THIS WEEK: Thanksgiving Help for the Hungry, Holiday Cheer Sales, Things to Do

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There’s still time to help those who are hungry this week, so check out the list below.  Also, instead of shopping the big Black Friday deals, be sure and also check out smaller shops on Small Business Saturday. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



You can help make sure a family in need gets to celebrate the holiday with  SOVA’s Thanksgiving Virtual Food Drive. Simply click to add traditional Thanksgiving dishes to your cart. Your contribution will allow SOVA to leverage its buying power to secure the maximum nutritious food available. SOVA is a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in the community through food distribution and offering a wide range of supportive services. They  serve men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and religions.


This year,  the temple will serve a warm meal for the Thanksgiving holiday to its largest number ever – more than 1,000 people in need on Thursday, November 25, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.In addition to serving the meal restaurant-style (no food lines) outdoors in the temple parking lot in a festive holiday setting, volunteers will deliver many meals directly to shut-ins, women’s shelters and more. Those served include families and individuals who are helped by area homeless shelters, food banks, women’s shelters and local and state agencies who have been hit by the sting of the economy and lower food bank supplies. The meal is prepared over five days by an all-volunteer team who cook more than 1,000 pounds of turkey, 250 pounds of cornbread stuffing, 400 pounds of vegetables, apple cobbler and more.

Members of the community are welcome to support the Temple Beth Hillel Feed the Hungry Feast by making voluntary             financial contributions. Checks should be made out to Brotherhood, Temple Beth Hillel and mailed to Temple Beth Hillel, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village, CA  91607. The Temple is also interested in getting names of community groups, shelters and similar organizations that would benefit from receiving meals for those they serve. Temple Beth Hillel


The Valley Food Bank is preparing to provide literally tons of food to thirteen food pantries, which will fill boxes with all the makings of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and distribute them to the Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. The Food Bank will also provide food to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and the Lighthouse for Women & Children for their annual Thanksgiving Banquets.

This year, the food bank will once again work with its Panorama pantry to serve a Thanksgiving dinner to 300 needy guests as well as provide turkeys for holiday meals at Centro Apostolico Monte Los Olivos, Victory Outreach and the Allied Treatment Centers. There are many ways individuals, local companies and schools can participate to be part of the solution to the hunger in the Valley.  Donations of turkeys and all the trimmings will help fill more boxes for more families. The food bank still needs about 350 turkeys to meet this year’s anticipated need. Last year, over 50,000 pounds of fresh food and 38,000 cans and packages of prepared food were donated for the Thanksgiving holiday. And this year, the need is even greater.  Further information is available by calling the Food Bank at (818) 510-4140 or visiting their web site at


Gobble Gobble Give is looking for volunteers on every level. Those who can give food or clothing and those who can donate their time on Thanksgiving day warming, packaging and delivering food. 1. Everybody contributes food. It can be as simple as store bought rolls or as special as your grandmother’s famous turkey and stuffing. Make or purchase as much as you like. 2. All participants gather Thanksgiving morning at 10:00AM at The Echo in Echo Park. After everyone has gathered, we begin putting hundreds of meals together.3. Those available to be delivery drives gather into cars and start hitting vacant lots, empty fields, river bed bridges, freeway underpasses and alleys through out the city delivering food and clothing. Thursday, 11/25/2010 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Echo Night Club 1822 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026


LADIES NIGHT OUT: Magnolia Park shops will swing open their doors for Ladies Night Out this Friday, November 26 from 6 to 9 pm in Burbank.  It’s a fashionista’s dream featuring chic style finds, treats, tastings, discounts, live entertainment and in-store fun at more than 20 shops in the district! Check out specials and refreshments at Bell Cottage,  Complementary homemade turkey chili & wine at Cobblestone Gifts and Floral, Free gift wrap at audrey*k, Crooner Roberto Bonanni singing Italian and French love songs, along with wine, cheese, pirate’s booty and discounts at Encore Nouveau, Gourmet snacks and a holiday drawing for a free purse at Free Bird, Henna tattoos, refreshments and 15% off all night at Mindfulnest (3319 W Magnolia), Ornate picture frames, snacks and discounts at 1928 Jewelry Company.  For further information: 818.848.3788

LOLLIPOP MUNCHKIN: Book Signing Event with Jerry Maren, Author of Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of the Lollipop Munchkin at Alexa’s It’s New to You!, 3416 W Magnolia in Burbank, (818) 588-3688 on  Friday, November 26 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M.  One of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Maren came from Boston to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios while still in his teens to work as a Lollipop Munchkin. Now 90 years old, Short and Sweet is a memoir of the sixty-plus-year career—from Superman to Seinfeld—in which he carved out his own niche in Hollywood. It is also a lavishly illustrated treasury of old Hollywood that will amaze and entertain anyone who loves popular culture. It features candid commentary, mostly unpublished photographs, and a tell-all attitude.

WINTER WONDERLAND: An enveloping Winter Wonderland, a show of light and sound, will captivate and wow the audience when it makes its U.S. debut at The Americana at Brand on Friday  November 26, at 7:00 p.m.  Guests will gather on The Green to witness the transformation of the four-story building to the east into a holiday showcase.  The narrator tells the simple tale of a child’s wish that when he awakens it will be Christmas, as the scene begins to change with elves climbing up the building, icicles forming, the appearance of holiday trimmings and finally a snow fall.  The original “Winter Wonderland” show, only at The Americana at Brand, will leave the audience wondering, “How did they do that?”  Following the Black Friday debut, visitors will be able to enjoy the show nightly at 7- 8pm. through Christmas Eve.


TWO TOMATOES: One of My Daily Find’s favorite gift shops,Two Tomatoes, just recently just moved from Sherman OAks’ Moorpak Village and re-opened at its new location in Studio City at The Piken Center. To  celebrate, owner Diane Fontenboa is inviting the community to share in some holiday cheer on November 28 from, 12737 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: 818-788-7788

2ND ANNUAL SHOPAHOLICS THANKSGIVING THRIFTY THIRTY SALE:  Just over the hill…tons of items will be $30 or less in the shop starting the Friday after Thanksgiving  from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Save 60%-90% on women’s designer clothing by Romeo & Juliet Couture, For Joseph, Carilyn Vaile, Civil Smith and more. Civil Smith tanks, tops and dresses that retail $98-$158 are just $30! Romeo & Juliet Couture tunics, jackets and sweaters retail at $92-$130, but now they are just $30! Fri. 10am-6pm. Sat & Sun 11-6 pm. 8032 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323.930.9909. 8032 W. Third Street LA  323-930-9909

LILIS BRIDALS: Fall head over heels for a sample sale! Designer Bridal Gown samples from  30%-90% off!!! (including 2010 styles)this Friday and Saturday. Lili’s Bridals is in the process of adding new designer lines and significant new fixtures  so they have to make room. Get a couture gown at 30% – 90% discount from the original retail price. Find samples from designers such as: Pronovias, Manuel Mota, Rivini, Allure, Watters Bride, Paloma Blanca and many more. Prices start at $99.00. Also included in the sale are cocktail dresses and evening wear by famous designers at 25%-60% off and gorgeous French lace veils at 50% off and more!

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