Thursday, March 30
Cesar Chavez Celebration: “Make a Hand, Lend a Hand,” 4 p.m. Kids ages 3 to 11 can honor the life of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez with a special storytime, community service art project and movie screening. For every paper handprint decorated, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90 to help Nicaraguan and Indonesian children in need. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676;

LAX Coastal Chamber Networking at Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ditch your pitch and meet other professionals in a casual setting. Networking at night allows people to get to know one another personally through group conversation before bringing up professional opportunities. LAX Marriott, Meridian Ballroom, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5151;

Death Café, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Death is not an easy subject to talk about yet everyone is touched by it. This is an opportunity to talk about feelings, fears and anything else on topic without judgment or expectations. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. Intermediate swing dance classes start at 6:30 p.m., followed by beginner and inter-
mediate/advanced classes at 7:30 p.m., and open dancing at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606;

West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gather each Thursday for one of five West L.A. routes. Check website for weekly location.

Serving Up Comedy, 7 p.m. Featuring a new lineup of standup comics each week, the main show is followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested charity donation. (310) 823-5451;

M Street Kitchen Craft Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Enjoy a tasting presentation by North Coast Brewing Co. and a multi-course meal of beer-battered calamari, spicy sausage lasagna, Italian-style bread pudding and more paired with various craft beers. M Street Kitchen, 2000 Main St., Santa Monica. $40. (424) 291-0585;

Friday, March 31
“Pitching Tents” Premiere, 1 p.m. Friday and various times through April 6. The Laemmle Monica Film Center debuts this coming-of-age comedy set in the ’80s and starring Michael Grant, Jim Norton, Booboo Stewart and Jonathan Lipnicki. Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. $9. (310) 478-3836;

Unkle Monkey Show, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Unkle Monkey rocks with catchy originals and cool rock and reggae covers at Hinano Cafe, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. No cover. (310) 822-3902

Roller Skate at the ADM: “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’,” 6 to 10 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening of skating under the disco ball and listening to great music. The Moxi Girls will be there to teach skating skills. Bring your roller skates, roller blades, Razor scooters or skateboards. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5 to $10. Ages 10 and under free. (310) 909-0950;

SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate (310) 315-0056;

David Baerwald, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter David Baerwald brings his romantic folk-pop and narrative song style to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;

Bootleg Bombshells ’90s Night, 9 p.m. Starring Lulu Mon Dieu, Coco Ono, Leigh Acosta, Elese Navidad, with special guests Angie Cakes and Jessabelle Thunder, burlesque night takes on a ’90s flair. Doors open at 8 p.m. DJ Jedi spins soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and dance at 10 p.m. in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl Don spins up top. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Saturday, April 1
Open Wetlands at Ballona, 9 a.m. to noon. The Los Angeles Audubon Society hosts its monthly Open Wetlands event at Ballona Salt Marsh. Take a stroll through the sand dunes to the creek and explore your neighborhood wetlands. Enter through the gate in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Alkawater/Gordon’s Market in the 300 block of Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. No baby strollers. (310) 301-0050;

Hot Wheels Garage, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This special event features a display of life-size Hot Wheels cars and plenty of Hot Wheels toys to race, plus a face painter and balloon artist for kids. Donations of board games, sports balls and hula-hoops accepted for The Friendship Foundation, which serves youth and special needs families in the South Bay. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $10 adults, $5 children ages 10 to 17. (310) 909-0950;

Ilene Cohen Puppet Show, 10:30 a.m. Ilene Cohen and her puppet friends entertain with stories to tickle kids’ funny bones. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. Ages 3 to 7. (310) 559-2665;

“Beauty and the Beast” Storytime, 11 a.m. Kids can enjoy Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” celebration with sing-alongs, activities and giveaways. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213;

Del Rey Yacht Club Talk: “Anchoring for Fun,” 11 a.m. Sailors can learn how and where to anchor their boat at the islands. DRYC 13900 Palawan Way, Marin del Rey. Free. (310) 823-4664;

Exploring Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 11 a.m. to noon. Participants can learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676;

Special Spring Book Sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends of the Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library hosts a book-sale fundraiser featuring art, history, bios, nature, cookbooks, self-help, novels, CDs, DVDs and collector’s items starting at $1. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. All proceeds benefit the library’s programs. (310) 821-3415;

Del Rey Yacht Club Open House, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This rare opportunity gives guests a guided tour of the multi-level clubhouse, lounges, patios, grand second-story dining room with 180-degree marina views, club grounds with heated pool, snack bar, activity deck and more. DRYC, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 823-4664;

Kids’ Outrigger Canoe Program, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Young people ages 8-13 are invited to a free introduction of Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe racing. This program offers kids a chance to compete and to learn about an ocean sport through history, culture, and teamwork. Mothers’ Beach, 14110 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 339-2928;

Poetry Workshop with Brendan Constantine, 1 to 4 p.m. As part of National Poetry Month, participants in this generative spring workshop for writers at all levels can begin the 30/30 challenge of writing a poem each day. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 458-2239;
Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a reggae concert by Upstream. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

“Sold” Screening, 2 p.m. This award-winning feature film adaptation of Patricia McCormick’s novel humanizes its victims through the story of one girl who is forced into sexual slavery, bringing to light the horrors of trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls in India. A panel discussion follows the screening. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Sunday, April 2
Culver City Healthy Family 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. Get healthy and have fun with your kids. Runners receive a race T-shirt, race bib, goodie bag and post-race snacks. Finishers receive a medal. West L.A. College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. $35 for ages 14+, $20 for 6 to 13, Free for 5 and younger. Registration required.

