Local Events

Help Pick Fruit for the Mayor's Day of Service

Do you regret that fruit on your fruit tree goes to waste? There are many who are hungry! The SORO NC Green Team, together with local school clubs, scout troops and other local organizations will be picking neighborhood fruit and avocado trees for the:

Mayor's Day of Service aka "Big Sunday"
Saturday (and Sunday, if you are Orthodox), May 1st and May 2nd, 2010

We are looking for two things:

  • Fruit trees with fruit ready to be picked
  • Volunteers to help with harvesting

For appointments to have your fruit tree picked, or to volunteer for one of our crews (it's really fun!), call or email Paula Waxman at 310-559-2552 / paulawaxman@soronc.org

The Green Team drops off all fruit collected to our local food bank:
SOVA Food Bank
8846 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

In February, we picked over 700 pounds of fruit in 2 days! So contact us today to schedule your tree...or yourself (to volunteer).

CERT: Emergency Response Team Training

Monday Evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm
May 3, 2010 through June 14, 2010

Simon Wiesenthal Center
Third Floor
1399 S. Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Once again, SORO NC's Emergency Preparedness sub-committee and C-PAB Neighborhood Watch are sponsoring a FREE emergency preparedness training course from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

CERT Training is vital for a large city like Los Angeles. Learn how to be prepared for earthquakes, acts of terror, civil unrest, fire and any natural disaster. In the event of a disaster you need to be prepared to be on your own for 72 hours or more. Los Angeles City First Responders (911) will be overburdened and may not be able to help.

You need to be prepared to help yourself, your family and your neighbors. This course will teach you how.


For more information, go to www.cert-la.com.

Save the Date: 13th Annual SoRo Community Festival

The 13th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010 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).

For more information, check out our full SoRo Festival 2010 page, which includes a video about the event and resources for people interested in hosting a booth or becoming a sponsor. We'll continue to update it as we get closer to the date.

Expo Line: Phase 2 Environmental Impact Report

The Expo Line—with a soon-to-be-built station at Venice and National—will trigger enormous and important changes in our southern area. As Phase 1 nears completion, the final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for Phase 2 has been released. (Download the shorter Executive Summary or the entire FEIR).

On Thursday, February 4 at 10am, the Exposition Construction Authority's Board of Directors will consider certifying the FEIR. If approved, the next phase (extending the line to Santa Monica) will continue with more detailed design and broader community outreach.

It's important that your voice be heard in this process. Whether you support the FEIR recommendations or have concerns, please consider attending the hearing at Kenneth Hahn Hall downtown and/or writing a letter to the Board Chair, our own District 10 Councilmember Herb Wesson:

The Honorable Herb Wesson, Chair
Exposition Construction Authority
707 Wilshire Boulevard, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz is on the Board, too, and can be reached at the same address.)

You can also email the Board of Directors directly. Now is the time to speak up.

More details on the hearing, including location address, can be found in the meeting flyer.

Free Fruit Trees from Tree People

A give-away program sponsored by the SORO NC Green Team and S.A.F.E., "Students Assembled for Earth," a Hamilton High School Club.

The following trees are available for adoption:

  • Apricot
  • Nectarine
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Blood Orange
  • Sweet Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Tangerine

HOW TO ORDER: Email your order before Monday, January 18th to Paula Waxman. Very limited supply, so first come, first served. Schools get priority. WE WILL CONFIRM YOUR ORDER BY RETURN EMAIL.

HOW TO PICK UP TREES: Trees distributed on Saturday, January 23 between 10 am and 2 pm at Hamilton High School (map) .

Halloween Carnival

On Saturday, October 31 between 12-4 pm, the Robertson and LACES Recreation Centers are holding an all-ages Halloween Carnival at the Robertson Recreation Center, 1641 Preuss Road, 90035 (map).

There will be tons of activities and prizes, including free creepy crafts, games (4 games for $1, or 25 for $5), face-painting, and contests like Apples on a String, Musical Chairs, and Hula Hooping. Or get a $2 unlimited Moonbounce wristband, and jump to your heart's content. Every kid gets a free bag of candy.

Then at 3:15, join us for the Grand Costume Parade (with divisions for ages 5 and under, 6-10, and 11-15).

Hope to see you there!

Click here to download the flyer.

2009 Peace Picnic

Join us Sunday, September 13 between 1-4 pm at the Robertson Recreation Center (map) for the Fourth Annual Peace Picnic.

This free family event celebrates the United Nations' International Day of Peace. There will be a free buffet picnic lunch (until 2pm), live music, fun activities, arts and craft for the kids and more! (We recommend bringing a blanket to sit on.)

Click here to download the flyer.

2nd Annual CommUnity Walk

Sunday, June 14th, 3 to 5pm

Meet at Warehouse Shoe Store parking lot 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd. LA 90034 (Corner of Cadillac and S. La Cienega Blvd.)

SORO NC is proud to co-sponsor this year's CommUnity Walk with the Community Police Advisory Board, the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, and the Westside Neighborhood Council.

Come join us as we walk together through our neighborhood and discuss ways to make it safer for all of us. Other participants include the Office of the LA City Attorney, LA Fire Department Station 58, the Community Emergency Response Team, Hatzolah Emergency Rescue Team, the Crestview Neighborhood Association, and Councilmembers Herb Wesson and Jack Weiss.

Download the flyer with more information in either English or Spanish versions.

12th Annual SoRo Community Festival

The 12th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 5 pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School).

The goals of the SoRo Community Festival are to build bridges amongst our neighbors, local businesses and public service organizations and to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. The Festival will include ethnic, vegetarian and kosher foods, a live music stage and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths. Plus, tons of activities for kids of all ages at Camp SoRo. There is no admission fee. Street parking is available.

Festival Music Line Up

12:00 - 12:45   |   Island Rhythms (Caribbean Steel Drum Band)
12:45 - 1:10   |   Rock Theatre (Live Dance & Vocal Performance)
1:15 - 1:30   |   Susan Bursk Founder's Award Presentation
1:30 - 2:00   |   Santa Monica Oceanaires (A Cappella Men's Chorus)
2:00 - 2:30   |   Pat Gorman (Country/Folk Singer/Songwriter)
2:30 - 3:15   |   Hamilton High School Jazz Ensemble (Directed by John Hamilton)
3:15 - 3:40   |   Rock Theatre (Live Dance & Vocal Performance)
3:45 - 5:00   |   Westside Crew (Top 40/Latin Soul)
Master of Ceremonies: Michael Cladis
Sound Master: John Lackner

Please check out the PSA on YouTube, which highlights the SoRo Festival in detail. You can also download a printable PDF of the Festival's music line up.

UPDATE: This year's festival was huge success. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to pull it all together, particularly our friends at SORO, Inc.

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