Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Sunday, October 11th

The 2015 AIDS Walk Los Angeles will be held on Sunday, October 11th, mostly in the morning. AIDS Walk starts and ends in West Hollywood, and, as in the past, AIDS Walk will come right through Melrose Village, heading eastbound on Melrose Ave., south on La Brea Ave. and then west on Beverly Blvd. The full route is approximately 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles.

Information on street closures and route crossings is included below. For more information and if you want to participate in AIDS Walk by walking or contributing directly, see their website at And another way to participate is by cheering on the walkers along the route.

Expect some traffic delays and plan your day accordingly. Streets along the route will be closed starting at 6 a.m. Most streets should reopen by 2 p.m., except around West Hollywood Park. See below for specific times.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Click on map for pdf file with map and closure times.

Route Crossings are supervised by police officers and AIDS Walk staff and allow vehicles to cross by stopping the walkers and regular intervals.

Melrose Ave. at Harper Ave., Crescent Heights Blvd., Fairfax Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.
La Brea Ave. at Clinton St. and Oakwood Ave.
Beverly Blvd. at Sweetzer Ave., Crescent Heights Blvd., Fairfax Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.
Beverly Blvd. at La Cienega Blvd SOUTHBOUND ONLY.

STREET CLOSURES ON SUNDAY, 10/11 (except where indicated)

Street Closure Times
San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica to Melrose 6 am 10/10
to 6 pm 12/11
East side San Vicente Blvd., Beverly to Melrose 6 am to 3 pm
Robertson Blvd., Melrose to Santa Monica 6 am to 12:30 pm
La Peer Dr., Melrose to Santa Monica 6 am to noon
Santa Monica Blvd., Doheny to Holloway 6 am to noon
La Cienega Blvd., Santa Monica to Melrose 6 am to noon
Melrose Place, La Cienega to Orlando 6 am to noon
Melrose Ave., San Vicente to La Brea 6 am to 1 pm
La Brea Ave., Melrose to Beverly 7 am to 2 pm
Beverly Blvd., La Brea to San Vicente 7 am to 2 pm



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Melrose Avenue Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet now accepting applications for next year

Melrose Magnet School

Melrose Avenue Elementary, located on Detroit St. and Melrose Ave., is a Math/Science/Technology Magnet and accepts applicants only once a year. Mathew Needleman, the school principal, tells us that this is the application season for next year.

Applications for new students are now being accepted for Melrose Avenue Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet until November 13th for the 2016-2017 school year. Sign-ups for school tours and the school application link are available on their home page at  Even residents of the neighborhood have to go through the magnet application process. So if you want your children to attend this great school, be sure to check it out.


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General Melrose Village News

Several things of note are going on in Melrose Village, so this is a general update on these matters.

• Sprouts Farmers Market is scheduled to open in January at the new development going up on the northwest corner of La Brea Ave. and Willoughby Ave.  More details are available in this article in the Park LaBrea News / Beverly Press:  Sprouts Farmers Market to land on La Brea Avenue.

• Peter Nichols, who runs Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, is included in this article. And speaking of Peter and Melrose Action, they are getting quite active in many ways. Be sure to check out the Melrose Action website, subscribe to their emails, and follow them on Twitter.

• And, on the Melrose Action website, there’s this article about what is being planned for the empty store building on the southwest corner of Melrose Ave. And Gardner Ave. 

• Another current activity from Melrose Action is the series of Meetings on your Corner. Last night’s meeting was very well attended, giving neighbors an opportunity to discuss matters with many L.A. City officials, including our CD5 City Councilmember Paul Koretz, our Wilshire Division Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Howard Leslie, and our new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Inga Wecker. So even though the general meeting at Canter’s has been postponed again, you can meet her at these Meetings on the Corner.

• At the meeting it was pointed out that we can keep up to date with what’s going on in the LAPD Wilshire Division area in a number of ways. There’s the LAPD Wilshire website and you can follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook.

