TOM LABONGE NEWS
Sister Cities Summer Solstice Hike
Please join Councilmember LaBonge and his staff on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for an early Summer Solstice Hike. This will be the 33rd Annual Sister Cities Summer Soltice Hike and the 19th salute to the Los Angeles Consular Corps to Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Meet us in the north end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot near the Charlie Turner Trailhead at 6:00pm for the gentle mile and a half walk up to the greatest natural landscape in the City of Angels, Mt. Hollywood, 1625 feet above sea level. Arrangements will be made for those who need special transportation. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes until 7:00pm. Come one, come all and enjoy a beautiful sunset! Please feel free to bring your international cuisine and refreshments to share with friends from all over the world!
San Fernando Valley’s first Dine SFV Restaurant Week
This week-long event will feature restaurants across the Valley that will be offering different promotions from July 20-26. This is a great chance to explore the Valley and get great discounts at restaurants you know and love, as well as those you have not yet tried! Please visit http://dinesfv.com/ for more information. If you are a restaurant that is interested in signing up for free and receiving free advertising through Dine SFV, please visit http://dinesfv.com/sign-up.html.
Know Your Watering Days
Over 80% of the LADWP’s water is imported. In response to diminishing supplies due to environmental issues in the delta and local droughts, the City of Los Angeles has adopted several water conserving ordinances. Learn how you can make a difference and conserve water. Find out about what is required to do your part, how you can apply for variances, and access quick facts and tips. Based on your street address number, your watering days are as follows:
ODD: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
EVEN: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays
Run sprinklers 8 minutes maximum per station before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. only. The City of Los Angeles Water Conservation Ordinance limits outdoor watering with sprinklers to three days a week. Run sprinklers with non-conserving nozzles for 8 minutes max per station; 15 minutes for those with conserving nozzles. All outdoor watering is prohibited from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., regardless of the watering day.
LADWP Urges Safe Handling of Mylar Balloons to Prevent Outages
During this festive time of year filled with graduations and other special occasions, officials of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) remind all Los Angeles residents about the dangers and significant inconvenience posed by the release of Mylar balloons and oversized latex balloons into the air. Each year, thousands of homes and businesses are impacted by stray Mylar and oversized balloons causing power outages. The silver, metallic coating on Mylar balloons is a perfect conductor for electricity. When contact with power lines is made, they can short transformers, cause power outages, melt electrical wires causing them to fall. They can even spark an electrical surge that could potentially destroy home electronics.
Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation Designates TCL Chinese Theatre LAHTF’s “Theatre of the Year”
The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) presented the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood with its 2013 “Theatre of the Year” Award on Thursday. LAHTF also presented TCL Chinese Theatre president Alwyn Hight Kushner with its “Gold Star” Award for distinguished service. Councilmember LaBonge joined in the press conference where the TCL Chinese Theatre unveiled its new, 20 foot tall LED Marquees, the brightest ones ever on Hollywood Boulevard, along with unveiling TCL’s newest HiDef TV, a 65-inch value-priced show stopper for under $6,000, that debuts in the U.S. market this fall. China-based TCL, the third largest HDTV brand in the world, is one of the fastest growing HDTV companies in North America. In 2013, the Chinese Theatres LLC took bold steps toward securing the future of the TCL Chinese Theatre by undertaking the renovation of the main auditorium to create North America’s largest and most celebrated IMAX theatre. The extensive work required for this transformation was accomplished in an unusually short period of time. Existing historical architectural elements and the appearance and “feel” of the theatre were carefully, conscientiously, and lovingly preserved with careful attention to each detail throughout the process. State of the art projection and sound systems along with modern audience comfort enhancements completed the multi-million dollar investment.
To Theo, L’Chaim, To Life!
Theodore Bikel celebrates 75 years in show business with a concert in his honor at the Saban Theater. Mr. Bikel has garnered distinguished recognition in music, film, and stage, with leading roles on Broadway as well as an Academy Award nomination. In celebration of his 90th birthday, he will be performing with some of his very talented friends, including Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and many more! This event is supported, in part, by the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation.
There will be a VIP/donors reception with Theo and his musical guests after the concert.
The Saban Theater
8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
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Summer Reading Events at the Library
Teens and pre-teens are invited to participate in Summer Reading. One can sign up online as of June 9th and attend free events on Thursdays of June and July. The programs at Studio City Branch Library include dance, drumming, cupcake decorating, an acoustic guitar presentation, a panel discussion on “Making a Good Transition to College”, craft, demonstrations of pizza making and in general —- a bit of partying.
The first special event will be “Anaheed”; she is a famous belly dancer. She will discuss the music, culture and dance of the Middle East. A drummer will accompany her, so it could get a little loud at the library!
The programs are all free. Teens are welcome to bring their friends aged 12-18 to attend these events.
One can sign up for participation in the game board part of Summer Reading by using information from your library card, going on-line to the library’s website at http://www.lapl.org and clicking on “Teens” on the left side of the screen. Then click on Summer Reading. The rest is easy and fun.
All seventy-two branches and the Central Library will be initiating these Summer activities and events. Those who complete the game board will be welcome to participate in raffles, with significant rewards going to winners.
Summer Reading for Teens has a long history of American participation. Most people consider their memories of reading and library activities to be very fond. Teens and pre-teens are welcome to participate in the fullness of library activities, which are designed specifically for them. The theme for this year’s program is “Pause to Read.”
Studio City Branch
L.A. Public Library
12511 Moorpark St., Studio City
All programs will be on Thursday afternoons from 3p.m.-4 p.m. The events will be held in the meeting room of the library. This library is one of 72 branches of the Los Angeles Public Library. It is located at the corner of Whitsett Avenue and Moorpark St. in Studio City, Ca.
Writers & Photographers Wanted
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