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LA Digs - Northeast LA Real Estate Blog

Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Have You Made the Right Plans?

The Box

The Box

You're invited: January 24, 2009. 2 pm, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., LA 90041.

Iku Kiriyama presents "The Box: How to do the Most Important Planning of Your Life" Smoothing the transition for those who are still here after you pass on.

It is a major act of love to prepare our affairs in the event we should pass away. Yet we avoid, rationalize and delay preparing for the inevitable. The greatest gift you can give those you leave behind is to plan for what you know will happen sooner or later.

Really, none of us gets out of here alive.

Ms. Kiriyama shows us what is in the box she wished she had when her husband passed away.

The presentation lasts about an hour, with time for questions afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free to the public and we invite you to bring a friend or five. Please RSVP so we can have enough chairs and treats. We are considering providing child care, so please ask if you need it.

Sponsored by "The Avon Walk Four" -- Tracy King, Paula Walker, Kendyl Young, Liz Johnson

Thanks to the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock for the generous donation of the hall.
RSVP to Tracy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 626-844-2256 anytime.

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US Gov, Web 2.0

I stumbled across the Twitter moniker for the official Blog of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Called Greenversations, you can check it out here.  Also, I saw on Yahoo that the EPA has a website for its 23 most wanted fugitives, www.epa.gov/fugitives.

The blog has information on what the government is doing regarding climate change, sources for funding for school projects, news releases, contact info. It's user friendly, fast, and interesting.

You can also use the mobile access, www.m.epa.gov and read the blog there, look up issues by your zip code, connect to other government websites on your phone.

Back to Greenversations, check out the Question of the Week. This week's was "What do you do with unused over-the-counter or prescription drugs?" Best answer: Discard in a Hazardous Household Waste event near you. Do not flush down the toilet as this can eventually affect drinking water and wildlife when the meds leach into the aquifer.

If there is no event near you, they suggest that you can discard in the trash, preferably by mixing the prescriptions with dirt, cat litter or some other substance to render the drugs unavailable to consumption. But there is quite a discussion about the eventual leaching into the aquifer through the landfill, so this is not the best solution.

For a list of Household Hazardous Waste Disposal events near you, go to http://www.lacsd.org/info/hhw_e_waste/default.asp.

If you are in my neighborhood, we have a permanent location at 4600 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Phone is 800-988-6942. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm, and they take a whole list of waste from electronic to motor oil. It's a tricky place to find, so map it before you go.

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Unique Holiday Shopping & Entertainment

Second Saturday December!

Saturday, Dec 13 - 7 to 10 pm
part of nelaart.org's Second Saturday Art Walk/Ride/Drive

"Hot & Delicious"
New Paintings by Stuart Rapeport

"Our gallery wasn't booked for a month, so I could create something special for our place. Something that reflected the historic nature of community; my interest in drawing and the relationship between line and shape; the tension between the relationships of multiple pieces; creating a narrative in the imagination of the viewer--something that spoke of the limits of our environment and the possibilities of art as a solution.

But I chose to create impressions of pizza."

Join us for pizza art, pizza snacks (from Follieros), and a birthday cake for NELA Art's 3rd anniversary!
Future Studio Gallery
5558 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles CA 90042

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Also Opening Dec 13 (7-10 pm) at Avenue 50 Studio:
Silent Testimonies Contemporary Ex-Votos, curated by the wonderful Raoul de la Sota

"A Little Piece of my Soul" by Paula Banqueiro

Artists and community members were asked to interpret the uniquely Mexican art form known as ex-votos with contemporary themes. The artists and community members are from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds: Artists Katrina Alexy, Paula Baquiero, Barbara Carrasco, Ana Flores, Frank Gutierrez, Lucy Hagopian, Amy Inouye/Stuart Rapeport, Pola Lopez, Isabel Martinez, CCH Pounder, Joseph Sims, Cindy Suriyani, Eloy Torrez, Richard Valdes, Sergio Vasquez, along with Board Members Vanessa Acosta, Raoul De la Sota, Ulises Diaz, Kathy Mas-Gallegos, Poli Marichal, Lara Medina, Ricardo Muñoz, David Stowe, and J. Michael Walker were chosen because they had no history of painting such forms.

Our piece is a contemporary saisenbako with ema and it wishes for peace, love, and understanding.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N Ave 50
Los Angeles 90042
also part of the Second Saturday Art Walk/Ride/Drive

We will be participating in this year's Avenue 50 Studio Holiday Sale & Party, Saturday Dec 20 (7 to 10 pm) and Sunday, Dec 21 (11am to 4pm)--last minute gift items and splurges for yourself--here's who else will be there--
Lalo Alcaraz
Carmen Argote
Jack Fenn
Roberto Gutierrez
Cidne Hart
Kevin Hass
Amy Inouye/Stuart Rapeport (w/ Chicken Boy merch)
Los De Abajo Printmaking Collective
Margaret Garcia
Leo Limon
Leora Lutz
Juan Sigala
Herbert Siguenza
Ulises Ramirez with "Food Not Bombs"
Romero Family:Â Frank, Sharon, Nancy, Rosie and Sonia
J Michael Walker
and more!

