CicLAvia – The Valley

Get a bike tune-up and get ready to CicLAvia – The Valley!
Sunday March, 22nd from 9 am to 4 pm.

CicLAvia map






Participants will be able to travel between North Hollywood and Studio City on car-free streets, using foot, pedal and non-motorized wheel power.

The Valley runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon. The route will highlight some of the gems of the East Valley including the North Hollywood Arts District, Universal City, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.

Farmers Market at CSUN

California State University, Northridge will host its first weekly farmers market on Tuesday Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on East University Drive and Clearly Walk East, just west of the University Student Union.

An opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. will inaugurate the weekly event that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to students and the community. Organic produce, artisanal breads, jams and jellies, nuts, pre-packaged foods, freshly prepared food; flowers, crafts and a variety of other products will now be readily accessible and conveniently located on campus.

Associated Students is excited to be the catalyst in providing local, sustainable and fairly traded food options for our students, faculty and staff,” said Associated Students President Tiffany Zaich. “The farmers market truly promotes our campus initiatives to encourage a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”

The Farmers Market is made possible with the support of: Raw Inspirations, The University Corporation, Campus Recycling Services, Department of Police Services, parking, Physical Plant Management, The Matador Involvement Center, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the President.

For more information about the weekly Farmers Market and other upcoming Associated Students events call (818) 677-2477 or visit

Rainn Wilson at VPAC

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 5:00pm

Location: Valley Performing Arts Center

Cost: Free admission to CSUN Students


“Get ready to chew on life’s big questions and figure out what it means to be human when Rainn Wilson brings his thought-provoking SoulPancake presentation to the Valley Performing Arts Center on Tuesday March 3 at 5 p.m. Wilson is the co-creator of SoulPancake spanning the web, video, print and live events. He co-starred in Emmy winning comedy, “The Office” on NBC and is now starring in “Backstrom”, the new darkly comic police procedural on Fox. Tickets are free to students with a current CSUN I.D. and available at VPAC and A.S. Ticket Offices.”

Great Los Angeles Walk 2014

This is the first time we heard of The Great Los Angeles Walk. This year it starts in the WSFV.
17 miles across the San Fernando Valley starting in Woodland Hills going all the way to North Hollywood! Who is doing this?
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills at 9 a.m. sharp
WHEN/WHERE? Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 — the Saturday before Thanksgiving, like we do every year. We’re meeting at WARNER CENTER PARK (also known as WARNER RANCH PARK) in Woodland Hills (5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd). By 8:45 we’ll gather for a pep talk, some info about the day and perhaps a surprise speaker. (Suprise speaker TBD.) Then, we’re off, straight at 9 am!
WHO? We’re expecting 300 or so urban hikers this year. We’re taking RSVPs at greatlawalk(at)mail(dot)com (yes, “mail,” not “gmail”) and on Facebook, but RSVPs are not necessary. We’ll take anyone who shows up too!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? C’mon, it’s completely free! But you’re on your own when it comes to lunch, dinner, water, etc. So don’t forget to plan accordingly.
WHAT’S THE PATH? From Warner Center Park, we’ll walk to Ventura Blvd., then hike it all the way to Lankershim (near Universal City). Then, we’ll walk up Lankershim to North Hollywood and end at the Television Academy courtyard (5200 Lankershim Blvd). We’ll then celebrate an an after party (Location TBD).

Halloween Fun

What’s your favorite Halloween fun spooktacular in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area?  With so many options and so much fun to be had, it’s hard to choose which is best. So, instead of choosing, we figured list all the ones we knew about and have spent some time at in years past.

Some of the events are free, some are family friendly.  The big ones are sure to give you a good scare and a squeeze from your special someone when the boogey man jumps out at them.

So which is your favorite SFV Halloween Spooktacular?  Did we miss one?  Let us know in the comments below, or on the West SFV Facebook page and we’ll add it to the activities we’ve gathered up below.

Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College

This is the last Harvest Festival sadly. It runs through November 2nd.
Activities: Adventure Corn Maze, Haunted House, Haunted Trail, kids activities, hay rides and more!

But, if getting frightened is more your speed for the season, the Halloween Harvest Festival has a more sinister FrightFair Scream Park after dark that features both a “Factory of Nightmares” Haunted House, and a “Creatures of the Corn” Haunted Trail, both sure to spook even the most stalwart of trick or treaters.

The Halloween Harvest Festival and FrightFair Scream Park is at
20800 Victory Blvd.,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Festival Hours
10 AM – 10 PM Sun – Thurs
10 AM – 12 AM Fri – Sat

Corn Maze Hours
Corn Maze will be open everyday
10 AM – 10 PM Sun – Thurs
10 AM – 12 AM Fri – Sat

Haunted House & Trail Hours
Open on days highlighted in Green

on the calender above.
Weekdays Dusk – 10 PM
Weekends Dusk – 12 AM

More info on the Halloween Harvest Festival and FrightFair on their website. 

Tapia Brothers Corn Maze

Tapia Brothers Farm in Encino is holding their annual corn maze and pumpkin patch.  This fall festival includes train rides, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, bounce house, farm market, refreshment stands, farm animals, and lots of good family fun.

Tapia Brothers
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave,
Encino, CA 91436
Call to verify hours and activities

Activities: Pumpkin Patch, Farm Produce Stand, Hayride and Corn Maze.

Boney Island

Boney Island describes itself as an Animated Halloween Display for Fun-Loving Skeletons of all Ages.
Final night, 10/31  from 6-10 pm. Free.

This is a classic spooky yard with a good measure of kid friendly Halloween charm and lots and lots of skeletons.  Boney Island really is a thing to delight the Halloween senses with all the animatronics and special effects.  Best of all, its free and open to walk up and experience for yourself.  This isn’t your typical themed park excursion.  To the contrary, Boney Island is a drive up, park, and spend some time taking in the sights.  Hosted in a residential community with lots of neighbors, so be sure to put your courtesy hat on.

More info on the Boney Island website


The Ghost Train at Los Angeles Live SteamersLALSRM Ad


Every year, the LA Live Steamers hosts a not so scary kid friendly Halloween train ride.  $10 per person. Limited dates makes for some dedicated spooktacular times.  The event is slated for:

October 31st
November 1st
November 2nd
Hours 7 – 10 pm

5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

More info on the Live Steamers Ghost Train at their website.

Heritage Haunt – Santa Clarita

The event takes place at Heritage Junction inside Hart Park in Newhall and is complete with haunted walk-through attractions, intense scare zones, roaming scare actors, shows and interactive displays.  This event has the feel of old school Halloween entertainment before all the fun moved into the theme arks.

Ghost House Tour

Runs through November 1st
Tickets Booth 7:30 to 9:45pm (Last Ticket) tour end 11:00pm
Not recommended for children until 15 years of age.
Call for more details

Heritage Haunt
24101 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, California 91322-1925

More information at the Heritage Haunt website.

The Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride

From the site “hay filled wagons wander through the high-octane fantasy world in the woods to tell an original story that exploits the most disturbing fears that live in us all.

Be sure to look for the In-Between Dark Maze what is a scary dark walk through a “sea of blackness” where you will encounter all sorts of frightening things.

Once you’re through the Hay Ride and Dark Maze, be sure to check out the “sideshow” with a scary go round, house of mirrors, and other fun and spooky goings on.

Echoes From The Rift
The Haunted Hay Ride takes place at the Old Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles.
4730 Crystal Springs Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

More info at their website at the The Los Angeles Haunted Hay Ride website.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

This year’s event is slated to take place

October 18-19th
Juan Bautista de Anza Park

At the event you’ll find bouncers, live bands, contests, carnival games, a pumpkin painting contest,  a Sunday car show, food and beer, and lots of pumpkins.

