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, 2013 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.

Beautification Team Cleans Up Sherman Oaks
Councilmember Tom LaBonge sent his beautification team to Sherman Oaks last week. The Bureau of Sanitation donated some time with a bulky item truck to assist in the effort. A few key intersections received some extra attention, including: Morrison and Sepulveda, Sepulveda and Weddington, as well as Van Nuys and Huston. The median of Woodman Avenue also was cleaned in the effort. If you know of an area of the Fourth District that could use a visit from Councilmember LaBonge’s beautification team, please reach out.

LaBonge Speaks on L.A. River Revitalization
T20-Community News LaBonge riverrevitalizationA federal delegation descended upon Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River this week to discuss its ongoing revitalization. Councilmember Tom LaBonge spoke at the Los Angeles River Revitalization Policy Conference, hosted by Urban Waters Federal Partnership’s Los Angeles River Watershed Pilot and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The group discussed ways to better integrate the river as an open space resource within the City of Los Angeles.

Save the Date: Los Angeles River Fun Run Coming
The second annual Los Angeles River Fun Run will be held May 5, 2013. For more information on the event, which is sponsored by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, visit lariverfunrun.com. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the organizations that restore and protect the Los Angeles River.

Toyon Canyon Replaces Landfill with Picnic Area
Councilmember Tom LaBonge dedicated a revamped and revitalized Toyon Canyon on Monday morning, debuting a small picnic area on the site of what was formerly a landfill. All members of the public and media are invited for the unveiling at Toyon Canyon, which features some of the best views in the City of Los Angeles. The Toyon Canyon Landfill operated as a municipal sanitary landfill between 1957 and 1985, and final closure construction was completed in late 2008. The Bureau of Sanitation began construction in early 2012 to retrofit the site for passive recreation, planting trees and shrubs, installing perimeter fencing to guide hikers and equestrians, and building a small picnic area and horse drinking trough. “It’s been a long 55 years, but this site is starting to look like a part of Griffith Park again,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “To reverse a quote from Joni Mitchell, this is an effort to bring back some paradise out of the parking lot.” Attendees exiting from the Forest Lawn Drive ramp of SR-134 must take a left onto Zoo Drive and then a quick right onto Griffith Park Drive. From there, signs will lead visitors to the Toyon Canyon power plant. Once out of their cars, visitors will walk 750 feet to the picnic site. Directions from SR-134: goo.gl/maps/gpk9H.


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.


12th Annual Armenian Festival
The Glendale Civic Auditorium will come alive with music by popular Armenian singers, folk dance performances, costume shows, delectable foods and pastries, cultural exhibits, and activities for people of all ages as the 12th Annual Armenian Cultural & Food Festival gets under way.

This annual festival, organized by the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Western USA, celebrates the richness of Armenian culture, allowing guests the opportunity to enjoy first-hand many deep-rooted traditions. Alongside costume shows, folk dancing, and singers, the auditorium’s lower level will feature displays of regional costumes and artwork.

Proceeds from the annual festival go to support the ARS of Western USA’s various local and international programs benefiting individuals and communities most in need. Admission is $3 per person.

See full story on page 9.

The Glendale Civic Auditorium
1401 N. Verdugo Rd.
Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m.—12 midnight;
Sunday, May 5, 11 a.m.—7 p.m.

For more information, contact the ARS at (818) 500-1343, office@arswestusa.org, or visit www.arswestusa.org.

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