that it gets her into trouble – and she learns that making mistakes is all a part of growing up. Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. $10, $7 children 12 and under. 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org.

“James and the Giant Peach” at SMC. The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department concludes the Roald Dahl classic, “James and the Giant Peach,” this Sunday 29. The delightful play, adapted by David Wood, will be held in the Theatre Arts Studio Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. $10 adults, $5 children aged 3-12. 310.434.4319. smc.edu/theater.

This Week In Santa Monica

Friday, July 27

Cinema on the Street, in Downtown Santa Monica concludes its four-week run today with the screening of “The Artist” at 7:30 p.m. on the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Blvd. Attendance is free and open to the public. 310.393.8355, downtownsm.com.

2012 Olympics Opening Celebration on Montana Avenue. Celebrate the opening of the Olympics with London Sole, Partners Trust, Limonaia, and French Lessons. Festivities will include signature treats by BSweet dessert truck, as well as exciting limited-time promotions. Montana Ave. and 14th St. from noon until 2 p.m. 310.255.0937.

“Revel.” An evening of dance presented by the Hart Pulse Dance Company that brings 10 new works to the stage at Miles Playhouse. These fresh and original contemporary pieces fall in with the young company’s stellar reputation for staging pieces that observe relationships and their impact on the individual. Today and Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at 1 p.m. Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. 661.755.2182. hartpulsedance.com.

Saturday, July 28

IndiGo Go Go. Dip into the art of natural indigo dye techniques—such as Japanese shibori —to make beautiful fabric pieces with Jane Palmer, founder of Noon Design Studio from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and up. This workshop is created in conjunction with dosa for SMMoA on view at GRACIE, the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s shop. Admission is $15 for the workshop and free for SMMoA members. Bergamot Station Arts Center G-1 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.586.6488, smmoa.org.

Pet Fest West. A fun, free festival for pets and their families. Come for free hot dogs, live music, Ask-A-Vet, Ask-A-Trainer, giveaways, offers, and prizes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Leave with important information for pet owners and great free photos of yourself (and your pet) in the Snap Yourself traveling portrait studio. Donate a needed shelter item and enter to win a year’s supply of cat or dog food. View a list of acceptable shelter items at PetFestWest.com. 1840 14th Street.

Sunday, July 29

An Afternoon of Women and the Arts. Experience an array of exhibits by local artists, craftswomen, designers, sculptors, and performers who will display and sell their work. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. A partnership with Daybreak Designs (a program of OPCC) and Santa Monica College, the event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the YWCA. smywca.org. 2019 14th Street.

Summer Afternoon Garden Party. The Santa Monica Democratic Club invites residents to a Summer Afternoon Garden Party from 2 to 5 p.m. to kick off the 2012 fall election season. It will be held poolside at a beautiful private home in Santa Monica to meet Democratic candidates and elected representatives, including featured guest Congressperson Henry Waxman. Suggested donation $35 per person; contributions at higher levels are welcome. Proceeds from this event will go to the Club’s efforts to elect Democrats in November’s election. 939 San Vicente Blvd. (north side, enter on Larkin Pl.) smdemocrats@roadrunner.com.

Shangrila Summer Series Volume 1. A unique live music and visual experience curated by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. In honor of Clara Bow, one of the premier actresses of the silent film era, Byrd has gathered some of the best talent in Los Angeles to improvise live music scores to images from various black and white films and movies of the film noir era. The festivities are complimented by house-made gourmet treats, bar snacks, and poolside lounging. $15. Hotel Shangri-La, 1301 Ocean Ave. shangrilasummerseries.eventbrite.com.

Sheetal Gandhi Dance Workshop: The Musical Body. Sheetal Gandhi will be creating a new site-specific dance piece on the Beach House grounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For her first public event, The Musical Body, she introduces “Beach=Culture” guests to the mani rhythms that are played by women in the northern region of Ghana, West Africa. Free. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway 310.458.4904. eventbrite.com/org/199463539.

