TOM LABONGE NEWS
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s Event
The Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Los Angeles chapter, held their Annual Banquet on St. Patrick’s Day for members and guests, to promote camaraderie and honor a L.A. community member deserving recognition for outstanding services. Since its inception in Philadelphia in 1771, the Society of The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick has been an active, vibrant organization within the Irish community.
The Society exists to promote Irish culture, education and provide aid. Being of Irish descent, Councilmember LaBonge was honored to attend this event that fosters goodwill and fellowship among the Irish community. Councilmember LaBonge stands with two members of the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.
LAPD to Open Four Regional Customer Service Centers on Saturdays to Help Resolve Customer Billing Problems
In an ongoing effort to resolve customer billing problems, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will open four of its Customer Service Centers on Saturdays for the next seven weeks. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In response to the significant operational problems encountered with the replacement of its 40- year old customer billing system, LADWP apologized in an open letter to its customers and launched a new billing information webpage to allow customers to track the progress being made. Customers who have questions about their bill are encouraged to contact LADWP online at ladwp.com/ContactUs or call 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397) and use the self-service or personal call back option, which eliminates the need for customers to wait on hold by having a customer service representative call them back.
The Irish Eyes of the SoCal Motion Picture Council
The Irish-American section of the SoCal Motion Picture Council celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at a local pub. Pictured L to R: Council President Randal Malone offers a very green beer to actors Mickey Rooney and Margaret O’Brien. For more information on becoming a member, contact Randal at (818) 648-2700.
Advanced Women’s Choir Wins “Grand Champions” Title
Congratulations to BROOKE ROTH & BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL IMPRESSIONS Vocal Music Association Advanced Women’s Choir! The choir earned the “GRAND CHAMPIONS” status at a National Competition in Chicago, Illinois on March 8. This award was well deserved and we are all very proud of this talented group of young women, Tech Crew, Band and Choir Directors Brett Carroll & Randy Sage!
Free C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) Course
Studio City Neighborhood Council is proudly sponsoring CERT 1 Classes. This class runs on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30—9:30 p.m. Classes are FREE to the public and your CERT instructor will be LAFD Firefighter McKnight. First-Aid/CPR/AED* also offered (fee required*). The information and knowledge you will gain is PRICELESS! You will learn such basics life-saving skills as: — Manage public utility functions and safely put out small fires. — How to prevent the three “Medical Killers” by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock. — Provide basic emergency medical aid to your neighbor. — Search for and rescue accident victims safely. — Organize yourselves and other CERT volunteers to be effective rescuers. — Collect disaster intelligence to support First Responder efforts.
CBS Studio Center (MPR-9) 4024 Radford Ave. Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., from March 27 to April 10
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Poetry Month
The North Hollywood Library is having a special program to celebrate National Poetry Month with an open reading, music, books, and refreshments. The readings by the host group La Luciernaga will be in Spanish but the open mike portion can be read in any language.
North Hollywood Regional Library 5211 Tujunga Ave. Sunday, April 6, 2—4 p.m.
2014 Gypsy Awards
The Professional Dancers Society’s 2014 Gypsy Awards will honor Leslie Caron with a special award to Dee Dee Wood and the late Marc Breaux.
Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. Beverly Hilton Hotel 9876 Wilshire Blvd.
For more information including tickets and ads, please visit professionaldancerssociety.org or call (310) 285-1411.
Statement from Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown of Ebony Repertory Theatre
“Due to an injury to lead actor Keith David, the opening performance of Paul Robeson by Phillip Hayes Dean has been postponed. A new performance schedule will be announced shortly. Mr. David looks forward to returning to the stage immediately after his prescribed rest. The Ebony Repertory Theatre family and the Company of Paul Robeson are wishing Mr. David a speedy recovery.” Paul Robeson was scheduled to open on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.