Councilmember Tom LaBonge was officially sworn-in June 13 on the steps of City Hall for his third full-term on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the Fourth District, which stretches from Koreatown in the south, through parts of Hollywood, into North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley. The Fourth District also includes much of Los Feliz, Griffith Park and parts of Silver Lake. By his side, from l, are his daughter Mary-Catherine, wife Bridgid and son Charles.


Party of the Century

The City of Burbank celebrates its 100th year in 2011 and marks the occasion with a host of free festivities citywide, including the highly anticipated “Party of the Century” in Downtown Burbank on July 8. A free community celebration, it is planned as a massive, one-day street festival with top entertainment, fireworks and more.

For further information, the public is asked to please call (818) 238-5180 or visit www.downtown-burbank.org.


The Byrd Show

The Brand Library Art Galleries is proud to present The Byrd Show: 40 Years of Art & Design, the first West Coast retrospective of renowned artist and graphic designer David Edward Byrd’s career. The exhibit will run from June 11—July 22.

With a career spanning more than four decades, David’s work is firmly entrenched as part of our visual culture. The selection of the rock ‘n roll and musical theater greats that David Byrd has worked with over the years is a veritable who’s who, including The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Brand Library Art Galleries
1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale
June 11—July 22

For more information, visit www.brandlibrary.org/brand_music_events.asp or call (818) 548-2051.


Poetry Contest

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a contest sponsored by the Christian Poets Guild. The contest is free to enter and open to poets of any age. Fifty prizes totaling more than $5,000 will be awarded.

Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged by guild contest director Dr. Jeremy Carnegie. “We love encouraging poets,” he says. “We trust this contest will produce exciting results.”

Entries must be received by June 30 and may be submitted by mail or e-mail.

Free Poetry Contest
7221 Dunbarton
Horn Lake, Miss. 38637

For more information, visit www.freecontest.com.


Summer Concert Series

The Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, located in Memorial Park in old Pasadena, has kicked off its ninth annual 50 Summer Concert Series (Wednesdays–Sundays) at Make Music Pasadena. All concerts have open lawn seating and are free and open to the public. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights concerts begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday concerts begin at 7 p.m. Children’s nights are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. There will be no performances July 4. Audience members can enjoy an evening under the stars with music, friends and family.

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Memorial Park
Raymond Avenue between Holly and Walnut Streets, Pasadena
Wednesdays through Sundays, beginning June 22 through August 28.

A full calendar listing of artists and times is available at www.levittpavilionpasadena.org.


Valley Mega Mixer

The United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley is presenting their “Valley Mega Mixer.” Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door for members of a sponsoring Chamber, and $30 in advance or at the door for non-members. Please contact your local Chamber.

Odyssey Restaurant
15600 Odyssey Dr., Granada Hills
Thursday, June 30, 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley at (818) 981-4491.


Time for Teens

Teens and pre-teens are invited to attend a series of free Summer Programs featuring movies, speakers, performers, book discussions and good snacks.

These events are part of the library’s celebration of “Teen Summer Reading,” which is based around the theme “You are here.” Teens are invited to read, participate in activities and share a spirit of adventure with others their age.

There will be a showing of the French film, Chocolat, on Wednesday, June 22, from 3-5 p.m. Refreshments will reflect the title and some will be French-influenced. Even if you cannot arrive on time, this is a fun thing to do with your friends. Meet them at the library, enjoy the experience and sign up for Teen Summer Reading.

Meeting Room of Studio City Branch Library

12511 Moorpark St., Studio City
Wednesdays from 3 p.m.—5 p.m.

Reckoning with Torture

A number of area organizations are collaborating in co-sponsoring Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from “The War on Terror.” A group of accomplished actors will present this dramatic reading, based on a script developed by the ACLU, which uses documents that demonstrate the abuse and torture at Guantanamo. Admission is free.

St. Michael & All Angels Church
3646 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City
Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.

For further information, email vclassick@aol.com or call (818) 225-0410.

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