This Weekend: Free Jamba, Loteria Grill, The Laugh Factory, Jane Goodall, Ferris & Food Trucks, Neighborhood Council, Rescue Chocolate

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This weekend’s finds are in the 818 and a bit “over the hill.”  From community spirit and empowerment; culture and holiday; food trucks and film; renewal and hope — there is something for the entire family.

Give Peace A Chance at the 8th Annual Roots & Shoots Day of Peace Eco Festival

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Ring in the Jewish New Year at The Laugh Factory’s Yom Kippur services. Owner Jamie Masada has been opening his doors for FREE on the High Holy Days for 28 years. Kol Nidre service is on Friday, September 17th from 6-8pm Saturday, September 18th at 11-1pm and Neilah 6-8pm. A complimentary “break-the-fast” nosh will follow. No contributions are accepted and tickets are not required. Make sure to arrive early in order to be accommodated indoors. In the event of overflow capacity, TV monitors will be provided outside on the sidewalk on Laurel Avenue. 8001 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, two blocks west of Fairfax. Limited parking is available around the corner in the Laugh Factory parking lot on Laurel Place. Street parking is available on Laurel Avenue between Sunset and Selma; Selma between Hayworth and Laurel Canyon Blvd; and Laurel Canyon Blvd between Selma and Sunset.Due to high attendance, please call for reservations (323)656-1336 x1 or email (include your Name, number of guests, contact number, & zip code).

FERRIS AND FOOD TRUCKS: The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest presents Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Exposition Park on Saturday, September 18. Bring a picnic or choose from ten food trucks, including The Greasy Wiener, The Munchie Machine and The Slice Truck, that are rolling in for the occasion. Doors open and 5:30, music at 6:30pm and Movie at 8 pm. $8.

HUNGARIAN FEST: Join celebrity guest hots Cynthia P. Romo and Bela Lugosi Jr and help celebrate the culture of Hungry at Maxmilians Rose Garden and Lot on Sunday, September 19 from 11am-5pm. Admission is $5.   Feast on authentic Hungarian food and pastries, peruse the marketplace, enjoy folk music and dance performances. 5270 Tujunga Avenue,  North Hollywood, CA 818.760.1300

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Dr. Jane Goodall’s 8th annual Roots & Shoots Day of Peace Eco Festival is happening on Sunday, September 19 from 11am-4pm at the Santa Monica Pier. Don’t miss the Giant Peace Dove Parade at 2 pm — flying more than 50 hand-made giant doves (each with a 25-foot wing-span; made from recycled materials)! It’s a free family-friendly environmental celebrating United Nations International Day of Peace, activities will include live music; celebrity appearances, pet adoptions, food drive for people and pets, environmental exhibits, activities for kids of all ages. Hundreds of kids (members of Dr. Goodall’s global youth program “Roots & Shoots” from throughout California) will display their year-long environmental projects. Bring non-perishable foods for donation to Day of Peace Food Drive for People and Pets.

GET INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY: Join the first of two planned Neighborhood Council Summits on Sunday, September 19 from 1-5pm. These meetings will allow residents the opportunity to personally shape the future of local empowerment through neighborhood councils. Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Bong-Hwan Kim, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE)and Al Abrams, President of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners will present followed by residents will share their own vision regarding neighborhood councils before a series of breakout sessions to discuss, among other things, neighborhood council ethics, fiscal issues and what the future holds for Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles. The Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Conference Room 1B, 6262 Van Nuys, Blvd., Van Nuys. The workshop is slated to last from 1 to 5 p.m.

HAPPY 200th BIRTHDAY, MEXICO: Celebrate Mexico’s Bi-centennial at Loteria Grill in Studio City and Hollywood through Sunday, September 19. Happy hour is from 3-7 pm with all drinks half off.  Try the Tamarind Margarita along the the dinner special: Chile Nogado—Green Chile Poblano stuffed with carne de buerco ($12).

FREE JAMBA: Jamba Juice is offering a BOGO (buy one and get any drink of equal or lesser value, for free). Click here for a coupon and  bring it to your local Jamba store to redeem your favorite smoothie — times two! Check out the All Fruit Smoothies like the Five Fruit Frenzy or Pre-Boosted Smoothies like the Protein Berry Workout.

EAT CHOCOLATE, SAVE A DOG: Chocolate may not be good for dogs, but for the month of September it just may be the sweetest way to save a life! Rescue Chocolate ( is donating 100% of its profits for September to In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization. The tail-wagging vegan, kosher, and dark chocolate products raise awareness about companion animal overpopulation, and other animal protection issues, while raising money for organizations working for animals.
Each flavor shines a light on an animal issue. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Rescue Chocolate is made with the finest ingredients and no artificial preservatives. Visit anytime in the month of September to support the great work of IDA. And visit for information about In Defense of Animals.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find.  Got something to say?  Ideas? Email

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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.