December News Briefs
December 1 is World AIDS Day
Each year, the City of West Hollywood recognizes World AIDS Day with special events and programming:
- AIDSWatch, the electronic memorial to those lost to HIV, will be viewable on WeHoTV and projected on the exterior wall of the West Hollywood Library beginning on the evening of Friday, November 29 through the morning of Monday, December 2;
- On Monday, December 2, the annual Candlelight Vigil which follows the City of West Hollywood’s AIDS Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive, will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevards and ending at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers on N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Candlelight Vigil is hosted by the Alliance for Housing and Healing;
- Following the Candlelight Vigil, the annual Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Awards presentation and reception will take place on Monday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will feature: the Warrior Awards (given to outstanding employees or volunteers of local agencies that offer HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse prevention and care services); the event will also feature two presentations: one from the Foundation for the AIDS Monument in West Hollywood; and the other will be regarding the City of West Hollywood’s HIV Zero Strategic Plan.
Holiday Donation Drive — December 2 through December 20, 2019
The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will partner to help give back to people in need this holiday season with the 29th Annual West Hollywood Toy and Food Drive. The Toy and Food Drive provides families in our community with a holiday meal and two toys for every child in the family. The City will accept donations from Monday, December 2, 2019 until Friday, December 20, 2019 with the goal of providing up to 900 families with meals and gifts. For the past three decades, the generous contributions of local businesses and individuals have helped provide more than 7,300 local families with food and gifts in the spirit of the holiday season. New unwrapped toys are needed, as well as new clothing, store coupons, and discount cards. A donation of $65 will help one family, but every donation, no matter how small, counts; monetary donations may be made online at www.weho.org/holidaydrive or in-person at the cashier’s window at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. Gift and food drive donations may be dropped off at City Hall or at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information please contact Bonnie Smith at email@example.com or at (323) 848-6371.
LA Stories: Film Screenings Celebrating LA’s Diversity — Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.
Join the City of West Hollywood for a free program of films celebrating L.A.’s racial, ethnic, and sexual orentation/gender identity diversity! Supported by a grant to the filmmakers from the City of West Hollywood, the screenings include the award-winning documentary East LA Interchange about Boyle Heights; Lucky directed by Lydia Lane and set in Inglewood; From Now On directed by Ivonne Coll and Javier Colón Ríos and set in Malibu. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast members following the screening. For more information, please contact Eva Angeloff at (323) 848-6354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the June Mazer Lesbian Archives, located at 626 N. Robertson Boulevard.
Women and Books, First Tuesday of Each Month, You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld — Tuesday, December 3 at 7 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 You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld. Women and Books is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and 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 West Hollywood Park parking structure with validation. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/womenandbooksinweho.
Tuesday, December 3, 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.
Be Well WeHo Mindfulness Series: Drum & Dance — Wednesday, December 4 at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m.
As part of the City of West Hollywood’s Be Well WeHo Mindfulness Series, the City is offering the opportunity to Drum & Dance and prepare for the new year by shaking away negative attachments to the past and connecting with the rhythm of the drum to release negative feelings and heal old wounds. Everyone over 18 is welcome, and classes are just $3. There are two sessions: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register, please contact the Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6843 or visit www.weho.org/recreation.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
West Hollywood Community Design Workshop — Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m.
The City of West Hollywood invites you to help shape the future of Beverly Triangle Plaza: a future public gathering place in the West Hollywood Design District at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard. Participate in this hands-on design experience with the public artist team and review site layout, circulation, and traffic calming options for Bonner Drive. Meet with the design team, including landscape architects from Land Images and the artist team from Greenmeme. For questions, please call (323) 848-6336 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the City Parking Lot, located at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard.
The Nutcracker Performed by Student Dancers — Sunday, December 8 at 12 p.m.
As part of the City of West Hollywood’s holiday programming, on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12 p.m., the City of West Hollywood and the Avanti Art Center’s student dancers will present a special performance of The Nutcracker at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, please call (310) 980-3171.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
City Says ‘Don’t Drink (or Use) and Drive Event — Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The City of West Hollywood, its City Council, and its Public Safety Commission will join the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, local Fire Stations 7 and 8, and Block by Block Security Ambassadors in reminding community members about an important message of safety during the holidays: do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of cannabis carries the same DUI designation as alcohol. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will host a brief community event in front of the station on San Vicente Boulevard and immediately following the event, community members will be welcomed to join City of West Hollywood Officials and Sheriff's deputies to walk to nearby restaurants and bars to begin the distribution of 100,000 drink coasters with printed messages, which will remind patrons not to drink and drive and to instead choose a designated driver, a ride share service, or a local taxi company. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s annual campaign, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6492.
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
Celebrating New Works: Still At Risk by Tim Pinckney — Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebration Theatre, LA’s oldest LGBTQ theatre, presents staged readings of new plays with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. Admission is free, however donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:30 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.
WeHo Reads: Felice Picano — Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
Longtime West Hollywood resident and literary icon Felice Picano presents “Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000, in Words and Pictures.” He will share his research for his two novellas on LGBTQ Hollywood, along with selected readings from the novellas. He will also share the impact that living in West Hollywood has had on his artistic and literary career. For more information, please contact Mike Che at (323) 848-6377 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7 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.
Junk in the Trunk Rummage Sale — Saturday, December 14, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 14, 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 Fountain Avenue.
International Competition for Young Performers: Colibri — Saturday, December 14 at 11 a.m.
Presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood, The International Arts Competition for Young Performers: Colibri, features participants between the ages of 4 and 16 competing in various genres, including instrumental, vocal, and dance. Free. No RSVP required.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Winter Sounds: Nick Mancini Quartet — Saturday, December 14 at 5 p.m.
Experience Winter weekend evenings filled with modern classical, jazz, and world music as the City of West Hollywood presents its 2019/2020 Winter Sounds Free Indoor Concert Series. The concerts take place on the second Saturday of the month at 5 p.m. from December 2019 through February 2020. The series will kick-off with the Nick Mancini Quartet. Vibraphonist Nick Mancini has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He earned his masters degree from Manhattan School of Music and spent 10 years honing his craft in New York City before relocating to Los Angeles. He's performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Kamasi Washington, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez, and Solange to name a few. And as both a band leader and side man, Nick has appeared at some of New York’s most notable venues such as the Apollo Theater, Birdland, The Blue Whale, as well as appearing at the LACMA Friday Night Jazz series. City of West Hollywood Winter Sounds concerts are free to attend and while RSVPs are not required, they are requested at https://wintersounds-dec2019.eventbrite.com. Limited first-come, first-served seating will be available in the Council Chambers.
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5 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.
International Instrumental Competition for Young Performers: Colibri Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony —Sunday, December 15 at 12 p.m.
The International Arts Competition for Young Performers “Colibri” — the Russian word for “hummingbird” — features participants between the ages of 4 and 16 who compete in various genres, including instrumental,vocal, and dance. The main goal of the event is to develop creative potential of young performers, promote their talent and creativity, and offer an opportunity to enhance their competitive skills in a fun and exciting environment. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Tatiana Rodzinek at (323) 848-6826 or email@example.com.
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Seniors in Action — Tuesday, December 17 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. Presented by the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board. For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6403 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Valentina Aleksandrova at (323) 876-1717 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 17, 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.
Calling Children of All Ages! Special Holiday Edition of Drag Queen Story Hour — Saturday, December 28 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, guardians, friends of all ages 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. For more information, please visit www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood.
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
#BOOM! Alcohol and Drug-Free New Year’s Eve Celebration — Tuesday, December 31 at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, #BOOM!, West Hollywood’s premiere alcohol and drug‐free New Year’s Eve event, will bring hundreds of people together for a fabulous celebration, complete with a DJ, dancing, food, and alcohol‐free midnight toast. Attendees must be 18 years or over to enter and capacity is limited. Admission is free. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/boom-2020-an-alcohol-and-drug-free-extravaganza-tickets-79270106021.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
— City of West Hollywood End-of-Year Trash and Recycling Information —
The City’s solid waste hauler, Athens Services, will not pick up of trash on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Services will be provided one day later than the regular scheduled pickup day. Holiday trees are 100% recyclable! Athens Services will collect holiday trees on normal pickup days beginning Thursday, December 26th, 2019 through Saturday, January 11th, 2020. Tips to ensure successful collection of your Holiday Tree: remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel; place holiday trees at the curb; trees over six feet in length must be cut in half; trees with flocking or fire retardants are acceptable; and please do not leave the tree in a plastic bag as the bag gets caught in the chipper blades.
Remember that gift boxes, wrapping paper, and other paper packaging can be recycled with your regular paper and cardboard recycling. During the holidays, many people get rid of outdated electronics. Residents should take old electronics to a collection center such as Goodwill or the UCLA S.A.F.E. Drop-Off Center. For details, please visit https://www.weho.org/city-government/city-departments/public-works/environmental-services/trash-and-recycling.
Bulky or large items, such as refrigerators, carpet, and wood, can be picked up at no charge to residents, limited to one or two items. Please call Athens Services directly to find out details and arrange for a pickup.
If you will be generating a larger amount of trash than you normally do and your trash and recycling bins or carts are full, do not place your extra trash and recycling on the ground with your bins and or carts. Please contact Athens Services to schedule extra services to accommodate your extra trash and recycling.For more information, or to arrange for extra trash and recycling services, contact Athens Services’ Customer Service Office at (888) 336-6100.