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.
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
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: tinyurl.com/m8np7bjx
Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center at Van Nuys – Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. (corner of Hartsook Street), Sherman Oaks. www.shermanoaksnc.org/
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.
Adult Crafting – Chatsworth Branch Library: Learn how to make sequin disco balls, 11 a.m. Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details: tinyurl.com/p27dj885
Wednesday Morning Book Club at Calabasas Library: Discusses “The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia and the Kennedys – and One Senator’s Fight to Save Democracy” by James Risen, 11 a.m. Location, 200 Civic Center Way. 818-225-7616. Details: bit.ly/3pLKag1
Book Club at Granada Hills Branch Library – in-Person and Online: Discusses “The Lioness” by Chris Bohjalian, 1:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance and by email to [email protected] (put “Book Club, Nov. 15” in the subject line). Location, 10640 Petit Ave. 818-368-5687.Details: tinyurl.com/28nen4zj
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
Pacoima Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Check the Calendar page to find the November agenda. El Nido/Pacoima Community Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. www.pacoimanc.com/
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: bit.ly/3bMNm1Y. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and # and Passcode: 692327. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: dmh.lacounty.gov. Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups: www.namisfv.org
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association: Guest speaker Assistant City Attorney Tamar Galatzan discusses Los Angeles Community Law Corps, 7:15 p.m. Prior to the meeting, a social hour, 6:15 p.m. Also, streamed on Zoom (check the website for the link). Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-377-4590. Email: [email protected]. www.soha914.com
Children’s Bureau – Resource Parents Online Orientations: Learn how to help children in the foster care system by becoming a resource parent or how to become adoptive parents with a talk by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent, 4-5 p.m. Request the Zoom live meeting link or a learn-at-your-own-pace online presentation, by sending an email to Rfrecruitm[email protected]. 800-730-3933. Details about the orientations: www.all4kids.org/programs/family-foster-care-and-adoption. Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here: all4kids.org
North Hills West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6 p.m. New Horizons, Sam’s Cafe, 15725 Parthenia St. (check the website, or call, to confirm meeting location). 818-369-1708. Email: [email protected]. nhwnc.net
Current Events Nonfiction Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock” by Jenny Odell, noon (rescheduled from Nov. 10 due to Veterans Day observed). Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: bit.ly/3YrLhQS
LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Blankets and Socks Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) blankets, sleeping bags, quilts and socks are being accepted now through Dec. 29. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (however, locations will be closed on Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 25). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. See the four other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email: [email protected]. lacitysan.org/donationdrives
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.