This Thanksgiving Thank Environmental Stewards and Leaders

This Thanksgiving please give thanks to the environmental stewards and leaders who better our community throughout the year by nominating candidates for a 2014 Arroyo Verde Award.

The Arroyo Verde Awards recognize those who have made a valuable contribution to protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco watershed and our local environment. It’s the most prestigious environmental award in our region. Awards are given each year for Best Advocacy, Greening the Arroyo (Organization), Greening the Arroyo (Agency), Greening the Arroyo (Business), Best Volunteer, Citizen Activist, Public Official, and Lifetime Achievement. Awards are given out at the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations annual holiday event in December.

You can nominate a deserving candidate here:Arroyo Verde Nomination

And thanks for your caring and support for a sustainable future!

Make a Contribution to the Arroyo Seco Foundation


Hey friend, please join us!  Noon on Thanksgiving Day
What is the meaning of the annual Thanksgiving event in the United States?  Does anyone even try to “give thanks” on this day?  And how do we determine what to give thanks for, or to?
WTI is a Highland Park-based non-profit which has commemorated this unique day (for over 40 years) by first reminding participants what this day is all about, and then, learning some of the skills that made the beginning of this country possible.
According to historians, the first “Thanksgiving” took place during a lull in warfare between the new European colonists and the various indigenous peoples of the Atlantic Coast.  Since the first colonists were essentially city people, they learned many of the basic survival skills from the native tribes of the Americas.
WTI points out that Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Native Americans, and the early skills of the Native Americans are shared at this annual event.
Some of the skills to be shared will include primitive fire making, wild food gathering and cooking, primitive weaponry and traps (including archery), weaving and twining, and other skills.
The event occurs on the non-profit’s one acre facility in Highland Park. A light meal is served, and along with a presentation about the history of the day, participants will have the opportunity to practice many of the traditional “Thanksgiving” crafts.

To RSVP and to get directions, contact Prudence Daniel, executive director at 323 620-4720, or Julie Balaa, Assistant, 323 255-4028.  A donation is requested

CELEBRATION! Grand Re-Opening of Eagle Rock City Hall

The City of Los Angeles invites you to join Councilmember José Huizar at the Eagle Rock City Hall Grand Re-Opening Celebration.

Saturday, November 22, 11:00am to 1;oopm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard

Eagle Rock City Hall was built in 1922, one year before Eagle Rock was consolidated with the City of Los Angeles. Originally housing the fire department, police department, and the chambers for the Eagle Rock City Council, the building has been an icon of Eagle Rock for over 90 years,

Throughout its history it has served as an art gallery, Building and Safety satellite offices, Bureau of Street Services operations office, Council Field Office, and more. The building underwent a renovation in the 1960’s and a seismic retrofit in 1994.

In the spring of 2014, the city allocated $250,000 to repair the facility and restore it to its former glory. Working with community leaders and local preservationists, the renovated building is once more a shining star for Eagle Rock. Improvements include remodeled restrooms, brand new flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, accent lighting and updated community rooms.

The festivities will include:
Plant Sale
Face Paining
Bounce house

This event is Co-Sponsored by: Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and The Eagle Rock Association


Just to make Highland Park more fun than ever, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council is hosting a FREE Community Scavenger Hunt.

Folks will create their own teams of no more then 5 members each. They will compete in 3 categories: 21 and over, 20 and under, and Mixed Ages.

The wining teams will receive prizes from Highland Park Businesses, including Donut Friend, Town Pizza, the Grey Hound, the OffBeat, Las Cazuelas and Galco’s Soda Pop Shop, Sonny’s Hideaway and the Highland Park Heritage Trust!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22 (Tomorrow) 10:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Start and end at Highland Park Recreation Center: 6150 Piedmont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90042

Contact  HIGHLAND PARK’S FIRST EVER SCAVENGER HUNT! on Facebook for more information.


22nd ANNUAL DISCOVERY TOUR This Saturday NOV. 22

Change Is In The Air
Saturday, November 22nd
9:30am – 5pm

Lummis Home
200 East Avenue 43
Los Angeles, 90031

Meet great artists – enjoy good art
Buy Tickets Here!

