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A Vampire Ball for Glendale Couples

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Glendale Couples Can Have an Exciting “Anti-Valentine’s Day” this Year

Most of us in Glendale spend Valentine’s day with a romantic evening. Good food, good wine, and a good time with that special someone are most Valentine’s evenings’ staples. This year, you might want to try something different. Endless Night, a company specializing in vampire-themed balls and parties that sell out worldwide, plans to host a special “Anti-Valentine’s Day” event. This Night is sure to be unique with striking black and red clothing and opportunities for Baroque dress-up.

Admission to the event costs $55 for individuals or $100 for a couple. The event will be hosted at the Globe Theatre starting at 9 PM on Valentine’s Day. Make sure to consider your dress carefully – showing up in slacks and a button-down could get you turned away at the door!

Local Experts in Glendale Mold Inspection

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale uses the best tools on the market to locate areas of mold growth and prevent fungi from taking over your home. Call us 24/7 at (323) 255-1000 for services or a quote.

Keeping College and Business Offices in Eagle Rock Operational Through Water Damage Restorations

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Bumps in the Road that Shaped Eagle Rock’s Occidental College

One of the most important institutions in Eagle Rock is the internationally recognized Occidental College. Founded in the late 19th Century, the College soon shed its religious affiliation and dedicated itself to becoming a stronghold for academic minds. Over the next century, Occidental would develop a reputation for excellence, but not before hitting a few speed bumps along the way.

The first significant obstacle in the institution’s journey came in 1896, less than a decade after its founding when the original college building burned to the ground. For a nascent university without a large dowry, this could be a story-ending situation. Fortunately, the local St. Vincent’s College (now Loyola Marymount University) had recently relocated and left behind an aging but capable building. This building served Occidental for the two years it took to fund and construct a new campus in Highland Park.

In 1912, as the college staff and students prepared to change campuses to the Eagle Rock location we know today, the board of trustees attempted to make a controversial decision: they wanted to convert the College into an all-male institution. This effort provoked widespread outrage among the students and faculty and was abandoned. However, the board tried again in the following year, garnering negative attention from newspapers nationwide. Once more, the effort was nixed, and Occidental continued its longstanding efforts to produce strong female graduates.

These events would be the last major challenges to Occidental College's rise, but a few more eras proved to be defining in its history. During the Vietnam War, Occidental was the site of one of the most notable divides between political groups, with peace advocates and ardent military supporters often butting heads among both students and faculty members. Around the same time, the College undertook efforts to improve its ethnic diversity, garnering the ire of anti-integration activists of the time.

Today, Occidental College remains one of the top private universities in the country, with notable alumni that include former President Barack Obama. Its presence brings culture and business to our community that elevates it as one of the most shining examples of Los Angeles living.

How Eagle Rock Students Fit into the Film Industry

Throughout much of Eagle Rock’s history, students and entrepreneurs have traveled here to get started in the film industry. With such proximity to Hollywood's ancient studios, we have always had close ties with that particularly well-known part of Los Angeles.

Even the earliest Hollywood films pulled talent and scenery from our community. One of the primary resources used by the studios was Occidental College. Already well-established by the time the motion picture industry began taking shape, studios employed many student actors and writers from Occidental in the early days of film. Parts of the College feature in some silent films and have continued to show up throughout the years.

More recently, Eagle Rock's streets have become a staple in films and television shows set in urban environments. From the local high school to small corner stores, many places have been featured as one-off and recurring locations in major films like Top Gun and popular television shows like Glee. As always, the student actors of Occidental College continue to feature in small roles throughout these productions. Now, on top of its impressive academics, the College holds a well-deserved reputation for helping young talent get started in the industry.

Early Architecture in Eagle Rock can Still be Seen Today

Have you ever wondered what Eagle Rock looked like a century ago? Nationwide, very few buildings remain from early 20th Century cities since the properties experience such high demand that they are repeatedly rebuilt. However, in Eagle Rock and especially Occidental College, people can still experience rare early architecture in 2021.

Most of the buildings used on the modern Occidental College campus were designed and built early in the 20th Century. The initial plans were laid in 1911 by famed architect Myron Hunt, who sought to recreate a classical Mediterranean plaza. The stylistic choices used here include:

  • Light stone walls and columns
  • Colorful tiled roofs
  • Stone walkways
  • Ample landscaping and gardens

Another peek into the city’s past can be found at the nearby Los Angeles Police Museum. This building, built in 1925 as a local police station, houses many exhibits of LAPD through the years. It is currently closed, but the building itself stands out on its street.

