Councilmember LaBonge Honors George Barris
T08-Community News 1 LaBonge GeorgeBarris1Long time car enthusiast, George Barris was honored in City Council for his accomplishments and contributions he has made over the course of his career. George has been designing and creating cutting edge cars for more than 50 years. His creations have dominated such hit TV shows as The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies, Knight Rider, and most notably – Batman & Robin, which featured his Batmobile, the most famous TV Hollywood car of all time. Not only has George created and featured vehicles for scores of movies and product promotions, but he is also the winner of countless awards and accolades for his kustom creations such as the Hirohata Merc, Ala Kart, Barrister, and many legendary cars of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Mr. Barris has written many books throughout the years such as; Barris TV and Movie Cars, Barris Cars of the ‘50s, Barris Cars of the ‘60s, Barris Kustom Techniques of the ‘50s Volumes 1-4, and the Barris Big Book. He has also been honored to have the street where his North Hollywood shop is located re-named: George Barris Place “King of Kustomizer” as an historical landmark in Los Angeles. Currently, George is featured as the “star” judge on the SPEED channel TV show Car Warriors. Here, Councilmember LaBonge commends George Barris for his 50 year commitment to the kustom car industry. From l, Councilmember LaBonge’s Chief of Staff, Carolyn Ramsay, Council President Herb Wesson, George Barris, Daughter of George Barris, Joji Barris Paster, Councilmember LaBonge, and Councilmember LaBonge’s Deputy District Director of Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks, Alice Roth.


“Sex and the City Zoo”
While the Los Angeles Zoo is best known as one of Southern California’s most family-friendly destinations, it’s ADULTS ONLY for “Sex and the City Zoo,” an extraordinary Valentine’s Day event celebrating romance in the animal kingdom presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), in the Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium. The lighthearted affair begins with a reception featuring tempting desserts, alluring wines, and “animal walk-abouts,” which include chats with keepers and the chance to observe small animals up close. The heart of the evening opens with a performance by recording artist, musician and entertainer Whitney Hall. Following the musical performance, guests are entertained with a provocative presentation about animal mating, dating, and cohabitating by Michael Dee, former Los Angeles Zoo general curator, who offers insights about relationships in the animal kingdom. “Sex and the City Zoo 5” climaxes with an intimate three-course dinner (for an additional fee) at Reggie’s Bistro inside the Zoo. Proceeds from the fifth annual event, generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market West Hollywood, support GLAZA, which funds plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, education and community outreach, and many other programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Tickets, for adults (age 21 and up) only, are $30 per person for GLAZA members, plus an additional $65 per person for the dinner option; $40 per person for non-members, plus an additional $75 per person for the dinner option. Dinner option open to event ticketholders only, seating is limited, and reservations are required by Feb. 5.

The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available.

Los Angeles Zoo (Witherbee Auditorium)
5333 Zoo Dr.,
Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.

For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit lazoo.org/valentinesday.


Business Women Host Major Women’s Expo
Verdugo Glen Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is hosting their third “Heart of Business Expo.” The event begins with networking and shopping with such exhibitors as Partylite Gifts, Jockey Person to Person, and Silpada Silver. Attendees will be welcomed by Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins who will present Keynote Speaker, Betty Porto, co-owner of Porto’s Bakeries located in Burbank, Downey, and Glendale.

During lunch, attendees will have a choice from three “Lunch with the Experts” seminars: Marketing Your Business, Social Media, and Financial Planning.
ABWA Verdugo Glen is hosting this event to provide networking between area organizations and businesswomen and to assist their members to promote their own businesses.

The luncheon/seminar cost is $35 prior to Feb. 5. For exhibitor information and/or registration, go to abwa-verdugoglen.org.

Glendale Elks Lodge
120 E. Colorado Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 10a—2:30p


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