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Larchmont Chronicle

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September 2013

vol. 50, no. 9 • delivered to the 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • park labrea • larchmont village • Miracle Mile

City settles with Etz Chaim after years-long legal battle

Back To School Larchmont chronicLe • 2013

Council agrees to pay $950,000 in court fees

Robotics and science to art classes at St. James'.

On the Inside ... Dr. Oh puts her stamp on Third Street School. 02 Popular iPad program expands at Page. 3

SECTION THREE Pages 1 to 20

SECTION ONE METER broken? No problem.


BUNGALOW moves to pre-trial. 5 TARFEST returns to the Mile. 6 VICTORIAN homes on Society tour. 6 TASTE was a "Winning Deal." 9 PETERSEN unveils sporty facade. 11 AT THE MOVIES reviews "Jobs." 22

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

WILSHIRE Temple dedication set. 4 WEST ADAMS tours the past.


OPA! Greek Fest is back.


PIE tasting at LACMA.


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By Suzan Filipek A recent city settlement with a Jewish Orthodox congregation at Third St. and Highland Ave. was a bad one, said area resident and attorney Michael Wright. “The City Council turned its back on Hancock Park.” Under the agreement, the city agreed to pay Etz Chaim Congregation $950,000 in court fees ending a years-long legal battle. "I am glad that we were able to come to an agreement and put 17 years of litigation behind us," said Councilman Paul Koretz. The decision was political, added Wright, who had rep-

Work begins on Purple Line stations Subway at two sites Although Purple Line subway station construction is slated to begin next year, Metro has started relocation of underground utilities including water, power and communications lines. Sound blankets and fencing have been installed at the staging area at a lot at the southeast corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw boulevards, and bus stops will be relocated. Metro officials said most of the work will be done in the evenings, and surface traffic will not be impacted. Work is also underway on the shaft at Wilshire Blvd. and Ogden Dr. for the Wilshire/ Fairfax station. The job is expected to take 13 months, followed by an additional nine months of monitoring. Most of the work will be conducted weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For any issues needing immediate attention, call Amec Co.—the geotechnical enginneering firm contracted to do the work—at 323-889-5345.

resented the homeowner who lived next door to the temple in an earlier lawsuit. “I think the city’s decision is bad for Hancock Park and every other residential neighborhood where religious groups seek to move in and establish non-residential uses. It’s very important for our zoning laws to maintain residential uses,” said Wright. The city, he added had a “winnable appeal." The case was set to go to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which favors the city in this case regarding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). “RLUPA is an unsettled area of law and federal courts of See Congregation, p 7

Chronicle turns 50! The Larchmont Chroncile was born 50 years ago this month. A special edition in the October issue celebrates this milestone. Advertising deadline is Mon., Sept. 3. To reserve space, call Pam Rudy, 323462-2241 x 11.

SUMMER VACATION. Henry Boylston and Tanner Mahon played ball at USC baseball camp. See how others in the neighborhood spent their summer vacation, in Section 3, pages 10, 11.

Marijuana shop threatens 'neighborhood character' Meeting held on proposed Village dispensary The Village’s neighborliness may be going up in smoke, if a medical marijuana dispensary opens on Larchmont Blvd. That’s how some residents, business owners and community officials see the pot shop set to open on the top floor, above Hamburger Hamlet and Alternative Apparel, at 215 N. Larchmont Blvd. “Larchmont Boulevard is a neighborhood street, and a marijuana dispensary is inconsistent with its historic

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character. I am working closely with other city agencies to determine the legality of any new marijuana-related businesses on the street,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said. As we went to press, a community meeting was scheduled Aug. 29 at St. Brendan School for the proposed Village shop and an existing dispensary at Third St. and Western Ave. The owner of the Larchmont building, Frank Fox, has allegedly leased the site to Cantodiem Dispensing Collective, one of the city's original See Marijuana shop, p 4

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane

LANDSCAPED median strip will match the one at the entry at South Larchmont. See story page 4

School started early for many Larchmont youngsters this year, motivating parents to get a jump on preparations. We saw moms corralling the kids into Larchmont Barber Shop and Supercuts to get trimmed, and to our local shoe stores. *** We met Helene Seifer having a cup of coffee at Go Get ‘Um Tiger, our newest caffeine emporium. She is taking her son Jake Grossman to begin See BLVD., p 17 ~ Entire Issue Online!



