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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

PAI -The Quaran Teens Network Youth Animation Festival 3/12/23 - POSTPONED; to be rescheduled

Dear Friends of Animation:

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley’s Public Arts Initiative (PAI) and The Quaran Teens Network, regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have found it necessary to Postpone our March 12th 2023 Youth Animation Festival.

Please know that we are 100% dedicated to bringing this event to life at a future date.  

We apologize for any inconvenience. We do not come by this decision lightly, but we believe it is in the best interests to all parties involved to take this time to guarantee this event reaches its full potential.

Thank you all for everything and stay tuned. We will be back! 

Please spread the word to all friends that you know wanted to participate and or attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Richard Cryer or myself at:

Richard Cryer:

Eric Morgan Stuart:


Eric Morgan Stuart
Richard Cryer
The Museum SFV Board Members and Event Coordinators


Saturday, March 4, 2023

Ted Donaldson, of Father Knows Best and in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, dies at 89

Ted Donaldson, who starred as Bud Anderson on the original radio version of Father Knows Best and as Neely Nolan in the beloved family drama A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the first feature directed by Elia Kazan, has died. He was 89.

Donaldson was in numerous movies with major movies start such as Once Upon a Time (1944), starring Cary Grant and Janet Blair.

He also starred B-movies from Columbia Pictures that revolved around a German shepherd named Rusty. He was in the following movies:  After Adventures of Rusty, Donaldson came back for The Return of Rusty (1946), For the Love of Rusty (1947), The Son of Rusty (1947), My Dog Rusty (1948), Rusty Leads the Way (1948), Rusty Saves a Life (1949) and, finally, Rusty’s Birthday (1949).

He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 20, 1933. His father was singer-composer Will Donaldson (he co-wrote “Do Wacka Do,” years later a hit for Roger Miller). 

For more information, please visit a nice article by the Hollywood Reporter.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Due to weather - The Museum SFV closed this weekend 2/25 and 2/26; re-opens on February 28th

 Hello The Museum SFV members and visitors, due to the weather, we will be closed this weekend.

We will re-open on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 1:00 pm.

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Youth Animation Festival - Sunday -March 12, 2023 Free event - The Museum SFV- Public Art Initiative - The Quaran Teens Network present

Hello current and upcoming Youth Animators!

Please consider participating in this year's Youth Animation Festival!

The Who, What, Where, When and especially the Why...

We are so happy that you would like to participate. Please know that this is NOT a competition. This is an opportunity to show your short film in a theater and meet professional animators from film, TV and video games.

Meet Rob Friedman, animator and visual effects artist and expert!

Produced by the Public Art Initiative, a program of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley along with The Quaran Teens Network.

Seeking submissions from youth age 10 to 16 by March 1, 2023.

Submissions no longer than five (5) minutes in length.

Registration form must be filled out with names of youth filmmaker and signed by parent and or guardian.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Time:    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost:     Free event:  ($2 suggested donation/person)

Register:   Click Link HERE

The Museum SFV
18904 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91324

(XST) Southwest corner of Nordhoff St. and Wilbur Ave. on the historic grounds of the Rancho Cordillera del Norte.

Free parking

Tel: 818-347-9665

There will be games, fun, food, raffle prizes and much more!


Monday, February 6, 2023

Cindy Williams, valley girl, who played along side Penny Marshall on Laverne & Shirley,” has died at age 75

Cindy Williams, who played along side Penny Marshall on the famous sitcom Laverne & Shirley,” has died. She was 75.

Williams died in Los Angeles on January 25, 2023 after a brief illness, her children, Zak and Emily Hudson.

Ironically, Penny Marshall also died at age 75 in 2018.

Cindy Williams attended Birmingham High School and graduated in 1965. 

She had quite a career in television and film.

After college, Williams began her professional career by landing national commercials, which included Foster Grant sunglasses and TWA. Her first roles in television, among others, were on Room 222, Nanny and the Professor, and Love, American Style.

Williams accompanied an actor-friend from Los Angeles City College who needed a scene partner for the audition and was also accepted at The Actors Studio West, but rarely attended due to acting commitments. Williams picked up important film roles early in her career: George Cukor's Travels with My Aunt (1972); as Laurie Henderson, Ron Howard's character's high school sweetheart in George Lucas's American Graffiti (1973) for which she earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actress; and Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974). She auditioned along with thousands of others, for Lucas's Star Wars for the role of Princess Leia, but Leia was ultimately played by Carrie Fisher because Lucas wished to cast unknowns, as in American Graffiti.

Williams met Penny Marshall, first on a double date, and later at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope company. The company hired them as comedy writers, because "they wanted two women" on a prospective TV spoof for the Bicentennial. While the two were writing for Zoetrope, Penny Marshall's brother, Garry Marshall, called to ask if they would like to make an appearance on an episode of Happy Days, a television series he produced.

In 1975, Williams was cast as a fun-loving brewery bottle capper, Shirley Feeney, in an episode of Happy Days with Penny who played her best friend and roommate Laverne De Fazio. The girls were cast as "sure-thing" dates of Richie and Fonzie (Henry Winkler). Their appearance proved so popular that Garry Marshall, commissioned a spin-off series for the characters of Shirley and Laverne. 

Williams continued her role on the very successful Laverne & Shirley series from 1976 until 1982. At one point during its run, the series was the number one rated show on television. Williams was praised for her portrayal of Shirley Feeney. 

She left the show after the second episode of the show's eighth and what would become its final season, after she became pregnant with her first child. The show's various producers were not enthusiastic that Williams was pregnant, as her character Shirley was not pregnant. 

The success of the TV series led to a short-lived Saturday morning animated series Laverne & Shirley in the Army (1981–82), created by Hanna-Barbera.

Read more on Cindy Williams with these links:

LA Times article