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Monday, 27 July 2015 11:31

Raising the Barre North Hollywood

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Get ready for relevé, battement, arabesque, Demi-plié and more, NoHo!

No, it's not a French lesson, just some of the fun in store for you at the newest business to open in the NoHo Arts District - Pure Barre North Hollywood!

Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:11

Thanks for the Happy Days, Garry Marshall

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The Los Angeles theatre community mourns the passing of Garry Marshall. May his memory be a blessing.

Monday, 31 March 2014 07:16

First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Turns 87

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We are proud of our local NoHo achievements and milestones. Congratulations First Baptist Church of North Hollywood for 87 years in NoHo!

First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Turns 87

I hear that the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood will be celebrating 87 years at Fair and Ostego.
Yes, we just marked our 87th anniversary on February 23. The church started officially in 1927, and met at several local theaters in the neighborhood (which at that time was called Lankershim). In 1930 the congregation purchased this corner property for a place to worship and as a base for ministry.

How is the church this great anniversary?
As we look back and look around we find many good things to celebrate. The church anniversary gives us a great opportunity to see some of the ways that God's story is being written in ours! We give thanks for continuing ministries, new developments in outreach to our neighbors and spiritual growth within the congregation. Our theme for the anniversary was "Generations of Faith and Mission." God has called us together as a multi-generational, multi-ethnic congregation; the Generations theme helps us honor that great purpose that God is working out.

Tell us more about your church services/programs?
Our worship is joyful and exuberant and provides us opportunities to connect with God in praise, prayer and scripture and with one another in fellowship and support. We seek to show the love of Christ to everyone who comes through our doors, and newcomers are welcomed warmly. Preaching unfolds theteaching of the Bible and its relevance to our daily experience. We emphasize the good news of God’s grace in Christ, and his empowering presence with us in all the changes of life. Music, drama and other worship arts are prominent, reflective of the people of our congregation and our NoHo community. We have choirs for adults, teens and children, drama ministry, and upcoming dance ministry, with rehearsals all through the week. Discipleship, or following Jesus, is a core part of our existence as a church, and a key component of this is learning the Bible. We offer Sunday School classes, midweek Bible studies, a men’s Bible study on Saturday morning, and an extensive Children’s Church ministry that brings the Word home to our young people in a powerful way.

Fellowship, or caring for one another in Christ, is another core part of our church. We have dynamic ministries with teens, children, women, married couples, men, and a growing singles ministry. All of these help us to be deeply rooted in God in every season of life. Our congregation is huge on supporting one another by prayer and expressions of help and encouragement.

Outreach is another core part of who we are. We devote a significant amount of attention to helping our neighbors in need. We have a weekly food pantry on Tuesdays and a monthly community luncheon on third Sundays. On Tuesday mornings the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is here to provide showers and changes of clothes for our homeless neighbors, and afterward we have Bible study and a hot meal with these neighbors. For many years we have hosted an AA meeting on Thursdays at 8pm. We give enthusiastically to American Baptist missions and other mission efforts. We cultivate the awareness the Bible gives us that “we are blessed to be a blessing to others.”

First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Turns 87

In many ways we leverage our impact in God's world through significant community partnerships. Three organizations started by members of our church provide us amazing opportunities to share in God's work and extend his good gifts to others. Operation Love Ministries, Inc., serves the spiritual and physical needs of needy persons here in North Hollywood and on skid row; their global ministry includes building a trade school in Leogane, Haiti. Weekdays we open our doors to the afterschool programs of Hands for Hope, and we've been blessed many times over through this partnership of more than ten years. Dennis Rowe Entertainment, also based here, produces original gospel-themed musical plays that have involved many within the congregation and from all over the performing arts community. We also take part in the North Hollywood Church Alliance and look forward to hosting this year's annual Good Friday evening service. These community partnerships are an addition to and expansion of the church's own ministries of outreach, creative arts and caring. Since June we have shared our facilities with Miniserios Nuevo Vivir, a vibrant, growing congregation, and we are enjoying this partnership immensely. They are an inspiring and helpful presence in our lives, and are a key part of significant improvements in the property.

Tell us about your background prior to coming to First Baptist Church of North Hollywood.
My wife, Kathy, and I were married just a few years before I first came to the church in 1988 as Associate Pastor. Then in 1992 I was privileged to be called as Pastor. Before coming here I worked all kinds of jobs while attending seminary, and served as a youth pastor for a church in Van Nuys. I've enjoyed living in southern California most of my life.

What days/times do you have services?
On Sundays we have Bible classes at 9am and worship at 10:30am. Wednesdays we have Bible study and prayer gatherings at 7pm. Our church choirs and other ministry groups meet on other weeknights. Our sister congregation sharing the facilities, Nuevo Vivir, worships in Spanish on Sundays at 3pm and Wednesdays at 7:30pm, and has youth service in English on Fridays at 7:30pm.

If a person wants to get involved with the church who do they contact?
They could call our church office, 818 763 4356, email us at, or email me directly at (apparently I am one of the last AOL customers!). Our website and Facebook page are, well, may I just say that they are under review and rebuilding. We look forward to both of these being active and effective soon!

