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Celebrating 100 Years of Northridge Begins Tonight

Ranch houses in Northridge via The Neighborhood Project: Northridge | Photo by Elise Thompson/LAist
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One of the oldest neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Northridge, is getting its due respect beginning tonight. Once the "horse capitol of the West," the neighborhood later transformed, becoming the quintessential example of America's suburb with its California ranch style homes and as home to one of the state's premiere Cal State colleges.

To kick off the year-long celebration, the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Councilman Greig Smith and other community partners are hosting a kickoff tonight inside the Northridge Park Recreation Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

"The kickoff event is the chance to learn about what kinds of activities will be taking place, and how individuals and groups can participate," explained an advisory from Smith's office. "The events and programs will celebrate the history, character, people and places of Northridge and lay the groundwork for future activities."

If you live in the neighborhood or are just carry that zealous Valley pride (yeah!), there is a Facebook fan page for the celebrations. And to learn a ton about Northridge, visit LAist's detailed Neighborhood Project post about it.