This is a regular feature on philanthropic activities by Valley-area businesspeople and companies. BR> Wells Fargo awarded $55,000 to 55 nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley in a Sept. 25 ceremony. The company annually awards $1,000 each to a varying number of community groups as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to serve the community. This year’s ceremony was again held at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. Recipient organizations included Armenian Relief Center, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, Calabasas Raiders, Castaic Lions Club, Circle of Hope and Village Family Services. Panorama City Street Banner Program The Valley Economic Development Center in Van Nuys is administering a street banner program to promote the Panorama City Assistance Program along the Van Nuys Boulevard commercial corridor in Panorama City. The banners, produced by the Panorama City Business Assistance Program, were created and funded by the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. Forty-seven banners were installed along Panorama City’s main corridor which encompasses Van Nuys and Roscoe boulevards and Chase Street. An additional 12 banners were slated to be installed along Van Nuys Boulevard during the first week of October. The 59 banners will be displayed through August 2008. The goal of the Panorama City Assistance Program is to attract and expand businesses in the area. Its services include site selection, retail leasing assistance, loan packaging and placement, business consulting and training, market assessment and business permit assistance. In its first 10 months of operation, the program has helped four startups to open and assisted five more to access more than $52,000 through VEDC’s loan programs. “All the critical elements are in place for Panorama City to experience its second boom, said Robert Barragan, VEDC president. “A vital component of the Panorama City Business Assistance Program is the revitalization of retail and office space. We are providing no-charge consulting services and workshops to existing retailers and to those who would like to open locations in the area. Further, we have available a range of debt financing products, which will be critical to stimulating new and expanded retail development in the central San Fernando Valley.” The primary service area for the program is the 405 Freeway to the west, Woodman Avenue to the east, Lassen Street to the north and Sherman Way to the south. For more information, call (818) 830-2504 or visit www.panoramacitybiz.com or www.vedc.org. Art Exhibit Benefits the Needy Architects, designers, builders and others will be working within Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15 to create giant structures made of food cans for the second annual canstructionLA. Last year’s event resulted in 35,000 cans of food being donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Organizers project this year will be even more productive, with 11 teams competing for prizes by designing structures made entirely of food cans. All the food used in the sculptures, as well as containers donated by visitors, goes to help feed the hungry at soup kitchens and pantries throughout Los Angeles County. Rotary E-Waste Recycling An E-Waste Recycling Drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Oct. 20 in the parking lot of the Canoga Park Presbyterian Church at 22103 Vanowen Ave. The event serves the community by recognizing the need to solve the problem of electronic waste pollution, the improper disposal of electronic waste and the hazards it poses to our environment. Warner Center Rotary is working with Coastal Inkjets/E-Waste Recovery Inc. to coordinate this event and recycle all items collected. All proceeds will be contributed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds life-saving cancer research that has contributed to major advances in the treatment of blood cancers and many other types of cancer. For more information contact Tina Wilinski at (818) 737-1347.