TOM LABONGE NEWS
Save the Date: LaBonge Hosts Sherman Oaks Transit Meeting
Please SAVE the DATE for an upcoming transportation town hall forum, organized by Councilmember LaBonge and the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at the Sherman Oaks Elementary School auditorium at 14755 Greenleaf St. All Sherman Oaks residents are encouraged to attend and engage in a dialogue with LADOT, Metro, and Caltrans representatives to discuss transportation and traffic issues that include canyon commutes, new transit project plans, and work on I-405.
Arts Advocates Celebrated in City Council
ArtsDay 2013 came to the Los Angeles City Council this week, with more than 300 arts advocates convening at City Hall to celebrate their community. Councilmember Tom LaBonge saluted Olga Garay and the Department of Cultural Affairs for its important work in promoting the arts. The Department has raised over 20 million dollars in private funding in the last 5 years to support its efforts. Councilmember LaBonge pointed out that artists are civic-minded; arts participants are five times more likely to vote.
Carol Burnett Square Named at Highland and Selma
Carol Burnett, award-winning actress, comedienne and best-selling author, was honored by the City of Los Angeles for her lifetime achievements in the entertainment industry yesterday afternoon with the naming of Carol Burnett Square at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Selma Avenue. “Carol has Hollywood in her blood and is one of the most energetic, funniest performers we have ever known,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “But most importantly, she has an incredible, open heart.” Hollywood High was Carol Burnett’s alma mater, and Burnett grew up in the surrounding neighborhood. The Hollywood High School’s Performing Arts Center recently named the “Honor of Distinction Award” after Burnett for her outstanding accomplishments in the arts.
Zoo Drive to Close Completely to All Users
LADWP crews are installing a large diameter water pipeline, known as the River Supply Conduit Improvement Project Lower Reach: Unit 1B, to connect the new pipeline recently installed inside Griffith Park to the new Headworks Reservoir under construction just north of Griffith Park. Construction of the RSC1B connection will require Zoo Drive to be closed to through traffic between the L.A. Live Steamers Railroad Museum and Riverside Drive through June 2013. The multi-use lane for pedestrians, cyclists, and emergency vehicles in the work zone area of Zoo Drive will have periodic, short-term closures for the duration of the construction project through June 2013. The multi-use lane will close intermittently in order to ensure the safety of all users during the last phases of work on this project.
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.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE
Violet at the Movies
The African Violet Council of Southern California, along with the Burbank and Montrose African Violet Societies, will be presenting “Violets at the Movies,” A Judged Show and Sale.
There will be African violets along with other plants and supplies available for sale. Culture demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Club members will be able to answer any questions.
Descanso Gardens, Van de Kamp Hall
1418 Descanso Dr.
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
For more information please telephone either (818) 951-3597 or (818) 508-1937.
Sierra Club: Angeles Chapter Newcomer/Member Meet & Greet Event!
Parking is limited, so it’s best to arrive early. If the Rec. Hall parking lot is full, there is ample parking at the One Generation lot, directly east at 17400 Victory Blvd.
Reseda Park Rec. Hall
18411 Victory Blvd.
Tuesday, April 30, 7—9 p.m.
For more information, visit angeles.sierraclub.org/sfvg.
Bead for Life Opportunity Tour
Bead for Life, an organization that helps Ugandan women escape poverty by helping them sell their crafts online, has brought two inspirational women from Uganda (Joan and Teddy) to America for a six-city Opportunity Tour.
The Opportunity Tour made a stop in Hollywood on April 22, where Joan and Teddy had a Drum Circle event at Bethany Towers. Joan and Teddy are always happy to meet new people and love to share their stories with others.
Bake Sale Extravaganza
Lovers of food and fun are invited to attend The Third Annual Sugar & Stilettos Bake Sale Extravaganza with all proceeds going to local hunger organizations, St. Joseph Center’s Food Pantry, and the Westside Food Bank.
More than 25 varieties of tantalizing treats will be available for sale from some of L.A.’s top professional bakers. Adding to the festivities, the 2013 title of “Mr. Sugar & Stilettos” will be awarded. There will also be a silent auction and exclusive offerings from more than 75 top-name retailers. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a stunning 18 karat white gold stiletto pendant with 113 round cut diamonds courtesy of XIV Karats Ltd. Beverly Hills. Photo Booth will provide fun opportunities for guests to add some “snap” to their day. Admission is free.
2306 Midvale Ave. (between Olympic and Pico; one block west of Westwood Blvd.)
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.—3 p.m.