Outreach

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!

2007 Community Town Hall Meeting: Pico/Olympic Traffic Plan

A public panel discussion on the feasibility of converting Olympic and Pico Boulevards into a one-way pair between the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles Central Business District.

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 Community Town Hall Meeting: Renewing Robertson Rec Center

7:00pm at Robertson Rec Center

An investment in our community


Update: we'll continue to have public meetings about the Rec Center, so be sure to sign up to be notified via email, Facebook, or Twitter. And if you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in a new Rec Center, email us at parkideas@soronc.org.
Council District 5 is spearheading a project to renew Robertson Recreation Center (at Preuss & Airdrome) to create a newer, better facility which can serve more community needs.

The project would create a vibrant, clean, safe and new community center with enriched activity and learning programs for youth, seniors and other segments of our community, as well as the potential to expand uses to include performing arts, community meetings and more. Located a short walk across from the Robertson Public Library, the Rec Center area would become the heart of community activity for a wide swath of our residents.

SORO NC's Town Hall

On Monday, November 7, we will gather some of the key decision makers together at the Recreation Center to host a Community Town Hall and dialogue. We will hear from Council Member Paul Koretz and see the earliest presentation of schematics and plans from the architects working at the Bureau of Engineers.

Most importantly, we want to hear from all of you. Our own annual survey indicated that many of you would use this facility more often if it had more to offer you, so we are excited about the opportunity to make that happen.

This will be the first in a series of meetings, so there is a long way to go until anything is set in stone, but we welcome your voices to the table and are looking forward to a productive dialogue and the best possible result for all our community.

Town Hall Speakers

Speakers will include:

Neil Drucker, Program Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Manager

Neil Drucker has managed the Bureau of Engineering's Proposition K - L.A. for Kids Program since 2001. He has managed over 150 Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs projects during that time, including managing the $100 Million Griffith Observatory Renovation and Expansion, plus through the LA for Kids Program, has funded and assisted various non-profit agencies on their Proposition K funded projects as well. Mr. Drucker has a professional certificate in Project Management, as well as certificates in Asbestos and Lead Paint Testing and Abatement, Fundamentals of Traffic Noise Assessment, Toxic and Hazardous Materials Management, has lectured on various aspects of the Project Management field at UCLA and USC, and has spoken at various local, state and national level meetings of the Construction Management Association of America. Mr. Drucker and his professional staff are responsible for managing all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pre-design to project closeout.

Jaime Contreras, Project Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Program


Council Member Paul Koretz

Paul Koretz is the Councilmember for the fifth district of the City of Los Angeles.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has had a long career as an environmentalist and animal enthusiast. SoRo has a special place in the Councilmember's heart—he went to school at Canfield, then at Palms Middle School and Hamilton High School, and ended up as a UCLA Bruin.

Where's the money coming from?

In 1996, City of Los Angeles voters passed "Proposition K", to create a citywide assessment district to create $25 million a year in funds for 30 years, specifically for the acquisition, improvement, construction and maintenance of City parks and recreation facilities. The primary purpose of Prop K is to combat the decay of the City's youth infrastructure, resulting in serious unmet needs for parks, recreation, childcare and community facilities.

The project at Robertson is at its very earliest stages, and the process for getting money, time and investment from the City will take some work. But there's real potential for this project to represent a $6-7 million investment in our community, at a time when the City is strapped. For all these reasons, SORO NC is very enthusiastic about this project, and we are committed to keeping the community involved in the process as it moves forward, so that we end up with the best solution for everyone.

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.

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 Community Town Hall Meeting: Are You Ready?

Monday, November 8 at 7pm
Free and open to all
Shenandoah Elementary School
2450 Shenandoah Street, Los Angeles 90034 (map)

Learn what you can do in the event of a major emergency.


For all of its beauty and opportunity, Los Angeles is prone to many potentially devastating natural and man-made disasters. Are you prepared to survive "The Big One" or a bio-terrorist attack? How can you help protect your family before disaster strikes? What resources are available in our neighborhood and the city at large to help you recover? During our 2010 Town Hall: ARE YOU READY, SORO NC will help our neighbors to both prepare and recover from the unthinkable.

The program will include representatives and speakers from the City's Emergency Management team, Hatzolah, LAPD, LAFD, CalTech's Seismological Lab and Cedars Sinai, as well as free giveaways and affordable emergency kits and supplies. The evening will include mock drills, response vehicles for the kids to explore and plenty of stimulating information that will make us all safer in the event of an emergency.

Spanish translators will be available.

Click here to learn more.

2010 Peace Picnic

Join us Sunday, October 10 between 1-4 pm at the Robertson Recreation Center (map) for the Fifth 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 crafts for the kids and more! (We recommend bringing a blanket to sit on.)

Visit the Picnic's website to learn more.

Free Movie in Reynier Park on July 9

Friday, July 9
Screening Gay Purr-ee
Reynier Park, 2803 Reynier Ave.
Festivities begin at 7:00
Movie begins fifteen minutes after sundown (approx. 8:15pm)
Free popcorn, hot dogs, candy, drinks, prizes, music and fun for all ages


Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family. SORO NC and Councilmember Wesson's office are co-sponsoring a free family movie under the stars: "Gay Purr-ee," a classic animated film noted for its action, comedy, great songs (by the team that did the "Wizard of Oz"), celebrity voices (Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, and Red Buttons among others), beautiful impressionistic style, and depiction of Paris from a cat's-eye view.

This is the third year for Councilmember Wesson's Movies in the Park series, and we're proud to be able to help bring it to SORO. Our thanks to the Councilmember and his fantastic staff for their hard work in making it happen.

More information on CD 10's Movies in the Park series

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.