1st Woman Exalted
Ruler- & She’s from Eagle Rock!
by Tom Topping
Last month, the Pasadena Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order
of Elks (B.P.O.E. #672) installed the first female leader in their
club's history when Eagle Rocker Virginia Quintero was sworn in as
She had first heard of the Elks after seeing the very large and fancy
building on Colorado Blvd. near Orange Grove Avenue.
"I thought only rich people were allowed in," said Virginia, adding,
"It (the building) looked like a mortuary."
When she and her husband Pepe were first invited to join by Tim Bragg
(of Bragg Real Estate in Highland Park), she thought, "I don't think
we're going to fit in that." Then she added, "But look what happened!"
After joining and attending the meetings at the Elks, she was picked
by, back then, Exalted Ruler Frimbreas to be the Assistant Esquire, a
post that leads to the head position. From there she stuck with it,
going up the chain to Esquire, Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Leading
Knight and finally, Exalted Ruler.
Participating in a fraternal brother (sister) hood, was nothing new for
Virginia, however, as she had been President, both of the Am-Vets in
Irwindale, and more recently, the Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of
Eagles here in Eagle Rock, which she presided over from 1999 to 2001.
In her time at the Elks, she was most proud of bringing a "Basket
Raffle" to the monthly breakfasts, where $1000 was raised the first
Virginia's family and friends are all happy for her and exited, and she
wants to make her mark at the Elks by getting more ladies involved in
Indeed, a new Exalted Ruler is not the only benefit Eagle Rock has
provided to the Pasadena Elks lately, as Collaborative Eagle Rock
Beautiful (CERB) chair, John Stillion, has been hard at work there as
well, helping them remodel the "Coral" room.
"You should see it- it's beautiful," Virginia added.
She wanted people to know that they should not be afraid to come to the
Elks. They should drop by to eat- and they can learn about what the
Elks are. "And maybe they'd like to become a member," she said, then
added, "That's what we need- new blood, like any organization."
You can contact the Pasadena Elks at (626)449-6010 for more information.
HHPNC Improving slowly- but Problems
by Tom Topping
The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood
Council was still struggling last month, after coverage in the
Boulevard Sentinel exposed some personality conflicts and control
issues getting in the way of them fulfilling their chartered purpose.
At the April 2 meeting, no action was taken, and in fact, the meeting
never got far enough to consider any action item listed on the agenda.
Board member Dr. Nicole Gatto left a message on my voicemail right
after the meeting, complementing me on a job well done, then chastising
me for neglecting to publish her community garden article, suggesting
it must have been the control issues I was talking about in the article.
On April 16, they did much better, getting about halfway through the
agenda, and even going into overtime, as acting chairman Vice President
Stan Moore kept things rolling along. Bylaws changes were actually
considered and voted upon, essential progress toward ensuring the
council will not be de-certified later this year.
Unfortunately, there was still a lot of striking out and disruption,
even by President Dr. Dyke, who somehow was compelled to add
unnecessary negative comments directed at other board members to the
end of his necessary comments. These comments, predictably, elicited an
equally negative reply from the targeted board members, further bogging
down the meeting, frustrating and disappointing those who were there in
good faith trying to improve the community.
Mr. Mauro Garcia repeatedly interrupted the meeting as well, often
bellowing "Point of order!" which caused further delay.
I received a report that a special meeting to consider funding for a
certain project was to be held on April 19 at Carrow's. I received the
report it was considerably more cordial and productive than usual for
this council, although another board member alleged that he was called
before the meeting by Ofelia Zuniga, who asked for his vote before the
meeting started. If what this source alleged was true, Ofelia would be
guilty of violating the California Open meeting law, otherwise know as
the Brown Act, that prohibits such activities.
On April 22, Rick Marquez, the spouse of board member Gemma Marquez,
sent a letter by e-mail to this paper asserting the coverage in the
Sentinel was slanted and inaccurate, (elsewhere in this issue) but
ignored a request to be interviewed about his working relationship with
the HHPNC. He has worked for this council, videotaping its meetings and
updating its website, which raises ethics questions due to the fact
that his wife, Gemma, a very vocal board member may have voted on
whether to do business with him.
Happy in Hermon for Over 60 Years
by Tom Topping
94 year old Ester Cochran has lived in her home in the Northeast Los
Angeles Community of Hermon since 1945, but her roots connect to the
earliest settlers of Hermon.
"The story is they were having an old fashioned 'camp meeting' down
here in the Arroyo," Ester said. "And two of the people came up here
and God spoke to them and said, 'Put the Church here and the School up
there,' and that was 1903."
(The 'Free' Methodists split from the Methodists because they were
opposed to slavery, wanted to say 'amen' out loud, and were opposed to
having to pay for the pew they sat on in church.)
It was these Free Methodists that would travel to Hermon every year
that settled Hermon in 1903 naming it after the biblical Mt. Hermon, a
sacred landmark at the Golan Heights headwaters of the River Jordan.
They were the pioneers and settlers that built up Hermon in those early
years. They built the Hermon Church, and the Los Angeles Pacific
College, now a charter school.
Just a few years later, Ester came from Texas to Los Angeles on one of
these "camp meeting" trips with her parents, both of whom were ordained
ministers. It was 1921. The camp eetings were a regular event, where
Free Methodists came from all over the country to camp out and attend
services for 10 days. They made the trip to Hermon every July for
years, and later combined the camp meeting with a conference as well.
