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Helping hands – and shovels – for Echo Park Lake

Many fans of Echo Park Lake have expressed concern about how the lake and park will fare after it reopened this past weekend after a nearly two-year clean up. After spending more than $45 million in clean-water bond money on the project, city officials have said there are no plans to boost the budget for maintenance  or security for the ... Read More »

Bring a Broom: Silver Lake takes on the task of cleaning up Sunset Boulevard

The 1-1/2 miles of Sunset Boulevard that slices through Silver Lake has attracted a growing number of  high-end restaurants and bars  and fashionable shops  in recent years.  But a closer look also reveals plenty of litter and other trash. That’s why the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is looking for volunteers to help clean up the boulevard in time for the ... Read More »

Silver Lake cleans up

About 50 volunteers, including members of Aztecs Rising,  picked up trash, hauled away abandoned furniture and cut away vines and overgrown bushes on Saturday morning as part of a clean up of the Vendome Street Median and nearby Music Box Steps in Silver Lake.   “It was an awesome turnout with a lot of folks excited about what we accomplished,” said ... Read More »

Silver Lake clean up tackles the Vendome Street median

When Luke Klipp moved to Silver Lake last year, he settled on Vendome Street near the famed Music Box Steps and across from a median strip filled with shrubs, trees – and trash. “I’ve already taken on cleaning out the part directly in front of our house and using our green bin for all the detritus I pick up doing,” ... Read More »

Mt. Washington preschool seeks volunteers to plant school garden

La Casita Verde, a preschool housed in a Victorian-era home at the base of Mount Washington, is looking for help this weekend to complete a school garden designed by Matthew Evans, landscape architect of the U.S. Capitol. Much of the backbreaking work to prepare the garden site was completed last month by volunteers (pictured above) who broke up the soil. ... Read More »

Bike group gearing up for a new East Hollywood home

The Bicycle Kitchen, a volunteer-operated bike repair and education group, is planning to leave its longtime home on Heliotrope Avenue and buy a former bakery building a few blocks away near Virgil and Fountain avenues on the border of East Hollywood and Silver Lake. The Bicycle Kitchen* has already received a $100,000 grant to help with the down payment and ... Read More »

Saturday is a day for gardening at Echo Park schools

Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday to expand and build new gardens at two Echo Park area schools as part of a campus beautification project. Volunteers will help build  raised planter beds as part of a new reading garden at Clifford Street Elementary and expand the existing school garden at Elysian Heights Elementary.  Saturday’s projects were funded by Hands ... Read More »

Atwater yoga studio goes to the mat for kids with Autism

Over the years Bikram yoga instructor and studio owner Nicole Gogolak was aware of friends struggling to care for children with Autism. In order to show her support, Gogolak set up a class on Saturdays at Bikram Yoga Silverlake, located in Atwater Village, in which students donate at least $10 to benefit to Talk About Curing Autism, a charity recommended ... Read More »

Volunteer musicians bring the sounds of the season to senior citizens

Photo courtesy Gary Gamponia The volunteer musicians who make up the Silver Lake-based Pay it Forward Band have once again spent December sprinting across Los Angeles County to perform at numerous nursing homes. The band, which draws on a pool of 130 musicians, will conclude their holiday concert season with two Christmas Day shows in Highland Park. The band will ... Read More »

Sharing food and goodwill on Thanksgiving

Churches, schools and other groups across the Eastside are collecting food and preparing feasts for those who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.  On Tuesday, for example, members of 30 families arrived at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park to pick up boxes of holiday food items in addition to a turkey as part ... Read More »

Eagle Rock parents seek support for expanded school library

Nearly 20 years ago a group of teachers and parents at Eagle Rock Elementary teamed up to build a school library. But that same library is now too cramped to serve a school with approximately 1,000 students.  Books are stacked out of reach of children; a book cart is parked in the middle of  small reading area; and there is ... Read More »