626 Night Market returns tonight for 3 nights

This is my favorite event of the year and it starts tonight and runs through July 2nd.  It is the 626 Night Market, the premiere event of the summer here in the 626.  Food, Music, Shopping and FUN.  Its an experience not to be missed.

Parking fills fast so arrive early or Uber/Lyft in from the Arcadia Metro Gold Line Station.  If you must drive take the 210 to Arcadia, Exit Santa Anita and follow the signs to the Santa Anita Racetrack.

All you could want to know on their web site.

Fritz Coleman in “Defying Gravity” at Sierra Madre Playhouse May 6

Fritz Coleman, from Defying Gravity

Everyone once in a while I get a press release that sells out before I can even post it.  This is for a second show on Saturday May 6.  Act Fast as Fritz is fall out funny and sells out fast in this venue.

Fritz’s show is a hilarious look at life on the far side of 50 and one not to be missed.

The press release teaser: Fritz Coleman Returns to SMP – Again!! – Again!!! – Thanks to a gratifying response to our last E-Blast, Fritz will give a SECOND performance Saturday, May 6 at 6:30pm. of his expanded version of DEFYING GRAVITY, a humorous look at the far side of 50. Yes, we all have to face that sooner or later, and Fritz is bound to share some insights that make it fun, funny, and familiar. We all know Fritz as that nice NBC weatherman who has been appearing in our living rooms seemingly for ever; we’ve watched him grow up. Join us for this playhouse fun-raiser, an evening of wit and laughter, followed by a wine ‘n cheese meet ‘n greet in the lobby.

Tickets HERE or by calling the Sierra Madre Playhouse direct at 626-355-4318.  Note groups of 10 or more can get a 20% discount

 

Fabulous Fords Forever show this Sunday in Buena Park.

Yes I know Buena Park is in the OC, but this show started in Los Angeles and outgrew its humble beginnings several years ago when it grew to be the largest single Manufacturer show on the West Coast.  With over 2000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Edsel automobiles it will be huge event.

Details….Sunday April 30 2017 from 10AM to 3PM.  This show is well attended and the brand is well represented.  More information on their web site HERE.  MAP HERE.

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Can you help a family out?

Oscar Garcia remembered from Go Fund Me Page

Tragedy struck my little corner of L.A again Saturday night. Two young men were gunned down walking about  near a friends home.

Details are sketchy.  Both young men have no known “history” and were active in local sports.  One went to Monrovia High School, the other at Monrovia Canyon High School.

Sadly Oscar Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other simply known as “Christian” on social media is in critical but stable condition.

The community kids got together and held an impromptu memorial at the local Skate Park with the family present to share their stories of Oscar.

The Schools held memorials on campus today for the students.  Grief Counselors were on hand to help the students cope with the loss of a friend and classmate.

A gofundme has been established to help out the Garcia family with funeral expenses and a memorial.

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San Gabriel River is flowing deep this spring

San Gabriel River at the East and West Fork Junction, click to embiggen

All that glorious rain that fell this winter made a dent in the 9+ year old drought through out the Los Angeles Basin.   The impact of those rains is most evident in the San Gabriel Canyon.  Both major dams are way up…and where the river was a barely a trickle where the East Ford and West Fork of the San Gabriel River meet the water is at near historic highs.  All that water will eventually work its way down to recharging out depleted water tables.

To get there to see it and the wild flowers in bloom take the 210 towards Azusa, exit CA Highway 39 and head north into the Canyon.  Word of caution, grab your Adventure Pass at the Rangers station at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon to avoid a ticket for not having a permit.

L.A Auto Show opens today-what to look for

First up a must stop and see is the Nissan exhibits in the West Hall of the L.A Convention center.  Not only did they have the most outrageous press reveal in L.A Ever, they have a full size Tie fighter ala Star Wars to launch their limited edition Rouge One Star Wars Edition SUV on display.  The Rogue One is limited to 5,000 copies in the U.S and includes a full sized signed and numbered Death Trooper Helmet.  Details on how to get one can be had at the Nissan Answer Desk.

Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen
Tie Fighter welsomes you to Nissan. click to embiggen

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Los Angeles Auto Show opens Friday

LA Auto Show Logo
LA Auto Show Logo

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

You’ve waited long enough Los Angeles. The 2016 LA Auto Show is back this week and bigger than ever. November 18-27 at the LA Convention Center.

Whether it’s new car shopping, learning about the latest auto tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides, there is something for everyone. Early entry tickets are available each Friday, online only, for a limited time. Buy Tickets HERE.

What to expect this year? Comparison car shopping, test drives, customized rides, games for the kids and a whole lot more. Plan your day and create your own experience at the 2016 LA Auto Show.  Know before you Go!

They’ve changed up their bag policy this year, much more restrictive so be aware and plan in advance. The LA Auto Show has implemented a new bag policy for 2016. All bags, purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags larger than 12” x 15” x 6” will NOT be allowed inside the show. All bags will be subject to screening/security check.  Bag Policy Info.

L.A Auto Show coming Nov 18-27

LA Auto Show Logo
LA Auto Show Logo

Get your tickets now to attend this years Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual it will be at the Convention Center and this year promises big changes that will make it bigger and better than before.  This year’s press days promises over 50 World and North American premiere’s for the show goers to ooh and ah over.

The really big news is that Kenetia Hall is going to be better organized and renamed “The Garage” to really showcase custom rides and tricks to upgrade your own car.

Press Days this year have been renamed to be more descriptive of the 4 days prior to public opening. Now called Auto Mobility it focuses on the future of transportation beyond just the automobile but how solutions now are being worked on for denser populated cities of the future.  These exhibits will be open to the public as “Go-Movement” during public days…you just miss on the actual press presentation.

