Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

info@TheMuseumSFV.org

www.TheMuseumSFV.org




Friday, September 14, 2018

Speaker Series - Dr. Jessica Kim, CSUN; discusses book -Metropolis, Empire, and Revolution in the Los Angeles-Mexico Borderlands, 1865-1940

Dr. Jessica Kim, Assistant Professor of History California State University, Northridge specializes in the history of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, urban history, the history of Los Angeles, and public and digital history.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, she will be discussing her book based on her dissertation.



 

Please join us for an interesting discussion and presentation on this topic.

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending. Advance copies of her book will be available for sale. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.
info@TheMuseumSFV.org


FREE Parking. Elevator access to 2nd floor.  Raffle Prizes too!

Directions to The Museum:
18860 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91324-3885
SE corner of Wilbur Ave. and Nordhoff St.

½ mile from CSUN (west) and 1/3 mile from the Northridge Fashion Mall (east)
Easy access from 118 Fwy.-Tampa exit; 101 Fwy.-Reseda exit; 405 Fwy.-Nordhoff exit

www.TheMuseumSFV.org    Tel: 818-347-9665


info@TheMuseumSFV.org  

The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

Please bring a friend, colleague or family member and enjoy YOUR Museum.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebracion y Fiesta! 9/30; Fun event; Support Campo de Cahuenga

Celebracion y Fiesta!

Food, Fun, Fashion, Music and much more!

All to benefit UCNH and Campo de Cahuenga

11:00 am - 5:00 pm; $20/pp

Food and drink included.

A great time for a great cause; 

Located at Campo de Cahuenga
3919 Lankershim Blvd. 
Studio City, CA 91604

Right Across the street from Universal Studios.

Payment in advance only.   Click HERE for payment.

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) - Members Only Exhibit - September 5th - 29th

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) is pleased to present, Members Only Exhibit from September 5th - 29th at the center in Tarzana.

Free event; Viewing, 11 am - 5:00 pm; Tues. - Sat.

Come view 108 works from 38 member artists.

Please support local artists and the SFVACC.

18312 Oxnard St, Tarzana, CA 91356 - Take the Metro Orange line to Reseda too!

www.sfvacc.org

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8/26/18 2:00 pm Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys - please join us

Join us for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"

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
  • 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. 

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at events@TheMuseumSFV.org
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  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com


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

6262 Van Nuys Blvd. on the SE corner of  Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Blvd.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

8/25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The Museum Speaker Series - History of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) - Join us

This Saturday afternoon at The Museum, we will offer a fascinating overview of the history of Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The event begins at 2:00 pm and will last approximately one hour - then Q&A.  RSVP HERE.

Carrie Nicoletti, from Van Nuys Airport, Public and Community Relations will be the speaker for this event.




Also, a short viewing of One Six Right, an exhilarating documentary film that celebrates the unsung hero of aviation - the local airport - by tracing the life, history, and struggles of an airport icon: Southern California's Van Nuys Airport. Featuring thrilling aerial photography and a sweeping original score, the film dispels common misconceptions on the history of Van Nuys Airport.

Historic Overview - a little teaser...

On Dec. 17, 1928, the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight – VNY was born as Metropolitan Airport through the establishment of a corporation by a small group of citizens.

With the outbreak of World War II, in 1942 the U.S. government purchased Metropolitan Airport and converted it into a military base to help protect the West Coast. The military also purchased an additional 163 acres of land for the construction of the Van Nuys Army Airfield, using new runways to train hundreds of P-38 Lightning pilots.

The 1950s brought substantial growth to general aviation at the airport and local industries. By 1957, the annual payroll of airport companies reached an impressive $43 million and the airport experienced its final name change to Van Nuys Airport. Residential growth also continued. The City of Los Angeles Zoning Commission allowed developers to build 150 new homes in areas surrounding the airport. In 1959, completion of the Sherman Way underpass enabled extension of the main runway from 6,000 to 8,000 feet as VNY ranked 25th in operations nationwide.

Please RSVP on EventBrite today. Cost: $10/person.



Free parking.  Elevator access.

Light snacks and refreshments served.

Walk-ins are okay too, but we would appreciate registering in advance.




The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St. Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885.


Thank you.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8-11 Walking tour of William Mellenthin Ranch-Style Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for a fun morning on August 11th as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/pp - RSVP in advance on EVENTBRITE (okay to show up on 8/11, but we would like to know you are attending- send us an email at info@themuseumsfv.org).


Please bring a hat, wear walking shoes and sunscreen. Water will be provided to all attendees. Light refreshments will also be provided at home at end of tour.


Docent Michel Stevens will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes.

Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EVENTBRITE.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for attendees to meet author Chris Lukather and to purchase a signed copy of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.

