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Vietnam: TONIGHT

Mentors can break cycle of homelessness

Discussion at Chevalier's Books Sept. 28

St. Anne's facility to open


By Suzan Filipek You can make a difference. Really. Jill Bauman, CEO of Imagine LA, is sure of it, which is why she works to bring mentors together with young families to help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. About 150 new mentors are sought for St. Anne’s new, state-of-the-art transitional housing, Beverly Terrace. It See Imagine LA, p 29

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FIRST LIEUTENANT Jack Walker, U.S. Marine Corps, was commanding officer of Charlie Company in April, 1967, when he was photographed with youngster Phuc, at the iconic French-era sign situated at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 9, outside Dong Ha, northwest of Quang Tri and about six miles south of the Demilitarized Zone in central Vietnam.

The October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle is distributed throughout the local community Thurs. Sept. 28. That evening features a timely conversation with two Vietnam veterans at the city’s oldest independent bookstore, Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., at 7 p.m. The Thursday night talk is See Vietnam, p 27

Wilshire Rotary to open pumpkin patch on Blvd. Bounce house, gourds signal holidays near

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Pick out a gourd and plan your Jack o' lantern this month while supporting Wilshire Rotary Club at a pumpkin patch at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. The patch is open Sat., Oct. 7 through Sun., Oct. 29. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. This year, the patch will

have a bounce house on site for kids to enjoy before and after picking out pumpkins, according to organizer Wendy Clifford. “I think it’s going to be a good year,” she says. The Rotary’s Christmas tree lot will return to this same Larchmont Blvd. location on Fri., Nov. 24 through Sat., See Pumpkin, p 30

STUDENTS Jasper and Avery Gough serve lemonade and cookies for a good cause.

Kids turn lemons into lemonade Hurricane victims among beneficiaries WINDSOR VILLAGE threw a party. 2-5 For Information on Advertising Rates, Please Call Pam Rudy 323-462-2241, x 11 Mailing permit:

READY FOR THE FAIR are, bottom row left to right, Nikka Gueler, Cameron and Tyler Greene and Aria Uttam; top row, cochair Vivian Gueler, Claire Lesher and John Winther, president Larchmont Boulevard Association. Photo by Bill Devlin

Boulevard welcomes fair-goers to family-fun event on Oct. 29 Larchmont's Got Talent, costume, pie contests Rides, games and a talent show are set to take place at Larchmont’s biggest annual event, the Family Fair, on Sun., Oct. 29 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Larchmont Blvd., from Beverly Blvd. to First St., will be closed to traffic the day of the fair to make room for rides, contests and more at the anSee Family Fair, p 30

By Billy Taylor Students Avery and Jasper Gough spent Labor Day working a lemonade stand to help raise money for young victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Hancock Park siblings — who both serve as Larchmont Chronicle school reporters — set up a table in front of their home on the 500 block of Wilcox Ave. and served lemonade, dog treats and a selection of cookies. The two volunteers raised $331 in one day from cash and online donations, according to their mother, Beth Corets. “Proceeds from the sale went to help homeless youth taken in by Covenant House Texas, which is located in the heart of Houston,” explained Corets, who serves as an advisory board member for Covenant House in California. Although the Houston chap-

ter suffered damage during Hurricane Harvey, it remained open to accept homeless youth displaced by the storm. Covenant House is a nonprofit youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth ages 18-24. Charity begins at home It’s not just homeless youth in Houston that need help. Covenant House in Los AngeSee Local kids, p 27

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By John Welborne Book writers abound here We live in a community where friends and neighbors write books (also a lot of screenplays, of course). My next-door neighbors when I lived on Irving Blvd. in Windsor Square had a daughter, Leigh Bardugo, who was attending Marlborough School (and then went on to Yale). She now lives in Hancock Park and is a well-known author of young adult fiction, with her latest book just being released. See Page 25. Another local resident, who lives in Brookside, is releasing her own first young adult book. Kes Trester and her book are the subjects of a Page 24 story. My current Windsor Square neighbor, Aline Brosh McKenna, also has a book, a graphic novel, that was just published. Read about Aline’s impending, Oct. 1, book reading and Q&A session at Chevalier’s on Page 15, Section 2. And on Page 1, under the headline “Vietnam,” another friend and near neighbor (resident of Los Feliz; not so far away) who wrote a topical book is Jack Walker. He will be at our local literary meeting place (Chevalier’s) the night the Chronicle is distributed. If you are not able to get to his book talk, you certainly can buy and enjoy Walker’s excellent memoir. It is a very good read, especially for those of us in that Vietnam generation.

Put it on the Calendar – the HPHOA Annual Meeting

The Association’s annual meeting will be October 24th from 7-9 PM at 3rd Street Elementary School. If you’re a dues paying member you’ll be receiving a ballot for the election of the Board of Directors. Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend! You will have a chance to hear from the Council Office, LAPD, and the Association committees on what’s going on in Hancock Park from concrete streets to tree trimming to historic preservation to crime prevention. Come to the meeting, see if there’s a committee you’d like to join, and see how you can help us in keeping Hancock Park one of the best places to live in the city. The Association’s Board of Directors has nominated Tim Allyn, Martin Beck, Greg Glasser, Peter Gorelick, Susan Grossman, William Newby, Cami Taylor, Jon Vein, and James Wolf as candidates for vacancies in this year’s election. The profiles of the candidates can be found on the Association website. The residents of Quadrant One were part of a meeting with the Councilman on possible resolutions for parking problems in this area of Hancock Park. Because of the explosive development north of Melrose Avenue and the Paramount Expansion project, which will add a significant Permit Parking District to the east of Hancock Park, the amount of street parking in Quadrant One has shrunk to a minuscule amount. If you live in this area (MelroseRosewood-Wilcox-Lillian Way) and haven’t sent your comments to Catherine Landers (catherine.landers@lacity. org), please do so — so that everyone’s voice can be heard. If you plan to change your landscaping or make changes to the exterior of your house, please contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( to make sure your plans comply with our Preservation Plan. The HPOZ Preservation Plan, which regulates our HPOZ, can be found at There is also an online form you can fill out to help speed up the process ( Remember to lock your car, secure your house and, if you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, file a police report by contacting Officer Dave Cordova. Call his cell phone, 213-793-0650 or send him an email, with all the information, including your name and telephone number. Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System: and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180. Adv.

Sat., Sept. 30 – “Despicable Me 3” movie fundraiser at Hollygrove, corner of Vine St. and Waring Ave., 5:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 4 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, 7 p.m. at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Fri., Oct. 6 to Sun., Oct. 29 – Wilshire Rotary Pumpkin Patch, 568 N. Larchmont Blvd., Fri., Oct. 6, Sat., Oct. 7 and Sun., Oct. 8 – St. Sophia Greek Festival, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., Sat., Oct. 14 – Italian Food and Wine Festival, 424 N. Main St., 5 to 10 p.m., Sat., Oct. 14 and Sun., Oct. 15 – The Original Farmers Market Fall Festival at 3rd and Fairfax Ave. Sat., Oct. 21 – Los Angeles High School Centennial Celebration Gala at The Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 7 to 11 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22 – “Larchmont’s Got Talent” auditions, 119 N. Larchmont Blvd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact, 323-860-4266. Sat., Oct. 28 – Wilshire Park

‘What are you dressing up as for Halloween?’ That's the question inquiring photographer Sondi Toll Sepenuk asked locals along Larchmont Blvd.

Assoc. Halloween Haunt, Bronson Ave., between Wilshire Blvd. and 8th St., 4:30 to 9 p.m., Sun., Oct. 29 – Larchmont Family Fair and “Larchmont’s Got Talent” competition on Larchmont Blvd., noon to 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 2 – Delivery of the November issue of the Larchmont Chronicle.

“Something from Harry Potter;” “Tetra from Windwaker;” “someone from Orange Is the New Black;” and “a weird scene kid.” Lea, Kate, Sofia and Chase, Larchmont and Hancock Park

Letters to the Editor Vacant homes on Wilton

Thank you for this article (“Vacant homes on Wilton Pl. plague block,” Sept.)! We live on Raleigh St. and experienced some disturbing incidents, including a mentally unstable woman trying to enter our bungalow and people leaping over our garage area to access the two abandoned properties. They just tore down those two houses — this article answered a lot of our questions. Much obliged. Nancy Miller Raleigh St.

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 by Jane Gilman and Dawne P. Goodwin Publisher and Editor John H. Welborne Managing Editor Suzan Filipek Associate Editor Billy Taylor Contributing Editor Jane Gilman Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Tom Hofer Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 606 N. Larchmont Blvd., #103

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Had [a] similar issue on my street (Rosewood) and there’s very little remedy until the homes are finally demolished. Too bad that that part of the development process isn’t sped up or encouraged. You really notice the crime rate goes up too. Keith J. Rosewood Ave.

“Supergirl!” and “I’m gonna be Batman!” Rose and Noah Hancock Park

Reporter remembers

Rachel Olivier did a great job (“Former Chronicle student reporter: then and now,” Sept.)! The only correction is that my master’s degree is in nonprofit administration. (I’m flattered that Ms. Olivier thinks I’ve mastered Christianity. Although, that may be an accomplishment in the next life.) I’m glad she mentioned The Soldiers Project. What a great program of free mental health services to veterans, their fam(Please turn to page 26)

“My friends and I are going as the Spice Girls. I’m going to be Baby Spice.” “Either Batman or Batgirl. I haven’t decided yet.” Lizzie Mansour and Phoebe Sasso, Larchmont

School directory correction

Last month we listed incorrect information for Echo Horizon School in our yearly school directory. Below is the correct information. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Peggy Procter, head of school. Pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, 170 students. Hours are Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check website for rates.

“A Ninja;” “a Butterfly Skateboard;” and “Jason Voorhees” (from Friday the 13th movies). Carter Hampson, Michael Jeong and Bruno Vernetti Hancock Park

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Farmers Market Fall festival has kid’s tractor pull, pumpkin carving

Board election, committee reports at HPHOA annual meeting, Oct. 24 Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual meeting of the Hancock Park Home Owners Association (HPHOA). Residents will hear from David Ryu’s office, the Los Angeles Police Department and from HPHOA committee chairs about what’s going on in Hancock Park, from concrete streets to tree trimming. The meeting will be Tues., Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Third Street Elementary School, 201 S. June St. At the meeting, dues-paying members will receive a ballot for the election of the new Board of Directors. The current board has nominated the following candidates to join the board: Tim Allyn, Martin Beck, Greg Glasser, Peter Gorelick, Susan Grossman, William Newby, Cami Taylor, Jon Vein and James Wolf. For more information, visit Over 70 Years of Focusing on You.

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Celebrate the fall harvest with a family-friendly festival at the Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. Third St. — Sat., Oct. 14 and Sun., Oct. 15. Highlights include the AllAlaskan racing pigs, a petting zoo, pie-eating contest and even a kid-sized tractor pull. Pumpkin Carver Joe will help people create the perfect Jack o’ lantern, or learn how to weave straw at the harvest knot workshop. Event organizers say there will be “lots and lots” of live music to keep your toes tapping at this family-friendly event. Be sure to look out for the strolling scarecrow. The festival is free and takes place during regular Market hours: Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will find the Market and its merchants fully decorated, including autumnal-themed photo cut-outs set up for plenty of family “selfie” opportunities. Wags and Walks If you are busy that weekend and can’t make it to the fall festival, consider Wags and Walks dog adoption event Saturdays, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 at the end of the trolley tracks in front of Kip’s Toyland from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by The Dog Bakery, the event is a way to meet a future best friend. Visit For more information, visit

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Petersen Automotive gala honors vintage sports, racing cars Spend the evening with host James Corden, of the “Late Late Show,” celebrating vintage sports and racing cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Sat. Oct. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. For this 23rd annual fundraising gala, there will be a gourmet dinner by the Drago brothers and live performances throughout the night. Special guest will be Charles Gordon-Lennox — the 11th Duke of Richmond, 11th Duke of Lennox, 11th Duke of Aubigny and the 6th Duke of Gordon. The Duke is the founder of the  Goodwood Festival of

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Cat car show at Arboretum Jaguars, Cougars and other cat-inspired cars will be on display Sat., Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Owners will be on hand to talk about the cars, and kids’ activities include a scavenger hunt and crafts. Visit

