Summer Stuff and Free Fun

Hannah G. Solomon, guiding light for the National Council of Jewish Women and now, Studio City’s Council Thrift Shop!

I want to talk about unexpected gifts of good times offered by The Music Center. Besides the fine theatre experiences at the Mark Taper, Ahmanson, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the open air spaces in between have a brilliant schedule of FREE dancing and sing-a-longs. (Keep reading.) And I want to give a heads up to a memorable organization and the super thrift shops they offer.

Council Thrift Shop

Back to School Shopping: Or just playing dress-up? The National Council of Jewish Women/LA has dandy and well cared for Thrift Shops around the city, and now there is a Council Thrift Shop in Studio City! I love this organization and am a Lifetime Member NCJW. So, just a bit east of Art’s Deli, across the street on Ventura, this wonderful shop is ours. What a combo: a snack at Art’s and cruising bargains a Council Thrift. There is free pick-up for donations, which go to support the non-sectarian Women Helping Women counseling talk-line, teen empowerment groups, domestic violence support services, and also clothing families through vouchers and Council Thrift Shop, and panel discussions on local and state issues. PlusWomen Helping Children: young mother, youth, and literacy programs and a flotilla of good works that keep many in Los Angeles afloat.

One of my great personal treasures and distinctive honor is a sculpture, bestowed by the NCJW, of Hannah G. Solomon. She was a guiding force for good and the NCJW.

Hannah Greenebaum Solomon: A Powerful Legacy (1858 – 1942), “We must add our voices to those who cry out that there is a standard below which we will not allow human beings to live, and that that standard is not at the freezing nor starving point…. In a democracy all are responsible.” Hannah Solomon saw commitment to social welfare as her responsibility as a Jew, an American, and a woman. She believed no life was complete which had not taken light “from the bright places in its own and transmitted it into homes of sorrow and gloom, dividing the fullness of earth with those whose portions are nothingness.” Pretty fine stuff! Let’s go shopping and help continue Hannah’s goodness. And I think her spirit must be smiling at the recent announcement that 40 fine billionaires are pledging to share their fortune to charity.

Sweet and cheery Charity: Please look up Active Art’s At The Music Center. The free dancing nights, on the Music Center Plaza, with a super dance floor and grooving bands are August 13th for a Disco Night, Aug. 27 for ‘60s dances, and September 10th for Samba. First come first serve, I saw people with picnic baskets and balloons have nifty parties under the stars. No experience needed, teachers are available and DJ/live music. The remaining sing-a-long, which takes place at the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre, is on August 20th and it features Broadway songs, with song sheets and live musicians. (We’re there!) And there are 2 shows, one at 6:30 and the other at 8pm. What a delightful way to spend an evening, be early as it is first come first serve.

If you want to dine before or after your singing/dancing debut at The Music Center, Kendall’s Brasserie at the LA Music Center is a French restaurant, with beautiful décor and fine casual dining. Or, there’s a Taco stand on the Plaza that is a real deal.

We’ll sing, eat, shop and TALK…