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February News Briefs

Post Date:February 01, 2019 7:16 AM

NewsBriefsRegister to Vote in the City of West Hollywood’s Upcoming General Municipal Election — Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, February 19 and the Election will Take Place on Tuesday, March 5

The City of West Hollywood’s General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to fill three Councilmember seats for terms commencing in April 2019. Voters will also decide on two ballot measures in this election. The deadline for unregistered residents to register to vote is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. A link to voter registration and election information is available on the City’s website at www.weho.org/elections.

Ongoing Events — February 1 through February 28, 2019

cacti by James Peterson Exhibition runs through Sunday, March 31

The public art sculpture installation cacti by artist James Petersen uses the cactus as inspiration and reinterprets the form. The artist mimics and honors these resilient, native Californian models of self‐sustainability, taking visual cues from the Barrel, Yucca, Agave, Nopales, Organ Pipe and Saguaro Cacti. During the day, transparent materials that include dichroic film and tinted resin will combine with sunlight to create twinkling reflective treasures. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts.

Daily on the Traffic Median at Santa Monica Boulevard and N. Doheny Drive.

 

Prior Pleasures by Ellen Cantor Exhibition runs through Tuesday, May 7

Prior Pleasures is a photographic exhibition created using a multiple exposure technique (without Photoshop). Artist Ellen Cantor photographs the end pages, illustrations, and text in a way that shows the excitement of a book fluttering open and coming to life for readers of all generations. This exhibition explores the artist's memory and preservation of the past as the books are the same ones the artist has carried with her since childhood. Admission is free. This exhibition is presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more information, visit www.weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts on social media.

Through May 7, 2019 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

West Hollywood Park Dog Parks Temporary Closure Wednesday, February 13 through Thursday, February 28

West Hollywood Park Dog Parks will be closed to the public from Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to Thursday, February 28, 2019. The closure accommodates event-related activities at West Hollywood Park and ongoing maintenance of the Dog Parks. While the Dog Parks are closed, the City of West Hollywood’s Facilities and Field Services Division will be completing maintenance to ensure the comfort and safety of Dog Park users. The William S. Hart Park & Off-Leash Dog Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue, will remain open. We recognize that the closure impacts community members and animal companions — the City appreciates everyone’s patience and encourages you to get to know your dog neighbors who frequent the William S. Hart Park or the dog humans who strut their mutts on your block.

West Hollywood Park Dog Parks are located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

February 2019

City of West Hollywood Rec ‘n’ Roll Mobile Recreation Event — Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy recreation in the great outdoors at Kings Road Park this winter when the
Rec ‘n’ Roll team rolls into your neighborhood park. Kids ages 4 to 10 will have fun with board games, sidewalk chalk, sports equipment, craft projects and much more. Please note: Parental supervision is required in order to participate. Admission is free. For more information, call West Hollywood Park at (323) 848-6534.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kings Road Park, located at 1000 N. Kings Road.

 

Be Well WeHo: UCLA Memory Training Tuesdays, Beginning Tuesday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

As part of the City of West Hollywood’s Be Well WeHo Mindfulness Series, the City is offering the opportunity to join four weeks of classes where attendees will be covering memory training exercises. Developed by UCLA, this memory class provides practical ways to help you: keep track of keys, phones, or other personal items; retain and recall dates, phone numbers, and addresses; and, put names with faces. New students may not join after the second session. Everyone over 18 is welcome. Cost $3 per class. To register, visit www.weho.org/recreation. For more information, call (323) 848-6843.

Tuesdays, from February 5, 2019 through February26, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Plummer Park, Art Room 1, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Women and Books, First Tuesday of Each Month, The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes Tuesday, February 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Women and Books is a book club that meets on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss books written by women authors. This month features The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes. Women And Books is co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood through its Women’s Advisory Board and by the West Hollywood Library. Admission is free, but space is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks: Tenant Basics Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m.

This Tenant Basics session of the Rent Stabilization and Housing Division’s Building Blocks series will provide tenants with a basic understanding of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and tenant rights and responsibilities. Topics will include unit re‐registrations, limits on rent increases, security deposits, annual registration fee and pass through, minimum maintenance standards, the hearing process, loss of housing services and rent overcharges, noticing required before entering apartments, repairs, code compliance, temporary relocation, water conservation, being prepared for emergencies, and Airbnb and short‐term rentals. This workshop will be followed by the Tenant Advanced workshop on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848‐6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, Room 5, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Be Well WeHo Mindfulness Series: The Power of Love Wednesday, February 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As part of the Mindfulness Series, this month we’ll be covering the topic, The Power of Love. In workshops offered at two unique times, we will discuss and use various techniques to look at how our words can help us to love ourselves and also others. The class will explore ways to heal our relationships and get that warm and fuzzy feeling of love inside and out. Everyone over 18 is welcome. Admission is $3 per class. To register, visit www.weho.org/recreation or call (323) 848-6843.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 3 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5 and 6, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale — Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will host a Junk in the Trunk rummage sale. Participants may sell items from the trunks of their vehicles or in the space remaining in designated areas. Anyone who has yard sale items to sell is invited to register to participate in the event — no vendor goods will be permitted. Items can be displayed from car trunks and hatches, or in a parking space sale area using a tarp or table. Sellers are welcome to use one pop-up tent or a canopy in their assigned space, but those must not be bigger than 10’x10’. Participants may start setting up at 8 a.m. Cars will not be allowed to enter the lot after 9 a.m. Parking lot sale spaces, which cover two standard parking spots, are available for $15 and must be reserved in advance. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free for shoppers.

