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.

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 2nd, BUT DON’T DELAY!

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 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.

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 trees@glassellparknc.org).  🙂

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

PLEASE JOIN US AT AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING

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

* REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:
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

CD1 Candidate Forum 2/16/17 @ 7pm

GPIA (Glassell Park Improvement Association) presents a Candidate Forum between the candidates who will be running for City Council in Council District 1.  Please attend if you’d like to hear from the candidates before you cast your vote next month!  The outcome of this election could have a major impact on all of Northeast Los Angeles!!!

Candidates

Joe Bray-Ali, Gil Cedillo, Giovany Hernandez, Jesse Rosas

Moderated By

Gabriela Teissier of Univision

Location

Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies
2050 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Co-Sponsored by

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Mt. Washington Homeowners Association, Arroyo Arts Collective, Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance, LAUSD, HIstoric Cultural Neighborhood Council, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, NorthEast Youth Council

Grassroots Community Meeting to discuss Walnut Canyon / Abode Development 2/9/17 @ 7pm

A local group of grassroots community activists together with NELA GreenSpace, who want to preserve Walnut Canyon as greenspace, are meeting on Thursday evening, 2/9/17 @ 7pm to discuss next strategies and, specifically, receive professional advice about how to most effectively critique & object to the DEIR (draft environmental impact report) that the Abode developers have submitted with the intention of going forward with their project. Because this meeting is in a private individual’s living room, if you’d like to attend, you’re asked to email to get the address. Information is on the flyer (click here to view).

Town Hall 2/7/17 @ 7pm

HOMELESSNESS

HOW TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION…

  • 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?
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:
  • 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