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25th Annual Monrovia Street Rods Forever Car Show Saturday 9/12

September 9, 2015 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

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The cars start lining up at 8AM and by 10AM  South Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia from Palm to Olive is a massive sea of cars.   MASSIVE.  As in hundreds of classic cars in every state of restoration, customization or just in need of some TLC and stock original.   Its limited to pre-malaise era cars so pretty much anything prior to 1980 is there.

With Myrtle Avenue blocked I’d suggest getting off at Myrtle Ave and head north from the 210.  At that point turn right at Huntington Drive and then left at Ivy and park in a free city parking lot off Ivy.  Or…turn left then right up Primrose and park in one of the free lots off that street.

Arrive early and do dress for heat. Crowds peak around the lunch hour and if its too hard to see the cars, well pop into Jakes Roadhouse or one of the many other restaurants in Old Town Monrovia, grab a bite and wait for the crowds to die down.

You don’t have to take my word for it that this is a not to be missed classic car show.  Check my flickr albums from 2013 and 2014 from the event as a good teaser and prep of what to expect.

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Thoroughly Modern Milly opens tonight in Monrovia

July 16, 2015 in Entertainment, Music, San Gabriel Valley, Theatre/Stage

TMM PosterCommunity theatre is derided but not always deservedly so.   The theatre group associated with Monrovia High School tackles big plays and does them quite nicely.  Most importantly its a community effort supported by MUSD and gives kids and young adults in the area a chance to spread their wings, experiment and grow.

The play plot is well known.   Young girl goes to New York looking for a rich husband instead of love.  The part of Milly is played by Marjory Zuk who not only sings well, but dances well to bring the character to life.  Theres a large pool of local talent to round out the cast and make for a lively evening.

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Paint n Play offers up Winter Art Camp for Holiday School Break

December 11, 2014 in Crafts, Entertainment, Events, People, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

Paint n Play Winter Art Camp application, click to embiggen and print

Paint n Play Winter Art Camp application, click to embiggen and print

Winter Art Camp has got to be one of the best things going in the SGV if you have school age kids and you lose your usual day care during the Holidays.  I’ve witnessed the activities that Lisa Barrios and her crew at Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery here in Monrovia line up for the kids and its pretty amazing.  Tons of ceramic crafts for the kids to do every day with expert instruction by the staff at Paint n Play is included in the price of your childs time at Winter Art Camp.

All you need to do is pick out a week and its M,T, F they provide Art Camp for either Christmas Week or New Years week.  Monday and Tuesday be sure to pack your kids a sack lunch.  Friday no worries, its Pizza Party day.

Space is limited and you do need to apply early.  Click on this application to embiggen and print and bring it in to Lisa and gang at the store.

Deets.  Week one 12/22, 12/23 NS 12/26,week two 12/29, 12/30, 1/2.  418 S Myrtle Street, Monrovia CA 91016 626-256-4848

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Christmas its a big deal in my corner of L.A

December 4, 2014 in Entertainment, Events, Holidays, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

I will be the first to tell you I love my little corner of L.A.  Its big enough to get lost if you want to, but small enough to be able to keep tabs on all that is important.  Plus I can be anywhere in L.A or behind the Orange Curtain in about an hour.  But thats not the real news, tonight is the traditional…been doing it as long as I can remember…the Lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by the Annual Christmas Parade.

  • 6 PM Tree lighting in Libarary Park
  • 7 PM Christmas Parade, Myrtle Avenue starting at Chestnut and ending at Palm (Library Park)

Hot on the heels of that is the Annual touring of Santa Claus escorted by MPD and MFD through the city. It takes 5 nights to cover every nook, cranny and alley in town. This year it starts on the 15th and the last night is the 19th. Details here.

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I love me a parade, but the Art Bears stole the Show

May 13, 2011 in Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley

Last night was the kick off to the 125th Anniversary celebrations in Monrovia and it was a parade.  The Art Bears, 7 in total stole the show.  Each of them here get bigger with a click, sorry but a couple of them aren’t that sharp…low light and moving caused a lot of problems.  The whole parade on my flickr set.

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3 Day party set to start for Monrovia’s 125th Birthday.

May 11, 2011 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley

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Actually, its more like two-and-a-half days as the parade doesn’t start until 7PM on Thursday, but the next two days will be busy in Old Town Monrovia.  We’re celebrating our 125th birthday and all are welcome to attend…its a folksy-homey-small-towny kind of event.  All the information you could want is on the city web HERE, with a special section for the 3.5 mile “Fountain to the Falls Walk/Run” HERE.  Map of center of Old Town HERE.  Seriously, it is all a lot of fun, especially if you have kids, I certainly will be around for most of it. Read the rest of this entry →

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Art Bear completed, more to arrive soon in Monrovia

May 4, 2011 in Art, Entertainment, People, San Gabriel Valley

My corner of L.A. turns 125 in a few more days. To celebrate, aside from all the parades, concerts in the park and what have you they are going to be planting Art Bears in the Old Town Area. There will be at least 6 Bears to start with a goal of a couple dozen in the community once they are all done in the next few years.

