Planner/dt1st/mike2nd December 2 Taxing Issues The Valley Industry & Commerce Association and Los Angeles Community Development Department host a Tax Incentive Workshop for employers hiring former welfare recipients. The two-hour workshop will include a discussion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. The workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge at Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton St. in Van Nuys. For information: (818) 226-6466. December 4 Welcome Wagon The Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds its annual inaugural gala at the Ventura Club, 13920 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. The chamber fetes its new president and board members with dinner, dancing and entertainment. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For information: (818) 508-5155. December 7 Star Attraction The Valley Industry and Commerce Association holds its 49th Annual Membership Recognition Luncheon at the Universal Hilton Hotel, 555 Universal Terrace Parkway. The event features Cody Cluff, executive director of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., who will deliver an address on the state of entertainment in the Valley and a look ahead at the coming year. VICA will also present the Harmon Ballin Award for Community Service to Sanford P. Paris, owner of Paris Industrial Parks in Encino. The luncheon event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. For information: (818) 226-6466. December 10 Dramatic Effect The Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hosts a mixer featuring the Road Theatre Company at 5018 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information: (818) 508-5155.