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entry on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. A suspect pried open a barred window and entered the garage of a residence near the corner of Oakwood Ave. and N. St. Andrews Pl. on Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. Victim was unable to determine if property was stolen. Two firearms and jewelry were among the property valued at $10,000 stolen from a residence near the corner of S. St. Andrews Pl. and Country Club Dr. after a suspect smashed a window to gain entry on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. GRAND THEFTS AUTO: A 2009 Volkswagen Jetta was stolen while parked in the garage of a property located on the 400 block of N. Van Ness Ave. on Sept. 8 between Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 9 at 10:15 a.m. A 2012 Ford F150 was stolen while parked near the corner of 5th St. and S. Van Ness Ave. between Sept. 9 at 9:30 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 8:44 a.m. BURGLARY THEFTS FROM VEHICLES: Property was stolen from inside a 2004 Toyota Camry parked on the 300 block of S. Van Ness Ave. after a suspect smashed a window to gain entry between Sept. 13 at 8:30 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. An airbag was stolen from a 2016 Honda CRV that was parked near the corner of Rosewood Ave. and St. Andrews Pl. after a suspect used a tool to pry open a door between Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. and Sept. 18 at 8:30 a.m. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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Natural disasters remind us to be diligent The past few weeks, we have seen hurricanes in Texas and Florida, earthquakes in Mexico, and fires in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve seen thousands lose their homes and communities. We’ve also seen support — $15 billion from Congress and countless neighbors donating time and resources to help the disaster relief effort. The natural disasters of the past few weeks should be a call to all residents to prepare ourselves: Sign up for NotifyLA alerts on The city has been approaching earthquakes as a matter of “when” not “if” by retrofitting buildings and enacting more stringent building codes for certain structures. Residents, too, can be proactive by coming up with a disaster plan for themselves and their families, and communities can sign up for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training so they are equipped to help their neighbors when disaster strikes. Both resources and more are available at Zero-carbon energy I joined my colleague, Councilmember Paul Koretz, on Aug. 28 to voice our support for the California Clean Energy Act of 2017 (SB100 — De Leon) which would fast-track California’s goal to reach 100 percent zero-carbon energy by 2045. Scientists have made it clear

George Lucas among honorees at LACMA gala Award-winning filmmaker George Lucas is among honorees at the Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sat., Nov. 4. Artist Mark Bradford will also be honored at the seventh annual event at the Miracle Mile museum. Museum trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio will co-chair the event. Bradford co-curated LACMA’s founding exhibition at Charles White Elementary School and works with foster youth. Lucas is known worldwide for his “Star Wars” enterprise and is involved in the pending construction of a new museum in Exposition Park. Proceeds will benefit LACMA’s film programming. Call 323-857-4770.

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set to expire in July of 2018, it is time that we begin the process, in coordination with the Planning Department, of overlaying one of the newly adopted single-family zones for these communities. It is essential that we start this process or we will risk having a gap between the expiration of the existing, and adoption of the new, ordinance. My office recommends the newly-created R1R3-RG zone, which was just adopted by the former ICO communities of South Hollywood, La Brea Hancock and Larchmont Heights. La Brea Hancock had the same ICO as Brookside, and I feel this protective overlay would be a great permanent fix for the community. Learn more about the new single-family zones, the R1R3-RG, and a brief description of the Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by visiting:




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Expect weekend closures on Wilshire between Manhattan, Western

EXAMPLE of pilings installed for subway construction on Wilshire Blvd. This work was for the Fairfax station (view looking west). Similar drilling of holes and insertion of tall I-beams will take place on Wilshire between Western Ave. and Manhattan Pl. in October.

Starting in mid-October, Wilshire Blvd. will be closed on weekends between Manhattan Pl. and Western Ave. for ongoing Metro construction, officials announced. Pile installation is set for this one-block portion of Wilshire. Anticipated work hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for drilling, and 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for the setting of concrete and pilings. The pilings, tall steel I-beams, are used to shore up the land north and south of the upcoming excavation that will allow for con-

with questions or concerns about Purple Line Extension construction activity can also call the 24-hour project hotline at 213-922-6934, and email the project team at

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CYCLISTS bike down Wilshire at a 2016 CicLAvia event. By Gaston Hinostroza

Walk, ride, explore the Heart of Los Angeles with CicLAvia Oct. 8, 9 Echo Park and Mariachi Plaza. Between visiting Echo Park, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Downtown, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights, there will be family activities and bike and pedestrian safety workshops. The route visits Echo Park Lake, 2nd St. Tunnel and crosses the Los Angeles River on the 4th St. Bridge. For more information on the route, activities and safety tips, go to

Bike, walk or jog through six miles of Los Angeles’ most historic places Sun., Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roads along the route will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., except at specific points. Parking on those streets will be prohibited after 1 a.m. The route for CicLAvia: Heart of LA will run along Broadway between Chinatown and 7th St., and along Glendale Blvd., W. 2nd St., E. 4th St. and Boyle Ave. between

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Hans’ flair for design and technique revolutionized eyewear By Suzan Filipek Hans Fiebig once made glasses in a time-old fashion, by hand and working a foot pedal. “Can you imagine using your feet?” the 88-year old optician asked last month at his 30-year old Larchmont institution, Hans Custom Optik. One person who would appreciate Hans’ technical know-how, precision and artistic flair was Elvis Presley. The two met when The King was driving down Sunset Blvd., in front of Fiebig’s old shop. Fiebig gave him his card, and a few days later Elvis arrived with his entourage. Hans would go on to make 400 pairs of custom glasses for the megastar. With inspiration from Elvis, Sir Elton John and a host of other celebrities, Hans would revolutionize eyewear from the boring styles of the 1950s

to the fashion statements that glasses are today, said his daughter and bookkeeper Regina Fiebig Davis. “He was the go-to man. Elton being so creative… and Elvis knew exactly what he wanted. They’d say, ‘Hans, can you do this?’” From feathered frames to glasses sporting blinking neon lights, Hans would figure out a way. After all, “He knew the mechanics… He’s a legend in the optical industry. He’s the first optician to celebrities,” Regina added. Eyeglasses were not exactly haute couture when Hans was a teen, measuring in millimeters, grinding lenses with the help of the foot pedal, and, of course, working without a computer. He would later teach these same skills to his family. His other two children and grandsons, James and Matthew (Matt) Davis, are all opticians.

MASTER OPTICIAN Hans Fiebig with his grandson James Davis and daughter Regina Davis. Photos by Bill Devlin

Knowing the Old World technique makes all the difference, says James, who runs the Larchmont store with his brother Matthew. Hans traces his skills to his childhood in Germany, where part of the school curriculum was building model airplanes.

“His teacher noticed that Dad had a gift for building and crafting. (I guess he had very fine motor skills and dexterity.) And he was probably quite a perfectionist even at that young age!” Regina said. His teacher was so impressed he introduced him

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to an optometrist who hired Hans to begin his apprenticeship with him at the age of 14. Hans, who grew up during World War II, attributes his skills to saving his life more than once. “During the war, there was so much destruction and confusion — but he always felt that by being the best optician he could be, he would be able to find a job — anywhere!” said Regina. After the war, he and his wife, Frida, and first child emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. With two more children in tow, they would later drive southwest to a warmer climate. “He and Mom watched the Rose Parade [on television] and packed up the car and we went to Los Angeles,” laughs Regina. It was the 1960s, and he had a job waiting for him in downtown Los Angeles. Later, he and a partner opened Optik Boutique, a chain of 13 stores between here and Chicago, including the one on Sunset Blvd. where he met Elvis. “He was a Southern gentleman…” recalls Regina. Elvis walked in wearing a cheap pair of aviator-style glasses and had a large gold necklace with a lightning bolt and “TCB” on it. Elvis asked Hans if the design “TCB” (Taking Care of Business) could be engraved on the sides and his initials on the bridge of a custom-made pair of aviators. “I realized at that time you couldn’t ‘sell’ Elvis anything – he had very specific ideas about what he liked and what he wanted – either you could do it or you couldn’t. Of course I told him we could and I figured I would work out the details later,” Hans recalled in a 2011 book, “Cult Eyewear.” Hans would also befriend Sir Elton John before he was knighted and while he was still working in smaller clubs, such as the Troubadour. “Nobody bought more than Elton John,” said Hans, who would craft hundreds of prescription glasses for him. Steve McQueen and a bevy of other celebrity client photos grace the walls at Hans Optik, which moved to Larchmont 30 years ago. Hans opened a store in the busy 200 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. in the 1980s and moved a few years ago to 419 ¾ N. Larchmont, when rents skyrocketed in the block to the south (where his old store is now half of the Trina Turk shop). “I had no choice,” he says. The move has been a blessing in disguise, offering a larger space, second-floor views and free parking. While street traffic is scarce, the regulars (Please turn to page 18)

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Custom frames and art restoration the old-fashioned way By Suzan Filipek Richard Gibson remembers tagging along with his dad to his clients’ homes, including a big-time film producer. “My dad brought me to see his Cezanne and Rembrandts.” His father, Ted Gibson, made custom frames and restored works of art the old-fashioned way, by hand. He opened shop downtown in 1946, and over the years serviced art collectors, artists, movie stars and generations of residents who lived in the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhood, lawyers, judges and doctors also among them. Richard has been at the helm of the custom framing business since his father passed away at 92 in 2000. Richard downsized and moved the business, Ted Gibson Custom Framing, to its current location at 4271 W. Third St. The younger Gibson also brought the second generation of shop craftsmen with him: Gigi Garcia and Tony Oyrazabol. Both learned from their fathers, shop veterans Telesforo Garcia and Benjamin Oyrazabol. Like his staff, Richard Gibson mastered the technique of restoration from his dad. Richard says his skills are fine-tuned from years

and grandparents, noted Richard. And many don’t understand the intricacies involved in framing, so they succumb to companies offering mass-produced pieces at cheap prices who often ruin works in the process, he said. When asked how much a job would cost, he quotes his dad’s oftrepeated answer: “It’s more than you think, but less than you know it should be.” His father arrived from New York in the SURROUNDED by hand-made frames 1930s and worked for at the longtime framing shop is Richard art supplier Meyer Flax Gibson. and later an art gallery of experience, as he finish- downtown before opening his es a 100-year-old, gold-metal own store and also a wareframe for longtime customer, house, both on W. Seventh St. (This is the former artsThe Ebell of Los Angeles. The Ebell’s prized California oriented district that still is plein-air paintings and their home to McManus & Morgan, original frames are also get- Inc., the distributor of fine ting a touch-up by the shop’s artists papers, and Aardvark Letterpress, both the subthree-member staff. They are careful not to “over- ject of Paula Panich’s “Home restore,” a common mishap in Ground” column in the July 2016 Larchmont Chronicle – the industry, says Richard. Business has slowed since Ed.) Many of the frames from its heyday. Many younger peothe earliest days are among ple today are not interested in keeping heirlooms and prized those for sale at the shop. possessions of their parents They range from hand-carved,

hand-gilded, gold- and silverleafed to distressed styles. Made-to-order pieces can also be created from wood molding, including exotic varieties such as wormwood. The liquidation sale is ongoing to clear inventory and raise money, said Richard, who is struggling to pay rising

rent and insurance costs amid skyrocketing regulations. He’s committed to staying, he said. After all, in spite of it all, “we have fiercely loyal customers. “I’m the only shop where — after you quote customers a price — they say, ‘I’ll give you more than that.’”

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Hope Lutheran celebrates 75 years Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., is going back to its German roots Sun., Nov. 5 to celebrate 75 years of being in our neighborhood. The festivities begin with the morning worship at 10:30 a.m., which will include music director Helena Buscema’s Hope

Band and Choir and the gospel roots band “Little Faith.” Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael will sing “How Great Thou Art,” violinist Elizabeth Bacher will play, and Estani Frizzell of Ascension Vocals, with orchestra and band, will conclude the service.

There will also be a brief history of Hope Lutheran and remarks by Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Following the service led by Pastor Mark Rasbach, enjoy (Please turn to page 14)

Julie Stephens McCloskey

ASCENSION VOCALS’ Estani Frizzell will perform at the service. Below: Violinist Elizabeth Bacher.

October 3, 1957 – July 29, 2017 Resident of Phoenix, Arizona

Julie was born in Los Angeles, California, where she attended Marlborough High School. After a year at Pepperdine University, she transferred to the University

of Arizona, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She graduated with a degree in Home Economics. Julie was a loving and supportive wife and devoted mother; family was her focus. As a passionate follower of Christ, she dedicated her life to sharing His love through prayer and service. While living in Texas and Arizona, she invested energy in the ministry of Moms in Prayer International, lifting petitions to God, encouraging others, and attending to administrative tasks. For the past 12 years, Julie volunteered at the Phoenix Open with the local Panhellenic chapter. She provided leadership to the local Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae group, and gave

her time at the White Dove Thrift Shoppe in Mesa. In a final demonstration of her generous spirit, Julie supported the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute in their specialized research on melanoma. A reception in Celebration of Julie’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Wilshire Country Club, 301 North Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004. Donations may be made in Julie’s memory to: Moms in Prayer International, Hospice of the Valley (Phoenix, AZ), Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ), or University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute.



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What's Killing Our Trees?

Question: What is smaller than a sesame seed and has the power to increase air pollution, raise air temperatures and ruin the landscape of Southern California? Answer: The polyphagous shot hole borer, a tiny insect from Asia that is killing trees all over the region. According to U. S. Forest Service research forester Greg McPherson, the tiny beetle is on track to kill 27 million urban trees in Los Angeles and nearby counties. That’s roughly 38 percent of our 71 million urban trees. Arborists think that the extra stress of the long drought has made the trees especially susceptible to the insects. Among the most endangered are Avocados, Citrus, California Oaks, Ornamental Plums and related stone fruit trees, Goldenrain trees, Ash, Willows, Liquidambars, and especially Sycamores. Steve Dunlap, a supervisor at the Department of Recreation and Parks, estimates that as many as 20 percent of Griffith Park’s trees could be killed as a result of the borer, and possibly over 90 percent of the Sycamores. The UC Irvine campus, once shaded by hundreds of mature sycamores, has had to remove over 1000 of them in the last few years, and this pattern is being repeated all over the region. “Catastrophic loss of our canopy would have consequences for human health and well-being, property values, airconditioning savings, carbon storage, the removal of pollutants from the air we breathe, and wildlife habitat,” said McPherson to the Los Angeles Times last April. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for the pest at this point. Note the dark stains on the bark of many of our street trees, which indicates a borer infestation. What can be done? Some tree doctors are having limited results with a new soil drench pesticide, and they recommend trying to keep existing trees as healthy as possible by watering them deeply, but they caution that these methods may only slow the disease process. Officials also urge homeowners to use only locally-sourced firewood, as the beetle can hitch rides in that material. Use only certified arborists for treetrimming and ask if they use sterilized tools. Ultimately, unless an effective treatment emerges, we will be forced to replace dead and infected trees with species that seem to be resistant to the deadly bug. The Windsor Square Canopy Committee has been assessing the health of all of our neighborhood’s trees and will be working with the city to come up with a new list of appropriate trees for our parkways. Meanwhile, we strongly urge neighbors to be patient and wait for the new list of recommended varieties before replacing any street trees. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


Julie McCloskey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on July 29, 2017, ending her 10-month battle with metastatic melanoma. Julie is survived by her husband of over 33 years, Terry McCloskey; her son Trevor McCloskey (Taylor) and daughter Mary Lanman (William); her mother Marylin Stephens, sister June Sweeney (James) and brother William “Steve” Stephens (Stacey), along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Stay active with field trips, yoga, bridge, classes From classes on fall prevention and computer use to billiards, water aerobics and more, read on for places where you can find activities that keep both body and brain limber.

Department of Recreation and Parks Claude Pepper Senior Citizens Center 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310-559-9677 Bridge, chair yoga, a computer lab, Zumba and help with your taxes are some of the options at Claude Pepper. Table tennis, pinochle, movies and poker are also available. Or take classes on crafts, knitting, sewing, quilting, acting or smart driving. Some of the members have also put together a travel club. Call or drop by for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairfax Senior Center 7929 Melrose Ave. 323-653-1824 Yoga and other fitness classes are offered throughout the week. There is also a daily lunch program and computer lab. Parties and trips happen throughout the year. Call or drop by the center for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 to 3 p.m. Las Palmas Senior Center 1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. 323-465-7787 Bridge, bingo, art and exercise classes are available at Las Palmas. There is also a nutrition program, or join the performance group, which rehearses twice a week and puts on shows every other month. Drop by or call for more information on other activities and services. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center 141 S. Gardner St. 323-935-5705

There is a gym with exercise equipment and a computer lab at Pan Pacific. Meditation, yoga and other low-impact exercise classes are offered. There are parties and trips throughout the year, and there is a daily lunch program. Call or drop by for a full schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voices of Belmont Village

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Hope Lutheran

(Continued from page 12) an authentic Oktoberfest with German appetizers and beer, a free catered lunch inspired by Martin Luther, a silent auction and a mariachi band (because what’s a celebration in Southern California without a mariachi band?). History The church at Mansfield and Melrose was established in 1942, after a small American Lutheran congregation purchased the site from the Melrose Park Methodist Church, which had fallen on hard times. Pastor Hubert K. (H.K.) Rasbach came to Hope Lutheran in 1947, serving the congregation until 1980, when his son Pastor Mark Rasbach took over. In 1983, the building burned in an arson fire, but by 1985 a new, 15,000-square-foot facility had been erected, which now houses 12-step groups, children’s relief organizations and an emergency food dispensary, as well as the congregation. A 25-minute documentary on the history of Hope Lutheran will be shown Sun., Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 323-938-9135 or visit

Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center 6310 San Vicente Blvd. 323-937-5900 From holiday celebrations to Texas Hold’em, movies and Zumba, there is much to choose from at Freda Mohr. Knitting and fashion workshops are offered, as well as a lunch program. There are also gait and balance workshops, body and brain yoga and arthritis exercise classes. An “Aging Mastery Program” workshop begins Mon., Oct. 16 (must sign up by Mon., Oct. 2). Shabbat parties are every Friday at 1 p.m. Call or visit website for complete schedule. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please turn to page 15)


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Zumba dance is Wednesdays. Pilates is Fridays. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


PARASOLS are decorated at an art class through the L.I.F.E. program at Park La Brea.

L.I.F.E. at Park La Brea 535 S. Curson Ave., Tower 49 323-936-0859 Living Independently in a Friendly Environment (L.I.F.E.), offers a wide range of activities for older adults in the Park La Brea community. From movies, art classes and supper clubs to music programs, yoga, Pilates and nutrition classes, there is much to choose from at the L.I.F.E. program. Also available are referral services, private consultations with social workers and more. Activity times vary, so call to get on the newsletter mailing list. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Hollywood Wilshire 1553 N. Schrader Blvd. 323-467-4161 Aqua-aerobics, deep-water exercise, stretch classes and Zumba are some of the classes offered at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Besides water exercise classes, the pool is available for open and lap swim most days of the week. Chair exercises are Tuesdays and Fridays.

St. Barnabas Senior Services 675 Carondelet St. 213-388-4444 Bingo, a cyber cafe, movies, fall prevention, better bones and arthritis exercise classes, X-box bowling, art club, Zumba, tai chi, field trips and more are available at St. Barnabas. There are also blood pressure screenings, a hot lunch and free flu shots offered. Join the mailing list to receive a monthly calendar. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Barnabas Senior Services 5170 Santa Monica Blvd.


323-957-2222 A satellite of the mid-city site, this location has bingo, help with computers and cell phones, a yoga class, arts and crafts, and board games. It also participates in a hot lunch and a transportation program. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 W. Olympic Blvd.

323-938-2531 Brain ball, strengthen and stretch and balance challenge classes and water aerobics are available for seniors at Westside Jewish Community Center. Other activities are Israeli folk dancing, Zumba, table tennis, yoga, mixed media art classes, and also Shabbat and other holiday celebrations. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Former VP, Science Guy, Ted Koppel among list of speakers Former Vice President Joe Biden will kick off the Distinguished Speakers for the 2017-2018 season at the Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Sun., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” of eponymous award-winning

TV shows, will speak Nov. 26. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will share analysis, commentary and perspective on current events Jan. 21. Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard speaks Feb. 18.

PBS traveler Rick Steves will share vacation tips and answer questions March 11. The season will conclude with basketball superstar and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who will speak May 9. There is a moderated ques-

tion and answer session at the conclusion of each presentation to allow for audience members to have the opportunity to interact with each speaker. Programs take place Sundays at 7 p.m.

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Freda Mohr, JFS to get makeover Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center had its final day at 330 N. Fairfax Ave. last month before moving to its temporary home at 6310 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 275. While the new Jewish Family Service (JFS) site is smaller, all the same services and activities will be offered, including the hot lunch program, transportation services, and fitness and wellness classes. In the meantime, the Fairfax site will undergo a significant renovation and expansion. The old structure will be replaced

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Get Involved with Your Neighborhood Council Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings. Board of Directors meetings: DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles - Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Location TBA Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004

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Dwight Henry Lindholm


May 27, 1930 - September 4, 2017

wight Henry Lindholm passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, CA, at the age of 87. Dwight was born in Blackduck, Minnesota on May 27, 1930, where he lived until the age of 5 years old. The son of an Ordained Minister, Dwight’s family was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. His parents, Henry Nathaniel Lindholm (of Swedish decent) and Viola Endora Gummert (of German decent) moved Dwight and his brother Calvin to Red Lake Falls in 1935, residing there for most of Dwight’s childhood. They moved again in 1945 to Duluth, Minnesota, where Dwight attended High School, participating in the Debate Team, Basketball and High School Band. Dwight went on to college, where his passion for learning and drive for success earned him a BA Degree in 1951 and a Law Degree in 1954 from the University of Minnesota. Dwight then served in the Military at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas as Captain, US Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, prosecuting and defending in over 100 court-martials. Dwight was always intrigued with genealogy and different cultures, so he did postgraduate work at The University of Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, 1956-1957, carrying a fond love for Mexico with him throughout his life.

In early 1958, Dwight’s passion for adventure led him to leave his roots in Minnesota and move out West to Los Angeles, California, where he met and fell in love with his wife, Loretta Catherine Brown (deceased 2014), at a Young Republicans Social. On August 29, 1958, their marriage was officiated by Dwight’s father Henry at The Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Dwight and Loretta had five children: Douglas Dwight, Dionne, Jeanne Marie, Philip Clayton, & Kathleen Anne, and raised them in Hancock Park. During this time, they took a year sabbatical to French Polynesia June 1982 – July 1983. In 1993 Dwight and Loretta moved to their second home in Channel Islands Harbor, CA. First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was a central

focus for Dwight & Loretta, where they became members in 1958 and were actively involved throughout their 56 years of marriage. Dwight’s huge passionate spirit for adventure and strong interest in culture, religion and politics, will forever be remembered by his five children Douglas Dwight Lindholm, Dionne Cooper; Jeanne Marie Deranja; Philip Clayton Lindholm; and Kathleen Ann Hennigh. His endearing love, genuine interest and ever-present enthusiasm will forever stay in the hearts of his grandchildren: Cora & Ida Lindholm; Randall & Chelsea Cooper; Josephine, Loretta; Bozho & Dwight Deranja; Henry & Kelly Lindholm; Hunter, Hudson & Heather Hennigh. In their early years of marriage, Dwight and Loretta were active in Republican Party politics holding both county and statewide offices while living at 330 S. Westmoreland Avenue. In 1972, they moved to 255 South Rossmore in Hancock Park, where they lived for 25 years. That year, Dwight and Loretta also bought a beach house at Silverstrand beach, Channel Islands Harbor, where they resided as their primary home for the past 20+ years. June 16, 1982, Dwight and Loretta left on their 51-foot sailboat, The Golden Viking, for the South Pacific with their 5 children—then ages 13 through 22 years—26 days at sea going down to French Polynesia and 40 days at sea returning July 15, 1983. From their 5000-square foot home on Rossmore in Hancock Park, they went to 500-square feet on the boat. For 5 years leading up to June 1982, Dwight & Loretta with their five children planned and prepared for their great sailing adventure that left a lasting imprint and forever defined them as a family. Dwight and Loretta’s adventures continued when they became empty nesters and traveled the world together. They visited almost every continent, traveling to Dwight’s ancestral homesteads in Sweden and Germany, the Holy Land, Road to Santiago, Galapagos, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, just to name a few of the many places they explored together. Dwight had a long successful

