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February 6th

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Arts & Entertainment

Jim Fox & Donna Deussen Jazz Duo

February 13, 20, 27

Guitarist Jim Fox and Jazz Vocalist Donna Deussen are continuing their residency at the lovely and laid-back Thai Fusion Bistro in West Hills on THURSDAYS 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Hope you can drop in, enjoy a drink & a meal, and say hello!

6401 Platt Ave / West Hills, CA

Thursdays - February 13th, 20th, and 27th
6:30 - 9:00 PM

No cover charge!

Brave Blood Spills First

February 13

Written & Performed by Bob Rodriguez
Directed by Jane Morris 
A life-long dare-devil plays out a series of vignettes depicting some of the life-threatening things he's done, including reflections on why would he do all those insane things - only to discover his reasons were quite different than he thought.

Buy Tickets Here

Billie!  Backstage with Lady Day

February 15, 22, 28
March 7

"BILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY" is a one woman show about Billie Holiday that takes you back to an era where the joints were jumping, bands were swinging and Hollywood was hopping.  It was a time where glitz and glamour ruled and class was where ladies were dainty and gentlemen were smooth; where gowns flowed and hats topped short cropped hair.

This musically haunting, sad, happy, unpredictable journey of jazz/blues singer, Billie Holiday, takes you on a winding road of love, joy, blues, racism and astounding hit songs that tell the story of a life hard fought.  The road takes you to places and people in Billie's life that provided both pain and pleasure, excitement and disappointments.  Billie Holiday's turbulent life has been able to bring a new level of emotion and respect to music and inspiration to musicians and vocalists all over the world.

Buy Tickets Here

In My Mind's Eye

February 7 - March 15

The Group Rep presents IN MY MIND’S EYE written by Doug Haverty, directed by Bruce Kimmel, and produced by Bita Arefnia.

Inspired by true events, this memory play chronicles the life and loves of a courageous, legally-blind female public school teacher. It also explores the delicate balance of how a parent can become dependent on caring for a child with special needs.  February 7 — March 15, 2020.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Sundays at 2:00 pm. Talkbacks with cast and staff  2/16 & 3/1. General Admission: $30.00. Seniors & Students with ID: $25.00. Parties 10+: $20.00.  Tickets:,    Reservations & Information: (818) 763-5990.   Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood 91601.

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series

February 15 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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February 16

After a devastating year  losing both parents within eights months of each other, and then his home in the Woolsey fire Ker attempts to rise from the ashes and celebrate life with renewed enthusiasm and determination.

This one-person-show is a comic reevaluation of whats really important in life. Its about holding onto humor, hope, and trusting that something bigger is at play, even in the midst of tragedy.
Ker finds humor where most would not - death, depression, Alzheimers, parenting a teen while caretaking his own parents, and losing everything in the most devastating wildfire to hit Los Angeles in two decades.
Despite its tough subject matter, Birthday is a true celebration of lifeand might even have you dancing on your way out of the theater

Buy Tickets Here

Wake Up Little Susy

February 16

Story of a woman's journey from incest, fundamental Christianity and crazy love life to peace. Confronts religious hypocrisy, sexual taboos in a daring, sometimes hilarious way.

Buy Tickets Here

Love After Death

February 17


What happens when love meets anxiety? And OCD? And depression? Join Ms. Stahl in this comedic exploration of all the neurotic tendencies and defense mechanisms standing between her and something called happy. If she can get out of her own way, I just might figure it out. Then again, it might be the death of her.

This show broaches mental health topics, including suicide, which some viewers may be triggered by. Please understand that these topics are handled with every effort to be respectful. It is not the intent of anyone involved with this production to be insensitive or offensive but, rather, to establish a dialogue about these topics in order to promote mental health awareness.

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Love to Sing? Join the San Fernando Valley Chorale!

February 18 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: or Go to the Facebook community link for the latest updates.

Call 818-262-5436 or email for further details.

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, for info on our affordable 2020 Season Ticket packages.
Follow CPT’s theatrical adventures on social media:
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?

Free Movie - Harriett

February 22

Our movie of the month is Harriett, starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
Follow the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman and her escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes.  Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

2pm at the Sherman Oaks Library
14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Adult Magic Show

February 24

ADULTS and TEENS - Join us for an evening of mystery and bedazzlement.  Come witness Magic Bob (as seen on TV) as he delights you with Classic Magic ticks that will cause you to question what you really see!

6:30 PM at the Sherman Oaks Library
14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

It's Personal

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.


