Evelyn Arnold, 11, the main jump scare actor is helping her brother Elliot Arnold with their scary experience "The Purge Reawakening" haunted house in the family Woodland Hills home garage on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: Evelyn Arnold, 11, the main jump scare actor, is helping her brother Elliot Arnold with their scary experience “The Purge Reawakening” haunted house in the family Woodland Hills home garage on Wednesday, October 18, 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.

Oct. 30

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

Metro and the 1-405 Sepulveda Pass ExpressLanes Project – Online: Learn about updates on the project, noon-1:30 p.m. Meeting is on Zoom; use ID 89972434900. Or, listen in by phone, 669-444-9171. www.metro.net. Zoom link and other details here: tinyurl.com/45xnudtj

Oct. 31

Henna and Glitter Tattoos: Artist Katy DeBra discusses the history and use of henna and how to mox the paste and draw with the paste, 4-5 p.m. Minimum age: 10 and up. Make a reservation in advance to attend: 818-340-9386 or sign up in advance at the library’s reference desk. Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Details: tinyurl.com/55fdtac5

Nov. 1

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.

Board and Card Games Play for Adults: Miss playing Monopoly, checkers, gin rummy or Uno? Join the group for favorite, non-electronic game playing, 11 a.m., and upcoming first Wednesdays of the month. Chatsworth Branch Library, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/adult-board-card-games

Chatsworth Library Book Club: Discusses “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles, 1:30 p.m. Join the meeting in-person or on Zoom. Request the Zoom link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club Nov. 1” in the subject line). Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details: tinyurl.com/5n8fbzz2

Mystery Book Club at Sylmar Branch Library: Discusses “The Witch Elm” by Tana French, 2 p.m. Location, 14561 Polk St. 818-367-6102. Details: tinyurl.com/4urasn6h

The History of American Crime Fiction – An Evening with Leslie S. Klinger: Friends of the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch Library present the talk by the Edgar Award-winning anthologist and an authority on Sherlock Holmes fictional stories, 6 p.m. Free to attend. Limited seating. Due to major repair work being done at the North Hollywood Library, the talk is being held at the Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark St. Details: tinyurl.com/4cfudayt. Reserve a seat on Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/6zdacx2d

Chatsworth Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Lawrence Middle School, library, 10100 Variel Ave. (check the agenda on the website to confirm location). 818-464-3511. Emails: [email protected]; for the board, [email protected]. www.chatsworthcouncil.org/

Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Gault Street Elementary School, auditorium, 17000 Gault St. Voicemail, 818-779-9026. Email: [email protected]. lakebalboanc.org

Nov. 2

Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Granada Hills Charter High School, Rawley Hall, 10535 Zelzah Ave. ghsnc.org

West Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Location, de Toledo High School, 22622 Vanowen St. Voicemail, 818-254-9378. www.facebook.com/WestHillsNC. www.westhillsnc.org

Nov. 6

Mission Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Los Angeles Police Department Mission Community Police Station, 11121 Sepulveda Blvd. Voicemail, 818-869-4577. Email: [email protected]. mhnconline.org

Nov. 8

Calabasas Chamber of Commerce – Networking Breakfast: The meeting includes a presentation on the nonprofit Change the Cycle that assists young women in breaking the cycle of poverty through technology education, financial assistance and mentoring, 7:30 a.m. Cost $60. Registration required by Nov. 7 here: tinyurl.com/yc6tdj47. The meeting is held in Calabasas. Change the Cycle information: www.changethecycleinc.com. 818-222-5680 or email: [email protected]. www.calabasaschamber.com

Nov. 15

Adult Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles, 6:30 p.m. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: tinyurl.com/3mbjvv7h


Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Sandy Sprint California 5K Run/Walk: The event raises awareness of, and funds for research, of ovarian cancer, Nov. 5. Race day registration or check-in, 7:30 a.m.; followed by a welcome, music by the Gay Men’s Chorus Los Angeles, a survivor ceremony and a warm-up by Kaitlin Humphreys, from Orangetheory Fitness, 8:15 a.m.; the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. The course is a dirt trail and flat. Registration $40; $30 ages 11 and younger; $55 for a walker and canine friend. Park in Lot 3 near Shane’s Inspiration Playground in Griffith Park, 4800 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. The foundation’s information: tinyurl.com/2m5xsdnp. Details and to register: tinyurl.com/24y6kfk3

New Horizons’ Power of the Purse – Living Your Best Life!: A two-part fundraiser for the nonprofit on Nov. 5: A pop-up boutique, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (free admission). A gourmet grazing luncheon (by Kori Jones, Simple Life Things founder), designer purse and jewelry raffle and a panel of women entrepreneurs, noon-2 p.m. Nov. 5. Tickets $140 and up for the luncheon and program (reservations required). Funds raised go to programs and services for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Horizons Sam’s Cafe, 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills. Details and purchase tickets: powerofthepurse.newhorizons-sfv.org

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 [email protected]. 818-713-3708.


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