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VOLUME VIII ISSUE 7

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Police Party as Merchants Lose
by Tom Topping
Businesses in Highland Park were shut down unnecessarily last month when a party for LAPD detectives was held at the Los Angeles Police Historical Museum (LAPHS) on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Eight blocks of the boulevard, from Mesa Street to Ave. 54 were shut down starting at 3:15 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and continuing late into the evening. Although business owners were notified that the main street would be shut down, they had no idea that the connecting side streets would be shut down, too. Later they were even more disturbed to find that less than two blocks of the eight block "parking area" was ever used for parking. As they tended their stores and restaurants, not one person was able to get through as they waited to serve customers on one of their busiest nights of the week.
"I waited for a lady to bring her car in for an hour," said auto repair business owner Mariano. "I finally called her and she said they wouldn't let her through." He had understood that even though the boulevard would be closed, the side street to his corner would be open, allowing his customers to get in. Upon crossing the street on an errand he could see that the side streets were also closed a whole block away. "If they (party organizers) had told me they were going to do that, I would have sent my employees home and closed shop at 3:00 p.m."
John Nese at the literally world famous Galco's Market was beside himself as he explained the eventful afternoon. "I lost 60% of my Saturday's sales," he said. He expounded that event organizers (see POLICE PARTY p. 10)
had told him the boulevard would be closed at 4:00 p.m. He ran out to complain when armed and uniformed police officers in a patrol car started taping off his driveway at 3:13. "We're just doing what we're told," the officers explained. As John pressed further for an answer, (and he was getting angry by then) they said it was for 'security reasons' and threatened him with arrest. At the same time, the manager of the Carrow's restaurant directly across from the museum complained about his driveway being closed earlier than planned, but was relieved when Mesa Street, adjacent to him, was left open, as well as York Blvd. east of Mesa, allowing most of his customers to easily get in (they apparently needed security 4 blocks from the event, at Galco's, but not directly across the street from the museum at Carrow's).
All the businesses that were open in the evening, mostly restaurants, liquor stores and markets, as well as the daytime businesses like the auto repair and hair salons reported being economically hurt. This was quite an irritation to them as it was, but even more so when they could see the closures were unnecessary. "They closed York all the way down to 54 and barely parked down to Toledo," said Nese explaining how eight blocks were closed and only two were used.
The facts of the early and unneeded closures was not the only complaint from local merchants.
"They lied to us," said Rosie at the Boulevard Hair Salon. "They brought the piece of paper for us to sign and they didn't tell us we had a choice." She was talking about the petitions that party organizers were required to circulate by Councilman Villaraigosa's office before being allowed to close down the street. "They said we're closing down the street and you have to sign this, so I did." Organizers reportedly needed 50% of the business owners in the area to sign in order to close the street (most of which were closed on Saturday afternoon anyway and were not impacted).
Angie at El Arco Iris Restaurant said, "Never again." They had come to her in the middle of a rush, and since she supports the police she signed it. "I was so busy and since I trusted them I signed it." In fact most of the businesses, because the owners are immigrants, signed when they were told to, they said, because they thought it was the police telling them that they had to. The event was organized jointly by the Museum and LAPD Detectives.
"I didn't want to be the bad guy," said Mariano. "If I said no, I'm sure I would have had eight (building) inspectors here on Monday morning... I know how it works."
The inconvenience, economic hit, and the misleading of businesses on the part of the organizers for this event was a problem. But why did they do it? What did party organizers wish to accomplish? Could they have done it without adversely affecting the local merchants?
The event, "A Tribute to Joe Friday," is an awards banquet that benefits the Los Angeles Police Historical Museum. Either 450 or 700 people attended, depending on who you believe. They paid $25 each for the tickets. Before costs that translates to $11,250 or $17,500 in ticket sales, depending on how many attended.
The losses that just three of the businesses reported added up to about $7000 that night. Add to that number the lost sales from Mc Donald's, and Pizza Hut, and everyone else. To be generous let's assume that the museum cleared $10,000. To be conservative, let's say the merchants lost $20,000. Was it worth it?
Most important is this: Could the event have been organized in a way that would have satisfied the goals of the organizers, and not disrupted merchants? It seems that the police museum not only did not try to minimize the disruption, but astonishingly tried to cause as much disruption as possible.
The party was held in a huge tent that covered the entire parking lot of the Police Museum. This necessitated using the boulevard as a parking lot. Could another solution to the parking needs have been found? Since only two blocks of the 8 block street closure was used, why did they close 8 blocks? John at Galco's asked that question and was told that they were given the option of closing up to those eight blocks. They said they simply went for the maximum for no other reason than that they could.
In my mind the problem is just a typical authoritarian attitude- they do it because they can and if it hurts you, too bad. We don't care about you. You don't matter. You know, the police often talk about how we all should try to be good neighbors- is this their example of how we should act?
I'm no lawyer, but after talking to these business people, I believe laws may have been broken. First by the party organizers who let business people think they were police officers when they circulated their petition. That might qualify as impersonating a police officer.
Secondly, on that Saturday, the policemen misused their power, when streets were closed down early and unnecessarily, simply because they could close them using their power of being uniformed officers. This may go against "Color of Law" statutes.
The entity that investigates these claims is the F.B.I. On the Federal Bureau of Investigation's website, are detailed instructions on how to file a complaint.
Though I don't believe anyone will file a complaint, maybe they should and this quote from Frederick Douglas tells why:
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." -Frederick Douglas.
A complaint John Nese made at Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa's office was not responded to as of press time. Highland Park field deputy Monica Garcia said it was the only complaint received, and an offer to the councilman for comment was declined.