Free Movie Matinee

February 27

On Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM in the Chatsworth Library Community Room there will be a free showing of Yesterday.  The movie is sponsored by the Friends of Chatsworth Library.  Light refreshments are available.  The library is located at 21052 Devonshire Street in Chatsworth.  For more information call (818) 341-4276.

PillowTalk with Nessie

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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Seated Exercise Classes

February 14 Ongoing

The Chatsworth Library holds free classes every Wednesday and most Fridays at 10:30 AM.  The DVD classes alternate between stretching, yoga, and strength training.  The library is located at 21052 Devonshire Street in Chatsworth.  For more information call (818) 341-4276.

Nancy's Tech Help for Older Adults

Baffled by your iPhone? Confused by your computer?
Nancy can help.
Patient, individual tech instruction in your own home.
No hurry, at your own pace.

Nancy's Tech Help for Older Adults

Call: Nancy Spear 310-365-9951


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  

Adult Literacy Class

February 19 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’t miss this wonderful and rewarding opportunity

Mindfulness Meditation Classes

February 21, 26, 28

Each class is a combination of lecture, guided meditation practice, group feedback and discussion lead by mindfulness facilitators John Kneedler and Beth Daher Lynch.  John and Beth are graduates of UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Resource Program.  John teaches the morning classes and Beth teaches the evening class.

Feb 26 at 6:30 PM
All other days 11 AM

Sherman Oaks Library

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

Mike's Country Dancing


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  

Adult Coloring 

February 21, 26, 28

@11:00 AM - February 7, 21, 28
Evening Coloring February 26 @ 6:30 PM
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

Calabasas Winter 2020 Senior Classes



The Winter catalog is now available to view online HERE

Register Online HERE


Calabasas Senior Center
300 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA

Support Group for Grandparents as Parents


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

See All Kinship Support Meetings

Woodland Hills Recreation Center Classes


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. 
PLEASE fill out the registration form and email or bring it into the center. 

Painting and Drawing 
Adult Film Class
Adaptive Sports
Painting and Drawing
You can contact them at this email

Connecting Healthier People for a Healthier Planet

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

Free Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Know the 10 Signs

February 25

Senior Concerns, as part of its commitment to provide support for seniors, will present a community seminar titled “Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the 10 Signs,” on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
This informative seminar, led by Mark Stelzer, MSW, Volunteer Support Group Facilitator and Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association California Coast Central Chapter, will help attendees learn what Alzheimer’s Disease is and why early detection is crucial, explore the differences between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, gain an understanding of the steps to take if you recognize warning signs and discover the process to receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Mark Stelzer has volunteered for the Alzheimer's Association for more than 15 years as a Support Group Facilitator. He is now a trained Community Voices speaker for the Association. Mark has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Social Work from California State University Long Beach. Mark is an expert in the creation and maintenance of structured, stimulating, therapeutic environments for multiple stages of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. He has proven success in dementia behavioral management and family guidance and support. Mark is a social worker at Buena Vista Hospice in Thousand Oaks.
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.


February 28

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

Savvy Express: Free Caregiver Workshops 

March 11, 18 & 25
April 17, 24 & May 1

March session 4PM - 6PM
April session 1PM - 3PM
Free classes for family caregivers that help you understand Alzheimer's disease & dementia in your loved one. Learn how to respond to challenging behaviors and connect with resources in your community.

Registration required. Please contact Adrianna Guadarrama 818-444-1626

Northridge Library.  9051 Darby Ave. Northridge, CA 91325

Social Events

Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Stonehaus 

February 14 - 17

New Orleans may be miles away from The Stonehaus, but that won’t stop us from trying our best to throw an authentic Mardi Gras bash. From February 14 through the 17, you’ll find authentic live music and lots of New Orleans cuisine throughout the holiday weekend. 

Learn More

Last two days to sign up!
GET READY TO BOWL! The Cal Cup Bowling Tournament is always a GREAT event filled with competition, food, laughs and fun! All proceeds from the evening go directly to the Calabasas Chambers' Education Fund to award scholarships to deserving students in our community. Join us for bowling and raising money for our local students! Want to bowl and need a team? Call the Chamber office and we'll make sure to place you on a team.

Email Here to Register a Team

hosted by the Congregational Church of Chatsworth

February 15

The Congregational Church of Chatsworth will host a voter registration drive sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The drive to register people to vote will take place on Saturday, February 15, from 2-5 p.m., during the afternoon of the church’s Food Pantry distribution. “We hope to help people in need to register to vote in the March 3 election,” says Rev. Bill Freeman, “since the poor are often forgotten by politicians.” The Congregational Church of Chatsworth, a United Church of Christ church in Los Angeles, is located at 20440 Lassen Street in Chatsworth.

