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.
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. www.wingsoverwendys.com
Book Club with Sherman Oaks Branch Library – Online: Discusses “The Violin Conspiracy” by Brendan Slocumb, 6:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Book Club Online, Dec. 19” in the subject line). Library location, 14245 Moorpark St., 818-205-9716. Details: bit.ly/3PiEZz2
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.
Adult Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, 6:30 p.m. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Email: email@example.com. Details: bit.ly/3Pdwx2x
NoHo Book Club – Online: Discusses “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See, 4 p.m. North Hollywood Regional Library, 5211 Tujunga Ave. 818-766-7185. Details: www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/noho-book-club
Mystery and Thriller Book Club with Studio City Branch Library – Online: Discusses “Damage” by John T. Lescroart, 6:30 p.m. Request the Zoom link by email in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Mystery and Thriller Book Club” in the subject line). 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Details: bit.ly/3BW8emd
Book Club at Chatsworth Branch Library: Attendees discuss a favorite book and why others would enjoy reading it, 1:30 p.m. The meeting is in-person and online. Request the link by email in advance to email@example.com (put “Book Club, Jan. 4” in the subject line). Location, 21052 Devonshire St. 818-341-4276. Details: bit.ly/3Ws1F1M
Grow Your Social Media Brand and Start Your Own YouTube Channel: Evan Burse discusses the topic, including Instagram, and how he developed his own YouTube Channel (Cartoon Block), 4 p.m. The in-person class is for adults and teens. Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. 818-352-4481. Details: bit.ly/3FzV6DM
Current Events Nonfiction Book Club at Studio City Branch Library: Discusses “Rough Draft: A Memoir” by Katy Tur, noon. Location, 12511 Moorpark St. 818-755-7873. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: bit.ly/3YrLhQS
Filing for Neighborhood Council Elections in the San Fernando Valley: Thinking about filing as a candidate for a neighborhood council? If you are a stakeholder in one of these nine councils, filing opens on this date in 2023: 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. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, using the “Selection” process, has a filing period from Jan. 2 to Feb. 16 (details: www.chatsworthcouncil.org/2023-selection). Stakeholder requirements to participate vary by council. For information on qualifications: empowerla.org/about-neighborhood-councils. For other neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley, check the filing dates in February here: bit.ly/3isaQ3H
Charity and Volunteer
Burlington Coat Drive: Burlington Stores hold their 16th annual donation drive for new or gently-worn coats. Drop off coats through Dec. 24 at your local store. The drive is presented in partnership with Delivering Good (www.delivering-good.org). www.burlington.com
LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program’s Blankets and Socks Drive: Donations of new or gently-used (washed and clean) blankets, sleeping bags, quilts and socks are being accepted now through Dec. 30. Items may be donated, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (however, locations will be closed on Dec. 26, Christmas-observed day for LA Sanitation). 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: email@example.com. lacitysan.org
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: bit.ly/3S22nkb
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, volunteerscleaningcommunities.com
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at firstname.lastname@example.org. 818-713-3708.