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Sherman Oaks Newsletter September 2018

Posted on 08/31/18

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Newsletter September 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!

www.shermanoaksnc.org
PO Box 5721, Sherman Oaks 91413
(818) 503-2399

 

In this month’s issue:
SONC Board September Meeting
September Newsletter
Let’s Hear About Your Group’s Event
Youth Members Added to SONC Board
Street Sweeping of Ventura Blvd
Public Safety

Real Time Data on Crime, Traffic, and Air Quality
Back to School
Burglaries
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
Transportation Forum
Best Pizza in SoCal!
Farmers Markets

Metro's Plan for the Sepulveda Pass!
Free National Park Pass for 4th Grade Families
Free Smithsonian Admission Day
Homeless Outreach Committee
Free Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Gene
The Nethercutt Museum
Civil Grand Jury
Free Opera
SONC Finance Committee
Cops & Cowboys
Mosquito Alert

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

SONC Government Affairs Committee
Free Admission to National Parks
Walk With a Doc
Cars Speeding on Your Street?
Partial Closing of Benedict Canyon

SONC Green and Beautification Committee
Helicopter Noise
Off the 405

Report Non-Emergency Crimes
About SONC
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)
Does Your Street Need Speed Humps?
Sherman Oaks Street Fair
Travel Town Railroad Museum
Programs at the Sherman Oaks Library
Special Events at the Sherman Oaks Library
Young Women Apply for Ignite LA
At the Skirball
Grandparents Week at Noahs Ark
Family Art Studio
Visit the Skirball Sukkah
Skirball Harvest Festival
WET: A Dacamented Journey
Faces Places
The Insult
Quest
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibition
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Join the Scouts in Sherman Oaks
Sidewalk Repair
Museum of the San Fernando Valley
Parkway Trees
Become a Lifeguard at an LA Park
Potholes Were Filled
5K Run in Sherman Oaks
Senior Programs

Hoedown!
Hope Connection Bereavement Groups
Laemmle Theaters Senior Pricing Specials
Prime Time for Seniors
Make New Friends While Enjoying Lunch
Spring Chickens Senior Improv Group
Read and Talk About Books
LA Dept of Aging
Metro Tap Cards for Seniors

Senior Center Activities
September Special Events for Seniors, Ages 50+
Need a Ride to the Senior Center?

Bingo
Calendar of Meetings and Events
SONC Board September Meeting
 
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Board will meet on September 17 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium, 14780 Dickens St. This is NOT our usual 2nd Monday meeting. The guest speaker will be from Climate Resolve. Several important items will be considered that evening; construction of new buildings at Notre Dame High School, the IMT project at the former Sunkist property, and Metro’s Sepulveda Pass Project. The Sepulveda Pass Project construction will affect our Sherman Oaks traffic for the next 20 years. If you have an opinion on these important items, this is your best opportunity to let it be known. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu, choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
September Newsletter

This September newsletter has 76 articles with more than 100 local activities for September and was emailed to 20,188 subscribers. It was sent through NextDoor and through SONC's website. We recommend signing up on the website's "mailing list" 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 through the “contact us” on our webpage.
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 more than 20,000 Sherman Oaks families. Email the information to us by the third week of a month to be included in the following month’s newsletter through the “contact us” on our webpage.
Youth Members Added to SONC Board
 
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will be adding two youth members to its board. These members will be chosen by the board and serve one year terms. To qualify youth candidates must be high school students who live in Sherman Oaks or attend high school in Sherman Oaks; have a 2.5 grade average; and have the permission of their parents and school. The deadline to apply is September 15. To apply give us your name and interest on the “contact us” at www.shermanoaksnc.org.  
 