In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home—so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at NE corner of Addison St. & Ethel Ave. in Sherman Oaks at 9:55 am
Park at north end of Riverside Elementary School on Ethel Ave. & Huston St. (just two blocks south)





Google Map - click HERE:


www.TheMuseumSFV.org    Tel: 818-347-9665
info@TheMuseumSFV.org  

The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com


Invite a family member or friend to join this Saturday!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Museum's newest exhibit a big hit - The Hollywood Shorties

Museum members, invited guests and VIP's all gathered at The Museum last night for the official reception of Small Lens Big Lives...The Hollywood Shorties exhibit.

Attendees enjoyed meeting several original Hollywood Shorties, actors and stuntmen that offered up some stories about their careers.


A video loop shows many of the charitable events that were played on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

There was an unveiling of a bust created by artist and sculptor, one-time valley resident, Howard Lazar. Howard provided an overview on the making of the bust, the challenges and enjoyment in creating this nice piece of artwork that he donated to The Museum.


Special guests included Howard Lazar, Ryan Steven Green, filmmaker and creator of the documentary The Hollywood Shorties, Braden Barty, son of Billy Barty (and his family) and Mark Povinelli, President of the Little People of America.

Attendees also enjoyed walking through The Museum along with plenty of food to enjoy.


A great time was had by all!

Much thanks to all board members and especially Jackie Langa that worked tirelessly on the creation of this exhibit and Ryan Steven Green who has provided the artifacts on loan to The Museum for this exhibit.

Michel Stevens

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ABC7 News - In the Neighborhood: Dave Kunz offers tour of hometown Northridge

Thanks to Dave Kunz of ABC7 news for his segment on his hometown of Northridge. 

Since I too grew up in Northridge and we are the same age, we had to cross paths at Nobel Junior High, on the field at Northridge Little League, sitting in a booth eating pizza at Shakey's after a Granada football game shopping at Dale's market and maybe engulfing a Trough at the Farrell's on Reseda Blvd.

We appreciated his enthusiasm for his childhood memories in Northridge and he really enjoyed touring The Museum.


Here are excerpts from the video copy - Enjoy!

The massive earthquake of 1994 put Northridge on the worldwide map.

But long before that, Northridge was the center of my world. Happy times, growing up in a very different time.

"You'd leave in the morning, and be gone all day. You might hear your parents ringing a cow bell or something and realize it's time to go home for dinner. Today we won't let kids out of our sight," said Michel Stevens, the president of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, who grew up in Northridge.

This community in the far northern reaches of the city of Los Angeles is a fitting place for The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. The museum's various rooms hold lots of artifacts that chronicle a simpler era in the San Fernando Valley, and in Northridge.

Which was an ideal place for my parents to raise two boys, with good schools, like Darby Avenue Elementary. Darby is still a good school today, winning numerous awards and being named a California Distinguished School.

After Darby, I attended Nobel Middle School, Granada Hills High School, Pierce College, and Cal State Northridge. You could say I loved being in the San Fernando Valley!

And since I got around Northridge on two wheels in my early days, I decided to do a tour via pedal power! My old Schwinn Varsity is long gone, but riding any kind of bicycle around your old neighborhood is a great way to revisit memories of childhood.

Not far from our house on Reseda Boulevard was the intersection of Devonshire and Reseda, a sort of "center of my universe," starting with a growing kid's favorites for food. The McDonald's restaurant of my childhood was torn down a few years ago, replaced with a modern rendition in the same spot.

But right next door, Shakey's Pizza still looks exactly the same.

Well, on the outside anyway. The Shakey's interior has changed a bit with remodels over the years. But this is essentially the place where generations of Northridge families ate pizza, celebrated the weekend, and listened to the player piano. The piano is still there, plinking out favorite tunes to the delight of children who love watching the keys move up and down by themselves.

"A majority of our customers tell us they came here as a kid. And they now bring their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren here," said Kasim Idrees, whose family operates the Shakey's, after taking over for the long-time operator who ran it for over 50 years.

"While a lot of things have changed, Shakey's stays the same," added Idrees.

Continuing my bicycle tour down memory lane, I made a familiar stop at the showroom of Baher Chevrolet on Devonshire to peek inside at the new models. Actually, it used to be Baher Chevrolet, but now it's Rydell Chevrolet in the exact same location. Any chance I got, I'd stop by there to daydream. And if I was lucky, I'd score some brochures for new Corvettes and Camaros, and then hop back on my bike to go home and plan for the day I'd have my own car.

But I knew I could forget about a new Corvette as a teenager. I had to set my sights a bit lower.

And If I wanted to buy any kind of car, I'd need to earn some money. Dale's Supermarket was right across the street, and it was there that I landed my first real job bagging groceries.

