Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

Friday, May 24, 2019

5/26 TMSFV NoHo Historic Walking Tour - 2:00 - 330 pm; please join us

Hello to all historic walking tour fans of North Hollywood (NoHo).

Please join us this Sunday, May 26th from 2:00 pm - 3:30pm

Learn about real cowboys, pioneer families, movie television and recording stars, the Spanish conquest, Mexican Ranchos, land purchases and sales of acreage, vast ranches and orchards, fruit, freight trains, wars, architecture, and much more! Tour highlights include:
  •         Amelia Earhart Statue          
  •         Academy of Arts & Entertainment
  •         Amelia Earhart Library (1928)  
  •         El Portal Theatre (1926)
  •         Tiny's Patio (1923)
  •         St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church  
  •         NoHo Arts District
  •         NoHo Fire Station #60          
  •         Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect)
  •         So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1896)  
  •         Weddington Family History      
  •         North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
  •         Phil’s Diner              
  •         Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)
1) Purchase tickets in advance on EVENTBRITE (we appreciate this)

2) Walk-up okay, but please contact us at 1-818-347-9665 or email at to let us know how many will be attending.

Cost:        $10 per person      

Parking:    FREE street parking in area around park, library and church.

Tour meets promptly at 1:55 pm -
North Hollywood Regional Library 

5211 Tujunga St.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

MEET next to Amelia Earhart Statue; NW corner of
Tujunga St. & Magnolia Blvd. (on corner of North Hollywood Regional Library)

The tour is about a one mile, flat walk. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottle of water.

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Thank you.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69 - Seeking artifacts

Hello Newport '69 fans...

The Museum has some groovy and far out plans for the 50th anniversary of this amazing concert. We are seeking your support in these areas:

Do you have any artifacts or memorabilia from this event?

Do you know of anyone that may have some items that can be a part of a program, event or exhibit?

If you attended the event, would you be interested in having The Museum SFV interview you as part of our archives?

If so, please contact Jackie Langa at 818-347-9665 or email at

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA 6/20-22-69

Jimi Hendrix was the headline act for the Friday night opening, but he played so poorly - supposedly from an LSD-laced drink - that he returned to the stage on Sunday. His Sunday performance with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon, and several others lasted more than two hours. The Sunday performance is now legendary and prompted Los Angeles Times critic Pete Johnson to write that the audience “may have heard the best performance of their lives.”

An estimated 200,000 people attended Newport ’69. Despite a poor sound system, a lack of food, water, and restrooms, and brutal security by the Hells’ Angels, it was deemed a resounding success by the attendees and musicians. 

The City Fathers of Northridge held a different view and banned any future music festivals. Newport ’69 made headlines around the country for a spell, but two months later, the phenomenon known as Woodstock made Newport seem like a picnic.

Performers included:
Albert Collins
Albert King
Booker T. & the MG's
Brenton Wood
Buffy St. Marie
Chambers Brothers
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Creedance as it appears on poster)
Edwin Hawkins Singers
Eric Burdon
Friends of Distinction
Grass Roots
Ike & Tina Turner
Jethro Tull
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Joe Cocker
Johnny Winter
Lee Michaels
Marvin Gaye
Mother Earth
Taj Mahal
Three Dog Night 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

6-22 @ 2:00 pm; The Museum SFV - Speaker Series - Historian Shel Weisbach; Valley Buildings

The Museum SFV is pleased to have Historian Shel Weisbach return with another engaging presentation on 

Valley Buildings (& more) That Make Us
Smile Wonder and Appreciate

Hold on as we take a rollercoaster journey to imaginative and harshly real SFV sites that lead to emotion-and-thought-provoking reactions with emphasis on roadside diners and vendors, public art and architecture, cultural and political correctness, humanity and poverty, coincidences, inconvenient spellings, the space age sci-fi, rails and sails.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

2:00pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $10/pp

Location: The Museum SFV, Northridge
(see directions below)

PLEASE RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite.

Walk-in attendees welcome.  We would appreciate advance notice for this special event by calling 818-347-9665 or and let us know you will be attending.

FREE Parking in The Museum SFV parking lot. 

Enter on northeast corner of the building.

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

Tel: 818-347-9665 

The Museum’s blog:

Please invite a family member, friend or colleague.

Thank you.