Street Sweeping of Ventura Blvd
Councilmember David Ryu has worked with the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement District, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council to have the Department of Street Services sweep Ventura Blvd once a week from Sepulveda to Fulton Ave. The street cleaning will take place between 3am & 5am on a week day. This is the first time Ventura Blvd will be swept and we all look forward to it.  
Public Safety


The SONC 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 committee will next meet on September 24. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
 
Real Time Data on Crime, Traffic, and Air Quality
 
The team from Crosstown, a non-profit news organization from USC, made a presentation to the SONC on July 9 and invited Sherman Oaks residents to use their data to see how LA neighborhoods are impacted by traffic, crime and air quality. You can sign up for their newsletter by visiting the site at xtown.la. And you can also learn which LA freeway is the most dangerous and the safest by going to https://xtown.la/2018/07/08/whats-the-most-dangerous-freeway-in-la/. Have any questions about the data for Sherman Oaks? Write to them at askus@xtown.la
 
Back to School
 
Happy back to school! Traveling in school neighborhoods can be stressful for everyone. Make sure to practice school zone safety as part of your back to school preparations. Watch for kids walking and drive safely.
 
Burglaries
 
Burglaries are preventable. Sherman Oaks was ranked #35 among LA’s communities. With a lower burglary rate than 34 other communities. But we can reduce the rate further.(Hancock Park was #1). Lock your doors, lock your gates, keep areas well lit, and report suspicious activities to LAPD.
 
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
 
The Traffic Committee will meet 6:30pm Sept 12th at the Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark Street. LA DASH Improvements with "Together We Serve" program from Councilmember Ryu's office. We are looking for Volunteers to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations. We will be discussing possible configurations of Metro’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project. For more information contact Avo Babian at Avo.Babian.SONC@gmail.com . Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
Transportation Forum
 
What is the future of transportation in the Valley? Learn from the experts including Metro, LADOT, LAX, Councilmember Ryu’s office, and Assemblymember Nazarian’s office. Sponsored by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, October 5 12-1:30pm
Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room
RSVP to lily@shermanoakschamber.org or 818-906-1951
 
Best Pizza in SoCal!
 
Dough Girl Pizza in nearby Van Nuys has been named one of the best in Southern California. Owner, Mar Diego, uses only fresh never frozen ingredients. Try one with Vegan Pepperoni or Sausage, or a Mobster (Shrimp & Lobster), or Animal Style (with French Fries and American cheese).
Dough Girl Pizza
16851 Victory Blvd (at Balboa)
(818) 373-7300
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm
Fri, Sat, Sun Noon-3am
 
 
Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets are a great place to find fruits and vegetables that are fresher, seasonal, and some unusual varieties. These markets are within easy driving distance of Sherman Oaks:
Sherman Oaks Fashion Square 14000 Riverside Dr Tues 3pm-7pm
One Generation Encino 17400 Victory Sundays 8am-1pm
Kaiser Panorama City 13652 Cantara St Weds 8:30am-1:30pm
Northridge Fashion Center 9301 Tampa Weds 5pm-9pm
Studio City Ventura Place Sunday 8am-2pm
 
Metro's Plan for the Sepulveda Pass!
 
Decisions will be made in the next 18 months that will affect how you live through construction for the next 20 years. These decisions will decide how your great-great-grandchildren will travel LA for the next century. This is the only time to let your voice be heard.
 
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 Smithsonian Admission Day
The Smithsonian in Washington DC is linked with museums around the country. One day a year these museums offer free admission if you get your ticket online. This year the free day is Saturday September 22. Go to https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search/?q=&
Pick the museum you want to see and download a ticket for two people. Limit one ticket per email address.
 
Homeless Outreach Committee
The Homeless Outreach Committee will meet September 26 6:30-8pm at the Senior Center. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
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.
 
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
 
Civil Grand Jury
Do you want to make a difference? The Civil Grand Jury investigates the operations of various government agencies and individual complaints on government agencies. Member serve 1 year beginning next July 1. SONC can send in the names of two people who will have to qualify by November 1. If you are interested use the “contact us” form at www.shermanoaksnc.org.  
 
