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January 16th, 2020

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Arts & Entertainment

Nine Lives

January 17, 18, 19 

This heartwarming story brings awareness to the topics of rape, domestic violence, and drug addiction. 1 in every 9 girls under the age of 16 have experienced sexual abuse. 1 in every 4 women live in an atmosphere of domestic violence and drug addiction. This has replaced the leading cause of death in the United States in 16 states. With the phenomenal cast of NAACP nominee John Jones, Misleading Lady II and For Colored Girls, Jessie Reeder,  Film & Television actors Gregory Mangieri & Marta Gil, along with the powerful acting of Chrishauna Johnson DeAria Lewis, Eric T Ritch, and singer/actress Tonoa,  9 Lives embraces the heart of your emotions by examining the trial and tribulation of living through it all while learning to forgive, love and moving on.

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Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series

January 18 Ongoing


1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
Studio City Branch Library, 3-5pm

Join us for our Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series. You can sign up for 4-6 minute readings, and there is at least one featured poet every week. 

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New Gallery Show at Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) by Artists and Psychologists Explores Complexities of the Human Mind

January 18 Ongoing


The Gallery@The Braid Hosts New Art Show to Complement JWT’s Mapping of the Mind Salon Show
 

The Museum of our Feelings by Julie Chafers Grass
 
Art imitates life as both search for ways to process and express feelings.  A new art show opening January 18 at The Gallery@The Braid, Jewish Women’s Theatre’s (JWT) art and performance space, showcases the paintings, photography and sculpture of eight accomplished artists, seven of whom are also psychotherapists.

The gallery exhibition, which complements Mapping of the Mind, JWT’s first salon show of the season which opens the same night, provides an intriguing window into the unconscious as each local artist uses their own medium to explore and reveal the complexities of the human mind.  

The art talk featuring many of the artists and a welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. on January 18 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. #102 in Santa Monica.  There is no charge for the gallery show and art talk, but tickets must be purchased for the performance of Mapping of the Mind.

Visit www.jewishwomenstheatre.org for additional information and to purchase performance tickets.  Additional art talks will precede performances on Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

“It is fascinating that seven of our eight artists are psychotherapists.  This exhibit gives viewers a chance to observe their insights through the creation of artwork.  I think and hope the extraordinary works in this show will educate, inspire and create an opportunity for empathy and shared humanity,” said gallery director Marilee Tolwin.

Exhibiting artists include:  Psychotherapist / painter Ariel Cohen; psychologist / psychoanalyst / photographer Robin Cohen; artist/poet Julie Chafers Grass, who also has a story in Mapping of the Mind; psychotherapist / painter Douglas Green; licensed marriage family therapist / multi-media artist Lynda Levy; psychologist / psychoanalyst/painter Stuart Perlman; therapist Sandy Savett; and psychotherapist / filmmaker / sculptor and Ilana Simons.

The art talk featuring many of the artists and a welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. on January 18 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. #102 in Santa Monica.  There is no charge for the gallery show and art talk, but tickets must be purchased for the performance of Mapping of the Mind

Visit www.jewishwomenstheatre.org for additional information and to purchase performance tickets.  Additional art talks will precede performances on Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

JWT’s The Braid, voted one of the “Best Live Theatres on the Westside” three years in a row by The Argonaut, stages original dramatic performances, contemporary art exhibits, classes, and other events showcasing the diverse community of writers, artists and creators who celebrate Jewish life, one story at a time.

Opening : "What If?" Art Exhibit

January 12 - 26 

 



OPENING: “What If?,”  a COLLAGE ARTISTS OF AMERICA  exhibit hosted by Topanga Canyon Gallery.  

Bringing in the new year, Topanga Canyon Gallery is pleased to host “What If?,” a  Collage Artists of America exhibit, juried by distinguished artist and curator Max Presneill. 

The opening reception is Sunday, January 12 from 2-5pm, with awards presented at 4pm. Topanga Canyon Gallery is located at 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290. “What If?” will be on exhibit at the Topanga Canyon Gallery from January 6 - January 26. The gallery is closed on Tuesday. 

Visit CAA’s website collageartists.org or TGC’s website topangacanyongallery.com for gallery hours and more information.  

About Max Presneill: Max Presneill is an artist and a curator based in Los Angeles. An abstract painter, he has shown globally, with works that explore sub-cultural iconography, masculine identity and mortality. He is currently the Director and Head Curator of the Torrance Art Museum, with particular curatorial interests in artist-led projects, emerging art, new models for curatorial methodologies and an international scope for partnerships, exchanges and building artistic communities. 

