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 playeverywhere.kaboom.org.
• 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 letsplay.com.


Jen DeMelo
Director of Programs and Operations

Ad-Hoc Movie Night Committee Meeting – June 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – Tres Hermanos Restaurant

Movie Night Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting Agenda

June 8, 2017 (Thursday 6:00- 7:15 pm)

Tre Hermanos Restaurant

6269 Van Nuys Blvd.

Van Nuys, CA 91405

  3. AGENDA:
    1. Discussion on Movie Night:
      • Goals:
      • Information: When (month, day of the week & time), where (Van Nuys Civic Center), what (movies that are available to choose) and License agreement. Film screening of local students/residence learning how to make a film.
      • Members/ Participants: The roles of each member.
      • Finance: Cost for the 1st movie night.
      • Clearances
      • Safety

2017-6-1_Ad-Hoc Movie Night Committee Meeting

VALLEY PRIDE – Saturday, June 17th @ 5:00 pm. – 9:00 pm



Please join us as we recognize National LGBT Pride Month at “Valley Pride,” with a resource fair, call to action and concert featuring DJ Les Ortiz, Sister Mantos, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles and many others! We will have resources for individuals and families.  Come enjoy a family-friendly Valley Pride celebration at Van Nuys City Hall with us on June 17th.  Find out more and RSVP at my website.

LGBTQ people are our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and live in every neighborhood and every community in Los Angeles.  It is important that we celebrate our diversity, here in the San Fernando Valley. Family is the most important thing to me, and at this resource fair we’ll provide contacts and information to families to support their LGBTQ family members, friends, sons and daughters.

We’ll have a diverse set of musicians and entertainers that are kid friendly – so bring the whole family down to enjoy a fun evening outdoors at Van Nuys City Hall.There’ll be something for everyone at our Valley Pride event.

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN3iR4lNWZg

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.

Calling All Urban Forest Advocates!

Calling All Urban Forest Advocates!

LA’s sidewalks have reached a tripping point!

Join us on June 10th, along with our partners Investing in Place, Los Angeles Walks, AARP California, and others for The Tripping Point: Advocacy Summit for Completing Streets in LA! Broken sidewalks, dangerous crosswalks, missing bus shelters and hot, unshaded streets are the norm in too many neighborhoods. Angelenos deserve better!

At this half-day summit of keynotes, interactive trainings and workshops, you and other urban forest champions will learn the skills, tools, strategies, and insights to become better advocates for:

  • Healthier street trees;
  • Accessible, safe sidewalks;
  • Safe crosswalks; and
  • More bus shelters

Ready to dig in? Join us and our partners KYCC for a community organizing workshop at the Summit, “Urban Forestry: Growing a Healthy Street Tree Canopy for All.” Here, you can share experiences and learn solutions on how to work with the City of LA and the Urban Forestry Division to protect trees and people.

LA depends on trees for their life-saving benefits.

Stand up. Join the movement for a safer and accessible LA.

RSVP Today!

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.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Board Vacancies

At the June 14th VNNC Board meeting, the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC) will be filling 3 board vacancies. All three (3) board vacancies will be “at-large” seats which are open to all stakeholder who are 16 years or older.

The “at-large” seats will be limited to the terms of the vacated seats. The following seats will be converted to “at-large” seats:

One (1) Resident Rep Zone 1

One (1) At-large Resident Rep Seat 1

One (1)  At-large Commercial business Owner/Employee Rep Seat 3

If anyone is interested, please email Semee.Park@lacity.org no later than Wednesday, June 7th.

All candidates will be asked to attend the June 14th VNNC Board meeting and each candidate will be provided 3 minutes to make a candidate’s statement. The June 14th Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meeting will be held:

Wednesday, June 14

7:00 pm

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys 91401

Semee Park
Director of Neighborhood Council Operations

Neighborhood Council Candidate Filing Form – Van Nuys NC

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