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Shabbat in the park Fri., July 21 

Join Adat Chaverim, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism LA, for a Celebration of Shabbat on Friday, July 21, 6pm, at Encino Park located at 16953 Ventura Blvd., in Encino (east of Balboa on the north side of Ventura Blvd).

Bring  a picnic dinner basket and Adat Chaverim will supply the drinks and desserts. Led by Cantor Jonathan Friedmann.

Call 888-552-HJLA (4552) or email info@humanisticjudaismla.org for more information.


Proud Bird aviation themed eatery reopens

Is it a restaurant or aviation museum? It’s both!

Opened in 1960 by a former B-17 pilot, The Proud Bird restaurant has reopened after closing last year for renovations. It features views of the LAX runways. Chef Ted Hopson and Ann-Marie Verdi of Studio City’s Bellwether adjusted the menu which includes barbecue ribs and the Aviator Martini.

Proud Bird is located at 11022 Aviation Blvd., next to the final approach course of runway 25 left.


Soul Music Festival set for July 14-16

With two Grammy nominations, Tony! Toni! Toné!, originally from Oakland, will be appearing at the Soul Music Festival Sun., July 16 at 8 pm.

The Los Angeles Soul Music Festival features national and internationally known, as well as up and coming soul music artists. Festival hours are 5pm to 11pm daily Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 14, 15 and 16, at Exposition Park located at 700 Exposition Park Dr. in Los Angeles. Metro riders exit at Expo/Vermont Station.

Visit LASoulMusic.com for tickets and line-up.


Beyoncé and Jay Z rent lavish Malibu property for $400K per month

Music stars Beyoncé and Jay Z. Their new rental property doesn’t go for a song but does feature a six-bedroom guest house, a greenhouse and an indoor pool.

“Power couple/new parents Beyoncé and Jay Z and their family have reportedly taken up residence in a decadent Malibu estate known as La Villa Contenta,” according to CurbedLA.com. “Trulia and Variety say the world famous couple and their growing family are renting the property, which has listed rates of $400,000 per month. (In the colder months, it rents for a mere $350,000).

The 6.3-acre spread has been for sale for several years, and is concurrently listed for a heart-stopping $54.5 million,” reported the website.


Free outdoor concert at NoHo Park Sat., July 15

See Dylan F. Thomas perform as opera meets classic rock at NoHo Park Sat., July 15.

La Boheme, La Traviata and Carmen meet The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles and Journey as Center Stage Opera presents “Classic Rock – Classics That Rock” on Saturday, July 15, 6:30pm, at North Hollywood Park.

This eclectic show features some of the greatest hits of opera and rock “remastered” in the style of rock’s greatest era with top performers from both musical worlds.

Visit CenterStageOpera.org for more information.

Used book sale Sat., July 15

The Friends of the Valley Plaza Branch Library will be having a Used Book Sale on Saturday, July 15 from 11am to 2pm. Purchase books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more for very low prices. Funds raised will support programs at the Library.

Valley Plaza Branch Library is located at 12311 Vanowen St. in North Hollywood.  Call (818)765-9261 for more information.


Free movies this summer

The cast of “Inside Out.” The acclaimed Pixar computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film screens for free Sat. July 29 at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, at 8:30 pm.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents a free movie screening series. Running from now until July 29, this annual summer film program offers nearly 20 screenings in a variety of locales throughout the historic district. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Hugo screens at One Colorado on Friday, July 21 and Mamma Mia! will play at Central Park at S. Raymond Ave. on Saturday, July 22.

Visit OldPasadena.org for a complete list and venues.


Congressman Sherman responds to decision to ban arbitration clauses to help consumers combat fraud

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that financial institutions, such as Wells Fargo, will no longer be allowed to force consumers to use arbitration to settle group disputes. Currently, banks and credit card companies insert arbitration clauses in their contracts to prevent customers from filing class-action lawsuits in the case of wrongdoing. This practice often discourages consumers from filing lawsuits because of the necessary expense of time, money, and effort.

On March 7, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee introduced the Justice for Victims of Fraud Act. The legislation would prevent Wells Fargo from using forced arbitration clauses in the fine print of contracts of legitimate accounts to stop customers from suing over fraudulently opened accounts.

From at least 2011 to 2015, Wells Fargo opened millions of fake accounts in its customers’ names. Now, Wells Fargo is using mandatory arbitration clauses to prevent these customers from getting their day in court.

“The CFPB’s arbitration rule is great news for consumers looking to open a bank account in the future. But, to ensure that millions of defrauded Wells Fargo customers have their day in court, the House must pass the Justice for Victims of Fraud Act,” said Sherman.


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