Sherman Oaks NC
Login|  (818) 503-2399  |
Sherman Oaks NC

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

Sherman Oaks Newsletter April 2019

Posted on 04/01/19

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Newsletter April 2019
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!
To read the enhanced version of this newsletter put this in your browser:
http://www.shermanoaksnc.org/pdfs/NL-201904.pdf

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


In this month’s edition:
SONC Board April Meeting – Different Location
SONC Election
Youth Representatives Wanted
April Newsletter
How to Subscribe

Free Medicare Counseling
Free National Parks Pass for 4th Grade Families
Stolen Bicycles
SB50: New Law Will Destroy Single Family Zoning

Our Animal Shelters are Overcrowded
Free Easter Egg Hunts

American Heart Association CPRAED and First Aid
Recycle Batteries
Earthquake Early Warning App
Carnival in Van Nuys!

Let’s Hear About Your Group’s Event
Public Safety

Valley Relics Museum
Historic Los Angeles
Potholes Need to be Filled
Spring Into Wellness Health Expo
Artists Wanted: Utility Box Art Program
Free Yard Parkway Tree Program

Free Ice Cream!
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
SONC Green & Beautification Committee

Metro Moves Ahead with the Sepulveda Pass Project!Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills
-Pre-Evacuation Preparation Steps

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

Report Graffiti
Walk With a Doc
Cars Speeding on Your Street?
Report Non-Emergency Crimes

LAPD Volunteer Program
About SONC
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley-3 New Exhibits
-Tarzan
-Moon Landing
-World War II Security

Vision Committee
Education Committee
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)
Programs at the Sherman Oaks Library
-Game Day
-Play Reading
-Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Library
Movies at other nearby Libraries
Visit LA Museums Free
At the Skirball
-Exhibition – Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Braithwaite
-Exhibition – Spotlight: Andy Warhol
-Exhibition – Fearless Fashion: Rudy Gernreich
Join the Scouts in Sherman Oaks
Time for Summer Camp!
Free Car Seat Installation
Plant New Parkway Trees
Free Fruit & Shade Trees
Senior Programs

ONEgeneration 2019 Senior Symposium
Free Medicare Counseling
Taxi Cabs
LA Dept of Aging
Metro Tap Cards for Seniors

Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
April Events for Seniors, Ages 50+
Free Movies at the Senior Center
Need a Ride to the Senior Center?
Maintenance on Power Wheelchairs

Bingo
Calendar of Meetings and Events


 
 
SONC Board April Meeting – Different Location
 
The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Board will meet 6:30PM on April 8 at the East Valley Adult Center (also called Senior Center) This meeting will feature a Candidate Forum. See and hear the candidates for seats on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.
 
Hear an update on the Sepulveda Pass Project. Will Metro take your property for the train? Will the train pass your back door every 4 minutes 7 days a week? Or will the Valley get an underground subway or even a sleek Monorail above the #405? The decision will be made this year. You have choices. You can let your feelings be known or you can wait and see what Metro decides for you.
 
We will also have reports on other current issues including the proposed statewide move to allow apartment buildings in single family zones.  (See SB 50 below)
 
If you have an opinion on these important issues or other issues in Sherman Oaks, 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! AND REMEMBER, ALL SONC MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
SONC Board Meeting
6:30PM Monday April 8
East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks
 
 
 
SONC Election
 
The Open Seats on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will be filled in the coming election on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Polls are open at the Senior Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd from 1PM to 5PM. Vote to pick your representatives!
 
Details about the Open Seats:

  • Areas 2, 4 and 6 each have three open seats up for election – one Residential representative; one Business representative, and one Community Interest representative.
  • Area 1 has one open seat for election – Business representative
  • Area 5 has one open seat for election – Community Interest representative
To see the geographic areas go to SONC home page at www.shermanoaksnc.org
More information about the election on our home page at
www.shermanoaksnc.org
Details about how to become a Candidate:  
If you are not a candidate, that’s OK, but mark your calendars now and remember to VOTE on May 19th.
 
Do you want to volunteer time to serve the community but don’t want to put in the time Board membership requires? Most of the Council’s work takes place in committees. You can serve on a committee and put in as much time as you want. Email [email protected] and we’ll get you started.
 