“Change is in the Air” for the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour, a self-guided auto tour which gives you entre into the homes and studios of the fascinating artists of the Arroyo, an area including the vibrant neighborhoods of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and Mount Washington. This year we are also proud to partner with the Autry National Center of the American West, and invite you all to visit the Autry’s Southwest Museum, where several artists are showing.

The Discovery Tour is one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most eclectic art tours, featuring a wide variety of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists. Your tour begins at the Lummis Home, or “El Alisal”, the hand built house of Charles Lummis, poet, activist and founder of the Southwest Museum. Information to help you plan your own Tour will be available at the entrance.

TONIGHT: Public Hearing on Removing Restricted Business Hours on Colorado Boulevard

TONIGHT: Public Hearing on Removing Restricted Business Hours on Colorado Boulevard
Tonight, Wednesday, November 19, a meeting will be held on the proposed change to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan. This change will eliminate the restrictions on hours of operation for new businesses coming onto Colorado Boulevard.
The purpose of the meeting is to take public input on the proposed change to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, and would subject Colorado Boulevard to the same operating-hours rules that apply to the rest of the City.
The meeting will begin with an informal Open House and Question & Answer session at 6pm, and then the public hearing will begin at 7pm.
It will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard. (Old Library)
If you can’t make the meeting, you can send comments to the Planning Department:

Haydee Urita-Lopez
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: 213-978-1477
Remember to include the case number on all correspondence: CPC-2014-3669-SP

Susan Rocha honored by Mayor Garcetti

Honoring Susan Rocha

First District resident, Susan Rocha was honored by Mayor Garcetti for all of her advocacy and educational work regarding noise pollution in our communities. Ms. Rocha attended Friday’s City Council Meeting and I was able to acknowledge her for her work in the community.



Largest Dia de los Muertos Altar in NELA

Council Member Gil Cedillo Welcomes Los Angeles’ Largest Dia de los Muertos Altar to the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens


On Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 a.m., the  Office of Council Member Gil Cedillo, and the Mujeres de la Tierra invites the public to visit its art installation of the Día de los Muertos Traditional Altar at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. The largest Altar in Los Angeles will be open for public viewing from Wednesday, October 29th through Friday the 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, located at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 West Avenue 26, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90065.


The Altar is being built in honor of “Las Adelitas”, who were female soldiers who fought side by side with men during the Mexican Revolution of 1910.


The exhibit will be open to the public from October 29, 30 and 31 from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Free parking is available at the Los Angeles River Center.  For more information call 323 350.3306.


Mujeres de la Tierra (MDLT) is a grassroots non-profit organization led by Latinas dedicated to serving women and children in Los Angeles. Its mission is to build and strengthen community in neighborhoods where residents are determined and committed to improve the lives of their family and children by addressing issues that impact community health, environmental degradation and quality of life.

*HOWL-OWEEN** Costume Contest Reminder

Costume Contest Reminder
Sunday, October 26th, 3-5 pm

October Yappy Hour

Register your dog at one our our two tables between 3-3:45 pmin one of 3 classifications: Large dogSmall dog or Team  A team consists of one or more dogs, or a dog(s) plus his owner (dressed in costume).

The costume contest entry fee is $1 for Friends of Hermon Dog Park 2014 members, and $5 for non-members per category. If you become a member at Yappy Hour; membership is $10 per year, the entry fee is waived. To become a member prior to Yappy Hour, visit our website ( You can pay your entrance donation by debit, credit card, cash or check. To download the registration form prior to the event, click here.




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Slán go fóill! SAM CRO


Although the popular FX TV series Sons of Anarchy is set in Northern California’s Central Valley fictional Town of Charming (with some scenes in the Bay Area), it is filmed primarily at multiple locations in the greater Los Angeles Area, including Eagle Rock’s historic Italian Bakery, which was featured in many pivotal scenes of the award winning series.

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Early yesterday morning the cast and crew was wrapping one of the last scenes of the SOA’s finale episode (S 7, Esp. 13). Again using the Italian Bakery and portions of Colorado Blvd and La Rhoda Ave.

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Rocco, the head of security, said that Eagle Rock was one of the production company’s favorite locations to shoot, owing to the local residents’ respect for the crew’s working space and the graciousness shown to the cast and crew by other local businesses such as the Cafe Beaujolais and the Classic Thai Restaurant.


The bright yellow markers that guide cast and crew to movie or TV shoots are often collected by rabid fans of TV shows and movies.

