Los Feliz Ledger Vol 3. No. 6
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Parkland Under the Christmas Tree
By Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer In 2007, the Los Feliz Ledger covered everything from fires, flooding concerns, ethnic tensions at a local middle school to changes and improvements promised for the area. Here is a look at where things stand on a number of outstanding community concerns and issues:
By Diane Kanner Ledger Columnist LOS FELIZ— Both of the great parks of Los Feliz—Barnsdall and Griffith—were gifts to the citizens of Los Angeles on Christmas Day. No employees were actually present in the Recorder’s office or City Hall on the holidays, of course; it was, instead, a symbolic gesture on the part of both Col. Griffith J. Griffith (1850-1919) and Aline Barnsdall (1882-1946) to suggest that they were making Christmas gifts. The Colonel, a Welshborn immigrant whose bankroll derived from mining investments, made his bequest in 1896 to deed 3,015 acres of Rancho Los Feliz to the city. He willed the city $700,000 in a trust for the upkeep of the park and for the construction of an observatory and Greek Theater. Over time, he gave more gifts of land. Also over time, the City formally designated the park in his name. With Aline Barnsdall’s bequest, dated Dec. 23rd, 1926, “Barnsdall” was specified by her as the parcel’s future name, although the Barnsdall name was to honor her deceased father Theodore, not herself. The Barnsdall fortune, like Griffith’s, derived from natural resources. Theodore Barnsee Parkland page 7
Santa’s on his way, hopefully, with safe toys. Samira Iqbal, 4, and Gregor Kauruma, 3, recently helped Childrens Hospital Los Angeles staff demonstrate unsafe toys. Hospital staff said often, during the rush to get toys on the shelves for the holiday season, toy makers sub-contract the manufacturing of products to other companies that don’t test the toys for safety adequately. Photo Credit: Allison B. Cohen
Harmful Toys Still On the Shelves By Allison B. Cohen LOS FELIZ—Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, according to the 22nd annual toy safety survey released recently by the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPRIG). A representative from CALPPRIG and Dr. Ilene Claudius, an emergency room physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said at a press conference recently, that parents should be on the watchout for toys with lead or with moveable parts that may pop off causing a choking hazard. They also cautioned against toys with powerful tiny magnets that when ingested
Skylight’s “Lucy” Dies
By Marie Cunningham Ledger Contributing Writer LOS FELIZ—Whether stretched out in the shop’s front window
belly-up in the sun, or wandering the aisles in search of a scratch on the head from a customer, Lucy was a welcome fixture a Skylight Books.
together can attract each other causing bowel obstruction or a life-threatening perforation. According to CALPRIG, a 22-month old boy died in 2006 from swallowing such magnets. Some of Mattel Toys, Inc.’s Barbie and Polly Pockets toys were recalled earlier this year for poorly designed magnets that can dislodge. “Swallowing a magnet is not like swallowing a penny,” said CALPRIG’s Michael Russo. “Powerful magnets can wreak havoc inside the body.” According to Russo, some toy makers, in a rush to meet holiday shopping demand, hire subcontractors to get their
products out the door quickly, sometimes bypassing important safety quality controls. Toy makers can be very “competitive to get toys out for the holidays,” he said, “and the toys don’t get the testing they should have.” According to the most recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some 73,000 children under the age of 5, were seen at emergency rooms in 2005. During that year, 20 died from toy-related injuries. CALPRIG’s full report is available at www.calpirg.org including a list of potentially harmful toys.
Sadly, Lucy succumbed to feline lymphoma this November. Skylight Books General Manger Kerry Slattery adopted Lucy from Catts & Doggs on Hyperion Avenue in 1996. But after bringing Lucy home, Slattery’s other cat was less than enthusiastic to have a new feline roommate and soon the two cats had to be kept in separate rooms. Then Slatterly had a novel idea—why not bring Lucy to the bookshop? “One day I was coming in on a Sunday and I thought ‘Oh let’s see what will happen if I
bring Lucy in for a few hours,’” Slatterly recalled. “She was so happy! She kept running up and down the stairs and sitting in people’s laps. I did that a couple more times and the last time she wouldn’t leave.” Lucy’s sickness resulted in an outpouring of community support. Skylight employees and local residents even held a bake sale in October to help pay for Lucy’s veterinary expenses. “I will miss Lucy’s calming presence and beautiful energy,” Skylight Books employee Courtney Hennessey said. “She radiated it.”