Hollywood's Fellini100 Homage by Fellini's Last Muse Count Federico Wardal

January 19 

The amazing homage to film legend Federico Fellini by his last muse Count Federico Wardal by his live screening premiere Federico & Fellini. Dec 27th 2019 review by eminent film critic Graziano Marraffa about the new art experimental movie “Federico and Fellini" with Fellini’s last muse Count Federico Wardal that will be presented to the Hollywood’s Jan 19th event with a Wardal’s live performance: “Fellini and the 'Alter Ego,' a game of mirrors, expressive planes that overlap by merging and unifying time and space, becoming a metaphor for an elliptical memory between the past and the future."

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Love to Sing? Join the San Fernando Valley Chorale!

January 21 Ongoing

Love to sing? The San Fernando Valley Chorale offers a unique opportunity to sing and perform with a well established and highly regarded community chorale. Beginning February 11, we rehearse each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345.

New singers are welcome to join us as we launch a new season of singing, collaborative learning, camaraderie and fun. “We are a very social group - we love everybody,” says longtime director, Conrad Immel, who carefully selects original and crowd-pleasing music from both popular and classical works. Past performances have included show tunes from "The Music Man," "Man of LaMancha," and "Carousel;" classical pieces from Bach, Brahms and more, as well as spiritual, rock n' roll, jazz, and country. No audition is necessary, just a love of music and a willingness to share your gift of singing and make new friends.

The Chorale, a non-profit,  non-sectarian group of men and women singers, performs two concerts annually - in the winter and spring.  Dues are required each semester to cover Chorale expenses, with some scholarships available. Chorale members and guests enjoy socializing at a potluck each season. Check us out on the web:  www.sfvchorale.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/sfvchorale. Go to the Facebook community link for the latest updates.

Call 818-262-5436 or email sfvchorale@gmail.com for further details.

It's Personal

January 23, February 27



"It's Personal" is a collection of solo performances written and performed by the cast. At our rehearsals, each performer brings pieces that reflect their individual feelings and point of views of anything; whether it be their relationship with their parents, their devoted love of cheese, their struggle with their identity, or their first love. Performers get real on stage and include an interesting activity to bring their story to life.

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Free Movie: Judy

January 25


2:00 - Judy, starring Rene Zellweger
Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts

14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Audition Notice:

January 26, 27, 28


CONEJO PLAYERS THEATER AUDITION NOTICE:
 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Produced by Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Author Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn
 
Director - Ginny Grady
Producer - Devery Holmes
Music Director - Susan Treworgy Calkins 
Choreographer - Miriam Durrie-Kirsch

Audition Dates & Times: January 26, 27 & 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
Audition Location: Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Performance Dates: April 10th through April 19th, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Thursday, April 16th at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm (No Performance on April 12 - Easter.)
Rehearsal Schedule: All rehearsals for Spelling Bee are in the evenings on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting Feb 9th, with some additional Tuesdays in March. We will have a calendar at the audition. 
Audition Requirements:  You do not need an appointment. Please show up at 7pm on January 26, 27 or 28. You will be asked to sing, read, dance, and do Improv. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song. You are welcome to sing from the show if you wish. Please bring either a flash drive with accompaniment, CD or sheet music that is clearly marked and ready for the accompanist to play. Your song must be from a Broadway musical. Please wear or change into clothes/shoes that are comfortable to dance in. 
Plot Summary:  An eclectic group of sixth graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. In the hilarious, touching and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles and passions as they make their way through the competition. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
For More Information: Devery@sparkam.com or 818-439-1420
 
Character Breakdown for the SPELLERS:
OLIVE OSTROVSKY, Mezzo Soprano/Belt F5 to B3. Olive is left to her own devices at the Bee by her absent parents. She is shy but hopeful. A sweet girl who longs to be loved or at least noticed by her parents. Her best friend is the dictionary. 
CHIP TOLENTINO, Tenor B4 to C3. Last year’s Putnam County champ who begins to learn the ups and downs of puberty during the bee. He is strong-willed, competitive, ambitious, and - most of all - very distracted by girls. 
WILLIAM BARFEE, Tenor B4 to E2. A finalist in last year’s Bee, he spells his words on the floor using his Magic Foot. He has all sorts of ailments. He is blunt, rude and not out to make any friends at this Bee.
LOGAINNE SCWARTZANDGRUBENIERRE, Mezzo Soprano/Belt F5 to A3. Logainne is the youngest and most outspoken speller, often making comments about current political figures and her mature world views. She has two overbearing gay dads whose influence has turned her neurotic and self-conscious. She speaks with a lisp, though she has a real confidence about her at times.
LEAF CONEYBEAR, Tenor A4 to A2. As the second runner-up in his district’s bee, he really should not be competing here. He and his siblings are homeschooled by his hippie parents. He makes his own clothes and is a free spirit and gets lost in his imaginary world! He is strange but very sweet.
MARCY PARK, Mezzo Soprano E5 to middle C. Marcy is the practiced competitor in the bee. She made it all the way to ninth place in the National Bee last year. Marcy excels at everything because she is so talented and gifted. She sleeps three hours a night, speaks six languages and is not allowed to cry. 
 
Character Breakdown for the ADULTS:
RONA LISA PERETTI/ OLIVE'S MOM (To play 30-45) Mezzo Soprano F5 to B3. Former Spelling Bee Champ now the County’s top realtor. The Bee holds a special place in her heart. It was a high point of her childhood. That’s why she is in charge of running it every year. Note: This character requires an actor with comic/improv skills.
MITCH MAHONEY (To play 28-35) Tenor A4 to E3. This former felon is fulfilling court ordered community service at the Bee as the Comfort Counselor by handing out juice boxes and a dose of reality to the losers. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.
DOUGLAS PANCH (To play 35-50) Non-singing role. Vice Principal and last-minute pinch hitter for the Bee. Infatuated with Rona. Prepare: A comic monologue and must be ready to do improv.
Note: This character requires an actor with comic/improv skills who can carry a tune. May audition with a monologue but be prepared to sing if asked. 
CARL - DAD: Logainne’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Logainne’s fathers.
DAN - DAD: The more laid back and ineffectual of Logainne’s fathers.
JESUS CHRIST: Deity invoked by a speller in need.
LEAF’S MOM, DAD, and SIBLINGS: All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success.
OLIVE’S DAD: A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work.
OLIVE’S MOM: A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India.

PillowTalk with Nessie

January 28, 29, March 1 

Kelly Love, an actress born and raised in Glasgow, moved to the US at the age of 19, single and ready to mingle. But she unexpectedly found her soul mate at the age of 22 and was forced to dig deep into her past in order to save her relationship. Through comedy and drama, this topical one person show explores the stories of past lovers, self confidence, and acceptance. If you enjoy cool accents, therapy sessions, and dick jokes, then this is the show for you. Purchase a ticket for $10 or more and enjoy a glass a wine for the show.

Directed by Deanna Psilopoulos | Produced by ToeNale Productions

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Dear Jeff

February 3

Based on her true story, Callie was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Jeff. But if she ever broke up with him, he would threaten to kill himself. Finally, she did and he did. 
 
The most formative moment in Callie's life, DEAR JEFF is a story of forgiveness, whether you choose to give it or not.



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Conejo Players Theatre Presents 2020 Season

 
THOUSAND OAKS, CA, January 1, 2020 – Conejo Players Theatre, the longest-running community theatre in the Conejo Valley, is thrilled to present its 2020 Season – featuring an incredible 9 shows, …there’s something fun for everyone!
 
Join us for memorable musical adventures as we present:

You Can't Take it With You, January 10-February 1, 2020 (directed by Alan Wasserman)
The Producers, March 6-29, 2020 (directed by Rick Steinberg)
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Apr 10-19, (directed by Ginny Grady)
The Music Man, Jr., May 2-10 (directed by Elena Mills)
Harvey, May 2-10 (directed by Brian Robert Harris)
Bye Bye Birdie, Jul 25 - Aug 16 (directed by Devery Holmes)
Bye Bye Birdie, Jr. Aug 22-30 (directed by Beth Eslick)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Oct 2-11 (directed by Tanner & Randi Redman)
9 to 5, Nov 13 - Dec 6 (directed by Erin Fagundes)
 
Conejo Players Theatre has been a stalwart arts organization in Thousand Oaks for six memorable decades, and one of the city’s foremost “hidden gems.” It all began in 1958 with a “Let’s start a theatre!” attitude; a meager treasury; and a handful of talented and willing volunteers to build a stage in a barn and put on shows. To this day, CPT is an all-volunteer organization -- serving more than 13,000 patrons, from the Conejo Valley and beyond, each season.

Look for more information on other notable CPT events – including our annual awards dinner gala – as the new year dawns. And don’t forget to visit our website, at ConejoPlayers.org, for info on our affordable 2020 Season Ticket packages.
 
Follow CPT’s theatrical adventures on social media:
  • Facebook.com/conejoplayers
  • Twitter.com/conejoplayers
  • Instagram.com/conejoplayers
Show Summaries:
You Can't Take it With You - Sweet-natured Alice Sycamore falls for banker's son Tony Kirby, but when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice's peculiar extended family -- including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof, hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie, and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul -- might be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys.
 
