National Night Out Event at Poinsettia Park Cancelled

We learned this evening that the National Night Out event scheduled for next Tuesday in Poinsettia Park will not be taking place.

However, National Night Out is still, of course, going on, but in other locations.  The main location for the LAPD Wilshire Division will be Los Angeles High School, 4650 W. Olympic Blvd., several blocks east of Highland Ave., starting at 5 p.m. For more details, see the National Night Out page on the Wilshire Division website.NNO 2015



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Today! July 29th — Block Party for Grand Opening at Sierra Bonita

Today — July 29th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. — the We Are Pop Culture (WAPC) Melrose store is having a Block Party to celebrate their Grand Opening. The location is 7552 Melrose Ave. at Sierra Bonita Ave.

There will be entertainment, prizes, a WAPC Fashion Show, and other activities, along with free food and drinks.

Christina Milian will be performing, including her new single “Like Me.” They will be recording the performance for season 2 of her show “Christina Milian Turned Up” on E! WCW-Block-Party_7-29-2015

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Beverly Blvd. Street Resurfacing This Weekend, July 18th and 19th

This weekend, Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services (BOSS) will be resurfacing Beverly Blvd. from La Brea Ave. to just east of Fairfax Ave.

Beverly Blvd. Resurfacing July 18 & 19

At some times over the weekend, there will be limited availability to drive on or even cross Beverly Blvd., especially on Sunday when the new surface is being applied. The full notice from BOSS is included below.


Starting approximately, Saturday, July 18, 2015 and Sunday, July 19, 2015, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Street Services will begin roadway improvements on:

Beverly Boulevard,
from La Brea Avenue to 235’ West of Orange Grove Avenue

The first phase will require the preparation of the existing roadway by cold milling the street. The final phase will require the paving of the existing roadway and resurfacing the street. The work will be scheduled so that the project will be completed within two days, provided no extenuating circumstances arise. If the project length is delayed, you will be notified of the reason for the delay and of the revised completion date.

While the project is in progress, “Temporary No Parking Signs” will be posted on the street. The signs will be posted at least 24 hours before the actual work begins to provide notice to residents and business owners. Please have all vehicles removed from the street to protect them from damage by construction debris and to prevent interference with the planned work. When work is not in progress between the preparation and resurfacing phases the signs will be reversed to allow for vehicular parking.

Vehicles will have access during the cold milling of the project. However, it is requested that driving be limited within the project area to avoid possible damage to your vehicle. The only time that access will be restricted within the project area is when the street is coated with liquid asphalt, prior to the resurfacing of the street.

When the crews are working, there will be construction equipment and trucks in the area. This equipment may be of interest to children. Remind residents to be careful and ask children to avoid the equipment and work-site area.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this project. Persons with mobility impediments and their caregivers can request assistance if the scheduled street work limits their use (including ingress or egress) of the public right of way. If you have questions or need to request an accommodation, contact the supervisor on the project site or call (213) 485-5561, (213) 485-5562 or (213) 847-3200.

Please note: If you are planning any improvements to your business or residence that require an excavation in the street, please call one of the above numbers immediately. Once the street is resurfaced, any excavations within one year after the date of the paving will be prohibited; or will require the resurfacing of the entire block or intersection, depending on the location of the excavation, by the entity performing the excavation and at their cost. If the street excavation is performed beyond the one-year moratorium period, a graduated fee will apply. (Street Damage Restoration Fee per LAMC 62.06).

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July 16th “Art of Melrose” event cancelled, but more events coming up

The Art of Melrose event originally scheduled for this Thursday, July 16th has been cancelled.

But the Melrose Business Improvement District is holding their first-ever Melrose Neighborhood Mixer next Sunday morning, so be sure to put that in your calendar and RSVP.

And the August event, The Art of Melrose: Focus on Expression, is still on for Thursday evening, August 20th.

Also remember to save the date for this year’s National Night Out at Poinsettia Park, Tuesday evening, August 4th. We’ll post more about that event in a couple of weeks.


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Melrose BID Mixer at The Parlor Sunday Morning, July 19th

On Sunday morning, July 19th, the Melrose Business Improvement District will be holding its first-ever Melrose Neighborhood Mixer from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at The Parlor (7250 Melrose Ave., SW corner of Alta Vista Blvd.).