ENVIRONMENT Silver Lake Meadow—Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti said he’ll have a plan for the Silver Lake Meadow this month that addresses neighborhood concerns. Currently, the city has proposed that six acres of the Silver Lake Reservoir—the socalled “Meadow”— be opened to the public during daylight hours. But some are opposed to opening the site, that has been closed to the public for over 60 years, saying doing so would attract crime, litter and drive out wildlife. GRIFFITH PARK Griffith Park Fire Recovery—With a protective layer of hydro-mulching covering the nearly 1,000 acres scorched last spring by fire, the Dept. of Recreation and Parks hope erosion, due to rainfall, will be prevented from the park’s canyons and slopes. Trails have been reopened since the hydro mulch application. Concrete barriers will also be installed along Vermont and Commonwealth avenues to protect structures from potential mudslides. The Griffith Park Master Plan Working Group has approved revisions of their last chapter on the master plan draft. Now it’s up to the city’s Dept. of Recreation and Parks to merge the revisions into a final document. Since 2005, the working group has been making recommendations on a city sponsored master plan intended to provide guidelines for the park for future generations. The working group was formed after an outside consultant’s recommendations for the park’s master plan were poorly received by the community. Although a target date see 2007 Rewind page 6
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A Word from the Publisher and Editor Upon ref lection, the best thing I did in 2007 was trade in my gas guzzling SUV for a Prius. Around the same time— about seven months ago—I also made a conscious choice to stop using plastic bags—or brown paper bags, for that matter—at grocery stores. Instead, I bought 10 reusable bags from Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake and have diligently kept them in the back of my Prius since for my weekly shopping excursion. My new reusable bags are bigger and sturdier. No more groceries rolling around in the
back of my car! And no more “wrist burn” from the plastic bags while carrying in heavy loads of groceries. It may not seem like a lot, but according to my own estimates, this simple act has saved an approximate 224 plastic bags from being produced at all and possibly ending up in a landfill, where they could sit for thousands of years. It’s a small, minor change in my life but do the numbers and you can see how many plastic bags I could have been responsible for over my lifetime! The city of San Francisco has recently banned such bags from large grocery stores. What are we waiting for?
I know that the community of Silver Lake is working hard to encourage its residents and businesses to make similar changes. (See Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce president Cheryl Revkin’s editorial on page 26 to learn specifics.) Most of all, it feels good that this generation is taking back control of its environment and returning to a simpler, more thoughtful, more respectable and ultimately more sustainable way of living. Doesn’t coffee taste better out of a ceramic cup, rather than stryofoam? Make it a resolution in 2008 to implement at least one minor change in your daily activities to help our world. Tell me about your changes at email@example.com. Happy Holidays to all!
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Preschool Shutdown Amid Controversy Kimberly Gomez Ledger Contributing Writer SILVER LAKE—Citing intense community pressure, Camelot Kids Preschool closed in midNovember pending the receipt of licenses necessary to run both its preschool and afterschool care programs. Parents, mainly who had children enrolled at the preschool, have expressed anger at the scrutiny Camelot Kids has received over the licensing and other issues. They say the closure of the facility will leave 40 enrolled families without sufficient childcare. “It’s very sad the community is trying to get it shut down,” said parent Sandra Collier. First established in another name in 1996 as an afterschool program for Ivanhoe elementary school, Camelot Kids evolved over the years in name and function, adding a preschool in 2005. This fall, Camelot Kids moved its preschool program across from Ivanhoe to 2880 Rowena Ave. and had hoped to keep its afterschool care program on the Ivanhoe campus. But, according to Thuy Bui, Camelot Kids executive director, things began to unravel when the afterschool program lost its lease at Ivanhoe. The school wanted to use the space for an additional classroom. Having lost the afterschool program space, Bui then decided to move that program to the new facility on Rowena. Responding to a comsee Camelot Kids page 22
Garcetti and Jiffy Lube Team Up On Battery Recycling
Tree Planting in Griffith Park
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti has announced a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works (DPW) and Los Angeles-area Jiffy Lube franchisees to expand consumer access to approved recycling drop-off points for household batteries. Collection containers will be available at 28 stores to help recycle the more than
One hundred trees will be planted in Griffith Park on Sat. Dec. 1st, thanks to a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Volunteers are asked to meet at the upper Merry-GoRound parking lot at 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. at 8:30 a.m. for registration. An opening ceremony will kick off the day at 9 a.m. The event is part of the “Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project” to plant 5,000 trees across Southern California—the largest recorded single-day urban tree planting effort in California’s history. Information is available at: www.unitedvoices.org.
900,000 household batteries that are improperly disposed of each year in Los Angeles, leaking chemicals that contaminate our air, water and even our food. More information and a complete list of participating stores, including those in Glendale and Burbank, can be found at www.jiffylubela.com or by calling the DPW hotline at 1-800-98-TOXIC.
