We were honored to be among the sponsors for this year’s Earth Day Celebration and Taste of Toluca in April. Our staff members showed up in force and had a wonderful time sampling the food, handing out magazines and reusable shopping bags, saying hello to our friends and supporters and, of course, meeting all the readers who stopped by our table. We also enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with Ed Begley Jr., the subject of our March/April cover story, whose keynote speech further reminded us how small steps in the right direction can make an important difference in the world.
This festival showcases so many of the best things about this neighborhood — including its natural beauty, its family-friendliness and the strong partnerships between residents, businesses, local government and civic organizations. It was inspiring to see so many gathered together to promote the health of our planet and community. I want to thank all attendees, our fellow sponsors and the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council for making this such a successful event. For more on what makes Toluca Lake great and what’s happening to make it even better, be sure to check out our recent interview with L.A. City Councilmember David Ryu.
And just like that, it’s time to look ahead to summer! To help you get ready, we’ve compiled more than 80 ways to make the most of this sunny season in and around Toluca Lake. Our own summer to-do lists are already a mile long after rounding up so many refreshing juice bars, happy hour hangouts, beach-ready beauty treatments, activities to keep the kids busy and a jam-packed entertainment calendar covering concerts, food festivals, outdoor movies and much more. And what says “SoCal summer” better than the glare of neon, the roar of engines and the tantalizing smell of burgers in the parking lot of Bob’s Big Boy on a Friday night? We strolled over to the famous classic car show on a few recent evenings to capture moments from this quintessential local event and meet some of the personalities who make it so special. It’s certainly an experience no one should miss.
I hope our ultimate summer fun guide gets you excited to explore the amazing array of opportunities we’re fortunate to have nearby. Plus, don’t forget to explore TolucaLake.com for even more options than we could possibly fit in this issue! Please continue sending me your feedback, inquiries and ideas at email@example.com, and have a safe and happy summer.