Tom LaBonge News
Tom is proud of the work that this Council Office accomplished in 2009, which was a difficult year financially for the City of Los Angeles. Tom sends a big thank you to all of the city staff and community members who worked together to accomplish so much.
Councilmember LaBonge and USC oncologist Dr. Christy Russell voiced their opposition to new federal guidelines on breast cancer screening at a press conference at City Hall this week. The issue is close to Councilmember LaBonge’s heart because his wife Brigid, a breast cancer survivor, detected the disease through a mammogram that would not be recommended under the new guidelines.
As chair of the City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, Tom wants to inform you that the H-1-N-1 vaccine is now available to everyone in L-A County, not just those belong to groups considered to be particularly at-risk. L-A County’s top public health official says an adequate supply of the vaccine has arrived in the county. Vaccinations are available through private physicians and by appointment at county public health centers.
Metro will be running trains and buses all night New Year’s Eve, and rides will be free between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The 24-hour service includes all rail lines and cross-valley Orange Line buses. Starting at 9pm. New Year’s Eve, Metro Red, Purple, Blue and Gold Line trains will run every 20 minutes through 5 a.m. For more information, visit www.metro.net
Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Delivers Christmas Toys and Cheer to Low-Income Children
The Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announces the 11th annual “Operation: Santa” toy drive. Since 1998, thousands of low-income children in the San Fernando Valley have received gifts from “Operation: Santa.” The drive started in December, when the UCNH Chamber of Commerce and Universal City-North Hollywood Jaycees uses collection bins to gather toys at local businesses. The group, in cooperation with local schools, then identifies children most in need. Following this, “Operation: Santa” helpers read “Dear Santa” letters, organize toys, plan delivery routes, and prepare the costumes for Santa and his helpers. Finally, dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves, the volunteers deliver wrapped toys to the homes of worthy Valley children on December 24th, Christmas Eve. Santa Central is found at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce in Valley Plaza, North Hollywood. “Operation: Santa” seeks monetary support and in-kind donations, as well as volunteers.
For more information, visit www.nohoopsanta.com or call (818) 395-3671.
Burbank Family YMCA Christmas Tree Lot
First quality trees at fair prices. Big selection. All profits go to youth scholarships for those that can’t afford the many Y activities. This is our 50th year of selling Christmas trees with the Y Service club doing all the volunteering necessary to have it always a first class operation. Flocking, fire retardant spraying, wreaths, garland, trees from table top to 12’. We have Nobles, Douglas fir, Grand Fir and Frazer Fir.
Victory and Burbank Blvd.
(East of Costco, across the street)
10am- 9pm, daily
For more information, call (818) 563-1644.
As the Globe Warms
Award-winning independent performer Heather Woodbury creates a brand new, different show, every week live at Echo Curio in Echo Park for 24 weeks out of the year. And international on-line fans are already subscribing, claiming their place in the audience, and joining the cognoscenti of Los Angeles to watch Heather Woodbury’s new serial grow before their eyes.
Heather Woodbury is a performance artist and playwright best known for originating epic-length theatre pieces for both solo and ensemble productions. She generates these works by making them up as she goes along – writing at the last minute and then performing semi-improvisational installments for live audiences.
A live, brand new half-hour solo performance every Saturday night at 8pm starting Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Admission free, donations accepted.
Forest Lawn’s 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
- KNBC-4’s news anchor Chris Schauble will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
- Renowned baritone Bradley Baker will perform a number of stirring spirituals in Dr. King’s memory.
- The Southeast Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a choir of more than 60 voices, will perform symphony music honoring Dr. King.
- The Inner City Education Foundation Dance Team will also perform, accompanied by the Southeast Symphony Orchestra.
- Pastor Leo Lynch of the United Church of Christ in Pasadena will perform the program’s Invocation and Benediction.
- Complimentary souvenirs and refreshments for all attendees.
- Admission is free.
Sun. Jan. 10, 2010, 5pm
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
For more information, call (800) 204-3131 or visit www.forestlawn.com.
North Hollywood Regional Library Events
- Tom Hanks stars in Angels and Demons, based on the Dan Brown best selling thriller, on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2pm. Free admission and free popcorn.
- Follow the story of a special violin through five countries and 300 years in the award winning film The Red Violin. This free screening will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 2pm.
- Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Laurence Olivier star in the classic story of a slave revolt in Spartacus, directed by Stanley Kubrick. This screening will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 1:15pm. Free admission and free popcorn.
- Fay Wray and Bruce Armstrong star in the original adventure classic King Kong on Thursday, January 14, 2009 at 2pm. Free popcorn and free admission.
North Hollywood Regional Library is located at 5211 Tujunga Avenue. For information call (818) 766-7185.
The Valley University Women…
Meet Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at the Studio City Recreation Center. Refreshments at 12:30pm, business at 1 pm and program at 1:30pm.
Dorothy Roberts, well-known throughout the Los Angeles community as an outstanding speaker, will review five current non-fiction books.
The mission of the Valley University Women is to share intellectual pursuits and raise funds for r the college scholarships we issue each year to deserving senior students at San Fernando Valley high schools. Guests are invited.
Studio City Recreation Center
12621 Rye St., Studio City
Tues. Jan. 19, 12:30pm
For more information, call Minette Harris at (818) 763-3086.