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Important Events This Week: Taste of Farmers Market, GWNC LUC, Purple Line TNP and LVNA Block Party

Beat the heat tomorrow night by having dinner at the 10th Annual Taste of Farmers Market, supporting the First-In Fire Foundation and our local fire stations. Pictured from l-r  Martin Garza (Firefighter), Michael LaDue (Firefighter/Batt. 18 EIT), Jesse Contreras (Firefighter/Apparatus Operator),  Captain II Ricky Crawford/(Firefighter), Jim Cascone, owner, Huntington Meats, Gabriel Lopez (Engineer/Firefighter, Battalion Chief Al Ruiz (Battalion 18), Richard Franco (Firefighter) and Lyn MacEwen Cohen, President, First-In Fire Foundation. (Photo courtesy of First-In Fire Foundation)

There’s a lot happening this week, with a number of important special events in these so-called lazy days of summer.

Taste of Farmers Market

Tuesday night, just in time to get you out of cooking during the heatwave forecast for this week, is the 10th annual Taste of Farmers Market from 5-9 p.m.  It’s a great opportunity to check out all the gourmet delights and good eats at the Original Farmers Market at Fairfax and Third.  The ticketed event offers more than 50 tastes and samplings from the Market’s many restaurants and grocers—and includes free parking and a special 10thanniversary souvenir.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the First-In Fire Foundation , and representatives from Fire Station 61 will be serving their famous Firehouse Chili. Fire Station 58 will be serving up its famous vegetarian chili.

“We are delighted to be the non-profit partner of the Farmers Market for this wonderful community event,” said Lyn Cohen, founder of the First-In Fire Foundation.

The Buzz caught up with Cohen as she was helping deliver groceries donated by merchants from the Original Farmers Market to the fire stations so they could start cooking today or early tomorrow. They are planning to serve “tastes” to about 700 people who are expected to participate in the event. Cohen explained that Fire Station 61, our local first responder, participates every year. This year Fire Station 58, located on Robertson, south of Pico, will be cooking chili (last year it was made by Fire Station 29, in honor of its centennial).

“There’s a contest between the stations as to who is going to cook with meat and who is going to the vegetarian version,” said Cohen. “I know I’ll be tasting both!”

Tickets are available for purchase at or at the Farmers Market Customer Service Office.

Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee

Also on Tuesday evening is the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Committee meeting at Marlborough School, at 6:30 pm. We’re planning to grab an early dinner at the Farmers Market and then head over to the meeting,  where the committee is expected to review several new land use development projects, according to its posted agenda.

Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plan EIR Scoping Meeting

Next, on Thursday, is the  EIR Scoping meeting for the Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plan and associated updates to the Los Angeles Municipal Code. This is a great opportunity to learn about the scope of work that will be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and give your input at the meeting. The Buzz has been following this process, which was started by the LA City Planning Department in August 2016.  A similar plan for areas near Metro’s Exposition Line was recently approved by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

Meeting details:
Thursday, July 26th , 2018
6:30 – 8:30 PM (Open House Style)
Pan Pacific Park Senior Activity Center
141 S Gardner Street Los Angeles, CA 90036

Entrance to the building is in the rear, through the parking lot. Limited on-site parking will be reserved for meeting attendees. The parking entrance is located on Gardner Street, between 1st Street and 3rd Street.

Participants are invited to provide comments on the potential environmental impacts of the preliminary plan concepts. Comments will be accepted during the comment period, which is from Thursday, July 12, 2018 to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018. For the latest project information and participation opportunities, visit or contact Andrew Jorgensen at (213) 978-1281 or [email protected]

LVNA Block Party

Finally, the  Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association invites residents to celebrate their neighborhood on Saturday, July 28, from 1-5 p.m. on North Bronson Avenue, between Rosewood and Clinton Street. It’s a potluck, but there will be live music and games for kids.  For more information email Adam Rubenstein at [email protected]

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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