This Weekend: Fun for All Ages Throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles

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The Grilled Cheese Invitational is at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Photo: Kelly Bone (Flickr)

The Great Los Angeles River Clean-up: Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) estimates more than 25 tons of garbage will be pulled from 15 river clean-up sites sprawling from the Sepulveda Basin to Tujunga Wash to Long Beach during its 23rd Annual The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp. It  gets underway Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – noon. The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp locations  include: Sepulveda Basin, Encino; Big Tujunga Wash, Sunland; Griffith Park; Atwater Village (2 sites); Glassell Park; Cypress Park (3 sites); Elysian Valley (3 sites); Compton Creek, Carson; and Long Beach (2 sites). Check FoLAR’s website for maps and more details .

DOGcathlon at Warner Center Park: It is going to be a great dog party in honor of the at-risk youth of New Directions for Youth! Sign up today at Come out and meet Ricochet ( and have your photo taken with her on a Surf Board! It is going to be PAWSOME! The mission of New Directions for Youth, Inc. is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth and their families. April 28 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills.

The 3rd Annual National Park Service Science Festival: It’s free and perfect for inquiring minds of all ages! Become a citizen scientist. Learn how to track mountain lions, bobcats, and island foxes. Get to know the native marine life. Discover the mysteries of your neighborhood national parks.  Join the fun on Friday, April 27, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Paramount Ranch. Activities for people of all ages, include talks, hands-on demonstrations, nature walks, family activities, live animal displays, and a chance to meet and talk with the scientists. 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills.

Recycle at CSUN: Gather up your old electronics, printers, cell phones, etc. and bring them to Cal State Northridge on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. All of the items will be disposed of safely and securely and all funds raised through the collection of recyclables will benefit CSUN’s Associated Students. Drop off is at  CSUN’s G-10 Parking Lot which is located at the corner of Zelzah and Lassen in Northridge.  If you have questions on specific items being accepted, please contact Talin Keshishian, Program Manager at Planet Green at 800-377-1093 x 206 or via email at

Spring Fashion Show at Westfield Topanga:  Come to the mall this Saturday for a fashion show, free beauty makeovers, free manicures, free blow dry bar, panel of fashion experts and live entertainment! It’s  a full day of pampering and up-close-and-personal looks at this spring’s hottest trends. The day will kick off with a fashion show at 1 p.m. featuring looks from the shopping center’s premier retailers. The models will be females of all ages – mothers, daughters, and grandmothers – who will work the runway like true fashionistas. The ladies will be styled in the hottest looks for spring and summer fashion as well as beautified by renowned makeup artists and hair stylists. Following the runway show, all female tastemakers will indulge in beauty treatments and interactive lounges promoting health, beauty and fashion. These happenings will showcase the ultimate “wellness lifestyle” of looking fabulous inside and out, at any age. Saturday,  April 28, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Westfield Topanga) 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Canoga Park. “Like” on Facebook to get into the VIP room!

Heritage Days: Hundreds of re-enactors will recreate the epic conflict of the American Civil War on the broad fields of Pierce College this weekend. Visitors will view exciting cavalry charges, artillery barrages, and infantry assaults that were part of America’s watershed event, one that transformed a mere union of states into a nation!  Throughout each day, demonstrations and presentations will take place, including Victorian dancing, military drill, and skills and crafts from the era.  Historical notables from the past will address all of those present, and President Lincoln will give his famous Gettysburg Address as part of a grand “Living History” program.April 28-29,  10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.  Pierce College Farm Center, Woodland Hills.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show:  Now in its 28th year, the Vintage Clothing & Textile Show features 65 exhibitors showcasing textiles, clothing, linens, accessories, handbags, shoes and more. $7 general; $20 early admission at 8 am. Sun., April 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – The Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank.


The Grilled Cheese Invitational:    Cheesiness in all its glory is back this Saturday, April 28, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It’s known as the largest, craziest, and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country. The goal is to find the perfect grilled cheese “sammich,” so says Tim Walker, an artist in downtown LA who started it in 2003 as a competition between friends. It’s now become a national movement dedicated to the art of Grilled Cheese, where amateur and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion. Various vendors will sell grilled cheese sandwiches for $2-5. Highlights will include: Amateur and Professional Grilled Cheese Competitions. Cheesy samples (free and for purchase), cooking demos, a beer garden and so much more! 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 28, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive Pasadena.

Live Dance Tournament: Join Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovsky this Sunday when he hosts a live dance tournament where attendees can show their skills in the popular Ubisoft game Just Dance 3. The three top-scoring players will enter the ultimate showdown with Maksim, competing for prizes and a year’s supply of free Propel Zero. Guests can enjoy sampling Propel Zero’s newest flavors, Cranberry Lime and Mandarin Orange, while watching or participating in the dance competition. The tournament is open to the public, and fans are invited to attend this complimentary, family-friendly event. Attendees will secure a spot in the Propel Zero Just Dance Off on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for tickets.   Sunday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live! Studio Lot, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Parking is available at the Hollywood & Highland Complex – $2 for four hours with validation at the event

The Saturday Sale: Get downtown to the California Market Center  for its Mothers Day Sale this Saturday (and there’s clothes for men and kids too!).  Peruse through such designers such as DKNY, Single, Young Fabulous & Broke, The Loom Lodge in LA, XCVI, Kay Celine, My Tribe, ZZLACA, Stiletto, Staples USA, Alberto Makali, Color Me Cotton, California Connections(jewelry & accessories), River Up (hats), Mesmerize, Christine Alexander, Doctrine Apparel, MG Concepts, Cordova Enterprise (jewelry& accessories) City Girl, David Cline, Nu Paris. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

35th Doo Dah Parade:  This distinctive parade will rumble through East Pasadena on Saturday (it’s also referred to as the “twisted sister of the Rose Bowl Parade). Led by its new Queen— Patrizzi Intergarlactica, the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 35 years of irreverent playfulness on the streets of Pasadena. The 2012 Parade takes place this Saturday, April 28, stepping off at 11 a.m. in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard..  Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena and San Gabriel Boulevards) in East Pasadena. It’s free.

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