Youth Representatives Wanted
 
The Council will be selecting two youth representatives for the 2019-20 year. The Youth Reps will sit with the Board to hear, debate, and recommend actions to the City Council and City Agencies.
The requirements:
Students in grades 9 through 12 who live or go to school within the boundaries of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council may apply. Our boundaries are:
West - #405 Freeway
South - Mulholland Drive
North - Burbank Blvd
East – the 91423 Zip code line
A grade point average of 2.5 or more must be maintained.
Permission of both school and parents must be granted.
To apply send your contact information by email to [email protected] on or before April 15, 2019. The selection committee will contact applicants.
 
April Newsletter

This April newsletter has 75 articles with more than 100 local activities for the month and was emailed to 23,000 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.
How to Subscribe
The Sherman Oaks Monthly Newsletter is published in two versions. There are several ways to subscribe to the enhanced version. 
-Sign up on the SONC website by clicking "mailing list" and filling out the form.
-On the SONC website click on "contact us" and fill out the form and request a subscription.
-Sign the subscription list at a SONC meeting or event.
If you are in Sherman Oaks and on NextDoor you get a text only version automatically.
 
Free Medicare Counseling
HICAP counselor Anne Mosell offers free Medicare options counseling every first and third Tuesday from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Senior Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. The statewide HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) trains volunteers to provide unbiased information, counseling and assistance on Medicare topics to their fellow community members. HICAP is funded, in part, by the Los Angeles City and County Area Agencies on Aging. Call the adult center at (818) 981-1284 to make an appointment. All appointments are confidential.
 
Free National Parks Pass for 4th Grade Families
 
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. -this program is  available again this year.
 
Stolen Bicycles
 
One of the most frequent complaints we hear is that bicycles are being stolen. Many times the police recover a stash of several bicycles that are thought to be stolen. But owners don’t have the evidence to get them back. How can you protect yourself and recover a bicycle? It’s easy. 1) Record the brand and serial number of the bike. 2) take a picture of the bike. 3) Store the information in a safe place. 4) Give the information to the police as part of a theft report.
 
 
 
SB50: New Law Will Destroy Single Family Zoning
 
A proposed state law, SB50, would allow high rise apartments in what are now single family and low rise apartment zones. It would affect neighborhoods near good schools, good employment, and bus lines tha run every 15 minutes or less during rush hour. That’s most of the Valley! This is the biggest threat to zoning in the Valley in 60 years. Find out if you could have a 75 foot high building next door. Check out the “SB 50 Wipeout Zone Map”. Put in your street address and ZIP code and see the sad news at
https://stop-sb50.github.io/it-wipes-out-neighborhoods/#9/34.0076/-118.3793.
What can you do? The first thing is come to the SONC Board meeting on April 8.
 
 
OurAnimal Shelters are Overcrowded
 
Our Animal Shelters are overcrowded. Because of the recent thunderstorms, dogs have been frightened and run away from home. Many of these runaway dogs end up in the City shelters. Though most of these dogs are reunited with their owners within several weeks, overcrowding in shelters, even temporarily, may cause other dogs to be put down due to lack of space.
People whose dogs ran away come to the shelters to get your dog right away. Temporary foster homes are needed for dogs that have been in the shelters too long and will lose their place.
Our East Valley Shelter is located at 14409 Vanowen St, 1 block east of Van Nuys Blvd. The West Valley Shelter is located at 20655 Plummer St.
 
Special discounted adoption fees on April 6,7,10,11,20, 21.
 
East Valley and West Valley shelters are open
Tuesday-Saturday 8am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
 
 
 
 
Free Easter Egg Hunts
 
Calling all kids. There are some great Easter Egg Hunts in Sherman Oaks!
 
Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park has an Easter event including a Moonbouncer, Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park
Huston Street at Hazeltine Ave
Saturday April 20 11AM-3PM
For more info call 818-283-5121
 
LAPD has an Easter Egg Hunt in front of the Van Nuys LAPD Building at 6240 Sylmar Ave. This is a free event. Ice Cream and Pop Corn!
Saturday April 20 12 noon to 2:30PM
 

American Heart Association CPRAED and First Aid

 
Special class program includes
  • CPR for all ages
  • AED, hands on training with defibrillator
  • Signs and symptoms of heart attack, stroke, and choking
  •  Basic first aid for bleeding, burns, seizures, epi pens, and more
 
Sign up now. The class is limited to the first 24 to sign up. NO WALK-INS. $25 refundable deposit.
 
