Whitefire Theatre by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

They say you can judge a society by the quality of art that is supports.  For residents in the San Fernando Valley this is good news as the caliber of theatre, art and music available here rivals anywhere in the world. Whitefire One example of long standing excellence is the Whitefire Theatre.

The Whitefire Theatre proudly resides on Ventura Blvd. on Restaurant Row in Sherman Oaks.  Since 1982 the Whitefire has dedicated itself to providing quality theatre to Los Angeles and The San Fernando Valley.  A member of the Valley Theatre League, the Whitefire presents a wide variety of theatre, from musicals to original dramas premièring for the first time before and audience.  The theatre space is also available for rent and is frequently used for film and television production as well as for casting sessions.

This summer the theatre will offer and array of original plays in their series called Friday Night Quickies. For more information about the theatre or upcoming shows visit their website: www.whitefiretheatre.com

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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Canyonback Wilderness Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

I’m always thrilled to show out-of-towners the lifestyle that is available by living in Southern California.  One of the great things about living in the San Fernando Valley is our close proximity to virtually every kind of terrain and weather. Westridge_Canyon A short jaunt could equally put us on a beach or atop of a mountain.  The latest in technology and city life is readily available but untouched wilderness is also close at hand.  The Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park is one remarkable wilderness get away that is practically in Encino’s backyard.
 
The Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park contains over 1,500 acres of untouched woodlands that are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  The park is bordered by upper Mandeville Canyon, Sullivan Canyon, Mission Canyon, and San Vicente Mountain Park and is accessible from both West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Dogs are permitted off leash in the park if they remain under the owner’s immediate control.

How truly amazing to be able to enjoy a morning hike in the midst of virgin forest and then spend the evening enjoying the night life of one of the world’s largest cities.  This is what living in Los Angeles affords to all of its residents. 

If you are considering relocating to the Los Angeles area and are interested in finding a distinctive home for a superlative price, please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Fire station #83 by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

Summer is here and you’re trying to find fun, educational and economical things to do with your children.  Fire_Station_83Have you considered taking them to your local fire station?  Here in Encino we are fortunate to have some of the finest fire fighters in the world serving us at Fire Station #83.  These brave individuals are devoted to keeping us all safe and sound on a daily basis.  But when there are no immediate emergencies they are almost always willing to educate our children about fire safety. 

If you want to take your children for a tour of your local fire station call ahead and ask if you can come over, and make sure to tell them how many people are in your group.  You have to be flexible because if there is an emergency, the fire fighters will, of course, have to cancel your outing.  Los Angeles Fire Station 83But if you are willing to be flexible you will find that your kids will have a great time visiting a functional fire station and meeting the men and women who keep it running.  Make sure that you bring your camera with you.  It’s not unusual for the fire fighters to let your children don the entire garb of a firefighter and that is a photo op you won’t want to miss.

In Los Angeles you can contact your local fire station for non-emergencies by dialing 3-1-1.  A morning or afternoon at your local fire station can be fun and informative and it’s absolutely free.  If you visit fire station #83, tell them Carol Wolfe sends her best because nobody does it better than our local firefighters!

Camp Jam by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

Did you ever dream about being a rock ‘n roll star?  What about your kids do they have dreams of one day being a super star?  Both of your dreams have gotten a little closer this summer asCamp_Jam Camp Jam is offering its first summer session in California.  Previously, Camp Jam only offered its program in Cleveland Ohio, the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  This summer classes will also be offered in Orange County and right here in Encino!

Camp Jam’s motto is “No canoes, lots of rock.”  They offer full day instruction for kids ages 7-10 and ages 11-17.  Children must have at least 6 months of singing or musical instrument experience before registering.  Course topics include everything from stage presence to the history of rock n’roll.  Instructors include some pretty heavy hitters from the music industry including musicians, song writers and industry reps.

Sounds great for the kids, but what about your dream?  Camp Rock offers an Ultimate Rock ‘N Roll Get-A-Way for Adults in Cleveland and will give parents a $500 discount on tuition to that camp for having a child attend Camp Jam this Summer.  Visit their website for more details. www.campjam.com

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Los Encinos Historic State Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

Until the late 1800’s the main gathering place in the San Fernando Valley was the current site of the Los Encinos Historic State Park.  Los_Encinos_State_Historic_ParkA five acre park located on Balboa and Ventura in Encino, The Los Encinos Historic Park is centered around a still active natural spring that currently feeds a duck pond.