Council Squabbles Intensify
by Bob Thorpe
The most dysfunctional Neighborhood Council Meeting yet took place Monday night at the Eagle Rock Library. Pushed ahead one day to avoid a conflict with Election Day, the meeting – or more accurately, the first meeting – opened with a squabble between Herb Larrimore and Anita Hultman because no speaker cards had been provided for members of the public to comment on Board actions.
It should be noted here that speaker cards are a control issue within the ERNC. Ostensibly their purpose is to identify stakeholders and the items upon which they wish to comment, but their actual use has been to deny the opportunity to speak to stakeholders who have failed to fill out and submit a card.
Anita blamed it all on Marlene Schmidt who had not yet arrived – as secretary she should have been there and provided the cards. Robert Flores wanted to address the board and finally got a card – but argued with Anita as to how the card should be filled out.
The meeting went downhill from there. So little cooperation exists between members of the board that Anita, in her function as President, had called and posted a second "Special Meeting" of the ERNC at the same time and place as the regular monthly Board Meeting. According to Marlene Schmidt, ERNC Secretary, there was a disagreement as to which items needed to be on the evening's agenda, so Anita took it upon herself to come up with her own agenda and call the special meeting.
This left a lot of people scratching their heads when within a few minutes time the ERNC board meeting was adjourned and the "Special Meeting" was called to order. The first action item on the agenda of the Special Meeting was to approve the minutes for July, August and September meetings. Mark Ryan, Treasurer, questioned approval due to the fact that there are several versions of the minutes floating around.
This is the case because when Bill Markis resigned as Secretary, no one wanted the job and it went vacant until Marlene Schmidt finally agreed to serve. Marlene took it upon herself to acquire the original notes and minutes from Bill and former ERNC president Dalila Sotelo so that a comprehensive and correct version of the minutes could be created. At least that was Marlene's intent. Others felt that there were no problems with the original minutes, and that there was no need for a corrected version.
They may have been entirely correct.
But soon afterward, when Marlene asked
that she be given the notes of the stenographer hired by ERNC to record the current meetings, she was told both by the stenographer and by Anita that the notes would go to Anita for approval, and then be sent to Marlene so that Marlene could write up the minutes. Even if Anita never edited the minutes before sending them to Marlene, that process is suspect – but I digress. Jessica Wethington McLean, Sub District 2 Director and Communications & Government Relations Officer moved to table the approval of the minutes until a later meeting.
Jessica then launched a discussion of the Zoning Administration hearing application for Colorado Wine Company which proposed opening a wine and beer store and wine tasting facility at 2114 Colorado Blvd. The City hearing took place Tuesday, November 2, so any input had to be agreed upon at this ERNC board meeting.
The Land Use and Planning Committee, chaired by Jessica, had recommended that Colorado Wine Company's application be approved. Jessica asked for and got a motion to recommend the approval. The remainder of the meeting consisted of appeals for funding from various organizations within the community. Of the $50,000.00 annual budget allocated to the Neighborhood Council, approximately $24,000.00 remained unspent.
These agenda items needed to be discussed because of the imminent departure of Treasurer Mark Ryan from his position on the board. While he has submitted his resignation, he has kindly agreed to stay on until a replacement can be found and trained (there is a required class offered by the City for Neighborhood Council financial officers).
The effect of scheduling the budget discussions first was to insure that discussion and adoption of election procedures (an event Anita had excluded from her agenda) and two other items related to the 2005 election would not be possible within the time frame of the evening meeting.
Under the present ERNC administration, a number of board seats have become vacant due to resignations. This type of vacancy is not addressed in the bylaws or the elections procedures now in place. Failure of the board to deal with this issue has resulted in the inability of the board to achieve a quorum at some meetings, making it impossible for votes to be taken on issues of interest to the community.
A quick-fix bylaw amendment to change the quorum tabulation method to a percentage of the seats still occupied was on the "Special Meeting" agenda, but such an amendment would be subject to approval by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which has previously looked unfavorably on attempts to reduce the number of board members that constitute a quorum.
Since the Board was unable to discuss the rules and elections procedures, the timelines which govern the election process will have to be shifted outward, perhaps delaying new elections until May of 2005. With this in mind, it was a surprise to see a last agenda item related to the removal of inactive Board Members. It might be a good idea to remove a board member who has not been regularly attending meetings and participating in ERNC board activities, but to remove any members before the quorum crisis is resolved would put the Neighborhood Council in jeopardy of being decertified, according to members and stakeholders familiar with this process.
Before the meeting was adjourned, no date was set for another special meeting to address these issues. The Election Administrator and Final Arbitrator were selected by motion and vote. Stay tuned.

Veteran's Day Vigil in Cypress Park
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association and Divine Savior Church will co-host a Veterans' Day evening candlelight vigil and walk on November 11 to honor and remember local veterans of all military services - starting at 6 p.m. at the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial.
The memorial vigil is open to all, and will feature moments of inspiration from veterans and others, around the Cypress Park Veterans Memorial site (located at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Pepper Avenue), followed by a candlelight walk to Divine Savior Catholic Church, 610 Cypress Avenue, for conclusion and refreshments.
The Cypress Park Veterans Memorial is the product of volunteer work organized by the Friends of Cypress Park group in recent years. From 2002-2003, local volunteers donated hundreds of hours to convert a blighted concrete traffic median at the intersection of Cypress and Pepper into a flowering neighborhood garden and memorial site complete with engraved bronze plaque welcoming returning veterans.
The Friends of Cypress Park Community Improvement Association was organized in 2001 by founding members of the Coalition for a State Park at Taylor Yard, to enhance the quality of life in the Northeast Los Angeles community of Cypress Park.
The Friends welcome new volunteers and meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Los Feliz Room of the Los Angeles River Center in Cypress Park (570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles), to oversee community improvement efforts.

