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Councilmember Ed Reyes and FoLAR Founder Lewis Macadams help Councilmember LaBonge bring the water of a restored Korean river to Los Angeles.

The City Council devoted most of this week to budget hearings.  If you want to tell Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa how you think the city should balance it’s budget, please participate in the survey at:  http://labudgetchallenge.lacity.org/budgetchallenge/sim/budget_master.html.
The Los Feliz Improvement Association is hosting new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at a neighborhood forum on public safety on Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m. at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park.
If you live in the Hollywood area, you’re invited to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Area Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7 pm. at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. (Between Fuller Ave and Martel Ave.) Parking will be available at the location, enter off of Martel Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss upcoming events in the Hollywood Area, including the US Census, the Academy Awards and the LA Marathon. Captain Beatrice Girmala and Senior Lead Officers will provide crime statistics and discuss prevention. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact the Community Relations Office at (213) 485-4316.
To inspire the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, Councilmembers LaBonge and Reyes joined the Friends of the Los Angeles River yesterday in honoring the team who restored the Cheonggyecheon Stream which flows through Seoul, Korea. The group held a ceremonial co-mingling of the waters of the two rivers.


Valentine’s Story Time Event
Bring your love bugs to our store for a special storytime featuring The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug, Valentine’s Day activities, and treats! Barnes & Noble will co-host this Valentine’s Event with student volunteers from the City of Burbank Youth Board in conjunction with its “Pack for Success” Program Bookfair fundraiser.

Sat. Feb. 6, 11 am
Barnes & Noble
731 N San Fernando Blvd. (818) 558-1383

Black History Month Storytime
Celebrate Black History Month at this special storytime. We will be reading about important African Americans and their wonderful contributions to our nation’s history and culture. All are welcome to come hear inspiring stories from this community’s rich history. Storytime will be followed by activities and treats.

Sat. Feb. 20, 11 am
Barnes & Noble
731 N San Fernando Blvd. (818) 558-1383


The Valley Watercolor Society
Barbara Shade taught watercolor classes and workshops at Brandes Art Institute in the San Fernando Valley, at the Janss House in Thousand Oaks, at Carmel and the Eastern Sierras for many years. In 1997, she won an individual Emmy award as a background artist. Barbara worked for 23 years in the animation industry at The Walt Disney Company, Film Roman, Hanna Barbera, UPA, Format Films, Hearst Animation and other independent projects in various mediums.

Thurs. Feb. 11, 7:30 pm
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Blvd. Encino, CA

For further information, call (818) 407-0828.


“Alice in Wonderland” Preps for Great Big Ultimate Fan Event
Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records join forces with Hot Topic, KIIS-FM, MySpace and musical artists from the upcoming album “Almost Alice” for a great big ultimate fan event celebrating this spring’s most anticipated 3D motion picture “Alice in Wonderland.” The star-studded concert event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Central Courtyard. Featuring five musical acts, a visit from director Tim Burton to introduce select members of the “Alice In Wonderland” cast, plus opportunities to win prizes, including a sneak peek of actual film footage, the ultimate fan event will be streamed live on MySpace at www.myspace.com/wonderland.

Fans are encouraged to dress up in costumes inspired by characters from “Alice in Wonderland.” Costumes will be judged on-site by Academy Award®-winner Colleen Atwood, costume designer for the film. Winners will be invited to attend the special sneak peek at the El Capitan.

Los Angeles

Casting Call for Lead Role in Upcoming “Real Steel” Movie Starring Hugh Jackman
DreamWorks Studios has launched a nationwide casting search to fill a lead role in its upcoming movie “Real Steel,” it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios.
Actors interested in the role have two ways to audition. Beginning immediately, individuals can submit a videotaped audition through www.realsteelcasting.com. Complete instructions are available on the website.
Additionally, two open call auditions will be held starting on Sunday, February 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois and then on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in New York, New York.  No acting experience is necessary for interested actors, nor are they required to prepare anything for the audition.
Role to be cast is ‘Max’: Male, 10-14 years old. He’s a street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath. He is a complicated, strong-willed and resourceful boy.

Forgiveness: Opening Our Heart and Moving On,” a half day Buddhist course about learning to forgive and let go of our resentment and blame.
This event is free to the public; everyone is welcome. Street parking is plentiful in the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, call (323) 223-0610 or visit our Web site at

Sat. Feb. 20, 10am-1pm
Kadampa Meditation Center California
1492 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031

 Getty Center News

  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Three contemporary photographers see three cities: Catherine Opie drives by L.A.’s ubiquitous mini-malls, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao rides the 7 subway from Queens to Manhattan, and Soo Kim looks down on Reykjavík during the summer solstice. Their carefully composed, large-format images, including several new additions to the Museum’s collection, capture the character and tempo of three dramatically different urban environments.
    (Free panel discussion on Thursday, February 18. Reserve early to get a seat!)
  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Frederick H. Evans was a meticulous craftsman and a poet of light and space. He created a richly atmospheric record of Victorian and Edwardian England: soaring stone cathedrals, majestic landscapes, portraits of literary greats, Arts and Crafts interiors. The exhibition features over 100 of his photographs as well as a slide projection of his glass plates.
    Accompanying the exhibition are free artist-at-work demonstrations offered on Sundays from February 7 through April 11.
  • Closing Soon: Six exhibitions close in February! Not to miss: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (Feb. 28), hailed as “exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times; The Chimaera of Arezzo (Feb. 8), featuring the stunning Etruscan bronze beast; and the Medieval Scriptorium (Feb. 14), a medieval romp for kids and families.

Live a Light-Hearted Life—Rediscover inspiration
Weekly meditation classes presented by Kadampa Meditation Center California with Buddhist Nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong starting January 20 through March 31. Live a light-hearted life through practicing Buddha’s teachings on meditation and positive ways of thinking.

Every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm
Kadampa Meditation Center California
1492 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA

For more information, call (323) 223-0610.

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