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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.

bakery keeper

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.

packing up

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.

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.

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!




August 29th, 2014
Contact: Shauna Nep, (310) 490-3272 /

East Los Angeles organizations among groups competing for $1,000,000 in funding

Starting on September 2, and ending on September 16, 2014, Los Angeles can cast their vote at for the innovative ideas that they believe will positively impact LA’s future. Ten submissions will win $100,000 to make their idea a reality. The ideas that receive the top votes in each category will be announced on September 30th.

LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. The initiative launched in 2013 with the release of the LA2050 Report which forecasts what the future of LA will look like in the year 2050 along eight key indicators of human development. With the release of the report, LA2050 launched the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge, which awarded $1,000,000 in grants to ideas that changed that trajectory.

2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge winners included the Hammer Museum’s ArtsReSTORE LA initiative to revitalize Westwood, an online mapping tool for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places, and the transformation of a neglected library at Locke High School in Watts by No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools. The Annenberg Foundation later awarded $400,000 in grants to an additional ten organizations that competed.

This year’s grants challenge launched on July 31st and has already exceeded expectations by receiving more than 260 submissions representing almost every corner of Los Angeles – from Santa Monica to Long Beach, including these innovative ideas from the East Los Angeles community:

Sabio and Crossroads will incubate diverse tech talent in Los Angeles by training South LA Latino and African American young adults to become exceptional creators and web developers.
Urban Txt will provide kids ages 10-17 from low income communities in LA with an opportunity to learn how to code, design, and create a new LA using Minecraft. angel Foundation will empower the next generation of creators and innovators in underserved communities by building a makerspace in Boyle Heights.
Libros Schmibros will roll out bicycle libraries to irrigate the book deserts of Los Angeles.
City Year LA and Partnership for LA Schools will expand to Roosevelt HS and Jordan HS and empower LA’s vulnerable students with a high-quality education to reach their full potential.
More than 70 percent of submissions come from collaborative applications, meaning that two or more organizations are working together on their project.

Visit to cast your vote in each of the five categories by September 16th. LA2050 will grant $100,000 to the idea that garners the most votes in each category.

LA is the best place to CONNECT
LA is the best place to CREATE
LA is the best place to LEARN
LA is the best place to PLAY
LA is the healthiest place to LIVE
“The overwhelmingly positive response we have received since launching LA2050 in 2013 has been incredible.” said Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation which is incubating the initiative. “LA has every problem and every solution represented here. And the My LA2050 Grants Challenge belongs to LA, it’s in our hands. We encourage all Angelenos to cast their votes for the ideas that they want to see come to life.”

You can follow LA2050 on and on Twitter @LA2050 and connect with the challenge on Twitter using #LA2050.

FREE Pet Education Seminar

FREE Pet Education Seminar with Veterinarians Dr. Lisa Hsuan and Dr. Alondra Pasallo at Hermon Dog Park!

Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042)

“Summertime Health Issues”

Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo will speak at 5 pm on different topics including allergies, fleas and fox-tails. Questions and answers will begin at 6pm. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo are providing a door prize.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and new perspectives about our four-legged friends.

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Hermon Dog Park. Come by the booth for dog treats and to get other valuable information.

(If you are going to use the dog park, your dog must be spayed or neutered)

Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!
Chairs are provided by Council District-14

Dr. Lisa Hsuan’s and Dr. Pasallo’s clinic is Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock. To learn more about Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo click here (

For more information, please email
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park,

Suspects sought in Highland Park car-to-car shooting

Read August 2014 Boulevard Sentinel Print Edition Here



This from the East Area Progresive Democrats:

Come out and speak up to stop Scholl Canyon Dump Expansion and Extension

Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Eagle Rock Rec Center
1100 Eagle Vista Drive, in Eagle Rock Park.


Dump Trucks deposit TONS of trash from Glendale, not from Los Angeles, at Scholl Canyon Dump each day. All of this garbage enters via Eagle Rock. The dump burdens our air with dangerous and deadly pollutants, from nitrogen oxides to fine and coarse particles that lodge in our lungs.

The Scholl Canyon Dump which rises above Eagle Rock is finally due to close in 2021. GLENDALE HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A HUGE EXPANSION. This plan threatens a garbage high rise of 180 additional feet, or 17 stories tall, looming over its neighbors.

Neighbors downwind from the dump entrance also breath diesel exhaust from hundreds of dump trucks entering the dump each day. Exposure to the exhaust is hazardous and life depleting. The Centers for Disease Control have declared diesel exhaust a source of cancer over 25 years ago.

THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT IS NOW. Comments on the dump are due by August 31, 2014.

