Category: Just for Fun

How to Find NC-Sponsored Halloween Events in Your Neighborhood

Neighborhood Councils sponsor family-friendly festivities throughout the year, and especially during the holiday season. Now that Halloween is coming up, here’s a quick overview of how to look up events sponsored by your local NC.
Click the button below to open our Citywide list of Councils, and select yours to open your NC’s EmpowerLA webpage. At the top right of that page, you’ll see a link to the NC’s full website, where you’ll be able to see news about upcoming events and also get onto their mailing list to get news sent to you directly.
Don’t know which NC is yours? Visit and enter your address in the search bar to find it.

Granada Hills Street Faire Video – October 5, 2019

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The 15th Annual Granada Hills Street Faire was a huge success for the community. Thousands of people walked the four block stretch on Chatsworth St. in the Granada Village. There was good food, Entertainment, Oktoberfest, Classic Car Show and over 150 different vendors to choose from. Just a wonderful day for all!

Video courtesy of Mark Hovater.

July 4th Guide to Fireworks & Parades – 2019


Your complete listings of times and locations of Independence Day fun throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Looking for Independence Day celebrations in your area? Find an event near you, don your red, white and blue, and Happy Fourth of July 2019!

Not all events occur on Thursday, July 4. Double-check with event organizers to confirm times and locations in case activities were updated or changed since posted.

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Celebrate LA! LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia


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” Donation Drive


“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 – MondayFriday8am-6pm
Note – Box on 2nd floor lobby.

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
8756 Canby Ave.
Northridge, 91325
Drop Off – MondayFriday9am-5pm
Note: Buzz in through main gate.

Crossfit Lomita
2074 Pacific Coast Hwy
Lomita, 90717
Drop Off – MondayThursday5am-8:30pm

National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass Rate Increase


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 »

Citrus Sunday – May 22, 2016


Sunday, May 22, 2016
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Drop off fruit at GHNNC Office
11139 Woodley Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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


Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Contest

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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: 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.

Time to Show Off



When your friends visit L.A., where do you take them?

Sure, they’re excited to see our world famous landmarks, but tell me about your Los Angeles: the places your friends never knew about until you showed them.

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.

What do you want to see in those pictures? Suggest your favorite spots to show off our city.

One of the most talented and sought-after photographers in the world, L.A.’s own Catherine Opie, has volunteered to create a series of images to welcome people when they arrive at LAX.

Follow this link to recommend and vote on shooting locations. Your suggestion may become the next photo at LAX.

We Angelenos have so much to be proud of — let’s show the world what we got.

Eric Garcetti

GHNNC 2013 Summer Social FIESTA – Saturday, July 13



¡Hola!  ¡Es tiempo para fiesta!

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

St. Euphrasia School Hall
11766 Shoshone Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344

See you there!

Citrus Sunday – May 5, 2013


Citrus-Sunday-2013Save 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

Porter Ranch NC
Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge
(8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Reseda NC
CD3 Field Office
19040 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA

West Hills NC
Field’s Market
23221 Saticoy St., West Hills, CA

Sanitation Open House Dates for 2013

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

Free Admission at Several L.A. Museums January 26 & 27


At LACMA (Photo by -SHANE NOIR- via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

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.

How to See Endeavour Ride into the Sunset


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.)

It will be housed in a museum hangar pending completion of its permanent home at the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which is aiming for completion by 2018.