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Sherman Oaks Newsletter July 2018

Posted on 07/02/18

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Newsletter July 2018
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council proudly brings you all the news that’s FUN to print! See what's happening and get out and join in!

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PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
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In this month’s issue:
FREE MOVIES – COCO
SONCBoardMeeting-
July Newsletter
Fireworks and Concert
Let’s Hear About Your Group’s Event
Free Chicken Sandwich
Free Book for Kids at Barnes & Noble

Public Safety
No Fireworks Allowed

SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
Free Apple Computer Camp for Kids
Free Windows Computer Camp for Kids
Metro's Plan for the Sepulveda Pass!

Free National Park Pass for 4th Grade Families
Free Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Gene

Huge Garage Sale at Ernie’s Walk Neighborhood
The Nethercutt Museum
Pool Safety for Kids
SWIMLA
FinanceCommittee
Mosquito Alert
Free Slurpee at 7-11
Looking for Love?
Even More Love
Save a Life!
Play and Create Summer Art Series and Contest

Women of All Ages Who Love Singing
Men of All Ages Who Love Singing 4-Part Harmony

SONC Government Affairs Committee
Telephone Town Hall with Congressman Brad Sherman
Cars Speeding on Your Street?
Hollywood Shorties
Partial Closing of Benedict Canyon

SONC Green and Beautification Committee
Free Mulch – Low price Compost Bins-Free lessons

Save the Drop!
Report Non-Emergency Crimes
AboutSONC
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?
SONC Outreach Committee
Travel Town Railroad Museum
Calling All Artists
Tenants Rights
Programs at the Sherman Oaks Library
Special Events at the Sherman Oaks Library
At the Skirball Leonard Bernstein at 100
At the Skirball – The Jim Henson Exhibition
Other Programs at the Skirball
Andres Pico Adobe
Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Sidewalk Repair
Last Call for Potholes that Need Filling
Senior Programs
Senior Center Activities
July Special Events for Seniors, Ages 50+:
Free Movies
Calendar of Meetings and Events

FREE MOVIES – COCO

 
The SONC Summer Series returns. Again this year your Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is screening FREE MOVIES in the PARK. Movies are being shown at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park on the last Saturdays of the summer months – Wonder Woman was enjoyed by hundreds of families on June 30th, Coco is coming up on July 28th. This movie has a lot for both adults and kids. LA LA Land will close out the summer on August 25th. Invite your friends and neighbors. Enjoy pre-movie activities. Bring the family and have a picnic dinner 6PM. The movies will begin at dusk.
Put Coco on your calendar now–Saturday, July28th. See you there. SONC website: www.shermanoaksnc.org
 
SONC Board Meeting
 
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will meet 6:30pm Monday July 9 at the East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. THIS IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION! State Senator Bob Hertzberg will speak and USC will present a pilot program to measure Traffic, Crime, and other local statistics. Regular Council business will follow. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda.
 
July Newsletter

This July newsletter has 72 articles with more than 90 local activities for July and was emailed to more than 19,000 subscribers. It was sent through NextDoor and through SONC's website. We recommend signing up on the website's "mailinglist" and reading it with your browser. You are welcome to reprint any portion of this newsletter under one condition; reprints must include "This is reprinted from the SONC Newsletter. Go to www.shermanoaksnc.org to read the full issue." Send any comments or questions to rziff@shermanoaksnc.org.
Fireworks and Concert
Warner Center Park July 4 6-9PM
With one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Southern California, the July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza delights over 60,000 people with a free concert and 15-minute spectacular fireworks display. There are over 20 local restaurants on hand along with arts and crafts vendors and local businesses promoting and selling their goods. The event takes place on July 4th of each year from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come early! Admission is FREE
The park is located between Topanga Canyon, Owensmouth, Califa, and Marylee.
 
Let’s Hear About Your Group’s Event

Is your group having an event? We’ll be glad to include it in this monthly newsletter that goes to over 19,000 Sherman Oaks families. Email the information to us by the third week of a month to be included in the following month’s newsletter. rziff@shermanoaksnc.org.
Free Chicken Sandwich
 
July 10 is Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A. Dress like a cow (or wear any cow type thing) and that sandwich is yours! Our closest location is 8875 Tampa (between Roscoe & Nordhoff 7am-7pm). Cow Appreciation Day began in 2005 and is available from the time of store opening until 7p.m on July 10. In 2017, more than 1.8 million people “Moo-ed” at more than 2,200 Chik-fil-A restaurants.
 