Tuesday, July 31

SkyScapes Digital Plein Air Photography Workshop. Join artists Lita Albuquerque, Bruria Finkel, and Chris Garland, currently featured in the Gallery exhibit SkyScapes (featuring photographs from Antarctica, the California desert, and Santa Monica skies), as they present their work and lead a hands-on “digital plein air” workshop. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway. 310.458.4904. Free admission. beachhouse.smgov.net.

The Jacques Voyemant Septet, will be performing at Typhoon at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jacques Voyemant leads his own original seven-piece group, representing the very best of modern original jazz from some of L.A.’s top jazz artists. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica. 310.390.6565. Free show.

Thursday, August 2

Cuban Jazz & Salsa: Iliana Rose Band. Cuban American, Iliana Rose performs two shows at Typhoon at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Her band is made up of world class musicians who play amazing music. Free Admission. 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica. 310.390.6565.

Santa Monica Music

Friday, July 27

Under the Sky, The Power Popsters, The Subjective Perspective @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez and KG Superstar @ Zanzibar

Bongo Fury: REMIXED @ Harvelle’s

The Farewell Drifters @ McCabe’s

DJ Mike McCarthy @ Bar Pico

Tori Rogg, The Long Holidays, Buried in the Sun, and more! @ TRiP

The Paul Chesne Band @ O’Brien’s Pub

Silent Frisco (Tribute to Adam Yauch): Beastie Boys VS Tribe Called Quest @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Saturday, July 28

Chix with Pixs @ Bar Pico

The Cerny Brothers, Inuendo, The Baron Sisters @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Dennis Jones Band @ Harvelle’s

The Handsome Family @ McCabe’s

Operation Pool Party @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Quality with DJs Haul & Mason @ Zanzibar

The Public Trust, Texas Instruments, Dave Edery and Zen Boogie @ TRiP

Sunday, July 29

The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s

Austin Herbert @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Elle Carpenter, Angela Eren, Nedy, The Strands, and Bryan McPherson @ TRiP

Doug Paisley @ McCabe’s

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

Monday, July 30

Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar

Lumis’ Birthday Show @ TRiP

The Milky Way with Ozy Reigns, Eagle Nebula @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s

The Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra @ Typhoon

Tuesday, July 31

Tuesday Surprise! @ TRiP

Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico

Blondfire with In The Valley Below, Mystery Skulls, Omniflux + DJ Set by Freshair @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s

Wednesday, August 1

The Milky Way, IAMOMNI, and Elevaters @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Luminous Movement @ Zanzibar

House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s

Corty Byron Acoustic @ Bar Pico

Thursday, August 2

Song Preservation Society @ Bar Pico

Afro Funke Thursday @ Zanzibar

VERSUS presented by GottaDanceDirty and Danceism Show @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Wooden Robot @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Santa Monica Exhibits

The Santa Monica Museum of Art, currently has two exhibits running through Aug. 19. They are ”Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe,” which is the first major solo museum exhibition for the New York-based multi-media artist. Meanwhile, “Park Studio: Complex Elements” is an exhibition of original glass-blown works by 24 high school student participants from Santa Monica and Watts who have participated in SMMoA’s distinguished, annual “Park Studio” interdisciplinary arts education program. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586,6488, smmoa.org.

DOSA for SMMoA. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s gift shop, GRACIE, is exhibiting a unique art installation “dosa for SMMoA” and shop featuring stunning pieces from the internationally acclaimed dosa clothing line and its renowned designer Christina Kim. dosa for SMMoA, in the Museum’s Project Room 1. Continuing through Aug. 18, it will feature an exquisite collection of clothing, accessories, and house wares from the dosa Spring 2012 and Standard Issue collections. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586,6488, smmoa.org.

Dinh Q. Le’s “Remnants, Ruins, Civilization, and Empire” extended until August 25. Shoshana Wayne Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B1 (Bergamot Station). 310.453.7535, shoshanawayne.com.

