Thursday, February 01, 2007

What an honor! The Wildwoods Foundation has been selected as an Official Charity of the 2007 LA Marathon and Acura LA Bike Tour.

Come ride with us! Bring the family when more than 17,000 cyclists of all ages and sizes take to the streets of Los Angeles.

Join Team Wildwoods to “Ride for a Reason” and help bring the Full Circle program to more children in LA Schools.
The Wildwoods Foundation provides character development and community building programs to public schools, employing a unique approach of using outdoor activities as a way to help children become better citizens.
Wildwoods’ Full Circle program uses outdoor exploration to help children understand the laws of nature that govern ecosystems, then uses ecology as a springboard to help children understand the importance of those same dynamics in their own community: Interdependence, Diversity and Sustainability.
Come along for our training rides and celebrate at our “guilt-free” finish-line party. Fund raising is nearly painless with our secure on-line donation page. You’ll help a good cause and you’ll have a great time doing it. Send us an e-mail or give us a call and we’ll tell you how!

Follow the link to register. Be sure to click on "REGISTER NOW!" and then select the Acura LA Bike Tour to join us for the ride of your life.

Please spread the word! Tell your friends! All are welcome!
Registration is only $35 until February 1. After that date, registration will be $45. There is no registration on the day of the ride.

P.S. If you’re a runner, we’d love to have you represent Team Wildwoods in the LA Marathon!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Addie Daddio and Erik Kilpatrick are currently in rehearsal for the West Coast premiere of Levy Lee Simon’s award winning play "The Bow Wow Club."

Photos by Amanda Aardsma

“The Bow Wow Club” open’s Friday September 8th through Saturday, October 15th at the
Stella Adler Theatre
6773 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tickets available at
Info: (323) 960-5521

The Bow Wow Club is about friendship, love, responsibility, and survival. After almost 20 years, five teenage friends reunite and are forced to choose between their differences or the power of their lifelong bond.

Levy Lee Simon weaves a riveting tale of what happened to
The Bow Wow Club once they left the security of the insecure streets of Harlem. The show portray’s their hopes, dreams, disappointments, successes and the shocking changes that take place in their lives. Each one of these Dawg's has looked for acceptance and compromise in a modern world that has proven to be as big an adversary as the rival gang's of their youth.

The Bow Wow Club was the recipient of the prestigious Lorraine Hansberry Award for Best Full Length Play awarded by the ACTF and the Kennedy Center.

Directed by Dan Martin
the Los Angeles Cast of The Bow Wow Club also includes:
John Marshall Jones, Nancy Cheryll Davis,Freedom,
Mamie-Louise Anderson, Terry Ellis, Larry B. Scott,Amanda Aardsma,
J.Todd Howell, Lynne Conner-Smith, Lyn Ross

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: LEVY LEE SIMON is originally from Harlem, an award winning playwright, actor, and screenwriter. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwright's Workshop and is the author of over twenty plays which have been produced and read in theatres around the country. Most notably, his award nominated trilogy FOR THE LOVE OF FREEDOM, about the Haitian Revolution co- produced by Danny Glover's Robey Theatre and the Greenway Arts Alliance, directed by Ben Guillory. Other notable plays by Simon include The Bow-Wow Club, 'Lorraine Hansberry Award' Best Full Length Play, Same Train OBBR Award 2004, the critically acclaimed God the Crackhouse and the Devil, CASELOAD, The Stuttering Preacher, DAD, The Drama That Was Us, The Guest at Central Park West, Wolves Over Hollywood, Letters from the Pen, The Trial of Superfly, The Real Roxanne, and more. As an actor, Levy Lee has performed On Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres around the country, England, and the Caribbean. He is a former member of Ernie McClintok's African American Studio, The Negro Ensemble Company and Circle Rep.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Did you know that Silver Lake has a Community Garden?

Lora Hall from the Manzanita Street Community Garden has asked me to extend this invite to all......

This Saturday, August 12th from 11-3 the Manzanita Street Community Garden is hosting its annual open house. There will be fresh food from the garden, a plant sale and other activities. Stop by, take a tour of the garden and say hello.

The garden is on Sunset Blvd., next to the lofts under construction just across the street from Jiffy Lube & the 4100 Bar.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


If you've ever had a great idea
for how to improve our community...

If you've ever thought,
They should do that differently...

If you've ever complained about City services
(tree trimming, street paving, construction schedules, traffic...)

If ANY of these statements applies to you
(and let's face it, who hasn't complained about City services?)


Elections for the 2006-2007 Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board will be held on Saturday, September 30. Stakeholders like you will elect 11 new members to the Board: one representative for each of Silver Lake's seven regions and three "At Large" representatives, plus an additional representative to fill the unexpired term of late Region 3 representative Robin Dakin.

