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TCCC 20th Anniversary Gala

November 5, 2022

Event Program

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Malibu Coast String Quartet performs

 

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Professional photos taken in the gazebo

 

6:30 – 7:00 PM

Dinner is served – tables will be called up two at a time

 

6:30 – 7:00

12-Gauge Wire performs

 

7:00 – 7:30

JaKL performs

 

7:30 PM

Guest Speakers: City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield,

District Director Tessa Charnofsky

 

7:45 PM

Board President Gary Johns introduces our Honoree of the Night, Founder Founder Helen Baker

 

7:55 PM

“The Best Is Yet to Come” performed by Claire Bloom and Gary Johns

 

8:00 PM

Executive Director Claire Bloom gives thanks; introduces Chris Stills

8:10 PM

Chris Stills performs

8:30 PM

Raspin Stuwart performs

 

8:30 PM

Silent Auction closes

 

9:00 PM

Auction winners announced

 

9:30 PM

Good night!

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TCCC EVENTS CALENDAR

NOVEMBER 2022 – JUNE 2023

 

NOV. 19                    

TARZANA TALKS! Shakespearience!

 

DEC. 15                     

TARZANA TALKS! Past Lives, Dreams and Soul Travel

 

JAN. 12                     

TARZANA TALKS! Transforming the Life of Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Through Art

with Author Mary Crescenzo

 

JAN. 15                     

2nd ANNUAL NATIVE PLANTS FAIR

 

JAN. 27                     

TARZANA MUSIC NIGHT: LIVE!

Special Guest: Shifting Vista                                  

 

FEB. 11                     

VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY: Wine Tasting Event

with Urban Liquid

 

FEB. 23                     

TARZANA MUSIC NIGHT: LIVE!

Special Guest: Paula Fong

 

MAR. 24               

COMEDY NIGHT WITH JASON LOVE & FRIENDS

 

MAR. 31                   

TARZANA MUSIC NIGHT: LIVE!

           

APR. TBA                 

TARZANA TALKS! Parenting with the C.A.S.T.L.E. Method: Compassion, Acceptance, Security, Trust, Love & Expectations with Author Donna Tetreault 

 

JUNE TBA               

JAY ASHER’S AMERICAN BANDSTAND TRIBUTE CONCERT

 

JUNE 14                    

A TASTE OF TARZANA (co-hosted with the WWV Chamber of Commerce)

 

JUNE 29                    

CHILDREN’S GARDEN PROGRAM Begins

A Brief History of “the Corner” 

Tarzana is the birthplace of Tarzan – Lord of the Apes. Celebrated American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs created the world-famous jungle hero right here on his own spacious Tarzana Ranch, in the San Fernando Valley where he spent most of his life riding, writing, and living life to the fullest. The author would have seen and recognized the modest 1940s Spanish-style home located just a few blocks west of his own large, hilltop hacienda.

 

The house was built in 1940 by Diana Delugge for Diana and Rudy’s Garden Statuary business. It now serves as the offices for the Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, and also a small museum that highlights the early history of Tarzana and Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose world famous character gave Tarzana its name. It also has meeting rooms for local community organizations and educational programs.

 

From the early ’50s through the next four decades, this property on the corner became Diane and Rudy’s Garden Statuary, a rustic, wooded outlet well known to Valley residents. In the early ’90s, it was sold to a commercial developer who, in turn, sold it a few years later to a major storage company.

 

For a time, it seemed as if one more commercial venture was to occupy this special piece of land. Helen Itria Norman, then president of the Tarzana Property Owners Association, had a “wild daydream” to build a community and cultural center where the property could be used as “a community meeting place where people can come together to discuss their respective needs, and find solutions.” Initially, her dream seemed unlikely to become a reality, but in 2000, local resident Helen Baker donated $1,000,000 to start a foundation to raise the money to purchase the property. While Ms. Baker fought to get support for the project, other corporations including Sav-On and Jiffy Lube expressed interest in acquiring the property for commercial purposes. Had any of them succeeded, it would have undoubtedly led to the removal of the mature trees, wisteria vines and gurgling fountains that Helen was so drawn to, that became the basis of the lovely garden we enjoy here today.

TCCC Founder Helen Baker

Ms. Baker managed to secure additional donations along with a sizable bank loan and a generous grant from the County Supervisor’s office, and TCCC was founded in 2002.

 

Since opening its doors in 2002, TCCC has played host to hundreds of community events and been a meeting place for many different community and cultural groups. Some of the organizations that have called TCCC home include Wings Over Wendy’s, The Jewish Federation, Climate Reality Project, Tarzana Property Owners Association, Tarzana Improvement Association, a community book forum, a Persian poetry group, local MS support groups, a burn survivor support group, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Currently, TCCC hosts a monthly music showcase for local singer-songwriters, a Ted Talk-style speaker series on a variety of topics, comedy and theatrical presentations, health and wellness classes, Hebrew classes, art classes, music classes for blind students, Music Together™, a free children’s garden program that incorporates gardening, art and science, plus other cultural and educational programs. The property is also available to the public to rent for private events and celebrations for a reasonable fee, with discounts for other non-profit organizations.