  • Stop this dump expansion by speaking up.
  • Say NO to pollution in our urban neighborhoods. Join East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) in making our communities’ voice heard.
  • Contact LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Eagle Rock. Urge him to oppose the expansion, and to take every action possible to stop the dump expansion. (213) 473-7014,
  • Alert your neighbors to the dangers posed by the dump expansion. Urge them to come July 31, to speak out and to call elected officials.
  • Express your opposition with a letter against the dump expansion. Address it to : Sanitation District of L.A. County, Attn: Debra Bogdanoff, Senior Engineer, 1955 Workman Mill Road. Whittier, CA 90601 and to

For more information contact:
East Area Progressive Democrats,,

Soda Tasting IV, The Great Root Beer Taste off

Soda Tasting IV, The Great Root Beer Taste off

Less than seven days until the Great Root Beer Taste Off!
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, known around the world for its extensive 500+ sodas, is throwing its annual soda tasting party.
All proceeds of sales will support the Friends of the Southwest Museum’s work to return LA’s first museum open to its former glory.
Time: 5-8pm
Date: July 20, 2014

Address: Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
L.A.’s famed soda store throws biggest root beer tasting party for its annual Summer Soda Tasting 4 Event. More than 75 root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas will be available for sampling. Soda-related fun, entertainment, music and more.
The Great Root Beer Taste Off will finally settle the question on everyone’s mind – what IS the best root beer? Tasters will have more than 75 types of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas to sample and make their own decision. In addition, guests can enjoy music and soda fun in the parking lot and stock up on all of Galco’s beverage offerings.
As always, Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 4 is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition that is fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe opened once again to the public full time.

Tickets $12 in advance which include all tastings ($5 for children ages 5-11)
Advanced tickets are also on sale at Galco’s (cash or check only)
Tickets are $15 day of event

Purchase tickets at

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Save the Date: Councilmember Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Music Festival

Councilmember Cedillo has made it a priority to bring PEACE* to the communities of Council District 1. In the spirit of Arts and Culture he is proud to announce his first annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival. This will be an opportunity for the community to celebrate music that brings us together.

The festival will be held at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Artists confirmed to perform on Saturday, August 23rd include: Poncho Sanchez, Heart of Los Angeles Big Band, Plaza de la Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Banda Brothers, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama.

On Sunday, August 24th the festival line-up includes: Bravo High Latin Jazz Band, Cold Duck, Son Mayor, Hip Street (Tower of Power tribute band), Andy Vargas and the Souleros, Lucky 7 Mambo.

Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival’s sponsors to date include: Media Sponsor, K-Jazz 88.1 FM – America’s Jazz and Blues Station, LA Metro and Union Bank.

For more information please contact Conrado Terrazas at (323)550-1538 or

For a booth application for Northeast LA organizations/businesses contact Sylvia Robledo, for organizations/businesses south of the 101 Freeway contact Both can also be reached at (323)550-1538.

*PEACE are the priorities for Councilmember Cedillo and include public safety, the environment, arts and culture, clean communities and economic development.


Bobby Castillo

Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, died Monday. He was 59.

Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series championship team, died of cancer in a Los Angeles-area hospital, the team announced.

The thick-mustached Castillo had a 38-40 record with a 3.94 earned-run average during his career, all but three years of it spent pitching for his hometown Dodgers.

Robert Ernie Castillo was born April 18, 1955, in Los Angeles. He went to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a third baseman. Cut by the Royals, the right-hander was pitching in a semipro game in Boyle Heights in 1976 when he had the very good fortune of striking out Mike Brito on a screwball.

The lives of Castillo, Brito, and eventually Valenzuela and the Dodgers, would never be the same.

Brito, a former Mexican league player turned scout, signed Castillo to pitch in the Mexican league, and in a short time Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis signed Brito as a scout and Castillo to pitch. That led to Brito signing Valenzuela out of the Mexican league to the Dodgers.

Campanis wanted Valenzuela to learn a third pitch, so he called on Castillo to teach him the screwball. History was set in motion.

When Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, helping the Dodgers to the title, Castillo was a member of the bullpen. In 1979, the affable Castillo survived a spring training incident in which he ran his car into a bridge railing at 5 a.m. in Vero Beach, Fla., injuring a leg and incurring the wrath of Manager Tommy Lasorda.

Castillo’s finest season with the Dodgers may have been in 1980, when he appeared in 61 games as a reliever, going 8 and 6 with a 2.75 ERA and five saves.

When the Dodgers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 1982, Castillo said: “It’s going to be hard not to put that Dodger uniform on again. They’ve all been great, even the people in the stands who booed. They booed great.”

Castillo spent three years with the Twins but returned to the Dodgers for one final season in 1985. In recent years he had been a member of the Dodgers’ community services team.

Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie; daughters Mellanie and Sara; son Robert III; two grandchildren and his sister, Lorraine.

