Atwater Village history book signing at Potted

Join your Atwater Village friends, neighbors and fans for a book signing for the recently published Images of America: Atwater Village. The signing takes place at local nursery Potted in Atwater Village at 7:00 pm tomorrow – Thursday, September 15, 2011.

All authors will be present to sign your book, which includes Friends of Atwater Village board members Netty Carr, Sandra Caravella, Luis Lopez, and Ann Lawson.

About the book: “The book will take you from the days of the Santa Eulalia Rancho down to the Los Angeles River, over its bridges and on a trolley past the homes of Atwater Village families as they work, play, and shop. It also includes our wonderful equestrian community as well as a look at creative locals.”

The next book signing, along with a history presentation and fundraiser, is at 4:30 pm on September 27, 2011 at the Atwater Village Branch Library, 3379 Glendale Blvd.

You can purchase the book (before, after or during the event) at Potted, or at other locations around the area, including Alias Books East, Luis Lopez Automotive, Speed Co Fax & Pack, and Vince’s Market.

Atwater Village Book Signing
Thursday, September 15, 2011
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Potted is located at 3158 Los Feliz Blvd

Atwater Village Farm bake sale on Sunday


Atwater Village Farm is having a Bake Sale tomorrow, Sunday, June 26 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at their store! Located at 3224 Glendale Blvd., the former pharmacy retail space promises an incredible concept for the neighborhood – a farm-to-table grocer open daily for all your fresh produce and even coffee needs.

Click here to read about the Farm from our previous post announcing the open house in May.

We also got to shoot some photos at the open house, which you can check out below:

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Atwater Village Farm could also really use the help and support of the neighborhood – in order to launch in October, they are raising “Kickstarter” money to get things going. You can donate to the great cause by clicking here. Every little bit counts!

Atwater Village Chamber Mixer – tonight!

Tonight is the Spring BBQ and mixer for the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce. Meeting fellow residents and business owners of Atwater Village from 7-9:00 pm at Ventura & Son Masonry, located at 4111 Chevy Chase Drive.

For more info, contact:

Thea Pueschel
Director of Special Events & Mixers
Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce
Tel: (323) 835-3039
Email: hypnotiqsolutions@gmail.com

Click here to RSVP

Atwater Village Farm Market open house on Sunday!


Once a pharmacy, the retail space on the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Larga has remained empty for quite some time now. Thankfully, not only has the space been filled, but it’s looking to be a really great place!

Atwater Village Farm Market is a great concept, one that’s been popping up around Los Angeles but isn’t very common for this side of town. Promising farm-to-table market in, you guessed it, Atwater Village. While we don’t have all the details about the market itself yet, we are attending an open house tomorrow, Sunday, May 1 from noon to 4:00 pm to meet the owners and learn more about what they’re doing. (You can also check out the website, which was down earlier today but looks to be back up, and learn more about the market.)

According to the Facebook event page, we know that owner “Farmer Piper” will be at hand to meet neighbors and discuss the concept. We don’t think the store will be “open” officially, but this open house is more of an opportunity to see how we can all contribute to the opening of a sustainable, locally owned market in Atwater. There will also be treats – coffee by local roaster Cafecito Organic Coffee and pastries by local baker Susina.

This is a great idea, and hope it will be successful!

Atwater Village Farm Market is located at 3224 Glendale Blvd., at the corner of Glendale and Larga.

P.S. We also know of a farm-to-table restaurant opening at Atwater Village Crossing called ATX Eatery opening sometime soon (the website says Spring 2011). Though the new restaurant is supposed to have an on-site linear farm, perhaps they will work together! (If they aren’t already!)

Register now for tonight’s Small Lot Subdivision discussion in Atwater

For those interested in land-use issues around Los Angeles, tonight The Mews (the ultra-modern single family homes that just finished being built on Perlita Avenue, north of Los Feliz Blvd.) is hosting a panel discussion on the city’s Small Lot Subdivision (SLS) ordinance. The 2004 law allows developers to divide up a single lot in order to build a collection of single-family homes or detached town houses – supposedly allowing for more affordable homes (usually smaller) and keeping out large developers from building huge apartment complexes.

Like most city planning ordinances, these things can be pretty confusing. But new projects like The Mews is one that utilized the ordinance to build its 23 units on one lot – and according to the website is one of the first. This is an opportunity to learn more about the SLS ordinance and The Mews in Atwater Village:

The Mews at Atwater Village is an eco-friendly community consisting of 23 new homes. In addition to utilizing the innovative SLS ordinance, the leading architects of the Mews have incorporated a variety of LEED elements into the project, including solar power energy systems as a standard feature. Please join us and the following esteemed panelists for a discussion on the SLS ordinance’s implementation and future, followed by a tour of the Mews.

And since they just held their open house last Sunday on March 20, you’ll get to see the new place first-hand.

