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mmerse yourself in liveable, innovative modern architecture and design— from Brookside to the beach—on three Dwell Home Tours 2015. (Turn to page D-2)


eighborhood gardens were on full display at the annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society party.

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Welborne takes reins as Chronicle publisher, owner After 52 years, new publisher at helm By Jane Gilman For the first time in the 52 years since its founding in 1963, the Larchmont Chronicle has a new owner. On May 1, the ownership of the paper will be passed to lifelong resident, John H. Welborne. I could not be more pleased than to have John Welborne lead the next decades of the Chronicle. John has worked with me and my co-founder, Dawne Goodwin, for nearly 40 of the paper’s 52 years. John is a strong believer in the important role

Debates set at Park La Brea for Ramsay, Ryu Election May 19 By Suzan Filipek After a victorious election, the winner in the run-off Tues., May 19 for Council District Four will inherit a hefty plate when they take over the reins from Tom LaBonge on July 1. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is planning a blockbuster venue in the Mile. The L.A. County Museum of Art has world-class architects drawing expansion plans, and CIM Group’s luxury residential development for the 10-acre Farmers Insurance parcel is moving forward. Meanwhile, mansionization, preservation, development, subway construction and other quality-of-life issues are on voters’ minds, such as on a recent Sunday morning. Candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu met with about 30 residents at a board meeting in Sycamore Square. “Carolyn and David talked to our biggest issues, the top one being mansionization,” said Ann Eggleston, president See ELECTION, p 14

played by small, community newspapers. Welborne is a native Angeleno whose grandparents built a home in Windsor Square in 1918. He commented that “a remarkable feature of the Chronicle is the loyalty of its readers. A number of people who have lived in our community, but have moved away still maintain their ties through the newspaper.” Among the community members and advertisers initially advising John by serving on the Larchmont Chronicle Transition Advisory Board are: Jamie Bennett, Patricia Carroll, Harry Chandler, Regina Chung, Janet Clayton, Lyn McEwen Cohen, Cara Esposito, Elizabeth Fuller, Rudy Gintel, Julie Grist, Mary Hawley, Hank Hilty, Neil Kramer, Patricia Lombard, Lindsay Ratkovich, William Simon and Owen Smith. “Our goal,” said Welborne, “is to steward and perpetuate See John Welborne, p 11

Salute to grads Annual special tosses our hats to this year's graduates in the June Larchmont Chronicle. Advertising deadline is Fri., May 15. For more information contact Pam Rudy, 323462-2241, ext. 11.

LEADING THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN to save water is Farrah Dragon, shown with her daughter Ruby and son Louis.

Block captain aims to save water in Hancock Park Lawn signs point to wasteful landscaping The lawn signs in Hancock Park stating “Brown is the New Green” are a project of Farrah Dragon, the block captain on her street. She is encouraging residents who are as concerned abut the water shortage as she is to place the signs on their lawns. “Actually, my husband and my mother came up with the slogan,” says Farrah. Her mother is a horticulturist, and had been a landscaper at Getty Museum gardens for seven years. The Dragon’s lawn is beginning to show its unwatered look since the family turned off its irrigation system in early April. She thinks the shrubbery around the house

IT'S HERE! Bigger than ever. Big Sunday founder and general go-to guy David Levinson at the Larchmont headquarters. Find out how to get involved, story page 16. Photo Bill Devlin

will survive because the roots are deep and receive ground water. “Fifty percent of our water usage goes to landscaping,” she pointed out. And she is upset that political leaders haven’t stressed the imporSee Saving Water, p 2

Another area on road to historic preservation Sycamore Square to protect area

By Suzan Filipek Following on the heels of its neighbors, the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association is poised to start the process to protect its area from McMansions. The group’s board voted last month to look into an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) to prevent further tear downs of singlefamily homes to be replaced with ones too large for the lot, overshadowing neighbors. The board also voted to apply for an Interim Control Ordinance while waiting for zoning protection. The HPOZ is already in place in Hancock Park, Windsor Square and other local neighborhoods. Candidates visit Attending the April 12 board See Sycamore Square, p 5 ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Platform By Jane Gilman A brief goodbye Yes, the Larchmont Chronicle is under new ownership as of May 1. John Welborne of Windsor Square has taken the reins because he truly feels that this community newspaper should continue for many years to come. As John stated in the front-page article on the new ownership, our newspaper “is the glue that holds these historic neighborhoods, and this area of the city, together.” I will still be working during the transition as a consultant to smooth the way for John to continue. He is inheriting an excellent staff and columnists to work with, as well as a supportive group of advertisers. It’s difficult to say goodbye to an enterprise that has been an integral part of my life for 52 years. But I am pleased to be leaving a successful business that started out as 12 pages those five decades ago. When Dawne Goodwin, my former partner, and I began enlisting business people to advertise in 1963, we didn’t realize how lucky we were for selecting these neighborhoods. Residents wanted and appreciated their very own newspaper. We expanded from a distribution of 10,000 in the first few years to 21,000

The Street Committee is Saving Our Concrete Streets! The Association’s Street Committee, chaired by Board Member Tim Allyn, is happy to announce that our most damaged intersections will finally be repaired by the City – IN CONCRETE! After seven years of continuous effort, Hancock Park been successful in getting money budgeted by the City for repairs in concrete rather than asphalt. Hancock Park’s HPOZ Preservation Plan, requires the protection of our historic, concrete, streetscape. Along with parkway trees, sidewalks, and curb cuts, our concrete streets are an important part of our historic neighborhood. And, concrete is more durable; properly installed concrete streets last more than 75 years and are cooler than asphalt. We thank Street Committee chair, Tim Allyn, and members, Jon Vein, David Cole, Ben Thompson, Joel Kozberg and Jim Wolf, for their dedication and hard work. We’re lucky to have such great neighbors working on our behalf. There are two candidate remaining for the open City Council Seat for District 4: Carolyn Ramsey and David Ryu. The concrete street replacement is a good example of how important the Council Office is for maintaining our community. Please take a few minutes and decide which candidate best reflects your ideas about where the City should go and VOTE on May 19th Don’t forget now is the time to plant a tree. Even though we’re in a drought, trees only take one or two deep waterings a month and they provide shade, keeping our neighborhood cooler and more beautiful. The Association is starting an Elm Tree planting on Rossmore and other streets, so contact the Tree Committee on the Association website and find out more. If you’re considering any changes to the street visible portion of your house, contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( and fill out the online form - http:// to start the process. The Preservation Plan for Hancock Park can be found at: http://www.hancockparkhomeownersassociation. org/ or ). Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s AntiGraffiti Request System - cfm?CFID=1007&CFTOKEN=411CDB4F-0FC3-4EE189DE58DCCB435538 and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Adv.

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families, a readership we guesstimate at 77,000. I have met the most amazing people who live in these areas in these 52 years, people who get involved, who care about their neighborhoods and make a difference. It’s been a privilege for me to interview these people and share their stories. My thanks to the wonderful people on my staff, our devoted columnists, the advertisers who grace our pages and our readers—you all make it happen.

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'If you were reincarnated, who would it be?' That's the question

inquiring photographer Billy Taylor asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

We support Carolyn Ramsay The community is fortunate to have a candidate for the Fourth District City Council seat of the caliber of Carolyn Ramsay. She is conducting an impressive campaign—proof of her organizational ability. Not only does she have the backing of many in this community, she also is supported by city and state officials, people she will be working with in her new position. Carolyn knows and loves this community, and she will work hard to address the issues of the entire district. She deserves your vote on Tues., May 19.

Another goodbye We regret to have to say goodbye to Marlborough head of school Barbara Wagner. She has been a great asset to the school during her 25 years as its leader. She has directed the transformation of the school—both its physical growth and its academic achievements. She will be missed.

Calendar Fri., May 1, Sat., May 2 and Sun., May 3 – Big Sunday Weekend. Sat., May 2 and Sun., May 3 – Best Friends adoption fair, La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., May 10 – Mother’s Day Tues., May 12 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School auditorium, 7 p.m. Wed., May 13 – Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce forum at the El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., 11:30 a.m. Wed., May 13 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Tues., May 19 – Election for Fourth District Council post. Mon., May 25 – Memorial

Larchmont Chronicle Founded in 1963 Publishers Jane and Irwin Gilman Editor Jane Gilman Associate Editor Suzan Filipek Assistant Editor Billy Taylor Advertising Director Pam Rudy Art Director Dina Nicholaou Classified and Circulation Manager Rachel Olivier Accounting Jill Miyamoto 542 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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"I would come back as someone close to my grandchildren, to witness their success. One attends Yale University, and the other Azusa Pacific. They are my life." Alicia Roldan Windsor Square

"Henry VIII of England. He reigned with absolute power, promoted literacy and is still remembered as a legend in history books." Josh Pirro Hancock Park

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tance of conservation. “We’ve known about the drought for three years,” she added. The signs are meant to bring awareness to her fellow Hancock Parkers. If any neighbors need information about getting signs, email or the Facebook page that’s written on the sign: SAVE WATER LA.

"I would be soul-singer Janelle Monae. She's not afraid to express herself in music or style. To me she personsifies originality." Dolly Kimpiato Hollywood

Letter to the editor Thank you

Thank you, and, especially Suzan Filipek, for the nice article on the Adult Literacy Program (Larchmont Chronicle, April, 2015). I hope it brings them many volunteers, and this kind of service is what a local newspaper is all about. Margaret Shipman Lucerne Blvd.

"I guess I would say Abraham Lincoln. He ended slavery, and I'd get to wear a top hat. I'd avoid the theatre though." Curtis Lovell Larchmont Village

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CULTURE DAY! at Park La Brea. 6 WILSHIRE COUNTRY Club goes green. 8 MOTHER'S DAY 12, 13 AROUND the Town






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“The Miracle Mile, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” will be the theme of the Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce Economic Forum on Wed., May 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The forum, at the El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., will feature a video and slide show, “The History of Wilshire Blvd.,” with Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “What’s Next,” will cover the Miracle Mile’s museum updates in a video presentations on the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Museum, Page Museum and Craft & Folk Art Museum. The event will also salute retiring Councilmember Tom LaBonge, said Chamber presi-


dent Stephen Kramer. City Council District Four candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu have been invited to discuss their “vision” for the future of the Miracle Mile. The candidates will be followed by a discussion on the “Miracle Mile Chamber’s Vision.” A panel on commercial real estate with Mark Panatier, Gilmore Co., as moderator will include Adam Lev, 5900 Building; Adele Bayless, 5670/ Equity Office; Selena Kerr, Wilshire/LaBrea-Essex Co.; John Burney, Park LaBrea; Wally Marks, Walter Marks Realty. Food will be provided by Black Dog Café, and Urban Florist is furnishing floral arrangements. For information go to


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Mile preservation on course with survey Miracle Mile took its first step in creating an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] last month when its residential association hired the services of Architectural Resources Group, Inc. [ARG]. The move is to protect the area from more McMansions and out-of-scale apartment and condo developments, according to the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. newsletter. Katie Horak, ARG senior associate and architectural historian of the Pasadena branch of ARG, will supervise the survey, which includes approxi-

mately 1,628 parcels of singleand multi-family residences. Boundaries of the proposed HPOZ are Fairfax Ave. to the west, La Brea Ave. to the east, Wilshire Blvd. to the north, and San Vicente Blvd. to the south. The survey will detail the historic and architectural significance of the community and identify structures as either “contributing” or “noncontributing.” Contributing structures were built during the predominant period of development in the neighborhood and have retained most

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of its historic features. Once the report is completed, the Department of City Planning will hold public workshops and hearings in the community before taking the HPOZ through the adoption process. A fundraising effort is underway to raise the $60,000 cost to fund the project.

Neighbor warns of mail theft on Arden Boulevard A Larchmont Village resident was alarmed to find a device hanging out of her neighborhood postal box on April 14 around 1 p.m. “I went to use the mailbox on Arden Blvd. and 4th St. and found a long strap with S-hooks on the ends sticking out,” said the concerned resident, who contacted the Larchmont Chronicle to report evidence of theft from a postal box. The strap she found at the public box was similar to a bungee cord, “but not stretchy,” and she says it was clearly being used to fish out mail: “one of the S-hooks had gotten caught so the culprit could not remove the strap.” She spoke with her postman who confirmed mailbox theft is a big issue for the neighborhood. The Los Angeles Police Dept. advises, among other things, to install a locked mailbox at your residence.

Bungalow back in court May 20 A hearing in a criminal case for the Larchmont Bungalow is set for Wed., May 20 in L.A. Superior Court. New Bungalow attorney Richard Hirsch joins Alan Fenster in the suit against the city. Owner Albert Mizrahi sought a zone change to allow the take out at 107 N. Larchmont to become a restaurant but was recently denied by the City Council. Mizrahi’s representative Jerry Neuman argued Boulevard zoning, which allows 10 restaurants, was unfair as several take outs on the street have seating. Mizrahi signed an affidavit promising not to have tables and chairs prior to opening. The city revoked the certificate of occupancy soon after the Bungalow opened in Sept. 2009 with tables and chairs.

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Classic Fords at Gilmore Heritage Auto Show June 6 Ford cars, dating from 1927, will be parked at the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show on Sat., June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmers Market at the corner of Third St. and Fairfax Ave. The theme is “60 Years of Fearless Flying: A Tribute to the Ford Thunderbird.” More than 100 classic and vintage American cars, including Thunderbirds from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s and Mustangs. Spectators can get up close at the free event. For a grand finale, all show cars participate in a spectacular endof-show drive-off at 5 p.m., traversing the entire Farmers Market property.