The building that was Dale's store #31 is still there, but it's now Smart and Final Extra. In between, it was a Lucky Market, then Albertson's. The store is still a hallmark of my old neighborhood, and still a great place for a first job.

Just ask Sanestina Hunter, a recent CSUN graduate who works at Smart and Final. She and I chatted quite a bit about working in retail as a young person, and agree that doing so adds great life skills.

"You want to build customer service experience. These are life skills, which you can take with you, and they can teach you a lot," she said.

Other staples of the intersection of Devonshire and Reseda were Bob's Big Boy (turned into a Carrow's years ago; now that's gone too, replaced by a Chick Fil-A), The Fox Northridge Theatre, the Peppertree Three Theatre, Northridge Little League, and the huge ice cream parlor called Farrell's

For playtime, kids like me learned that hot Valley summers meant trying to find a cool spot, so Northridge Park often came to the rescue. It always had lots of shade, and a huge pool, which was upgraded in 2008 to become the Northridge Aquatic Center.

For those triple-digit Northridge summer days, it's still a solution to cooling off. "Nothing like getting into a nice cool pool when it's 110-plus outside," said Dwayne Finley, the director of Northridge Recreation Center.

Northridge: it was a great place to grow up.

And it still is a great place, all these years later.


Michel Stevens

Monday, July 16, 2018

Celebrating 90 Years of Flight at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) (1928–2018)

Kudos is in store for Van Nuys Airport (VNY) that will be commemorating its 90th anniversary this year.

VNY and LAWA will also being paying tribute to aviation pioneers and visionaries who first introduced the San Fernando Valley to the freedom of flight.
 

 VNY was dedicated on December 18, 1928, marking the 25th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. From that day forward, VNY attracted legendary pilots such as Amelia Earhart.

She lived and worked in the valley from 1928 until her disappearance in the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

Over the years, the valley and airport had a steady stream of aerospace leaders, business entrepreneurs and some Hollywood filmmakers to propel its innovation.

VNY is identified as Los Angeles’ business airport and has been one of the world’s busiest general airports for decades. A vital economic engine, it contributes approximately $2 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 10,000 jobs annually.


For more information on Van Nuys Airport, please click HERE.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Museum Exhibit: Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

The Museum SFV is pleased to announce a new exhibit called Small Lens on Big Lives...and the Hollywood Shorties.

In the late 1930’s, an international casting call brought talented dwarves from around the world to Los Angeles to make “The Wizard of Oz” and a lot of them stayed.  Often in Burbank, groups of little people would socialize at the original Bob’s Big Boy and hold events in the surrounding areas and parks.


This exhibit, inspired by Ryan Steven Green, who created a documentary called “The Hollywood Shorties,” explores through photos, artifacts and film clips the joy, excitement, poignancy and societal contributions of the players of the first professional sports team ever created entirely of little people. 



Billy Barty (vaudeville entertainer, film actor, LPA activist) and Jerry Maren (the “Lollipop Kid” The Wizard of Oz”) formed The Hollywood Shorties baseball team in 1949, just after WWII.


The Hollywood Shorties was originally a team of actors and stuntman ranging from 3’5’’ and 4’9” who played charitable baseball games against celebrities and faculties of high schools primarily across the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. In the 1970’s The Shorties introduced basketball to their fans and found themselves in great demand by NBA teams, often playing mini-games for the NBA game crowds at half-time.  

The exhibit opens on June 28th and there will be a VIP reception on Saturday, July 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Some members of the Hollywood Shorties and executives of the Little People of America are expected to attend. RSVP on EventBrite or by contacting Jackie Langa at The Museum at 818-347-9665 or jackie.langa@TheMuseumSFV.org.


The Museum is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Ste. 204, Northridge, CA 91324. For more information, please visit www.TheMuseumSFV.org.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pacific Electric Railway and the Red Car; nice article on history of valley transportation

Pacific Electric Railway and the Red Car - what a history. What memories for all that rode these cars to and from Los Angeles and through parts of the valley.

Please read this terrific article by Olga Grigoryants of the Los Angeles Daily News (LINK HERE).





A few factoids about the Pacific Electric:

1911 - Pacific Electric Railway Company begins service to the Valley

The car line was approximately 19-miles operating from Los Angeles along Chandler Boulevard, curling north up Van Nuys Blvd. to Sherman Way. The line later ran to the areas known today as Reseda and Canoga Park.

1913 - more than 368,000 passengers boarded the line.

1926 - passengers totaled one million.

Late 1940s - after WWII, the Pacific Electric popularity began to decline.

1963 -the last Red Car line was taken down.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Welcoming Back the Reseda Blvd Summer Art Series...

The Reseda Blvd Summer Art Series returns this weekend! The first date is today with three more scheduled throughout the summer months. 

