7th Annual SORO Peace Picnic

Come celebrate the United Nations's "International Day of Peace" at a FREE neighborhood picnic for the whole family at the Robertson Rec Center, 1641 Preuss (Robertson at Airdrome).

Sunday, September 9th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Like the Peace Picnic on Facebook • Download the flyer

  • Gourmet lunch donated by local restaurants
  • Live music by neighborhood musicians
  • Eat and relax in the shade
  • Crafts and snacks for kids

Bring a blanket to sit on. For more information and to contribute, go to peacepicnic.org, or call 310-431-7152.

A collaboration of the Robertson Recreation Center, the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council, LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz, LA City Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr., St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, and Guru Ram Das Ashram.

 

Learn more about Genetically Modified (GMO) food

Panel Discussion: Mandatory Labeling of GMO Foods

Thursday, September 6 • 7-9pm (starts promptly)
Hamilton High School Cafeteria (map) • Parking available

On Thursday, September 6th, Hamilton students and the SORO NC Green Team will be putting on a educational evening to discuss Proposition 37 (currently on the November ballot) which would require mandatory labeling of GMO foods produced in California. It is a rare opportunity to learn about a complex ballot measure issue from all sides of the debate and to be able to ask questions of the experts. These eight exceptional students have worked all summer to put on this extraordinary event.

The impressive roster includes advocates on both sides of the issue explaining their positions in depth (you can see the speaker list here). If you think that this is not a nuanced issue, you might be surprised after hearing this interesting panel of speakers.

The event is open to the community and there will be a Q & A following. Any questions concerning this event can be directed to Green Team co-chair Paula Waxman or by phone at 310 559-2552.
 

Movie in the Park: Hoodwinked Too!

On Friday, August 3rd, Councilmember Wesson, his  staff, and SORO NC bring the family-friendly animated film Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Released just last summer, Hoodwinked Too! (a sequel to 2006's Hoodwinked!) finds Red Riding Hood training with the mysterious Sister Hoods. But soon she and the Wolf are called upon to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel—and to come face to face with the evil witch Verushka. The great cast includes Glenn Close, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Poehler, Patrick Warburton, Cheech & Chong, and Joan Cusak.

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, hot dogs, candy, popcorn and a special raffle for the kids. (We do recommend bringing a blanket for the ground.) Festivities begin at 7pm and we'll start the movie as soon as it's dark enough.
 
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The City shall take proactive, definitive measures to comply with State laws that establish time limits for entitlement approvals, including the Permit Streamlining Act, and shall advise Neighborhood and Community Councils of these time limits as they draw near.

The City shall take proactive, definitive measures to comply with State laws that establish time limits for entitlement approvals, including the Permit Streamlining Act, and shall advise Neighborhood and Community Councils of these time limits as they draw near.

The City shall take proactive, definitive measures to comply with State laws that establish time limits for entitlement approvals, including the Permit Streamlining Act, and shall advise Neighborhood and Community Councils of these time limits as they draw near.

The City shall take proactive, definitive measures to comply with State laws that establish time limits for entitlement approvals, including the Permit Streamlining Act, and shall advise Neighborhood and Community Councils of these time limits as they draw near.
 

2012 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Pico Cleaners

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, Pico Cleaners has won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2012 SoRo Festival.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, Pico Cleaners has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. Among its many programs, Pico Cleaners helped pioneer an innovative, eco-friendly dry cleaning process that has no hazardous chemicals or petroleum products, with no negative impact on the air, water or soil.

We hope that Pico Cleaners' example will inspire other businesses and schools in the community to emulate their efforts to improve the environment of the community and the planet.
 

2012 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Beth Ryan

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each year at the SoRo Festival to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is co-sponsored by SORO NC and SoRo, Inc.

This year's winner was Beth Ryan, President of the Crestview Neighborhood Association. In addition to her work organizing and connecting the Crestview community, Beth has also spearheaded the Stepping Forward/Robertson Activities League program, a youth leadership development program originally created in response to gang shootings in the SORO area.

