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December 26, 2019

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Arts & Entertainment

Stop by Brian Fuchs' house and see holiday lights, fully synchronized and choreographed to music.  Watch from your warm car while the music is broadcast to your radio on 89.7FM.  Bring the kids!

If you saw it last time, stop by again – elements of the display have been upgraded.  If you haven’t seen the show before, then you really need to come by and see it.
Like last year you can vote for the song you want to play next, and see the upcoming songs in the playlist.  Use your phone’s web browser to go to  You can also visit that site on your PC or phone to see Youtube links to videos from the 2016 show.
15 songs on tap this year cover a wide genre:
Christmas Vacation
Hooray for Santa Claus
All I Want for Christmas
The Christmas Song
Jingle Bell Rock
Music Box Dancer
Amazing Grace
Gangham Style
Manah Manah
Winter Wonderland
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Wish Liszt
Wizards in Winter
Mad Russian Christmas
Our current show is about 40 minutes long and loops continuously.  Before the end of the season we hope to add a couple of more of songs.
Rain will cancel the show, so check weather conditions for Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park before coming by.  The web site ( will also let you know if the show is up and running or has been cancelled due to weather.  We recommend stopping by soon, or on a weekday.  Toward Christmas and on weekends, the street gets very backed up with long waits.

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series

January 4 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

Sketch Comedy: "Santasia"

December 26, 27, 28

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

ENTER NOW - SFVACC Open Art Exhibit

Deadline for Entry: January 12 


Enter here >

There is no theme...simply enter your best recent work.

Please DO NOT enter work that has been shown at the SFVACC within the past 3 years.

The SFVACC Open Art Exhibit Prospectus



February 4 - 29, 2020

Artists’ Reception – Saturday, February 22, 2020  5:00 – 7:00 pm

Entries accepted October 24, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Best of Show $300 – 1st Place $200 – 2nd Place $100 –

Four Honorable Mentions

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. 

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
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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  

Mindfulness Meditation Classes

December 27
January 3, 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

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


Calabasas Senior Center
300 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA

Adult Literacy Class

January 1 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

Adult Coloring 

January 2, 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30

@ 2:00 PM - January 2, 9, 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

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 

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.

Silk Scarf Workshop

January 10

The Northridge Woman's Club will be offering a silk-scarf workshop on Friday January 10 from 10a-12:30p. Cost $18 includes lite refreshments.

Please contact Irene Strauss @  818 344-3333

Also the Northridge Woman's Club is open to new membership: contact Lorraine Phillips @ 818 3630859 or


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

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

Goebel Adult Community Center Events

December & January


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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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

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

Burbank Valley Garden Club

January 2

The Burbank-Valley Garden Club meets, Thursday, JANUARY 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., at the Little White Chapel, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank.
Starting from Seeds is the program our speaker, Robin Gemmill will be presenting at our January meeting.   Ms. Gemmill is a retired Advance Practice Nurse who has a passion for gardening, nutrition and health.   She earned her Master Gardener designation at the University of California Co-operative Extension, Los Angeles (CCCE).  She provides classes on composting, integrative pest management, container gardening and urban agriculture for the community and community gardens. She is also a Master Food Preserver through Slow Food Los Angeles practicing canning, food dehydration and fermentation for health.
Her presentation for the Burbank-Valley Garden Club will cover environmental factors for successful germination, soil conditions that influence growing success and strategies for successful seed germination of direct planting and transplanting.
Everyone is welcome to our regular monthly meetings.  
For more information, call 818 848-0313

Pacific Rose Society Welcomes
Rose Expert Tom Cooney at L.A. Arboretum
Program is Free to the Public

January 7

Pacific Rose Society is proud to announce that our special guest speaker for our January 7, 2020 meeting is master rosarian and rose growing educator Tom Cooney. Tom has over 350 roses in is beautiful Alisa Viejo garden, and he is an expert on growing all types of roses. His program is entitled “Singularly Beautiful Roses” as he speaks about the marvelous roses known as “singles” with only 4-8 petals and answering questions about rose care from all attendees. Come enjoy this wonderful program.

The meeting is held at the Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, California 91007 downstairs in the Lecture Rooms. Enter by the Main Gate.

Pacific Rose Society hosts a free pot luck dinner open to all beginning at 7:00 p.m., and the program begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free to any and all rose lovers and home gardeners. For more information, contact program chairperson Suzanne Horn at

You can also check out our webpage at

Sherman Oaks Friends of the Library Book Sale

January 11

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.
Teachers get 50% off children's books, classics, education and young adult books with a valid ID.

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, January 10, 3:00-5:00 PM

14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

LA Opera Talk

January 14

The Friends of Platt Library will be hosting an LA Opera talk on Tuesday January 14th, 2020 at 6:15 PM.  Kevin Bratton, a representative of the opera company, will be discussing the company’s premier production of “Eurydice”, a new opera composed by Matthew Aucoin with a libretto by Sarah Ruhl.
In the Greek myth Eurydice is a shadowy figure we hardly know. This new opera reimagines the ancient myth for modern times and the tale is told from the point of view of the heroine. Tragically killed on her wedding day, the young bride descends to the underworld where she is reunited with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband she must choose between the two men she loves.
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.

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 call Elaine at (828) 243-1004 for more information.
If you have a card table you could donate or could lend us.

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


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

Half of US Adults will be Obese in 10 Years

Health Day

A decade from now, roughly half of U.S. adults will be obese -- with nearly one-quarter severely so, a new study projects.

Read Article

Broaching the Subject of Hearing Loss

Next Avenue

If you have loved ones in denial about their hearing loss, here are six suggestions for bringing up an often touchy subject with your loved one.

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.

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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