This particular bear is “Samson the Tourist Bear” and is done by local Artist Rick Kess. Rick is an artist that works at Disney making the floats for the parade. His bear took nearly 2 weeks to complete. Like all of the artists Rick started with a basic fiberglass bear which he embellished, a lot, before applying paint. The complete embellishment process can be found in my flickr set. All these images get bigger with a click.

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Celebrate the Arts, Art Festival in Monrovia this weekend 10/9-10

October 7, 2010 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Music, San Gabriel Valley

Celebrate the Arts, a juried fine art event, now in its 47th year, takes place this weekend October 9 &10 in Monrovia’s Library Park. This event is presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) There will be artists representing painting, sculpture (including wearable sculpture like jewelry) and photography to mention a few in the event. Of course it wouldn’t be a Celebration of the Arts without some music and that there will be scheduled throughout both days of the event.

The Featured Artist this year is Ginger Van Hook, a talented photographer working in silver based media as well as digital, the latter she ventures into digital art with. One of her explorations this last year has been floral in the vein of the impressionist painter Monet. In a recent email exchange with here I got this information on this exploration.

“I will be exhibiting Waterlilies and Lotus Flowers in a tribute to Claude Monet’s gardens. I went in search of local Japanese Gardens in Los Angeles to photograph and found several. This series is from Kenneth Hahn Park (Doris Japanese Gardens) between La Brea and La Cienega. Additional gardens in the area include The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Gardens, Descanso Gardens in Glendale and the Arboretum in Arcadia, just to name a few.”

Among the musicians performing at this years Celebrate the Arts will be local indy rock band Secret Citizen. The video attached was filmed entirely in the Malibu hills. The band is gathering quite a following here (and behind the OC where they play more often than not). This is your chance to see them locally. They will be playing at 4Pm on Saturday 10/9. Enjoy the video “Caroline”.

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There will also be a silent Auction to benefit MAFA. Artists participating in the show, and members at large will be donating pieces for this auction. The proceeds will go to fund the many art projects that MAFA has going all year such as the After School Art program, local galleries and other events in the surrounding communities.

Deets: Celebrate the Arts, October 9 & 10, 10AM-6PM, Library Park 321 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE .  MAFA web site with Celebrate the Arts information HERE.

Just a little disclosure here, I’m on the board and serve as Vice President of MAFA. Sadly I won’t be in the show this year due to kid activities this weekend.

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Artists Reception – saturday 2/28 5-7PM

February 26, 2009 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley

pic30_lgSegil Fine Arts is a gallery is featuring the Fine Art paintings and linocut prints of Raymond Allan Harris 2/28 through 4/11.  The opening reception is this saturday evening (details at the end of the post).  Harris is a very accomplished plein air painter whos paintings are very soft and romantic in the impressionist vein.  

What really got my attention is when I scrolled down the invite and saw the linocut prints.  Briefly they are hand cut linoleum tiles that are hand inked and printed.  The cutting process can take quite a while depending on the level of detail and size of the tile.  The challenge lies in cutting these tiles is that they are reversed left to right when printed AND you cut out what you want left blank in effect creating a negative of the final print.  Not an easy task.  Harris’ prints got my attention as they are all of beachy type scenes with a Hawaiian type feel to them.  Loved them, can’t wait to see them in person.  The rest of the info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →

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Artists Reception and Silent Auction Saturday night 12/20

December 19, 2008 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, San Gabriel Valley

Mark your calenders Saturday 12/20 6Pm – 10PM. .  Paint n Play2 Art Studio and Gallery in Monrovia is hosting an Artists Reception and Holiday Party.  Great Art, a chance to talk with the artists, FREE wine, munchies and of course some rockin’ and jazzin’ Holiday tunes.

Also concurrent to this event the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) will be holding its Holiday Party.  You’ll be able to meet its wide board members (of which I am one) and its many member artists.

Several of the artists will be donating pieces for a silent auction to benefit MAFA.  This year has been tough for all the non-profits and the artists tonight decided early on to help MAFA with one more shot at fund raising to enable them to continue bring art to the communities and schools in the area.  

As a bit of disclosure.  Yes, this is pretty much a self-serving post.  Pretty much as in I’d really appreciate it if you’d bid on the silent auction piece I donated.  I’ll settle for good conversation with you with or without the bidding.  (If you want to see what I could have written, check what my friend Robert CJ Parry over at The Foothill Cities Blog had to say about me and the event).

Event Deets: Satudray 12/20/08 6PM – 10PM.  Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery, 418 Myrtle Ave, Monrovia CA 91016.  MAP LINK

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Monrovia PD confirms Coyote attack in Robo-dial message

November 13, 2008 in News, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

This is on the heals of the second mountain lion killed in the Foothill Cities in 2 months.

