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TOLUCA LAKE

Tom LaBonge News

Mr. LaBonge held a news conference and groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on the North Hollywood Alley Improvement project on Monday, January 10.

The North Hollywood Alley Improvement Project is a water quality and conservation project that will relieve flooding in the area, minimize urban runoff that will drain to the Los Angeles River, and allow storm water to infiltrate into the ground to help contribute to the San Fernando Groundwater Basin. This multi-benefit project will also beautify the North Hollywood neighborhood.

Construction begins this month and will continue through the summer. Work hours are from 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Impacts include noise, vibration and alley closures in segments. This $800,000 alley improvement project is funded largely by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation designed the project; construction will be managed by the Bureau of Street Services.

STUDIO CITY

Volunteering Opportunity

Teenagers aged (15 and above) are invited to become volunteers at the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. A training workshop will be given on Saturday, January 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 12511 Moorpark St. at the corner of Whitsett Ave. A minimum of thirty hours of volunteer work will be expected for those, who join this program. Many schools have a requirement that students must complete a Community Service commitment before one is allowed to graduate. Participation in this library club allows that to happen.

To participate, stop in at the library, complete an application, and take a simple test. Parental approval is needed for any teen to help the library. For further information, call the library at (818) 755-7873 and speak to the Young Adult Librarian.

Financial Aid

Parents and interested teens are invited to attend a free talk on the “Financial Aid Process and How It Affects College Admission” on Thursday, January 27, at the Studio City Branch Library. The presenter of the presentation is a representative of the Princeton Review. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will adjourn approximately in an hour. It will be given in the meeting room of the Studio City Branch, LA Public Library at 12511 Moorpark St. in Studio City.

BURBANK

Donate a Coat

The City of Burbank RSVP Department is encouraging you to donate a new, clean or gently worn coat to warm men, women and children in your community through Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley.

Donate the coat at three locations starting Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 14 at the Joslyn Adult Center (1301 W. Olive Ave.), Burbank City Hall (275 E. Olive Ave.) and the Burbank Police Fire (200 N. First St.). For more information, please call (818) 238-5370 or e-mail dcall@ci.burbank.ca.us.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Flag Football League

Register now for the five-man, all passing flag football leagues in San Fernando valley, South Pasadena and Van Nuys/Balboa Park (also Santa Fe Springs). Evening and weekend leagues begin in late January. There will be inter-league playoffs with neighboring counties. Call toll free to (877) 846-3178 or visit www.topgunflagfootball.com for more information. You must be 18+ to play and references are needed.

GLENDALE

Opera Talk

On Saturday, January 22 at 2 p.m., the Brand Library will be hosting a talk on the opera II Turco in Italia by Rossini. The talk will be given by Los Angeles Opera Speaker Bureau member Rose Vardanian. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at (818) 548-2051. The library is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. There is ample and free parking.

Art Exhibition

The Brand Library Art Galleries and curators Renée Martin and Heather Rasmussen are pleased to present Curious Silence, an exhibition that brings together a group of artists working in “silence,” or letting something visual they’ve made speak on their behalf. The exhibit will run from January 15 through February 25. The opening reception is Saturday, January 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call the library at (818) 548-2051. The library is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. There is ample and free parking.

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