Lion’s Club Celebrates 80 Years The Griffith Park Lions Club recently celebrated 80 years of service with a special dinner celebration at Burban’s Castaway restaurant. The club was chartered on Dec. 19, 1927 with 20 members. The club, over the years, has contributed to local churches and schools and organizations such as the Boy Scouts. This year, the club will hold its primary fundraising activity—an Annual Pancake Breakfast—on May 3rd. December 2007
SLNC Election Results Finalized After City Review of Two Challenges By Allison B. Cohen SILVER LAKE—Renee Nahum has retained her seat on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council while candidate Jason Lyon has been disqualified for his at-large seat, according to a report issued Nov. 15th by the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment in response to two challenges filed against the candidates during the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s board elections Sept. 29th. The challenge against Nahum—filed by Joel Stein, a challenger for the same region 7 seat—indicated that Nahum had allegedly campaigned illegally on polling grounds. The report found that that claim could not be “proven beyond a reasonable doubt” and that Nahum had acted in
good faith—leaving the polling area immediately when the question was raised if she was improperly campaigning. The challenge against Lyon was that he used access to the SLNC e-mail database as an existing member of the SLNC board for campaign purposes. According to the report, SLNC election committee chair Leanna Dickstein set up an e-mail account to receive all e-mails generated from the SLNC database as a control to ensure there was no improper use of the database for election purposes. The report states that shortly before the election, Dickstein received an email from Lyon encouraging see SLNC Election page 22
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Baller Hardware Helps Stock Silver Lake Emergency Facility SILVER LAKE—Baller True Value Hardware has provided $1,500 in emergency preparedness equipment at cost, to be used to stock an emergency storage facility located in Southern Silver Lake. The idea of an emergency storage facility was conceived by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Public Safety Committee as a resource to have emergency equipment readily available in case of an earthquake or some other disaster.
Funding for the storage facility was provided by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council together with a grant from Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti, also of the 13 local council district. “Getting this storage facility fully stocked with [Baller Hardware’s help] has been an important part of on going efforts by the Public Safety Committee in Silver Lake to make our community capable
of dealing with emergencies,” said Barb Dakin, SLNC public safety committee founder and co-chair. Baller Hardware is owned by Craig Cowie, who has been a fixture in Silver Lake since 1959. “We’ve always tried to give back to the community as a way of thanking them for supporting us,” said Cowie. “It was an easy way to help out.” For more information about the Silver Lake Public Safety Committee, contact Barb Dakin at (213) 413-4221 or via email at: email@example.com
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hasn’t been set, Vickie Israel, Asst. General Manager of the Dept. of Recreation and Parks said when the document is finalized it will be made available for public review. HOUSING Hillhurst Square/Derby Nightclub: A slow-down in residential properties sales has stalled at least one of the area’s proposed developments. The building that currently houses the Derby Nightclub and Louise’s Trattoria at 4500 Los Feliz Blvd.—and that was once owned by Hollywood icon Cecille B. Demille—is still on the market having been reduced to $15 million from its original $20 million asking price last spring. Adler Realty Investments, owners of the property since 2004, had proposed to demolish the existing structure to build a five-story mixed-use condominium/retail complex, but is currently not moving forward with development plans. “At the moment we’ve got tenants so it’s not an urgency,” said Rick Gable of Adler Realty. RENOVATIONS AND CONSTUCTION Hyperion Bridge Renovation: Renovation for the Hyperion Bridge, that will snarl traffic between Silver Lake and Atwater Village for two years, has been delayed until 2009 due to the addition of project enhancements suggested by the community in public hearings. The city is proposing to seismically strengthen, improve and restore the historic and cultural landmark and its connectors—the Glendale Blvd. bridge and the Waverly Drive bridge—to its original 1929 appearance. A draft of the project will be available to the public in January. Vermont Triangle Project: The project—which will relandscape and beautify the intersection of Vermont and Prospect avenues at Hollywood Blvd.—received city-council approval in October and is set to begin construction in January. A grove of sycamore trees and light fixtures matching those in nearby Barnsdall Art Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be featured. Parking Structure on Vermont Avenue: A proposed parking structure on Vermont Ave. on post office property has been set back due to staffing changes at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), overseers of the project. “It would be great addition to he neighborhood,” said Kip Rudd of CRA. Page 6
Adult Community Center: The opening of the much-anticipated Adult Community Center in Griffith Park to serve seniors from the communities of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and Echo Park, East Hollywood, has been stalled by construction delays but Silver Lake Senor Club president, Stephanie Vendig, is hopeful that doors will open in the early part of 2008. The 5,700 sq ft. facility will offer fitness classes, a nutrition program, a library and computer lab and classes operated by LAUSD’s Hollywood Adult School, Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks and Osher Life Learning Institute.
