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December 2017

Things to do in the san fernando valley. LOCAL Events

CD12 Annual Holiday Toy Drives

CD12 is proud to support two toy drives for underserved youth in our community. Both LAPD Devonshire PALS and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission are seeking gifts for children this holiday season. Toys should be new and unwrapped and appropriate for children ages 2-18. Both organizations are also looking for community groups and businesses to help by organizing toy drives and collecting personal donations. A toy collection box can be provided upon request. If you are interested, please contact (818) 882- 1212 or Toys for either organization can be dropped off at our Community Service Center, 9207 Oakdale Ave. in Chatsworth. Please indicate which organization you would like toys to go to at the time of drop off. Drop Offs for LAPD Devonshire Pals are also accepted at: PALS Center, 8721 Wilbur Ave. in Northridge and at Devonshire Police Station, 10250 Etiwanda Ave. in Northridge. For more information and to volunteer at the PALS toy drive, call (818) 885-6432. Drop Offs for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission are also accepted at their Northridge location, 8756 Canby Ave. For more information or to volunteer/conduct a toy drive with the SFV Rescue Mission, call (818) 785-4476.

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. Their mission is to warm the hearts of the homeless and spread love with donations of blankets during cold winter months. You can drop off new and gently used (washed) blankets Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, 8756 Canby Ave. in Northridge. For more information, go to www.liawb.blogspot. com or email

Encore Older Adult Education Program

Encore Older Adult Education Program is a Pierce College education program designed specifically for older adults (50+), but all students over 18 are welcome to enroll. Encore offers FREE noncredit classes and some fee-based classes through Community Extension. Courses address the educational needs and interests of older adults, focusing on topics that promote independence, advocacy, community engagement, self-maintenance, personal growth and development, physical and cognitive health, and economic self-sufficiency. Registration: Now through January 1. For more information, visit the Pierce College website.

CalRTA Meeting

On December 8, Friday, at 10:30 a.m., the CalRTA meeting will be at the Northridge Women’s Club at 18401 Lassen St. in Northridge. Special holiday cheer will be presented by the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Chamber group. Come join us to hear the latest about your pensions, connect with LAUSD Bd. member, and consider joining us for lunch after the meeting.

Operation Gratitude Assembly Day

This year, Operation Gratitude will celebrate their 2 Millionth Operation Gratitude Care Package! Spend a morning helping assemble care packages with Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that annually sends 150,000+ care packages to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to US Service Members deployed overseas, Saturday, December 9th, 10:00 am at 21100 Lassen St. in Chatsworth. For more information and to learn how you can volunteer, go to www.operationgratitude. com or email

Chatsworth Library Book Club

The Chatsworth High School Jazz Band and Concert Choir will be performing a free holiday concert at the Chatsworth Library, Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm. The library is located at 21052 Devonshire St. For more information, call (818) 341-4276.

Valley Ragtime Stomp

Next meeting is from 2-5:00 pm on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Henri’s Restaurant, 21601 Sherman Way in Canoga Park. For further information call Ron at 818-766-2384. The Valley Ragtime Stomp is a free monthly concert in Canoga Park, featuring ragtime-era and other vintage music, including stride, boogie-woogie, blues and ballads. It’s a gathering of amateur and professional musicians that welcomes newcomers to play or just listen.

International Folktales

Renowned storyteller Michael D. McCarty will share fascinating tales from around the world to spark the imagination of children and families, Saturday, December 9th, 4 p.m. at the Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Avenue. (818) 368-5687.

San Fernando Valley Youth

Chorus Concert The San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus, under the music direction of Mr. Sean Carney, invites the community to celebrate the holidays at Sharing Light, a musical concert, Sunday, December 10, 3:30 pm at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave. in Canoga Park. A reception will be held after the concert. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. The Valley Youth Chorus is a non-profit choral program for youth from grades two through twelve, providing music education for young singers. The Choir promotes harmony in the community through superior choral instruction, community outreach, and choral music performances. For more information, go to www.

St John Eudes Christmas Concert

St John Eudes Chatsworth Christmas concert will be on Dec 15 at 7:30 pm. Traditional carols, and “The Shoemaker’s Gift”, a Leo Tolstoy Russian tale which gave Dr. Dana Howell, the choir director, inspiration to compose music and lyrics. Tickets $15, under 12 free. For more info, call Mary 818-346-0927.

Spark of Love Toy Drive

Ralphs and the crew of Fire Station 96 are teaming up for the Spark of Love Toy Drive on Sunday, December 17, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the corner of Devonshire & Canoga. Help bring the Holiday spirit to a child by donating a new, still-in-package toy that will be delivered to a child in need this holiday season. For more information, call (818) 519-9225.

Valley Philharmonic Winter Concert

Come and enjoy your Valley’s young musicians in a Winter Concert for the whole family, led by distinguished Conductor, Dr. Henry Shin on Sunday, December 17th, 7:00 PM at In- Christ Community Church, 19514 Rinaldi St. in Northridge. Program includes Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Holiday Music and more! $10 Ticket Donation. For advance discount tickets contact Jackie at 213-458-4618 or jackiek818@juno. com,

Winter Solstice Craft

Children and families, come mark the shortest day of the year by making a snowflake craft, Thursday, December 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Avenue. (818) 368-5687


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