Last two days to get Early Bird FOODIE Tickets, on sale for $125 until Feb 14

Ballroom Dances for February 2020 

February 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

Memory Cafe

February 15

Senior Concerns to Offer Memory Café
On Saturday, February 15, 2020
As part of its commitment to provide support for seniors with dementia and their family caregivers, Senior Concerns is offering quarterly Memory Cafes, with the next Memory Café scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road in Thousand Oaks. Lunch will be provided.
A Memory Café is a social gathering where people with memory loss, along with their caregivers and/or friends and family, can come together in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The Café gives participants a welcome break from the disease and the opportunity to socialize with others.
Not only do Memory Cafés help reduce social isolation, they can also unite people facing similar challenges. Getting together regularly with a group of friends can bring a sense of normalcy to a life that often becomes extremely focused on disease and disability. The Café can provide an opportunity to give and receive support, share ideas, and connect with others.
“We are excited to bring a Memory Café to the community,” says Martha Shapiro, Director of Programs at Senior Concerns. “We hope to provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their families to connect with one another and provide a network of support.”
Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call Senior Concerns at 805-497-0189 to reserve your spot.

Woodland Hills Library Calendar


We're starting off February 2020 with a great list of things to do at your local library.  
February is also African-American Heritage Month and we're reading a terrific book for the Contemporary Literature Book Club called Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.  I've started it and it's really good so far. 

  • Saturday, February 8th @ 3pm: We've got a Valentine's Day Craft the Saturday before the holiday itself.
  • Thursday, February 13th @ 6pm: Valentine's Eve Comedy Show
  • Zumba Gold is now every Tuesday at 1:15.  It's a rockin' program!
  • Low Impact Aerobics will keep you fit on Fridays at 1:00 pm except on Friday, January 31st, and during the book sale.
  • BOOK SALE!! - Starting at 4:00pm, Thursday, February 27th, for members of the Friends of the Library and then continuing on Friday and Saturday starting at 9:30 pm.  (You can sign up for membership at the door.)  You can even offer to volunteer!
And in March -
  • Thursday, March 12th @ 6:30pm: Winter/Spring Night Sky with Neill Simmons
  • Saturday, March 14th @ 3:00pm:  Topanga Actors Company with a staged reading of Tennessee Williams' A House Not Meant to Stand -We're very excited about hosting our first program from this very talented group of actors.  This production is directed by Stephen Hoye and produced by Judith Hendra and Paula Labrot.

Plus we have lots of other great programs - help for Primary Progressive Aphasia patients and their caregivers, poetry workshops, story reader Arnold Weiss, a monthly produce exchange, a mystery book club, and much much more.  
Just print out our double-sided calendar or pick one up at the library!

The Digital Bookmobile is coming to Chatsworth!

February 15 

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm the Digital Bookmobile will be at the Chatsworth Library.  Learn how to borrow e-books and more from our library anytime, anywhere with Libby.  The library is located at 21052 Devonshire Street in Chatsworth.  For more information call (818) 341-4276. 

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

February 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

ONEgeneration Travel Plans!


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

View All Trips

Speaker Jim "Gweed" McMichael, Lt Col USAF (ret.)

February 20

Correction - "January," should read as "February". 

Moorpark City Library Programs - February 2020 


All Moorpark City Library programs and events are FREE. Visit us online at, 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: Exploding Love Box
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.)

Goebel Adult Community Center Events


Wasn’t it just New Years?! We made it to February! If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to spend month #2, then the Goebel Center is the place for you! 

CRPD Winter classes are already under way but it’s not too late to sign up for your favorite programs. Make sure to sign up now 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). 

CSVP volunteers will be providing Income Tax Assistance beginning Monday, February 3. . . For more information on the tax program, please call (805) 381-2742 or see page 9 of the Goebel Gazette. 

Tickets are still on sale for the Queen of Hearts Bash which will be on Friday, February 14. Stop by the Goebel Center front desk and pick up your ticket now before they are all gone!

Mark your calendars for HISTORY COMES ALIVE, A “Victorian Striptease,” presented by Dorothea Phelan which will be on Sunday, February 16 at 3:00pm. Tickets are going fast so be sure to pick up yours today before it is too late!

SAVE THE DATE for our Shamrock Shindig which will be held on Friday, March 13. Tickets are $10  and will go on sale beginning Wednesday, February 12 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.

