“Ash Wednesday” Jazz Comes to Toluca Lake
The 40-day Christian observance of Lent begins in a special way, with an hour of great jazz at the Toluca Lake United Methodist Church.

“Ash Wednesday” is typically a day of penitence and preparation for symbolically journeying with Jesus to the cross. Toluca Lake United Methodist church brings to their observance a large dose of meditation and inspiring jazz music performed by Natalie Cole pianist Josh Nelson as well as Dave Robaire on bass and Dan Schnelle on drums. The Rev. Jane Voigts preaches. All are invited.

Toluca Lake United Methodist Church
4301 Cahuenga Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7—8 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 761-5897 or email?pastorjane@aceweb.com.

Toluca Lake Players Audition
HI-DE-HO, HEP CATS & KITTENS! Come and audition for The Toluca Lake Players’ latest production – a 1940s mystery theater “radio” show comedy, entitled It Was a Dark & Stormy Night. We’re looking for both men and women, 30’s—50’s for several roles. Just bring a resume, a head shot, and don’t forget to “Buy Bonds!”

Taber Hall
4301 Cahuenga Blvd. (corner of Cahuenga & Whipple Street) Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5—7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, 2—5 p.m.


Burbank Community Band Concert
Don’t miss this fabulous free band concert. The Burbank Community Band is celebrating 73 years of service to Burbank-area schools and the community. Come hear audience pleasers such as Big Band Favorites, Pixar Movie Magic, and more….

Burbank High School Auditorium
902 N. 3rd St.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit burbankband.org.


Third Annual “Litigation Awards Dinner”
The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), heralded for championing access to justice, an independent judiciary, and the Rule of Law, honors two legal luminaries at the Third Annual “BHBA Litigation Awards Dinner.” The Hon. Christina A. Snyder, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, receives the “Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence,” named for the former California Supreme Court Chief Justice who retired in 2011. Marshall B. Grossman, a highly respected trial lawyer and partner of the Los Angeles-based law firm Bingham, receives the “Excellence in Advocacy Award,” which honors a trial lawyer whose case successes have resulted from expert legal skills, unique trial strategy and courtroom teamwork, and who also gives back to the legal profession and the community.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association, serving the Los Angeles region since 1931, is the sixth largest bar association in California with more than 5,500 members. Its mission is to serve its members, to lead the legal profession, and to advocate for justice in the community.

Tickets for the Third Annual “Beverly Hills Bar Association Litigation Awards Dinner” are $195 per person ($225 after Feb. 11).

Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Dr.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

For tickets and information call (310) 601-2422 or visit bhba.org.


Fifth Annual Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
This prestigious event features four award-winning Southern California authors – Aimee Bender, Bo Caldwell, Gabrielle Pina, and Kathleen Sharp.

Reyna Grande, who was chosen as the 2013 Writer-in-Residence for the program at Pasadena City College, will be the kick-off speaker. She was one of the Festival’s featured writers in 2010.

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors brings together a group of diverse and well-published Southern California female authors to discuss their work with a group of enthusiastic people whose love of literature inspired the event. Their work includes fiction, non-fiction, and plays. The festival provides an intimate setting where authors and guests will be able to interact with each other and authors will be available to answer questions and sign their books for guests.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pasadena Senior Center and the Pasadena City College Writer-in-Residence program. In the last four years, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors has generated nearly $90,000 in donations. Last year from proceeds of the event, $2,000 was given to Pasadena City College to fund their first Writer-in-Residence program. Tickets for the festival are $85 per person and include lunch. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,000.

Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St.
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

Visit pasadenafestivalofwomenauthors.org for more information.


T09-Community News LaBonge

Community Members Plant Trees in Griffith Park
Councilmember Tom LaBonge hosted a classroom of students from the Zoo Magnet Center at North Hollywood High School this week in Griffith Park for a tree planting. Biology teacher Kay Benitez’s students recently competed in a science challenge in which they learned about deforestation issues. They also performed community service, maintaining trees that have been planted throughout Griffith Park. Councilmember LaBonge joined them in their efforts, planting trees at Pote Field and the Griffith Park Municipal Pool. Later that morning, Councilmember LaBonge joined stakeholders from Toluca Lake in planting a tree in their honor by Travel Town Museum. In remarks before the planting, Councilmember LaBonge praised Toluca Lake as a community for its cohesiveness.

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