Editor’s Notebook: October 2019

The Editor’s Notebook contains a calendar of fun things to do, important things to know, ways to get involved and events to put on your calendar. Kudos Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the L.A. Dodgers recently donated five ping pong tables to nonprofit agencies serving youth and seniors in Cedillo’s Council District 1 […]

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Logo for National Geographic Female Photojournalists Exhibit in Glendale.

Editor’s Notebook: Women’s History Month Events and Other Cool Things to Do in Northeast L.A. in March

The Editor’s Notebook contains fun things to do, important things to know, ways to get involved and events to put on your calendar. Three local ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in NELA Every year since 1987, Congress and the President have officially designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. Many of the […]

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INDUSTRIOUS: FOLKE, a CFA,ER exhibition by artists from three generations of a local family of artists.

Editor’s Notebook February 2019

Art You Can View, Art You Can Use         INDUSTRIOUS: FOLKE, an exhibition from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28 at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (CFAER), presents a collection of paintings, sketches, inkings, sculpture and illustrations by artists from three generations of a local family of artists. The featured works, by Ralf and Jeannette […]

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Three Little Birds float designed by Mike Mera of Eagle Rock-based Mera Group marketing consultants | Photo by Joseph Ruiz

Editor’s Notebook January 2019

Eagle Rock Consultant Wins Award for Rose Parade Float Design Congratulations go to Mike Mera of the Eagle Rock-based Mera Group marketing consultants for designing an award winning float in the Rose Parade this year.  Mike designed the “Three Little Birds” float which captured the Mayor Award for the most outstanding float by a participating […]

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There Is Hope

The Los Angeles Police Protective League will hold a 5K walk on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the L.A. Policy Academy/Elysian Park to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Participation is free, though you need to register, either in advance at Eventbrite.com (enter “Heart of the LAPD Walk”) or beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of […]

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Celebrate Latino American Heritage Month

September kicks off Los Angeles Latino American Heritage Month, a celebration of the contributions of Latinos to the City’s past, present and future. Among the events is Fiesta Patrias at Olvera Street, sponsored by NELA Councilmember José Huizar. The festival is the most popular L.A. celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day and the only one celebrated […]

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Tired of Those Tires?

NELA residents can dispose of used tires at a free collection event sponsored by the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Yosemite Recreation Center in Eagle Rock. Tires cannot go in the trash bin or the recycling bin, so the collection event is a chance to de-clutter your immediate environs without […]

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Art in the Streets, Music in the Park

The Frogtown Artwalk on Saturday, Sept. 22 is an opportunity to explore Frogtown (Elysian Valley) inside and out: The area’s artists and artisans open their doors to visitors and the sidewalks come alive with play, dance, art and other activities, some planned, some spontaneous. / 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. / For more info: evartscollective.com. […]

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Calling All Undiscovered Writers

PEN America, a group that fosters free speech and creative expression, is taking applications for its Emerging Voices Fellowship, a seven-month program in Los Angeles to help unknown writers improve their writing and jump start their careers. From January to July, 2019, fellows will take part in weekly writing classes, one-on-one professional mentoring and other […]

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Women Empowering Women

Richelle Huizar, a commissioner on the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women and the wife of NELA city councilmember José Huizar will be a host of the 48th annual conference of the National Association of Commissions for Women, to be held in L.A. this year from Aug. 1 through Aug. 4 at […]

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Taste of Eagle Rock Returns

The 4th annual Taste of Eagle Rock will feature dishes prepared by the chefs of local restaurants, along with tastings of wine, beer and lemonade – all the while supporting a good cause: All proceeds from the event support the beautification projects of Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, a community improvement group. Tickets are $45 for […]

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Kudos

A four-member team of math, science and engineering whizzes from Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park took second place at the state level of the National Engineering Design Challenge at UC Irvine on May 12. Team members Julissa Merino, Kimberly Rizo, Sherla Chen and Won Joo Joswick, will all move on to high school […]

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Wanted: Your Opinion

As part of the Los Angeles River revitalization, a ranger corps is being developed to ensure the public’s safe and enjoyable access to recreation along the river. A survey asks for you to rank your safety concerns on the river – lighting? pollution? crime? etc. – and help define the role of a river ranger. […]

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Calling All Artists

Building on its successful year-long collaboration with Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, the Arroyo Arts Collective is calling on artists to submit their work, either individually or with fellow artists, for possible display at the studio. The Collective will also review submissions from curators who wish to put on exhibits of artists’ work. This […]

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Help for Veterans

Wellness Works, an organization in Glendale that helps veterans self-heal through training, education and treatment, is holding a weekend workshop from Friday evening, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. Led by Fr. Michael Lapsley, founder of the Institute for the Healing of Memories, the workshop’s focus is on  emotional healing by exploring and acknowledging veterans’ […]

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June is Gay Pride Month

The Dodgers will host LGBT night at the home game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, June 8. Pre game festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with the 2018 L.A. Pride Kickoff Party in the Right Field Plaza Pavilion Bar, lasting until the first pitch at 7:10 p.m. The event will also include an LGBT Dodger […]

