Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 16-23


A view from the San Fernando Valley: Cornelious Martinez covers up from the rain as he helps pedestrians safely cross Densmore Avenue at Moorpark Street in Encino. Heavy rains hit the Los Angeles area Monday, Jan 9, 2023. (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  meetings and charity/volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area.


Jan. 16


Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Location, 7401 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Contact Ed Reynolds, 818-884-4013.

Valley Vote: The topic to be discussed is “Power Failure,” 7 p.m. Galpin Ford, meeting room above the Mustang showroom, 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills. Details:

San Fernando Valley Male Chorus: The chorus is seeking singers of all ages who enjoy four-part male harmony, accompanied by a band. Rehearsals, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays until the spring concert in May. No audition or ability to read music required. Enter parking lot from Haynes Street. Rehearsals are at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Bob Banta, 818-888-8345 or email,

Filing for Neighborhood Council Elections in the San Fernando Valley: Thinking about filing as a candidate for a neighborhood council? Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, using the “Selection” process, has a filing period from now to Feb. 16 (details: Also, Feb. 3 is the opening date for filing if you are a stakeholder in one of these nine councils:  Arleta, Foothill Trails District, Mission Hills, North Hills East, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sunland-Tujunga, Sun Valley Area and Sylmar (filing closes for these councils on March 20). Stakeholder requirements to participate vary by council. For information on qualifications: For other neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley, check the filing dates in February here:

Northridge Woman’s Club: The organization is accepting applications for new members. The woman’s club is a civic, philanthropic and social group that helps the community through financial and personal contributions. The club has a monthly meeting that includes a lunch and entertainment plus a line-dancing exercise class every week. Contact Karen Lehman for more information, 818-885-6938.


Jan. 17


Southern California Garden Club: Meeting includes a plant market and country store plus a plant specimen display, 9:30 a.m.; business meeting, 10 a.m.; club member Martha Smyser gives a report on “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer 10:30 a.m.; Shaun Frohn, co-owner and head winemaker at Custom Crush Winery in Camarillo, gives a talk on “All About Grapevines,” 11 a.m. Vines are the club’s signature plant to be displayed and studied at club meetings this year. Bring-your-own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd. Encino. 818-996-3530.;

Reseda Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. (postponed from Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day).Join the meeting on Zoom here: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 84974428499 and # (agenda details: Email:

Arleta Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom here: By phone, 833-548-0276 and use ID: 81800673600 and #.

Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 97941372867 and #. Voicemail, 818-971-9134. Email:


Jan. 18


Adult Book Club at Studio City Branch Library – In-person and Online: Discusses “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles, 6:30 p.m. This is a hybrid meeting, in-person and online. Request the online link in advance and by email to (put “Adult Book Club, Jan. 18” in the subject line. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details:

Pacoima Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 83455301741 and #. To send an email, go to:

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association: Meeting begins with a social hour with dinner by Vitello’s, 6:15 p.m., followed by the meeting, 7:15 p.m. Guest speaker is Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton, Commander of the LAPD Valley Operations Bureau. Questions for Hamilton may be sent by noon Jan. 17 by email: The meeting is also available on Zoom: Use ID: 89184295907 and Passcode: soha914. Also, streamed on the association’s website. Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

Ask a Psychiatrist Night – Online: National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys present guest speaker Dr. Robert Dasher, retired psychiatrist from Olive View -UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, 7-8:45 p.m. online on Zoom. Join the meeting here: By phone, 669-900-9128 and use ID: 81835523630 and # and Pass Code: 692327. Information for resources on mental health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health: Information about the local NAMI group and their support groups,

Northridge East Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom and by phone. Voicemail, 818-527-2913. Email:

Studio City Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Join the meeting on Zoom: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 97198762934 and #. Voicemail, 818-655-5400. Email:


Jan. 19


Burbank African Violet Society: The program includes an installation of the society’s officers and talk on “Ph Balance,” 10 a.m. Members and visitors are asked to bring samples of their water to be tested. The meeting includes silent auction tables and a raffle. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. 661-940-3990.

Children’s Bureau – Resource Parents Online Orientations: Learn how to help children in the foster care system by becoming a resource parent or how to become adoptive parents with a talk by a Children’s Bureau team member and a foster parent, 4-5 p.m. Request the Zoom live meeting link or a learn-at-your-own-pace online presentation, by sending an email to 800-730-3933. Details about the orientations: Learn more about the nonprofit that was established in 1904 here:

North Hills West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6 p.m. Check the agenda page on the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voicemail, 818-903-2259. Email: Facebook:


Jan. 21


Chatsworth Chapter National Society Of the Daughters of the American Revolution: Meets, 10 a.m. Social time, 9:30 a.m. Meeting location provided to anyone interested in attending as a potential DAR member or guest, contact Kathy Holland at

Sourdough Bread Workshop: Brie Wakeland, a food preservation instructor, discusses how to make a sourdough starter and how to make bread, 1 p.m. Participants will have a starter sample to take home. Platt Branch Library, Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-340-9386. Details:


Jan. 25


Channel Islands Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America: Find out what’s new in the needlearts world, 9:30 a.m. Make a reservation to attend through the email. United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Email:

Mystery and Thriller Book Club with Studio City Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Right Sort of Man” by Allison Montclair, 6:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link by email in advance to (put “Mystery and Thriller Book Club” in the subject line). 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details:


Charity and Volunteer


LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Clothing Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) jackets and sweaters, pants, shirts and socks for children, men and women are accepted Jan. 9 to March 3. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed, however, on Feb. 20). 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. See other drop-off locations on the website. 213-485-2260. Email:

Tujunga Monday Night Bingo with Knights of Columbus: The organization holds the game night that generates funds for local charities. Early bird games, 6:30 p.m., and regular games at 7:30 p.m. Bingo games are set for multiple Monday dates. Buy-in $15. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, auditorium, 7144 Apperson St., Tujunga. Details on Eventbrite:

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


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

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