DASH Now to the Observatory LOS FELIZ—Los Angeles City councilmember Tom LaBonge has announced that starting in late November, a DASH shuttle service will be available in Los Feliz to and from the Griffith Observatory.
The DASH line will connect riders from the Metro Red Line station on Sunset Boulevard, then go north on Hillhurst Avenue, west on Los Feliz Boulevard and north again on Vermont Av-
enue to the Observatory with a dozen stops in-between including one at the Greek Theatre. The service, which was instituted at the request of LaBonge’s office, is available on weekends only and will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Autry National Center Expansion: The public comment period for the Autry National Center’s Expansion draft Environmental Impact Report—which identifies the project and evaluates its impact, as well as analyzes alternatives—has now closed. The city is expected to release the final EIR in the beginning of January. A final city decision on the EIR is expected in the spring. An open house is set for Sat., Jan. 26th from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. which will offer a glimpse of expansion and renovation plans. SCHOOLS Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, began its second year expanding enrollment to teach a project-based arts curriculum to kindergarten through second grade levels. A theater arts program in partnership with CalArts is a new feature that has been added to the program. Plans to move the school from its current West Hollywood location are in the works. “Span School”: A trend of declining enrollment in area public schools has contributed to the district’s decision to abandon the proposed 6th through 12th grade “span” school originally conceived to help relieve overcrowding at Thomas Starr King Middle School and John Marshall High School. “The span school is an unfunded projected and not needed for the board’s current goals,” said Tom Calhoun, LAUSD central region development manager. 6th Grade Back to Elementary School?: According to LAUSD’s Tom Calhoun, a $1.8 billion dollar shortfall has forced the district to utilize other options to relieve area over- crowding. Moving 6th grade back to local public elementary schools see 2007 Rewind page 23
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sdall began explorations for oil in Pennsylvania in the mid 19th century, and continued in Oklahoma and California, drilling off Santa Barbara and near Newhall. While Barnsdall Oil eventually was absorbed by one of the major oil corporations, Barnsdall, Oklahoma remains as a reminder of its influence. The Griffith gift giving ceremony took place at City Hall. Griffith invited the leading businessmen of the city to attend. In the crowd was William Mead, who would purchase hundreds of acres of land from Griffith—land adjacent to the park—and begin the subdividing of the Los Feliz hills. The Dec. 17th, 1896 Los Angeles Daily Times reported that Griffith had several motives. One, “the hope that it might induce other wealthy men to make similar gifts” was spoken in the same breath in which Griffith admitted that he was “tired of paying taxes upon the property and had concluded to let the city have it.” Barnsdall’s motives were suspect in some quarters for she had first made the offer of a gift of land and her home three years earlier. As an account in a “special bulletin” of the Better America Federation reported on March 27th, 1931, Barnsdall “hatched the idea” because it
would “give her $1 million for herself and $1 million for the radical cause.” The organization proclaimed that the “cleverly engineered scheme of the wealthy subversive” was unworthy of public use because Barnsdall had specified that “no monument to war heroes or war shall be placed in said park.” When Barnsdall made the offer in 1926, she eliminated the clause and instead specified that the only monuments allowed would be to recognize artists or art. Nonetheless, the city became the proprietor of her residence, Hollyhock House, and its aura would continue to grow, year after year, as the reputation of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, grew. In 1927, Barnsdall was the guest of honor at a dinner given by the Los Feliz Improvement Association at the Breakfast Club and the festivities were broadcast over radio station KFWB. Miss Barnsdall spoke, announcing that she would underwrite art and music education by the “Dalcroze Eurythmics method” for children. “She will sponsor the program for ten years at a cost of 25 cents a child,” LFIA minutes reveal. The Barnsdall and Griffith gifts forever changed the appearance of our community, and the generosity of Barnsdall and Griffith will be difficult to match.
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Los Globos Nightclub Owner Juan Ribot Honored By Michael Locke Silver Lake Correspondent The city of Los Angeles honored Los Globos Nightclub owner Juan Ribot at a ceremony held recently at Taix Restaurant in Echo Park. Ribot has a long record of distinguished public service in financially supporting the Silver Lake Community Police Service Center on Sunset Boulevard. Opened in 1994, the center was managed for 13 years by Silver Lake residents Joe and Rose Radogna until their retirement in September 2007. Although the center no longer has an assigned officer, it is still used as a “stop-in” center for the Los Angeles Police Dept. offering officers a place to follow-up on their reports and for them to take a break before their next assignment. “Sustaining the center would not have been possible without the financial assistance that Juan Ribot has provided,” said Rose Radogna. “His contributions have made our community—particularly the area around Sunset and Silver Lake Boulevard where the center is located – a better place to live.
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COMMITTEE COMMENTS Planning, Zoning & Historic Preservation The concessionaire, Wolfgang Puck, has filed a letter withdrawing its application for a zoning variance allowing the sale and service of alcoholic beverages under the concession agreement at the Observatory. The Central Area Planning Commission acknowledged the withdrawal at its hearing on November 13.
Parks, River & Open Space Quimby Fees are monies contributed by developers of new real estate projects. These contributions are made according to law. The money is to be used to purchase new parkland. This committee discussed a report on $77 million in unspent Quimby fees. Public interest and possible oversight were explored. Any thoughts from the community?
Neighborhood Improvement The dream of the DREAM AGAIN mural became reality in October 2007 when King graduate Brandon Tu's winning design was painted on the west wall of the Myra Avenue underpass. Led by King animation teacher Kirk Palayan, with guidance from Metro Gallery artist Heng Leng, about 30 King students participated in the beautification project.
Education Committee This committee is currently looking at projects that schools within the area need financial assistance to complete. The next meeting for this committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 7pm LILA School, 4155 Russell Avenue. Please contact Dr. Sarah Napier for more information. E-MAIL: SALNLA96@AOL.COM
Did you know… Garden Apartment Buildings… The board has taken action to oppose any development involving the demolition of these gracious buildings. (1801-1817 New Hampshire 22-unit) The owner/proposed developer presented a rendering of a proposed 34-unit condominium development. The committee urged the new owner to seriously consider preservation of the property and consider converting the units to condominiums and pledged GGPNC’s assistance in obtaining needed variances and the like to effect the preservation and conversion. To find out more about any of your councils activities just go to the website and check out our calendar. And as always all meetings are open to the public… …this means you!
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Delete Fear By Elma Mayer Ledger Columinst Fear is in the air these daysâ€”the war, the economy, global warming, disease pandemics, the fall of the American Empireâ€”and basically, the end of the world. From foreign policy to personal choices, our habitual responses are often fear-based. Fear motivates. Fear creates the threat of terrorism. Without it, terrorists would be out of a job, because no one would be terrified. What spurs the financial markets? The insurance industry? Applying for kindergarten? Fear. The stress of constant anxiety is bad for us in every way. It creates a cascade of hormone reactions that eventually create discomfort and disease. Even scary movies can be detrimental to people who are already stressed. The body reacts the same way to manufactured panic as it does to real panic. How can we stop reacting with fear? The same way
we would step back from any negative emotionâ€”by understanding that we have a choice. Fear and worry are emotional misperceptions. Anxiety is an over-reaction to realityâ€”not reality itself. If we observe that there are other possible responses, other choices, we can quickly let go of fear. We energize what we focus on. When we allow ourselves fearful reactions to the news, we amplify the fear around us. Itâ€™s common knowledge that animals can sense fear. We humans can sense it too. We just tend to identify it as our own fear, rather than our resonance with collective fear. Take responsibility for decreasing global fear. Refuse to resonate with it. Next time you feel anxious or worried, try this self-healing technique. Visualize a â€œdeleteâ€? button, anywhere on your spine. Hit delete, and feel the fear dissipate. Youâ€™ll be doing the world a favor! Elma Mayer, MA, is a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of The Yuen Method of Chinese Energetics. www.nowhealing. com (323)309-7687.
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A Holiday Wish: Take Care of Yourself & Take Time for Others By Kathy A. McDonald / Ledger Columnist My dad had an emergency, quadruple by-pass operation the week before Christmas last year. Our worries were whether he would â€œconvert,â€? not to another religion, but in medical jargon whether his heart would return to a normal rhythm. It did and he was able to leave the hospital just before the holiday. We exchanged gifts in his room at an extended care facility. Although stressful, the best gift of all last year was that my dad was OK. This year one of my dear friends is in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. Iâ€™m sure most who read this know someone whoâ€™s had to face this disease, which comes with a terrible learning curve for each patient. Todayâ€™s healthcare system demands that patients must educate and advocate for themselves. Finding a pain medication for my dad postsurgery, one that would help him sleep most of the night, was way more difficult than it should have been. My friend has to decide which kind of chemotherapy, or not, makes sense for her. So Iâ€™m reminding all par-
ents, of every age, to make sure they are up-to-date on their check-ups and for women, mammograms. I know sometimes itâ€™s easier to avoid the annual visit but thereâ€™s no denying how essential it can be. My dad discovered his heart condition through a stress test
Iâ€™m reminding all parents, of every age, to make sure they are up-to-date on their check-ups and for women, mammograms. I know sometimes itâ€™s easier to avoid the annual visit but thereâ€™s no denying how essential it can be. he almost put off. Two friends have detected malignant lumps via self-breast exams; two others were diagnosed after annual mammograms. Fighting and recovering from a life threatening illness takes both strength of character and support from family and friends. My friendâ€™s blog movingly confirms this: â€œNo talisman, no amount of flowers, cookies, chicken soup can possibly touch the wealth I feel from all the care of friends and family. I am blessed so many times over that Iâ€™ve lost count,â€?
