TOM LABONGE NEWS
Tour LaBonge Kicks off on Downtown Streets
The 2013 season of Tour LaBonge began this week in downtown Los Angeles, taking riders on a 90-minute ride that stretched from Boyle Heights to Broadway. Pictured, the group poses in front of the LA Live entertainment complex. There are five more stages of Tour LaBonge, and all members of the public are invited to participate. June 12’s ride will take place at 6 p.m. in Griffith Park. Meet at the Mulholland Fountain at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard. Police will provide traffic control. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, wear helmets, sign waivers, and leave pets at home.
Community Cleans Vermont Post Office in Los Feliz
A group of volunteers, joined by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and his beautification team, came together to do some clean-up work of the landscaped area in front of the Los Feliz post office on Vermont Avenue. The group cleared the area and laid down mulch this past weekend. During the week, the group went back and laid down wood chips. Next week, the group will return to add a layer of redwood chips. The next time you drive or walk down Vermont Avenue, take a second to admire their handiwork!
Volunteer for a Clean Up of the Shakespeare Bridge Garden
All are invited to a spring clean-up of the Shakespeare Bridge Garden. Come help to pull weeds, pick up trash, sprinkle rose food, and water the plants on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Shakespeare Bridge at the end of Monon Street. Please bring your own hand tools and gloves. Large tools (shovels, rake, clippers, etc.), trash bags, rose food, and bottled water will be provided. For more information, email:
Join LACER Student Performers for STARFEST 2013
At the end of each year, L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs brings together hundreds of young dancers, musicians, and singers from its middle and high school programs for one last, incredible concert. The event benefits the free after-school arts programming that L.A.C.E.R. offers to 3,900 students annually. STARFEST will be held Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Theater at Hollywood High at 1521 N. Highland Ave. For more information call the L.A.C.E.R. office at (323) 957-6481 or visit lacerstars.org.
Silent Screen Era Focus of Talk at Los Feliz Library
Historian Don Seligman will speak on the role of the silent film era in Los Feliz at the Architecture & Beyond Lecture Series on Thursday, June 13, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library at 1874 Hillhurst Ave.
Seligman authored the newly published book “Los Feliz and the Silent Film Era: The Heart of Los Angeles Cinema 1908-1930.” Seligman previously wrote “Los Feliz: An Illustrated Early History.” For more information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710.
State Route 2 Freeway Terminus Project Hosts Community Meeting
Metro and Caltrans have collaborated with local communities to identify a solution that will help manage traffic flow, improve safety, and enhance pedestrian mobility in the project area where the SR-2 terminus connects with Glendale Boulevard. Please plan to attend the next community meeting to learn the latest developments on the SR-2 Terminus Improvement Project. Come on Thursday, June 13, 2013 to the Mayberry Elementary School Auditorium at 2414 Mayberry St. from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact (213) 922-3010 or visit metro.net/sr2.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Downtown Grand Park’s First-Ever 4th of July Block Party
Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party offers Angelenos a new way to experience downtown and celebrate the Fourth. A highly dynamic and creative use of light, projections, and pyrotechnics will literally light up downtown Los Angeles. This much anticipated free event, hosted by DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW, will transform Grand Park into a celebration of the global nature of the community with world music performances from such Los Angeles-based artists as Ethio Cali and Jungle Fire. Park visitors will enjoy picnics and food trucks.
200 N. Grand Ave., between Grand Avenue and Spring Street
Thursday, July 4, All Day, music begins at 3 p.m., light show spectacle begins at 9 p.m.
For further information, visit grandparkla.org or call (213) 972-8080.
FREE Movies in the Park
The Studio City Neighborhood Council invites you to enjoy free movies. The family friendly movies include Despicable Me on June 22. Come early to meet our special guests, the Despicable Me Minions!
The “Free Summer Movies in the Park” event is presented by the Studio City Neighborhood Council, Universal Studios, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information, visit StudioCityNC.org.
Beeman Park, Studio City Recreation Center
12621 Rye St.
Saturday, June 22, 7:30—10:30 p.m.
(Movie starts at dusk)
OperaWorks Presents “Arias in Motion”
Arias in Motion draws you into a world where music and intimate theater are indescribably intertwined. Engage your senses and experience the power of human voices emerging through bodies in motion. It is an extraordinary experience.
Cypress Hall, Recital Hall
@ California State University
18111 Nordhoff St.
Saturday, June 22, @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, @ 2 p.m.
Tickets: General $20 and Student/Senior $15. For more information, visit operaworks.org or call (818) 898-9597.