THURSDAY Ladera Elementary School, along with members of the Boy Scouts, will celebrate Veterans Day with recent returnees from Iraq as well as other veterans. The festivities will begin at 8:45 a.m. at 1211 Calle Almendro, Thousand Oaks. Volunteers are needed for the Los Angeles Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program (ALP) to help adults improve basic reading skills. Volunteers can attend training sessions at any of the 71 branch libraries. The Pacoima branch, 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., will have tutoring service training Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A grand opening of the new Van Nuys Civic Child Development Care Center will begin at 10 a.m. at 14350 Sylvan St. An open house will follow. The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council will host a forum at 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2071 Dracena St., Los Feliz. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The North Hollywood Neighborhood Northeast Council will meet at 7 p.m. at 6755 Rhodes Ave. The West Hills Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Justice Street Elementary School, 23550 Justice St. FRIDAY: The City’s first annual international tamale festival will kick off at 3 p.m. at 1400 N. Spring St. The event will run through the weekend and will feature a best tamale contest Saturday and a tamale eating contest Sunday. Admission is free. Guide Dogs of America will be coming to the Encino Community Center at 11 a.m. to explain the importance of the trained animals. A presentation will be given. The center is located at 4935 Balboa Blvd. For information, call 818-995-1690. SATURDAY: Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church will celebrate the blessing of animals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 10158 Johanna Ave., Sunland. Pet owners can bring their pets for a blessing and have them photographed. For information, call 818-353-2500. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!