We just picked one of these lovely pieces created by Chandra Abel from Warwick in Echo Park. We’ve been eyeing them for a while, and they are GORGEOUS.


Ours was only $50 and is nicely sized at about 12-13″ in diameter. Each “plant dome” is unique, and there are other vase shapes available at Warwick, including larger dome-shaped items for about $200. We were very excited to find a place on our coffee table, and so will you!

Click here for Chandra Abel’s website, and here for her blog.

You can shop online at Warwick by clicking here.

Oh and, to do her justice, here are some better photos from her website:

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Echo Park businesses declare December 12th 2009: Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop. Come to Echo Park for a day of holiday cheer with shopping specials, performances, and workshops throughout the neighborhood. Don’t miss this fun-filled day of events in Echo Park- you can do your holiday shopping, enjoy great food, drink and entertainment, and support local businesses!

The Echo Park Holiday Parade begins at noon, but other festivities start as early as 10 a.m., with happenings all day and night until 2 a.m.! All girl doo wop group, the Damselles, will be caroling at each establishment throughout the day.

In addition to the festivities, businesses participating in the Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop will be collecting donations for the following local charities (corresponding numbers are next to the supporting business name):

[1] Central City Action Committee http://centralcityaction.com: Toys (new, packaged)
[2] Echo Park Animal Alliance http://echoparkanimalalliance.org: Make a $ donation and get a dog cookie stocking
[3] Good Shepherd Center-Languille Emergency Shelter for Women and Children http://gschomeless.org: New/gently used Clothing and Toiletries
[4] 826LA http://826la.org: Make a $5 donation and get a book written by Echo Park kids

Participating businesses:

826LA/Echo Park Time Travel Mart [3][4]

1714 W Sunset Blvd. 213 413 3388.

  • Hours: 12PM-10PM
  • Free gift with a purchase of $25 or more, Purchase $100 or more and get a signed copy of Dave Eggers’ The Wild Things (while supplies last) for $10.
  • 3-3:30PM: A Guy Walks Into an 826LA…A stand up comedy performance by 826LA students.
  • 8PM: Dead Author Reading with Charles Dickens

Allston Yacht Club

1320 Echo Park Ave 213-481-0454

  • Hours: 11-3 and 5:30-11
  • 11AM-3PM Get a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup for $7.
  • Free Christmas Cookies for Children of All Ages!

City Sip LA

2150 W. Sunset Blvd 213-483-9463

  • Hours: 5PM-Midnight
  • Holiday Wine Tasting! 3 wine flight for $12 per person and
  • 10% OFF retail purchases

Future [3][4]

1814 W Sunset Blvd. 213-568-3002

  • Hours: 12PM-1AM
  • Finger Painting/face painting
  • Photo Exhibit

Masa of Echo Park [1][2]

1800 W Sunset Blvd. 213-989-1558

  • Hours: 8AM-MIDNIGHT
  • Toy Drive for Central City Action Committee
  • Dog Cookie Stockings to Benefit the Echo Park Animal Alliance
  • 15% off (Dine In Only) with your Program from the Echo Park Holiday Parade

Origami Vinyl [4]

1816 W Sunset Blvd. 213-413-3030

  • Noon-2AM
  • 1-4PM: Learn How to Fold Origami
  • 7PM: Correatown Live In-Store Performance

Out of the Closet

1724 W Sunset Blvd

  • Hours: 10AM-7PM
  • TIME TBD: Toy give-away
  • Visit from Santa

Rec Center Studio

1161 Logan St

  • Hours: 8:30PM-2AM
  • 8:30PM-2AM “lover” presents…”golden eyes” fashion + art extravaganza
  • Tickets $20 at the door Special Deal (TBA) for Shop Hop attendees.

