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Daydream Fest This Sunday, May 19th
For the last three years hundreds of Eagle Rockers have enjoyed an afternoon of music and outdoor fun at the Daydream Fest which is held right at the base of one of Southern California’s most iconic land marks, our famous Eagle Rock. Local grass roots organization, Cannabis Clubs United With the Community, sponsors the event to show support for our local medical marijuana collectives and for our community members who choose to medicate with this natural organic medicine.
The annual event, held at the base of our Eagle Rock in Alatorre Park (top of North Figueroa St.) hosts a variety of local bands as well as food and fun for the whole family. Local bands performing this year are Cosmic Squirrels, Morning Glory, The Steves, Super Group, Fawks-One and special appearance from Legion Underworld.
All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful (CERB) who bought and helped save the area below the Eagle Rock from commercial development. While you enjoy the music you can also walk the easy 40 minute Eagle Rock Canyon Trail up to the scenic view near the top of the Eagle Rock where you can almost see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.
This year’s theme seeks to have the Federal government respect the State’s medical marijuana laws and stop raiding dispensaries. Although federal agents shut down all medical marijuana collectives in Eagle Rock last year, we still support the right to medicate with this natural herbal remedyas well as the right of the State to implement its own regulations without the meddling of the Federal government.
The majority of Californians want the Federal government to stay out of our State’s medical marijuana laws because a whopping 77% of all Americans support medical marijuana and a majority (52%) of Americans favor outright Legalization of marijuana in order to regulate and tax this commodity, something that is impossible under federal Prohibition.
The Daydream Fest is open to the entire community and goes from noon to 8 pm. Bring your own chair or blanket to lounge on and come and enjoy the music and the fresh air. There will be restroom facilities available and everyone is invited to bring their kids and their dogs for a day of enjoyment and fun in the park. Please ‘like’ us on our Facebook page ‘Eagle Rock Daydream Fest.’ For further information and directions we invite you to visit www.CCUWC.org
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Digitizing Local History
A $35,000 grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation to an innovative partnership between the Occidental College Library and two local historical societies will help preserve a unique historic resource: 20th-century newspapers of northeast Los Angeles.
Developing a plan to create a repository for more than a dozen community newspapers that chronicle local history is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society, the Highland Park Heritage Trust, and the Library to promote the preservation and awareness of local historical materials.
“For a century, the newspapers of Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mt. Washington and other local communities chronicled a vibrant, culturally and socially diverse region of Los Angeles,” said Dale Stieber, Occidental’s special collections librarian/college archivist. “A repository for print, microfilm, and digitized issues of the papers make an important contribution to northeast L.A.’s historical identity by preserving a resource that isn’t available anywhere else and making it more accessible.”
Over the years, the Society and the Trust have played a leading role in preserving backfiles of newspapers like the Eagle Rock Sentinel and Highland Park News Herald. Joined by the Library in 2010, the partners have gathered, housed, and inventoried significant holdings in microfilm and physical copies of more than a dozen local papers from 1906 to 1996.
The grant will fund an archivist/project manager to lead the planning effort to preserve the papers and making them more accessible. The project includes the identification of missing publications and/or issues and the costs of making a representative number of issues available online through the statewide California Digital Newspaper Collection at UC Riverside (http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cdnc).
The grant also will make it possible for Library staff, Society and Trust members, Occidental students, and community members to develop a pilot project and then move forward to raise resources to sustain the repository and digitization program. The grant proposal was supported by city councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, and Ed Reyes, whose districts include the newspapers’ old circulation areas.
The repository will provide an important new resource for K-12 students, local historians and genealogists, civic groups, and student and faculty scholars. “The existing resources available from UCR have been instrumental in furthering our understanding of the early development of our community. We look forward to the revelations that a searchable database of our local papers will provide,” said Society president Eric Warren.
“This grant is a tribute to the partnership that has been developing over the last couple of years with the Society and the Trust to better preserve and document the history of Northeast Los Angeles,” said Bob Kieft, College Librarian. “Occidental grew up with this quadrant of the city, and the College Library is happy to be working with our neighbors on a variety of projects, of which this one is the largest to date.”