Tim Conway passes at age 85

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started writing and performing comedy skits between morning movies on CBS. Later, Rose Marie "discovered" him and he became a regular performer on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). However, Conway would not earn true fame until starring as "Ensign Charles Parker" on McHale's Navy (1962). Conway sought further success in several shows that were failures, including the embarrassingly short-lived, Turn-On (1969), with only one episode. The producers did not even want it back on after the commercial break! Even his own show, The Tim Conway Show (1970) flopped, with only 12 episodes.

Conway starred in the Disney film, The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), and also the films, The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980).

Conway became a comical performer on The Carol Burnett Show (1967), with characters such as "The Old Man" and "Mr. Tudball". Even though it is widely thought he was always a regular performer throughout the whole show, he only became a regular performer in 1975. He was a hysterical addition to the team and memorably made co-star Harvey Korman laugh on-screen live many times.

Conway had continued comedic roles such as "Dorf", and also in many more television appearances and films.

Tim Conway died on May 14, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. He was 85.

Source: IMDb

Doris Day passes away at age 97

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older.

Her parents divorced while she was still a child, and she lived with her mother. Like most little girls, Doris liked to dance. At fourteen, she formed a dance act with a boy, Jerry Doherty, and they won $500 in a local talent contest. She and Jerry took a brief trip to Hollywood to test the waters. They felt they could succeed, so she and Jerry returned to Cincinnati with the intention of packing and making a permanent move to Hollywood. Tragically, the night before she was to move to Hollywood, she was injured riding in a car hit by a train, ending the possibility of a dancing career.

It was a terrible setback, but after taking singing lessons she found a new vocation, and at age 17, she began touring with the Les Brown Band. She met trombonist Al Jorden, whom she married in 1941. Jorden was prone to violence and they divorced after two years, not long after the birth of their son Terry. In 1946, Doris married George Weidler, but this union lasted less than a year. Day's agent talked her into taking a screen test at Warner Bros. The executives there liked what they saw and signed her to a contract (her early credits are often confused with those of another actress named Doris Day, who appeared mainly in B westerns in the 1930s and 1940s).

Her first starring movie role was in Romance on the High Seas (1948). The next year, she made two more films, My Dream Is Yours (1949) and It's a Great Feeling (1949). Audiences took to her beauty, terrific singing voice and bubbly personality, and she turned in fine performances in the movies she made (in addition to several hit records). She made three films for Warner Bros. in 1950 and five more in 1951. In that year, she met and married Martin Melcher, who adopted her young son Terry, who later grew up to become Terry Melcher, a successful record producer.

In 1953, Doris starred in Calamity Jane (1953), which was a major hit, and several more followed: Lucky Me (1954), Love Me or Leave Me (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and what is probably her best-known film, Pillow Talk (1959). She began to slow down her filmmaking pace in the 1960s, even though she started out the decade with a hit, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).

In 1958, her brother Paul died. Around this time, her husband, who had also taken charge of her career, had made deals for her to star in films she didn't really care about, which led to a bout with exhaustion. The 1960s weren't to be a repeat of the previous busy decade. She didn't make as many films as she had in that decade, but the ones she did make were successful: Do Not Disturb (1965), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) and With Six You Get Eggroll (1968). Martin Melcher died in 1968, and Doris never made another film, but she had been signed by Melcher to do her own TV series, The Doris Day Show (1968). That show, like her movies, was successful, lasting until 1973. After her series went off the air, she made only occasional TV appearances.

By the time Martin Melcher died, Doris discovered she was millions of dollars in debt. She learned that Melcher had squandered virtually all of her considerable earnings, but she was eventually awarded $22 million by the courts in a case against a man that Melcher had unwisely let invest her money. She married for the fourth time in 1976 and since her divorce in 1980 has devoted her life to animals.

Doris was a passionate animal rights activist. She ran Doris Day Animal League in Carmel, California, which advocates homes and proper care of household pets.

Doris Day died on May 13, 2019, in Carmel Valley Village, California. She was 97.

Source: IMDb

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Museum SFV Speaker Series -Space author, historian and journalist Rod Pyle - not to be missed

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues this year with Rod Pyle, space author, journalist and historian on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at The Museum's alliance partner location, San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana.

Rod will discuss his latest book “First On The Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience,” which sold out on the first day of its release but will be available to all attendees for signing by the author, as well as “Space 2.0,” about the coming new space age.
The cost of each of the books will vary. Proceeds from book sales are generously being donated by Mr. Pyle to go to The Museum of the SFV.

