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Friday, March 1, 2019

April 11th - Westfield Topanga - Taste of the Valley - great event

The Taste of the Valley is the San Fernando Valley's ultimate Wine, Brews & Spirits tasting and Food festival.

Join us on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm, for tasty cuisine from over 45 restaurants, 120 wineries, and delicious smooth spirits and flavorful microbrews.

Tickets now on sale for $55 per person through March 11, $65 through April 10 and $80 at the door - (No Refunds). Tickets price is inclusive of --

  •  ALL food and beverage tastings
  •  Participation in Crowns On, Crowns Off - an exciting game of chance being held at the event
Crowns On, Crowns Off - Guests collect their crowns at the event. At the designated time and location, participants will take part in a Heads or Tails-style game. A series of coin flips determine who moves forward and who is eliminated depending on how the coin lands ( "Heads" -> Crowns on; "Tails" -> Crowns off). The last person standing takes home the grand prize: a 7 Night-stay for 2 people at the Marina Fiesta in Cabo San Lucas. (airfare not included)

All proceeds benefit the Valley Cultural Foundation. VCF provides diverse programs and events in the arts that bring together talent, community, business and education throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Call Valley Cultural Foundation for information at 818-704-1358.
Attendees must be 21 years of age, I.D. required. No refunds.

2019 Participants as of 2/15/19*


ACE Academy of Culinary Education - Amuse Eatery & Cocktails - Arnie Mortons Steak House - Auntie Annes and Cinnabon - Barone's The Pizza Experience - Bazille at Nordstrom - Bella Donna Special Events - Benihana Restaurant - Blaze Pizza - Bluebird Brasserie - Bristol Farms - Cavaretta's Italian Deli - Costco - Davids Tea - Dog Haus - Dr. Pepper/Snapple - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Follow Your Heart - Fresh Brothers Pizza - Gasolina Café - Go Greek Yogurt - Halo Ice Cream - Islands - Larsens Steakhouse - Le Pain Quotidien - Lusy's Mediterranean Café - Maggiano's Little Italy - Pedalers Fork - Rosie's BBQ & Grillery - Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - Runway at the Hilton Woodland Hills - Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Stonefire Grill

Specialty Shops

A Sweet Design - Bertha Mae's Brownies - The Mochi Ice Cream Co. - Nothing Bundt Cakes - Sugar Brown Pastries


Petite Petite - Michael David - Freak Show - Joel Gott - Napa Cellars - Bogle Wines - Artesa - Ana Cordoniu - Bonterra - 1000 Stories - Deloach - Raymond - Hess Vineyards - District Seven - Butternut - Santa Margherita - CakeBread - Caymus - Conundrum - Mer Soleil - Aubon Climat - A To Z Wineworks - Seghesio - Gainey - Chateau Montelena - Star Lane - Crios - Neyers - Underwood Wines - Vinemark Cellars Chardonnay – Grenache Rose – Reserve Pinot Noir – Cabernet Savignon – Buona Miscela - Rosenthal The Malibu Vineyard - Ascension Cellars - Work Vineyard

Apollo 11 documentary to launch onto IMAX screens on March 1st for one week

Fasten your seat belts for a part of American (and San Fernando Valley) history - if you like space, NASA, the men and women behind that worked on the moon landing and... a terrific precursor to The Museum's exhibit May 1st - July 31st of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, then go out and buy a ticket to this one week showing.

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Movie length: 93 min.

Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Click HERE for link to local movie theatres.

One week only - buy your tickets today!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Congratulations to Oakwood HS students & team on winning Oscar for Best Documentary Short

Congratulations to local high school students, producers and everyone involved with winning an Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Academy Awards for the film Period. End of Sentence.

The film, which was created by Oakwood High School students in North Hollywood who also founded a nonprofit organization called The Pad Project, which aims to fight the stigma of menstruation. The program initially focused in a rural village outside of Delhi, India.

                                                                                             Photo credit: AFP

For decades, the women there didn’t have access to pads, which resulted in health problems and girls missing school or dropping out entirely. But when a sanitary pad machine was installed in the village, the women learned to manufacture and market their own pads. The ladies felt so inspired that they named their brand Fly because they want women “to soar.”

“When we started this project, we really had no idea how far it would come,” Avery Siegel, Period’s executive producer and former Oakwood High School student.

Siegel and her classmates Ruby Schiff and Claire Sliney’s efforts started almost six years ago with simple fundraisers in their Los Angeles community.

The students raised money via bake sales and a yoga-thon.  They promoted via word-of-mouth to raise funds for the project and in October of 2016 launched a Kickstarter campaign.

Talking about periods and having these women work on the machine makes people comfortable with the discussion.  Women in the village felt better about themselves and even the men in the village noticed a change in the community’s attitudes.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sunday, February 24th,
Historic walking tour of Van Nuys
2:00- 3:00 pm
RSVP in advance (appreciated) on EventBrite HERE

Learn about the origin of the Daily News and the company which was a nationwide maker of silent movie theatre organs. Who were Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Wayne E. Bechtelheimer and Whitley Van Nuys Huffaker? Relive "Wednesday Nights on Van Nuys Boulevard." We will have historic photographs and stories to share as we wander this surprisingly historic San Fernando Valley treasure. Tour highlights include:

•    Van Nuys Bungalow           
•    Women’s Club
•    Old Van Nuys Library (1927)       
•    United Methodist Church
•    Municipal Building Façade       
•    Van Nuys Post Office

•    Van Nuys Fire Station
•    Abeles Map               
•    Fernando Statue, Crystal Plunge
•    Bob’s Big Boy, Busch Gardens       
•    Lankershim, Van Nuys, Whitsett, Whitley

The development entity known as The Syndicate began the process in 1910, but William Paul Whitsett saw it through to the end. Originally a barley field, Van Nuys became a prosperous center of City Government, agriculture and industry. Come explore what remains to be appreciated: original 1911 buildings hidden beneath modern facades, first churches, a civic center with many special revelations, one of the main hubs of social and official activity, the Women's Club building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monuments #201, #202, and #911, and National Register of Historic Places Monument #2509.

Please RSVP and pay in advance with:                                          
EVENTBRITE - Search under: Van Nuys Historic Walking Tour  (Okay to walk-up and pay)
Cost:        $10 per person donation; Also, please visit
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center, 6262 Van Nuys

Friday, February 1, 2019

Black History Month - origin; The Museum SFV programming

February is Black History Month.

Do you know about the origin of this designation and who is the person recognized for its creation?

Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history.

Carter G. Woodson, considered a pioneer in the study of African-American history, is given much of the credit for Black History Month.

The son of former slaves, Woodson spent his childhood working in coal mines and quarries. He received his education during the four-month term that was customary for black schools at the time.

He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. He also founded the group's widely respected publication, the Journal of Negro History.

In 1926, Woodson developed Negro History Week. He believed "the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of modern civilization."

At the time of Negro History Week's launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:

If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.

Woodson chose the second week of February for his celebration because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population:

  • Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist and civil rights leader; though his birthdate isn't known, he celebrated it on February 14th.
  • President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in America's confederate states; he was born on February 12th.
Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2, 1970 – February 28, 1970.

In 1976, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history".

Sources:  Various; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum