Outreach

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.

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

Movie at the Rec Center: Back to the Future

On Saturday, November 7th, Councilmember Koretz, his staff, and SORO NC bring the the classic Back to the Future to our own Robertson Recreation Center (1641 Preuss Road) to inaugurate our new Movie at the Rec Center series. Bring your family and friends for a fun night of movie-watching and popcorn-munching. 

Released in 1985 (thirty years ago!), Back to the Future begins the journey of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox). He's accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. It's a timeless film (pun intended), and a definite crowd-pleaser. It's rated PG for mild profanity and violence.

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, popcorn (kosher), and drinks. Festivities begin at 7pm. If it's warm and clear, we'll have it outside as soon as it's dark enough, but if not, we'll have it in the Rec Center gym. (Either way, we do recommend bringing a blanket for the ground.) 

Movie in the Park: Penguins of Madagascar

On Friday, September 25th, Council President Wesson, his staff, and SORO NC bring the delightfully wacky animated film Penguins of Madagascar to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars.

Spinning off the always-plotting penguins from the Madagascar films, our heros Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it. And along the way they unleash madcap mayhem and "a blizzard of puns" (LA Times).

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 6pm and we'll start the movie as soon as it's dark enough.

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, 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.


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.

2015 Community Town Hall Meeting: Save Water—Save LA

Town Hall 2015: Save Water-Save LA

Learn how to hit the 25% water savings mandate

The extremity of our water shortage in California has been highly publicized as of late. But what does it really mean? Drought, Water Shortage, Conservation…and more importantly, how does it affect you? Save Water—Save LA is your key to the answer.

On May 17, 2015 from 12 to 3 pm at Castle Heights Elementary School, SORO NC is hosting a town hall meeting, Save Water—Save LA, on the topic of water conservation.

Save Water—Save LA is designed to inform and motivate people to consider water conservation in daily life. This program will educate people about the drought and present ways to get involved in the solution including meeting the 25% water reduction mandate, the cash for grass program and landscaping ideas.

From top academics, to learning how to pick native plants for your yard, to activities for the children and delicious food trucks, there is something for everyone. Bring the entire family.

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 sign-ups and installation education
  • Food Trucks
  • Kids Corner where younger kids can participate in water conservation activities
  • Meeting your local government officials

SORO NC has put together a panel of some of the top experts in the field of water and conservation to educate and recommend options everyone can do to safeguard our water supply. This will be an interactive event for the whole family. There will be a short panel discussion with question and answer period followed by an informal meet and greet with organizations at tables to learn about services and opportunities you can actually use to conserve water and meet the 25% water reduction mandate.

Panel topics covered:


Other scheduled participants:

Greywater Corps, Food and Water Watch, Rain Gutter Specialists, Grow Native Nursery, LA Waterkeeper, The House Agents/Partners Trust, Ballona Creek Renaissance, Green Gardens Group, Green Beginnings, and our political representatives.

Join us for this lively and informative town hall, Save Water—Save LA, and help us win the water wars. Together, our communities can build a water-friendly future. We hope to see you there.

**E-waste drive accepts:

  • Computer monitors & television sets
  • Computers, scanners, keyboard, speakers, mouse, printers, printer cartridges
  • DVD players, VCRs, phones, answering machines, cell phones & accessories
  • Computer batteries, cellphone batteries
  • Microwave ovens, toasters, small household electronics
Do Not Bring:
  • Major appliances (fridges, washers etc.)
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Fluourescent lamps (CFLs, lightbulbs)
  • Media (tapes, CDs etc.)

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.

Meet the Candidates Forum

On Sunday May 18th you have the opportunity to elect your representatives to the Board of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC). These representatives will be empowered to make votes on behalf of the community during their 2-4 year terms, so it’s really important to make sure that you are electing people who share your vision for the neighborhood you want to live in.

In order to make it easier for you, there will be a Meet the Candidates Forum where you will be able to hear from each of the candidates running for election, ask questions, and make your decisions about who should represent your voice on the NC.

