Santa’s Surprise Layover

Just ahead of his celebrated midnight tour, Santa Claus is dropping into Magnolia Park for a final meet-and-greet. Anyone with eleventh-hour holiday wishes can get valuable face time with the jolly old elf while discovering some of the neighborhood’s finest boutiques: 1928 Jewelry Company, Free Bird Boutique, Audrey * K Boutique, and Magnolia Jewelers.

Along with warm holiday wishes, the event promises free candy canes, hot chocolate, Christmas music, abundant gift ideas, and complementary photos. It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle in a festive neighborhood, while browsing for unique gifts in glamorous one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Santa’s last-minute Magnolia Park appearance is free and open to the public.

Magnolia Park
Between 3412 and 3414 1/2 on
Magnolia Boulevard
Friday, Dec. 23, 12 p.m.—6 p.m.

For further information, the public is asked to please call (818) 558-1733 or visit www.facebook.com/magnoliaparkburbank.

In?fleur?essence: Rob Outwater & Gabrielle McKenna

Rob Outwater, Photography: A rose may be a rose, but no two are seen alike in this new exhibition. As captured by photographer Rob Outwater, flowers radiate beauty in this stunning display of 3D Digital Lenticular prints and traditional ink-jet prints. Visceral and surprising, the Lenticular process created in the 1940s provides an illusion of movement in static images. Viewed from different angles, the 3D images appear and change depending on the viewer’s position.

Gabrielle McKenna, Paintings: Looming larger and more intimate than in real life, the floral paintings of Gabrielle McKenna push the classical boundaries of “still life.” Vivid, deeply colored and felt, these paintings reflect Gabrielle’s “outward expression of her interior experience.” A fine artist since high school, her work has been displayed in galleries from Soho to Santa Fe to West Hollywood.

The Creative Arts Center Gallery
1100 West Clark Ave.
Jan. 6—26, 2012; opening reception is on
Friday, Jan. 6, 7–9 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.—8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.—7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Please contact the Gallery at (818) 238-5397 for additional information.


Free Educational Conference for Blood Cancer Patients

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) Greater Los Angeles Chapter will be hosting its First Annual Blood Cancer Highlights Conference featuring eight disease-specific breakout sessions.

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Speakers include local experts from City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai, USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and UCLA Health System Division of Hematology-Oncology. Additional speakers include: Lisa Solis DeLong, a registered nurse, certified bereavement facilitator, and the author of Blood Brothers: A Memoir of Faith and Loss While Raising Two Sons with Cancer; Dr. Janet L. Franklin, MD, MPH, Clinical Research Medical Director of Hematology/Oncology with Amgen Inc.; and Dr. Deborah Banker, LLS’ Vice President of Research Communication.

This is a great opportunity to educate Greater Los Angeles patients on the latest developments, current treatments, and local clinical trial options.

Everyone is welcome, but local blood cancer patients and survivors; relatives of patients; caregivers; and health care professionals can register at www.lls.org/los.

Marriott Warner Center
21850 Oxnard St.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.


Nativity Reading

This historical Nativity Play (Los Pastorcillos en Belen) was translated from Spanish and published in 1929 by Mrs. A.S.C. Forbes, “Mother of the Campo” and California’s famous Mission Bell Lady. The historic script is based on the medieval Miracle Plays of Europe, and performed at Christmastime by the Californios of 19th century Los Angeles. We are pleased to present it for the first time at the Campo. Rumor has it some celebrated figures from California’s past may reprise their roles! Tickets are $10 at the door. Reservations required; seating is limited. Free parking at Campo and MTA lot.

Campo de Cahuenga
3919 N. Lankershim Blvd.
Friday, Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Reserve by email at campodecahuenga1847@hotmail.com.

Henry’s Tacos, located at Moorpark and Tujunga, has been a North Hollywood landmark for 50 years. It’s facing possible closure despite its historic status, however. To prevent this, the owner Janis Hood has created a petition for visitors to sign.


An Evening with the Academy

This past Sunday, the American National Academy of Performing Arts had an exhibit at the Colfax Charter School Auditorium. For further information on the Academy, call (818) 763-4431.


Arthouse NoHo 7 Laemmle Theater Opening

Laemmle Theaters debuted the NoHo 7, a seven-screen arthouse movie theater in the NoHo Arts District, this past Tuesday night with a grand opening ceremony and benefit screening. The opening capped development of the NoHo Commons mixed-use project in North Hollywood. The theater opens to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

NoHo Commons has been a key part of the past decade’s development of the North Hollywood Arts and Entertainment District, which now has more than 30 live theaters, art galleries, and sound studios. NoHo Commons transformed previously blighted commercial buildings, substandard housing, and vacant lots into a thriving, pedestrian friendly, transit-oriented community. The $7.5 million theater is the crowning addition to NoHo Commons Phase III, which also includes a nine-story office building and parking structure among other improvements.

The three-phase NoHo Commons project created an estimated 500 construction jobs and 800 permanent jobs. All told, NoHo Commons work cost $287 million, helped with $24.1 million in funding assistance from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, which has been working to revitalize North Hollywood since 1979.

Attendees included Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge; CRA/LA Commissioner Gregory Lippe; CRA/LA Regional Administrator Margarita de Escontrias; and Laemmle Theater representatives. The NoHo 7 is located at 5240 Lankershim Blvd.

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