Come and meet your neighbors and the Melrose Business Improvement District staff and Board members at this FREE pancake breakfast. LAPD Wilshire Division Captain III Howard Leslie will be attendance, as will the BID’s Executive Director Don Duckworth —ready to answer all your community-related questions.

Please RSVP at the website event page. (Include the number in your party on the “Comments” line.)

(Click on this picture to access a pdf version of the flyer.)

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Local Coalition Holds Summit on Homelessness Thursday, July 9th

(While this meeting is not taking place in Melrose Village, it is nearby and the area this group is discussing includes our area.)

The Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition is holding a Summit on Homelessness on Thursday, July 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ACME Theatre at 135 N. La Brea Avenue, and is encouraging community members and leaders to attend and learn how they can get involved in addressing homelessness locally. Light refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30, followed by a program which will highlight the challenges that our chronically homeless neighbors face, and unveil the coalition’s 100 day goals.

The Midtown LA Homeless Coalition is made up of members representing a wide variety of neighborhood organizations, business groups, government agencies, and social service providers working together to build a local response to chronic homelessness in the Midtown region. The Coalition is working to support the implementation of the countywide Coordinated Entry System (CES) in the Midtown area. That approach focuses on connecting homeless individuals to permanent supportive housing, and has been proven to be effective both in addressing the needs of those living on the street and in reducing costs for cities. Scott Epstein, the Chair of the Mid City West Community Council, and leader of the coalition notes that “our homeless neighbors have a lot of health needs and are at great risk living on the streets. Permanent Supportive Housing is the key to getting our homeless community members’ lives back on track. And we know it will also save us money through reduced police costs, emergency room visits, etc.”

Antquan Washington of the Center at Blessed Sacrament is leading the coordination of services in the Midtown area, and hopes that the Summit will be a call to action for the community. “There’s a lot community members can do to assist in this effort,” Washington says. “We will need help reaching out to homeless neighbors and helping them obtain the necessary documentation to be housed. Stakeholders can also help by attending coalition meetings, raising funds, lend professional support, and more.” Members of the public will have the opportunity to sign up for these different volunteer opportunities at the event.

To learn more and RSVP, go to


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Groundlings School Building Fundraiser Monday, July 20th

7280 Melrose Ave.You may have noticed construction going on in and around the building on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Place.

This is the start of the work on what will become The Groundlings School building, scheduled for opening in early 2016.  The school, which started in 1979, has been renting space in the area. The company purchased the 7280 Melrose Ave. building last year, and they are now preparing it for classes and student performances.

That costs money, so The Groundlings have been raising money for this work. As part of this fundraising, dozens of alumni will return to The Groundlings Theatre stage on Monday evening, July 20th. Groundlings Alumni from four decades will appear in four separate shows over the course of this one night – Decades Night!

Tickets are $20 for each individual show, including one drink. Or you can purchase a VIP Pass for all four shows and open bar for $100. The performance schedule, with links to purchase tickets is as follows:

70s at 7 p.m.  (directed by Phyllis Katz)  $20
80s at 8:30 p.m.  (directed by Deanna Oliver)  $20
90s at 9:45 p.m.  (directed by Mindy Sterling) $20
2000s at 11 p.m.  (directed by Damon Jones)  $20
VIP Pass for all 4 shows and Open Bar  $100

(Those attending must be at least 16 years old, and alcoholic beverages are only for those age 21 or older.)

The Groundlings pictured in the poster below may or may not be performing for this special night, but here are just some of the performers currently scheduled:
Gary Austin, Tim Bagley, Maggie Baird, Scott Beehner, Terry Bolo, Stephanie Courtney, Doug Cox, Larry Dorf, Jim Doughan, Donna Dubain, Sandy Helberg, Steve Hibbert, Roy Jenkins, Alex Kapp, Phyllis Katz, Suzanne Kent, Kevin Kirkpatrick, George Mcgrath,Ted Michaels, Laraine Newman, Tracy Newman, Brian Palermo, Cassandra Peterson, Jim Rash, Mary Scheer, Cathy Shambley, Mitch Silpa, Mary Jo Smith, John Stark, Bill Steinkellner, Mindy Sterling, Lynne Marie Stewart, Gloria Vassy, Michaela Watkins, Chase Winton, Jim Wise, and more!Groundlngs 7/20/2015 Decades Night Fundraiser


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