The SLNC needs candidates. If you have ever thought about getting involved in the grassroots effort to make Los Angeles government more open, more responsive, more representative, NOW is your chance. It's not as hard as it might sound - in fact, it's a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors. And that's really what the SLNC is all about: building an even stronger community in Silver Lake, and the city as a whole.

But you only have two more weeks to file! Candidate Declaration forms can be downloaded and dropped off, mailed or faxed to the SLNC office at 2898 Rowena Avenue, Suite 101. But they must be received by 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 16. Please note that there is a mandatory candidate orientation that night at 7 PM, so if you plan to run, you or a predesignated* representative should make arrangements to attend.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Silver Lake needs YOU.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


You may think that's a bold statement, but it's true. We can change the world one community at a time. Change begins with individuals and you can make a difference in the world we live in by helping your community and neighborhood.

Think about it - take a run for the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

There's information on the SLNC website - To find your region go to:


It's your community - get involved!


***Make a difference in your community.

Disaster Preparedness
taught by LAFD

The classes will be held at: Betty Plasencia Elementary School
Address: 31321 Cortez St. LA. CA. 90026
Cross St: Temple St.
The training will be held in the auditorium
Date: Every Thursday from August 24, to October 5, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Parking is available and lighted.
Taught by: LAFD
The course is: Free
It is a small investment of our time, making a huge difference in our lives.

Participation is important so do sign-up.
Contact Darin Williams at 323-644-1014 or email Rosie at Check out for other upcoming events.


It's that time of the month again....the SLNC has its monthly Governing Board Meeting, this Weds. at 7pm. This month the SLNC will disuss many things in our community and highlight it's Governmental Affairs Committee. Check it out, you may want to add your 2 cents and join in the fun!

"The Governmental Affairs Committee acts as a liaison between the SLNC Board and the City Council (and other governmental agencies), oversees the City's budget-making process for the SLNC, and otherwise works to improve the delivery of City services to the Community. The Committee notifies the SLNC Governing Board of pending legislation that may impact Silver Lake's stakeholders, and also reports the actions of the Board to the City Council and other government agencies."

Also, it's going to be election time for the SLNC in September. The SLNC Board is made up of community members just like get involved, think about becoming a candidate and help get things done around here!

Visit the SLNC website for all the details:

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Silver Lake Resident's Take Control of Their Neighborhood's

Neighbors in Silver Lake are working hard to find ways to make and keep Silver Lake a safer community. We've seen an increase in child safety issues, crime, tagging, drugs. Neighborhood Walks with local officials are giving resident's the tools they need to get more involved in keeping their community and families safe.

Joseph Bernardo, CD 13, Lisa Dinkins, CD 4, Rosie from Select Patrol and several of our neighbors, joined together to walk and talk about the various issues and changing face of one Silver Lake neighborhood. The Neighborhood Walk looks for ways to make changes that would benefit everyone living in the area. It could be an increase in lighting, parking, curb and street repairs. By walking, you get a better understanding of what's needed, what's going and who lives on your block. Neighbors also get the information they need on how to be proactive and get more involved.

There's no easy cure for getting drugs off the street, tagging and other tough issues, but the city has tools in place to help. Neighbors need to get to know one another, work together, join community committee's, speak out and be part of the solution.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Hosts Series of Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Plans to Improve Schools

This summer, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be hosting a series
of town halls with parents to discuss his plan to improve our
schools, cut the bureaucracy, and provide real accountability at

These town halls will provide an opportunity for members of the
community to learn more about AB 1381 -- the Mayor's bill to
reform LAUSD -- and get involved in the fight to fix our

South Los Angeles
Wednesday, July 19, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Victory Baptist Church
4802 S. McKinley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

West Los Angeles
Thursday, July 20, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Westwood United Methodist Church
10497 Wilshire Blvd. (Wilshire at Warner)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

San Fernando Valley
Thursday, August 3, 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Los Angeles Valley College
Monarch Hall
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

East Los Angeles
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sacred Heart High School Auditorium
2201 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 9003

Since space may be limited, please RSVP to:
Simply include your name and the number of people in your party,
and we'll be able to make sure we can accomodate everyone
interested in finding out more about the Mayor's plan.



It's getting close to the time for Silver Lake residents to elect some new members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board. If you're thinking of finally putting those ideas into motion, want to keep the face of Silver Lake recognizable or just want to have a voice in what happens to your community - run for the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

There's information on the SLNC website -
or contact Genelle Levin directly at

It's your community - get involved.


On Saturday, July 15, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council hosted SPEAK OUT, SILVER LAKE! - A TOWN HALL MEETING. Parents, Teachers, Neighbor's and other's gave their impassioned thoughts about the Mayor taking over LA schools, the condition of our neighborhood schools and how to improve them.

For those of you who weren't able to attend, the SLNC would still like to know your thoughts. Email me at

The next SPEAK OUT, SILVER LAKE! and TOWN HALL MEETING will be held in September - we hope more of our community members will take time to be part of the solution to what's going on in Silver Lake.

I'll keep you posted.