The district leaders would sometimes appoint ministers attending this
conference to outlying churches. It was during the depression years
that Ester's mother was appointed to San Pedro and her father was
appointed to a church in Long Beach. Ester was only sixteen, so they
decided to have her attend the Free Methodist school in Hermon. Ester
went there, and lived in the dormitory. After finishing high school,
she then became a college freshman, still at the Hermon Free Methodist
Ester told how she met her husband. "When I was a college freshman,
here appeared this tall, handsome man, and I didn't realize it, but he
was looking for me. His boyfriend had graduated from (the Hermon
school) several years earlier, and he looked through the annual and
said, 'Let's find you a girlfriend.' So his boyfriend (pointed to
Ester's picture in the school annual) said, 'Go for that one.' I wasn't
even chosen by him, I was chosen by his boyfriend," Ester exclaimed.
They courted and she married that tall, handsome man. He was Harold B.
Cochran, whose family already had roots in Hermon. His grandfather,
also a minister, owned a big property there, part of which she lives on
She and her husband's family had lots of ministers in them. 9
altogether. Besides her mother and father, her grandfather, great-
grandfather, great-great-grandfather and great-great-great-grandfather
were all ministers of some kind or another. Her husband's father,
grandfather, and uncle in-law were ministers as well.
"I've been connected with it ever since I was eight," said Ester,
referring to the Hermon Free Methodist Church, still in operation, and
still the religious and civic center of Hermon today. "I spent ten
years being church secretary," she added.
She still remembers the old wooden Ave. 60 bridge that once was the
only route into and out of Hermon. "This was like a little valley,
protected by hills," she said. "People would come here from all over
the United States to put their children in the school."
Easter lived with her husband near San Diego for a few years. Then, the
war started and Ester's daughter was born the same day her husband was
drafted. When Harold B. shipped out to India, Ester was on her own.
She said, "My parents were sent to Chicago, and I was actually
homeless. This was the only home I knew, the Hermon area."
She moved back to Hermon with her baby, living in Hermon and boarding
with various families and widows whom she rented rooms from.
"I've lived at the dormitory up there (at the school), and here, and at
my father in-law's. He owned the house next to the church, and I have
lived at nine different addresses in this little valley," she says,
sounding more proud of that fact than anything else.
It was, and still is a pleasant, secluded community, and after World
War II was over Harold came back home to Hermon.
Harold's grandfather owned a big lot on Avenue 60 near the Arroyo. He
had a house on a part of it there. Ester said, "Grandfather needed the
money and we needed the dirt." Knowing that would be home for them,
they bought the back part for $300 and Harold's parents bought the
front for $150. They built their home there starting with the garage.
"I was the businessman of the family and I said 'Let's build the garage
and live in that until we pay for it and then add on the house. So we
built the garage, we put a partition in and papered it and carpeted it
and made it into two bedrooms. The two kids lived in one side and we
lived in the other until we paid for it- it was $7000."
Later she found an architect to add the living room, two bedrooms and a
bath, and has made it home ever since.
"We've been just very happy here," she said.
For a while, up to four generations called this hilltop home. Grandpa
was up above, in laws in front, and Harold, Ester and their kids in
back. Now, Ester's daughter lives in the front house, and grand-dad's
house is now a group home for seniors.
94 year old Ester Cochran is still doing great in Hermon. She lives a
mostly independent life in her home of 64 years. She is a little hard
of hearing, but sharp as can be. With a ready smile, and a friendly
spirit, you get the impression that getting old is not really so bad
She no longer attends the Free Methodist Church in Hermon, but did have
some advice for the current pastor.
"Somebody should tell him how to be a pastor. He's never even been up
to see me, and I send him money all the time. You know you have to make
contact with your members, have a cup of coffee with them," she
AJ? Are you listening? You better make time to go visit Ester. For if
anyone in this community would know what a Pastor should do, Ester
Darryl Medeen 1945-2009
Darryl Medeen, a tireless volunteer and
true friend of the Eagle Rock community, died last month of cancer.
Community members knew him as the guy that always did whatever he was
asked of for the community, and one who was a giver, not a taker.
Eagle Rock community members knew him mostly through his participation
with the Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful effort, and also through
his part time design work he did for a local realtor, David Toyama.
One of the people that knew him best was Collaborative leader and
founder, John Stillion, who had known Darryl when he was a high school
"He was the top model of what a high school art teacher should be,"
said Mr. Stillion. After his years as a teacher Darryl shared his
skills with other art teachers and did some curriculum writing for the
L.A. County Office of Education.
"He was not just the typical art teacher, but related his lesson to the
student- he reached them where they were and took them where he wanted
to take them. He was an innovator in education, he was a master
teacher," John added.
He lived in Eagle Rock, and participated in the community, using his
talents to help with many community projects. He helped David Toyama,
doing some design work for his Eagle Rock location, as well as
completely redesigning his Azusa location when he expanded. Through the
Collaborative, he created design drawings of the proposed patio that
the local Fraternal Order of Eagles wanted to build, from which the
members chose the one they thought best.
After the Collaborative purchased the four and a half acres of native
hillside, he volunteered his time again and again with his skills to
acknowledge the help of volunteers and help put on the fundraisers.
Darryl was always positive and cheerful and never let on if he was in
any discomfort due to his illness.