At 3:30 PM today I received a “robo-dial” call from Monrovia Police Department.  The message: “We have confirmed that in the early morning hours of Monday November 11, 2008 2 coyotes chased and attacked a bicyclist near Grand Avenue Park.  The bicyclist was bit on the shoe but was otherwise unharmed.  Monrovia Police Department has contacted the California Fish and Game Department for their assistance.  Residents are urged to keep their pets and small children under surveillance while they are outdoors.

Monrovia City Watch reported in a post on Tuesday 11/11 that a mountain lion was killed in Arcadia a few days ago.  This was the second mountain to venture in the area that local police were unable to safely move away from residences.  The first incident was in early September near the home of Monrovia City Watch author Cyrus Kemp.  The details of that unfortunate kill is in his 9/4/2008 Post. 

The park is not that far from my home.  Several years ago I came home mid-morning and interrupted a coyote attempting to make our little rat dog into a snack.  I’ve had a bear in the back yard once too, but he was fortunately partaking in harmless foraging.  The amount of wild life in the residential neighborhoods this last year has been increasing very quickly.  The number of predators coming down is the largest most of us has ever seen.  Fish and Game folks tell us that the prolonged drought in the area is reducing the rodent population and forcing them into our area and predators are following.

Good advice if you are near open areas, keep a watchful eye on your pets and small children.

The picture is from Monrovia City watch and used with their permission.  It was taken by a friend of Cyrus’ here in Monrovia a few months back while another mountain lion was “visiting”.  

Also, a personal thanks to MPD for the robo-dial it really is nice to know what is going on so we can take precautions.

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Hot Rods, Trailer Queens and chrome knob polishing with some.

October 24, 2008 in Driving, Events, Food & Drink, Music, San Gabriel Valley

18th Annual Hot Rod and Custom Car Show in Old Town Monrovia Saturday 10/25

This is it. My most favorite old car show in all of LA.  Why? Because the damn thing is free, no admission at all with a couple of hundred cars to view up close.  Plus, those car owners are the friendliest bunch of guys who will talk forever on their barn find turned custom car if you let them.  They’ll even let you wander around and take a bajillion pictures of it.  If you ask them really nice they’ll even take put the hood down so you can admire the entire car instead of the disturbed lines cause by a gaping maw.  I never, ever miss this event and neither should you if you love old cars and customs.

There will be awards given to many of the cars.  There will be raffles with proceeds going to benefit the Monrovia Library Fund.  Many of the restaurants in town will have sidewalk dining available as well as several food tents.  Its an old car centric event so plan on a lot of 60’s music, mostly some surfer stuff but some dedicated just to cars like the Beach Boys “409”.

Details: Saturday 10/25/08, 9AM-2PM.  Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016.  MAP LINK 

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“Art That Haunts You” free reception Saturday 10/18

October 17, 2008 in Art, Events, Food & Drink, Music, San Gabriel Valley


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"Arched Walkway" gets bigger with a click

The Route 66 Gallery is holding true to its promise of new themed shows opening every 6 weeks.  The theme this time around is “Art That Haunts You”.  It is unjuried and open to the artist’s own interpretation of what is haunting.  There will be approximately a dozen artists showing 36 pieces that they believe fit the theme.


The reception will be held in the Route 66 Gallery in Monrovia’s Historic Aztec Hotel.  It will feature your basic munchies and wine. Of course the best part is this is all FREE!  If you desire stronger drinks feel free to walk across the lobby of the hotel to the Brass Elephant Bar to purchase something stronger.  

The image “Arched Walkway” is one of the pieces I will have in the show (yes, this is a little self-promotion).  It is a High Dynamic Range image that was generated with the use of the Photomatix HDR and tone-mapping programs.

Details: Saturday 10/18 5PM-9PM.  311 W Foothill Blvd, Monrovia CA 91016.  MAP LINK HERE

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It’s MAFA, not MoFo, Silly!

October 10, 2008 in Art, Crafts, Events, Food & Drink, LA bloggers, Music

Check it out – Featured Artist: FRANK ZGONC!

You may not know it, but that’s our very own Frazgo – too shy to toot his own horn, but me? I’m all about shameless promotion, so here’s the dirt on the 45th Annual MOFO MAFACelebrate the Arts” festival, hosted by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

This year’s event is October 11 & 12 in the Monrovia Community Center, 10AM to 6PM daily, and features the work of 65 artists representing various media, with a focus on oil, acrylic and water color painting. Additionally there will be limited numbers of photographers, digital artists and jewelry artists.

Besides honoring Fraz, this year’s Celebrate the Arts is having a casual dress opening night reception in the Community Center from 7-9PM. A tax deductible donation of $25 per person gets you music, hors d’oeuvres and hosted wine bar (don’t forget to tip the volunteer bartenders).

Monrovia Community Center
119 West Palm Avenue
Monrovia CA 91016
Map link HERE.

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