Saturday May 18
7:45am to 3pm
Community Center 7248 Owensmouth
Canoga Park
For reservations call CPR for Life 855- 341-4354
 
 
 
Recycle Batteries
 
All those dead batteries contain either dangerous chemicals or valuable trace metals. Recycle them to save resources and reduce pollution. The easiest place to recycle used batteries is the Sherman Oaks Library. You’ll find a bucket to dump them just inside the door.
 

Earthquake Early Warning App
 
ShakeAlertLA is a new mobile app that can give users warnings that an earthquake has begun. The warnings come several seconds before the really damaging phase of an earthquake - called the S-wave - occurs, giving enough time to slow or stop a vehicle; take cover; or automatically shut down industrial systems. ShakeAlertLA is the first such app publicly available in the United States. Users must allow the app to use location services at all times, in order for it to be effective, and coverage only currently extends to Los Angeles County. https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-launches-nation%E2%80%99s-first-publicly-available-earthquake-early-warning-mobile-app
Carnival in Van Nuys!
 
Van Nuys Blvd will be closed from Victory Blvd to Haynes Street for an Carnival the weekend of April 5 to 7. Each ride costs 4 to 6 tickets. Book of 24 tickets for $20, book of 40 tickets $30.
Carnival Hours:
Friday April 5 %-11PM
Saturday April 6 2-11PM
Sunday April 7 1-10PM
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 22,000 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.
 
Public Safety
SONC Public Safety Committee, chaired by Melissa Menard and Kristin Sales, was awarded as the Best of the Valley by the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. The Award was for preparing this community for a disaster like a fire or earthquake and assisting groups in setting up a neighborhood watch.  This year they helped several hundred people get their CERT training. These two stars of SONC keep doing their best! Come and watch a meeting or even join the committee to help Sherman Oaks!
 
 
 
The Sherman Oaks Public Safety Committee would like to congratulate our latest 25 graduates of the LAFD Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training class! Do you want to sign up for a future 7 week class? Visit www.Cert-LA.com for all class details. 
 
The public safety committee would also like to inform residents that Fire Inspections in High Fire Hazard Zones will begin May 1st.  For more information visit: VMS3.lafd.org
 
The next Public Safety Committee meeting will be April 22 at the East Valley Adult Center. Check the Council website www.shermanoaksnc.org date and agenda 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!
 
Public Safety Committee
6:30PM April 22
At the Senior Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
 
For more information email one of the committee Co-Chars Kristin Sales ([email protected]) or Melissa Menard ([email protected]).
 
Valley Relics Museum
The Valley Relics Museum, a collection of pop culture and movie-making artifacts culled from the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, with a huge collection, has expanded open hours and a new home, at the Van Nuys Airport in Lake Balboa. The museum is a bit off the beaten path, off Balboa Boulevard and Stagg Street. From the outside, it blends in to its industrial-park setting. But inside are two hangars’ worth of space, filled top to bottom with giant neon signs from bygone Valley businesses, a row of vintage arcade games visitors can play, costumes and makeup from early cowboy Westerns and photos of the famous people, places and industry that make up the Valley’s history. You can visit the museum or even arrange to amaze your friends with a private party at your own event.


Valley Relics Museum
Address: 7900 Balboa Blvd., entrance on Stagg Street
(818) 616-4083
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thurs., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Sun.
Cost: $10, or $8 for seniors. Children 10 and under are free. Free for everyone 10 a.m. – noon Thurs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Historic Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles has a new living document of historic resources — the largest and most ambitious such undertaking in the U.S., and one that will shape city planning for generations to come. Called SuevetLA the citywide effort identified and evaluated historic properties, structures, districts and places that date from 1865 to 1980. The exhaustive block-by-block inventory of 880,000 parcels scattered over 470 square miles began in 2010 and was completed last year. “The last historic survey that was even close to this scope and magnitude was in Chicago in the 1980s,” said principal city planner Ken Bernstein. Moreover, some 30,000 potential historic assets identified by SurveyLA are being synthesized within HistoricPlacesLA, an interactive online site that links historic places, people, cultural themes, districts, streetscapes and more, inside a vast neural network. See it at www.historicplacesla.org.
Potholes Need to be Filled
 
SONC got a lot of potholes filled last month. There many new potholes caused by the recent rains to bother you and your car.  We are collecting a new list of potholes to be filled at our next filling event.  Send us the location of the pothole. What we need is the address that faces the pothole. With that we will be able to get it filled. If it’s in an intersection we need both streets. If it’s in an alley, we need the address it’s behind. With the complete info, we’ll get it fixed. Send us the information through the “contact us” on our website www.shermanoaksnc.org.
 
