JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 22, 2014!

For the ninth year we're walking across Los Angeles!
Meet on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. We'll be leaving at 9 a.m. sharp, and walking across Ventura Boulevard, before heading up Lankershim to complete our journey in North Hollywood!

To join in, just EMAIL US at greatlawalk@mail.com or check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greatlawalk

More details to come, so make sure you're on the email list! And check back here for more!

Friday, November 21, 2014

VIDEO: The Great LA Walk on Friday's KCAL Newscast

KCAL

On KCAL's 2 p.m. newscast today I talked to Josh Rubenstein about the Great Los Angeles Walk's first time in the Valley. Watch below! And see you tomorrow!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

DOWNLOAD: The 2014 Great Los Angeles Walk Handout PDF

Save some paper and download this PDF for the Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 Route to your smartphone.

Throwback Thursday: San Fernando Valley, Circa 1924

LA map

Thanks to the LA History Twitter feed for this gem: A look at the Valley (and Ventura Blvd.) in 1924, via this classic map from the Los Angeles Public Library archives!

(Click on the map for a bigger look)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

District Pub NoHo Signs On as the Great LA Walk After-Party Venue!

District NoHo Pub

Big news! We've found a spot to celebrate the end of the GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK! Join us after hoofing 17.2 miles at the District Pub NoHo, where we'll eat some food and throw back some beverages while recapping the day. (I wish I had the money to pay for all of us, but alas, you're on your own with covering your food/drink.)

The District Pub NoHo has sausages, burgers, salads, etc. And yes, there are vegan options! Here's a recent rave from a Yelper:
So happy to have this craft beer and exotic sausage stop so close to where I live. Very happy to call myself a regular here. Great food. Great staff. Great beer.

Another plus: aside from the two TVs above the bar showing sports they also have a projector playing classic movies all the time.

Make sure you come here if you live nearby or are even passing through.

District NoHo Pub

Join us after we take a group photo at the Art Institute!

District NoHo Pub
District Pub NoHo
5249 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone number (818) 732-7319

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Valley Relics to Kick Things Off This Saturday!



We're thrilled to welcome Tommy Gelinas, the founder of the San Fernando Valley Relics Museum, to kick things off on Saturday. Tommy promises to bring a surprise as well, so get down to the Warner Center Park early!

Here's a bit about Tommy:

Tommy’s fascination with the history of the San Fernando Valley begun at a very young age. He began collecting artifacts from our valley’s past a little over 20 years ago and now the collection is the largest of its kind pertaining to the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. One of Tommy’s dreams was not only to preserve and protect our local history but to open a museum to showcase the collection. In late 2012 The Valley Relics Museum was established as a Non Profit and opened its doors to the public in October 2013. Through hard work and perseverance The San Fernando Valley now has a spot light on its amazing accomplishments and rich history.

We'll see you and Tommy on Saturday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weather Forecast: A Good Day for a Walk This Saturday



Looks like you can keep the umbrellas at home. (No surprise, given the dry year we're having.) But you might want to grab a light jacket or wear your shirt over long sleeves. It's going to be a high of just 69 degrees in the Valley.

In other words, a PERFECT day for a long urban hike! There will be clouds too, so no burning sun. It couldn't be any better. (OK, perhaps 75 degrees would be a touch nicer. But we'll live.) See you Saturday!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 Press Release

to be released to the media on Monday:

THE NINTH ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK IS HEADING TO THE VALLEY FOR THE FIRST TIME -- HIKING VENTURA BOULEVARD ON NOV. 22

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2014) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks this November 22 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2014 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the ninth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is doing something different: We're bringing the walk to the San Fernando Valley for the first time!

That means this year, participants will hike east down Ventura Boulevard. (Normally the Great Los Angeles Walk heads west, from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.) It is, after all, a street made famous through countless songs (Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'") and also considered the Valley's main drag.

Participants will meet at Warner Center Park (also known as Warner Ranch Park – 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, and proceed to walk approximately 17.1 miles (at a casual, all-day pace) to North Hollywood.

Walkers will pass through Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Universal City on their way to the end point: The Art Institute of California building in North Hollywood (5250 Lankershim). Along the way, they'll see a wide range of architecture (Casa de Cadillac, Fleetwood Center, Mel's, Valley Beth Shalom) and Valley sites – as well as CBS Studio Center, Universal Studios, Los Encinos State Historic Park and the historic Campo de Cahuenga monument site.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with an after party in North Hollywood at a location to be announced later.

This year's Walk will also be the most transit-friendly yet, as both the start and end points are near the Metro Orange Line, making easy access for anyone who parks at either end.

L.A. journalist and blogger Michael Schneider launched the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to celebrate his tenth year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the book “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles,” by Kevin Roderick (with research by J. Eric Lynxwiler), he decided to walk the street’s entire length.

In 2007, for an encore, he chose another downtown-to-the-ocean route: Pico Boulevard. The 2008 Walk took on Santa Monica Blvd. In 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington. In 2010, for its fifth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk reprised its original Wilshire journey. In 2011, more than 250 Walk participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. In 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue, and in 2013, Sunset Boulevard.

The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year as more Angelenos join in to explore their city on foot.

As always, the Walk is completely free. It is up to the participants to decide how much or how little of the walk they want to do. The Great Los Angeles Walk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KABC-Channel 7, LAist.com and KNBC.com. In 2012, the LA Weekly recognized The Great Los Angeles Walk in its "Best of L.A." issue.


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