Free Opera
Free Opera in the Valley! LA Opera Off Grand presents a live performance on the big screen. Placido Domingo in Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi. You can pay $100-$450 a ticket downtown or see it in the Valley for FREE! Subtitles in English & Spanish. Sponsored by LA County Supervisor Sheila Keuehl. Saturday September 22 at El Cariso Park in Sylmar. 13100 Hubbard St. Gates open at 4pm, show starts at 6pm. Sign-up now to RSVP and get a FREE GIFT, plus attendance tips / updates on activities, food, performances and more: https://www.laopera.org/operainthepark
 
Finance Committee
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Finance Committee needs new members. The committee decides on the council’s budget and 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. The Finance Committee meets the last Thursday of the month, September 27.  Email to volunteer or get more information Tom.Capps.SONC@gmail.com . Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
Cops & Cowboys
 
The Mid-Valley Community Police Council presents the 2018 Cops & Cowboys. Honorary Chairs are David Ryu, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Adrin Nazarian. Join them to support our local police for a western themed evening. Line Dancing, Poker, Black Jack, Whiskey Tasting, Reel Brew, Mechanical Bull, Libations, Bodacious BBQ. Dress Country Casual. More info at (818) 994-4661 www.midvalleypolicecouncil.org
Saturday Sept 15 5:30pm
Leonis Adobe Museum
23537 Calabasas Road
 
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 in LA County have caught Zika and more than 650 people have been infected with West Nile Virus. Both diseases can ruin a life. 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)240-7941 or call 211. Residents are urged to use EPA registered repellents when spending time outdoors in the early morning and evening hours to prevent mosquito bites. Not all repellents are effective against mosquitoes. You are encouraged to read about, and select those products that are both effective, and appropriate for your situation. For more information on repellents, visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Dont-Give-Bugs-a-Biting-Chance.aspx
 
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)
 
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. SONC thanks the River Oaks Chorus for the great performance they put on ahead of our August Movie in the Park.
 
SONC Government Affairs Committee
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) Government Affairs Committee will present an Election Night Forum at the SONC Board meeting on October 8. Voting registration forms will be available. Information will be available on four of the measures on November’s ballot, hear candidates for office, and the debate for LA Sheriff. Would you like to work on this committee? Email rziff@shermanoaksnc.org. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
Free Admission to National Parks
 
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these last entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
  1. September 22: National Public Lands Day
  2. November 11: Veterans Day
More information at  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
Walk With a Doc
Join UCLA Health physicians for a healthy stroll on the first Saturday of each month. Walking benefits include: a sharper brain, easing aches & pains, better mood, lower risk of cancer, stringer heart, lower risk of diabetes, live longer. UCLA Health at the Village at Westfield Topanga, 6344 Topanga Canyon Blvd, meet at the Koi pond. 8am-9am Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1. For more info go to uclahealth.org/walkwithadoc.
 
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. Come to 14930 Ventura Blvd #210. Call ahead before coming (818)728-9924.
 
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 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 6:30pm September 5 at Sherman Oaks Library. Topics to be discussed include LA River Path Updates, Sub Committee to form a BID, planning for a Garden Tour of Sherman Oaks in October, and a Clean Up of Freeway underpass of 405 at Ventura. Contact Avo Babian at Avo.Babian.SONC@gmail.com. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
 
Helicopter Noise
 
The Federal Aviation Administration has sponsored a new website and hotline to complain about low-flying helicopters in Los Angeles County. The complaint system will allow residents of Los Angeles County to track local helicopter flights, as well as identify any aircraft producing excessive noise. You can file your complaint online. Find out how at http://heli-noise-la.com/how-to-use/ or file by calling (424) 348-HELI (4354).
 
Off the 405
The Getty Center is offering FREE Saturday night concerts. #405 Freeway or Sepulveda Blvd to The Getty. The last concert of the summer is Sat September 15 6pm Vagabon – Indie Pop Music
 
Report Non-Emergency Crimes
 
You can now report non-emergency crimes like harassing phone calls, illegal dumping, lost property and vandalism. Reports can be made at www.lapdonline.org.
 
