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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!

Thanksgiving!

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The Eagle Rock Music Festival Needs Your Help!

The Thirteenth Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival is looking for festival volunteers.

Eagle Rock Music Festival is an annual centerpiece in our free arts programming of Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, one of the last remaining arts and cultural programming centers in Northeast Los Angeles. Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide multicultural, innovative arts programming to the communities of Northeast Los Angeles. Programs include exhibitions, community festivals, free and low-cost after school arts classes, a Summer Art Camp, and more.

Volunteering at Eagle Rock Music Festival is an opportunity to put your talents to good use, learn new skills, and make new friends who love music as much as you do.

Our volunteers are present at every entry point to the festival, and many stages and venues along the boulevard. Most volunteer jobs require little to no experience.

FIRST, fill out the Volunteer Preferences Form Here: http://is.gd/NtJvhk

Then plan to attend an Eagle Rock Music Festival Volunteer Meet Up!

We’d love the chance to meet you in advance, so if you’d like to pop in and meet some of the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock staff and other volunteers, please come by at one of the times listed below, and bring friends who want to volunteer, too. These are scheduled as casual meetup times, drop in, hang out, we might have some projects to do, like badge-making or sign-making, or we might just hang out and get to know each other better, answer your questions, talk about bands… etc. We’d love it if you could make it to one of the Volunteer Meetups, but they aren’t required and no need to attend all of them.

• Sunday, September 25 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
• Tuesday, September 27 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock’s address: 2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041

Once you have completed the online volunteer application, and attended one of the Volunteer Meetups, you’re good to go. If you can’t make it to a Volunteer Meetup, it’s fine, but plan to come 30 minutes early for onsite training before your first shift!

Connect With Us And Promote Our Festival On Social Media!

Facebook

Please click on 'ATTENDING' our Facebook event, Volunteering at Eagle Rock Music Festival on October 1, so that that you’ll be able to see the questions that have been asked and answered already, and you’ll be among the first to get new information as it becomes available:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192332730836804

Please LIKE our Facebook page, Eagle Rock Music Festival: http://www.facebook.com/eaglerockmusicfestival

Twitter

Follow us: @ermusicfest
Hashtag: #ERMF

Promote Our Bands Playing Eagle Rock Music Festival
LIKE our bands on FB, follow them on Twitter. +1 them on Google+ ! Promote their shows and set times at the fest to your circles of friends! ! For more info on the bands playing go here: http://eaglerockmusicfestival.wordpress.com/band-info/

If you are not a social media-ist, no worries! It's gonna be a great time for everyone who volunteers.

Any questions, just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be right with you! Thanks in advance for your time!
2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323-226-1617 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fundraiser for the Animals!

We are hosting a fundraiser at Colorado Wine Company on April 28, 6-8pm to benefit the North Central Animal Shelter!

Join us for wine, raffle prizes, and saving puppies - taste some good wine for a good cause!

Our goal is to purchase sponsorship for as many kennel cages as we can, since that way the money goes directly to the care of the animals at North Central.

$20 gets you a flight of wine, cheese plate, and good karma!

If you can't make it out, you can donate by sending a check made out to LA Animal Services and sending it to us at Tracy King, 2014 Estes Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041. We will add it to the total kennel sponsorship to help us reach our goal.

If you're in Missouri and want to donate closer to home we have a great vet in Springfield that has done a lot for the family. You can call and make a donation in honor of Jeanne Spradlin: 417-865-5367, or send a check to All Creatures Pet Hospital, 902 West Kearney, Springfield MO 65803.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 626.827.9795 or on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing you there!

AnimalShelterFundraiser
Thursday, April 28, 6-8pm at Colorado Wine Company
2114 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock 90041

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Green Monday

Turn a blue Monday green with some of these tips for reducing your carbon footprint and at the same time save money by using less gas in your car!

Drive Greener

• Shade: Park in the shade when possible, and cool down your hot car by driving with the windows down before turning on the air-conditioner. Over time these practices can result in a much smaller workload for your AC—and significant energy savings.
• Tune-ups: Change your oil, check the fluids, replace spark plugs, and perform other regular maintenance tasks to save fuel. Rotate your tires and keep them properly inflated. For every three pounds they fall below their recommended pressure your fuel economy will fall by one percent. When it’s time to replace tires consider using low-rolling-resistance (LRR) alternatives, which can boost your mpg.
• Smooth ride: Slow down. Driving 75 mph instead of 65 mph burns 10 percent more fuel. A smooth ride also helps, so use cruise control when it’s practical. Stop-and-go driving and jackrabbit acceleration really take a toll—just one second of “pedal to the metal” acceleration emits almost as much carbon monoxide as half an hour of normal driving. And when you’re not driving your car, turn it off—don’t let it idle.