Join our Community for upcoming events

Make a contribution to the Center to show your support.

 

Become a member today! 

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Thank you to our Auction Donors

 A Faery Hunt

ABM Medical

Adagio Ristorante

AE Skin

Alan Roubik

Allegra Music Academy

Anarbargh

Bags by Marsh Mellow

Barbara Weisbrod Solomon

Ben Griffes DC

Blu Jam Cafe

Cafe du Liban

Carnival Restaurant

Corbin Bowl

Cornucopia Caterers

Earth Matterz

Ed & Star Crane

Encino Framing & Art Gallery

Eureka!

Fat Stogies

Frankie's Italian Kitchen

Galpin Motors/Sarah Horvet

Gasolina Cafe

Greystoke Grill

H.O.M. Italian Eatery

Helen Davidov

Hummus Bar & Grill

Jackez & Nicolz

Jodye Alcon Photography

Joey's Restaurants

John Babcock

JT Ballroom

Kravings Brazilian Fusion Steakhouse & Lounge

Laidrey Roasters

Le Sanglier French Restaurant

Madeline Funk

Magpies Softserve

Meinecke Hardy @ Allen Edwards Salon

Miho Sushi

Mon Restaurant

Monty’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

More Than Waffles

Optical Time

Pablo Vadillo of Vadillo Estates

Pam Karamad

Pet Food Express

Preserved with Love and A Loaf of Love

Pride of Los Angeles, Inc.

Rene Castillo

Ron DiBuccio at Regency Salon

Sara Manley

School of Rock Woodland Hills

Shirin Bakery

SOTO Boutique

Tarzana Wine & Spirits

The Little Cafe

The Nook

The Yoga Center

Tony Boatner

True Cross

Ultimate Cleaners

Urban Liquid

Valley Art Studio

Vinh Loi Tofu

VIP's Cafe

West Valley Nursery

Our Sponsors

Official Sponsors of the 20th Anniversary Gala

Councilmember Bob Blumenfeld
West Valley Nursery

Children's Garden Sponsors
Sinanian Development
U.S. Bank Tarzana
Vista Ford Woodland Hills

Irene’s Party Rentals

Music, Drama, and Comedy Night Sponsors
Avalon Law Firm
Marc Tahler & Ken Zietz/Rodeo Realty
Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center
Steve & Linda Wasserman

 

Partner Sponsors
Earth Matterz
Judith Pabst & Don Hayes
Nick Mongeau/State Farm
Russell Justman Package Co.
School of Rock Woodland Hills
Unwind Restaurant

20th Anniversary Gala Committee

Gala Co-Chairpersons

Claire Bloom & Katty Vega

Decorations Chair

Sydney Wilkinson Whitehead

Decorations Assistant

Zina Block

Auction Co-Chairs

Jon Tsuchiyama, Zina Block, Jane Dalea-Kahn

Design

Gary Lord Johns, ​Jackie Goldberg

Catering

Cornucopia Catering

Musical Guests

Malibu String Quartet, 12-Guage Wire, JaKL, Raspin Stuwart, Chris Stills

Sound

Gary Lord Johns

Photographer

Jodye Alcon

Party rentals

Irene Party’s Rentals

Emcee

Jason Love

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TCCC 

Special Thanks

Chris Stills

City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Erick Merida

Esther Tognozzi

Helen Davidov

Irene Party Rentals

Jackie Goldberg

Jason Love

Kathy Delle Donne

Shelly Grubman

Steve Tsuchiyama

 

And THANKS TO our INCREDIBLE volunteers, without whom we simply could not do what we do: Zina and Steve Block, Lisa Davis, Jodi Legarra and Cheri Mahlknecht

TCCC Board
of Directors

PRESIDENT

Gary Lord Johns

 

EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT

Jon Tsuchiyama

 

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Michael Belcher

 

VP of MEMBERSHIP

Barbara Weisbrod-Soloman

 

TREASURER

Katty Vega

 

SECRETARY

Sydney Wilkinson-Whitehead

 

DIRECTORS

Francine Meyberg, Jane Dalea-Kahn

 

PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Helen Baker

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Kathy Delle Donne, Linda Burroughs, Steven Ho

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Claire Bloom

MISSION STATEMENT

The Tarzana Community & Cultural Center is established to provide and maintain a facility, in a park-like setting, dedicated to the community for meetings, activities and programs that nurture community spirit, the arts, education and leadership, and preserve the history and the unique cultural qualities of Tarzana.

Our Sponsors, Continued