Tom LaBonge News NoHo Senior Arts Colony

Groundbreaking for NoHo Senior Arts Colony on Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood on January 20th, 2011. (from left: Graham Esply-Jones, CEO, Western Community Housing; Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director, EngAGE; Sam Anderson, Road Theater; Taylor Gilbert, Road Theater; Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge; Margarita De Escontrias, LA Community Redevelopment Agency; John M. Husky, President, Meta Housing Corporation; Jeff Boyson, CEO, Optimus Construction.

Officials broke-ground January 20 on the NoHo Senior Arts Colony on Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood. The 126-unit development for people 62 years and better, has set aside 20-percent of its units as affordable housing. Construction is now underway on the Colony itself as well as a 76-seat theater operated by the Road Theater Company, in which all tenants will be encouraged to participate. The Arts Colony will also feature ENGage, a program of arts enrichment for seniors. The complex will be located at 10747 Magnolia Boulevard and was made possible, in part, by a 7-million dollar investment from the LA Community Redevelopment Agency. Construction is underway by Optimus Construction Company.


Art Show

The Creative Arts Center Gallery will present “5 In the Mix” Deconstruction/Reconstruction, featuring the works of seven mixed media artists, February 4 through 24. For more information, call (818) 238-5397. The gallery is located at 1100 W. Clark Ave. in Burbank.


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.


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 was 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.


CANP Meeting

The Tri-Valley Chapter of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) will hold their monthly dinner meeting Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Maggiano’s in Woodland Hills. Nurse Practitioners, students, and health care professionals are welcome.

California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) is the unifying voice and networking forum for all 15,000 nurse practitioners in California. CANP provides consistency and expert guidance for the profession. There are 21 State Chapters providing job networking, support and education to members.

The Tri-Valley Chapter meets the 2nd Wednesday monthly, serving professionals in the San Fernando Valley & surrounds. There is no cost to attend as a guest and Nurse Practitioner students are especially welcome to attend.

For more meeting information please call the Tri-Valley Chapter at (818) 725-3778, or email trivalleychapter@gmail.com.

CANP’s website is www.canpweb.org.


No Smoking, Please

In an effort to promote public health and limit exposure to second hand smoke, the City of West Hollywood’s City Council has directed its staff to develop a draft ordinance to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and other public areas. The first review of “An Ordinance of the City of West Hollywood Amending the West Hollywood Municipal Code to Prohibit Smoking in Outdoor Dining and Other Public Areas and Eliminate Existing Regulations that are Duplicative of State Law” [PDF] (Smoking Ordinance) will take place on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Smoking Ordinance will strengthen the City’s existing regulations protecting public health and improving quality of life for residents and visitors.

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