An extreme makeover is coming to Melrose Elementary School, right in the heart of Melrose Village. They are doing a large beautification effort, but they need your help. If you love kids, enjoy gardening, and want to help your community, then please volunteer. The event is Saturday, March 15th from 9 am to 4 pm.
They’ve received a generous grant from EnrichLA to cover the costs of:
→ Eight new beds along the Detroit fence
→ An irrigation system
→ A wooden fence running on the West side and North side of the in-ground bed
→ A small wooden fence at the open end of the garden area
→ A gate in the short chain link fence from the bungalow to the Detroit fence
→ Planting 2-3 citrus trees in the in-ground bed
→ Picnic tables near the in-ground bed
→ A washing/prep station near the Detroit beds
To accomplish all of this they need at least 25 volunteers in the morning — 9:00 to 12:30 (first shift) and 25 volunteers in the afternoon — 12:30 to 4:00 (second shift).
Melrose Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet School
731 N. Detroit Street
Los Angeles, CA 90046
To volunteer, visit www.melrosestars.org and sign up.
For the full flyer (pdf) for this event, click here or on the pictures below.
Traffic may be affected in and near the Melrose area due to a visit to southern California by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Law enforcement has said that the following roads may be involved over the next few days, including Melrose Ave. through Melrose Village:
Santa Monica Boulevard between 405 freeway and Melrose Avenue, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm;
405 freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and 105 freeway between 3:30 and 4:30 pm; and
Melrose Avenue between La Cienega Boulevard and Van Ness from 7 to 9:30 pm.
Santa Monica Boulevard between 405 freeway and Melrose from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 11 pm;
405 freeway from Wilshire to 105 freeway, also from 7:30 to 8:30 am and from 4 to 11 pm;
the Santa Monica (10) Freeway between 405 freeway and Pacific Coast Highway from 6:30 to 10:45 pm; and
PCH between 10 freeway and Malibu Canyon Road from 6:30 to 11 pm.
Santa Monica Boulevard between 405 freeway and Melrose from 8 a.m. to 12:45 pm;
Pico Boulevard between Roxbury and Castello from 8:45 to 10 a.m.; and
405 freeway between Wilshire and 105 freeway from 12:15 and 12:45 pm.
Next Wednesday, March 5th, Councilman LaBonge, the Los Angeles Fire Department, MySafe:LA, Park La Brea and the Park La Brea Residents Association are presenting a
Fire and Life Safety Forum for Older Adults
The Forum will be held on Wednesday at 7 pm in the Park La Brea Community Center Theater, 475 S. Curson Ave., LA 90036.
All attendees will receive a free “Go Bag” Emergency Kit.
And, if you are unable to make it to the Forum in person, you will be able to stream the Forum live at www.PLBRA.org.
In case you’re considering driving north into or through Hollywood either of the next two Sundays — March 2nd and 9th — expect traffic issues.
This Sunday is the Oscars at the Dolby Theater. Hollywood Blvd. is already closed between Highland and Orange, and each day more and more closures are taking place. On Sunday, Highland Ave. will be closed. For details, see the Oscars website Street & Sidewalk Closures page.
And then on Sunday, March 9th, the L.A. Marathon will be coming through Hollywood. See the list of closure times on the L.A. Marathon website.
2014 L.A. Marathon Course
The deadline for applying to be a candidate for the upcoming Neighborhood Council (NC) Elections is tomorrow, February 13th.
Melrose Village is represented by three Neighborhood Councils, depending on the area. The table below shows the area within Melrose Village covered by each of these NCs and the name of the NC, with a link to the page on the City’s EmpowerLA website with election information for that NC.
The Election for all three Neighborhood Councils is on Sunday, March 30th. The location and hours for each election is shown on the linked pages.
While it’s not actually in Melrose Village, we do want to note that the Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) store on south La Brea Ave. is, as of today, officially open. (Their “Grand Opening” is the first weekend of March.)
It’s the largest store of its kind this close to Melrose Village, about a mile to the south, between 4th St. and 6th St. on the west side of La Brea Ave. Parking is on the roof, with parking entrances on La Brea Ave. just north of 6th St. and off the alley north of 6th St.
Our LAPD Senior Lead Officer (SLO) for most of the Melrose Village area has issued a Crime Alert. Even though the address noted is outside Melrose Village, it is nearby and the people involved might try this here. If you have any questions or concerns he can be contacted at 213-793-0708 or you can email him at email@example.com
Be aware of possible distraction type burglary persons of interest last known in area of La Jolla and 5th street. I received reports that they door knocked several houses on the 6300 block of Maryland Dr. Persons of interest claiming to be employees of the General Electric company. Persons of interest are even wearing blue polo shirts with the General Electric emblem on them. Persons of interest will give you several stories in attempts to gain entry to your residence. For instance they claim to be working with your security companies and were sent to inspect your electrical panels. One citizen called General Electric and they advised that they have no such employees going door to door in that area.
When challenged and asked to see ID, the persons of interest either evade the request or show some type of passport. Please look out your window or peep hole prior to answering the door. Challenge anyone that wants to make entry into your house. You can always call anyone’s company that they claim to work for prior to opening the door. Thus far we have no reports that these persons of interest have made it into anyone’s house.
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