Volunteer Meeting
The Toluca Lake Players will hold a volunteer meeting. This is a new theater company and we are looking for some enthusiastic, dependable, and fun people to get in on the ground floor working on our first production, The Middle Ages. We need people for set building, audio/visual, costumes, box office, etc. — wherever your interest lies. Just show up and be part of our new company.

Taber Hall, Toluca Lake United Methodist Church, 4301 Cahuenga Blvd. (Corner of Cahuenga and Whipple Street)
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call (323) 653-3498. Hope to see you there!

Toluca Lake Elementary School Beautification Day
Students, families, staff, and community members will work together to replant our garden, spruce up the playground, and give some of the toys and classrooms a much needed cleaning. Lunch for volunteers will be provided by the PTA, and is being donated by Togo’s Sandwiches on Pass Avenue. Councilman Tom LaBonge’s office is also sponsoring a portion of the event, providing funding for our grounds staff that day and hopefully stopping by to say hello and receive our thanks. The Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council is also providing plants and equipment for us to use to beautify our school. This is a true community event!
Toluca Lake Elementary

Saturday, April 28, 9-11:30 a.m. (Gardening); 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Lunch)


Take ACT Test For Free
Young adults are invited to take a practice test for the ACT exam at the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This opportunity is presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles as a chance to prepare for taking the actual test, which is given before one applies for college admission. To register, you may call the Young Adult Librarian at (818) 755-7873 or stop at the Reference Desk and sign up in person. If you are going to take this exam, it is a good idea to invite a friend to take it, too. Years from now you will both remember this day as one that helped you to prepare for entrance into an important phase of your life — attendance at college.

The practice test will be given under the auspices of the Princeton Review test preparation staff.

Studio City Library, 12511 Moorpark St.
Saturday, May 19, 12 Noon—5 p.m.

L.A. River Red Day Volunteer Event
Sponsored by Keller Williams Studio City office, years ago the all-volunteer Village Gardeners made a huge commitment to maintain their 1/2 mile LA River greenway in Studio City and Sherman Oaks. What they do on an ongoing basis is:

  • Mitigate litter and graffiti
  • Remove invasive, non-native plant species
  • Mulch to restore the soil and save water
  • Replant with native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
  • Clear the catch basins to prevent the streets near the river from flooding
  • Provide trash containers with weekly pickup service

All of their efforts clearly have a positive impact on the environment and their property values, making their community more desirable.
For any further questions please feel free to contact Nicole Costas at (323) 630-6976.

Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom
Valleyheart Drive at Longridge Avenue,
South Side of the LA River
Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.—1 p.m.


25th Annual Gold Tournament
The East Valley Police Activity League Supporters and the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Area present their 25th Annual Golf Tournament. The $175 per player includes green fees, cart, beverage, lunch, plus buffet dinner, and awards. Guest for dinner only $35 per person.

Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Dr.
Monday, May 7, Registration 8—9:30 a.m.;
Shotgun Tee 10 a.m.

For reservations and further information, contact Officer Heather Kowalczyk or Sergeant Jeff Hollis LAPD North Hollywood Area Community Relations Office at (818) 623-4001.


Adults Bullied as Children
A free celebration of self-help support groups will take place. This event will give the public an opportunity to learn about more than 30 self-help support groups for addiction, mental health, and life’s problems. Free parking will be available as well as free lunch. Media welcome.

Participants will be able to attend sample meetings of the groups and get information and literature. If you have ever wondered what happens in a support group, or want a free way to resolve issues you or a loved one are facing, this festival is a must. Free lunch is provided, including vegetarian options.

6666 Green Valley Circle
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.—5 p.m.

For more information, call (323) 666-4295.


Mayors Cup Charity Golf Tournament
The Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Foundation will sponsor and host the 15th Annual Mayors Cup Charity Golf Tournament at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank. The event has raised more than a quarter million dollars over the past 14 years, which has been put to work throughout the greater East Valley & Burbank/Glendale/Los Angeles communities in support of early childhood and youth programs. Add to that the volunteer work of the members of the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Service Club, and these youth programs have received nearly a half million dollars in benefits.

The Mayors Cup has many levels of participation and sponsorships available. Citizens and businesses are encouraged to participate by going to www.burbanksunrisekiwanis.org to download a pdf of the donation brochure. Tee signs and gift certificates are extremely popular since they provide so much promotional benefit for donors during the course of the tournament.

DeBell Golf Course,
1500 E. Walnut Ave.
Friday, April 27

For additional information, feel free to call Mike Caggiano at (818) 842-2242.


“Get to Know” Event
Hundreds of people turned-out for the Los Angeles launch of the “Get to Know Your Wild Neighbors” Contest at Griffith Observatory in Griffith

Councilman Tom LaBonge (second from left) with students who showed up for the “Get to Know” expo outside the Griffith Observatory.

Park on Saturday, April 14. Kids of all ages enjoyed a beautiful day on the Observatory grounds, which offered a view of snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the iconic HOLLYWOOD Sign. Kids loved moving from booth to booth, filling out their passport books with stamps and stickers and enjoying the hands-on educational displays. One of the hits was a climbing wall, where the adventurous could harness-up for a challenging climb. A pair of fire trucks was there, too, giving kids the chance to climb on them and take pictures with firefighters.

Councilman LaBonge, Smokey Bear, and a Park Ranger tell kids to get to know nature and prevent fires.

A couple of last year’s “Get to Know” contest winners read their winning poems, and several of the original and very impressive art works were on-display. Reporters and camera-crews — including the Los Angeles ABC affiliate — captured the fun and broadcasted the festivities throughout the Southern California area later that night. What was great about the event is that invited guests were joined by lucky Observatory visitors, who just happened to be there for a Saturday morning outing, and were treated to a fabulous free event.
The highlight of the morning was the hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood, led by Councilman Tom LaBonge and “Get to Know” Director Mary Krupa-Clark. Scores of kids and their parents made the trek up the 1,625 foot peak to marvel at the spectacular view, get a little exercise, and get to know nature.

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