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Shandu One sculpts amongst his favorite graffiti pieces in La Fonderie

This weekend, the community along with the Echo Park Improvement Association (which I am a member of) will start a major cleanup of Glendale Boulevard, an almost blighted entryway to our beautiful Echo Park neighborhood. Throughout the planning process, we’ve been slowly discovering these amazing businesses located along the thoroughfare that you would honestly never know existed. Forget the recycling centers, empty lots, and graffiti-covered buildings. Here we are lucky to have places like La Fonderie located in Keystone Studios, an exciting world of LA’s best artists inside a huge brick building on Glendale Boulevard.

You probably recognize the building on Glendale Boulevard by the big graffiti/mural by JR (now infamous in Echo Park). But I got the idea for this article from friend, real estate agent, and EPIA chairperson Darren Hubert. He and Josh Post – the Echo Park resident who started and organized the Glendale Boulevard cleanup – visited as many businesses as possible one day, hoping to encourage everyone to contribute to the day of cleanup. Granted, I had read about the art space in a The Eastsider LA article when it first opened in June of 2009, but I really had no idea what was really going on these days.

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Bing Maps has us scratching our heads when we searched for our Echo Park neighborhood. Is “Enendale” code for something? Last we checked the historical name for the area is Edendale, but even that isn’t really used. Does Bing know something we don’t know…?

Both the Echo Park and Edendale Libraries have some FREE special programs for kids, teens, and even some for adults all summer long. Here are the September events for both libraries:

For Kids

  • Knight Time Reading at Echo Park Branch: Every Wednesday from 3 – 4:00 pm. Stories of dragons and other magical creatures. Create a fire-breathing dragon to take home.
  • Knight Time Reading at Edendale: Stories, jokes, crafts and snacks. Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Summer Film Fest at Edendale: Mostly family-friendly films, plus popcorn! Tuesdays from 5-7:00 pm.

Other great activities:

  • Family Playtime at Echo Park Branch: Mondays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Bilingual Baby & Toddler Storytime at Echo Park Branch: Tuesdays from 12:30 pm
  • Making Books Fun at Edendale: Bilingual. Every Tuesday at 2:30 pm
  • ELFS Used Book Sale at Edendale: every Wednesday at 2:00 pm
  • Book Buddies at Echo Park Branch: Thursdays from 3 – 5:00 pm
  • Infant & Toddler Storytime at Edendale: Nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays, for children 1-3 and their special grown-ups.  Wednesdays from 10-10:45 am.
  • Life Story Writing at Edendale: A writing class on memoir writing and fiction. Saturday, September 11 at 10:00 am.

For Teens

  • Teen Council: Make your voice heard at the Teen Council meeting on Thursday, September 2 at 5:00 pm at Edendale Branch.
  • Teen Book Club: Thursday, September 16 at 5:00 pm at Edendale Branch.
  • PSAT Practice Test at Echo Park Branch: Practice for the SATs as early as 8th grade. Call or sign up at the Reference Desk to reserve your spot. Saturday, September 18 at 11:00 am.
  • PSAT Practice Test Results & Feedback at Echo Park Branch: Follow-up session for those who took the test on September 18. Saturday, September 25 at 11:00 am.
  • Fall Film Fest: Thursday, September 30 at 5:00 pm at Edendale Branch.
  • Reading Club Book Buddies: Buddy up with kids to help them practice reading. Every Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Echo Park Branch.

For more information, Edendale Teens has a website! There’s a book club, film screenings, and teens get library bucks when they sign up and write book reviews (which they can use to bid on prizes at the Carnival). Click here to visit the website. Teens can sign up at the Library or by visiting the LAPL Teen Web page.

For Adults

  • Introduction to Computers at Edendale: Friday, September 10 at 2:00 pm.
  • Introduction to the Internet at Edendale: Friday, September 17 at 2:00 pm.
  • Introduction to Email at Edendale: Friday, September 24 at 2:00 pm.
  • ELFS Monthly Meetings: Join the Edendale Library Friends Society and support the Edendale Branch Library. ELFS meets once a month on the second Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Click here for the website.

Edendale Library is located at 2011 West Sunset Blvd. Click here to visit the LAPL website.

Echo Park Library is located at 1410 West Temple Street. Click here to visit the LAPL website.