career practicing law: Individual Law Practices 1958-65; 1972-81; 1984-2013; Partner Lindholm & Johnson 1965-69; Partner Cotter, Lindholm & Johnson 1969-72; Of Counsel @ Bolton, Hemer & Dunn 1981-1984. Court Admissions included: Minnesota Supreme Court; Court of Military Appeals; California Supreme Court; US 2014 (Dir. ’76-’78); International Fellowship of District Court; US Supreme Court. Genealogy Rotarians (Founding President Bar Associates & Professional ’79-2014); Westlake School for Activities included: “AV” rating Girls now Harvard Westlake High Martindale-Hubble ’69 to 2014; Los School (Trustee & Ch. Dev. Com Angeles County Bar Association; ’78-’81); Anacapa Yatch Club California State Bar Association; ‘79-’84); Ocean Cruising Club of Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles; England (Port Officer Newport Speakers Bureau ’69-’72; Delta Harbor); American Legion Post Theta Phi Law Fraternity (President 291, Newport Beach; California LA Alumni Assoc. ‘71-‘72); State State University at Northridge, Chancellor ’72-’73 (Organized new Trust Fund Board of Directors (’89chapters at UCLA, Southwestern ’93); Chairman of the Endowment and Pepperdine Law Schools ’70- Committee (’91-’93); Chairman & CEO, Queen of Angels-Hollywood ’73) Presbyterian Foundation 1998For over 50 2000; Queen of years, Dwight was Angels-Hollywood actively involved Presbyterian in Downtown LA, Medical Center (now Wilshire Center, QueensCare) Board Hancock Park, of Directors 1990Westside and 2002; QueensCare Southern California Corporate Secretary Community affairs 1998-2002; Ex. including: Los Officio Lay Board Angeles Junior Member of Medical Chamber of Executive Committee Commerce (Director ’61-’62); Staff Republican Party volunteering over 1992-1999; a Wilshire Rotarian 4,000 hours of effort in the ’60s; 1972-2017. Dwight always left Los Angeles County Republican a huge impression on anyone Central Comm. ’62-’66; California he met and would go out of his Republican State Central Comm. way to remember the details in ’62-’63; Chet Wolfrum 56th AD conversation the next time he saw Campaign & Glen Lipscomb you. Dwight’s keen wit, likeability, adventurous spirit, 30th CD Campaign ’60; Robert intellect, Lagomarsino Senate Campaign religious commitment and charm ’61; Joe Jimenez 40th AD are the qualities his children and Campaign ’62; Richard Nixon CA grandchildren will forever cherish Governor Campaign ’62; George in their hearts. Callanan 56th AD Campaign & The service was held on Friday, Henry O’Briant 30th CD Campaign September 15th, at Ivy Lawn ’64; Ronald Reagan CA Governor Campaign ’66 (Speakers Bureau); Chapel in Ventura, CA, with the Wilshire Republican Club; reception following the service. Republican Associates; Hollywood The family gratefully suggests Presbyterian Church (Deacon ’62’65; Elder ’65-’75 & ’88-’91); any gifts in Dwight‘s memory be Family Service of Los Angeles – sent to the Red Cross for the vicUnited Way Org. (Dir ’64-’70; VP tims of Hurricanes Harvey and ’68-’70) University of Minnesota Irma. Go online to www.redcross. Alumni Association (Treasurer org, or send check by mail to: American Red Cross ’67); Wilshire Lodge F&AM PO Box 37839 (Senior Warden ’68; Chaplain Boone, IA 50037-0839 ’69); Los Angeles Valley Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shire; Wilshire and write “Hurricane Harvey / Irma YMCA (Dir. ’76-’77); Wilshire relief efforts“ on the check. Rotary Club of Los Angeles ’72ADV.


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Political insights and homelessness are the topics of The Ebell of Los Angeles meetings in October, which are open to all. Former state and city official Jackie Goldberg will address the club at 431 S. Lucerne Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 2 beginning with an 11:30 a.m. social hour. Insights into her political experiences will be shared by Goldberg, who has nearly a half century as an elected official. A former classroom teacher in Compton in the late 1960s, she served as a city councilmember for Council District 13 and in the California State Assembly representing District 45. She also headed the Los Angeles School Board. Cost is $25 for Ebell members, $30 for guests. RSVP to tickets@ebelloflosangeles. com. A breakfast meeting on Wed, Oct. 25 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. will feature speakers discussing solutions to the homeless crisis. Panelists involved in addressing homelessness will cover how recent ballot initiatives will be implemented and how the public can help. They are Jill Bauman, CEO of Imagine LA; Phil Ansell, director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative; and Kerry Morrison, former chairman of the Proposition HHH Oversight Committee. Suggested donation is $20, and the public is invited to attend. RSVP to tickets@

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shirt,” says Jeff Morse, a neighbor and customer. After losing a home to the 1993 Malibu fire and an apartment to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and after wife Frida passed two decades ago, Hans settled into Hancock Park Terrace and has been there ever since. He lunches at the Wilshire Country Club on Sundays, after church, and he is always wearing a pair of stylish glasses. “I’ve got more than one,” he quips.


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Puppy love can be therapeutic, too By Suzan Filipek Betty Nicholaw wasn’t in a very good mood. Turning 91 last month probably has its ups and downs. But the onetime CBS executive administrator’s spirits rose within minutes of meeting with her furry friend Luca, an 11-yearold Pomeranian. “Her personality really shines when Luca’s around,” says Cydney Kaplan, a certified recreation therapist and owner of Independent Living Concierge. The pair visit with Betty twice a week for lunch or a movie. Cydney adopted Luca from Southern California Pomeranian Rescue two years ago, and she quickly saw that the plush, charcoal-grey dog was a natural for her line of work. He passed the pet therapy certification program with flying colors. “Luca likes to be petted by everyone,” says Cydney, who picks Betty and a caregiver up at Betty’s home on Rossmore Ave. The group dine at the Wilshire Country Club or Le Petit Greek on Larchmont Blvd. or they head to The Grove. Betty has shared some words of wisdom with Cydney since meeting her three ago. “She often tells me, ‘If you learn shorthand, you can work for someone who is important… and meet a good man,’” says Cydney. “She’s always looking out for me.” The formula worked for Betty, who was married 50 years to George Nicholaw, the legendary newsman at KNX radio, a CBS subsidiary. He passed in 2014. A lifelong animal lover, Betty and George had Siamese cats and beagles, says her nephew Constantine Nicholaw. After she married, she volunteered at a Hollywood women’s shelter, he said.

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Tea and scones fundraiser for families at Alexandria House By Rachel Olivier The breeze from the open door felt cool as I sat in the living room of the Craftsman home at 426 S. Alexandria Ave. People of all ages were braving a hot, humid Sunday afternoon to have tea and scones and listen as Sister Judy Vaughn explained the function of Alexandria House. The nonprofit transitional residence and house of hospitality gives safe and supportive housing to women and children who

are moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Yes, the home is beautiful. As I sipped tea from the fine bone china and had scones and sandwiches from a pretty porcelain plate, I enjoyed looking at the carved wood door, the moldings on the ceiling and around the hearth, the deep porch with a stone wall and the impressive balustrade on the staircase. The large living room was welcoming and I think re-

flective of the big hearts who welcome women and children over the threshold. It takes a lot to feed and house the 25 to 32 women and children who stay at the transitional shelter, to hold their hands as they find their footing. Many have fled from violent homes or difficult situations. Some are victims of hu-

man trafficking. All are looking for a way to find a stable place to call home. Multiple facilities Alexandria House is more than just the house we were sitting in, however. It is comprised of two homes next to each other on Alexandria Ave., and about 12 apartments around the neighborhood

that help single women and women with children as they transition from homelessness or awful situations into affordable housing and a stable life. It doesn’t happen all at once, but is a step-by-step process, and it takes time. During that time, residents at Alexandria House can heal (Please turn to page 28)

Try your luck at Alexandria House ‘Turning 21’ Take a chance at Alexandria House’s 21st anniversary celebration, “Turning 21,” Sat., Oct. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 Nomandie Ave. Play blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, bingo and more at Alexandria House’s SpeakEasy and Casino Night to mark more than two decades of service to women and children in need. Tickets are $75 and include $50 in gaming chips and a drink ticket. Hearty appetizers, cash bar, silent auction, and lots of fun will be featured, said Pamela Hope, director of grants and special events. All funds raised benefit programs and provide hospitality and hope to families experiencing homelessness, poverty and despair. Alexandria House provides an array of services, including emergency, transitional and permanent housing; referrals to medical care; legal assistance and job training; counseling; case management and free child care. In addition, Alexandria House is a hub for the neighborhood, providing food, clothing and other resources. Children in the neighborhood participate in its after-school program, teen center and camps. For more information, contact or call 213-381-2649 ext. 105.

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By Neema Nakitare 11th Grade As summer ends, a new year of hard work begins. The 2017-2018 Pacific Hills school year began on August 29th and has since been going well. As with every school come changes at the start of the new year. Our ethnically diverse student body has many returning

students forging friendships with new students from around the world, expressing and sharing their cultural customs, ideas, and differences to help us expand our secular views. We are able to learn new things about our peers

just through simple conversation and camaraderie. This is a fun and exciting time for many students because we are able to partake in various activities before heading into a spirited school year. Recently we went to the LA County Fair and took an opportunity to bond with both students and teachers. Entertaining occasions such as this help carry

us through the year, giving us a respite in what can be an extremely busy and challenging year. Here at Pacific Hills students are able to explore their talents and their interests in more ways than one. The Associate Student Body (ASB) runs clubs throughout the school year where students can relax with their friends and share various interests. The ASB also holds events where many students participate, such as fundraisers, movie nights, and social events. The best thing about Pacific HIlls is how close and friendly everyone is to each other. Students as well as teachers forge friendships and cooperation beyond the classroom, which is why a day at school is full of excitement and laughter here.


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It’s October, one of the best months of the year! On Oct. 6, we will have a talent show. Every student in the school will be able to show what special spark they have inside. For example, my sister, Audrey, is telling jokes. We all have fun talents we can show on that fun day. What’s that you say farmer Joe? Really? Yes sir, we’re going to Underwood Family Farms on the 27th. We will pick strawberries and go on a hayride. We all will see fun shows too. Thanks for the news farmer Joe! The week of October 16 we will have parent teacher conferences. Our teachers will talk to our parents about how we are doing in our classes. Hi ghosty!!! I’ve been waiting to share special news with you. On Halloween Day, we are going to have a fun carnival during our Fall Festival. We are going to have a costume parade where everyone will take turns showing their creative costumes. We are going to have game booths and play games to earn treats. Student Council is going to build a Haunted House filled with spiders, scary machines, and people in creepy costumes will jump out at you. I think this month will be super exciting. Have a spoooooooooooky Halloween and a fun month! Artist and friend, Mr. Eric Ernest Johnson, will be the visiting artist helping with the show. Ms. Alexy rules, the 2nd grade rules, Eric rules, and Art rules! The middle school flag football season has started. Head coach Mr. Concialdi, and assistant coach Mr. Oishi, are awesome, getting us ready to defend our Division 2 Championship title.

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As students returned to school after a relaxing summer, kindergarten through eighth grade entered campus through a giant balloon arch and were greeted by new teachers and old friends. New preschool students spent the first week “phasing-in” and getting to know their classroom and fellow students. The first week of school brought many new experiences and it was not long before the entire middle school left once again to embark on their annual W.O.L.F. camp. At the start of every year, middle school students take a trip to a camp where they participate in many team building exercises as a way to help forge a middle school wide bond. W.O.L.F. camp immerses the students in nature and puts them in situations that require them to work with their peers to overcome challenges. It was a great experience for everyone! September brought with it a favorite school tradition, the annual Back-to-School Picnic. What better way to kick off the school year than with a fun filled day, complete with carnival

Saint Brendan School’s school year is in session! We kicked off the month with a very special blessing of our backpacks by Monsignor Terry Fleming.  Our backpacks are ready to take the year head on, or should I say… back on.  Our first Friday mass was led by the Student Council.  They led us in song and were inaugurated.  Each member lined up in front of the church holding a candle, and our principal, Sister Maureen, lit each of their candles as a symbol for their service to the school.  On the 27th, the parent board held a Wish List party.  This event supported the school with parents donating items teachers needed for their classrooms, while providing parents the opportunity to socialize.  Here at St. Brendan, the students aren’t the only ones making friends; parents and teachers are friends. 

This year marks my 10th year at The Willows Community School! My name is Greer Autumn Morgan and I have just begun my 8th grade year. Our schoolwide theme this year is “Reach.” I think this theme is especially befitting of my class, as we end our time at The Willows, reach into our futures, and begin

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to apply to high schools. In our first few weeks, we began to explore our theme during the Middle School Retreat. The Retreat entails the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades being mixed into groups and competing, learning, and bonding in a series of artistic, scientific, athletic, engineer-

ing, and technology challenges. The teams are required to make a flag, movie, and song that best represents them. The points earned from winning challenges and the creativity expressed in their team requirements are tallied to determine which team wins the retreat. The event culminates in parties for each grade to celebrate all that they reached for during this challenging and enriching event.

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Resident takes Young Adult genre by storm in ‘Dangerous Year’ By Sondi Toll Sepenuk As the October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle goes to press, first-time author and Brookside resident Kes Trester’s soon-to-be-released Young Adult (YA) novel, “A Dangerous Year,” is already racking up positive reviews.