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Sycamore Square to protect area (Continued from page 1) meeting were Council District Four candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu. “They were both supportive of neighbors’ concerns about mansionization and our investigation in to an HPOZ,” said Ann Eggleston, president, SSNA. In addition, Ramsay said she would support additional preservation tools for neighborhoods like Sycamore Square and South Hollywood which have mixed zoning patterns but an overall consistency in the age and style of the buildings. The boundaries proposed for Sycamre Square’s historic district are Sycamore, Orange, Mansfield and Citrus. “Most of the buildings are original with few changes except for two recent McMansions (and a possible third on Citrus),” said Eggleston. Top 10 issues The group told the candidates its “Top 10” issues:” • Mansionization/historic preservation • Preservation of commercial/ residential buffer zones • Subway construction (and associated development) • Parking (lack of, enforcement, etc.) • Green space/parks (lack of, need for development of) • Safety (lighting, police presence, etc.) • Infrastructure (failing streets, sidewalks, etc.) • Neighborhood-compatible development (“vibrancy that fits” the neighborhood) • Traffic (cut-throughs, speed humps, four-way stops, etc.

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7-Eleven? Not in their Sycamore neighborhood Schools and alcohol don’t mix, says the board of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. Wilshire Crest Elementary and Yeshiva Gedolah High are within blocks of a proposed 24-hour, 7-Eleven at the northeast corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Brea Ave. Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana Church is less than half a block north on La Brea. Both the church and schools are considered “sensitive uses,” when considering applications for new liquor permits, according to Tara Devine who gave a presentation on the application at a recent SSNA board meeting. A letter of opposition will be sent to the city Planning zoning administrator, the Council District Four office and the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee. The SSNA board opposed the project for several reasons, including stating convenience stores in general tend to be

magnets for loitering, litter, panhandling, shoplifting, traffic and more serious crime. What’s more, the neighborhood is at capacity with round-the-clock stores, Devine reported. There is a 24hour convenience mart at an Arco gas station across the street and various drug stores with 24-hour beer and wine sales within a one-mile radius. Other concerns were heavy traffic at the intersection, and limited parking. Representatives from 7-Eleven will address concerns at the group's board meeting Mon., May 4.

CITY’S BUREAU OF STREET LIGHTING trucks are a familiar sight in Windsor Square as some 99 new lampposts are being installed on north/south and east/west streets. The ornamental concrete lights match existing posts in the historic district.

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Development on Viacommunity Day targets meeting Burroughs for beautification LVNA agenda May 12 For its 2015 Viacommunity Day on May 15, Paramount Pictures is teaming up with John Burroughs Middle School, 600 S. McCadden Pl., to make improvements to the school campus. Paramount worked in conjunction with the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society to identify the most needed beautification projects at the school. Paramount and the society identified three priority projects to complete: First, volunteers from Paramount will plant 10 fruitless red plum trees to beautify and add shade to the 6th Street

school perimeter. Second, volunteers will clean out the existing planters on McCadden Place and add mulch, also installing a heavy vinyl border. Third, volunteers will weed and clean up the school’s Wilshire Blvd. perimeter. Paramount has been serving the community through its Viacommunity Day for 20 years. More than 1,400 Paramount employees in 15 countries join together to make a difference in their communities, volunteering at local schools, parks and nonprofit organizations.

Battle for concrete repairs ends in victory for residents Funds from City Council District Four’s Street Improvement account will be used to repair damaged intersections in concrete throughout Hancock Park. The appeal for concrete instead of asphalt began seven years ago when the residents saw that asphalt was being used, said Cindy Chvatal, Hancock Park Homeowners Association president. Hancock Park’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone requires repairs in concrete instead of asphalt, Chvatal said. She thanked Street Committee chairman Tim Allyn and members Jon Vein, David Cole, Ben Thompson, Joel Kozberg and Jim Wolf for their hard work. The Bureau of Engineering will perform repairs; work will begin by the end of May, said Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Property development and a potential Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) are on the agenda when the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) meets Tues., May 12, at 7 p.m. The semi-annual meeting will be held in the auditorium of Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Councilman Tom LaBonge and/or his field deputy will discuss topics germane to the neighborhood, and representatives from LAPD Wilshire and Olympic divisions will give a crime update. Emergency Preparedness The LVNA board of directors and block captains met with a city official on April 19, at the Hancock Homes office, to discuss how to organize a disaster preparedness and response plan. Mona Curry, emergency management coordinator for L.A., spoke on the five steps to neighborhood preparedness and encouraged the LVNA to organize their own preparedness-training day. Curry’s presentation on emergency preparedness can be downloaded at

BLOCK CAPTAIN Marguerite Topping hands out emergency preparedness information to Larchmont Village residents.

A TALK ON SUSTAINABILITY and the challenges of drought by landscape architect Mia Lehrer, right, was enjoyed by Ebell members at a recent luncheon. Lehrer is shown with Myrna Gintel, program chairman.

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Wilshire Country Club is turning so brown it’s eco-friendly By Suzan Filipek Water-saving efforts are moving the ground from the Wilshire Country Club golf course, some 24 acres of turf to be exact. That’s the amount that has been removed from the course since early January, said Todd Keefer, general manager and chief operating officer.

A host of drought-tolerant plants will replace the waterthirsty grass on about onequarter of the 98-acre property that spans Melrose to Third, Rossmore to near June. About 20 varieties of native plants will be placed around the outer perimeters, leaving plenty of grass for the nine-course site. “We will still

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maintain the integrity of the design and yet have a focus on the drought and do our part,” said Keefer. The Club, which opened in 1909, has worked with the city Dept. of Water and Power in its conservation efforts which pays $2 per square foot of grass removal. The program may be saving the city water, but it’s creating a nightmare for a resident on Las Palmas Ave., who says his street is being used as a staging site for trucks and dumpsters hauling concrete and debris from the golf course, two blocks east. “I have lived here 30 years, and I don’t recall an inconvenience and noise like this. It’s just nerve-wracking,” said David Berger. Two calls to the Wilshire Country Club only left him on 20-minute holds. Trucks

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arrive as early as 7:30 a.m., sometimes park in his driveway while loading, he added. Parking is limited at the historic Country Club’s Rossmore lot, which necessitated some residential use, but any complaints would have been addressed, said Keefer.

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Second phase completed of peak hour bus transit

Quicker boarding and fewer stops will enable passengers on the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit to reach their destinations faster. The second phase of peak hour bus lanes on Wilshire Blvd. opened in April, enabling riders in bus-only lanes between downtown and the westside, to save up to 15 minutes each way. “Because the bus has its own lane and is synched with traffic lights, it will get there faster than a car leaving the same place at the same time,” said Los Angeles mayor and Metro board chairman Eric Garcetti The opening of five miles of peak-hour bus lanes along Wilshire Blvd. marks Phase Two of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The Wilshire BRT is a $31.5 million transportation improvement project spanning from Valencia St. near MacArthur Park to Centinela Ave. in West L.A. Once completed, there will be 9.9 miles of street, signal and signage improvements and 7.7 miles of peak hour bus lanes on Wilshire Blvd. During weekday peak hours of 7 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 7 p.m., only transit buses will be allowed in the bus lanes. Drivers will get a citation if driving in the bus-only lanes during those times. Cars and trucks turning right during peak hours may use the curbside lane as well as bicyclists. Metro will also be piloting all-door boarding at key stops along the Wilshire BRT. Customers will be able to validate their fare in advance. The project is funded through a federal Very Small Starts (VSS) grant awarded to Metro in August 2011. The grant of $23.3 million was paired with an $8.2 million local match.

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Obituaries Jerry Cottone, Larchmont’s longtime barber, passed away on April 11 at the age of 76 at his home in Valley Village. A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Brendan Church, Sat., May 16 at 10 a.m. Jerry had been a fixture on the boulevard since the 1950’s. His father, Vince, bought the barbershop—originally opened in the 1920s and considered the oldest business on the street—in 1956. At one point, Jerry’s father, brother and mother all worked alongside Jerry in the shop together. “Mom became a manicur-

Mary Wilson, docent, teacher, volunteer Mary H. Wilson, a former teacher and longtime community volunteer, died at her home in Park La Brea April 5. She was 79. A Brookside resident from 1972 to 2009, she retired from a teaching career spanning over 30 years and worked in the travel industry. She was a docent at Los Angeles County Museum of Art for 30 years, a member of Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and Ebell of Los Angeles. She also was a volunteer English as a Second Language teacher. She was predeceased by her husband Lloyd, and leaves her son Craig, daughter Hillary, and sister Elizabeth Heath. Memorial service and reception will be held Sat., May 2, at 2:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd. In lieu of flowers, Mary selected the following charities for donations: Habitat for Humanity and St. James Food Ministries.

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ist,” said Jerry in a Larchmont Chronicle interview in 2010, “making the shop a true family business.” The original price for one of Jerry’s haircuts was $1.25. Jerry served in the army for two years and upon his return he bought out his father’s interest and became the sole owner

in 1964. After 50 years, Jerry retired and sold the business to Jorge Hilario in 2013. Even with all of the technological advances in the world of haircuts, Jerry chose to stick with the tried-and-true tools and techniques that our grandparents would recognize: he performed the traditional straight-edge razor shave with warm foam, and finished up with a massage. There was a quiet dignity about Jerry that made it easy for customers to share their deepest secrets with him. That quiet dignity was offset by a deep humility when he was asked to speak about himself. Jerry is survived by his wife Diane and sons Chris and Doug.

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Sally Woodward, lifelong volunteer Sally Grimm Woodward died on April 6 at her Fremont Place home where she had lived for over 59 years. She was 90. A native Angeleno, she was a lifelong volunteer for her kids’ schools, Junior League, United Way, NGA, and Good Samaritan Hospital. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John, and their oldest grandson Nicholas, survivors are Mary, Juanie (Cathy), Anne (Tony), Andrew (Mari) and Gerry and 11 grandchildren. A celebration of Sally’s life was held at St. Brendan’s Church on April 23. Donations can be made in Sally’s name to Immaculate Heart High School, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028.



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Dog walker robbed at gunpoint; burglaries up in Hancock Park WILSHIRE DIVISION

Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 Twitter: lapdwilshire fleeing with property. A purse, wallet and tablet were removed from an unlocked vehicle on the 500 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. on April 10 between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The rear door of a residence was kicked open before a suspect ransacked the interior and removed a watch on the 700 block of S. Longwood Ave. on April 6 between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. A suspect attempted to enter the rear door of residence on the 300 block of S. Sycamore Ave. Suspect also smashed a side bedroom window and ransacked the interior before removing computer equipment, jewelry and camera equipment on April 7 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Jewelry was stolen after a suspect smashed the rear window and ransacked the residence on April 9, between 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., on the 100 block of N. June St.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2007 Hyundai Elantra was stolen from the 600 block of Masselin Ave. between 5 p.m. on March 25 to 11:30 a.m. on March 26. BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE: A steering wheel airbag and headlights were removed from a 2010 Porsche Panamera on the 200 block of S. Citrus Ave. between 6 p.m. on March 27 and 10:30 a.m. the following morning. A suspect opened the trunk of a vehicle and removed a backpack and laptop. The incident took place at the corner of 8th St. and Aladele Ave. on March 30 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Money, credit cards and a wallet were stolen from a vehicle on the 700 block of S. Cochran Ave. The suspect smashed the vehicle window and ransacked the interior between April 2 at 9 p.m. and April 3 at 7:45 a.m. 911 is for emergencies only. To report non-emergencies, call 877-275-5273.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 Twitter: lapdolympic OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A victim was sitting in his parked vehicle on the corner of Western Ave. and Maplewood St. when two suspects opened the door and entered his SUV on April 15 at 5 a.m. One suspect was armed and demanded money. The victim surrendered his wallet and cell phone. Described as two African Americans in their

early to mid-20s. BURGLARIES: A suspect opened a victim’s garage on the 600 block of N. Gramercy Pl. between 8 p.m. on April 6 and 8:15 a.m. on April 7. Two unlocked bicycles were stolen. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 1996 Honda Accord was stolen from the corner of Rosewood St. and Andrews Rd. between 8:30 p.m. on March 31 and 7:45 a.m. on April 1. Suspect stole a 2001 silver Honda CRV on the corner of Wilton Pl. and 4th St. between 11:55 p.m. on March 29 and 9 a.m. on March 30. BURGLARY THEFT FROM VEHICLE: A suspect removed property on the 400 block of Westminster Ave. after 11 p.m. on April 12.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WINDSOR SQUARE ASSOCIATION WATER BARREL PROJECT The Windsor Square Association’s 2015 priority is our Water Barrel Project and community outreach to our residents with ideas and solutions to be better prepared in case of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or other like emergency. Over the past years the Association has invited emergency preparedness experts to speak to our block captains at annual Association gatherings. All these experts stressed water storage as most important in preparing for an emergency, recommending maintenance of a two-week supply of clean water, storing at least one gallon per person, per day. Recently Lorraine and Lucerne Boulevard residents, assisted by Association block captains, encouraged water storage by joining with their neighbors to purchase 55 gallon water barrels specifically sold for the purpose. Now, the Association seeks to expand this salutary effort to all of Windsor Square by its Water Barrel Project, a community-wide purchase of water barrels at a reduced, group-buy price and with convenient delivery. Emergency water storage will work well in Windsor Square if the entire community commits to this most important aspect of emergency preparedness. In an emergency community-minded Windsor Square residents will kindly help one another, as always. Nevertheless, instead of relying upon the kindness of others, the Association requests you to consider purchasing the peace of mind your own water barrel will provide to you and your family. By our Water Barrel Project, the Association intends to make this easy. Please inform your Association block captain if you wish to be added to the list of Windsor Square residents interested in more information about the Water Barrel Project. The Association will soon host an Emergency Preparedness Day to provide additional advice to all interested residents of Windsor Square. Please “stay tuned” for more information about the Windsor Square Association Water Barrel Project and Emergency Preparedness Day. 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.


WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERY: A man was robbed at gunpoint while waling his dog at Harold Henry Park on April 19 at 8:20 p.m. The victim described the suspects as two African American men in their early to mid-20s. One suspect pointed a gun at the victim’s chest and demanded cash while the other searched his pockets and stole credit cards before fleeing. BURGLARIES: Two suspects used a branch to force open a school door on the 600 block of S. McCadden Pl. on April 5 at 9:30 p.m. Both suspects were arrested. A suspect cut open the sidewall of a business on the 100 block of Larchmont Blvd. and removed property between 5 p.m. on March 22 and 11:50 p.m. on March 23. The rear door of a business on the 200 block of Larchmont Blvd. was kicked in before the suspect disabled the surveillance system. The suspect then tunneled through a wall into an adjacent business, and removed property between 10:30 p.m. on March 22 to 12 a.m. on March 23. The rear door of a residence was pried open on the 100 block of S. Formosa Ave. between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 24. The suspect ransacked the interior before

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TWO WOMEN IN A GARDEN, 1872, Claude Monet, a future gift to LACMA and in the "50 for 50" exhibit.

Patrons bestow gifts for LACMA's 50th birthday L.A. County Museum of Art turned 50 and threw itself a star-studded gala to celebrate. It was the Ahmanson Foundation which helped start the museum's collection 50 years

Learn what’s going on in the community at this month’s Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council board meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at The Ebell 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. (enter through west parking lot) You are also invited to attend a forum on April 30 with Fourth District City Council candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu to be held at the Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. Cosponsored by a number of area neighborhood councils including Greater Wilshire and MidCity West. To reserve call 310-794-6817 or

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Michael Genewick is the Religion representative on the Council board. He has been a resident of Windsor Square and a member of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church for 40 years. Currently he serves as a Lector and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. He and his wife Kathi raised five children who attended St. Brendan School. An active member of AYSO soccer for over 20 years in the Greater Wilshire neighborhood, Mike now serves as Treasurer of the Windsor Square Association.

ago at the Wilshire Blvd. site with a Renoir painting, LACMA CEO Michael Govan told a press briefing April 20. In honor of the milestone, a gala attended by 750 guests was held a few days earlier that raised $5 million to benefit programming and acquisitions. A roster of celebrities, artists, museum trustees— including William Ahmanson, Hancock Park—and city officials feasted and sipped champagne while an aerial circus troupe entertained overhead. Seal performed later in the evening, and after his last song, guests were serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by the John Burroughs High School Powerhouse Choir. An exhibition was opened in honor of the celebration, "50

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for 50: gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's Anniversary." The works are gifts and promised gifts from various donors. They range from a 17th century Chinese scroll to Andry Warhol's silkscreen "Two Marilyns" and David Hockney's "The Jugglers," 18 digital videos synchronized on 18 screens. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 13 in the Resnick Pavillion. In addition, another 175 works have been gifted to the museum by patrons.

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Shopping for Mother’s Day on Larchmont in the Village is a cinch One of the hardest things to figure out each year is “what to get Mom for Mother’s Day?” Yes, there are always flowers, but if you want to be more creative, the local shops on

Larchmont Blvd. have tons of ideas. Louis Eafalla at Village Heights, 122½ Larchmont Blvd., recommends to treat your mother like a queen. “We

have handbags, totes, silk scarves and jewelry,” he says as he lists the many reasons mothers love the store. Louis also recommends an item called the “S’well” reusable water bottle that keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. “It’s great for taking wine to the Holly- STYLISH AND COZY, pajamas at Pickett Fencwood Bowl, or es are a big hit with moms. keeping water cold for pilates, yoga or a long pajamas are always a big hit with the local moms. “They hike.” Gabriel McVay of are so comfy and the mothMalin+Goetz, purveyors of ers love them,” she says. Othsensitive skin technology at er popular items include the 238 N. Larchmont Blvd., rec- store’s hats, jewelry and handommends the B5 body lotion bags. and peppermint body scrub What mother wouldn’t like package for $72. Also recom- a gift certificate from Healing mended is the rum set for $54, Hands Wellness Center, 414 which includes rum bar soap, N. Larchmont Blvd.? a rum votive candle and rum The day spa offers private treatment rooms for soothing hand wash. Joane Henneberger at Pick- massages. Or offer your mom ett Fences, 214 N. Larchmont a certificate for a chiropractic Blvd., reveals that her store’s service or acupuncture. Further up the street, at Ampersand Boutique, 658 N. Larchmont Blvd., the owners are rolling out the red carpet for mothers with a 15 percent off sale beginning May 1. The store offers vintage and designer consignment items including jewelry, clothing, evening bags and accessories. For those finicky shoppers who rarely step foot in a store, Ampersand offers to do a little of the personal shopping for you. “We love assembling things for spouses,” says Laura Armstrong. “We would love anyone to call and tell us what they PEARDON CARRILLO PHOTOGRAPHY are looking for. We will pull the items for them, and then they can come in at their convenience and look the items Join us again this year to celebrate our signature Mother’s Day Brunch-the quintessential women’s over.” holiday at the quintessential women’s club. Last year’s brunch was warm and leisurely. No crowds, no It really doesn’t get any eas-

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Fitness coach to open boutique Pilates space A new Pilates studio is coming to 418 N. Larchmont Blvd., complete with a state of the art facility for mind and body health. Dr. Pilates will feature classes and one-on-one personal training sessions for students of all levels, as well as massage therapies and vitamin injections. Doug Riccio, founder, has more than 20 years of experience as a fitness and wellness coach. He established Dr. Pilates to provide an accessible, friendly environment. Riccio is planning both mat and reformer classes Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a children’s boot camp for ages 9 to 14. In addition to Pilates training, Dr. Katrina Babcock’s vitamin injections will be offered on site. In-house massage therapist Maurizio Cavaletti will provide 60 and 90-minute treatments. On top of a full fitness schedule, Riccio is giving the studio a boutique feel with a



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the Best Medicine” dinner. The doctor was present at the birth of Sandler’s two daughters. An obstetrician-gynecologist and Johns Hopkins alumnus, he will receive the award from Jhpiego president Dr. Leslie Mancuso at the event. “Howie Mandel has been an unwavering supporter of Jhpiego, recruiting outstanding leaders from the Los Angeles community to our board, helping grow our innovations

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Larchmont Chronicle rael of Hollywood. Since its founding 40 years ago, Jhpiego has trained health care providers in the latest in reproductive health technology. It is present in 50 countries, and the majority of its 2,100 employees are natives of the countries where they work.

Four debates left for Ramsay, Ryu Candidates for Council District Four have signed up for a total of 12 debates from Lake Hollywood to Park La Brea. Four remain before the elec-

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Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association. The candidates will continue to address issues at a debate set with the Neighborhood Council Forum on Thurs., April 30 at 6 p.m. at Forest Lawn. They next head west to a Park La Brea Residents Association forum on Thurs., May 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Park La Brea Theater. Ramsay is endorsed by her former boss, Councilman Tom LaBonge (she was his chief of staff), as well as several other council memembers including Council president Herb Wesson. According to her website, her “campaign is about protecting and enhancing the neighborhoods of the 4th Council District, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, addressing our water issues and creating jobs to keep the entertainment industry firmly rooted here.” Ryu is director at Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center. He also served as senior deputy to then-county supervisor Yvonne Burke, who is among his supporters. “The number one issue is development,” Ryu says on his website. He advocates raising the minimum wage “in stages,” and he proposes reforming the business tax “leading to the return of so many businesses that we’ve lost to nearby cities in previous years.”

How to find your polling place If you need to know your local polling place for the May 19 runoff election, there are two easy ways to find out. Log on to the City Clerk’s election division website at or call 213-978-0444. Additionally, L.A. County offers an online tool to find your polling place at, or you may call the Registrar’s Office at 562-466-1310.

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Pilgrim students volunteer Second Saturdays

MAYOR Eric Garcetti joined city attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, former council members Cindy Miscikowsi and Zev Yaroslavsky, and more than 100 friends and colleagues to thank Renee Weitzer for her 30 years of service to the City. Her last day was April 30. She worked for Councilmen John Ferraro and Tom LaBonge during her years of service.

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Join Breathe LA as it investigates the connection between obesity and asthma at the Asthma Symposium Tues., May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr. The “Healthy Eating, Healthy Breathing” program will be emceed by NBC4 coanchor Daniella Guzman, and feature a presentation by Dr. Scott Takahashi. Breathe LA was first formed in 1903 as an independent lung health organization serving the city’s growing population of 300,000. The organization provides programming to residents addressing asthma, lung health and environmental concerns. Tickets are $35.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) 45th annual Beastly Ball honors Fourth District City Councilman Tom LaBonge and 99 Cents Only Stores at its Sat., June 20 benefit. Actor, television producer, author and philanthropist Lance Bass, as a member of pop band ‘NSYNC, also will be recognized for his leadership in local or global wildlife and environmental conservation. LaBonge is being celebrated for his 14 years of advocacy for the Zoo, its animals and the people it serves. 99 Cents Only stores is being recognized for their exceptional support of the Zoo and its employees who participate.

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Metro checks to aid businesses If you have a store or business along Metro Rail routes, you may be receiving checks from the city's Business Interruption Fund. The funds are from the pilot Metro Business Interruption Fund (BIF), created by the Metro Board last year to provide economic compensation to small businesses directly impacted by rail construction. on three projects.

urday mornings. “As students witnessed first-hand, the food insecurity many Los Angeles individuals and children face, they decided to volunteer at Hope Net,” said Linda Sallas, Pilgrim School

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Save a pet’s life, make a best friend at adoption

Volunteer to help clean up a neighborhood, collect and sort sports equipment or host your own lemonade stand. Whatever your interests or skills,

Shelter pets will put their best paw forward at the NKLA Adoption Weekend Sat., May 2 and Sun., May 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities, some 1,000 pets will hope to find a home, with fees starting at $50. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, and adopters will receive a goody bag filled with toys, treats and coupons. Entertainment and food trucks will be on site. “Any Angeleno looking to adopt should check out the NKLA Adoption Weekend,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society. “You can even bring your dog to meet potential canine siblings.” The NKLA adoption weekends are free, family-friendly and feature pets from more than 50 local shelters and rescues including Los Angeles Animal Services, Border Collies in Need, Boston Buddies, PugNation Rescue LA, Wags and Walks, Labs and Friends. org, Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitt Crusaders and The Cat Cove. For information, visit nkla. org/events.

there are fun, free events all Big Sunday Weekend for those with a passion for community service from Fri., May 1 to Sun., May 3.

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improvements in our communities and around the world. When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including:

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The group’s founder, David Levinson, believes there are people in the community who want to help, but don’t know how to get involved. Big Sunday gives them the opportunity. The charity was started in 1999 when Levinson, a Hancock Park resident, put together a short list of community fix-up projects that could be easily tackled in a day. About 300 people from his synagogue, Temple Israel of Hollywood, volunteered that first year, paving the way for it to become a community-building initiative engaging tens of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life. “What always amazes me, year after year, is not how many people participate, or how much terrific work gets done. What is really wonderful is the kind, friendly, and extremely generous spirit in which everything is given,” says Levinson. Projects during Big Sunday Weekend are predominately run by volunteers, and there is no charge to participate. For more information visit

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Pop up art on Larchmont May 2 Art Works will host a one night, group exhibition at its studio and classroom, 660 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sat., May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition, curated by Julio Panisello, presents a selection of pieces developed during art classes at the school. Works are inspired by well-known artists but realized through unique and varied interpretations. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit artworksstudio. org/ilikeyours.




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TRIO AT L.A. Children's Chorus gala: Richard Jones, Liz Moule and Randi Jones.

BIG BROTHERS Big Sisters event drew Tiffany Siart, president, honoree Nicole Lorey and Elise Buik, CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

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It was a fabulous affair (not that kind) as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising presented theatrical costumes and fashions for men, women and children by 15 graduating designers at Barker Hangar on March 21. Fashions’ tout le monde watched rapt while dining on herb-crusted sea bass and beef tenderloin. Across the flowing sea of cruisewear, hand dyed chiffon, retro 70’s feathers and leathers were Edie and Christian Frere, Hallie Fisher, Flavio Amarel, FIDM’S Lyn Tobman, Barbara Bundy, Mathew Hancock, Susie Goodman, Sheila Tepper, ‘Barbie’ designer James Holmes, Kelley Nelson and designer/Project Runway star Nick Verreos who is launching his new collection online at the end of May. *** Rafael de Marchena-Huyke held an open house in March in honor of his wife, Luisa Richardson, at their newly renovated Las Palmas home. The ultra-modern, multi-level abode was contrasted by and highlighted the couple’s classical, extensive art collection. Among the 100 neighbors and guests nibbling on fresh shrimp and drinking champayne were Angela and Bob Sacchi, Irena and Jim Gibbons, Machela and Martin Gelber, Suz and Peter Landay, portrait painter Juan Bastos, Francine York, Maralou Gray and Linette Treffinger. *** Music Magic, touching accolades and excitement underscored the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ (LACC) annual Gala Bel Canto honoring the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songwriters behind Disney’s “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and

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liam’s “Happy.” In a unique twist to this year’s fashion show, 12 “Bigs” and their “Littles” participated in partner-California. Each “Big and “Little” selected outfits and accessories from a Goodwill store with a maximum budget of $30 each. Guys ready for golf to ladies ready for an elegant night out strolled down the runway to great applause. “Rising Star Award” honoree

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Celebrate spring at The Ebell! Listen to a concert of American songs from around the country, as well as songs from Latin America. Wear a springtime hat to lunch as milliner Austin Gray gives a brief history of hat styles. Monday, May 18, 2015 11:30am Concert; 12:15 Luncheon; 1:00pm Austin Gray For information on tickets or the Ebell, visit, or call 323-931-1277 x 131 : 743 South Lucerne Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90005

A benefit gala for the Humane Society will be held on Sat., May 16 at 5 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 6500 Wilshire Blvd. The Humane Corporate Award will go to GreaterGood and the Humane Hero Award goes to Cheri Shankar. Contact 301-258-3148 or

Kate Nichols was presented with her BBBSLA award by her “Little Sister” 17-year-old Cambria. Elise Buik, president of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, presented the “Innovator Award” to Nicole Lorey of Transamerica Life Insurance Company. “The average public high school graduation rate in Los Angeles is 50 percent; BBBSLA’s participate average; 95 percent!” And that’s the chat.

