ëDining Out for Lifeî is an international fundraising event produced annually in 40 cities throughout North America.

On Thursday, April 30th, restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area will donate a minimum of 25 percent of the dayís sales to benefit Project Angel Food, which cooks and delivers 10,000 meals each week to men, women and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Project Angel Food, located in Hollywood, was conceived in 1989 by a group of caring friends driven to action after witnessing their loved onesí health deteriorate as a result of disease and malnutrition that accompanies it, says a spokesperson.

The first meals were cooked and delivered out of a donated church kitchen. Twenty years later, Project Angel Food has an active Board of Directors, a professional staff and more than 1,500 active volunteers.

Today, Project Angel Food cooks and delivers food to 1,600 clients for whom a healthy meal, delivered with a warm smile, is truly life-saving.

For more information about Project Angel Food, visit www.angelfood.org/.

Other restaurants (besides those pictured below) that are participating in ìDining Out for Lifeî within The Argonautís coverage area are:

Bergamot CafÈ, serves salads, sandwiches and daily specials, at 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica The cafe is open Thursday, April 30th. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the event. Information, (310) 828-4001.

Michaelís, serving California cuisine, is located at 1147 Third St., Santa Monica. The restaurant is open Thursday, April 30th noon to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. Information, (310) 451-0843.