The one used for yesterday’s Eagle Rock shooting (no pun intended) was posted on the street lamp on the East corner of Colorado and La Rhoda


My sycophant (and normally vocally challenged) photographer, Paco, boldly struck up some small talk with Rocco and asked if the signs are thrown away (simultaneously creating a mental picture on where he was going to display it in his apartment). Rocco said to look for it on eBay, adding with a sly smile “Hey, I’m head of security, it’s a perk.”

The final episode, which will feature scenes filmed here in our backyard, will air on December 9, 2014.

Events this coming Weekend

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SATURDAY, OCT 25, 6-10 pm
at the Women’s 20th Cent Club
 “Night of Big Dreams!”
 supporting Eagle Rock Elementary School
There will be fun items to bid on including…..
A pair of Tickets to “Dancing With the Stars!”
Tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios!
Pair of Tix to see “Dame Edna” at the Ahmanson Theater!
Tons of Eagle Rock dining establishments and retailers! 
Jewelry, gym memberships, beauty treatments and gift baskets!
Dodgers and Lakers tickets!
An Eagle Rock Brewery Tour Package!
and much, much more!
Come Eat, Drink and BID for a great cause! Forward this email, tell your friends….. and join in the support of Eagle Rock Elementary School!



11th Annual Halloween Mourning Tours


Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26 join us for our Halloween Mourning Tours event. Experience a 1930s funeral, see the Victorian origins of still practiced mourning etiquette, and learn about some customs no longer practiced. Poisons and poisonous medicines will be also be discussed. Be sure to also take a picture in our photo booth and be entered into a contest to win tickets for a Dearly Departed Tour.


Saturday will also feature a vendor market and raffle of two tickets to Wicked Lit.


On Sunday the event becomes more family friendly with the addition of the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers, a pumpkin patch, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating.

October Yappy Hour HOWL-oween & Costume Contest

Sunday, October 26th
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Women’s 20th Century Club
5568 Via Marisol
This is sure to be an amazing Yappy Hour! There are 7 categories this year and 15 prizes, plus our 8th annual Peanut Butter Lick off! Register your dog in one of three classifications: Large dog, Small dog or Team. A team consists of one or more dogs, or a dog(s) plus his owner (dressed in costume). Due to overwhelming popularity in this category, we will have three team prizes this year.Register your dog at one our our two tables between 3-3:45 pm. Entry fee is $1 for Friends of Hermon Dog Park 2014 members, and $5 for non-members per category. If you become a member at Yappy Hour; membership is $10 per year, the entry fee is waived. To become a member prior to Yappy Hour, visit our website ( html). You can pay your entrance donation by debit, credit card, cash or check. To download the registration form prior to the event, click here ( HOWL_form_revised2014.pdf) .After registering, head over to the large or small side of the park for the peanut butter lick-off starting at 3:45. The rules are simple, each owner will be given a spoon with a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter on it. Hold the spoon in the air until you hear the signal “Go!” The dog who finishes their tablespoon of peanut butter first wins. Prizes awarded to fastest licker in small and large dog side.The costume contest will start with small dogs first at 4 pm, then large dogs, then team. We will have a photographer taking pictures after your dog completes the ruff-way, so be sure to pose! There will be Halloween refreshments at our membership booth, plus free Natural Balance ( food for all participants.For more information, email

Night of Big Dreams – Eagle Rock Elementary Fundraiser

Saturday, October 25th
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Women’s 20th Century Club
5105 Hermosa Ave.
EREEF (Eagle Rock Elementary Elementary Education Foundation) presents The Fall Fundraiser, “Night of Big Dreams”, at the Women’s 20th Century Club. There is a $10 suggested donation for tickets, with food and drinks available for purchase. The event boasts fabulous Silent and Live Auctions.For more information, go to

Councilmember Huizar & Habitat For Humanity Bulky Item Drop-Off Event 

Saturday, October 25th
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
2035 Colorado Blvd.
Atwater Village ReStore is excited to participate in Councilmember Huizars’s Bulky Item Drop-off event in Eagle Rock! Atwater Village ReStore is part of San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.REMODELING A BATHROOM? CLEANING OUT THAT GARAGE? JUST NEED MORE SPACE?Individuals and businesses alike are encouraged to bring new or used materials that have life for re-use the day of the event. Your donations are tax-deductible with receipts provided. In the last year alone, through the sale of donated materials, our stores raised enough money to build 2 homes for qualifying families here in Southern California while diverting thousands of tons of materials away from landfills. We gladly accept the following usable items: building materials, furniture, housewares, doors and windows, appliances, hardware, tile, paint, flooring and more!Can’t bring your items to CD14’s Bulky Item Drop-off event? Call us to schedule a FREE pickup of qualifying large items!Call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295 for more information.

