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December 5, 2019

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We are Looking for Fiber, Quilting, Fabric, & Weaving Art to Sell in our Uncommon Threads Marketplace!

We need small items to sell in our marketplace.  Please contact Carolyn if you would like to sell during our "Uncommon Threads" exhibit.

November 26 - December 21, 2019

Artist Reception & SFVACC 5th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Arts & Entertainment

East Bay Soul: "Sweet Soul Christmas"

December 5 

SWEET SOUL CHRISTMAS and the holiday season are a natural pairing, since both focus on love, joy, and happiness. Performing classic Christmas songs with a mix of jazz and soul, Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter Greg Adams’ arrangements herald in the season, and the soulful R&B vocals of Darryl Walker caress the timeless lyrics of your favorite holiday music.

THURSDAY | December 05, 2019 
7pm | East Bay Soul "Sweet Soul Christmas"

32001 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Jazz Duo - Jim Fox & Donna Deussen

December 5, 12, 15, 19

Thursdays in December (5, 12, 19)
6:30 - 9:00 PM
6401 Platt Ave
West Hills, CA

Sunday December 15
5:00 - 8:00 PM
5800 Santa Rosa Rd, Suit 140
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 388-5550

A Live Musical Radio Play: "Miracle on 34th Street"

December 6 through 15

Miracle on 34th Street is the classic Christmas tale of the power of hope and belief presented as a 1940’s radio play with authentic musical stylings of the 1930’s and 40’s. Favorite stars of the day gather to perform this endearing holiday tale before a live studio audience complete with live sound effects.  Directed by Jere Rae-Mansfield, produced by Jim Bukowski and Cheryl Mastrovito – with music direction by Jim Holmes, and costume design by Betty Fuhrmann ~RATED G
The cast includes: Ray Mastrovito as Kris Kringle, Brenda White as Doris Walker, Jim Holmes as Fred Gailey, Julia Kirkpatrick as Susan Walker, Zach Spencer as Alex Mialdo, Keyboardist/Announcer, Devery Holmes as Olivia Glatt/Quartet, Gary Saxer as Wallace Ainsley/Quartet, Shelley Saxer as Quartet, John Eslick as Foley Artist/Mara, Joey Grady as Male Character Actor/Quartet, Stephanie Harris as Female Character Actor, Larry Swartz as Sawyer, Macy, Gimble, Jason Kirkpatrick as Drunken Santa.
Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA  91361-1008
December 6th through December 15th, 2019
Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm
Only $15
per ticket. Go online to
or call the Box Office at 805.495.3715
CALENDAR LISTING: Conejo Players Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 6 – 15, 2019. This is the classic Christmas tale of the power of hope and belief presented as a 1940’s radio play with authentic musical stylings of the 1930’s and 40’s. Tickets are only $15! To purchase, or for more information, call the Box Office at 805-495-3715 or visit
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The Big Fat Christmas Show

December 7 


Broadway to the Rescue Presents:
The Big Fat Christmas Show

Saturday, December 7th, 2019   7pm Show (Doors open @6pm)

Montalban Theatre; 1615 Vine Street; Hollywood, CA 90028
It’s back, and this time with bells on . . .
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission is proud to announce the star-studded return of Broadway to the Rescue to the historic Montalban Theater stage this holiday season with “The Big Fat Christmas Show.” Dozens of Broadway’s brightest stars make their way to Hollywood for one glittering night of jolly-holiday song and dance on December 7th, 2019, to benefit LA’s growing homeless crisis.  Michael-Leon Wooley has once again packed a bag full of holiday songs which will be performed to the delight of the audience by a troupe of broadway performers with well over 100 Broadway show credits combined. Last year’s sold-out spectacular featured performers from Wicked, Hamilton, Hairspray, Cats, Pippin, Memphis, Dreamgirls, Hair, Rent, Les Miserables and Little Shop of Horrors to name just a few. This year’s event is pure holiday magic with beloved songs of the season, enlivened by the creative passion of dozens of Broadway veterans.

