Tom LaBonge News: Read Across America

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, a staunch advocate of childhood reading, spoke to young students at Rio Vista Elementary School in Toluca Lake about the joys of reading; and to their parents about the importance of reading to their kids. To show the fun of reading, Councilman LaBonge was joined by Curious George, the character from the classic childrens’ books by H.A. Rey that have charmed children for more than 60 years. Curious George, who arrived courtesy of Universal Studios, was a big hit with the kids as he helped deliver the Read Across America message.  March 2, 2011 is Read Across America Day.


Art Exhibit

The Creative Arts Center Gallery will host the annual Fine Arts Federation Membership Exhibit. Opening reception and presentation of awards will be on Friday, March 4, from 7–9 p.m. The juried mixed media exhibit representing more than 60 artists will include painting, sculpture, pottery, collage and photography. The show will run from the day of the awards, March 4, until March 24.

The Creative Arts Center Gallery is located at 1100 W. Clark Ave. in Burbank. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.—8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.—7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Please contact the Gallery at (818) 238-5397 for additional information.

Compost Recycling Workshops

Burbank residents are rediscovering the satisfaction of restoring the health and productivity of their soil by simply combining the leaf and grass clippings from the yard with food scraps from the kitchen. Workshops are free, fun for the whole family and each Burbank household is given one compost bin (worth $100). Bins are distributed at workshops or at the Burbank Recycle Center. Call to RSVP at (818) 238-3900.

The dates for the workshops are as follows: March 5 from 10—11:30 a.m. at Burbank Adult School located at 3811 Allan Ave.; March 23 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Ralph Emerson Elementary located at 720 E. Cypress Ave.


Centennial Commemoration

La Galeria Gitana kicks off the exhibit “Rediscovering San Fernando at 100,” where artists present the historic landmarks and slices of life in the area. It’s part of the centennial commemoration of the City of San Fernando Incorporation, 1911-2011. The exhibit is running now through March 19. For more information, call (818) 898-7708. La Galeria Gitana is located at 120 N. Maclay Ave., Ste. E in San Fernando.


St. Patrick’s Dance

The LA Catholic Alumni Club Singles hosts its St. Patrick’s Dance on Friday, March 11, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dance will take place at Days Inn, located at 450 West Pioneer Dr. in Glendale. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. Admission is $18. Call (818) 759-1545 for further info.


The Brand Library Art Galleries is pleased to present Inside/Out, an exhibition featuring new work by four Southern California artists who are exploring the dichotomies of the human body, nature and the built environment, and private thought and outward expression.

The opening reception is on Saturday, March 5, from 6—9 p.m. and the exhibition is on view from then until April 15. 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.


Saxophone Quartet

The UCLA Gluck Saxophone Quartet will be delighting music-lovers at the Woodland Hills Branch Library on March 5. Join in on the fun for an hour of toe tapping merriment. The musicians will be: Andrew Barnhart, Umut Durson, Christopher Elchico and Ryan Weston. The Woodland Hills Branch Library is located at 22200 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 226-0017.


‘Til Death Do Us Part – A Play

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 stars everyone’s favorite Sister, Maripat Donovan. After teaching countless students all about the saints, venial sins, guilt, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up her hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites, including her own wacky version of “The Newlywed Game.” Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for some quality time with Sister – the feistiest new couples counselor in town.

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 will begin performances at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse beginning March 3, 2011 through April 3, 2011. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre is located above The Pasadena Playhouse at 39 South El Molino Ave. in Pasadena. The performance schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. Regular ticket prices are $28.00 each. Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at (626) 356-7529 or visiting www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.


Free CERT Training

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), in partnership with the City of West Hollywood, will host a Community Emergency Response Team Course beginning on Saturday, March 5 in Room Five at the West Hollywood Community Center in Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training designed to help participants protect themselves, their family, neighbors and neighborhood in an emergency situation. In the CERT training, participants learn to manage utilities and put out small fires; treat medical killers by opening airways, control bleeding, and treat others for shock; provide basic medical aid; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts. All three classes must be attended to receive a course certificate. To register and for more information, please call (323) 848-6580 or email sberry@weho.org. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call (323) 848-6496.


Henna Lessons

Teens are invited to hear Russell Chan, a locally-based instructor in the use of henna. He will talk about henna’s history as a shrub, which – when it becomes a paste has medicinal and therapeutic uses. After introducing the audience to the history of henna, Russell will apply mehndi to some attendees. The dye is temporary in nature – lasting between one week and a month.

The program will be held at the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. It will be on Thursday, March 31, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. The library is located at 12511 Moorpark St. at the corner of Whitsett Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (818) 755-7873.

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