2004 Northeast Christmas Parade
The diamond anniversary of the Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade will officially welcome the holiday season on Sunday, December 5. Starting at noon, the 80+ entries including hundreds of participants will proceed from North Figueroa Street and Avenue 60, southbound to Sycamore Grove Park on North Figueroa Street. From 1 pm to 6 pm, the festivities continue at Sycamore Grove Park where the annual Winterfest will provide entertainment, food and craft booths, and the awarding of parade entry trophies, rides and games. The Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade is the city¹s second oldest annual holiday parade.
Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa, 14th District, will serve as the 2004 Parade Grand Marshall. Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, 1st District, will serve as 2004 Honorary Grand Marshall. They will lead parade entrants including marching bands, drill teams, floats, sports and entertainment figures, and representatives of local organizations and businesses, and, of course, Santa Claus. Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa and deliver them in person.
The 60th annual parade program will be distributed to 30,000 local residents in the LA Times¹ Sunday, November 28, 2004 edition, as well as to local organizations, businesses, and parade day spectators. The parade and Winterfest are organized and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Dept., Adelphia, MTA, Highland Park and Eagle Rock Chambers of Commerce, North Figueroa Association, the Honorable Ed P. Reyes, Councilmember, 1st District. The parade is designed to highlight the Northeast Los Angeles area, home to important local cultural and historic facilities, and a variety of small businesses.
Participants and spectators are encouraged to arrive via the Metro Gold Line (Highland Park station) for convenience as the surrounding streets will be blocked off during the parade.
Deadline for entry sign-up and program advertising is November 1. Information and sign-up forms are available by calling Misty at 323 255-5030, or pick up at 115 North Avenue 53, Los Angeles 90042 or at MAN Insurance, 5000 York Boulevard, Los Angeles 90042.
 

Letters Policy
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Dear Boulevard Sentinel:
I'm writing to let you know how much I enjoy your newspaper. I especially appreciate the coverage of the Highland Park/Hermon area where I live. Also, I want to thank you for the recent articles: Condo Con Job: Parts 1 & 2 (in the Aug. & Sept. issues). As a witness to the disaster that's been going on, it helps to read a point of view that seems to express the feelings of the local residence. Thanks again & keep up the good work! Sincerely,
R. Shimeall
Hermon

Hi,
Just discovered the Boulevard Sentinel at Mr T's Bowl and enjoyed the article about The Rock is Art! Being a lighting designer, it sounded fascinating. Also being new to the area and wanting to see the display, I had one little question....
WHERE'S THE ROCK?!
After half a dozen phone calls to local collages, libraries and city offices, I finally found someone who pointed me in the right direction. It isn't in Eagle Rock. It isn't even at the end of Eagle Rock Boulevard. It's on the other side of the 134! Might I suggest that in the future, if there's an event happening, you include an address so that non-natives can find it.
Thanks for listening.
John Tyson
Mt. Washington

Children's Old Fashioned Christmas- Friday, Dec. 3
Annual Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce Children's Old Fashioned Christmas at the Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Blvd. Event starts promptly at 7:p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Enjoy entertainment, a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, cookies and a toy. Children and parents are all welcome to this free event.

Eagle Vista Seniors
Nov. 2 - The Eagle Vista Seniors Board will meet at 9:00 a.m. (in their temporary housing at Ramona Hall in Highland Park) followed by the members meeting at 10:00 a.m. Birthday cake will be served for November celebrants.
Nov. 9 - No meeting today due to the trip to Getty Museum. The bus will pick up participants at Eagle Rock Park, 10:00 a.m., and will stop for lunch at the Sizzler in Los Feliz (on your own) before continuing to the Getty. The trip ends at E.R. Park, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 - There will be a social gathering at the usual 10:00 a.m. though the majority of members will be attending a 11:00 luncheon honoring "90+ Seniors" at 3201 Riverside Drive.
Nov. 23 - The gala Thanksgiving luncheon takes place at Ramona Hall, with opening ceremonies and fellowship at 10:00 a.m. Catering is by East Side Market and the invited speaker will be financial advisor Louis Piano. Cost is $7.00.
Nov. 30 - Due to the busy holiday season this date will serve as the first December meeting for the Board m(9:00 a.m.) and the members (10:00 a.m.). Carlos Cruz will be the caller for BINGO! and birthday cake will be served.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in memory of Gilbert Broomis.
November is "Pancreatic Awareness Month" and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Approximately 30,700 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year in the United States, and 30,000 people will die from this disease. Pancreatic cancer has the #1 fatality rate of all cancers and is the #4 killer in the United States amongst both men and women. The 99% mortality rate for pancreatic cancer is the highest of any cancer. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease is just 3-6 months.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PAN Can) working together for a cure is here to help and educate you about pancreatic cancer. Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) and Education and Awareness (TEAM HOPE) are programs here to lend you a helping hand and ready to be of service when you call. Don't forget, NOVEMBER is pancreatic cancer awareness month. Help by creating awareness in your community. TELL SOMEONE, MAKE A DONATION. Purple is the symbolic color for the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Coming up in November is "PENNIES FOR PAN CAN" fundraising and awareness drive. For more information, log on to www.pancan.org or call 877-2-PAN CAN (272-6226).

Local School Chosen as Blue Ribbon
Eagle Rock Elementary, will welcome back Principal Jane Sierra from a ceremony hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in Washington D.C., with a day of celebration on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Local and state dignitaries, including Congressman Xavier Becerra, State Education Secretary Richard Riordan, State Senator Jack Scott, LAUSD Superintendent Governor Roy Romer and LAUSD Board of Education President Jose Huizar, along with the Eagle Rock community, will come together to honor the Eagle Rock Elementary students, teachers, parents and support staff that made this accomplishment possible.
Eagle Rock Elementary, located in N.E. Los Angeles, is one of 33 public schools in California, and 206 in the nation, to be chosen as a Blue Ribbon School for 2004. The No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The 21 year old program encourages states to nominate public kindergarten through grade twelve schools that are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Eagle Rock Elementary went through a rigorous application process. The weight of the application rested overwhelmingly on test scores, growth, and achievement in reading and math over three years, including those for significant subgroups.
"The educators and students in these schools, as well as the children's parents, deserve a lot of praise for working very hard to receive this national recognition," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. "This shows that our efforts to increase rigor in California schools is working, so students can receive a world-class education that will carry them through to college or careers." O'Connell nominated Eagle Rock Elementary last December for this federal recognition.
Eagle Rock Elementary's Celebration of Learning will begin with the entrance of the Eagle Rock High School Marching Band parading through the streets of Eagle Rock from the high school to the elementary. After-which, the school and Principal Sierra -- who also will be personally honored in D.C. as one of five principals in the country to receive the Terrel H. Bell Award for exceptional school leadership, will be recognized with praises and proclamations, as well as entertainment for all to enjoy. Eagle Rock Elementary is located at 2057 Fair Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. 90041, (323) 254-6851.
Congratulations Principal Sierra and Eagle Rock Elementary teachers, students and parents, for being a local and national model for education! We all applaud you for this well-deserved honor!

