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)

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.

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).  🙂