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Monday, 21 March 2016 14:04

Backgammon Film Review, by a Filmmaker

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Backgammon Film Review by a Filmmaker

Friday, 23 May 2014 07:50

Can NoHo Be More Neighborhoody?

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Attention North Hollywood! Let’s learn how to make NoHo more neighborhoody

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We always praise the fact that the NoHo Arts District is a neighborhood, a neighborhood of artists, creators and doers. But can we make it even more so? For urban planners, it starts with more placemaking, which is roughly defined as: “…a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well being.” Thanks, Wikipedia.  So we’re capitalizing on NoHo’s many arts assets. But how can we do more to make the NoHo Arts District the place to live, work and experience? (Well the L.A. Weekly thinks so. They also did a feature on the arts in the district)

Head over to the NoHo Arts Center on Tuesday, May 27 when KPCC host Alex Cohen and The Crawford Family Forum bring together urban planning experts to discuss ways people like you and me, community groups, neighborhood councils, nonprofits, arts groups and everyone in between can work together to build better neighborhoods. So if you want to create more NoHo pride, let’s learn how we can “transform spaces into places.”

To learn more about Placmaking, read the full KPCC interview with urban planning and cultural policy specialist Maria Rosario Jackson. Below is an excerpt that best describes NoHo.

What makes these places different from other places?
"I think when there is an authentic expression of the people who live and work in a place, it shows. I don't have anything specifically against big businesses, however, what demonstrates the character of a place is more evident in businesses that are more unique. I think about where I live, and there's something about being able to walk down the hill and know who the business owners are, and be able to experience something that I may connect with, things that my neighbors may connect with."

WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 - 9:00pm
7:00pm - Doors Open
7:30pm - Program
WHERE: The NoHo Arts Center - 11136 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.

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From the KPCC site:

"Moderator: Alex Cohen - Co-host of KPCC's Take Two @KPCCAlex; @taketwo

Maria Rosario Jackson - Urban planning and cultural policy specialist; national and regional foundations advisor. Formerly with the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., Jackson teaches at Claremont Graduate University and is a member of National Council on the Arts. She received a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Marshall Lewy - President of Barnsdall Art Park Foundation; chief creative officer of Adaptive Studios, a multi-platform production company; and critically acclaimed filmmaker. Lewy's work includes Blue State (2007), California Solo (2012), and contributions to the Huffington Post and This American Life. @MarshallLewy

Rudy Espinoza - Executive director at LURN (Leadership for Urban Renewal Network); board member of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation; commissioner at Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commission. Espinoza is an L.A. native with degrees in business administration and urban planning. @MrDOLPH

Valerie Watson - Urban designer, LA Department of Transportation assistant pedestrian coordinator. Watson has led the formalization of People St, a city-wide program and public interface offering communities a process for installing plazas, parklets and bicycle corrals, design treatments that repurpose road space as public open space."

Follow KPCC on Twitter @KPCC  |  @KPCCforum use hashtag #LApublicart

Thanks to the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. @Culture_LA

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 21:48

Have you tried Pitfire’s spring menu?

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Pitfire welcomes the warm weather with fresh new dishes and drinks to match

What better way to celebrate the warm (er) weather in North Hollywood than with delectable nibbles and yummy libation outside on a patio? When the season changes, so do some of Pitfire Artisan Pizza’s dishes. The NoHo Arts District dot Com team looks forward to their roll out of new dishes that serve up seasonal vegetables and fruit that are locally sourced. Pitfire fans are also in for a treat this season with a selection of new spring beverages like Stone Go To India Pale Ale, Castoro Cellars Chardonnay and a Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria.

Pitfire’s spring season dish additions include:

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 Pineapple and Pork Pie with chile-braised pork, pineapple, ricotta, cilantro and red onion  Sprouts N’ Bacon Pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, chiles, garlic and parmesan Signs of Spring Pizza with shaved asparagus, red onion, lemon zest, cream, ricotta, mint, pea purée and Asiago 

Community Spring Pasta featuring Community Grains Old World Linguini, asparagus, sage, orange ricotta and breadcrumbs

Community Spring Pasta Pitfire Pizza North Hollywood

Spring Farmers’ Market Plate with roasted Brussels sprouts and orange gremolata; spiced roasted carrots topped with cilantro; pea tendrils, quinoa, and radicchio topped with parmesan and preserved tangerine vinaigrette; and grilled focaccia topped with sweet pea mash, mint and crème fraiche

Pitfire Pizza North Hollywood Farmers Market Plate

Stop by Pitfire for lunch or dinner and try one or all of their new spring dishes while they last. Summer is just around the corner. | Facebook | Twitter

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 18:37

NoHo News - what's going on in the neighborhood?

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Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 08:34

How About Some Mimosas and Music?

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How we do Sunday Funday in NoHo: Brunch at The Federal with Mimosas and Music.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 07:33

Don’t pout, it’s time for Poutine!

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There’s no reason to pout on Monday or Tuesday now. It’s Poutinerie night at The Federal Bar!

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