Urgent note: It’s almost time for Descanso Gardens to transform into a leafy world of dazzling nighttime lights again. “Enchanted: Forest of Light” opens November 19, but tickets tend to vanish in a twinkling. Better reserve your visit soon.
In the past month, the John Aaroe Group Community Foundation awarded grants to eight remarkable organizations devoted to helping those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, homelessness, and debilitating diseases; caring for infants in intensive care; giving children a positive start; remembering and educating on the AIDS struggle; and helping abused animals. We are proud to be a part of their vital efforts.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services - The organization transforms lives by providing quality mental health and substance abuse services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access. It provides a continuum of prevention, early intervention and treatment services while working to erase the discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction. more »
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation - NICU Department - The Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to meet the health care needs of the Foothill communities. Funds earmarked for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) help support the purchase and maintenance of equipment, renovate hospital rooms, increase patient services and provide healthcare education. more »
The Ovarian Cancer Circle - Committed to creating an ever-expanding ring of networking, education and support for women of all ages, their families and friends who are affected by ovarian cancer. Dedicated to funding research that promotes and sustains a national dialogue that leads to a cure for ovarian cancer. more »
St Martin’s Animal Foundation - Focuses on creating a beautiful haven where severely abused animals can live out their lives in peace and children can have fun learning about proper pet care, anti-bullying, and environmental issues through art, gardening and other fun activities. This year’s goal is to create a solar powered eco sanctuary and learning center. more »
Los Angeles Youth Network - LAYN’s mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient by providing the highest quality support services and housing and engaging the community to mobilize in helping to ensure that every child can experience a meaningful life free of abuse, neglect and trauma. more »
PATH - PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness throughout California by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Each agency addresses homelessness differently, from supportive services and permanent housing development to community engagement. more »
Foundation for a National AIDS Monument - The Foundation seeks to honor and memorialize the devastation and impact of HIV/AIDS on a national level, establishing a physical structure of global significance that will support our ongoing activism. State-of-the-art interactive technology will give visitors access to HIV/AIDS education programs. more »
Rainbow Pack - The organization provides elementary school students with the supplies they need to be successful learners, including backpacks full of basics like pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. As they give the supplies at back-to-school events on the first and second days of school, volunteers also show they care about and believe in kids. more »
So you’re invited to someone else’s Thanksgiving feast. Whew. But wait – you still have to bring a side. This year, why make it that same tired old chestnut (dressing)? The folks at Food Network have 100+ way more impressive recipes.
Anyone who’s driven the Eastside freeways has spotted the soaring 226-foot tower of the 1927 Sears Mail Order Building in Boyle Heights. Now it and the rest of its 1.8-million-square-foot landmark complex are poised for new mixed-use life.