September 2013

Community Platform


By Jane Gilman

Wrong place for pot shop Community meetings are being help to explore ways to discourage a property owner from opening a marijuana shop on the street. Our boulevard is one of the few places in the city where youngsters can shop or hangout where their parents feel they will be safe. It’s a most undesirable location for a business that is known to be a target for thieves because of the cash and inventory. There are other shops where medical marijuana can be purchased. Larchmont Village is the wrong place, and every effort is being made to dissuade the landlord from his action. A pot shop on Third St. near Western Ave. has been in violation for its proximity to both St. Brendan and Charles Kim schools. Why are the city’s hands tied when it comes to enforcing laws that forbid such stores within 1,000 feet of schools.

Our 50th edition

We are excited about our 50th anniversary edition. It’s going to be a fabulous nostalgia trip for our readers. So be sure and look for it on your doorstep Fri., Oct, 4.

Complaints pay off

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Wed., Sept. 4 – First day of Jewish New Year. Sun., Sept. 7 – Baseball tryouts at Pan Pacific Park. Contact Wed., Sept. 11 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, west entrance of The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21 – TarFest music and art festival at the park at LaBrea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 2 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 4 – Delivery of the October issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. Tues., Oct. 15 – Hancock Park Homeowners Association annual meeting at John Bur-

Welcome to the new parking meters to the street. There were enough complaints about the inconvenience of the pay stations that they have been eliminated—seems you can fight city hall.

'How do you feel about going back to school?'

That's the question

inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

roughs Middle School, 600 S. McCadden Pl. at 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27 – Larchmont Family Fair on Larchmont Blvd.

"I'm super excited because I'm going to a new school. I have friends who go there, and they said the teachers are awesome." Charlie Nevins Windsor Square

Police Beat Purses snatched; cars and homes ransacked

Happy Anniversary to the Larchmont Chronicle! The Association and its members congratulate the Larchmont Chronicle on 50 years of publishing. The Chronicle has been a steady advocate for Hancock Park and all our neighbors. Its support of civic activities and neighborhood improvement has played a big part in making our area one of the best places in Los Angeles to live. When many newspapers are closing their doors and community spirit is declining, the Chronicle, published and edited superlatively by Jane Gilman, keeps its focus on the important tasks newspapers do: reporting, providing a forum for different points of view, and supporting community efforts. Thanks to Jane and the staff for their continued excellence. We wouldn’t be who we are without you! Association members in good standing (those of have paid their dues) will be receiving information about the upcoming Board election. The candidates are: Rudolph Gintel, Greg Glasser, Sheldon Goodkind, Peter Gorelick, Susan Grossman, Cami Taylor, Ben Thompson, Jon Vein, and James Wolf. Candidate biographies can be found on the Association website. The Annual meeting will be on October 15th, at John Burroughs Middle School at 7PM. Put the date on your calendar and we’ll see you there! Don’t forget your parkway and other trees. We’ve had a mild summer, but your trees still need watering, slow and deep; mulching; feeding and pruning. Remember if you observe suspicious activity call 1-877-ASKLAPD and notify your private security service. Remember: Never confront a suspicious person, call 911. Report street light outages to the city at: Report potholes by submitting an online request at http://bss.lacity. org/request.htm. If you’re planning changes to your house read the Preservation Plan which can be found at: http:// or http:// ) and contact City Planner Vinita Huang (213-978-1216 or Vinita.Huang@lacity. org). Be sure and look at our website for news – http://www. . Report graffiti sightings by calling 311 or at the City’s Anti-Graffiti Request System - http://anti-graffiti. and by calling Hollywood Beautification, 323-463-5180 Questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee, Cami Taylor (323-692-1414-Home and 310-659-6220-Office). Adv.


