San Fernando Valley roundup: Smokey Robinson to read poetry in NoHo, PETA plans protest at NBC and teens injured in Van Nuys hit-and-run

Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, September 19. Smokey Robinson will read some "Words" from the heart this weekend in North Hollywood.

The singer-songwriter has apparently been itching to share his poetry with an audience. He'll read at the El Portal Theatre on Friday and Saturday. L.A. Times

Lucy's 51, a restaurant in Toluca Lake, is buying the space next door and turning it into a coffee shop, reports Patch. The cafe will seat around 50 people, which seems rather large for such a venue.

If you see half-naked models wearing monkey masks near NBC Studios today, don't worry. It's not an alternative remake of "Planet of the Apes," it's a scheduled PETA protest. LAist

Two teens were injured in a hit-and-run on Tuesday, reports the Daily News. They were allegedly at a crosswalk and hit by a truck. Luckily, their injuries are non-life threatening. 

A photo from the 1960s convinced Burbank Unified to fund ball walls for students. Originally, they were going to hand the bill to parents. Lesson: Save everything. Burbank Leader

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