The Producers - Down and out producer Max Bialystock, who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant, Leo Bloom offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled "Springtime for Hitler", with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star. The most Tony Awards ever received by a single production in 2001 with 12 awards, including Best Musical.
 
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - An eclectic group of sixth graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.

The Music Man, Jr - There’s trouble in River City! When smooth-talking, con man Harold Hill arrives in tight knit, small town Iowa, he expects to swindle its residents with his elaborate moneymaking scheme. The Music Man, Jr. is an All-American, crowd-pleasing, charming musical with iconic musical numbers.
 
Harvey - Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit.
 
Bye Bye Birdie -  the year is 1958, and the much-adored rock-and-roll idol -- Conrad Birdie -- has been drafted into the US army. His songwriter and agent, Albert, and Albert’s secretary and some-time girlfriend, Rosie, hatch a plan for a farewell performance to take place on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain.  He is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered his neighbor's dog, Wellington.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.  Rated R for Language.
 
9 to 5 - Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?
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Classes

Adult Coloring 

January 16, 23, 28, 30


@ 2:00 PM - January 16, 23 and 30. 
Evening Coloring January 14, 28 @ 5:30PM

 
Come join us for coloring!  Explore your creative side Thursday at 2:00 PM and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 5:30 PM in our Meeting Room.  All materials are supplied.  You are also welcome to bring your own.

14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Mindfulness Meditation Classes

January 17, 22, 24


Each class is a combination of lecture, guided meditation practice, group feedback and discussion lead by mindfulness facilitator John Kneedler.  John is a graduate of UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Resource Program. 

Day Classes 11 AM
Evening Class 6 PM, Jan 22 only

Sherman Oaks Library

14245 Moorpark Street
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818 205-9716

Wellness Class Schedule: Free Classes for Older Adults

Winter 2020


The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has put together a fantastic array of free classes for older adults who want to stay active - just like you!  Dance, health, music, art classes and more!

Click to View Class Schedule  
Click below to learn more

Adult Literacy Class

January 22 Ongoing


More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level. — ProLiteracy

Children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out. — National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

75 percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. — Rand Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education

Low literacy is said to be connected to over $230 billion a year in health care costs because almost half of Americans cannot read well enough to comprehend health information, incurring higher costs. — American Journal of Public Health

Free Classes for Seniors!  Register Now!

Winter & Spring 2020


Encore Older Adult Education Program is a Pierce College education program designed specifically for older adults. Courses address the educational needs and interests of older adults, focusing on topics that promote independence, personal growth and development, physical and cognitive health and positive aging.   
 
Registration for the five-week Winter session (January 6 - February 7) is ongoing. Classes consist of Art History, Painting & Drawing, Computer, Health and Fitness, and Country Music. Spring registration (Feb. 10-May 29) has begun and will continue throughout the  Spring semester. In the Spring Catalog are 80 exciting free classes. Some of the new classes are: Russian Art and Culture, Greek Mythology, History of the Crusades, and the History and Development of Rock and Roll, to name a few
 
Please contact the Encore Office at (818) 710-2561, Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:00 p.m. for further information and how to register or visit www.piercecollege.edu/encoreDon’t miss this wonderful and rewarding opportunity

Mike's Country Dancing

Ongoing


We DJ and teach a wide variety of Country Line Dances and Country Partner Dances in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.  Depending on the class, we teach 1 - 3 country dances an hour to really concentrate on the dance(s), so that all can learn it well.  New moves are added to partner dances, after everyone gets the basics down.  Private lessons for individuals, couples or groups are also available.

Click to View Class Schedule  

Calabasas Winter 2020 Senior Classes

Ongoing

 

The Winter catalog is now available to view online HERE

Register Online HERE

*PLEASE BE SURE TO LOG IN TO YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS OR CREATE AN ONLINE PROFILE BEFORE REGISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT YOU DON'T ENCOUNTER ANY ISSUES, AS WE WILL BE UNABLE TO ASSIST ON REGISTRATION DAYS.
 