For more information, please contact Michael Gasca, City of West Hollywood Recreation Coordinator, at (323) 848-6546 or at mgasca@weho.org.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the north parking lot, located off of Fountain Avenue.

 

Family Fun Saturdays: Sweetheart Dance — Saturday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gather with your sweet family and lovely friends for the City of West Hollywood’s Sweetheart Dance. Come walk the pink carpet and dance the night away. We’ll have games, crafts, treats, and more! This is a night you won’t want to miss. Pre‐registration is required (Activity #9385). Admission is $5 per person.  Register in person at the West Hollywood Park office or online at www.weho.org/recreation. Free parking is available in the adjacent five-story public parking structure with validation at the event. For more information please call West Hollywood Park at (323) 848‐6534.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

City of West Hollywood’s Winter Sounds Concert Series: Zetz Klemer Ensemble — Saturday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Zetz Klezmer is a delightful ensemble whose show weaves together music, stories, history, educational demos, and jokes. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe. These creative musicians draw upon a range of music including the haunting melodies of the synagogue, entertaining Yiddish vaudeville songs, boisterous Russian and Ukrainian dances and even a klezmerized Irish jig. This year they have introduced new tunes including Yiddish 101, a beautiful Palestinian song, and a witty arrangement of the traditional song, Odessa Bulgar. Admission is free.  Please arrive early. Event may reach capacity. First-come, first-served seating. RSVPs requested, but not required, at www.wintersounds‐feb2019.eventbrite.com. For more information, music samples, and parking information, visit: www.weho.org/wintersounds. #wintersoundsweho

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Advocacy Training Project: ‘How to Advocate for Legislation’ Sunday, February 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This workshop trains participants on how to effectively engage with elected officials and their staff members by covering grassroots advocacy and communications. The focus will be on the California state legislative process. Registration is $20. Participation is open to all. Workshops include snacks and refreshments.  For more information about the Advocacy Training Project and to register, visit www.ncjwla.org/events or call (323) 852-8536.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Council House, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.

 

WeHo Reads: Beverly Park, the Kiddieland that Inspired Walt Disney Book Launch and Exhibition Reception — Tuesday, February 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the City of West Hollywood for a WeHo Reads event featuring both the launch of  the new book: Beverly Park, the Kiddieland that Inspired Walt Disney and an opening reception for the exhibition at the West Hollywood Library featuring photos from the book. Beverly Park holds a special place in the hearts of Los Angeles area natives who frequented this special amusement park from 1943 to 1974. Located on the border of West Hollywood at the corner of Beverly and La Cienega Boulevards where the Beverly Center now stands, Beverly Park was a then-unique experience that touched the lives of anyone who went there. Admission is free. To RSVP, and for more information, contact Mike Che at
(323) 848-6377 or mche@weho.org. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads literary series, visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks Series: Tenant Advanced Workshop Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m.

This Tenant Advanced session of the Rent Stabilization and Housing Division’s Building Blocks series will provide residents with increased knowledge of their protections and resources available under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). This workshop follows the Tenant Basics workshop held on February 5, 2019. Topics will include eviction procedures, tenant harassment, mediation services, social services for low‐income seniors, Home Secure (no‐cost safety and security devices for low‐income seniors), rental assistance, managing finances, hoarding and bedbug issues and assistance, reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act, unit transfers for mobility impaired tenants, information on pets, service dogs, and therapy animals, and Aging in Place / Aging in Community 2020, a 5‐Year Strategic Plan. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848‐6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, Room 5, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Senior Valentine’s Day Dessert and Tea Dance Thursday, February 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sweet desserts and sweet hearts are in the air. Seniors ages 55+ are invited to dance the night away at the City of West Hollywood’s 23rd Annual Valentine’s Day Dessert and Tea Dance. Admission is $2 per person with a two ticket maximum and priority for West Hollywood residents. For more information, contact the Plummer Park event line at (323) 848-6820 or email recreation@weho.org.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

V-Day Commemoration: The Vagina Monologues — Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m.

