NEWS AND EVENTS
REvisit REseda Blvd. 


Reseda Boulevard is the main artery that connects communities within the San Fernando Valley corridor.  It recently was designated as a Great Street (from Parthenia to Plummer in Northridge) by Mayor Eric Garcetti and is the recipient of the Great Streets Community Challenge Grant.


REvisit REseda Blvd. is the recipient of the Great Streets Community Challenge Grant. This project is the partnership of the City of Los Angeles, Northridge Chamber of Commerce, the Northridge South Neighborhood Council, Northridge Vision, Northridge Sparkle, California State University Northridge, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and Council District 12.

DEADLINE TO RSVP IS AUGUST 6TH.  LEAVE MESSAGE AT 818-477-2063 or
CONFIRM
AT northridgebeautification@gmail.com.


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SPARKLE HOMELESS PROGRAM

We have not had to do an outreach for a very long time.This program is giving HOPE to the HOMELESS.  

The grant money from the city is not available until December,  but this group of 14 hard working home-

less are now working to get off the street.  We pay them with gift cards rather than cash.  Don Larson is 

out of money, but has put in $500 of his own.  This group goes out every Tuesday and Wednesday and 

cleans the street and does maintenance under Don's direction. 


This amazing program was initiated by the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and continues with the 

help of Jim Brown and Don Larson.  PLEASE HELP keep this program going until we obtain our grant money. 

There is no amount too small, and this program, if successful, will be used throughout the city as a 

blueprint!!  THANK YOU!  Go to this link to help:

https://www.gofundme.com/sparkles-homeless-program-2ufum784

CLEAN STREETS PROJECT - WEEK 1

The workforce collaboration between the San Fernando Rescue

Mission and Don Larson of Northridge Sparkle Campaign has 

begun.  Many people experiencing homelessness want to work. 

Northridge is the first to test this program and it seems to already

be working according to Don Larson.

 

“Best working group I have ever had.” Larson excitedly 

commented.  “A great way to start our new ‘Clean Streets Project.’” 

Don mentioned one of the guys in the group found a drug kit by the

underpass (photo attached). “I have to include that we saved lives

today. Worst one I have ever seen. That alone was worth our effort.


“These are wonderful people. Eager to work. I am so happy with 

this great beginning. Our work schedule is now Tuesday and

Wednesday starting at 8am. Street work will finish by 9:30 then we 

will go into a classroom setting back at the Mission.”

 

This community is very proud of all the firsts that Northridge 

Sparkle along with local leaders have initiated and all the work 

we all continue to do to create a safe, clean and fun environment! 

Nice to see what can be done when everyone works together!

 

Photos courtesy of Linda Dunham

 

 

 

CLEAN STREETS PROJECT - WEEK 2
Photos courtesy of Don Larson & Linda Dunham
RESEDA BLVD.GENTRIFICATION

Thank you LA Mas, Councilmember Mitchell Englander, CD12, Roger Dolin, Tim Cornelius, Bruce Russell, 
Reseda Blvd, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Great Streets, Northridge Neighborhood Watch, and always Don Larson, 
for believing we could turn our Main Street, Reseda Blvd. around. Our work continues with local organizations, 
CSUN, Northridge Chamber of Commerce, all the Neighborhood Councils and our dear supportive neighbors and businesses!!!

Click link to watch video:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKOnckaBxsc

2ND ANNUAL MATADORS DAY OF SERVICE!


Thanks to California State University of Northridge, magnificent student and student body, an amazing group of 

community members and major local colleges in Los Angeles, Northridge thrives and gets better every day.  

#NorthridgeSparkle, #CSUN, #CityofLAGreatStreets, #CityofLACouncilDistrict12, #NSNC, #NENC, #NWNC, 

#NorthridgeVision, #NorthridgeChamberofCommerce



Northridge Sparkle would like to give special thanks to Francessca Vega, who listened to the concerns of the

surrounding community, and gathered important people to make sure that CSUN partnered with Community 

Organizations, and jump started these fantastic events.  APPLAUSE!  APPLAUSE!  APPLAUSE!  And to Don Larson.

