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The annual Blessing of the Animals is coming up this weekend on Saturday, October 5 at 4:00 pm. Make your way to the Silver Lake “Polka Dot Plaza” (Sunset & Edgecliffe Drive) where Franciscan Friar Thomas Carey will preside over the Blessing.

The Blessing is “a gift to the Los Feliz/Silver Lake/Echo Park communities from Holy Spirit, progressive Episcopal community in Silver Lake.”

All donations benefit the Echo Park Animal Alliance.

This tradition is attributed to the ability of St. Francis to preach to animals, which resulted in his becoming their patron. For more info contact Nick Cuccla at (323) 663-0633 or nacinla@gmail.com.

While we don’t usually post events that are outside Echo Park’s boundaries, reader Katya is a fan of the blog and lives nearby – so why not?

This is the second weekend for Silver Lake resident Katya Lidsky’s one-woman show called “I’m Sorry.” She told us it’s a “funny dramedy about how I went from being a people-pleasing apologist to becoming an animal-loving activist.” She plays 16 characters during the 50-minute long show.

“For anyone who’s ever cared more about being liked than having opinions or integrity, this is the show for you. Because sometimes you have to find something to believe in before you can stop saying I’m sorry.”

There are some great reviews of the show, most calling it funny and inspiring. The weekend show starts tonight at 8:00 pm, with shows Saturday and Sunday as well. Go to Katya’s show and support a local actress!


Friday amd Saturday, January 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 23 at 7:00 pm

$10 online (+ $2.50 processing fee)
$15 at the door

Industry comps available, please call 323-559-5942

The Lounge Theatre at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd

On Saturday, November 13, join the Neighborhood Nursery School for an art show fundraiser taking place in Echo Park at the Rec Center Studio in the Jensen’s Rec Center building.

Neighborhood Nursery School is a small non-profit preschool located in Silver Lake; it is a cooperative school, meaning it is owned and operated by parents of the students. They have put together the benefit, An Evening of Art, to help supplement the costs of operating the school.

Over 100 local artists have contributed to the art show, along with Echo Park restaurant Allston Yacht Club, which will donate a portion of your dinner bill to the school on Saturday. Just make sure to print out the flyer for your server!

Admission sounds like a great deal, actually: $20 gets you includes wine, beer, appetizers and music by DJ Mike Messex.

An Evening of Art to Benefit Neighborhood Nursery School
Saturday, November 13, 2010
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Rec Center Studio, 1161 Logan St.

Silver Lake mural / Photo via Eastsider LA

We don’t normally step outside of the Echo Park area for a post, but this one’s definitely worth venturing out. Anyone who’s ever ventured out to Silver Lake has seen and known or wondered about the tanned man walking briskly, wearing nothing but shoes, short shorts, and carrying a newspaper in one hand. This morning we learned the iconic Silver Lake resident and family practitioner had passed away, found yesterday according to the LAFD in the hot tub at his home.

Called the “Walking Man,” 58-year-old Marc Abrams has taken to the streets in all kinds of weather since the 1980s. I usually saw him walking along Hyperion or Rowena, which was part of his 15-mile walking route.

He will be missed!

Here’s a great audio slideshow from the LA Times (click on the image below):

When Echo Park resident Celeste Alleyne isn’t working full-time at Microsoft as the Director of Community Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, she is baking up some delicious cupcakes through Soul Cups, her very own Los Angeles-based catering company.

We caught wind of Celeste and Soul Cups with the announcement of a tasting event of Soul Cups at Say Cheese Cafe, happening this weekend in Silver Lake!

“Say Cheese is an amazing establishment with the type of design esthetic and food insight I adore-Glenn Harrell is my mentor who has graciously asked me to showcase my cupcakes for every holiday in his cafe,” she says.

Make sure to stop by Say Cheese Cafe, located at 2800 Hyperion Ave in Silver Lake (right by the Trader Joe’s). The tasting event goes on Saturday, June 26 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We definitely plan on stopping by to support our fellow Echo Park resident, especially since they are showcasing flavors like Strawberry Twist, Lemon Drop and Muddy Water Chocolate cupcakes. You’ll be able to taste, as a sample, Blueberry, Strawberry Twist and Apple Pie cupcakes (the samples are like mini cupcakes, which she calls “baby dots”). Yum!

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We figured that Earth Day week would be a good time to address the subject of community gardens and urban farming in and around Echo Park.

First, if you are interested in finding a community garden near you, I suggest consulting the Los Angeles Community Garden Council website. There aren’t any LACGC-affiliated gardens in Echo Park itself, but there are a few located pretty close to us. The closest one is Jarden del Rio located in Elysian Heights.

The LA Community Garden Council also uses a site called GrowFriend that helps link up growers who need land with those who have land and don’t garden. If you go to the website and create a profile, you can view a map of what and who’s available in your area.

Second, some exciting news just came to us from Tara over at Silver Lake Farms. Since 2003, Tara has been growing flowers, herbs and vegetables in her backyard and selling them at local farmer’s markets. In 2009 L.A. City’s Department of Building and Safety told her that she would have to stop or pay a fine/serve six months in jail. They told her that what she was doing was illegal because it wasn’t “Truck Gardening.” This means that it’s illegal to sell anything grown in residential gardens unless it’s a vegetable. Read more

via timothy.steingraeber's Flickr

We recently received a lovely letter from one of our readers:

I would love to be a part of a softball team in our area but there is little or no info out there.  I know Los Angeles has a recreational sports website but they don’t really offer anything local.  Elysian Park has fields that are usually open and if there is enough interest around town, maybe we could organize a Sunday league.  Do you have any thoughts, info, suggestions?

Why, yes, dear reader. We do have some thoughts, info and suggestions! The Echo Park Recreation Center is located at 1632 Bellevue Ave (across from the lake, on both sides of the 101 freeway). It has tennis courts, a baseball diamond, basketball courts and a lot more. The center is under construction, so some of its facilities (such as the outdoor pool) are not accessible at the moment. They also offer a bunch of classes and leagues for kids, but adult teams and leagues are a little more scarce. I recommend checking out their Facebook page for announcements. You can also call them at 213-250-3578 (the phone number on their Facebook page is incorrect) or drop in. Don’t let the scaffolding fool you, they are open right now. Their hours are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm.

If aquatic activities are more your bag, I suggest checking out the Echo Park Deep Pool. There is a full-sized indoor pool and offer swimming and water exercise classes. It’s located at 1419 Colton St. The cost for adults is $2.50 to swim, but with your Library card it’s only $2.00.

Another suggestion we have is to look outside the borders of our neighborhood. The Silver Lake Recreation Center has an indoor gym, basketball courts and a baseball diamond. However, they offer mostly classes for kids.Your best bet for adult and senior classes is the Griffith Park Adult Community Center. They offer yoga, tai chi, cardio classes and more.

Another fun thing that you more adventurous types might want to check out: the Los Angeles Dodgeball Society. There’s a Silver Lake league that starts up on April 25th.