Free Book for Kids at Barnes & Noble

  1. Stop at Barnes & Noble and get a Summer Reading Journal. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
  2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store by September 3rd, 2018.
  3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.
Public Safety


The Public Safety committee is focused on the safety of our neighborhoods and what we can do on an ongoing basis to improve the overall safety of our stakeholders. As we all know, crime continues to plague our neighborhoods. Come join the conversation about where these crimes take place and what you can do as a member of the community to make a difference. We also discuss Public Safety topics currently making their way through the Public Safety Committee of Los Angeles City Council, and any role Sherman Oaks can play in the outcome of these topics. This Committee is Co-Chaired by Kristin Sales (kristin.sales.sonc@gmail.com) and Melissa Menard (melissa.menard.sonc@gmail.com).
 
The next Public Safety Committee Meeting will be on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd in the Library Building at 6:30pm.
 
No Fireworks Allowed
 
ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL in Sherman Oaks. Please report illegal fireworks to the LAPD Non-Emergency Line 1-877-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273).
 
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
 
Next meeting: July11th at 6:30pm at Sherman Oaks Library. Agenda: EV charging location ideas and implementation; Ways to improve Bike Lanes. Updates on METRO projects; Helping with Sherman Oaks hillside traffic.
Our recent accomplishments include: Presenting a list of EV charging locations to LA DWP. Added bike racks at the library. We hosted a Panel about the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. For more information contact Avo Babian at Avo.Babian.SONC@gmail.com
 
Free Apple Computer Camp for Kids
Go to https://concierge.apple.com/camp/choosestore/en_US and select a store to register for Free 2018 Apple Summer Camps for Kids. Camps start July 9 and run through July 27. Learn about Telling Stories with Clips, Coding with Sphero Robots, and Beat Making and Song writing with Garage Band. For kids ages 8-12.
Free Windows Computer Camp for Kids
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/about/philanthropies/-This summer Microsoft stores will have Free Youth Spark Kids Camps available. Click to see local calendar and enter your ZIP code to find a store near you, and RSVP for the events. Youth Spark Summer Camps are for ages six and up. Kids learn the latest technology from Microsoft while making new friends, completing creative projects, and gaining new skills that prepare them for the future.
 
Metro's Plan for the Sepulveda Pass!
 
To gather information for the SepulvedaTransitCorridorproject, Metro is conducting a short online survey to understand more about those who use the 405 freeway, Sepulveda Boulevard, canyon roads and other routes between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside, LAX, and the South Bay.Take the survey at https://sur-vey.typeform.com/to/bQV8eD
 
Free National Park Pass for 4th Grade Families
The National Park Service is offering free passes again this year. Go to https://everykidinapark.gov/. If you have a child in the 4th grade, your family is eligible for a Free 1 year National Parks Annual Pass. All others pay $80. The pass admits a car full of people to a National Park. If you have a 4th grader, take advantage of this free program.
 
Free Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Gene
There is a new study that offers free testing to identify genetic markers for carrying a BRCA (BReastCAncer) genetic mutation. BFOR, BRCA Founder Outreach Study, is an independent research initiative to increase access to testing for women and men age 25 or older with at least one grandparent of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) ancestry. This group is at least 10 times more likely to inherit BRCA mutations. Most of those at risk do not know they carry the gene. The testing is offered at no cost to the participant and provides patients, families, and their doctors with knowledge that can reduce cancer risks and improve outcomes for those who carry the gene. For more information go to www.bforstudy.com or call (833)600-BFOR.
 
Huge Garage Sale at Ernie’s Walk Neighborhood
The Ernie’s Walk Garage Sale will be from Van Nuys to Kester Ave, South of Magnolia to Valleyheart. The event will be from 8:00AM to 2:30PM. Ernie’s Walk residents that want more info should contact Sarah Kotler sarahkotler@gmail.com. Ernie's Walk Neighborhood Yard Sale – Saturday July 14, 2018 from 8:00am-2:30pm.
 
The Nethercutt Museum

The Nethercutt Museum is filled with treasures covering four floors. Foremost is a collection of beautifully restored antique, classic automobiles. They are showcased in an exquisite re-creation of an opulent automotive grand salon of the 1920's. An amazing collection of automobile mascots, antique furniture, clocks and watches, and one of the world’s finest collections of Mechanical Musical Instruments are displayed in the music room. Autos from the 1910's, 20’s and 30’s include Duesenbergs, Cadillacs, Isotta- Fraschini, Delahaye, Minvera, Renault, Maybach, many more.