Pacific Opera Project presents free show to 200+ local kids Thursday Morning
This morning we will present a shortened, and kid-friendly version of our Barber of Seville to over 200 local students from Acadamea Avance, Renaissance Arts Academy, Waverly School, and The Peace and Justice academy. The performance will begin at 10am and will conclude by 11:30. Ebell Club of Highland Park, 131 S. Avenue 57.
Thank you very much,
Pacific Opera Project
Walking for the Cure
by Jenny Huang
2012 has come and gone. To some students, this may be a regrettable outcome, as that test on Monday still exists. However, for the United Nations organization, 2013 is merely part of the last stretch to the finishing line—2015.
What’s so significant about 2015? Well, it is the year in which all eight of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be fulfilled. In 2000, 193 nations and territories across the world met at the Millennium Summit to discuss about problems—worldwide problems that were detracting the quality of life granted to every human being, like the absence of universal primary education and equality between both genders.
But these plaguing issues are not only present in the United Nations. An empowerment program called the Dream Project, created by Kelly Sullivan Walden, has made the eight MDGs part of school life in middle and high schools all across the United States.
Particularly run-down, “ghetto” Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park. In this seemingly no-name school, the dream of inspiring, educating, and taking action to achieve the eight MDGs is ablaze. On March 15, 2013, the school’s own Dream Project Club will launch a “Pink Walk” to raise money to donate to a local nonprofit organization in order to combat against Breast Cancer and to empower women. Although the date has yet to approach, the club has already attracted the afterschool UCLA program and received one club’s entire cooperation on the day of the walk.
Of course, “Pink Walk” no doubt begs the question, “What is it?” And of course, “Why do people want to do it?”
The idea is very simple. Akin to the large-scale “AIDS Walk” held in New York, San Francisco, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, participants of the walk will receive a sponsor paper prior March 15. These participants will ask teachers, coworkers, friends, and family to pledge an amount of money to be donated for each lap the participants intend to complete during the walk. Finally, when the day arrives, the walkers will roll up their sleeves and begin their 2-hour walk (or run) around the track.
The previous “Pink Walk” had been a highly healthy, entertaining, and reflective activity. Many students became competitive with one another sooner or later during the walk, racing each other and doing more laps than they had sought to do before. When students began to grow tired, Dream Project Club and other volunteers cheered them on, rewarding them with fresh, cold water and towels for their hard-earned sweat. Those who took a break listened and read presentations about breast cancer. Some even visited the Message Boards—shout-outs to those who passed on due to the disease.
But what propels people to attend the “Pink Walk”? To suffer in the sweltering heat on a Friday late afternoon, running in circles on the school track (no doubt many students’ anathema)? To earn large amounts of money that one cannot keep?
Personally, I ran in the past “Pink Walk” because I had a dream about the world in my 9th grade year. In my dream, the world was covered in soft, luminous grass, surrounded by cascading waterfalls and smooth, clean rivers. Sitting on plaid picnic blankets were African and Latin American children feasting on scrumptious bread, while the legless man I had seen on Chinese streets was meditating happily. Women and teachers of all races were embracing even younger children carrying books. At the “Pink Walk”, others and I raised over 1000 dollars—enough to help those in my dream and more.
For others, the “Pink Walk” was more than a fundraiser—it was a way to be with their loved ones. Grace Punzalan (now the Franklin High School’s Dream Project president) had ran 12 miles in a bright pink shirt, raising over $70 alone. But she wasn’t alone. Even though her mother had died of breast cancer when she was just 3 years old, she had told herself, “Maybe, I would feel a little more [sic] closer to her by doing the Pink Walk.” And in the back of her mind, with every step she pushed out of her legs, she became more certain of the thought: “I knew I was running against breast cancer.” To this day, she still says, smiling, “I knew I was running for my mom.”
March 15 will certainly be a day of reckoning. Perhaps with this walk, the world will be one step closer to the cure.
Normally we don’t go for Republicans, but after seeing So-Cal connected report tonight on double dipping by L.A. police and fire (they collect retirement while they are still working!) I see that Kevin James is the lone voice who at least says he would put a stop to it. The Boulevard Sentinel endorses Kevin James for Mayor of L.A.
The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, presents their annual Winter Concert at Thorne Hall in Eagle Rock on Saturday, February 23rd at 7:30 PM
Pasadena, Calif – February 7, 2013 - The Caltech – Occidental Concert Band, directed by William Bing, is pleased to present their annual concert at Thorne Hall in Eagle Rock. This event will take place on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.
