Friendship Grove

From l, Councilman LaBonge, exchange student Kotoe Ueda from Nagoya, Japan and Ernest Hida from the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation water the newly planted Flowering Cherry Tree during the dedication ceremony for the “Friendship Grove” of 11 trees.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge on Thursday, Feb. 16, dedicated a “Friendship Grove” of Flowering Cherry Trees in Griffith Park. The grove of ten trees was a gift to the City of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation, which were donated by Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Office of the Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and Nagoya, Japan have been Sister Cities since March 1959, not long after then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Sister Cities Program with the idea of building “people-to-people” relationships, global cooperation, cultural understanding, and economic stimulation among cities worldwide.

This “Friendship Grove” of Flowering Cherry Trees in Griffith Park symbolizes the enduring friendship and strong ties between the City of Los Angeles and its first Sister City, Nagoya. It also commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the gift of thousands of flowering cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912. The annual flowering of those cherry trees in our nation’s capitol is celebrated each spring during the Cherry

Blossom Festival.
With that in mind, Councilmember LaBonge wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of that special gift of trees, symbolizing the beauty of nature and the roots of enduring international friendship, while acknowledging the gracious gift from the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation.
“This ‘Friendship Grove’ of Flowering Cherry Trees will remind us of that special relationship when they cast cooling shade on park-goers and shower us with their delicate petals,” said Councilmember LaBonge. “When you plant a tree, you look to the future, while honoring those who’ve gone before us.”

For more information on Tom LaBonge, visit www.tomlabonge.com.

Los Angeles River Update
Please join us for the 2012 Los Angeles River Update Meeting, a public forum to discuss progress related to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.

L.A. River School
2050 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles 90065
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6—8 p.m.

For more information, please contact: Megan.Whalen@lacity.org, (213) 485-4560, or check out www.lariver.org.

Dedication of Bob & Dolores
Please join Councilmember Tom LaBonge for the Dedication of Bob & Dolores Hope Square.

Southwest Corner of Lankershim Boulevard & Moorpark Street in Toluca Lake
Monday, Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Alice Roth at (818) 755-7630 or alice.roth@lacity.org.

Headworks Project
Councilmember LaBonge requests that you save the date of Thursday, March 8, from 8–9 a.m. to attend a press conference with DWP representatives to formally announce the Headworks Project.

As many of you already know, especially those living in the Silver Lake and Los Feliz areas of our district, the River Supply Conduit Project has been under construction for the last two years. Yet many residents do not understand what the pipeline project is all about. This visit to the site of Headworks on Forest Lawn Drive will give you a good understanding of this massive and historic infrastructure project that will be delivering drinking water to the people of Los Angeles.

Please mark your calendars. More information to follow.
Thank you.

Alice Roth
District Director
Councilmember Tom LaBonge


A Jew Grows in Brooklyn
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, starring Jake Ehrenreich, returns to Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University for a strictly limited 15-performance engagement. The show played to sold out houses last February — and is returning to Los Angeles by popular demand.
Ehrenreich has given more than 2,000 performances of the show — including eighteen months off-Broadway — sharing with audiences all over North America, with warmth and humor, the laughter and the tears of growing up the first American-born child of Polish Holocaust survivors.
Along the way, Ehrenreich, backed by a live band and multi-media production, performs everything from a classic rock medley to bits from the Catskills and even a Christmas medley of songs by Jewish songwriters — the popular music of both his and his parents’ generations.

American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Tuesday, Feb. 7—Saturday, Feb. 25; Monday—Thursday and Saturday Evenings at 8 p.m.

Please note no performances on Feb. 10, 11, 12, 17, & 24. To charge tickets call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com.


The Rescue Train
Sweet news! Announcing The Rescue Train’s Free Spay & Neuter Clinic: The Rescue Train volunteers are hitting the streets.
In 2012 their mobile clinics will be traveling into neighborhoods in need with high-kill shelters to hit the root of the problem of pet overpopulation!

Tax deductible donations go to spay/neuter the pet of a low income family preventing countless numbers of puppies and kittens from being born. Many of these animals would end up in our city and county shelters only to face euthanasia due to pet overpopulation.

10$ = Free Vaccines for a Dog or Cat
100$ = One Spay/Neuter Surgery

Visit http://therescuetrain.org/donate.php for clinic details.


Observe the Night Sky
Teens and other interested folks are invited to observe the night sky at the Studio City Branch Library. The Sidewalk Astronomers are members of a club that is devoted to the science of astronomy.
The program is free. People will gather in the gated, patio area of the library. This is an opportunity for the whole family to share a unique experience filled with wonder at the beauty of the winter sky.

Studio City Branch Library
12511 Moorpark St.
Thursday, March 1, 6:30—7:30 p.m.

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