The collection of mechanical musical instruments includes Reproducing Pianos, Nickelodeons, Cylinder & Disc Music Boxes, Orchestrions and the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Admission is free. 9AM-4:30PM Tuesday- Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday, some holiday weekends, and rainy days. Call for free reservations.

The Nethercutt Museum:
15151 Bledsoe Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 364-6464
info@nethercuttcollection.org
www.nethercuttcollection.org
 
Pool Safety for Kids
Did you know that Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4? This Summer 300 kids in SoCal will drown and 2000 more will be hospitalized. Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch. Here are a few tips for a safer summer:
Safety Tips
1) Always watch your children and never leave them unattended
2) Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings
3) Have a cell phone close at all times
4) If a child is missing, check the pool first
5) Share safety information with family, friends, and neighbors
6) Don’t allow adults who have been drinking alcohol in the pool area
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills
1)
Learn to swim
2) Know how to perform CPR on children and adults
3) Understand the basics of lifesaving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
Have the Right Equipment
1)
Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa at least four feet high
2) Use self-closing and self-latching gates
3) Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers
4) Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area
5) Maintain pool and spa covers in working order
 
SWIMLA
In 10 years, Los Angeles will welcome the world as the host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Leading up to the Games, Mayor Garcetti has set a goal to create a healthier Los Angeles by offering more health and wellness activities for LA kids. This includes increasing participation in sports and recreation, starting with SwimLA because every child deserves the opportunity to learn how to swim. Swim lessons for kids age 4 to 17 and adults 18 and over are being offered at Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park in 2 week segments all summer. Cost is $40 for each 2 week session. Call (818)783-6721 for information.
 
Finance Committee
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Finance Committee needs new members. The committee decides how the council will spend its money. Are you a CPA, someone who wants to see money well spent, or do you just like to spend it? We need your help. Finance Committee meets the 4th Thursday of most months. Email to volunteer or get more information rziff@shermanoaksnc.org.
Mosquito Alert
The Aedes Mosquitoes have spread to the Valley. These insects can spread Zika, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever. Since 2015 120 people have caught Zika and more than 650 people have been infected with West Nile Virus in LA County. Dump any stagnant water now; the life you save could be your own. If there is an abandoned swimming pool in your neighborhood, report it to the LA County Health Department by calling (213)240-7941orcall211.
Free Slurpee at 7-11
To celebrate 7-11 on Wednesday, July11 (7/11); 7-Eleven gives out free 7.11 ounce Slurpees. There's no purchase necessary to get a free Slurpee and you can choose any flavor! Every summer, thousands of 7-Eleven stores celebrate their unofficial birthday on July 11 (7-11) by hosting Free Slurpee Day. Come between 7a.m. and 11p.m. 7-11’s in Sherman Oaks can be found at Ventura & Stern and at Fulton and Moorpark.
Looking for Love?
Are you looking for love? There’s a furry friend out there just waiting to meet you. Pet Smart is offering adoptions of dogs and cats. There are two PetSmart adoption centers nearby
17150 Ventura Blvd, Encino
9am-9pm daily, Sunday 10am-6pm
(818)742-1820
or
The Plant 7888 Van Nuys Blvd
9am-9pm daily, Sunday 10am-7pm
(818)742-1758
Even More Love
Visit the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center. Best Friends is on a mission to save 10,000 lives by July 4. Dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are all available for FREE adoptions now through July 4. Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles is working with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fund raising events, runs the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills, and leads the No Kill LA initiative. FREE adoptions now through July 4. The center is open daily including July 4 from noon to 8p.m. Located off the118/405/5 freeways at 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Call (818)643-3989 for more information.
 
Save a Life!
Every year, around the 4th of July, LA Animal Services Centers fill beyond capacity with terrified lost pets. This means that available shelter space can be the difference between life and death for our shelter guests who have been with us past the required hold period. YOU can make that life-saving difference by fostering for four days or more or adopting. Last year daily dog and cat admissions at the six LA Animal Services Centers increased by 5% from July 2 to July 6. The loud sounds of July 4th fireworks frighten dogs and cats making them run in fear. Then these frightened dogs and cats can't find their way home and end up at our City shelters. These pets are counting on us to help reunite them with their families. They need YOUR help right now to create life-saving space in our crowded City shelters. Apply at http://www.laanimalservices.com/volunteer/foster-program/ or call (888)452-7381 or go to the East Valley Shelter 14409 Vanowen just east of Van Nuys Blvd open Tues-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
 
Play and Create Summer Art Series and Contest
 
Free art classes! Experience art in a whole new way! Help create our Summer Art Mural, reconnect with a creative workout, design your own succulents, spinart, slimemaking, and more. Enter for your chance to win the opportunity to leave your mark on Sherman Oaks plus a $250 Westfield Gift Card and more. Submissions due by August 11, 2018. Awards Ceremony August 16. Westfield Fashion Square is sponsoring the summer of art including the contests and great free events for all ages. For more info go to Westfield.com/fashionsquare or https://www.facebook.com/events/225254794948676/.
 
