Saturday in Griffith Park is the 11th annual Great Los Angeles Ice Cream Party (any event that spells the city's name out gets an automatic Militant approval), a yearly fundraising event for a deserving local organization that involves prizes and lots free ice cream. The Militant talked about it last year and may or may not have been there. This time around, the beneficiary is LA Commons, a Leimert Park-based nonprofit that has been busy the past few years with programs that highlight the culture, food and art of the communities of Highland Park, Thai Town, Little Armenia and its own stomping grounds of L'murt. The Militant blogged about some of the events they did last year.
The party began 11 years ago by a Valley dude named John Bwarie, who currently works as a deputy for Councilman Grieg Smith's 12th District Office. This year's ice cream party will be right by the Merry-Go-Round in the Crystal Springs section of the park from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. The organizers recommend you RSVP so they know how much ice cream to supply. It'll be a wonderful day in the park (except for those f'ing annoying noisy inflating fans for those "bounce houses" that a lot of families like to bring to the park (uh, why? the whole point of the park is to get your kids closer to nature...MASSIVE FAIL!). The Militant hopes that those inflatable bounce houses will be banned from Griffith Park. But until then, enjoy the ice cream!