How SERVPRO Helps Prevent Water Restoration from Interrupting Eagle Rock Offices

For many businesses in Eagle Rock, one of the main reasons not to call in professionals for water damage mitigation is to avoid a temporary closure. Closing up most or all of the building can mean a loss of profit severe enough to prevent re-opening. We understand this dilemma and can usually accommodate your workforce throughout the restoration process.

Most water damages are localized to a specific area. In these situations, we may temporarily close off the affected rooms, but most of the building should remain unaffected. In cases where a large office floor has been affected, such as from an overhead sprinkler, we can cordon off the damaged area and keep most of the office space intact. Small water damages that would not disrupt your normal operations include:

  • Bathroom flooding
  • Water line leaks
  • Windows left open during a storm
  • Oxidized metals and other effects of humidity

Some difficult situations, such as flooding or a blaze extinguished with fire hoses, may damage the entire office space. In these cases, a full closure of the premises for a few days is often unavoidable. After the initial damage mitigation has finished, we can complete the restoration work one room at a time. Thus, with only a few temporary changes, your office space can be back in business within days of a disaster.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is a licensed and certified provider of water damage restoration services for offices in Eagle Rock. Contact us at (323) 255-1000 for quotes and emergency services.

A Drive-Thru Winter WonderLAnd in Woodland Hills Near Eagle Rock

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Eagle Rock Can Celebrate the Holidays with this Festive Event 

Head on over to 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd and the former Westfield Promenade's parking lot for an evening of holiday festivities. When you get there, you enter the queue to drive through a spectacular lighted WonderLAnd. There are sights such as the snowflake tunnel, flashing light displays, and plenty of "snow." Everyone will enjoy the live participants that show up beside your car. You can expect to see elves, toy soldiers, and Santa himself.  

It is a bit of a squeeze in the parking lot but a delightful way to enjoy the evening out with the family. The cost is $70 per car. You can buy tickets through December 30th. Just visit the WonderLAnd drive-thru website for tickets. 

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Service in Eagle Rock 

When a fire strikes a home, it can be disastrous. Even small flames can cause significant problems when smoke residue spreads throughout the residence. SERVPRO provides: 

  • Emergency mitigation
  • Debris removal
  • Cleanup and repair services
  • Removal of smoke, soot, and the accompanying odors 

Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 for more information.

Glendale Residents Light Up the Night with South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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It is the Perfect Way to Add Some Sparkle to Your Night Near Glendale 

If you want to enjoy a magical display of lights while taking an evening stroll, South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW is a perfect choice. The garden comes to life after hours with a variety of displays. There are not necessarily dedicated to Christmas but are a unique look at the gardens. The banyan grove and desert collection are delightful.   

Plan for an Hour of Illumination 

If you stroll through the botanic garden, stopping for some picture taking along the way, it takes approximately 45 minutes. Social distancing is easy with the one-way loop that is quite wide. The details are: 

  • Tickets cost $34.95 for non-members
  • Social distancing and masks required
  • Limited capacity
  • Tickets need to be booked in advance
  • Tours are available nightly 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Is open through January 10th 

You can contact South Coast Botanic Garden for more information and to purchase tickets.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale provides stormwater removal services to Glendale and surrounding communities. We hope all the Glendale residents have a safe and happy holiday.

Eagle Rock Homeowners with Crawlspace Moisture Call on SERVPRO

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Eagle Rock gets its name from a large rock in the area whose shadow looks like an eagle with outstretched wings. It is a neighborhood that is part of Northeast Los Angeles. Originally it was its own city, incorporated in 1911, but merged with Los Angeles in 1923. 

Native Americans and Spanish Settlers 

San Rafael Hills was once a secluded valley that was inhabited by the Tongva people. They had an attractive food source. The valley is full of oak trees, and the Tongva used the acorns from the trees as a staple food. In the late 18th century, Spanish settlers would displace the Tongva. When this happened, the San Rafael Hills area became incorporated in Rancho San Rafael. In 1870, this would be divided into 31 parcels of land. What is known as Eagle Rock was awarded to Benjamin Dreyfuss and was a farming community in the 1880s. 

American Settlers & The Growth of a Town 

Los Angeles began to grow steadily as more American settlers came to the area, which would continue well into the late 19th century. Once semi-rural developments would rapidly change into suburban areas, Henry Huntington's Los Angeles Railway trolley line was built. It allowed for the expansion of Eagle Rock valley and made traveling much more manageable.  