For centuries that spring attracted humans and animals from near and far making it a center of activity.  According to history the land changed hands many times.  Several Native American Tribes made the site their home and at one time the site was used as a mission.

Today the park is a historical site that is open to the public free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5pm.  There are self guided tours available when ever the park is open and Docent guided tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, or by reservation.

The Los Encinos Historical State Park is a great place for a picnic, party or a wedding.  For more information about the park visit: www.los-encinos.org

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Art Beat by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

One of the great things about living in Encino is its family friendly environment. There is so much to do and experience for the whole family both in and around Encino. Art Beat Center for the Arts is ArtistPaletteone Encino business that is devoted to bringing art and art enrichment programs to the entire family.

Located at 16545 Ventura Blvd Suite, Art Beat offers a wide variety of classes and camps for children, teenagers and adults. Classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Printmaking and Mixed Media are offered in a variety of times and settings to fit anyone’s schedule. They even offer a class designed for new parents that is in a child proof room so small children can play while Mom or Dad get a chance to explore their creative side. There are also programs designed for small children to experience art with their parents. For children age four and up Art Beat offers camps and classes that are tailored to enrich, encourage and enlighten.

Camp Themes offered this summer are everything from Mixed Media to sewing and fashion! For more information on this exciting family oriented center right here in Encino visit their website : http://www.artbeatcenter.org. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

LA Connection Improv by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

Let’s face it; we could all use a little laugh now and then.  La connection add addressThe LA Connection has been providing first rate comic improv to Los Angeles since 1977. Founded by Kent Skov, the LA Connection provides training opportunities for young up and coming comedians as well as children and teens. Improvisational Comedy made famous by the hit television show Whose Line is it Anyway? features actors who improvise around a set of circumstances provided by the audience.  Hilarity usually ensues.

A wide range of improv shows are offered on a weekly basis, everything from children to teens. The LA Connection is available for special events and birthday parties. To order tickets, book a party, or sign up your child for comic improv classes call 818.710.1320 ext. 2

The LA Film Festival by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Los Angeles Film Festival is an annual event where, for ten days, some of the best of independent film, both American and International is showcased.la_film_festival

Each year over 100,000 people attend the festival and over 175 films are shown.  This year the festival will begin on June 18th opening with a touching film entitled Paperman which stars Jeff Daniels as a man who regularly speaks to a super hero inside his head (played by Ryan Reynolds)

The festival will also feature the US premiere of the new Transformer movie.  For the complete schedule and information on how and where to obtain tickets please visit: http://www.lafilmfest.com/index.php

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Sweet Evening of Wine and Jazz

The Encino Chamber of Commerce will be hosting The Sweet Evening of Wine and Jazz on June 4 th from 5pm to 9pm at the Hilton Woodland Hills, 6360 Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills.

Featured at the event will be a selection of fine wines, micro brews, appetizers and an array of desserts. wineThis is a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and community members, enjoy delectable delicacies, good company and raise money for some very worthy charities.

Tickets are $50 per person and $85 per couple. A portion of the proceeds from this delightful event will benefit: Ability First, California Family, The Cal Fam Counseling Center, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Parkinson’s Resource Center.

I hope I see you there!  For more information on this event visit the Encino Chamber of Commerce.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

California Spring

I spoke to an old friend who lives back East the other day.  She detailed the trials and tribulations of snow, ice, salt, mud, cold temperatures and generally ick the rest of the country are flower-garden1experiencing.  She asked about the weather here. Of course I told her about the intense rain, but I couldn’t help mentioning the flowers that are blooming everywhere you look.

Early Spring in Southern California, otherwise known as the worst of Winter everywhere else, is a sight to behold.  The strawberry crop is in. The night air is ripe with the scent of orange blossoms and jasmine. The hills are so green it looks like Ireland. 

For those who are still struggling through Winter I offer my condolences and my services.  Relocating to Los Angeles is simple if you are working with the right Realtor.  I am Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.