A view from the San Fernando Valley: Sylmar Studios Executive VP Scott Hodgkins, LA City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez and Sylmar Studios CEO Tony Guanci pose for a photo during a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of Sylmar Studio’s film/television lot in Sylmar, Monday, May 16, 2022. The new studio will include eight sound stages, office space and equipment rental facility (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 and charity/volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area.
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. www.wingsoverwendys.com
Tarzana Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. Email: Leonard Shaffer, [email protected] www.tarzananc.org/
Classics Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library: Discusses “No-No Boy” by John Okada, 1:30 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/3sOqPvb
Walnuts, Sanka and a Cow Named Garbo – Ann Dvorak’s San Fernando Valley Ranch – Online lecture: Christina Rice, senior librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and author of “Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel,” discusses the actress and her 1934-1945 ranch in Encino, 4 pm The talk is presented by Northridge Branch Library. Register in advance for the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/39I2y3d. 818-886-3640. Details: bit.ly/3MtWbPH
Canoga Park Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. The council is seeking board members: home/condo owners (4 seats); retail/service (1 seat); senior representative (1 seat); residential renter (2 seats); see the website for application and appointment. Voicemail, 818-856-1060. Email: [email protected] canogaparknc.org
Encino Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. Voicemail, 747-282-0450. www.encinonc.org
Overcoming Perfectionism – A Misused and Misunderstood Condition – Online lecture: Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psy.D, discusses the topic, 5 pm Lecture is presented by West Valley Regional Branch Library in Reseda. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] 818-345-9806. Details: bit.ly/3LA9PPO
Cover to Cover Book Club with Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses “The Dutch House” by Anne Patchett, 6 pm Request the Zoom meeting link in advance to [email protected] (put “Cover to Cover Book Club” in the subject line). 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills. 818-895-3650. Details: bit.ly/37wHexe
Panorama City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. Voice mail, 818-714-2133. www.panoramacitync.org/
Sylmar Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. Voicemail, 818-833-8737. www.sylmarneighborhoodcouncil.org
Northridge South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom. Email: [email protected] northridgesouth.org
San Fernando Valley Historical Society: Author Mimi Slawoff discusses “Discover Oldest Los Angeles,” 7 pm Program is followed by book signing (copies will be available for purchase; or order on your own from www.reedypress.com/shop/oldest-los-angeles. Free admission/ donations appreciated. Meeting at Andrés Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). Voice mail, 818-365-7810. www.sfvhs.com. www.facebook .com/sfvhs
Book Club with Sherman Oaks Branch Library: Discusses “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, 6:30 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club” in the subject line). 14245 Moorpark St. 818-205-9716. Details: bit.ly/3wG4q4v
Charity and Volunteer
Best Friends Animal Society’s Pet Adoption Fee Waiver in May: Bounty Paper Towels is picking up pet adoption fees at Best Friends Animal Society’s Lifesaving Centers, through May 31. Available pets may be viewed online here: la.bestfriends.org. Hours at Mission Hills and West Los Angeles centers, noon-4 pm daily (call to confirm). Locations: Best Friends Lifesaving Center, 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills (818-643-3989); NKLA Pet Adoption Center, 1845 Pontius Ave., Los Angeles (424-208-8840). bestfriends.org
LA Sanitation and Environment City Facilities Recycling Program’s Toiletries Drive: Donate unopened and unused items to be given to shelters helping the homeless. Personal care items, full or travel-size, include: deodorant; hair conditioner and shampoo; lotion; mouth wash; razors; bar soap and body wash; toothbrushes and toothpaste; wipes. Items may be donated, 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, through June 24 (except closed on Memorial Day, May 30). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. 213-485-2260. Email: [email protected] lacitysan.org
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 clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected] 818-713-3708.