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Valley Residents – FREE WORKSHOP


The Valley is the next location for our hugely popular free workshops on how to fight bad development in your neighborhood!

WHEN: Sunday, July 30, 2017

TIME:   1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

WHERE:  Balboa Sport Center, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino, CA 91316
Directions via Google Maps Facility phone (818) 756-9642



Kindly RSVP at:

Light refreshments and cupcakes will be served!

Family Preparedness in Uncertain Times – Saturday, July 29, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Family Preparedness in Uncertain Times

Free immigration seminar! Family Friendly! Taller de immigracion
Quiere desayunar e informarse gratis sobre el proceso migratorio?
Gratis: aproveche a preguntarle a un abogado de immigracion de confienza!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.

Free breakfest and parking provided at Mears Auditorium
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

1760 N. Gower
Hollywood, CA 90028


National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass Rate Increase Effective 8/27/17

National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass Rate Increase Effective 8/27/17

Greetings Adventurers!

There are over 400 National Parks within the U.S. and visiting them may become more difficult as entry passes become more expensive. As of August 27, 2017, the cost of the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass (available to seniors 62 and over) will be increased from the current rate of $10.00 to $80.00.

The LIFETIME PASS for seniors allows entry to more than 2,000 sites managed by five federal agencies, including the 400 National Parks in the US. The pass comes in the form of a hang tag.

PLEASE inform all seniors (62 and over) that you may know of this change, so that they can take advantage of the current low price before the increased rate change in August. Seniors can obtain passes through the National Park website, application by mail, or by buying the pass at a National Park location. (If a pass is purchased via website or mail there will be an additional $10.00 processing fee)

The closest National Park locations that issue senior passes in the Los Angeles area are:
LA River District in San Fernando, CA
Main Office in Arcadia, CA
Please call ahead to the local National Park locations to insure that they currently have passes available.
For more details, check the website: http//  or call: (202) 208-6843 or toll free (877) 860-6787.

Online Registration for the 10th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Open

Online Registration for the 10th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Open

Online registration for the 10th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair (the largest in Los Angeles) is now open.  Please encourage your stakeholders to register and attend by visiting Registration will also be available at the Fair.

Registrants will receive a personalized email with a Welcome Letter that will include information about the registrant’s Council District and Neighborhood Council, specific to the address provided during the registration process. We invite all NCs to write a short message (150-200 words) to your stakeholders that will be included in the Welcome Letter. This is a valuable opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders, to let them know what you are doing for the community, and to encourage them to get involved. All we need is your message, and we’ll take care of the rest. Please email your message to Bill Hopkins ( right away.

In addition to this Welcome Letter outreach opportunity, you may also host an Outreach booth at the Fair. Space is limited, and it’s First Come, First Served for booth reservations.

For more details, contact Bill Hopkins, Valley Disaster Preparedness Team Chair at We expect over 3,500 people to attend this year’s Fair. Don’t miss this great opportunity to communicate with your stakeholders.

Thank you for helping all our stakeholders get prepared for disasters.

The 10th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Visit for more information and online registration. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here.

2017 LGBT Heritage Month

2017 LGBT Heritage Month

Official Heritage Month Celebrations in Los Angeles date back to 1949, when Mayor Fletcher Bowron issued a proclamation to recognize African American Heritage Month.  Over time, the City has elected to celebrate various heritage months consistent with federally designated monthly observances. Many cities celebrate residents’ cultural heritage during these federally designated monthly observances.

The City of Los Angeles has historically celebrated a handful of culturally-specific communities officially for at least one month each per year, and in one case has done so for over 65 years:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTHM):  June

The first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage Month (LGBT HM) Celebration in LA began in 2011.

Download 2017 Program Guide

Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge – Now Open!

Let’s Play Everywhere Challenge – Now Open!


Let’s Play Everywhere LA is a competition presented by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to award a total of $200,000 in grants to 10 winners citywide. The grant winners will show their commitment to bringing play to everyday spaces, making play easy and available to kids and families. Let’s Play Everywhere LA is about bringing kids more chances to play citywide. It is about ensuring all kids, no matter where they come from or where they live, have a chance to build the skills—and have the fun—they need to succeed in life.


Science and common sense agree: kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. Play is serious business; it’s pivotal to kids’ chances to develop healthy bodies and healthy minds. Play builds better bonds—among kids, neighbors, and communities—and those relationships are the foundation for communities that thrive.


All kids need play to grow and thrive. But not all kids have the same access to places and spaces where they can engage in safe, creative activity. For millions of kids living across the U.S., the opportunity and space to play can be hard to come by. Kids know that play can happen anywhere: waiting in the laundromat, or on the way to the grocery store or school. Let’s Play Everywhere LA is asking the residents of Los Angeles to make play a way of life in everyday and unexpected places—sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets and beyond—especially in communities where families are working hard to get by.


You! We invite applicants from all sectors to turn everyday spaces into play spaces! This includes city agencies, community organizations, local business groups, faith leaders, teachers, parents. We’re looking for ideas that support the local community, in places where kids and families could benefit most from increased spaces and chances to play.


• Apply to Let’s Play Everywhere LA Submit your idea at
• Spread the word: Share the information about the Let’s Play Everywhere LA and encourage people in your community to apply.
• Find out why play matters for kids and communities to thrive: follow @kaboom on Twitter. Learn more about Let’s Play, visit


Jen DeMelo
Director of Programs and Operations

Make Music LA

Make Music LA

Make Music LA
Wednesday, June 21st

Wonderful things are happening this year for Make Music LA.

We are a part of the solution to help community’s distress. Bring a little music to your neighborhood on Wednesday, June 21st.

You Tube link

Your Neighborhood Council still has time to participate.  All you have to do is check out the artists on the Make Music LA website to select an artist to perform.

You can have a potluck event at your local park and invite your neighbors. Make it organic and easy.

  1. The US Bank Tower crown will light up in Make Music Day orange.
  2. The Pylons at LAX will light up in Make Music Day orange.
  3. The Clock Tower in Santa Monica will light up in Make Music Day orange.

Light up your neighborhood with music, laughter, neighbors, family and friends.

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

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