Beautification Awards

On Saturday, October 2, 2004, the Collaborative: Eagle Rock Beautiful and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC) presented the 2004 Golden Eagle Awards for exemplary efforts in beautification in the community at a breakfast event held at the Eagles Club in Eagle Rock.
Eight home and four business awards were presented, in addition to the first-ever "Good Neighbor Award" presented to lifelong Eagle Rock resident, Betty Tyndall. "This was a chance for us to acknowledge the best of the best in our community. From those who make beauty in the smallest spaces, to those who turn grand efforts into great results for the entire community, and to especially thank one who sets the example for us all about how to make a difference in the community", says John Stillion, co-chair of the Collaborative.
When presented with the Good Neighbor Award, surprised recipient Betty Tyndall was brought to tears as members of the community, one after the other, spoke words of gratitude and compliment.
Tyndall was lauded as an active member of nearly every organization the community has to offer, from Neighborhood Watch, to BLEND, CPAB, TERA, the Women's Twentieth Century Club and the ERNC Formation Committee, and for being an excellent neighbor who has spent decades in Eagle Rock raising six children and quietly doing countless good deeds which she had assumed went unnoticed. About being named the inaugural recipient of this award, Tyndall said "I was stunned. I had no idea, and I just don't know what to say. Thank you. I'm honored."
A number of nominated businesses were honored for beautification efforts as well as acts of good neighborliness to the community, with four selected as winners:
The 2003-constructed Savon at Colorado Blvd, and Figueroa Street won for landscaping and keeping its promises to the community, such as continued efforts to keep their property clean and free of debris and controlling their shopping carts;
Smellzgood Boutique on Eagle Rock Blvd. was honored not only for beautifying their shop and business grounds, but also for going above and beyond the call of duty, planting flowers in the median, and keeping the entire area watered, weeded and well-groomed;
The Welcome Inn, site of one of the Collaborative's first planting projects, won for their efforts in maintaining and adding to the greenery around their Colorado Blvd. property and keeping a major part of the Colorado business district clean and green;
Sir Michael's Party Rentals on Eagle Rock Blvd. was congratulated for façade improvements which make the business' building look like a storybook house, and owner Michael Nogueira Chamber of Commerce President and ERNC Vice-President, thanked for continual support and generosity as a good business neighbor to the community.
Eight Eagle Rock homes were featured as award winners, selected from dozens of nominees throughout the community. Winning homes featured a diverse range of architecture from mission style to country farmhouse, and landscaping, from roses, to hundreds of varieties of succulents to koi ponds and pottery.
Each winning home and business owner received a framed award presented by a member of the ERNC, and slides were shown of the winning features of each property.
The message was clear-- regardless of the size or location of one's home or business, the key is to beautify your corner of the world in whatever way you can. Thanks to the efforts of each nominee and winner, beautification benefits us all.

Highland Park Happenings

by Paul Thomas
It was somewhere around the first full week of October. Somewhere around the 17th bushel of leaves I was cramming into the green trash can, that it finally hit home:
This is fall now. There is no getting around it. What was this prolonged summer fantasy I was hanging on to anyway? Some leftover childhood wishful thinking perhaps.
No, it's time to focus. Autumn. Fall. Issues. Fall issues. Yes, this was a reminder of something. There was something going on right around this time that I was supposed to remember....Fire Prevention Week?
True enough, the week of 3-9 was Fire Prevention Week,and the city took the opportunity to trim trees in parkways and other public areas. There was something else, though. Closer to home. Think. Think.
Ah yes. October Surprise in Northeast L.A. It was touted as "Underground Interventions and Underground Politics," and involved numerous artists, groups and creative minds who shared art, political ideas, street performances, and education relating to local culture, centered around October 8-11.
Here in Highland Park it was all kicking off at The Collective Gallery on Avenue 50. October 8th? That's tomorrow. Tomorrow! TOMORROW! Yikes! I almost forgot.
Had I known what a glitzy affair it was going to be, I would have chosen clothes with less holes in them. Maybe brought some breath mints.
As it stood, I chose to just go. First challenge: parking. After circling the block with the other herds a few times, it became clear that this was a busy night, even for a friday night, in this area.
Waiting in line to turn right again on Figueroa, I was approached by some industrious bald-headed young men in white tank tops assertively offering to take my car.
"Oh, are you the valets?" I asked hopefully.
"Sure, we're the valets," they grinned. There was something sinister about their cackles that made me pass on the offer. Besides I knew a couple of good parking spots not too far away. Highland Park reporters know these sort of things.
There were glamorous couples and cameras, flashbulbs popping and street performers entertaining when I arrived. Sort of adjoining the Collective gallery is the Avenue 50 Gallery. Their participation in October Surprise was the exhibit "Altered Images," featuring political messages through the unique artistic medium of altars.
Featured artists included Linda Arreola, Ann Brace, and Silvia Capistran, among others. People from all walks of life appeared to ooh and ahh at the works.
Another successful part of the October Surprise was Allison Heimstead's Broom Procession. A parade of thirty people with brooms swept their way through about a 2 mile area of Highland Park on the morning of October 9th, leaving a wake of clean sidewalks and smiling faces behind.
For the performance art fanatic there was, among many pieces, "Escritorio Publico." For this, Jen Hofer set up her grandmother's antique typewriter at local grocery stores and wrote letters to interested parties. You had your choice of English or Spanish, $2 for a normal letter, $3 for a love letter, and $5 for an illicit love letter.
I considered having several illicit letters of a different kind written to various Northeast L.A. land developers. Then I thought naw, that would probably be too expensive. Besides, I didn't want to scare the poor girl.
Curious, educational, and fun installments like these made October Surprise a unique and welcome surprise in our neighborhood. Judging from the number of participants, it'll be back next year with a vengeance.
Not to be left out, Mr. T's Bowl held their October Surprise party on the 9th, with more or less politically-charged bands such as The Lil' Kickers, The Mormons and The Cinnamon Roll Puppet Gang. Mix in some youthful angst and cheap beer and you had yourself a party.
On Saturday October 16, 2004, the Northeast Community Police Station held their 5th Annual Crime Prevention Fair & Open House. Providing resources and refreshments for businesses and residents, The Fair and Open House were held at the Northeast Police Station on San Fernando Road and at the Highland Park Police Historical Museum, respectively.
Then the rain came. First it was light and pleasant. Then over the next 24 hours or so we were pelted with showers that seemed determined to make up for the entire drought we'd been experiencing since April. Whew!
Emerging unscathed, Scott Rubel and the Northeast open Space Coalition, a group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the remaining open spaces, held a meeting at the Audobon Center the following Sunday. They are fighting wholeheartedly to save the precious little open land we have remaining in this community.
Saturday, October 30 11AM - 3PM The Neighbor to Neighbor Community Mobilization Project came to the neighborhood Avenue 55 at Monte Vista Street.Vendors were there providing information on issues like affordable housing, health care,graffiti removal,and others.
In a spirit of good will, the faithful went to meet the neighbors door-to-door. Most residents appreciated the gesture, as well as the opportunity to open up to neighbors.
Others were apparently not at home. Or else they chose not to answer the door, perhaps fearing some sort of illegal search and seizure, (or maybe some reality show).
Seeing as how Halloween fell on a Sunday (translation: school night) this year, the clever folks over at Hathaway Family Resource Center on Ave. 66 held their annual Haunted House the night before. Little ghosts and goblins were scared and delighted, while their parents lurked close by in the shadows.
October 30th also marked the 9th annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Hermon/Arroyo Seco Park. It featured art, a mock graveyard, traditional Mexican food, and more.
Celebrating their 60th year as the oldest parade in L.A., the Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade, have picked their Grand Marshals for this year. They are Councilmember Ed Reyes-Honorary Grand Marshal, Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa-Parade Grand Marshal, and Doug Brown- Honorary Grand Marshal. Andrew Barrera will serve as Highland Park Grand Marshal.
Lastly, as you will be reading this column on November (Thanksgiving month), I'd like to take the opportunity to give some thank yous: to my mom, my friends, my bandmates, of course. I'd like to also especially thank Mr. Tom Topping, publisher and editor-in-Chief of The Boulevard Sentinel. Tom, in addition to being a first-rate editor, writer, and reporter, is also a man who cares.
Whether he makes $1,000,000 or $1 is beside the point,(it seems to me) to him. He is only concerned with bringing the Real Story, and delivering the best newspaper he can. Thanks, Tom!
Oh, and I'd like to give a little shout out (shout being the operating word in light of the noise here) to some fellow suffering Hermonites, some of whose stories I was not able to include in the last Condo Con-Job articles: Tomoko (and Myra), Toshi, Lita, Sybil and Roger, Wendi and Joe.

