By Anna Daniels
I’m taking a month off from writing my weekly column and will return July 10, so I want to tie up some loose ends. Next week I will start working on projects that have piled up inside and outside our aged house–more on that below–and nothing will get done once the weather turns hot.
City Heights News–the very good, the good and too soon to tell… City Heights will be getting its first skate park plaza! The Central Avenue Mini-Park and Skate Plaza in City will include a tot lot, a playground for older children, small open turf area for passive recreation, a plaza with games, landscaping, and relocation of trees.
This is the very good news-construction will begin in October 2014 and the park will be open to the public in November 2015. Congratulations and thanks to the amazing skateboard community, Mid-City CAN, Council members Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria and Mayor Filner.
The City Heights Community Development Corporation invites everyone to a celebration Wednesday June 5, from 12:30-1:00 pm at the City Heights Transit Plaza on University Ave over the SR-15 on the south side of the Transit Plaza deck.
Now let’s make sure that we get some artwork on the plaza that includes that names of everyone over the past thirty years who dreamed big and fought so long and hard to make Teralta Park on the freeway deck, the transit plazas and the Centerline a reality!
It is too soon to tell whether the City Council will sign off on the free bus passes for City Heights High School Students. The community has advocated for these passes for years and Mayor Filner put this item in his budget. If you haven’t emailed or called the council yet, please do before June 10.
Check out the new mural at AjA Project 4089 Fairmount. AjA Project recently held an open house and artist workshop. Stop by on a Tuesday or Thursday to appreciate the 70 memory boxes inside. These memory boxes are a haunting and thought provoking glimpse into the world of young children in the community. Older students listened to their stories and designed visual memory boxes that convey the spoken sentiments. Seriously, don’t miss the opportunity to experience these memory boxes.
Jacaranda Weather It is impossible to miss the immense bouquets of lavender that the jacaranda trees are holding up against the blue skies and the purple snow on the ground beneath them. As my compadre Belisario says–“Vivimos en gloria.” Yes, we live in glory.
Kittens become cats…. For the first time in a number of years, there has been a troubling increase in the number of unspayed/unneutered cats on the street. That means there is a lot of cat fighting. And there are kittens.
Three Five terrified beautiful kittens and one hissing catling found their way into our yard last night. This is discouraging. I need to have The Talk with a few of my neighbors who think it is unnatural to deny animals the joy of sex, but perfectly natural to abandon the results to the streets.
From Within These Whispering Walls to the house of creaking joints… My Beloved and I have lived for 27 years in a house built in 1924. We know to lift the front door just a little to lock it and not to pull the door knob too hard because it will fall off in our hand. We automatically jiggle the handle on the toilet after flushing and listen for that certain sound that lets us know that the water will stop running. We know just where to put the buckets in the garage before a rain storm. Our house has shaped us in its own image, which is to say, made us eccentric too.
Someone said that maintenance is love. I think maintenance is boring and often costly. It is also necessary. Over the years we have replaced fences and roofs and have painted and landscaped. It turns out that 27 years is a long time in fence, roof and paint years and all of those things need to be done again. Who knew? My Beloved and I moved eleven times in our first ten years together. I now totally understand why most of us move every seven years and never look back.
I’m taking a month off, which is not to be confused with a staycation. You may run into me in the hardware section of a store, with pumpkin colored paint splattered clothes. Oh- and let me know if you want a kitten.
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