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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 our full Festival page.

2016 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

The 19th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Cadillac St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features 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. 

For the first time, SORO NC will hold its election at the Festival itself. Make sure to stop by the polling tents and vote for the future of our community.

Also new this year: an Eco Car Expo, showcasing alternative fuel cars. In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks.


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers.


Eco Car Expo

Throughout the Festival, SORO NC's Green Team will display a variety of alternative fuel cars with owners on hand to answer your questions.


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2016 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes

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

2015 SoRo Festival: June 7

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 7 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Free and open to the public, the 18th 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.

This year, SoRo Festival is featuring some new and exciting attractions:
  • 1st Annual SoRo Car Show!
  • New entertainment acts (as well as traditional favorites!)
  • Great food trucks
  • Health Fair Pavilion featuring reduced cost/no cost health exams including mammograms
  • Emergency & Safety Expo
    • Shakey Quakey earthquake simulation schoolhouse
    • Jaw of Life search & rescue demo
    • American Red Cross puppet show
    • Emergency preparedness & safety supplies for sale
    • Meet your first responders
    • Enter to win a poster from the movie San Andreas and other great giveaways!

It's truly a fun-filled family day in the community and we hope to see you all there. If you're interested in submitting your car to the car show, you can send an email to organizer Terry Gomes. Entry fees are $20 per car and go to benefit education and community improvement projects in SORO.

Don't forget to stop by the SORO NC booth and say hello!

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

2015 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

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The 18th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features 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. This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks.


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers.


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2015 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes

2015 Community Town Hall Meeting: Save Water–Save LA

SORO NC is hosting a town hall meeting, Save Water—Save LA, on the topic of water conservation. This program will educate people about the drought and present ways to get involved in the solution including meeting the 25% water reduction mandate.

Save Water—Save LA

Sunday May 17th, 12–3pm
Castle Heights Elementary School
9755 Cattaraugus, 90034 (map)

Activities include:

  • E-waste drive: Bring all your old electronics for proper disposal and recycling
  • Town hall panel discussion followed by question and answer period
  • Swag bags for first 150 attendees and opportunity drawing for great prizes
  • Free rain barrel rebate sign-ups and installation education
  • Food trucks
  • Kids Corner sponsored by Green Beginnings
  • Tables with one on one discussions on various water saving topics and services.

Click here for more information, or download the printable flyer.

Movie in the Park: The Lego Movie

On Saturday, September 6th, Council President Wesson, his staff, and SORO NC bring the family-friendly animated film The Lego Movie to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Don't mistake this for a toy ad. Released back in February, the Lego Movie is inventive, action-packed, smart, funny—and surprisingly will make you think. It's that rare film that both kids AND adults will love. In her LA Times review, Betsy Sharkey wrote that it was "strikingly, exhilaratingly, exhaustingly fresh." We couldn't agree more.

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.

2014 SoRo Community Festival: June 1

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 1 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

Free and open to the public, the 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.

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

For more information, visit our full Festival page.

2014 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival

The 17th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Free street parking is also available.

Free and open to the public, the SoRo Festival features 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. This year’s theme is “Many Neighborhoods Create One Great Community!”

In addition there will be a separate Public Safety Pavilion hosted by the SORO Neighborhoods Council with many exhibits and demonstrations by “First Responders” such as LAPD and LAFD.

Food

The SoRo Festival will also serve up a variety of culinary delights from some of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks, including the Kosher PalateFatburger, bool Korean BBQ Tacos & PastelsCurrywurst Truck, Trailer Park TruckFrozen Crush Italian Ice and King Kone Ice Cream Co.

SORO Festival food trucks


Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will spotlight live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers, with scheduled appearances by World Garden Dance and Music Studio, Kids of Rock Theatre, Spanish and Classical Flamenco Dance by Susana Elena and the top 40 and Latin soul sound of The Westside Crew.


Performance Schedule

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Cladis  |  Sound Master: John Lackner

11:15-11:35 World Garden
11:40-11:50 SGI-USA Women’s Pearl Chorus
12:00-12:30 The Christopher Brothers
12:40-1:00 Rock Theater
1:00-1:30 Susan Bursk Award, Green Award and Dignitary Speeches
1:30-2:00 Susana Elena
2:00-2:20 Rock Theater
2:30-4:00 Westside Crew


Safety Stage

The Public Safety Pavilion will hold demonstrations and presentations throughout the day.


