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January 16, 2001

DanceSafe SoCal, the local chapter of a national nonprofit drug awareness/harm reduction organization, needs volunteers to staff booths at nightclubs, raves, health fairs and dance events. Information: (909) 563-4656.

* Optimist Family Foster and Adoption Services, a Los Angeles treatment and education center for at-risk children, is holding a foster parent orientation beginning Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Long Beach office. Information: (800) 454-5561.

* Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro offers a naturalist program, Sea Rangers, which trains volunteers (from sixth graders to adults) to provide interpretation, conservation and environmental monitoring at Cabrillo Beach, the Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge and the Salinas de San Pedro Saltmarsh. Training costs $25. It begins Thursday and runs four consecutive Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Volunteers are asked to give six hours a month of their time to protecting the shore. Information: (310) 548-7562.

* Arts & Services for the Disabled urgently needs classroom assistants over the age of 16 to work with developmentally disabled adults in the Los Angeles area. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles needs mentors for boys 6 to 14. Big Brothers participate in activities such as attending sporting events, visiting museums, hiking and fishing with their Little Brothers. Training is provided. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* Free Arts for Abused Children, based in Long Beach, needs volunteers to interact with children though art therapy activities at emergency shelters and outpatient sites. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* Spoke N Paws Assistance Dogs in Oceanside needs people to foster dogs, to run booths and to give presentations or demonstrations to service clubs and businesses in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Information: (760) 754-0818.

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Information for this column should be submitted typed and double-spaced to Involvement Opportunities, SoCal Living, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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