“This is our new Gossip Girl, guys. We can feel it,” raves “You’ll devour this clever and dangerously good plot. We guarantee that you won’t be able to put this book down!” crows Trester’s book, the first in a

series, was released on Sept. 26. It also is included on’s list of YA books to read this fall, alongside teen favorites John Green (“The Fault in our Stars”), Phillip Pullman (“The Golden Compass”) and Maggie Stiefvater (“The Scorpio Races”).

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“The advance reviews have been beyond my wildest dreams,” says Trester. “A Dangerous Year” centers on 17-year-old Riley Collins, the intrepid daughter of an American ambassador who has dragged his daughter all over the world, learning defensive skills to survive in some of the world’s most dangerous cities. But nothing will be as dangerous as an unexpected assignment: thrusting Riley into the teenage world of a private, elite east coast boarding school where Riley is charged with watching over a billionaire’s daughter with a target on her back. “I wanted to create a character who is smart, capable, political and knows survival skills, who gets dropped into an environment that is totally foreign to her,” says Trester of the Riley Collins character. “I wanted this story to be about a smart girl.” The book puts a positive, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) -based character at the center of the action, but doesn’t forget to add high school romance and backstabbing to the mix. “I remember very well what it was like to be 17,” laughs Trester. “I wanted to make my first book a YA book, because teenagers are not jaded yet and they are more willing to take chances. The teens’ actions can be broader and more exciting.” Trester grew up in Los Angeles and jumped into the film industry, where she worked as a feature film development executive on a variety of independent films. She also served as head of production for a Hollywood-based film company before turning to writing. But the road to “A Dangerous Year” involved a lot of trial and error. “Before I started writing ‘A Dangerous Year,’ I wrote another book. I made every mistake known to mankind,” laughs Trester. “The book was full of clichés, bad sentence structure, telling vs. show-


By Daniella Zisblatt 8th Grade This month, Yeshivat Yavneh welcomed students for the 2017-2018 school year with activities that were meaningful, productive and fun. One such activity was the middle school get together, where students from three different grades had the chance to meet new students and teachers while reconnecting with friends. When school began the following day, students arrived more relaxed

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ing… the list goes on and on! So, I put that first novel in a drawer and started taking writing classes. I spent two years learning how to write and then dove into my second book. The novel that I ended up with was ‘A Dangerous Year,’ and it sold within eight weeks of going out on submission!” Trester has already started work on the second book in the series, and she is happy to be revisiting Riley Collins. “If I fall in love with a character, I want more. I absolutely love what I do, and it’s such a pleasure to write about these characters.” Trester will be signing her book at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sat., Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. and readily prepared to participate in school and new programming. One extracurricular program is the MathCounts team, where students gather weekly to review challenging math problems. Another program is the Friday Middle School ‘Oneg,’ where students learn traditional Jewish songs while enjoying treats provided by the Judaic Studies staff. Finally, the students participated in a rock climbing activity, scaling heights that symbolize the importance of prayer and growth. This past month at Yavneh brought smiles to the faces of each and every student and combined new learning opportunities with fun experiences!

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‘Wonder Woman’ is new series for local author Leigh Bardugo Leigh Bardugo, Hancock Park, has had two titles released in the past two months. Her short story collection “The Language of Thorns” (MacMillan Publishing) was published last month. Some of the stories are based within the GrishaVerse described in her “Shadow and Bone Trilogy.” “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” is a DC Icon title from Penguin Random House. The new series pairs superhero stories with young adult authors. Bar-

dugo’s story follows Diana, princess of the Amazons, before she has become “Wonder Woman,” as she helps Alia, a descendent of Helen of Troy, escape those who are trying to either capture or kill her. Leigh will appear with other “Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy” editors and contributors at Dark Delicacies, 3512 W. Magnolia, in Burbank, Wed., Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

IMAX 3-D theater to screen Amazon Adventure, Hurricane Get a feel for what it is like to be in the middle of a hurricane or in the Amazon rainforest when the California Science Center IMAX 3-D theater at 700 Exposition Park Dr. has a grand re-opening Sun., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The theater will have a new projection system featuring lasers. There will be educational activities for children in the rotunda from 10 to 11 a.m. before the two movies, “Hurrican 3D” and “Amazon Adven-

ture 3D” begin at 11 a.m. Parental discretion is advised, as some scenes in the hurricane film may be too intense for young viewers. Audiences will be immersed in the vibrant color of the rainforest of Brazil, and feel the screaming winds of hurricanes in the seven-story, 477-seat theater. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays. For more information, call 323-724-3623 or visit

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Workshop students immersed in ‘show, don’t tell’ journalism By Jonathan Lee The California Scholastic Press Association hosted its 66th annual high school journalism workshop on the campus of California Polytechnic State University this summer. Through the course of two weeks, 24 students complet-

ed over 30 assignments and became immersed in many aspects of the fourth estate, such as feature writing, editorials, photography, broadcasting and social media. Intensive writing course The two weeks I spent at the workshop were among

the most grueling I have ever experienced. I attended classes taught by experienced journalists for nearly nine hours each day with other students. These classes concluded with strict deadlines for assignments, which were often due on the same day, and resulted

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in a four-page newspaper and our own podcast. Workshop attendees, including me, were shocked to discover that we were allowed so little time to write stories that we had just been taught to write. Yet, we eventually became accustomed to writing in such small time frames, often less than an hour, a skill vital to successful news writing. Immersive experience Though much time was spent in the classroom, the workshop revolved around immersive journalistic experiences, exemplifying the “show, don’t tell” mentality. For instance, a mock breaking news assignment required students to dash across the campus of Cal Poly to interview workshop counselors, who acted as officials of the city of San Luis Obispo following a massive earthquake. The student journalists were given little time to conduct these interviews and were expected to return to the classroom in time for press conferences to acquire further information. The journalists synthesized this material to craft a final story, which was then graded harshly. Students also toured the “San Luis Obispo Tribune” and accessed information from a public records office to become familiar with the

duties of a journalist. In addition to organizing such activities, workshop teachers emphasized skills such as perseverance and aggressiveness in pursuit of the truth. In this manner, the CSPA Workshop has nurtured young journalists who have gone on to secure positions at massive publications such as the “Los Angeles Times” and the “Orange County Register.” The teachers of the CSPA Workshop are insistent on avoiding the word “camp” to describe the experience. They believe that summer camps are synonymous with leisure and free time. Instead, the workshop proved to be the most rigorous and educational experience of my life, and it provided me unforgettable memories and lasting friendships. CSPA: Then and now The workshops began in 1951 as a way to teach local prep school boys how to write articles on school sports events for the “Los Angeles Examiner.” Recent graduates have continued into careers at the “Los Angeles Times” and other nationally known papers. For more information, visit Intern Jonathan Lee is a senior at Pilgrim, where he is editor-in-chief of the school paper, “Commonwealth.”


he is and couldn’t ask because a crowd of people were trying to greet the priest and me … … I’m still getting great feedback over the article. Someone came-up to me in Cassell’s hamburgers; in the HMS Bounty, and Palermo and told me they saw the article and are very impressed. In the sacristy at St. Basil’s, one of the parishioners brought in the Larchmont Chronicle and was showing it around to the various ministers. Tom Brandlin Park La Brea

(Continued from page 2) ilies, and their loved ones. Speaking about being a student reporter brought back so many happy memories of the funny, interesting, and moving events I covered or was involved with. I suspect Jane Gilman doesn’t realize how much of an impact on my life, in very positive ways, being a student reporter had. I am continuously grateful to her. As well, the education I received from the Dominicans and my association with Fr. Don and his parents, especially Mrs. Bramble and the tutorial project … … Someone came up to me after the noon Mass at St. Basil’s and said, “Great article about you in the Larchmont Chronicle.” I have no idea who

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(Continued from page 1) particularly appropriate, with the Ken Burns / Linda Novick public television series, “The Vietnam War,” also ending its 18-hour first run on Sept. 28. Darryl Holter, co-owner of Chevalier’s Books, will moderate the conversation between the two authors. James Reston, Jr., is a prolific writer who was an assistant to Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall before serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968. Los Feliz resident Jack Walker is a retired managing partner of the law firm of Latham and Watkins. He served four years as a U.S. Marine, one of those years as a reconnaissance patrol leader close to the Demilitarized Zone. Reston’s recent book, “A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial,” tells the story of the controversy that raged from 1979 to 1984 concerning the politics of the period and architect Maya Lin’s design for

Children’s Museum award dinner Zimmer Children’s Museum is hosting the Discover Award Dinner at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Wed., Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be honoring Carolyn Bernstein, Nick Grad and Rayni and Branden Williams. Tickets start at $500. For more information and for tickets, contact Edward Wang at 323-761-8312 or edward@

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the Washington, D.C. monument. Walker’s book, “Eye Corps: Coming of Age at the DMZ,” is a memoir of his experiences as a young man who joined the Marine Corps, became a junior officer, and served on the front lines in Vietnam. For most years thereafter, Walker was like most Vietnam vets. He writes: “For decades, we Vietnam vets were persona non grata, and we kept our heads below the bunker line.” But times have changed, post 9/11, and Vietnam vets now are more willing to share their experiences, and people now want to know more. Walker’s story even has a connection to the local golf club in Hancock Park, by the way. These books, the PBS television series, and the September 28 evening at Chevaliers are good places to start to learn more about the periods leading to and during the Vietnam War.

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(Continued from page 1) les — located at 1325 N. Western Ave. — serves more than 1,800 youth each year. According to Corets, there are several ways you can get involved here in Los Angeles. Most notably, the organization is seeking local business leaders for a Thurs., Nov. 16 “Sleep Out: Executive Edition” event. The idea is for each participant, either as an individual or as a team, to fundraise prior to the event, and then join other volunteers from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in a parking lot adjacent to Covenant House to experience what it’s like to sleep on the streets. Every dollar raised during the Sleep Out goes toward supporting the local chapter’s efforts to provide shelter and support for homeless youth. For more information, visit or contact Amanda at or 323-4613131 x268.



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(Continued from page 21) through helping with the garden, learning crafts and other skills, such as how to interview for a job, or sometimes just resting. Typically, many women who land at Alexandria House have not had a chance

to truly rest for months. According to the 2016-17 annual report, there were 300 people served by the Alexandria House shelter and Supportive Services Program. According to Sr. Judy, it takes 10 to 11 months to get people back on their feet. Then there are the neighborhood teen and afterschool

programs and camp. There is help with finding employment, learning how to handle finances and budget, support groups for people living in the shelter and after they leave the shelter, afterschool tutoring, community workshops, and more. More is needed For all the help they provide, however, Alexandria House


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and added a new floor and roof for the children’s dollhouse. Recently, Pilgrim School spruced up the backyard with a labyrinth out of river rocks for people to walk, and a ceramic thumbprint art project. Check out the Amazon wishlist and surprise Alexandria House residents with a little gift, which brings up Christmas. They always need gifts at Christmas for their families. If you have ever been in trouble yourself, you know what a relief it is to get a hand up to help you further in your journey. Call them. Take a tour. Learn how you can help. For information, contact Michele Richards at 213-3812649 or, or visit



September and October are very exciting months for Curtis students. On the first day of school we learned our schedules and started to adapt to the school routine. I am excited to learn Spanish and to get my own locker. I will cherish this last year with all my amazing friends at Curtis, as I soon will move on to middle school. This year the 6th graders are going to move in to a system called the departmentalized system. This system means you move around classroom to classroom for every single class. Also, you get lockers and keep your backpack and books in your lockers. I am looking forward to this new system because all of my life I have had a homeroom teacher. I hope everyone had great first day of school!

Welcome Back to School, Fairfax Lions! Here’s the student insight on what we Lions are up to for the 20172018 school year! Fairfax Lions Football kicked off to a great start this year: winning 45-0 against West Adams Prep. Club Rush is coming up: this semester we have a variety of clubs, such as Fairfax’s Dream and Action Team Club which focus on political activism and social justice, and Mathematical Modeling Club, which teaches students how to code and program computers. Our UCLA Blood Drive will be at school all day on Oct. 20 and students can save a life by donating blood. Teen Court is back in session at Fairfax. If you’re interested in the justice system, Teen Court gives you hands-on experience. Go Lions!

