Community meetings bring people together to exchange ideas and share memorable experiences. Here is a sampling of meetings and charity/volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area.
Wings on Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group also offers 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
Book Club with the Sun Valley Branch Library: Discusses “The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir” by Thi Bui, 4:45 p.m. Ask for the Zoom link in advance by emailing [email protected] (put “Book Club” in the subject line). 7935 Vineland Ave 818-764-1338. Details: bit.ly/3EZoyCi
North Hills East Ward Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. See the agenda page on the website for information on how to join the meeting. The board is also looking for new board members for: a resident seat on the board in Region 3; sits on the tenant’s board of directors; headquarters of the Youth Community Board of Directors. If interested, email [email protected] 818-672-6674. northhillseast.org
Sherman Oaks Ward Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3nY4lEn. By phone, 833-548-0282 and use ID: 85140543942 and #. Voicemail, 818-503-2399. www.shermanoaksnc.org/
Northridge West Ward Council: A board meeting, 6:15 p.m. See the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-446-6469. Email: [email protected] northridgewest.org
Sun Valley Area Ward Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. See the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-767-8262. Email: [email protected] www.svanc.com
Winnetka Ward Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3gmB9UP and use passcode: WNCBOARD. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 81541994845 and password: 70345092. Email: [email protected] winnetkanc.com
Culture, Equity and Race in Mental Health – Virtual Event: El Centro de Amistad presents a conference on the themes, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free event. May is “Mental Health Awareness Month”. Flaviola Garcia, 818-898-0223. Register in advance and find out how to watch the conference on Facebook or YouTube: ecda.org/conference/
Getting Into Good Trouble – Women of Color Are Running for Election: The San Fernando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Chatsworth Branch Library present an online panel discussion on the topic, 6-7:30 p.m. Details on San Fernando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority : www.facebook.com/sfvadst. Register for the conference on Zoom here: bit.ly/3vv6JIr
Porter Ranch Ward Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. See the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-217-0279. Email: [email protected] prnc.org
NoHo Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. See the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Email: [email protected] www.nohonc.org
North Hollywood West Ward Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/39IzqJn. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 85308485745 and #. Voicemail, 818-446-6469. Email: [email protected] nohowest.org
Woodland Hills – Warner Center Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. See the agenda page on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-639-9444. whcouncil.org
Sunland-Tujunga District Council: A board meeting, 6:45 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3fAW5Vi. By phone, 888-475-4499 and use ID: 91892785703 and #. Check the agenda page for meeting updates. Voicemail, 818-951-7411. Facebook: bit.ly/2Zxrz8x. www.stnc.org
Northeast Hollywood Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. See the agenda page on the website for information on how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Email: [email protected] www.nhnenc.org
Van Nuys District Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: bit.ly/3g4f3Yl. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 83366296988 and #. Voicemail, 818-533-8662. Email: [email protected] vnnc.org
Glendale Branch of the American Association of University Women – Online: The guest speaker is Silvia Perez, Section Chief of the Transportation and Distribution Department of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 10 a.m. Email a request to receive the meeting’s Zoom link to Laura Guillory at [email protected] by May 11 (include your full name and email address). glendale-ca.aauw.net
Southern California Culinary Historians – Online: Author Laura Shapiro discusses “What She Ate and Why I Wrote About It: Women, Food, and Biography,” 10:30 a.m. April 14. Free. Register in advance for the Zoom meeting (reservations close 24 hours before the meeting): bit.ly/383Ty8p. Email: [email protected] www.chsocial.org
Meditation – A vacation away from stress: Doug Frankel discusses the topic, introduces meditation techniques, and leads a short meditation practice. double). Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-340-9386. Details: bit.ly/3shne8K
Maori Tales – Online: Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library presents a lecture by Louisa Tipene Opetaia, of Maori and Samoan origin and speaking on Zoom from New Zealand, with Maori songs, stories and other cultural information, 6:15 p.m. free. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link: bit.ly/3vRfwVd
Northridge Woman’s Club Wine, Cheese and Delicatessen Dinner: The group hosts the event which includes entertainment from Bob Ryman, from noon to 3 p.m. Reservations required. Cost $20 (by check payable to Northridge Woman’s Club). Contact Irene Strauss for mailing address for checks. The event takes place at the band’s clubhouse, 1840` Lassen St., Northridge. 818-344-3333.
Charity and volunteering
Stamp Out Hunger – 30th National Letter Carriers Association Food Drive: Your mail carrier will leave special bags for your non-perishable food donation before the May 14 collection. Leave your gift bagged in your mailbox. Items you need most: high protein (including canned tuna, salmon, beans, and peanut butter), canned fruits and vegetables, low-sugar cereals, 100% pure fruit juices (no containers of glass) and boxed/canned meals (including macaroni and cheese, chili, soup, stew). Details: nalc.org/community-service/food-drive
Hollywood Charity Horse Show and an evening with William Shatner: A fundraiser for Ahead with Horses, a Shadow Hills-based children’s therapeutic riding group, and other charities, 6-8 p.m. May 28. Dinner, 6-7 p.m., followed by storytelling and Q&A with actor William Shatner. The event also includes live and silent auctions. Tickets $400 (sales end May 20). The event is sponsored by Priceline. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Charities that will benefit: www.horseshow.org/charity-recipients. Details and to purchase tickets: www.horseshow.org/the-event-and-tickets/
May Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Fee Waiver: Bounty Paper Towels is paying for pet adoptions at Best Friends Animal Society rescue centers through May 31. Available pets can be viewed online here: la.bestfriends.org. Hours of operation in Mission Hills and West Los Angeles centers, 12-4 p.m. daily (call to confirm). Locations: Best Friends Lifesaving Center, 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills (818-643-3989); NKLA Pet Adoption Center, 1845 Pontius Ave., Los Angeles (424-208-8840). bestfriends.org
LA Sanitation and Environment City Facility Recycling Program Toiletries Collection: Donate unopened and unused items to donate to shelters helping the homeless. Personal care items, complete or travel, include: deodorant; conditioner and shampoo; lotion; mouthwash; razors; bar soap and body wash; toothbrushes and toothpaste; wipes. Items can be donated, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through June 24 (except closed Memorial Day, May 30). Two locations in the San Fernando Valley: East Valley District Yard, 11050 Pendelton St., Sun Valley, and West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge. 213-485-2260. Email: [email protected] lacitysan.org
Kids Ocean Day looking for adult volunteers: Students from Los Angeles-area schools gather at Dockweiler State Beach to participate in a litter cleanup and create an art piece posed on the beach for an aerial photo (inspired by the “Joy in Nature” theme). Volunteers take part in various missions. Minimum age to become a volunteer: 18 years old. Registration, 7:00 a.m., followed by a training session, 8:00 a.m. sharp, May 26. Email for information about volunteering for the event: [email protected] or register on the website. The beach is located at 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey. Details on volunteering for this event: kidsoceanday.org/volunteer
American Red Cross Los Angeles Area: Seeking volunteers for transportation specialists (www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/deliver-blood.html) and also a member of the disaster action team (www.redcross.org/volunteer/ disaster-action-team.html).
Volunteers cleaning communities: Join the group for cleanup projects in the San Fernando Valley. Find a list of upcoming projects, and also how to donate for cleaning supplies, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected] 818-713-3708.