Infinitely More (To Write About) – My New KCET Column!

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I’m proud to announce my debut as a contributing weekly SoCal Focus columnist for KCET television’s website!

This all transpired in the past few weeks when, one Friday, I received a rejection letter from a job I had recently applied and interviewed for. I though I would land the job, […]

The Tour and The Guardians

I did my first of four summer excursions of East Hollywood Saturday as part of LA Commons’ ‘Trekking LA” neighborhood tours. Hollywood Patch gave my tour some love this morning and featured it on the front page.

I took a small group of folks through Thai Town (even running into my friend Wanda’s Six Taste […]

Take a Tour of East Hollywood this Saturday!

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Here I am giving a tour of East Hollywood during LA Commons' Found LA Festival, October 2011.

I wear many hats, and one of them is tour guide. Or rather, neighborhood docent.

I’ve been involved with the nonprofit organization LA Commons for the past 5 or so years. They do wonderful […]

A Look at the Bicycle Kitchen’s New Digs

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Back in February, the Bicycle Kitchen announced it was seeking a new home after outgrowing its Hel-Mel location after some seven years (In fact, it was both Bicycle Kitchen cook Somerset Waters and I who coined the name “Hel-Mel” in the Fall of 2005 after we did some brainstorming for identifying that part of the […]

Venus If You Will…

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Today was the day of the long-awaited Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. I made sure to get my errands done (like voting for Tuesday’s California primary election) before 3 p.m. so I can enjoy this astronomical event that won’t happen for another 105 years.

I dug out […]

On the Virtues of Volunteerism

This morning I addressed around 100 Los Angeles Public Library volunteers and staff on the virtues of volunteerism at a Volunteer Recognition Breakfast at the Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch Library. More on this at the CahuenGardeners blog!

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Branching Out!

I’ve originally made this blog to document my community observations and activities, but I decided to spin-off my Cahuenga Library Botanical Garden posts into its own separate blog – CahuenGardeners.

So from here on out, you can read about our Cahuenga Library gardening exploits at cahuengardeners.blogspot.com

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Muralist Kent Twitchell Restores East Hollywood Landmark

All my life, while driving, biking or walking along Fountain Avenue, I’ve always seen it:  The image of a mustachioed old man on a wall with wavy, spaghetti-like white hair staring in a gaze towards the east.

Many people have (understandably) mistaken the man for 20th century scientist Albert Einstein. But somehow I’ve always […]

Cahuenga Library Mini Clean-Up, May Edition

Today wasn’t only another Cahuenga Library Mini Clean-Up, but the one-year anniversary of the native plant garden at the Library. So I went out to European Baking Co. on the way to the Library on Santa Monica Blvd and got a small red velvet cake for the volunteers.

I got to water the plants […]

The Road To Big Sunday: Unloading Day

One year ago today, we did our successful Big Sunday event at the Cahuenga Branch Library, and now we’re heading toward another. Just a block away from the Library is Lexington Ave. Primary Center, where I took the U-Haul cargo van onto the school campus and got to unload the mulch, water and t-shirts […]