Skate Roc 'n Jam, an event held Nov. 5 at the Hollywood Los Feliz JCC, drew about 100 skateboarding enthusiasts who tried their luck on newly built ramps and rails borrowed from Oasis in Hollywood; listened to music by the group Custom; talked shop with DV8, a skateboarding shop in Eagle Rock; and basically allowed one and all a place to jam.
The event was the brainchild of Pamela Boro, director of the Silverlake facility, in conjunction with Jeff Kaplan of JCC Teen Services. They set up an advisory board, with six teens, to design the architecture of the skate park - held in the parking lot of the JCC - and to have input on sponsorship and advertising."It was a way to draw teens to the center. The entire community was welcomed," Boro said. "We're hoping to make this a monthly event."
"It's cool," said Pablo Goldstein, 11. "We usually skate in the street."
What to Do With Your Kids
A selection of this week's Jewish events for children:
Saturday, Nov. 11:
Enjoy local talent in a special youth production of "Fiddler on the Roof." $8. Saturdays through Dec. 16. 2 p.m. Morgan Wixon Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-7519.
Sunday, Nov. 12:
"Sundays Are for Stories," at the Slavin Family Children's Library. A free children's storytelling event today, featuring a presentation of "Under the Story Hat" by Kathleen Zundell, helps to kick off Jewish Book Month. 3 p.m.-4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, call (323) 761-8648.
Sunday, Nov. 12:
Hand-clapping and foot-stomping are part of Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin's "Portraits in Song," a concert of Hebrew and English songs for all ages. $5. 2 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. To reserve, call (310) 440-4636.