A view from the San Fernando Valley: A HHH housing project under construction on Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Devonshire Street in Chatsworth on Jan. 26, 2023. Chatsworth Park Urban Planning Magnet, K-5, is to the top right. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, 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.
Feb. 13 Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds, 818-884-4013. http://www.wingsoverwendys.com
Filing for Neighborhood Council Elections in the San Fernando Valley: Thinking about filing as a candidate for a neighborhood council?
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, using the “Selection” process, has a filing period to Feb. 16 (details: http://www.chatsworthcouncil.org/2023-selection).
Also, Feb. 3 was the opening date for filing if you are a stakeholder in one of these nine councils: Arleta, Foothill Trails District, Mission Hills, North Hills East, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sunland-Tujunga, Sun Valley Area and Sylmar (filing closes for these councils on March 20). Stakeholder requirements to participate vary by council. For information on qualifications: empowerla.org/about-neighborhood-councils.
For other neighborhood councils (21) in the San Fernando Valley, check the filing dates in February here: bit.ly/3isaQ3H
Book Club with Sun Valley Branch Library: Discusses “The Maid” by Nita Prose, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Request the Google Meet link in advance and by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Book Club, Feb. 13” in the subject line). Location, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details: bit.ly/2XJ1Xoh
Sheman Oaks Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3kLMDTc. By phone, 833-548-0282 and use ID: 85140543942 and #. shermanoaksnc.org
Feb. 14 Clases de conversacíon en inglés/English Conversation Class: Join the class and develop communication, grammar and vocabulary skills, 2-3:30 p.m., and also every Tuesday. Sun Valley Branch Library, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details: bit.ly/3hPaOmG
Northridge West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:15 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3sXvB9u. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 87665492343 and #. Email: email@example.com. northridgewest.org
Feb. 15 Burbank Police Department’s Community Meeting on Military Equipment Report: The public is invited to the meeting on a discussion of the department’s “2022 Annual Military Equipment Report,” 5 p.m. Burbank residents unable to attend may watch the meeting online on the city’s YouTube channel and on local TV 6. City of Burbank Community Services Building, Room 104, 150 N. Third St. Sgt. Brent Fekety, 818-238-3240 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.burbankpd.org
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association: Meeting begins with a social hour with dinner, 6:15 p.m., followed by the meeting, 7:15 p.m. Guest speaker is Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath. Questions for Horvath may be sent, by noon Feb. 14, by email: email@example.com. The meeting is also available on Zoom: bit.ly/3X7AFFG. Use ID: 89184295907 and Passcode: soha914. Also, streamed on the association’s website. Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. http://www.soha914.com
Adult Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict, 6:30 p.m. Meeting is also available on Zoom; request the link in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Adult Book Club, Feb. 15” in the subject line). Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: bit.ly/3H1G9ME
National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys – Online: Mental health representatives from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Anders Corey, from Supervisor Katherine Barger’s office, and Angelica Ayala, from Supervisor Lindsey Horvath’s office, 7-8:45 p.m., online on Zoom. Join the meeting here: bit.ly/3bMNm1Y. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 818 3552 3630 and # and Pass Code: 692327. Information for resources on mental health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: dmh.lacounty.gov. Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups, http://www.namisfv.org
Northridge East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom and by phone. Voicemail, 818-527-2913. Email: email@example.com. nenc-la.org/
Studio City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/2U2pkLx. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 97198762934 and #. Voicemail, 818-655-5400. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.facebook.com/StudioCityNC. http://www.studiocitync.org
Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3bF2M9O. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 97941372867 and #. Voicemail, 818-971-9134. Email: email@example.com. http://www.facebook.com/GTLNC. http://www.gtlnc.org/
Feb. 16 Burbank African Violet Society: The meeting includes a video presentation “Growing Texas -size Trailers” by Ben Herring (an African Violet Society of America program) and a learning lab on the pH balance of African Violet soil (members and guests may bring soil samples to be tested), 10 a.m. The meeting includes silent auction tables and a raffle. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 661-940-3990. http://www.burbankafricanviolets.weebly.com
California State University, Northridge’s VITA Clinic Income Tax Preparation: Appointments are required for the free sessions, 2-6 p.m., and every Thursday through April 13. Check the website link for details on what you need to bring to an appointment and also the link to make an appointment. Sun Valley Branch Library, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details and reservations: bit.ly/3kNvwEu
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 p.m. Request the Zoom live meeting link or a learn-at-your-own-pace online presentation, by sending an email to Rfrecruitment@all4kids.org. 800-730-3933. Details about the orientations: http://www.all4kids.org/programs/family-foster-care-and-adoption. Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here: all4kids.org
North Hills West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-903-2259. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: bit.ly/35EJ5vK. http://www.nhwnc.net/
Feb. 17 Rummage sale: Granada Hills Woman’s Club holds the event, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and also Feb. 18. Location, 10666 White Oak Ave., Granada Hills. Yolanda, 818-363-9844.
Feb. 18 Chatsworth Chapter National Society Of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Meeting begins with a social time, 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting and a talk by guest speaker Joy Loree Sweger on “Native American Culture and What the Movies Got Wrong,” 10 a.m. Meeting location provided to anyone interested in attending as a potential DAR member or guest, contact Kathy Holland at email@example.com. chatsworth.californiadar.org
Feb. 21 Southern California Garden Club: Meeting includes a plant market and country store plus a plant specimen display, 9:30 a.m.; business meeting, 10 a.m.; club member Alexis Slafer gives a report on “Planting a Vine for Arbor Day,” at the 10:30 a.m. workshop; Amy Darvish, owner of the Sleepy Florist in Encino, gives a talk, “Flower Preparation Tips,” 11 a.m. Vines are the club’s signature plant to be displayed and studied at club meetings this year. Bring-your-own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd. Encino. 818-996-3530. http://www.socalgardenclub.org; http://www.facebook.com/southerncaliforniagardenclub
Feb. 22 Channel Islands Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: The group gives a class on blackwork embroidery, 9:30 a.m. Make a reservation to attend through the email. United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.channelislandsega.org
Mystery and Thriller Book Club with Studio City Branch Library – Online: Discusses “Take Your Breath Away” by Linwood Barclay, 6:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link by email in advance to email@example.com (put “Mystery and Thriller Book Club” in the subject line). 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: bit.ly/3H2BrOS
Charity and Volunteer Our House Grief Support Center’s Walk ‘n’ Run for Hope: Register for the “early bird” fee now through Feb. 28 for the 5K event around Lake Balboa, 7:30 a.m.-noon April 30. Early registration fee $35/$25 children (fee increases to $40/$30, March 1-30; $45/$35, April 1-29; event day $50/$40). The event location, Woodley Park, 6076 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. ourhouse-grief.org/runforhope
LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Clothing Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) jackets and sweaters, pants, shirts and socks for children, men and women are accepted through March 3. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed, however, on Feb. 20). 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. See other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. lacitysan.org
Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization holds the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy-in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite: bit.ly/3S22nkb
Volunteers 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@example.com. 818-713-3708.