Spring Into Wellness Health Expo
 
Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce  presents Spring Into Wellness Health Expo on Saturday, April 6th at the Westfield Sherman Oaks Fashion Square from 10am-2pm. Admission is free to the public!. Additional info can be found here:  http://www.shermanoakschamber.org/events/details/spring-into-wellness-health-expo-8417
 
 
Artists Wanted: Utility Box Art Program
 
 
Art adds unique color to our streets and beautifies our communities. That's why Councilmember Ryu announced his Utility Box Art Program in November 2017 to improve our neighborhoods while supporting local artists. This program sponsors local artists up to $250 in discretionary funding to turn blank utility boxes into stunning works of public art.
 
For more information and to apply: http://davidryu.lacity.org/utility_box_art_program
 

 

Free Yard Parkway Tree Program

 
Want a free tree in your parkway? Contact Daniel Randall, a 14 year old student, working with TreePeople, the City of LA and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoorts program. If you would like a free tree planted in your parkway, please get in touch with him at [email protected] He'll let you know the types of trees available, handle the paperwork and plant the trees along with TreePeople who makes sure it's put in correctly and stabilized. The most beautiful streets in LA are those lined with trees. Why not make your street one of them?
 
 
Free Ice Cream!
 
Get your free ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry’s annual free cone day! Ben & Jerry’s has two locations in Sherman Oaks; in the Galleria at Sepulveda & Ventura and Westfield Fashion Square.
Free Ice Cream
Tuesday, April 9
12 Noon to 8PM
 
 
SONC Traffic and Transportation Committee
SONC Green & Beautification Committee
 
Our Traffic and Transportation Committee and Grren and Beautification Committees will have a joint meeting on April 10 at the Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark St.
For more information contact Avo Babian at [email protected]. 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!
 
Traffic & Transportation Committee – Green & Beautification Committee
6:30pm April 10
Sherman Oaks Library
14245 Moorpark St.
 
Metro Moves Ahead with the Sepulveda Pass Project!
 
Decisions are being made that will affect how you live through construction for the next 20 years. These decisions will also what your neighborhood is going to look like and how your great-great-grandchildren will travel LA for the next century. This is the ONLY time to let your voice be heard. If you have not been to the meetings, you may get something you won’t like. The final round of Metro informational meetings will be held this summer. Then, plans will begin for taking property and laying track. Watch this newsletter and Metro’s information.
 
 
Fire Safety in Sherman Oaks Hills

There is extreme fire danger in our hills. In the Camp fire in Northern California 85 people died and 19,000 homes were burned. In Southern California’s Woolsey fire 3 people died and 1,600 homes were burned. We can be safer here in Sherman Oaks. Protect your family and your home by following these new city regulations. 


Year-round compliance shall be maintained as described below on all native brush, weeds, grass, trees and hazardous vegetation within 200 feet of any structures/buildings, whether those structures are on your property or adjoining properties, and within 10 feet of any combustible fence or roadway/driveway used for vehicular travel.  
 
  1. Maintain all weeds and grasses at a maximum height of 3 inches.  IMPORTANT- Do not use a metal weedwhacker. Sparks can start a fire.
  1. Maintain the lower 1/3rd of trees and shrubs by removing all leafy foliage, twigs, and branches up to a maximum of 6 feet from the ground. However, this requirement does not apply to fruit trees, privacy hedges, and ornamental shrubbery provided they are well maintained and free of all dead and dry material. 
  2. Remove all dead trees and shrubs. 
  3. Maintain 5 feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of overhanging trees and shrubs. 
  4. Remove any portion of a tree or shrub within 10-foot radius of a chimney outlet. 
  5. Maintain the roofs of all structures free of leaves, needles, twigs, and other combustible matter. 
  6. Remove all dead/dry undergrowth and material within trees and shrubs to include all dead or dry palm fronds/branches. 
  7. Once brush clearance is conducted, remove and safely dispose of all cut or bagged vegetation, all dead trees and all debris.  This includes all combustible junk, trash or debris that may be on your property, regardless of how it got there. Combustible debris may include, but is not limited to, paper trash, cardboard boxes, household trash, fabric/clothing, plastic, rubber/tires, or piles of yard waste. 
  8. Cut vegetation may be machine processed (chipped) and spread as ground cover (mulch) so it does not exceed 3 inches in depth within 30 feet of structures and no more than 6 inches in depth 30+ feet from structures/buildings.  Machine processed/chipped material shall not be placed within 10 feet of combustible fences or road surfaces. 
  9. Trim Native shrubs/brush so foliage is removed from lower third up to a maximum of 6 feet.  Native shrubs shall not exceed 216 cubic feet in volume and shall be spaced not less than 3 times its maximum height but not less than 18 feet from other native shrubs, structures, and combustible material. 
  1. Maintain all other landscape vegetation in such a condition as not to provide an available fuel supply to augment the spread or intensity of a fire or impede egress of emergency vehicles.   
  2. Firewood shall be located 30 feet away from any structure or shall be completely enclosed within a fire resistive closed container. 
  3. Trim back vegetation and maintain 3 feet radius clearance around fire hydrants. 
  4. Vegetation/branches extending past curb and over the street shall be trimmed back to the curb line and up a minimum of 14 feet vertically from the roadway surface to the lowest overhanging branch to provide clearance for emergency vehicles.
 