Calabasas Senior Center
300 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA
91302

Support Group for Grandparents as Parents

Ongoing 


Come and meet other grandparents and caregivers and share experiences while receiving assistance for needed services such as SNAP enrollment, health care enrollment and referrals for counseling, child care, anger management and other services. Hear experts speak on useful topics such as learning disabilities, childhood trauma, childhood burn prevention, the IEP process, cyber-bulling and much more. Receive support services such as diapers, clothing for children, strollers, car seats and more. Access important Court Navigator services to assist with the DCFS and court processes. Learn about the importance of setting goals and problem solving while being a kinship caregiver and do it with the support of others in the same situation. For more Information regarding our kinship meetings please call (818) 264-0880

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Woodland Hills Recreation Center Classes

Winter

Check out the NEW Winter classes we are offering at WOODLAND HILLS RECREATION CENTER.
We have attached our UPDATED Winter 2020 Brochure 
We have also attached out newly formatted JANUARY 2020 Calendar

REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AT 9:00AM ONLINE AND WALK IN. Follow the link below for more information and to register.
https://www.laparks.org/reccenter/woodland-hills 
PLEASE fill out the registration form and email or bring it into the center. 

ADULT CLASSES:
Painting and Drawing 
Adult Film Class
Yoga
Zumba
 
SPORTS CLASSES/ CLINICS:
Pickleball 
Tennis
Volleyball 
Soccer
Adaptive Sports
Karate
 
OLDER ADULT CLASSES:
Yoga 
Zumba 
Painting and Drawing
 
OUR NEW SENIOR GROUP WILL BE MEETING HERE EVERY OTHER TUESDAY
You can contact them at this email woodlandhillsseniorcenter@yahoo.com

Connecting Healthier People for a Healthier Planet

We encourage and promote healthy living, and support those who make it possible.

Reiki 

January 24


12:15 - Come learn about Reiki and experience the flow of the Reiki energy system.  Deborah Dovitch, MA is a Reiki practitioner and Master Teacher with over 30 years experience.

14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Social Events

Bridge Games

January 16


Woodland Hills 50+ Social Club announces the beginning of bridge games

When:  Beginning Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 12:30 – 4:30PM
Where:  Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce in the old Promenade 
located at 6101 Owensmouth Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

$5.00 person to buy card tables and cards for the club.

Please RSVP via e-mail: woodlandhillsseniorcenter@yahoo.com or call Elaine at (828) 243-1004 for more information.

OUT Seniors!  Looking for Fun LGBTQ Activities and Genuine Connection?

January 2020



If you're looking for a group of people you know you'll feel accepted in, new friends, and maybe even love, the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center has numerous activities and meet ups for you!

See All Events Here

Agoura Hills Winter Senior Program

Winter 2020 (Jan, Feb, Mar)


Live near Agoura Hills and are over 50?  See an extensive list of upcoming activities happening at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. 

Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center
29900 Ladyface Ct. 
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Phone: (818) 597-7361
Fax: (818) 597-7365

See All Winter Events Here

Goebel Adult Community Center Events

January

 

Happy New Year from your friends at the Goebel Center! What better way to celebrate 2020 than to spend it at the Goebel Center! 
 

CRPD Winter classes will begin the week of January 20th, and registration for those programs will begin on Friday, January 3rd, so make sure to sign up for your favorite programs before they fill up! (See pages 2 and 3 of the Goebel Gazette for a list of Conejo Recreation and Park District Winter 2020 classes). 

The 2020 CSVP Wellness Fest- “Peace, Love, and Wellness,” is coming to the Goebel Center on Wednesday, January 15th, beginning at 9:00am. Event is free and open to the public. Advance tickets are for lunch only and are not required to attend event; limited tickets will be available beginning January 2nd at the Goebel Center front desk. Also, CSVP volunteers will be providing Income Tax Assistance beginning Monday, February 3rd. . . For more information on the tax program, please call (805) 381-2742 or see page 5 of the Goebel Gazette. 

SAVE THE DATE for our annual Super Bowl Party which will be held on Sunday, February 2nd, as well as, the Queen of Hearts Bash which will be on Friday, February 14. Tickets go on sale for both events beginning Wednesday, January 8 at the Goebel Center front desk. 
 

Goebel Center always has something for everyone no matter the day, week, month, or year it is, so be sure to check out the front cover and first page of the Goebel Gazette for seminars, as well as, the rest of the newsletter for the rest of our programs and featured events. Also, check out the attached flyer for the Senior Congress Event, "Better with Age: The Gift of Years!" which will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village. 

 

We hope you to see you soon around the Goebel Center.


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ONEgeneration Travel Plans!

2020
 

Day Trips and longer trips organized by ONEgeneration.