He leaves behind a sister, Darlene Beringhouse; a niece, Sindi Mcleod;
a nephew, Garret Geuss; and his partner Thomas Pentecost. He also
leaves behind dozens, perhaps hundreds of friends and admirers in the
community life and civic life of Eagle Rock. At Darryl's request,
please do not send flowers. Instead, please donate in Darryl's name to
the Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, made out to CERB, P. O. Box
411441, Eagle Rock CA 90041. Donations can also be made through Pay Pal
by going to the CERB The Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful website at:
http://www.cerb.us, or contact donations coordinator Ursula Brown at:
CERB The Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, Ursula@cerb.us,
A memorial with a power point presentation of Darryl's life will be
held on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Women's Twentieth Century
Club, 5105 Hermosa Avenue, at the corner of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle
Assemblymember Anthony Portantino
Visits Highland Park Businesses
Assemblymember Anthony Portantino walked
Highland Park's York Boulevard business district today with Highland
Park Chamber President Yolanda Nogueira, Immediate Past President
Maximiliano Vasquez and Chamber Board Member Rosamaria Marquez.
Businesses visited included Highland Park Pawnbrokers, Citibank,
McGibbons Auto Body, and Galco's Soda Pop Stop. The variety of goods
and services provided by these businesses allowed the Assemblymember to
explore the depth and breadth of challenges faced by small business in
The individual visits allowed local business people to discuss specific
legislation as well as overall impacts of current economic conditions
with the Assemblymember. "The opportunity to hear first-hand about the
challenges that the Highland Park business community faces is
incredibly beneficial to me in my duties as a legislator," stated
Assemblymember Portantino. "Highland Park is a wonderful community and
I'm grateful for the input of the small business people who shared
their concerns with me today. I thank Yolanda and the Highland Park
Chamber of Commerce for working with my office to make these visits
Chamber President Nogueira expressed her appreciation to the
Assemblymember for visiting businesses along York Boulevard. She
stated, "We are honored to have Assemblymember Portantino visit our
Highland Park businesses, particularly during these tough economic
Assemblymember Anthony Portantino was first elected to serve the 44th
Assembly District in November of 2006 and is now serving in his second
term. The district encompasses Altadena, Duarte, La Cañada Flintridge,
Pasadena, South Pasadena and Temple City. It also includes portions of
Arcadia, Monrovia, Mayflower Village and the Northeast Los Angeles
neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Mount Washington
and Eagle Rock.
Eagle Rock Music Studio
Eagle Rock Music Studio is growing in
students and instructors daily. Many of the instructors and students
are working professionals who are currently involved in various musical
exploits throughout the region.
Sharon Ray, the viola teacher, reports that she has a student who is
playing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (for violin and viola), with
the Pasadena Youth Orchestra in June. He is also participating in a
viola master class with Richard Onjaie O'Neill; a world famous concert
violist. The master class was last month at Santa Monica High School as
part of ViolaFest; an event sponsored by the Southern California Viola
Mark Ross, a piano teacher reported, " Hi Sue... Aside from the Emmys
or any stuff from my bio, my wife and I do this gig about once a month
at Vitello's in Studio City, which is becoming quite a popular place to
play (Poncho Sanchez, Billy Vera, Peter Erskine, etc...) next gig is
One of their trumpet teachers, Paul Litteral, has been on many top
recording act CDs. He is music director for a successful show in LA
If you, a family member or friend is interested in first class music
instruction, the Eagle Rock Music Studio has the best you will find.
Cruising with Mary
Happy May Day and Mothers Day to all you
mothers! Last month I wrote about the ERR's "Ouster from Oinkster".
Here's an update on that situation with a notation that this is the
last time they get any free publicity by me mentioning that
establishment by name.
In March, the club sent owner Andre Guerrero a registered letter asking
him to clear up the misunderstanding that his manager Michelle seemed
to have regarding our arrangement with him. The letter was firm but
polite, and reminded him of our 16 year tradition in Eagle Rock as well
as our charity work. He was also reminded that bad PR can result when a
community group is treated poorly.
We asked for the courtesy of a response. No response was given by Mr.
Guerrero. So I guess "no response" is his response. That, and letting a
woman do his dirty work for him. I know he must have seen the letter
because a copy was sent to his place of business and numerous other
Many people have indicated that they will no longer patronize that
place, citing issues such as high prices and slow service as well as
lack of support for our club. It was an interesting thing though,
because on cruise night a few hot rods showed up there and were told by
Josh, the other manager, that the ERR's were still meeting there. I
guess someone forgot to inform her staff.
In the meantime, we have been meeting one block east of our old
location. The April cruise-in had a smaller showing of hot rods,
probably because that was a weekend full of car shows all over L.A. The
raffle was quite profitable despite approximately 30 or so cars
throughout the cruise-in. Many thanks to our sponsors including Tritch
Hardware, Sir Michael's Limousines, Pale Fire, La Abeja, and our newest
sponsor, The Coffee Table.
After hearing of our ouster last month, Mike, the owner of Coffee
Table, contacted us and offered not only a bit of community-spirited
sympathy, but a "welcome mat" on cruise-in night for all ERR's and
guests. If we mention that we are with the car club, the staff will
give us 10% off of our purchases that night and we are welcome to use
the restroom there as well. This was a very generous and unexpected
surprise. Personally, I have patronized them for years and have always
found the staff to be friendly plus I love the California Salad.
So for now, it looks like we will meet at this location until further
notice. For good measure, we bring our own trash bags and leave the
parking lot cleaner than it was when we arrived. With prom, graduation,
and wedding season upon us, don't forget to look to Sir Michael's for
all your limousine and party rental needs. Until next time, keep on
cruising and drinking coffee!