Pre-Evacuation Preparation Steps

Home Evacuation Checklist – How to Prepare for Evacuation:
Inside the House
  • Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.
  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.
  • Remove lightweight curtains.
  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.
  • Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.
  • Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.
  • Shut off the air conditioning.
Outside
  • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.
  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.
  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.
Animals
  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.
 
 
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.  Email to volunteer or get more information [email protected] . 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!
 
 
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.
 
 
Report Grafitti
 
Report Graffiti by calling 311. It usually takes the city less than 48 hours to remove this blight. Be sure to give the EXACT ADDRESS of the graffiti when you call.
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 the first Saturday of each month. The next walk is April 6. 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.
 
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.
LAPD Volunteer Program
 
Make a difference as a LAPD volunteer and be the change you want to see in your community.  Volunteers represent a broad range of ages, from teenagers to senior citizens. Through their dedicated service, volunteers reflect the quality that is representative of the people of Los Angeles and the LAPD. In turn, the Department recognizes the valuable assistance that volunteers provide, and considers them as an integral part of the LAPD team. 
 
One of the most important aspects of the LAPD volunteer program is the diversity of responsibilities that volunteers undertake on a daily basis. Volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.
 
As a volunteer, here are some of the available opportunities • Community members on patrol • Clerical and administrative support • Detective support • Impacting youth through mentorship & tutoring • Promoting safety with business communities • And a variety of other important functions.
 
Interested or need more information: Officer Farah [email protected] lapd.online  818 374 9406 ( Volunteer Police Patrol) and/or Van Nuys CRO Unit  email---  [email protected]   818 374 5420
 
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 will be held at Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center through July. Join us at 5056 Van Nuys Blvd 6:30PM the 2nd Monday evening of each month. 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! AND REMEMBER, ALL OUR MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
 
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley-3 New Exhibits
 
 
Picture courtesy of Solargaria
 
Tarzan
The Edgar Rice Burroughs (ERB) and Tarzan® exhibit will open the end of April. The Museum is pleased to have Scott Tracy Griffin, who works with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. as our guest curator. He is also our featured speaker on the centennial of Tarzana Ranch and Tarzan®. The event is set for Saturday April 27th at 7:00 pm at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana. Please plan on joining us, invite a friend and call ahead for tickets. 818-347-9665.
 


Picture courtesy of Vectoralie
 
Moon Landing
Artifacts, photos and stories are coming in for our very special exhibit May through July on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.  If you are old enough to remember where you were, please consider participating in our oral history video on where you were on this historic day. You will be part of the exhibit!  Speakers are being secured for each month of the exhibit.

The exhibit is for adults and families alike as there will be some children’s and family educational programming too. We are partnering with other organizations, historical societies and neighborhood councils that have access to many folks that were associated with the Apollo program and moon landing.
 
World War II Security
You may be aware that during the decade before World War II, the U.S. government compiled lists of people they saw as potential risks to national security. Presidential Proclamations  2525,  2526, and 2527 authorized the FBI and other agencies  to  arrest  such  individuals,  mostly  Japanese,   German,   and   Italian   immigrant community and business leaders. However, did you know that the government also  imprisoned  Japanese  and  others  forcibly  removed  from  Latin  America.  The Tuna  Canyon Detention  Station  (TCDS)  was  one  of  many  confinement  sites  that  held  these individuals. Learn more about this part of World War II in this exhibit from May 1st through July 27th.
 
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St #204, Northridge
Tuesday, Thursday 1-5pm
Saturday 12 Noon – 4pm
Free admission, free parking, ADA access
Vision Committee
On April 4 Vision Committee meeting will continue the Community Plan Update studies. We are currently studying the Mobility Element and would like to encourage as much community input as possible. Please join us 6:30 to 8:00 PM Thursday April 4 at the Sherman Oaks Library. 
For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]. 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!
Vision Committee
April 4 6:30PM
Sherman Oaks Library
14245 Moorpark Street
Education Committee
 
SONC has had recent requests to form an Education Committee. Are you interested in joining or participating? Click on  “Contact” on our webpage www.shermanoaksnc.org and let us know you want to help.
 
Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM)
On April 18 PLUM Committee meeting will hear from Mercy Housing. They will be presenting a senior citizens permanent supportive housing project at 14534 Burbank Blvd.
At the April 8 SONC Board meeting: PLUM Committee Report: Update of the METRO Monorail concept.
For more information contact Jeff Kalban at [email protected]. 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!
PLUM Committee
April 18 6:30PM
Sherman Oaks Library
14245 Moorpark Street
 
 
 
 
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, Friday 1:30-3PM & 3:30-5PM, Sat 1-3PM
Craft: Join us for various crafts and activities! Call for specific details. Ages 4+ Weds 4-5PM, Teens & Tweens Tues 4PM
April 3:  Game Day
New Monthly Event - Game Day on Wednesday April 3 from 3:00-5:00PM.  Adults and teens are invited to a trivia game day.  Exercise your brain, make new friends, and join the library community!  April will highlight creative games - pictionary, charades, etc.
 
April 3:  Play Reading
Join us from 6:30-7:30PM for a reading from the play A Lion in Winter by James Goldman.  Actors Penelope Windust (Tony nominee) and Marc Weishaus will perform scenes from the play. 
 
April 13:  Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
 Great used book sale at the Sherman Oaks Library to benefit our very own local library. The book sale runs from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Select from children's books, classics, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, CD's and DVD's. Most books $1 or less, big selection of children's books!! Help support the Sherman Oaks Library! Sponsored by Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library. Pre-sale for Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Members on Friday, April 12 3:00-5:00 PM.
 

We also take donations of books, CD's, and DVD's.  Bring them to the sale or the library during business hours.  A receipt will be provided.
 
Mindfulness Meditation Classes the 1st, 3rd and 4th Friday of the month @ 11:00 AM.  Evening class @ 6:30 April 24. Each class is a combination of lecture, guided meditation practice, group feedback and discussion lead by mindfulness facilitators John Kneedler and Linnea Pyne.  John and Linnea are graduates of UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Resource Program.  John teaches the morning classes and Linnea teaches the evening class.
 
 
Adult Coloring every Thursday @ 2:00 PM.  Evening Coloring April 9 and 23 @ 5:30PM. Come join us for coloring!  Explore your creative side every Thursday at 2:00 PM  and the 2nd Tuesday at 5:30 PM in our Meeting Room.  All materials are supplied.  You are also welcome to bring your own.
 
 
Free Movie - Saturday, April 27 @ 2:00 PM
On the Basis of Sex (2018) The true story Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
 
Friends of the Library
 
The Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization designed to support and enhance the programs, facilities, collection and other needs of the Sherman Oaks Library.  Our mission is to foster friendships and a sense of community through educational, cultural, and social programs.  With funds mainly raised through monthly Book Sales, the Friends sponsor children's programs, movies, meditation classes, adult coloring, game days and a speakers program.  In addition, the Friends enhance the library's collection of books and DVDs.  Last year, the Friends and Library Administration in conjunction with the SONC finished a complete renovation of the community room at the Sherman Oaks Branch
 
Interested in becoming a member?  Pick up a membership application at the library.  Interested in becoming a volunteer, making a suggestion about the library or joining our e-mail list?  E-mail us at [email protected] 
 