“The Museum of the SFV is incredibly excited to have space author and historian Rod Pyle as one of our speakers this year. His expertise and proven background as nationally-recognized in the area of spaceflight makes him ideally suited to discuss the monumental anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first landing on the Moon,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

This multimedia presentation will include previously-unseen photo montages from the mission, as well as little-known facts about some of the dangers that faced the astronauts while on the Moon.

"It’s an honor to be able to discuss the first landing on the Moon with residents of Southern California, my home, especially in a region that hosted so many of the companies and individuals, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, North American Rockwell, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas, that made this historic feat possible. Los Angeles is also home to a number of companies, such as SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, that are playing pivotal roles in the new space age that is upon us, and these will be highlighted as well,” Pyle said.

He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board.

Rod appears frequently on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, PBS’s “Between the Lines” and other venues. Rod holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design. Prior to book authoring, Rod produced nonfiction programming for The History Channel, Discovery Communications and a number of educational program providers, as well as producing TV commercials for over a decade.

He additionally worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and a number of sci-fi pilots for Paramount Television and ran the preliminary visual effects unit for the new Battlestar Galactica. A number of his books, including "Blueprint for a Battlestar," “Innovation the NASA Way,” “Destination Mars” and “The Space Race” have been adopted for STEM efforts as well as university textbooks.


The event will be held at The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC). The SFVACC is located at 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356. Tel: 818.697.5525;

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Metro Orange Line too - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp.

Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite

Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The Museum SFV is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-1654. The Museum offers free admission to exhibits, free parking and has elevator access.

This will be a very special event that also ties into the new Apollo 11 - 50th anniversary exhibit at The Museum that opens up in early May.

Please join us.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

4/27 The Museum Special Speaker event; 7:00-9:00 pm; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan®, Tarzana Ranch- Scott Tracy Griffin at SFV Arts & Cultural Center

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues and is fortunate to have historian, author and Director of Special Projects for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Scott Tracy Griffin, to speak at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center in Tarzana.

Mr. Griffin will share the history, facts and stories on the centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan® and the Centennial of the Tarzana Ranch.

•    In 1911, one of the promoters of the Suburban Homes Co., General Harrison Gray Otis, purchased 550 acres of what is now the heart of Tarzana. General Otis was the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He took a very active part in the development of the Valley.
•    In 1915, water to the Valley was provided through the Owens River Aqueduct and the Valley was annexed to the City of Los Angeles. This secured the Valley's growth.
•    In 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased the Otis Ranch, built his home there and named it Tarzana Ranch.

The event will be held at The Museum’s alliance partner's location in Tarzana.
The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC).
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Tel: 818.697.5525

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Orange Line - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp; Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite

Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or  Light refreshments will be served.

Come on out and practice your best Tarzan voice!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

5/19 Annual Bring Your Artifact Day; Speaker Series; Family Fun Day; FREE; Noon-4:00 pm

The Museum's popular annual Bring Your Favorite Artifact Day will be held on Sunday, May 19th from Noon - 4:00 pm

FREE event for the entire family.

We intend to have a small car show; food truck; arts and crafts for kids and ice cream offered by none other than Handel's Ice Cream of Northridge (just the best!) There will be a fee for food and ice cream.

The Museum SFV will also have a professor from CSUN speak about the history of objects and artifacts. The speaking event will begin at 2:00 pm

Over the last couple of years, local residents have brought over, shown and discussed varied artifacts from 1940s farming equipment, old family photos, elementary, junior high and high school memorabilia - all great stuff!

The Museum is interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the San Fernando Valley.  

Some people can just bring over their items for a show and tell. Upon approval, we can take a photo and add the content to our archives.

Other folks have donated the items.  Either way, please join us!

The event will be held in The Museum's parking lot. The speaker event may be held outside or inside The Museum depending on the weather.

For more information, please contact Michel (Michael) Stevens at 818-347-9665 or

Come on out by yourself, with a friend or bring the entire family for a fun-filled afternoon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

5/11 Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS)- PearlCon IV- Board Game and ComicBook Convention

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) is proud to announce PearlCon IV, the fourth annual Board Game and ComicBook Convention to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $5. 

The school is located at:
6649 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA  91406
Tel: (818) 654-3775

The event is sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School PTSA and Associated Student Body, and will be held on the DPMHS campus.The event is targeted for Middle School and High School students, and is intended to be a day of fun and enjoyment for both kids and parents. 

There will also be an added WWII segment for which The Museum SFV's own Franky Ortega will have special guests and booths educating attendees on the history of the Birmingham General Hospital and the school and areas involvement and history on WWII. Come, meet and learn from WWII veterans too!

