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.
March 14 is National Pi Day, and Whole Foods Market is celebrating by offering $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizzas! This Pi Day deal is only valid on March 14 and available while supplies last. Varieties of pies and pizzas vary from store to store, but may include pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, vegan pizza and more. All pies and pizzas contain absolutely no hydrogenated fats, no bleached or bromated flours, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Selection varies by store and excludes frozen.
Of course Whole Foods isn’t the only place in town with a “Pi Day Deal”…what’s your favorite Pi Day Deal in the city?
The tradition continues in my little corner of suburban L.A…Santa visits every neighborhood in the town a section at time for a week until every kid has seen him. What traditions in your corner of L.A do you treasure?
If this isn’t already on your bucket list, add it now. This has got to be one of the most iconic ironic farcical parades on the planet. ITs everything that the Rose Parade isn’t. Its sarcasm and parody and political rolled into one fun hour of floats and “bands” in East Pasadena.
The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2016 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 20th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.
Opening on Friday November 18 and running until December 23rd is Sierra Madre Playhouses production of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “A Little House Christmas”. I saw the production of A Little House Christmas two years ago and was captivated by the quality of the acting and the sets. Under the direction of Alison Eliel Kalmus this time around I expect the play will be every bit as fun and enchanting as it was two years ago. This is a play is really beautifully done and suitable for families with elementary age students, especially during weekend matinees.
For those of you who haven’t ventured out to see a production at the Sierra Madre Playhouse this is a must do on your bucket list. Its a beautiful old theater that has 99 seats and every one is a great seat in the house. They are a 99 Seat Theater non-profit organization that produces quality plays based on the American Story and Experience. I’m always amazed by what they do.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. There will be several local artists with various media well represented. Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy. One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.
As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.
Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.
Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends. I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit. It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park. From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk. IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.
Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM. 400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016
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.
Its sorta the lull between storms and the homeless are getting a bit of a break from the rain, but not the cold so much. I got this email from former BLA’er Dave Bullock and thought I’d share it with you all here. Its a campaign to raise funds to buy tarps and tents for the homeless on skidrow. Help if you can.
People are dying from exposure in Skid Row and there is something we can do about it.
My long time friend, community activist Don Garza, has been walking the streets of Skid Row before and during the rain storms and handing out tarps and tents to the homeless who don’t have adequate protection from the elements. He needs our help to buy more tarps and tents that he can hand out. Please consider donating and sharing to your friends and social network:
Its that time of year again. The SGV just KNOWS its the New Year when a B2 bomber flies down over the Rose Parade route and on down the 210 before they turn it to its home base. The rest of you get to watch it on TV. Yeah, we’re special.
A lot of cool stuff is happening in Los Angeles this coming year. Sometime this month the NFL is meeting to talk about moving not one but THREE teams to Los Angeles. Feetball isn’t my thing except for the odd Packers game and the Superbowl but a ton of Angelenos are terribly excited by the prospect so I am for them.
The iconic 6th street bridge falls this month sometime to be replaced by something new spanning the Los Angeles River. On the topic of the river…the Corp of Engineers signed off on a plan to turn the river back into a natural stream bed replete with trees and parkways along its course to the sea.
The Gold Line extension opens all the way to Azusa March 5. The Expo line this spring makes it all the way to SaMo. Progress in spite of ourselves. Personally I can’t wait as it will be possible to make a quick jaunt to SaMo from the SGV to lunch with a dear friend instead of spending hours on the 10 trying to get there.
Of course this is a big city and room for lots of voices telling what they saw or did. Care to join me in sharing your L.A stories?
When word hit that Christmas morning would bring with it a rare full moon (last one to happen on December 25: 1977), of course I got up in time so you wouldn’t have to and snapped it (click the pics below to enlargify) setting over the ridge to the west of our humble Silver Lake abode.
