Thursday, March 31, 2005

News From Around the District: Hollywood

Losing her hair

Losing her hair.

By the time you read this, this woman will have no hair: she's shaving it off for St. PatBaldrick's Day. She's raised $11,000 to fight child leukemia so far. Congratulations and admiration go out to Anita Woerner from Paramount Studios. Check out for her whole story, and to help.

Celia's square

Celia's square.

In pouring rain that only salsa beats could chase away, we dedicated the corner of Hollywood and Argyle as Celia Cruz Square. Celia's husband Pedro Knight was on hand to represent the late salsa pioneer, whose recombinations of Caribbean, African and European sounds and defined a genre of music. There's no better place to have her honored than in Hollywood.

A square for a cowboy.

A square for a cowboy.

On the other side of the Boulevard, Gene Autry was recognized with his own square at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland. Adding the square to Autry's five stars in each of the Walk of the Stars categories of Television, Recording, Movies, Theater and Radio, Autry now has a larger real estate portfolio on Hollywood Boulevard than Shaul Kuba and Steve Ullman combined.

The Frances Goldwyn Branch library has closed for completion of a $1 million-dollar renovation, half of which was funded by a single grant from the Goldwyn foundation. Los Angeles' libraries are its oases for children, families, and anyone who wants to find either solitary study or community connections. With the Goldwyn funds, the library will be able to expand and improve its service to our dense, urban community.