Workers raise the Circus Vargas big top in the parking lot at the Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The circus presents 'Bonjour, Paris,' a Parisian-style theme with performers from around the world, opening on Sept. 29 and running on dates through Oct. 16. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: Workers raise the Circus Vargas big top in the parking lot at the Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The circus presents ‘Bonjour Paris!’ a Parisian-style theme with performers from around the world, running on dates through Oct. 16. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, 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.

Oct. 9

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.

Whitsett Slope Town Hall – Virtual: The North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council is seeking community feedback/suggestions on ideas for the slope on Whitsett Avenue, uphill to the north of the mural and to the south of the mural, 6:30 p.m. See the red outline on a map of the area on the map link. The Zoom meeting link to attend: Map:

Oct. 10

StreetsLA – Help Design and Customize Bus Stops in the City of Los Angeles: Attend a meeting, 6 p.m. North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd. (register to attend the in-person meeting here: Also, take the Sidewalks and Transit Amenities Program’s “Design and Customization Survey” online: More information on the project, and also a meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 (CD-8 Constituent Services Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles; register to attend) here:

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6 p.m. Sun Valley Branch Library, 7935 Vineland Ave. Details:

Northridge West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:15 p.m. Northridge Christian Church, 18901 Chatsworth St. Email: [email protected]. Details:

Winnetka Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Winnetka Convention Center, 20122 Vanowen St. Email: [email protected].

Oct. 11

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.

Mystery Book Club at Sylmar Branch Library: Discusses “The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves, 2 p.m. Location, 14561 Polk St. 818-367-6102. Details:

Let’s Talk About Coming Out – Online Discussion: A discussion on the coming out process to becoming a member of the LGBTQ+ community, 3:30-4:30 p.m. West Valley Regional Branch Library presents the talk for teens and adults on the Los Angeles Library’s YouTube channel: Details:

Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:15 p.m. Check the website for the agenda. Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School, Performing Arts Center, 19010 Castlebay Lane. Voicemail, 818-217-0279.

Book Club at Pacoima Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Murmur of Bees” by Sofía Segovia, 6:30 p.m. Request the online link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club, Oct. 11” in the subject line). Library location, 13605 Van Nuys Blvd. 818-899-5202. Details:

Woodland Hills – Warner Center Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Fire Department, Station 84, community room, 21050 Burbank Blvd. (check the agenda on the website to confirm the location). Voicemail, 818-639-9444.

North Hollywood East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. The Oct. 11 agenda: Los Angeles Angeles Fire Department Station #89, community room (in back of the station), 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Email: [email protected].

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley Constituent Service Center, conference room, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. (at Sylvan Street). Voicemail, 818-533-8662. Email: [email protected]. Facebook:

Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Location for this particular meeting, Living Stones, SDA Community Room, 7156 Valmont St., Tujunga (see the post on Facebook: Voicemail, 818-951-7411.

Oct. 13

Granada Hills Woman’s Club Halloween Game Day: Enjoy the fun at a luncheon, 10 a.m. Oct. 26. Doors open, 9:30 a.m. Pre-paid reservations required by Oct. 13 (send a check in the amount of $25, payable to GHWC, and mail to Granada Hills Woman’s Club, 10666 White Oak Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344). Prizes for best costume categories (optional). Questions to Yolanda Petroski, 818-363-9844.

Current Events Nonfiction Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger” by Tony Tetro and Giampiero Ambrosi, noon. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details:

Oct. 14

Culinary Historians of Southern California: Pat Saperstein, deputy editor at Variety, discusses “Lunching on the Lot: How Stars and Moguls Ate at Studio Commissaries,” 10:30 a.m. Free to attend. Use garage parking at 524 S. Flower St., Los Angeles (take ticket for parking with you and get it validated if you have a library card; see details on the website for parking instructions). Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. Updates/upcoming: Eventbrite: Details:

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas: The Little Landers Historical Society presents a talk by local historian Craig Durst about the woman who lived for 18 years on the channel island of Haraasnga, also known at San Nicolas Island, after her people were removed from the island in 1835, 1 p.m. A fictional story based on her time alone — or not — on the island is Scott O’Dell’s 1960 novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” winner of the 1961 Newbery Award. Donation $3. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: [email protected].;

Oct. 16

Book Club at Sun Valley Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The London Séance Society” by Sara Penner, 4:45 p.m. Request the Google Meet link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club, Oct. 16” in the subject line). Library location, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details:

Oct. 17

Southern California Garden Club: Meeting includes a plant market and country store, both for fundraising, plus a plant specimen display, 9:30 a.m.; business meeting, 10 a.m.; Debbie James, a club member, gives a workshop on “Dividing and Conquering Iris Clumps,” 10:30 a.m.; a member of the Sansui Kai Bonsai Club presents a talk “Bonkers for Bonsai” that covers history of bonsai, care, feeding and pruning, 11 a.m. Bring-your-own lunch, noon. Club meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, Sept. through June. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-996-3530.;


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:

Whiskey, Wine and Jazz – Valley Cultural Foundation: Bassist Trey Henry, a seven time Grammy Award nominee, performs at a benefit for the foundation’s programs, with whiskey and wine tasting, 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Minimum age: 21. Tickets $135 (by noon Oct. 21); at the door $170. Tickets include all tastings and light hors d’oeuvres. Marriott Warner Center, 21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills. Details and purchase tickets:

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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