Lost to "Progress":
The Modernization of Los Angeles
Opening May 2 to coincide with National
Preservation Month, explore the controvertial evolution of Los Angeles
through the examination of three lost neighborhoods: Bunker Hill, Palo
Verde (Chavez Ravine), and the original Chinatown. Lost to Progress:
The Modernization of Los Angeles runs through June 28th.
Beginning with its very early history, Los Angeles has been a city of
constant reinvention and replacement. The original inhabitants of the
area, the Tongva, were eventually usurped by the Mexican Californios,
who were replaced by a large Anglo population after 1850 through a
program backed by the United States Government. Yet throughout this
history, large ethnic communities never went away, but formed ethnic
enclaves such as Little Tokyo and Chinatown. Each community contributed
its own social structure, architecture and economic system that both
competed with and complemented LA's larger social fabric.
Lost to Progress begins its critical look at the first Chinatown. The
"Last of the Great Railway Stations" in the United States, Union
Station was built in 1939 and replaced the site of the first Chinatown.
The "new" Chinatown was invented not far away, but many businesses did
not return, nor did they look at it as the legitimate site of the
Chinese community in Los Angeles. Visitors can view rarely-seen images
taken from the archives of this first Chinatown and compare them with
those of Chinatown today.
Continuing along the same theme, from the 1940s to the 1960s, massive
public works projects would determine the fate of Bunker Hill and
Chavez Ravine. As in Chinatown in the 1930s, both of these
neighborhoods shared the characteristics of having large low-income,
minority populations and being close to the City center. In the late
1940s, the once-stately Victorian-era dwellings began to have a
high-rate of absentee land ownership, particularly as white flight to
the suburbs began en masse. The resulting deteriorating conditions
helped City leaders to justify creation of downtown as a civic and
The closely-knit Mexican-American communities of Palo Verde, La Loma
and La Bishop made up Chavez Ravine. In 1962, these communities were
forcefully replaced in what is one of Los Angeles' most well-known
battles over eminent domain against a public-partnership consortium to
create what is today Dodger Stadium. Lost to Progress takes you inside
these battles and the communities the stadium replaced.
As the reinvention of Los Angeles continues, the public is often told
it needs large-scale public works development projects and that eminent
domain is a necessary means to achieving a positive end. Examining
these neighborhoods, now forgotten or reduced to street names, visitors
to the exhibit are asked "Was it worth it?"
Celebrating 40 Years of Preservation and Interpretation of the History
of Southern California, Heritage Square Museum is a living history
museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los
The exhibit is included in the museum's admission fee: $10/Adults,
$8/Seniors, $5/Children ages 6-12. The museum is open Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 to 5 PM. Admission is free for museum
Lost to Progress runs through June 28. Lost to Progress is co-curated
by Jessica Maria Alicea-Covarrubias and Leticia Muñoz.
Heritage Square is located at 3800 Homer Street, off the 110 Arroyo
Seco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of
downtown Los Angeles. For further information, the public may call
323/225-2700 or visit our website at www.heritagesquare.org
Night out w/Steven E.
Music editor's note: Hope April wasn't
as bad as it seemed & wished you didn't get too fooled. Easter, you
party'd with the family/friends and you enjoyed a decent Earth Day.
Hmmm! Okay if you have an upcoming event within the vicinity of Eagle
Rock please send an e-mail to Steve Estrada at
So You Know For May: On the 1st. Kotolan@Cal-State SU@8:00, 2nd. Fuzzy
Logic@Colombo's, 3rd.SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA@Oxy 4:00, 4TH.
LatinKool@Colombo's, 13th. David Eastlee@Left Coast Wine Bar, 14th
Fuzzy Logic@Cafe322, 22nd ROCIO SOLEIL@Colombo's, 29th Fuzzy Logic
@Colombo's. For the Month: Sunday's Jazz Nite@the York. Monday's Jazz
Jam@Colombo's, Last Tuesday of the month,80'sRetro@the Little Cave,
Wednesday's Movie Night at 8:00@Coffee Table Lounge & Open Mike@the
ER All-Star Lanes, Thursday's Casa Princesa Open Mike. Enjoy.
State of the Union
Let me start by saying this band is not your typical funk band that has
a roundhouse jazz posture. You hear echo's of Ohio Players,
Funk-a-delic and early 70's Herbie Hancock. Definitely entertaining and
not boring. Blair Sherrill (drums), Bart Broadnax (5-string bass),
Logan Bacharach (sax) and Mikal Majid (keyboards) have been crossing
paths for years. And it shows with their keen approach to question and
answer that rotates through out the group at various times.
They each display their own awareness of their instrument and how they
manipulate them in their own material. They performed at least six that
leads one to wonder, when will the CD be released. Tunes like
"Surrender", "Majik", & "In the Grove", but the one that stayed
with me was "The Peddler's". It had a mid-eastern touch by way of John
Klemmer with a hint of Harold Land that followed its path easily. They
were all attention getting. contact: Bfirstname.lastname@example.org Rhythm
Generators-These guys know how to have a good time playing. And this
brings the audience to the party. The music comes in different segments
with some nice danceable blues(ala Van Morrison) to a very accessible
Big Joe Turner.
Rick Del Carmen (guitar), Mike Taylor (keyboards), Dave Spiel (Bass)
and Johnny Binder (drums) crossover into the realm of the Jazz
Crusaders/Larry Carlton era. They also presented a unique version of
"All Along the Watchtower" that got everyone's attention. The high
point was the great inter-action between guitar and keyboard. They were
even able to toss in a Michael Frank's song that sounded like John
Mayer. They'll be back. contact: r_generators @yahoo.com
Sometimes it's just unavoidable; a group just needs a little time to
get a comfortable read of its surroundings and the atmosphere of the
crowd. This seemed a bit evident at the beginning of the evening. They
started off the first half with a mild middle of the road jazz samba
style of a few familiar tunes. But we were being set-up. In the second
half they came out in their true colors.