Holter rings in musical evenings Chevalier's Books kicked off its new monthly musical evenings with a performance by Julia Holter April 24. Holter is a native of Hancock Park. Her most recent recording was the studio album “Loud City Song” on Domino Records. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and collaborates with notable artists.

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Summer CampS & programS Good choices for day Fun film festival returns for young cinephiles The 10th annual Redcat from 35 countries. The films 9 at 12 p.m., and Sun., May 17 camps but allot family time International Children’s Film are grouped by subject matter at 3 p.m. Rainbow Camp – Outdoor day camp in Brentwood that’s been around for more than 30 years and is loaded with fun activities.. Smart Space – Culver West Alexander Park Recreation Room – Fun park program. Tocaloma Day Camp – Popular day camp held at Berkley Hall School. Natural History Museum – Classic science camp. L.A. County High School for the Arts–Summer Arts Conservatory – Wonderful fourweek intensive arts program for kids entering 5th grade and up. Barnsdall Art Center – A terrific art center in Los Feliz with an array of art and music classes. Got Game Camp – A day camp filled with athletic and recreational activities located at Hancock Park Elementary. Childrens Civic Light Opera – Children train and rehearse a full scale Broadway musical. Camp Keystone – A long time camp favorite in the Santa Monica mountains where kids enjoy all types of outdoor fun including boating, swimming, along with arts and crafts. Learn To Surf – A surfing intensive camp in Venice Beach. Tom Sawyer Camp – This long-running camp in Pasadena offers horseback riding, swimming, archery, hiking, tennis and more. Whatever you plan for your kids this summer, make sure to take some family time together—even if it’s a quick weekend getaway. As I’ve mentioned before, you only have 17 summers with your kids before they are off to college and doing their own thing. Enjoy summer adventures with them while you can!

Festival returns Sat., May 2 to Sun. May 17 with three weekends of short-film programs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St. The festival—curated by Elizabeth Shepherd and Katie Pappageorge—features short animated and live action films

into three programs showing each day. Program highlights include “Fantastic Journeys”—a group of seven animated films that will take you over the Alps, a crash-landing on Earth, and a jump into an ocean of lemonade—scheduled for Sat., May

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Believe it or not, summer is almost here! Time for parents to act quickly and sign your kids up for activities to avoid hearing the dreaded “Mom, I’m bored!” Growing up, my summers were spent swimming, doing gymnastics at the YMCA, taking tennis lessons, taking academic enrichment/summer school classes and traveling with the family. I began going to Armenian church sleep– over camp when I was 12, and made some of my best childhood Mommy memories there. Beat Today, there are by so many day camp Danielle choices available Avazianto our kids here in Reyes Los Angeles. Every family has different summertime needs and plans. Since I have a flexible work schedule, I don’t need an all–day, every day camp for my kids so day camps with a flexible schedule work great. We enjoy our summers with a balance between free time to take spontaneous trips to the beach or museum and scheduled activities. Here are some local day camp favorites compiled by myself and some local moms (you can search them out online for more info): Aloha Beach Camp – Classic beach camp in Malibu. California Science Center – The museum near downtown has a wonderful summer program. Children’s Arts Institute – West L.A. and Studio City locations with terrific art program. Fitness By The Sea – Santa Monica beach camp filled with adventures and activities. Super Duper Art Camp – L.A. based super creative art camp. LACMA – The Los Angeles museum has popular summer classes that fill up quickly. Los Angeles Zoo Camp – The zoo has wonderful day programs for animal lovers.


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Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Blvd. 213-763-3348 Natural History Museum 900 Exposition Blvd. or Explorers entering kindergarten through 8th grade can learn about fossils, minerals, bugs and plants at Adventures in Nature, the collaborative camp between Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum. The adventure begins at NHM Mon., June 22 through Fri., July 31. Explorers can also go to the Page Museum session at the Tar Pits Mon., Aug. 3 to Fri., Aug. 7.

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Arboretum Nature Camp 301 N. Baldwin Ave. 626-821-5897 Little botanists and gardeners ages five to 10 years old can learn about bugs, nature, water and plants at the Arboretum’s summer camp. Some of the activities include learning about the environment, and painting, drawing and

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Young artists can experiment and create with paint, clay, found objects and more at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s summer art camp. Kids ages six to nine years old can take workshops with different LACMA educators and artists each week, while those ages 10 to 13 can choose a themed week, such as adventures in bookbinding and recycled art. Classes begin Mon., June 8 and run through Fri., Aug. 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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art at schools, museums at Page Private School will include weekly field trips and crafts, sports and swimming. Themes include: Vacation Express, Summer Olympics, Rediscovering America, Planet Earth, Creatures All Around Us and Final Frontier. Camp goes from Mon., June 15 through Fri., July 24. Daycare will be available from Mon., July 27 through Fri., Aug. 7. Center for Early Education 563 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Science, technology, engineering, art, math and more are on the schedule for youngsters entering grades one through six at the Summer Institute. Kids can create and design in the Innovation Lab, which is outfitted with film and editing equipment, a green screen, tools, kits, projection screens, 3-D printers, and other items. The one-week sessions are Mon., June 16 to Fri., June 19 and Mon., July 13 to Fri., July 17. The three-week sessions begin Mon., June 22 and run through Fri., July 31. Immaculate Heart 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Co-ed summer school academic, enrichment and religious prep courses are available for middle school and high school students at Immaculate Heart. Students in grades six through eight can spend their mornings in math and Eng-

lish enrichment courses, as well as art, photography, movie-making and more. Those entering grades nine through 12 can take courses on modern dance, studio art, as well as theology and contemporary moral issues. Summer school begins Mon., June 15 and runs through Fri., July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles 3621 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464, x 310 No uniforms or homework are on the schedule at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ summer camp, as long as you learn to speak in French. Instead, youngsters entering kindergarten through 8th grade can go on field trips, swim, do crafts and archery, play tennis and soccer, or even become a junior chef. Bilingual instructors in French and English lead the activities. There are also three sleepover nights scheduled over the course of the six oneweek sessions for children in 2nd grade and up. Camp runs from Mon., June 15 through Thurs. July 23. Hours are 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. with extended care available. Summer at Mayfield 500 Bellefontaine 626-799-9121 Young women entering grades six through 12 can concentrate on academic enrichment courses, refine their

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STUDENTS ENTERING grades six through 12 concentrate on academic enrichment courses and can earn high school or University of California credits at Mayfield.

St. James’ Episcopal School 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 866-309-7322 Camp Super Duper leads kids ages four to 14 on adventures in swimming, sports, arts and crafts. Activities include taekwondo, parkour, printmaking, archery, music recording, fashion design,

drumming and even woodworking. A counselor-in-training (CIT) program is available for ninth through 12th graders. Camp begins Mon., June 15 and runs through Fri., Aug. 21. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with extended care offered. Marymount High School 10643 W. Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Young ladies entering grade six through 10 can focus on academics at Marymount High School’s summer program. Algebra, geometry, English, Spanish and French, as well as essay writing are available in the morning sessions from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The summer program runs Mon., June 22 through Fri., July 24. Pilgrim School 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. 213-400-8885 At early education Camp Patriot, children ages three to

four years old can play music, do crafts, dance, and have fun at each of the themed weeks throughout the summer. Regular Camp Patriot, for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade, has crafts, music, sports, cooking, swimming and other activities concentrating on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Regular camp begins Mon., June 22; early education camp starts Mon., June 29. Both run through Fri., Aug. 21. Colburn School 200 S. Grand Ave. 213-621-4548 Vocalists entering 4th through 8th grades can work on their musicianship, ensemble skills and can have fun drumming and playing music games at choir camp. The week-long program culminates in a concert for the community. Choir practice begins Mon., June 15 and runs through Fri., June 19. Concert is Sat., June 20.


DISCOVERIES offers fun ways to learn about gardening.

Gardening, nature at Descanso camp Youngsters entering grades one through seven will learn about nature, gardening, cooking and have fun at Descanso’s Discoveries day camp at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Among the other activities included are science labs, learning how to use a map and compass and outdoor play time.

Descanso will partner with the Child Educational Center for four sessions of day camp beginning Mon., June 15 through Fri., July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care and transportation to and from camp will be available. For information, call 818354-3418 or go to ceconline. org.

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Summer CampS & programS Pediatric Therapist creates strength band for kids By Sondi Sepenuk In her years as a pediatric occupational therapist, Francesca Avalli has noticed that children are losing core strength each passing year. “Kids are not playing in parks as much as they used to, their diets aren’t as healthy as they should be, and they sit around on the couch, slouching into their chairs and playing on their electronics. They are losing their core strength because they are no longer physically engaged.” Faced with the dilemma she saw in many of her patients at her Miracle Mile of-

fice, called TherapyWorksLA, Avalli created an exercise tool for children that she calls the “Handee Band.” “I wanted to get kids to be engaged and to feel empowered about their exercise routine,” says Avalli. The “Handee Band” kit includes a picture book with 15 different exercises, each illustrated with monster-like characters who demonstrate the exercises, a stretchy band with six pounds of resistance (the lightest on the market) and a “healthy habits” flip book

and dry erase board. The band has “hand prints,” so children know where to hold the band. According to Avilla, the fun and childlike nature of the book engages children and turns exercise into a fun activity each day. “I’ve seen great progress with the children I work with as they improve their core strength and develop their ability to follow through on an activity. They become highly motivated as their confidence builds and they get into a routine and establish healthy ways of living,” said Avalli. The band is made for chil-

dren from three to seven years old, but Avilla points out that any age can use it. Avalli sells that Handee Band kit for $24.95 (includes band, illustrated exercise book, reusable dry erase checklist and pen and 15 stickers). “This is the kind of exercise routine that children can do on their own. It becomes part of their daily routine and gives them confidence to complete a task while building strength,” says Avilla. For more information, go to

Summer school built around you. On your time. At your pace. For fun or for credit. To catch up, get ahead, or make up a grade. Taught just for you, one-to-one, always. Fusion has traditional summer school options (still taught in a non-traditional way) like classes for credit, test preparation, and skill building. But if you know Fusion, you know we don’t settle on typical. Here are some of our uniqueto-Fusion summer programs: Road Trip Nation, The Fusion Intensive, Create-aClass, and Post-Graduation Navigation.

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‘Cat in the Hat, Knows a Lot,’ George, too at PBS Zoo event The Cat in the Hat and Curious George will be at a meetand-greet Sat., May 30 at PBS SoCal Kids Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Photo ops with the star from PBS Kids’ “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” and the cartoon monkey as well as readings are planned. All activities are free with admission, which is $19, $16

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Diggin’ Ice Age at Page Museum Three- to five-year olds can join Critter Club and find out which Pleistocene animals still walk the earth today. Urban Animals is on Sat., May 9, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Live animals, story times, song and more are planned. Both programs are free with admission. Visit

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Six to nine-year olds and their families join paleontologists to dig into the largest Ice Age fossil site in the world: the La Brea Tar Pits, Sat., May 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Junior Scientists get up-close in this crash course at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd.


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school news Loyola helps 150 agencies mark 150-year birthday helped mold our students, encouraging them to learn the lessons necessary to become tomorrow’s compassionate leaders,” said Loyola President Fr. Gregory Goethals, SJ, ’73. Projects included area Catholic and public schools and shelters, hospitals, homes for battered women, veterans’ center, Skid Row missions, Hollywood youth centers as well as working in tandem

with Habitat for Humanity, Big Sunday, the Archdiocese and Southern California Special Olympics. Responsibilities included food service, building repair, painting, care package preparation, landscaping and general spring cleaning. Loyola is the oldest high school and continuously run educational institution in Southern California.

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to the CIF-SS Semi-Finals, where the Mustangs lost to eventual champion, Fairmont Prep. She’s heading to Boston University. And varsity soccer forward Peyton Walker was also voted All CIF-SS First Team after tallying 41 points last season. The Marymount High School varsity softball team earned a tough bounce-back win on April 16 when they mercied Oakwood School 171. Highlights included threerun homers by Remi Halliburton and Sophie Knepper. Pitcher Kaitlyn Greta picked up her third win of the season, striking out eight batters and allowing just three singles. Also on April 16, the Sailors’ earned their fourth league win with a 2-1 decision over Notre Dame Academy. With strong performances from Ruby Lightbourn, Haley Kortekaas, Brigitte Corbell and Cate Cambpell, Marymount is just four wins away from repeating as league champion. Former El Camino Real head coach and University of San Francisco assistant David Rebibo has been named new head coach of the HarvardWestlake varsity boys basketball team.



