This Weekend and Beyond: Festivals, Food, Fundraising and Fashion

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LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS: It’s USC over UCLA for this year’s annual festival.  Make a trip to Trojan Land on Saturday and Sunday. For or all age lovers of books, this one is for you 140,000 attendees, 450+ authors, 300+ exhibitors,900+ volunteers,100+ author panels,six outdoor stages and two children’s areas.

THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE: Jason Alexander and Gina Hecht star in this revival of Neil Simon’s classic black comedy about the problems of a middle-aged couple living on New York’s Second Avenue. Now through May 15. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Contact: 866-811-4111 or 818-508-4200. $45-$55 per ticket.

CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: More than 170 artists will be showcasing handmade jewelry, sculpture, pottery, photography, glasswork, wall art, woodwork and metal art. The festival, in its 14th year, also features live musical entertainment and free youth art activities. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Calabasas Civic Center & The Commons at Calabasas. Free admission.

ST. FRANCES DE SALES SCHOOL FAIR: It’s one of the biggest elementary-school events in the area and open to the public. This annual fair features fireworks, traditional carnival games, rides and live entertainment by performers, including Bob Cowsill and Friends, Kelly’s Lot, Relax to Paris, the Rockin’ Haims and Pac Maniac.Friday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7:30 p.m. St. Francis de Sales School, 13368 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks (at Dixie Canyon Avenue and Moorpark Street). Free admission; rides and food cost extra.

MINI- FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL FOR SHERMAN OAKS CES: Sample the foods of mobile eateries at this LAUSD magnet school’s senior fundraiser, a Mini Food Truck Festival, which is open to the public. Participating trucks are: Komodo (5 p.m.-9 p.m.), Papa’s Tapas (3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.) and Lake Street Creamery (4 p.m.-7 p.m.)Friday, 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The Senior Class Talent Show begins at 7 p.m.Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, 18605 Erwin St., Tarzana. Food trucks price vary; talent show tickets are $7 presale, $10 at the door.

28th ANNUAL TOPANGA BLUES FESTIVAL: It’s the annual fund raising festival for the Southern California Blues Society (SCBS), under the trees at this very special amphitheater. It promises to be a great day of blues featuring Chuck Willis, Lynwood Slims Blues Band, Gregg Wright and Sean Lane. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon. SCBS members, $28.50; non-members $38.50. For tickets and more information, go to


CALIFORNIA MART SAMPLE SALE: This Saturday, save 50-80 percent on top designers, including Alberto Makali, Hermes, Fendi, Emil Rutenberg, Threads,Louis Vitton, Christine Alexander, City Girl, Qton, Nu Paris, Eva Franco, Young Fabulous & Broke, Van Saken, My Tribe, XCVI, Frank Lyman, Savlage Clothing, C.C. Couture,Burnside, Pepe Jeans, David Cline, Monica Ricci,Priorities, Bijoux Bijoux, Single. 110 E. 9th Street, Los Angeles.

RACHEL PALLY WAREHOUSE SALE: Save 50-80% on pre-spring and resort collections. A percentage of all sales will be to help the relief efforts in Japan. Friday, Saturday at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2301 E. 7th St., Suite C100Los Angeles, California 90023

MOTHER’S DAY TRUNK SHOW: This Saturday, April 30 at SOTO WOODLAND HILLS and SOTO LIFESTYLE WOODLAND HILLS. Fun, food, and free gifts. SOTO WOODLAND HILLS – Feather extensions 1 – 4 p.m.; LIFESTYLE WOODLAND HILLS – Trunk shows by Junk and De Catia Jewelry.   12130 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 · Get Directions Phone     818-760-9402 Hours     Mon – Sat:     10 a.m .  –    7 pm Sun:11 am    –    6:00 pm

FREE PEOPLE: It’s grand opening is today (Friday) in Studio City.!/pages/Free-People-Studio-City/211009188926480?sk=info

UPCOMING: LA Jewish Film Festival: This prestigious event is coming to the Laemmle Theatres throughout LA  May 5-12.  A highlight at the Encino Town Center on Sunday, May 8 includes “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” Encino.  There will be a discussion with Dodger VP of communication Josh Rawitch and (a Jewish) Major League Baseball player Gabe Kapler to follow. Sponsored by the Dodgers Dream Team.  For more information on the entire line up which includes  Strangers No More —the 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary, go to:

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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.