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April 09, 2002

UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, located under the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, needs volunteers 16 years and older who can make a commitment of 10 hours a month for one year. Training begins June 20. No knowledge of marine science is necessary. Information: (310) 393-6149, Ext. 223.

* Optimist Foster Family & Adoption Services, a division of Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, has a foster parent orientation class today from 6 to 9 p.m. in Palmdale, and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Panorama City. Information: (800) 454-5561.

* Sexual Assault Crisis Agency in Long Beach needs volunteers for its hotline. Training runs from May 31 to June 15 over weekends. Information: (562) 494-5046.

* Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children in Los Angeles needs volunteers for its crisis hotline, children's program, support groups, court accompaniment and emergency assistance to law enforcement and emergency room personnel. Information: (310) 264-6646, Ext. 221, or visit www.opcc.net.

* Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, a human rights organization, needs volunteers as museum guides and exhibit assistants. Volunteers must be able to commit to 10 hours a month. Training is provided. Information: (310) 772-2508.

* Arboretum of Los Angeles County needs volunteers to lead school field tours, work in greenhouses, gardens or the propagation nursery, assist in the library or gift shop, field phone calls on the botanical information line, take tour reservations and hold special events. Information: Nancy Pirovano, (626) 821-4623.

* Domestic Violence Project of the Glendale YMCA needs volunteers to work with battered women. Training is provided. Information: (818) 242-4155, Ext. 225.

* Positive Alternative Choices Today, or PACT, in Mar Vista needs mentors for 10- to 15-year-old at-risk youths evenings and weekends. Information: (310) 313-4119, wwwpactla.org.

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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, or e-mail involvements@latimes.com.

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