Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of meetings in the San Fernando Valley.
Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for every meeting. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link, ID and password. 818-884-4013. Email: [email protected]
Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. May 3. Join the meeting by phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 84586854295 and press #. See the agenda here: bit.ly/3ePQ1tM. www.greatervalleyglencouncil.org
Mission Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. May 3. Check the website for how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-869-4577. Email: [email protected] www.mhnconline.org
Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 6:30 p.m. May 4. Join the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3bJst8l and use ID: 98538834487. By phone, 833-548-0282 and use the ID and press #. Find the agenda on the website. www.ghnnc.org
San Fernando Valley Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. May 5, followed by a meeting, 12:30 p.m. Reservations, for a head count, by 11 a.m. May 3 by email or phone to Bob Stiles: [email protected] Lunch is on-your-own. Lulu’s Restaurant, 16900 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys. Bob Stiles, 818-887-7698.
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. May 5. Join the Zoom meeting here: bit.ly/3eXnU9O and use ID: 93626962330. By phone, 669-900-9128 and use the ID and press #. Voice mail, 818-779-9026. lakebalboanc.org
The Garden as a Healing Space: Author and licensed landscape architect Shelley Sparks discusses the topic at a meeting of the Burbank-Valley Garden Club, 10 a.m. May 6. Free but register to attend the meeting on Zoom in advance. Request the link from Kathy Itomura at [email protected]
Friends of Chatsworth Library Book Club: Discusses “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America” by Elise Hooper, 1:30 p.m. May 6. Request the Zoom meeting link by email to [email protected] bit.ly/3sFPfnW
Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 6:30 p.m. May 6. Check the website for how to join the Zoom meeting or by phone. www.ghsnc.org
Bullying and Cyber-Bulling – Parenting Class: Daybreak Health presents the online talk, 7-8 p.m. May 6. Free. Register in advance here: bit.ly/2Rfz1oA. Upcoming class: “Tik Tok, Video Games Affecting Teen Mental Health,” 7 p.m. May 20. Email: [email protected] 415-992-6155.
West Hills Neighborhood Council: A board meeting is scheduled, 7 p.m. May 6. Check the agenda on the website to find out how to join the meeting on Zoom or by phone. Voice mail, 818-254-9378. www.westhillsnc.org/index.php
American Association of University Women, Glendale Branch: Guest speaker Gina Orozco, vice president at Southern California Gas Company, discusses “Benefits of Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), 10 a.m. May 8. Send an email request to receive the meeting’s Zoom link to [email protected] by May 5 (include your full name and email). glendale-ca.aauw.net
Divorce Telephone Workshop: A family law attorney from the Law Collaborative in Woodland Hills discusses the divorce process and issues including state guidelines for child custody and support, financial and tax concerns, 10 a.m.-noon May 8. Free. 609-663-5450. www.thelawcollaborative.com
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants classes: “Native Plant Herbalism,” with Mama Maiz, 10 a.m. May 8 and 22 (two-part workshop; $35; bit.ly/3nzR8l4). “Native Plant Garden Maintenance,” with Katherine Pakradouni, 1 p.m. May 15 ($35; bit.ly/2QJ3hbr). “Hanging Moss Balls with California Native Plants,” with Weina Dinata, 5:30 p.m. May 20 ($35; bit.ly/3339KjZ). The foundation’s nursery is open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday with a time slot reservation (see the website). 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802. theodorepayne.org
Northridge Woman’s Club Wine Down: The group holds the get together and membership drive with entertainment and vendors, 4-7 p.m. May 27. Reservations are required by May 10. Irene Strauss, 818-344-3333. 18401 Lassen St., Northridge.
Tools 2 Thrive – Mental Health Conference: El Centro de Amistad – The Friendship Center presents an online talk on a variety of mental health concerns including bipolar disorder, children and teen issues, suicide, the family’s role in helping a family member and cultural considerations for about coping with mental illness, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 12. Speakers, all licensed marriage and family therapists: Michael Mikulski, Daisy N. Rosales, Alejandra Trujillo. Conference is free but pre-registration is required. ecda.org/conference-registration. The conference will be streamed on the agency’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 818-347-8565. ecda.org
Mystery Book Club with West Valley Regional Branch Library: Discusses “Jade Dragon Mountain” by Elsa Hart, 10:30 a.m. May 12. Request the Zoom link in advance to [email protected] (put “Mystery Book Club” in the subject line). The library is located in Reseda. bit.ly/3fwaxBz
Meditation Techniques to Reduce Stress in Everyday Life: Doug Frankel leads the meditation workshop, 11 a.m. May 15. Request the Zoom meeting link from Marc at [email protected] (put “May 15 Meditation” in the subject line). The talk is presented by Platt Branch Library in Woodland Hills. www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meditation-techniques-reduce-stress-everyday-life
Online Tuesday Evening Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “The Little Red Chairs” by Edna O’Brien, 6 p.m. May 18. Request the Zoom meeting link by email to Barbara Lockwood at [email protected] bit.ly/3dLmdyX
Online Wednesday Morning Book Club with Calabasas Library: Discusses “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 11 a.m. May 19. Request the Zoom meeting link by email to Karilyn Steward at [email protected] bit.ly/32JTZ1o
Donations of wheeled luggage for foster care children: H. Savinar Luggage Co. is collecting the items to be given to children who are served by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services during May. Foster care children benefit from having a wheeled case since many often have only a trash bag to transport their possessions to a new foster home. Receive a discount on luggage items with a donation of a wheeled case during the company’s May sales event. Two locations: 6931 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park (818-703-1313) and 4625 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles (323-938-2501). Call or look online for store hours. savinarluggage.com
Community Citrus Harvest: Council District 12 is collecting donations of backyard citrus fruit, 10 a.m.-noon May 4, and Tuesdays through June 29. The fruit will be donated to MEND (mendpoverty.org). Drop-off location, CD-12 Office, 9207 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. 818-882-1212. cd12.org
American Red Cross blood donations: Blood and platelet donations needed. Appointments: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5 (Westfield Topanga, Rose Goldwater Community Center, 21710 Vanowen St., Canoga Park). See website for guidelines on how to give blood. Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online redcrossblood.org
Send information at least two weeks in advance to Holly Andres at [email protected] 818-713-3708.