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

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Local Weekly Farmer's Markets


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

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

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

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

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

Toluca Lake Farmers' Market      
Sundays 9:30 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

Moorpark Farmers' Market
Fridays 3 pm to 7 pm
Miller Parkway & Los Angeles Avenue 

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

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


Bridge Games - CANCELLED FEB 13

February 27

The games on February 13 and March 12 games have been cancelled!  Please don't show up!

Please note change in time the games will be 1:00-4:00 PM. All levels, beginners encouraged to join in.
$5.00 fee at the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce located:
6101 Owensmouth avenue at the Promenade Mall-around the building from the AMC Theaters --Look
for the white arches. Offices are 50 yards south of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.   

Bridge Calendar:

February 13
February 27
March 12
March 26

Ventura Rose Society

February 27

The Ventura county Rose Society will hold the monthly meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd. Camarillo.
Our speaker,  Robin Ghermiezi, Beekeeper, will speak about honey bees and the bees importance for agriculture and our roses and plants.  Robin will bring in an actual bee hive to explain how the hives work, collecting and processing honey.  He will explain, if you are interested, to set up your own honey bee hive also.  This speech will be very interesting to learn about.
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:

Friends of the Library 

February 27, 28, 29 

Friends of the Woodland Hills Library Book Sale
Thursday, February 27, 2020:  5 to 7 PM for Members of the Friends of the Library ONLY
Friday, February 28, 2020: 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, February 29, 2020: 9:30 AM to 2 PM
22200 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA  
Every child gets a free book. Prices begin at 50 cents.  Most paperbacks are $ 1 and most Hardcovers are $ 2.
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Autobiographies, Biographies, Children’s Books, Coffee Table Books, Sports Books, Travel Books and Maps. 

Ballroom Dances for March 2020 

March 7, 21

The Goebel Adult Community Center will be hosting their Saturday Ballroom Dances in March on March 7 and March 21. Doors open at 6:00pm.  Free dance lessons are from 6:30-7:20pm.  The dance is from 7:30-10:00pm. Dick Parent Trio will be playing on March 7 and Tropic Starr will be playing on March 21 (St. Patrick’s Day Theme). Shari Ross of Belmont Village Calabasas will be sponsoring the March 7 dance and Dwight Brown of Home Helpers HC will be sponsoring the March 21 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

LA Opera Talk - "Creating an Opera"

March 10

The Friends of Platt Library will be hosting an LA Opera specialty talk titled “Creating an Opera” on Tuesday March 10th, 2020 at 6:15 PM. Steve Kohn, a representative of the opera company will be discussing the process by which an opera comes to life from the creation of the libretto, music and lyrics by the composer to the selection of performers, costumes, sets and staging involved in bringing the entire production to the stage.
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.


Goebel Senior Commission Recruitment 


The Goebel Adult Community Center is seeking individuals 50 years of age or older that reside within the boundaries of the Conejo Recreation and Park District to join the Goebel Senior Center Commission. The commission is a nonprofit community service organization with purposes including but not limited to working collectively with the Goebel Adult Community Center staff to best serve the senior patrons, volunteering time, serving on subcommittees, assisting in the development, marketing and conducting of a variety of Goebel Senior Center Commission Recreation Programs. Other purposes include overseeing a three day a week Bingo program as well as allocating funds for facility upgrades, equipment, program budgets, and other Goebel Adult Community Center services.  

Commissioner Applications are available on line at and at the Goebel Adult Community Center. Interested applicants may submit the completed documents via e-mail to or deliver them to the Goebel Adult Community Center at 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91362 by 5:00pm on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Local Volunteering Opportunities 


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

LA Works: Volunteering Opportunities 


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 to start helping in your neighborhood! 

Volunteer at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center


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 


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, or call (213) 383-4519 Ext. 3006.

Health & Wellness

What to Know About Vascular Dementia

Medical News Today

Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. It often affects memory, reasoning, and other thought processes.

Read Article

Signs that You may Have Heart Disease

US News & World Report

Be proactive about heart health, and don’t wait to seek medical attention if you have any concerns.

Read Article

Information & Retirement



You've worked hard, retirement should be easy. You worked through every scenario that retirement could throw at you. You diversified your portfolio. You saved and saved some more. Now, all that's left is to tap that nest egg and turn your assets into a stream of income that can provide the retirement you've always wanted. That's what a sound retirement strategy is about, right?