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Kudos

The eight-member robotics team at Washington Irving STEAM Magnet Middle School in Glassell Park won the California State Championship in the VEX Robotics Competition in Northern California in March, and, as we went to press at the end of April, was on its way to the VEX World Championship/Middle School Division in Louisville, Kentucky, a […]

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Milestone

The Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that the state has issued one million drivers licenses to undocumented residents since 2015, when a law to allow such issuances went into effect. The milestone was cause for celebration for NELA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who championed the law (AB60) when he was in the State Assembly. […]

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Local History on Display, for Free

Residents of Eagle Rock and Highland Park are among those being offered free admission to the Pasadena Museum of History on “Community Wednesdays,” held on the first Wednesday of each month. Bring valid identification showing your address and mention the Community Wednesday offer to get the free pass. Also invited are residents of Alhambra, Altadena, […]

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Necco Wafers: Going, Going, Gone? 

Panic buying of Necco Wafers has been reported on the heels of an announcement that the New England Confectioner’s Company, the Necco Wafer maker, may go out of business unless someone takes it over. If you are a Necco Wafer lover, you might want to stop by Galco’s Soda Pop Stop at 5702 York Blvd […]

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Fires and the People Who Fight Them

On March 19, 1964, nine homes in Eagle Rock were destroyed by a fire that blew in from Glendale and scorched the hills. Seven other homes were heavily damaged. Evacuations were ordered as fire companies converged to defend homes near the hills. The Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society will show newly-acquired footage of this event […]

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Kudos

The Academic Decathlon team at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park took fourth place in the statewide competition in Sacramento on Mar. 25. There are 700 decathlon teams in the state and 66 make it to the state level. The teams are made up of nine members, include three A-students, three B- students and […]

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Buy a Book, Have a Muffin

Friends of the Eagle Rock Library, a non-profit volunteer group that works to support the local branch, will hold a used book sale at the library (5027 Caspar Ave, at Chickasaw) on Saturday, Apr 28. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be books for children, teens and adults, most of them for $2 […]

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Hunt for Bargains

Occidental Presbyterian is holding its annual rummage sale on April 6 and April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the church (corner of Eagle Rock Blvd. and York Blvd). Clean rummage, vintage items, plants, and homemade baked goods will be available, as well a hearty chili or soup. For more information, […]

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Kudos to The Math and Science team at Luther Burbank Middle School

The Math and Science team at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park, coached by Ben Feinberg, the school’s 8th grade math teacher, aced several brain twisters at the recent Middle School Science Bowl at Cal State L.A, including, for example: What is the name for the apparent force that causes hurricanes to be deflected […]

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Kudos to Gabriela Serrato-Lone

Gabriela Serrato-Lone, a member of ChicanxUnknown, a photography collective, secured a nearly $1,000 grant from the Highland Park Neighborhood Council to help pay for the “Divine Energy: Herstory Block Party,” on Saturday, Mar. 10, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Ave. 52 between York Blvd. and Meridian St. The block party, which will be […]

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Dig This!

A free, fascinating family event, the 60th annual Gem and Mineral Show of the Pasadena Lapidary Society will offer stunning displays of gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry as well as demonstrations of lapidary techniques like wire wrapping, cabochon grinding and other jewelry making skills. There will also be raffles, a silent auction on both days, […]

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Choosing the Next LAPD Police Chief

The City of L.A. wants your imput on the next LAPD police chief to replace Chief Charlie Beck, who is retiring. Your answers to a new survey will be used to develop interview questions and evaluate the candidates’ knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics. One section asks you to list the top five priorities for […]

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Art and Historic Architecture

The gala of the Highland Park Heritage Trust, to be held at the historic Abbey San Encino in Highland Park, will celebrate 35 years of effort to preserve the heritage of the Arroyo Seco communities. The gala includes the opportunity to tour the historic house, an artisan fair and a silent auction Sunday, Mar. 18 […]

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Kudos

Kudos to Amy Inouye, the artist and community activist based in Highland Park, who has been selected to receive the 2018 “Noisemaker Award” by the organizers of NELA’s acclaimed Lummis Day Festival. The award is presented annually to an individual whose work and contributions to the community reflect the mission of the Lummis Day Community […]

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Restore Nature

The first native plant nursery in NELA, the Los Nogales Nursery, was established in 2014 as a joint effort of the Audubon Center at Debs Park in Montecito Heights and the National Park Service. Today, the nursery grows more than 30 different native plant species from seed collected in Debs Park and then uses the […]

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Ride for a Reason

The Cody Waters Foundation, established by the parents of a nine-year old who died of brain cancer in 2009, will hold the annual Cody Waters Off-Road Ride to Survive fundraiser on March 10. The ride, which is open to motorcycles, quads, side by sides, buggies, trucks and any other type of off-road vehicle, begins in […]

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Trim Your Property Tax Bill

Los Angeles County has just wrapped up an initiative to make homeowners more aware of a property tax breaks that go unclaimed each year. The figures are stunning. For example, some 435,000 families across the county could trim their tax bills by $70 a year by claiming the Homeowner’s Exemption. The largest number of unclaimed […]

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