Have we mentioned yet they are tempting you with food? Complimentary food and wine will be catered by Top Chef Betty, “The Food Chick.”

Speakers include: DeveloperRachel Gerstein of RLG Properties, Inc., and architects Anthony Stark and Richard Corsini of Corsini + Starck Architects

Program Agenda: The evening will start with an informal networking opportunity at 6:30 pm, followed by a moderated panel discussion until 7:45 pm, ending with a 30-45 minute tour and Q & A session, wrapping up by 8:30 pm.

Registration: Register now! Registration is limited to 45 attendees on a first come first serve basis. Prices range from $25-50.

Click here to register online, or call call 1-800-321-5011.

“More Good Mews” Presented by YLG
Today! Thursday, March 24, 2011
from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

The Mews at Atwater Village, located at 4255 Perlita Avenue

Saturday: Atwater Village Community Visioning Summit

Atwater Village Community Visioning Summit
Saturday, March 2, 2011

1:00pm – 4:00pm
3191 Casitas Avenue, Room 165

Get involved: Collaborate with your neighbors to identify community priorities for the next two years.
A project of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams Initiative.

Email angela.motta@lacity.org to RSVP

Book signing tonight at Potted

From the email announcement:

Urban farmer and landscape designer Jimmy Williams grew up in a family of 12 children in eastern Long Island, NY. He learned to garden from his Gullah grandmother Eloise, a descendant of Caribbean slaves who believed that working the soil fed the soul as well as the body. Williams moved to California in the 1980s and planted his own garden in the spirit of hers. These days, when he’s not overseeing his growing grounds or planting edible gardens for clients, Williams, along with his son Logan, dispenses cultivation and cooking tips, plus vegetable, herb, and fruit seedlings, at three Los Angeles farmers markets.

Susan Heeger, a California native and graduate of Harvard University, is a long-time magazine and newspaper feature writer with a specialty in garden, design, home, lifestyle, and food stories. A contributing editor for Coastal Living and Martha Stewart Living, where she served as staff writer for several years, she also co-wrote The Gardens of California, which was published by Clarkson Potter. She has written extensively on edible gardening for publications ranging from The Los Angeles Times Magazine to Country Living and Whole Living. With the support of their son Simon, she and her husband Rob Steiner, a landscape architect, grow their own vegetables year-round in Los Angeles.

What a fun book! And Potted is really one of our favorite shops ever. Drop by the garden store tonight in Atwater Village, starting at 6:30 pm.

Potted is located at 3158 Los Feliz Blvd.

Get green for St. Patty’s Day in Atwater Village

The Village Bakery's Irish soda bread

Village Bakery

Open now and until 7:00 pm today, grab some freshly baked Irish soda bread or Guinness chocolate cupcakes. Specials today include corned beef sandwich with Guinness braised cabbage. Yum!

Tam O’Shanter Inn

One of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, The Tam O’Shanter Inn will be catering to the Irish holiday (even though it’s not an actual Irish pub) with their annual celebration – and it’s a big one! In the parking lot they’ll have Celtic bands and bagpipes from 2:00 pm-closing. Of course, you can grab some green beer, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and more.

Let us know in the comments section below if you know of a great place to celebrate in Atwater Village! We’ll keep updating this list as we learn more.

Sell your stuff at the Atwater Village Simplicity Sale

Need to downsize, clean up, clear out, organize, un-cloud, simplify, refresh, de-clutter, straighten up, sort out, and doing something fun in your life? Simplify at the Atwater Village Simplicity Sale!

Northland Village Church is providing the space and the people, you bring your extra stuff and we’ll all have a smashing time with one another. Please contact the church by Sunday, February 27 if you’d like to participate.

Here’s to hoping the gloomy skies make way for sunshine for this sale!

Simplicity Sale
Sunday, March 6 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Revo Cafe is located at 3134 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village
Call or email to RSVP your space: 323-863-6129, needs@northlandvillagechurch.com

Friday: Atwater Avenue Elementary Open House

We received some info from Atwater Avenue Elementary School about an open house coming up on Friday, February 18. Here’s the low-down from the event coordinators:

Come and see why our API has jumped 41 points. Visit our new Computer Lab, new Smart Boards for every classroom, new Outdoor Reading Garden and more. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome…. We are a Kindergarten through 6th Grade elementary school, Title 1, in the heart of Atwater Village. Steeped in history (founded in 1922) and deeply interwoven with generations of local families and local businesses, our 380 students and 70 staff are a richly diverse community, spanning a myriad of cultures, languages, races, religions, economical and social backgrounds. Our school motto is: BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE and BE SAFE.

Check it out on Friday, February 18 from 8:30 am – 10.30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Registration: 8:30 am – 9:00 am (you don’t need to RSVP and it’s free)

Presentation and Tour: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Q&A: 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Atwater Avenue Elementary School is located at 3271 Silver Lake Blvd.

Email cds9991@lausd.net with questions.