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

The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has opened a contest to paint our local Post Office!


A significant artwork that represents Glassell Park’s iconic history and culture.

Some specific historical reference ideas include

Or Read More About Glassell Park’s History Here!

These ideas should hopefully help get you started! Glassell Park has a long and rich history, so don’t feel limited to these suggestions.


All artwork will be judged anonymously. It will be voted upon by the community at a public art fair (date TBD) and the final decision will be made by the Glassell Park NC.
The winning artist will receive funds towards the painting/finishing from the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council along with a Certificate of Appreciation.
We are still in the process of raising funds (we were up to $7500 by early April and have a ways to go, of course), and do not have a final number yet.  You can feel free to submit a budget or your reimbursement requirements with your artwork, but the first step is selecting the artist, then we can hopefully work with the winning artist to ensure their budget is met.


Deadline to submit is May 15th.  Painting should be able to commence some time around late June / early July.


What should a submission look like? First of all, please do not just send us random artwork. What we need is a site-specific proposal. There are two walls. We need to see a mock-up of each wall and what you propose for each (see photos of walls below). Also, on the wall with all the protruding blocks, make sure your artwork takes these into account. They are not compatible with every type of artwork, and you must take them into consideration when planning your work.  Please use the following diagrams to plan your work: parking lot wall diagram / street wall diagram. **Your work will only be considered if these diagram templates are used.**
Send your submissions to

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


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.



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 (, 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

Town Hall Meeting 4/4/17 @ 7pm


*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 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 ( 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  (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 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.

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).



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.

Free Parkway Tree(s) Planted For You: Sign Up Now!


Glassell Park Neighborhood Council has 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 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.

DON’T WAIT!  The deadline to sign up is March 31st April 2nd!

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  🙂

CD-34 US Congress Candidate Forum 3/22/17 @ 7pm

A special election will be held on April 4th to determine the United States House of Representatives member for California’s 34th congressional district.  The seat has been empty since incumbent Xavier Becerra was confirmed as Attorney General of CA on Jan 23rd, so this special election is to elect his replacement.  The candidate forum, on Wednesday, March 22nd, from 7 to 9 pm, will give you an opportunity to learn more about some of the candidates before you vote.

Candidate Forum will be held at:
Eagle Rock High School Auditorium
1750 Yosemite Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Glassell Park Elementary School Community Meeting 3/17/17 @ 8:30am

Glassell Park Elementary School distributed a flyer in the neighborhood, and we are reproducing the content below:
y en español?:
Padres, Personal Escolar, y Vecinos de Glassell Park Elementary School

Acompáñenos en Una Importante Reunión Comunitaria

Para hablar sobre la posible co-ubicación de una escuela pública independiente (charter school) en el campus de la escuela primaria Glassell Park para el año escolar 2017-18.  La escuela de sus hijos seguirá funcionando como escuela del LAUSD.

Tendremos información y respuestas a sus preguntas sobre la Proposición 39, la ley estatal aprobada en el año 2000 que requiere a distritos escolares proveer espacios disponibles a escuelas charter elegibles que sirven a estudiantes que residen en el distrito.

Reunión Informativa en Viernes, 17 de Marzo, @ 8:30am en
Escuela Primaria Glassell Park (“Glassell Park Elementary”)
2211 W. Ave 30, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Parents, Staff, and Neighbors of Glassell Park Elementary School


To discuss the potential co-location of an independent public charter school on the campus of Glassell Park Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year.  Your student’s school will continue to operate as an LAUSD school.

We will provide information and answer questions about Proposition 39, a state law passed by California voters in 2000 that requires school districts to make facilities available to eligible public charter schools that serve students who reside in the district.

Meeting will be this Friday, the 17th, at 8:30am at
Glassell Park Elementary School
2211 W. Ave 30, Los Angeles, CA 90065

“Super Adoption” Pet Fair 3/11/17 @ 10am

We’re hosting a “Super Adoption” Pet Fair at the Community Center this Saturday!

The Best Friends Animal Society, Pardon the Pups, and the ASPCA will be providing FREE adoptions.  The Amanda Foundation will be present so you can register for free spay/neuter services—subject to income verification—to be performed the following day (Sunday the 12th).  They will also be offering low-cost vaccinations!  Glassell Park’s newest business, the Affordable Animal Hospital on Eagle Rock Blvd, will also be joining us alongside Home Dog LA.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning!

Whether you’re looking for a new furry friend or you just want to enjoy the puppy party, come join us!

Sat, March 11th, 10am – 1pm
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

1) Photocopy of proof of income (e.g., Paystub, W-2, IRS Tax Form, Medi-Cal, Medicare, WIC, Welfare, Unemployment, Disability, EBT card, Food Stamps, Section 8, etc.)
2) Photocopy of proof of residence, e.g., electric bill with current address (LADWP or Edison), or Lease Agreement.
3) Photocopy of photo ID