Source: The Green Guide
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How to age successfully

Since we all do get older, here is a helpful article from Jenny Buchanan, staffer at the Solheim Senior Living Community.




Ten Tips About Aging For 2011
by Jennybe on January 5, 2011 in Senior Living Tips

I imagine each of us would like to move gracefully into old age knowing when and what steps to take so that we are as happy and safe as possible, and that our grown children or other caring family and friends don’t need to worry about us and/or shoulder the burden of caring for us.

I’ve worked at a Senior Living Community for two years. Here are a few things I’ve learned from observation as well as personal experience: I’ve chosen to use the pronoun “you,” since sooner or later if we grow old…

1. OUTLIVING YOUR SPOUSE AND FRIENDS.
Most aging adults find that their network of friends and contacts are dwindling and even if they don’t talk or complain about it, they are worried about aspects of their health and mobility.

2. FALLING IN ONE’S OWN HOME IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN.
One way to prevent unnecessary falls is to remove rugs – though they add warmth and beauty to home, the cost of falling is not worth it.

3. PHONE MAY BE OUT OF REACH IN EMERGENCY.
With heart attack, stroke, and many other health threats, getting medical help in a timely fashion can save your life. Consider implementing a health alarm system that travels with you such as Life Alert or Life Line.

4. SKIPPING OR TAKING TO MANY MEDICATIONS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS
Implement a counting system if you take more than one medication a day – this is simple and inexpensive.

5. FORGETTING TO MAKE REGULAR BATHING A PRIORITY.
From my experience working with seniors, I would not have believed that personal hygiene would ever be an issue, “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” in most people’s personal belief system – so it is sad and bewildering that seniors sometime neglect this priority unless reminded regularly.

6. CHANGING REGULARY INTO CLEAN CLOTHES.
Again, I never would’ve believed that this could have grown into a real issue of daily living as senoirs that once were successful professionals accustomed to wearing cleanly laundered dress shirts and a suit and tie to work every day now find it difficult to dress.

7. MISSING MEALS.
When aging people live alone this tends to become a real problem. Shopping, cooking, and preparing meals takes planning, time, and effort. Though we all know regular nutrition is imperative for sustaining good health, it is often a short cut that those living alone begin to take all too often.

8. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH FLUIDS.
Lack of hydration is common with the aging population and creates or contributes to ill health and well being.

9. NOT EXERCISING ROUTINELY.
As most of us know, exercise is vital to good health no matter what one’s age, but maintaining an appropriate exercise routine changes with age and is probably more difficult to maintain with age.

10. LACK OF SOCIALIZATION WHICH CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION.
While some people are naturally more sociable than others, we all need social interaction at some level. Those people who maintain interaction with peers and/or regular socialization report healthier happier lives at all ages.

About Solheim Lutheran Home:
We are a single-site, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Los Angeles, California providing four levels of care to seniors: Residential Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing. For more information about Solheim contact Jenny Buchanan at (323) 257-7518.

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Help the Animals - Come to My Wine Tasting Fundraiser!

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 7-9 pm. Winetasting Benefit for the Wiggle Waggle Walk!

Come to the Colorado Wine Company for a fun evening. For $20, you get a flight of wine, hors d'ouevres, and donate to the animals! There will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses. Meet and greet! See and be seen!

I am proud to be raising money for the animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS). PHS cares for more than 12,000 animals a year by providing food, shelter, veterinary care, adoptions, reunification and so much more. Times are tough, and the animals need our help. Please help me to help them by making a generous donation today. I especially like their goal of no euthanization for homeless animals everywhere. You can donate directly here, or in person at my fundraiser this Thursday!

The animals can't express their gratitude themselves, so I will do it for them. THANK YOU!

If you would like to do even more, you can sign up to join me and more than 1,000 dogs for the Wiggle Waggle Walk on September 26. It will be a wonderful day.
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Another Scam Alert

There are a number of official appearing letters homeowners have received in the last few years from companies who claim they will do your Decline in Property Valuation applications or send you a copy of your Grant Deed for fees ranging from $25 to $189. This is a waste of your money!

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Help for Mortgages held at JPMorgan Chase

Do you have a mortgage with Chase Bank, Wamu, or EMC? Are you having trouble making your mortgage payment? Chase is opening a Homeownership Center in Glendale at 400 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 120, phone (818) 548-2280. The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We created these local Homeownership Centers as a place for our borrowers to sit down and discuss their situation face-to-face with trained loan advisors in these challenging times, said David Schneider, head of mortgage servicing at Chase. “They are part of a wide-ranging initiative to help families stay in their homes whenever possible.

“During these tough economic times, it is the responsibility of leaders in government and the private sector to do everything within their power to help residents and get homeowners back on-track, said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "I can only hope that banks and lenders of every stripe follow (Chase's) suit and offer services to protect our residents.