Performance Schedule

11:00 AM TBA
11:30 AM  Red Cross EP Presentation
12:00 PM Vital Training: First Aid
12:30 PM EQ Products: Creating Personal EP Kit
1:00 PM  LAFD:  Jaws of Life Demo
1:30 PM USAR: Vehicle Demo
2:00 PM Red Cross: Puppet Show
2:30 PM CERT: Blanket Carry and Radio Demo
3:00 PM CHP: DUI
3:30 PM Pet Safety (Tentative)

SORO Festival 2014
2014 Festival Logo by Barbara Mendes

About the Festival

A non-profit undertaking, staffed entirely by volunteers, the SoRo Festival celebrates the broad diversity and sense of unity that exists among the some 45,000 people who live or work in the seven neighborhoods encompassed in the South Robertson community. It encourages beautification and revitalization of the SoRo corridor, where people can shop, dine, and enjoy a good quality of life, and it is committed to strengthening local educational institutions.

Boasting an attendance of between 8,000–12,000 people each year, the SoRo Festival’s proceeds support local schools and community improvement projects. The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the SoRo Community Foundation, Inc., with support from the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

2014 Festival Committee

Chaired by: Jon Liberman & Terrence Gomes
Amy Levier
Baila Romm
Barry Levine
Bette Billet
Deanne McEwen
Erick Morales
Harold Bock
Jeffery Ebenstein
Larry DeMers
Liz Carlin
Michoel Bloom
Mike Lynn
Nahed Guirguis
Paula Waxman
Robyn Braun
Romy Schneider
Shelly Iltis
Victor Mitry

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.

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.

2012 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival


The 15th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway). Download a flyer about the festival here.

The SoRo Festival’s goals are to build bridges amongst local neighbors, businesses, and community and public service organizations; and celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. Local caterers, restaurants, merchants, schools, entertainers and organizations will participate. The SoRo Festival will feature activities for kids, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths. Additionally, the SoRo Festival will feature local school children’s presentations of art and science projects on the Festival’s theme “SoRo Sails for 15 Years.”

Food

The SoRo Festival will feature an exciting variety of LA's hottest gourmet food trucks, offering a delicious assortment of choices (including ethnic and vegetarian selections).

Confirmed gourmet trucks attending this year's SoRo Festival are Fat Burger, Bool Korean BBQ Tacos & Pastels, No Tomatoes! A Indian Cafe on Wheels, Crispy Waffle & Frites, Kosher Grill on Wheels, Frozen Crush Ultimate Italian Ice and King Kone Ice Cream Co.

Main Stage

SoRo Festival stage will feature live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented performers. See the full schedule at right.

The SoRo Community Festival is coordinated by the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and SoRo, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. We would like to invite the entire Southern California community to join our event.

Admission to the SoRo Community Festival is FREE. Free street parking is also available. The SoRo Festival is open to the public and will provide plenty of fun for the whole family on a Sunday afternoon!

6th Annual SORO Peace Picnic

2011 Peace Picnic

Celebrate the United Nations "International Day of Peace"

A FREE neighborhood celebration for the whole family at the Robertson Rec Center, 1641 Preuss (Robertson at Airdrome), co-sponsored by South Robertson Neighborhoods Council.

Sunday, September 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm


  • Gourmet lunch donated by local restaurants
  • Live music by neighborhood musicians
  • Make-and-take crafts for kids
  • Fun activities and snacks

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

Town Hall meeting with the Mayor

Town Hall with Mayor Villaraigosa

If you live, work, play, worship, own a business on the westside—or simply have an interest in the City of Los Angeles—you are cordially invited to lively Town Hall with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss the city's priorities for the next two years. 

Monday, September 12, 2011 6:30pm

Felicia Mahood Senior Citizen Center Auditorium
11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Free parking and complimentary light refreshments

The meeting is being sponsored by the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC). Please see the attached flier for further details.

Reynier Village Yard Sale

Reynier Village Neighborhood Association is holding their third annual multi-family yard sale on Saturday, June 18th from 9am – 1pm. 15 families are participating this year; click here for a map.

RVNA is bounded by Cadillac (North), Robertson (West), Holt (East) and the 10 Freeway (South), and signs will be up at major intersections.