August 19. 7-9:30 p.m. Keyes Lexus of Valencia has free Jazz and Blues concert series every Friday night thru Aug. 27. This week: Michael John & the Bottom Line. 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 19. 6 p.m. Free weekly jazz concerts at LACMA. This week: Cross Hart Jazz Experience. BP Grand Entrance. No reservations needed.
August 20. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Back to School Resource Fair. Canoga Park Family Source, 21400 Saticoy Street, Canoga Park. 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 20.10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free YOUth Sports Festival at Central Park Fields 5 & 6 in Santa Clarita. This free event is divided into activity zones which present 20 distinct recreational games and activities that include: Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Frisbee Golf, Football, Hockey, Volleyball, Baseball, Track, Rock Climbing, Aquatic, and other fun experiences. All activity areas are designed to engage and encourage young people to experiment with participation in each sports activity. Food is available for purchase.27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita CA 91350.
August 20. 10 a.m. Big!World!Fun! Family Series: Street Beat. This group is an “urbanized journey through percussion.” Two drummers and two street dancers make household items -- auto parts, water drums, trash cans, paint buckets -- into instruments, fusing original rhythms with hip hop moves. Reservations required. Tickets: $5 adults, children free. Parking $1. www.fordtheatres.org Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood.
August 20. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Latin Sounds in Hancock Park. (Free event every Saturday 5 pm–7 pm, May through September). This week:Lucky 7in Hancock Park north of the museum.
August 20-21. 4-5:30 p.m. Gardens Concerts for Kids: Singer-guitarist Frances England at the Getty Museum. She sings about bicycles, ladybugs, and Jacques Cousteau on her brand new Parent's Choice Gold Award-winning album, Mind Of My Own. With warm, indie-folk melodies and alt-rock rhythms, England's incredibly creative and slightly off-beat take on family life has inspired a world of fans since her 2007 breakout album, Fascinating Creatures.at the Getty Museum. Free admission, $15 parking. 310-440-7300. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A.
August 21. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. (Los Angles County Museum of Art). This week:Capitol Ensemble. 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 21. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts in the park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills. This week: Don’t Stop Believin’ (a JOURNEY Tribute).
August 23. 1:30-3 p.m. Afternoon science club on Tuesdays at Stough Canyon Nature Center in Burbank. $2/child, ages 8-12. (They let me bring my 5 year old, I just stayed with him). 2300 Walnut Avenue, Burbank. (Mapquest: Use 1500 Walnut Ave., 91501).
August 23. 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
August 24. 7 p.m. Free children’s evening at Levitt Pavilion. This week:Lazare Houetin's Night in Africa.www.levittpavilionpasadena.org85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.
August 25. 5:30 p.m. Music on the Main jazz series at Descanso Gardens.This week: Denise Donatelli, 2010 Grammy® nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Bring a picnic (usually not allowed in the Gardens.) Concert included with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $3 children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. No reciprocal gardens admissions. Free parking. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. (818) 949-4200.
August 25. 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. Purchase membership on-site and enjoy all nine Sizzling Summer Nights for free. This week: Oscar Hernández and the L.A. Salsa All-Stars.
Redbox is currently giving away FREE DVD rental codes on Facebook! These codes are unique and are to encourage your family to participate in America’s Movie Night on August 25!
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 kicback!)
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).
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/