Jazz Aviary

December 7

Kick off the holiday season this Saturday December 7, 2019 at 8 PM - Jazz Aviary with Susan Krebs and the Soaring Sextet.   Get your tickets online at Eventbrite.  This mixed-media jazz event is inspiring, combining great jazz and and honoring our natural world.  More information here. 

Come a bit early to see the great SFVACC exhibit "Uncommon Threads".

PS - The Soaring Sextet: Rich Eames (Musical Director), Jerry Kalaf, Domenic Genova, Riner Scivally, Scott Breadman and Rob Lockart will offer Jerry's new arrangement of Vaughan Williams' A Lark Ascending ~

San Fernando Valley Chorale's Holiday Concerts

December 8, 14 

Just a reminder that the Chorale is performing its annual holiday concerts. "We Wish You the Merriest," on Sunday, December 8 and Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday we perform at the Congregational Church of Chatsworth, 20440 Lassen Street (at Mason) in Chatsworth, and on Saturday, December 14 at Chapel of the Cross, 10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA

Enjoy a magical evening of live entertainment, followed by a social hour with refreshments and a holiday boutique with unique gifts. Call 818-884-8897 or check out our website at for details.

Sketch Comedy: "Santasia"


SANTASIA is a hilarious holiday musical sketch comedy show that embraces all the iconic moments of the Christmas Season. The relentless assault on your holiday funny-bone will have you hurting from laughter.
Stocking stuffed with everything from dysfunctional family sketches to pieces of beautiful heartfelt sentiment that conjures up memories of your own Christmas past.  The hysterical holiday classic has been compared to the Carol Burnett Show, Kids in the Hall, In Living Color and Saturday Night Live.
Dynamic choreography, on-point holiday parody, side-splitting sketch comedy and classic Rankin and Bass inspired Claymation movies - this multi-media show is the fresh face of Vaudeville Comedy!
Santasia is a sure-fire bet to get you in the holiday spirit!
This critically acclaimed season sensation has run for 20 years in Los Angeles and is jam-packed with a biting blend of yuletide snark and sentiment!

Click Here for Information and Tickets

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series

December 7 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. 

Learn More

"Holidays in the Valley - The Songs of the Season"

December 14

The San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, with special guests the San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus, presents our annual holiday sing-along concert “Holidays in the Valley - The Songs of the Season” on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church of Encino. Expect to hear your favorite holiday classics along with John Rutter's "Gloria" accompanied by a brass quartet. With lots of audience participation--and an ugly sweater contest too!  Join us for a night filled with fun, music, and holiday cheer the whole family will enjoy. 

Info and tickets: or (818) 738-9955.
Seniors $15

Free Movie: Downton Abby

December 28 

Free Movie at the Library at 2pm 
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.  Based on the PBS Series Downton Abbey

Starring: Michelle Dockery. Laura Carmichael. Hugh Bonneville. Elizabeth McGovern. Allen Leech. Maggie Smith. Penelope Wilton. Phyllis Logan & Jim Carter.

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

Conejo Players Theatre - AUDITION NOTICE

December 28, 29, 30 

The Conejo Players Theatre is Auditioning parts for "The Producers" by Thomas Meehan and Mel Brooks.

To view the Audition Notice, click HERE. 
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Wellness Class Schedule: Free Classes for Older Adults

Fall 2019

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  

Ballroom Dances for December

December 7, 21

The Goebel Adult Community Center will be hosting their Saturday Ballroom Dances in December on December 7 and December 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 December 7 and Eric Ekstrand Trio will be playing on December 21 (Holiday Theme). Candace Garcia-Skor of A Caring Solution will be sponsoring the December 7 dance and Lourdes Simons of Regal Medical Group will be sponsoring the December 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

Felted Purse "Knit-Along"

December 8, 15

Noon to 4pm, Free Class with Sharon Green

Join us to make a creative hand knitted and felted bag to use as a purse or knitting bag. In this knit-along you will learn how to pick up stitches, knit in a round and knit an I-cord. While the knit-along is free, we ask that you purchase the materials from Zoe’s and Sharon felts and attach the handles with $45 finishing fee. Come have fun with us creating these colorful fun bags! 

