Our current clubhouse is at the corner of Tyrone and Aetna, 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401.
Our New Tyrone Avenue Clubhouse.
The building has two large rooms — the meeting room and the conversation area — and several smaller areas. The image to the right shows the meeting room at our first meeting (September 1, 2011). Most meetings aren't this crowded: most of the chairs are filled, but you wouldn't see the crowd of standees in the back.
The conversation room (identified as "Comfy Seating Area" in the diagram below) has several sofas, a table where people can (and often do) put snacks to share, our soft drink machine, and our trophy case. See the images to the left and below.
("handy but not to scale diagram" — supplied by Mike Thorsen)
Long before LASFS bought its own clubhouse, there was a Freehafer Hall every Thursday night, because the club voted that wherever it met would be named Freehafer Hall in honor of Paul Freehafer. Freehafer Hall is inside the Paul Turner Building which is named for the LASFSian who started the LASFS Building Fund.
The Null Space
On September 2, 2010, it was moved that "in honor of his many years of service to the [Los Angeles Science Fantasy] Society, we name the space between Building 4SJ and the Paul Turner building for Merlin R. “Bob” Null to refer to it as the “Null Space.” This was passed unanimously"
The Forrest J Ackerman building (also known as Building 4SJ) is named in honor of Forrest J Ackerman.
Named in memory of the cargo container storage unit at the Burbank Blvd. clubhuose.
The LASFS Library
The LASFS has a large lending library of science fiction, fantasy and genre-related nonfiction books. Housed in the 4SJ building, it consists of more than 20,000 volumes. The library takes quite a lot of work to maintain and more than a few librarians. The librarian is Warren Johnson, assisted by Darnell Coleman and other able volunteers. Library work parties are regularly scheduled on the 4th Saturday of each month, and members are encouraged to participate in keeping our collection up-to-date and in good order.
Backpacks, big coats and the like are not permitted in the Library
One of the things that makes the LASFS unique is that every book and publication in its Library and every video in its Video Collection is available to any member to borrow, even those that are rare and unusual. The LASFS is firmly committed to this type of open access.
Questions should be directed to
The New Clubhouse is located at 6012 Tyrone, Van Nuys, CA 91401 (on the corner of Tyrone and Aetna, a block north of Oxnard and a block east of Van Nuys Blvd. I have done my best to come up with both driving and bus/rail directions that others can follow to get to the new place. However, I make mistakes, and Metro schedules do change, so please verify this information for yourself before setting out!
See Parking Information for where to park your car.
From Westside of Los Angeles: (WARNING: Road construction on the 405 may cause delays — 2011-2013)
Take Interstate 405 North to the Burbank Blvd exit (Exit 64). Turn right onto Burbank Blvd at end of ramp. Turn Left onto Van Nuys Blvd. Go north just one block past Oxnard St., turn right onto Aetna St. Clubhouse is on the corner of Tyrone Avenue and Aetna, on your left.
From Central Los Angeles:
Take Interstate 110; at exit 27A, merge onto US Highway 101 North. Take the Van Nuys Blvd. exit (Exit 17) and turn right at the end of the ramp to go onto Van Nuys Blvd headed north. Turn right onto Oxnard Street. Take the first possible left turn onto Tyrone Ave. The clubhouse is one block up on the right, on the corner of Aetna.
From Pasadena and Foothills area:
Take Interstate 210 west to California Highway 134 West (toward Ventura). Merge onto California Highway 170 North (Exit 1B). Take the Oxnard St. exit (Exit 8A) and turn left onto Oxnard at the bottom of the ramp. Go just under 3 miles to Tyrone Ave, and turn right onto Tyrone. Clubhouse will be one block up on the right, at the corner of Aetna.
From San Diego, Orange County, or Eastern Los Angeles:
Take Interstate 5 North toward Los Angeles. Merge Left onto US Highway 101 North. Take the Van Nuys Blvd. exit (Exit 17) and turn right at the end of the ramp to go onto Van Nuys Blvd. In 1.5 miles, turn right onto Oxnard Street, in only .2 miles (it comes pretty quickly) take the first possible left turn onto Tyrone Ave. The clubhouse is one block up on the right at the corner of Aetna.
From The North:
Take Interstate 5 South (toward Los Angeles) or California 118 to Interstate 405 South (San Diego Freeway, toward Santa Monica. Take the Victory Blvd/Van Nuys exit (Exit 65). Turn left onto Haskell Ave. at the exit ramp. Take the first left turn (at the light) onto Victory Blvd. headed east. Go past Van Nuys Blvd and Sylmar, turning right onto Tyrone Ave, at the light (The Central Lutheran Church is on the left corner of the street). Go south to the corner of Aetna, which is one block north of Oxnard, and the clubhouse is on the left corner.
From Los Angeles:
Local Metro line 154 westward (Ventura/Reseda), stops at the northwest corner Tyrone and Oxnard headed. The clubhouse is one block north at the corner of Aetna. If you are able to take a bus that connects with that, it is probably your best bet.
Due to changes/improvements on the 405, the Metro bus servicing the area around the clubhouse was broken into two different lines on May 15th of 2011. That means that you can no longer take another bus toward the 761 North from Westwood (from the LA basin)to exit at Van Nuys between Aetna and Bessemer (Stop 559). You can still take any route in the Valley to the 761, and exit at Van Nuys and Aetna, then walk about a quarter mile down Aetna to the clubhouse.
For others, I highly suggest you consult the trip planner at www.socaltransport.org
From the North:
Check your local bus schedules. From Santa Clarita, RTD bus 757 (North Hollywood Station) intersects with the Orange Line to take you to Van Nuys Blvd. Station. Also, line 243 from Rinaldi/Town Center intersects with the Orange Line at Perce College station and can take you to Van Nuys station.
The Metroliner Antelope Valley Train will take you into Union Station. You can take the Red Line from there to the North Hollywood Station. Go upstairs and leave the station. You can either take the 154 bus toward Ventura/Reseda and exit at Oxnard and Tyrone, walking 1 block north to the clubhouse, or you can and walk across Lankershim to the Orange Line (901) Bus terminal. Take the Orange line to the Van Nuys Blvd station. HOWEVER, due to limited trips you will not be able to return the same night on the Metroliner. The Metroliner resumes its runs the next morning.
When you exit at the Orange Line station, walk south ½ block and turn left onto Aetna. Head east, walking the way the bus just came, down Aetna to the clubhouse at the corner of Tyrone (about .25 miles).
You can take Commuter Express bus 549, leaving Los Robles and Colorado blvd. at 6:14PM toward Encino. Exit at Burbank Blvd & Fulton Av at 7:01 PM. Take the Metro Orange Line (toward Warner Center) from the Valley College station westward to the Van Nuys Blvd station. When you exit, walk south ½ block and turn left onto Aetna. Head east, walking the way the bus just came, down Aetna to the corner of Tyrone (about .25 miles). It is also possible to take either bus 180 or the Gold line, to the Red Line, to the Orange Line, exiting at the Van Nuys Blvd. station and walking to the clubhouse, and the reverse going home is your only option after 8 PM for your trip back.
From Orange County: (Warning! This is a three to four hour trip each way! It also includes two quarter mile or more walks.)
Take RTD 460 Bus toward Downtown Los Angeles (be sure to buy a day pass which is also good for the train and Orange line) and exit at 7th St. & Figueroa. Walk one very long block down 7th to the Metro Red Line Station (about a quarter mile). Take the Red Line train toward North Hollywood. Exit at North Hollywood Station (currently the end of the line). Go upstairs, leave the station, and walk across Lankershim to the Orange Line (901) Bus terminal. Take the Orange line to the Van Nuys Blvd station. When you exit, walk south ½ block and turn left onto Aetna. Head east, walking the way the bus just came, down Aetna to the corner of Tyrone (about .25 miles). OR transfer to bus 154 (Ventura/Reseda) outside the North Hollywood station (Bay 10) and take it to the corner of Tyrone and Oxnard. Walk one block north to the clubhouse on the corner at Aetna.
From San Diego: (WARNING, train fare is about $40 each way and there is no return the same night. The train portion alone takes 3 hours and 35 minutes.)
Take the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to N. Van Nuys Station. Walk to the corner at Keswick and take the Metro761 Southbound (fare is $1.50). Exit at Bessemer and Van Nuys Blvd. Walk 1 block south to Aetna, cross the street and walk east on Aetna to the clubhouse at the corner of Tyrone Avenue.
Board of Directors announcement about parking:
Parking: The issue has been resolved
There is no parking on Aetna Street after 9PM. If you are at a LASFS meeting or other evening event at the clubhouse, you must move your car somewhere else before 9PM, or you will get a ticket or even be towed away. You can park on Tyrone Ave. as long as you like (subject to the city-wide 3 day limit).
You can also park on Oxnard St. You may have trouble finding a space there if you arrive early, but most of the businesses on Oxnard close at 6PM, and the workers leave within a few minutes. By 6:30 PM you should have no trouble finding a parking space on Oxnard.
About 200 feet north of the clubhouse (just past the busway and bike path) there is unrestricted parking on Bessemer Street. Turn right off Tyrone onto Bessemer and you will find an extremely long block with no parking restrictions until one gets to the far end. This street is right next to the Union Ice Building and that part of the street is VERY well lit.
We do not currently have any reserved spaces to auction off or for handicapped parking.
We are working with the city of Los Angeles, trying to get the parking limitation on Aetna changed to a later time, perhaps 11PM.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 )|