Trivia Challenge
Tickets are now on sale for Trivia Challenge 2012, the Burbank Public Library’s annual fundraiser in support of Literacy Services.

Mr. Jack O’Neill, COO Bob Hope Legacy, returns as the Master of Ceremonies for this lively competition between teams from local organizations. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Ritz Banquet Hall of St. Leon
Armenian Cathedral
3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Thursday, March 29, Appetizer & Dessert Buffet at 6:30 p.m., Silent Auction & Trivia Challenge at 7 p.m.

Call the Literacy Office at (818) 238-5577 for information and event tickets.

Boy Scouts’ Dinner & Auction
City of Burbank’s storied Boy Scouts of America Troop 201, a wellspring of community service, strong moral, ethical, and spiritual values, and high adventure to more than 1,000 boys in its half-century of existence, is proud to announce its First Annual Alumni Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction. The event, catered by Miceli’s Italian Restaurant and Porto’s Bakery, will be held at Troop 201’s home base of Magnolia Park Methodist Church. A video yearbook, live performance, silent auction (with items from Magic Castle, Warner Bros, and celebrity-signed goodies) highlight the evening, an extraordinary opportunity to connect or reconnect with the Boy Scouts in your community. Proceeds from the event will provide transportation and tuition to BSA’s 2012 Summer Camp for Scout’s in need.

The event is open to the public, with past and present members of Troop 201 particularly encouraged to celebrate. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.

Magnolia Park Methodist Church
2828 West Magnolia Blvd.
Sunday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane weaves together works old, new, and somewhere in between in a fascinating orchestral program that opens with the world premiere of Old Keys, a new concerto by young composer and piano virtuoso Timothy Andres, winner of the prestigious 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. Old Keys, an abstract piano concerto about form and gesture, was composed as part of LACO’s innovative “Sound Investment” commissioning program, now in its second decade.

Concertgoers are invited to celebrate the new work with LACO musicians in the lobby after the concert. Complimentary refreshments are provided for all ticket holders.

Tickets ($24–$105) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at (213) 622-7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase rush tickets one hour before curtain.

Alex Theatre
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.

Royce Hall
340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles
Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m.


Snow White
Ballet Preljocaj, a French cutting-edge company will perform Snow White, based on the Grimm Brothers’ version of the fairy tale and set to Mahler symphonies. Angelin Preljocaj set the work on 26 dancers using the most beautiful scores of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies. The costumes are designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and the set is by Thierry Leproust. Out-of-the-ordinary and familiar at once, Ballet Preljocaj captures the essence of the Grimm Brothers’ story with exquisite contemporary choreography.

CriticalDance.com said “Preljocaj proves that contemporary ballet and fairy stories can come together. His choreographic spell is helped along by Thierry Leproust’s captivating sets that take us on an enchanted journey from the futuristic, minimalist ballroom complete with square-cut thrones that rise up the wall as if by magic, to the dark beauty of the forest and the dwarves’ mine, before returning home.”

Angelin Preljocaj said, “I was very keen to tell a story, offer something magical and enchanted. No doubt it was to avoid getting into a rut. And also because, like everyone, I love stories. I have followed the version by the Grimm Brothers with just a few personal variations based on my own analysis of the symbols in the tale. Bettelheim describes Snow White as an Oedipus in reverse. The wicked stepmother is without doubt the central character in the tale. She is the one who I examine through her narcissistic determination not to give up on seduction and her role as a woman, even if it means sacrificing her stepdaughter. The understanding of symbols belongs to adults as well as children; it’s for everyone, and that’s why I like fairy tales.”

Tickets run from $28 to $110. You can buy them at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office or online at http://musiccenter.org/events/ dance_1112_preljocaj.html.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Ave.
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.;
Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.


Joy of Freelance Writing
Ken McAlpine’s writings have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. His nonfiction books include a fresh perspective about what matters most.

Ken’s historical fictional novels take the reader on a scenic tour of nature and the possibility of redemption, at any age.

The Goebel Senior Center,
Lupine Meeting Room
385 East Janss Rd.
Saturday, April 14, 11:15 a.m.—1:15 p.m.

Sign up for free membership and free attendance for all writers at http://www.meetup.com/ ConejoValleyWriters.


 Councilmember LaBonge responds to the newly-approved boundaries for Council District 4

Councilman Tom LaBonge reads his favorite children’s book “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” to kindergarten students at Rio Vista Elementary School in the NoHo/Toluca Lake area on Tuesday, March 13. The Councilman was part of the school’s “Read Across America” Program.

A Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce March Business Mixer hosted by Metropolis Bikes on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. A tremendous thank you to Diane McCreary and all involved for a superbly successful community builder! From l, Allen Budzichowski, Diane McCreary, Tammy Tarner, Steve Hampar, Terry Hendrickson, Metropolis Bicycles owner, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City of Los Angeles Fourth District, Alice Roth, District Director, Office of Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Sol Ajalat, and Reyn Blight.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge reacted to the City Council’s approval today of the re-drawn council districts created by the Redistricting Commission.

“It’s all about neighborhoods, and the 4th District and the City of Los Angeles are made up of great neighborhoods,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge. “Redistricting was a process that changes the 4th District, but I’m pleased that it retains many of its core neighborhoods and I’m proud to continue to represent many portions of the San Fernando Valley.”

It’s hard to let go of any neighborhood of the district because they become like family,” added Mr. LaBonge. “But we’ll continue working with all people to make Los Angeles a great city to live, work, and play. The new district boundaries take effect around July 1, 2012, and we will be doing outreach in the community as we get closer to that date. As always, we emphasize public safety, public works, public health, and public education so that we can all continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles. We help people.”

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