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Fireworks in the San Fernando Valley

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills
One of the best Fourth of July events in the San Fernando Valley. Entertainment, businesses and a food court – what else could you ask for from a local event.  We highly recommend coming to this show but prepare for the crowd. This event is free. July 4th, Concert begins at 6pm and Fireworks around 9pm. Bring: Cash (to avoid ATM fees), blanket or chairs, food. Weather: Forecast shows a beautiful 93 degrees (based on average). What to expect: More than 20 arts and crafts booths, food vendors and a children’s play zone.
Parking: Cost is between $10 & $15 (adjacent park lots in the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard). Check the The Metro Orange Line schedule for a hassle free option (use Sunday schedule for time information).

The show lasts about 20 minutes.

4th of July Spectacular
Shepherd of the Hills Church , 19700 Rinaldi St, Porter Ranch
See the free fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church. There will be moon bounces, face painting for the children and optional food purchases from local food vendors. This is a free event with free parking.
July 4th from 4pm – 10pm, gates open at 4 pm. Bring: Lawn chairs, blankets, food, drink, sunscreen and cooler.

July 4th Fireworks Festival 
4024 Radford, Studio City

This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios. Parking for this event is free. See their site for admission prices. Bring:Admission does not cover cost of fun zone, have cash to avoid ATM charges.
July 4th, 5– 9:30pm, gates open at 4:30pm

Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
Hansen Dam, 11770 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace
A celebration featuring music and other live entertainment, food and fireworks. Swimming facilities are open on the 4th. This event is free and parking is free.
July 4th, 10am – 10pm Bring: Blankets, sunscreen, beach towels and cooler.

City of Calabasas Fireworks Spectacular 
23400 Park Sorrento and Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road

The City will proudly host the community’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School.
July 4th, Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks show begins at 9pm. $10 admission price includes parking, entertainment and all activities, under 2 years old, free. No on-site ticket sales. Call City Hall for info: 818-224-1600. Bring: Picnic items. No pets, tobacco or alcohol.

Independence Day Celebration
1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank
The Surfaris, Surfin’ (Tribute to the Beach Boys) and The Tokens, 6:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Tickets $20-$25. No ticket sales on July 4. Parking $8 (cash only), opens, 4:30 p.m. Gates open, 5:30 p.m. 818-238-5300. www.starlightbowl.com

Fourth of July Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
Event includes crafts, old fashioned games, patriotic music and president look-a-likes, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free for outdoor activities; admission to museum exhibits $16 ages 18-61; $13 ages 62 and over; $9 ages 11-17; $6 ages 3-10. 40 Presidential Drive. 805-522-2977. www.reaganlibrary.com

Rancho Santa Susana Community Park’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
5005 E. Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley
Event includes children’s activities, crafts, entertainment and games, 2 p.m. Fireworks, 9:20 p.m. Free admission. www.simivalleyrotary.org, 805-660-2214.


Beach Bus Schedule

Getting down to the beach from the valley just got so much easier. The Department of Public Works, Beach Bus provides valley residents the option of a cheap ride! The price for a 1-way ticket is $1 per person. That is a steal!

There are several routes in Los Angeles but for the valley the starting pick up point is located at Warner Center Station (Oxnard and Owensmouth, NW corner).

A few of their guidelines: Children under 12 years old need to be accompanied by a fare paying adult. Coolers, beach chairs, blankets and boogie boards are allowed, however, no pets unless they are service dogs. Please bring proper ID for senior discount. This service runs 7 days a week.

Be sure to check out the 2015 Summer Beach Bus ScheduleTopanga Canyon Summer Beach Bus service begins on June 15, 2015. See site to verify times.

Beach Bus stops:
1 – Topanga Beach
2 – Will Rogers State Beach
3 – Santa Monica State Beach

For a more detailed schedule of times, go to the LA Beach Bus website  to view the routes or call 1-888-769-1122.

Want to stay in the neighborhood? Hop over to our list of local swimming pools.


Mall Events

Topanga Mall, Westfield
6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, 91303, 818-594-8740
The Canyon – Story Time
Join us the first Tuesday of every month at 11am in The Canyon for Story Time! Our special storyteller will read a new book followed by entertainment for children that may include live performances, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts and more. Hosted by: Giggles ‘n’ Hugs. LOCATION, THE CANYON – LEVEL 1


Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Avenue, 91324, 818-885-9700
Farmer’s Market & Family Festival 
Until 10/29/2014, Time: 5-9pm
Location: Tampa Parking lot near California Pizza Kitchen
Contact: 818-885-9700. Visit our weekly Farmer’s Market & Family Festival for your fresh produce from local farmers. You can also enjoy children’s activities, live entertainment, delicious prepared foods and much more! Wednesdays 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Located off Tampa Ave in the parking lot near California Pizza Kitchen

Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301-15303 Ventura Blvd., 91403, 818-382-4100
Kids Club, 10:30am
The Kids Club enters its seventh fun-filled week of free family entertainment for children aged one to eight. This Saturday, it’s The Great Sardini Magic Show that takes over Center Plaza for a morning of fun and magic. The show is free and starts promptly at 10:30am – it lasts about one-half hour. Get an all day parking validation so you can enjoy the day and have lunch after the Kids Club show.

