SoRo Festival 20th Anniversary: June 4, 2017

SoRo Community Festival

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

Free and open to the public, the 20th Annual SoRo Festival features food trucks, a live music stage, tree adoption, and over 60 vendor booths highlighting neighborhood businesses, community information and a variety of merchandise. It also offers “Camp SoRo” Kids Zone with attractions, a rock-climbing wall and free arts and crafts for children.

It's truly a fun-filled family day in the community and we hope to see you all there. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC booth and say hello!

For more information, visit the SORO Festival website.
 

Coffee and conversation with our new Senior Lead Officer

Enjoy a free cup of coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf with SORO NC's newest Senior Lead Officer, Matt Kirk.

Come join us on Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 9-11am, as SLO Matt Kirk talks with local neighbors and business owners. The coffee is free, courtesy of our hosts at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1845 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Download a flyer here.
 

LAHSA Homeless Count Kick-Off

As a follow-up to our successful Town Hall on Homelessness and co-sponsored with Palms Neighborhood Council, SORO NC will hold a kick off for the 2017 Homeless Count at the IMAN Center, 3376 Motor Ave. from 2–5pm on January 8th

We'll have speakers from the LA Homeless Services Authority talking about the homelessness crisis in the City and the importance of the annual Homeless Count, held this year in our area on January 25. (SORO and Palms NCs are both participating in the count.)

The program will also include stories from homeless individuals, an update on homeless solutions in the wake of the passage of Measure HHH, and three steps you can take beyond the homeless count to help out.

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering for the Count, or just want to learn more about how you can help homeless people in your community, this is a perfect opportunity. 
 

2016 Community Town Hall Meeting: Homelessness

Town Hall 2016: Homelessness

How can you be part of the solution?

Solutions to LA's homelessness crisis call for compassion—and urgency. Focused on the tangible, positive actions community members can take at every level, SORO NC's 2016 Town Hall seeks to foster empathy and understanding for a problem that can no longer be ignored.

Thursday, October 27 | 7pm

The Museum of Tolerance Hertz Theater | 9786 W. Pico Blvd. at Roxbury Dr. (map)
Free underground parking via entrance on Pico Blvd.

Limited seating available for this special event 
Please RSVP to secretary@soronc.org (or call 310-295-9920) and plan to arrive early. Doors close promptly at 7pm. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names at the email above.

The Town Hall will include a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by KCRW's Anna Scott with experts and leading elected officials. The event is free and open to everyone, although space is limited and RSVPs are recommended. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here. Note: This event is now at capacity and we are taking waiting list names only.

 

Volunteer to Clean Up Pico Blvd.!

Join Councilmember Paul Koretz, Council District 5 staff, and SORO NC as we help make Pico shine.

Sunday, September 25 | 9am–noon
Parking Lot at 8866 W. Pico

As they say, many hands make light work, and past cleanups have been loads of fun and a great way to show your pride in SORO. You only have to bring a reusable water bottle and a smile—we'll supply the rest (courtesy of LA's Dept. of Sanitation). Be sure to be there at 9am sharp!

Download and print the flyer to help us get the word out.

Email paulawaxman@soronc.org to let us know you're coming, and be sure to invite your friends and family!
 

Free CPR/First Aid/AED classes

The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council will again be sponsoring two FREE CPR/First Aid/AED classes. 

Saturday September 17 | Robertson Rec Center | 11:30am–3:30pm or
Sunday September 18 | New location: 1711 S. La Cienega | 12:30pm–4:30pm

This 4-hour course will train you how to provide immediate care in cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive. Instruction will be provided by Vital Training & Response. 

First Aid: Learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, including burns; cuts; head, neck and back injuries; and more.
CPR/AED: Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, infant/child including the use of automated external defibrillators (AED).

Upon completion, participants will receive First Aid, CPR and AED 2-year certification by the American Heart Association.  

SORO NC is covering the cost of instruction (participant will have option to purchase course workbook for $25). A great value, since these classes normally run $75 and up!

If you wish to participate, you must reserve your space in advance by emailing publicsafetychair@soronc.org as early as possible (classes are limited in size and expected to fill up quickly.)