Join Councilmember Huizar for a Glassell Park Community Clean Up


Saturday, October 25th
8:30 AM-11:00 AM
Start at Fresh & Easy
4211 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
All tools and light refreshments will be provided!FREE Glassell Park t-shirt for all participants. Community service hours available for students.Call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295 for more information.

Earthquake! Be Prepared, Save Lives!

The Annual NELA SHAKEOUT is on Tuesday, October 14, hosted at the Highland Park Old LA Farmers’ Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57. The Great Shake Out event is a full Earthquake Preparedness Fair, planned in conjunction with the official Great California Shakeout (

According to the website, “Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:16a.m on October 16th.” The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills and educational events began in California in 2008. (Remember though, the NELA Great Shake Out event is on Tuesday, the 14th.)

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Organizer Loyd Kattro, self-proclaimed, and fully engaged official fault line and earthquake expert of Highland Park, has an impressive line up of organizations and agencies coming to help us learn how to protect ourselves and save lives when a major earthquake hits southern California. Among them are: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sempra Energy, Department of Water and Power, LA Department of Public Health, Community Emergency Response Team program, LA Police Department, Southwest Museum Friends of Highland Park, Drop cover and Hold On Demo, Shake Out, Office of Emergency Services and California’s Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Watershed Protection, Be Ready, Red Cross, LA City Emergency Management District, City Council District one, the LA Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, LA county Fire Department and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.

In addition to the information booths and demonstrations there will be a prize wheel and an opportunity to experience a major earthquake! Brave the Shakey-Quakey School House earthquake simulator. This mobile unit is designed to look and feel like a schoolhouse inside, with real desks and a chalkboard. It is outfitted with nine child-sized seats, one adult seat and one wheelchair accessible seat. Inside the trailer children will watch a short video featuring Yogi Bear, who is voiced by actor Dan Akroyd.. Yogi and his friends will guide them through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is approximately three minutes in length. Afterwards, each child receives an official Yogi Bear earthquake preparedness booklet to take home and share with their families.

The fact is California is earthquake country, and everyone knows the old cliche, ”It’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when!’” When an earthquake hits our first responsibility is to ride it out as safely as possible. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the current standard for earthquake safety. Drop to your hands and knees, crawl for Cover under a table or other solid piece of protective furniture, and Hold On to the protecting item. Expect to remain in the safe position as an earthquake rocks for up to four minutes.

Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items, Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways, what would fall or be thrown around? Parof preparedness is securing small and large items to prevent them from causing injury.

After an earthquake we may face many situations. Roads and buildings may be broken and crumbling. Water pipes, gas lines, and electrical wires may be dislodged or severed. Supplies of food and water, and first aid and medical help, may be delayed for weeks. Preparedness means being ready for all of these possibilities. Basics include having clothing, including sturdy shoes ready in case of evacuation.

According to Loyd, the top three items to have in supply are water, water and water. We take it for granted, but three days without water can be fatal to humans. The guideline for emergency water on hand is to have 1-3 gallons per person per day, for 14 days at least. You cannot have too much water available. Do not rely on swimming pool water, the Fire Department may need that water for fire control.
Can’t wait for the Shake Out to get prepared? Get a jump on the action, lay in water and emergency supplies, extra food, sturdy clothing and shoes. Then play beat the quake

This event is partially sponsored by the Office of Senator Kevin De Leon. For more information please contact Loyd Kattro, (323) 254-8282

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Sons of Anarchy's Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

Sons of Anarchy’s Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

The cast and crew of the hit FX show SONS OF ANARCHY are filming episode 11 of their last season in Eagle Rock today.

The action takes place in and around the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli at Colorado and La Rhoda. According to a crew electrician, they will be setting up scenes most of the day and checking the gate for the money shot around dusk.