This Weekend: Earth Day, Grilled Cheese, Easter Egg Hunts for Humans and Canines and Superman

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BY KAREN YOUNG 12th Annual Topanga Earth Day: This is the real-deal Earth Day celebration happening this Saturday and Sunday. Musical performances, guest speakers, a gallery of ecological artists, nonprofit organizations, workshops, biodegradable … [Read more...]

Step into a taste of the middle east at Pita Kitchen

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Stuff your own pita with the falafel plate ($8) or get it in a pita ($5) or a wrap$6)

  BY SYDNEY EMBER   The unassuming blue awning has writing in both Hebrew and Arabic, a perfect testament to the Middle East cuisine sizzling on the grill inside.  The rich aroma of lamb and cumin mingles with that of tender chicken and a hint … [Read more...]

Birmingham Community Charter High School Grand Opening

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Students watch from bleachers.

BY KAREN PACKER The band played, cheerleaders cheered, and a stadium full of students and staff joined in the celebration under early morning gray skies as Birmingham High School began the 2009-2010 school year August 19 with its new charter status … [Read more...]

Ten candidates vie for LA City Council District 2 seat

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Tamar Galatzan

BY ANGELA FENTIMAN A diverse group including elected officials, business leaders and community activists are competing for the opportunity to represent L.A.'s second council district, which oversees the communities of Lake View Terrace, La Tuna … [Read more...]

Part of Van Nuys is now Sherman Oaks despite opposition

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BY PAMELA TURSKI One day before part of Van Nuys officially became Sherman Oaks, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) discussed the heated topic in its monthly board meeting July 13 at Sherman Oaks Elementary School.   However, despite … [Read more...]

CHAMPS takes top prize in Robotics World Championship

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CHAMPS Charter High School's Spur-Flys robotics team, under the direction of  teacher Nancy Aldrich, recently took home the first place prize at the Vex World Championship in Dallas, Texas. The LAUSD charter school, which is located in Van Nuys,  … [Read more...]