Zoe's Knit Studio
18596 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

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  

Calabasas Winter 2020 Senior Classes



The Winter catalog is now available to view online HERE

Register Online HERE

You may also stop by the Calabasas Senior Center, Tennis & Swim Center, City Hall, De Anza Park, and Library to pick up a hard copy of the brochure on Monday, December 9th.

Registration will take place in stages, depending on whether or not you are a Calabasas resident and also whether or not you have become a member of the Senior Center.

On Wednesday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m., paid members of the Calabasas Senior Center will be able to register for classes and excursions. *If registering online, member discount applies after check-out.

On Friday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m., standard registration for Calabasas residents (who are not members of the Senior Center) will be able to register for classes and excursions. *If registering online, resident discount will apply after check-out.

On Monday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m., non-residents of Calabasas will be able to register for classes and excursions.


Calabasas Senior Center
300 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA

Memoir Writing Class: Sages at Topanga Community Center

October 8 - December 10

Who: Mary Crescenzo, facilitator
What: Memoir Class, beginners 
When: Tuesdays, Oct 8 through Dec.10, 9:30 to 11AM.
Where: Sages Room, TCC (1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290)
Why: Everyone Has a Story! Learn the skills of writing your memoir for family and friends or publication. 
How: Through inspiring exercises and prompts, techniques and structure of memoir writing, and group discussion and critique and reading of one’s work.
Public reading of excerpts of work in a culminating event on the last day of class!

Contact Mary Crescenzo to pre-register or for more info: 424 259 2407
1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Beginning Line Dance


Join us for a Country Western Line Dancing on Mondays. Dances will be geared for all skill level of dancers and everyone is welcome. Put on your cowboy boots and two-step on down to the Monday Class. No partner is needed. Instructor Linda H. will lead you through a series of dances. 

799 Moorpark Ave.
Moorpark, CA 93021

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Adult Coloring

Ongoing 1:30-3

Thursdays, 1:30 - 3pm, join us and relax with adult coloring! All are welcome, and no experience necessary. Materials provided. 

Studio City Branch - LA Library
12511 Moorpark Street,
Studio City, CA

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Knit & Crochet Group


The FREE Knit and Crochet Group meets every Monday at 9am at the Moorpark Active Adult Center.  Beginners to advanced participants are welcomed to lend a hand and volunteer.

799 Moorpark Ave.
Moorpark, CA


Seated Exercise Classes


The Chatsworth Library holds free classes every Wednesday and most 10:30 AM. The DVD classes alternate between core, stretching, yoga, and strength training. The library is located at 21052 Devonshire Street in Chatsworth. 

For more information call 
(818) 341-4276

Rejuvenations Monday


9:15 -- 10:15 AM
This class uses a combination of Chi Gong exercises and Tai Chi fundamentals to activate and open internal energy channels to promote and enhance energy circulation and cultivation.  
Chi Gong translates to "Energy Work" or "Energy Method". 
The physical effects of aging and daily stress are minimized, retarded, and -- with practice -- reversed.  
This class is focused on internal energetics and can also be a useful supplement to the study and practice of Tai Chi.

About the Instructor:
Frier McCollister has studied and practiced the Yang Long Form of Tai Chi for 20 years.  
He studied initially under Sifu Gina Bari and then with Grandmaster Kai Ying Tung and Master Chenwai Tung.  He has also studied Energy Gates Chi Gong, Bagua, and Tui Na with B.K. Frantziz and his senior students.

Tai Chi Thursdays


9:15 AM -- 10:15 AM
This class presents the Yang Long Form style as a comprehensive, full-body, zero-impact exercise protocol that ultimately activates internal energy circulation.  Most immediately, muscle reflexes become more acute and physical balance is stabilized.  With practice, the immune system is bolstered and core energy reserves are positively enhanced.
While not taught as a martial art form, martial applications are used as learning tools for the form.
Extra time is available for motivated students.

5301 Tujunga  (SW corner of Chandler & Tujunga)
North Hollywood, CA. 91601
(Parking lots off Chandler and Tujunga.)

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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

Adult Coloring Thursdays

December 5, 12, 19
Special Evening Class, December 10

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.