On the program will be one of the most loved pieces for concert band, “Lincolnshire Posy”, by Percy Grainger. This is a wonderful piece of music and not often performed because of its level of difficulty. Grainger would have been the reality star of his generation as he married at the Hollywood Bowl in front of over 20,000 people.
Also on the program is Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto. This showcase for horn will feature the ensemble’s principal horn player, Julia Ziac, who is a junior at Caltech majoring in physics.
Paul Asimow, Professor of Geology and Geochemistry at Caltech, will conduct a composition by Ralph Dunlap. Ralph played horn in the ensemble for many years and left a wonderful legacy with his outstanding compositions.
There will also be appearances by the Caltech Trombone Choir, the Caltech Clarinet Choir, and the Caltech Percussion Ensemble.
Rounding out the program will be guest conductors Jeff Leblow, Catherine Wehrey, Jamie Rankin, Lynne Snyder, and Scott Babcock.
Please contact the Occidental College Music Office at 323 259-2785 or the Caltech Music Office at 626 395-3295 for further information. You can also visit the band’s website at http://bands.caltech.edu.
The meeting of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 PM will be devoted to the career of Godfrey Edwards. A slide presentation will depict his major role in the development of our town. An update will also be given on efforts to have the Women’s Clubhouse placed on the National Register of Historic places. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to this free event at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard.
Display ads in the Los Angeles Herald proclaimed “Beautiful Eagle Rock”, “The Success of the Season”, and “The Switzerland of Los Angeles”. Edwards and Harry L. Winters had acquired major holdings in Eagle Rock by 1906 when the trolley line was completed (probably at his urging, some say at his expense). Both were residents, as was Winters’ mother and Edward’s wife, Olive, daughter of Mary Hickson whose family had built the Victorian house and farmed the area that would become Mount Royal Drive.
Edwards and Winters built the first commercial building of the new town in 1907, at the Townsend Avenue end of the trolley line. Tritch Hardware now owns the building.
In 1914, when the Women’s Twentieth Century Club had raised the money and purchased the property at Hermosa and Colorado the firm was the low bidder on their new clubhouse. The total cost of building was to be $6400.00 including the 5% builder’s fee, if actual cost were less, the cost to the WTCC will be reduced by a like amount.
After the commercial center had moved to Eagle Rock and Colorado, Edwards and his new partner built the Edwards and Wildey building on the southeast corner in 1916, now the home of ‘Swark Coffee and other businesses.
In 1917 with the passing of a bond issue to upgrade Eagle Rock’s schools, the firm built the first building of today’s Eagle Rock Elementary, still standing on Chickasaw Avenue.
Edwards responded to criticism that many of the lots he had sold were unbuilt by committing that in his newest development “Harvard Park” all the houses would be built by the firm. The homes stand today on Del Rosa Drive.
Edwards would go on to build the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and several major downtown buildings including the Fine Arts Building. His last development effort was Granada Hills. Its growth was slowed by Edwards’ early death in 1928 and the onset of the great depression.
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Interested Candidates Need to Apply Online by Sept. 30 to be Considered for Openings
The Peace Corps is filling thousands of full-time volunteer positions in more than 70 countries in which volunteers can live, learn and work with a community overseas.
Peace Corps volunteers receive a living stipend, medical and dental care, vacation days, possible student loan deferment, and other financial and professional benefits. For more information about benefits visit www.peacecorps.gov/benefits.
Those interested need to submit an online application by Sept. 30 at www.peacecorps.gov/apply to be considered for jobs in the fields of education, health and HIV/AIDS, environment, agriculture, youth in development and community economic development. Applications received by Sept. 30 will be considered for departures as early as Spring 2013.
In order to help make the application process more transparent, streamlined and user-friendly, the Peace Corps rolled out a new online application system. The press release below includes more information about the new online application program.
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Strike a blow against Citizens United
The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United v. FEC ruling has unleashed a torrent of anonymous campaign spending into our political system. Corporations have been able to exert a massive influence on our electoral process without being subject to any accountability for that influence.
Progressive champion Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting back by pushing Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act. And he has asked the public to join him as citizen co-sponsors.
Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending.