On Sunday, September 30th, CicLAvia is partnering with the LA Phil and Community Arts Resources (CARS) and clearing the roadways between Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood, transforming them into an auto-free zone where you can walk, run, skate, scoot, bike, and wander however you like! Six hubs along the route will feature art, food trucks, screen-printing, kid-friendly fun, and dancing, as well as live music from LA’s best musicians. Think of it as an eight-mile free space saved just for you – do with it what you will!
“Love is a Warm Blanket” is an annual blanket drive for the homeless in Los Angeles and beyond during Winter months, whose mission is to warm the hearts of the homeless and spread love with donations of blankets. New and gently used (washed) blankets will be collected at drop off sites until February 2018. You can also order directly through their Amazon wishlist.
Blankets are personally handed out to the general homeless population on the streets, at distribution events in communities including Skid Row, and to homeless shelter residents including emergency Winter shelters.
You can drop off a donation at any of the following locations.
The Valley Economic Alliance 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, 91403 Drop Off – Monday–Friday, 8am-6pm Note – Box on 2nd floor lobby.
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission 8756 Canby Ave. Northridge, 91325 Drop Off – Monday–Friday, 9am-5pm Note: Buzz in through main gate.
Crossfit Lomita 2074 Pacific Coast Hwy Lomita, 90717 Drop Off – Monday–Thursday, 5am-8:30pm Friday, 5am-7:30pm Saturday, 9am-12pm Sunday, 9am-11am
There are more than 400 National Parks in the U.S. and visiting them may become more difficult as entry passes become more expensive. As of August 27, 2017, the cost of the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass (available to seniors 62 and over) will be increased from the current rate of $10.00 to $80.00.
The LIFETIME PASS for seniors allows entry to more than 2,000 sites managed by five federal agencies, including the 400 National Parks in the US. The pass comes in the form of a vehicle hang tag.
Seniors can take advantage of the current low price before the rate goes up at the end of August by obtaining passes through the National Park website, application by mail, or by buying the pass at a National Park location. (If a pass is purchased via website or mail there will be an additional $10.00 processing fee.) Read more »
You are invited to join CD12, the Valley Interfaith Council, Food forward, and other local Neighborhood Councils to participate in Citrus Sunday by picking oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruit from your trees and dropping them off to your local Neighborhood Council location. 100% of your donations will be delivered to local food pantries.
For more information please call (818) 882-1212 or email [email protected]. To register your fruit trees for Citrus Sunday or any time of year, call (818) 530-4125 or go to www.foodforward.org.
Be the first to spot a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair bus bench ad in the City of Los Angeles! Whoever sends the first email received at [email protected] (based on the email timestamp) with a photo of the ad and the location (nearest intersection and city) of the bench in the photo will win a Mini Mystery Kit of EP Supplies. Will it be you? Keep your eyes open and you just might be the winner!
The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Fire Station 87, 10125 Balboa Blvd., from 10:00 an to 2:00 pm. Info or to register: ValleyDisasterFair.com. To date, over 25 Neighborhood Councils have agreed to host Outreach booths at the Fair. Thank you!
Southern California Preparedness Foundation Board and Advisory Board members and employees of Martin Outdoor Media and their immediate families are excluded from participation in this contest.
When your friends arrive at LAX, the “Welcome to L.A.” photos at the airport are their first impression of our city. With your help, we’ll identify the most exciting places to feature in those photos. I want to showcase the real L.A. — your L.A.
Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council is having our 3rd Annual Summer Social and you, our Stakeholders, are invited for an evening of food and fun—fiesta style. We’ll have authentic Mexican food by Custom Caterers, live music and dancers by Azteca Mexico, piñatas, sombrero games, Magic Castle magician Mark Paskell, trivia games, cactus ring toss game, and a special Macho Nacho eating contest.
GHNNC board member and Educational Representative Steven Steinberg will be teaching the Mexican Hat Dance, Salsa, and other fun dances. Come for the excitement, have a nice meal, meet your neighbors, talk with your elected board members, and have a wonderful evening.
Come join us Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 6pm to 10pm at the
Save the date for Council District 12’s Eighth Annual Citrus Sunday coming up on Sunday, May 5.
This volunteer fruit drive brings tens of thousands of pounds of fresh oranges and grapefruits to food banks that serve struggling San Fernando Valley families.