They didn't turn up the volume, they bolstered the sound. They turned
the MIR first half into forward straight ahead jazz with versions like
"Carl's Reputation". David Victorino (sax/flute), Steve Correll
(piano), Roman Kancepolski (drums), Mike Pacheco Jr. (congas) and Peter
Varela (bass) shifted from 1st to 2nd and looking for when to put it in
3rd. A nice mixture of 60's jazz funk with some nice street sax. The
evening didn't deny.
They ended the set with a great version of Eddie Harris's "Compared to
What" done with verve. They will be back on May 5th.
Saint Dominic's Health Fair
Saint Dominic's Church Health Ministry
is sponsoring a Health Fair on Sunday, May 17th from 10:00 AM to 4:00
PM in the Parish Hall and Adult Education Center. Free gift packets for
the first 500 people, raffle prizes, and healthy snacks are available.
Resources and take home materials are available on various health
issues. Cancer, heart health, blood pressure screening, diabetes
assessment, wound assessment, body fat analysis, senior services, home
health and long-term care, mental health, and drug and alcohol
treatment are some of the areas represented.
Participants include: AARP, Filipino Association of Nurses, Glendale
Adventist Medical Center - Cancer Resources, Glendale Memorial Hospital
- Diabetes and Wound care, LTC Home Health Care, and Solheim Lutheran
Home. Various local providers are: Dr. Dante Banta - information on
health care coverage, Dr. Kevin Martin -chiropractic services, Dr.
Mascari, podiatrist - foot care, Lilia Luna, registered dietician -
diet and nutrition, and Rupert Domingo, Esq., lawyer - advance
directives and estate planning.
In addition to these ongoing presenters, the following speakers are
presenting in the adult education center. At 10:30 AM, Marta Alquijay,
PhD, clinical psychologist, is speaking on "Stressed or Depressed?
Strategies to Manage Mental Health in Today's World!" At noon, the
presentation, available in Spanish, is "Diabetes: What you Really Need
To Know" with Socorro Hernandez, RD, clinical dietician and diabetes
educator, Glendale Memorial Hospital. Carmen Reznak, nurse
practitioner, presents "Hot Topics in Women's Health" at 1:45 PM. The
final presentation of the day is "Man-to-Man: Prostate Health",
available in Spanish, presented by Deacon Michael Finochiarro, MD,
urologist at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital.
St. Dominic's is located in Eagle Rock at 2002 Merton Avenue. The
mission of the Health Ministry is dedicated to empowering individuals
to improve health and wellness in body, mind, and spirit. It endeavors
to act as a presence to provide hope and to facilitate healing
especially during difficult times. For further information contact
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride is a free,
once-a-month, bicycle tour of art galleries in North East Los Angeles.
The ride takes place on the second Saturday of each month - a special
night in North East Los Angeles. Area art galleries open their doors
late into the night as part of NELAart's "Gallery Night".
The ride typically (there have been a few excepetions) starts at the
intersection of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park, at
a flagpole commemorating the area's war veterans. The ride leaves the
flagpole at 6:30 p.m., when everyone rides, en masse, at a slow pace,
towards the first gallery of the night.
The last gallery is usually visited around 9 or 10 p.m. By that time,
bicycle riders that have joined in the middle of the ride have swollen
the ranks to about 40 people.
There is usually an after party at the Bike Oven (located at 3706 N.
Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065). After parties in the past have
been fueled by cheap beer, flaming pinatas, kiddie bike races, and
anything else anybody on the ride decided would be a good idea.
If you miss the start and want to catch up, call 310.902.5439
This ride is organized by the Bike Oven
The Dichotomy of Hope
Lewis Mauk uses found items and
collected ephemera—both personal and tertiary—to explore compulsion,
addiction, self-doubt, and the search for inspiration. Lewis works
primarily in photography, printmaking, and digital media.
Saturday, May 9 • 7-10 pm
part of NELAart.com's Second Saturday Gallery Night
Open through June 6 by appointment
Future Studio Gallery
5558 N. Figueroa St. • Los Angeles 90042
(aka Home of Chicken Boy on Historic Route 66)
(323) 254-4565 •
Bringing the Past to Light: New Art
from Old Images
Visitors to the Lummis Home, Charles
Lummis' hand-built house in Highland Park, are often drawn to the
photographs on glass that surround the three windows in the main room
of the house. Lummis, in addition to being a journalist, a poet, the
founder of the Southwest Museum, was an avid photographer. Drawing on
this legacy, an exhibit of new artwork in the buildings and on the
grounds of the Lummis Home.
In preparation for this show, artists were invited to tour the Lummis
Home and asked to choose an image that had special meaning to them.
Working with these images, artists have created new work in a dazzling
variety of forms.
Installations at the home include video pieces that recreate scenes
from the Home's history, sculptures, handmade books, sound pieces that
allow the listener to overhear voices from the past, live original
music and puppet shows.
Live performances will take place one time only, on the exhibit's
opening date, May 17, from 10:00 to 4:00, as part of the celebration of
Museums of the Arroyo Day. Stationary installations will remain in
place for viewing through June 14, during the Home's normal operating
hours of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00.
Bringing the Past to Light: New Art from Old Images
Lummis Home - 200 E. Avenue 43 - Highland Park, CA 90031
Opening: May 17, 10:00 to 4:00
Closing Reception: June 14, 1:00 to 4:00
7th Annual Art Auction
Admission Paid by May 1st gets in for
the Discount Price!
A Fundraiser Benefiting Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Join us for an evening of notable artwork, live music, and delicious
food in Eagle Rock's historic former Carnegie Library to celebrate and
support Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock - the largest non-profit
community arts center serving Northeast Los Angeles!
* Silent auction of artwork from over seventy established and emerging
* Performances by acclaimed French-Latin American-gypsy jazz chanteuse
* A sampling of local nibbles including savory Cuban-style hors
d'oeuvres by Porto's, international sweet treats
by Glassell Park bakery Butter Tart, and coffee from Swork
* No-host wine and martini bar by Colombo's
Saturday, May 9, 2009 7-10 pm
Preview Week: May 5 - May 8
$50 per person at the door
$40 for non-members
$30 for current members
Reservations and payment can be made by calling Renee Dominique
323.226.1617 ext 5621
Sheriff Deputy Killing
others still sought
On December 16,
2008, two suspects were charged with the murder of Deputy Escalante;
24-year-old Carlos Velasquez and 20-year-old Guillermo Hernandez, both
residents of Los Angeles.
On April 15, 2009, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
filed charges on one additional suspect, 18-year-old Jose Renteria, who
is currently in custody.
A fourth suspect, Armando Albarran is at large. He is a 26-year-old
Hispanic man, black hair, brown eyes, 5 ft. 11 in. tall, and 180 lbs.
Robbery-Homicide Detectives are asking for the public's help in
locating Albarran. Anyone with information is asked to contact
Detective Daniel Jenks or Detective David Holmes at 213-485-2531. After
hours or on weekends, call a 24-hour toll-free number at
1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and beginning the message
with the letters LAPD. Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD
to take on “Puppy for Marques” Project
A few years ago,
local residents Maria and Max Briseno decided to adopt a child. They
knew that the majority of kids in foster care were "special needs"
kids, and seeing that the need for good homes was so great, they kept
an open mind. Even though the doctors that delivered little Marques
determined that he showed symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, they saw
Marques and fell in love with him.
Max and Maria have embraced the axiom that says a person needs just
three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love,
something to do, and something to hope for, and little Marques filled
all three categories for them. Marques has come a long way from the
time he was a toddler when he had to have up to nine (9) appointments a
week with physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy,
speech therapy, infant stimulation, and various other doctor's
appointments. However, Maria and Max always knew he was a smart cookie
and that he would survive and succeed.
Although Marques is quite a handful, they discovered that dogs
sometimes have a calming effect on those kids that are hyperactive like
Marques, autistic or have other challenges. Max and Maria were thrilled
to see how well he reacts and interacts with dogs.
They became acquainted with the North Star Foundation, a non-profit
that specializes in bringing assistance dogs to children, and who are
leaders and innovators in bringing new research to this area. They
believe Marques having a North Star special assistance dog will greatly
enhance his opportunity of succeeding in life.
North Star dog placements cost $5,000 for one year of training without
the additional public access training and $10,000 for two years of
training with public access. The Brisenos are aiming for the placement
and training that costs $10,000, so that Marques may have full access
to all public areas with his dog. It is a more expensive undertaking
than they can readily do by themselves.
Max and Maria had been getting their vehicle serviced at One Stop Auto
Care for many years. When owner Jerry Vicario heard their dilemma, he
wanted to do something more than just donate a hundred dollars or so.
After talking it over with wife Debbie, he decided to offer a free oil
change to anyone who donates $25 or more toward a North Star special
assistance dog for Marques.
The Brisenos want everyone to feel free to email them if they have any
questions about their fundraising efforts for a North Star dog at
One Stop Auto Care at 4695 Eagle Rock Boulevard encourages all the good
and generous folks of Northeast L.A. to contact them at 323-257-5876 to
make an appointment or just stop by and purchase a voucher that can be
used later, when their oil change is due.
They invite all to visit Marques' website at
http://web.mac.com/mrsbriseno, and also read about Marques' puppy's
progress and his training at www.irishpuppyblog .blogspot.com.
Hoelzel passed away on the morning of Good Friday, April 10, 2009. He
was born in Los Angeles to Willy and Klara Hoelzel on December 15, 1923
and lived in the Eagle Rock/Glassell Park area his entire life. He
attended Washington Irving Junior High and Eagle Rock High School, and
served in the United States Navy during World War II. He is survived by
his wife, Julita, son Steve, daughters Michele Lear and Georgine
Zillman, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and brothers
Harry Hoelzel and George Hoelzel.
The funeral Mass was on Thursday, April 16, at St. Dominic's Church.
Fr. Raymond Finerty, OP was the celebrant.
Republican Party Says NO
to Prop. 1D & 1E
Props 1D & 1E Continues to Grow
Last month, the
Executive Committee of the California Republican Party voted to oppose
all six special election ballot initiatives, which include Propositions
1D and 1E. Props 1D & 1E raid voter approved funds designated
specifically for children's and mental health programs.
The California Republican Party adds its name to a growing list of high
profile organizations including the California Nurses Association,
California Federation of Teachers, Health Access, and a wide range of
healthcare groups and children's advocacy groups who understand the
deceptive nature of props 1D & 1E and the long-term, adverse affect
these propositions will have on children and people living with mental
The California Democratic Party holds its statewide convention next
week where they'll take positions on propositions 1A -1F.