Into the Future 

Eagle Rock is situated between Pasadena and Glendale and was annexed to Los Angeles in 1923 because of the need for a high school and an adequate water supply. The city of Eagle Rock itself did not have the resources to meet either of those needs.  

Increasing the Value of Eagle Rock 

From the 2000s and onwards, Eagle Rock has undergone gentrification, which has increased property value. Housing prices have increased dramatically, along with new business growth. Just in the last decade, the neighborhood has seen further development of: 

  • Art galleries
  • Bars
  • Coffee shops  

Young Urban Professionals & Counter-Culture 

Diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups live in Eagle Rock and the surrounding communities. There has been an influx of young urban professionals from nearby neighborhoods such as Silver Lake and Los Felix. At the core of those who reside in Eagle Rock are counter-culture artists, writers, and filmmakers. The 2000 census laid out the ethnic breakdown as follows: 

  • Latinos - 40.3%
  • White – 29.8 %
  • Asian – 23.9%
  • African-American – 1.8%
  • Others – 4.1% 

For the foreign-born residents, over 35% were from the Philippines and over 25% from Mexico. 

Sightseeing in Eagle Rock 

For those who enjoy a pleasant venture Hill Drive, once Hill Avenue, is a beautiful street. Other streets worth visiting include Mt. Royal Drive, Laverna Avenue, Hermosa Avenue, and Highland Avenue. Roads were added or extended in the 1950s to build large residential buildings with a city view. For those who enjoy architecture, you can see homes built in the style of: 

  • Craftsman
  • Georgian
  • Streamline Modern
  • Deco
  • Mission Revival 

Eagle Rock Historic Buildings 

Eagle Rock has its original City Hall from the days when it was its municipality. The library was built in 1914 with the help of a Carnegie grant. In 1927 that structure was replaced using the basement and one wall of the original building. Both are historically preserved buildings, and the library is now the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. 

A Favorite Choice for Filmmakers 

You cannot be part of Los Angeles and not be impacted by the motion picture industry. Home to Occidental College, it has been included as a filming location and in cameos in several productions, including: 

  • Top Gun
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The O.C.
  • Star Trek III
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Incredible Shrinking Women
  • City
  • The Unwed Father 

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were roommates living on Hill Drive when they wrote the Good Will Hunting Script. Affleck was once a student of Occidental College. The movie would be nominated for and win a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. Other notable residents include Zasu Pitts, John Steinbeck, Lindsay Wagner, and Robert Shaw. The arts and filmmaking have had an impact on those living in and around Eagle Rock. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Repair in Eagle Rock 

If you have water in the crawlspace under your home, it can lead to severe problems. Anytime moisture is allowed to sit, it causes damage. There are various reasons you may need water damage repair in the crawlspace, including: 

  • Leaking pipes
  • Poor drainage
  • Cracked walls
  • High water table
  • Heavy rainfall 

If these issues are not fixed, it could lead to problems with your home's foundation. Over time crawlspace moisture can damage supporting beams. Insect infestation can become a concern, and mold can develop.  

Prevent Small Issues from Becoming Big Ones 

When you call SERVPRO, our water damage repair technicians are ready to mitigate the situation. Trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), our technicians look for even the slightest water intrusion. They move swiftly to track the source and provide water extraction. Our team can dry out the area and help prevent the problem from returning by addressing the problem's root. Don't let crawlspace moisture damage your home. Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323)255-1000 today. 

Don’t Miss Cheap Date Wednesdays at Spitz Eagle Rock

11/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Save Some Dough for Cheap Date Night Wednesdays with Other Eagle Rock Locals

Not sure where to go for date night? Bring your date to SPITZ Eagle Rock! Whether you are looking to go out with friends or hoping to find a fun spot to bring a date, Spitz Eagle Rock offers weekly specials with Cheap Date Night. Every Wednesday, Cheap Date Wednesdays is your chance to enjoy food and drink with other locals. For one low fee, you get two entrees, two sides, and a bottle of wine to share while experiencing fun, lively surroundings.

    •    When: December 9, 2020, and weekly every Wednesday night
    •    Time: 5:00 pm until closing
    •    Cost: $40 per couple
    •    Where: SPITZ Eagle Rock, 2506 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Getting out to have fun with locals is something that our team at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale can get behind. Should you have a fire in your home, handling fire debris removal is best left to skilled professionals. If you have an emergency that calls for prompt cleanup, contact us by calling (323) 255-1000, and we will send out our Green Fleet for a full assessment.