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By Daniel Frankel Sports Columnist Campbell Hall Boys Basketball players Aaron Holiday and Jordan Cohen were named to the L.A. Daily News All-Area Team. Holiday, a senior point guard who will attend UCLA next fall on a basketball scholarship, was also named by the paper as Co-Player of the Year. Campbell Hall’s golf team, meanwhile, is 3-0, with wins over Viewpoint, Windward and Brentwood. Freshman standout Sean Maruyaha leads the division in points and junior Michael Pizziferro is tied for second. The defending league champion, Marlborough 7th/8thgrade softball team, found itself 2-2 in league play and in second place behind Oaks Christian after a pivotal 6-5 early-season win over Village Christian on April 14. 

Also for the Mustangs, the varsity swimming team is undefeated after its recent 97-73 defeat of Immaculate Heart. Emily Lambert is undefeated in the 100-yard butterfly and 100yard backstroke. Meanwhile, varsity basketball guard Lauren Spearman was named to the All-CIFSouthern Section First-Team. Spearman led Marlborough





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To commemorate her legacy, the school’s auditorium has been revitalized and will be named in her honor. The school hopes to use the auditorium as the focus for an artistic renaissance, with a return to a full arts program. The event is free and open to the public, but organizers hope to raise much-needed funds from private donations to support the school’s arts programs. Donors who make advanced contributions will get preferred seating. For more information visit,

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By Kristen Soh 11th Grade After four years, the time has finally come—Graduation Day! On May 22, Marymount will honor the 92 incredible individuals who have worked so hard to become the amazing women they are today. First, we will kick off the month with our annual Mary’s Day Mass, our last Mass as a school for the year. A beloved tradition, each senior will be given a rose and special blessings from the community. Later in the month, everyone will be getting excited for prom! After the night of gorgeous dresses, loud music, and lots of dancing, the senior Sailors will prepare to navigate the seas ahead. Seniors will come back to

Core College Counseling Today, May 1st, is National College Decision Day. As you are reading this paper, high school seniors, across the US, are notifying one of the colleges that admitted them that they plan to be on that campus in September. If you are the parents of a junior, imagine one year from today when you and your child will be experiencing this rite of passage, as well. In fact, whether your child is 5 or 15, you can enter this yearly event on a future calendar! Here’s an interesting fact: In 2015, the most selective colleges accepted 5 to 15% of the students who applied. But, remember, that there are nearly 4000 US colleges and many of those schools are not nearly as selective as those 100 selective colleges. Searching for colleges can be stressful and agonizing or it can be a fascinating adventure. Not every college is a good “fit” for every student; and, schools that are less “famous” often make the best “fit” for a particular student. (Begin searching for colleges online at the College Board site.)


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school after Prom weekend to begin preparations for graduation, beginning with Senior Retreat and Senior Farewell. Just before graduation, seniors will enjoy the Alumnae Induction Ceremony Mass and Luncheon, as they become the newest members of the Marymount Alumnae Association. Then, it is time to say a bittersweet goodbye to high school and say hello to the challenges and new memories that lay ahead.


By Nick Terry 7th Grade After a muchneeded Easter vacation, teachers and students returned to CCS ready to complete the last trimester of the school year. Students in grades 3 to 8 have been preparing to participate and compete against their classmates in the annual Math Bowl, which will be held on Tues., April 21. Many classes will be taking field trips during April. Kindergarten students will be going on a field trip to the Ralph’s Grocery Store, the third graders will be going to the California Science Center and the second graders will be going to the Star Eco Station in Culver City. The highlight of April will be our 85th Anniversary Celebration inviting all classes to come home to CCS to celebrate our Chapel Pride and launch our Adopt-AStudent Program! This event will take place on Sat., April 25, beginning with Mass at 5 p.m. and continuing with a catered dinner at the school.


By Earlane Reyes 8th Grade H a p p y Spring to all! At Christ the King School, we can hear birds chirping, see beautiful flowers blooming and watch students preparing for another busy month. Before Easter, the Grail Theater of Britain performed a live-production of Jesus of Nazareth for the entire school. Our school started a new afterschool Drama Workshop where students are learning a variety of theatrical traditions, from ancient Greek, Shakespearian, and contemporary American drama to musical theater. Second grade students are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion on April 25. Students who wish to perform at our Talent Show, which will take place on May 2, have already auditioned. We wish them luck on that fun-filled day! Everyone is getting ready and preparing class dances for our annual International Festival on May 2 and May 3.

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By Angelique Kelly-Patino 6th Grade During the week of April 13, St. James’ Episcopal School’s fifth graders basked in the sunshine and fresh air of Catalina Island at the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) camp. They exhibited perseverance and problem solving skills by participating in emotionally, intellectually and physically challenging activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling, dissecting squids and analyzing ocean bacteria. The fifth graders definitely stepped out of their comfort zones but they did so in the company of their classmates, which I can say from experience made it a lot easier. CIMI provided an opportunity to create lasting bonds and blooming friendships. The Catalina Island trip was a wonderful experience full of discomfort, discovery and delight. Most importantly, the fifth graders came home with a heightened sense of confidence to tackle mental and physical challenges as well as an increase sense of unity as a class.

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By Jasper Gough 5th grade This May is a month of celebrations. In fact, on May 1st Curtis students will mark our school’s 90th birthday! We certainly wish Curtis School many more years

of happiness teaching children. Then, on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. the school will host a party to celebrate its successful years and to say farewell to our wonderful headmaster, Peter Smailes. May 3, Curtis students participate in Big Sunday. We enjoy the

tradition of working together to help others. On May 15, 6th grade girls can dance with their fathers at the Father/Daughter Prom. Also, on May 21 our grandparents attend Grandparents’ Day. As always, Curtis students have opportunities to travel, perform,

and bond with classmates. On May 4 to 7, 6th graders travel on their Southwest Trip. The Lower Elementary will hold its Spring Concert on May 22 and the Upper Elementary will have their concert immediately after. Finally, lucky third graders have their Challenge Day this month.


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By Lily Habas, 6th Grade Zander Penn, 5th Grade Back from spring break and we are in an exciting month! On April 8 we had an all-school assembly with 8 year-old Dylan Siegel, author of Chocolate Bar, a book that he wrote to raise money for his best friend Jonah’s rare liver disease. Chocolate bar is Dylan’s word for “awesome,” and we were on the CBS news! “That is so chocolate bar!” Echo Horizon Hawks participated at the Coastal Canyon League Track Meet on May 1 for the first time! One of our 6th grade teams was invited to JPL’s middle school science fair and 4th and 5th graders worked hard for their science fair. This is “arts showcase” season! Each grade holds unique and memorable performances that include elements from Creative Movement (dance), Visual Arts, Theater, and Music classes. The school community donated books to help build a new library in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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By Eliana Estrada 10th Grade This month, AP students take tests in a variety of subjects. Upperclassmen will enjoy the prom for a night of music, dancing, and memorymaking! May at LACHSA is buzzing with final performances: May 1-9: The Visual Arts Senior Show is on view at Pico House Gallery; May 6: Choir students sing in the Spring Choral Concert; May 8-9: Dancers perform in the Dance Senior Showcase; May 9: LACHSA’s full orchestra plays advanced repertoire; May 14: Jazz students present a night of fun and lively music; May 15-16: Cinematic artists showcase their creative films in the Moondance Film Festival; May 17: Wind students take part in the Wind Chamber Concert; May 22- 24: Musical Theatre presents Into the Woods; May 27: String Orchestra performs.


By Benny Schwartz, Elijah David and Talia Zipkin 2nd Grade

Before we went on spring break, we celebrated Passover with our friends and family at school. Passover is a Jewish holiday where we remember the time that the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt. We had a meal called a Seder. We love to read at Brawerman East, and we had a whole week where we celebrated books and reading by doing interesting things. One day, we dressed up as our favorite book characters. My sister and I dressed like Piggie and Gerald. We spent a day at the Skirball Cultural Center with the second graders from Brawerman West. We learned about Jewish people who live in other countries like China, Spain and, Israel and saw religious objects that they use.

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school news By Vivian Kim 5th Grade In the beautiful month of May, Page Private School will be doing many wonderful things! We will celebrate our awesome teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week from the 4th to the 8th. Please thank your school teachers for all the wonderful things they have done for you! Mother’s Day is coming up so we have a Mommy & Me Morning Snack scheduled for our Preschool and Junior Kindergarten students and their mommies. Every year we also dedicate our annual Spring Show to our mothers this month. Our show’s theme this time around is “Dancing through the Decades.” We have all been practicing hard to put on this great show. Our field trip this month is to Soak City Water Park, a lovely place to rock and have fun to end the year with a bang. Our elementary students will also attend an art field trip to the Getty Museum, where we will be able to admire and study popular artwork by famous artists.


By Taite Hylton 10th Grade As Immaculate Heart’s academic year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate! Recently the school hosted two celebratory events. The first was a Welcome Breakfast for the incoming ninth grade students. At the event, members of the Class of 2019 met their “big sisters”—rising sophomores and juniors who will now serve as mentors and help ensure that next fall’s freshmen will feel included in their new school community. Immaculate Heart also recently honored more than 100 students at its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon, which recognizes those athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher. On May 1, the school will celebrate its highly anticipated tradition known as Mary’s Day. On this day, Immaculate Heart gathers the entire high school student body together for a liturgy followed by the crowning of our statue of Mary. A festive program will be capped with a lunchtime meal on the quad. Two days later, Immaculate Heart will welcome back its alumnae to Reunion Day 2015, which will also feature a Mass and luncheon. These events launch a number of other end-of-the-year events, including the school’s annual awards night, art show and, finally, the Junior-Senior Prom.


By Abigail Jimenez 12th Grade On March 24th, the L.A. High Band and Color Guard, along with the football team, were honored by Council President, Herb Wesson, at a City Hall Council meeting. Wesson recognized the Band, for their 25th consecutive win as LAUSD Champions, and, the football team, for their historic

Division III Championship win. The Roman girls’ water polo team qualified for Division I CIF-LA playoffs, thanks to the team’s dedication and the support of Coaches Lee and Monzon. The team has, significantly, im-

proved over the last three years, and hopes to achieve more in the years to follow. April 12 marked the beginning of Science Awareness Week at L.A. High. At the Science Fair, L.A. High biology, chemistry, and

physics students showcased their work. As part of the week’s programs, there was also an annual Quiz Bee to test the knowledge of participating students over the sciences.

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By Luca Brancato 5th Grade In May we have Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. The school year is almost over and all the students want to thank their teachers and the staff. For 5th graders, our time at Third Street is ending. We will all be going on to 6th grade and so I asked kids where they would be going to school next year. Isaac, Charlize, Evan, and Brandon are going to John Burroughs Middle School. Mindy is going to Immaculate Heart. Layla will be going to Walter Reed’s Individualized Honors Program and Lily will be attending Millikin Performing Arts Magnet. Sean will go to St. Brendan’s. Ghen is going to JPPS Bialik in Montreal, Canada and Sofia is going all the way to Verduna in Madrid, Spain! I will be attending Bancroft Performing Arts Magnet.


By Christopher Woods 5th Grade Hello everyone! The school year is running to an end, and everybody is getting excited for summer. We just had the Pilgrim School annual egg drop. There were a lot of awesome designs, but still a bunch of eggs broke, including mine. The winners got cool prizes like tickets to Knots Berry Farms or Lego Land, and also gift cards to Toys R Us and Baskin Robbins. We also had our annual Jog a Thon. We got way more money than we expected for the Field of Dreams project, and we are so close to being able to build the field. I can’t wait! The Pilgrim Girl Scouts (K-2), just had a bake sale. I got such yummy treats there, and had a picnic with my friends. It was fun! I hope everyone had a great spring break. Go Patriots!

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By Sebastian Bader and Lola Barbieri 5th Grade Hold on to your hats…the month of May is going to skyrocket! Teacher Appreciation Week is coming and teachers can look forward to surprises large and small! But for now, we’re keeping it all a SECRET. As you may have read in our February issue, Head of School Kristin Droege is leaving. Her job will be divided among the Deans. The fourth graders enjoyed making shadow puppets used to re-enact ancient Chinese folktales and added their own, twisted spin to them. In April, K-3 students displayed their lovely art in the Annual Student Art Shows. Come one, come all! Instead

of a Fantastic Fiesta, it will be a Grand Gala celebrating our 10th Anniversary on May 15th. If you come, there will be lots of bidding, music, laughter— overall fun will be the rampant feelings at the 10th Anniversary Gala! The 5th Graders are raising money for the Step-Up Ceremony in June. Parents have held bake and book sales at Morning Sing. The Oinkster has been a great help by hosting a fundraising evening, and money was generously donated to Step-Up.


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By Rachel Villamor 8th Grade Just a little recap on events before Easter break; on March 7 the Decathlon team went to the sports arena to compete for their second year. Congratulations to all decathletes for their accomplishment of studying and competing hard. This year, Rachel Villamor, earned fourth place in literature, which is St. Gregory’s first time having a student place so high. Also, on March 31, the Student Council hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for grades K-8, and all who participated received sweet treats. During the month of April, students of St. Gregory will participate in the annual Carnival fundraiser on April 26. The theme for the event is everything Disney. At the carnival, there will be booths with games, drinks, and a variety of ethnic food.

By Steven Haker 7th Grade Turning Point recently enjoyed a relaxing and welldeserved Spring Break. Over the break, students and teachers alike participated in a “Spring Break Selfie Challenge,” where members of the community sent in pictures of themselves on vacation. They were then posted on the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages for all of their friends and teachers to see. Students submitted pictures from all over the world and many of the teachers also posted pictures of themselves visiting distant countries, seeing amazing landmarks, or just doing everyday things around their local community. Everyone is looking forward to seeing their friends again and resuming their classes.