Music, spiced eggnog, holiday refreshments and frivolity!
Festive Attire encouraged!

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Charles Phoenix's Moonlight Rollerway Holiday Jubilee!
Two performances only . . .
Saturday night, Dec. 13, 2008 - 8 pm
Sunday matinee, Dec. 14, 2008 - 3 pm

Holiday Entertainment


Charles Phoenix's hilarious retro holiday slide show followed by a roller skating revue spectacular starring sixty champion skaters in a variety of costumed musical acts celebrating all the holidays . . .
at Southern California's last classic Roller Rink!
- Live Hammond Organ stylings by the "World's Greatest Roller Rink Organist" Dominic Cangelosi!
- FREE snack bar treats will be served!
- After the show - All-Skate Party - FREE skate rental!
- FREE parking across the street at Home Depot!

Tickets $35 at www.charlesphoenix.com
Moonlight Rollerway
5110 San Fernando Rd (at Harvard)
Glendale 91204
818 241 3630

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Urgent Holiday Planning Alert

This is your last chance to order a wonderfully fresh Christmas tree and benefit the Eagle Rock High School Tennis Team at the same time. And, if you live in or near Eagle Rock, you can have your tree delivered for free! Orders must be in by November 3, that's Monday. Don't forget!
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Check out the Eagle Rock Farmer's Market!

The Eagle Rock Farmer's Market has been around for almost 9 years, can you believe it? It's had its ups and downs that included pony rides, Elvis impersonators, fresh pressed apple juice, inexpensive clothing, incense, and the balloon clown. Today's market includes a fast food row with Latino, Filipino, and American style foods like hot dogs, horchata, chicken and pork skewers. There is always the Farmer's Market Table run by John and Sueann Miller on behalf of Michael Noguiera and the Chamber of Commerce. And there is good, fresh produce in season. Right now you can enjoy strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes, all kinds of greens, mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, and lettuce. The orchid lady is there with several varieties of orchids at slightly higher than Trader Joe's prices. Every week brings a slightly different cast of vendors, so this week there was another garden booth selling small pots of other plants.
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Check out the Eagle Rock Farmer's Market!

The Eagle Rock Farmer's Market has been around for almost 9 years, can you believe it? It's had its ups and downs that included pony rides, Elvis impersonators, fresh pressed apple juice, inexpensive clothing, incense, and the balloon clown. Today's market includes a fast food row with Latino, Filipino, and American style foods like hot dogs, horchata, chicken and pork skewers. There is always the Farmer's Market Table run by John and Sueann Miller on behalf of Michael Noguiera and the Chamber of Commerce. And there is good, fresh produce in season. Right now you can enjoy strawberries, plums, peaches, grapes, all kinds of greens, mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, and lettuce. The orchid lady is there with several varieties of orchids at slightly higher than Trader Joe's prices. Every week brings a slightly different cast of vendors, so this week there was another garden booth selling small pots of other plants.
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Two events this week

Two community events worth checking out:


Join me at Shaker's restaurant in Glendale to support the Women's 2oth Century Club tomorrow night!  The Women's 20th Century Club of Eagle Rock is a non-profit organization of local women who work together to improve the community, so the money raised will go straight into bettering Eagle Rock .


Womens' Club Fundraiser


The tree-lined sidewalk by Montrose Shopping Park plays home to a variety of artists who display and sell their work this weekend.  From 9 am to 4 pm, walk along Honolulu Avenue to see the fine art created by the community's own artists.



Montrose Art Walk
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Summer Solstice in Eagle Rock

It was the hottest day so far this year, 108 degrees by several accounts. TERA, The Eagle Rock Association, had its second annual Summer Solstice Volunteer Recognition Party at the Eagle Rockdale Community Garden and Art Park last night and it was a delightful event.

Lots of food, wine, and water were on hand scattered under the trees in this tucked away corner of Eagle Rock just east of Figueroa off La Loma and Lanark at the end of Shelby-Lanark Park. Several misters scattered under the trees cooled off the partygoers enough to make it bearable.

It seemed like dozens of adorable little girls got themselves drenched in the spray and then listened with rapt attention to the folk/environmental rock of the Glen Iris band. As dusk descended, Queenie and the Saints entertained with torch songs reminiscent of Peggy Lee.

 Does life get any better? A hot night, good music, reconnecting with friends and family, and celebrating the continued renaissance of Eagle Rock; that is a pretty great way to welcome summer, in my book

An adorable audience of little girls listen to the Glen Iris Band.


The Glen Iris Band performs.



The gardens themselves are grown and maintained by local individuals and are producing organic food for their families. The Community Garden is a project sponsored by TERA headed by Mary Tokita, who has lovingly and wholeheartedly worked for several years to make an abandoned right of way into this garden in the city.

How did you celebrate the first day of summer?
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