Movies at other nearby Libraries
Documentaries every Saturday at 2:30PM Van Nuys Library
6250 Sylmar 91401
Movies at Mid-Valley Regional Branch Sundays 2PM, 16244 Nordhoff 91343. Call for film titles (818) 895-3650.
North Hollywood Amelia Earhart – Thursdays 2pm call 818-766-7185 for details
Visit LA Museums Free
The Los Angeles Public Library now offers Discover & Go, a program to visit some of the city’s top museums for free or at low cost with your library card. These are the participating Museums:
Autrey Museum of the American West
Battleship Iowa
Catalina Island Museum
Chinese American Museum
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Discovery Cube
Grammy Museum
Hammer
Japanese American Museum
Kidspace Children’s Museum
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
LA Conservancy
LA Zoo
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Tolerance
LA County Natural History Museum
Skirball Cultural Center
For information on how to get free or low cost entry go to lapl.discoverandgo.net and log in with your library card. Don’t have a library card? Get yours for free at the Sherman Oaks Library.
At the Skirball
All events are at the Skirball Cultural Center, on Sepulveda Blvd, just south of the Mulholland Tunnel.
Cinema Tuesdays
All Cinema Tuesday films are free. No reservations.
 
Tues April 2 1:30PM Black Power Mixtape - Using a treasure trove of discovered 16mm film shot by Swedish journalists in the 1960s and 1970s, director Göran Olsson and coproducer Danny Glover chronicle the evolution of the Black Power Movement.
 
Exhibition – Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Braithwaite April 11 – September 1.
Exhibition – Spotlight: Andy Warhol April 11 – September 1.
Exhibition – Fearless Fashion: Rudy Gernreich May 9 – September 1
Aboard Noah’s Ark
Toddler Tuesday Sing-Along Tuesdays 1PM
Story Time Wednesdays 2:30PM
The Whole World is a Narrow Bridge Fridays 3:40PM
Musica Para Todos Sundays 11:15AM
 
 
 
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.
Time for Summer Camp!
Camp in nearby Burbank.
McCambridge Recreation Center
1515 N Glenoaks
10 sessions May 28-August 2
Ages 5 ½ to 10
Robert Gross Park
2800 West Empire Ave
11 sessions May 28-August 9
Ages 5 ½ to 11
Verdugo Recreation Center
3201 W Verdugo Ave
11 sessions May 28 to August 9
Ages 5 ½ to 10
Fees for all above from $131 to $146 per session plus $10 non-resident fee for Sherman Oaks residents. Register online starting April 10 at www.burbankparks.com.
Burbank Teen Summer
3201 W Verdugo Ave
10 sessions May 28 to August 2
Ages 10 ½ to 14
Fee varies with session. Register online starting April 10 at www.burbankparks.com.
Free Car Seat Installation
 
Still Saving Lives Every Thursday at the LAPD Valley Traffic station, we give free child car seat installation and inspection. Call (818) 644-8143 for an appointment. We are located at 7870 Nollan Place in Panorama City. Raising awareness on child passenger safety. Tell a parent! https://www.facebook.com/vtdlapd/ https://twitter.com/LAPDVTD https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats
 
Plant New Parkway Trees
Did your parkway tree die in last summer’s heat waves? Call the Bureau of Street Services. They have a new program to help replace dead trees. Go to www.lacitysan.org/freetree or call 1-800-996-2489
Free Fruit & Shade Trees
On March 23 SONC and City Plants gave 250 Fruit and Shade trees to Sherman Oaks residents. This 6th Annual Tree Giveaway adds to the green canopy and keeps our community beautiful. Thanks to Jeff Hartsough and his committee for putting on this great event! Thanks to City Plants! And Thanks to all you Sherman Oaks residents that are caring for these beautiful trees in our community!
Senior Programs
ONEgeneration 2019 Senior Symposium
Spring time is just around the corner and ONEgeneration is ramping up for another successful Senior Symposium!! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. Last year’s Symposium was our most successful year yet with over 1,000 attendees, 100 vendors, 15 health screenings, wonderful guest speakers, and entertainment. We are hopeful this year will bring as much value to our community as it has in the past. Registration is now open for all vendors and sponsors who are interested in participating.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center
18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335
 
Free Medicare Counseling
HICAP counselor Anne Mosell offers free Medicare options counseling every first and third Tuesday from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Senior Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. The statewide HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) trains volunteers to provide unbiased information, counseling and assistance on Medicare topics to their fellow community members. HICAP is funded, in part, by the Los Angeles City and County Area Agencies on Aging. Call the adult center at (818) 981-1284 to make an appointment. All appointments are confidential.
 