The Museum SFV will h ave a booth at the event.

Local game stores and comic book stores will be on campus in the Dealers Room, and will running games, talks, and seminars throughout the day.

The school is using this event as a fundraiser for our school, since the majority of families do not have the means to help finance activities at the school. Our hope is to raise funds to support our basic operation as well as fund specific projects such as sending students to national journalism conventions, purchasing equipment for use by our newspaper and filmmaking students, and providing more resources in our library.

One of the traditional activities during PearlCon is a silent auction of materials that have been donated by local merchants. We are seeking distinctive items and baskets, such as toys, small appliances, tickets, gift certificates, or any services. Local businesses may make a monetary, product or service donation. If you choose to participate, your store will be recognized in a special supplement of The Pearl Post, our school’s nationally recognized award-winning newspaper.  If you wish to provide us with a banner, will be happy to display your banner during the Convention in a prominent location.

DPMHS is a the smallest comprehensive public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with an enrollment on only 360 students. Despite its small size, DPMHS is routinely recognized as one of the best schools in the nation by publications such as U. S. News and World Report, who include our school in the top 5% of all high schools. 

The school routinely achieves 100% graduation rates each June, and sends its students to colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Special Speaker event; April 27th @ 7:00 pm; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan - Scott Tracy Griffin at SFV Arts & Cultural Center

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues and is fortunate to have historian Scott Tracy Griffin speak on Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and on the Centennial of Tarzana Ranch on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center.

Mr. Griffin will share the history, facts and stories on the centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan.
•    In 1911, one of the promoters of the Suburban Homes Co., General Harrison Gray Otis, purchased 550 acres of what is now the heart of Tarzana. General Otis was the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He took a very active part in the development of the Valley.
•    In 1915, water to the Valley was provided through the Owens River Aqueduct and the Valley was annexed to the City of Los Angeles. This secured the Valley's growth.
•    In 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased the Otis Ranch, built his home there and named it Tarzana Ranch.

“The Museum SFV is quite appreciative to have Scott Tracy Griffin as one of our speakers this year. His expertise and passion on Edgar Rice Burroughs will have current fans more excited and will develop a fascination for people not as familiar with him and the legacy of Tarzan,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

There will be numerous story boards for viewing at the event.  Mr. Griffin will be signing copies of his books, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration and Tarzan on Film. The cost of each book is $39.95.

"This community has a fascinating literary heritage," says Griffin, the Director of Special Projects at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. "Tarzana’s founding marked the culmination of the rags-to-riches story of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man dubbed ‘the most influential writer of the 20th century’ by Ray Bradbury. It's a unique historical pedigree that should be celebrated by all Southern Californians.”

The event will be held at The Museum’s alliance partner's location in Tarzana.

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC)
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356. 

Tel: 818.697.5525

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Orange Line - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp; Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite. Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or Light refreshments will be served.

The Museum SFV is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-1654. The Museum offers free admission to exhibits, free parking and has elevator access.

About Scott Tracy Griffin
Scott Tracy Griffin is the author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), a lavishly illustrated history of the renowned franchise, which began in 1918 with Tarzan of the Apes and continues through 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan. Griffin’s previous book, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (Titan Books, 2012), was a 2013 Locus Award finalist for Best Art Book.

Griffin’s career as a writer, pop culture historian, and consultant began in 1993. Print publications for which Griffin has written include Cinefantastique, FilmFax, Femme Fatales, The Burroughs Bulletin, Mississippi Magazine, and AlterEgo.  His online editorial contributions have been featured in the Huffington Post, Amazon’s Hollywonk,, MTV Geek, Flavor Wire, Man of La Book, and

Griffin scripted a 13-week arc for United Feature’s Tarzan Sunday comic strip in 1996, and the forewords to Tarzan in the City of Gold (Titan Books, 2014) and A Soldier of Poloda (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2017). He’s been the moderator for the annual Edgar Rice Burroughs panel at Comic Con International in San Diego since 2012.

He has served as a consultant and on-camera interviewee for numerous documentaries, including Arts & Entertainment Biography’s Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996); Canadian InformAction’s Investigating Tarzan (1997); London Weekend Television’s In Search of Tarzan (1999); Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle (2004); and the award-winning films Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (2012) and Tarzan Revisited (2017).

