Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Sept. 13-20


A view from the San Fernando Valley: Construction moves forward at the site of the Porto’s restaurant at the Northridge Fashion Center on Nordhoff Street on Friday, September 03, 2021. (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 in the San Fernando Valley.


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. 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, ID and password and other information. 818-884-4013.

City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Swimming Pools Extended Dates: The department has extended the dates of selected pools staying open through Sept. 26. Pools in the San Fernando Valley include: Fernangeles in Sun Valley; North Hollywood; Northridge; Reseda; Ritchie Valens in Pacoima; Sepulveda in Panorama City; Sun Valley; Sylmar; Valley Plaza in North Hollywood; Woodland Hills. Swimming pools and addresses here:

North Hills East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Topics include: LAPD Pals grant, a North Hills Resiliency presentation and Vallarta expansion. Join the Zoom meeting here: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 83160320531. Voice mail, 818-672-6674.

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Join the Zoom meeting here: By phone, 833-548-0282 and use ID: 85140543941. Voice mail, 818-503-2399.

Greater Valley Glen Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 13. Join the Zoom meeting here: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 85472314857.

Northridge West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 14. Join the Zoom meeting here: By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 94115763566. Voice mail, 818-697-0639. Email: [email protected]

Burbank African Violet Society: Club member Gay Wilson gives a hands-on workshop in “Transplanting Your African Violets,” 10 a.m. Sept. 16. The meeting also includes a raffle and a silent auction. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 661-940-3990.

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. Sept. 16. 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. Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here:

Masonic Lodge Information Meeting and Open House: Learn about Freemasonry and the personal and community roles of those who are Masons, 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Doors open, 9:30 a.m. Dress code: business attire preferred. Reservations preferred, but not required. The group meets, 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month. Clarence F. Smith Daylight Lodge, No. 866, Van Nuys Masonic Center, upstairs lodge room, 14750 Sherman Way (east of Kester Avenue), Van Nuys. RSVP to Celso Cardano at [email protected]; or to David I. Karp at 818-515-9361 or [email protected]

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants class: “Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens,” with Max Kanter, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 18 ($25; Register in advance. Read instructions on what to wear for classes that take place outdoors and involve walking on steep and uneven surfaces for up to one hour. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802.

The Monuments Men and the Getty: Lee Rubinstein, a gallery teacher at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, discusses artworks stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis in the 1930s-1940s, and the group that recovered a portion of the confiscated art, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 20. Register in advance to join the lecture on Zoom: The talk is presented by the Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library.

Alzheimer’s Disease – Virtual Information for Caregivers and Family of People with Alzheimer’s: Sun Valley Branch Library teams up with Alzheimer’s LA to present a three-part series beginning with “Keeping Your Brain Healthy,” 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Upcoming: “Behaviors and Alzheimer’s,” Oct. 19; “Making Home Safe,” Nov. 2. Request the Zoom meeting link by email to Esther Barrera at [email protected] (put “Alzheimer’s series” in the subject line).

Cover to Cover Book Club with Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, 6 p.m. Sept. 23. Request the Zoom link at least two days in advance by email to [email protected] (put “Cover to Cover Book Club” in the subject line). The library is in North Hills.

NoHo Book Club with North Hollywood Regional Branch Library: Discusses “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea, 10 a.m. Sept. 24. Request the link at least two days in advance by email to [email protected] (put “NoHo Book Club” in the subject line).

Virtual Book Club with Sherman Oaks Branch Library: Discusses “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Request the link in advance by email to [email protected]

Congressman Brad Sherman Telephone Town Hall: Sherman discusses latest on the Delta Variant of Covid-19, economic recovery after COVID-19 pandemic, national infrastructure, Afghanistan and other national issues facing Congress, 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Make a reservation and to submit a question: Join the call here: 855-920-0548.

Northridge Woman’s Club: The group holds a bingo and lunch event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29. Cost $20 (one book of 10 games; bottled water, light lunch). Additional game books, $5 each. Reservations, with sandwich choice of ham, tuna or turkey, required in advance. The club is located at 18401 Lassen St., Northridge. Irene, 818-344-3333.

Mystery and Thriller Book Club with Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Drowned Under” by Wendall Thomas, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to Emily at [email protected] (put “Mystery and Thriller Book Club” in the subject line).




Food drive for CSUN Food Pantry: The Community Concerns Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills holds a non-perishable food drive to help stock the food pantry at Cal State University, Northridge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9-11 a.m. Sept. 19. The pantry benefits students who do not have much income for food while school is in session. Current needs: canned items and dry packaging such as pasta; also, hygiene items including soap, feminine products and shampoos. No glass containers. 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831. More details on Facebook here:

American Red Cross-Los Angeles Region: The organization is calling for blood donations, particularly type O and giving platelets. Search for a donation site and schedule an appointment here: Or call, 800-733-2767.

Clear the Shelters – A NBC4/KNBC and Telemundo 52/KVEA Campaign: The annual event that focuses on pet adoptions at shelters and a donation drive has kicked off and runs through Sept. 19. Online monetary donations go to food, supplies and medical care for shelter animals (fundraising partner is Greater Good Charities; donate to a rescue group or to a shelter here: Subaru is the local sponsor and Hill’s Pet Nutrition is the nation sponsor for the campaign. More details and an interactive map for designated shelters: or

Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected] 818-713-3708.

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