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May News Briefs

Post Date:May 02, 2019 5:33 PM

NewsBriefsMay is Senior Month in West Hollywood

For more than two decades, the City of West Hollywood has organized an annual series of events to engage its thriving population of older community members during Senior Month, celebrated each May. More information on senior services is available at: www.weho.org/services/social-services/senior-services. Senior Month programming is presented by the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board, as well as the Senior Activity Programs of the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, in conjunction with Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS-LA).

 

Senior Health Fair Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The 18th Annual City of West Hollywood Senior Health Fair will offer free health screenings including: blood glucose for diabetes, blood pressure, dental, breast and skin cancer screenings, total cholesterol screenings, and more. The Senior Health Fair is co-sponsored by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, and the Saban Community Clinic. A complimentary lunch will be provided — to reserve a lunch, please call (323) 848-6820 in advance. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Senior Advisory Board Meeting and Reception — Wednesday, May 22 at 2 p.m.

This month’s Senior Advisory Board meeting will include a special reception honoring West Hollywood seniors Carole Cook and Tom Troupe, and there will be readings from contributors to Senior Stories WeHo, a book of poems and stories by local seniors. Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary. Refreshments will be served. For people who cannot attend, the meeting will be televised on WeHoTV. WeHoTV is available to Spectrum customers within the City of West Hollywood on channel 10. AT&T U-verse customers across Southern California can access WeHoTV on channel 99. The meeting will also be available for live streaming and on-demand replay on the City’s website at www.weho.org/wehotv and on WeHoTV’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.

Wednesday, May 22, 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.

 

Seniors in Action: Community, Connection, Conversation — Tuesday, May 28 at 2 p.m.

The Seniors in Action: Community, Connection, Conversation interactive event 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. Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 28, 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.

 

May is Russian Arts and Culture Month

Russian Arts and Culture Month has become an integral part of the Russian speaking community and the entire City of West Hollywood. The cultural and creative identity of the Russian speaking community is embodied in its visual arts, history, and language. Cultural pride is derived from sharing Russian values, beliefs, identity, and self-expression with one another and the Southern California community as a whole. West Hollywood’s Russian speaking community represents approximately 15 percent of West Hollywood’s population the City of West Hollywood offers an array of activities and events that introduce the flavor of Russian culture and arts to the community at large.

 

Tour West Hollywood — Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Come learn about the history, architecture, and famous West Hollywood residents in this tour co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Russian Advisory Board and led by Alla Feldman in both English and Russian. Cost is $5 per person. To RSVP and for more information, please call (323) 848-6501.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. starting at Plummer Park’s south parking lot, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Russian Classical Music Night Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board, the Maysky Classical Night will be filled with beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, Glier, Arensky, Drubich, and more performed by world-renowned Russian stars of the classical music scene. Admission is free. Free parking is available at the adjacent five-story public parking structure with validation at the event. To RSVP and for more information, call (323) 848-6501.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room/Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Victory in Europe Day Celebration and Memorial March — Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m.

This day marks the end of the Nazi regime in Germany and the defeat of the German army in Europe. May 7 is the remembrance of an estimated 50 million people who lost their lives over the course of World War II. The City of West Hollywood will participate along with numerous other organizations in the Immortal Regiment March honoring the veterans of Victory in Europe Day. The march will start in the Whole Foods parking lot on the northeast corner of Fairfax and Santa Monica Boulevard and end in Plummer Park. Bring portraits of your family members, friends, or loved ones who participated in World War II. There will be a shuttle for veterans who wish to participate in the march but have difficulty walking. The shuttle will depart from Plummer Park at 9 a.m. in order to arrive in time for the march back. Parking in the Whole Foods parking lot is not permitted (cars will be towed). To RSVP for the shuttle, call the Russian Information line at (323) 848‐6501 or email westhollywoodrussianfest@weho.org. Seating is limited.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. beginning at the Whole Foods parking lot at Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, and ending at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Exiles, Protesters, Envoys Exhibit Opening Reception — Saturday, May 18 at 12 p.m.

The Exiles, Protesters, Envoys exhibit displays the Russian-speaking community’s history in photographs. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Russian Advisory Board, this free exhibition will run from May 18 through May 24. For more information, please call (323) 848-6826.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center, Room 1, at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Russian Arts and Culture Festival & Gala — Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m.