Children’s Earth Day 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This mega-festival features encounters with rescued animals, celebrity guests, eco-friendly games and rides, environmental exhibits, student performances, face painting and tons of food vendors. All proceeds from Children’s Earth Day benefit the care of rescued animals. STAR Eco Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. Free admission.

Greyhound Show ‘n’ Tell, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet retired racing greyhounds who will melt your heart. Not requiring a lot of exercise, greyhounds are quiet, non-shedding and already socialized. Come out and find your new best friend. PETCO, 8801 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. Contact Jim or Sharon Higgins at (310) 645-8143;

BGCV’s 7th Annual Poker Tournament, noon to 3 p.m. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice holds a no limit Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament to support the summer Brain Gain Program for kids. Players can sip on cocktails, listen to great music, dine on local Venice eats and win great prizes. At Microsoft’s offices in The Reserve, 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. $100.

Christian Science Discussion, 2 p.m. Christian Science practitioner Mary Bothwell gives examples of how lives can be transformed and healed through prayer. First Church of Christ Scientist, 7855 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 670-4400

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country rock concert by Jimi Nelson & The Drifting Cowboys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056;

Hat-Making Basics with Leslie Robinson, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A good foundation in the millinery arts begins with the shaping of the hat. Participants learn how to use a wide variety of materials and experiment with traditional wooden blocks and polystyrene forms. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $90. (310) 458-2239;

The Concert Singers, 4 p.m. This Westchester-based group gives a concert of World Music with accompaniment by a Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble. The singers host a reception after the performance. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester.

U.S. 99 Band, 4 to 10 p.m. Groove to the sounds of Sonny B’s U.S. 99 Band as they perform early rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and surf music at Hinano Cafe, 15 Washington Blvd., Venice. No cover. (310) 822-3902

“A New Vision for Achieving Equity in Our Schools,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Supt. Ben Drati speaks at the Committee for Racial Justice monthly workshop about how to change the structure and functioning of school districts in ways that will move toward greater equity for all students. Potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Bldg., 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 422-5431

Subversive Cinema, 8 p.m. Curator Gerry Fialka screens experimental and political activist films and documentaries, from the worlds of literature, art, music and the avant-garde, provoking new questions and igniting fiery discussions. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006;

Monday, April 3
Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099;

Accent Reduction Class, 6:30 p.m. For those who write and speak English well but would like to speak “standard” American English better. Students must have access to the internet. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social dancing until 2 a.m. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221;

Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Tuesday, April 4
Mar Vista Family Center’s 13th Annual Literacy Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children age 11 and younger are welcome to participate in fun reading-inspired craft projects such as creating their own bookmarks, coloring, bookmaking and listening to guest story readers. Each child receives a bag of books, and families can enjoy a free lunch. West Los Angeles Family Center, 5075 S. Slauson Ave., Culver City. (310) 390-9607

Marshall McLuhan-Finnegan’s Wake Reading Club, 6 p.m. This open reading club meets the first Tuesday of each month for literary discussions. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 306-7330;

Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Meeting, 6:30 p.m. This city-certified local advisory body meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Venice Chamber Happy Hour, 6 to 8 p.m. This event is a casual opportunity to make new connections and build relationships in and out of the Chamber. Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice. $10. (310) 822-5425;

“Healing Pen Ink” Class, 7 to 9 p.m. Get inspired by connecting with others at this retreat-like weekly writing class. One free introductory class happens the last Tuesday each month. The Farmhouse, 2629 Purdue Ave., Mar Vista. $35. (310) 848-4918;

Wednesday, April 5
Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections in your community each Wednesday at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for breakfast reservations; or for more information call John Marcato at (310) 740-6469 or Michael Warren at (310) 343-5721

Tomatomania, 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tomatomania founder Scott Daigre offers planting info and how to start tomato seedlings off right. Surfas executive chef Rubina Khan gives a cooking demonstration titled “Tomato + Eggs: A Perfect Combination” at 1 p.m. Surfas Culinary District, 8777 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-4770;

Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, experienced Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131;

Westchester Mental Health Guild Annual Meeting, 11:30 a.m. Medical Director Ronald A. Markman discusses “Intrusion of Psychiatry into the Legal Profession.” Markman is a consultant to the L.A. Superior Court, evaluating mental health concerns related to family, tort, criminal and juvenile law. He has published two New York Times best-selling novels, “Alone with the Devil” and “Obsessed.” A brief Q&A follows the talk. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester. Free. Reservations requested:

Makerspace Robotics Workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. LA Makerspace brings the world of robotics to Marina del Rey, teaching workshop participants how to make all sorts of cool gadgets. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415;

Educator Reception, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and administrators receive free classroom decorations, a summer reading kit, and an educator discount purchase card. Please bring your school summer reading list. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213;

Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451;

Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Dance the night away to The Fabulous Esquires Big Band’s authentic  swing music of the 1930s and ‘40s. A half-hour beginner swing dance class (no partner needed) starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by live and deejayed music.  $15 cover, includes the class. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.  (310) 606 5606;

Art @ Tongva: “The Wonder Room,” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Two evenings of performances and visual art activate the intimate “rooms” of Tongva Park. Audiences are invited to stroll and choose their own artistic adventure. Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free.

Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday, take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212;

Intermediate/Advanced Afro-Cuban Dance, 8 to 10 p.m. Open to inter-mediate dancers who are familiar with Afro-Cuban rhythms and are ready to break a sweat, infuse creativity and self-expression into their dance, and polish more complicated moves with live music accompaniment. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $100 per series; $20 class. (310) 458-2239; Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

Thursday, April 6
Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring your business cards and be ready to share a 30-second elevator pitch. The event includes buffet breakfast, goodie bag and raffle. The Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel, 1707 4th St., Santa Monica. $25 to $35. (310) 393-9825;

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times: Optimal Heath Workshop, 6:30 p.m. This lecture series covers detoxification and lifestyle choices for optimal health in the spring season. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

City of Champions Toastmasters Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practice the art of public speaking and hear amazing speeches and inspiring stories. The club is open to everyone. Faithful Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood. Free. (213) 200-5429;

Music of Shostakovich, 7:30 p.m. Led by pianist-conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, this Russia-focused, all Shostakovich program includes Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 8 in C minor” and “Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor.” Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $56+. (213) 622-7001;

Galleries and Museums
“Questionable History,” through Friday, March 31. Objects from the museum’s collection of Cold War artifacts are presented in a way that highlights what we don’t know, either due to lack of information or contradicting sources. The exhibit raises questions about history and how museums present it. The Wende Museum, 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Ste. E, Culver City. (310) 216-1600;

“Family Album” Artist Talk, 3 p.m. Fiber artist Pat Ahern discusses his approach to creating his knit family portraits for the ongoing fiber art exhibit at Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Free. (310) 395-3880;

“Short Stories” and “Wake,” opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. In “Short Stories,” painter Jacub Gagnon makes unlikely pairings of familiar elements, such as woodland animals and domestic objects, to create strange encounters and evocative juxtapositions. In “Wake” painter Kari-Lise Alexander presents sensuous portraits of beautiful women inspired by her Scandinavian heritage and derived from traditional Nordic stories. Through April 22. Thinkspace Art Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-3375;

Visiting Artists Lecture Series: Edgar Arceneaux, 11 a.m. Arceneaux investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s
tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala. The Forum at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800;

“Up the Creek,” through Thursday, April 6. This group exhibition celebrates Culver City’s centennial at a “watershed moment” by featuring artists who have been instrumental in protecting
Ballona Creek. West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 553-7626;
“Going East on Sunset” and “Red,” through April 12. Presented by The Los Angeles Photography Project, these two exhibits offer a unique sense of place. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444;;

Anna Craycroft: “Tuning the Room,” through April 16. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies the technique of “tuning the room,” — measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections — to invite us to consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it and how we become attuned in return. Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6905;

“Alarmer,” through April 16. L.A.-based artist Chadwick Rantanen’s work suggests a flawed mechanical functionality. He appropriates familiar consumer goods, modifying and re-contextualizing readymade items to transform their natures, with each sculpture taking the form of a trap or decoy. team(bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 339-1945;

“Family Album,” through April 28. In this retrospective of local fiber artist Pat Ahern’s collection of crocheted family portraits, each person is depicted in a candid moment, lending a timeless quality to the imagery. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Free. (310) 395-3880;

“Aerials to Animals” & “Emerging IX,” through May 20. Travel photographer Andrei Duman presents bold aerial shots, photos of African animals and debut images from the remote Galapagos Islands in his “Aerials to Animals” exhibit. Holly Peskin’s “Emerging IX” features black and white avian photography of Southern California egrets, herons and pelicans. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10. Admission and art sale proceeds benefit Audubon California and Eastern Sierra Audubon Society. (310) 452-2842;

“Welcome Home,” through May 21. Alec Egan’s work has been defined by his robust painting approach, using multi-dimensional surfaces to construct narrative scenes, paint globs and smears that cover matte surfaces and detailed patterns. In “Welcome Home,” Egan reverts the California Heritage Museum second story exhibition space back into the initial layout of the home by mirroring the original architecture of the space with the subject matter of the paintings. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537;