Women of All Ages Who Love Singing
 
The River Oaks Chorus is an organization for women who love to sing songs from Broadway, Pop, Traditional, and standards from the Great American Songbook in four-part harmony. The River Oaks Chorus of Sherman Oaks won the Sweet Adelines Region 11 2018 Competition 2nd Place Small Chorus! We need your voice! Come sing with us on Tuesdays. For more info go to www.riveroakschorus.com.
 
Men of All Ages Who Love Singing 4-Part Harmony

If you love this kind of singing, you are welcome to join in. The Valley Harmony Singers meet every Monday night at 7pm. These guys are always in perfect harmony!
Mondays 7PM at the Social Hall
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
14646 Sherman Way,Van Nuys
(1-1/2 blocks west of Van Nuys Blvd, on the south side of the street) For more information please call 818-994-SING(7464)
SONC Government Affairs Committee
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) has started a Government Affairs Committee. The committee will analyze new City Ordinances and State Laws that are proposed and recommend changes and opinions to SONC. Would you like to work on this committee? Email rziff@shermanoaksnc.org.
Telephone Town Hall with Congressman Brad Sherman
You are invited to join a “Telephone Town Hall” on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00PM. A Telephone Town Hall operates like a large conference call where you will have a chance to hear Brad’s opening remarks and then ask questions on any issues facing Congress. On Tuesday August 7 at 7PM call 1-877-229-8493 and enter PIN 13402
Over the years, Congressman Sherman has held more than 200 town hall meetings in the San Fernando Valley. They are an excellent opportunity for him to listen to what’s on the minds of Valley residents and to respond to questions.
Cars Speeding on Your Street?
Councilmember Ryu has purchased "Slow Down and Share the Road"signs for the community. You are invited to stop by the office to grab a couple of signs for your neighborhood, if you experience a lot of speeding. 14930 Ventura Blvd #210. Call ahead before coming (818)728-9924.
 
Hollywood Shorties
The Museum SFV is pleased to announce a new exhibit called Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties. Inspired by Ryan Steven Green, who created a documentary called “The Hollywood Shorties,” explores through photos, artifacts and film clips the joy, excitement, poignancy and societal contributions of the players of the first professional sports team ever created entirely of little people. Billy Barty (vaudeville entertainer, film actor, LPA activist) and Jerry Maren (the “Lollipop Kid” The Wizard of Oz”) formed The Hollywood Shorties baseball team in 1949, just after WWII. Originally, The Hollywood Shorties was a team of actors and stuntman ranging from 3’5’’ and 4’9” who played charitable baseball games against celebrities and faculties of high schools primarily across the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. In the 1970’s The Shorties introduced basketball to their fans and found themselves in great demand by NBA teams, often playing mini-games for the NBA game crowds at half-time. The exhibit is open and there will be a VIP reception on Saturday, July 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Some members of the Hollywood Shorties and executives of the Little People of America are expected to attend. RSVP on EventBrite or by contacting The Museum at 818-347-9665. The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Ste. 204, Northridge, CA 91324. For more information, please visit www.TheMuseumSFV.org.
 
Partial Closing of Benedict Canyon
 
LA DWP will be replacing a water pipeline on Benedict Canyon at Liebe Drive. Benedict Canyon will be closed to traffic between Mulholland and Hutton Drive from 9am to 9pm Monday-Friday and 9am to 6pm on scheduled Saturdays starting May 1 through Nov. 30. Residents, designated visitors, deliveries and emergency vehicles will be allowed access. For more information, visit www.ladwp.com/benedictcanyon
 
SONC Green and Beautification Committee
 
Are you interested in helping beautify Ventura Blvd to make it more beautiful, and more walkable. Join us for our next Green and Beautification meeting on July 3rd at 6:30 pm at Sherman Oaks Library. We will be discussing LA River path development, BID creation, Planning a Garden Tour, and dealing with Sidewalk Tree issues. Contact Avo Babian at Avo.Babian.SONC@gmail.com
 
Free Mulch – Low price Compost Bins-Free lessons
 
Come learn to compost! Compost bin sales are held two Fridays and two Saturdays of each month from 9am to 12pm. At all events, there are discounted compost bins ($20 each, checks only) for sale. Proof of City of Los Angeles residence is required for discounted bin sales. Free mulch is available as well. Bring your own container and shovel. On Saturday workshops with experts will review backyard composting, smart gardening, worm composting, and grasscycling. There is no cost to attend.
Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
Bin sales Friday July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14
Bin sales and composting lessons Saturday July28, Aug25, Sept22
Phone: 213-485-2260
Directions:
From 134 Freeway
Exit Forest Lawn Drive
Turn left on Zoo Drive
Turn right on Griffith Park Drive
Compost Facility is at the top of hill on left
 
 
Save the Drop!
 