“Touch Me Touch You” at TAG Gallery. Julienne Johnson’s exhibition embodies the spirit of her previous Ashes For Beauty series, in which memory, texture, and fleeting connections to the world around us inform our very place within it. The gallery is also featuring Pam Douglas and Camey McGilvray. Runs through August 11. 2525 Michigan Avenue, D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.

United Cerebral Palsy Exhibit. United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) present Current Current, on display at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel through August 2. This group exhibition brings together works focused on the diverse movements of like. Whether with transitions of subtle colors or explosive bursts, the gestures within these works convey deep emotion and immense physicality. There are long, nomadic narratives and fast jabs of abstraction working together within these paintings to build actions and timelines, which draw us deep into their swirling energy. Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 818.782.2211. ucpla.org.

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, has launched an online exhibition space, which will run independent of, and alongside the on-site gallery exhibitions. Each digital exhibition will be presented only on the Shoshana Wayne Gallery website and all exhibitions will be archived there as well. New contributions will be posted in turn Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 18. 2525 Michigan Ave., B1 (Bergamot Station). shoshanawayne.com.

Santa Monica Theater

“Plays In The Park” at the Santa Monica Playhouse. A guest production at Santa Monica Playhouse starring Edward Asner and Mark Rydell. Connors, Asner, and Rydell are re-teamed in the presentation of a themed program of short plays called “Plays in the Park,” unified by their locale. The show will consist of readings of “Park Strangers” and “Swans,” and “Oxymorons.” Runs through Sunday, August 12. Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Main Stage, 1211 4th St. Tickets $20. 323.960.7788, santamonicaplayhouse.com.

Last of the Knotts. The semi-autobiographical, solo show written and performed by poet/hipster Doug Knott and produced by Meadowbrook Entertainment, will be staged at Santa Monica Playhouse’s The Other Space Theatre with performances Aug. 30 and Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Doug endures a childhood of severe abuse by his alcoholic father, a Florida judge obsessed with his own legacy. To spite his father, Doug declares he will be the “Last Of The Knotts.” He then embarks on a carefree life to avoid the bourgeois anchor of family. 1211 Fourth St. Tickets $25. 800.838.3006, santamonicaplayhouse.com.

An Oz-Some Experience for All Ages. Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Matinee Series presents the internationally acclaimed Dorothy’s Adventures In Oz. It is a joyous family-friendly musical comedy for anyone between the age of 2 and 102, playing Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through Sept. 30. General admission is $12.50; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 2. SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.

Sideways The Play. Adapted by Rex Pickett from his own novel, is the story of two friends - Miles and Jack - and their journey across the Santa Ynez wine country, on one last blowout trip before Jack gets married. Miles and Jack must face their uncertain futures...just as soon as they figure out how to survive their chaotic present. Pinot Tasting included. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. extended through August 12. Tickets $25; seniors/students $20. Ruskin Group Theatre. 310.397.3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com.

This Week In Malibu

Young Actors Project presents A Hip Hop Fairytale this Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. This “Light on the Hip Hop and Heavy on the Fairytale” is a great family comedy. All your childhood favorites are rolled into one hilarious story. From Rumplestilskin to Jack, what story would be complete without a witch? Bring the entire family for some comic relief this summer. For one performance only. Malibu Stage Company, 29243 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. Tickets are $10.

Annual Summer Yard Sale this Friday, July 27 through Sunday, August 5. Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join Our Lady of Malibu for its annual yard sale featuring fine clothing and home decore boutiques, art, antiques, large and small appliances, books, new and gently used clothing, giftware, jewelry, and much more at bargain prices. MasterCard/Visa accepted. New items everyday. Our Lady of Malibu, 3625 Winter Cyn. Rd, Malibu.

CineMalibu presents “Dolphin Tale” this Saturday, July 28. Pack up your beach chairs and blankets and bring the family for a movie under the stars. Movie screens at dusk preceded by fun family activities beginning at 6 pm. Co-sponsored by the Malibu Public Library. Malibu Bluffs Park. 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. 310.317.1364.

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is currently presenting four plays. They are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Measure for Measure,” “Heartbreak House,” and “The Women of Lockerbie” on various days and times through September. 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga. $10-$33. 310.455.3723, theatricum.com.

