THIS WEEKEND: Fun Events for All Ages

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Hotel Surplus Outlet:  They’re having a blow out parking lot and clearance sale on furniture and accessories with discounts on prices already slashed 50%-90%.  Read all about it in yesterday’s My Daily Find.

Westfield Fashion Square: It’s three days of family fun at Westfield Fashion Square when they officially unveil its highly anticipated new Dining Terrace with a series of events for the whole family, Fri – Sun, May 18 – 20. The revamped space features twice as much seating as before, new restrooms, bright natural lighting, stylish décor and much more!  Friday, May 18 is Free Friday Flick Day.  At 6 p.m., enjoy a buffet of a variety of different candies and make your own candy treat bag.  The film, Ratatouille, will begin at 7 p.m. Grab dinner at the food court or enjoy free food samples. Guests will also be able to enter into numerous drawings for special prizes and mall retailer discounts. For further info on all the fun  weekend events, click here.


Leonis Adobe Museum:  Join the “California Tribal Gathering” this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new Chumash Village in Calabasas Creek Park, next to the Sagebrush Cantina and the Leonis Adobe Museum. Listen to Native American singers, storytellers; enjoy cultural displays and Native American vendors. Refreshments: Taco Cart and beverages. Entertainment & Guests: Alfred Mazza and Graywolf, Chumash Indian Museum; Gil and Jay Unzueta, Chumash; Chumash Steve Villa and the Birdsingers, Ted Garcia and Alan Salazar, Chumash Storytellers; Rosemary Castillo, Chumash jewelry artist. The Chumash Village is a permanent exhibit, and will part of school tours. Admission: Members, $3 adults, $1 children under 12; non-members, $5 adults, $3 children. For more information: (818) 222-6511 or

CHAMPS Annual 12 hour Music Festival: AER (Arts & Entertainment Radio)and CHAMPS Charter High School present the 3rd annual music festival – CHAMPSFEST 2012 on Saturday from noon to midnight.This year’s 12 hour live festival will feature a diverse array of music that includes popular artists from L.A.’s underground Hip Hop scene (Shlohmo,Blu, Jonwayne), Rock bands (The Audiots, Canto), Rappers (Doll – E Girl), Brazilian martial arts dancers (XMA) as well as members of other music and dance collectives. Comedians, from the hilarious Meatballs of Comedy, will provide laughs between sets and unannounced visits by celebrity guest artists. Food trucks will include The Munchie Machine, the Lobos Truck and Shave It.  The station, recently adopted by the Grammy Foundation as a ‘buddy’ school, is visited by a steady stream of famous artists including Dave Grohl ofthe FooFighters, who commented ” This is amazing, I wish I had a station like this in my High School!” CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts ) 6952 Van Nuys Blvd., (818) 570-2237,  $7 presale;  $10at the door.

8th Annual Happy House Poker Tournament and BBQ: Nancy Cartwright, the iconic voice of Bart Simpson and Honorary Mayor of the North Valley, is hosting this annual event at her Northridge home on Saturday, May 19. All proceeds will go towards Happy House and the Happy House Good Choices After-School Program which strives to build better families. While adults play Texas Hold Em’ with friends and attending celebrities, there will be lots of games for the kids, so bring the family. Poker players must be 21 or over. Prizes will be awarded to the top players. Doors open and Players arrive at noon; poker begins at 1 p.m.promptly.  For information and/or to reserve seats or attend the BBQ: (818) 882-7483 or visit Address of event to be provided with reservations.

Free Carnival at  Westfield Topanga:  Live Entertainment, Carnival Games,Face Painting,Bouncing House,Petting Zoo,BBQ Cooking Demonstration and more.Present at least $500 in same-day receipts and receive a FREE BBQ Toolset. Receipts must be from two or more stores. Offer excludes receipts from department stores and is valid only at Westfield Topanga May 19, 2012 or while supplies last. Must be redeemed at Westfield Topanga Concierge. Donations and tips are welcome and all money raised will be donated to Variety Children’s Charity, which provides lifesaving support for disabled, abused, physically-challenged and underprivileged children throughout Southern California. Saturday, May 19 2pm – 6pm, Corner of Topanga Canyon Blvd & Victory Blvd

E-Cycle for Ivy Academia: Gather up your old electronics, printers, cell phones, etc. and bring them to Ivy Academia in Woodland Hills on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  All of the items will be disposed of safely and securely and all funds raised through the collection of recyclables will benefit Ivy Academia. The event will take place at Ivy Academia’s De Soto Campus which is located at 6051 De Soto Ave. in Woodland Hills.


Shopping and Cooking with Kids:   It’s a day of good food (surrounded by cute clothes) at  Tough Cookies Children’s Boutique  in Sherman Oaks this Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. –  noon.  Learn about healthy eating and cooking with Nancy Mehagian author of The Supernatural Kids Cookbook and sample some delicious treats.   While you’re there be sure to check out  Tough Cookies’ latest inventory of  kids fashions for summer (infant- size 14)!

The 52nd Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival:  It’s happening this Sunday, May 20th at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills featuring a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a childrens’ area, folk art and wares, great food, etc.   For tickets and more, click here.

Artisan Market & Food Truck Frolic at Hidden Chateau & Gardens: It’s all happening this Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out 33 different gift vendors and new food trucks, Meet the Greek, Yummy Gourmet Taco Truck and Summer Snow Shaved Ice. Parking Lot & Garden Areas,Hidden Chateau & Gardens, 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA


Strawberry Festival: Jam-packed with strawberries and all your indulgences, the 29th Annual California Strawberry Festival Celebration Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20 in Oxnard is pure goodness with proceeds benefiting charities. What’s not to enjoy with non-stop concerts, Strawberryland For Kids with free rides and attractions, 250+ Arts & Crafts exhibits, celebrity chef demonstrations, incredible food, and yummy delicacies like strawberry pizza, deep fried strawberries, chocolate dipped strawberries and even strawberry beer. The tart toss and pie eating contests get your face in the fun that runs 10:00am to 6:30pm. On 50 acres, the Festival is among the nation’s top outdoor celebrations. Tickets start at $5, and are available with more information at or call 888-288-9242. Use the free park n ride shuttle to get there fast and save $10 on parking.

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