Miss Mindy’s Music Reviews

by Mindy Jones
Happy Halloween, Eagle Rockians! Just in case you didn't get enough of a fright this Halloween weekend, I still have a spooky little band for you to check out.
MKIO (Mankind is Obsolete) is a female fronted industrial band that is located in Highland Park, yet stretches live shows all over L.A. and beyond. Headed up by Natasha Cox (lead vocals) and Jon Siren (drums), they created the group in the fall of 2002 after they'd met while playing in Pseudocipher.
Jon had just relocated from Columbus, Ohio and Natasha came from Texas in search of "a heavier style of music". By February of 2003, they had laid the foundation for the band and added Mark Nurre on guitar, Jaime Roy on bass and Nathan Trowbridge for background vocals and live performance engineering.
The Metamorph E.P. was released in August of 2003. The disc contains only six songs, though the band certainly gets their message (as well as their intensity) across to the listener. One song after another, MKIO churns out hauntingly monotone vocals over music so creepy it sounds like an audio horror flick. Unconforming and unapologetic, MKIO has a definite vision and is preparing to unleash it on us all.
"Another Day" begins the album with a chilling piano riff that is reminiscent of that infamous Nightmare On Elm Street melody. It quickly descends into a miry grave of stabbing violins, blaring guitar chords and zombified vocals. "Another dream, another life. To wake up in this, I live this".
Traveling to "Another World", the aptly named song features eerie vocal distortion and wailing guitar riffs that sound similar to Metallica's early stuff. MKIO then splatters it with squirmy samples, organ style keyboards and undertones so twisted they would even make Marilyn Manson blush.
"Regret" makes is suddenly apparent that it's kind of strange hearing a girls voice over such a dark and brooding track. Actually, I haven't heard of any other industrial band with a female lead vocalist. It may be strange, but definitely in a good way!
"Angel Disease" and "Rapture" are pretty hard-core songs. Completely fueled by crashing drums and pounding guitars, the only "real" melody is the all too seldom bass fill-in. Picture a sound that is turbo industrial like Prodigy, only about a hundred times scarier.
MKIO finishes up the E.P. with "Icarus", which is surprisingly different than the previous five songs. With a faster pace and a danceable beat, this song is undoubtedly the "cross-over" on the disc. Clickety sticks, bright cymbals and lots of electronic looping make this 80's throwback a total gem. Although unexpected, definitely a well deserved treat.
MKIO can be reached on their web site (www.MKIO.com). Music, merchandise, photos and show dates are just a few of the things they have available. By the way, MKIO is looking for a new bassist (Jaime Roy recently left the group), so if you're interested (and talented), you can actually apply on their site as well!
MKIO is definitely one of the more "interesting" bands I've reviewed considering that I don't hear much from this genre and I'm not very exposed to it. But I'm always up for a challenge so weather you're into industrial music or just looking for something different, MKIO is definitely to be tried…but only if you dare!


I Saw it First!
– October 2004, Cypress Park – Friends of the Library volunteers (from left) Alexia Teran, Rosario Robles, and Carol Sin all seem to want the same book headed for the library's upcoming annual Book and Bake Sale. Many hundreds of used and like-new books will go on sale at the Cypress Park Branch Library's annual event, Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books and some CDs, videos, and audiotapes – as well as homemade baked goods – will be sold at bargain prices to help raise funds for special children's programs and other library needs. The Friends book sale will be held in the library's Community Room at 1150 Cypress Avenue (at Alice Street), in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Cypress Park (323) 224-0039. The Friends of the Library group meets each month to plan regular fund-raising and volunteer support activities for the library. New members are always welcome.

