The nearly completed Porter Ranch Community Park, a new 50-acre park in Porter Ranch, on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
A view from the San Fernando Valley: The nearly completed Porter Ranch Community Park, a new 50-acre park in Porter Ranch, 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.

Nov. 6

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.

California High-Speed Rail Authority – Palmdale to Burbank Project Section: Meeting to share information and to gather community input on potential improvements that are being considered for concerns — especially for those who may be impacted in Pacoima and Sun Valley — 6-8 p.m. The Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Study was released in Sept. 2022 and is now in the works for the Final EIR/EIS Report. Location, Pacoima City Hall, 13520 Van Nuys Blvd. Also, a virtual meeting on the topic, noon-1 p.m. Nov. 7 on Zoom: and use ID: 82486652308 and Passcode: 876319, or join by phone, 669-900-6833. Both meetings will offer English and Spanish. Information on the project: Details on the project from this link: California High-Speed Rail Authority’s links for both meetings:

Greater Valley Glen Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Concorde Career College, 12412 Victory Blvd., Room 202, Valley Glen.

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].

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: The meeting is held in Calabasas. Change the Cycle information: 818-222-5680 or email: [email protected].

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.

North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. Check the agenda on the website for location. Email: [email protected].

Woodland Hills – Warner Center Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Fire Department, Station 84, community room, 21050 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Voicemail, 818-639-9444.

North Hollywood East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. The Nov. 8 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:

Nov. 11

Culinary Historians of Southern California – Online Meeting: Cookbook author Kitty Morse discusses “My Family’s Alsatian Wartime Journal, with Recipes,” 10:30 a.m. The talk is based on her cookbook “Bitter Sweet: A Wartime Journal and Heirloom Recipes from Occupied France.” Free. Details and register for the Zoom link on Eventbrite:

Crime, Passion and Hollywood in La Cañada-Flintirdge: The Little Landers Historical Society presents a talk on the topic by Crescenta Valley historian and author Mike Lawler, 1 p.m. Donation $3. Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. 818-352-3420. Email: [email protected].;

Nov. 13

Book Club at Sun Valley Branch Library – Online: Discusses “All Her Little Secrets” by Wanda M. Morris, 4:45-5:30 p.m. Request the Google Meet link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club, Nov. 13” in the subject line). Library location, 7935 Vineland Ave. 818-764-1338. Details:

Nov. 15

Adult Crafting – Chatsworth Branch Library: Learn how to make sequin disco balls, 11 a.m. Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details:

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:

Care Court – What Is It and What It’s Not – Online meeting: National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys present guest speaker Linda Boyd, program manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, discussing the implementation of Care Court and how it differs from a similar court, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, 7-8:45 p.m. online on Zoom. Join the Zoom meeting here: By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and # and Passcode: 692327. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups:


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,

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles – Making Memories Festival: The fundraiser includes music by Grammy Award-winners Ozomatli, Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse, DJ Monalisa, La Misa Negra and J. Rocc, plus the UCLA ACA Lion Dance Troupe, information booths on brain health and healthy lifestyle and food trucks, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets $35; $40 at the door. Bring blanket or lawn chair for seating. Limited on-site parking, $20. Los Angeles Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. Details and purchase tickets:

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


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