At our July Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:
  • Carmen Dominquez - Principal at Shenandoah Elementary
  • Doug Fitzsimmons - President, SORO NC
  • HarSimran Khalsa - Community volunteer
  • Karen Smith-Laramay - Teacher at Hamilton High School
  • Paula Waxman - Green Team Co-Chair, SORO NC

We're deeply grateful for the work all the nominees have done within SORO, and congratulate them on their nominations.
 

SORO NC partners with KCET to tell the stories of SORO

SORO NC is very excited to announce a new partnership with KCET's Departures series, to tell the stories of the South Robertson Neighborhoods.

This partnership marks the first time KCET/Departures is collaborating with a Neighborhood Council. 

Departures is an oral history project, an interactive documentary, a community engagement tool, and a digital literacy project in the online space, using video, images and text to bring Los Angeles neighborhoods to life.

As we begin exploring South Robertson with KCET, we are mapping the important places that reflect the shifts and characteristics of the community. And that's where YOU come in.

Click through to our KCET Departures page to read more and find out how you can get involved.

Together, we are looking forward to putting SORO on the map! Watch the project progress at kcet.org/soro

 

SoRo Festival 2012: Sunday June 3rd

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 3 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Save the date! Open to the public, the SoRo Festival features live local musical entertainment and dancing, "Camp SoRo" offering attractions and a rock-climbing wall and free arts & crafts for children, 60 vendor booths featuring neighborhood businesses and community information, and a variety of culinary delights from some of L.A.'s hottest gourmet food trucks. The theme for this year's Festival is "SoRo Sails for 15 Years." For more information, click here.
 

2012 Susan Bursk Community Service Award Nominations

Seeking your nominations for this  year's winner

Nominations due Friday May 11, 2012 by 5pm

 

Every year the community service non-profit SoRo Inc. and South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) partner to present a community service leadership award to a South Robertson stakeholder who has made outstanding contributions to the community.

We are trying hard to broaden our reach and capture unsung heroes in the community that we may not typically know about.  We are looking to recognize people who do good works in SORO whether or not they hold official "leadership" positions. Your neighbor, friend, colleague—even someone you've admired from afar—could be the recipient this year.

Please help us recognize our neighbors, educators, students, volunteers, business owners, employees, faith and organizational representatives and others who's extraordinary efforts broadly benefit the SORO community. Is there an unsung hero making a difference in your community that deserves recognition? Let us know!

Submission instructions are on the form, which is available for download in either MS Word or PDF format.

 

Tree Planting on Robertson: 100 Volunteers Needed

In 2011, SORO NC dedicated over 25% of its annual budget towards the purchase of new trees for Robertson Blvd. between Cadillac and Cattaraugus. This month, with the support of Council Districts 5 and 10 and Million Trees LA, we tackle Phase 1 with a one-day blitz. But we need your help.

Volunteer to help beautify Robertson

Saturday, March 24 • 8am to noon

Hamilton High parking lot (map)
Bring: gardening/work gloves, sun block, water in a reusable bottle, a hat, and closed-toe shoes

  • Volunteers can be of all ages and ability levels—there will be less-physical jobs, too.
  • Each tree will require a crew of 7 volunteers to be planted, so consider organizing a small team of friends!
  • Kids are welcome, as are families and groups of friends/neighbors who would like to work together.
  • Council President Wesson and Council Member Koretz will be there planting along side us.

Volunteers should register in advance with Paula Waxman at greenteamchair@soronc.org or 310-559-2552. More information can be found on our volunteer flyer.

We're planting Chinese Elms—carefully selected in collaboration with Million Trees LA—hardy, good for public spaces, and designed to grow tall with a large lacy canopy. They'll provide greenery, shade, noise reduction and make Robertson businesses more attractive.

We'll fill in all the empty tree wells with new trees and cut new tree wells into the sidewalk where none exist. In addition, we've funded a two-year watering and maintenance program, to ensure that the trees are properly cared for and can grow strong, healthy roots. We hope they'll survive beyond all of our lifetimes.

This is just the beginning of a larger cooperative effort to revitalize Robertson. We hope you can join us.