Please join the City of West Hollywood and its Russian Advisory Board in celebrating the 18th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival. The festival is a day of family‐friendly events celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the more than 500,000 members of the Los Angeles region’s Russian‐speaking community. The festival will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors. The Russian Advisory Board will present awards in recognition of individuals, businesses, and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Russian‐speaking community in the greater West Hollywood area. The annual gala concert will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (323) 848‐6501 or email westhollywoodrussianfest@weho.org.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

May 2019

Rock Burlesque Musical, Dr. Nympho vs. The Sex Zombies Beginning Friday, May 3

Presented with support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, Celebration Theatre in partnership with Orgasmico Theatre Company and Cherry Poppins Productions remount last summer’s biggest musical hit at the Hollywood Fringe Festival for what reviews called “a celebration of sexual expression and freedom,” “a sneaky primer on sex positivity,” and a “smart, hilarious, rocking good‐time of a show.” Every family has issues. No issues run deeper than those of the brilliant pathologist and matriarch Dr. Nimfa Delacroix. She was a nymphomaniac in the past, but now lives a “normal life” with her nuclear 21st century family. All of her demons must be confronted, however, when the outbreak of a deadly STD launches in Atlanta, turning its residents into zombies, and promising the end of civilization. Can Nimfa unite her family, overcome her past, and save the world? The show plays most Friday, Saturday, and Sundays through May 26. For tickets and more information, visit www.celebrationtheatre.com/dr-nympho.

Weekends in May beginning Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Lex Theatre, located at 6760 Lexington Avenue in Los Angeles.

 

South East European Film Festival Friday, May 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Presented with support from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, SEEfest 2019 screens more than 50 new films from South East Europe — features, documentaries, shorts, and animation. SEEfest promotes cultural diversity, serves as the cultural hub for expat independent artists and filmmakers who live and work in West Hollywood and Hollywood, and creates opportunities for lively cultural exchange. Admission is free. Validated parking available at the adjacent five-story public parking structure.  For program information, visit www.seefilmla.org.

Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room/Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

City of West Hollywood Rec ‘n’ Roll Mobile Recreation Event — Saturday, May 4 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 (323) 848-6534.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kings Road Park, located at 1000 N. Kings Road.

 

City of West Hollywood’s Family Fun Saturday — Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

Tired of the same ol’ weekend? Then come to West Hollywood Park’s Movie Night where you can build your own nacho plates to snack upon while we watch Ralph Breaks the Internet. It’s going to be a party so make sure you don’t miss out on this Saturday fiesta as we kick off Cinco de Mayo. There is a $5 fee per person for this all‐ages event. Validated parking available in the adjacent five-story public parking structure. Register in person at the West Hollywood Park office or online at www.weho.org/recreation. For more information, call West Hollywood Park at (323) 848‐6534.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

 

Be Well WeHo: UCLA Memory Training Tuesdays, Beginning Tuesday, May 7 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.

Each Tuesday  from May 7, 2019 through May 28, 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, Educated: A Memoir  by Tara Westover Tuesday, May 7 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 Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. 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, May 7, 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.

 

City of West Hollywood Social Services Division Release of Request for Proposals and Bidder’s Conference Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m.

The City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division will hold a Release of Request for Proposals and Bidder’s Conference regarding Social Services for the period of 2019 to 2022. This meeting is to provide details of the Request for Proposals and answer questions from social services agencies that may submit Responses to the Proposals. This is an open public meeting. Admission is free. No RSVP is required. Free parking available in the adjacent five-story public parking structure with validation at the event. For more information, visit www.weho.org/services/social-services

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Small Business Seminar: Opening a Small Business Wednesday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Join the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this small business seminar during National Small Business Week and learn “Everything You Need to Know about Doing Business in the City of West Hollywood but Didn’t Know You Needed to Ask.” Get the inside scoop and learn the ins and outs of opening and operating a successful business in the City of West Hollywood. Learn firsthand helpful hints from City departments and divisions including: Building & Safety, Planning & Development Services, Code Compliance, and Event & Film Services. This seminar is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP at www.wehochamber.com/small‐business‐seminars.html. For more information, call the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at (323) 650‐2688.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Small Business Seminar: Human Resources Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m.

Join the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this small business seminar during National Small Business Week and learn all about human resources and how to be in compliance with California laws. If you are hiring your first employee, or expanding your existing team, it’s vital to have a grasp of the basics. Seminar topics will include: harassment training, independent contractors, payroll requirements, time-off rules and much more. Cost $20 per person. Space is limited. Please RSVP at www.wehochamber.com/small‐business‐seminars.html.  For more information, call the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at (323) 650‐2688.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Leadership Conference Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m.

Produced by the City of West Hollywood, the 13th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) is an exciting day-long event geared towards women who live, work, and play in West Hollywood. It will feature dynamic speakers, informative panels, connections to valuable resources, and expert-led trainings. The WLC theme “Advocate. Connect. Unite.” emphasizes the importance of coming together for conversations about advancing women’s leadership and status. Topics include: How to Get Appointed to a Board or Commission; Running for Office; Activism; and Representation of Women in Film and Media. Lunch will be provided. Tickets $25 early; $35 at door; $15 senior/full-time student rate. Free parking on a first-come first-served basis is available in the adjacent five-story public parking structure with validation at the event. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.wehowlc.org or call (323) 848-6840.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

Bike to Work Day West Hollywood Pit Stop Thursday, May 16, at 7 a.m.

May is Bike Month! This year the City will be celebrating by hosting a pit stop for Bike to Work Day in collaboration with Metro and the West Hollywood Bike Coalition. The pit stop will be located on the sidewalk area adjacent to 8603 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of Westmount Drive). Cyclists will enjoy coffee, snacks, and giveaways during their morning commute stop-off. For more information, contact Tara Worden, Assistant Planner at (323) 848-6834 or tworden@weho.org.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 8603 Santa Monica Boulevard.

 

Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale — Saturday, May 18, 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, May 18, 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.

 

World Dog Day — Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

The City of West Hollywood is co‐sponsoring this year’s celebration of World Dog Day, hosted by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation. Since 2016, World Dog Day celebrates the amazing, emphatic nature of dogs, and raises awareness of global dog abuse. World Dog Day aims to create a better world for dogs, both domestically and internationally. Admission is free. For more information, visit

www.vanderpumpdogs.org/world‐dog‐day

Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

 

Celebrating New Works: Hypocrites & Strippers — Tuesday, May 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

With the support of the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division, Celebration Theatre, the area’s oldest LGBTQ theatre company, presents new works. Hypocrites & Strippers by Kim Yaged is a hilarious one‐woman show about selling sex and selling out. Yaged is an award‐winning writer with a background in theater, television, and film. She received the Kennedy Center’s Meritorious Achievement Award for her play America which also won the Audience Award at Downtown Urban Theater Festival and was part of House Special at ODC Theater.  Yaged’s chamber opera www.love was showcased by the New York City Opera and performed at the University of Michigan, where it was honored with four Ann Arbor News “Best of” Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Production. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Mike Che at (323) 848‐6377 or mche@weho.org.

Tuesday, May 21, 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.

 

City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival Kickoff Reception and Opening Event: Dear Harvey — Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.

Each year the City of West Hollywood celebrates pride with its, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which runs from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June Pride month (June 30). The theme for 2019 is “Love is Love,” celebrating the universal bond that unites us especially during this 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall riots. One City One Pride is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Most events are free to attend; some events require ticket purchase. Visit www.weho.org/pride for a list of events and event locations. Join the City of West Hollywood for a free staged reading of Patricia Loughrey’s “Dear Harvey” produced by Celebration Theatre, the LA-area’s oldest LGBTQ theatre. Extensively researched, this documentary‐style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best, featuring a cast of professional actors, elected/appointed officials and community members. Admission is free. A reception celebrating the first day of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival and precedes the reading and features two queer poetry pop‐ups: Let Love Flourish, featuring performances of poetry by queer poets, and Everyone Deserves (A) Love (Poem), an interactive art installation where anyone may request a love poem. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room/Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

New Stages LGBTQ Seniors Theatre Project: I Do Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26

Presented as part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, I Do is an evening of stories and music with LGBTQ seniors celebrating gay marriage and relationships. This musical is developed through a workshop process and incorporates the real‐life stories of the participants under the guidance of teaching artists Mark Salyer, Kay Cole, Bruce Bierman, Debbie Lawrence, and Christopher Taylor. Produced by New Stages, supported by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services program, and is supported through a One City One Pride grant from the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Free admission. To RSVP and for more information, visit www.weho.org/pride

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. and Sunday May 26 at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood.

 

Seniors in Action: Community, Connection, Conversation — Tuesday, May 28 at 2 p.m.

The Seniors in Action: Community, Connection, Conversation interactive event 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. Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 28, 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.

 

Women In Film Speaker Series: Women in Animation — Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.

Supported by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, join Women In Film for a panel discussion about the current state of female representation in the animation industry — the opportunities and the barriers — and strategies to encourage more women to enter the field. Admission is $10; Women In Film members are free. To RSVP, visit www.womeninfilm.org.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 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.

 

One City One Pride: Lambda Lit Book Club — Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.

Join the City of West Hollywood’s inaugural City Poet Laureate Steven Reigns, Lambda Literary, and the West Hollywood Library in discussing Into? A Novel by North Morgan.  Admission is free. This program is presented as part of the City's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival which runs from May 22 through June 30. For more information, visit www.weho.org/pride.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

 

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer — Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m.

If you are looking to grow your business or find creative partnerships, come visit one of the friendly mixers hosted by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to meet, network, and strengthen relationships! Get connected with the West Hollywood business community and network, make connections, and exchange business cards at these monthly Chamber events that regularly draw nearly one hundred attendees. Members of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce attend this mixer free of charge. Non‐members interested in joining the Chamber are welcome to two mixers free of charge, and pay $20 for subsequent mixers. To RSVP, visit www.wehochamber.com/chambermixers.html. For more information, contact West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at (323) 650‐2688.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Palihouse Hotel, located at 8465 Holloway Drive.

 

One City One Pride/WeHo Reads: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading — Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

Join Lambda Literary and the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division for readings from the Southern California finalists for the 31st Annual Lammy Awards. Readers include: Kazim Ali, Genevieve Hudson, Steve MacIsaac, Tommy Pico, and Mark Russell. Admission is free. RSVP suggested. This program is presented as part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which takes place from May 22 through June 30, and the City’s WeHo Reads literary series. For more information, visit www.weho.org/pride or www.weho.org/wehoreads.

Wednesday, May 29, 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.
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