THIS WEEKEND: Fun in the 818 and Worth the Drive Over the Hill

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Ciclavia: It's worth the drive downtown and then you can walk or cycle.

School of Rock at The NoHo Dine Out Friday:  Kids from School of Rock in Studio City will be showcasing their talent in a five piece band at  NoHo Dine Out in addition to food trucks and gift vendors. When/Where: The performance is Friday, April 13, 6 p.m. -7 p.m featuring a local teen rock band ages 8-18.    The weekly event is  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the parking lot at 11452 Burbank Blvd., in North Hollywood.   A donation is made to local dog rescue groups from the proceeds.

Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival: The four-block show features more than 100 outstanding artists, as well as the next generation of talent from Burbank schools. Included will be paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed-media and photography. Live entertainment, street painting, art demonstrations (including an 8-foot sandcastle) and free workshops will add to the fun Admission is free; food and other purchases cost extra.  When/Where: Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue in Burbank.

Noho Dine Out for Charity:  Support Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles when you purchase food at this gourmet food truck event.  When/Where: Saturday, April 14, 5 p.m.-8p.m., Sears North Hollywood, 12121 Victory Blivd.

Artisan Market & Food Truck Frolic:   Enjoy food trucks this week while shopping.  Alberto’s Taco Truck, Korean BBQ -Asian Fusion, The “Back to School” Truck, and Shaved Ice will there. Also, choose from 40 vendors selling Organic Natural Lotions/Soaps, Linens, Jewelry, Purses, Clothing, Gifts for the Home, Special One-of-a-Kind gifts, Antique Magnet Broaches, Mosaics, Custom Frames, Humor Books by Author / TV Comedy Writer Mike Milligan (available for personalized book signings).  When/Where:  Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,Hidden Chateau & Garden, Parking Lot & Garden Areas, 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills.

King Gillette Ranch:  Walk into the ancient Chumash world with a one-mile, two-hour easy walk with naturalist Arthur. Learn how Chumash Indians used the natural resources to create a sustainable life style that lasted for 10,000 years. When/Where:Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. ,King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy.,Calabasas, CA Program and Hiking Hints: Free program; parking $7 inside park.Rain cancels programs.Programs are for all ages. No dogs allowed.  Click here for more nature events.


18th Street Arts Center Art Night:  This popular ArtNight celebrates the creative process with an opening reception for the Alliance of Artists Communities’ Visions from the New California exhibition showcasing artists from across the state. Stay for open studios by local and international artists, art installations, live Brasillian percussion from Batuclada, and more. Come early at 6:00 pm for an artist talk by Artist in Residence Michiko Yao in conversation with 18th Street’s Director of Residency Programs Pilar Tompkins Rivas. When/Where: Friday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.(18th Street Arts Center) 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica,

CicLAvia: It’s  the fourth  event for this giant block party downtown on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. when 10 miles from East Hollywood through Downtown and to Chinatown and into Boyle Heights will be blocked off to traffic and turned into a place where people can bike, skate, walk and run.  Check out musicians playing classical, punk, brazilian, reggae, funk, and rock; watch jumpstyle, dance that incorporates hard beats and sharp, air-fueled movement; see solar-powered DJs, audio and visual artists, and activists for alternative energy and transportation; play or watch dodgeball games; watch Sound Forest,  an interactive sound installation using a combination of traditional percussion instruments and found objects;  participate in 10 Mile Bodies where people move through the Fashion District, connecting to one another with Velcro, zippers, buttons, and string; play street chess, with a 9’x 9’ board and pieces measuring 2-3 feet tall;  get your photo taken in a photo booth on wheels that travels the CicLAvia route, taking photos upon request, which subjects can download later, free of charge…. plus more. When/Where: Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. , go to CicLAvia for exact locations.

Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale :  It’s the first weekend of a double weekend sale from one of my favorite designers (valley born and bred) at 55%-85% off retail,  including white label plus size —and additional $25-$75 discount racks. When/Where: Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15 and Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2301 East 7th Street (between South Anderson Street and the 101).


Live music series at the Federal Bar:  The Bob Sheppard Group featuring world class saxophone giant Bob Sheppard on Sax/Cl & Fl , John Beasley on keyboards, Tim Lefevbre on bass and Steve Hass on drums will open the series  this Wednesday .When/Where: April 18, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.  Show Reservations recommended. For table reservations, call 818-980-2555. Stage side table seating and show $20. Patio and bar near music – $10 Open Late-1:30 a.m.

Concern Foundation at Encino Land Rover: Free reception at the new Land Rover Encino showroom this Wednesday and help support cancer research. Land Rover of Encino will present Concern Foundation with a check for $5,000 just for being a part of their grand-re-opening celebration. There will be specialty Hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef David Diaz, and a signature Rain Vodka cocktail for all guests that attend as well as an opportunity to experience the new 2012 Range Rover Evoque. Concern will hold a special drawing for two tickets to the July 14th 2012 Block Party (a $700 value)…to be eligible you must attend to sign-up and win! Please bring friends, all are welcome to attend this FREE event! When/Where: Wednesday, April 18,  6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Land Rover Encino, 15800 Ventura Blvd. Studio City.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find.  Got news and tips?


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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.