Pepperdine University’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art presents the exhibit “On Location in Malibu 2012: Paintings by the California Art Club,” through Aug. 4. 24255 PCH, Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 310.506.4851, arts.pepperdine.edu/museum.

This Week In Marina del Rey

Ballona Dunes Restoration Party this Saturday, July 28 at 9:30 a.m. Help restore wetlands by planting native and removing invasive plants, plus learn wetland ecology. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Tour begins in Playa del Rey. Call for directions. 310.306.5994, ballonafriends.org.

Freshwater Marsh Interpretive Tour this Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Free guided tour of freshwater marsh, birds, and native plants. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tour begins on south side of Jefferson Blvd., near Playa del Rey. Call for directions. 310.306.5994, ballonafriends.org

Fisherman’s Village Weekend Concert featuring the Sgt. Peppers Beatle Tribute Band (Beatle’s Tribute) this Saturday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held at the plaza near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s Village. Free. 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

Summer Sights and Sips Cruises this Wednesday, August 1 at 5:45 p.m. Relaxing two-hour cruise, complimentary appetizers, bar specials, and a front row seat to view local yacht club sailboat races and a beautiful sunset over the Pacific. Boarding 5:45 p.m., Cruising 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Reservations required. 310.301.6000, hornblower.com/hce/home.

California Yacht Club’s Sunset Sailing Series this Wednesday, August 1 at 6 p.m. Enjoy sunset from waterfront restaurants, Fisherman’s Village, and the North Jetty during Marina del Rey’s largest sailing event as scores of sailors compete. 310.823.4567, calyachtclub.com.

This Week In Venice

Venice Community Housing: Third Annual Lebowski Bowl this Friday, July 27 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. for an amazing charity bowling tournament and an all-around great party. All proceeds help Venice Community Housing to continue to provide neighborhood-based services for low income people. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit vchcorp.org/lebowskibowl.

Fourth Annual Summer Fest in Venice Beach. Celebrating four years in Venice, the 2012 Summer Festival takes place this Saturday, July 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two days of family fun at the beach featuring 60 bands live on stage and food from all over the world. 1800 Ocean Front Walk. fx3events.com.

The Electric Lodge will feature the works of local artist Angélique Glennon, including some of her fabulous era-based paintings ranging from the years 1986-2012. The paintings will be on display through Sunday, August 26. In addition, the show’s opening day reception will be a special presentation of EcCeptical – sculpture in the shape of jewelry. 1416 Electric Ave, Venice. 310.306.1854, electriclodge.org.

Live music at Danny’s every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. 23 Windward Ave, Venice. www.dannysvenice.com

Venice Art Crawl is held every third Thursday of the month by the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice local businesses and residents become pop-up art galleries. There are parties, live music, themed events and most of all, lots of great art! The next date is August 16.veniceartcrawl.com.

Live Burlesque Show every Wednesday night at the Townhouse. Show starts at 10 p.m. 52 Windward Ave, Venice. townhousevenice.com.

Venice Farmers Market is held every Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 501 Venice Blvd. 310.399.6690.

First Fridays. The first Friday of every month the merchants on Abbot Kinney Blvd. stay open late. There are art openings, grand openings, give aways, complimentary refreshments, food trucks and more. The next date is August 3.

This Week In Hollywood

“The Producers” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. From the brilliantly twisted mind of Mel Brooks comes this insanely funny adventure. A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant concoct a get-rich scheme to bilk their investors out of millions by producing the most notorious flop in history. $11-$162. Hollywoodbowl.com.

Kelly Clarkson at the Hollywood Bowl this Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. $29.50-$99.50. Hollywoodbowl.com.

Bronfman Plays Brahms at the Hollywood Bowl this Tuesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. It takes a powerhouse pianist to deal with the notorious finger-busting difficulties of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, which has the length of a four-movement symphony and touches on almost every human feeling during the course of its 50 dramatic minutes. $1-$133. Hollywoodbowl.com.

