07-21-13

TOM LABONGE NEWS

Get Ready for National Night Out Across the Fourth District
National Night Out events promote neighborhood unity and raise awareness about public safety issues and crime prevention. The Los Angeles Police Department will host several events on this year’s National Night Out on Aug. 6.

Silver Lake: Citibank parking lot at 2450 Glendale Blvd. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music, food, and special guests. Email Paul Michael Neuman at pmneuman@yahoo.com to participate.

Larchmont Village: Wells Fargo parking lot at 245 N. Larchmont Blvd. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Festival event.

Hollywood: 1358 N. Wilcox Ave. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family fair.

Toluca Lake: Chase Bank at 10050 Riverside Dr. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Public safety information, music, refreshments, special guests, and giveaways. Email Alice at alice.roth@lacity.org or Janice at jse06@sbcglobal.net.

Sherman Oaks: Bank of America parking lot at 14701 Ventura Blvd. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Email Alice at alice.roth@lacity.org or Rachel at racheltash@gmail.com.

Los Feliz: Tables will be set up at Vermont Triangle, Hillhurst Branch Library, Fire Station 35, and Yuca’s on Hollywood Boulevard. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Email Andrea Iaderosa at ammvi@juno.com.

Sherman Oaks: Corner of Tobias & Hatteras. 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thirty neighborhood watch signs funded by Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be dedicated.

United Way Hosts HomeWalk
United Way of Greater L.A. will host the nation’s only 5K fundraiser to end homelessness, HomeWalk, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at Exposition Park at 700 Exposition Park Dr. in Los Angeles. For more information and to register, visit HomeWalkLA.org.

Independent Shakespeare Company Presents Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
The Independent Shakespeare Company hosts free performances of classic works of Shakespeare Thursday through Sunday nights at 7 p.m. at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park throughout the summer. The festival, which began June 27, continues through Sept. 1. For more information, visit iscla.org or call (818) 710-6306.

ALL OVER

War Veterans 65 Years and Older or Surviving Spouses — Little-Known Government Program Pays up to $2,054/mo Tax FREE
Greg Bryant, Southern California Outreach Director for Veterans’ Alliance Benefits explains, “Since after WWII, there has been an essentially ‘secret’ money benefit, technically a special ‘Award’ for qualifying Retired War Veterans. It is known as the Aid + Attendance Pension Award and as of today, less than 4% of America’s surviving War Vets or Surviving Spouses who could qualify for this amazing benefit are actually receiving it! Surprisingly, this means that more than 96% of War Vets/Surviving Spouses don’t even know that this program exists. Even if asked, the VA will only inform you about just three of the nine qualifications needed to be eligible about HOW to qualify. Veterans’ Alliance Benefits shows you HOW to qualify! After assisting more than 1,100 War Vets qualify for and receive this special award since 2008, the ‘HOW’ is the most critically important factor — it’s the difference between being awarded this amazing, life-time eligible benefit and being denied it!”

And, since this is a Government Pension, it is free of all Federal & State Income Taxes! Qualifying War Vets can receive up to $2,054 monthly and Surviving Spouses up to $1,113/mo with no effect on your current Social Security or Medicare.

Call (818) 999-6688 for more information.

Triumphs and Tragedies: One Man’s True Story of How Addiction Claimed the Lives of His Entire Family
The McMillens are proof that anyone can be destroyed by addiction, no matter the money, success, or family support. Multi-millionaire Karl McMillen built his plumbing company from the ground up and provided a life for his wife and two sons that most could only dream of. But it couldn’t save them.

McMillen shares with co-authors Bill Hayes and Jennifer Thomas the heart-wrenching story of losing his entire family to addiction and disease in his new biography Triumphs and Tragedies: A True Story of Wealth and Addiction (July 2013, Final Word Press). The book is yet another brave gift provided by McMillen in honor of his family, in the 10th anniversary year of the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment — his first major donation named after his late wife — and the 5th anniversary of the McMillen Family Foundation, which supports rehabilitation centers.

Triumphs and Tragedies opens in the unsettled West, when the wild wave of the 1960s swept so much of the country’s youth into the deep murkiness of drugs. Addiction was something even McMillen himself, who was in the midst of growing a highly profitable company, couldn’t escape.

Alcohol haunted him, cigarettes took hold of his wife, and drug use consumed his two surfing champion sons.

McMillen took a unique approach to the battle, using his talents from the business world of gathering data, this time about the destructive force of drugs, and analyzing the treatments. McMillen explains in his book that enabling didn’t help his sons, but demonstrates how it was nearly impossible to avoid.

Their horrifying riches-to-rags journey from the serene and swanky shores of Hermosa Beach, Calif., to a never-ending series of prison cells, health hewing, and eventual death shows the raw and painful moments the McMillens faced each day.

McMillen hopes the book will help others to avoid the gusts and gales of the deadly sides of existence while demonstrating that this country’s mottosabout “hard work bearing success” still lives. And the current philanthropy of McMillen, generated in the face of life’s worse trials, demonstrates much on its own — that few, if any, have ever fought back so hard at the evils of addiction as he has.

For more information on the book, visit triumphsandtragediesthebook.com.

PASADENA

Musical Puppet Show and Kindie Rock Concert!
Kiddle Karoo theatrical children’s shows are a unique combination of live performers and Muppet-style puppets. The effervescent character Kiddle Karoo (Lisa Clyde), along with her puppet pals and other costumed character friends, engage and delight children throughout Southern California.
By using their special blend of original music, singing, dancing, magic, puppetry, and comic antics, Kiddle Karoo and her Kooky Krew, has become one of L.A.’s favorite new children’s entertainment!
Pre-Concert Activities include Luckman Sidestage and KidZone. At the Food Court will be 7ate9, Koolfruit, and N.A.T.H.A. Admission is FREE!

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Memorial Park, Pasadena (between Walnut
and Holly on Raymond Ave. – 85 E. Holly St.)
Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m.
(Festival begins at 5:30 p.m.)

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