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municates, we are all connected to one another, the earth and the stars, and that results in a universal oneness. Most importantly for these two characters, the play reveals that we are all heroes. Director Robin Larsen keeps the pace electric and reveals the layers of the mystery seamlessly. The surprise ending is effective and in keeping with Whitman’s poems. Scenic Designer Tom Budweritz has perfectly re-created a teenager’s lair. Through Sun., June 14. Fountain Theatre, 5060 Foun-


The Power of Duff, by Stephen Belber is a thoughtprovoking riff on the juncture of faith and media. TV news anchor Charlie Duff’s (Josh Stemberg) father has passed Theater away. When he signs off the Review Channel 10 by news broadcast Patricia with a meanFoster Rye ingful prayer, he becomes the guru du jour. Spiritual intercessions for a kidnapped girl, and a prisoner, Casey (Maurice Williams) and others, have varying levels of success. His co-workers, sportscaster John Ebbs (Brendan Griffin) and co-anchor Sue Respell (Elizabeth Rodriguez) react in different ways. Station manager Scott Zoellner (Eric Ladin) is guided by the station’s higher-ups. Charlie’s new-found status also affects his relationship with his son Ricky (Tanner Buchanan). Joe Paulik completes this excellent cast playing a variety of roles to great effect. Director Peter DuBois keeps the comedic pace balanced with emotional clarity. This is a very funny play that takes on television news, faith, 21st century spirituality and news network double talk. Through Sun., May 17. Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave. 310-208-5454, 4 Stars *** Walt Whitman’s collection of 12 poems, “Leaves of Grass,” is required reading for most high school students. I and You, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, centers on chronically ill Caroline (Jennifer Finch) and basketball star Anthony (Matthew Hancock), who join forces to complete a class assignment on the book, and more than the mysteries of the poems are explored. These two young actors are excellent as they slowly discover that, as Whitman com-


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Beyond the Reach (8/10): This is a tight little thriller reminiscent of the classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” well directed by Jean Baptiste Léonetti with fine performances by Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine. The cinematography (Russell Carpenter) of the desert is wonderful, and the acting is its equal. Michael Douglas is a hateful but believable bad guy, and Irvine makes you feel how hot it is out there in the Mojave desert, especially when you have no shirt, pants, or shoes. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. True Story (6/10): A film with potential that’s done in by Jonah Hill, who is not up to the task of portraying such a complex character. His shortcomings are exposed by James Franco’s excellent performance as a charming, manipulative man accused of murdering his family. The Connection (5/10): I’m not sure why we need another The French Connection (1971), even if it is told from the French/Marseille point of view. Without William Friedkin and Gene Hackman, however, this pales in comparison. But every movie must stand on its own and this one doesn’t. In French. Furious 7 (2/10): This is a cockamamie amalgamation of absurd car chases, even more ridiculous fights, and more noise than you can tolerate (Please turn to page 31)

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Bistro fare, patio at Terrine; Factory food good, noise not views laud the $18 octopus, so we gave it a try, and happily munched our way through slightly crisped tentacles, burrata, and toasted broccolini, drizzled with Spanish-style salsa. Afterwards we shared the Bourride, a On the creamy saffronMenu tinged stew by with halibut, Helene prawns, clams, Seifer scallops and potatoes. The flavors weren’t as assertive as our first course, but a sprinkle of black pepper woke it up, and we ultimately found it to be a soothing dish, even though we wished our $28 brought a few more clams and scallops to the bowl. Terrine. 8265 Beverly Blvd. 323.746.5130. Brunch Friday – Sunday. Dinner daily. *** One of my restaurant pet peeves is a super quiet room. Hushed tones and a lack of music make me feel as though I’m eating in a mausoleum. I

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love the hum of lively conversation and some appropriate music to fill the empty spaces. However, these days too many places err at the other extreme and disrespect a client’s need to converse with dinner companions without screaming. At The Factory Kitchen, every table seemed to be having the same conversation: What? What?! WHAT???!!! I went with two girlfriends and the Berlin Wall might as well have separated us for all the communication we achieved. It’s too bad, too, because the Italian menu is actually good and the look is very cool. As the name implies, the space once was a factory and the concrete surfaces and snaking air vents were great to

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look at, but contributed to the dreadful din. Although steamed clams were ordinary and the restaurant’s famous focaccina calda (somewhat like a flatbread) was overloaded with too salty crescenza cheese, I have to say that two dishes continue to resonate: astonishingly scrumptious $10 leek and chickpea fritters, and $19 Mandilli de Seta. This ethe-

real handkerchief pasta was perfectly swathed in flavorful almond pesto and casually draped on a plate. Perhaps I could return just for those if I wore noise-cancelling headphones? The Factory Kitchen. 1300 Factory Place, downtown. 213-996-6000. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Follow me on Twitter @ foodiehelene.

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Homes on Dwell Tour 2015 let the light and the outdoors in A home on S. Longwood Ave. is on the selfdriven Midtown & East Side Home Tour Sun., May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Architect Dan Brunn walked into the 1950s

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Small business owners hope to Spruce your space By Billy Taylor When Amber McDermitt met Mary Bell in the summer of 2013 they were working on

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for a complete remodel of the interior and exterior,” says Amber, referring to the Lloyd Wright residence. “And we instantly meshed, personally and professionally.” Bell says once they made the decision to open their own business, they started by researching competition online but couldn’t find anyone concentrating specifically on design and organization. “When you’re organizing a space, you want a certain aesthetic,” says Bell. “But it’s sometimes scary to say ‘I’m going to get a designer for the house’.” The duo want accessibility to be what differentiates their business—located in a home studio on Gower St.—from a traditional interior design firm. “We want to appeal not just to the extremely wealthy, but also to young people with limited time. We want to be available for a wide range of projects,” explains Bell. One way Spruce has simplified the process of working with a designer is an upfront pricing model: “We wanted to keep it simple. We didn’t want it to be intimidating,” explains McDermitt. Services are $100 per hour for one Sprucer, or $150 per hour for two, with a four-hour minimum for each project. In addition to design and organization services, clients also get access to trade discounts at participating retailers. “You can purchase hours and then control how, and when, you spend them”, says McDermitt. “We thought this was the most straightforward way of doing it.” Bell stresses that their services aren’t only for complete remodels: “sometimes it’s just making a space more livable.”

BERKELEY GRADUATE Mary Bell is leaving her job as a teacher to do Spruce fulltime.

INTERIOR DESIGNER Amber McDermitt studied interior design history at Arizona State.

Spruce divides its services into four categories: Get it Together, Refresher, The Whole Shebang, and E-Design. “When you hire an interior designer they can help pick furnishing or fabrics, but they’re not going to put together a complete package,” says McDermitt. “We offer unique services like estate and office manuals for organizing a space, which is different than what you would get at a design firm.” For more information on services provided at Spruce, visit

Home complemented bride’s beauty, her love of outdoors Tours of an English Tudor home with Craftsman elements by architect Fernand Parmentier continue at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design through Sun., May 17. Built in 1910 at a cost of $32,927; the estate was designed for John Eliot as a honeymoon house for his bride that would complement her beauty and love of the outdoors. It includes the 9,400 square foot main residence, carriage house, pool, Koi pond, outdoor kitchen and wisteria arbor. The 51st annual fundraiser features work by designers who have renovated the estate and grounds. The event supports music and arts programs. Parking and complimentary shuttle service is at the Rose Bowl, Parking Lot I at 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. The Restaurant at Showcase serves light breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 a.m. until closing. Tickets are $35-$45. To purchase, or for more information, go to

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Free the potted plant with tips from ‘Rooted in Design’ Free the common house plant and create a calmer more natural environment at home or work with tips from

“Rooted in Design.” No longer delegated to a pot in the corner, houseplants are bolder and more interesting

than ever thanks to Sprout Home landscape designers Tara Heibel and Tassy de Give. The duo, who are often fea-

tured on TV and radio shows, take a fresh a look into the world of indoor plants, large and small, in the 224-page book, which features 100 color photos. Written for people with green thumbs and everyone else, there are tips on choosing the right plants, containers, soils and care, including the basics: light and water. Succulents, air plants, terrariums and moss walls can add new life to your living space or make a more nutritious one with an indoor edible garden. Find out how to make found-object planters from collectibles such as toys, teapots and birdcages, and learn about the benefits of planting in groups of two or three.

There’s even a quiz at the back to determine what type of plant parent your lifestyle allows. Are you the Design Geek or the French Manicure type? Published by Penguin Random House. The hardcover retails for $25.

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SHOP DIFFERENTLY Artist Cliff Garten talks on state of urban art Artist Cliff Garten will lead a discussion on one of his most recent works, “Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion,” on Thurs., May 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. The discussion will take place directly under the sculpture on the mezzanine level of The Vermont apartments, 3150 Wilshire Blvd., at the corner of Vermont Ave. Garten, an artist whose work includes sculptures in collections of more than 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, will discuss the state of public art within urban centers and how their presence fosters a shared experience on the street, regardless of economic or social status. He will reflect on the demands of creating an iconic piece and will discuss how urban art synthesizes its surrounding environments, infrastructures and cultures, giving the spaces they define a recognizable character. His sculpture at The Vermont is regarded as a keystone in the urban renaissance in Koreatown.

The discussion, titled “Los Angeles Opens Its Heart of Compassion, An Urban Kaleidoscope,” will include Corrine Wietzman, the public art consultant of C. Weitzman Art Advisory, and will be moderated by Erin Cullerton of de LaB. The discussion will be followed by a reception. Space is limited to 60 people. For more information or to RSVP, contact Treanne at

Graham, Burkhardt among 50 painters More than 50 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture are in Jack Rutberg Fine Arts “Collectible” exhibit at his gallery at 357 N. La Brea Ave. Rare paintings by Irish artist Patrick Graham are on view following their recent national museum tour. The exhibit also includes Swiss-born American Hans Burkhardt’s 1975 painting “La Brea Tar Pits” depicting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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dens, passion fruit vines lining the tennis court, a playhouse courtyard and a secret garden lined with bottle art. Eementary schools are eligible for free hands-on science

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called Rio del Jardin de las Flores, plays host to crawfish, frogs, minnows, raccoons, koi and migratory birds. One of the gardens contains the Brookledge Theater, where the Studio of Magic was once located. The theater was later owned by the William Larsens whose sons Milt and Bill founded the Magic Castle in Hollywood. The event was sponsored by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society

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Dine on the lawn, taste wine and enjoy a fashion show at the Friends of Robinson Gardens tour on Sat., May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the group’s 27th annual garden tour is “Masterpiece.” Grand marshal is British author and actress Victoria Tennant. Built in 1911, The Virginia Robinson mansion was one of the first homes in Beverly Hills. The estate was donated to the city of Beverly Hills shortly before Robinson’s death in 1977. This is the only time during the year that the entire Robinson residence is open for the day, decorated by top florists and designers. Hearst–Davies house Other gardens on this year’s tour include the Beverly House, a 1920’s mini-castle that William Randoph Hearst shared with Marion Davies. Famous for its Paul Thienedesigned lush gardens, the

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Organic food and vitamins come to Wilshire La Brea Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins is set to open a 12,000 square foot grocery store on the ground floor of Wilshire La Brea, the mixeduse apartment building in Miracle Mile. The family-owned market will specialize in fresh, organ-

ic food, vitamins and supplements. The location, at 710 S. La Brea Ave., will be the 11th for the health food grocer, which first opened in Camarillo in 1971. It is the company’s second location in Los Angeles, with a third under construc-

tion in Echo Park. It offers a reference library on its website: The Wilshire La Brea real estate complex features 480 luxury apartments sitting above a total of 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space.

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Hitchcock’s 1960 classic thriller “Psycho” will kick off the L.A. Conservancy’s film series in downtown’s historic theater district on Wed., June 10 at the Million Dollar Theatre. “City Lights” screens Sat., June 13 at the Los Angeles Theatre, where the Charlie Chaplin film had its 1931 premiere. The Argentinian “Dios se lo pague/God Bless You,” (1948), screens Wed., June 17 at the Palace. 
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CHAPLIN falls for Virginia Cherrill in “City Lights.”

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Take a scenic tour through California’s Central Coast with “Fine Wineries.” This third edition features 50 destination stops in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Meander back roads to Edna Valley’s premier sites and visit with winemakers over a glass of merlot. “Hundreds of wineries can be found… waiting to be discovered…. This book will be your indispensable traveling companion,” writes editor and publisher Tom Silberkleit. Everything from how to read a wine label to the etiquette of tasting maps are in the guide. Besides boutique tasting rooms, there are working

ranches, warehouse wineries and family-owned vineyards. The book published by Wine House Press includes 170 color images by Robert Holmes. Available at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Museum Square has new name—SAG-AFTRA Plaza The new name, SAG-AFTRA Plaza, at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. — in a 40-foot-high logo— signifies a long-term lease the performers’ unions have signed with the building’s owner, the Oschin Snyder Co. Guests from the entertainment and media industries, as

well as local elected leaders attended the naming ceremony. They included SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, SAGAFTRA national executive director David White, SAG Foundation president JoBeth Williams, Councilmember LaBonge and Jerome Snyder of

Oshin Snyder Partnership. Originally called Prudential Square when it opened in 1948, the building became Museum Square when it was purchased by the Snyder firm. SAG has occupied the building since 1993, while AFTRA moved in four years later.

SOME NEIGHBORS say they feel safe by the noise.

