Free Parkway Trees Planted For You This Winter: Sign Up Now!

Because this program was so popular this spring, Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has once again teamed up with Northeast Trees to bring you free trees to green your parkway (which will be planted for you, but which you are responsible for watering), so all of Glassell Park’s streets can be lovely, shady, tree-lined streets.

AND IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT AESTHETICS—TREES CAN:

  • improve our health: slow our heart rates/blood pressure & decrease muscle tension [1]; increase our attention spans [2]; increase the benefits of exercise [3]; promote feelings of contentedness & relaxation while also reducing stress hormones [4]; reduce interpersonal aggression (as well as crime rates) [5]; and, believe it or not, improve community bonds that help us thrive [6]
  • significantly lessen the urban heat island effect by shading surfaces that would normally be getting hot from sunlight; this in turn reduces how hard our air conditioning systems have to work, thereby reducing both the heat emitted by AC compressors and our CO2 emissions, which provides additional cooling
  • help clean our air: yes, they even reduce smog and the (even more harmful to our health) particulate pollution that results from bare soil (exacerbated by years of drought), leaf blowers (despite being illegal, they’re everywhere), and vehicles
  • retain rainwater (which eventually travels down the leaves, branches, and trunk, and into the ground, instead of washing straight out to the ocean, polluted by the toxic substances picked up in streets)
  • provide habitat to the neighborhood’s many birds
  • make the neighborhood quieter by reducing noise transmission

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE OR GO TO GLASSELLPARKNC.ORG/TREES TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR TREE(S) TODAY.

If you’ve wanted a tree in your parkway, but just weren’t sure how to make it happen, this is your chance.

If you need any help with your trees after they are planted, there are several community volunteers on hand to help who have been trained by TreePeople, so you will always have someone to ask for help if you need it (just email trees@glassellparknc.org).  🙂

NOTE: FORMS WILL BE COLLECTED OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL MONTHS, AND TURNED IN SOME TIME IN FALL 2017, FOR A PLANT DATE SOME TIME IN THE WINTER (ANYWHERE FROM NOVEMBER 2017 TO FEBRUARY 2018)

FREE Documentary Workshop – 5/20, 5/27 & 6/3 10am to noon

sharing from U Create Youth Workshop:
 

FREE WORKSHOP

Documentary/PSA Production Workshop

 
This is a 3-day workshop taking place over 3 consecutive Saturdays, from 10am-noon:
May 20, 27, & June 3rd
 
held at Washington Irving STEAM Magnet Middle School
3010 Estara Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065
 
 
This is a free workshop for youth to learn the fundamentals of producing a short documentary or public service announcement (PSA) taught by industry professionals. The students will be encouraged to come up with messages that they feel are important to them, the class will vote on a couple to produce, and pre-production and production of the PSAs will take place.
 
Classes will be taught by Jerry Henry and Jorge Rivera. Jerry’s accomplishments as a cinematographer include Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop and the 2015 Official Sundance Film Festival documentary City of Gold, as well as other acclaimed documentaries and TV shows. Jorge is an assistant director and producer known for The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Armed Response, and ID’s Blood Relatives.

Rents & Solutions: how your rental properties can help solve homelessness (workshop) 5/11/17 @ 10am

Are you a building owner or landlord?

are you interested in helping house homeless families & individuals?

Learn about new incentives available to landlords!

Los Angeles has made an unprecedented commitment to ending homelessness.  New financial incentives are available to landlords who partner with the County, City, and service providers to house our homeless neighbors.  Please join us for an informative morning to learn about how you can benefit from these incentives.

This workshop is held at:
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
10 am to 12 noon

[ CLICK HERE TO SEE FLYER ]

Register today at:
https://rentsandsolutions.eventbrite.com

(this has been shared on behalf of Jose Huizar, CD14)

Call For Muralists to Paint the Post Office (deadline: June 15th!)

Submissions for Mural have been closed.
Public Arts committee will be in close touch with all Artists and updates.

