The Road To Big Sunday: D(istribution)-Day!

A Big Sunday volunteer loads in the water bottles into my rental cargo van at the Distribution Day activity at Universal Studios.

It’s May already, and that means Big Sunday Weekend is just around the corner!

Today was Distribution Day, a day where Big Sunday project captains pick up their event supplies from […]

Writing East Hollywood History

Santa Monica Blvd, east of Vermont, circa 1954. The Cahuenga Branch Library can be seen right of center (From USC Digital Archives)

I’ve never thought of myself as a historian. I’ve always been interested in history, particularly local history, and I’ve always been an active writer…but never a historian.

But oftentimes, you grow […]

Meet Me In The Meadow

The Silver Lake Meadow area is prone to winds, making it a *perfrect* place to fly a kite.

It’s Easter Sunday in Los Angeles. After my music duties at St. Eugene Church near Inglewood, I met up with my parents and brothers for brunch at Home in Silver Lake afterward. My mom wanted […]

Synchronicity Space To Move Into The Hel-Mel ‘Shack’

Just heard from an anonymous reputable source today (okay, it was Tai Kim, owner of Scoops) that the Synchronicity Space art gallery will be moving into the small stand-alone storefront “shack” at 713 N. Heliotrope Drive currently operated by The Fixx Carlton, a business that specializes in building custom fixed-gear bicycle frames. Synchronicity had […]

Thank You Very Mulch!

Appropo for Earth Day today, I was able to make a little addition to the garden thanks to Friends of Cahuenga Library president Sylvia Gutierrez, who donated three bags of mulch to our library garden! I met with her in Pico-Union where she signed off on the contribution form for our CD13 Clean & […]

Real Local Shoe Repair

I have three pairs of shoes that are in bad shape, but not in that band enough shape that they couldn’t be saved. Fortunately there’s a place in the neighborhood just a few blocks away that’s able to help. Inside the massive indoor bazaar known as “Uni Discounts” (4632 Santa Monica Blvd) carries a […]

A Great Evening At The Streetsblog Fundraiser

It was a perfect, warm Friday spring evening at last night’s Streetsblog Los Angeles fundraiser at Eco-Village near Koreatown. I was in the company of many familiar faces in the bicycling/transit/sustainability community and even put faces to familiar names I’ve encountered in the online world.

Last weekend’s CicLAvia was the big talk of the […]

Show Some Support for Streetsblog Tonight!

I honestly have no idea who actually reads this blog regularly – the only time people read it is when I post links to it from my Twitter and Facebook sites – and I generally assume this blog is an unknown entity when it comes to blasting news and announcements, but I’ll say it […]

Just Another Day In The Neighborhood: Thai CDC Retreat, Library Gardening

Not as frenetic as last Saturday, but this Saturday was a day of much community activity (So what’s new?)…

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Thai CDC Strategic Board/Staff Planning Retreat

Saturday morning was spent at the Hollywest Apartments’ multipurpose room as Thai CDC had the first part of its board and staff retreat. As […]

Songkran, Songkran, Gonna Get Down On Songkran…

Sunday afternoon was spent at a great community tradition for the past eight years on the first Sunday of April: the big Songkran Thai New Year Festival on Hollywood Blvd, between Western and Normandie avenues, in Thai Town.

“Songkran” translated does not mean “New Year,” but refers to the first month of the […]