Residents debate noise, laud complaint system Residents are pleased to learn their complaints about helicopter noise will be addressed through the new Automated Complaint System (ACS). The ACS—which began operations on March 31— collects information to help identify patterns and trends in helicopter operations, and determine community reaction. Officials say the information gained will assist the development of noise abatement measures in the future. “The birds are out for sure as spring has arrived,” said a Windsor Square resident, referring to the number of helicopters over his neighborhood. He posted his thoughts on the social networking site, Nextdoor. Others quickly joined the conversation: “What’s next, no sirens or police dogs that

bark? With all due respect, I am sure the LAPD helicopters are not on a sightseeing tour,” replied a Wilton Pl. resident. Other neighbors agreed the noise made them feel safe: “It’s our taxes at work for the neighborhood,” wrote one resident from Hancock Park on the online chat site. The new complaint system is a product of the Los Angeles Helicopter Noise Initiative, a group of local stakeholders who are trying to reduce noise on a voluntary basis by assessing aircraft routes and determining trouble spots. It was designed as a research tool and will not result in citation or penalties for pilots, but will be helpful in identifying the worst noise polluters, the group says. To report a disturbance visit or call 424348-4354.

L.A. Conservancy honors preservation nominees The Los Angeles Conservancy will honor 2015 Preservation Award nominees at a luncheon on Thurs., May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown. Out of 26 competitive submissions, seven projects from across the city were selected to receive the annual award. Additionally, Alan Hess will receive the President’s Award for exceptional contributions. Established in 1982, the Preservation Awards recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding achievements in historic preservation. Award winners include two Richard Neutra designs (Hafley House in Long Beach, and Kun House in Hollywood), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Pacific Electric Railway in Torrance, Rosslyn Hotel Apartments in downtown, Lincoln Place Apartment Homes in Venice, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Per-

forming Arts in Beverly Hills, and the LAUSD earned recognition for its Historic Context

HOLLYHOCK HOUSE is open to the public once again after years of restoration work.

Statement. Selected by an independent jury of experts, award recipients range from sensitive restoration to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts. The luncheon gives business and community leaders an opportunity to hear inspirational stories of how historic preservation strengthens communities and fosters economic development. Tickets are $150. For more information visit

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Historic West Adams homes will be open to the public June 6 Tour five of West Adams Heights’ never-before opento-the-public grand houses, during “The Heights of Elegance” historic homes and architecture tour sponsored by West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA). The self-guided tour on Sat., June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include the Rindge “castle” home built by “the millionaire’s architect” Frederick L. Roehrig, the Charles Moore residence (designed by the firm of Hudson & Munsell, architects of the Natural History Museum), and the home HATTIE MCDANIEL with Vivian Leigh in 1939’s Academy Awardof actress Hattie McDaniel, winning film “Gone With the Wind.” the first black performer to receive an Academy Award in tury, favored by the wealthy The area became nationally 1940 for her performance in for its picturesque location on significant in the 1940’s as the “Gone With the Wind.” a hill with views of downtown community where racial re Also on tour, the Beckett and the ocean. strictions were struck down residence was built in 1905 by In the 1930’s and 1940’s, by the U.S. Supreme Court in architect John C. Austin, who many important African- response to lawsuits headlined who also built by Hattie McDaniel, Louise The area became nationally signifi- Beavers and others. the Griffith Observatory, Shrine cant in the 1940’s as the community Tickets purchased in adAuditorium, Hol- where racial restrictions were struck vance are $25 for WAHA memlywood Masonic down by the U.S. Supreme Court ... bers, $30 for non-members. Temple, and many Tickets purchased day of tour other notable structures. He American entertainers and will be $35 and can be obtained was part of a consortium of performers, including Louise at 2263 S. Harvard Blvd. architects responsible for Los Beavers, Ethel Waters and Joel Go to www.WestAdamsHerAngeles City Hall. Fluellen, lived in West Adams West Adams Heights was de- Heights, which became known Tour proceeds benefit WAveloped at the turn of the cen- as “Sugar Hill.” HA’s preservation fund.

RINDGE “CASTLE,” 1905; architect Frederick L. Roehrig for May and Fredrick Rindge. Photos: Mitzi March Mogul

BECKETT RESIDENCE by the architect of Griffith Observatory.

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Stroll through Historic Core lofts downtown

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Tour a selection of architecturally significant living spaces in downtown at the Incredible LA Lofts Tour on Sun., May 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. The second annual event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Downtown LA, and will take participants through 12 lofts in the Historic Core district. The self-guided tours will allow time to leisurely stroll

through downtown’s architectural evolution while appreciating the downtown lifestyle. Funds raised will support local and international charity and service projects. These initiatives include Homeboy Industries, a food bank in South Los Angeles, and the second phase of the Rotary’s project in Kenya budgeted at $65,000, focusing on clean

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water and women’s health. Check in at one of two locations to pick up a tour map and admission wristband at the Loftway at 1020 South Hope St. or the NE corner of Pershing Sq, across from Metro station. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. For more information on this event and others visit


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Save water: manage runoffs, try dymondia, it’s Pepsi proof In 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency and asked the state to cutback water use by 20 percent. We failed in every month except California D e c e m b e r, Greenin' because it by was the only Renee month that Ridgeley had decent rainfall. On April 1, after the lowest snowpack on record, Gov. Brown directed the first-ever statewide mandatory water reduction. Take a look at the foreboding before and after aerial photos of some of California’s

largest reservoirs at the California drought update website: Now think fast and decide what you want to cut back on: showering, flushing or watering your grass. Seems like a no-brainer for anyone with a sense of smell, but it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks when it comes to green lawns. Even if it means empty reservoirs and fallow farm lands. Here’s a relatively small way you can use less water outside: overhaul your parkway.

AERIAL PHOTO shows before and after one of the state reservoirs.

It’s the patch of land between your sidewalk and the curb. It’s not overwhelming. And it might inspire you to take on bigger conservation projects in the future. Ixnay the parkway: run-off FACT: Water flows downhill. QUESTION: If your parkway grass is higher than the adjacent sidewalk and curb, what is being watered by your sprinklers? ANSWER: Concrete. If I had a nickel for every parkway in Hancock Park, Larchmont and Windsor Square where sprinkler water is running into the street, I could afford to live in… well, I’d still live here—but the point is: water seeks the lowest point. That fresh, rare and saltfree water pooling on sidewalks and racing down curbs into storm drains and heading to the, gulp, Pacific Ocean is wasteful… to put it mildly. Dig out and haul away the top layer of the parkway until it is slightly below sidewalk height. Now, irrigation or rainwater can go into the soil not the sea. Ixnay the parkway: grass As long as you are remov-

ing the higher ground, why not take out the grass, too? Replace it with one of 14 official drought tolerant turf substitutes that needs water every 1-2 weeks and not every 1-2 days (yes, that means you, fescue/Marathon/worse-grassever-in-a-drought!). Here’s the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services online guide that includes the drought tolerant substitutes: Ixnay the parkway: mow As a sommelier suggests the appropriate wine pairing for your culinary delight, might I suggest the dymondia for your California drought? This stuff is fantastic. It feels good to walk on with bare feet. Requires ZERO mowing. Needs shockingly little water. And it’s ability to take stress and fill-in dead areas is remarkable. Last fall, a film crew up the street decided to wander down Rimpau Boulevard and dump some liquid crap (aka Pepsi) on my newly planted parkway. The dymondia seemed to grow back before I could

phone 1(800)HBO-GO AWAY. Maybe they should call it nodie-mondia. Mandatory conservation It’s not about being ecofriendly anymore and it’s no longer voluntary. It’s a sobering four-year fact that California doesn’t have enough water to go around. Whatever you do, conserve. Don’t be like one of those characters from the movie A Cinderella Story who said “Droughts are for poor people.” Totally gross.

FANTASTIC dymondia needs little water.

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Cycling events citywide all month long Whether you ride a bike to avoid traffic, for cleaner air or to save money on gas, there is no better time to jump on a bicycle and take a ride than in May, for National Bike Month. Bike-friendly community events across the city are aimed at encouraging new riders by showcasing the benefits of bicycling. Organizers for the National Bike Challenge hope to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1 until Sept. 30. The approach is simple. Register online and log your miles ridden. Users compete on a local, state and national level. It’s a free and easy way to challenge your family, colleagues and the community to ride more bicycles. For more information and to register, visit There is a week of activities and events planned specifically for local cyclists during Bike Week LA, May 10-15. Get your bike ready for the road on Fix Your Bike Day, Sun., May 10, with informative repair sessions and tuneup services at bike shops throughout the city. A kick-off event features speakers from Metro, city officials and bicycle advocacy groups to discuss the benefits

Discover Santa Monica’s first historic district

Join Santa Monica Conservancy Members on Sun., May 3, from 1 to 5 p.m., as they explore the first designated district in the beachfront city, the Third Street Historic Neighborhood. The tour includes a docentguided walk that reveals the architectural and historical highlights of the district and the evolution of the neighborhood over time. Sites open for the tour include a restored 1906 home featuring intact Craftsman interiors, a 1905 Late Victorian home combining restoration and renovation and the Church in Ocean Park, built in 1923, with magnificent stained glass. The area was designated in 1990 to protect a high concentration of historic structures exemplifying the development of Ocean Park from the 1880s to the 1930s. The area preserves many bungalows as well as four structures from the 19th century. Tickets are $30 for members, $40 for non-members; children under 12 free. Guests are advised to check-in before 3 p.m. at 2612 Third St. For information or to register online, visit

of cycling in LA at the El Mon- encourage participation, Mette Bike Hub on Mon., May 11. ro is giving free rides to pas Receive a blessing at an sengers who board with a bike. interfaith Blessing of the Bi- Pledge to ride to work online cycles at Good at Samaritan Hosbikes/bikeweek. Bike pital on Tues., Week LA May 12, at 1225 comes to a Wilshire Blvd. Come to seek close on Fri., May 15, at safe passage through the Union Station with Metro streets, and stay for the Golden Bike Night. Spoke Award. Food trucks, Try a twocrafts, live music, prizes wheeled comand bicycles mute on Bike to Work Day, Thur., all gather at Union StaMay 14. Riders tion on Friwill find refreshday night. ments, goodies and giveaways For more information, at designated pit stops for cyclists MAYOR Eric Garcetti kicked Visit metro. headed to work off Bike Week last year by rid- n e t / b i k e s / bike-week. and school. To ing his cycle to work.


Local sites listed as historic on SurveyLA SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey that provides comprehensive inventory of Los Angeles’ historic resources, is listing the results of its latest survey of historic buildings in many areas of Los Angeles, including the Wilshire and Hancock Park areas. One of the buildings listed in its survey is El Coyote, 7312 Beverly Blvd., significant as the long-time location of the restaurant, which was founded in 1931 and moved to this location in 1951. Christ the King Catholic Church, 627 S. Arden Blvd., is also included in the survey. The 1927 church is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival institutional architecture, designed by ecclesiastical architect Thomas Franklin Power and significant for its craftsmanship and Spanish Colonial Revival details. Raleigh Studios, a 10-acre lot in Larchmont Village once known as Clune Studios, also made the list. Bounded by Melrose Ave. to the north and Clinton St. to the south, Raleigh Studios is thought to be the oldest continuously operating motion picture studio in the nation, since 1915. To see the full list, go to survey/reports.



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Westside gardens on full display for Open Days tour Six private gardens in BelAir, Brentwood and Santa Monica will open their gates to visitors for the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour on Sun., May 3 between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Participants of the selfguided tour begin at the Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden, where tickets and maps to all of the gardens will be available. The nursery—located in Brentwood—is the not-for-profit nursery of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Moreland Garden Among the gardens on the tour is a contemporary space with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, complementing a mid-century house. Walk through a grass garden with six different ornamental grasses for a unique sense of movement, and find zigzagging bush germander behind the house that frames the mountains in the distance. Julie Newmar’s Garden Discover secret rooms in a modern cottage garden created for actress Julie Newmar. The modestly sized garden was carefully planned with a series of rooms to provide constant interest for a daily gardener.

MORELAND GARDEN is a contemporary landscape with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Don’t miss the eponymously named Julie Newmar roses in the entry garden, which display an apricot-rose color. Modern with Moroccan Landscape designer Joan Grabel of Park Slope Design created an eclectic modern landscape inspired by her client’s interest in Moroccan and Southwest elements. Using traditional Moroccan garden features for inspiration, the backyard was designed with distinct spaces and a North African color palette. Crescenda Farms This garden expanded and evolved after the owner pur-

chased two adjacent lots and redesigned the grounds. Taking inspiration from Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, a team of landscapers designed a garden complete with wandering paths, orchards and a vegetable garden. As a result, Crescenda Farms, a small organic farm, was born. Today it produces more than 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. 23rd Street Garden When Shrader Design installed the landscape of a 1940s Santa Monica residence in disrepair, they started from the ground up.

ACTRESS Julie Newmar created rooms offering surprises in her cottage garden.

Reclaimed brick from an old wall in China was laid in a herringbone pattern by Tudor Stone. The brick’s grey color was used as the base palette for the garden, with Coral Bark

Japanese maples and azaleas providing coral red and dark burgundy accent colors. Admission is $7 to each garden. Call 888-842-2442 or visit

Designers, comedy, exhibits at Dwell on Design Los Angeles Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center Fri., May 29 to Sun., May 31. Exhibitions, cutting-edge technologies, 250+ speakers and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products will be featured. Keynote speaker is Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Ed Begley Jr. will star in a farcical commercial on the climate change controversy. Visit

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Youth center greens LA with ongoing projects The Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC) volunteers donate many hours to keep Los Angeles beautiful through service projects. tree planting KYCC’s crews install free street trees throughout Koreatown and central LA.