SORO NC Meet the Candidates Forum

Thursday May 15th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)

The candidate forum will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7pm, and we encourage you to stay and see the Board in action.

Come out to vet the candidates so you can make an informed choice, and to thank them for their enthusiasm and volunteer spirit in devoting time to make SORO a better neighborhood for us all.

Download the agenda

2014 Community Town Hall Meeting: LAUSD School Board Candidate Forum

Town Hall 2014: LA School Board District One Candidate Forum

A public Q&A about the future of our schools


For the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), this is a time of unprecedented changes and challenges. Public debate continues over testing and core curricula, teacher tenure and the role of unions, the introduction of computer tablets and other technologies, breakfast in the classroom programs, student safety, and more.

At this crucial period for our schools, the School Board seat for this area—District One—is currently open. The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are co-sponsoring a candidate forum to help residents understand the issues and how each candidate would help guide LAUSD through them.

Join us for a lively and enlightening evening as the candidates respond to your questions. 

The event is free and open to everyone. Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The Candidates

In event seating order:

  • Hattie B. McFrazier, Retired Educator / Counselor
  • Omarosa O. Manigault, Teacher / Children Advocate
  • Alex Johnson, Education Policy Advisor
  • Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Education Consultant
  • Sherlett Hendy Newbill, Teacher / Mother / Coach
  • Rachel C. Johnson, Educator / Gardena Councilmember
  • George McKenna, Retired Principal / Superintendent

Update: Watch video of the candidate forum on the full Town Hall page, thanks to videographer Matt Klauschie. 

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

Candidate Information Session

On Thursday March 20th at 6pm, we invite you to attend a Candidate Information Session where you can hear more about what is involved in serving on the SORO NC Board, meet current Board Members, and have your questions answered. The information session will run directly before a meeting of the Board at 7pm, and we encourage you to stay and witness a Board meeting to see if it’s a fit for you.

Candidate Info Session

Thursday March 20th, 6pm
Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035
(Northwest corner of Pico and Roxbury)

2013 Community Town Hall Meeting: Meet Your Representatives

Town Hall 2013: Meet Your Representatives

Get to know the people who make decisions on your behalf.


SORO NC is represented by two Council Members on the Los Angeles City Council.

The portion of SORO that is to the south east of our boundaries is represented by Council President, Herb Wesson (Council District 10). The majority of the rest of SORO NC is represented by Council Member Paul Koretz (Council District 5).

In this old-fashioned, intimate Town Hall setting, you will have the opportunity to hear directly from your elected representatives about their vision for Los Angeles, and the specific issues facing our area. You will also have a chance to ask your own questions directly of your elected officials.

Don't miss this chance to participate directly in the democratic process, and meet these two gentlemen who have such a large influence over the day-to-day decisions that affect your life.

Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The event is free, and open to everyone.

Town Hall Event: Meet your Representatives

Get to know the people who make decisions on your behalf.


SORO NC is represented by two Council Members on the Los Angeles City Council.

The portion of SORO that is to the south east of our boundaries is represented by Council President, Herb Wesson (Council District 10). The majority of the rest of SORO NC is represented by Council Member Paul Koretz (Council District 5).

Town Hall: Meet Your Representatives

Tuesday, November 12 • 7:00pm
Free • Open to all
Third Floor, Simon Wiesenthal Center
1399 Roxbury Drive, 90035 (map)
Free parking under the building. Enter lot on Roxbury north of Pico

In this old-fashioned, intimate Town Hall setting, you will have the opportunity to hear directly from your elected representatives about their vision for Los Angeles, and the specific issues facing our area. You will also have a chance to ask your own questions directly of your elected officials.

Don't miss this chance to participate directly in the democratic process, and meet these two gentlemen who have such a large influence over the day-to-day decisions that affect your life.

Download the flyer to share with your neighbors here.

The event is free, and open to everyone.