• And also at the Meeting on the Corner was Donald Duckworth, Executive Director of the Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), who discussed their various projects, ranging from cleaning things up along Melrose to working on ways to improve parking, both for business customers and local residents. For more information about the Melrose BID, see their MelroseAveLA website and follow them on Twitter.

So all these officials and representatives were at the Meeting on the Corner last evening, and it was clear that they are all working together to solve problems as best as they can and make things better for our neighborhood.  And, at the risk of “giving advice,” we recommend that everyone get involved and connected with all of these people and organizations.


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Help Plan the Future of Melrose Avenue

The Melrose Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is made up of owners of properties along Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Avenue and Highland Avenue. Property owners pay annual fees to fund services and improvements in one of Los Angeles’ most iconic commercial districts. As part of the Melrose Avenue BID’s visioning process, they are seeking input from stakeholders via an on-line survey.

One of the Melrose Avenue BID’s key projects is developing a “Vision Plan” to help shape the future of Melrose. As part of that effort, they are gathering ideas and information from people who have a real stake in a vibrant and thriving Melrose Avenue. So that your input and ideas are given full consideration in their planning process, they are asking that responses by submitted by October 6, 2015.

The link to the survey is



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World premiere of ‘Breathing Room’ 10/3 at Greenway Court


Dan Berkowitz directs the world premiere of Breathing Room by playwright/composer Mary Lou Newmark, opening Saturday, October 3rd at the Greenway Court Theatre.

Music, theater, and science converge in Newmark’s newest performance piece. A science teacher with a mysterious past (played by Charles Reese) and a visual artist overwhelmed by life (played by Eileen T’Kaye) explore our modern culture of “technological vertigo” in a series of playful and intriguing scenes infused with music — played live at every performance by Newmark on her trademark neon-green electric violin. An electric violinist, composer and poet, Newmark creates non-traditional compositions that bridge the gap between current trends in electronic music and the virtuosic violin techniques of the past. Her work incorporates live performance, original poetry, and electronically generated sounds to create unique pieces that inhabit their own sound worlds. Like Newmark’s other works, Breathing Room is about transformation and connection.

The Greenway Court Theatre on Fairfax is one of a number of theaters in Melrose Village.  The Theatre – on the Fairfax High School campus – is program of the Greenway Arts Alliance, which supports the arts and other programs at Fairfax High School and other places. (Greenway also operates the Melrose Trading Post on Sundays at the High School.)

After a preview performance on Friday, October 2nd, performances of Breathing Room take place on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 7 p.m., Oct. 3 through Oct. 25. Tickets are $25 for general admission, with reserved seats available for $35. The Greenway Court Theatre is located at 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 323-655-7679 x100.


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The next Meeting At Your Corner: Wednesday, 9/30

Next Wednesday — September 30th at 7 p.m. — the second of this season’s Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch Meeting At Your Corner comes to the corner of Waring Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.

The is the next in a series of events to bring neighbors and public safety officials together outside, literally on street corners, to discuss issues relating to crime and other matters in our neighborhood.

This is an opportunity to meet with representatives from LAPD Wilshire Division and other Los Angeles officials. Those scheduled to be there include the interim Senior Lead Officer Ray Moreno and other LAPD officials, L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri, and representatives from Council Member Paul Koretz’ office.

Come out to this Meeting At Your Corner to find out what is really going on in our area and to express your public safety concerns. Free coffee, water and snacks. And this event is also supported by the Melrose Business Improvement District (BID), so it really is an event for our neighborhood.

Please help by clicking below for a flyer that you can print and pass out to your neighbors.
Meeting at your Corner September 30


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Second annual Melrose Saturday Sidewalk Sale Saturday 9/26

The Melrose Business Improvement District will be holding its second annual Melrose Saturday Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, September 26th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Many stores along Melrose Ave. will be offering discounts and deals.

There will be sale racks on the sidewalk outside some retailers, and some stores will have more sale items inside, and other stores will have all their sales inside.  Some restaurants will offer specials as well,  and there will even be special events at the new Wells Fargo branch at La Brea and Melrose.

For more information, including the list of businesses who are participating, see the event listing on the Melrose BID website.



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