Come out to enjoy food trucks, live performances, and incredible art. 

The event takes place along Reseda Blvd at Rayen in Northridge. For additional details check out the flyer below.



Event Dates; June 23, July 14, August 4 and August 25

Friday, June 22, 2018

Historic Walking Tour of Van Nuys Sunday, June 24th; 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

Join us for a stroll back in time through the "Town That Was Started Right!"
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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
  • 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  www.TheMuseumSFV.org
Parking:    Street & metered parking in area  museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

RSVP:     1-818-347-9665, email at events@TheMuseumSFV.org.

Please consider inviting a family member, colleague or friend.

Attendees will meet under the "Bridge/Archway" of the Braude Constituent Center,  6262 Van Nuys Blvd. on the SE corner of  Sylvan Street and Van Nuys Blvd.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

California State Senator Robert Hertzberg has selected The Museum of the San Fernando Valley as its 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 18


   
The 3rd annual California Nonprofit of the Year event will recognize up to 100 non-profit organizations at an event in Sacramento on June 6, 2018. California State Senator Robert Hertzberg selected The Museum of the San Fernando Valley as its California Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 18.

Each nonprofit was selected by their CA State Senator and Assemblymember as an exceptional nonprofit organization in the district.

“This is an honor that we very much appreciate,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. “As a free all-volunteer museum, this award reflects the drive and hard work put in by our past and present board members, advisors, docents, Valley-based artists, tour guides, speakers, curators, Friends of The Museum, all other volunteers, alliance partners and our original founder Dr. Gerald Fecht. This award adds further energy for our mission to continue to educate Valley residents and guests about the history, art and culture of the San Fernando Valley.”

Honorees (attending will be Michel Stevens, President and Jackie Langa, Vice President) will visit the Senate and Assembly floors and then will gather for a luncheon and program joined by many legislators.

"California Nonprofits Day not only honors and spotlights the excellence of individual nonprofits but raises the profile of the entire community to legislators," said CalNonProfits CEO Jan Masaoka.

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities it serves. It also works with legislators and nonprofit coalitions to develop legislation that will allow nonprofits to bring our full power to serving its communities and remove the obstacles to efficient contracting and high-impact work.

Bob Hertzberg is the first former Assembly Speaker in 86 years to be elected to the California State Senate, and one of only six lawmakers in California history to serve as Assembly Speaker and subsequently win a seat in the Senate. Now representing nearly 1 million residents of the San Fernando Valley in the Senate, Hertzberg remains committed to looking at the big challenges facing California. After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Hertzberg returned to the Legislature determined to work on governing for the next generation taking on tough issues such as tax reform, water policy, renewable energy and repairing the courts.  He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and serves on the Committee on Governance and Finance; the Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments; and the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications; the Committee on the Judiciary. The Senator's valley office may be reached at 818-901-5588 or by visiting www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.


 


6/9 Walking Tour of William Mellenthin Homes - Sherman Oaks

Please join us for a fun morning on June 9th as we explore beyond the book and physically view and discuss the homes of builder William Mellenthin.

Docent and author: Chris Lukather
Saturday, June 9, 2018
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$10/pp - RSVP in advance on Eventbrite (okay to show up on 6/9, but we would like to know you are attending- send us an email at info@themuseumsfv.org)



Docent and Author Chris Lukather will take attendees on a fun and educational walk through a Sherman Oaks neighborhood that has a cluster of southern California builder William Mellenthin’s ranch style “Birdhouse” homes. 


Cost: $10/pp; PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.  Walk-in attendees welcome, but we would appreciate advance notice by calling 818-347-9665 or info@TheMuseumSFV.org and let us know you will be attending.

At the end of the walk, we will enter one of the homes for a more in-depth discussion and an opportunity for Chris to offer for purchase and he will sign copies of his book. Cost of the book is $30.  He spent three years researching in order to create this terrific book. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Museum.

In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s housing developments began peppering the available land outside of Los Angeles. Affordable, family-friendly communities like the San Fernando Valley initiated an exodus to the suburbs. It was in the Valley that designer-builder William Mellenthin developed his singular brand of cozy, charming home which became known as the Mellenthin Birdhouse ranch home—so called because they featured a cupola or dovecote built prominently into the roof.

Directions to the walking tour:
Meet at corner of Addison St. & Ethel Ave. in Sherman Oaks at 9:55 am
Park at north end of Riverside Elementary School on Ethel Ave. & Huston St. (just two blocks south)


Google Map - click HERE:
 
www.TheMuseumSFV.org    Tel: 818-347-9665
info@TheMuseumSFV.org   

The Museum’s blog: museumsanfernandovalley.blogspot.com

Invite a family member or friend to join this Saturday!