ONEgeneration Travel Office
Weekdays 9am to 2pm
18255 Victory Boulevard, Reseda, CA 91335
Phone:  (818) 708-6604
travel@onegeneration.org

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Local Weekly Farmer's Markets

Ongoing


Burbank Certified Farmers' Market       
Saturdays, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
N 3rd St & E Orange Grove Ave
818 847-4774


Calabasas Farmers' Market
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Old Town Calabasas
on Calabasas Road
818-591-8161  


Canoga Park Farmers' Market
Sat from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm
Owensmouth and Sherman Way


Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Farmers' Market
Sat from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
20121 Devonshire
Chatsworth
818-447-5191


Encino Certified Farmers' Market
Sun 8 am- 1 pm
Victory Blvd at White Oak Ave  
818 708-6688


NOHO Farmers' Market
Sat 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Bakman Ave at Magnolia Blvd
and Chandler Blvd
818-314-1312


Studio City Farmers' Market
Sun 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ventura Place & Ventura Blvd
818-655-7744


Sylmar Farmers' Market      
Sat 9:00 to 2:00
Los Angeles - Mission College
323-646-4898


Toluca Lake Farmers' Market      
Sundays 9:30 am.to 2:30 pm
4500 N Sancola Ave
818 845- 0754

 




Woodman Ave Market
Tuesdays 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Woodman Ave & Riverside Drive
866-966-9495


Moorpark Farmers' Market
Fridays 3 pm to 7 pm
Miller Parkway & Los Angeles Avenue 
805-290-5670


Simi Valley Farmers' Market
Fridays 11 am to 3:30 pm
Civic Ctr Plaza
2757 Tapo Cyn Rd
Simi Valley


Newbury Park Farmers' Market
Sat 9 am to 2 pm
Newbury Park Library
Borchard Rd / Michael Dr
Newbury Park


Westlake Village Farmers' Market
Sundays 10 am to 2 pm
2797 Agoura Road
818-591-8286


Malibu Farmers' Market
Sundays 10 am to 3 pm
Malibu Civic Center
23519 Civic Center 


The Village at Westfield Plaza
Woodland Hills
Fridays @ 5:00
Topanga Cyn and Victory Blvd


Enadia Way Technology Enriched Charter School
Thursdays, 2-3 p.m
22944 Enadia Way
in West Hills


Reseda Farmers' Market
Thursdays 9am - 12 Noon
Leichman Career Ctr
19034 Gault Street
At the Vanalden St
Garden Gate, Reseda

Ventura County Rose Society Monthly Meeting 

January 23 Ongoing
 

The Ventura county Rose Society will hold the monthly meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd. Camarillo.
 
Our speaker,  Lisa Mazzela-Bennett of Star Roses and Plants will have a presentation of her company's new 2020-2021 rose selections.  Lisa will also speak on rose growing practices and disease prevention in roses.  The Star Roses and Plants has many roses, and other beautiful perennial plants  for us to see their wonderful selections in their new 2020 catalog that will be given for each of us.
 
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from Consulting Rosarians and refreshments.  We may have a little rose show and Society information at 7:00 p.m.  Our program will begin at 7:30 p.m,
 
Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings. 
For more information contact:  Janet Sklar at 818-993-6622 or Barbara Morse at 805-499-1657
Our website is: www.venturacountyrosesociety.org

REGISTER HERE

Moorpark City Library Programs - February 2020 

February
 

All Moorpark City Library programs and events are FREE. Visit us online at moorparklibrary.org, Facebook, and Instagram or call us at 805-517-6370.

The library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for President’s Day.

Reading Rocks! Paint Party
Saturday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come rock out our Rock Painting Party, and help create new rocks to share and
hide around the neighborhood. Paint and other art materials will be provided, please bring rocks to paint. #readingrocks  #paintedrocksofmoorpark

Virtual Reality
Wednesdays, February 12 & 26, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Try our Oculus Rift headset and experience Virtual Reality! Explore far away worlds, travel around the world without leaving the library, create in a three dimensional space, and play games that expand your learning! This event is open to teens and adults ages 13 and up. Signups are encouraged for a 15 minute slot, but not required.
 
Magic Mondays
Monday, February 24, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Challenge your friends to a casual game of Magic: The Gathering! Practice your skills or learn to play the game for the first time. Bring your own deck or borrow one of ours. All levels welcome.

Crafty Adults: Coffee Sleeves
Thursday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. or February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Create an exploding love box. It’s a little box and when the lid is removed, the box sides “explode” out with over twenty sides to cover in creative ways.
 
Book Club for Adults
Monday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This group is open to all adults and does not require pre-registration. 
 
Black History Month Films & Discussion at 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a film viewing and discussion to celebrate Black History Month
February 2: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (114 mins.)
February 16: In Remembrance of Martin (58 mins.)

Ballroom Dances for February 2020 

February 1, 15
 

The Goebel Adult Community Center will be hosting their Saturday Ballroom Dances in February on February 1 and February 15. Doors open at 6:00pm.  Free dance lessons are from 6:30-7:20pm.  The dance is from 7:30-10:00pm. Wyatt Haupt will be playing on February 1 and Dance Masters will be playing on February 15 (Sweetheart Theme). Dwight Brown of Home Helpers HC will be sponsoring the February 1 dance and Nancy Knudson of Comfort Keepers Buena Vista will be sponsoring the February 15 dance.  
 
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 per person.  For more information call the Goebel Adult Community Center at 805-381-2744. or visit us on the web at www.crpd.org/gacc

"Living Jewish: Intersection of Being & Doing"

February 2
 

On Sunday, February 2, Rabbi Adam Chalom, Ph.D., Dean of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, is visiting Adat Chaverim - Congregation for Humanistic Judaism at Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, 19130 Ventura Blvd., to present on "Living Jewish: Intersection of Being & Doing."

$15 per person; 9:30am-12:00pm.
More information here: https://iishj.org/Jewish21/

LA Opera Talk

February 11
 

The Friends of Platt Library will be hosting an LA Opera talk on Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 6:15 PM.  Steve Kohn, a representative of the company will be discussing the upcoming production of “Roberto Devereux” by Gaetano Donizetti. The opera is loosely based on the life of Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex, an influential member of the court of Elizabeth the first of England.
 
The Queen has sent her beloved Robert Devereux to lead a military expedition to Ireland.  Against the Queen’s orders, Robert has signed a peace treaty with the Irish rebels. Jealous of his favorable position with the Queen, his advisors seize the opportunity to push a charge of treason against him.
 
Glamorous soprano Davinia Rodriguez has the vocal and dramatic goods to deliver a knockout performance as Elizabeth. Ramon Vargas returns as the scoundrel at the center of all the trouble.
 
The event will be held at the Los Angeles Public Library, Platt Branch, 23600 Victory Boulevard in Woodland Hills. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

A Touch of Tea 

February 12
 

The Northridge Woman's Club will be hosting an English high-tea event on Wednesday February 12 from 12-3:30p. 

Cost: $30
Location: 18401 Lassen Street, Northridge 

Those interested please contact Irene Strauss 818 344 3333.
Also we are open to new membership please contact Joyce Sipes 818 429-8468

Volunteering

 
 

at the SFVACC

Our wonderful employee, Cameron Kern, has been given the opportunity to go to a college outside of Los Angeles and we need to fill his schedule.  We need volunteers for:

Fridays, January 17, 24, 31

Saturdays, January 28, 25 and February 1

Time slots are 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Please let me know if any of you are available to sit a 3 hour shift…or more.  January 10th and 11th are critical to fill first.

Carolyn Uhri at carolyn@sfvacc.org

Local Volunteering Opportunities 

Ongoing
 

ONEgeneration has put together a list of volunteering opportunities near you.  To see the list, click here. 

LA Works: Volunteering Opportunities 

Ongoing
 

Since 1991, LA Works has contributed to a more equitable Los Angeles by organizing 25,000 volunteers per year to address the most pressing issues of our community through meaningful acts of service.

Their easy to use website lets you explore topics that interest you.  Visit https://www.laworks.com/ to start helping in your neighborhood! 

Volunteer at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center

Ongoing
 

Volunteer Opportunities
An opportunity to enhance your community and just have fun! A personal interview will be scheduled giving you the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the volunteer positions available.

Please contact us at (818) 597-7361 for current openings.

29900 Ladyface Ct. 
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Senior Companion Program 

Ongoing


The Senior Companion Program recruits active, fixed income seniors to assist other seniors in their homes.

The goals of the program are two-fold:
   (1) to help seniors live as independently as possible.
   (2) to provide fixed income seniors with a meaningful service opportunity and a modest source of income.

Senior Companion volunteers assist with activities of daily living such as shopping, preparing meals, running errands, and providing companionship to alleviate the loneliness that so many homebound seniors experience.

For more information, please click here or contact Henry Sotelo at 909.621.9900 x222.

Volunteer Opportunity with HICAP

Seeking a meaningful and challenging volunteers experience? The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) serving Los Angeles County is recruiting new HICAP volunteer counselors to serve in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley, and more. HICAP is a state and federally funded program that trains volunteers to provide free, in-person Medicare counseling to older adults in their communities. HICAP Volunteer Counselors provide unbiased information about Medicare and help their peers understand their health care options. For more information on how to get involved, please visit this website, email volunteer@healthcarerights.org, or call (213) 383-4519 Ext. 3006.