:: all questions, direct to publicarts@glassellparknc.org ::

DEADLINE was JUNE 15.

(SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ALSO CHANGED, PLEASE FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF)

WHAT DO I SUBMIT?
A submission should consist of the following:
  • a selection of 10-15 images of your past work which is representative of the style and skill set you will bring to bear on mural creation
  • a description of your vision for the mural, which can be visual, textual, or both (please refer to these templates for your convenience, if you choose to do a sketch as part of conveying your vision: parking lot wall | street side wall) — please keep in mind the protruding blocks on the street side wall, and consider them in your plan; the format for this “description of your vision” is completely up to you, so just use a format that best suits you and allows you to convey your ideas
  • a description of your intended process, whether it’s one person or a group (team, club, organization, or other group), and how you plan to accomplish the mural in a way that involves the local community
CULTURAL & HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
We have connected with the WEB (Where Everybody Blossoms) Club at Sotomayor High School, and they have provided a set of recommendations, which we would encourage all applicants to become familiar with and consider in their submission.
WHAT DO I NOT NEED TO SUBMIT?
Because it is important that this mural be of cultural and historic significance, the research and planning phase we expect to take much longer than the time allotted for your submissions and therefore we’re building in some new parameters:
  • we do not need you to put in an inordinate amount of your time doing historical research before you hand in your submission; we will select 5 finalists and each will receive an honorarium and access to local historians (at a workshop or meeting date TBD), then you will be given ample time to flesh out your vision
  • you do not need to turn in a full rendering of your idea; in fact, we expect you to present ideas & examples of your work, but we do not expect your idea to be complete yet, since we want you to use the extra time allotted, the honorarium, and access to historians to inform your process further and allow you to develop a much more culturally and historically significant concept of Glassell Park & NELA in general as you develop your final plan

Please send your submission to artsubmissions@glassellparknc.org.

See photos of post office below (click to enlarge!), and stay in touch if you need more info.

Parking Lot Side
14′ x 50′ (appx 679 ft2)
Eagle Rock Blvd Side
20′ x 53′ (appx 1060 ft2)

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Earth Day Festival 4/22/17 10am – 5pm

Join us for a celebration of Earth Day and the 10-year anniversary of Rio de Los Angeles State Park (1900 N. San Fernando Rd)!

This event will be a great way for you to learn more about sustainability, as well as connect with sustainability solutions at booths representing community groups, and also celebrate the art of local youth.  On stage, we’ll have speakers giving talks on a variety of sustainability topics, and in between these talks will be performances from local youth (dance, instrumental, choral).  There will also be an art garden to display local youth artworks (contact us if you’d like to be included).

PLUS!  don’t miss:

FREE TREES will be given out starting at 1pm, until they’re gone, courtesy of NE Trees & the City Plants program.

LIVE SCREENPRINTING!  Bring your own 100% cotton t-shirt or totebag to have it screenprinted right before your eyes.  You’ll have your choice of 4 designs.

 

STAGE SCHEDULE:

12:00 – 12:30 – Welcome & Introductions
12:30 – 1:00 – Opening Ceremony
1:00 – 1:15 – Department of Sanitation – what goes in the blue bins?
1:15 – 1:30 – Leigh Jerrard – the ongoing water shortage & ways to be water-wise
1:30 – 1:45 – Studio School String Ensemble
1:45 – 2:15 – DJ Quinfinity, 7th grader (Irving STEAM Middle) from the U Create Youth Workshop
2:15 – 2:30 – Lisa Novick – greener gardening practices for happier plants & cleaner air
2:30 – 3:00 – Performance by Renaissance Arts Academy High School
3:00 – 3:15 – Loraine Lundquist – sustainability is more than environmentalism: why it’s important
3:15 – 3:45 – Student DJ from the U Create Youth Workshop
3:45 – 4:15 – Performance by Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts Elementary
4:15 – 4:30 – Jane Demian & Natalie Freidberg – importance of trees & their proper care
4:30 – 4:45 – Tina Sanchez – the social justice dimension of sustainability; reasons for urgency
4:45 – 5:00 – DJs encore / outro

See the full-size flyer with additional info: FRONT / BACK (incl. full list of booths)

This event is co-sponsored by Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Glassell Park Improvement Association, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Council District 1’s Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, The California State Parks Foundation, and Northeast Trees.

Lummis Day “Noisemaker” Awards Dinner 4/1/17 @ 6:30pm

Sharing from the Lummis Foundation:

Lummis Day To Honor Author and Journalist Héctor Tobar As 2017 “Noisemaker” At Annual Benefit and Award Dinner, Saturday, April 1, at the Highland Park Ebell Club

Join us as we honor one of Northeast L.A.’s most prominent writers.

Tickets are now available for the 2017 Lummis Day Noisemaker dinner, which will honor Héctor Tobar, the award-winning journalist and best-selling author whose distinguished body of work has often sought and found common ground between North American and Latino cultures.

The Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser and auction takes place Saturday, April 1, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57 in Highland Park.

As always, the April 1 fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner provided by many of Northeast L.A.’s favorite restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks. A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles at bargain prices. Event tickets, priced at $50, are available on the Lummis Day website (www.LummisDay.org), at Galco’s Old World Grocery and Las Cazuelas in Highland Park and at Antigua Coffee in Cypress Park. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission.  All proceeds from the event support the Lummis Day Festival, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.

(see the full text of the event announcement here)

And or more event information, call 323-646-8331 or email lummisdayweb@gmail.com

Town Hall Meeting 4/4/17 @ 7pm

WHAT’S YOUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT?

*UPDATE: if you attended this workshop and want to stay connected with a group of people who are all working to reduce their footprint, check out the newly created facebook group, NELAZeroWaste, and also check out the page with lots more info about this event and the topic of reducing here (incl. the digital handout full of links).

You’ve heard it before, REDUCE > REUSE > RECYCLE, but how much thought have you given it? This month’s Town Hall is a chance for you to really think about the blind spots in your use of things that come from earth’s limited resources.  If you think you’re really on top of it because your recycling bin is overflowing while your trash can is nearly empty, this event is going to challenge you to think again.  REDUCE is the first R, because it’s the most important, and REUSE still comes before RECYCLE.  At this event you’ll learn a lot more about what happens to stuff after you’re done with it, and what impact that has on the planet.  Then we’ll brainstorm together to set the wheels in motion on the systems and lifestyle approaches to using less and having a smaller ecological footprint.  Developing new habits is a gradual process, but most of the best habits take little effort, and many actually make life easier and less expensive.  You’ll hopefully take away a new awareness that will help you align your impact with your intentions and start you on a lifelong process of simplifying and reducing.

Talk: “The Arroyo Seco at the Time of Charles Lummis” 3/29/17 @ 6:30pm

Sharing from the Lummis Foundation:

The Lummis Day Community Foundation in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles – Occidental College, the Audubon at Debs Park and the Highland Park Heritage Trust will present The Arroyo Seco at the Time of Charles Lummis, a lecture by Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation (ASF) was founded by Charles Lummis more than one hundred years ago to preserve and promote the Arroyo Seco—one of Southern California’s greatest natural treasures. After a lapse of many decades, the ASF was revived in 1989 to continue that vision.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Audubon Center @
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park
4700 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles 90031

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Audubon volunteers will have a special activity for children between the ages of 4 and 10.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Heritage Trust at info@hpht.org or by telephone at 323-908-4127 or 323-221-2255.

Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Release White Paper to Garcetti

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates met with Mayor Garcetti on Wednesday, March 8th, to present and review the White Paper with him and to hear  his thoughts on the current and coming fiscal years’ budgets.

The Budget Advocates will engage in further discussion about the contents of the White Paper with the City Council Budget & Finance Committee, probably in early May, and then, shortly thereafter, before the full City Council and will at that time add further stakeholder suggestions.

Given the now projected budget shortfall in the region of a quarter of a billion dollars, we are particularly interested in getting ideas on potential savings (without increasing Angelenos’ taxes or cutting back services) and suggestions for additional revenue streams.

If you as a Los Angeles resident would like to weigh in on the white paper or add your suggestions, PLEASE DO!  You can review the white paper, then email the GPNC’s Budget Reps with your suggestions (budgetreps@glassellparknc.org) and your email will be passed along to the proper channels.

Sign up NOW to plant trees in Rio de Los Angeles State Park on 4/22/17 @ 9am

NorthEast Trees is hosting a tree planting event in the natural wetlands area of Rio de Los Angeles State Park on the morning of Glassell Park’s upcoming Earth Day event (which will also be held in Rio de Los Angeles State Park) on Saturday, April 22nd.  The event is funded by the California State Parks Foundation, and you’re invited to sign up now.  They need 75 volunteers total, and the spots are filling up fast!

To participate, you must register online at http://calparks.org/earthday  (choose Rio De Los Angeles State Park from the drop-down box) and you must also fill out the waiver form: print (two-sided if possible), fill in ONLY the info at the bottom of 2nd page, and bring with you on day of event (use THIS waiver form linked to above, not the one from the calparks.org link).

Work will include:
  • Invasive species removal
  • Water existing trees
  • Mulching trees and planting beds
  • Spreading seeds including native grasses and wildflowers
  • Planting 20 new native trees
What to bring:
  • Signed volunteer waiver
  • Water bottle
  • sunscreen, sunglasses & hat
  • Garden gloves
  • Sturdy shoes

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
9am to 12:30pm
*check-in at 8:30am!
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
1900 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

GPIA Hosting Civil Disobedience Workshop 3/29/17 @ 7pm

We’re sharing this event from the Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA):

The GPIA will host the National Lawyers Guild Of Los Angeles for a training in protocols for Civil Disobedience.

Learn about your rights in the streets, common protest actions, common police responses, and potential criminal consequences of civil disobedience actions. We recommend this training for observers, activists, and organizers.

Interested?
There are a limited number of seats available for this event. Pre-register on the GPIA homepage.

Event will be held at:
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Free Nonviolent Parenting Workshop 3/26/17 @ 10am

The Garden Co-op Nursery School presents a FREE workshop by Echo Parenting & Education on Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Child Raising.

The 1.5 hour introductory workshop will include the latest science on the brain and childhood trauma.

Parents will be given the tools for creating the kind of safe, stable, nurturing relationship we all want with our children.

This workshop will focus on the 2–5 year-old age group and will be facilitated by Jorge Rivera.

Workshop will be held at the Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Child care provided, space is limited ( first come first serve).

MORE INFORMATION / REGISTER HERE

 

Dog Walk Day 4/8/17 @ 10am

Let’s show up & demonstrate how numerous are Glassell Park’s pup residents and, by extension, how great the need for our own dog park!  (You can sign the petition here.)

Walking, romping, playing, barking, free shade tree giveaways, a doggie costume contest, free dog food, pet fair (featuring NELA’s best pet businesses! see list below!), music, games, food, and so many activities!  It’s going to be such a fun morning for pups and their humans alike.  A section of Verdugo Rd will be closed, so think of it like a great big pup block party.

**NOTE: date has changed; update your calendars!**

Pet Fair!: Sample NELA’s best pet businesses!

Affordable Animal Hospital, ASPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, LADWP’s City Plants Program, Erica Lake Dog Training, Glassell Park Early Education Center, Home Dog LA, Homes Fur All, Karma Rescue, K9 Youth Alliance, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, Monster Tacos, My Dog Spot (dog walking), NELA GreenSpace, No Tox Life, Operation Blankets of Love, Sotomayor School of History & Dramatic Arts (SoHDA), Pardon the Pups, Rock Dog & Cat, TreePeople, The Urban Pet, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, and Wagville

And last but not least, GPNC would like to thank all our co-sponsors who are helping make this event possible: Gil Cedillo of Council District 1, The LA Dep’t of Parks & Rec, and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez of District 51.