Day Classes: 2 PM
Evening Class: TUESDAY, December 10, 5:30 PM

Sherman Oaks Library

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

Mindfulness Meditation Classes

December 6, 20, 27
Special Evening Class, December 17

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.

Morning Classes: 11 AM
Evening Class: 6:30 PM

Sherman Oaks Library

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

Senior Concerns Presents: "Senior Expert Panel"

December 10

Senior Concerns, as part of its commitment to provide support for seniors, will present a free community seminar titled “Senior Expert Panel,” on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.
This informational seminar is being presented by Brian Collins, a licensed real estate professional and landlord; Lynnette Shifman, a Realtor in the Conejo Valley since 1984; Jack Dvir, an independent financial advisor at Financial Pointe; and Debbie Lee, Reverse Mortgage Advisor for Retirement Funding Solutions.
Brian Collins will discuss the pros and cons of renting vs. selling your home, provide an overview of the current rental market, discuss how to prepare your home for rental, how to work with a professional property manager, and what to do when a lease ends. Brian brings a deep regional knowledge and community passion to his work. Prior to his Real Estate career, he was a 20-year veteran educator in Ventura County.
Lynnette Shifman, a local Realtor in the Conejo Valley, will discuss how to coordinate a sale and purchase using Prop 60 and Prop 90, what time of home fits your budget and new lifestyle, and help you understand if you might own a home that no longer suits your needs.  She has been an educator and a realtor in the Conejo for over 40 years.
Jack Dvir, an independent financial advisor with Financial Pointe, will review financial considerations for seniors, including taking a financial inventory, deciding where to live, tax considerations, and renting vs. selling. Jack Dvir, AAMS® is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, and is certified in the California Partnership for Long Term Care. He currently leads the Conejo Valley Business Independent Networking Group.
Debbie Lee, Reverse Mortgage Advisor for Retirement Funding Solutions, will discuss reverse mortgage myths vs. facts, how reverse mortgages work, and who can benefit from a reverse mortgage. Debbie has been in the mortgage industry for over 30 years; the last 18 years focused on reserve mortgages for seniors.
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.
About Senior Concerns
Senior Concerns is a Thousand Oaks-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors young and old, caregivers and families by offering a wide-range of services, programs and resources, including a professionally managed Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Caregiver Support Center, free legal, financial, advocacy and care management services, support groups and community education and training. Senior Concerns also operates the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop and hosts two major fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 500 volunteers.

Adult Literacy Class

December 11 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

Woodland Hills Recreation Center Classes


Check out the NEW Winter classes we are offering at WOODLAND HILLS RECREATION CENTER.
We have attached our Winter 2020 Brochure 

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

Woodland Hills 50+ Social Club Meeting

December 17

Woodland Hills 50+ Social Club will hold regular weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Woodland Hills Recreation Center located at 5858 Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Any interested individual may join any committee to assist with future programs, activities, classes, games, tips, tours, public outreach etc.  All Club activities are on voluntarily basis.  Please let us know if you would like to join any of the standing committees.
Admission is free.
Planning for future meetings are underway and will be announced every week.

Reiki Class

December 20 

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

Sherman Oaks Library

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

Social Events

Boomer Thursday at NABU Wines

December 5

Happy Hour ALL NIGHT tonight at NABU Wines in Westlake Village from 5pm-9pm and a Whole Lotta Vinyl! Stop by for a glass and stay for a side or two on the turntable. Pick from our Huge record collection to spin on the turntable or bring in your favorite album for us to play! Cheers

NABU Wines Voted Best Wine Bar 2019 in Los Angeles Daily News Readers Choice Awards

Enjoy our Napa Valley Pinot Gris for $7 all night.

Pitfire Artisan Pizza now delivers their FULL MENU right to your table. Vegan Options too!

• Outside food is welcome
• Free Parking

Learn more

Boomer Thursday at Daphne's

December 5 Ongoing

Come on into Daphne's in Simi Valley on Thursday’s and get free drinks with refills when you order any entree. In addition to this promotion, all baby boomers will receive a 50% off coupon on any entree when you purchase any salad, pita or adult entree at regular price. Or, $2.00 off any salad, pita or entree for the next time.