Bikram Yoga Silverlake Hosts 2nd Annual Toy Drive SILVER LAKEâ€”Bikram Yoga SilverLake is hosting itâ€™s 2nd annual toy drive, through Dec. 18th. Those dropping off a new toyâ€”unwrapped and in original packagingâ€”will receive 10% off a monthly unlimited program or 15% off a three-month unlimited or annual class package. Toys will be donated to seriously injured children at
she writes. Her daughter returned home from college to be with her. â€œJust having a momentary cuddle with her, she said, watching â€œThe Lady From Shanghaiâ€?â€”was spectacularly healing. Should make us all realize that we
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Toys such as board games, puzzles, dolls and stuffed animals are preferred as many of the children receiving the gifts have limited mobility. According to Birkam Yoga Silver Lake owner, Nicole Gogolak, no purchase is necessary and all in the community is encouraged to donate.
shouldnâ€™t wait for sickness or crisis to take those moments in our lives.â€? My holiday wishes to all this year: make time, even if itâ€™s just a few minutes, to enjoy your children and see what wonderful people theyâ€™ve become. And, please take care of yourself because children, even adult ones, want you home for the holidays.
Love, Desire & Attachment Workshop, Dec. 1st The topic of creating stable, loving and fulfilling relationships by understanding why relationships fail, will be discussed Dec. 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Philosophical Research Society, 3910 Los Feliz Blvd. The workshop will be led by British-born Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Dao, resident teacher of Khandakapala Buddhist Center. $60. Information: (323) 223-0610 or www.meditateinla.org
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3rd Annual St. Brendan Christmas Fair Features Gifts & Activities St. Brendan School will hold its 3rd Annual Christmas Fair Fri., Dec. 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the school playground at 238 South Manhattan Place. The event offers Advent and Christmas gift selections, gourmet baked goods from
a variety of Christmas traditions around the world, craft tables with talented artists to assist children in making their own gifts and a special under $10 gift table to fit students’ Christmas shopping budgets. On hand will be ceramic wares and delectable, flavored
olive oils made by the monks of St Andrew’s Abby, including a wide selection of handmade ornaments depicting popular hobbies and widelyheld careers. Children can also make their own gifts for family and friends, including painting and decorating paper star lanterns, making Victorian Christmas cones, designing original wooden ornaments, creating jewelry, constructing button wreaths as well as assembling promise coupon booklets. All are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12 and leave it at the Toy Drive table. Gifts will be distributed to needy families at special Christmas parties hosted by St. Brendan Parish for the residents at Alexandria House and families of Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood. The Christmas Fair is also the last chance to purchase tickets for the annual St. Brendan Hawaiian Raffle which awards three prizes, including a one week trip to Hawaii. Winners will be announced at the end of the Fair, however, winners need not be present. Additionally, holiday greenery, such as poinsettias, mixed green wreaths, and cesee St. Brendan page 11
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1st Graders Explore “Neighborhood” by Alyssa Gonzales, 1st Grade Teacher At the Los Feliz Charter for the Arts, 1st graders have been studying the concept of neighborhoods. Students first collected information to answer the question: What do we already know about neighborhoods? They “zoomed” in on the sights and sounds of the neighborhoods around them through pantomime, paintings and play. Then, to compare and contrast similarities and differences among neighborhoods, students examined four art prints. Teachers then asked: What shapes do you see in the painting? What time of day do you think it is? In what ways does this painting remind you of our school neighborhood? Students then came up with a class definition of a neighborhood. Finally, each of the four 1st grade classes showed their learning by creating a 3-by-6-foot paper classroom neighborhood collage. LFCSA will have a school tour for prospective families on Jan. 16th. For information: (323) 656-2810.
