Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June 9, 2011 - Kids' Family History Camp

Kids' Family History Camp
For kids ages 8 to 16

Thursday, June 9, 2011
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank

in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society

For more information contact Charlotte: (818) 843-7247 or SCGSKids@gmail.com

Attention Boy Scouts: Earn your Genealogy Merit Badge!

Boy Scout Merit Badge counselors will be present at Kids' Family History Camp

Friday, May 27, 2011

June 11, 2011 - Boy Scout / Cub Scout night at the LA Galaxy Arena

June 11th
3:00 - 6:30 Scout activities
7:30 Game starts

Home Depot Center in Carson

$17 general admission
$26 endline
$36 sideline

Contact Rachel Valadez at (310) 630-2154 or ravaladez@lagalaxy.com

Soccer belt loop and soccer sport pin requirements can be completed, and also some requirements for the fitness belt loop can be accomplished.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Boeing presentations on rocket history

I am a retired aerospace engineer. I have been hired by the Boeing Company to assist in providing a speaking program for interested organizations that describes the early and recent accomplishments in space propulsion made at the Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory (test facility) in the Santa Susana mountains (that is now closed) and also reports the extensive effort that has been made to remove all chemical and radiological contamination created by the facilities and test activities there.

There is no charge for this presentation. We can provide either a half-hour presentation that is devoted to the history of rocket engines used for defense or space programs or a one-hour presentation that also includes the description of the type of contamination of concern at the facility and how it has been removed. Many people are unaware of this site or the work that was performed there that contributed to America's progress in space.

The presentations include photographs of the rocket engines and the test facilities. I was hired to make the engine presentations because I worked at that facility starting in 1953 and have been in the engineering development units on many of the engines built by Rocketdyne (at Canoga Park). The information on the clean-up work would be provided by a member of the Boeing Environmental Health and Safety Department. There have been significant achievements in preserving endangered animal and plant species in this large 2,850 acre facility.

Although the presentation on the rocket development would be of interest to all young people, we would also like to have meetings in which the parents and grown-up friends could attend as well to inform them of the issues involved. For example, they might like to know more of the facts about the true extent of contamination reported in the newspaper and their opportunities to convert the facility to a park and National Historical Site if the public chose to support that. Boeing offers Saturday bus tours of the facility which are enjoyable. These would be explained and offered.

This request currently has no time limit. Even if there are no current openings available at this time, that is, the meetings are already booked for the near-term, I would like to stay in touch with any Boy Scout units that might have openings in the future.

If you would like to follow up on this offer, please call or email me with a point of contact. I have to provide Boeing with information on my point of contact so that I can gather additional necessary information on the location of the facility where the presentation will be made, the official in charge, possible audio/visual equipment, etc.

During each presentation, we would extend an offer to anyone in the audience to participate in the free 3-hour bus tours on Saturdays. The tour stops at some of the historic test sites, and visitors can see the equipment and results of the clean-up that is restoring the land and vegetation to its original form. The morning tours leave at 9:00 am; the afternoon tours leave at 1:00 pm. You have to arrive a little early. You board the bus at the test facility at the top of the Santa Susana mountains. The facility is at the top of Woolsey Canyon Road, just off Valley Circle. There may only be one tour on the scheduled day, but currently two are planned for each Saturday.

The currently scheduled tour days (but more may be added) are:

  • June 11
  • July 16
  • October 8
  • November 12

In advance of that, if anyone is interested they can call (818) 466-8163 to request a reservation on one of the tours. The number goes to a voice mail where you can leave your message. Please provide this information:

  • Your name and your friend's or family member names, if someone is coming with you.
  • Your phone number where they can call back to confirm your reservation (I suggest you give a desk phone, and home phone, and cell phone)
  • Your preferred tour time (morning or afternoon) If either will work, state that. If only one time is possible for you, state that.
  • Your email address.
  • Tell them you are a US citizen (not kidding).