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OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: A purse was stolen from a woman walking near the corner of 2nd St. and S. St. Andrews Pl. on Aug. 15 at 1 a.m. A purse was snatched from a woman walking near the corner of Gramercy Pl. and Mel-

rose Ave. on Aug. 18 at 10:40 p.m. The suspect grabbed the purse from the victim as he was bicycling past. BURGLARY: A bike was taken from a garage on the 400 block of S. Norton Ave. on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A car was stolen from near the corner of 5th St. and Western Ave. on Aug. 11. A vehicle was taken from a car wash near the corner of 4th St. and Western Ave. on Aug. 18. BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLE: Bags, ID, a phone charger and other property were stolen from a car parked on the 600 block of S. Norton Ave. between Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. and Aug. 9 at noon. Three pairs of sunglasses were taken from a car parked on the 100 block of S. Wilton Ave. between Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 10:15 a.m. A rear plate was stolen from a car parked on the 5100 block of Raleigh St. the evening of Aug. 13. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: Computer equipment, money and a purse were taken from a home on the 200 block of S. Arden Blvd. on July 22 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Please turn to page 8)

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"I'm excited. We're switching campuses, plus there will be 10 new students." Rose Gittelson, Brookside ""I'm excited, too. New people... a new campus. Plus, it'll be good to get back on a schedule." Mila Tigay Larchmont Village "I think it'll be cool because we get to go to a new campus." Ava Weiss Larchmont Village

"I'm excited. There will be new people there because they've added a grade." Jonathan Heit Larchmont Village

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ENTERTAINMENT Theater Review -  21 At the Movies - 22 On the Menu - 23

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Section three BACK TO SCHOOL 1- 20


Statewide policy curbs need for fees at broken meters



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What goes around, comes around, even at broken parking meters. From 1935 to 2012, motorists did not receive a ticket if the parking meter was broken. Then in 2012, Los Angeles and a few other cities required drivers to pay at broken meters. A s s e m b l y m a n Mike Gatto’s (DLos Angeles) bill prohibits local governments from charging motorists who park at broken parking meters. The bill was signed by Gov. Brown in August.  The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Gatto introduced the bill in January 2013 for cities that were changing their parking laws to make them unfair to motorists.   “ Ta x p a y e r s already pay for street maintenance, meter installation and meter upkeep,” said Gatto.  “Local governments should take responsibility and keep parking meters in good working order, not squeeze a double-penalty out of cash-strapped citizens.”   Los Angeles City Council passed similar legislation, but it would only have been in effect for six months.

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Summer is transitioning into fall, the kids are back in school and thoughts are turning towards getting ready for the next season. Take a quick inventory at home and decide what you are going to add for this fall season. I promise you, we have something for you on Larchmont. If it’s new glasses, Hans Custom Optik has a huge selection of designer glasses. The Newsstand, Above the Fold, in front of Rite Aid, has a gigantic selection of publications inclusive of the fall fashion magazines. Fall is a great time for self improvement. Think about riding a bike, hiking and walking for that extra bit of exercise. You may even surprise yourself and like it. I really do suggest walking from one end of Larchmont, crossing Beverly Blvd. and ending at Melrose. You will be amazed at what you find when you take a moment to explore all the different shops and service providers on the Boulevard.

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This is the first car I have leased from Volkswagen of Downtown LA. I’m the kind of customer who does a great deal of research and by the time I came into Volkswagen of Downtown LA I had a lot of information.

The Boulevard is changing as it must, but we at the Larchmont Boulevard Association hope to preserve the original focus and ambiance of the Boulevard that makes it a joy and the focal point of this community. All of us at the LBA would be grateful for your interest and feedback as to what we can do to make Larchmont even better for you. Email us at and we will stay in touch with you.