Protesters demanding a safer Figueroa march on council member’s office

Public Meeting Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion

Public Meeting
Thursday, July 31st
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr.

Public Comment Period Extension
Friday, August 29th

The Office of Councilmember Huizar will host a public meeting for City of Los Angeles residents regarding the City of Glendale’s proposed expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill. Hear from Glendale officials about the expansion, get your questions answered, and voice your concerns.

For more information, please call (323) 254-5295 or email

Councilmember Huizar Introduces Motion to Explore Amending Hours of Colorado Blvd Specific Plan

At the request of several community groups in Eagle Rock including the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Association, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to amend the hours of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan.

The Colorado Blvd Specific Plan was originally authored and adopted in 1992 – over 20 years ago. Since that time, the corridor has undergone tremendous growth to the benefit of the Eagle Rock Community.

The plan has been an effective tool in managing the look and preserving the pedestrian friendly feel of the neighborhood but like all city plans, needs to be updated to continue to provide public convenience and benefit to our community.

One regulation, or limitation of the current plan, is a prohibition on business operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. – meaning neighborhood establishments that choose to move here need to close earlier, and – in some instances – open later than their competitors in nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale.

In 2014, the Eagle Rock community questioned the relevance of such a limitation on hours of operation. CD14 staff has been working closely with the various community groups and the Planning Department to look into what we can do to ensure a healthy business climate remains on Colorado Boulevard.

The motion formally asks the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to look into the matter.

ERNC in collaboration with TERA, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Blvd Design Review Board, will host a meeting to discuss the amendment in August. More details to follow

For more information, please call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295.


CD1 Gets Bike Corral

Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.

Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.


Call For Entries
1st Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival,
Oct. 9-12, 2014

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival was founded by a group of filmmakers whose mission is to promote the art of film in their community. We seek filmmakers who produce the most unique and captivating independent cinema to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.

Highland Park is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area and in recent years, has become the new home to first class restaurants and inviting boutique shops. These new establishments are thriving next to beautiful old landmarks along historic Route 66 which runs through the neighborhood which is also nestled in the beautiful San Rafael Hills and along the Arroyo Seco.

We have opened the call for entries to films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Unique to our Festival, are two special awards. Along with Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc are Best Cinematography and Best Musical Composition. This creates an opportunity to uniquely feature these talented artists in your filmmaking team.

An opening gala and tribute will open the Festival on Oct. 9, followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside keynote speakers, panels and fun networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival. To submit your film, please visit

We look forward to seeing your work.

(Alessandro Gentile, Marita de la Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)

New Cocos Management On-Board with FHS Discount cards

Thank you for getting William involved in our effort to help Benjamin Franklin School Booster Club achieve the $18,000 they need this year for their football and soccer team equipment. A number of problems began this year with EVERYONE being new to the community. The Principal, the Coaches, the CoCos District Manager, Team Managers were all new to how to get things done regarding the booster cards. The problem has been solved.

New cards will be issued on 7/14/2014. William will generously honor the current cards (7/1/14) until 7/15. Next week Superior Cards will contact the Manager of 6040 York, for approval for the coming year. Franklin School students will sell 2,000 cards; with three to five hundred being sold for customers of CoCo’s.

My company, Community Helpline, and many customers appreciate your help in getting this task accomplished.

Maureen Blatt



The Frog Spot, a pop-up café and free weekend visitor center operated by Friends of the Los Angeles River, is open in Elysian Valley for the summer of 2014.

“For years, FoLAR’s work has shown Los Angeles that its river is a place to be enjoyed and experienced, not just driven past,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “With the opening of Frog Spot, Angelenos now have a base of operations for river explorations, and a café with a nature-oriented location like nothing else in L.A.”

Tucked behind a sculptor’s studio on the edge of the Glendale Narrows portion of the river, the Frog Spot is landscaped in bright-white garden stones, with seating areas, shade sails, a concession stand and information kiosk operating from a vintage trailer, and a convertible stage area. The entire patio overlooks the lush green-bottomed river, affording a view of bicyclists and herons alike.

“For individuals or families who want to start exploring the Los Angeles River, the Frog Spot is a great starting or stopping point,” said Jennifer Kang Erwood of FoLAR. “There’s a lot of river to see, and this is a great place to pick up a map or to rest up after a bike ride.”

The Frog Spot is a pilot program funded by Miss Me Jeans, REI and Metabolic Studios. Further information can be found at and on Twitter @TheFrogSpot.


Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm through October 5th
Saturday evenings from 5pm to 8pm for ticketed events (see calendar at featuring live entertainment and food

2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (also accessible from bike path at Newell Street)

Pre-made concessions (light snacks)
Brewed and iced coffee
Free drinking water with ice
Restrooms open to all
Free Wifi
Visitor information for L.A. River
Shaded outdoor seating
Bocce court – the only one on the L.A. River
Ample street parking
Access to L.A. River Bike Path
Kayak venture information
Bicycle parking, pumps and patches (as of July 12)
Kid’s corner with books and art supplies

July Boulevard Sentinel is on the Street



Bats are good for Eagle Rock

An Ecological Method of Insect Control in Eagle Rock:  BATS
Tips for installing a bat house

by Christopher Nyerges []

Many people believe that bats are dangerous because they’ve been watching too many movies. In fact, bats are an important way to control insects. They do eat mosquitoes too, but this part of their reputation is a bit over-rated because bats tend to fly a bit higher than mosquitoes. Still, they do eat mosquitoes.

Encouraging bats to live around your place is an easy, natural way to control unwanted insect populations. In nature, bats would reside in hollow trees, which are abundant in the forest, but less common in the urban areas.

We installed a pre-made bat house at the WTI Wildlife Sanctuary in Highland Park.  However, it never attracted bats, even though we know there are bats in the area.  The attached picture is the bat house we purchased and installed. In this article, I’m going to share what I recently learned about proper placement of a bat house if you want bats in your Northeast Los Angeles backyard.

Bat houses can be purchased at garden supply shops and on-line catalogs. They can also be made from scrap lumber, and rough lumber is better because bats need something to cling onto.

The location of your bat house is important because bats are a bit choosey as to where they make their home. Just tacking a bat house up on the wall doesn’t guarantee that bats will occupy it. Bat Conservation International offers a few suggestions for properly installing a bat house.

Make sure that the bat house gets a lot of sunlight. The bats don’t like the sunlight, per se, but they need the warmth to raise their young. So a bat house should be situated where it get a lot of sun, ideally on a free-standing pole if possible. The bat house can also be painted black to help with heat retention.
Bats are more likely to occupy a house that is about 15 to 20 feet above the ground. A pre-made bat house should be well-anchored to the house, or pole, and studies have shown that the bats are less likely to use the pre-made house that is anchored to a tree.

Make sure there are no obstructions to the entry of the bat house within 20 feet.
Assuming you’ve done all this, you should still give the bats time to notice the house. If there are no bats in the house within two years, try moving it to another location.

Even if bats occupy the house you’ve provided for them, don’t expect miracles. They are not going to reduce your mosquito population to zero, but they will eat mosquitoes and other insects, and you won’t have to use harmful insecticides on your property to take advantage of their free service.

And because the needs of bats are very specific, it turns out that many bat house that are pre-made are not ideal. Bat Conservation International provides a list of bat house manufacturers which conform to the needs of bats. They also provide free plans for building your own. Just check their web site at 035

Highland Park’s Haggus Society Presents: AI WEIWEI, THE FAKE CASE

“A life lived in silence is not a life. It is death.” Ai Weiwei

The Haggus Society of Highland Park is thrilled and honored to present, with special introduction from co-director and artist Terri Lloyd, this Friday evening’s screening of the new daring documentary AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE, a film by Andreas Johnsen, about the attempted censorship of China’s most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic.

Ai Weiwei is undeniably formidable and courageous, irreverent and brilliant. Through his activism and art, his outspoken demands for justice have brought him personal attention from the Chinese government, in the form of attempted censorship through sanction and imprisonment. He neither tolerates these attacks, nor bears them in martyrdom, but uses them to further amplify his voice for human rights and democracy.

The Fake Case documents the latest attempts to silence Ai Weiwei through pursuit of a dubious charge of tax evasion. After 81 days of solitary detention he is put under house arrest. Some effects of the unjust Orwellian ordeal endured by Mr. MeiWei include a severe sleeping disorder and bouts of severe memory loss. On any given day there are 18 government cameras which monitor his studio and home. Agents follow his every move and his movements are heavily restricted by the Chinese authorities.

Ai Weiwei is agitated, but he has not lost his focus and continues to challenge and provoke the Chinese authorities as he maintains his stand for human rights and democracy. He believes that China is ready for change and is willing to devote his life to making that change happen.

The Haggus Society, a collaboration between founding artists Terri Lloyd and Monica Marsh, is built on a set of premises which describe the experience of many older women, women who can proudly identify as “Hags.” Having successfully passed through the various rites and rituals in life they have become wizened mentors, sisters, friends and activists. They have the personal experience, empowerment and wisdom to be risk takers, hard players, visionaries and creators, without compromise. They recognize beauty as a way of being and seeing, and not a dress size or social class, no longer feeling the need to justify, quality or explain themselves and their art to others.

The film will play Friday, June 6 at 7:40 pm, at Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 673 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101 (310) 478-3836. Tickets are $11. Group rates available. View the trailer:, For more information see the Facebook Page: or