Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings and charity/volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area.
Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds, 818-884-4013. www.wingsoverwendys.com
San Fernando Valley Flyers Club – Something in Common: Gregg Fullington discusses the club’s activities and an introduction to radio-controlled model airplanes, 6:30 p.m. The program is part of “Something in Common” exhibit, at the Los Angeles Central Library, that highlights interests that bring people together (www.lapl.org/something). Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. www.valleyflyers.club. Details: bit.ly/3zn6Mr6
San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active Retired Federal Employees Association: Meet the group for lunch, 11:30 a.m., and stay for the business meeting, 12:30 p.m. Lunch is on-your-own payment. Lulu’s Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys. David Rittenberg, 818-901-8331.
Book Club at Chatsworth Branch Library – In-person and on Zoom: Discusses “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict, 1:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Book Club, Nov. 2” in the subject line). 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details: bit.ly/3sFYAyt
Chatsworth Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-464-3511. Emails: [email protected] .org and email@example.com. chatsworthcouncil.org/
Friends of Oakridge – Something in Common: Cheryl Minor discusses the history of the Oakridge Estate in Northridge and its Hollywood connections, 6:30 p.m. The program is part of “Something in Common” exhibit, at the Los Angeles Central Library, that highlights interests that bring people together (www.lapl.org/something). Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. www.theoakridgeestate.org. Details: bit.ly/3sJvuyh
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3eXnU9O. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 93626962330 and #. Voicemail, 818-779-9026. lakebalboanc.org
Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Check the agenda page for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-723-8087. www.facebook.com/ghsnc. ghsnc.org
West Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. (earlier time this month). Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-254-9378. www.westhillsnc.org
Coexisting with Cougars – Something in Common: Kelsey Bernard, outreach coordinator for the Cougar Conservancy, discusses the topic, 3:30-4:45 p.m. The program is part of “Something in Common” exhibit, at the Los Angeles Central Library, that highlights interests that bring people together (www.lapl.org/something). Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. cougarconservancy.org. Details: bit.ly/3DFIRFZ
Current Events Nonfiction Book Club with Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “This Is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan, noon. 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: bit.ly/3nzhnZE
Charity and Volunteer
Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The Alzheimer’s Association holds the event to create awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research to find a cure. Registration or check-in, 6 a.m. (registration is required). Opening ceremony, 7 a.m., followed by the walk, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5. No registration fee. Fundraising goal $100 (donations of any amount, and by non-walkers, accepted on the website). Location is at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. Ashley Maldonado, 213-451-3934. alz.org/walk
IBD Strong’s V’IBD Benefit Concert to Fight Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Fundraiser concert and silent auction for pediatric IBD research and IBD Strong’s supportive programs, 5 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets $200; $100 youth; (includes food and beverages). reservations required in advance. Concert is held outdoors at a Calabasas location (address provided upon purchase of ticket). www.facebook.com/IBDstrong. ibdstrong.org/vibd-benefit-concert-2022/
LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Blankets and Socks Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) blankets, sleeping bags, quilts and socks are being accepted now through Dec. 30. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (however, locations will be closed on Nov. 11, Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 26 (Christmas observed day for LA Sanitation). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. See other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email: email@example.com. lacitysan.org
Sandy Sprint California 5K Run-Walk for Ovarian Cancer Research: The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation holds the fundraiser on Nov. 13. Schedule: registration/packet-pickup check-in, 7-8:15 a.m.; welcome, survivor ceremony and guest speakers, 7:45 a.m.; warm-up, 8:25 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. run/walk begins; 10 a.m. awards and refreshments. Registration fee $40; $30 ages 11 and younger; $45 for virtual participant. The course in Griffith Park is flat and dirt (see the course on the website). Parking in Lot 3 (near Shane’s Inspiration Playground). Meet for registration near Shane’s Inspiration Playground, next to Park Services Division (south of the Merry-go-Round and near the tennis courts), Los Angeles. sandyovarian.org/programs-and-events/events/sandy-sprint-california; secure.qgiv.com/event/sandysprintcalifornia
Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization starts up the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite: bit.ly/3S22nkb
American Red Cross Los Angeles Region: Seeking blood donors and volunteers for Transportation Specialists (www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/deliver-blood.html) and also Disaster Action Team Member (www.redcross.org/volunteer/disaster-action-team.html).
Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at firstname.lastname@example.org. 818-713-3708.