[ micheltorena street school ] By Ana Gomez Micheltorena students love the annual Music Box Steps Day. It’s a childrens’ film festival honoring actors Laurel & Hardy and is held at Laurel & Hardy Park on Vendome across the street from the famous steps where they filmed a short film called “The Music Box.” The founder of the festival, Vince Brooks, first introduced all the activities held that day and then talked about the history of the film. The movie played two times at different hours. There were several performers who entertained the audience. One was a magician, Reno Goodale. There was also music played by Charlie Cox. And the best performance of all was by the hilarious actors who played Laurel & Hardy for the day. Micheltorena student Max Tacuchi and his friends went up the steps to make sure there were 133, but wouldn’t say how many they there were exactly.
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Open House & More Planned for December By Lauren Aleman ’10 and Heidi Slojewski ’10 December is a busy month at Immaculate Heart, starting with two valuable opportunities for prospective students to visit the campus and learn more about us. Save the date for the annual Immaculate Heart High School Open House on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, starting at 1 p.m. Parents and their daughters are welcomed to tour the school grounds and learn more about our academic program. A week later, on Sunday, Dec. 9th, those interested in attending the Immaculate Heart Middle School are invited to discover the school’s offerings at its open house, beginning at 1 p.m. Yet another very important date is Sat., Dec. 8th, when students interested in attending the high school should consider taking the school’s early admission and merit scholarship exam. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m. on campus. A second admissions test will be offered on January 26th. As our school enters the winter sports season, IHHS looks back at the success of its fall season. Hard-working athletes in volleyball and cross country earned many successes. Most exciting of all, the JV Cross Country team remained the Sunshine League champions for the third straight year! We are now looking forward
to basketball and soccer. Immaculate Heart’s community outreach recently benefited families associated with the Blythe Street Community. Our Thanksgiving drive collected food items so that families could enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Day meal together. With the holidays upon us, the voices of IH’s talented young women will be heard singing in Choral Christmas concerts on campus. Students are also looking forward to an elegant evening with the upcoming Winter Formal. Finally, classmates will come together once more to enjoy an entertaining program of songs and skits for a festive finish before our well-earned Christmas break. St. Brendan from page 10
dar and Douglas fir mixed garlands will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the school’s technology program. Wreaths, garland and poinsettias can be ordered in advance and picked up the day of the event. Delivery of greenery and poinsettias is available within 20 miles of the school for a $10 fee. For event information call (323) 467-6566. For preordering Christmas greenery, call (323) 938-3536 or amanda@ clovercompany.com.
Flintridge Preparatory School Admissions Open House December 2, 2007 1-3:30 p.m. 4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada, CA 91011 818.790.1178 Coeducational Grades 7-12
Sunday, December 2, 2007, between 1 and 3:30 p.m., Flintridge Prep will hold its Open House, allowing your family to meet Flintridge Prep’s students, faculty, and coaches as you visit our campus. The Headmaster will speak and answer questions in the auditorium at 1:15 and 2:30. No reservations are required. With an average Upper School class size of 14 to a room, 9% of last year’s graduates attending Princeton, Stanford and Yale and 16% of this year’s senior class designated National Merit Semi-Finalists for their performance on the PSAT, Flintridge Prep presents one of the strongest academic profiles in the state, year after year. Flintridge Prep is equally committed to a school experience that values the human development of the adolescent in an increasingly complex and competitive world.
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Marshall Teacher In Running for $25,000 Classroom Makeover LOS FELIZâ€”After learning she won a $5,000 classroom makeover, high school art teacher Dorothy Lee still canâ€™t believe she is a candidate to win the ultimate prizeâ€”a $25,000 classroom makeover. Thanks to a classroom photo and an essay written and submitted by Lee to the EXPO Classroom Makeover Contest describing how
her classroom was in need of a makeover, she is one of four semifinalists to receive a $5,000 classroom overhaul. Now, Leeâ€™s classroom is qualified to win the grand prize, a $25,000 classroom makeover, complete with the latest in learning technology and colorful classroom tools. In her essay, Lee described how the classroom was in need
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of a makeover due to poor conditions and limited space for the 720 students that come into the room every year. â€œHow wonderful, this is so exciting,â€? said Lee. â€œThis will be such a great classroom improvement for our students!â€? Area residents and supporters are encouraged to vote for Lee to win the big prize online at www.expoclassroommakeover.com until Dec. 3rd. The Web site features a picture of Leeâ€™s classroom alongside her winning essay. EXPO has teamed up with celebrity carpenter/author Paige Hemmis of â€œExtreme Makeover: Home Editionâ€? and Dana Truby, executive editor of Scholastic Instructor magazine for the 2007 EXPO Classroom Makeover Contestâ€”a national campaign that aims to enhance classrooms across the country.