Without his managerial skills and help in organizing these events, we would be at a loss!



AND...thanks to the neighbors who came out and let the students know how appreciative you were and thanked them.

This made their day, and it makes what we are all doing worth it!!!



WHAT A GREAT COMMUNITY!  WHAT A GREAT TEAM!  WHAT A TREMENDOUS JOB!  SUCCESSFUL!  

BEAUTIFUL!  INSPIRING!

 

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SAVE THE DATE:  NOVEMBER 11, 20I6 
VETERAN'S DAY

SAVE THE DATE: Yes, neighbors, it’s finally happening!! The American flag is going up on

the Reseda Blvd. median North of Parthenia. The Kiwanis Club of Northridge will be hosting 

the dedication on NOVEMBER 11, 2016, VETERAN’S DAY!! There will be a reception 

afterward at the Old Church on Gresham, which is celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary. 

More information to follow.


In the meantime, we still need donations toward the flag project and others on Reseda Blvd. 

For tax write-offs, a check can be made out to The Valley Economic Alliance (they are the 

holding cell for Northridge Sparkle’s 501(c)3 non-profit) and mail to: Northridge Chamber of 

Commerce, 9401 Reseda Blvd. #100, Northridge, CA 91324. Make sure to include Northridge 

Sparkle on your check where it says For: Any amount will help; nothing is too big or too small 

for this project and future anticipated projects!


A big thank you to all our supporters!!!!

PAINTED TRASH BINS TURN RESEDA BLVD. INTO 
AN ART GALLELRY

Northridge Sparkle has probably accomplished more on Reseda Blvd. in Northridge 

Village than they thought possible.  What started out as a simple cleanup operation

has turned into a full-blown beautification project.

 

The most recent transformation has been turning old bins into a colorful work of 

art with a specific message attached to each bin.  Each trashcan was hand painted 

by a community artist.  Alicia DeLeon,  Anita Hamilin, Preston Craig, Maryley Camacho, 

Debi Seltzer, Gina Routi, Monique Mosbe, Ruth Ri, Shakeh Boghoskhanian, Marisol 

Zamar, and Joyce Kershisnik.

 

Trash bins located between Gresham and Nordhoff on Reseda Blvd.

 

 

 

 

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SUMMER ART SERIES - JUNE 25, 2016
YOUNG PEOPLE, ARTISTS, TALENT CONTEST, BEAUTIFUL STAGE, LOTS OF PEOPLE, MORE VENDORS, NEW BUSINESS 
SUMMER ART SERIES, JUNE 25, 2016….ANOTHER SUCCESS! Major improvements and lots more to come!
SUMMER ART SERIES #2
MAY 21, 2016
Click on any image to enlarge
#museumofthesanfernandovalley
#sol&lunaonresedablvd
#northridgesouthneighborhoodcouncil
#Collectivelifestyle
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SUMMER ART SERIES #1
May 7, 2016
Theme Peace and Positive Change
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CITIES IN TRANSITION
Held at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Conference
April 4, 2016

Northridge Sparkle was one of the recipients of the AEP Award  who collaborated with 
other community partners to be honored
with this Outstanding Award!  

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Northridge Sparkle/Alberta Youth Unlimited
Great Streets Clean-up - March 28, 2016
Northridge Sparkle and Alberta Youth Unlimited, an intership group at SFV Rescue Mission,
went to work this drizzly Monday morning and washed down furniture, mopped sidewalks,
cleaned cutters, cleaned out planters, and picked up trash all along Reseda Blvd. from
Parthenia to Nordhoff. Hard working youngsters all!!! So thankful for the Rescue MIssion
sharing them so we could make our street "Sparkle."
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How Can You Say Change

The astronomical changes on Reseda Blvd. have taken a great deal of work, support and tenacity.  It takes activists that don’t give up, who are not afraid and want to make a difference in the world.

 

Here are photos of what it looked like on Reseda Blvd. six short years ago.  With the right people, fearless activists, a supportive community council, a strong Los Angeles major, neighbors who dreamed of change on the boulevard, the turn-around is enormous!
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