August 26. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has free Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: Tom Nolan. Food & Beverages for sale (No outside food or beverages; no pets allowed.) Activities for the kids. Downtown Valencia in the street on Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway in Santa Clarita. www.valenciajazzandblues.com (Thanks, Kristi!)
August 26. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. This week: The Ron McCurdy Collective. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
August 27. 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. Sister Act 2: The Musical. Performance at Hope Chapel of the Valley, 7930 Mason Ave., Winnetka. Tickets are on sale now for $10 (adults) and $5 (children under 12). You can purchase them on line at www.cpacstudio.com. My friend Randi and her daughter are part of the production.
August 27. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Star Wars Day at the L.A. Zoo. Meet Star Wars characters and learn about creatures from other galaxies as well as our own. Regular admission prices. 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027. http://lazoo.org
August 27. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Back to School Resource Fair. South Valley Family Source, 6931 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Free haircuts provided by the Van Nuys Academy of Barbering Arts, fitness activities, face painting and family activities, free school supplies (while supplies last).
August 27. 10 a.m. Big!World!Fun! Family Series: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats. Reservations required. Tickets: $5 adults, children free. Parking $1. www.fordtheatres.org Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood.
August 27. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park. (Free event every Saturday 5 pm–7 pm, May through September). This week:Justo Almario Afro-Colombian Ensemble in Hancock Park north of the museum.
August 21. 4 p.m. Free event at Levitt Pavilion. Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, W. 6th St. and S. Park View St., L.A. www.levittla.org This week: Youth Talent Night.
August 28. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). This week:Daniel Rothmuller (cello) and Bernadene Blaha (piano)
These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. If you don’t make it there, you can also listen online for free at: http://www.lacma.org/programs/SundaysLive.aspx#audio
August 28. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts in the park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills. This week: Brass Transit, a Chicago Tribute from Toronto, Canada.
August 30. The Regency Valley Plaza 6 in North Hollywood offers movies for $1.50 all day on Tuesdays! $3 any other day. 6355 Bellingham Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91606. (818) 760-8400. Cash only, no outside food or drinks (they actually searched my purse!). http://www.regencymovies.com/main.php?theaterId=30
September 1. 9 a.m. Get tickets for October free day for Huntington Gardens. Call 800-838-3006 or get tickets online at http://www.huntington.org/default.aspx.
September 1. 6-9 p.m. Thursday night summer concerts at the Autry Museum (across from L.A. Zoo). See top Latin bands in a fun, casual, energetic setting on the Autry plaza. The taco bar opens at 6:00 p.m., and the museum and museum store close at 8:00 p.m. Complimentary dance lessons and a separate dance floor for kids guarantee fun for all! Adults: $10 / Students and Seniors: $6 / Children (3–12): $4 / Children under 3: Free. This week: Conjunto Costazul. Conjunto Costazul is considered one of the finest salsa orchestras in Southern California.
On Wednesday and Friday nights this summer, Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills has become host to more than 25 gourmet food trucks who setup shop on the boulevard selling their culinary creations. Chatsworth St @ White Oak Ave. every Wednesday & Friday @ 5pm! http://www.granadahillsfoodtrucks.com/, (Thanks to Kristin S. for this kickback!)
September 24. Free Museum Day is coming on Sept. 24 and you can get 2 Free Tickets to the participating museum of your choice! Zimmer Children’s Museum is one of the featured museums. Looks like a neat place! http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/