Griffin participated in numerous interviews as the “Tarzan expert-on-call” promoting American Movie Classics’ first Tarzan Marathon; subsequent television appearances include CBS This Morning, Turner Network Television’s Rough Cuts, KTLA News (Los Angeles), WCBI TV’s Midday (Columbus, MS), WHAS News (Louisville, KY), and the syndicated Eye on L.A. Podcasts and radio interviews include BBC Channel 3, BBC Channel 4, The Bill Moller Show (WGN, Chicago), Bob Andelman’s Mr. Media, Electric Sheep Magazine‘s podcast Fear and Fantasy, and Journeys in Classic Film‘s podcast Ticklish Business.

The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Post, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, New Orleans’ Times Picayune, Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, Santa Monica Mirror, The Argonaut (Santa Monica), Starkville Daily News, and Town and Gown magazine are among the publications that have covered Griffin’s work.

A resident of Southern California, Griffin graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson,
Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and was awarded his MBA from California State University Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Director of Special Projects for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Please feel free to visit:

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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Please join The Museum SFV on its first historic walking tour of North Hollywood (NoHo) on Sunday, January 27th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

Cost is $10/pp.  Meet at North Hollywood Regional Public Library at 5211 Tujunga Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Meet a few minutes before 2:00 pm at NW corner next to Amelia Earhart statue. You will enjoy the tour.

RSVP in advance - appreciated on EventBrite  - click HERE.

Okay to show up and pay at tour too.

You can leaver us a message on how many people will be attending at 818-347-9665 or

Thank you.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tonight - FREE theatrical reading - How High the Moon by award-winning playwright Barbara Nell Beery.

Please come on out to a theatrical reading of How High the Moon by award-winning playwright Barbara Nell Beery.

Theatre West -3333 Cahuenga Los Angeles 90068.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Time -7:00 pm

FREE admission.

RSVP to 323-851-7977
Play set on July 4, 1952 in Van Nuys, CA neighboring families fight over love, land and the changing times.

An inter-generational dramatic comedy exploring the sensibilities, values and dertails of the way of life was lived in the evolving San Fernando Valley during the boom years following WWII.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

25 years ago - Where were you when the 1994 Earthquake struck? Tell us all about it

Have you ever heard someone say, "my, how time flies!"

Well, it has been 25 years ago to the day that the earth shook, quite hard in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding counties.

Most reports state on Monday, January 17, 1994 at 4:30:55, a 6.7 quake struck Reseda, CA. Northridge stole the spotlight as the official name, but the epicenter was later determined to be near Wilbur Avenue and Arminta Street, about a mile from the Cal State Northridge campus.

Kaiser Permanente - Northridge - Photo credit: LA Weekly.

My family has lived in Northridge since the mid 1960s. We experienced the 1971 Sylmar earthquake and witnessed those well-built, standard block walls come tumbling down, a portion of the standard brick chimney come tumbling down, cracks in the pool and concrete decking, loss of most of the contents of the plates and glasses and some frayed nerves.

In 1994, in another home in Northridge, my parent's home did not have that much major damage, but the house shook continuously for about 24 hours.  It certainly was a bit spooky without power, the neighborhood was pretty dark (I used the internet to confirm there was 29% visible of the moon that evening).

In 1994, I lived out of state, but I rented out my rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica. My friend that was living there, my friends in the SFV, in Simi and other areas all said the same thing, "WOW, that was one scary earthquake!"

Two men inspect damage to cars and apartment complex after Northridge earthquake in Canoga Park. Federal inspectors reported that several hundred homes have been condemned and as many as 40,000 will need repairs. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

I visited later that week, on the Friday and was in the backyard when a 5.x level earthquake shook. I was sitting on the grass in the backyard, heard a dog bark first, then the lemon trees began to shake and then it hit.  It was pretty weird to ride one out in the backyard. It was a bit cool because there was not anything that could fall on me, so I just sat and experienced the quake.

Over the years, so many earthquakes had the rolling feeling as though you were on a boat. If you are one not to panic, the first golden rule of experiencing an earthquake in Los Angeles, you were fine with most of these natural phenomenons. 

 Balboa Blvd. gas line break - just north of Rinaldi street - do you remember this ?Photo credit LA Times.

By almost all accounts, locals stated this one, at least in the very first moments along with large aftershocks was the real deal and shook nerves for days and even weeks.

Here is one account of earthquake statistics - we have found varying figures. The quake killed 57 people, injured more than 9,000, displaced 125,000 residents and damaged or destroyed more than 82,000 buildings in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Bullock's - Northridge Fashion Center. Photo Credit - The Atlantic.