Optimist Youth Perform with Theatre Company
They may not make it to Broadway, but for at-risk teens at Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services (OYHFS) opening night will be more than the average premiere.
Since the program was launched in September, OYHFS kids have been working to create and perform a play of their own work under the guidance of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, a Los Angeles-based group that promotes pride, racial tolerance and social consciousness through theatre arts. The cast of 30 kids was selected from some 100 boys living on the agency's Highland Park campus, and will premiere their performance December 11.
Artists with the theatre company, composed of entertainment industry professionals including Roma Maffia of the hit F/X drama "Nip/Tuck," introduce the teens to the intricacies of playwriting and acting, following a model that teaches nonviolent techniques and prevention.
The Unusual Suspects employ the therapeutic aspects of theatre to help kids learn discipline, self-examination and cooperation by spending time in an ensemble cast. The program also serves as a gateway to writing, movement and other academic pursuits.
"These kids grow up dealing with racial issues, violence, stereotypes and gangs. By working toward a common goal with peers of different backgrounds and races, they begin to see their similarities and bridge their differences," said Zoot Velasco, executive director for The Unusual Suspects. "They also develop a sense of social consciousness with a feeling of being part of something larger than themselves."
OYHFS, which provides comprehensive treatment, education and support services to at-risk youth and juvenile offenders on probation, received a $33,300 development art's fee waiver from the City of Los Angeles' Cultural Affairs Department to bring the theatre program to its campus.
"This program gives these kids the opportunity to let their talent and creativity shine through on stage, while also participating in important life lessons that would otherwise not be available to them," said Mary Frances Hudson, director of Mental Health Programs at OYHFS. "This is an exciting collaboration with a group theatre professionals who are dedicated to working with troubled youth."
Established in 1993 as a response to the need for community reunification, The Unusual Suspects have taken their theatre program to foster care placement facilities, juvenile halls and probation camps around Southern California. The program has a formalized curriculum that combines nonviolent behavior modification techniques with state standards of performing arts and English language writing.
Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services cares for 500 abused, troubled and neglected youth on a daily basis, and is one of the largest such private centers in the region. It operates a residential program at its main campus for 100 adolescent boys, seven group homes for boys and girls, a private high school, a foster care and adoption agency and multifaceted programs for community youth and parents. It is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ERHS Equestrienne Wins National Award
 Hayley Perkins, an 8th grader at Eagle Rock High School. and her 17 year old Andalusian mare, Sasha, took Top Five honors at the recent IALHA (International Andalusian/Lusitano Horse Association) US National Championship Horse Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Ms. Perkins, who has been riding for only 3 1/2 years, trains with Lauren LaVine at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. In October she received Ariat's Young Rider Award, and through all of her equestrian activities, maintains her place on the honor role at ERHS. Sasha, one of the foundation breed horses from Garrison Ranch, has a long history of achievement, from US National IALHA Champion and Reserve Champion titles in 1991 and 1992 to exhibition appearances in the Rose Parade and the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.
This year will probably be Sasha's last trip to Nationals but hopefully was just the first trip of many for Hayley. Showing in Halter Mares/Amateur to Handle and Country Pleasure Saddle Seat Amateur, they not only won Top Five, but placed third overall in both classes. Show Hack Amateur garnered the pair another Top Five award.


Food Fight Takes Deadly Bite
by Tom Topping
On Friday, October 22, 2004, at about 10:10 a.m., Northeast Area patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 5000 block of York Boulevard in the Highland Park. Upon arrival at the location, the officers found 42 year-old Jorge Rivas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Mr. Rivas owned at the Bakery at that location.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported Rivas to Huntington Memorial Hospital in the City of Pasadena. After several hours of surgery, Rivas died as a result from his injuries.
The suspect in this homicide has been identified as 61 year-old Robert Awwad. Suspect Awwad was the owner of the shop right next door to the bakery where Mr. Rivas worked. Awwad was arrested at the scene by the officers and the murder weapon was recovered. According to neighbors, the two had had a long running business dispute. Awwad's shop carries 99 cent store type items, and he started to carry food items such as potato chips and eggs as well. Rivas went over to complain that it was hurting his business. An argument ensued and ended with the gunshots.
Suspect Awwad was booked for murder and is being held on a $1,000,000 bail.
Anyone with information is requested to call Northeast Homicide Detectives, at 213-847-4261. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