As we approach the middle of summer, it is important that we all play our part to conserve water. LADWP’s Landscape Incentive Program encourages residents and businesses to replace turf grass with a sustainable landscape, including California friendly plants, mulch, permeable pathways, rain capturing features and drip irrigation. Currently, residential customers can receive $2.00 per square foot for up to 1,500 square feet of lawn replaced. For more details on all available rebates: http://savethedropla.com/save-the-drop/ladwp-rebates
 
Report Non-Emergency Crimes
 
You can now report non-emergency crimes for such crimes as harassing phone calls, illegal dumping, lost property and vandalism. Reports can be made at www.lapdonline.org.
 
AboutSONC

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is the first level of your city government. We are not a homeowner's association or a club; we are an important part of your city government. We are here to bridge the gap between you and City Hall. Board members are elected by the public and serve without pay. Do you have a city related question or problem? Contact us by using the contact form on our website, www.shermanoaksnc.org, or call (818)503-2399. Board meetings are at Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium, 14780 Dickens St, 6:30PM the 2nd Monday evening of most months. All meetings are open to the public. The Council files "Community Impact Statements" (CIS) with the City Council on important pending issues. If you miss a meeting you can read the CIS or the minutes on the website after they have been approved the following month.
 
Do you live in Sherman Oaks Area 5 and have time to serve on the SONC? If you do, we would like to talk with you. Area 5 is between the 101 Freeway on the North, Hazeltine Ave on the West, Ventura Blvd on the South, and in the 91423 ZIP Code. Email rziff@shermanoaksnc.org.
 
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)

The Vision Committee meets at the Sherman Oaks Library 6:30 July 5 and will begin a study of METRO’s proposed Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project and how it may impact the built environment and zoning of Sherman Oaks.
The PLUM  Committee meets at the Sherman Oaks Library 6:30 July 19. The IMT/Sunkist project team will be coming back to present design refinements for their proposed mixed use project. This is a follow up to their May presentation to PLUM when IMT received conceptual approval for the project.
To check the complete agendas and project drawings log on to our website: www.shermanoaksnc.org and go to the PLUM committee page. For more information contact Jeff Kalban at Jeff.Kalban.SONC@gmail.com
 
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?

The City Council restarted the Speed Hump Program after an eight-year pause.When LADOT opened up an on-line application process last fall, the overwhelming response request allocations filled within two hours of the link going “live.” Staff capped requests at 486 locations to provide adequate review, and found 117 locations feasible for installation. The Speed Hump Application period opens twice a year. Applications can be filed online starting 8AM September 12, 2018. Get your information ready now so you can file in the first few minutes. Only 30 applications will be allowed per council district. Of those 2 will be chosen and completed in about a year. For complete instructions on how to request Speed Humps go to http://ladot.lacity.org/how-do-i/request-speed-humps. It is a 3 step process. Read the information page now. You will need a person that is willing to coordinate the process as a liaison for your block. You will need to get 50% of the people on your block to agree to the installation. Get the commitments now. You will be required to do the first 2 steps online and the available applications will be filled within a few minutes. After you have done the first 2 steps the Department will do the third. Note two things 1) You are not guaranteed to have your request filled 2) The city installs Speed Humps not Speed Bumps. “Bumps” are the small bumps used in parking lots; “Humps” are the larger things you see in a street.
 
SONC Outreach Committee
 
The SONC Outreach Committee is planning the "SONCSummerSeries"—three free Movies in the Park, scheduled for June 30, July 28, and August 25. The movies will be shown at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park, the Hazeltine field. We're looking forward to a great turnout. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring a picnic dinner.


The Outreach Committee is also looking into better ways to communicate with everyone. We welcome ideas and participation. Check the SONC website for the next Outreach Committee meeting, usually held on the third Tuesday of the month. Or email jeffrey.hartsough.sonc@gmail.com if you're interested in joining.
 