About SONC

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 usually 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 want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods”, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “submit.” That’s all there is to it!
 
Do you live in Sherman Oaks Area 5 or belong to a community group or church in 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 has been conducting a study of METRO’s proposed Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project and how it may impact the built environment and zoning of Sherman Oaks. The September 6 Vision meeting is 6:30 at the Sherman Oaks Library and will continue the committee’s study of Metro’s proposed Sepulveda Corridor Transit project and its potential impact on Sherman Oaks. We will also have a presentation of a unique and stimulating solution to affordable housing. The Vision Committee is a sub-committee of the PLUM Committee.
The PLUM (Planning and Land Use Management) Committee meets at the Sherman Oaks Library. The IMT/Sunkist project and Notre Dame Project were approved in committee and will be presented to the Board on September 17. The next meeting will be on September 20 at 6:30 in the Sherman Oaks Library, the PLUM Committee will be reviewing a housing project proposed for 12917 Addison, two restaurants (Crave Café and Joe’s Pizza) and some design revisions proposed for the Pavilions project now under construction at Ventura and Kester.
For more information contact Jeff Kalban at Jeff.Kalban.SONC@gmail.com. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org 72 hours ahead of the meeting for a complete agenda and the materials that are available for you to see. Do you want to get all agendas delivered to you? It’s easy! Go to EmpowerLA.org; click on “neighborhoods councils”, on the drop down menu choose neighborhood council agendas, choose Sherman Oaks, fill in your name and email, click “subscribe.” That’s all there is to it!
 
 
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 each 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.
 
 
Sherman Oaks Street Fair
 
 
Save the date for the 28th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair on Sunday October 21 from 10 am to 6 pm on Ventura Blvd from Van Nuys to Kester. This year's event introduces some new attractions including a ZipLine, Casa Rica Tequila tasting, Kriser's Pet fun zone and an Artisan area with juried art.  The event will again feature two live stages, a cocktail lounge, the So Cal Buick/GMC Carnival, IMT Residential sponsored Pet Adoptions, the Wells Fargo Community Stage, food trucks, delicious food and over 200 booths. Free parking and shuttle available at IMT Sunkist, 14130 Riverside Dr at Hazeltine.   For more information, info@shermanoakschamber.org or 818-906-1951.
 
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
 
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 2:30-4PM, 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
Reiki Fridays 12:15pm
Stress Relief Techniques Fridays 2PM
Memory Training Weds 1-3pm
Special Events at the Sherman Oaks Library
Used Book Sale Sat Sept 8 9:30-1:30
Frida Kahlo: Tree of Hope Weds Sept 19 6pm
Hearing Loss – adults Sat Sept 22 9:30am
Movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Sat Sept 22 2pm
 
Young Women Apply for Ignite LA

Young women (and men) between the ages of 14-24 who are interested in government and public service are invited to apply to attend IgniteLA civic leadership training program. Attendance is free for all those accepted into the program, which runs from late September to early November. Classes will be held Monday evenings from 5-7:30 PM; class locations rotate between different regions of Los Angeles, including the East Valley, West Valley, West LA, South LA/Harbor, and Downtown LA. Applications are due Wednesday September 12th. Please visit http://empowerla.org/ignitela/ for the application link, a list of session dates, and more information about this program. About IgniteLA: This non-partisan program is the local branch of a nationwide movement to empower and inspire young women to future leadership. If you have any questions, please email ignite@empowerLA.org.
 
At the Skirball
All events are at the Skirball Cultural Center, on Sepulveda Blvd, just south of the Mulholland Tunnel.
Grandparents Week at Noahs Ark
Tuesday, September 4–Friday, September 14. Walk-up tickets only (no advance tickets). Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a voyage aboard Noah’s Ark! Kids, bring your grandparents (or great-aunts and great-uncles) for FREE when they buy you a Noah’s Ark ticket September 4–14
Family Art Studio
Saturdays and Sundays (except September 30), included with museum admission. Enjoy one-of-a-kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibitions. Reinforcing the values of collaboration, community, and caring for the world around us, projects will ignite the imaginations of your family members, whether they are 2 or 102!
 
