First Annual Groundlings Diversity Festival July 29 and 30

Next weekend, July 29th & 30th, the Groundlings Theatre and School will be presenting their First Annual Groundlings Diversity Festival.  The Festival will include free workshops, panels, shows, giveaways, and more.  There will be a (Root) Beer Garden featuring free root beer sponsored by Reed’s Root beer.

The Festival will be held at the Groundlings School & G3 Stage located at 7280 Melrose Ave., on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.  Note that the shows are free and are on a first-come first-served basis.

Sponsors of the Festival include NBC, Nickelodeon, and Virgil’s//Reeds Sodas.

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Meeting On Crime Wednesday, July 26th

In response to the recent sexual assaults and other crimes in our area, Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold a Meeting On Crime at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26th, at Blu Jam Cafe, 7371 Melrose Ave.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station, the office of Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz, and the Mid City West Community Council are all co-sponsors and their respective representatives will be there.

Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker will be there along with a lead detective specializing in sex related crimes. Seating is limited — Those attending are advised to arrive early.

A special thank you to Kamil Majer and the staff at the Blu Jam Cafe for their amazing generosity and ongoing support!

[Click on the image below for a printable pdf file.]

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National Night Out: Tuesday, August 1st at Poinsettia Park

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. NNO takes place all across the country on the first Tuesday of August each year.  Our local National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 1st — from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — at Poinsettia Park Recreation Center, mostly on the south lawn with the entrance where Fuller Ave. meets Willoughby Ave.

This event is being organized by Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch in coordination with LAPD Wilshire Division and the office of our local City Councilmember Paul Koretz. There will be food, music, presentations, free giveaways and more. It’s fun and educational as you can learn from safety experts and others to help or community.

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“Neighborhood Councils for Business” Workshop June 29th

The Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Mid City West Community Council are hosting an important free workshop for the business community. “Neighborhood Councils for Business” is an opportunity to learn about how the City of Los Angeles’ Neighborhood Council System and city agencies can help local businesses thrive. Board members from the Mid City West Community Council will speak and be available for questions.

This program is Thursday, June 29th at 9:30 a.m. at The Parlor, 7250 Melrose Ave.

Speakers include: Steve Kramer, President of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce, and former board member of the Mid City West Community Council; and, staff from the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department.

[Click on the picture below for a printable flier.]NC-Business_Workshop

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LAPD Wilshire Community Townhall Meeting at Fairfax High Thursday, June 29th

The LAPD Wilshire Community Police Station invites you to a Community Townhall Meeting on Thursday, June 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax High School Auditorium. Representatives from several L.A. City departments will be there to discuss a wide range of subjects including LAPD social media, Travel safety for cyclists and pedestrians, Metro’s Purple Line, Homelessness, Quality of life, and more. See the flier below for more details.

[Click on the picture below for a printable flier.]
LAPD Wilshire Meeting at Fairfax High June 29



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L.A. Pride and Other Activities In and Around Melrose Village This Weekend

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and this weekend – June 9 through June 11 – the center of events is in our area. For each event below, use the link to find out more about that event.

LA-Pride-LogoThe Christopher Street West L.A. Pride Festival takes place in West Hollywood all weekend. San Vicente Blvd. will be closed between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd., from Thursday evening through early Monday with some impact on adjacent streets.

DykeMarchLogoOn Friday evening, the Dyke March and related activities take place starting at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial on Santa Monica Blvd. east of La Cienega Blvd. starting at 6 p.m. The Dyke March starts at 8 p.m., proceeding west on Santa Monica Blvd. to San Vicente Blvd. and back to the Veterans’ Memorial, where activities continue.

AIDS-LifeCycleAIDS/Lifecycle will be finishing Saturday morning, June 10th, at Fairfax High School.  This seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raises money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. The ride will be coming east on Santa Monica Blvd. through West Hollywood, turning south on Ogden Dr. to Melrose Ave. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. eastbound Santa Monica Blvd. will be reduced to a single lane of traffic between Doheny Dr. and Ogden Dr. Ogden Dr. and Melrose Ave. will be affected intermittently, especially in the morning. The Finish Line Festival will be at Fairfax High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

#RESIST_logoAnd then on Sunday, June 11th, instead of a “Pride Parade,” there will be the #RESIST March starting at Hollywood and Highland at 8 a.m., proceeding west on Hollywood Blvd. to La Brea Ave.; south on La Brea to Sunset Blvd.; east on Sunset to Fairfax Ave.; south on Fairfax to Santa Monica Blvd.; then west along Santa Monica Blvd. through West Hollywood. Streets in Hollywood and in West Hollywood east of La Cienega Blvd, are expected to start opening by 1 p.m. Santa Monica Blvd. from La Cienega Blvd. to Doheny Dr. will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the closures for the #RESIST March route, streets will be restricted a block or two from those streets.

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Honey Whiskey Trio and John Zipperer at City Roots Concert — Saturday, June 17

City Roots logoOne of the many activities at the Hope Lutheran Church is a series of folk-song (or at least “folk-ish”) concerts called City Roots.

Hope Lutheran ChurchHope Lutheran Church is “the little hippie church” on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Mansfield Ave., here in Melrose Village.  (As it happens, the Melrose BID holds its Board of Directors meetings there.)

On Saturday, June 17th at 7 p.m. two amazing musical acts will perform in the June City Roots Concert.  But it’s not just a concert.  There is also a delicious home-cooked dinner, drinks and desserts.  And then after the concert, a song circle takes place where yon can join in and even play.  All this for a $15 donation or whatever you can give for the musicians.  Enter at the main door at the Melrose/Mansfield corner.  And there you can pick up parking passes to park in the permit parking spaces in the area.

Honey Whiskey TrioOne of the two musical acts is Honey Whiskey Trio.  With them you get love, murder, whiskey, trains, stomping and laughter. Spanning the genres of Americana, folk, jazz and bluegrass, the Honeys tell stories and strive to preserve the folk tradition while still giving the songs a “honey twist.” With a foundation of vocal harmony, enhanced by guitar, banjo, mandolin and body percussion, Honey Whiskey Trio has an inherent flexibility to their sound, captivating from the first breath to the last note.

John ZippererAlso performing will be John Zipperer & Friends delivering a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. John Zipperer’s clear voice, infectious melodies, and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping. Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when the band is on stage – joy in their playing, joy for their audience, joy from their audience.

Information is also available at the Facebook page for this event.

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