Dance Classes at Poinsettia Park

The City of Los Angeles is currently accepting sign-ups for Beginning Flamenco, Tap and Belly Dance classes at Poinsettia Park. These classes are taught by Carolyn Berger, who has specialized in percussive dance styles throughout her dance career.  Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Classes are $40 per month for one class per week, $80 per month for two classes per week, or $12 for a single class. .

poinsettia-parkPoinsettia Park (also known at Poinsettia Recreation Center) is our Melrose Village park, located at 7341 Willoughby Avenue, between Poinsettia Pl. and Martel Ave.

For more information and to sign up for these classes, please call 213-382-6928.

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Run to Remember next Sunday, February 12th

The second annual Run to Remember – Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Run To Remember Los Angeles honors fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.

Run to Remember Los Angeles is a Half Marathon and 10k road race starting and finishing at The Grove. The course highlights the history and glamour of Los Angeles and Hollywood with featured miles through Paramount Studios and Hollywood Blvd. This race is being put on by and for the Los Angeles Police and LA Sheriff’s Department. To help raise money for this program and related programs, click here.

Note that the route includes Melrose Ave. east of La Brea Ave., La Brea Ave. south of Melrose Ave. and Beverly Blvd. and Third St. west of La Brea Ave.

Because this is a race and not just a “walk” some streets will not have crossings at least during some times early in the morning. Especially note the “loop” area bounded by The Grove, Beverly Blvd., La Brea Ave. and Third St. Motorists will be allowed to cross La Brea using 1st St. or 2nd St. traveling east toward Sycamore Blvd before 7 a.m. At 7a.m. the race begins and LADOT will implement a hard closure (no crossing points) of the area for approximately 1 hour. At 8 a.m., after all runners have safely started the race, Beverly Blvd will be reopened just to before LaBrea Ave., and motorists can then cross Beverly Blvd. or go west on Beverly towards Fairfax Ave.

The map below shows general road closure times.
[Click on the map to access a road closure flyer. (Note: It may take time to load.)]

Areas along the course will be marked as “No Parking – Tow Away Zones.” Please adhere to the dates and times posted; all zones will be enforced.

Road Closures along the half marathon route will impact Metro Bus routes. There will be only minor delays to light rail service. For more detailed routing information visit or call Metro Customer Service at 323.GO.METRO (323-466-3876).




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Holiday Trash Collection Schedule and Christmas Tree Recycling

Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are both on Sunday this holiday season, the City of Los Angeles (and many other institutions) will be taking the next day – Monday – as the holiday. So City of Los Angeles trash collection will be delayed by one day both of the next two weeks. For example, if your trash collection day is normally Thursday it will be Friday and if it’s normally Friday, it will be on Saturday.  This is the schedule  ext week and the week after. (And this will happen next year, too.)  See their website for all City of L.A. trash collection holidays.

recycle-trees-cnt014941L.A. Sanitation will also have curbside collection and recycling for Christmas trees. If your Christmas tree is too big to cut and place inside the green waste bin, simply place the tree next to your green waste bin on collection day. Be sure to prepare the tree for collection.

Other drop-off locations are available as well. For more details see the City’s Christmas Tree Recycling page.

Recycling of other holiday items:
Flattened wrapping paper, cards, and cardboard boxes can all go in the Blue recycling bin. Bows, ribbons, tinsel, and other plastic decorations CANNOT be recycled. They go in the Black bin. Natural wreaths and garland can be placed in the Green bin after you’ve removed the decorations.

And remember that electronics, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and certain other items do not go in the trash bins. These are considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and can be dropped off at special locations.

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Street Closures and No Parking rules for 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The City of Los Angeles, Departments of Transportation (LADOT) and Police (LAPD), anticipate thousands of people will attend the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

The LADOT will be strictly enforcing the no-parking policy for the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which includes the citing and the impounding of parked vehicles on restricted streets. Impounded vehicles will be towed to the Official Police Garage (OPG) at Hollywood Tow located at 1015 N. Mansfield Avenue. Motorists are advised to check the OPG website at to find their vehicle. To retrieve impounded vehicles call either 311 or Hollywood Tow at (323) 466-8583.