Visit the Skirball Sukkah
Sunday, September 23–Sunday, September 30 (except September 24) ), included with museum admission. Throughout the week, visit the Skirball sukkah—installed on the courtyard behind the main lobby—to enjoy your lunch or to spend time with your family. 
 
Skirball Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Museum doors and Will Call open at 10:00 a.m.). $5 General; FREE to Members and Children under 2. Bring in the fall harvest season and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot at this daylong festival. With family and friends, explore the Skirball campus transformed into a socially conscious market, offering an assortment of locally sourced fare, craft beer, art activities, live music and dancing, and more. Program partners include Garden School Foundation, GrowGood, Huerta del Valle, and SÜPRMARKT LA.
 
WET: A Dacamented Journey
On Friday, September 14, 8:00 p.m. $20 General; $15 Members and Full-Time Students. Explore what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one—on paper. This one-man play, written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, captures the desperation felt by DREAMers navigating the fragmented US immigration system.
Movies
“Faces Places”, Tuesday, September 4, 1:30 p.m. FREE. French New Wave filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer-muralist JR codirect this enchanting documentary about their road trip through the French countryside.
“The Insult”, Tuesday, September 11, 1:30 p.m. FREE. A dispute between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee reveals the sociopolitical divisions in modern-day Beirut.
 
“Quest”, Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 p.m. FREE. A North Philadelphia family navigates the discord in their community by nurturing local artists in their basement home music studio. 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibition
The Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On exhibition at the Skirball Oct 19, 2018-March 10, 2019.
 
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
 
The Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is a free family event that just might save your life, your pet’s life, or the life of a loved one.
Exhibits, demonstrations, speakers, Bloodmobile, pet preparedness. Free parking, free lunch, free admission.
Register at the event or register faster online at www.valleydistaterfair.com.
Saturday September 29 9am-1:30pm
Northridge Fashion Center
9400 Shirley Ave at Plummer
 
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
 
Join the Scouts in Sherman Oaks
 
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Wonderful families participate in Scouting. Cub Scouts is for boys and girls ages 5-11 years and Boy Scouts is for boys & girls ages 11-18 (Cub Scouts is not a pre-requisite for Boy Scouts).   Scouting offers kids the opportunity to make life-long friends, have great experiences that broaden their horizons, including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling, interesting field trips and fun meeting activities. Scouting also offers the opportunity for achievement, rank advancement and leadership as the boys mentor and lead younger scouts. The pinnacle of Scouting is the rank of Eagle, a proud accomplishment that is a highlight on college and job applications and that your boys can share with Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong, Gerald Ford and others. But most importantly scouting is Fun! Cub Scout Pack 190 and Boy Scout Troop 191 meet at Church Of The Chimes in Sherman Oaks. Contact Brian Fisk by phone or text at 818-425-2058 and find out about our next meeting.
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.


Museum of the San Fernando Valley
History of the Van Nuys Airport September 29th,  October 27th on WWII and on Saturday, November 10th, a program on Veterans.  Please register today for upcoming events.
818-347-9665 or events@TheMuseumSFV.org
18860 Nordhoff, Suite 204, corner of Wilbur & Nordhoff in Northridge. Free Parking, ADA Access.

