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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley area, May 20-27

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A view from the San Fernando Valley: Hip-Hop Artist David “Dee-1” Augustine, center, dances at CSUN during California State University, Northridge’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Pursuit of Hip-Hop Elevation and Research (CIPHER) Symposium on the school’s Northridge campus on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Jorge “Rascal” Coria, left, and Greg “Bad Newz” Aldana, right, showed their dance skill and style to audiences at the event, too. The event featured live hip-hop performances, DJs, dancers, graffiti installations, food trucks, and speakers. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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.

May 20

Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans from all services and ages, and their supporters, meet at 8:30 a.m. Location, auditorium at 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds, 818-884-4013.

Reseda Neighborhood Council – Online: A board meeting,6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: and use ID: 85794343370. By phone, 833-548-0282 or 877-853-5257 and use the ID and press #. Email:

May 21

Arleta Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Meeting at Osborne Neighborhood Church, 13501 Osborne St., Arleta.

Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Toluca Lake Elementary School, auditorium, 4840 Cahuenga Blvd. 818-971-9134. Email:

May 22

Channel Islands Chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America: The meeting this month includes a “Great Guilt Sale,” guild members cleaning up their own stash of embroidery supplies for sale, 9:30 a.m. Location, United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Email:

Book Club for Adults – Valley Plaza Branch Library: The first meeting of a new book club at Valley Plaza Branch discusses “My Murder” by Katie Williams, 4-5:15 p.m. The group will also future books to read in upcoming months. Location, 12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. 818-765-9251. Details:

Canoga Park Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Ave. 818-856-1060. 818-856-1060. Email: Updates:

Encino Neighborhood Council – Online: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Check the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom.  747-282-0450. May newsletter:

Neighborhood Council Valley Village – Online: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: By phone, 888-475-4499 and use ID: 86492085294 and press #. Email: Details on the May online meeting:

May 23

Sylmar Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Osceola Elementary School, 14940 Osceola St. 818-833-8737. Email:

Northridge South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Northridge Middle School, library, 17960 Chase St. Email:

San Fernando Valley Historical Society: James T. Bartlett presents a program on “Murder and Mayhem in the San Fernando Valley,” 7 p.m. Bartlett is the author of “The Alaskan Blonde: Sex, Secrets and the Hollywood Story That Shocked America.” Free to attend the meeting; donations are accepted and appreciated. The historical society meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Location, Andrés Pico Adobe, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (enter the parking lot from Brand Boulevard at the junction of Sepulveda Boulevard). and

May 28

Tarzana Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Tarzana Child Care Center, 5700 Beckford Ave. Email:

May 29

Sci-Fi Book Club at Van Nuys Branch Library: Discusses “Planet of the Apes” by Pierre Boulle, 5 p.m. The discussion is moderated by John Tommasino ( Location, community room at the library, 6250 Sylmar Ave. 818-756-8453. Details:

Mystery and Thriller Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Beware the Woman” by Megan Abbott, 6:30 p.m. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details:

Charity, Fundraiser and Volunteer

William Shatner’s Priceline Hollywood Charity Horse Show: The event is a fundraiser for various Los Angeles-area charities. The 45-minute-long equestrian show, 5 p.m. June 1, is free for the public to attend to attend (no reservations are required to attend the horse show). Purchase tickets by May 30 for the dinner and entertainment — an Elvis Presley tribute concert by Las Vegas-style Elvis Presley impersonator James Cawley — that follows the equestrian show. Tickets $300 (entry and dinner); VIP dinner ticket $400 (entry, dinner and a table photo opportunity with William Shatner); check the website for table-for-10 ticket options. Ticket sales end on May 30. Sponsors of the event include Banc of California and Priceline. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Charities to benefit: Details and to purchase tickets:

Volunteers Cleaning Communities: Join the group for clean-up projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects: Information on the group and how to make a donation for clean-up supplies:

Farmers markets

Canoga Park Farmers Market: A certified market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 7248 Owensmouth Avenue, between Sherman Way and Wyandotte Avenue.

El Nido Farmers Market – Pacoima: El Nido Family Centers and the City of Los Angeles present the market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Location, Pacoima Family Source Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd. Facebook:

Woodland Hills Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Location, 5650 Shoup Ave. 818-300-3023. Facebook:

Encino Farmers Market: ONEgeneration presents the market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. Location, 17400 Victory Blvd. (between Balboa Boulevard and White Oak Avenue). Farmers market manager, 818-708-6611 or email:

Good Times Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. Los Angeles Valley College, parking lot A, 5800 Fulton Ave. (at Burbank Boulevard), Valley Glen. Instagram:

Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at 818-713-3708.

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