Toluca Lake

Tom LaBonge News

Greetings! Big news this week for Cahuenga Peak: Tom joined officials from the Trust for Public Land on Wednesday to announce a 16-day extension of the deadline to raise the final $1 million needed to save the peak. The new deadline is Friday, April 30. Also announced at the press conference were two $250,000 challenge grants from philanthropist Aileen Getty and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation; both had previously donated $1 million each to the effort. Learn more about the campaign to save 138 acres of pristine open space next to the Hollywood Sign at: www.savehollywoodland.org.

About 150 people joined Hollywood Hills community activists, Councilmember LaBonge and the Trust for Public Land last weekend at a rally to Save Cahuenga Peak. The rally, bake sale, concert and hula-hoop demonstration raised more than $9,000 to preserve the land as an extension of Griffith Park.

Councilmember LaBonge convened a public meeting this week to explain and answer questions about the city’s budget woes. The meeting, held Tuesday at the Hollywood municipal building, covered the city’s current budget shortfall and its impact on many departments, including police, fire and water and power. Visit www.tomlabonge.com to read more about the meeting and to see the budget presentation by Assistant City Administrative Officer Ray Ciranna.

Tom spoke to about 100 Silver Lake Recreation Center advocates who turned out at a rally on Sunday morning to preserve staff and programming at the popular community hub. Like all Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facilities, the center is threatened with lay-offs and limitations on hours. Read what Tom had to say at www.tomlabonge.com.

FYI: Public access along the Hollywood Reservoir has been cut off due to construction and will re-open by Wednesday, April 21. Call the Hollywood Reservoir public hotline at (323) 463-0830 for updates.

Have a great weekend. Let’s continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

Universal City

Friday Night Lights Adds New Cast Member

The critically acclaimed drama series Friday Night Lights has cast Grey Damon (True Blood) as East Dillon High basketball player Hastings Ruckle. Damon joins as a series regular for season five, currently in production in Austin, TX.

Damon will portray Hastings Ruckle, a high school kid that has never spent more than a year in one place, but landing in East Dillon, he feels at home for the first time as the laid-back star of the basketball team.

Friday Night Lights is a production of Universal Media Studios, Imagine Entertainment and Film 44.

Santa Monica

Special DVD Launch Screening for Tales from the Script

Author/filmmaker Peter Hanson’s Tales from the Script presents a comprehensive look at the eternal quandary of the Hollywood screenwriter. By showcasing the first-person experiences of dozens of writers, from A-listers to newcomers, the dual project provides a mix of you-are-there gossip and practical advice.

The event will include a screening of Tales from the Script as well as a panel moderated by director Peter Hanson

Special in-person guests include: Steven E. de Souza (screenwriter, Die Hard), Peter Hyams (writer/director, 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Adam Rifkin (writer/director, The Dark Backward), Bruce Joel Rubin (Oscar-winning screenwriter of Ghost), Kriss Turner (screenwriter, Something New), and others to be announced. All guest appearances subject to change.

Wednesday April 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

North Hollywood

Senior Artists Colony Project with Live Theater Slated for NoHo Arts District

An innovative 126-unit apartment complex for seniors will be built in the NoHo Arts District with help from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). The project will incorporate a 76-seat performance theater and a resident production company, plus 15,000 square feet of studio, gallery and classroom space for seniors.

When completed, NoHo Senior Artists Colony will serve as an economic catalyst for NoHo Arts District’s east side and provide residents with arts instruction and activities, including involvement in theater productions.

Meta Housing Corporation, a housing developer specializing in senior apartment communities, formed a limited liability company, NoHo Senior Artists Colony, LLC, to build the project, consisting of 92 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units, eight two-bedroom, one-bathroom units and 26 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

The NoHo Senior Artists Colony will include open space within three landscaped courtyards, a swimming pool and spa, leasable storage rooms and a large community room and kitchen that opens onto an outdoor terrace.


Turn Off the TV and Tune Into The Earth

Celebrate Earth Day and Turn Off Week all in one! Join us for stories and activities highlighting all things eco-friendly as well as the joys of reading. Refreshments to follow.

Barnes & Noble
Burbank Town Center, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
(Corner of First and San Fernando.)
Saturday, April 24th 11:00 a.m.

Contact the store at (818) 558-1383 for more details.

String Trio Recital

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00 p.m., the Associate of Brand Library and Art Center will host the second concert in its annual music series. The group performing will be the Jung Trio. The group includes violinist Ellen Jung, cellist Julie Jung, and pianist Jennie Jung. The three musicians are sisters. The program will include Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Op. 97; Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 63 and selections from Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. This concert will be in the Brand Library Rectial Hall. Admission is free and a reception for the artists will follow the concert.

Brand Library is located at 1601 W. Mountain Street. Call 818-548-2051 for additional information.


Harpsichord Center “Artist Series” 32nd Season

Katherine Roberts Perl will be performing a harpsichord recital on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, and Sunday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Contrapuntal Performances Recital Hall in Brentwood. (It is encouraged to call ahead if you have not been to this venue.) Perl will perform an all French baroque program, including pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Antoine Forquray, Francois Couperin, and Jacques Duphly. Ticket prices are $16 & $20. For further information, please call (323) 254-9613.


Edward Jones Hosts Social Security and Finance Seminar

Theodore Leavengood, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Burbank, is hosting a “Social Security and Finance” seminar, a unique event for investors that mixes an educational investment seminar with a Social Security presentation.

Theodore Leavengood will be joined by Veronica Diaz from Social Security Administration for the Social Security presentation. During the event, Theodore Leavengood will discuss retirement planning.

The event will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 6 2010 at Malbec Restaurant 10151 Riverside Drive Toluca Lake, 91602. Seating is limited. For more information, contact our office at 818-295-3778.

Parkinson’s Resource Organization Workshop

While continuing helping families affected by Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) presents another invaluable workshop. PRO is honored to bring L.A. Specialist Elder Law Attorney William R. Remery for a legal discussion on estate planning.

PRO is proud to bring meetings with tremendous importance and dynamic speakers to the Parkinson’s world. The meeting is open to the general public and is free of charge.

7 p.m. on Wed., April 28th
Vintage Encino Hills
16025 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436

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