LADWP Work to Impact Los Feliz Boulevard
T16-Community News Tom LaBonge 1 ladwplosfeliz3Above, Councilmember Tom LaBonge stands with Linda Demmers of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and Duke Thompson of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to discuss upcoming construction on Los Feliz Boulevard. LADWP crews will be replacing underground power infrastructure along the street, with construction beginning April 2, 2013 and finishing in the fall of 2013. Phase 1, to be conducted from April 2 through early May, will restrict left turns at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phase 2, to be conducted early May through late June, will reduce Los Feliz Boulevard to one lane in each direction between Vermont Avenue and Cheswic Lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phase 3, to be held late June through the fall of 2013, will reduce Los Feliz Boulevard to one lane in each direction at intermittent intervals. “This upgrade will add capacity and relieve existing circuits,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “But we cannot take these impacts lightly.” Traffic control officers will be on-site to assist vehicles in traveling efficiently through the construction site, and all lanes will be reopened at the end of each work day. Access to driveways and alleys will be maintained at all times.

LaBonge to Convene Valley Emergency Preparedness Meeting
Councilmember Tom LaBonge will host an emergency preparedness meeting for Sherman Oaks. Local residents and stakeholders are invited to meet with employees from many City agencies, including LAPD, LAFD, the Emergency Management Department, the Department of Aging, the Department of Disabilities, and Animal Services.

Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center
14201 Huston St.
Thursday, April 4, 4 p.m.

If you have questions, please email alice.roth@lacity.org.

Neighborhood Disaster Planning Toolkit Now Available
The Emergency Management Department (EMD) has developed a toolkit to empower neighborhoods to take action, improve disaster readiness, and craft a clear, organized strategy for community response. The supporting toolkit material along with a 10 minute training video are now available on the EMD website at emergency.lacity.org/Readiness/NeighborhoodDisasterPlanning/index.htm. These documents are also available in Spanish and Korean.

Griffith Park Adult Community Center to Host Community Celebration
All are invited to the Fifth Annual Community Celebration hosted by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission and parking are free! There will be a catered feast, raffle, silent auction, talent show, book sale, and display of community resources. Be there!

Griffith Park Adult Community Center
3203 Riverside Dr.
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.—4:30 p.m.


Help Save Performing Arts School
The students of The American National Academy of Performing Arts are raising money to save their school. The Academy has been a landmark of Studio City for the past 56 years and is co-owned and run by Dorothy Barrett, who at 96 years old still teaches at the school. It has also been her home for the past 50 years, and she is now in danger of having to move due to a new outside investor. The property is scheduled to be auctioned on May 17, 2013. Students are collecting donations online to save the school and Dorothy’s home. For more information on how you can help, please visit facebook.com/ groups/anaperformingarts.

Words, Wit, & Wisdom Book & Authors Luncheon
This event is presented by the Brandeis National Committee, San Fernando Chapter.

Sportsmen’s Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.
Thursday, April 11, 10 a.m.

For reservations and ticket information email eperl@mindspring.com or call (818) 905-5393.


Burbank Community Theater Meeting
Julia Swanwick, a Burbank resident, has started the Burbank Community Theater group to supply a creative outlet for theater-lovers in the area. The theater group is open to people of all ages throughout Burbank and surrounding cities. Come to their first meeting – all are welcome!

4150 Riverside Dr.
Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m.

For more information, call (508) 254-5304 or email BurbankCommunityTheater@gmail.com.


Young Musicians Foundation Family-Friendly Concert
New music director Roger Kalia will conduct the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in a program of family-friendly classical compositions. The free concert will open with Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite enhanced with multi-media illustrations by Jonathan Mayer and Scott Winters for each of the five stories.

The 3rd movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto will profile the virtuosity of 16-year-old Leah Hansen, winner of the 2012 Discovery Prize in the National Debut Concerto Competition sponsored by YMF. Tchaikovsky’s exciting and triumphant Symphony No. 5, one of the composer’s most popular and accessible works, will close the concert.

The Debut Orchestra is the flagship program of the Young Musicians Foundation and is one of the oldest and most successful pre-professional training orchestras in the country. Debut Orchestra alumni are members of Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
450 N. Grand Ave.
Sunday, April 7, 4 p.m.

For additional information contact Young Musicians Foundation at (310) 859-7668 or visit: ymf.org.


Roy’s Run to Bring Safe Water to Ethiopia Starts Locally
Distance runner and founder of Roy’s Run, Roy Weigand, will commence the 250 mile run to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena to raise money for 250 Ethiopians to gain safe water. During the seven day run, the 49-year-old distance runner and musician will be pushing a racing stroller with a 40 lb. bottle of dirty water. The dirty water symbolizes the fact that 780 million people globally still don’t have access to safe water.

This year Roy’s Run, in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo based non-profit organization, Lifewater International, encourages athletes to join and bring awareness to the clean water crisis in Ethiopia as well as raise $10,000, the equivalent of one life saved per mile. Two major legs of the run are the San Luis Obispo starting line at Santa Rosa Park and the Pasadena Rose Bowl finish line, drawing local high school athletes and running groups, church members, and water-crisis advocates to run the first 5 miles with Roy or provide encouragement along the way.

Santa Rosa Park
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Monday, April 15, 9 a.m.

More information at lifewater.org.

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