Gingerbread House Day at the Chevy Chase Library!

gingerbread house image

Saturday, December 14
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Chevy Chase Library

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your over 70-year-old canyon protector! Enjoy Holiday magic at our canyon library, build your own gingerbread house!  All ginger builders are welcome no matter the age.

Sponsored by the Chevy Chase Estates Association! Gather together to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, all while decorating a gingerbread house you can proudly display all season long!

Cost is FREE! Supplies will be provided. Quantities are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Get there early!

Canyon Cleanup – THANK YOU!

photo of canyon cleanup volunteers

Many hands make light work! Chevy Chase Canyon neighbors came together on a Saturday morning, as they’ve done for over ten years, to clean up our local streets.  The morning ended with breakfast at our canyon’s wonderful Wild Oak Cafe.  We had a great group of a dozen volunteers (two didn’t make it into the photo) who harvested about FIFTEEN 40 gallon plastic bags of rubbish!! The cleanup gang had a lot of fun working with their neighbors.  See this previous post to get the history of this event and who made this all possible. Thank you to the volunteers who came this morning!

Canyon Cleanup, November 16

Pride of Buckingham volunteer street cleanup in Glendale, CAPride of Buckingham Canyon Cleanup
8:30 AM / Saturday, November 16, 2019
Meet at the intersection of East Chevy Chase & Linda Vista

Please join us in cleaning up our canyon by volunteering to pick up litter along East Chevy Chase to Emerald Isle Drive, and Linda Vista to Buckingham Road. Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!

Please contact Leticia Gonzalez at 818-434-4647 or for more information.

The “Pride of Buckingham” group was established with the intent of bringing the folks who reside on Buckingham Road and Buckingham Place together in sharing this beautiful Canyon and taking pride in keeping the environment clean. The Canyon Cleanup event has been happening (usually quarterly) for more than a decade.

Neighbors Cleaning Secret Steps Made Amazing Discovery, and new garbage cans!

Thanks to the Chevy Chase Estates Association Director Sarah Emery Bunn for again organizing a cleanup event on our canyon’s historic hidden stairs.  Our team was made up in part by Ken Batchelor, Leticia Gonzalez , Graeme Whifler, Douglas Hughes, and Zak Grausam, and Sarah Emery Bunn.  It was fun dirty dusty work that brought neighbors together for about 90 minutes.

After we got the stairs spick and span, we planted poppy seeds for a beautiful orange show next spring!

Poppy seeds planted by the Chevy Chase Estates Association.

And then on the newly scrubbed stairs, somebody noticed a faint long lost message pressed into the concrete the day it was poured.  It read Oct. 15  29.  Almost to the day, we had come 90 YEARS later to clean and honor the works of those before us. The date discovery humbled us all.

Discovered in the concret steps the date Oct. 15 1929

But there’s MORE!!!

New public trash can on Chevy Chase Drive thanks to CCEA James Ward

The new garbage cans on Chevy Chase… please thank CCEA co-president James Ward who worked with the city for months to get this done.

Linda Vista/Buckingham Secret Stairs Cleanup

What: 2nd Annual Linda Vista/Buckingham Secret Stairs Cleanup
Where: Meet at the bottom of the Buckingham stairs on Linda Vista, across from Dunsmere Road.
When: Saturday October 12 at 9AM

Did you know there is a Secret Stairway in Chevy Chase Canyon? It’s part of a city-owned path that connects Buckingham with Linda Vista.

The stairs had all but disappeared under years of washed down dirt and leaves – the city hadn’t cleaned them for over 25 years, secret stairs are not high on their priority list. Last year a group of neighbors spent two hours trimming, shoveling, scraping and raking, and we unearthed the vanishing trail and stairs.

The stairs are still in pretty good condition from last year’s cleanup, but could use a little tidying to get ready for winter. Join us for a fun get together to meet your neighbors and beautify a source of pride in our canyon! Bring your garden gloves, rake, broom or any other garden tools you think might be helpful, and above all your enthusiasm!

Sponsored and endorsed by the Chevy Chase Estates Association.

Canyon Homeowner’s Insurance Not Renewed? Come to Our Library Sat. Oct. 5th at 2 pm.

After the recent devastating California wildfires, most insurers will no longer write policies in brush zones like Chevy Chase Canyon.  Many canyon residences have reported that fire insurance is near impossible to acquire unless one purchases the state-run California FAIR Plan.  What are the options?  Hear from an expert.

Homeowner watches as a wildfire bears down on their neighborhood.

This Saturday, October 5th at 2 pm at our Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, the Chevy Chase Estates Association will be hosting a free talk by insurance expert Robert Feldman.  This is NOT a sales spiel but rather just information from someone who knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about fire zone insurance.

Robert Feldman, insurance expert.

Robert Feldman is a 20-year Insurance Agency Owner, representing Allstate Insurance plus 14 other carriers, with agencies located in La Crescenta, West LA, and Malibu.  Robert serves on various committees working to improve homeowners insurance options in CA.  Robert’s agencies specialize in high fire zones and other hard to place insurance policies.  Today, Robert will discuss the current status of the insurance market, Fire scoring, how Homeowners insurance is rated, and solutions for those who have been negatively affected by non-renewal notices, brush zone locations and claims.


Rabies found in our canyon.  Click on the image below to see all the info!

Rabies advisory for Glendale, CA.

rabies warning

For more information on bats and rabies please click the following links:

Although bats are the major animal species that carry rabies in Los Angeles County, only a very small percentage (1-2%) of bats in nature have rabies.  Every year bats are tested positive for rabies throughout Los Angeles County.

This website contains step by step instructions for residents if a bat is found inside their home.

Rabies Map 2019.

Eagle Scout Project From Our Canyon Boy Scout Troup 125 Hits a Historical Home Run!

Aspiring Eagle Scout Austin Wuthrich reached out to the Chevy Chase Estates Association searching for historical photos of our canyon to use in his Eagle Scout Project that would grace the Chevy Chase Library with historical photos.  The CCEA opened up our entire photo collection to Austin and he curated, printed, framed, and hung the photos.  He also created an impressive body of digital work documenting his creations that you can see here.

In his words:  “The Chevy Chase Library is an integral part of this community, and it really shows in my memory as I look back fondly on times in primary school where I would spend summers up there participating in reading competitions and doing my Flat Stanley project –this is why I am excited to be able to give back to my community through my Eagle Scout project, especially by telling my community’s history.”

Please view his photo and story presentation.  Pretty darn impressive.  If you know Austin or his family, say thanks for all of us.

Wildfire Preparedness – Glendale Fire Dept.

Homeowner on roof as wildfire burns all around.

A must watch video!

Glendale fire chief Silvio Lanzas has posted an urgent video on how to save your home and family when the next wildfire strikes.  We in Chevy Chase Canyon live in a beautiful secluded wooded oasis, but it’s also a tinderbox that has burned in the past.  Your CCEA asks you to please watch this short video and be safe.


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Tuesday, August 6, 2019 / 6:30PM-9:00PM

National Night Out


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 / 6:30PM-9:00PM

Join us for an informal gathering of neighbors

at the TOP of Buckingham Place

Pot Luck*

National Night Out is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States. National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities. Some of these programs include:

  • Drug prevention
  • Town watch
  • Neighborhood watch

* Contact Leticia Gonzalez (818-434-4647) / for more information.