Skirball Cultural Center- Brandeis National Committee of the San Fernando Valley Chapter will be holding an author’s lecture and luncheon entitled “Words, Wit and Wisdom” on Wednesday. All proceeds benefit the Brandeis Life Program Research in curing Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Disease. We invite readers to join us. For more information, call Naomi at (818) 783-5419.
St. Finbar Parish Annual Fiesta- Will take place May 1-3. Times are as follows: Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-8pm. Food. Fun. Games. For information, call (818) 846-6251.
Deaf Nation Expo 2009- Will be held at the Fairplex in Pomona on Saturday from 9am-5pm. The World Recreation Association of the Deaf, Inc (WRAD) will be there as well. For more information on this event and more offered by WRAD, visit www.wrad.org or www.wradvrs.com.
The Friends of the North Hollywood Library- Continue their First Run Film Festival with a screening of the award-winning Chinese film “In Love We Trust” on Saturday at 2pm. For more information, call (818) 766-7185.
Luther Burbank Middle School PTSA Outdoor BBQ Car Show & Car Wash- Join us at this fun fundraiser from 10am-2pm – Free Admission – $5.00 Car Wash. Every car wash ticket gives you an opportunity to enter into the raffle to win an iPod Touch. Outdoor BBQ, tamales and much more. Live Music, DJ and School Spirit Teams. Plus, come out to see the cool cars – Oldies – Hot Rods – Trucks! For more information, call Alex Moreno at (818) 968-9444.
Paul Newman Epic to Screen at NoHo Library- Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint star in “Exodus,” the epic story of the birth of the state of Israel. The movie will be shown Sunday at 1:15pm at the North Hollywood Regional Library. Free popcorn! For more information, call (818) 766-7185.
Viva el Cinco! – Celebrate the historical Battle of Puebla at the Autry National Center’s Viva el Cinco! celebration in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Join us for a festive day of mariachis, ballet folklorico, charros, fun family activities, exhibition tours and more.
Working n the Entertainment Field? – Get practical advice from a 20-year veteran of the industry. Paul J. Salamoff, author of “On the Set: the Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette,” will share valuable tips and discuss his book. The program will be held at the Buena Vista Branch Library at 7pm. For more information, call (818) 238-5620.
Henry’s Farmer’s Market- Is opening a new store in Woodland Hills in the Warner Plaza. Official ribbon cutting and activities take place at 9am; the market will be open at 7am. The first 200 customers who arrive will be given a full bag of free groceries. For more information, call (949) 7227-1374.
National Day of Prayer- To be held at St. Finbar Catholic Church from 12-9pm. On this 58th Annual National Day of Prayer, millions will unite as thousands of prayerful events will take place across America. This year’s theme is “Prayer… America’s Hope” and is based on the verse from Psalm 33:22 which states: “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
Studio 10 Artists: For the Love of Painting- A group exhibit will take place May 8-28 at the Creative Arts Center Gallery in Burbank. Gallery hours are as follows: Mon.-Thur. 9am-8pm, Fri. 9-4pm, Sat. hours vary and Sun. closed. Artist’s reception will be held on Friday, May 8 from 7-9pm. For more information, call (818) 238-5397.
Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Spring Tour 2009- Will be performed in the Pasadena Civic and the Orange County Performing Arts Center from May, 8-13. Visit www.divineperformingarts.com for more info.
FOLAR’s 20th Anniversary of the Annual Great LA River Clean-Up- Come celebrate and get your hands dirty at the annual LA River Clean-Up! Visit the Friends of the Los Angeles River Web site for the location nearest you: www.folar.org.
Like to Sing Along with ABBA? – You are cordially invited to the wedding event of the season. Join us for the “Reception” and enjoy wedding cake and punch. Bring your mother, your sister and your friends! Then sing along with the movie version of this popular stage production starting at 2pm at the Buena Vista Branch Library. For more information, call (818) 238-5620.
Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday- With a special learning and craft program for school age children and their families on Saturday at 2pm. “The Voyage of the Beagle” will be held at the Burbank Central Library. The talk is open to all but children who would like to paint their own tortoise need to be in third grade or above and register for the craft portion of the program. For more information, call (818) 238-5610.
A Guest Speaker From the Los Angeles Opera Speakers’ Bureau- Will discuss “La Traviata” at the Buena Vista Branch Library at 7pm. This is the last “Opera Talks” of the season! For more information, call (818) 238-5620.
Family Night at the Northwest Branch Library- Features storyteller True Thomas with “An Evening of Celtic Magic.” Take a guided tour into the beautiful and weird world of Celtic Fairy traditions and lore. The library will remain open during the performance. For more information, call (818) 238-5640.
Two Creative Writing Workshops- Will be Held for kids at the Central Library, one for those in grades 1-3 on May 12 and another for those in grades 4-6 on Tuesday, May 19, from 6:30-8pm. For more information, call (818) 238-5610.
Valley University Women- Will award $1500 in scholarships to eighteen San Fernando Valley high school graduates. The presentations will be made at the First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm. For more information, call (818) 784-7394.
North Hollywood Regional Library- Will screen “Saving Private Ryan” starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and directed by Stephen Spielberg in honor of Armed Forces Day. The film will be shown at 2pm. For more information, call (818) 766-7185.
Boy Scout Troop 50 Annual Pancake Breakfast- Location is Village Church on W. Victory Blvd. in Burbank (two blocks east of Hollywood Way). Tickets are only $4. Your ticket purchase helps support Troop 50 and make it affordable so more boys can experience the life enriching activities of Scouting. For more info, contact Maddy Horne at (818) 841-0455.
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