Community clean-ups by KYCC are commonplace, participating in more than 100 clean-ups every year, resulting in over 4,000 bags of trash being removed from the streets. Graffiti removal is a top priority as KYCC crews remove graffiti throughout Koreatown

seven days a week. KYCC also provides tree care and maintenance services and free tree distribution. Requests for environmental services can be made by call-ing the 311 city hotline or KYCC directly at 213-7438750.

ALL ABOARD… Union Station, top, and Modern Skyline, below, tours are on the calendar. Photos by Larry Underhill

Who says no one walks in L.A.? Would you believe? from July through September. In December, youth and family tours of Union Station and Modern Skyline will be on the calendar. Modern by Holiday-light Tour will explore downtown’s modern architecture lit up for the holidays. The year-long anniversary kicked off with a sold-out tour of L.A.’s iconic City Hall in March. Instagram photo contests will be held monthly through September. Send your photos to #walkDTLA. Members pay $5; general tour tickets are $10. To purchase or learn more visit

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“Would You Believe L.A.?” This one-day-only revival of the L.A. Conservancy’s very first walking tour will be held on Sat., May 16 in honor of the program’s 35th anniversary. Since 1980, Angelenos have trekked past downtown’s diverse architecture and learned about its rich culture through the Conservancy’s Walking Tours program. Two of its popular tours— Downtown Renaissance and Modern Skyline—will be offered every Saturday through September. Other celebratory events planned include extended dates of the summertime Modern by Moonlight Tour

Gray is new black when choosing your roof's color Kate Smith, a trends color forecaster, recommends homeowners consider adding a bit of sex appeal to their homes' roof by turning to the color gray. By using polymer slate and shake roofing colors such as light Chesapeake, smokey gray, medium light weathered gray and slate gray, homeowners can add some punch to their homes' exterior. “Grays work so beautifully for the top of the home because they complement nature,” says Smith. “A blend of grays on the roof… sets the visual stage for working from the ‘top down’ to unite the home exterior.” “A home with a gray roof that has deep hunter green

shutters or a pomegranatecolored painted front door has tremendous curb appeal.” While most homes look great with gray roofing, Smith believes that traditional and New American style homes especially lend themselves to gray tops. “The classic aspect of these home designs encourages the use of gray,” says Smith. Homeowners looking for color exterior ideas and inspiration can download two free e-books written by Smith, “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior” and “5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Color Hues for Your Home.” For more information, go to color-studio.php.

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Drawing in L.A. in the 1960s, A+D coming to a finale, juried exhibit LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART— "Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s" opens Fri., May 10. Ends Aug. 2. Nearly 50 artists' works are featured. Exhibition walk-through with artist Ed Moses is Sun., May 31 at 2:30 p.m. • "The Allure of Venice" ends Aug. 30. Works featured are by artists who catered to the Europeans on their Grand Tours in the 18th century. • "50 for 50" Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA's Anniversary" ongoing. • "African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection" ends Oct. 12. Allegories by • "Four Veronese: A Rediscovery and a

JAPANESE DRUMMERS to perform in the celebration of Children's Day at the Zimmer on Sun., May 3.

Reunion," ends Sept. 7. • "Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967-1971, ends Oct. 18. • "Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl" features 100 ceram-


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ic masterpieces. Ends June 7. Several tea-related events, including "Peace through a Bowl of Tea," Sun., May 24 at 1 p.m. Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke tea school, will give a demonstration. Free, tickets required, 323-857-6010. • "Ancient Columbia: A Journey Through the Cauca Valley" ends. Dec. 31, 2015. • "Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School" features 45, 19th -century landscape paintings. Ends June 7. • "Landscapes of Devotion: Visualizing Sacred Sites in India" ends Oct. 25. LACMA is free the second Tuesday of the month. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323857-6000; KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—The 21st annual Juried Contemporary Art Exhibit features 12 artists. Opening reception is Fri., May 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Ends May 29. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141; ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Decorate Japa-

nese koinobori (carp-shaped wind socks) and make Korean sogo drums on Children's Day Sun., May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Kishin Daiko perform at 3 p.m. To celebrate Moms, a free day for the family is on Sun., May 10 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Birdie’s Playhouse perform pop to reggae at 3 p.m. Learn the Art of Tinkering Sun., May 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Make Silly Masks Sun., May 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984; CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Make assemblage boxes on Thurs., May 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring found objects. RSVP. • Opening reception Sat., May 23 for three exhbits: "Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans." Group show features works by veterans from the Korean War to Afghanistan; "Chris Francis: Shoe Designer;" "Fall 12: an Autobiography Considering Charles Ray's 'Fall 91.'" Exhibits ending May 3: • "Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters;" • "Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video;" • "Jonas Becker: The Pile" multi-media installation. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;; free on Sundays. PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—Remodeling underway. Re-opening set for December 2015. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., 323903-2277; PAGE MUSEUM AT THE

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LA BREA TAR PITS—Excavator tours feature highlights of the museum and park, labs and Ice Age fossil excavation. Daily. • Ice Age Encounters with a (life-size puppet) sabertoothed cat are Fridays 10:30, 11:15 a.m. and noon; Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free first Tuesday of each month except July, August. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; JAPAN FOUNDATION— Japanema: films screen the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Free. Language classes offered. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323761-7510; ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN MUSEUM—Final show at the museum before its move to the Downtown Arts District this summer, "Beyond Graffiti 2" showcases works of artists defining the urban art scene. The museum's building is set to be demolished for the new Purple Line Metro Station. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323932-9393; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— "The Art of David Labkovski," who painted scenes of Jewish life before, during and after the Nazi occupation, ends June 14. • "Return to Wielopole: The Teitelabaum Family Journey" tells of one family's return to its great-grandparent's ancestral town. Ongoing. • Survivors of the Holocaust give tours daily. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. Grove Dr., 323-6513704; Always free.

Hear new version of poems at ‘Slam’ High school students will be competing in “The Classic Slams,” part of the three-day poetry festival Sat., May 2 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., 7 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by Get LitWords Ignite, the students will “slam” classic poems by Neruda, Dickinson, Angelou, and others, in combination with their own spoken word responses. Get Lit places the greatest poets of the present era in dialogue with youth, reaching more than 20,000 at-risk teens each year who transform their lives through art and social activism. Book tickets at

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Rose Festival spotlights sustainability at Descanso Gardens at the Center Circle from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rachel Young, horticulturist, discusses sustainable roses for California gardens in the Rose Pavilion Sat., May 16 at 10:30 a.m. Watch a “Rose Queen” being created in the promenade by floral artist Alison Franchi and make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Create a flower crown with Felixa Funes, sculptor and florist, in the Rose Pavilion Sat., May 16, between noon and 1:30 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. Watch the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater perform a family-friendly production of “The Autobiography of the

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English and Chinese teatime, native oaks, foraging on tap Learn how both the English and Chinese do teatime, add to your knowledge of native flora or find fun activities for kids at Huntington Library this month, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Discover culinary uses for native plants at an ecosystembased workshop on foraging on Sat., May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the history and traditions of English teatime on Sun., May 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn best practices on how to keep your native oak trees happy and disease-free Thurs.,

May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Sale to follow. Hear about vegetative plant propagation at a workshop in the Ranch Garden taught Sat., May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Alternatively, hear about the traditions of tea in China and taste different varieties in the Chinese Garden on Sat., May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Beatrix Potter, myth, fables Kids ages three to five enter the world of Beatrix Potter Wednesdays May 13, 20, 27 and June 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Each class will include art projects, stories and exploring the garden, with a tea


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Get down and dirty with hypertufa, irrigation Help clean up and weed the grounds, make hypertufa garden containers and keep up with irrigation practices and native gardening design at the Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Amy Nettleton, landscape architect, will teach a threepart course on designing a native plant garden on Fridays, May 1, 15 and 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course will cover sustainability, how to design following natural concepts and implementing hardscape materials. Get fresh air and exercise while helping to clean, weed and spruce up the grounds at Volunteer Day on Sat., May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tim Becker discusses different irrigation techniques and demonstrates equipment best used for native gardening on Sat., May 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pick up native plants for the yard and get gardening tips at Payne's booth at the Hollywood Farmer's Market at Selma and Ivar Sun., May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take a walk around the Payne Foundation grounds with Ken Gilliland to spot some of the birds and wildlife who arrived this spring on Thurs., May 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. 
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Mother's Day stories, cards, citizenship clinic, reading goes to dogs WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children Mother's Day DIY Card Craft: All ages welcome to come in during library hours Mon., May 4 through Sat., May 9 to make a card for their mom, grandma or other favorite maternal unit. Baby Sleepy Storytime: Infants up to age 2 hear a story just before bedtime Mon., May 4, 11 and 18, 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool Storytime: Kids ages 3 to 5 can bring their mom, dad, grandma or oth-

hear Linda read Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. or Holly on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Toddler Storytime: Children ages 18 mos. to 3 years can hear stories, sing songs and say rhymes on Wednesdays at 10:15 and 11 a.m. Acting Class: Kids ages 6 to 11 do acting exercises, games, and scenes with acting instructor Alexa Almaz. Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Teens SAT Practice Test: Sponsored by Princeton Review, go over SAT questions Sat., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prep

Computer Comfort: Learn computer basics Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. MediCare Workshops: Alex answers questions about MediCare Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on used books, CDs and DVDs on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave.

storytime Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. STAR: Earn a free book while listening to volunteer Isaac read stories Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m., or hear Rachel read Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Storytime with the librarian: All ages can enjoy stories, songs and rhymes Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11 a.m. (Please turn to page 15)

323-962-3521 Children Mother's Day Story and Craft: Kids ages 3 to 5 can hear a story about Mother's Day and make a card for Mom Thurs., May 7 at 4 p.m. BARK!: Kids can improve their reading skills and have fun while reading to therapy dogs Sat., May 9, 2 to 3 p.m. Family Playdate: Meet the parents of the kids you see at

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book, water and snack provided. Teen Council: Help decide what YA books and movies the library will carry. Meets Tues., May 19 at 4 p.m. Adults Quilters Guild: All levels welcome to come bring a project to work on with fellow quilters. Sat., May 2, 9:30 a.m. Book Club: Meet to discuss monthly reading selection Tues., May 4 at 10:30 a.m. Call branch for title. MediCare Planning: Solomon Moore, MBA discusses MediCare Tues., May 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. Yoga with Jaspal: Stretch and relax Thurs., May 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Thurs., May 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring a mat. First Thursday Films: Free feature film on Thurs., May 7 at 2:30 p.m. Free popcorn. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the branch Tues., May 12, 11 a.m. Hollywood Schmooze: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meets Thurs., May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Historical Novel Society: Discussion on Sat., May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. MS Support Group: For those with Multiple Sclerosis, friends and family. Meets Thurs., May 21, 6 p.m. Coordinated Care Initiative: Learn about coordinated care Tues., May 26 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is hosting the free event for Los Angeles area prospective families to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. Participating NCGS member schools include Archer School for Girls, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Girls Academic Leadership Academy (opening fall 2016), Immaculate Heart, Louisville High, Marlborough, Marymount, Ramona Convent, Vivian Webb and Westridge schools. Reserve by Fri., May 1 at NCGS.ORG/GSA/LA.

Nameless statue named for an uncle, or a Wilde poet What’s the true story of the Academy Award being called “Oscar?” wonders Peter Grassley. There are two claims for the origin of the name. One is that in 1931, Margaret H e r r i c k , Professorthe newly Knowhired liIt-All brarian of Bill the Academy, on Bentley seeing the then nameless gold statue for the first time exclaimed, “It reminds me of my Uncle Oscar.” The other claim derives indirectly from Oscar Wilde. When, years earlier, he was on a lecture tour of the U.S., he was asked if he had won the prestigious Newdigate Prize for Poetry. He replied, “Yes,

READING GOES TO THE DOGS (Continued from page 14) Teens Teen Council: Help decide what YA books and movies the library will carry. Meets Tues., May 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on used books, CDs and DVDs on Fri., May 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sat., May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Book Club: Tues., May 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discussion will be on "Citizens of London" by Lynne Olson. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Pajama Party Storytime: Bring your favorite blanket and lovey and hear a story in your pajamas on Thurs., May 7 at 6 p.m. Storytime: Kids ages 2 to 5 can hear stories and sing songs on Wed., May 20 at 10 a.m. Babies from infant up to

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the ability.” It’s my favorite Talking Heads CD, too. *** How come an easy existence is called the “life of Riley?” ponders Addie Ross. This well-used expression is from a comic song which was popular in the 1880’s entitled “Is That Mr. Riley?” The song described what the hero would do if he struck it rich. *** On reading a book on English gardens, I frequently came across the name “Capability” Brown. Please explain, asks Steve Forrest.

but while many people have won the Newdigate, it is seldom that the Newdigate gets an Oscar.” When Helen Hayes was presented with the award for Best Actress in 1931, her husband Charles MacArthur, a noted wit and playwright, said, “Ah, I see you’ve got an Oscar.” Take your pick. *** Many times, when I talk to my parents and other adults, they say I’m “speaking in tongues” (which is also my favorite Talking Heads CD). Would you please tell me where it comes from and what it means? asks Corin Stephenson. “Speaking in tongues” is the literal English translation of— this is a big word for a person of any age—glossolalia, (from the Greek glossatongue + lalien-babble) and became the Latin word used by the Romans to describe the ecstatic, unintelligible sounds made by early Christians in a state of fervent religious agitation and ecstasy. The phenomenon is first mentioned in the biblical book of Acts, where, on the day of Pentecost, the Apostles “were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them

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