Proposition 1D will divert $268 million a year for the next five years
from voter approved children's programs and Proposition 1E will raid
$230 million a year for the next two years from voter approved mental
health programs. Together, these programs provide little in terms of a
budget solution but the negative impact they'll have on children's and
mental health programs will be devastating and have long term
consequences that will cost California taxpayers for more money than
the expected savings.
For more information about Props 1D and 1E, visit www.noprop1D1E.com.
Memorial Weekend Observance May 23
"And, Watch Out
for Low-flying 'Birds'"
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association,
supported by the Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, will host a
Memorial Day observance on Saturday, May 23, at the Cypress Park
Veterans Memorial, complete with the now-traditional military Black
Hawk helicopter fly-over down Cypress Avenue.
Last year's stunning, low-level Black Hawk flyover is expected to take
place once again this year, and organizers have requested and are
expecting an even more thrilling 3-helicopter "missing man" formation
for the event, pending pilot availability.
Public officials and community leaders will once again honor the area's
many veterans of military service and combat, and observe the solemn
"Missing in Action" (MIA) ceremony with the help of members of the
National Guard in attendance.
The 2009 Memorial Day weekend event begins this year at 11 a.m. at the
memorial site (the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Pepper Avenue).
Guest speakers are expected to include City Councilmember Ed P. Reyes
and returning master of ceremonies Bob Archuleta, Chair of the Los
Angeles County Commission of Military Veteran's Affairs.
During the ceremony, local youth organizations -- including area high
school ROTC cadets -- will take part and help lay a wreath of
remembrance at the memorial site. Veterans who live in the Cypress Park
area, or who have made their home there in the past, are encouraged to
take part in the ceremonies and be honored for their service.
The memorial event is open to all. A luncheon will be served for
veterans and their families and friends in attendance, following the
ceremonies, at the nearby Cypress Park Recreation Center (2630 Pepper
Avenue, L.A. 90065).
The Cypress Park Veterans Memorial is the product of volunteer work
organized by the Friends of Cypress Park in 2002, funded by a Los
Angeles Neighbor- hood Matching Funds grant, and completed in 2003 --
converting a bland concrete traffic median at the center of the
community into a neighborhood garden and memorial site with new trees,
flagpole, and engraved bronze plaque honoring local veterans.
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association, Inc. – a
501(c)3 non-profit service organization -- welcomes new volunteers and
meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Los Feliz Room
of the River Center in Cypress Park (570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles).
The group oversees community improvement efforts working with Los
Angeles city government and other local organizations.
Have you seen the
new improvements to the existing Arroyo Seco Bike Path? The existing
bike path has recently been cleaned up, a yellow center line and white
shoulder lines have been painted, and signage added to lead users onto
This existing bike path, which is placed mostly in the Arroyo Seco
channel, runs for only two miles from southern boundary of South
Pasadena to Montecito Heights Recreation Center parking lot. The bike
path has long been neglected, but someone in L A City government has
take the lead to get us these enhancements. The problem is this is only
at start of what could be a much longer and user-friendly bikeway The
bike path is only two miles long, there is little signage to tell you
where you are once in the channel, and no signage to direct you to how
to get to many of the attractions (museums, parks, etc.) along the
Arroyo Seco or to link to other bike routes.
Of course, as many NELA folks know, the L A County has tried to extend
this bike path southerly as a sole purpose, commuter bikeway. And as
many of you know, the County has failed to get us a project that we can
The Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council will have the topic of the Arroyo
Seco Bikeway as the main item on the agenda of the joint meeting of its
Environmental and Recreation, Arts, and Culture committees on this
Monday, April 27, starting at 6 pm. The meeting will be at the Jack and
Denny Smith Community Room, Mount Washington Elementary School, 3981
San Rafael Avenue, L.A. 90065. The ASNC Board meeting follows this
meeting at the same location starting at 7 pm, and a resolution calling
upon County and City officials to pursue funding for the Arroyo Seco
Bikeway project will be on their agenda.
For more information you can attend the meetings on Monday, April 27,
or visit the ASNC web site at www.asnc.us.
informed by our Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange that there have been
two reported incidents of carjacking occurring in Eagle Rock. The
incidents are not related and the suspects are working alone.
The suspects description are as follows:
1--Male white 6 feet tall, 25-26 years of age, 180 lbs. Shaved head.
Wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans. He approached the victim outside
their home at approximately 12 midnight. He threatened them with an
unknown caliber gun.
2--Male black using a revolver handgun. Approached the victim at around
Officer Craig Orange will provide more information once he receives any
If you have any information or questions, please contact Northeast LAPD
Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council
Public Safety Committee
by Nicole Gatto
recently added their own community garden to the growing list of those
in and around Los Angeles, when the Milagro Allegro Community Garden
broke ground on February 21, 2009. The project is being spearheaded by
two neighbors and community members, Oscar Duardo and Nicole Gatto, who
happened to speak of their mutual dream of building a garden one day
about two years ago when walking by the lot where the garden will be
The idea was not a new one: at least two other efforts had preceded
Duardo's and Gatto's over the last decade; the lot is the property of
the City of Los Angeles and had been vacant for 30 years.
"We have plenty of liquor stores and fast food restaurants in our
neighborhood," says Gatto, an Epidemiologist and Public Health
professional, "... but not an equal number of options to access fresh
fruit and vegetables." "Our mission is to be a center of peace and
beauty in the community where the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and
flowers as well as creative ideas, artistic expression and neighborly
values may take place," Gatto explained.
After a year of building community support by talking to neighbors and
stakeholders in the community, speaking with local community
organizations and working with Councilman Ed Reyes, Gatto and Duardo
signed a lease for the Milagro Allegro Community Garden on February 5.
"We approached the Councilman, and he made it happen," Gatto said.
Duardo and Gatto attribute some of the success of their efforts to a
heightened awareness of environmental issues among the general public,
a greater interest in health, and a political climate that is more
conducive to making green issues and education priorities. The garden
will integrate urban farming, art and education at its 10,000 square
foot site, located at 115 S. Ave. 56 behind the Highland theater. The
garden will feature raised bed garden plots that will be available for
interested community members. Plans for the garden also include a
community gathering space where classes, workshops and events may be
held. Gatto and Duardo will also encourage local schools to incorporate
the garden into curriculum or after-school activities.
For more information, please check the Milagro Allegro Community Garden
MOTA Day Happens
on May 17, 2009
It's fun, it's
festive and it's only one day a year! Join us for the 20th anniversary
of Museums of the Arroyo Day, where the six museums located along the
Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors free of charge
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17, 2009.
Each year, thousands of Angelinos have experienced the diverse mix of
art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area found in the six
unique history-based museums that preserve and perpetuate early Los
Angeles life. The public can visit the MOTA museums during the day at
This year promises to bring bigger crowds, so visitors are advised to
arrive early. We've added additional parking and you can easily use the
Gold Line to get to MOTA Day, so click here for more information. Free
and continuous shuttle service will also be available between museums.
We look forward to seeing you.
MOTA Day 2009
Visit MOTA museums FREE from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17, 2009!
anniversary of Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) Day promises to be special,
and we invite the public to tour the six museums located along the
celebrated Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena for a free day of
fun! Hours: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Gamble House:
* Tour The Gamble
* Visitors can enjoy cookies and lemonade and Jamba Juice smoothies
* Children can make crafts
* Guests may observe a Spanish American War encampment
* View a Civil War doctor as he mends soldiers' injuries
* Watch traditional woodcarving and ironsmith demonstrations
* Listen to historical storytellers
* Hear live music
* Children may play with Victorian games and make period crafts
throughout the day
* Costumed docents will be available in each building to answer
* Visitors may also view "Lost to : The Modernization of Los Angeles",
an exhibit looking at the significant changes that led to the eventual
destruction of three distinct Los Angeles Communities: Chinatown,
Bunker Hill and Paolo Verde Chavez Ravine)
* Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase
The Los Angeles
Police Historical Society Museum:
* Visitors can
tour the facilities which feature private collections and historical
memorabilia that date back to the late 1800s
* Kids can climb into a retired police helicopter and try on police gear
* Guests can use their own cameras tocreate their own "Booking Photo"
of their favorite "crook" in the historic jail
Lummis Home and
folksingers Gigi and Mike entertain children and adults with turn of
the century folk songs and sing-alongs from 11 am to 12 pm
* At one and three pm. historian Daniel Lewis will present "Charles F.
Lummis in Chautauqua," a historical characterization of the home's
* In the El Alisal garden, the Arroyo Arts Collective will present a
multimedia display, "Bringing the Past to Light: New Art from Old
Images" featuring an innovative mix of past, present and future visions
of the Arroyo area
* Tours of the Lummis Home and self-guided garden tours will be
emphasis at this year's MOTA Day will be placed on telling stories from
the 1920s. The exhibition Family Stories: Sharing a Community's Legacy
chronicles the lives of six different families representing the largest
population groups in early Pasadena. All had settled in Pasadena by the
* Several times throughout the day hear "Travels with Babsie", a
dramatic monologue near a 1920s Model T car, all about Leonora Curtin's
adventures by car throughout the Southwest and beyond based on
postcards sent to her grandmother in the 1920s
* Children can also make paper dolls in the style popular with children
of the 1920s and learn about famous people who have lived, worked, or
studied in the Pasadena area
Southwest Museum of the American Indian:
* Visitors can
enjoy Native American performers
* Craft making will be available for children
* Guests can take tours of the ethnobotanical garden, as well as learn
about the museum's recent major repair projects
* Video presentations will be shown in the Braun Research Library
Please Note: The galleries at the Southwest Museum are closed to the
public at this time due to extensive rehabilitation of the building and
conservation of its rare collection of Native American artifacts.
the Water -
A River Play
Under the City of
Angels runs a fierce river flowing from the mountains to the ocean. But
do you know it's there? Once an unpredictable and mighty stream, a
bountiful life source subject to raging floods, the Los Angeles River
has lived under a shroud of concrete for the past fifty years. Today,
having been tamed and transformed into an industrial flood channel, the
river is at the center of much debate. What happens when we change
Nature? Should we free the river from her concrete corset and let
Angelenos finally touch the water?
This play was created in collaboration with local river residents,
engineers, biologists, environmentalists, activists, advocates and
patrons who walk, fish, bike and ride horses on the Los Angeles River.
Part of Cornerstone's ongoing Justice Cycle, a four-year series of
plays exploring how laws shape and disrupt communities, Touch the Water
takes on environmental justice as seen through the lens of the LA River
and the people who live, work and play there.
May 28 - June 21, 2009, Wednesdays-Sundays at 8pm, performed along the
bank of the Los Angeles River at the Rio de Los Angeles State Park -
Bowtie Parcel entrance adjacent to 2800 Casitas Ave, LA 90039