Join Northridge West, Northridge South, Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Chatsworth, and West Hills Neighborhood Councils along with Temple Ahavat Shalom for this great event!
Sunday, May 5, 2013 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Participating is easy! 1. Just pick oranges, grapefruits or other citrus fruit from your trees, or ask your neighbors if you can pick from their trees. 2. Drop them off at participating locations between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 5. Our partner organization, Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) will collect all the fruit and distribute it to families served at VIC food pantries in the San Fernando Valley.
Drop off locations:
Granada Hills North NC Knollwood Country Club 12024 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA
Granada Hills South NC Granada Hills Charter High School 10533 Zelzah Ave., Granada Hills, CA
Chatsworth NC Fire Station 96 21800 Marilla St, Chatsworth, CA
Northridge South NC Dearborn Park 17141 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA
Northridge West NC Northwest corner of Tampa Ave. and Chatsworth Street Northridge, CA
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the City of L.A. Bureau of Sanitation 2013 “Discover Recycling” Open Houses!
Families, children and residents of all ages have the opportunity to meet Sanitation collection truck drivers and staff, enjoy truck demonstrations and facility tours as well as receive information about recycling and a host of Sanitation services.
The 2013 “Discover Recycling” Open House dates, locations and times are:
Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Avenue, Northridge, CA 91324
Saturday, June 1, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. North Central District Yard, 452 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Saturday, June 8, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. South Los Angeles District Yard at The Expo Center, 3990 Menlo Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90037 (NE corner of Martin Luther King Blvd & Vermont Ave.)
Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Harbor District Yard, 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday, June 29, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. West Los Angeles District Yard, 2027 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
If your New Year’s Resolution was to spend more time checking out local museums, your budget is no excuse this weekend, as several area facilities will be absolutely FREE to visit.
The Museums Free-For-All event is in its eighth year, and for several venues the offer stands for both days. Exceptions are ticketed events, like the California Science Center’s Endeavour space shuttle exhibit, and for The Getty, you’ll need to book time-based free tickets. Over at LACMA, the Kubrick and Caravaggio exhibits are not included, and for all venues, things like parking will still cost you a few bucks. Still, on January 26 and/or 27, places like The Autry, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Fowler Museum at UCLA The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Skirball Cultural Center, and The Paley Center for Media and more will be free for you to roam and enjoy.
Here’s a full list of participating museums, and on what days they will be free:
Looking for Free Museum Days? Select museums offer free admission and many offer free admission times/days. Learn more by downloading the Free Museum Days PDF.
So it won’t be The Rock. The access will be tighter and the pageantry slighter than when LACMA’s 340-ton boulder rolled through town.
Early reports had raised hopes that the move of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from LAX to the California Science Center would become a rolling parade like the one that accompanied the immense granite stone in Michael Heizer’s “Levitated Mass” at LACMA. But as logistical realities set in, it became clear that the Endeavour, which has a 78-foot wingspan, is about four times as wide, six times as long and twice as high as the “Levitated Mass” boulder.
Moreover, the spacecraft requires a 10-foot clearance on each side because it is covered in a special lightweight, silica-based, thermal insulation so fragile that raindrops can dent it. Its wings can’t be removed and replaced like an airplane’s. And to the chagrin of many, hundreds of trees had to be cut down to accommodate Endeavour’s massive silhouette.
“It’s so big that the street is barely wide enough in some places to accommodate the shuttle itself, let alone the crowd control on the sidewalk,” says LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez.
“It’s a safety issue,” agrees project director Marty Fabrick of the California Science Center Foundation, noting that the crews operating the shuttle’s special transporter will have their hands full just maneuvering it under power lines and around corners with scant clearance between the wheels and the curb. “They have to have 100% focus on what they’re doing. We don’t want them distracted by the worry that someone will fall off a curb and get hurt.”
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of chances to glimpse the cross-town progress of “Mission 26”, as it’s been dubbed. From organized events to wide spots on the 12-mile route, thousands are expected to witness the spacecraft’s road trip, which begins at about 12:01 a.m. Friday, October 12, when it pulls out of its United Airlines hangar en route to the Science Center, where it’s expected to touch down Saturday night. (Click here for a schedule and here for a route map.)
Updated 10/12/12: Endeavour’s last ride is underway. Check out this video posted at Curbed L.A. to see the craft crossing Sepulveda Boulevard.
Despite the disappointment that has arisen since the Los Angeles Police Department announced that sidewalks on much of the route would be closed for safety reasons, Fabrick promises that “people will have ample opportunity to see this historic move.”
Two planned celebrations are scheduled for Saturday, and at least two pit stops will offer a decent view of the shuttle, as will some parts of Crenshaw Boulevard for those lucky enough to live nearby. Locals along the route also will get a good look as the Endeavour passes homes, malls and markets, as well as landmarks such as Inglewood City Hall.
Some 700 LAPD cadets and volunteers will be doing crowd control and event security, and police have urged spectators to expect large crowds, heavy traffic and delays. And lots of street closures: Access to the south side of Los Angeles International Airport will be restricted during the move for security reasons, for example, and the shuttle’s planned 2:30 a.m. exit from LAX via Northside Parkway will be open to credentialed media only.
Despite the little Endeavour in the donut hole, Randy’s will be closed to the shuttle-viewing public Friday afternoon.
Also, the Friday night crossing of the 405 Freeway at the Manchester Bridge will be a tougher ticket than some might expect, given the location. The California Highway patrol will be closing ramps and running traffic stops to discourage gawking, and the crossing itself isn’t scheduled to take place until sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight.
And just as a side note: Though it might be tempting to try to catch the crossing at, say, Randy’s Donuts, the iconic shop with the giant doughnut just off the freeway, don’t bother. Larry Weintraub, the owner, had initially been expecting a large crowd of shuttle enthusiasts and had even added a mini-Endeavour to the hole of his famous doughnut.
But because of the many sidewalk closures, he ended up instead renting his lot to Toyota, which expects to bring in about 150 people to film the crossing.
The company —a longtime corporate supporter of the science center—agreed to tow the Endeavour across the overpass with a Toyota Tundra pickup truck and a specialized dolly. The maneuver is needed because Caltrans’ weight distribution requirements for the bridge called for a different tow mechanism than the Endeavour’s transportation system.
Even though Randy’s will be closed to everyone but Toyota guests on Friday after 2 p.m., the shuttle should be easily visible from several formal and informal venues. Among the better opportunities:
La Tijera Boulevard and Sepulveda Eastway in Westchester
A commercial lot, this will be the shuttle’s first layover, on Friday from about 4:15 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. Donation of the space—look for the Citibank and the Quizno’s—was arranged by Westchester management company Drollinger Properties, which agreed to let the shuttle park there while crews move some power lines and make some adjustments to its customized carrier.
Inglewood Forum at 3900 W. Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood
Though the shuttle is scheduled to pass by Inglewood City Hall at about 8 a.m. on Saturday, space is limited and officials are encouraging the public to go straight to the party at the Forum, where the shuttle is expected to be parked briefly from about 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. “That will be the real public kickoff,” says Fabrick, noting that the city is anticipating a crowd of some 10,000 people and that Hollywood Park will be offering free parking starting at 4 a.m. (no overnight camping.) “There will be a formal program and astronauts and a band and color guard. And the shuttle is so big and high that you won’t need to be on the curb to have a great view of it.”
Crenshaw Boulevard between 54th Street and Leimert Boulevard
The shuttle is expected to pass by here between about 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Though outsiders are being discouraged due to a lack of parking, the area is expected to have one of the better vantage points for locals who can walk or bike there. “The shuttle is going to be completely on the north side of the center median, so the sidewalk on the south side will be open,” says Fabrick, “and locals should have a fantastic view.”
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Saturday’s second big celebration is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. This one will have a special show produced and directed by choreographer Debbie Allen; seating will be limited, with seats distributed by mall officials. Police anticipate a standing room only crowd of several thousand and have urged spectators to arrive early. The program is expected to last about an hour, but after the shuttle’s 2 p.m. scheduled arrival, crews will be spending another hour or so at the site adjusting the shuttle carrier for the next leg of the trip.
Bill Robertson Lane at Exposition Park
This will be where the shuttle turns toward the California Science Center on Saturday at approximately 8:30 p.m., and probably the last, best place to see Endeavour before it is installed at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Display Pavilion. Viewers will be encouraged to gather at four parking lots north of MLK between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Avenue. Public transportation is available by bus and via the Expo Line light rail.
Endeavour’s grand opening will be October 30, with early access for science center members. Admission to the science center and the shuttle is free, but viewers are encouraged to obtain time tickets to reserve a space. (Click here for membership information and here for time ticketing.)