The first shot is plain sight from the porch, the latter two at about 40x magnification through a scope, with the last one getting photobombed by a palm tree. So LA! Happy Holidays!
To the delight of the kids on my street the MPD and MFD escorted Santa through my neighborhood the other night. Call it recon looking for the kidlets and getting them amped for his arrival Christmas Eve. Kidding aside this is a wonderful tradition in Monrovia one that helps build community and break down walls between neighbors. I love it.
Yup…we end our Christmas Holiday Parade with Santa. Not some fat lady singing an operetta. AND in 2 short weeks he’ll be cruising the streets of “M” town with escorts rolling code up and down every street and cul de sac in town. It’s Merry Christmas in my ‘hood.
Bah humbug to Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is where its at. Its the true fulfillment of the holiday dream. Giving back to your community and those less fortunate. It started with a whimper last year, but this year its getting promo’d to the nth degree by the big guys like Facebook.
There are multiple ways to help the many local charities and non-profits in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
First up…good old cash. Cold hard cash fills their coiffers and ensures that they have operating capital to cover their overhead and fund programs. Its usually tax deductible if they’re a 503(c) non-profit. Also check with your employer, they often match cash contributions which is a nice way toy double down your good deed.
Volunteer “in kind” gifts. Socks for the homeless, food for the hungry drives will take those donations. If you buy new for the cause save your receipts as those too are tax deductible.
Donate your time to them. EVen some employers will make a cash donation for your time donated to a qualifying non-profit. As an example a friend at the Gas company helped out the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts at this fall’s Celebrate the Arts and ChalkFest. The Gas company made a cash donation for the 16 hours she donated at the rate of $10/hour.
Check with your local food kitchens. They need help putting out meals daily, not just for the holiday. Check what they need and if your skill set fits jump in and help them prep, cook, serve or bus tables.
The point is, give back to your community and make lives a little better. There are so many options and ways to help you can’t go wrong for trying.
Last night was the sneak preview blogathon at the Sierra Madre Playhouse for “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story by Truman Capote. This is a musical with live musicians, not canned sound tracks.
I was captured from the get go with this play. The performances by the cast were engaging and brought the story to life. To avoid spoilers I’ll not give away too much of the plot or story line. The setting is a man’s boyhood home and sequences between the now and his boyhood spent in rural Alabama raised by cousins in the depression. The story is about a man returning “home” after being gone a long time for the funeral of a cousin who raised him. Its an interesting story of familial love and bonding, with adventures and making fruitcake.
The latter is central to the story and the song “Fruitcake Weather” is lively and just adds to the story line. Young Buddy (Ian Branch) and Sook (Diane Kelber) have a bond that is magical and plays out well on stage.
The music gets a big round of applause, but one of the best sequences in the production is when the cast breaks out the ukelele’s and busts out into song. Fun, well done and did I mention fun?
To read more about the cast and production team visit their website HERE. The Sierra Madre Playhouse has another hit on its hands here. The play has already sold out for Friday and Saturday night its opening weekend. You can still get tickets for Sunday and the remaining dates (the play closes December 27) via the Playhouse HERE.
Deets Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA
One the things you get in Press Days of the Los Angeles Auto Show that you don’t get in the public days is the grand reveals and Green Car Drives. It is physically impossible as a party of one to hit every press conference so I have to pick and choose which to attend so I can get in and see all the cars on display and photograph them. Trust me its a lot of work and not all party and booze and great food. There is some of that, but the thrust of the 2 day event is press conferences and not all are wowsers.
Audi was a real surprise. Instead of the ususal hype and bluster, they started with an apology for the current diesel kerfuffle with fudged testing vs operation parameters. They promised to earn their customers respect back. Then they went into the discussion on the future of Audi relying on electric cars, first to come is the A3 E-tron and soon to follow an all electric SUV the E-tron Quattro in a few years. By 2025 Audi expects 25% of all cars they sell to be electric. Continue reading What you missed at L.A Auto Show Press Days→