Community meetings bring people together for an exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings in the San Fernando Valley.
Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 am every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering the meetings on Zoom. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link and other information. 818-884-4013. www.wingsoverwendys.com
End-of-Life Decisions Planning – Online: Platt Branch Library in Woodland Hills presents a talk by Erika Brown, MSW Social Worker II with the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, on city programs and resources on the topic, 2 pm Request the link for the online talk in advance to Megan Young at email@example.com (put “End-of-Life March 31 talk” in the subject line). www.lapl.org/branches/platt
San Fernando Valley Iris Society Show and Sale: The sale includes iris varieties that thrive in the San Fernando Valley, 11 am-5 pm Prices begin at $7. The “Irises Make Music” theme event also has displays of different irises and a raffle in the afternoon. Free admission. Canoga Park Women’s Club, 7401 Jordan Ave. www.sanfernandovalleyirissociety.org
The Rise in Global Antisemitism – Online Lecture: NA’AMAT USA presents a talk on the topic by Sharon Nazarian, senior vice president of international affairs at the Anti-Defamation League, 10 am Free/donations appreciated. Register in advance for the lecture on Zoom: bit.ly/3qDK75v. 818-981-1298. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.naamat.org
Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. www.greatervalleyglencouncil.org
Mission Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 pm Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-869-4577. Email: email@example.com. mhnconline.org
San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active Retired Federal Employees Association: Meet the group in Chapter 61 of the association, lunch, 11:30 am, followed by a business meeting, 12:30 pm Lunch is on-your-own payment. Lulu’s Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys. David Rittenberg, 818-901-8331.
Book Club with Chatsworth Library: Discusses “The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister, 1:30 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Book Club” in the subject line). 21052 Devonshire St. Details: bit.ly/3IAb3Jr
Container Gardening for Beginners – Online Lecture: Elliott Kuhn discusses types of containers to use, potting soil and amendments, individual plant needs and micro-climates, 6 pm The lecture is presented by Valley Plaza Branch Library in North Hollywood. Request the link in advance to email@example.com (put “Container Gardening” in the subject line). This lecture is part of the library’s LA Made program; details on presenters/performers: bit.ly/3IEpeNB. Details: bit.ly/35hmVTi
The Big Read with Canoga Park Branch Library: Discusses “The Best We Could Do – An Illustrated Memoir” by Thi Bui, 1 pm Request the Zoom link in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Big Read Book” in the subject line). 20939 Sherman Way. Details: bit.ly/35aUbeH
Charity and Volunteer
Prom Closet: Donate prom dresses, young men’s attire and accessories for the April 2 event in Mission Hills. The event is for high school students with financial need. It is presented by the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney and hosted by the Mission Community Police Station. Contact Cynthia Hernandez, community resource specialist, to find out what items are still needed for the closet: email@example.com. Flyer here: www.facebook.com/CanogaParkNeighborhoodCouncil
American Red Cross Los Angeles Region: Seeking volunteers for Transportation Specialists (www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/deliver-blood.html) and also Disaster Action Team Member (www.redcross.org/volunteer/disaster-action-team.html).
Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for a clean-up project in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to make a donation for clean-up supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Flair Cares Food Drive – Hang Up Hunger: The 7th annual food drive at their locations in Studio City and Valencia runs through March 31. Drop off nonperishable boxed and canned food (no glass jars or expired dates) during business hours. Donations go to the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry and the nonprofit Santa Clarita Grocery. Donations by customers will be matched up to 250 pounds per location. Customers who donate receive a 50%-off coupon on a dry cleaning order on a future visit. 4060 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City (818-761-3282; flaircleaners.com/locations/studio-city) and 27011 McBean Parkway, Valencia (661-753-9900; flaircleaners.com/locations/valencia). Also contributing to local food pantries are the Redondo Beach and Santa Monica locations. www.facebook.com/flairdrycleaners; flaircleaners.com
New Horizon’s 5K Run, Walk and Roll: The 13th annual fundraiser for the San Fernando Valley-based nonprofit that provides services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The 5K run begins, 9 a.m.; walk and roll, 2.6 mile, begins 11 am April 2. Check-in, 8 am for the 5K run; 9 a.m. for the walk. Registration fee $50 and $35 for ages 8-12 for the 5K; $40 and $25 ages 8-12 for the walk and roll. Check website to join a team or information on forming a team. Lake Balboa/Anthony B. Beilenson Park, 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Daryl Rubin, 818-894-7422. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. newhorizons-sfv.org/2022-run-walk-and-roll-5k/
Valley of the Stars 2022 Awards Gala – The Sky’s the Limit: Actor Jerry O’Connell is the master of ceremonies for the Valley Economic Alliance event, 5:30 pm April 8. Honorees: Eric Dickerson (Sports and Entertainment); Ken Craft (Humanitarian); Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (Jane and Bert Boeckman Business Leadership). Dress code: business/cocktail attire. Tickets $275. Reservations required. Castaway, 1250 E. Harvard Road, Burbank. Jacqui Matsumoto, 818-379-7000, Ext. 113. thevalley.net/gala
Northridge Woman’s Club Spring Fundraiser for the LAPD K-9 Division: Event includes lunch, entertainment and shopping, 10 am-3 pm April 14. Admission $75. Reservations and pre-payment required in advance as soon as possible. The event is held at Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills. Call to make a reservation and for questions about the event, Joyce Sipes, 818-429-8468. www.northridgewomansclub.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at email@example.com. 818-713-3708.