session. The licensed therapist insists a few hearty chuckles can lower blood pressure, clear digestive tracts, and increase blood flow throughout the body. "When you laugh, you actually get an aerobic exercise," says Venus. "It's really surprising what a workout it is after 30 minutes of it." Every Monday night, her students sit on the floor and share funny stories. They're soon bursting into uncontrollable giggles just by looking at each other. "Even when you're feeling ill, laughter creates such a shift that you feel so much better emotionally and physically," says Venus. "I'm not saying it's going to cure everything, but it's very powerful." Start laughing at 7 tonight at the Lake House, 11850 Edgewater Drive in Lakewood. Admission is free. Call 216-221-3137.
Mondays, 7 p.m., 2007
Bring along a gag bag of jokes tonight if you're going to sit in on Pamela Venus'