Eagle Rock Residents – Enjoy Virtual Sound Bath Practitioner Training

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Learn to Become a Sound Bath Practitioner with Level 1 Virtual Training from Your Eagle Rock, CA Home

There are countless benefits that come with sound baths, including improved well-being, relaxation, and a boost in awareness. If this is a practice that intrigues you, this is your chance to enjoy learning the basics with virtual training via The Sound Bath Center. Eagle Rock residents have the unique opportunity to learn all about harnessing the power of vibration using sound bath with the help of crystal singing bowls and gongs. Just as you would with an in-person class, participants are encouraged to participate virtually like they would if they were all in the same room.

    •    Date: November 21 and 22, 2020
    •    Time: 10 am to 5 pm on both days
    •    Cost: $450 per person
    •    Where: Virtually

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale encourages community involvement and continued learning for all residents. If you have an emergency in your home and you require professional water restoration, we are here to help! With one phone call to (323) 255-1000, we send out a crew to get to work on restoring your interior and mitigating damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Northeast Los Angeles Art Lovers – Live From Provence (All Levels) Classes

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Learn to Paint from the Comfort of Your Northeast Los Angeles Home with Virtual Classes

Whether you have been painting for a while or just beginning, these recurring classes put on by the Brentwood Art Center (Online) are perfect for artists of all levels. Live From Provence is a virtual class taught by UK born instructor Jill Douglas. This online workshop series teaches students how to tackle basic drawing techniques, mix colors, capture the mood with shadows and lights, and learn about balanced composition.

    •    When: Tuesdays - ongoing through December 8, 2020
    •    Where: Hosted virtually on Zoom via the Brentwood Art Center
    •    Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    •    Cost: Per class or per series – contact the Center for further details

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale supports the local community and the arts, virtual learning, and enrichment. Do you have flooding in your home after a recent storm that requires skilled flood removal techniques? Contact our team today, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible. We can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (323) 255-1000.

Your Glendale Home Deserves Careful Attention with Skilled Mold Remediation Services

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Leaves No Area of Your Glendale, CA Property Unaddressed When Called for Rapid Mold Remediation and Restoration

There are many reasons to love Glendale, CA, including the nickname given in 2013 as L.A.’s Neighborhood of the Year. As a peaceful yet lively suburb situated in the heart of California’s Los Angeles County, this region is home to many community members and business owners alike. Glendale is surrounded by other equally up-and-coming boroughs, including Glassell Park, Atwater Village, Verdugo Hills, and Eagle Rock.

In terms of size, Glendale, CA, is made up of an estimated population of around 200,000 people in 2014. This number made it one of the largest cities located within L.A. County and the 23rd most significant city within the state of California. Location-wise, you will find Glendale just 8 miles to the north of bustling downtown Los Angeles, CA. Glendale is bisected by the stunning Verdugo Mountains, making for an incredible backdrop for many local properties in the area.

Armenian Population and Other Notable Points of Interest in Glendale, CA
Some people may not realize that Glendale is made up of one of the largest Armenian populations around the globe, only coming in second to Yerevan. You will find Armenian restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops all serving a variety of authentic eats throughout the city, including delicious baklava and lamb kebabs.

Glendale became incorporated back in 1906, then 12 years later annexed Tropico. From 1859 to 1925, Leslie Coombs Brand was a notable civic booster that is known for building a sprawling estate known as El Miradero in 1904. This estate included a stunning mansion comprised of various architecture, taking stylings from Indian, Moorish, and Spanish design. Leslie Brand was known for a love of flight, often hosting what was known as “fly-in” parties on a private airstrip.

Attractions and Nightlife
It used to be that Glendale, CA, was only known for the local mall. As time went on, this city has made quite a name for itself in terms of both local splendor and recreational activities, along with must-see attractions. Whether you want to go hiking or enjoy a few of the parks in the area, there is never any shortage of things to see and do. Not only will you find exciting galleries and museums, but there are also lovely dining options and live music venues that make for a beautiful night on the town.