Extreme Street Makeover
by Paul Thomas
Another upheaval is coming to a street or sidewalk near you. Yet again the city of L.A. has made the untimely decision to re-do the sidewalks and streets in the Highland Park/Arroyo Seco area.
Weren't they just re-done earlier this year? Weren't they done not long before that? Weren't we assured that they were O.K. for a while? Yes, yes, yes.
Then why again? Why now? Well, it just so happens that there are several different projects going on at once that are, unwittingly or not, contributing to Northeast L.A.'s extreme (as in extremely noisy and messy) makeover.
Giant construction vehicles loom in the streets. Upon inquiry, however, I found that many of them were just parking there for access to the numerous new construction sites plaguing the area. Then what was with this I heard about an "Avenue 53 Pipeline Rehabilitation Project" that was about to worm its way through the streets for the next 10 months?
Something else entirely. The LADWP has begun digging into streets to begin renovating aging water pipelines in an area of the Arroyo Seco bordered by York Boulevard at the North and the 110 Freeway to the South.
They estimate spending 6-8 weeks on each street, and claim that the project will increase water flow to lines, as well as improve water quality. It will supposedly prolong the lifespan of the pipes by about 50 more years.
The project involves cleaning and then lining the pipes with cement mortar. This type of renovation is less disruptive to the neighborhood, claims the DWP, and also typically 1/3 the cost.
I explained via phone to Kevin DelToro, The Project Coordinator & Inspector, that the pipelines had already been done in June. So why again? Why now?
"Oh no. It's not those pipes (that have already been done). We're concentrating only on pipes built before 1930," Mr. DelToro says.
OK, so if your streets were already done in June, then you are probably in-the-clear this time around (in-the-clear being a relative term around here). So who can expect their streets to be invaded?
Mr. DelToro says that it is more or less a "triangle shaped area" within York/Planada Ave. and the 110 Freeway at extreme North and South. Then Ave 50 and the 110 Freeway/S. Pasadena area to the extreme West and East. They'll be servicing pipes on an "as needed" basis.
OK, but that still doesn't explain those other streets that do not fall in those zones, but which are obviously being repaired or re-done in some way. It turns out that Oak Hill Drive (going through Hermon and S. Pasadena) is being re-done and expanded for entirely different reasons.
It is to allow more people access to the influx of pricey new homes in the area. After all, their Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators do need a wide berth.
Still, I saw other unexplained street signs, cones, and trucks, that didn't belong to the Ave. 53 Pipeline Rehabilitation Project. It seemed to center on sidewalks: Avenue 60, Monterey Road, Via marisol, and others.
After learning that the sidewalks fell under the jurisdiction of L.A. Steet Services, I called them to ask. Then I went through the now standard automated voice menu/maze, in which you must listen to ALL the options on ALL the menus each time, before making a choice on your keypad ("marca o prima el numero dos para espanol").
Again, I pondered upon how these automated menus seem designed to lead the average, working person (i.e. those with a life) in circles, until they either run out of time or patience. I, on the other hand, have nothing better to do.
So I waited. I even pushed all of the right keys, until finally some girl that sounded like a teenage/bubblegum chewing/Pinky Tuscadero/only-there-to-answer-phones type answers.
"What's going on with the sidewalks in such-and-such areas," I asked.
"What does it look like they're doing?" is her response.
"I dunno. I'm no sidewalk expert, but they're all torn up."
"They're probably repairing them," she answered lazily. I started to ask details and locations which caused her to let out a horrendous sigh and tell me that she would have to transfer me to Special Services, and that I would probably need to leave a voice message. "Hold on," she moaned.
I immediately had a vision: Special Services was where people who STILL wanted an answer and STILL hadn't hung up, were transferred to. I imagined a dark, forgotten room that no one ever entered anymore, with an answering machine on a dusty table blinking eternally.
That's about what I got. Possibly the most rapidly read recorded message in history came on the other line. The fast-talking female voice recited a litany of answers and excuses to cover any possible question requiring a human response.
Before the beep sounded, the voice declared that "due to the high volume of calls, your call may not be returned, blah blah blah." It was leave a message or forget it.
Suffice it to say that the sidewalks are being renewed and re-done for the greater good of L.A., and for the good of Mankind as a whole.

Coldwell Banker Grand Opening


California State Senator Jack Scott, U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra, and Councilmember Antonio Villaraigosa were all on hand for the grand opening celebration of Coldwell Banker David Steven Company. President David S. Toyama and Vice President Adriana Toyama have been an integral part of the community since 1992 when they opened David Steven Realtors. They are now celebrating their affiliation with the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. This is a sign that Eagle Rock real estate is coming of age in one of the most diverse communities in Los Angeles. "Diversity has been the cornerstone to our success in this community. We have been changing the face of Eagle Rock one home at a time for over a decade now," says David Toyama.
The founder, David S. Toyama, was born and raised in the community and is an alumni of Eagle Rock High School. He returned home to found David Steven Realtors and provided a new level of service to the community. Each and every year they help dozens of families locate to the Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, and Highland Park neighborhoods.
In their early years, David Steven Realtors helped Latino and Filipino buyers open the door to home buying by educating them about the process. Over the years, their clientele has grown to represent clients of every race and sexual orientation.
David's and Adriana's decision to affiliate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation was to bring to their valued customers a new level of service. They continue to be the local favorite, but now have the resources and technology that only a top real estate brand, like Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, can deliver.
 


FREE Holiday Yard Makeover
Some lucky person is going to win a Holiday Landscape Makeover this year, and that lucky person could be you! The winner will receive up to $5000 retail value worth of professional landscaping just in time for the holidays. This will include design, grading, irrigation, plants and planting, etc., and it will be provided by the good elves at PAL Landscape services, Persson's Nursery of Pasadena, Tritch's Hardware in Eagle Rock and Ewing Irrigation of Glendale.
All persons reading this are welcome to submit the name of a friend or neighbor who lives in the Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park or Mt. Washington communities. Write a letter or e-mail revealing why you think this person is most deserving to be chosen for a new landscape makeover. Send it to: "Holiday Makeover" at p.o. box 41167, Eagle Rock, California, 90041, or e-mail to phillip@pallandscape.com. You can also call Phil at 323-788-3194. All entries must be received by November 24, 2004, so don't delay, mail today. Don't forget to include all the contact information of the person you are nominating, as well as your own. Be sure to include name, address and telephone, and fax and e-mail if applicable.
The winner will be chosen by a select panel of local business and community leaders, including a representative from the Eagle Rock Beautification Collaborative as well as Boulevard Sentinel Publisher Tom Topping. The completion date of the landscaping is scheduled for December 15, just in time for the holidays.
Local resident and landscaper Phillip Latham came up with this idea just in time for the Christmas Holiday. Phil has been in the landscaping business for years, starting his career in 1973. A native of Burbank, he was hired by Westwood Landscapes, the main account being a home belonging to Kenny Rodgers. He honed his craft working on properties in Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Malibu. His specialty is designing and installing water saving drip irrigation systems.
He decided to do this giveaway because, "I've done so well this year and I want to give back to the community." Look for an announcement of the winner next month and to see before and after photos of the winning property after the first of the year.

