LaBonge Talks Preparedness in Sherman Oaks

T17-Community News 1 shermanoakspreparednessCouncilmember Tom LaBonge convened a meeting at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center for local stakeholders and city officials to discuss emergency preparedness yesterday afternoon. A large number of city departments came to speak: the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Department of Aging, the Department of Disabilities, Animal Services, and the Emergency Management Department. Informational material was also provided by the American Red Cross, LADWP, Public Works, Building and Safety, the Department of Transportation, and Recreation and Parks. Councilmember LaBonge reminded residents to stand together as neighborhoods to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

LaBonge Cleans Olympic Area, Sherman Oaks

T17-Community News 2 wilshirecleanup2Councilmember Tom LaBonge fanned out across the mid-Wilshire area with members of his staff as well as the Olympic Division of LAPD to do a community clean-up this week. Above, the group moves some furniture that had been discarded on the public right-of-way. The group picked up two loads of palm fronds, six bags of trash, three couches, carpet remnants, and debris from two clogged storm drains.

VICA Hosts Event with Councilmember LaBonge

Members of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association hosted Councilmember Tom LaBonge for an evening meet-and-greet this week. Toluca Lake restaurant D’Cache played host on Riverside Drive. Councilmember LaBonge emphasized the link between community and business at the event, especially in the San Fernando Valley. “My business is to help people,” Councilmember LaBonge said.


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.

Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City

The Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee and the Studio City branch of the Los Angeles Public Library present “Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City,” a free program and film screening. The event honors the 85th anniversary of the opening of the Mack Sennett Studio on May 1, 1928.

Sennett historian Brent Walker will give a PowerPoint presentation followed by a free screening of the Sennett shorts, The Dentist (1932), starring W.C. Fields, Taxi for Two (1930), and Match Play (1930). A reception will follow the screening.

Accommodations are available under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Studio City Library

12511 Moorpark St.

Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m.

For further information, visit studiocitynyc.org or lapl.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.


African Violet Society

The Burbank African Violet Society is having their next club meeting. Parking is on Jeffries off of Hollywood Way. The entrance to the auditorium is from the parking lot. Our club member Hanna Olson will be giving the program on “Growing Plumerias.” Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.

The Little White Chapel

1711 North Avon St.

Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m.

For more information please telephone (818) 951-3597.


Show off Your Pet in Our Paper!

Our Annual Spring Pet Issue hits the stands on Wednesday, April 17. You can place pictures of your adorable pets in our paper for $25. For more information, give us a call at (818) 762-2171.


Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival

This fun-filled family fundraiser benefitting the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue, and New Directions for Youth will feature a two mile walk-a-thon through the crystal clear rolling hills of Calabasas. Route highlights will include the Rover Rest Stop sponsored by The Pampered Pet Hotel & Spa with plenty of water, food, and fun for pets of all kinds and their human companions.

Admission is free to the Canine Classic Festival, featuring dog adoptions, celebrity guest judges, the area’s top food trucks, The Anza Wine & Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Zone, Zoom Room Dog Agility Area, and a Silent Auction benefitting New Directions for Youth plus over 30 pet industry vendors. All dogs must be on leash.

Check in for the Dog Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the Dog Walk starts at 10 a.m. Festival hours are 10:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Juan Bautista de Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Rd.

Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up as a walker or vendor, visit canineclassic.org or call (818) 880-2993.

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