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What is Town Hall Los Angeles?

The idea of a Town Hall is as old as democracy itself. It began in the agora, the public open space at the heart of ancient Greek cities, where people came together to examine issues of vital importance to the community. As a participant in Town Hall Los Angeles, you join a rich tradition of open democratic discussion at one of the oldest forums of its kind. We work to promote a public discussion on issues of regional, national, and international significance.??

Since 1937, we have been dedicated to promoting civic participation, pride, and awareness. Today, Town Hall Los Angeles is among the top ten executive speaker forums in the nation, and the only one of that group in Southern California.

Why should I join Town Hall Los Angeles?

Our membership reflects the diversity of Southern California, and consists of leaders from all economic and intellectual perspectives. Individuals may join Town Hall at several levels of membership, with several benefits, including admittance to the Members-Only section of the site.

Town Hall Los Angeles offers several levels of participation for individuals and corporations, each of which includes advance notice and reduced rates to all events, access to Members-Only section of the site, and an opportunity to join forces with a respected and stimulating organization that assembles a wide range of points-of-view around common interests.

As we approach our 70th anniversary, we are evolving to meet our community's needs. Beginning in 2006, we offer programs in new locations including Beverly Hills, Playa Vista, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Westlake.

Can members of the general public attend Town Hall Los Angeles events?

Yes, the public is welcome to attend all events at non-member rates, except those events designated as Members-Only.

How do I make the most of my Town Hall Los Angeles membership?

Visit the web site calendar of events and select the events of most interest to you and attend as often as possible. And, if you miss events of interest, check back in our speech archive and experience us section for transcripts and links to broadcasting. We welcome suggestions for speakers and events from everyone, so let us know your ideas.

Are Town Hall Los Angeles events ever free?

No, however, there are some events that are complimentary to members.

Do I have to make a reservation for events?

Yes, and we only take reservations with payment. You can make payments up until 12:00 PM the day before the event.

Can I come to events and pay at the door?

Yes, there are a few cancellations last minute, and there may be space. If you pay at the door, there is no guarantee of a seat or meal unless you have a reservation and paid in advance.

How do I make a reservation for an event?

You can register online, peruse our Programs section or event calendar, and click on the register link. You can also call us, fax us, or email us.

Will I receive my tickets through the mail?

No, tickets are at the registration table on the day of the event under each participant's last name.

Do I receive a confirmation for my reservation?

If you register online, Verisign will send you an email confirmation. However, if you call or fax you will not. However, if you require a receipt, please request one and we will gladly provide it for you.

Where do I sit at events?

Seating is assigned by table and listed on the ticket you receive at registration.

Is there a dress code for events?

Yes, events are business attire.

Are there vegetarian meals available?

For meal events, a vegetarian option will be available. Please ask your server.

What happens if I am late?

For meal events, meals are not guaranteed after 20 minutes from the event start time. However, you may still come and enjoy the program and question and answer session.

Can I ask the speaker a question?

Yes, questions are welcome and expected after each Town Hall Los Angeles program. Questions are selected randomly and the quantity is limited by time.

What happens if I book an event and cannot attend?

Refunds/Event Credits are available two business days prior to the event, and cannot be issued after that point.

How can I get on the mailing list for upcoming events?

Becoming a member is the best way to stay abreast of Town Hall Los Angeles programs. Or, visit our site often and check our programs and calendar of events.

Who takes your event photos?

Many events are covered by Town Hall staff, however, certain events are covered by Ann Johansson, a freelance photojournalist. Please contact Town Hall Los Angeles or Ann Johansson before using any images.