• In our past weeks acting class, under the guidance of professional actor and teacher Robert Galinksy, our class experimenting with various walking techniques to develop and create unique characters!

  • Charles J Malki teaching his 2nd out of 10 lessons for his class: The Making Of An Organic Food Forest 10 Week Course (2/10). We will be hosting his 3rd workshop next Wednesday at 2pm! It’s still soon enough to get involved if you are interested. There will be 4 weeks of make up classes after the 10th week! Thank you Charles J Malki once again for all the amazing information on plants, gardening and organic fertilizers! And thank you and your family for the gift basket! Always a pleasure to have you around!!!

      

  • We had a great time at Turtle – A (mostly) Storytelling Show!! Several of our clients (who are talented themselves) got to see a storytelling show by great performers who had us laughing, surprised and deep in thought! Thank you Beowulf Jones and all performers for a wonderful night out!

  • How time flies! It’s been six months already since we opened the doors to our A Million Drops Learning Center, and during that time, it quickly learned to walk and is now slowly beginning to outgrow its baby shoes.

    Each day, we are at full capacity and all in all, we serve up to 25 people daily, Mondays through Fridays from 2 – 6 pm.

    Our weekly programs include classes in Edible Gardening, Acting and Poetry, as well as a Self-Empowerment Workshop. We also have a Podcast and a Film Club, both run by clients of the Learning Center.

    The amazing teachers who volunteer time, sharing skills and knowledge are Charles Malki of IV Organics (Edible Gardening); Greg Johnson of the L.O.V.E. Foundation (Self-Empowerment); Robert ‘The Bench’ Galinsky (Acting); Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers (Poetry & Spoken Word). Our guest Antonio Rivera runs the Film Club and Scott Clapson, also a guest, is in charge of the Podcast.

    Charles (right) and his student Josh serving food grown in our own, edible garden

    Robert Galinsky (front row, 2nd from left) and students of his weekly Acting Class

    Greg Johnson from the L.O.V.E Foundation (4th from left) and participants of his monthly Self-Empowerment workshop

     

     

     

     

     

    Marquesha ‘Kiki’ Babers is teaching a weekly Poetry Class

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anton, introducing a movie for his weekly Film Club.

    Scott with guests of his Podcast, ‘Real Good Stuff’

     

     

     

     

     

    On December 8, we celebrated A Million Drops’ 5th Anniversary (as well as six months of the Learning Center). With the help of decorations generously donated by film prop house Green Set, the auditorium adjacent to our Learning Center (that is included in our lease for events and classes) was turned into a magical forest.

    DJ Aaron Paar provided the perfect musical background, and everyone who came to celebrate with us had a great time.

    Many visitors who stopped by to drop off a sleeping bag  stayed to browse our bazaar and went home with gift items, from art, greeting cards and painted river rocks to cute little succulents pots home baked cookies – all created by guests of the Learning Center.

    We have big plans for 2019! Our main goals are to start the A Million Drops Choir and to produce a play with the cast and crew consisting of members of our homeless community. Our clients are excited and motivated, and looking forward to the great things that are going to happen in the new year!

    We wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful, exciting , positive and successful year 2019, and we hope that we will be able to count on your continuous support.

  • This past Tuesday we had the pleasure of enjoying another gardening workshop with Charles Malki of IV Organics. Here is a video he and his business have put together from the workshop (that includes several of our participants) that outlines 6 tips you can use when tree planting!

     

  • Since opening day, A Million Drops has been growing in visits and new visitors! Thank you for all your help and support!

  • Besides Our 5th Anniversary Celebration coming up this Saturday, December the 8th, we have a bunch of stuff going on at the center this week between 2pm-6pm (regular hours, Monday through Friday), as well as a workshop after hours at 6:30pm to 8pm on Wednesday. Also, P.A.T.H. will be coming in this Wednesday at 2:30pm to do a special presentation on a new shelter opening up for both men and women!

     

    Gardening Workshop with Charles – Tuesday, December 4th, 3pm – 4:30pm
    We have another gardening workshop with Charles Malki of IV Organics! Come learn how to grow and tend to your own food in our edible garden this Tuesday!

     

    The Schrader Project Presentation by P.A.T.H. – Wednesday, December 5th, 2:30pm
    P.A.T.H. will be coming in to discuss a new shelter opening up near The Blessed Sacrament which will offer shelter to both men and women! P.A.T.H. will also be handing out ID vouchers for those who have had proper ID, who no longer have ID, so they may obtain new ID for free!

     

    Acting Workshop with Robert Galinsky – Wednesday, December 5th, 6:30pm- 8pm
    We’ll be opening up after hours for this special acting workshop! If there isn’t enough room inside A Million Drops for those attending we are planning to open up the church auditorium (the double doors to the right of A Million Drops from the outside)!

     

    Movies & Film Workshop with Anton – Thursday, December 6th, 2:30pm – 5pm
    Come watch a movie and take part in group discussions! Are you interested in directing, acting, media? Please come enjoy yourself and bring your input!

     

    Poetry Workshop with Megan – Friday, December 7th, 3:30pm
    Megan is set to lead us through another poetry workshop this week! Do you enjoy creative writing? Are you just interested? Come try it out!

     

    We are looking forward to seeing all of our visitors this week!

  • It’s been five years since A Million Drops was granted non-profit status and six months since we opened the Learning Center. This calls for a celebration! On Saturday, December 8 we are going to have an Open House & Christmas Bazaar.

    Visit us to get a tour of the Learning Center and Edible Garden, and learn about Real Good Stuff with Scottie, a weekly podcast hosted by us.

    Explore our bazaar where you can shop for Christmas gifts handmade by our young clients – cookies, poetry, art, and much more – and help us raise money, so we can keep our doors open and continue to offer our programs and services. Or just enjoy a snack, mingle with old friends and make new ones.

    Saturday, December 8, 3 – 7 pm  •  Family friendly  •  Easy parking

    A Million Drops Learning Center – 1711 North Van Ness Ave. – Los Angeles, CA 90028

     

  • Last Tuesday at A Million DropsCharles J Malki of IV Organics helped lead a class to pot an Assorted Succulent Arrangement & California Native Poppy Plants which will be for sale at our 5th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday the 8th (3pm – 7pm)! Thanks to Charles J Malki, those who attended and also to Sheila Irani for donating the plants from her own personal garden!

              

  • The A Million Drops Center has been open for 15 weeks and it’s going strong. We are open Mondays – Fridays from 2 – 6 pm with an average of 14 to 20 people coming to spend time to recharge batteries, the ones of their phones as well as their own.

    We offer a free in-house library, art supplies and 10 laptops to do research or print resumés.

    A team of homeless young adults under the guidance of garden expert Charles Malki is working in our edible garden, learning how to grow food.

    One of our guests is organizing a series of poetry workshops; the first one was titled “BlackOut Poetry”. As you can see in the pictures, it even looks beautiful!

     

    We have volunteers who pick up donated food and drop it off at the Learning Center, others come to engage in conversations with our guests, to play boardgames or help with things like filling out applications.

    We are receiving lots of wonderful donations, including laptops, a TV and a DVD player, sleeping bags, materials for jewelry making, clothing, toiletries, snacks and more. The Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) has been a strong supporter, financing several of our programs, amongst them a self-defense class, an art workshop and our free laundry program. We can’t express our gratitude enough for all the amazing support we are getting!

    Our next step is to raise money, so we can by a used van to take our young guests on educational field trips.