The Neville Brothers Farewell Tour, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue this Wednesday, August 1 at the Hollywood Bowl. The Neville Brothers say farewell by celebrating 35 years as the first family of New Orleans with their trademark blues-soaked deep funk grooves. $1-$134. Hollywoodbowl.com.

All Beethoven this Thursday, August 2 at the Hollywood Bowl. Acclaimed French violinist Renaud Capuçon makes his return to the Hollywood Bowl with his friend and collaborator Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier for a soul-satisfying evening of Beethoven. $1-$133. Hollywoodbowl.com.

Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour. Following the success of her 2011 tour with sold-out performances nationwide, Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Tour will appear this Saturday, July 28 at the Pantages Theater for one final engagement. $45-$75. broadwayla.org.

“Memphis” runs July 31 to August 12 at the Pantages Theater. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. $25-$125. broadwayla.org.

Ongoing Events In Santa Monica

28th Annual Twilight Dance Series. The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series’ key elements are music, community, and discovery each Thursday throughout summer from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A highly anticipated summer tradition now in its 28th year, the Series will again present free concerts across the musical spectrum drawing an audience as diverse as the acts onstage. twilightdance.org.

YWCA Adult Commercial Acting Classes. For those interested in a career change or adding to their income, this course will cover on-camera acting techniques and improvisation skills. Previous students from this course have appeared in regional and national commercials, films, videos and reality shows. The instructor, Adrienne Omansky, has been teaching commercial acting for over 20 years. Classes are on Saturdays form July 7 through August 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for $80. The YWCA is located at 2019 14th Street. Call 310.452.3881 or go to smywca.org for information and registration.

Sunset Swim. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Annenberg Community Beach House invites adults to enjoy the pool on Tuesday evenings through Labor Day. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904. annenbergbeachhouse.com.

KCET Cinema Series. KCET’s quarterly screening series is back for summer. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema Series previews eight major new films prior to their local release and a classic Johnny Mercer scored film at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica every Tuesday through August 7. A lively Q&A follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent. $168 per person for current KCET Members Only $185 per person non-members. Aero Theatre,1328 Montana Ave. 747.201.5800, kcet.org/socal/cinema_series.

Beach Volleyball Games. Saint-Tropez in Santa Monica. Join The Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games at the Miramar Beach Club every Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 1, 2012. Up to six players per team. 930 Pacific Coast Highway.

Free Art of Giving Workshops at the Tutoring Club of Santa Monica, every Friday from July 27 to August 10. The Art of Giving Foundation uses art to help teach children the importance of compassion, empathy and helping others! We encourage and assist children of the world in helping other children in need, through the use of free art programs. Through their art, the children in this program will learn to use their skills to help other groups of deserving children, both here in the US and around the globe. Ages 4 to 7: 10 am. to 11:30 a.m. Ages 8 to 13: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. art-of-giving.org

Olympic High School, hosts a weekly fundraiser Food Truck Night every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best food trucks are brought in each week, offering different cuisine choices from all over Los Angeles. Be sure to come out and enjoy live music and/or a DJ while you eat. Free parking – enter lot on Pine Street.

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 outdoor workout for men and women. 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 smfreeworkout@gmail.com.

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.

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 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 life-coping skills. 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 in.stillness@yahoo.com.

INERGETIX-CoRe System Demonstration. An information session about the energy medicine system used to evaluate and treat humans, animals, buildings, plants, and more with resonant frequencies, biofeedback, and broadcasting. Presented by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. with more than 25 years in the healing profession. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 635 Santa Monica Blvd. Must RSVP: 310.433.2382.

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 cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.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 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.

Get into shape or learn a new skill with YWCA Santa Monica’s summer class sessions. $30/year (seniors 55+) and $45/year (adults), you can become a member of the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and receive discounts at YWCA events, a free subscription to YWCA Newsletters, and easy access to life-changing programs that advance the goals and pursuits of women and girls at every life stage. To sign up for one or more of any of the above classes, visit smywca.org or call 310.452.3881.

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