The problem is, without guarantees, this stream of retirement income will face the risk of running out or diminishing in value due to common challenges that every retiree needs to be aware of.
LIFE EXPECTANCY. How long will you live?
INFLATION. Will your retirement income keep pace with inflation?
MARKET UNCERTAINTY. Your retirement savings in a down market.
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HEALTH CARE COSTS. Will health care costs deplete your savings?
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Crime Reporting from Your Home

DID YOU KNOW?  You You don't have to go to the Police Station to file a report if you live in Los Angeles. Skip the line and save yourself some time. (If an emergency is in progress, please call 911 immediately)

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Local Senior Centers

Joslyn Senior Center
1301 West Olive Ave,

Tuttle Senior Center
1731 N Ontario St, 

Simi Valley Senior Center
3900 Avenida Simi,
Simi Valley

18255 Victory Blvd,

Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Senior Center
5060 Van Nuys Blvd,
Sherman Oaks

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
Open Mon through Fri

Wilkinson Multipurpose
Senior Center

8956 Vanalden Ave,
Open Mon through Fri


Agoura Hills Calabasas
Senior Center

29900 Ladyface Court,
Agoura Hills

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

Goebel Senior Center
1385 E. Janss Rd,
Thousand Oaks

Moorpark Senior Center
799 Moorpark Ave,

Pasadena Senior Center
85 E Holly Street,

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

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


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.


Senior Classifieds


One on One Transportation from your home OR pickup point *ROUNDTRIP ONLY*. Use this customized service to go from door to door to doctor appointments, for errands, to visit friends, to get to the grocery store OR mall, traveling at your convenience and time.

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

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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Estate Planning & Elder Law

Introduction to Maria Primushko


Hello Suddenly 65 Community,

My name is Maria Primushko and I am in the business of ‘Providing Peace of Mind’, more specifically I am a seasoned Estate Planning Attorney with a special interest in Elder Law and Estate Planning.  I am also pleased to inform you that I am now also the editorial contributor in this specific segment of Elder Law in your weekly Suddenly65 Newsletter.

Every month, starting today, you can read about tips and points of interest related to wills, trusts, probate and how to avoid it, how Medi-Cal may affect your estate plan, protection against elder abuse and so much more.  I will also be answering your concerns.  You could say that I am your ‘Dear Abby’ at Suddenly65 in the space of everything related to Elder Law and Estate Planning Law, exclusively.  All your communication shared with me is strictly confidential.  I will answer as many questions as possible and even provide complimentary telephonic consultations or in person if your questions deem it necessary.  If you would like to share your online responses with your fellow readers under my segment, please do so as I believe ‘sharing is caring’ – but this will always be with your written consent only.  Feel free to send to me at

So, here is a little about me, who I am and what I do:
Since the seventh grade, I knew that I was destined to become an attorney because of my conviction to protect people. I began my legal career at the District Attorney’s office in St. Petersburg, Russia after having graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence in 1999.  I moved to the USA shortly after and obtained my Juris Doctor’s law degree from the University of West Los Angeles School in 2006. Despite having had to navigate the complexities of living in a new country while caring for my first newborn baby, I passed the California Bar Exam - one of the most challenging in America - on my first attempt, in 2007. I went on to work at CT Corporation in Los Angeles, where I learned the fundamentals of business entities formation, management and procedures. After obtaining my license, I worked at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and volunteered at Public Counsel before establishing my legal practice.

However, the stereotypical ‘attorney temperament’ does not define me.  Instead, I have an unapologetic fervor for safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our community, particularly the elderly as well as children and adults with special needs, who are often susceptible to neglect and financial abuse.

I openly lament the impassive and reactive attitude that society has towards Estate Planning and Legacy Preservation.  As a seasoned speaker on this discipline of law and a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, I believe that procrastination stems from both ignorance and avoidance to address what is considered an uncomfortable and overwhelming issue. I have made it my personal quest to educate people about the negative impacts of not having an Estate Plan or not renewing an outdated Will or Trust, and often present real-life examples to emphasize my message at my educational seminars.  On that point, don’t forget to look out for one of my free seminars, which are held at various Senior Centers and academic venues, commencing this month and which will be on the calendar.  Feel free to send me your details if you would like to be invited or send you a personal reminder to future events.

What about me the human and not the attorney, might you ask?  I am the proud mom of 2 daughters and one son, and I am happily married! I like to celebrate my life by spending quality time with my family as well as horse-riding in my spare time.

Email Maria at:

Note from Suddenly 65 and about the editorial contributor:
Maria Primushko is the founder of MVP Law Group, A PC located in Encino, California and focuses on assisting families with Estate Planning and Legacy Preservation needs as well as Personal Injury.  All opinions and contributions in this segment are provided by Maria Primushko and not the content of

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