Stories Books & Café [2][3][4]

1716 W Sunset Blvd.

  • 10AM-10PM
  • Free cup of regular coffee with any book or card purchase over $10
  • $1 off any sandwich
  • $ 1 drip coffee
  • 4PM: The Damselles Live In-Store Performance
  • Time TBD: Visit and photos with Santa

The Clinic of Echo Park

1832 W Sunset Blvd.

The Echo & Echoplex

1822 W Sunset Blvd

  • 10AM-6PM Bust Magazine Craft Fair

For more information contact: Christina at 826LA.org

From the Echo Park Time Bank:

The next free workshop on time banking will be:

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

from 5-5:30PM at Williams Hall Barlow Hospital

2000 Stadium Way (Between Scott and Elysian Park Ave.)

Williams Hall is in the center of the Barlow Hospital campus in Elysian Park, behind the library. Join us after for a member potluck and talent show.

The LA Times is doing neighborhood gift guides for the holidays and Echo Park establishments such as MediaNoche are mentioned. Echo Park is referred to as Silverlake’s “dicier sister to the east”. What do you think about that?

In Silver Lake and Echo Park, gift-giving is all grown up

Fireworks? Gun shots? Last night some time after 9:00 pm, Echo Park residents were perplexed by loud popping noises that lasted for just a minute or two. Sounding almost like fireworks, residents are still trying to figure out what and where they came from.

Check out the conversation and chime in on the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council Forum here.

UPDATE: From Alejandra Marroquin, Field Deputy:

Hi Everyone,

I just checked in with Senior Lead Officer Bobby Hill who informed me that he checked with the Detectives today regarding the following story:

“The guy being chased was an Echo Park resident on his way home. The guys in the Suburban followed him from a gas station on Glendale Blvd. The guy driving the Honda hit a car that was parked on Cerro Gordo as he was being chased. He came back later with his father and the police. Don’t know any other details.”

The Detectives communicated to Officer Hill that they have no such report. If there was any evidence of a shooting the Officers at the location would have taken a crime report.

Thank you,


Alejandra Marroquin, Field Deputy
Council President, Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles City Council
5500 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Visit www.cd13.org

At about 2 am yesterday, a driver was killed when her “car struck another vehicle at a stop sign and then crashed into a brick building in Echo Park,” according to an LA Times online article.

Click here to view the article in its entirety.


It started with one person, Echo Park resident Barry Walker, who cooked and delivered Turkey Day meals to the homeless in his neighborhood… and now a group of friends in Echo Park have shown up to help cook and deliver meals for the past 10 years – the first year, 28 homeless were fed! The next year more showed up and over fifty meals went out. The following year, we reached the 100 mark and last year we were able to feed over 1,500 homeless in our neighborhood and leave them with t-shirts, beanies, shoes, sweaters, and tooth brush kits. Gobble Gobble Give is a community event and has become an incredible example of what a community can do to make change.

Gobble Gobble Give is looking for volunteers on every level who can give food, money, or clothing and those who can donate their time this upcoming Thanksgiving day (Nov 26th) by cooking, warming, packaging and delivering food to the homeless in Echo Park and Downtown LA. Every little bit helps
those in need, so show some love and give a friend a reason to be thankful.

Click here to donate money to Gobble Gobble Give for supplies and food.

Click here to donate your time on Thanksgiving Day.

GGG is also taking DONATIONS IN ADVANCE of clothing (specifically, gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, and hats for men, women, children), blankets, and supplies for toiletry kits toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. All clothing, supplies and toiletries can dropped off in advance this Saturday, Nov 21st and Sunday, Nov. 22nd from 1-4 PM at Raven Spa (2910 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039-2042 / ph: 323-644-0240).

Here’s the rundown on how THANKSGIVING DAY will work:
Everyone arrives at 10 a.m. SHARP Thanksgiving morning at The Echo night club in Echo Park. The address is 1822 Sunset Bl. 90026.