Sherman Oaks Fashion Square
14006 Riverside Drive, 818-783-0550
Summertime Cinema
Free Movies. Under the Stars. Fridays at Sundown.
Movies will be held on the Rooftop Parking Deck at the Dining Terrace entrance. Showtime starts at sundown, between 8 & 8:30pm with seating opening at 6pm.


The Oaks, Thousand Oaks
350 West Hillcrest Drive, 91360, (805) 495-2032
Live at The Oaks
Features various entertainers, artists, demonstrations, and activities each week. Come hang out with us, unwind from your week and enjoy some free entertainment! Live will take place from 5pm to 7pm every Saturday, unless noted otherwise in the schedule. Check back regularly for updates to the schedule.

Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Open almost all year-round, rain or shine, with over 50 California farmers and food vendors. The market is closed every year between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. The Oaks Shopping Center, East End Parking Lot. Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Blvd.

All Markets Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine! We welcome SNAP/EBT customers. Redemption authorized at Market Information Booth. Sorry No Pets!

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Woodland Hills Movies on the Green

Warner Park has plenty to offer during the summer. Concerts, movies and overall it is buzzing with activity. Grab your blanket, snacks and friends then enjoy a movie outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of Woodland Hills.

Saturday Evenings: All movie start times are at dusk.
Pre-feature entertainment begins at approximately 7 PM.
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.

VCC has expanded our outdoor programming at Warner Park to include Movies on the Green. Outdoor family movies are presented on Saturday evenings, July 12th through August 23rd, 7 – 10 PM and are projected on a 30′ screen with digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. All of the amenities you have become accustomed to with Concerts will be there for your enjoyment. We are pleased to be working with Shelley’s Stereo and Video of Woodland Hills as the Presenting Sponsor of this project. Please note: Movie Titles are subject to change due to producers approval.

Saving Mr. Banks
July 19, 2014 | Dusk

Saving Mr. Banks is the story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to Mary Poppins is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell.

Despicable Me 2
July 26, 2014 | Dusk

Despicable Me 2 follows Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), the ex-scheming evildoer-turned-parental figure, from animation company Illumination Entertainment.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
August 2, 2014 | Dusk

This $10 million production is taken from the only children’s novel done by master spy author Ian Fleming. Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an eccentric inventor, widower and family man who invents a magical car that can float and fly in addition to the usual road travel.

The Wizard of Oz
August 9, 2014 | Dusk

The Wizard of Oz features Kansas girl Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as they are whisked by a tornado into the magical land of Oz.

The Sandlot (Original)
August 16, 2014 | Dusk

The Sandlot is a story of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded Beast who lives behind the left field fence.

August 23, 2104 | Dusk

Arendelle Kingdom is cast into eternal winter by powerful Queen Elsa. Her sister Anna, mountaineer Kristoff and reindeer Sven, set out to break the spell

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More info at the Valley Cultural Center website.
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Summer Carnival

Where else can you feast on churros, gobble up cotton candy and then laugh while your kids brave the spinning  rides? Don’t forget to pace yourself!

Purchase tickets same day or get all you can ride wrist bands.

Who: Reseda Recreation Center
What: Summer Carnival (food, games, rides)
Where: 18411 Victory Blvd (corner of Reseda and Victory)

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Pack your beach towels, the Reseda Public Pool is now open as well. 

Woodland Hills Concerts in the Park

Woodland Hills Concerts in the Park 
Concerts on the Green Summer Schedule 2014
All concerts start at 6pm.


10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs
Sunday, June 22 | 6 PM

10, 000 MANIACS is the 30 year collaboration between Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew joined by guitarist Jeffery Erickson backing the 20 year 10,000 Maniac vocalist / songwriter Mary Ramsey for an incredible live show!

Ticket to Ride, A Beatles Tribute
Sunday, June 29 | 6 PM

“Ticket To Ride” A tribute to the Beatle’s return’s to the VCC stage bringing along with them new songs and surprises! Cast members of Ticket To Ride have performed sold out concerts in Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines.

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th 2014 | 6 PM

Mrs. Robinson’s DECADES is by far one of the most entertaining concerts on the scene today. The Group is a professional Tribute Band that offers a stage show like no other! Amazing music played by talented musicians. Plus a spectacular Fireworks show presented by Keyes Motors.

