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

2019 Editions Editors Notebook 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 celebratory events take place on the national level — at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Smithsonian museums and at the national parks. But here are three local ways to address women’s issues and honor their contributions this month.

Women of Vision, an exhibition of photographs by 11 award-winning female photojournalists from National Geographic, is on display now through April 7 at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. The photographs are as varied as the women who took them. There are depictions of far-flung cultures, photo-illustrations of teenage brain chemistry and other conceptual topics; and images of social issues, such as 21st-century slavery. The exhibition also shows how picture editors from National Geographic work closely with the photographers to select images and tell stories. Video  vignettes present first-person accounts from the photographers about their motivations, styles and technical and artistic challenges.

Women of Vision / Forest Lawn Museum / 1712 S. Glendale Ave / Glendale / Free / On display now through April 7 / For more information


The MORE THAN PINK Walk, put on by the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer awareness group of Los Angeles County, takes place at Dodger Stadium on March 9. The walk will raise money for breast-health services, including cancer screenings and psychosocial support for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. The name of the walk refers to pink lapel ribbons that are widely worn to show breast-cancer awareness. The walk, according to organizers, is a chance to “prove that you are More Than Pink, and help us to end breast cancer forever.”

MORE THAN PINK / Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave / Saturday, Mar. 9 / On-site registration starts at 7 a.m. / Learn more, register early, and get fundraising tips at komenlacounty.org.


Platicas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking is the theme of a presentation at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte on Mar. 14.

Platicas y Pruebas will focus of Vicenta Torres de Rubio, the first woman to publish a Mexican cookbook, “Cocina michoacana,” in 1896, and Josefina Velasquez de Leon, who led a cooking empire from the 1930s to the 1960s, writing and publishing more than 140 cookbooks, including the first bilingual cookbook printed in the United States.

The guest speaker will be Maite Gomez-Rejon, an art historian, expert in cookbook and culinary history and founder of Artbites cooking classes in L.A.  A tasting will be offered as part of the program.

Platicas y Pruebas: Female Pioneers in Mexican Cooking / LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte / 501 N. Main St. / Downtown L.A. / Thursday, Mar. 14 / 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. / $25 / Tickets available on Eventbrite / For more information, visit: lapca.org


Tomás Benitez will be the recipient of the 2019 Lummis Day “Noisemaker Award” from the Lummis Day Community Foundation. Over the past four decades, Benitez has been a tireless advocate for Chicano/Latino arts and culture in Los Angeles.

Currently the Grants Manager for Plaza de la Raza, he is also a founding member of The Latino Arts Network of California and has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, the President’s Council for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Mexican Fine Art Center Museum, among many other universities and arts organization. He lectures internationally on Chicano art and culture and is a writer who has drawn on his life in East Los Angeles as inspiration and subject matter.

The Noisemaker Award will be presented at the 14th annual fundraising dinner of the Lummis foundation on Saturday, Apr. 6 at the Highland Park Ebell Club / 131 S. Ave. 57 / Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at LummisDay.org or at Galco’s Old World Grocery or Las Cazuelas, both in Highland Park / For more information, call 818-429-8755 or email lummisdayweb@gmail.

From the Not-to-Be-Missed Department

Damien Jurado, the indie rock singer/songwriter will perform songs from his latest album, “The Horizon Just Laughed” at the Highland Park Ebell on March 7. Jurado is know for his versatility. He is also known for the visions, dreams and fictions that are the source materials for his songs. A recent article on Jurado in PopMatters said that his lyrics are so vivid that “having listened to his songs feels like having seen a movie.”

Damien Jurado / Highland Park Ebell / 131 S. Ave. 57 / Thursday, Mar. 7 / 8 p.m. / $20 / Tickets available on Eventbrite



Support for the Arts

Dr. Mercedes Narez and Francisco Fernandez will open their home on Saturday, Mar. 16 for a “Perfect Pairing” fundraiser to benefit Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Fernandez, a longtime home winemaker, will offer tastings of his handcrafted wine, poured from bottles that have been painted by 12 prominent L.A. artists. The painted-bottle collection will also be for sale. Fernandez will give an overview of his winemaking techniques and a tour of the couple’s contemporary art collection. Saturday, Mar. 16 /  3 p.m. to 5 p.m. / $75 per person / To buy tickets: avenue50studio.org/supportdonate / For more information: Avenue 50 Studio at 323-258-1435 or e-mail: avenue50studio@gmail.com

Marking the Spring Equinox


At the Soundbath Center in Eagle Rock, Jamie Bechtold and Robert Lee will hold a Spring Equinox Breathwork SoundLab, a combination of guided breathing, crystal energy tools and a sound bath with 11 gongs and 12 crystal singing bowls, all blending together to usher in the new season with clarity and relaxation.

The Soundbath Center /4688 Eagle Rock Blvd. /  323-839-6251 / Tuesday, Mar. 19 / Arrival 7:45 p.m., Event 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. / $60 / Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Cypress Park on Foot


The Highland Park Heritage Trust will sponsor a two-mile walking tour through Cypress Park on Saturday, Mar. 23. The tour takes in sites of historic, cultural and architectural interest in the neighborhood, where some of the area’s early history transpired.

Meet at the Frisco Bakery (621 W. Avenue 26) at 2:00 p.m. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring earplugs as part of the walk will be near the 5 and 110 freeways. / The walk should be completed by 4:30p.m. / Tickets are available on Eventbrite – $18 for Heritage Trust members; $23 for non-members / For more information, email: lariverbeach@gmail.com

Find It, Buy It and Benefit Glassell Park

The 4th annual Rummage Sale of the Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA) is a combination fundraiser and treasure hunt, with bargains in every rummage-worthy category: useful, decorative, unusual, vintage and more. Plus, the proceeds benefit GPIA, one of L.A.’s friendliest and most effective improvement groups.

Rummage Sale, GPIA / Sunday, Mar. 24 / 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Glassell Park Community and Senior Center / 3750 Verdugo Rd. / Free


Springtime at NELA’s Community Gardens


The Eagle Rockdale Community Garden and Art Park will hold its 7th annual plant sale on Saturday, Mar. 30 and Sunday, Mar. 31. Organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, squash, eggplant and peppers in four-inch pots will sell for $4 each. Expert gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions about gardening and how you can join the community garden.

Eagle Rockdale Community Garden and Art Park / 1003 Rockdale Ave. (near the corner of Colorado and Figueroa)/ Mar. 30 and Mar.31 / 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are community gardens in several NELA neighborhoods. Visit them on Facebook or contact them by email to learn about becoming a member or special events and workshops: 

  • Highland Park, the Milagro Allegro garden, at 111 S. Avenue 66
  • Glassell Park Community Garden at 3304 Drew St.
  • Elysian Valley Community Garden at 1816 Blake Street (elysianvalleygarden@gmail.com)

 What Makes a Street Great?

If you have an idea for how to make NELA’s streets more vibrant, more beautiful, safer or more functional, you have until April 1 to apply for money to turn your idea into a reality.


The money is part of the Great Streets Challenge, a citywide program that identifies Community Partners who have compelling visions for improving their neighborhood corridors. Partners can include non-profits, community-based organizations and faith centers with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, schools, Chambers of Commerce, business improvement districts or businesses registered in the City of Los Angeles.

Up to 10 applicants will be selected as partners in the first round and will receive $15,000 plus the help of a consultant to develop their idea and build community support for it. Four finalists will then be selected to receive additional funds and assistance to transform their streets. To learn more and apply, visit: lagreatstreets.org/2019-great-streets-challenge