A view from the San Fernando Valley: The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City opened for business following a multi-million dollar renovation, Dec. 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, 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.
Tuesday Evening Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “A Free Life” by Ha Jin, 6 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Barbara Lockwood at [email protected] (put “Tuesday Evening Book Club” in the subject line). 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. 818-225-7616. Details: bit.ly/3pLKag1
Arleta Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 pm Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3HKelKx. By phone, 833-548-0282 and use ID: 82790215155 and press #. arletanc.org
Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 pm Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3nZDkjt. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 97941372867 and press #. Voice mail, 818-971-9134. Email: [email protected]. www.gtlnc.org
Wednesday Morning Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “Ragtime” by EL Doctorow, 11 am Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Karlyn Steward at [email protected] (put “Wednesday Morning Book Club” in the subject line). 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. 818-225-7616. Details: bit.ly/3pLKag1
Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library: Discusses “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, 1:30-3 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Feb. 16 Book Club” in the subject line). 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. Details here: bit.ly/3LroE8E
Movie Fanatics with Calabasas Library: Watch the Sidney Poitier film “Free of Eden” (1999) and “A Small Act” (2010, documentary) in advance of the meeting by using your Calabasas Library or Los Angeles Public Library to access Hoopla. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Karlyn Steward at [email protected] (put “Film Fanatics” in the subject line). www.cityofcalabasas.com/government/library/links-resources/film-fanatics
Ask the Psychiatrist Night: National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys present a question-and-answer session with Dr. Davin Augustines, from Olive View Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital, 7-8:45 pm, online on Zoom. Join the meeting here: bit.ly/3LqaULj. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and Passcode: 692327. Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups, www.namisfv.org
Northridge East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website on how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-527-2913. Email: [email protected]. nenc-la.org
Studio City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting with guest speaker is Los Angeles City Council member Nithya Raman, Council District 4, 7 p.m. Send a question for Raman to: [email protected]. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/2U2pkLx. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 97198762934 and press #. Voicemail, 818-655-5400. Email: [email protected]. www.facebook.com/StudioCityNC; studiocitync.org
Burbank African Violet Society: Guest speaker Lili Singer, a horticulturist and garden writer, discusses “Adding California Natives to Your Garden,” 10 am The meeting includes a silent auction and a raffle. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 661-940-3990. burbankafricanviolets.weebly.com
Children’s Bureau – Resource Parents Online Orientations: Learn how to help children in the foster care system by becoming a resource parent or how to become adoptive parents with a talk by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent, 4-5 pm Request the Zoom live meeting link or a learn-at -your-own-pace online presentation, by sending an email to [email protected]. 800-730-3933. Details about the orientations: www.all4kids.org/programs/family-foster-care-and-adoption. Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here: all4kids.org
Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 pm Join the meeting on Zoom here https://www.zoom.us/ and use ID: 4582562383. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use the ID and press #. Foothill Trails District includes Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and La Tuna Canyon. Voicemail, 818-353-2000. www.ftdnc.org
North Hills West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-903-2259. Email: [email protected]. Facebook: bit.ly/35EJ5vK. www.nhwnc.net
Chatsworth Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Social time, 9:30 am, followed by a meeting, 10 am Speakers Kathie Bickers, Grace Munro and Jane Penn discuss “Our Patriots.” Send an email to request an invitation as a guest and the meeting location to Kathleen Schwartzman at [email protected]. Masks are required. Information about the group, chatsworth.californiadar.org
Transforming the Heart Through a Meditation Practice – Online Workshop: Longtime meditator Doug Frankel discusses the topic and leads a short meditation, 11 am Feb. 19. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Marc at [email protected] (put “Feb. 19 Meditation” in the subject line). The workshop is presented by Platt Branch Library, Woodland Hills. Details: bit.ly/3gHaL8k
Classics Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library: Discusses “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, 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. 818-368-5687. Details: bit.ly/3JpDSZR
Turning Down the Volume on Worry – Managing Cancer-Related Anxiety: Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology holds a workshop on the topic, 9:30-11 am Clinicians Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, and Danna Kober discuss the topic for cancer patients and survivors and loved ones. Register in advance for the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3rHDTT2. 310-794-6644. www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu
Cover-to-Cover Book Club with Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant, 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. 818-895-3650. Details: bit.ly/3rFoYJ8
Charity and Volunteer
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
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
Volunteers needed for Triumph Foundation’s Wheelchair Sports Festival: Volunteers will help at the festival on April 30 and May 1 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20780 Center Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Sponsors for the event are also needed. Send to email, [email protected]. Participants may sign up now, and for more information: www.triumph-foundation.org/wsf
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected]. 818-713-3708.