June 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Fireworks in Rancho Park and Los Angeles

 Despite the fact that fireworks are banned in Los Angeles and many of its sister cities, they really know how to do the Fourth of July right.

My wife loves firework displays. In LA alone, we've seen fireworks from the Colorado St. bridge in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl show and from the deck of a home in the Palos Verdes hills watching the panorama from Carson's Home Depot to San Pedro's Queen Mary. We watched the Culver City show with neighbors from…


Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

In Rancho Park This Fourth of July, A Private Fireworks Show for the Public to Enjoy

While many cities, parks and agencies will be putting on great fireworks displays for the Fourth of July, you won't find any notices (other than this one) for my familiy's very exclusive Rancho Park Independence Day tradition.


We head to Cheviot Park on Motor, bring a picnic, some sports equipment, blankets and chairs and get to watch the Hillcrest Country Club fireworks show from right across the street.


Great views, no crowds and fireworks right here in our…


Added by Orli Belman on June 28, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

What is Growing in Your Rancho Park Garden - And in Mine?

Today my son found this mystery flower in our garden. Does anyone know what it is? We think it may be a weed, but it sure is interesting.


What is growing in your yard? If the answer is lemons, please let me know. I know some kids who are looking for locally-grown lemons for their summer lemonade stand. They may be willing to make you a…


Added by Orli Belman on June 27, 2011 at 10:32pm — 5 Comments

Carmageddon (AKA the July closure of the 405)

I randomly found this t-shirt and had to share.


Unless you live under a rock, you are likely aware that the 405 is being closed between the 101 and the 10 for three days in July.


On July 16, 17 and 18, I will be taking full advantage of the fact that my family lives within walking distance of restaurants, Trader Joe's, a park, the mall and lots of ice cream shops.


Let's take to the sidewalks that weekend.  And then maybe the neighborhood can…


Added by Carey Begbie Westerfield on June 27, 2011 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

Swim lessons...

Just found out about swim lessons here in Rancho Park:

Swimming Los Angeles

I have no first hand knowledge but we are going to try them out this summer.


Of course, there are also lessons at the Beverly Hills Country Club (located no where near Beverly Hills) at Motor and Manning.


I'm just a mom of 4 trying to stay sane over the…


Added by Carey Begbie Westerfield on June 26, 2011 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

Rancho Park Summer Day Camps

LAUSD schools are out tomorrow and a long summer vacation is about to begin. Here in Rancho Park we've got several day camp options right here in the neigbhorhood. Kids can swim, sing, cook and more right here in our West LA backyard. There's enough to keep even the most active children busy until school starts again in September.  I've listed a few below. Please add any others you know about… Continue

Added by Orli Belman on June 23, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Celebrate America a Week Early with Fireworks and Foodtrucks in Santa Monica

Santa Monica College is having its annual Celebrate America event this Saturday, June 25th.

Parking lots open at 4:00. There will be food (great food trucks), fun and fireworks. People can bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. Bring warm clothes, b/c the fireworks won’t start until 9:00.

Billed as "the biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the

Westside" - it's certainly the…


Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 23, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Downtown LA Football Stadium Town Hall Meeting in Mar Vista

The developer, which owns LA Live, Staples Center and the Home Depot Center in Carson, will answer questions from Westside community leaders from 7-9 pm, Monday June 27, at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Street.

LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl will moderate the meeting where AEG CEO Tim Leiweke will make a brief presentation and field questions from people selected by each of the neighborhood councils in Rosendahl's district

"This proposal is a big deal, and… Continue

Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 22, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Rancho Park and West LAPD Senior Lead Officer Summit

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) invites you to attend the West Los Angeles Area Senior Lead Officer Summit on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Westwood Recreation Center Auditorium, 1350 S. Sepulveda Boulevard.

This is an opportunity to meet the West Los Angeles Area and Patrol Commanding Officers, and to network with the Senior Lead Officers for your neighborhood.Liaise with the LAPD and your community to get your questions answered.

Refreshments will be… Continue

Added by Rancho Park Online on June 21, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Whole Foods and Trader Joes parking lot issues? This video takes the edge off

Do you feel the same way? What other places are too popular in comparison to their parking allowance?

Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Teaching Dogs New Tricks in Cheviot Hills/Rancho Park

One of the highlights of visiting Cheviot Hills park on a weekend is seeing dogs and their owners get their exercise doing doggie obstacle courses like this one, held at the back of the park, next to the Rancho Park and Hillcrest golf courses.




Courses are run by the West Los Angeles…


Added by Orli Belman on June 12, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

End of pet stores in LA as we know them? Rancho Park Councilman Paul Koretz bans puppy/kitten mills

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilmember Koretz that should put an end to the puppy and kitten mills by banning the commercial breeding of dogs, cats, rabbits and chicken and the sale of those animals in pet stores, according to news reports and Councilman Paul Koretz's newsletter.


Instead the animal shelter will work with licensed pet stores to make shelter animals available for adoption at those stores.


Sounds like a good…


Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Three Officers and a Street -- the Overweight Truck Saga

Ever wonder if those overweight truck prohibition signs you see on Rancho Park streets like Little Overland north of Pico have any impact?  Who is minding that store?  Like the scofflaws who use dead automobiles for storage and illegally park on parkway aprons (that area between the sidewalk and the street), there never seems to be any patrolling, much less ticketing of overweight trucks violating the prohibited weight truck signs on our local streets.


But no more!  The…


Added by Overland Avenue on June 8, 2011 at 7:57pm — 1 Comment

Jonathan Gold: "Steingarten is the kind of neighborhood bar that every neighborhood needs"

Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold visited Rancho Park recently and tried one of my favorite places, Steingarten LA. Owner Ebi Berois a member of Rancho Park Online.


The wise sage of local LA…


Added by Eddie North-Hager on June 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Culver City ArtWalk on Saturday

Justin Scupine of CulverCityTimes.com has done a fabulous job previewing the Culver City ArtWalk this week - first there was Wayne White's show at Western Project and…

Added by Rancho Park Online on June 3, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Big Family Day at Moca on Sunday June 5

Remember when Moca almost went bankrupt - and now the Museum of Comtemprary Art is inviting everyone to a free day of imagination - Big Family Day of SUNDAY, JUNE 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. MOCA’s biggest family celebration of the year features gallery tours by expert kids, hands-on activities, entertainment, and more!

Create art inspired by…


Added by Rancho Park Online on June 2, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Norms Restaurant on Pico Blvd in Rancho Park - A Family Tradition, A Los Angeles Institution

I first discovered Norms when I was a food server at Islands Restaurant on Pico (another post, coming soon) back in the early 90's. We used to lock up the restaurant and then head over to Norms, which as they say on the sign...never closes.



Now that I live right here in the neigborhood,  Norms has become our go to…


Added by Orli Belman on June 1, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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