Everyone is asked to bring the following:
1. A DISH. “ALREADY HEATED” This is a potluck event. It can be as little as a side of vegetables or it can be three large bowls of your grandma’s famous “cranberry walnut stuffing”. We can always use Turkeys and main course items. Side dishes are great as well. Veggies, Veggies, Veggies. Mashed potatoes, yams, vegetables, greens, etc. Of course desserts are always awesome. If you are bringing a main dish like an entire turkey or ham etc. please email us at turkeycrew@gobblegobblegive.org and let us know so we can tabulate what we need as we get closer to the big day.

2. FIVE (5) SMALL TOILETRY KITS. that include a: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. You can get these items very inexpensively at $0.99 stores.

3. CLOTHING AND BLANKETS. Please bring any used blankets and/or gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women,

At 10:15 we begin a large “conveyor Belt” of food and with the help of everyone we put the meals together. We box them up together with care packages of tooth brushes, soap, clothes, etc..

At around 11: 00 a.m. the first vehicles begin to roll out. For those of you who have a car and want to drive you will be known as drivers. We will put a few people in your car with you and you will go out in two or three car teams. We hit the riverbeds, the alleys, the freeway overpasses. sometimes we discover small villages of people in dirt fields and empty lots. The vehicles return after delivering all the meals. We are always done by 1:00 p.m..


Volunteers Needed for GEPENC Community Center Clean-Up

Saturday, November 21

12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

New Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council offices and community center

1160 Echo Park Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90026

Behind the Bank of America (formerly the LAPD Drop In Center)

DETAILS – Approx 4,000 sq ft of space to clean including (3) meeting areas, 1 – bathroom, storage area, office “bull pen” and outdoor patio. Items need to be carried into A dumpster placed directly in front on Echo Park Avenue. Once cleared, the walls need to be washed and prepped for future painting. There is a large conference room carpet that needs to be removed along with bulky items like sofas, refrigerator, desks and old bank items that are no longer used.

ITEMS NEEDED – Cleaning supplies, rags, paper towels, brooms, trash bags, shovels, gloves, water hoses, scrub brushes, buckets and anything else you can think that would help clean.

For information please contact Lisa Baca, CIO GEPENC bacasigala@earthlink.net

323 660-7234


Click here to RSVP (and – don’t let this keep you from RSVPing, but make sure your volume is on mute if you’re at work, they have one of those annoying autoplay music things goin on)

From: Echo Park Community Action Committee

Date:  November 17, 2009

Subject:  SR2 Freeway Terminus Project

Meeting, Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee

Wed., Nov. 18, 2009, 1:00 p.m., 3rd Floor Boardroom

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca 90012

On Wednesday, November 18, the members of Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee will consider an agenda item (Number #10) to:

A. To receive and file the Draft Initial Study/Environmental Assessment Report (DIS/EA)

B. To Adopt the Hybrid as the Local Preferred Alternative

C. To authorize additional funds to prepare an environmental analysis  and preliminary engineering of the hybrid

D. To authorize Metro’s CEO to recommend the LPA to Caltrans.

The Echo Park Community Action Committee has notified the P&P Committee of our objections to items A, B and D.  For item C, we do support provide additional funds to complete the environmental analysis and for preliminary studies of the hybrid, which we think should rightfully be called Alternative F.



How is Los Angeles defined? Is it a city, a state of mind or an identity? Hollywood backdrop? What makes it unique? Or is the answer something altogether different? Los Angeles as a Character is a screening that will showcase narrative, experimental and documentary short films and videos with the city of Los Angeles as a peripheral or central, theme, backdrop or character. FILMMAKERS AND CURATOR CHARLES DORAN IN ATTENDANCE!

Click here for more information on films being shown.

Echo Park Film Center

1200 N. Alvarado (at Sunset)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

8:00 pm

$5.00 at the door

Them Invitation

Them Atelier and Endovanera will be hosting an opening for artist, Daniel Hipolito on Friday, November 13th. Drinks will be served at 9:00 pm. They will also be having a sale during the day starting at 12:00 pm.

1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 413-6666