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Vote Today - Find Your Rancho Park Polling Place

Posted by Orli Belman on November 4, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Don't forget to vote today.

If you don't know the location of your polling place, you can look it up here.

Rancho Park's Pico Playhouse To Premiere "Adventures in Candyland" - A Play By Kids for All Ages to Enjoy

Posted by Orli Belman on October 29, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Saturday, November 1 marks the sold-out world premiere of "Adventures in Candyland", a  sugary saga written, performed and produced by a group of students from Overland Avenue Elementary School.

The delicious drama features friends on a journey, goblins up to no good, and royalty in peril.

The Pico Playhouse, Rancho Park's  neighborhood 99-seat theater treasure, graciously offered their stage, technical assistance and production expertise to this ambitious troupe, made up of fourth graders - along with a few little sisters.

Profits from the two performances will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

What: "Adventures in Candyland", written by Leah Uslan and Mollie Wittenberg and performed by Overland Elementary School students

When: 5:00 and 6:30 pm, Saturday, Nov 1

Where: Pico Playhouse, 10508 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Why: To raise money for the World Wildlife Fund

More: Both performances are sold out. Tickets for unused seats may be available at the box office at the time of each show.

Special thanks to Barbara Sanders, general manager and James Nisbet, house manager of the Pico Playhouse for giving these kids their first big break. Also, here’s a huge round of applause to all the adults who have volunteered their time and talents to putting on this show.

Eat at Pitfire Pizza on Westwood Blvd Thursday 10/23 Good Food for a Good Cause

Posted by Orli Belman on October 17, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Join us for a Night of Great Food, Friends, Family and Fundraising


Who: Everyone is welcome.


What: Support the  Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES is an LAUSD public middle and high school) while you and your family enjoy delicious artisan pizzas, fresh chopped salads made with locally grown ingredients, fantastic pasta and paninis!

When: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, October 23. Arrive anytime during this window.


Where: Pitfire Pizza, 2018 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025.


Why: 10% of ALL dine-in meals (yes, ALL...not just LACES families!) will go back to LACES. Plus, Pitfire is awesome!


The Book Truck at Children's Book World - Bring or Buy Books for Underserved Teens

Posted by Orli Belman on September 26, 2014 at 8:53pm 0 Comments

Children's Book World Rancho Park's Children's Book World and The Book Truck are holding a teen book drive to reach readers all across Los Angeles. Stop by tomorrow to donate new or gently used books to this great cause.

 Here's the info from their flyer.

Join us for a book drive to benefit underserved teens in Los Angeles!!!

Saturday September 27th @12pm


Children's Book World

10580 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064


The Book Truck gives away free books to teens in underserved communities and also builds satellite libraries at dropout recovery high schools in LA.  At The Book Truck we believe that every book is unique; every teen is an individual and every person is a reader.


Books from our wish list will be available for purchase at Children’s Book World.  We also welcome donations of gently used young adult books!!  Our teens are always asking for copies of the following:


  • Popular YA titles, like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver, and…


Watch Willy Wonka Under the Stars Tonight at Palms Park

Posted by Orli Belman on August 6, 2014 at 10:19am 0 Comments

Join your friends and neighbors for a night time screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

When:  dusk, Wednesday, August 6

Where: Palms Park, 2950 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064

No charge for attending. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Popcorn and candy can be purchased.

Los Angeles Summer of Learning comes to the West Side

Posted by Susan von Seggern on July 17, 2014 at 2:37pm 0 Comments

Mayor Eric Garcetti, in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The California Endowment, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, have launched of the Los Angeles Summer of Learning program, a citywide initiative to keep youth engaged in learning this summer. 

Los Angeles youth age 3 - 24 can access 100 valuable learning opportunities online and in person at City parks and libraries, LAUSD schools, and with museums and cultural institutions like the Getty Center and Aquarium of the Pacific.  The curriculum will offer robust options in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (S.T.E.A.M.), as well as a work-readiness pathway geared towards the skills needed to succeed in the modern economy.

“LA Summer of Learning will transform Los Angeles into a 500-square-mile campus and provide learning opportunities for our youth when school is not in session,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By connecting our students with creative, interactive and interest-driven learning opportunities, we will help our city’s youth learn new skills and prepare to enter the workforce.”

Upcoming learning opportunities in the Rancho Park area include Documentary Film at Venice Arts, the Getty Center Art Detective Badge program and the family Sundays program at LACMA.  

“Learning happens everywhere, not only in the classroom,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. “More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth is due to unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Thanks to the tremendous collaboration of our community partners, businesses, neighborhoods and city agencies, LA Summer of Learning will help increase access for youth, particularly in underserved neighborhoods. Together, we will make learning more visible to participants, parents, teachers, academic institutions, and potential employers.”

The Los Angeles Summer of Learning brings…


Rancho Park's Best Spot for Fireworks

Posted by Orli Belman on July 2, 2014 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

Head to Cheviot Hills Park on this Fourth of July to for a low-key, crowd-free celebration courtesy of the Hillcrest Country Club. You may have to be a member to golf there but the club's annual fireworks display lights up the Rancho Park sky for all to see. The best seats in the house are free - across the street at Cheviot Hills Park on Motor Ave, just south of Pico.

The fireworks begin at 9:00 pm but the fun starts earlier. You can bring picnics, blankets, sports equipment and your family and friends and enjoy the park before dark.

President Obama to Visit West Los Angeles

Posted by Orli Belman on May 6, 2014 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

May 7, 2014 - LAX & Bel Air

The President will likely arrive to LAX late morning or early afternoon before attending a function at a private

home in Bel Air, he will either travel by helicopter to an area on the west side to meet up with his motorcade

or could motorcade from LAX to Bel Air.
In either case we can expect west side traffic to be affected in and around the 405 and 10 freeway intersection,

including all surface streets in the area. Wilshire Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. could be heavily impacted.
At the conclusion of the event, it is believed the President will travel directly from Bel Air to Century City.

While these two destinations are relatively close to each other, there is the potential for severe traffic

issues on the west side during that time. The exact time of travel has not been determined.…

New Candy Pop-Up Shop At The Mall!

Posted by A Real Treat Candy Boutique on February 28, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Hey Rancho Park, we're an all natural candy boutique that just opened a pop-up shop at the Westside Pavilion inside of the wonderful Jaxx Children's Boutique. None of the candy has corn syrup or artificial colors, and there's lots of options for gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and allergen-free folks. Come sample over 25 different pick-n-mix options, and over a 100 different kinds of caramels, chocolate, lollipops, licorice, taffy, and more!  

Can't wait to see you guys!

Best from,

A Real Treat Candy Boutique

10800 W. Pico Blvd. - Ste 123 (Inside Jaxx Children's Boutique)

Los Angeles, CA 90064



Westside from the LA Times

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