The owner of Mall of America abandoned its plans to purchase one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the city of Los Angeles, after walking away from the deal to buy the 47-acre site in Canoga Park. A view of the property at Canoga Ave. and Vanowen St. on Monday, August 14, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: The owner of Mall of America abandoned the plan to purchase one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the city of Los Angeles, after walking away from the deal to buy the 47-acre site in Canoga Park. A view of the former Rocketdyne property at Canoga Avenue and Vanowen Street on Monday, August 14, 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 events in the San Fernando Valley area.

Sept. 25

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.

Chatsworth Community Coordinating Council: The group holds a meeting with guest speakers from Chatsworth community organizations discussing their group’s activities and events, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. You may bring your own lunch. Location, Chatsworth West United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

San Fernando Valley Male Chorus: The chorus is seeking singers of all ages who enjoy four-part male harmony, accompanied by a band. Rehearsals, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Last date for new singers to join is Oct. 2. The chorus is rehearsing for their annual holiday show, with a variety of seasonal songs, in December. No audition or ability to read music required. The chorus is a nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations. Enter parking lot from Haynes Street. Rehearsals are at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Bob, 818-888-8345. Email: [email protected].

Sept. 26

North Hills East Neighborhood Council: A special general board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Carl’s Jr., 9505 Sepulveda Blvd., North Hills. Voicemail, 818-672-6674.

Tarzana Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Tarzana Child Care Center, 5700 Beckford Ave. Email: [email protected].

Sept. 27

Indoor Model Airplane Flying: The Old Farts Flying Club meets, 9 a.m.-noon and on other Wednesdays. Members provide advice on how to build and fly balsa models. They also hold monthly contests. Stonehurst Recreation Center, gym, 9901 Dronfield St., Sun Valley. Bill Watson, 805-304-6087.

Channel Islands Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: The group meets at 9:30 a.m. All experience levels are invited to attend. Make a reservation to attend through the email. United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Email: [email protected].

Classics Book Club with Granada Hills Branch Library – In-Person and Online: Discusses “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder, 1:30-3 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Classics Book Club, Sept. 27” in the subject line). Location, 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687. Details:

Science Fiction Book Club at Van Nuys Branch Library: Discusses “Redshirts” by John Scazi, 5 p.m. Moderated by John Tommasino. Location, 6250 Sylmar Ave. 818-756-8453. Details:

Mystery and Thriller Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone” by Benjamin Stevenson, 6:30 p.m. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details:

Canoga Park Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Ave. Voicemail, 818-856-1060. Email: [email protected].

Encino Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Doors open, 6:30 p.m. Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd. Voicemail, 747-284-0450.

Neighborhood Council Valley Village: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Check the website for the meeting agenda. Location, Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Ave. Voicemail, 818-759-8204. Email: [email protected].

Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization – Online: Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine is the guest speaker, 7:30 p.m. Zine’s topics: city government and what a city councilmember can and can’t do; homelessness; Los Angeles Police Department. Register to attend the Zoom meeting on the website. Also, the newsletter is now only emailed to members before a meeting (join the group for $25 per year).

Sept. 28

Cover-to-Cover Book Club at Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses  6 p.m. Location, 16244 Nordhoff St., North Hills. 818-895-3650. Details:

Panorama City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Plaza Del Valle, community room, Building G, Unit 62, 8610 Van Nuys Blvd. Voicemail, 818-927-0003. Email: [email protected].

Sylmar Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Osceola Street Elementary School, 1490 Osceola St. Voicemail, 818-833-8737.

Northridge South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Northridge Middle School, library, 17960 Chase St. Email: [email protected].

The Stories Behind Valley Street Names: The San Fernando Valley Historical Society presents a talk by Mark Tapio Kines, art director, graphic designer and a freelance writer, 7 p.m. If you have a question about the origin of your street name in the San Fernando Valley, send an message, on the Contact page, through Kines’ website: Meetings are free; donations are appreciated. Andrés Pico Adobe, outdoors, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). Voicemail, 818-365-7810. and

Oct. 3

Mission Mile Sepulveda: StreetsLA holds a meeting for the public to learn about the project to improve the nature and transportation improvements of Sepulveda Boulevard between Rayen and Rinaldi streets, 6-8 p.m. Also, the public may take a survey about the project, Oct. 15 deadline, on the website. Sepulveda Middle School, 15330 Plummer St., North Hills. Voicemail: 213-442-4447. Email: [email protected]. Details about the project:

Oct. 8

Emergency Preparedness Drill: Local emergency response and healthcare organization lead the disaster response event, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Also, there are free NOAA emergency radios to the first 200 registrants (one per household): Event is co-sponsored, among many, by the Sherman Oaks-Encino Chamber of Commerce, City of Los Angeles Community Emergency Response Team and Los Angeles City Council District 4. Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Details and to register, on Eventbrite:


K-9 Demonstration Benefit: The Los Angeles Police K-9 Fund holds the event with a meet-and-greet and information about the K-9 teams and training, 5 p.m. Oct. 3. No dogs or other pets allowed. Location, 23316 Burbank Ave., Woodland Hills. Background:

American Cancer Society Relay for Life – Across the Greater Valley: Register as an individual, create a team or join a team for the event that includes walking laps around a set course, fundraising game booths by registered teams, live music and raffles, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 21. There will be a Luminaria Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. and a “silent” lap honoring those who have been affected by cancer. Goal to be raised at this event: $160,000. Register in advance to receive a walk tee shirt (none will be sold at the door). Los Angeles Valley College, soccer fields next to parking lot F, 5792 Ethel Ave., Valley Glen. 661-855-4541 or email: [email protected]. Details and to register here:

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 [email protected]. 818-713-3708.


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