Ring of Fire, A Tribute to JOHNNY CASH
Sunday, July 13th | 6 PM

Join Rusty Evans and his band, Ring of Fire, for A Tribute to Johnny Cash. This stunning tribute to the “Man In Black” includes the voice with weighted drawl that doles out molasses-coated syllables. Lending his own touch to world famous songs, Rusty honors the Cash legacy with soulful honesty.

The Music of ABBA-Arrival from Sweden
Sunday, July 20 | 6 PM

Arrival From Sweden was founded by Vicky Zetterberg in Gothenburg, Sweden and soon became one of the world’s most popular and best selling ABBA show bands. Since 1995, the band has toured over thirty-five countries and appeared on television and radio shows around the world. The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of ABBA’s spectacular win at the Eurovision Song Contest for “Waterloo” and becoming part of music history.

Sunday, July 27th | 6 PM

Since their debut in 1999 THE LONG RUN – Experience The Eagles has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is widely-regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today.

Hollywood U2
Sunday, August 3rd | 6 PM

Based in Los Angeles, Hollywood U2 is the World’s Greatest U2 Tribute Band. Re-creating the iconic eras of U2 live like no other, you will think Bono is right in front of you. Strange Native will open for Hollywood U2.


Queen Tribute Band

Queen Nation, Tribute to Queen
Sunday, August 10 | 6 PM

There is little doubt among the pure rock community that the legendary band Queen and lead performer Freddie Mercury earn high ranks as one of the most powerful and iconic groups in rock history.

Poncho Sanchez
Sunday, August 17th | 6 PM

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero PONCHO SANCHEZ has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

The Al McKay Allstars performing the music of Earth, Wind & Fire
Sunday, August 24 | 6 PM

Five-time Grammy award winner, Albert Phillip McKay, has set standards of excellence throughout his career. Besides being one of the driving forces behind The Emotions, Denice Williams and the phenomenal success of Earth, Wind and Fire, Al McKay has continued to grace countless recording sessions with his trademark rhythm guitar style that has kept him at the forefront of his profession for nearly 30 years.

Rhythm & Joy Festival
Saturday, August 30 | 12:00 Noon – 8:30 PM

The Rhythm and Joy Festival is a soulful celebration of the impact of music as a catalyst for change, healing and improving the quality of life process.

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Have fun the Scandinavian Way

Who has the best Swedish Meatballs in So Cal?

Find out as you judge for yourself at the Scandinavian AutumnFest and Marknad Celebration slated to take place this Sunday, September 29th, at Vasa Park in Agoura.

In addition to the meatball tournament, the festival plans to have a water slide, a zip line, Swedish Field Games, a Lingonberry pie eating contest, bingo, a meatball eating contest, a host of beautifully crafted souvenirs and goods (marknad is Swedish for market)  and lots of Swedish music and dancing.

This sounds like the best way to enjoy the traditions and tastes of Sweden without having to board a plane and travel across the globe.

Vasa Park is a beautiful park in Triunfo Canyon in Agoura Hills, California on 24 acres of hills for horseback riding and a lovely little stream. The private park is owned and operated by the Vasa Order of America, a fraternal society of Swedish Americans founded more than a century ago as a benefit fraternal society for Swedish immigrants to the United States.

What better place to try authentic Swedish Meatballs and celebrate all things Scandinavian!

picVasa Park is located at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301.  Event gates open at 9am, admission to the event is $8 per car.  And please leave the BBQ’s and pets at home.


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Street Fair: Sherman Oaks


There will be live music, school performances, food, crafts, kids activities, rides and a beer garden. Join us for an action-packed day of interactive exhibits, food, games and shows, all designed to entertain and inspire!  

Sherman Oaks Street Fair
The Faces of Sherman Oaks
Sunday 10am – 6pm
October 21, 2012
14837 Ventura Blvd (between Kester and Van Nuys)

Music performances will be hourly.
Don’t forget to check out the Community Stage:
Dollface Performance 3 pm – 4pm
Buckley School 4 pm – 5pm
Pet Expo 5 pm – 6pm

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Fall Family Festival Returns to Woodland Hills

The Woodland Hills & Tarzana Chamber of Commerce to host 13th Annual Fall Family Festival and everyone is welcome!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012, 10am to 4pm

Located in Warner Center at
6360 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Corner of Victory Boulevard and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Scheduled to attend this years fair include:
Food Trucks and food vendors, live entertainment, family friendly arts and crafts and adventure attractions.

Best of all, this event is FREE and open to the public!

More info on the Woodland Hills – Tarzana Chamber of Commerce website.

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Community shred

Get old confidential documents or other sensitive paperwork that might need disposed? SHRED-IT, and the Los Angeles Regional CRIME STOPPERS are hosting a free Community Shred-it Event! The great part is all the shredding is FREE!

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Target – 11133 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344
(Corner of San Fernando Mission & Balboa Blvd.)