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Monthy Cleanup

Consider Coming to Our Next Cleanup

Free coffee and bagels. Usually the last Saturday of each month. The next cleanup will be Saturday, May 28th. Stay as long or as little as you want. We generally go about 90 minutes!

Shannon

 

Another successful clean up from the Toluca Lake Chamber, Garden Club and HOA!!! Our group was small but mighty!!


Santuari Mixer – February 9, 2022

We had a spectacular event on February 9 at Santuari Restaurant, who sponsored this event.

Thank you to our members and guests who attended. Special thanks to the Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club, who are also members of our Chamber. Thanks also to our Field Representatives Logan Smith of Adrin Nazarian’s Office and Tiffany Zeytounian, Field Deputy of Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office. We are also grateful for our councilman who came to our event to support our business community. We will see him again, so be sure to RSVP for our next events.

Please support our local restaurants including our Chamber members. Santuari Restaurant will be offering a discount to our Chamber members for the rest of the year, when you make an advance reservation. Please contact them directly at 323-902-9700.

Special thanks to Parry-Riposte Films for the photography and videography.


National Mosquito Awareness Week

The world’s deadliest animal is only a half inch in size. An infected mosquito can transmit West Nile Virus and other vector-borne diseases through a single bite. Learn what you can do to protect yourself from mosquito bites at to
www.TipTossTakeAction.org 

 

 

Insect Repellent is one of the most effective ways to
protect yourself from mosquito bites. Apply any
repellent containing one of these 4 ingredients with
at least 15% of:
DEET
Picaridin
IR3535
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

More information on how to apply insect repellent on you or your little ones.


      #NationalMosquitoWeek


Shop Toluca Lake

Dear Tolucans,

Your local merchants appreciate your support through these strange and unchartered times. Small businesses EVERYWHERE have had to either close temporarily due to the services they provide or play this day by day adjusting hours and services provided. Please know that those of us who are open are doing everything we can to create an environment that is safe for all Tolucans.

Our lovely customers have been asking “what can we do to help our favorite small business?”

Here are a few tips:

  • Merchant’s outgoing voicemail messages, websites or signs on shop windows will inform you of their current plans.
  • Visit your Chamber of Commerce websites for merchant phone or email information. Some of your favorite merchants can be found at:
  • Purchase gift cards online today for local merchants and use them when this is over. Hold your existing gift cards for later use.
  • Order take out or delivery from your local restaurants. This might be safer than waiting in line for an hour at Costco! PLUS food distributors have PLENTY of food and NEED to supply those that are capable of take out or delivery.
  • Be kind. Be patient. No need to OVER buy at Trader Joe’s or Pavillions etc., as they will be allowed to stay open.
  • Please thank those that are able to stay open especially in Grocery Markets and Doctor’s offices. We appreciate you!

Tom LaBonge

by Richard Bogy, past president of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce

On January 7th Toluca Lake lost a great friend, supporter, leader and cheerleader with the passing of Councilmember Tom LaBonge. Tom was a man of limitless energy and passion, who possessed a huge heart. He loved people. He loved Los Angeles. He loved Toluca Lake.

Tom’s contributions to our community are simply too long to list here, but suffice to say that Toluca Lake continues to be a very special place thanks to Tom LaBonge.

Tom was born in the Silverlake community of Los Angeles in 1953. A generational Angelino who attended John Marshall High School, where he shined as a football player and later as a coach (while coaching at Marshall he mentored a young Andy Reid, now coach of the Kansas City Chiefs). A devout Catholic, Tom’s father was the publisher of the Catholic news “The Tidings.” Tom always had a loaf of pumpkin bread ready to say “thank you” to people who gave of their time for the 4th Council District. It was not just his way of showing his appreciation for people who gave to the community, but also his way to support the Monastery of the Angels, who baked the bread for him.

 

 

Tom loved Los Angeles and as a young man decided he wanted to commit his life to the City. In 1976 he went to work for Councilmember Peggy Stevenson, then joined Council President John Ferraro’s office in 1978. Tom also worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and was Chief of Field Operations for Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2001, after the passing of John Ferraro, Tom was elected to fill his mentor’s seat. He served as Councilman for the fourth district until he termed-out of office in 2015.
Tom was passionate about Griffith Park, the largest urban park in America. Under his leadership the Park acquired additional land, including expansions of the Cahuenga and Burbank Peaks, and he stopped planned development of surrounding open space. He worked to ensure the success of the Los Angeles Zoo and the Autry National Museum. Tom famously led tours through the Park, including his solstice walks to watch the sun go down over the City that he loved. He could be found hiking through the Park most mornings and was always quick to stop and talk to other park lovers. He especially enjoyed meeting visitors from other countries, and was always glad to tell them about the history and the sites of Los Angeles.

Tom famously carried garden tools, rakes, brooms and trash bags in the trunk of his car, and as he drove through the City if he was to see an overflowing trash can or litter in the street he would jump from his car, put on his orange safety vest, and clean the street, gutter and sidewalk.

Tom’s greatest love though was his family. The joy of his life was his wife Brigid, daughter Mary-Cate and his son Charles. Though we will all miss him greatly, he will live on in the memory of all who knew him.



Entertainment Industry Seminar & Mixer

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm  –  Free to all!

Seminar Topic:  5 Top Takeaways from the virtual 2020 American Film Market with Adam James, filmmaker and President of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce. Fun, educational and great networking for writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians and anyone in the entertainment industry!

RSVP to President@TolucaLakeChamber.com to get the Zoom Meeting ID before the meeting.

 

 

Install the Zoom app ahead of time.
https://zoom.us/download


2020 Virtual Turkey Trot

 

YES, it is happening folks, we are officially un-canceling the Turkey Trot! Well…sort of. This year, for safety reasons, we are asking you to participate on your own time and at your own pace.

Join our team, the TOLUCA LAKE TROTTERS, and help us raise funds for two organizations that are doing great things for our community!

* Toluca Lake Beautification Partners

North Hollywood Police Activity League (PALS)

 The process is simple:

– Join our team today!  $10 to join. Any generous donations beyond that are appreciated.

– Invite friends & family members to join the fun. Encourage each other to move from literally anywhere.

– You will have 10 days to complete 2 runs/walks/jogs: get out for a 1 mile and/or a 5k between Nov 20 – Nov 29. Safely, on your own schedule, at your own pace.

– Upload your results to the Leaderboard and follow along as the standings update in real time! (OPTIONAL: if you use a GPS watch or smartphone when you run, the results can be auto-detected and uploaded for you)

*Specific instructions and details will be sent via email after you register.



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