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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!

Dinner to Benefit Local Resident

Here is information on a benefit at Auntie Em's to help out a local resident. Please RSVP today if you can attend:

Dinner to Benefit Peter Hoffman-Kipp
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Hello All-

I’m forwarding this message to you to help raise awareness and funds to help Peter Hoffman-Kipp who has been quietly coping with a disease process that is not well understood by the medical community and offers little to no treatment.

Peter and his family have been coming to Auntie Em's Kitchen since the day it opened and have been supporters of the restaurant to this day.  Auntie Em's Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant and we are so grateful to our friends and neighbors for the support and patronage they have shown us.  Thus we would like in our small way to try and help Peter and his family.

The Hoffman-Kipp family have been going this alone while we have watched and wondered what we can do to help? Now we are offered the chance to do some real good, something tangible, and something that offers hope to restore Peter’s health and give him a fighting chance to win this battle.

We ask you to partake in a meal with Peter and his family on Friday May 13th from 6-9pm at Auntie Em’s Kitchen restaurant in Eagle Rock. Dinner/drinks suggested donation is $75.00 per person.
TO RESERVE & RSVP: If you can attend, please contact Genevieve Harlocker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 11th.

AUNTIE EM'S KITCHEN is located at 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, CA 90041 / 323-255-0800

The Following is a synopsis of what is going on…

As some of you know, Peter now has a triple diagnosis – Lyme, ALS and CIDP. The addition of Lyme disease to the mix happened a few months back, and it led us to a wonderful doctor in Seattle. This doctor saw Peter in February, and is now leading us through a complex web of treatments. For example, Peter is receiving IVIG treatments with a home-health nurse twice a week, acupuncture every day, takes 25 antibiotics and supplements daily AND travels to Beverly Hills once or twice a week for specialty treatments. Did I mention that he should also be going to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center 2-3 times a week along with a bit of qi-gong?

In terms of Peter's daily life, he books around in a wheelchair and usually stays pretty close to home. A caregiver comes each morning and evening. Peter is currently on short-term leave from his work until mid-May, in order to focus on these treatments.  It has been 3 ½ years since the symptoms started, and Peter is tired but strong.

As you may know, treatment for neuromuscular disorders is rare, often alternative, and expensive. Insurance (even the great PPO we have) does not offer much coverage of treatments (except the IV treatment Peter receives at a tab of 10k a week).  After 3 1/2 years of finding experts in the fields of neurology and neuromuscular disease, we finally found the doctor in Seattle who has agreed to treat Peter. He recommends a symphony of treatments, many of which we have begun.

Peter's doctor recommends stem cell treatment, which requires international travel and $25,000 per trip. Our goal is to raise the funds to make the first trip happen this summer. Peter may need 3-4 trips, if his body responds to the treatment.

Families helping families is what is going to get Peter through this and whatever you can do is much appreciated and more fundraisers between now and July will be held in order to get the family enough funds to make the trips for treatment. We'll keep you informed and you can also find us on

Thank you very much!

-Terri Wahl
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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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