Thursday, June 24th

CHAMBER FORUM — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a business technology forum; noon to 1 p.m. at the Santa Monica Chamber office, 501 Colorado Ave. Suite 150, Santa Monica. Space available to first 40 who reserve. Free.

Information, reservations, (310) 394-1868.

Friday, June 25th

DOC TALK — The UCLA Healthcare 50-Plus Program hosts a seminar on patient rights and responsibilities and how patients can improve their communication with doctors, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Place Community Room, Broadway and Fourth Street, Santa Monica. Free.

Information, (800) 516-5323.

SENIOR LOW VISION — The WISE Adult Day Service Center and The Braille Institute present “Senior Citizens Diabetic Outreach Program: Practice Using Low Vision Devices.” Low vision consultants will be attending the presentation, 11:30 a.m. at the Service Center, 1510 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. Information and RSVP,

(310) 452-7802.

MEDICARE LAW — The WISE Adult Day Service Center and The Center for Health Care Rights presents “Understanding the New Medicare Prescription Drug Law.” The presentation is for the general public and those who are caregivers of Medicare recipients, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Service Center, 1510 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. Information and reservations,

(310) 452-7802.

Saturday, June 26th

BUDGET TRAVEL — Hostelling International-USA is conducting a World Travel 101 Workshop on Europe. Topics include planning a sensible itinerary, finding affordable accommodations and packing suitcases, 11 a.m. at the Hostelling International Travel Centre, 1434 Second St., Santa Monica. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Information, (310) 393-3413.

ELECTION WORKSHOP — The League of Women Voters and the Santa Monica Education Fund are sponsoring a workshop on running for local elected office. Topics include becoming a candidate, campaigning and what to do after getting elected, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica. $25. Reservations and information, (310) 720-8761.

Monday, June 28th

CARPAL TUNNEL — Wild Oats Natural Marketplace and Dr. Sandy Tang present a session on how people can learn to prevent and treat carpal tunnel syndrome, 7 p.m. at the Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, 500 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. Reservations and information,

(310) 968-4086.

BIBLE SCHOOL Registration and first day of First Baptist Church Westchester one-week Vacation Bible School for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, 8540 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester. Free. Information,

(310) 645-5755.

Tuesday, June 29th

WOMEN SPEAK — The Westside Women’s Network presents a roundtable discussion featuring a grass-roots political activist, an entrepreneur and a gangs division police officer, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Back on Broadway, 2024 Broadway, Santa Monica. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Information, (310) 473-7897.

Saturday, July 3rd

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE FIREWORKS — The 75th annual Santa Monica College “Celebrate America” show sponsored by the college and Santa Monica community groups; includes live music, exhibits, food stands and fireworks show; doors open at 5 p.m., Dan Crow and the Thunderwear Band at 6 p.m, House Brew band at 7 p.m., USC Marching Band at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. Gates close at 8:45 p.m. Santa Monica College Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free but donations sought. Parking, $5. Information,

(310) 434-3001.

Sunday, July 4th

WESTCHESTER JULY 4TH PARADE — The Westchester-LAX/Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Westchester July 4th Parade; starts at noon at Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue, continues north on Loyola Boulevard to Loyola Marymount University campus. Sponsored by Decron Properties, Playa Vista and Cripps-Crockett Realty.

Information from the chamber, (310) 645-5151.

MARINA DEL REY FIREWORKS —The County Department of Beaches and Harbors presents the annual Marina del Rey fireworks over the Marina main channel; radio station KXLU (88.9 FM) choreographs patriotic music that can be heard over loudspeakers at Burton Chace Park, channel end of Mindanao Way. Other viewing areas include Fisherman’s Village and waterfront areas in the Marina. 9 p.m. Information, Marina del Rey Visitors and Information Center, (310) 305-9545.

Wednesday, July 7th

CITY OF HOPE — The Marina del Rey Chapter of the City of Hope hospital will host an open meeting to discuss health and hospital issues, 7:15 p.m. at the Villa del Mar Apartments clubhouse, 13999 Marquesas Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Refreshments will be served. Ring #285 to enter the complex. Information, (310) 398-1425.

Thursday, July 8th

SIERRA PICNIC — The Sierra Club hosts a potluck picnic and classical concert. The club suggests guests bring warm clothes, food for eight, beverages, cups, plates and utensils. 6 p.m., at Burton Chace Park, 13640 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Information, (310) 821-1609.

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