Health & Wellness

Why Older Adults with Addiction Fare Better in Age-Tailored Rehab

Next Avenue


Around 3 million people over 65 battle alcohol abuse, and this number might jump to more than 6 million in the next few years.

Read Article

How Essential Tremor is Diagnosed and Treated

Next Avenue


Often mistaken as a Parkinson's symptom, essential tremor is a common movement disorder and the most common neurological condition affecting people 65 and older.

Read Article

Free Seminar: Transforming Your Relationship with Food

January 21


Senior Concerns Presents Free Seminar:
“Transforming Your Relationship With Food”

Senior Concerns, as part of its commitment to provide support for seniors, will present a community seminar titled “Transforming Your Relationship With Food,” on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
 
This informative seminar, led by Eileen Gold, owner/administrator of Paraclete Eldercare Planning, Training, Consultation and Management Services, will explore the causes and remedies for our dysfunctional relationship with food, and help attendees learn what foods support metabolism and what foods do not. Seminar attendees will also be introduced to the habits of people who live the longest, happiest and healthiest lives in the world, and gain new insights, attitudes and strategies to change your relationship with food.
 
Eileen Gold, M.A. is a graduate of UCLA with her Masters in philosophy. Eileen serves as a consultant to residential, day activity and governmental programs serving individuals with impairments. She has extensive experience in administration, program development, case management, community organization and advocacy. Eileen is a frequent guest speaker at forums addressing the issues impacting the lives of older adults.
 
Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please contact Senior Concerns at 805-497-0189. Light refreshments will be served. A donation of $10 is requested. Please note that parking is limited in the area. Plan to arrive early.

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Local Senior Centers


Joslyn Senior Center
1301 West Olive Ave,
Burbank
818-238-5353


Tuttle Senior Center
1731 N Ontario St, 
Burbank
818-238-5367


Simi Valley Senior Center
3900 Avenida Simi,
Simi Valley
805-583-6363


OneGeneration
18255 Victory Blvd,
Reseda
818-705-2345


Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Senior Center
5060 Van Nuys Blvd,
Sherman Oaks
818-981-1284


Calabasas Senior Center
Behind City Hall, Calabasas
Mon – Fri 9:00 to 5:00
Mon & Wed - open to 8:00


Canoga Park Senior Center   
7326 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park
818-340-2633
Open Mon through Fri


Wilkinson Multipurpose
Senior Center

8956 Vanalden Ave,
Northridge
818-701-1001
Open Mon through Fri

 



Agoura Hills Calabasas
Senior Center

29900 Ladyface Court,
Agoura Hills
818-597-7366

Malibu Senior Center
23825 Stuart Ranch Road,
Malibu
310-456-2489 ext. 357
Open Mon – Fri 


Goebel Senior Center
1385 E. Janss Rd,
Thousand Oaks
805-495-6471 


Moorpark Senior Center
799 Moorpark Ave,
Moorpark
805-529-6864


Pasadena Senior Center
85 E Holly Street,
Pasadena
626-795-4331  


Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center
6514 Sylmar Ave,
Van Nuys
818-781-1101
M-F 8:30 am– 4 pm


The Valley Storefront Senior Center 
12821 Victory Blvd,
North Hollywood
818-984-1380
M-F 8:30 - 3:00

DO YOU KNOW FAIRWINDS - WEST HILLS?

It is an upscale senior living community, offering high-quality independent and assisted living.  At Fairwinds - West Hills, retirement looks a little different.  The community is warm and inviting, yet active and fun, giving residents the comfort, care and security they need to make every day of retirement nothing less than an adventure. 

For a complimentary tour and lunch, please contact Rick or Lisa at 818 713 0900.  Visit their website here for more information.


 

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Contact BEVERLY (818) 439-1163 to further discuss your transportation needs.

Caregiving for Seniors - Lois Michaelson


Qualifications:
20 years experience
Registered with State of California, Dept. of Social services
Background checked,  TB test,  excellent driving record
CPR and First Aid certified
 
Full line of services: 
Personal care, laundry, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation.
Non smoker, pet friendly.
 
I've taken care of Alzheimer's patients, and patients with Parkinson's Disease.  I'm able to administer medication, interface with hospice care, nurses and doctors.
 
I'm loving, kind and compassionate.
 
I have excellent references, as well as many letters of recommendation.
Thank you, Lois Michaelson
 
Contact:  Cell Phone (818) 427-0486
                 e-mail:  ohlolo2@aol.com

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Music for the Soul

Springtime is a great time to enjoy piano lessons! Reasonable rates for everyone!  
Call Nancy and bring the joy of music back into your life.
818- 281-5226.

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