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Here’s your guide to what’s happening in the San Fernando Valley during the next two weekends, April 5-7 and 12-14.

 Two knights on horseback jousting at a Renaissance faire

Fri April 5th

EL SEGUNDO: Foodtopia – A Food-inspired Workshop Series for Young Creatives – ESMoA – Workshops begin with sketching exercises before exploring different art challenges inspired by the exhibit EAT. For participants 10 and up. Join us on select Fridays; no RSVP required. Materials provided. 3:30 to 5:30 pm. FREE.

HOLLYWOOD: 19th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival – This year’s festival will feature 130 competition films. The event runs April 3-7 and ends with the Annual Awards Gala at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The schedule is available on the site linked above. Prices start as low as $17.

Sat April 6th

Costumed renaissance participant African American woman with crutch

IRWINDALE: Renaissance Pleasure Faire – It’s opening weekend for the Faire, “where fantasy rules and whimsical delights take flight, where worlds co-exist and dreams come to life! Immerse yourself in a village of more than 1,600 costumed performers and artisans including dazzling acrobats, internationally acclaimed musicians, juggling jokers & jesters, willful wenches, and jousting knights are ready to celebrate!  Complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and dance!” See site above for prices and dates.

LA MIRADA: Spook Show 7 – Halloween Club – Do you love Halloween? Would you love to keep your decorations up year-round? If so, you can’t miss this spring celebration of the scariest time of year. More than 100 “curated local vendors, artists, collectors, teachers, spook makers, hauntrepreneurs, and musicians for like-minded Halloween enthusiasts.” Noon to 7 p.m. FREE.

PASADENA: A Ticket to Explore JPL registration – Jet Propulsion Laboratory – This event is on May 18-19, but today is when online ticket registration begins – and it’s FREE! The response to JPL’s annual Open House event has become so great that attendance has maxed out. To handle this, JPL has turned the popular free open house into a ticketed event. Tickets are free but limited and they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The maximum number of tickets per requestor is five. And to enter JPL you must have your ticket in hand and with a matching ID if you are 18 or older. Tickets are not transferable. Ages 5 and up.

Sun April 7th

TOLUCA LAKE: 8th Annual Earth Day Celebration and Taste of Toluca – Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council – Celebrate the planet while checking out more than 40 booths featuring local merchants and non-profile agencies sharing environmental and green living information and services. Taste of Toluca will feature food from a variety of local purveyors. There will also be live music and a kids’ activity corner. 11 am to 2 pm. FREE.

LOS ANGELES:  – Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese’s – Chuck E. Cheese locations open for two hours on the first Sunday of each month, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. This includes reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and a trained staff. The show and music turned down or off entirely, with limited appearances by Chuck E. Guests can order off a full menu and have access to play all games and rides. See above link for locations. All ages. No admission frees.

Fri April 12th

THOUSAND OAKS: Flashlight Egg Hunt & Hike – Conejo Creek South Playfields – Egg hunt by flashlight! Limited amount of people will be allowed into the hunt area at one time, and it will be restocked for each hunt! No registration required. 7 to 9 pm. Cost for ages 2 and up is $3 admission and $2 Egg Hunt Hike.

SOUTH EL MONTE: Los Angeles Spring Fair – The fair runs through April 21 at La Prada Event Plaza. All carnival rides, shows, and concerts in the park are FREE with admission ($15 per person, children under 36″ are FREE). Parking is also FREE.

Sat April 13th

LOS ANGELES:  – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – University of Southern California – Book lovers, unite! April 13-14 marks the “largest festival of its kind in the United States.” All outdoor events at the festival are FREE to attend. Indoor Conversation events require free tickets and are available April 7 (small service fee applies.)See the full list of Authors, Artists & Performers.

CULVER CITY: Fun in the Garden – Stoneview Nature Center – Kids can explore the garden at Stoneview Nature Center with a Naturalist, followed by a nature craft or activity. For ages 4 – 12. On-going program. FREE.

Sun April 14th

LOS ANGELES:  Spring Egg-Stravaganza – Magnitude Cheer – Bring your Easter egg basket to take part in egg hunts for different age groups, games, and prizes. The event is open to the entire community. Please pre-register via the link above. FREE.

MALIBU: Chumash Day Powwow and Inter-Tribal Gathering – Malibu Bluffs Park – “The 21st Annual Chumash Day Powwow will celebrate Native Americans from all over the country, representing hundreds of tribes who will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park. Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances will be a part of the event on both days. This is a non-competitive Powwow.” Event runs April 13-14 from 10 am to 6 pm. Open to all ages. Admission is FREE.

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