Here's an excerpt from LA Times article on 1/17/2014 by Marisa Gerber.

Alan Hemsath, left, Jerry Prezioso and Steve Langdon were the last survivors removed from Northridge Meadows. Langdon and Prezioso shared Apartment 106, which used to be on the slab on which they sit. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times) More photos

A fresh batch of firefighters finally showed up, and Henry headed back to the station. The search continued into the night, but after Prezioso and his roommate, only one tenant was pulled out alive.

Hemsath, the man in Apartment 110, said a firefighter had found him and dug a hole above him. But getting him out was tricky and took a few hours. They had maneuvered a wood beam off his leg but couldn't lift the electrical box pinning down his left arm. They considered amputation, but eventually decided to wedge an air bag under the box and hoist it up just enough to wiggle him free.

"I was the last guy out of there," Hemsath, now 57, said as he traced his index finger along a scar the length of his left forearm. The general contractor spent a week in an intensive care unit and then several more in the hospital. After his release, he returned to Northridge Meadows and salvaged a mug he had gotten at an Elvis Costello concert. He keeps it on a shelf of his home, where his bedroom is on the second floor.

Things aren't like they once were, he said, where almost everything reminded him of the earthquake that had killed 16 of his neighbors. Now, 20 years later, there are still reminders. But you have to dig for them.

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Any way you slice it, it was an amazing experience for those that can physically recall that moment and disaster. At the same time, it is also memorable for those who were not in the area, but spoke to  family members and friends who experienced the ordeal.

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Did you experience the earthquake?

      What was your initial thought?

           What happened to the place you were living in?

What do you remember about your other family members, neighbors and friends who also experienced the Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994?

Send us a comment and tell us about it.

Thank you.

Michel Stevens
The Museum SFV

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Highlight Pelota Mixteca exhibit - terrific reception; local players and photographer

A key highlight of 2018 was the December 1st Pelota Mixteca reception with photogapher Leopoldo Pena, curator Paula Mota, local players, family members, many invited guests and the general public.

Michel Stevens, President of The Museum SFV welcomed guests and introduced The Museum SFV and Paula Mota, Curator.

Leopoldo Pena primary photographer provided his insight and creativity into the background of many pieces in this exhibit. He did so in English and Spanish.

Paula Mota, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at CSUN, spoke, in English and Spanish about the chronology of the exhibit, talked a bit on the equipment.

A few local players, who participate in games in the Hansen Dam area, fielded questions about equipment, playing locally, playing in tournaments and a bit of the history of the game, both in English and Spanish.

Much thanks to Dr. Suzanne Scheld, Chair of the Anthropology department, current Museum board member and several other students that assisted with the build out of the exhibit.

A big thank you to food sponsor Vallarta Markets for their generous donation of delicious food.

If you have not toured this exhibit, please do so as it is scheduled to be at The Museum through the month of January.

Overview of the Pelota Mixteca exhibit

The origins of pelota mixteca are unclear. Some believe references to the game are etched in the 3000 year old walls of Dainzú, a Mixtec archaeological site located in Oaxaca. Others argue the sport was derived from early forms of European tennis that were adopted by the Spanish and imported to Central America several hundreds of years ago. Yet another theory is the sport emerged in Mexico the 1900s.

Pelota Mixteca es un deporte popular en Oaxaca, Mexico, una región asociada con la cultura Mixtecas, una población indígena de Mesoamérica. Pelota Mixteca es también conocida como “Pelota de Hule” (rubber ball) o guante (glove). Este deporte llegó a, el Valle de San Fernando alrededor de 1980 a través de la migración transnacional Mexicana. Hoy en día este deporte se juega en Hansen Dam Recreation Area, un parque público en Lake View, California. Este deporte tiene varias versiones de juego, pero en el Valle de San Fernando se asemeja como un juego de tenis compuesto de 5 jugadores en cada uno de los equipos.

Los orígenes de la Pelota Mixteca son inciertos. Ya que algunos creen que la referencia de juego están situadas en las paredes de Dainzu que tiene aproximadamente 3000 años de antigüedad, es un sitio arqueológico Mixteca situado en Oaxaca. Otros argumentan que el deporte fue derivado de la formas de tenis Europeo, el cual fue adoptado por los Españoles y luego importado a centroamérica hace cientos de años. Además otras teorías destaca que este deporte surgió en México alrededor de 1900.