New and recently sold homes in the Porter Ranch community of the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: New and recently sold homes in the Porter Ranch community of the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, 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.

April 3

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.

Mystery Book Club with Woodland Hills Branch Library – online: Discusses “Rock With Wings” by Anne Hillerman, 4 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance and by email to (put “Mystery Book Club April 3” in the subject line). Location, 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017. Details:

Greater Valley Glen Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 89279340280 and #. Check the agenda on the website for possible return to meeting in-person.

April 4

San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active Retired Federal Employees Association: Meet the group, in Chapter 61 of the association, for lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is on-your-own payment. Lulu’s Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys. David Rittenberg, 818-901-8331.

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:

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 (put “April 5 Book Club” in the subject line). Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details:

April 6

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:

Granada Hills South 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. Also, check the website for possible in-person meeting. 818-723-8087. and

April 8

Reseda River Loop Greenway – Open House: Learn about the project that will expand the Aliso Creek Confluence Park and create a walking path along the north bank of the Los Angeles River between Reseda Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, 10 a.m.-noon. The Trust for Public Land will provide information about the project, along with the office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, and also collect public comments about the park project. Meet at the L.A. River and Aliso Creek Confluence Park, Archwood Avenue and Kittridge Street, Reseda. The Trust for Public Land: Blumenfield’s district office, 818-774-4330 or the City Hall office, 213-473-7003. Reservations requested from here:

April 10

World Literature Book Club with West Valley Regional Branch Library – online: Discusses “My Side of the Matter” a short story by Truman Capote, 10 a.m. The book club is currently reading short stories from “Point of View: An Anthology of Short Stories,” eds. James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny. Check the website page for stories to be discussed on April 17 and 24. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to (put “World Literature” in the subject line). Location, 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda. Details:

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, (put “April 10 Book Club” in the subject line). Library, 7935 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley. 818-764-1338. Details:

April 15

Friends of the LA River Great LA River CleanUp: The group is holding its 33rd annual event on two dates and seven sites along the 51-miles of the Los Angeles River. Register for a river cleanup, 8 a.m., in the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex (6115 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys). Also, at 8 a.m.on April 22 at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (remove trash/debris from Haskell Creek or remove invasion mustard plants; Woodley Park, Archery Range area, Van Nuys). Details on the cleanup and Friends of the LA River: Register for the site and day of your choice in advance here:

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.

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 $45/$35, through April 299; and on event day, $50/$40. The event location, Woodley Park, 6076 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys.

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:

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,

Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at 818-713-3708.


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