Fountain of Prosperity
By Susana Vega
Jorge Barahona gives new meaning to the phrase "home-based business." A couple years ago, Jorge and his wife, Ondina Santa Maria purchased a house on York Boulevard, one of those forgotten classics built in 1926. Not only have they completely restored the exterior to its original look, but they have also filled their home with antiques and turned the front yard into "The Fountain Place."
As I stepped out of my car, the first thing I noticed was the pleasant, soothing, relaxing sound of trickling water, making the five o'clock traffic on York Boulevard virtually disappear. When I entered through the white wrought iron gates, I was delighted to find a large inventory of fountains, as well as a variety of patio tables with umbrellas, half-moon benches, statues, pottery, bird baths and wall hangings.
The Fountain Place is a true family business. Although Ondina, Jorge's wife, was not available, Jorge said that their business is a joint effort and credits her with the creative vision and energy that was necessary to launch it. The fountains are made in Corona by Jorge's cousins. Jorge explained that a cement mixture is poured into molds made out of fiberglass and the mold is then peeled off the cement, like a latex mask is peeled off an actor's face. Afterwards, they may be painted or left in their natural cement hue. Jorge works with customers on special orders or designs so that you can pretty much have whatever style of fountain suits your needs.
These fountains are very versatile; they can be large and showy art pieces or can be mounted unobtrusively on a wall to offer the quiet, calming sound of running water. As Jorge walked me around the yard, my eyes fell on several statues of St. Francis of Assisi surrounded by cement bunnies, birds and squirrels which fit right in with the peaceful setting. As we continued our stroll, I also noticed statutes of the Virgin Mary.
Fountains are very low maintenance. They seem to give more than they take. It is a known fact that the sound of water helps release stress. And in these days of saving energy and water, there's no problem here. The water is recycled, and a pump and filter keeps it fresh and aerated. When you purchase a fountain from The Fountain Place, Jorge makes sure that you go away with all the information you need to take care of it.
The Fountain Place has only been in business for a few weeks and Jorge is enjoying his success as the only fountain supplier in the area. His prices are wholesale, he guarantees the work, and local delivery is free. Jorge repairs his own work, but is very selective when doing repairs on products by other manufacturers.
After talking with Jorge for a while, you realize that he is a man of many talents: The Cuban-born craftsman has music running through his blood. He is a congero (plays the Conga drums) and a DJ--you might find D.J.RICUBANA playing in clubs or at private parties throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
Come Christmas time, all the fountains will be moved to the back yard and the front yard will become a Christmas tree lot filled with hand-selected trees that Jorge sells during the holidays. Last year he sold all but two!
So, whether you are shopping for a fountain, musical entertainment or that perfect holiday tree, I know you'll enjoy visiting The Fountain Place and spending time with Jorge. The Fountain Place is located at 4914 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Telephone: (323)340-8550

Doo Dah Parade voted America's Best!


Over 1,500 participants in over 100 'marching' groups will appear in Doo Dah's 28th occasional event, toasting madness and mayhem-- making it one of the largest in the "Other Parade's" colorful history! This year's parade-goers are expected to equal or surpass the record 45,000 spectators at last year's Doo Dah.
And why not? Even the Reader's Digest loves Doo Dah, naming it "America's Best Parade in 2004!"
The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade takes place in the Old Pasadena historic district.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST – STEPPING OFF AT 11:30AM.
Absolutely Free!!
For further information call 626.440.7379 or visit pasadenadoodahparade.com

Discovery Tour
On Sunday, November 21st, artists throughout the Arroyo area will open their studios and homes to visitors for the Discovery Tour. Sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective and the Historical Society of Southern California, the tour showcases the artistic riches of the community.
Surrounded by hills and bordered by the Arroyo Seco, the Northeast neighborhoods of Highland Park, Mt. Washington and Eagle Rock are home to one of the largest concentrations of artists in Los Angeles. "What makes this art tour unique," stated Kate Burroughs, Tour Coordinator, "is the combination of history and art. The Arroyo was the city's first cultural center at the turn of the century, and it's artistic legacy continues today."
The tour begins at the Lummis home at 200 E. Ave 43 in Highland Park, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Dominic School-Save these dates:
Walk-a-thon: Nov 10; 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the school.
Designer Apparel Sale: Nov. 14; 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Christmas Program: Dec 15; 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Oaxacan and Zapotec Art Comes to Life
The Oaxacan Folk Art Carving and Zapotec Rug Show and Sale returns to the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Master carver Jacobo Angeles Ojeda will demonstrate his colorful and imaginative art, and trader Jerry Boyd will have for sale a wide selection of folk art carvings and Zapotec rugs from Oaxaca, Mexico. Zapotec weaving and woodcarving demonstrations will be on hand to inspire and captivate visitors.
Among the folk art traditions of Oaxaca, weaving and woodcarving are two of the most colorful and collectible.
Oaxacans have carved toys and masks for hundreds of years, but it is only recently that their magical woodcarvings have captured the imagination of collectors and enthusiasts all over the world. Fanciful, exuberant, and brilliantly colored, the woodcarvers' creations range from angels to animals to nahuals, or animal people. These figures, filled with movement and humor, spring from the imaginations and superstitions of the carvers. They come in all sizes, and prices range from $10 to over $1000. These woodcarvings make wonderful additions to any home or great gifts for family and friends.
Invited artist Jacobo Angeles Ojeda is especially well-known for his carvings of the nahual. In his village it is believed that humans transform into animal spirits at night, and his work exemplifies this belief. Jacobo aspires to have his own work, as well as that of other fine artists, appreciated as true art. He assigns a name to each type of piece he creates and numbers each edition of that piece, of which, of course, no two are identical.
Trader Jerry Boyd has long been providing the Southwest Museum Store with its excellent selection of Oaxacan folk art and Zapotec weavings. He will be bringing a truckload of some of the finest examples of these arts for this show and sale. Don't miss seeing these colorful and creative arts from Oaxaca, Mexico, priced for every pocketbook!


The Southwest Museum
The Southwest Museum of the American Indian is offering free admission to all visitors until January 21, 2005, due to construction of a new conservation lab and preparations for the upcoming rededication of the People of California and People of the Southwest exhibition halls. People of the Northwest Coast, People of the Great Plains, and the Museum Store remain open to the public. In January the conservation lab will be open to the public for tours by appointment only—worth a call for a special experience. The rededication of the People of California and People of the Southwest exhibition halls will include special ceremonies and activities. Visit our website at www.southwestmuseum.org for updates and scheduled events!
We thank you for your continued support of the Southwest Museum.
 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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