Taxi Cabs
 
The Taxi Cab Services program helps seniors and disabled get around. You can get rides to doctor’s appointments, banking, and life enriching activities; maximum 4 trips or 40 miles per month.  You must be 60 years or older. There are no income requirements. The program is first come, first served. Contact 1-888-863-7411 or email [email protected]
 
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 [email protected].
 
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. 
PLEASE NOTE: CENTER IS CLOSED ON MONDAY, MARCH 25TH FOR THE HOLIDAY
March Activities for Seniors, Ages 50+: Senior Exercise; Tai Chi; Acting/Improvisation; Recycled Arts and Crafts; Canasta; Karaoke; Line Dancing; Duplicate Bridge; Intermediate Bridge; Parkinson's Support Group; Table Tennis; Tuesday Flicks Movies; Beginning Chess Class  and much more!! 
 
 
 
April Events for Seniors, Ages 50+:  
*Must enter from parking lot on Hartsook/Van Nuys for the following events:
*SENIOR STEP AND STRIDE- Extended through March: Tuesdays, 3/5/19, 3/12/19, 3/19/19, & 3/26/19   
(PLEASE NOTE: TIME HAS CHANGED TO 4:15-5:15 P.M.)                    
Location to walk:  Inside Building C/#135-Rooms 1-3 
Meet new friends, have a fun time walking together, while burning some calories, uplifting your mood and staying healthy.
*Emergency form must be on file with staff prior to this activity. Donations are welcome.
Location for both Special Events listed below:
 Building C (#135) Rm. #137
 Bring a friend or more, and join us for lots of fun, and sing to your hearts' delight:
*First Friday, Karaoke Night: 6:00-9:00 pm  Suggested donation: $3.00/person.  Sing some oldies, but goodies, and newer ones as well. Wide variety of songs to choose from; Sing individually, and/or in duets/ groups.  Light Refreshments available. For more information, and to reserve a space, please call: (818) 386-9674
Last Friday, Game Night 6:00-9:00 p.m. Suggested donation: $3.00/person. Fun-filled evening with games, food, contests, and prizes. Favorite games, including: Backgammon, Boggle, Checkers, Chess, Farkle, Scrabble, Trivia Games,  Kings On The Corner, 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:
 [email protected] 
or Center Staff: [email protected]
 
Free Movies at the Senior Center
 
These movies are shown on Tuesdays at 12:30pm (In Building C/#135 Lobby)
4/02 Mrs. Doubtfire
4/09 Evita
4/16 Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
4/23 The King and I
4/30 Hunt For Red October
 
 
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) 981-1284 Ext223.
 
Maintenance on Power Wheelchairs
 
Maintenance and repairs on Power Wheelchairs are available at no cost if you are eligible through Medicare. Call Wayne at (800) 875-2253.
 
 
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


4/3 Game Day at Sherman Oaks Library
4/3 Play Reading at Sherman Oaks Library
4/4 Vision Committee
4/5-7 Carnival in Van Nuys
4/6 Walk with a Doc
4/6 Spring into Wellness Expo
4/6-7 Discount Pet Adoptions
4/8 SONC Board Meeting
4/9 Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
4/10 Green & Beautification Committee
4/10 Traffic & Transportation Committee
4/10 Register for Summer Camp
4/10-11 Discount Pet Adoptions
4/11 Exhibition Opening – Black is Beautiful
4/11 Exhibition Opening – Andy Warhol
4/13 Used Book Sale at Sherman Oaks Library
4/15 Youth Rep Application Deadline
4/18 PLUM Committee
4/20 Easter Egg Hunts
4/20 Edgar Rice Burroughs Exhibition Opens
4/20-21 Discount Pet Adoptions
4/22 Public Safety Committee
4/27 Free Movie – On the Basis of Sex
5/1 Fire Safety Inspections Start
5/9 4/11 Exhibition Opening – Fearless Fashion: Rudy Gernreich
5/18 CPRAED Training
5/18 Senior Symposium
5/19 SONC Election – be sure to vote!
 
 
 
 
 

Website Design Neighborhood Council Events The public is invited to attend all meetings.
Website Design Area Boundaries and Map View our neighborhood council boundaries for which we deal with.
Website Design

Home | About | Committees | Calendar/Events | Bylaws | News | Photo Gallery | Forms | Contact

© 2019 Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council. All Rights Reserved.

Web Design by The Web Corner