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(Continued from page 1) is four blocks from St. Anne’s main campus on Beverly Blvd., east of Vermont. Set to open this fall, the $23.7 million facility will house homeless families and parents and their children leaving the foster care system. A new study shows the majority of young people emancipating out of foster care at 21 “are homeless within a year. It’s a tragic cycle,” said Bauman. “It breaks your hearts to see how little skills and trust they have…” But Bauman is steadfastly hopeful. “If you meet them where they are — not by telling them what to do — and honor that, and build from there, they build skills and confidence… it really is setting them up for long-term success. That’s where the magic of mentorship comes in.” Imagine LA is at the cutting edge of ending the cycle. “There is no other program that works with families of this nature,” said Bauman, a multi-generational Hancock Park resident. The Miracle Mile-based non-profit will provide its Family Empowerment and Mentorship model — already involving hundreds of mentors at other programs — at the Beverly Terrace site. The Beverly Terrace facility includes 39 apartments, 20 of which are  for 18- to 24-yearold mothers, who are aging out of foster care, and their children. Of the remaining 19 units, 14 are for families struggling with chronic homelessness, and five are for families at risk of homelessness. The building is LEED certified platinum for its water and energy efficiency, and it includes childcare,  community meeting rooms,  gardens and outdoor play areas. Families will be matched with a combination of a case manager and a financial wellness manager, plus each family member over five will have his or her own mentor. Volunteers will serve 12-18 months up to two hours a week, including via phone and text. An information session for those interested in mentoring is Thurs., Oct. 19 from 2

to 3 p.m. at St. Anne’s, 155 N. Occidental Blvd. RSVP ciera@ or call 323-9440210 x1005, At The Ebell Oct. 25 Imagine LA is also reaching out through a presentation in the Greater Wilshire neighborhood. “Ending Homelessness in LA: What is the Strategy, the Status and How Can I Help?,” is a panel breakfast discussion that will take place Wed., Oct. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Ebell, 741 S. Lucerne Blvd. According to moderator Jill Bauman, “Homelessness is the most pressing issue affecting people and quality of life for Los Angelenos.” Panelists include Phil Ansell, director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative (LAHSA), and Kerry Morrison, Windsor Square. Morrison is the executive director of Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and is former chair of LAHSA, the Proposition HHH Oversight Committee, and Home for Good Business Leaders Taskforce. She is a board member of The Center at Blessed Sacrament.  Also on the panel is Alisa Orduña, Homelessness Policy Director, Office of Los ‘Angeles Mayor

Imagine LA Ball, a concert, is Oct. 12 at the Peppermint Club Imagine L.A.’s fourth annual intimate charity concert, the Imagine Ball, will take place on Thurs., Oct. 12 at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood. Performances are at 8 and 11 p.m. by David Foster. Others are featured, including Justine Skye and Brave Native. Visit for tickets and more information about the event.

Mentors can help realize dreams When asked why they mentor, local Chronicle resident and reader responses were varied and enthusiastic. Seth Kaplan said, “I realize how privileged I've been to avoid the kind of economic and social difficulties that so many people in this country face, and it feels great to be able to help someone who is experiencing that kind of hardship. Imagine LA has made it easy for me to help someone in a very direct way.” Teddy Kapur says, “Imagine LA offers a pathway to longterm self-sufficiency... and pairs each family member with a mentor. I’ve seen entire families — parents and children alike — experience real gains in health, education and personal finance.” Adds Ken Braskamp: “To hear one say that you were very instrumental in helping him become the person he dreamed about, is worth all your time. That ‘spirit’ within becomes alive with gratitude and rejoicing.”

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IMMaculaTe hearT By Lena Mizrahi 11th Grade

Immaculate Heart students eagerly began a new season of education and traditions Aug. 17 as they celebrated the high school’s 112th year. In addition to the freshman class, IHHS welcomed new members to its faculty and staff. The new school year

brought exciting changes to campus: a remodeled library learning center, a student test center, and new classrooms. Additionally, Immaculate Heart had its traditional Welcome Day earlier this month. Welcome Day’s songs,

skits, and speeches are dedicated to welcoming the new freshmen to campus. Since the traditional start to our academic year, students have also been busy joining school clubs, playing sports, and auditioning for Immaculate Heart’s fall production. This month promises to set a precedent for a year of “great heart and right conscience.”



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Marlborough is back in session and better than ever! This year we welcome over 20 new and exceptional members of the faculty and staff, including two new Deans of College Counseling: Dr. Jawaan Wallace from Brentwood School and Mr. Brian K. Smith from Memphis University School. The senior class is incredibly excited to continue the college process in such good hands. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities are scheduled to visit the school over the next two months for information sessions, and many seniors also completed a week-long essaywriting intensive in August preluding the school year. Our headmistress, Dr. Priscilla Sands, gave an incredible speech at the school year’s first AllSchool Meeting which happened to fall on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. Sands shared an anecdote about watching the speech with her grandmother, and proceeded to speak on the Charlottesville rallies. It was incredible to hear her thoughtful sentiments about current events and encouragement to initiate a dialogue to touch on issues of racism, anti-Semitism, and other means of hate that marginalize communities. It was a wonderful way to kick off the school year.

Before school began in late August, I attended a diversity workshop. We did team building activities, such as writing down stuff like what it means to be a leader and if you’re scared that you’re going to get attacked because of how you look, and answered thought-provoking questions about our race, gender, and other things in order to learn more about what others are going through. We returned on Aug. 29 for our middle school orientation. During orientation, we met with our advisory teachers and determined our schedule of classes and their various locations. We returned to school Aug. 30 for non-academic classes and workshops. Our new students familiarized themselves with the campus. Our full academic class began after Labor Day. We hosted some school-wide bonding activities in September, including family bingo night for the new 7th grade class. There is some new programming this year. Lower School (grades K-5) has introduced an afterschool program that incorporates hip-hop, art history and mindfulness. The Middle School has a lunchtime Makerspace where kids can work with each other on different projects. Lastly, the Upper School will be opening a Diversity, Equality, and Community Engagement Center. This will be an interactive area where students can connect, write, create art, and work together on community service projects.

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(Continued from page 1) nual Larchmont Boulevard Association-sponsored fair. A children’s costume contest starts at 1 p.m. and invites ghosts and princesses alike. Auditions for the talent show will take place Sun., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coldwell Banker South, 119 N. Larchmont Blvd. “Larchmont’s Got Talent” for all ages begins at 2:30 p.m. Local judges will award cash prizes: $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third place. Singers, musicians, magicians and talent of all kinds are welcome to try out, said co-chairs Betsy Malloy and Vivian Gueler. There also are pie-eating and pie-baking contests. For details on how to enter the baking contest, call Mary Louise at 323-314-5718. Korean barbecue will be served by St. Brendan’s School, an In-N-Out Burger truck will be parked at the site, and local restaurants will be open. Schools, churches, temples and other nonprofit and charitable organizations are encouraged to participate and have a booth at the fair. Email for booth applications. Corporate sponsors can email vgueler@

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(Continued from page 1) Dec. 23. Proceeds from both the pumpkin patch and the Christmas tree lot benefit charities and community service projects here and abroad through the Wilshire Rotary Foundation and Rotary International Foundation.

Help for stuttering at Fremont library “Stuttering for Kids, by Kids,” a 12-minute DVD in both English and Spanish, is at John C. Fremont library, 6121 Melrose Ave. It’s just in time for International Stuttering Awareness Day Sun., Oct. 22. The Stuttering Foundation of America has donated DVDs on how to overcome stuttering to libraries. The newest one is “Kids Who Stutter: Parents Speak,” with give tips for parents. The foundation will provide DVDs to libraries upon request. For more information call 800-992-9392 or go to

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Halloween haunt at Grand Hope Park, 919 S. Grand Ave., Tues., Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m. Face painters, bounce houses, puppet shows, arts and crafts and other treats are at the event. Costumes are required for children. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 beginning Wed., Oct. 27. Visit

Have a buona sera and enjoy some vino and food from more than 40 Italian restaurants at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ Taste of Italy. The event is at historic Pico House, 424 N. Main St., Sat., Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. The square in front of Pico House will be turned into an

Italian piazza with entertainment and chef demonstrations. More than 100 wines will be offered, as well as a beer garden and cocktails, plus guests can try their luck at a game of bocce. Tickets start at $60 for adults and $25 for children. Visit italianhall. org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles.

Rooted in tradition. Inspired by innovation. COSTUME contest returns this year to Wilshire Park’s Halloween Haunt. Above, some revelers at last year’s event.


Zombies, rides at Halloween Haunt in Wilshire Park Wilshire Park is preparing a

My name is pot of witches’ brew and some Lane S. Lee, real-life (or is it real-dead?) and I am a sixth zombies for its eighth annual grade student Halloween Haunt Sat., Oct. at Hollywood 28. Schoolhouse. The gruesome fun takes During the place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. eight years I on Bronson Ave. between have attended HSH, I have seen Wilshire and Eighth St. that the administrators, teachFestivities include old favorers, and staff work their hard- ites and new ones, said Lorna est to prepare future graduates Hennington, Wilshire Park to move on to exceptional sec- Association board member ondary schools and on to future and Halloween Haunt chair. endeavors. Among the attractions are a Being an upperclassman, I get Hitchcock-themed “Where the the opportunity to attend class Woodbine Twineth Haunted trips. I am eager to experience House,” a ghost train, fortune Outdoor Education, which will teller, face painting, piñata, be in Santa Barbara this school bouncers, dance party, silent year. I am also looking forward to auction, carnival games, food participating in the Science Fair, and costume contests. during which students showcase “The event has morphed a string of projects that pertain to from a simple front-yard geta topic of their choosing. together into our major social Recently, Hollywood School- and fundraising event,” said house has made some big changes. Hennington. For example, each morning we Wilshire Park is an Historspend a couple minutes practicing ic Preservation Overlay Zone mindfulness and meditation. Start- bordered by Wilshire, Crening our day off with mindfulness is shaw, Olympic and Wilton. very beneficial for us because you For more information visit end up feeling less stressed., we have a new school loween logo and catchphrase, “Inspired Learning, Fearless Curiosity.” To me, this line means we share Dia de los Muertos ideas, which inspires us to learn new things. Also, each and every comes to Olvera St. student at HSH has a sense of Watch Aztec dancers and see fearless curiosity. They’re not a parade of colorful costumes afraid to ask for help or try new at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Olvera St. at El activities. Overall, Hollywood School- Pueblo de Los Angeles from house is a wonderful school, and Wed., Oct. 25 to Thurs., Nov. I am very delighted to experience 2. For more information, visit all the things that come with being a sixth grader. BLUTHNER/LARCHMONT 4X2.5.qxp_BLUTHNER/LARCHMONT 4X2.5 8/22/16 11:04

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Ye olde violin shoppe notes 70 years on Larchmont Blvd.

‘Dangerous’ architect’s works survived McCarthy era.

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GARDEN Lush foliage, exotic fruit trees and established trees create an oasis.

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often be repaired and a build- for needed upgrades in life safeing brought back to life. Other ty and rehabilitation. They are times, when the damage is too useful for fundraising purposes great, whole neighborhoods as well. What donor doesn’t want to know that he or she is can be destroyed. giving to a well-planned project Preparedness What to do? There is no with identifiable results? Greystone thwarting natural disaster, but Greystone Mansion is one expreparedness can mitigate its impacts. Just as we prepare ample of a facility that has such emergency evacuation plans a plan. Every room has been and keep earthquake prepared- carefully documented, with ness kits handy, we can do some the conditions of the materithings to protect our historic re- als assessed. The maintenance and repair of each is then prisources in case disaster strikes. The National Trust for Historic oritized according to need. The Preservation began decades ago Friends of Greystone adopted to address this issue. Hurricanes this document as a fundraising in historic Charleston served to tool. Each project has a projected cost, focus the comand donors munity on the are asked to need for national McAvoy on adopt a projsupport of affect- Preservation ect, whether ed communities by it be restorbecause people Christy ing an entire realized that the McAvoy room or even need for informathe kitchen tion on what to do in the aftermath could help sink. Priorities are reevaluated others when their turns came, as warranted, and projects are accomplished as funds become as it inevitably would. Each new disaster has brought available. The model is simple refinement to the tools, but the and easy to understand. Historic preservation professionals basics remain the same. Successful recovery mini- created the model, and they are mizes permanent damage to involved in the rehabilitation historic structures. In the 1994 along with the staff and board Northridge earthquake, few which governs the facility. In historic structures had to be Greystone’s case, the City of demolished. Many more were Beverly Hills is a key steward as rehabilitated because preser- well. Lists of qualified contracvationists were quick to notify tors are part of the package, and officials of their significance skills are matched to the job (historic surveys played a criti- when requesting proposals. It is hard for stewards of cal role) and to develop financial programs for aid (FEMA churches, clubs, and communiand the State Office of Historic ty buildings to find time for such Preservation had protocols for an exercise when the planning damage assessment and reim- of events and fundraising take bursement). Homeowners and up so much energy, day to day. nonprofit institutions were But the quiet activity of planning able to access grants for repair. for repairs and upgrades can save dollars in the long run and Inventory If you are the owner or stew- lessen the anxiety of which area ard of an historic resource, to prioritize. Planning is a team there are some things you can effort, as is recovery. References do today to ensure that recovSome resources to help inery proceeds more smoothly. Call it a disaster preparedness clude National Park Services kit for the building. The most Preservation Briefs: basic step is an inventory of • “Architectural Character: what you have. This starts with Identifying the Visual Aspects a photographic inventory: all of Historic Buildings as an Aid exterior facades and a room-by- to Preserving Their Character:” room compilation. Keep this photographic record in a safe briefs/17-architectural-charplace, along with paperwork acter.htm. about the building’s history, its • “Understanding Old Buildings: The Process of Architechistoric designations, etc. If you have the resources tural Investigation:” and the time, do not stop with an inventory. Turn that photo- briefs/35-architectural-invesgraphic record into a “mainte- tigation.htm. nance and rehabilitation” plan. • “The Preparation and Use of These are sometimes part of Historic Structure Reports:” more formal Historic Struc- tures Reports. The plan turns briefs/43-historic-structurean inventory into a useable ac- reports.htm. tion plan. If disaster strikes, it Also from the National Center will have to be supplemented for Preservation Technology by a current condition assess- and Training: ment, but the bulk of the infor- • “Resilient Heritage: Protectmation will still be useful. In- ing Your Historic Home from stitutions use these documents Natural Disasters:” to budget ongoing repairs and as well as to plan sources/resilient-heritage.