In commemoration of the 21st Anniversary of V‐Day, join the City of West Hollywood for the Hollywood NOW production of The Vagina Monologues. More than two decades ago, Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, gave birth to V‐ Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non‐conforming). V-Day events bring widespread attention to issues of harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery. Every year around the world The Vagina Monologues is performed during the month of February to raise awareness and funds working to end violence against women. Admission is $15. All proceeds benefit Hollywood NOW and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. For tickets, visit www.vaginamonologues.eventbrite.com or call (323) 596‐7389. For more information, email hollywoodnowchapter@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 and Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks Series: Landlord Basics Workshop Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m.

This Landlord Basics session of the Rent Stabilization and Housing Division’s Building Blocks series will provide landlords with an increased understanding of their basic rights and responsibilities under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Topics will include unit re‐registrations, limits on rent increases, security deposits, annual registration fee and pass through, property management, minimum maintenance standards, housing services, the hearing process, avoiding rent reductions and rent overcharges, repairs, code compliance, temporary relocation, requirements for legal entry, preparing for emergencies and disasters, reducing water use, programs and incentives, and Airbnb and short‐term rentals.  This workshop will be followed by a Landlord Advanced workshop on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848‐6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, Room 5, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Lesbian Speakers Series: Allee Willis in Conversation with Beth Lapides: An Evening of Music, Mojo, and Magic  — Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

The City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series presents Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter Allee Willis in conversation with Beth Lapides, creator of the legendary UnCabaret comedy show. Willis’ hits have sold more than 60 million records and she was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2018. She is also the co-author of the Oprah Winfrey-produced Grammy and Tony-winning Broadway musical, The Color Purple. This event is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program and Mazer Lesbian Archives. Admission is free. Free parking is available in the adjacent five story structure with validation at the event. To RSVP, visit www.alleeandbeth.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics Lecture Series: Rita Raley: The Next Twenty Years — Friday, February 22 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHAP! — the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series — was launched in fall 2011, and is co‐hosted by the City of West Hollywood and the CalArts MA Program in Aesthetics & Politics. Rita Raley teaches in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Tactical Media (University of Minnesota, 2009), co‐editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (2011), and has more recently published on subjects ranging from Global English and universal alphabets to tactical media, dataveillance, machine translation, and electronic literature. This lecture is presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Admission is free. For more information about the CalArts WHAP! Lecture Series, visit www.criticalstudies.calarts.edu/programs/aesthetics‐and‐politics/whap.

Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Calling Children of All Ages! Drag Queen Story Hour — Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m.

Start Saturday morning off on the right, uh… high heel, with our fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour. Children are invited to bring their parents and guardians and join the City of West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Library for Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: glittering, magical drag queens capturing the imagination, playfulness, and gender fluidity of childhood, while giving kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. At Drag Queen Story Hour, children are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people present as they wish — a world where dress up is real. For children of all ages. No registration necessary. Admission is free. Co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more information, please visit www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood.

Saturday, February 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Women In Film Speaker Series: Protecting All Rights and Clearances — Monday, February 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Supported by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, join Women In Film for “A True Story Inspired by Actual Events Based on a Fiction: Clearing and Assessing Factual Information in a Fictionalized World.” With references to recent and prominent TV productions, this presentation discusses issues of invasion of privacy, defamation, and right of publicity, which must be navigated when depicting real people or stories inspired by real events. Admission is $10; Women In Film members are free. To RSVP and for more information, visit https://womeninfilm.z2systems.com/np/clients/womeninfilm/eventRegistration.jsp?event=114&.

Monday, February 25, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation — Tuesday, February 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation offers activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood community. This is an interactive experience, so be prepared to participate. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information, contact Corey Roskin at croskin@weho.org or (323) 848-6403 or Leslie Isenberg at lisenberg@weho.org or (323) 848-6306.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks Series: Landlord Advanced Workshop Tuesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.

This Landlord Advanced session of the Rent Stabilization and Housing Division’s Building Blocks series will provide landlords with an increased understanding of their basic rights and responsibilities under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Topics will include unit re‐registrations, limits on rent increases, security deposits, annual registration fee and pass through, property management, minimum maintenance standards, housing services, the hearing process, avoiding rent reductions and rent overcharges, repairs, code compliance, temporary relocation, requirements for legal entry, preparing for emergencies and disasters, reducing water use, programs and incentives, and Airbnb and short‐term rentals.  This workshop follows the Landlord Basics workshop held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Admission is free. For more information, contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848‐6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Plummer Park Community Center, Room 5, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Operation Firefly: Bike Light Giveaway — Wednesday, February 27 starting at 4:30 p.m.

To promote bike safety, the City of West Hollywood is hosting Operation Firefly, a free bike light giveaway event. Free LED lights will be distributed to passing cyclists and pedestrians in an effort to increase the visibility of pedestrians and bicyclists. We will be joined by the WeHo Bicycle Coalition, and members of the City’s Public Safety and Transportation Commissions. Please come out and get your free safety lights!  For more information, contact Tara Worden at (323) 848‐6834 or tworden@weho.org.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Willoughby Avenue (901 N. Fairfax Avenue).

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