This Center will offer:

- Trained advisors. To assist customers whose circumstances have changed and are no longer able to make their scheduled monthly payment, who want to avoid foreclosure and stay in their home. The trained advisors will evaluate their finances, review possible workout options and answer any questions.

- Scheduled appointments. To reduce wait time, customers are encouraged to set up an appointment in advance. They should bring documentation, including recent W-2s and tax forms, recent pay stubs and bank statements and monthly expense documentation. Also, they should bring any information, such as a hardship letter, that will help explain their current financial challenges.

- A track record of helping. Since 2007, Chase has helped prevent 330,000 foreclosures of Chase, WaMu and EMC loans, primarily by reducing interest rates, extending the term of the loans and providing principal deferral. In late 2008, Chase announced initiatives designed to help a total of more than 650,000 families, and expects to modify more than $110 billion of home loans.

Customers who would like to receive more information can call 1-866-550-5705. For the complete article, check out http://rismedia.com/2009-02-13/chase-opens-four-homeownership-centers-in-los-angeles-orange-and-san-bernardino-counties/.

Here's my 2 cents: loan modifications start with your lender, not with some company who charges you a fee. Be very careful if you are solicitated by someone other than your own lender to change the terms of your loan. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. There are a lot of people out there who are preying on the unfortunate.

If you are not in financial trouble but you are upset because you don't think it's fair that you should pay more for your house than the guy that just bought the ratty foreclosure down the street, these counselors are not going to help you. But you also should watch out for the scammers, because they will appeal to your sense of unfairness and you are likely to have more money to lose than the desperate people about to lose their homes.

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Fresh and Easy Donating to Local Groups

Love it or hate it, Fresh and Easy has been taking Southern California by storm.  In the last year Tesco has opened over 30 Fresh and Easy locations in the Los Angeles area offering "a simple shopping experience with everything you need right in the neighborhood."

Besides budget prices for quality products, Fresh and Easy is also billing itself as the "good neighbor," recruiting from the local area and using low-energy lighting and equipment.

As part of being a good neighbor, Fresh and Easy is offering a $1,000 donation to a group from the neighborhood where a store is being opened or celebrating its one-year anniversary.  Anyone from the neigbhorhood can nominate a group on the Fresh and Easy website, which you can reach by clicking here.  Recent donations include high school football teams, children's theater groups, and wildlife organizations.

Here is what Fresh and Easy says:

"When we first opened your store, we invited you and your neighbors to nominate a non-profit group from the local community. From these nominations, the store staff selected a charity to receive a $1,000 donation.

We do this with every store we open because we care about our neighborhoods and the people who live there.

As stores reach their one-year anniversary, we are doing it again. Anyone can nominate a local neighborhood group and the store will decide who receives another donation. It is just another way for us to say "thank you" for your support."

Do you know of a group in the Eagle Rock/Highland Park/Glassell Park area that could use $1,000?  Go online and take advantage of Fresh and Easy's good neighbor policy!

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Please tell everyone you can about this

This is an important project that promotes compassion, connection, and understanding world-wide. In this new era of hope, I hope that you will watch, then think about and contribute in any way you can. And please spread the word:

Dear TEDizens, short video that went live on the web today. Beautifully filmed and edited by TEDster Jesse Dylan and his team at Form TV, it might just be the most inspiring thing you see this week.

That video, and this website mark the launch of an inspiring global endeavor to celebrate compassion and to promote a new collaboration between the world's religions. What we're doing, starting today, is to begin writing the Charter for Compassion that Karen Armstrong called for
earlier this year when she made her TED Prize wish. And the exhilarating twist here is that the writing won't be done behind closed doors. It will be done by you... and perhaps millions of others around the world. Because we're using special collaborative web tools created by the geniuses at Kluster to enable this be truly a charter "created by the world for the world".Charter for Compassion

We urge you to take a moment to watch a

Later this week millions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews will be sent an email inviting them to come to the site and offer their choice of words, in their own language, to help create a charter capable of inspiring the world to focus on what the great religions share, as opposed to what divides them. Already people are responding to this amazing idea with passion and excitement. The goal is to obtain all input from global participants within the next four weeks, select the best contributions with the help of a council of religious "sages", and conduct a major launch of the finished document in 2009.

We'd love you, the TED community, who saw the birth of this idea in March, to be among the first to contribute.

The two things you can do to help now:

1. Help us write the Charter! The first writing phase begins now with the Preamble, a concise explanation of why the Charter is necessary and urgent.

2. Send out the ask to everyone in your network. We want this to be a truly global and diverse document that represents all of our voices.

A very exciting day for the TED Prize. We are honored to have you on this journey with us.

Thank you to all of you who have helped get us this far! And a special thank you to Kluster who have put so much into building this site.

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