Flooding at Sherman Way and Bakman Avenue in North Hollywood, CA, Friday, March 10, 2023. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: Flooding at Sherman Way and Bakman Avenue in North Hollywood, CA, Friday, March 10, 2023. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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.

March 27

Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans from 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

March 28

Clases de conversacíon en inglés/English Conversation Class: Join the class and develop communication, grammar and vocabulary skills, 2-3:30 p.m., and also every Tuesday. Sun Valley Branch Library, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details: bit.ly/3hPaOmG

Housing Element Rezoning in the City of Los Angeles: The Los Angeles City Planning department holding a series of webinars to get the public’s feedback on the development of six of the strategies implementing the “Housing Element Rezoning” program’s framework. Webinars: 5:30 p.m. (register here: bit.ly/3z50dsF). Also, in Spanish, 5:30 p.m. March 29 (register here: bit.ly/3ngml0C), and a third session, 11:30 a.m. March 30 (register here: bit.ly/3naQMoO). The content is the same for all three webinars. Read about the plan here: planning.lacity.org/plans-policies/housing-element-update#adopted-plan. Read “What to Know About the Regional Housing Needs Assessment” here: bit.ly/40wQDKX. Read the FAQ section about the Housing Element here: bit.ly/42CbLRR

Congressman Brad Sherman Town Hall: The congressman (32nd Congressional District) discusses efforts to avert a national debt default, make our financial system safer following the Silicon Valley Bank fallout, protect Social Security and Medicare, combat gun violence, counter China’s aggressive practices and answers submitted questions, 7 p.m. Reservations requested. To listen to the town hall: 855-920-0548. Local office number, 818-501-9200. Email: brad.sherman@mail.house.gov. Make a reservation and submit a question on the form here: sherman.house.gov/townhall

Tarzana Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3q7wpq5. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 95295582252 and #. Contact Leonard Shaffer, lshaffer@tarzananc.org. www.tarzananc.org

March 29

Mystery and Thriller Book Club with Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “The Woman in the Library” by Sulari Gentill, 6:30 p.m. Request the meeting link in advance by email to studio@lapl.org (put “Mystery and Thriller Book Club” in the subject line). Library, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: bit.ly/3H2BrOS

March 30

California State University, Northridge’s VITA Clinic Income Tax Preparation: Appointments required for the free sessions, 2-6 p.m., and every Thursday through April 13. Check the website link for details on what you need to bring to an appointment and also the link to make an appointment. Sun Valley Branch Library, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details and reservations: bit.ly/3kNvwEu

April 3

Greater Valley Glen Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3K7meNZ. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 89279340280 and #. Check the agenda on the website for possible return to meeting in-person. www.facebook.com/GVGCouncil. greatervalleyglencouncil.org

Mission Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: bit.ly/3g7ifAQ. By phone, 888-475-4499 and use ID: 85922722779 and #. Check the agenda on the website for possible return to meeting in-person. Voicemail, 818-869-4577. Email: board@mhnconline.org. www.mhnconline.org

April 5

Book Club at Chatsworth Branch Library: Discusses “The Litigators” by John Grisham, 1:30 p.m. The meeting is in-person and also on Zoom. Request the Zoom link in advance and by email to sstamm@lapl.org (put “April 5 Book Club” in the subject line). Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details: bit.ly/3TJFvYJ

April 10

Book Club at Sun Valley Branch Library: Discusses “Horse” by Beraldine Brooks, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Request the Google Meet link in advance and by email to Esther Barrera, ebarrera@lapl.org (put “April 10 Book Club” in the subject line). Library, 7935 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley. 818-764-1338. Details: bit.ly/2XJ1Xoh

April 20

Northridge Woman’s Club: The group holds a fundraiser for the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-paid reservations required, $75, includes lunch (indicate your choice of chicken piccata, grilled salmon or butternut squash ravioli). Mail a check with attention to: Sylvia Andressen, 9227 Reseda Blvd., #120, Northridge, CA 91324. Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Porter Ranch. Questions about the event, 818-231-8165.

Charity and Volunteer

Tierra’s Treasures Thrift Shop: Grand opening for the second-hand boutique shop that will benefit Tierra del Sol, 10 a.m. March 25. The shop will be open until 4 p.m. Tierra del Sol, based in Sunland, is a nonprofit organization that helps adults with developmental disabilites in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys. Shop hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Donations accepted: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday (in the back of the shop; call ahead, however, to find out what type of items may be donated). Location, 3315 Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 747-283-1725. www.tierradelsol.org

Flair Cares Food Drive – Hang Up Hunger: The 8th annual food drive at Flair Cleaners locations in Studio City and Valencia runs through March 31. Drop off nonperishable boxed and canned food (no glass jars or expired dates) during business hours. Donations go to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and the nonprofit Santa Clarita Grocery. Donations by customers will be matched up to 250 pounds per location. Customers who donate receive a 50%-off coupon on a dry cleaning order on a future visit. Locations: 4060 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City (818-761-3282; flaircleaners.com/locations/studio-city) and 27011 McBean Parkway, Valencia (661-753-9900; flaircleaners.com/locations/valencia). Also contributing to local food pantries are the Redondo Beach and Santa Monica locations. www.facebook.com/flairdrycleaners; flaircleaners.com

Our House Grief Support Center’s Walk ‘n’ Run for Hope: Register for the 5K event around Lake Balboa, 7:30 a.m.-noon April 30. Registration fees $40/$30, March 1-30. Fee to enter increases to $45/$35, April 1-29; and on event day $50/$40. The event location, Woodley Park, 6076 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. ourhouse-grief.org/runforhope

Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization holds the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy-in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite: bit.ly/3S22nkb

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 holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.


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