Bill Vietinghoff
(805) 495-7865 home
(805) 358-7762 cell

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

June 4, 2011 - 3rd Annual Shotgun Tournament

Youth and adult competition
June 4th, 9 am - 1 pm

New and experienced shooters
Continental breakfast
50 rounds and skeet
Victory lunch and gun rental included at Triple B's Shotgun Sportspark

Adults $250
Youth $125

Triple B Clays
831 N. Rosemead Blvd.
South El Monte, CA 91733

For reservations or information, contact
Joseph Strother

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 22, 2011 - Troop 99 pancake breakfast and car wash

Boy Scout Troop 99
Pancake Breakfast and Car Wash

Sunday, May 22, 2011
9 am - 1 pm

Elks Lodge
20925 Osborne St.
Canoga Park

Sponsored by the Elks Lodge #2190 of Canoga Park

Pancake breakfast:
$5 adults
$3 kids 10 and under

Car wash:
$10 cars
$15 SUVs, vans, trucks
$30 RVs

Friday, May 13, 2011

June 1, 2011 - Aviation Explorer Post 787 orientation meeting

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new Aviation Explorer Post in the Antelope Valley! Aviation Explorer Post 787 will hold its orientation meeting at Fox Field (Lancaster, Ave. G and 50th St. West, in the terminal building) on Wednesday, June 1 at 6 pm.

If you are a young adult, 14-20, and are interested in any aspect of aviation, this Explorer Post is for you.

  • Learn about the different facets of aviation
  • Participate in flight training and ground training
  • Meet and learn from test pilots, military pilots, civil aviators, air traffic controllers, aviation engineers and technicians

Cost to join is $10.00. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Parents are encouraged to attend this first meeting!

Please RSVP by May 31 to let us know you'll be attending.

Brenda Bradford
Learning for Life Director
16525 Sherman Way, C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 933-0121 (phone)
(818) 901-4890 (fax)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 21, 2011 - Boy Scout Soccer Night

Chivas USA (Facebook · Twitter) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
May 21, 2011 at 7 pm
Home Depot Center, Carson

We are fundraising by selling tickets.  We are inviting all Scouts, friends, families and soccer fans from all districts to join us on this fun and exciting night.

General Admission tickets are $14 (regular price $15)
Sideline tickets are $20 (regular price $24)

Wear your Boy Scout jersey or uniform to participate in the pre-game Chivas Champions Club Parade!

Any questions, please contact me.

Liz Hernandez
Soccer and Scouting
16525 Sherman Way, C-8
Van Nuys, CA 91402
(818) 933-1028

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 14, 2011 - UCLA Baseball Scout Day

UCLA Baseball would like to invite you to our annual Scout Day on Saturday, May 14 when UCLA takes on Cal State Bakersfield at 2 pm. All Scouts in uniform will receive free admission.

Please send me the names of any high schoolers who will be in attendance, per NCAA regulations.

Thanks, and Go Bruins!

Bailey West
Marketing Coordinator, Baseball and Community Outreach
UCLA Athletics
(310) 206-5990

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Scouting family loses home to fire

During spring break, the Harwig family, a Scouting family from Pack 320 with a Wolf and a Webelos, lost their home to fire. The Pack held a fundraiser for them recently. In addition, the family is also active and involved with Woodland Hills Elementary School, and the school recently sent out the following message:

If you are able to donate either a gift card to Target or cash, please place your donation in an envelope marked "Harwig Family Collection" and drop it in the school office.

Please note that donations of clothing, home-cooked meals, etc. are not requested or desired at this time.

Over the past 10 years, I have worked with two other Scout families who have lost everything to fire and I have seen how hard it can be. Yes, insurance helps, but not as much as you would think. One mom told me of how a fire restoration company (mandated by the insurance company) charged $7 to save a mason jar that she could have replaced for 50 cents - and that $7 came out of what she was supposed to have to rebuild their lives. Another family also saw a lot of their insurance money get eaten away by costs such as these.

So, here is a great opportunity for a Scouting Good Turn. I dropped off my own envelope for the family this afternoon, and the school is still taking donations - so, if you can, please donate.

Woodland Hills Elementary
22201 San Miguel St.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(just off of San Feliciano Drive, just west of Topanga and north of Ventura Blvd.)
(818) 347-9220

Also, you can bring donations to Roundtable next week, Wednesday May 11th, at the LDS Church on Deseret at 7:30.

Thank you for any support you can give.

Peg McGrew
Las Colinas District Chair

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 14-15, 2011 - Civil War reenactment (Scout discount)

We will offer a 50% discount for Scouts in uniform, and a 20% discount for all others accompanying them.

You can also order tickets online - same discounts, no service fees.  Enter promotional code scout for Scouts, family for others.  (Because of the different codes, you may have to purchase the two ticket types separately.)

Robert McBroom
Director, Pierce Farm Center