March 13, 2008
Picks and clicks for March 15-21
Help find a cure for a condition that affects too many of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. Fight breast cancer with more than 15,000 men, women and children at the 12th annual Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run and 1K "fun run" for kids. Proceeds from the race go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure national research programs and supports breast cancer screenings, education, diagnostic tests, and treatments for L.A. County women. Join emcees Laura Diaz of CBS 2 News, Sylvia Lopez of KCAL 9 News and Gary Bryan of K-EARTH 101 in the "Celebration of Life Survivor Ceremony." After the race, rehydrate and learn about the latest advances in health, massage therapy, alternative relaxation treatments and how to take an active role in your breast health at various tents and vendors. 7 a.m (registration); 9 a.m. (opening ceremonies). $25-$40. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. To register, call (626) 577-2700 or visit http://www.komenlacounty.org.
Sometimes it helps to laugh away the pain. Political smarts and cunning wits come together in Stand Up for Peace, a comedy group that humorously unites Jewish and Arab portrayals of an age-old conflict. Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah will bandy jokes, politics and storytelling as the headliners tonight at The J's "Comedy Cabaret." 8 p.m. $30-$36 (includes two drinks). Merage JCC, One Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3400. http://www.jccoc.org.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Progressive Jewish Alliance and Americans for Peace Now are hosting representatives of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research (IPCR) to discuss possible solutions in "Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: A First-Hand Account from Both Perspectives." The discussion features Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora of the IPCR, a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think tank devoted to developing practical solutions for the conflict. Baskin, CEO of the organization, founded the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. 7:30 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. http://www.ipcri.org.
Calling all eco-warriors to battle in Malibu Creek! Heal the Bay will be commander-in-chief for dozens of volunteers who will help restore the Malibu Creek State Park watershed by removing harmful plants and manmade litter, as well as planting beneficial native species during a four-hour eco-program. All volunteers are welcome (14+); no previous restoration experience is required. The knowledgeable Heal the Bay folks will teach you everything you need to know, and will also provide the tools and refreshments needed to aid you in the mildly strenuous activity. No R.S.V.P. required -- just show up! 9 a.m. Lower parking lot of Malibu Creek State Park, 1924 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. (310) 451-1500. http://www.healthebay.org.
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Celebrate Purim with the Friendship Circle, an organization dedicated to providing Jewish children with special needs social, recreational and Judaic programs. The Friendship Circle of Los Angeles is hosting a Purim concert and festival with Rabbi Michy and friends. The theme is Chinese, so dress your kids up as dragons, warriors or egg rolls (Queen Esther is fine, too!) and come partake in the arts and crafts, Chinese buffet, games and activities. Volunteers from Sinai Akiba Academy will be assisting the children if necessary. 1-3 p.m. $5. Friendship Circle of L.A., 9581 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-3252; http://www.fcla.org.
Dinah Berland unexpectedly stumbled upon a 19th century book of prayers written "for the use of the daughters of Israel" in a Mar Vista bookshop. The discovery inspired her to translate the prayers into English and publish them anew (see Amy Klein's article, "Prayers for Women, by a Woman." ). Berland will discuss the history of these prayers and how she adapted them into poems in "Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women." 2 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Public Library, Main Library's Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600. http://www.smpl.org/.
Driving past one of the many onion and strawberry fields in Oxnard, you probably wouldn't think to stop and chat with the farm workers responsible for much of the produce you consume. In Rick Nahamia's photography exhibit, "The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers," these seemingly invisible agricultural workers are portrayed in a rare light by showing their sun-beaten faces and humble personalities through a perceptive lens. The in-depth photo documentary, which includes bilingual text, explores issues surrounding the high moral cost of feeding America. 2-4 p.m. (opening day). Regular museum hours for the rest of the exhibit's run. Through April 25. $10 (children), $11 (seniors), $13 (adults). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036. http://museumoftolerance.com.
Along with the usual festivities -- pony rides, face painting, clowns, raffle contest -- Temple Beth Haverim's cool carnival boasts a loyal yearly crowd of 1,000 people and raises $10,000 for temple programs. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Red Oak Elementary, 4857 Rockfield St., Oak Park. (818) 991-7111.
Join the communitywide Long Beach fifth annual Community Purim Celebration, which will include performances by local youth jazz bands and a unique mezuzah auction in which the highest bidder will snag one designed by Bette Midler. Noon-3 p.m. Free admission; activity tickets available for purchase on site. Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. http://www.alpertjcc.org.
Don't miss out on a joyous Purim carnival in the San Fernando Valley jam-packed with entertaining activities for the whole family. Look out for the castle jump, bungee run and petting zoo. Enjoy festive music while getting your face painted (with the name of your favorite presidential candidate?) or devouring all-American classic hot dogs, popcorn or glatt kosher Persian kabobs and Israeli food. With a magic show, clown, juggler, costume and raffle contest, come with the energy for a rocking day of festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Eretz-Siamak Cultural Center, 6170 Wilbur Ave., Tarzana. (818) 342-9303. http://www.eretzsiamak.org/.
Friends of Valley Cities JCC is throwing a fun-filled Purim festival in honor of this frolicsome holiday. Stock up on plenty of raffle tickets because your kids will be itching to win the grand prize Nintendo Wii with "Guitar Hero." 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. $1 activity tickets. Friends of Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310.