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Larchmont music shop enters its eighth decade

By Rachel Olivier For the last 70 years, anyone coming through our neighborhood has seen the landmark Hans Weisshaar sign at 627 N. Larchmont Blvd. But does anyone really know what goes on in this decadesold violin shop?

HANS WEISSHAAR sign is a hood landmark.

As a former violinist, it was a satisfying experience walking into the shop. Georg and Ann Eittinger, the proprietors, greeted me in a room filled with the pleasant smells of wood and rosin, plus the mellow tones of string instruments. Polishes, cleaners, and instruments lined the walls, accompanied by photographs of past clients, demonstrating the rich history of Hans Weisshaar. Included on my brief tour was a room for instruments to wait

for repair or pickup, workshops on both first and second floors, a small business office, and then the kitchen, where Ann and Georg said the Larchmont Chronicle is regularly read. How it works These days, visits are made by appointment only. Besides bringing in instruments or bows for repair, clients might also be looking for a violin made by Georg Eittinger, seeking an appraisal on an instrument, looking for a violin to rent for themselves or their chilneighbor- dren, or asking for the name of a string teacher. Eittinger said that there are parents who came to Hans Weisshaar as children who now bring their own children. It can take anywhere from three days to three years to repair or restore a violin. There was one instrument that Eittinger reconstructed from 147 pieces. Building a violin from scratch also takes time. It begins with wood that has been aged at least 60 years; the best (Please turn to page 7)


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COUNCILMEMBER David Ryu is greeted by Judy Zeller and Jane Gilman.

CHECK-IN greeters included Kathy Saldana, Patricia Rye, Yvonne Cazier and Millie Schuber.

THE ST. ANDREWS SQUARE Neighborhood Association was represented by Tina Mata, Patti Carroll and Debbie Willis.

St. Andrews Place homes and a block party welcomed WSHPHS tour-goers By John Welborne For the first time in 41 years of doing local home tours, the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society (WSHPHS) combined tours with a block party. The 200 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. was closed to traffic, with “no parking” along the curbs, except for a few historic vehicles. In the street, children played and parents pushing strollers walked beneath the leafy boughs of the shady street trees. Step back in time The setting made one feel as if he or she was in a less hectic time, such as the first decades of the last century! And that is appropriate, because the homes on the tour were built in 1912, 1913 and 1914. Docents guided visitors through the insides of several homes. Other homes were on a self-guided tour of their exteriors. In a beautiful garden, there were two informative talks: “Restoration Diary” and “New Look for Old Houses.” Among the attendees were Councilmember David Ryu

FIRE STATION 29 equipment was of interest to adults and children alike.

and his chief planning deputy, Julia Duncan. Historical Society president Judy Zeller and tour co-chairman Jane Gilman (serving with chairman Richard Battaglia) greeted the Councilmember. Kathy Saldana, Patricia Rye, Yvonne Cazier and Millie Schuber were among the committee volunteers greeting guests at the

check-in tent. Local residents Tina Mata, Patti Carroll, and Debbie Willis staffed a tent offering information — and a new brochure — about the Saint Andrews Square Neighborhood Association. The attractive and informative WSHPHS commemorative tour book given to all participants was the work of Laura Cohen, Aerial Dupuis, Damona Hoffman and Ann Brook, with design by Matteo Marjoram. Suz Landay oversaw refreshments, with some back-up Salt & Straw ice cream and Pasquini coffee. Adults and children enjoyed performances by singers David Livingston, Tom Laskey, Alan Hanson and Bob Curran. Children were delighted to explore a fire engine from Fire Station 29 and to watch performances by the Bob Baker Marionettes. Wilshire Library Funds raised at the event will be applied to enhancing the courtyard of St. Andrews Square’s Wilshire Branch Li-

BOB BAKER MARIONETTES enraptured children.

brary at the corner of Council St. and St. Andrews Pl. A neighborhood fixture since it was built in 1927, the library building features a

carved doorway with an elaborate pattern of mythological animals fashioned after the doors of the Cathedral of Perugia, Italy.

Dine at Moonrise at Silvertop View architect John Lautner’s modernist masterpiece, Silvertop, after its recent restoration, at “Moonrise at Silvertop” to benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy on Thurs., Oct. 5. A cocktail reception is from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and an al fresco dinner will be served overlooking Silver Lake from 8 to 10 p.m. Commissioned by industrialist and engineer Kenneth Reiner, the home was completed in 1963. The iconic house recently was revitalized by architect Barbara Bestor. Visit benefit.

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Wine tasting, pies and fire truck were at Windsor Village party By Nathalie Rosen The Windsor Village Association, in partnership with “Title Sponsor” Tim Stivers Heating & Air Conditioning and several other generous sponsors, treated more than 300 residents Sept. 16 on Ninth St., between Windsor and Victoria, at the annual block party. Residents feasted on favorites such as Gus’s Fried Chicken, Tacos Coco’s and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Kids had a blast getting their faces painted, bouncing in the bounce house and petting an iguana or a chinchilla from Mobile Zoo of Southern California. Perhaps most fun of all was a chance to sit in a big firetruck and pose with real firemen, thanks to our local

AT THE PARTY: Julie Stromberg with son Leo, Virginia Conkling, Councilman David Ryu and Nathalie Rosen.

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material comes from Germany and Bosnia. Flamed maple is used for the back and ribs (sides) of a violin, while spruce makes up the front. Ebony is used for the fingerboard. According to Eittinger, it can take six to eight years to become a master violinmaker, or luthier. Eittinger spent three and a half years at the German State Violin Making School, which earned him a journeyman degree (Gesellenbrief in German). Apprenticing with a master is another way to earn a journeyman degree. After working another three to five years with an accredited master, a journeyman can return to school for the master course and final test. The master degree also allows a violinmaker to take on apprentices.

THE SCROLL is made of flamed maple.

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How it began Hans Weisshaar, the original founder of the violin shop, graduated from the state violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany and worked in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1937, where he worked in Chicago and New York. He heard there was a need for a luthier and restorer in Los Angeles and landed on Larchmont Blvd. in 1947, where string instruments have been repaired, restored and crafted ever since. Tradition Over the decades, Hans Weisshaar became the destination for many professional string musicians, including Jack Benny, Jascha Heifetz and Isaac Stern. Weisshaar even “wrote the book” on violin restoration when he co-authored “The Manual of Violin Restoration” with Margaret Shipman, who took over the shop in 1991 when Weisshaar died. In 2004, Georg Eittinger, who had mentored at Hans Weisshaar in 1991 and 1992, bought the shop. In 2005 he opened a branch in Berlin, and more recently he opened a shop in San Marino. Eittinger also teaches a biannual restoration course for professional violinmakers and lectures and writes articles on (Please turn to page 22)


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INSTALLATION VIEW of the exhibition, “Exhibition House by Gregory Ain,” on view at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 17, 1950 through October 29, 1950. (All illustrations are courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.) Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

EXHIBITION HOUSE in the MoMA garden, with kitchen at right and open door into the living room from the patio; West 54th Street to the rear.

The missing house of America’s ‘most dangerous architect’ He was a proven and inveterate liar before he was elected to high office; Roy Cohn was his trusted advisor; and his fellow Republicans were loath to denounce him before he wreaked havoc on the country.

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FLOOR PLAN of Gregory Ain Exhibition House at MoMA. Garden fence and West 54th Street are on the left side of the drawing.

Joseph McCarthy’s early 1950s reign of terror in the U.S. Senate zoomed straight to Los Angeles and swallowed Hollywood careers, destroyed families and friendships, and along the way subsumed a model house designed by the leftist Los Angeles architect, Gregory Ain, FAIA (1908-1988). Ain’s mid-century modernist model house was commissioned by the then-director of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

LIVING ROOM of the Gregory Ain Exhibition House at MoMA. Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

(MoMA), Philip Johnson. The house was constructed in 1950 in the museum’s garden. It was the second of three houses that would be built — in a sort of design-for-living program — and then dismantled. Two are accounted for and were reconstituted elsewhere — but Ain’s has gone missing.

(Ain designed many modernist Los Angeles houses and small apartment buildings, including the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhood’s 1938 house, restored in 2005 by Brooke Anderson. But more on that in a minute.) Ain was under surveil(Please turn to page 9)






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(Continued from page 8) lance by the FBI. He reportedly was called “the most dangerous architect in America” by J. Edgar Hoover for the architect’s association with other “dangerous” types — left-leaning architects, writers, people of color, and homosexuals, all suspect then by definition. Frank Gehry, a student of Ain’s at USC after World War II, recalls (in an interview for the Getty Arts & Ideas podcast) that a group called the “Architectural Panel” met on Friday nights, with Ain and land-

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scape architect Garrett Eckbo. “All the lefties belonged,” says Gehry, including himself. Sam Hall Kaplan, in his “Los Angeles Times” obituary of Ain, called him “a rare, humanistic architect,” who looked at design as a way to improve the lives of people and the health of communities. Los Angeles projects Ain and Eckbo designed a cooperative community for Reseda in 1948-49, envisioned as a multi-racial living environment. The Federal Housing Administration declined to finance it. It was a red flag, so (Please turn to page 22)


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Pass the popcorn — ‘Under the Stars’ screens at Uplift Hollygrove Sept. 30 Enjoy a barbecue dinner and a movie “Under the Stars” at the Hollygrove Campus on Sat., Sept. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie “Despicable Me 3” starts at dusk at the community fundraiser for Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, at the corner of Vine St. and Waring Ave. The third annual event features dinner served by “The Oinkster,” next door on Vine St., popcorn, soft drinks and pre-movie games and activi-

ties. Master of ceremonies is Colin Hanks. The Amazing Kid Co. will provide games and children’s activities before the film. The screening is courtesy of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios. Bring your own blanket, and help raise funds for the nonprofit social services agency that offers after-school and summer programs for kids in need. The event is spearheaded by The Hollies, a 60-member support arm of Hollygrove,

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Van Gogh’s death told in oil paintings; King-Riggs match still on Loving Vincent (10/10): Even though I avoid animated films like the plague, this film blew me away. It’s not your normal animation with hundreds or thousands of cartoonists sitting in a room drawing their panels or utilizing modern-day computerized animation. Rather, it is an amazing work consisting of 65,000 frames of film, each oil painted by hand by 125 painters who traveled from all across the world to the studios in Poland and Greece to participate in the production. The movie can only be described as one-of-a-kind. Telling the true story of Van Gogh’s death (almost certainly not suicide), every scene is drawn like a Van Gogh painting; it has to be seen to be appreciated. If it doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Animated Film, there’s something rotten in Denmark.