Today, there are many unique things to see and do within the Glendale, CA area, including:

    •    Verdugo Park – Situated near the Verdugo Mountains and one of the most sizable parks in Glendale, Verdugo Park is a popular location with locals looking to get out and about to enjoy some fresh air amidst beautiful surroundings. The park includes basketball courts, baseball fields, play areas for children, picnic spots, a skate park, and horseshoe courts.
    •    Brand Boulevard – If shopping is something that sparks your interest, you will want to take a trip along Brand Boulevard along the main streets of Glendale. Here, you will find a wide selection of local shops that include cafes, eateries, bookstores, and smaller shops selling just about anything you could be looking for.
    •    The Museum of Neon Art – Also known as MONA, the Museum of Neon Art offers a one-of-a-kind viewing experience that you will not soon forget. The museum opened to the public back in 1981 and has remained dedicated to stunning neon artwork and preserving installations crafted from neon lighting. The original museum was located in downtown Los Angeles but moved to Glendale's current spot back in 2016. You will find signature pieces that used to reside in famous locations such as the Brown Derby and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Taking a look at restaurants, Glendale, California, brings you a diverse selection of places to grab a bite to eat. Some of the top restaurants include:

    •    Adana – this is an excellent Turkish-inspired eatery known for their fattoush salad and eggplant with onions on the menu, as well as a setting that is low-key and relaxed.
    •    Sevan Chicken Rotisserie – this is the place to go when you want to sample mouth-watering roasted chicken complete with moist, flavorful meat and perfectly crisp skin.
    •    Damon’s Steak House – When you want a steak and a curated cocktail, Damon’s Steak House is a tiki-inspired restaurant with a rich menu that includes everything from chops and steaks to fish and chips or vegetarian dishes.
    •    Porto’s Bakery & Café – Dating back to opening day in 1982, this infamous Cuban bakery offers delectable guava pastries, unique and tasty potato balls, and some of the best sandwiches in all of Los Angeles County.

Why Handle Mold Mitigation on Your Own? Call SERVPRO to Your Home or Business for Skilled Mold Remediation Services That Bring You Impeccable Results!

If your Glendale home or place of business starts to suffer from elevated humidity levels and excessive moisture, there is a real danger of mold contamination. The first 24 to 48 hours remain crucial as mold will colonize rapidly. Because the presence of mold can cause potential health effects, you need to have skilled remediation professionals to handle the mitigation and cleanup. SERVPRO is available to assist with proven methods and powerful EPA-registered cleaning agents to restore your interior.

Why Use SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup?
When you contact our crew to assist with mold remediation in Glendale, we provide a host of benefits, to include:

    •    Thorough and Proper Cleaning – Our IICRC-certified technicians know where to look for hidden moisture and areas where mold is known to thrive so that we can provide the deep clean you deserve.
    •    Inhibit Mold Spore Spread – Attempting to clean mold on your own may simply disturb and disperse the spores. We use a cautious approach and proven methods to limit the spread of mold so that you can have peace of mind knowing the job was done right.

When you know that you need to have professional mold remediation, you can look to our team at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale. We are available 24/7 for emergency service, with crews arriving on-site and ready to work within hours of your call. Contact us today by calling (323) 255-1000!

How Can Business Owners Mitigate Flood Damage Before Remediators Arrive?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Glendale Business Owners Can Do a Few Simple Things to Mitigate Flood Damage After a Flooding Event Occurs.

Glendale commercial establishments sometimes experience flood-related issues during the rainy winter months.  Although this flooding generally requires professional assistance, there are some important tasks owners can do to limit their losses.

SERVPRO, a Glendale flood damage remediator, offers local restaurant and shop owners some useful tips for mitigating the potential problems associated with flooding.  Some of our suggestions for doing this include:

  • Avoiding using your business’ electricity until its electrical network has been inspected and deemed safe to use
  • Disconnecting and relocating electrical appliances that could be damaged by excessive moisture levels
  • Staying out of areas of your commercial structure that may have compromised floors and ceilings that could collapse
  • Removing all non-impacted valuables and expensive artworks to a dry, safe location
  • Opening windows and doors to dissipate foul odors and facilitate the drying process.

In taking all of these measures, business owners can often limit the overall severity of the flood damage they ultimately suffer.  Moreover, these simple steps help technicians complete their work more easily once they arrive.

How, Exactly, Does Following These Suggestions Limit My Losses?

Flood-damaged properties are a virtual minefield of hazards.  SERVPRO’s aforementioned recommendations help you avoid the most serious issues that can occur after flooding.  As you can imagine, electrical hazards are of greatest concern.  You can prevent accidental electrocutions, further electrical network damage, and harm to electric-using devices simply by leaving the electric off and relocating moisture-sensitive appliances.  In remaining out of structurally compromised rooms, you avoid injury and make restoration efforts easier.  When you remove non-impacted valuables from your business, you preserve those items and reduce the number of objects SERVPRO technicians have to be concerned with protecting.   

With that said, remember SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is always here to help.  Call us anytime at (323) 255-1000.