Please provide full name of each participant, address, phone number and which day you wish to attend.
 

11th Annual 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 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Like the Peace Picnic on Facebook

  • 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, or to volunteer or to contribute, go to peacepicnic.org, or email   harsimrank108@gmail.com.

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.
 

2016 Movie in the Park: The Good Dinosaur

Join Council President Herb Wesson & SORO NC at a FREE movie in the park! Fun for the whole family!

Free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and more!


SORO NC is delighted to partner again with Council District 10 and Council President Herb Wesson to bring you a family night out for free! This year marks the ninth successful MOVIES IN THE PARK event with CD10, and we hope you can come out and join the fun.

Team Wesson will be prepping in the park all day, and we invite you to join us an hour before sunset (6:30-ish) to grab a hot dog or burger, some popcorn and enter in Council President Wesson's free drawings for giveaways for the kids.

Sunset is at 7:30pm and once it gets dark, we'll start the movie on the giant screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars while summer lasts. Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC table to say hi!


Friday, August 26, 6:30pm onwards
Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.)


About The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

"Antic and unexpected...rife with subversive elements, wacky critters and some of the most beautiful landscapes ever seen in a computer animated film."
—Kenneth Turan, LA Times

 

2016 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Terrence Gomes

The Susan Bursk Community Service Award is presented each June 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 the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc.

This year's winner was Terrence Gomes.

Terry has served as the Treasurer for the Neighborhood Council for the best part of the last decade. In addition to all the regular time commitment NC members give, being treasurer requires Terry to take on significant additional work, including heading downtown to argue and advocate on behalf of SORO's interests to make sure that the community is getting the funds it deserves.

Terry has become one of the more prominent members of the City's budget advocates program, a volunteer group of Neighborhood Council leaders who painstakingly pore over the Mayor's budget each year, challenging and pushing back to make sure that our public funds across the city are spent as responsibly as possible. Terry has probably committed hundreds of hours to this role over the years, and in so doing, has not only advocated on behalf of us all, but has also helped push SORO's name and reputation up front in the minds of City partners.

2016 marks the third year that Terry and past Bursk Award winner Jon Liberman have taken over implementation of the SoRo Festival. As the folks on the panel know all too well, this is an enormous commitment of energy and time which Terry takes on in addition to all the other commitments of community service he takes on. And on festival day, he's the first to show up at dawn and help build, and the last to go home in the evening hauling trash and doing whatever needs to be done to make the event a success.

Terry epitomizes the idea of community service. Whether it's working with local businesses to resolve community issues, organizing SORO's annual homeless count, or slinging burgers and hot dogs all day long at Council President Wesson's Movies in the Park event, he never misses an opportunity to give service.

At our July Board meeting we also recognized the other community members nominated this year:

  • Michoel Bloom — volunteer with the LAPD Counter Terrorism Liaison office, EMT responder for Hatzolah (the Jewish communities all volunteer emergency medical services), and SORO NC Public Safety Vice Chair
  • Doug Fitzsimmons — long-time SORO NC President

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

See all the past winners of the award.
 

2016 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Saran Kirschbaum

Saran Kirschbaum was the 2016 winner of the Outstanding Green Citizenship Award presented at the SoRo Festival.

Saran Kirschbaum was the first member of the new South Robertson Neighborhoods Council Green Team in 2009. In the 1970’s, she joined Wattle’s Farm, an early organic community farm in Hollywood. By 1995, she co-founded The Coalition of the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California, which became a founding member of the LA Interfaith Environmental Council, a coalition of religious institutions charged with making environmental issues a focus of life in Southern California. A writer and docent for the Ballona wetlands, she has served on the Environmental Advisory Committees to State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and State Senator Holly Mitchell. If you don’t know Saran, you’ve probably seen her walking our neighborhood, picking up litter and recyclables which she turns in for money for the Hamilton High School Garden. 

For a lifetime of walking the ”green walk,” Saran Kirschbaum is honored for her “Outstanding Green Citizenship.” As always, our hope is that by honoring environmentally-friendly businesses and individuals like Saran, it will encourage others to emulate her work by doing their part in caring for our environment.

See all the past winners of the award.