FRIDAY: Volunteers are needed for the third annual Operation Gratitude drive to help prepare and send holiday packages to U.S. troops overseas. Volunteers should show up at noon at the California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. Items can also be donated at the armory. The drive will last through the weekend. For information, call 818-481-5939. A Veterans Day candlelight vigil will be held for veterans and their families at 7 p.m. at the Valley Municipal Building Plaza, 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys. SATURDAY: MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) needs volunteers to make home visits to assess demand for help during Christmas. Those interested should show up at MEND from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 13460 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge, will host the Harvest Festival at the Lab School play yard for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 18330 Halsted St. Admission is $5 for adults. Children get in free. For information, call (818) 677-3131. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals religious ceremony and a demonstration by Guide Dogs of America from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10158 Johanna Ave., Sunland. Temples will come together to hold a communitywide Kristallnacht commemoration of Holocaust-era Torah scrolls at 7:30 p.m. at Leo Beck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Bel-Air. Each participating synagogue is a caretaker of a Torah scroll that survived Nazi occupation in Czechoslovakia and was rescued after the Holocaust. MTA docents will offer free guided art tours along the Orange Line busway at selected stations beginning at 10 a.m., and on Nov. 19. For information, call (213) 922-4278. Descanso Gardens will hold a chrysanthemum judging contest show/sale at 9 a.m. (also on Sunday) at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $2 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. For more information, call (818) 949-7984 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!