This Weekend: Oscar Fun, Mayoral Candidates’ Forum, Travel Show, Margarita Day, Food, Shopping, Purim, Camp Fair and More

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Boys &  Girls Club Miles of Quarters

West Valley Boys & Girls Club Miles of Quarters at Topanga Westfield on Saturday.

Ladies Night Out in Burbank: Tonight is the night  (and the last Friday of every month), in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. Get your friends together from 6 to 9 p.m. for a store-to-store party filled with super sales, wine tasting, art show, food trucks,  book signings, goodies, fashion shows and prize drawings. .Check out the Facebook page to keep up to date on all the activities.  Shop along the blocks of 3100 through 3500 on West Magnolia Blvd.

Salud! National Margarita Day:  Today, Friday, February 22 is the day. Enjoy special margaritas at local favorites — Loteria Grill , Casa Vega and Sol y Luna.

King’s Road Cafe Last Weekend:  Get your final bite  and cup of java at this Studio City restaurant. It closes Sunday, but you can still hop over the hill to the Beverly location.  As previously reported, it will be replaced by Lemonade in mid-May.

Mayoral and City Controller Candidates’ Forum: The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) will hold a Candidates’ Forum for the 2013 Mayoral and City Controller race on Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at L.A. Valley College  Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen.  The forum will feature leading Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry, Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez, and City Controller candidates Ron Galperin, Dennis Zine and Cary Brazeman. The forum will be moderated by Dan Schnur, director, Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California.  Free and open to the public. City Controller candidates will speak at 9:30 a.m. and Mayoral candidates at 11 a.m.

Temple Judea’s Annual Purim Carnival: It’s a three day event open to the public and taking place  in the large parking lot at 18131 Ventura Blvd. at Lindley  in Tarzana (home of the old Michael’s).   It’s a fair for all ages with thrill rides, midway games kids zoneand  prizes.  There will also be music , a vendor marketplace, kosher BBQ, food stands and  food trucks.  All proceeds go toward school and camp scholarships, directly benefiting the kids of Temple Judea. Friday 2/22: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 2/23: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 2/24: 10 a.m.– 11 p.m. Click here  for more info and advanced discount tickets and wristbands for all three  days.

Summer Camp Fair: Visit with over 30 different summer camps all in one place on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m Traditional day camps, performing art camps, cooking camps, art, sports, dance, and several sleep away camp. This event is FREE and open to the public.  Woodland Hills Academy – MPR,  20800 Burbank Blvd, Woodland Hills .  (818) 223-1228.

6th Annual Mile of Quarters: This event on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. It will feature quarters being laid out for one mile (5,280 feet) stretching through Westfield’s Topanga Mall. Dignitaries and elected officials will be present at noon, including Councilmembers Dennis P. Zine and Mitchell Englander; Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield; and Congressman Brad Sherman. Master of Ceremonies is Nancy Cartwright, widely known as the voice of Bart Simpson. Entertainment includes magic shows at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a deejay, and face painting and other entertainment throughout the day. With one foot of quarters equaling $3.25, if the entire mile is filled, $17,160 will have been raised. Last year’s event filled the entire mile, a total of 63,000 quarters. The event will be located in the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center on the lower level near Sears and the Disney Store; 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park.

Cook with Gwen Kenneally: Join MDF’s very own Gwen Kenneally for an interactive  ”sweet and savory” cooking class at Whole Foods Tarzana this Saturday, February 23 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  It’s the perfect date night — or come alone or with friends. Learn some recipes from Gwen’s Sweet and Savory Cookbook — Fresh Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips, Coconut Crusted Shrimp with a Mixed Green Salad tossed with Maple Balsamic Vinaigarette and  Chocolate Truffles.  Included is a glass of wine or beer.  The cost is free with a $10 suggested donation to the Whole Planet Prosperity campaign.  RSVP to

Shirley Valentine at the Falcon Theatre  This critically acclaimed Tony-nominated one-woman show stars DeeDee Rescher, who is best known for her comedy work on screen in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and King of Queens. She was last seen on the Falcon stage in Garry Marshall’s own Everybody Say “Cheese!” in 2009  This transformative comedy follows middle-aged Liverpool housewife Shirley Valentine, who is trapped in humdrum domesticity, frequently talking to her kitchen walls just for a bit of conversation. But when her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, Shirley is suddenly pulled away from her boredom into a life-altering adventure. Faced with sudden self-awareness, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.  Runs Wed-Sunday  through March 3.  4252 Riverside Dr, Burbank.  818-955-8101

Oscar Party at the Decoy Lounge:  This modern lounge at the Beverly Garland Hotel’s Tula’s Restaurant   will be decorated with black and gold balloons with Oscar statues.  Oscar ballots will be passed out. Those who correctly guess Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress will be placed into a drawing for dinner for two in Tula’s.  Enjoy specialty martinis for $10 each and special food items.

Skirball’s Last Weekends of the MonthBring the whole family to the These fun-filled Saturdays and Sundays feature special last-weekend-only performances and activities that change every month. Take part in related art activities in the Family Art Studio, too.  This weekend, come wish George Washington a happy birthday.   A presidential art project is featured in the Family Art Studio with a  visit from the  first president, George Washington, who will regale families with tales from his days as cherry tree chopper-in-chief.

LA Times Travel Show: L.A.’s biggest travel event is this  this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24, 10 5  p.m. at the LA Convention Center.  Discover how to stretch your travel dollars, savor international cuisine, discover the latest travel gadgets and apps, and get valuable tips from globetrotting experts. World-class speakers; Hundreds of exciting exhibitors; Specialized travel areas and stages; Book trips at show-only discountsTrip giveaways all weekend.  Top travel experts include Rick StevesPhil KeoghanArthur Frommer, and Mike Wolfe, star of the History Channel’s “American Pickers,” to name just a few. Top culinary experts and chefs, like Jonathan GoldAmy FinelyDebbie LeeBrian MalarkeyRoberto MartinJeffrey Saad and many others, will be dishing out travel dining tips, as well as stirring up tasty cooking demos.



Red O: This modern Mexican restaurant is having an Oscar viewing party on Sunday. with a “Social Hour” starting at 4 p.m. with awards themed cocktails and Oscar Winners contest. Top 3 guests to get the most winners correct win Red O gift cards.

Wolfgang Puck at The Bel Air:  Well, if you don’t have an invite to the Governor’s Ball, you can still get a taste of  Wolgang Puck’s food with special Red Carpet menu  for $65 a person.  Enjoy some of his Oscar classics, such as  chicken liver pastrami on rye spanikopita, Maryland blue crab cakes with basil pesto aioli, grilled lamb chops with cilantro mint raita, and hazelnut dacquoise with salted caramel golden souffle cake.

The Bazaar:  Hang out and watch the show while sipping on a Spanish Golden Ale cocktail  mixed with sherry, gin chocolate bitters, gold dust, tonic and lemon air.  Enjoy  Jose Andres’ molecular gastronomy version of  a Philly Cheesesteak gently topped with fine gold dust along with Golden Chocolate Bonbons from The Patisserie.  $25 per person.












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