Toluca Lake Home Expo

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By Patty Schaller

Ramsey-Shilling Associates presented theTolucaLake, Burbank,StudioCity,North Hollywood, and surrounding communities with a day of fun, food, and good information on Sunday with their first Toluca Lake Home Expo. Held at their building at10205 Riverside Dr., the Expo was the company’s way of thanking their friends and neighbors for 60 years of working together for the benefit of all. Ramsey-Shilling has over 20 agents and affiliates to provide full Real Estate services.

“Everyone wants to save money, conserve energy, protect the environment, prevent crime, and be prepared for disasters,” said Ramsey-Shilling’s Bridget Bacon, one of the three Expo organizers including Lori King and Tammy Tarner. “We feel honored that we can organize this event for the community and we look forward to it being a yearly event.”

Event-Goers were offered a wealth of ideas and information from such vendors as Sonya Roos, an interior designer featured on GHRV and in Architectural Digest; Addition Building and Design, a Certified “Green” Contractor; Rayne Water Service, provider of water systems and purification services; Reckon and Reckon Plumbing Service; Greg Davis, a certified “Green” Landscape Designer; and RBS Solar, which provides sophisticated solar solutions.

Dan Dick and Neil Que from The Supply Sergeant inBurbankbrought items from the store’s extensive inventory of disaster preparedness equipment from packaged water that will last for three years to radios, first aid kits, blankets and shelter, and cooking supplies. The equipment can also be used for camping.

TheBurbankUrgentCareCenterat theBurbankOccupationalHealthCenterwas represented by several members of their staff who said that theUrgentCareCenterhandles non-emergency, high level problems. “We’re more than coughs and colds,” said Program Director Carrington Horton. “We like to call our patients back after their treatment to be sure they don’t fall through the cracks.” Burbank Urgent Care’s doctors have been Emergency Room doctors atSt. Joseph’sMedicalCenter.

Also on hand were LAPD officers Manny Arreygue, Valley Village Senior Lead Officer and Rob Benavidez, Senior Lead Officer for theTolucaLakearea. The officers stressed the theme of preparedness and said the Neighborhood Watch programs are vital to crime prevention. “They are our eyes and ears,” Arreygue said. “When everybody does their part, there is a significant drop in crime.”

The L.A. Fire Department was represented by CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers who continued the theme of disaster preparedness by urging everyone to take the CERT training course. Steve Weinberger, Coordinator of Battalion 14, said CERT-trained volunteers assist the fire departments during major incidents. For more information on CERT training call (818) 756-9674.

American Red Cross also echoed the value of being prepared for emergencies, offering a selection of literature on natural disasters, first aid, and CPR training. More information can be found at www.redcross.org.

Many additional vendors were present as well. Sprouts Farmers Market gave away fresh fruits and Happening Caterers was handing out samples of their delicious yogurt cheesecake. Music was provided by Phil Jeffrey of Musique Noir.

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