Heidi Duckler to perform at library The moveable Heidi Duckler Dance Theater is back in circulation, this time at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., Sat. Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the building designed by DANCERS Zoe architec- Nelson and Lenin ture firm Fernandez. Photo: Andrew Johnson Wodford Favaro, and features music by jazz percussionist and multimedia artist, Andrea Centazzo. Costumes with an origami influence are by Mimi Haddon.

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Tony Medley Victoria & Abdul (8/10): Who knew? Apparently aging, obese Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) had the hots for a studly young Indian clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), called “Munshi,” which means teacher. It was apparently love at first sight for the 68-year-old monarch when she first set eyes on the 24-year-old Muslim. For the next 14 years, they were fast friends despite the opposition of her family, staff and government officials. While this is a well-told, little known, eye-opening story, it is extraordinarily slow in parts. The acting is very good, as is the ambience created by the production design. Goodbye Christopher Robin (7/10): Based on the relationship between “Winnie the Pooh” author A.A. Milne, his wife (Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie) and their son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), from whom sprang most of Milne’s stories, this is a tear-jerking biopic with a smashing performance by Tilston. It shows how his parents exploited Christopher and robbed him of his childhood. The only negative is that it took me 45 minutes to really get into the story, as the first half of the film drags. American Assassin (7/10): Fans of Vince Flynn’s excellent Mitch Rapp series will be disappointed by this Hollywood pap that changes the story and is little different from your stan-

dard Jason Bourne thriller. While Dylan O’Brien is a pretty good Rapp, the same can’t be said for the rest of the players, who are mostly miscast. If they make a sequel(s), they better get another director, better writers, different players for the subcharacters, and stick with Flynn’s stories as he wrote them. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (7/10): Shot so darkly it might as well have been in black and white, this is a take on Watergate that is completely different than seen in “All the President’s Men.” This movie portrays Felt as a troubled, ambitious man with a distressed wife who acted out of patriotism to the FBI, even though what he did was contrary to FBI rules, if not the law. Battle of the Sexes (3/10): This title has a double meaning. It’s not just about the Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) — Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) tennis match; it’s equally about LGBTQ rights. In fact, the first half is a snorer that concentrates on the latter. Also unmentioned is the rumor that Riggs threw the match in return for forgiveness of a gambling debt to the mob. Oh well. The tennis part in the last half is pretty good. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (3/10): The first one was a pretty good, tongue-incheek takeoff on James Bond films. This one is ridiculous.

Colin Firth is too good an actor to waste his talent on stuff like this. mother! (0/10): This psychobabble is a desolate, dystopian view of society. The ending is as disgusting a stretch of film as you will ever see, unless you are a devotee of horror, as it slowly dissolves into phan-

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TarFest celebrated 15th year, Operation School Bell kicks off The celebratory luncheon of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce took place early last month. It was hosted by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan in the Museum’s BP Grand Entrance. For the 15th year, the event that brought over 100 members and guests together was the beloved TarFest held annually in Hancock Park. “Anybody can come here and be an individual; a balancing act between one’s self and the diversity that art brings,” said Mr. Govan, reminding everyone that LACMA’s exhibit “Pacific Standard Time LA/LA” continues through January. TarFest Founder and Launch Gallery owner James Panozzo pronounced what a great confluence of science, art and entertainment the


TARFEST KUDOS were presented by Councilmember Ryu’s senior field deputy Catherine Landers to TarFest cofounder and director James Panozzo at the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in September at LACMA.

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FIRST TARFEST POSTER, from 2002, was discovered and displayed by festival director James Panozzo at the LACMA luncheon.

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Patty Hill Later in the evening, Operation School Bell, the Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Los Angeles that provides homeless children with new clothing and school supplies, held its kick-off dinner at the Rossmore Ave. home of Juliet Brumlick. “We plan to serve over 6,000 kids this year with the help of our new ‘Wheels’ rig going to several

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LAUSD sites!” exclaimed newly appointed OSB co-chairs Kiel FitzGerald and Shelagh Callahan. Some 80 Auxiliary members enjoyed a scrumptious buffet catered by guest Chef Lisa Ende of Food en Bord. • • • The evening of Sept. 12 marked the annual Gathering of the Block Captains of the Windsor Square Association hosted by June and Paul Bilgore in their Windsor Boulevard garden. Special guest Councilman David Ryu humbly stated, “I have the best staff in the world,” pointing to his senior deputy, Catherine Landers. Association President Larry Guzin thanked residents and members of the LAPD for their tireless efforts to keep the neighborhood safe and green. (Please turn to page 15)

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DINERS at the June and Paul Bilgore home in Windsor Square included board and “canopy committee” members Scott Goldstein and Helen Hartung.

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(Continued from page 14) After hors d’oeuvre and a variety of wines, an Italian buffet was served, followed by dessert provided by Larchmont’s Salt and Straw. • • • Our own man about town, Rafael de Marchena-Huyke, returned from Columbia University, where he received honors from one of the three

Windsor Square author retells story of Jane Eyre Aline Brosh McKenna, Windsor Square, will be answering questions about her new graphic novel, “Jane,” at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Sun., Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m. McKenna, the screenwriter who adapted “The Devil Wears Prada” for film and created the CW show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” will be at Chevalier’s to read and answer questions regarding her new work, “Jane,” a modern interpretation of Jane Eyre, taking place in New York City instead of Northern England, featuring a Mr. Rochester more akin to Bruce Wayne than a country gentleman. Artwork for the graphic novel is by cartoonist Ramon K. Perez. For more information, visit

Cathedral Chapel Church turns 90 Save the date and help Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana, 922 S. Detroit St., celebrate its 90th anniversary in style at a Christmas fundraiser Sat., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The parish’s 90th liturgical mass celebration will be Sun., Dec. 17 at noon. If you don’t want to wait that long, a food festival takes place Sun., Oct. 29. For more information, call 323-930-5976, or visit

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WINDSOR SQUARE ASSN. annual block captain gathering included board member Kristen Mandel, block captain Wendy Werris, board member Regina Chung and WSA president Larry Guzin.

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Skewering Oscars in powerful comedic play about family, fame

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Walking to Buchenwald by Tom Jacobson centers on Schiller and Arjay, who talk Mildred (Laura James) and Roger (Ben Martin), Schiller’s parents, into a trip to Europe. The roles of Schiller and Arjay are played alternately, per performance, by either two women or two men. The night I saw it, Mandy Schneider played Schiller and Amielynn Abellera played Arjay. On the journey to Buchenwald, there are visits to stone

Playing the role listed as Others, kudos to Will Bradley who plays waiters, bus drivers, a body world corpse and several more characters, delineating them with great style. Through Sat., Oct. 21, Open Fist Theatre Company at the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., 323-882-6912, 3 Stars

‘Taste’ drew crowd, winning raffle Restaurants were full of patrons at Hope-Net’s “Taste of Larchmont” 25th anniversary Aug. 28. The neighborhood event brought the community together while supporting the Hope-Net food pantry mission. Photographer Yoram Kahana donated photos for the silent auction. Winner of the grand prize raffle — dinner for two at 12 restaurants — was Yoram Kahana’s daughter, Tal. “It was a wonderful event to show my children the superb artist their grandfather is and their heritage of giving and supporting social justice and to taste the wonderful food of Larchmont,” said Tal. “My favorite photos that I have seen him donate are Janis Joplin and her Porsche,

VOLUNTEERS Michele Werdin and Barbara MacDonald with Mario Lazaridis at Le Petit Greek at Taste of Larchmont.

The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and an iconic photo of Hitchcock in profile,” she added. Douglas Ferraro, Hope-Net now-retired executive director, said the event raised about $50,000 and helped Hope-Net provide supplemental food for more than 300,000 persons in our local area.

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It is the night of the Oscars, the titular night referred to in Paul Rudnick’s new play The Big Night. Michael (Brian Hutchison) has been nominated for best supporting actor and his life is about to change in many ways. Michael is attending the big event, and his friends and family gather in his deluxe Beverly Hills hotel suite (spot on scenic design by John Lee Beatty), where the laughs are fast and very funny, skewering a variety of show biz institutions. The outstanding cast includes new agent Cary (Max Jenkins), Mother Esther (a wonderful Wendie Malick), who has a surprise of her own, Esther’s friend Eleanor (Kecia Lewis) and transgender nephew Eddie (Tom Phelan). Everyone’s there but Austin (Luke

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Going rogue: an experience that foodies will not want to miss

CHEFS Jeff Mora and Alan Latourelle, head chef at Rogue, plate up a course for 10 diners while Hilary Henderson, Chef de Cuisine from CUT in Beverly Hills, tends the stove.

$175 for dinner, you may as well go all in for an extra $85 and let the sommelier select complementary beverages. For two and a half to three hours, eight guests mingle, interact with the chefs, and indulge in creative dishes. We were greeted with freshly muddled strawberry and basil caipirinhas, mini biscuits with green tomato jam, crème fraîche and caviar, and small bowls of chopped hamachi with coconut flan and lemongrass. After the hors d’oeuvre, we were led through the kitchen, past equipment employed to dry, smoke, foam and vapor-

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Helene Seifer ize ingredients, and into the dining room. A long counter bisects the space; guest stools on one side, stoves and grills on the other. We settle in, and chefs and sous chefs begin. Four main chefs rotate presenting their dishes. We watch them work, which is standard at openkitchen environments, but we can also ask them questions about ingredients, techniques and inspiration to uncover how we ended up with, for example, a plate of creamy grits, langoustines and corn dippin’ dots. This was delicious and beautiful: the pale puddle of grits, the vibrant pink-orange of the langoustines, the tumble of tiny liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream balls — a magical balance of hot, cold, briny and sweet. Gazpacho is a pale yellow coconut-oil-shelled orb bedecked with daikon curls on a bed of razor-thin sliced Persian cucumbers. Tap the

DINERS at the counter of Wolfgang Puck’s test kitchen, “The Rogue Experience,” at the Pacific Design Center.

sphere and it breaks open to release tomato water soup. Playful, light and delicate — this was a crowd-pleaser. A succession of crazy-wonderful dishes was presented: ocean trout poached in smoked butter; uni and seaweed with the ancient grain Job’s tears; sous vide and grilled octopus tentacle flavor-jolted with ginger harissa aioli; a parmesan foam-topped basket of coiled pasta-encased pancetta and an egg yolk as a deconstructed ode to spaghetti carbonara; perfectly cooked rib cap (the most flavorful portion of ribeye steak) enhanced by adorable pickled cucumber melons, a grape-sized fruit hybrid. Desserts included a smoked plum sorbet with white chocolate, plum coulis and a showy fan of plum slices. We retired to the courtyard fire pit for a glass of sauterne, the PDC architectural angles framing our views of the winking lights of West Hollywood. Reservations are available for two or four; only eight guests total are booked for each available night; Saturday buy-outs can seat up to 10. The Rogue Experience, 8687 Melrose Ave., 800-2758273. Dinner at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday. Contact Helene at

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Enjoy film, food, opera at PST:LA/LA Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles (PST: LA/LA) kicked off its five-month long series of events in September at Grand Park and at The Getty. “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance,” an opera, is performed at the theater at the Ace Hotel, 933 S. Broadway, Tues., Oct. 10 at 8:30 p.m. The group Chicano Batman performs a concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Wed., Oct.

18 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. “Flavors of Mexico” at the Skirball Cultural Center, 1201 N. Sepulveda Blvd., explores regional cuisines in three classes beginning Tues., Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Watch “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), directed by Guillermo del Toro, at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Mon., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. There is much more through January 2018. Visit

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MUSEUM ROw Relax with sound; Clay LA Sept. 30 weekend, festival of lights at Zimmer JAPAN FOUNDATION— “Meditation with Japanese Singing Lin Bowl” combines healing properties of its Tibetan counterpart in two lunchtime sessions Wed., Oct., 4 at 12:30 and 1 p.m. Free. • Explore the Home of Japanese Mythology: Shimane, Thurs., Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Free, RSVP resquired. • “Deities in Japanese Art: Buddhas,” in collaboration with LACMA, with lecturer Michael VanHartingsveldt, is Tues., Oct. 10. Free, RSVP required. Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—“Clay LA 2017” is Sat., Sept. 30 and Sun., Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annual fundraiser includes clay activities, sale, activities, music and drinks. • “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility” ends Jan. 7. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323-

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Old trees, new plantings create an oasis on Lucerne Blvd. The front yard has taken on a life of its own since the grass died. “It didn’t survive the drought,” Peter explained last month in the heat of summer. He tilled the soil, turning the dirt with a shovel for two weeks, and then together they pulled lots and lots of weeds. By April, their front yard was ready for new plantings. A neighbor across the street contributed rose cuttings which were planted along with salvia, lion’s tail, arti-

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