This Weekend: Fun for All Ages from the Valley to Downtown to the Sea

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Learn to dance for free

Learn to dance for free

Dancing Under the Stars: Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks is giving free dance lessons on the first Friday of the month at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in the center courtyard next to PF Changs.  Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks instructors will also put on a dance demonstration.   The fun begins at 8:45 p.m.



Hands for Hope Kids Band

Hands for Hope Kids Band

Hands for Hope Jazz Serenade: Top jazz artists will perform at the 13th Annual Hands for Hope Serenade. Hands 4 Hope is an after-school and single parent resource program based in the NoHo Arts District serving predominantly low-income minority youth from single parent homes in North Hollywood and the surrounding communities. Hands for Hope is dedicated to broadening horizons, developing talents, promoting self-esteem and instilling life-preparation skills by extending a hand of hope to at-risk youth and single-parent families through safe, quality after school programs.  Friday, March 1, 8 p.m. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 5220 Lankershim Blvd. Noho.


Minnie, a 3 year old terrier mix and Violet, a 1 year old Australian Shepherd are two of the dogs up for adoption.

Dog Adoption at Belmont Village: Several pet-related businesses alongside event host Belmont Village will offer a day of pet pampering and dog adoption at Belmont Village Senior Living Community in Encino on Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will benefit Death Row Dogs Rescue. (Volunteers who rescue homeless pets from the streets and animal shelters who are often moments away from being euthanized. They provide housing, medical care and training to these neglected, abused and often severely injured animals.)  Aromatherapy Mobile Pet Grooming will be providing free mini dog grooming; Four Paws Day Care will have a special offer; Good Dog K9 Training and Services will offer free training consultations; Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking & Pet Sitting will offer a special coupon and a Pet Photo Booth will be set up to take a snapshot with you and your furry friend with a $25 donation. Two of the dogs up for adoption include a sweet three-year-old , seven pound terrier mix named Minnie ,and Violet,  a blue-eyed one-year-old, small Australian Shepherd that needs to be in an active home with an individual or family. She weighs thirty-five pounds, and is calm and well behaved in the house.  Both are healthy, house-trained, spayed, vaccinated and are microchipped. Belmont Village of Encino 15451 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks (818) 788-8870



Celebrate 10 years all weekend long.

Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium: It’s a 10-year anniversary celebration! Join Aquarium staff and volunteers (and of course all the exhibited marine life) for a three-day birthday celebration, beginning with a cake and ice cream party during public hours on Friday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon is feeding time for the more than 100 species of Santa Monica Bay creatures at the Aquarium as well and visitors are invited to help staff feed the sea stars. The Aquarium will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend, with special presentations, face painting, exhibits and craft activities with a birthday theme. Weekend hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Leeza Gibbons

Leeza Gibbons book signing and reading this Saturday

Leeza Gibbons Book Signing:  Meet Leeza Gibbons as she reads from  her   New York Times best selling book — ‘Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings”  on Saturday, March 2, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hope Conference Room at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Light refreshments will served.  Purchase your copy of the book at Leeza’s Care Connection or on the website  100% of proceeds will enable free support programs at Leeza’s Care Connection for caregivers and their families.  Leeza’s Care Connection (LCC) is a community gathering place where family caregivers come together and develop new sets of skills to help them become stronger, more resilient and grounded with their new lives of change and the demands of caregiving. All programs are free of charge. RSVP: 818-847-3686.  501 South Buena Vista Street. Burbank.



Greand Park

The Downtown Book Fest at Grand Park is perfect for all ages this Saturday.

Grand Park’s Downtown BookFest: Celebrate reading and the importance of literacy in an urban green setting on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles (from Grand Avenue to Hill Street). The event will feature readings, crafts for kids, musical performances, book swaps and a presentation by LA’s first poet laureate, Eloise Healey. Grand Park will also introduce four little free lending libraries, which will be permanently installed in the park, giving give visitors the opportunity to “take a book, leave a book.”


Luis Oliart Trio

Luis Oliart Trio: It’s the first gig of the year  this Saturday, March 2 for the Luis Oliart Trio with an opening set by some very talented local 818 kids — Olivia DeBonis on guitar & vocals, Jonah Menegaz on guitar, Daniel Menegaz on bass and Mack Kenny on drums. The Luis Oliart Trio ( Luis Oliart on guitar/vocals, Miles Oliart on drums/vocals and Daniel Menegaz on bass/vocals.) brings a rockin’ set of original blues/rock tunes and crowd-favorite covers to their monthly gig at the Moose Lodge in Burbank — an all-ages private venue. It’s one of the only places in town where teenagers AND their parents can go out  and party in the same place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Opening act starts at 8 p.m. Luis Oliart Trio 8:45-9:45 p.m.1901 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank/ All Ages. $5 cover


Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

The Jason Alexander Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament: Join Jason Alexander and a host of other celebs on Sunday, March 3 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.  All proceeds from the Tournament will benefit the families of weSPARK, whose lives have been touched by cancer.  It will be a day of poker, food, prizes and lots of laughs.  The lunch buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m in the magnificent Empire Ballroom. Poker Tournament will start at 1pm. Try your hand at this year’s Tournament and be one of the top ten to walk away with a prize. Win $7,500 in cash, plus prizes! Register online today.


Cavalia Odysseo

Cavalia Odysseo

Cavalia’s Odysseo: Downtown Burbank is the the site for a 10-story White Big Top and five additional tents that comprise the village. Under the White Top, a dream-like world will transport audiences around the world as 67 horses and an international cast of 45 artists play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 15,000 square-foot stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 80,000-gallon lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of 3 IMAX screens. White Big Top in Downtown Burbank ) 777 N. Front Street, Burbank. 866-999-8111 Cost: $34.50 to 149.50 + Rendez-Vous VIP packages available.



Funnyman juggler Michael  Rayner is at Rocketfizz Woodland Hills this Sunday.

Rocket Fizz Sunday Fun: Come watch juggler and funny man Michael Rayner at this retro candy and soda pop shop on Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. 19930 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills. It’s the perfect family day. Grab some lunch at a nearby eatery, but save room for some special retro sweets at Rocket Fizz.




About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.