SoRo Festival

Our yearly neighborhood festival, produced in partnership with SoRo, Inc.

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.

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!

Wanted: Director for this year's SoRo Festival

Update: the Festival has found a new director.

This year will mark the 15th anniversary for the SoRo Festival and SoRo, Inc. (our partner and lead organizer) is looking for someone new to take charge.

It's is well organized, funded, and has an established set of people ready to help. We need YOU to oversee the process and manage all the details. Preparations have already begun, so we need someone that can jump in.

You will meet neighborhood leaders, open dialog with business owners, and work with some exceptional volunteers in the community. It’s a great way to get yourself some exposure, build your management skills, add to your resume and do something that is really important for the community. No prior Festival experience is necessary.

You can find more detail about the position here.

2011 Susan Bursk Community Service Award winner: Liz Carlin

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 Liz Carlin, our outstanding Tenth District Deputy for Councilmember Herb Wesson. Liz consistently goes above and beyond for SORO. She exemplifies what a great public servant should be, and we are lucky to have her working on our behalf.

At our June Board meeting we will also recognize the other community members nominated this year:

  • Andrew Rayner
  • Baila Romm
  • Marjan Safinia
  • Paula Waxman

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

2011 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Green Beginning Community Preschool

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, the Green Beginning Community Preschool has won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award. The school's Executive Director, Veronica Cabello, accepted the award at the SoRo Festival.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, the Preschool has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. From its inception, it has made every attempt to be kind to the earth and to the environment and to teach the parents and their children how to be mindful of the impact their behavior can have on the environment. 

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

2009 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. 

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.

2009 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. 

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.

SoRo Festival 2011: Sunday June 5th

The 14th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 11am to 4pm. The Festival is located on South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway).

The SoRo Festival will feature gourmet food trucks, activities for kids and lots of exciting artist and vendor booths. The live music stage will include appearances from World Garden Dance and Music Studio, the award winning Jazz Vocal Ensemble from Hamilton High School, top 40 music from Sound Assembly, and the Latin Soul sound of The Westside Crew.

For more information—including a schedule of main stage events—check out our SoRo Festival 2011 page.

2011 SoRo Community Festival

SoRo Community Festival


The 14th Annual SoRo Community Festival will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2011 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 In Bloom.”

SORO NC Green Team

Plus this year, the SoRo Festival will feature a special Green Team Committee Booth.  The Green Team Committee Booth will feature a canned food collection drive to benefit the SOVA Food Bank and the collection of wine corks for recycling. The goal of this year’s SoRo Festival is to be a zero waste event and will include drinking fountains provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, recycling of all festival materials and composting of all food waste. The SoRo Community will be presenting a special Community Award for Outstanding Green Citizenship to Green Beginning Community Preschool for their commitment to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Read all of the five great reasons to visit the Green Team booth.

Food

In addition, the SoRo Festival will feature an exciting variety of Los Angeles hottest gourmet food trucks, offering a delicious assortment of choices (including Kosher and vegetarian selections): The Schnitzel Wagon (Kosher), Bool Korean BBQ Tacos & Pastels, No Tomatoes! A New Sensation in Indian Street Fare, the Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ Truck and King Kone Ice Cream Co. 

Main Stage

The SoRo Festival stage will feature live musical and dance performances from some of SoCal’s talented young performers, including appearances from World Garden Dance and Music Studio, and the award winning Jazz Vocal Ensemble from Hamilton High School and top 40 music from Sound Assembly and the Latin Soul sound of The Westside Crew. 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!

2010 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Vons Supermarket

A stellar example of outstanding green citizenship, Vons Supermarket has won the first Outstanding Green Citizenship Award.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, Vons has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. It recycles 85% of its waste.  It composts all of its vegetable matter.  It has reorganized its truck delivery systems cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 11%, which is above the mandated 7% required by law. Vons has a line of organic products that are pesticide, hormone and antibiotic free and a line of biodegradable cleaners packaged in post consumer recycled material.  Vons sells only sustainable seafood and purchases 30% of its produce from local growers.

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

2010 Susan Bursk Founder's Award winner: Jon Liberman

The Susan Bursk Founder's Award is presented each year to an individual in recognition of his or her dedication and service to the South Robertson Neighborhoods community. The award is presented by SoRo Inc. at the SORO Festival.

This year's winner was past SORO NC Vice-President Jon Liberman for his longstanding service on the Neighborhood Council, Robertson Rec Center advisory board, Community Police advisory board, and many other community projects. He's long been the public face of SORO in City Hall.

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

  • Steven Coker
  • Charmaine Colina
  • Susan Gans
  • Ann Hammond
  • Saran Kirschbaum
  • Cynthia Ojeda
  • Brooke Powers

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

SoRo Fest Music Lineup

Sunday, June 6
11am – 4pm
South Robertson Boulevard, between Cattaraugus and Beverlywood St. (just north of Hamilton High School and the 10 Freeway)


We've just updated our SoRo Fest page with the complete main stage lineup. Come join us for performances by the Rock Nation School, World Garden Dance and Music Studio, the Hamilton High Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, Westside Crew, and more.

Green Team at the SoRo Fest

SORO NC's Green Team will be out in force at this year's SoRo Festival. They'll be giving away gift bags stuffed with things to help make your day a little more environmentally friendly—including the reusable grocery bags themselves.

There will also be a raffle for compost bins, a rain capture barrel and—yes—worm bins. And if you miss the raffle, we'll be taking orders for City of LA compost and worm bins, as well as for the worms themselves (CHECKS ONLY).

For more information, check out our full SoRo Festival 2010 page.

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.