The following locations and restrictions will be enforced to support the Hollywood Christmas Parade activities:

Tow-Away No Stopping, 12 AM Saturday (11/26/16) to 6 AM Monday (11/28/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Orange Drive
Orange Drive between Hollywood Boulevard & Hawthorn Avenue

Tow-Away No Stopping, 6AM to Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive

Tow-Away No Stopping, 11AM TO Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Cherokee Ave between Hollywood Boulevard & Selma Avenue
Hawthorn Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue
Sunset Boulevard between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
De Longpre Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue
Lanewood Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive
El Cerrito Place between Franklin Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard
Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Hawthorn Avenue
Sycamore Avenue between Sunset Boulevard & Fountain Avenue
Orange Drive between Franklin Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard
Orange Drive between Hawthorn Avenue & Santa Monica Boulevard
Mansfield Avenue between De Longpre Avenue & Fountain Avenue

Tow-Away No Stopping, 1 PM TO Midnight, Sunday (11/27/16):
Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Vine Street
Vine Street between Hollywood Boulevard & Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street & Highland Avenue
Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue
Santa Monica Blvd between La Brea Avenue & Gower Street
Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Sunset Boulevard
La Brea Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Fountain Avenue
Cahuenga Boulevard between Yucca Street & Hollywood Boulevard (West side of street only)
Yucca Street between Gower Street & Argyle Street (North side of street only)

Freeway Closures: U.S. 101 Hollywood Freeway:
Northbound and southbound off-ramps of Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will all be closed at 3:00 p.m., reopening at 10:00 p.m.

No Parking Sign Postings:
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, posting will begin on those streets that are designated “NO PARKING” for Saturday, Nov. 26, Sunday, Nov 27 and Monday, Nov 28, 2016.

Parade-watchers are urged to use public transit. For more information call Metro at (323) GO-METRO or visit its website at:

LADOT is dedicated to moving Los Angeles forward as quickly and safely as possible. Drivers, bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to visit LADOT’s website at for information about DASH, Commuter Express, bicycling in the City and an array of transportation services. For general information about LADOT Transit services, call (213, 310, 323, 818) 808-2273 or visit

Area commuters can visit the Department’s website at for bicycle and parking facilities information. For real-time traffic information visit: Real-time traffic reports are a product of LADOT, innovators of the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System technology.

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Melrose Bellow: Free literary festival Saturday evening

melrose-bellowOn Saturday evening, November 12th, the first-ever Melrose Bellow literary festival will take over 13 restaurants, bars and businesses on Melrose Avenue, including The Village Idiot, Groundlings G3 Stage* and Vinoteque on Melrose. There will be “pre-event” activities beginning at 5 p.m., with the the main events from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The various activities will be on Melrose Ave. along the four block stretch of from Poinsettia Pl. to Gardner St.

Curated by Angeleno literary mogul Conrad Romo, Melrose Bellow will feature more than 75 performers, including readings from Writ Large Press/Chiwan Choi, Write Bloody Press/Derrick Brown, ONTHEBUS publisher Jack Grapes, Melissa Chadburn and poet Brendan Constantine.

Click here for the full schedule.

(*Note that the 7 p.m. A Bunch of Losers Reading Essays is at the the G3 Stage in the Groundlings School building on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Pl.  You do not need to go to the main Groundlings Theatre.)

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Filming near Melrose includes simulated gun fire

The Los Angeles Police Department issued an announcement on Twitter that there is filming taking place all day today on Sierra Bonita Ave. between Melrose Ave. and Clinton St. This production, for the TV show CSI, includes simulated gunfire.


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Correction: LAPD Open House Sunday

The LAPD Open House that we posted is on SUNDAY, October 16th – tomorrow.

The original post has been updated.

Apologies to all (and thanks to the reader who pointed it out).



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