St. Casimir School Hosts Christmas Pageant Please call 213-382-2315 for more information.
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FRANKLIN HILLSâ€”St. Casimir School will host a silent auction and annual Christmas pageant on Dec. 20th, starting at 3 p.m., on the schoolâ€™s campus at 2714 St. George St. Refreshments will be available for $5 before the pageant and during the silent auction. Food was donated for the event by Daphneâ€™s Greek Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Crispy Crust Pizza and more area restaurants.
Memories for the Making This Holiday Season Hereâ€™s the Los Feliz Ledgerâ€™s picks for ways to create memories this holiday season: Los Feliz 3rd Annual Holiday Festival Kicking off at the library with a tree lighting, this festive gathering features trolley and double decker bus rides with a free shuttle also available. Local stores will stay open late. Holiday carolers and a childrenâ€™s choir will also spread the good cheer. Dec 1st, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hillhurst Avenue, Hollywood Blvd. and Vermont Avenue. LADWP 12th Annual Holiday Light Festival View beautiful light displays that showcase the uniqueness of Los Angeles in this once a year event. Walk the route or drive. Through Dec. 30th, 5 â€“ 10 p.m., 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A. 90027 www.dwplightfestival. com. Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Centerâ€™s 5th Annual Festival of Lights Fun for everyone, this event has all the trimmings: food, live music, activities for kids and a gift bazaar. Admission is $5. Kids under 5 are free. Dec. 8th, 10 a.m. â€“ 3 p.m., 1110 Bates Ave. JCC Parking
Lot, entrance on Effie. (323) 663-2255. More information: www.sijcc.net 48th Annual L.A. Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Staged at the gorgeous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center, this Christmas Eve program honors different cultures holiday traditions through music, song and dance. Community and professional choirs, music ensembles, folk and traditional artists, and dance companies perform. The program will be broadcast live on KCET. Dec. 24th, 3 â€“ 9 p.m., doors open at 2:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Attendance and parking are free with no reservations or tickets necessary. 135 N. Grand Avenue, L.A. Las Posadas on Olvera Street In the oldest part of Los Angeles, a procession of singers, musicians and community members go from house to house mimicking the plight of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Dec. 16th through 24th. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The candlelit procession is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Information: (213) 625-5045. Tournament of Roses Parade Ring in the New Year watching this centuriesâ€™ old flower adorned parade. The 2008 theme is â€œPassport to the Worldâ€™s Celebration.â€? see Memories page 22
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Silver Lake Health & Wellness Association By Laura J. Weinstock / Ledger Contributing Writer doctor (who provides â€œholistic medical care on a sliding scaleâ€?) and one Free Clinic, whose motto is, â€œhealthcare is a right, not a privilege.â€? To become a member, you must be certified in your field and work locally. Rachel Pray, a horse professional who works in Atwater Village, offers clients equine assisted learning and psychotherapy. â€œAs a newcomer to Los Angeles â€Ś I found community, acceptance and support at the association. Wanda was enthusiastic about my work, even though I was the only member to provide services with horses,â€? said Pray. Linda Ferrero, a licensed massage therapist agrees. â€œI was in a car accident in July and found â€Śthat the association provided such a net of support for me â€“ everything I needed health-wise, plus rides, assistance and social support,â€? she said. Revkin stated that the association â€œhas provided a wealth of localâ€Śresources I can count on for professional referrals to patients.â€? And finally from Jewell: â€œIf Iâ€™m puzzled about a client, I get six opinions from others in the group.â€? Jewell believes the association will continue to grow and become an increasingly vibrant community presence.
2008 Observatory Calendar Available Friends Of The Observatory (FOTO), the support group for the Griffith Observatory, commissioned the calendar to raise funds for the landmark which reopened last year after major renovations. Proceeds from the calendar go to Friends Of The Observatory to continue to support programs at Griffith Observatory. The calendar is available at the Griffith Observatory, at www. FriendsOf TheObservatory. com, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Los Angeles Library and the Pasadena History museum and at the following bookstores: Duttonâ€™s, Vromanâ€™s, Tashcen/Beverly Hills and Hennessey + Ingalls in Santa Monica. â€Ż
Performing arts elementary, middle and high school students from RibĂŠt Academyâ€™s will present â€œA Dickens of a Christmas,â€? Thurs. Dec. 6th, at 7:15 p.m. at the Ribet Gymnasium. For information: (323) 344-4330 or www.ribetacademy.com. 2911 San Fernando Road. December 2007
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