Located right off the 101 Freeway at Lost Hills Rd. in Calabasas
Follow the signs to easy free parking!

More info at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival website.

Universal Studios – Halloween Horror Nights

A local favorite, this years event features a the usual mazes and a Terror Tram adventure through the Walking Dead.  Mazes this year include The Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Black Sabbath and more.   Tickets prices vary, depending on the day you attend.

More info at the Halloween Horror Nights website.

Six Flags Magic Mountain – Fright Fest

This years Six Flags attraction features themed mazes: AVP, Dracula, Walking Dead, Face Off, Clowns 3D and more.

More information and available dates available on the Six Flags Fright Fest website

Other Halloween events:
Forest of Mirrors, Woodland Hills (Not sure if this is happening. Old info on site)
The House at Haunted Hill, Woodland Hills
Big Worm’s in Northridge
Haunt with no name, Tazana
Will Geer’s Boo-tanicum
Fall of the Pumpkin People off Roscoe 
The Haunted Wilsley Manor in Burbank
Morning Rose Manor in Simi
Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks

Kid friendly:
LA Park events
Leonis Adobe Museum
Pumpkin Festival in Calabasas
Saint Mel School’s Halloween Carnival in Woodland Hills

View WSFV Halloween Fun in a larger map

Pierce Farm Center Closing

With a heavy heart I share this with you from the Daily News:

“I’m devastated,” said Robert McBroom, who, along with wife Cathy, has sunk millions into keeping the nearly 30-acre Pierce College Farm Center afloat. “My wife and I put everything into this, everything we own. We have 21 employees, plus almost 200 seasonal staff.

“(We’re) the largest employer of Pierce College students on the Pierce College campus, from active to farming staff. They will no longer have jobs.”

The eviction by the former agricultural college of its last working farm reverses a master plan to create a model farm and agricultural education center on the once weed-covered corner of De Soto Avenue and Victory Boulevard.

Read more: Daily News
Image credit: PFC

As Adam W. mentioned on our Facebook post, this sounds like the situation back in 1995 with different owners at the time. Joe Cicero and family. Does this seem fair?

Last year, the Pierce Round Up published this article about the troubles looming.

How you can help:
>>> PRINTABLE PETITION (turn in to PFC)<<<

>>>Attend the Board of Trustees Meeting<<<
>>>Email Kathleen Burke<<<

Keep pushing for answers.


Justice for Indy

Remember the poor pooch who had fireworks strapped on its legs last year? There is a rally scheduled at the courthouse in Van Nuys to support for Indy during the preliminary hearing against Carlos Duarte.


WHO: 100+ “Justice For Indy” Supporters and animal advocates (most wearing green in support of Indy)

WHAT: Gather to rally inside and outside of the preliminary hearing in the case against Carlos Duarte, the man suspected of strapping a young pit bull with fireworks, set ablaze, on July 4, 2013 and leaving the severely burned dog for dead in an alley in Van Nuys, CA the following morning.

WHEN: Wednesday September 24 beginning at 8:30am

WHERE: Van Nuys West Courthouse, located at 14400 Erwin Street Mall in Van Nuys

WHY: After numerous continuances in the year-long battle for “Justice For Indy” and against animal abuse, this is the day of the preliminary hearing when we will find out if Duarte takes a plea deal or if this case is headed for trial!

WHY ELSE: This will be the fifth time many of these people have attended the rallies. We are expecting the largest group ever and there are many well-informed, passionate and articulate people available for interviews.


Zombie Walk

On Saturday, September 27th at 11am dress up and join Freak’s Antiques for their 1st Annual Zombie Walk. The free event is family friendly and will go until approximately 3pm. There will be street vendors, artists, food, farmers market plus local shops offering special deals.

Freak’s Antiques
7223 Owensmouth Ave
Canoga Park 91303

Also, there will be a Zombie Scavenger Haunt. See Facebook page for more details. 

To RSVP on Facebook: