Earth Day 2017 Photo Gallery

We’re excited to share this photo gallery from the 2017 Earth Day Festival at Rio de Los Angeles State Park!

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National Night Out 8/1/17 @ 5:30pm


Come see and play with awesome cars and trucks!

Touch-a-Truck is an interactive event that allows kids to see, touch, and safely explore some of their favorite big trucks and emergency vehicles. They can get behind the wheels, honk the horns, and meet the men and women who drive the trucks.

Presented by the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council

Northeast Los Angeles National Night Out

Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Arroyo Seco, Highland Park, Eagle Rock

BBQ Dinner!  Arts & Crafts!  Family Activities!  Splash Pad!  Playground!  Nature Walk!  Bounce Houses / Bouncy Castles!  Live Music!  Local Government & Community Information!  AND MORE!

Tuesday, August 1st, 5:30 – 9pm
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
1900 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

see flyer (in english) here | vea prospecto/folleto en español aquí

This year at a new location (Rio de Los Angeles State Park) with more parking, room to explore, more activities, splash pad, more trucks and vehicles, and a playground + a nature walk on the grounds hosted by Latino Outdoors

This event is co-Sponsored by Los Angeles Recreation and Parks – Rio de Los Angeles and the Office of Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo / CD1 and organized by the Glassell Park Improvement Association.

Bring a blanket and chairs, free dinner provided!

Confirmed trucks & vehicles (so far…):
Los Angeles Fire Department
NUTmobile + Mr. Peanut
LA Rec and Parks Ranger Firetruck
CHP – Patrol Car
CHP – Motorcycle
CHP – Display Vehicle
CERT Emergency Vehicle + DEMO
Santa Monica Mountains NRA – LA Ranger Troca
LA San Trash Truck
LADWP Bucket Truck
LADWP Water Trailer
LA San Vacuum Maintenence Truck
FOLAR Rivermobile
BSS Street Sweeper

Resource/ Community Fair:
Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Cypress Park Neighborhood Council
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Los Angeles Rec & Parks – Rio de Los Angeles
Los Angeles Rec & Parks – Glassell Park
Glassell Park Early Education Center
Office of Community Beautification
Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts
Pacific Martial Arts – Glassell Park
Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)
SoDHA – School of History and Dramatic Arts
Glendale / Northeast Bears
Recycled Resources
U-Create Youth Workshop
ABCD – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School
One Water
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
+ more!

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.

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.

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.

“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

Town Hall 2/7/17 @ 7pm



  • Where can you volunteer to have a meaningful impact?
  • How do you interact safely and compassionately?
  • What are common myths and misconceptions?
  • How is the face of homelessness changing?
  • Who should you call—and not call?
  • Lycia Naff, Drive-By Do-Gooders
  • Martin Schlageter, CD14 Policy Director
  • Anthony Alvarado, LA County Dept of Mental Health
  • Monica Alcarez, Recycled Resources/Winter Homeless Shelter
If you would like to help, service providers will be accepting donations of coats, sleeping bags, blankets, socks, and toiletries at the event.

This event will be held at
Glassell Park Community & Senior Center
3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
February 7th, 2017 – 7:00pm