A view from the San Fernando Valley: Spring flowers dot the hillsides near O’Melvney Park in Granada Hills Monday, February 28, 2022. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings in the San Fernando Valley.
Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 am every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering the meetings on Zoom. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link and other information. 818-884-4013.
Book Club with Sherman Oaks Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett, 6:30 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club March 21” in the subject line). Details: bit.ly/36eWtKe
Santa Clarita Artists Association: Joe Cibere discusses and demonstrates the usage of acrylic inks and watercolors in his art, 6:30-8:30 pm on Zoom. Watch from the Zoom link here: bit.ly/3hTwquE and use ID: 836 6866 6909 and Passcode: 604854. www.joeciberewatercolors.com. www.santaclaritaartists.org
Reseda Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: us02web.zoom.us/j/84974428499. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 84974428499. Details: bit.ly/3KQIitu. Email: [email protected]. www.resedacouncil.org
Tarzana Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Email: [email protected]. www.tarzananc.org
Classics Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark, 1:30-3 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Classics Book Club” in the subject line). 10640 Petit Ave. Details: bit.ly/3tmQc8d
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website or the council’s Facebook for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Also, the council is seeking board members: home/condo owners (4), residential renter (2), retail (1) and senior representative (1). Check the council’s Facebook for how to apply and get the application. Voicemail, 818-856-1060. Email: [email protected]. www.facebook.com/CanogaParkNeighborhoodCouncil; canogaparknc.org
Encino Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. So, there is an open seat on the board; click on the website link for the application. Voice mail, 747-284-0450. www.encinonc.org
Neighborhood Council Valley Village: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the website or the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-759-8204. Email: [email protected]. www.myvalleyvillage.com
Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization: Stacey Brenner, from Brenner Consulting Group and spokesperson for the West Valley Food Pantry, discusses the pantry’s expansion plan, 7:30 p.m. More information on the online meeting, 818-719-9181 or email, [email protected]. Register for the talk on Zoom here: whho.com
Cover to Cover Book Club with Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See, 6 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Cover to Cover Book Club” in the subject line). 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills. Details: bit.ly/3rFoYJ8
Sylmar Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm Check the website or the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-833-8737. www.sylmarneighborhoodcouncil.org
Northridge South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Email: [email protected]. northridgesouth.org
San Fernando Valley Historical Society: Guest speaker April Clemmer, creator of the “Old Hollywood Walking Tour,” discusses “Old Hollywood Theaters and Architecture,” 7 pm Join the talk on Zoom at www.zoom.us and use ID: 8763494921 and Passcode: sfvhs (all lower case ). Voice mail, 818-365-7810. www.sfvhs.com. www.facebook.com/sfvhs
NoHo Book Club – Online: Discusses “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly, 10 am Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “NoHo Book Club March 25” in the subject line). 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood. Details: bit.ly/3BrnTYJ
End of Life Decisions Planning – Online: Platt Branch Library in Woodland Hills presents a talk by Erika Brown, MSW Social Worker II with the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, on city programs and resources on the topic, 2 pm Request the link for the online talk in advance to Megan Young at [email protected] (put “End-of-Life March 31 talk” in the subject line). www.lapl.org/branches/platt
Charity and Volunteer
Prom Close: Donate prom dresses, young men’s attire and accessories for the April 2 event at Mission Hills. The event is for high school students with financial needs. It is presented by the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and hosted by Mission Community Police Station. Contact Cynthia Hernandez, community resource specialist, to find out what items are still needed for the closet: [email protected]. Flyer here: www.facebook.com/CanogaParkNeighborhoodCouncil
American Red Cross Los Angeles Region: Seeking volunteers for Transportation Specialists (www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/deliver-blood.html) and also Disaster Action Team Members (www.redcross.org/volunteer/disaster-action-team.html).
Volunteer Cleaning Communities: Join the group for a clean-up project in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Flair Cares Food Drive – Hang Up Hunger: The 7th annual food drive at their locations in Studio City and Valencia runs through March 31. Drop off nonperishable boxed and canned food (no glass jars or expired dates) during business hours. Donations go to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and the nonprofit Santa Clarita Grocery. Donations by customers will be matched up to 250 pounds per location. Customers who donate receive a 50%-off coupon on a dry cleaning order on a future visit. 4060 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City (818-761-3282; flaircleaners.com/locations/studio-city) and 27011 McBean Parkway, Valencia (661-753-9900; flaircleaners.com/locations/valencia). Also contributing to local food pantries are the Redondo Beach and Santa Monica locations. www.facebook.com/flairdrycleaners; flaircleaners.com
Valley of the Stars 2022 Awards Gala – The Sky’s the Limit: Actor Jerry O’Connell is the master of ceremonies for the Valley Economic Alliance event, 5:30 pm April 8. Honorees: Eric Dickerson (Sports and Entertainment); Ken Craft (Humanitarian); Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (Jane and Bert Boeckman Business Leadership). Dress code: business/cocktail attire. Tickets $275. Reservation required. Castaway Burbank, 1250 E Harvard Road, Burbank. Jacqui Matsumoto, 818-379-7000, Ext. 113. thevalley.net/gala
Northridge Woman’s Club Spring Fundraiser for the LAPD K-9 Division: Event includes lunch, entertainment and shopping, 10am-3pm April 14. Admission $75. Reservations and prepayment required in advance as soon as possible. The event is held at Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills. Call to make a reservation and for questions about the event, Joyce Sipes, 818-429-8468. www.northridgewomensclub.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected]. 818-713-3708.