Parkway Trees
In this heat, some trees are suffering. Remember to water parkway trees several times a week (particularly during heatwaves) to keep them healthy. Trees provide an urban canopy that not only beautifies neighborhoods and potentially decreases heating/cooling costs, but also provides shade and helps improve our air quality. If you'd like a tree for your parkway, please visit www.lacitysan.org/freetree
 
Become a Lifeguard at an LA Park
The Department of Recreation and Parks is hiring Lifeguards. To access the application that must be completed online visit
https://laparks.org/sites/default/files/aquatic/pdf/job/lifeguards.pdf
 
Testing Dates and Times:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Sunday, October 7, 2018
 
Location:
Expo Center- LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium
3980 South Menlo Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
 
 
Potholes Were Filled
 
Thanks to all who emailed to give us their favorite potholes. In August the Department of Street Services filled the many potholes on Kester at Magnolia and in a high volume alley just east of Kester. Other potholes that were reported will be scheduled for our next event. We are now collecting locations for our next filling event in February 2019. Let’s make Sherman Oaks pothole free! 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 fou 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.


5K Run in Sherman Oaks
On Saturday, November 3, the Celiac Disease Foundation will host its 1st Annual 5k Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center. Early Bird registration online is $40 per participant. All participants receive a personalized fundraising page to share with friends and family, event shirt, and a post-race bag full of gluten-free goodies. The Turkey Trot provides the opportunity for families to connect with others in the celiac disease community. It is a chance to raise funds and awareness, so that together we can improve the quality of life for everyone affected by celiac disease. Prior to the run/walk, there will be an optional 15 minute yoga session. Learn more and register at celiac.org/2018turkeytrot. Please contact Laura Boone at laura.boone@celiac.org for more information.

November 3
Registration opens - 8:00am
Gentle yoga warm up - 8:30-8:45am
9:00 - 5k fun run/walk begins



Senior Programs
Hoedown!
 
Line Dance, Two Step, and Square Dance to live music by the Dalehoppers and Kafiddlehoppers Band. Sunday September 2,
 6-9pm. Western attire encouraged but not required. Wilkinson Center, 8956 Vanalden, Northridge. Admission with grub $15. Admission no grub $10. For more info call Terry Parks 818-996-0974.
 
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:
 
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
18355RoscoeBlvdinNorthridge
(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 for Seniors

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)
(Building C/#135)
5056 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 386-9674
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
 
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!! Jewelry Class on Fridays.
 
September Special Events for Seniors, Ages 50+:
 
Karaoke Night Friday 9/14 6-9pm
 
Game Night Friday 9/28 6-9pm
 
Facility Director, Katie O'Kelley-Hendricks, by e-mail:
katie.okelley-hendricks@lacity.org
or Center Staff: shermanoakseastvalley.adultcenter@lacity.org

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
 
Calendar of Meetings and Events


Sept 1 Walk With a Doc
Sept 2 Hoedown!
Sept 3 Labor Day
Sept 4 Movie-Faces Places
Sept 4-14 Granparents Week at the Skirball
Sept 5 Green & Beautification Committee
Sept 6 Vision Committee
Sept 8 Library Used Book Sale
Sept 11 Movie-The Insult
Sept 12 Speed Hump Deadline
Sept 12 Traffic & Transportation Committee
Sept 12 IgniteLA Deadline
Sept 14 Wet-DACA – Skirball
Sept 14 Senior Karaoke night
Sept 15 Vagabon Indie Pop Music
Sept 15 Deadline to apply for SONC Youth Member
Sept 15 Cops & Cowboys
Sept 15 Indie Pop Music at the Getty
Sept 17 Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
Sept 19 Frida Kahlo – SO Library
Sept 20 Planning & Land Use Committee
Sept 22 LA Opera Off Grand-Placido Domingo
Sept 22 Smithsonian Free Admission Day
Sept 22 Free Day at National Parks
Sept 22 Movie-Won’t You Be My Neighbor-SO Library
Sept 24 Public Safety Committee
Sept 26 Homeless Outreach Committee
Sept 27 Finance Committee meeting
Sept 28 Senior Game Night
Sept 29 Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
Sept 29 History of the Van Nuys Airport
Sept 30 Harvest Festival at the Skirball
Oct 2 Movie-Quest
Oct 5 Transportation Forum
Oct 6 Walk with a Doc
Oct 8 SONC Election Information Forum
Oct 19 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibit opens
Oct 21 Sherman Oaks Street Fair


 

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