Category Archives: Community events

National Day of Racial Healing in Los Angeles – January 16, 2017 (Tuesday) @ 9:00 am

Dear Fellow Angeleno:

We invite you to participate in the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) this coming Tuesday, January 16.  NDORH is an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to call for racial healing, to bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.  It is part of the larger Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort—a national and community-based process organized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.  We are excited that the Foundation designated Los Angeles as one of the ten TRHT cities in their inaugural effort.
Along with our TRHT-LA partners, we are marking this important day in Southern California in a few ways. Together we have compiled a list of things you can do individually or organizationally this year to advance equity and help heal Southern California.  Both lists are attached here. Please feel free to share these far and wide.
Also, we invite you to join us at one of our exciting events throughout the day:

    1. Participate in a Community Circle to discuss race issues and build bridges across our differences. Space in these Community Circles is limited, so please register now to attend.
      Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
      Location: Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
      Register Here:
  • Witness the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors issue a proclamation for NDORH.
    Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Location: Board Hearing Room (3rd Floor), Los Angeles County Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  1. Sign up here to share your thoughts, and to learn more about participating: 
Finally, don’t forget to post about the National Day of Racial Healing and Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation using the #NDORH and #TRHT hashtags.
We look forward to engaging with you this coming Tuesday and beyond in our common efforts to advance equity and heal Southern California.
Thank you!

Christmas Gift Giveaway @ Delano Park 2017 – December 24, 2017

Yesterday, VNNC Board Members Maria Skelton & Jeanette Hopp join forces yesterday with Angie Armayo of State Assemblyman Adrin Narzarian in the 46th District of California, Delano Central Park, Eduardo “Duke” Perez – who went door to door in the neighborhood to notify the community the event the night before with a flyer in a Santa Claus suit, Your Way Out Bail Bonds, Your Freedom Bail Bonds and Bail Out Bail Bonds for free Christmas gifts giveaway event at Delano Park.

Many gifts were distributed at yesterday’s event and seeing the happy faces of children choosing their gifts brings warm thoughts to everyone who were involved in this event. Special thanks to Daniel Hernandez, director of Delano Park, and his staff in putting this all together and the families who attended the event.

This is the second annual event for the community. Merry Christmas from the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.

Pets in Housing Workshop at East Valley Animal Shelter on Monday Eve – December 18th @ 6:30 pm

Next Monday, December 18, 2017, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is partnering with the Los Angeles Housing + Community Development Department with participation of the Housing Rights Center to provide the community with an educational workshop on “Pets in Rental Housing.”

We invite you to attend this important workshop, which will be held at 6:30 PM at the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405 (between Van Nuys and Hazeltine).

This workshop will provide information on pets in rental housing focusing on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities and will include information related to fair housing issues for service and companion animals, as well as information on licensing, spaying and neutering, and micro-chipping.

We hope to provide information to landlords on the benefits of renting to tenants with pets.

Los Angeles is a city of renters, where upwards of 64% of our residents live in rental units. If we are to achieve and maintain our goal of making L.A. a “No Kill” city, finding homes for our shelter animals will mean many must be placed in apartments.

At the same time if tenants are fully aware of their rights it might help to ensure pets are not used as an eviction tool and that renters don’t needlessly surrender their pets to our shelters in fear of eviction when, depending on their situation, the laws protect them.

Please join us. Attached is a leaflet announcing the “Pets in Housing” Workshop. Also is attached is a JPEG file so you can post it on social media. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

Admission is free. Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. We ask that you inform us of this in advance of the event. You can make this request by calling (213) 928-9075.

After the workshop we will be providing the public with a tour of the shelter.

Hope to see you next Monday evening.

Pets in Housing EV-12-18-17

ARE YOU PREPARED? – Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair – TOMORROW (10/7/2017) @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are You Prepared for the next disaster like an earthquake?

Then you should go to tomorrow’s Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair at the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge. They will give free Emergency Preparedness starter kits at the event and will get you prepared for the next emergency.


First Annual Van Nuys Softball Game – August 25, 2017

From VNNC Outreach Chair Maria Skelton:

I want to say thank you to Delano Park for allowing me to host the first annual softball game at their location.

Many thanks goes out to the awesome Van Nuys Police Department and all of the sponsors which was the NAACP in San Fernando Valley, The Game, mayor Eric Garcetti, my always faithful and willing to help Assemblymember Adrian Nazarian, Angie, Brian, NCADD in San Fernando Valley, Access your Success Wells Fargo, crab planet, Monique J, Sultry Erotic Goddess, Pride Auto Body and a host of others (sorry if I left anyone out).
But my main thanks goes out to the Van Nuys Community which showed up and showed out in a positive way. There were so many people that came out to support this positive event. Many thanks to the players from the police department and the community.

I’ll try my best to keep putting on positive events so people will be able to see that Van Nuys is a proud, loving, caring and respectful Community.

It really wasn’t about the score who won. Technically, we all won. The police gain new friends in the community and the community gain new friends within the police.
If this game change the negative thoughts that one person might have had about the police. Then, that’s a win in itself.

Thanks again Van Nuys,

I love you.

Maria Skelton

Pictures from the Event:

Photos of Saturday Night Lights at Delano Park

Pictures of Saturday Night Lights at Delano Park by VNNC Board Member Maria Skelton featuring Sandy Logan of National Council of Alcoholism & Drug Dependency (NCADD), Senior Lead Officer John Bailey (with his partner) and Valerie de la Rose of Pride Collision Center.

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