Learn more

Agoura Hills Winter Senior Program

Winter 2019 (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
(to see Fall Events, Click Here)

Woodland Hills Library Book Sale

December 5, 6


End the year celebrating and shopping for books to share. The Woodland Hills Library Book Sale is Friday and Saturday December 6 and 7.  Doors open at 9:30 am. Wonderful collections and always a wide selection of non fiction and fiction for adults and children, and this sale has an unusual amount of audio books.  Prices begin at 25₵.  Remember, every transaction is a donation that helps keep our library up to date. Come join us at 22200 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills.
More info: 818-226-0017

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

December 2019

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


Thursdays 1 - 4 pm

The Moorpark Active Adult Center holds Bingo every Thursday.

799 Moorpark Ave.
Moorpark, CA 93021

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ONEgeneration Travel Plans!

2019, 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

View All Trips

Children's Book Sale

December 7


The Friends of Platt Library are having a Children’s Book Sale on Saturday December 7 from 10AM – 4:00PM. You will find a wonderful collection of non-fiction, chapter books, Young Adult books, and picture books ranging in price from only $.25 to $3.00. Also available will be delightful gifts for family and friends. Wonderful prices!
All proceeds go toward helping the library. We hope to see you at 23600 Victory Boulevard, West Hills.

For information, contact Frona DeCovnick: 818 854 1247,

We have already sold 124 tickets...our fastest start ever! Please join us for this wonderful evening of great entertainment, gourmet food, and joyous moments.

Goebel Adult Community Center Events



We have reached the final month of 2019! Aaaaaaaaand if you are trying to figure out a fun place to spend December, then the Goebel Adult Community Center is the place for you!

Registration for CRPD Winter classes begin on January 3 and classes will begin the week of January 20, so make sure to call or register online for your favorite classes before they fill up! (See pages 2 and 3 for a list of CRPD Winter classes). The Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise will be hosting their Free Annual Holiday Breakfast at the Goebel Center which will be held on Friday, December 13 at 7:00am. Reservations are required so call for your spot before it’s too late!. Jason Love will be here performing a Comedy Comes Alive show on Sunday, January 26 at 3:00pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at the front desk. Holiday Friday Night Bingo will be coming to Goebel Center on December 20. Free dinner will be included with every minimum buy-in. Speaking of Friday Night Bingo, check out the inside cover for the 2020 Friday Night Bingo dates and mark your calendars. SAVE THE DATE for the 2020 CSVP Wellness Fest coming to the Goebel Center on Wednesday, January 15 at 9:00am. This year’s theme will be “Peace, Love, and Wellness. Also make sure to SAVE THE DATE for the Super Bowl Party which will be on Sunday February 2 at 2:00pm as well as the Valentine’s Party which will be on Friday, February 14 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person per each event and will go on sale beginning January 8 at the Goebel front desk. We are now closing the door on 2019 and 2020 is right around the corner! The Goebel Center is always the place that offers something for everyone, so be sure to check out the front cover and first page for seminars, as well as, the rest of the Goebel Gazette for more programs and featured events. We hope you enjoy the December issue of the Goebel Gazette and hope to see all of you very soon!

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LA Opera Talk

December 10


The Friends of Platt Library will be hosting an LA Opera talk on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 6:15 PM.  Ron Streicher, a representative of the opera company, will be presenting a specialty talk titled “It Can’t be an Opera if Nobody Dies”.
Mr. Streicher is a popular speaker and this talk promises to be both entertaining and informative.
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.

Bring a Gift for Toys for Tots
Wear an Ugly Sweater
Get Ready for a Hilarious Comedy Show

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
Canoga Park Women’s Club: Make time for yourself to enjoy a night of fun and food, and you could be a winner, too! Friday December 13th, at 6:00 PM at our club house located at 7401 Jordan Ave (at Valerio St) in Canoga Park. $20.00 buys you one book of 10 games. But that’s not all, there are Snacks, Sweets, a Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, plus Desserts. Bingo games and opportunity gift baskets. Additional game books $5.00 each, daubers available for $1.25, prizes include a variety of gift cards. Wine is available; donation of $3.00 a glass, soft drinks and water $1.00. This fundraiser proves that the holiday spirit and good fellowship is alive and well at our club.

