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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Photo credit: Scandiclub, Flickr

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.)



Are you prepared enough?

September is emergency preparedness month! Are you prepared enough? Find out October 6th from 11am to 3pm at the 5th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair happening at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills.

In the business world, one of the least desirable markets to get into is safety and protection.  The reason for this is because it is bad business to make people think about the negative things in life and THEN expect them to prepare for it.  But, lets take a few seconds and find out your level of preparedness.

What are your answers to the following questions?

  • Do you have your First Aid Kit?
  • Do you know what to do in an emergency?
  • How much water do you have if the “Big One” Hits?
  • Do you know how to administer basic First Aid?
  • Do you know where your gas turn off is?  Do you know how to shut it off?

All of these questions, while good ones, are the kinds of questions that carry with them certain kinds of emotional anxiety about not knowing what to do, not having a few days water on hand after an earthquake, or having more than a few band-aids and a half empty bottle of peroxide in the cupboard.

As uncomfortable as it is to think about these questions, the upcoming Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is coming to help make answering them.

The event is a-one day multi-agency preparedness fair with information booths, demonstrations, and more than 400 emergency preparedness kits and resources giveaways to help make you safe and secure when you need it the most.

And, be sure to come hungry as the Northridge Neighborhood Council will be on hand serving up free hot dogs, burgers and ice cream from noon to 2pm.

While you’re there, be sure to look for:

  • Yogi Bear Shakey-Quakey School House
  • Free Child ID program
  • HAM Radio station/demonstration by LAFD ACS
  • LAFD Jaws-of-Life demonstration
  • LADWP Electric Diorama and Safety Demonstration
  • Red Cross Information & Kids Safety Puppet Show
  • LAPD Mobile Command Post
  • Southern California Gas Company

5th Annual Valley Preparedness Fair
When: Saturday, October 6th, 2012, 11am – 3pm
Where: Fire station #87, 10124 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills

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Links of interests:
Red Cross

CERT training

CERT schedule




Casting Call for Wipeout

Hey WSFV, the chance to cool off got a little closer to home.
Next weekend, audition for Wipeout in Burbank.
I don’t think they will have you running through an obstacle course… yet.
Did I mention, it is an opportunity to win a cool $50k!

What: Wipeout Casting Call, Season 6
Where: MysticArt Pictures, 1918 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
When: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11am – 2pm

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From the ABC website: 

-Dynamic MEN AND WOMEN over 18 years of age, including but not limited to: singles, family teams, couples, models, nerds, people with unique jobs, newlyweds, exes, twins, boss/employee teams and anyone else who is ready to take on the course!
-Legal residents of the U.S.
-Must be able to swim.
-Larger than life personality, strong-willed, outgoing, and have a great sense of humor.

Please go to www.mysticartpictures.com and click on “WIPEOUT” to fill out your online application. If you have any questions, you can email us at wipeoutcasting@gmail.com.


Option #1
STEP 1: Go to http://www.mysticartpictures.com/new-look/castingdb/login.php and fill out an online profile and WIPEOUT Season 6 application. You MUST upload a photo to be considered.
STEP 2: Our casting department will review your application. If they would like to bring you in for an audition, they will contact you to schedule an appointment at our Burbank office.

Option #2
STEP 1: Go to http://www.mysticartpictures.com/new-look/castingdb/login.php and fill out an online profile and WIPEOUT Season 6 application. You MUST upload a photo to be considered.
STEP 2: You may attend one of our open call events listed below. You will need to bring along a copy of your driver’s license and health insurance card (if you have it).


Saturday, September 22, 2012
11am – 2pm
MysticArt Pictures
1918 W Magnolia Blvd., Suite 206
Burbank, CA 91506

Saturday, October 6, 2012
ESPN Zone Anaheim – Downtown Disney
1545 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108

There are also a few things you should know about a WIPEOUT open call event…

*Be creative in your interview! Anything you can do to get our attention is fantastic! Show us your larger than life personality! You can come dressed in a costume, but don’t wear anything that covers your face (i.e. face paint, sunglases, hats, masks, etc) sing a song, show us your battle cry for the start of the course, do your “I just won $50,000″ victory dance…don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

*Get there early!! There are going to be lots and lots of people, so the earlier you get there, the better!

*You will be standing in line, most likely outside, for an extended period of time. Please be prepared for it. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat and sunglasses, bring a book or something to keep you occupied, bring bottled water, bring a few snacks, and lots of enthusiasm!!

*We encourage you to bring friends! Come in a huge group and make your time at the event that much more fun!

*When you get to the check-in table, please let us know if you are part of a family team. couple, boss/employee team, newlyweds, twins, person with a dirty job or exes. Both team members must be present at the event for you to be considered as a family team!

If you are not able to attend an LA open call or an in-studio interview, please visit www.mysticartpictures.com or www.facebook.com/mysticartpictures for information on how to submit a WIPEOUT audition video.

*Disclaimer: Attending an open call event does not guarantee an audition for the show.
All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

For inquiries regarding casting, please email wipeoutcasting@gmail.com.

Street closures

The West San Fernando Valley is heating up — with activity!
Residents take note of a few road closures today and next weekend:

Explosion of underground electrical vault closes streets in Encino

Ventura Boulevard is closed in all directions from Gaviota Street to Libbit Avenue.
Also, southbound and northbound Woodley Avenue at Ventura Boulevard is also closed
(according to the Los Angeles Police Department).

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Balboa Music Festival
6300 Balboa Ave
Streets closed on Woodley Ave from Burbank to Victory.

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El Gallo Giro Park
Grand Opening

Street closed on De Soto from Sherman Way to Wyandotte-partial closure.

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Next weekend
St Anne Church Annual festival
11211 Moorpark St
Streets closed on Moorpark St from 101 freeway overpass to Elmer St.

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Community Sustainability Workshop

Get sustainability training this Saturday with Tree People! Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Where: Coldwater Canyon Park
When: Saturday, September 15th at 9 am, sign-in at 8:45 am
What: Community Sustainability Training
Provided: Light breakfast, snacks and materials
RSVP: View the Tree People calendar, select a workshop, sign-up and register
Download the Community Sustainability Workshop flyer

Workshop descriptions:

Citizen Forestry: Tree Planting
Trees provide a variety of benefits including shade, beauty,
water capture and food! Learn what it takes to bring trees to
your neighborhood including permits, tree selection and more.

Rainwater Harvesting

Learn about berms, swales and native plants that combine
to create rain gardens and other earthworks solutions that
infiltrate the rain. We’ll also learn about rain barrels, rain chains
and more!

Native Plants and Turf Reduction
Southern California native plants are a beautiful, smart choice
for a garden. Learn how to reduce a thirsty landscape, convert
your sprinklers to more efficient irrigation and add lovely
climate-appropriate native plants.

Outreach Volunteer Training
Become a certified Outreach Leader to represent TreePeople
at public events! Learn TreePeople history, programs, and
the basics of outreach volunteering in an interactive and
informative manner.

For questions contact Linda at leremita@treepeople.org.



Salute to Kids

Are you looking to get a breath of fresh air in the morning? Join the West San Fernando Valley Salute to Kids for a walk in Lanark Park! Starting at 10am, bring the kids and enjoy the park and various activities (see flyer). Also, there will be snacks for walkers.

When:  September 8, 2012, 10am – 3pm
Where: Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark Street, Canoga Park, 91304
The event will begin with a “March for Children’s Safety”, where community children and their parents can participate in a parade through the community with the officers from LAPD, Topanga Division. The event is free, with food and many other exciting features.