Travel Town Railroad Museum
 
The northwest corner of Griffith Park is the destination for train enthusiasts and curious kids. Travel Town, open all week, is full of historic rail stock like an 1880 Southern Pacific locomotive and an 1881 Union Pacific caboose; the museum also expertly explains how the railroads helped build Southern California. Lovers of things that go choo-choo should be sure to visit the park on a Sunday, when the neighboring Los Angeles Live Steamers section is open for railheads. Take the #134 Freeway to the Forest Lawn exit. Free admission.
Monday through Friday - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10:00am to 5:00pm
For information call 323-662-5874
Calling All Artists
The LA Department of Cultural Affairs is making a pre-qualified list of professional artists, collectives, and artist teams to create contemporary public artwork in traditional and non-traditional outdoor open spaces, street medians, and recreation and parks facilities. Any professional artists working in any media may apply, individually or as an artist team. Budgets for these public art projects will range from $40,000 to $100,000. The applications are available online at: https://culturela.slideroom.com. Aplications must be submitted online by 11:59pm Monday, July 16, 2018. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered. For more information contact Martica Stork, Arts Manager, at Martica.Stork@lacity.org
 
Tenants Rights
 
The LA Dept of Housing will have a series of meetings focusing on tenants rights when rent controlled properties are withdrawn from the market for demolition or conversion. RSVP before going to get a seat (213) 928-9075. The meeting in the Valley will be
10:30am July 19
6400 Laurel Canyon #610
 
There will also be two evening meetings at the downtown office
6:30pm July 18 in English and 6:30pm July 26 en Español
1200 W 7th Street 1st Floor
Other meetings are scheduled around the city in morning hours. Call (213) 92809075 for more information.
 
Programs at the Sherman Oaks Library
 
For Preschoolers: stories, fingerplays, songs, and more! This story time is perfect for children two and under. Mondays & Weds 10-10:30AM
Star Reader: Come share the joy of reading and story telling for kids with our STAR volunteer reader Sherman Oaks Library Mondays 2-3:30PM, Star Reader Weds 2:30-3:30PM, Thursdays 1-3PM
Craft: Join us for various crafts and activities! Call for specific details. Ages 4+ Weds 4-5PM, Teens & Tweens Tues 4PM
Adult Coloring: Explore your creative side! Come color with us! Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 PM, Thursdays 2-4PM Sherman Oaks Library
Mindfulness Meditation Fridays 11AM-Noon
Stress Relief Techniques Fridays 2PM
Special Events at the Sherman Oaks Library
Movies for Kids
Fri July 6 2PM Ferdinand
Fri July 20 2PM Coco
Fri August 3 2PM Paddington2
Used Book Sale Sat July 14 9:30-1:30
Hearing Loss – adults Sat July 28 9:30am
Meet the Author teens Katherine Kottaras Tues July 31 4-5pm


Harry Potter Party Weds Aug 1 4pm all ages
At the Skirball Leonard Bernstein at 100
A celebration of the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990), the great American composer and conductor who dedicated his life to making classical music a vibrant part of American culture. Leonard was known as “The Renaissance man of American music.” This is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting. To explore the many facets of Bernstein’s life, this exhibition of over 150 objects will include photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and audio and video recordings. Featured objects on display will include Bernstein’s conductor baton, his first childhood piano, the desk used to compose WestSide Story, handwritten scoresheets for songs from WestSide Story, including “America,” “Tonight,” and “Maria,” and Bernstein’s handwritten Harvard study notebook from 1939. Now through September 2, 2018. Open Tues-Friday Noon-5pm, Sat-Sun10am-5pm, closed Mon. Free admission on Thurs. Closed July 4, Yom Kippur Sept 19, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
 
At the Skirball – The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited through September 2
 
Featuring more than 100 objects and 25 historic puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Ernie and Bert, Grover, and other popular favorites— The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited illuminates Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image. Along with a talented team of designers, performers, and writers, Henson created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages to create a kinder and gentler world. Open Tues-Friday Noon-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon. Free admission on Thurs. Closed July 4, Yom Kippur Sept 19, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Other Programs at the Skirball
Sundays 11:15 am Musica Para Todos, jam session in English & Spanish.
July 3 Tues 1:30pm Movie “On the Waterfront”, FREE, starring Marlon Brando, score by Leonard Bernstein
July 7 Le Ballet Dembaya Sat 2pm
July 8 Bula, PuertoRico Bamba Sun Noon
July 10 Movie “Cradle Will Rock” 1937 musical Tues 1:30pm FREE
July 11 Weds 10:30-4:30 Red Cross Blood Drive
July 13 Fri 8:30pm Movie “Labryrinth”
July 14 Sat Noon Ina Buckner & Chazz Ross
July 15 Sun 2pm Pinkturban Multibandi, music from India & Bengal
July 17 Tues 2pm Jewish Meditation
July 21 Sat 2pm Dana Maman & Friends, dance & music
July 22 Sun Noon Story Pirates
July 26 Thurs 8pm Goaple, concert, FREE
July 28 Sat Noon One Grain of Sand, Puppets
For a complete Skirball calendar go to www.skirball.org/calendar
Andres Pico Adobe

The Andres Pico Adobe, built in 1834, is one of the oldest adobe structures in the City of Los Angeles. Today, the Adobe serves as a museum of Valley history, with exhibits of native American beads, Mission and Spanish – Mexican era artifacts, costumes and clothing that span more than a century, and furniture from the Victorian era, when it was home to members of the Pico family. In addition to exhibit galleries, the Adobe contains a research library, photographic archives, and is used as the official headquarters of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society.
Monday 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Sunday, 1:00-4:00p.m.
10940 Sepulveda Blvd. ,Mission Hills, CA 91346. 818-365-7810.
 
Museum of the San Fernando Valley
 
The Museum has conducted over 50 interviews with valley residents that come from all walks of life including actors, cowboys, WWII veterans, policemen, firemen, housewives, teachers, entertainment executives and much more. Become part of the legacy of the San Fernando Valley. Contact the museum, fill out a questionnaire and be approved for an interview. The Museum will come to you. Interviews may be for one person or a group for 15 min to one hour. For more information on the Oral Histories program, please contact Michel Stevens at 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org

Sidewalk Repair

Does the sidewalk in front of your home or business need repair? The city is fixing sidewalks, but it’s a 30 year program. If you want to repair the sidewalk now, the city will share the cost and give you a rebate of up to $10,000 for residential & commercial properties. Get the info at http://www.sidewalks.lacity.org/ click on "rebates." Be sure to do this before you start work to get the details and qualify to get your rebate.


Last Call for Potholes that Need Filling

Thanks to all who emailed to give us their favorite potholes. The Department of Street Services worked on them at the end of February. Our last pothole filling event this year will be in mid-August. We are collecting locations that need work now. In order to get the right spots fixed we need the address in front of the pothole, for intersections – the names of both streets, for alleys – the names of all 4 surrounding streets. Send us the locations – we'll get the holes fixed. Go to our website www.shermanoaksnc.org; click on “Contact us”; and type in the information.


Senior Programs
 
Hope Connection Bereavement Groups
HOPE Connection is a non-profit organization. The groups, facilitated by licensed therapists, have been offered to the community for more than 35 years. The following are on-going community grief support groups:
Spousal Loss Support Group
For adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner. Tuesday evenings in WLA, Thursday evenings in Encino and Wednesday evenings in Calabasas. For more information call 818-788-4673 Email: info@hopegroups.org
 
Parent Loss Group
For adults who have experienced the loss of a parent. Tuesday evenings in WLA and Encino and Wednesday evenings in Calabasas. For more information please call 818-788-4673
Email: info@hopegroups.org.
 
Laemmle Theaters Senior Pricing Specials
 
$6 tickets every Weekday for shows starting before 6pm, Monday through Friday. Also, Senior Concessions Combo; Small Popcorn & Fountain Drink for $5, available anytime. The Laemmle Theatres 310-478-8989.
 
Prime Time for Seniors
 
Lifehouse church hosts seniors from 14 different churches from a variety of denominations in the Valley for lunch at a modest price, and see free Christian programs, musicians, videos and entertainment. Prime Time meets every Wednesday (except summer) at 10:30am for coffee, snacks, and fellowship. The programs begin at 11:00am, followed by lunch. The church will also pay for Uber rides, if needed. For more information 818-885-6861 or cell 818-632-8237
Lifehouse Church
18355 Roscoe Blvd in Northridge
(across the street from Northridge Hospital and one block East of Reseda Blvd).
 
Make New Friends While Enjoying Lunch
 
Golden Age Social Group is open to the public over 50. Bring a sandwich and come eat with some new found friends. Entertaining program follows.
Tuesdays from noon till 2pm
First United Methodist Church of Reseda
18120 Saticoy St, Reseda.
818-344-7135
 
Spring Chickens Senior Improv Group
Every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30pm
Do you like to perform for family and friends? Join this established group to develop your improve and performance skills and meet new friends at the same time! New participants must audition. The monthly class fee is $5
Balboa Sports Center
17015 Burbank Blvd in Encino
818-756-9642
 
Read and Talk About Books
 
Meet the first and third Tuesday  of every month from 10:30am to Noon.The ONE generation book club.For information call 818-705-2345
ONE Generation Senior Center
18255 Victory Blvd, Reseda
LA Dept of Aging
Get an Emergency Alert Response System (EARS) for free! Just push a button and help is on the way! Apply to qualify at East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. (818)981-1284.
Other programs from the Dept of Aging: In-Home Assistance & Services, Care Management, Legal Assistance, Nutrition Services, Transportation, Health Screenings. LA Dept of Aging (800) 510-2020.
Metro Tap Cards

Get discounted fares for seniors on Metro buses and trains. Ride all the way with transfers for only 35 cents during off peak hours. Get discounted fares during peak hours. Get application online at taptogo.net or call (866)827-8646 or email reducedfare@metro.net.
Senior Center Activities
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center (SOEVAC) BuildingC/#135) 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818)386-9674
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
July Activities for Seniors, Ages 50+: Senior Exercise; Tai Chi; Guided Meditation; Acting/Improvisation; Acting/Scene Study Workshops; Recycled Arts and Crafts; Canasta; Shuffleboard; Karaoke; Line Dancing; Duplicate Bridge; Intermediate Bridge; Table Tennis; Tuesday Flicks and much more!! New Jewelry Class beginning in July on Fridays.
 
Free Movies at SOEVAC 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. in Bldg. C/Lobby
Tuesdays 12:30pm
July 03 “Wake of the Red Witch”-Action 1948
July 10 “Bringing Up Baby” - Comedy1938
July 17 “Castaway” drama/romance 2000
July 24 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” comedy drama romance 1961
July 31 “The Misfits” drama 1961
 
July Special Events for Seniors, Ages 50+:
Location for all events listed: Building C (#135)/ Rm.#137
*Must enter from parking lot on Hartsook/VanNuys.
Bring a friend or more, and join us for lots of fun:
*Friday,7/13/18KaraokeNight:6:00-9:00pm Suggested donation:$2.00.Choose from a wide variety of song selections. Sing some oldies, but goodies, and some newer ones too. Individual and group singing. Light Refreshments. Please call ahead to reserve a space.(818)386-9674

*Friday,7/27/18GameNight:6:00-9:00pm Suggested donation:  $2.00 person.Fun-filled evening with games, food, contests, and prizes. Favorite games, including: Boggle, Checkers, Chess, Farkle, Scrabble, Trivia Games, Backgammon, Kings On The Corner, Ping Pong and more will be played. We will teach you if you don't know how to play, or if you need a reminder. Please call ahead to reserve a space.
 
For more information on any of these activities and special events, please call (818)386-9674, or contact the SOEVAC Recreation Facility Director, Katie O'Kelley-Hendricks, by e-mail:
katie.okelley-hendricks@lacity.org
or Center Staff: shermanoakseastvalley.adultcenter@lacity.org
 
Need a Ride to the Senior Center?
 
The center offers door-to-door service to get you to the Center or to Medical Appointments. The LA City Ride program will provide the ride. You have to be a LA resident, 65 or older, disabled. Rides are given Monday–Friday 8am to 4pm. Usually 2 weeks notice is required; so call as so as you make your doctor’s appointment (818) 981-1284Ext223.
 
Bingo
 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 10:30am
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd, South of Magnolia Blvd. in Sherman Oaks
Free movies
July 3 Wake of the Red Witch
July 3 On the Waterfront
July 6 Ferdinand
July 10 Bringing Up Baby
July 17 “Castaway” drama/romance 2000
July 20 Coco
July 24 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s
July 28 Coco
July 31 The Misfits
August 3 Paddington2
August 25 La La Land


Calendar of Meetings and Events
July 1-4 Best Friends Pet Free Adoptions
July 2-6 LA Animal Services Foster Care
July 3 Green and Beautification meeting
July 4 Fireworks show
July 5 Vision Committee meeting
July 9-27 Apple Computer camp
July 10 Cow Appreciation Day Chick-Fil-A
July 11 Traffic Committee meeting
July 11 Free Slurpee Day
July 14 Ernie's Walk Neighborhood Yard Sale
July 14 Used Book Sale
July 16 Deadline Artist Applications
July 19 PLUM Committee meeting
July 21 Hollywood shorties reception
July 23 Public Safety Committee Meeting
July 31 Meet the Author
Aug 1 Harry Potter Party
August 7 Sherman Telephone Town Hall
Aug 11 Deadline Westfield Artists
 
 

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