Seating is limited, please reserve early, please call Cyndy Keeley at 1.818.437.2232 or email: – CPWC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity.

Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Book Sale

December 14 

Great used book sale at the Sherman Oaks Library to benefit our very own local library. The book sale runs from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Select from children's books, classics, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, CDs and DVDs. Most books $1 or less, big selection of children's books!! Help support the Sherman Oaks Library! Sponsored by Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library.
Many books are new or like-new and appropriate for gifts.  Large selection of children's gift quality books!

We also take donations of books, CDs, and DVDs.  Bring them to the sale or the library during business hours.  A receipt will be provided.
Pre-sale for Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Members on Friday, December 13, 3:00-5:00 PM

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

Stonehaus Family Christmas

December 15 


Sunday, December 15th
2 pm – 4 pm & 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for our 5th annual Stonehaus Family Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 15th from 2:00PM - 4:00PM & 4:30pm -6:30pm.

Enjoy the following:
Cookie Decorating • S'mores Station • Hot Chocolate Station • Letters to Santa • Snow • A special appearance by Santa & Mrs. Claus, plus a train ride through the Westlake Village Inn!
$35 per person
Adult ticket includes a glass of Stonehaus wine

Purchase tickets for preferred time slot 


Chatsworth Station 96 Spark of Love Toy Drive 

December 7

There will be a Spark of Love Toy Drive on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Chatsworth Ralph's shopping center parking lot.  Please bring a new, unwrapped toy between 11 AM and 2 PM to the shopping center located at the northwest corner of Devonshire Street and Canoga Avenue.  This is a great opportunity to support our local Station 96 firefighters who provide holiday gifts to underprivileged children.

Local Volunteering Opportunities 


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

Share the Love Donation Drive 

December 9

As part of its Share the Love Campaign, Ladin Subaru is partnering with Senior Concerns to hold a holiday gift drive on Monday, December 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Ladin Subaru, 3725 Auto Mall Drive in Thousand Oaks. The community is invited to drop off small gifts that will be delivered to homebound seniors during the holiday season through Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels Program.
Among the items being requested for Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels recipients are personal flashlights, slipper socks with grippers for men and women, pens and spiral bound notebooks, hand towels and washcloths, scares, and new toothbrushes and toothpaste.
This is the 7th consecutive year Ladin Subaru has partnered with Senior Concerns on the Share the Love Campaign. During the campaign period, which begins in November of each year, Subaru customers have the opportunity to select a charity to which a donation of $250 from every vehicle sale will be donated. Along with a select group of national charities, local Subaru dealers select one community-based non-profit to support.
Since 1975, Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels Program has addressed the challenge of food insecurity among homebound seniors in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park. Food insecurity (limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or limited and uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods) happens because of low income, physical constraints, lack of transportation, reduced availability of food, lack of socialization, and reduced food intake due to taste (taste buds decline with age; medications may alter appetites.) Senior Concerns’ delivers Meals On Wheels 364 days per year.
“We value and appreciate our community partners, such as the team at Ladin Subaru, and thank them for their support of Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels Program,” said Andrea Gallagher, CSA, President of Senior Concerns.
About Senior Concerns
Senior Concerns is a Thousand Oaks-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors young and old, caregivers and families by offering a wide-range of services, programs and resources, including a professionally managed Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Caregiver Support Center, free legal, financial, advocacy and care management services, support groups and community education and training. Senior Concerns also operates the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop and hosts two major fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 500 volunteers.

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

Board games may stave off cognitive decline

Medical News Today

Games aren't just fun; they can keep our minds agile and sharp. At least this seems to be the main takeaway of a host of recent studies that point to the cognitive benefits of video games.

Read Article

Leg Pain Could Spell Peripheral Artery Disease for Some

Health Day

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops silently, narrowing blood vessels until a shortfall in the supply of nutrients and oxygen causes cramps and leg pain.

Read Article

Information & Retirement

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)

File a Report Here

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

Music for the Soul

Summer and Fall 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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