Friday, April 25, 2014

Taste for a Cure Fundraiser

President of Sony Pictures Television Steve Mosko will be honored at the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s 19th annual fundraiser, taking place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening kicks off with a food and wine tasting reception, followed by awards, live auction, and entertainment. Tickets start at $500. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-201-5033; tasteforacure.com

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Come Home for Mending Kids

Burbank-based non-profit organization Mending Kids hosts a party at the Triunfo Creek Vineyards to raise funds for vital pediatric surgeries. Guests will enjoy a hosted bar, gourmet food, music, fashion, and a live dance performance during the philanthropic soiree. 3-7 p.m. $125. 2714 Triunfo Canyon Rd., Agoura Hills; mendingkids.org

Fritz Haeg's Wildflowering L.A. Exhibition

The spring Equinox has allowed the flowers of Fritz Haeg's Wildflowering L.A. to reach their peak bloom period. Consult the continuously updated online map to decide which of the 50 sites is most worth seeing. The installation of the project will be presented, including a discussion of the different sites and their blooming periods. The Shed, 1355 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena; wildflowering.org

Sunday, April 27, 2014

BH 100 Centennial Block Party on Rodeo Drive

Celebrate Bevery Hills' 100th birthday at a one-of-a-kind block party. The event will feature carnival rides, games, food festival tastings, and an unbelievable, ten-foot-high birthday cake that will provide 15,000 slices for guests in attendance. R&B legend Martha Reeves will perform her hit, "Dancing in the Streets." 3:30-8 p.m. Rodeo Dr., 200, 300, 400 blocks; rodeore.com

Milk and Bookies Fifth Annual Story Time Celebration

Milk + Bookies’ Story Time Celebration is a family-friendly event including book reading and arts and crafts. Magic characters and DJ Groovy David will be on hand to entertain children. Celebrity attendees will include Kate Bosworth, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jason Biggs, and Amanda Peet, among others. The event will help provide books for underprivileged children. 10 a.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.; milkandbookies.org

The Hungry Cat 3 Year Celebration

Celebrate the 3 year anniversary of The Hungry Cat with it’s Oysterpalooza festival including half-priced mollusks, oyster specials, and an extended all day happy hour. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The Hungry Cat Santa Monica, 100 W. Channel Rd., 310-459-3337; thehungrycat.com

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Young Professional Event Series, “C.U.R.E.S. Society”:

The first event of this charity organization will be launched this spring with The TJ Martell Foundation West Coast. Join a group of young professionals who are committed to raising awareness and money for cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research. The event will include a bar offering signature cocktails, beer, and wine, appetizers, photo booth, live raffle, and music. $40. 7 p.m.; app.etapestry.com

Friday, May 2, 2014

Nancy Davis Hosts the Race to Erase MS Event

Multi Grammy award-winning artists Natalie Cole, CeeLo Green, and Steven Tyler will perform at the 21st annual Race to Erase MS event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The evening, hosted by Nancy Davis, will also honor chairman of the board and founder of MediaNews Group Dean Singleton with the 2014 Medal of Hope Award. 310-440-4842; erasems.org/2014-gala

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Standup for the Cure

Standup for the Cure's third annual paddling event will take place at Newport Dunes and will support the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The event will include a standup paddleboard clinic led by world champions Zane and Matt Schweitzer and an SUP clinic for breast cancer survivors led by Suzanne Yeo. standup-for-the-cure.org

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Groundlings 40th Anniversary Month-Long Festivities

Kick off the month of anniversary celebrations at The Groundlings with improv alumni, as well as current troupe members. Every Tuesday in May, the show will feature a celebration of each decade since The Groundlings has been open, starting with the 70’s and working its way to the present day. Open bar will be included, plus a chance to “talk back” with the performers at the end of each skit. $25. The Groundlings, 7307 Melrose Ave., 323-934-4747; groundlings.com

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the USC Shoah Foundation at the Ambassador's for Humanity Gala. President Barack Obama will speak at the event, focusing his speech on shared responsibilities to build a brighter future. Steven Spielberg, USC's trustee, will honor the President with the organization's highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award, for his efforts in education and human rights. Tickets are $10,000 per guest. 818-777-7876; sfi.usc.edu; ambassadorsgala2014@gmail.com

Friday, May 9, 2014

Launch Event for 'Math, Heaven, Time'

Math, Heaven, Time, by LA-based writer Mandy Kahn, will be released in May. The book's official launch event will be held at Skylight Books, with special musical performances by songstress Becky Stark and the LA Ladies Choir. 7:30 p.m. Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Ave.; cargocollective.com

Saturday, May 10, 2014

ALS Fundraising Poker Tournament

Show off your poker face at the first annual Trish's Angels Texas Hold'em event to benefit patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Entry includes food and tournament buy-in. 6:30 p.m. $80. Pretend City Children's Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, 949-362-9583; trishsangelsals.org/poker

EatSeeHear’s Outdoor Movie Event Series

Enjoy movies, live music, and a line up of LA’s best food trucks at this third annual series. The event will showcase 19 comedies and contemporary movies on a 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen all over the city. Some of the movies being celebrated are cult classics like Office Space, Sixteen Candles, and Jaws. The events are pet friendly. 5:30 p.m. $12. Through September 13. eatseehear.com

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ebell of Los Angeles

Where better to celebrate the quintessential women’s holiday than the Ebell Women’s Club? Enjoy a beautiful buffet brunch prepared by executive chef Louis Pechan with endless champagne, kids entertainment, and music from Yi-Huan Zhao Trio set in the historic Ebell Clubhouse. Two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., advanced reservations required, $50 per person ($30 children), parking is free. 4400 Wilshire Blvd., 323-931-1277; ebelleventtickets.com

Friday, May 23, 2014

Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings

Enjoy a family event all summer long as Barnsdall Park kicks off its annual evening series of wine tasting and art. The weekly event will also include art workshops for children, music by a live DJ, and specialty food trucks. The series will benefit the Park’s art programs and gallery renovation projects and has raised half a million dollars over the past five years. $25. Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., 323-644-6275; barnsdall.org

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Women in Film Annual Benefit Gala

Honor groundbreaking women in the film industry as the Women in Film organization hosts its annual gala, celebrating the work of Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lee, and Eva Longoria. The event will include a fundraising dinner in support of the organization’s philanthropic programs. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, 310-228-1234; wif.org

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Multi-Million Dollar Car Show and Auction

Gawk at over 400 unbelievable sports cars, hot rods, custom autos, and American muscle cars at the second annual Russo and Steele car show. Tickets for the benefit are $150 and entrance to the car show is $20. 10 a.m. Through June 21. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Black Bay Dr., 949-729-3863; russoandsteele.com

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