SORO NC Programs

Green Living: free environmental workshops for all

Beginning next month on October 13th, environmental experts from Sustainable Works will begin the first of three six-workshop series conducted at three different venues convenient to SORO residents: Westside Pavilion (Oct 2011), Fairfax High School (Oct 2011), and Temple Isaiah (April 2012).

These classes are being offered for FREE via a $45,000 grant secured by Council District 5 through LADWP and the US Department of Energy.

The six-week workshops meet once a week for 90 minutes. Over the course of the six evenings, you will learn how to reduce your impact on the earth by living more sustainable lives, as well as practical information for how to reduce your energy and water bills, reduce your waste and make better consumer choices regarding transportation and food. Each attendee will get lots of free goodies such as aerators, low-flow showerheads, CFL's, and tire pressure gauges. In addition, each evening, Sustainable Works will conduct a free raffle of compost bins, worm bins, rain barrels and many more items. Download the workshop flyer for more information.

For dates, times, and addresses and to pre-register for any series visit:

Westside Pavilion

Starts Thursday October 13th • 7-8:30pm • runs for six Thursdays
Register online or at 310-458-8716 ext. 2

Fairfax High School

Starts Tuesday October 18th • 7-8:30pm • runs for six Tuesdays
Register online or at 310-458-8716 ext. 2

Temple Isaiah

Starts Monday April 16th • 7-8:30pm • runs for six Mondays
Register at 310-458-8716 ext. 2

Council Member Paul Koretz of Council District 5 said:
"Every day, we make decisions that can have a positive or negative impact on the earth, with every one of us playing a vital role. I hope these programs can show all of us—our neighbors, friends and relatives, that we no longer need to feel overwhelmed by ballooning water and energy bills. Although we face diminishing resources, our communities must be empowered by the knowledge that our simple day-to-day choices can have a direct impact on our present and future lives."

Don’t pass up this wonderful opportunity to learn how you can reduce your impact on mother earth. Sign up for a class and share this information with your neighbors and community. We'll all be better off for it.

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.

Movie in the Park: Alpha and Omega

On Friday, July 1, Councilmember Wesson, his  staff, and SORO NC brings the family-friendly animated film Alpha and Omega to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, hot dogs, candy, and popcorn. (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. 

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.

Save locally with the SOROCard

As featured in LAIST, the free SOROCard gives cardholders discounts at a wide variety of participanting local business—and offers local businesses the opportunity to promote themselves directly to the community. Launched in Summer 2008 by SORO NC, the program continues to expand with new merchants.

For a full list of participating merchants, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email our outreachchair@soronc.org. All participants are required to sign up with SORO NC. Alternatively, we encourage you to attend any of the SORO NC meetings listed at right, which are always open to the public.

SORO NC Candidate Information Session

Run for Office!

Make a Difference in Our Community!

Be a South Robertson Neighborhoods Councilmember

 

Applications due: between January 11 and February 10, 2010 
Election: April 11, 2010
 

What is a Neighborhood Council? An officially recognized advisory body that is part of the Los Angeles Citywide Neighborhood Council (NC) System.

What does the NC do? Advocate and represent our community’s wants and/or needs to local government officials and entities; build partnerships with government so that government is more responsive to local needs; foster a sense of community; and decide how to spend the City’s annual financial allocation ($45,000 this year) for priority community activities and projects.
 

What are responsibilities? Help in outreach to community members; represent our community to government officials; make decisions that will affect our community; and participate in at least two meetings each month (General Board meeting and committee meeting of your choice).
 

Who can run for office? Anyone age 15 and above, who lives, works, goes to school, or is a member of an organization within the South Robertson Neighborhoods boundaries and has filed a timely application.
 

Who votes? Anyone age 15 and above, who lives, works, goes to school, or is a member of an organization within the South Robertson Neighborhoods boundaries.

See our election page for more information.

SORO NC Candidate Information Session

Run for Office!

Make a Difference in Our Community!

Be a South Robertson Neighborhoods Councilmember

 

Applications due: between January 11 and February 10, 2010
Election: April 11, 2010
 

What is a Neighborhood Council? An officially recognized advisory body that is part of the Los Angeles Citywide Neighborhood Council (NC) System.

What does the NC do? Advocate and represent our community’s wants and/or needs to local government officials and entities; build partnerships with government so that government is more responsive to local needs; foster a sense of community; and decide how to spend the City’s annual financial allocation ($45,000 this year) for priority community activities and projects.
 

What are responsibilities? Help in outreach to community members; represent our community to government officials; make decisions that will affect our community; and participate in at least two meetings each month (General Board meeting and committee meeting of your choice).
 

Who can run for office? Anyone age 15 and above, who lives, works, goes to school, or is a member of an organization within the South Robertson Neighborhoods boundaries and has filed a timely application.
 

Who votes? Anyone age 15 and above, who lives, works, goes to school, or is a member of an organization within the South Robertson Neighborhoods boundaries.

See our election page for more information.

SORO NC Candidates Forum

At the end of June this year, the entire board of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council terms out of their seats.
 
There is a fresh roster of candidates, some current  board members and many new ones, who will be running for election on April 11th.
 
The forum is your chance to meet the candidates and hear what they have to say. There are a number of seats with multiple candidates running, so this is really your chance to help make decisions as to who will represent you on the Neighborhoods Council.

Roxbury/Beverwil Corridor orphan area outreach meeting

SORO NC is hosting a community information meeting for residents and business owners within the un-served area to the west of Roxbury, Beverwil and Shelby Avenues. You'll be able to meet our board members and your local SORO NC representative, ask questions about the neighborhood council system and learn about what we do and how we can serve you.

We already represent many of your neighbors, and SORO NC would also love to represent you within this system.

SORO NC (South Robertson Neighborhoods Council) is commonly regarded as one of the most efficient and productive neighborhood councils within the system—93 neighborhood councils in all.

Each of the 93 Neighborhood Councils are chartered and annually funded by the City of Los Angeles to promote citizen participation in government at a grassroots level. They are designed to give you a voice in the issues, decisions and programs that affect your lives, provide a direct line of communication to the City to help address your unique needs, and to build a stronger local community.

SUNDAY IN THE GARDEN (4/17) from 10 to noon

Hi friends, neighbors, garden clubbers, and greenies,

We will really need help in the garden this weekend between 10 and noon to clean out beds 5 and 6 to ready them for corn and tomatoes. We are slowly getting our Spring/Summer plantings up. We planted watermelons, zucchini, beans, strawberries last week and harvested the last of the beans. Bring friends and water. Come in thru the Canfield/Kramerwood walk thru gate.

Hugs,
Paula

Castle Heights Eco-Fair

Castle Heights Elementary School will be holding a full week of events to celebrate Earth Day. Co-sponsored by SORO NC, the week includes recycling and e-waste drives and culminates in an after-school Eco-Fair on Friday, April 29. Held from 2:34 to 4:30 pm, the Fair includes Earth-friendly crafts, games, music, demonstrations and food. 

For more information, download Castle Heights Elementary's Earth Week flyer or Eco-Fair flyer.

Castle Heights Earth Week & Eco-Fair

Castle Heights Elementary School will be holding a full week of events to celebrate Earth Day. Co-sponsored by SORO NC, the week includes recycling and e-waste drives and culminates in an after-school (2:34 to 4:30 pm) Eco-Fair on Friday, April 29. The Fair will include Earth-friendly crafts, games, music, demonstrations and food. 

For more information, see our Eco-Fair event page.