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Celebrating 80 Years of Van Nuys Airport Van Nuys The Van Nuys Airport celebrates its 80th anniversary this month with a series of special entertainment and education events. The events serve as a way for the airport to thank the community for its support and highlight its programs that stir interest in aviation-related careers, enhance public education and build relations with its neighbors. A free screening of the documentary “One Six Right” takes place on April 24 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. San Fernando Valley filmmaker Brian J. Terwilliger displays the wonderment and romance of flight and the benefits of small airports that are disappearing. Terwilliger has screened the film nationwide; it has also been shown on cable television and is available on DVD. The same night of the Airtel event, Terwilliger will be screening his film at the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. “I am delighted there is a lot of life in it,” Terwilliger said. “It keeps going and going.” “One Six Right” allowed Terwilliger to combine two of his interests into a single project filmmaking and a love of flying. Rather than being a straight documentary on a history of Van Nuys founded in 1928 as Metropolitan Airport the film is a story of the life of an airport told in a way that is relevant both to aviation enthusiasts and those with little interest in aviation, Terwilliger said. The screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited to 500 viewers. For reservations call (818) 909-3529. Hundreds of middle school and high school students will be visiting Syncro Aviation on April 25 for Aviation Career Day. Now in its third year this career fair offers aircraft displays, video presentations and airfield bus tours all geared toward generating student interest in considering aviation-related career fields. New this year will be interactive exhibits offering a flight-simulator experience and an exhibit showing how math and science skills apply to aerospace and aviation jobs. On April 26, the airport and the Encino Chamber of Commerce host Community Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. The event gives a glimpse into the world’s busiest general aviation airport with airfield tours, aircraft displays and activities for children. Community Day is free and parking is available for $4 at the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus Terminal, 7610 Woodley Ave. A free shuttle is available to and from the Airtel. SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Burbank Gala: The Burbank Jaycees celebrated their annual Awards and Installation Gala March 30 at The Castaway Restaurant to recognize achievements of the past year and welcome its 2008 board of directors. This year’s gala was especially significant because it doubled as a tribute to the chapter’s 10th anniversary. Canoga Park Board: Four San Fernando Valley business and community leaders have been added to the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley: Dan Gruber, Allen Lawrence, Vince Liuzzi and Scott Sachs. Gruber’s law firm (Gruber & Gruber) emphasizes the representation of people who are harmed as a result of taking dangerous pharmaceuticals and those who have had insurance claims improperly denied. Lawrence is the chairman and chief executive officer of insurance brokerage firm Allen Lawrence & Associates Inc. Liuzzi is senior vice president and regional president of Wells Fargo’s San Fernando Valley Community Bank in the Los Angeles metro region. He is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and The Executives, a support group for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. Sachs is managing partner of public accounting firm Good Swartz Brown & Berns LLP. Chatsworth Festival: The Chatsworth Historical Society presents a garden festival featuring roses and crafts April 27, 11a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Homestead Acre,10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth. Admission is $4 for the general public and free for children under free. Proceeds will go to the Chatsworth Historical Society for the Preservation of the Hill-Palmer Property and Virginia Watson Historical Museum. Information: (818) 882-5614. Universal City Expo: The State Board of Equalization hosts a small business fair on April 22 at the Hilton Universal City.The event features workshops on financing, developing business plans, sales and use tax advice and marketing; and a resource expo of federal, state and local government agencies and other organizations supporting small business. Kick-off is at 9 a.m. with the workshops going from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register call (213) 593-1311 or visit their website at www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/tpsched.htm. Move: Adult talent agency L.A. Direct Models has moved to new offices in the Cahuenga Pass. The firm outgrew its 1,600- square-foot space in Studio City and its new digs are 2,000 square feet. The agency will be in the same building as Vivid Entertainment. Studio City Salsa: Mama Juana’s celebrates its 5th anniversary on May 1.An all-star band made up of today’s best musicians and soneros from bands that have performed in the past will be on hand to entertain the crowd. There will be door prizes, raffles, drink specials and more. Mama Juana’s is located at 3707 Cahuenga Blvd. Sound: Emmy Award-winning audio specialist Peter Cole has launched Before Noon Post Production Sound Services for the entertainment and corporate industries. Before Noon will specialize in audio post for television projects, major and independent film releases, DVD and home entertainment properties, trailers, and theme park audio. The firm’s independent approach gives clients a dedicated mixer with proven talent and experience to keep projects on track, Cole said. “We can send a client a first mix pass digitally anywhere they are, anytime of day or night, via one of the most advanced Internet delivery systems available,” Cole said. Cole’s Emmys were in the Best Film Sound Editing and Best Film Sound Mixing categories. Sun Valley Light: LA ProPoint nears completion of its work on the Cottonwood Christian Center in Cypress, Calif. Sun Valley-based LA ProPoint installed moving line sets for scenery and lighting as well as lighting pipes above the stage. Staff also engineered steel framers and wallboard installers for audience lighting in the sanctuary. The company’s goal was to respect the architecture of the new sanctuary while making it possible to install a sophisticated lighting system that shows off the space and enhances the sensory experience of being a congregant in the church, said Harvey Sweet, vice president of LA ProPoint. CONEJO VALLEY Newbury Park Award: The Hogan Family Foundation announces the creation of its Lifeline 4 Paws Award program to recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary acts of kindness to dogs during the year. Applications are due Nov. 27. Applications may be found at www.lifeline4paws.org. Thousand Oaks Lecture: James C. VanderKam will present “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians” April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Lundring Events Center of California Lutheran University. His lecture will address the similarities and differences between the contents of the scrolls and other early Christian writings. VanderKam, a professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame, is one of the leading international experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. He is the chief editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and has written or edited more than 25 books and 200 articles. For information. contact Samuel Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or (805) 493-3693. SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Santa Clarita Tech: The Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at College of the Canyons hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 18. The event features services offered to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the region; programs and classes available to employees; and engineering design equipment and software demonstrations. For more information call the center at (661) 362-3521. Valencia Doctors: In honor of National Doctors’ Day, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital thanked the physicians on staff for their dedication and outstanding service with a recognition luncheon March 28. “Our physicians devote countless hours to caring for our community,” said Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Henry Mayo. “They are dedicated to going above and beyond to exceed patient expectations, and we are pleased to show our gratitude for their commitment and compassion.” ANTELOPE VALLEY Plane: More than 60 volunteers participated in the City of Palmdale’s Adopt-a-Plane program held at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 on April 5. The Antelope Valley Sunrise Rotary Club provided refreshments for the groups. Since the program’s inception, a total of 13 groups have adopted planes. “When a group adopts an aircraft, it means that the group can commit to cleaning the aircraft display on a regular basis,” said Deputy Director of Public Works Tim Hughes. To learn more about the Adopt-a-Plane program, call (661) 267-5300.

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