This Weekend: Remembering 9/11, Music, Money, Food Trucks, Deals, Lobster and BBQ Fests, Plus A Wine Dinner

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Shrek and Food Trucks: Bring the family to Genesta Park in Encino on Saturday, September 10 for an evening of fun. Watch Shrek on a big screen, graze at the food trucks, engage in activities for kids. The festivities begin at 6 p.m.  Admission is free. Food Trucks are extra. Sponsored by Councilman Paul Koretz and the Encino Community Center.  Call the Encino Community Center for more info (818) 995-1690.

After nearly 20 years located at Studio City’s Coldwater Curve, Bits, Pieces and Leaves is moving to Westfield Sherman Oaks across from See’s Candy and next to the soon to open, Michael Kors. Bits, Pieces and Leaves is now having a must-see blow-out sale of furniture and home decor for up to 75% off. The move is set for two weeks, so hurry in to get the best selection. 12608 Ventura Blvd. Studio City.

Where’s the Money? Access to Capital Business Expo: Feed your stomach and learn how to get money for your business on Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Odyssey Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills.! The Valley Economic Development Council (VEDC) is celebrating 10 years of helping business owners find the money with this a networking breakfast, six workshops to choose from (including Government Loan Options, Microloan Options, Alternative Financing Options & more), a bankers and resources expo, a loan pavilion), along with a formal luncheon and keynote speakers. $10 per person. Click here for tickets.

The Calabasas Music Festival: It’s an afternoon and evening of food and music under the stars with Jeffrey Osborne (“On the Wings of Love”), electric violinist Noel Webb, Grammy-nominated smooth jazz pianist Gail Jhonson, comedian Jay Lamont and Latin jazz artists L.A. Mambo Combo. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas Tickets start at $50 general admission; $120 VIP; Cabanas and Tables also available. For ticket information, click here.

Volunteer on 9/11: This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. More than 1 million Americans are committed to participate in a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers will participate in a range of service projects from assembling care packages and writing thank you letters to soldiers, to preparing food for the homeless or revitalizing a community garden. Click here to find a project near you .

Ten years later, we remember.

9/11 Memorial Sherman Oaks: Pay tribute to the victims, families and all first responders. Join LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, LAPD Chaplin Ron Carter, LAFD Ret. John Keys on bagpipes and various LAFD Speakers at 7 p.m. on Sunday.  Meet at the 9/11 Memorial Fountain in front of the Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Station 88, 5101 North Sepulveda Blvd. Sherman Oaks. Free and the public is welcome.

9/11 Memorial Noho: Councilmember Tom LaBonge will mark the 10th Anniversary of September 11 with a memorial ceremony in his district.The solemn remembrance will take place at the 9/11 Memorial in North Hollywood Park. Gathering starts at 4 p.m.; Ceremony runs from 5 p.m. – 6 :30 p.m.  Others participating includethe Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department  and a K-9 unit, H/LABT, a Color Guard, Walter Reed Middle Sshool Girls Choir, the release of doves, bagpipeer, poetry reading, music, candle lighting, community circle and more. 11455 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood.(southside of park on Tujunga)

Interfaith Choral Concert: The Valley Interfaith Choir unites members from Reform and Conservative Synagogues, Catholic, Protestant and Mormon Churches, and more, directed by Noreen Green of Valley Beth Shalom. Special guest appearance by Mark Kashper, second violinist of the LA Philharmonic. Several important speakers will punctuate this event.  Sunday, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana.

Do your nails need a little TLC? ROBI B OPI Concept Salon is having $1 special events through September. Gel color is $1 per finger on a first come, first serve basis through September 10; Nail Art is $1 per finger September 11-30; Mani/Pedi $1 per nail and toe; Get a polish change of advanced treatment free with purchase of one OPI nail lacquer.


If you love lobster, you might want to take a drive to The 15th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival September 9-11. Lobster dinners include steamed lobsters, melted butter dipping sauce, coleslaw, roll and watermelon. The event will also feature entertainment, art and craft booths and more. Prices range from $13-$15 per person admission (no food included) to $25-$35 (including admission and a lobster dinner). Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.

Escape the heat and go to Santa Monica this weekend for some finger-lickin’ kick-your-boots-up fun at the Third Annual L.A. BBQ Festival,sponsored by DrinkEatPlay. This three-day food extravaganza will take you through Texas, Kansas City, Chicago and Santa Maria when some of the nation’s best barbecue joints descend on the Santa Monica Pier, beginning Friday. It’s an all-inclusive eat and drink barbecue for $60 per person (per day).


MDF fave — Ombra Ristorante is having a Vietti Wine Dinner on Monday, September 12. Enjoy a 5-course dinner and wine-pairing with wines from Italy’s Vietti family. Featuring Roasted Veal with Tuna Sauce, Traditional Piemontese Ravioli, Red Wine and Radicchio Risotto, Red Wine-Braised Angus Sirloin, Potted Vanilla Cream with Local Strawberries. Cost: $85 (includes wine-pairing). 3737 Cahuenga Boulevard,  Studio City. Reservations: 818.985.7337 or

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