Tickets range in price from $5-12 and can be bought in advance HERE.  I STRONGLY recommend buying tickets in advance, especially for weekends as the lines can be hours long at the door.

Parking is pricey $20 for the day so be prepared to pay the price of admission.  Traffic around the convention center is circus like during the show and I again have a recommendation to work around that problem.  Use the Expo or Blue line and exit at the Pico station for a quick 2 block walk to the convention center.

 

 

Celebrate the Arts in full swing in Monrovia this weekend

As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find.  The artists are there to talk to you about their art.   The music if lively and adds to the entertainment.  The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12.  The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

3rd annual La Carrera de los Payasos* Sunday 10/23

*3rd Annual Running of the Clowns

Looking for a break from the rhetoric and vitriol of the election season? If so be in Old Pasadena Sunday 10/23 3PMish for the silliness that is the Running of the Clowns.  Yes, the parody of the running of the bulls with funny clowns is taking place next Sunday in Old Town Pasadena.  After the fun and excitement in the alleys and byways of Old Pasadena the crew will meet up for debriefing at Lucky Baldwins.

Want to be a runner or a clown?  Rules are simple  Dress in white with a big bold Red sash as a runner.  Be a funny lovable clown and you can join in the fun that way.  Full dossier can be found on GuerilLA Facebook page.

Parking in Old Town is kind of a bummer and expensive when you find it so consider using the Metro Gold Line and taking it to Memorial Station…the official location of the start of the Running of the Clowns.

Video by me from the first running of the clowns in 2014.

210 closures in Pasadena again this weekend

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed
map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

We’ll call this PASAGEDDON part 3 and 4.  Short version is the 210 closures will affect those trying to sneak into town from the valley on the 118/210EB this weekend for fun in Old Town.

Beginning 7PM Saturday August 13, 2016 until 5AM August 15 the 210 East Bound will be closed at Mountain Avenue to Lake Avenue.  The 134 West transition road from the 210 East will also be closed.  The exit ramps at Mountain/Lincoln will also be closed.

These closures will be repeated again August 27 at 7PM until August 29 at 5AM.

The easiest, but likely congested work around detour will be to follow 210EB to the 2SB then transition to the 134EB and reconnect with the 210 in Pasadena.

Adult Art Night at Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery July 30

Flyer for the event...click to embiggen
Flyer for the event…click to embiggen

This is going to be fun.  A night of nurturing your inner 12 yo with art and limbered up with some right tasty craft brews by Pacific Plate Brewery.  This event is supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery as well as Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

The art instruction will be given by reknowned local artist Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield who was has also been a past Featured Artists with Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  You can reserve a spot by calling 626-256-4848 or emailing Ms Jewell direct at [email protected]

This isn’t free, but the $45 fee includes all materials and your Craft Beer.  IMHO its well worth the cost of admission for an evening of art with Ms Butterfield, the craft beer is the icing on the proverbial cake!

Deets:Saturday July 30, 2016 7PM-9PM  418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016  626-256-4848

#FishFire in my ‘hood…news and information for those affected

Fish Fire from my front porch this morning at dawn. Click to embiggen
Fish Fire from my front porch this morning at dawn. Click to embiggen

It started late morning yesterday in Duarte and worked its way up towards Fish Canyon.  Know as the “Fish Fire”, it and the nearby “Morris Dam Fire” have consumed some 5400 acres of brush at this writing and growning. As of the 9AM press conference there was zero containment.  L.A County fire spokesman said that within 24 hours there will be enough progress that the fire will no longer be a threat to homes.

Duarte has had mandatory evacuations in place for homes north of Royal Oaks Drive between Olive and Encanto since yesterday afternoon.

L.A County Fire has put the city of Bradbury and the portion of Monrovia East of Myrtle and North of Foothill Blvd as potential evacuation zones in the event the wind shifts and blows the fires towards those cities.  Right now I sit in that expanded zone of potential evacuations…not a comfortable space to be.

Its been an interesting experience watching the communities bind and help each other.  Duarte quickly reached capacity at their Community Center and Monrovia stepped up and opened theirs for evacuees.

Its not limited to just community governments helping.  Businesses such as Wonderdog Ranch opened up for evacuated small pets.

Culver City Art Walk for artists with disabilities Sunday 6/12

Every so often I get a press release that interests me a lot and I start asking questions and getting more detail for a post.  In this case Nathanael Welch from the Hatchery Los Angeles reached out with info on an Art Walk featuring artists with disabilities he works with.

The Hatchery in short form is a theological school that is focused on building “common cause” community based churches.  Fair enough, but the program Nathanael is working on is special.  Its about giving artists with disabilities a way to showcase their art and share it in pop up galleries that pop up all over Los Angeles.

The event in Culver City will be the #CityWalk, where they take pictures and explore the area. Then they will have the pop-up gallery at a different location at the end of the month. They will meet downtown and then walk around the main street on June 12th. He said you can also have people contact him directly at his email address: [email protected] if you have questions.  To follow Nathanael’s events you can sign up for Email Notices.

Fabulous Fords Forever set for April 17

FFF2016Two Thousand plus Ford, Edsel, Mercury, Lincoln and assorted oddball European Ford products will grace the huge lot to the east of Knott’s Berry Farm Sunday April 17.  Admission is FREE!

This is probably one of my most favorite single vendor shows here in the LA Metro Area.  You’ll see everything from the earliest survivor Model T’s to the completely restored to the custom chop top low riders.  You name it you’ll see it.

Deets: 10-6, Sunday April 7, Beach and La Palma Blvd, Buena Park CA  MAP HERE.