Working with our salesperson Jack was a breeze. He was dependable, organized and willing to go the extra mile. He made the entire process fast, easy and FUN! He was true to his word all the way from beginning to end. Thank you Jack and Volkswagen of Downtown LA. — Rachel Feldman

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Work underway on three north Larchmont Boulevard medians By Jane Gilman “It’s a great day for Larchmont,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge as he and neighborhood leaders dug the first shovelful of dirt to signify installation of new medians on the north section of the boulevard. Two weeks following the Aug. 12 groundbreaking, Bureau of Street Services crews were digging the trench for the first of three medians, officially titled Larchmont Boulevard Medians Phase II. The project is designed to transform the northern portion of Larchmont Blvd. with eight-feet-wide landscaped medians to be installed between Melrose Ave. and Rosewood Ave. The first median will contain a gateway monument similar to the one installed at south Larchmont Blvd. and Third St. That median project was funded, designed and constructed a decade ago from First to Third St. and was spearheaded by LaBonge’s current chief of staff Carolyn Ramsay. The projects calm traffic, prevent illegal U-turns, and increase pedestrian safety, said the Councilman. They also create a greener, cooler 70 Years of Focusing on You.

BUSINESS OWNERS, neighbors and city officials gathered at the groundbreaking for new medians on Aug. 12.

environment by adding landscape and street trees to clean the air and reduce the temperature of the street, said LaBonge “With this effort, we can finally connect both ends of Larchmont Blvd. and better celebrate Larchmont Village, which is Los Angeles’s best-kept secret,” he added. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2013. It was awarded grant funds as a part of the 2009 Metro Call for Projects. Community groups also contributed funding, including the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society, the Windsor Square Association and the Hancock Park Garden Club. Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association has agreed to maintain the new medians.

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(Continued from page 1) dispensaries. New shops are prohibited from opening under a 2007 moratorium. The one slated for Larchmont was grandfathered in from a Sunset Blvd. location. “Our office has heard about a Medical Marijuana Dispensary possibly moving to Larchmont, but we have not received any specifics as of yet," said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney’s office. "MMDs that qualify for immunity have until 12/17/13 to move to a compliant location if they are not currently in one,” he added. Marijuana dispensaries often share a percentage of income with landlords, which include cash and bring crime, threatening the neighborhood friendly street, said Joane Pickett of Pickett Fences. She has been trying unsuccessfully to close the marijuana dispensary that opened at Third St. and Western Ave., near St. Brendan and Charles Kim schools in April.

Windsor Square to honor block captains Block captains play a key role in crime prevention, and they will be honored at the annual Windsor Square Association recognition dinner at the home of June and Paul Bilgore on Wed., Sept. 25. Larry Guzin, Association president, said police officials, senior lead officers and city representatives will attend. “WSA block captains are the unsung heroes of our community, as conduits of communications between the Association and our residents. We intend to sing the praises of these neighborhood heroes,” Guzin said. Caroline Moser and Katie Badami-Jones are coordinators of the program.

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HER DEDICATION to improving the community has earned Marguerite “Chickie” Byrne Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council’s Citizen Recognition Award. Here she is with husband Judge Richard “Skip” Byrne at a Council meeting.



A pre-trial is set for Fri., Sept. 13 in L.A. Superior Court in the case of the city vs. the Larchmont Bungalow, 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi is charged with operating the eatery without a certificate of occupancy. The permit was revoked after opening in 2009 with tables and chairs at the licensed take out. Bungalow attorney argues other take-outs on the boulevard have seating and the order is discriminatory. City officials claim Mizrahi backed out on his promise. A city ordinance limits the number of restaurants on Larchmont.

RENDERING shows proposed 13-story office building, left, facing Curson Ave., behind office/retail building Museum Square, Wilshire Blvd. J.H. Snyder is developing the 253,962-squarefoot building on a surface parking lot, and plans to add two new levels to an existing five-level parking structure. The Snyder Co. expects to break ground in about one year, and construction is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

Retail/residential set Volunteer for the for La Brea Avenue Mayor’s Crisis A January completion is forecast for the four-story building underway at the southeast corner of Sixth St. and La Brea Ave. David Bina, owner of Deco Home at the northwest corner of the same intersection, is developer of the new building. The first floor will be retail. The second level is designed to accommodate a café or studio, and the top floors will be residential. Parking is available for 18 cars. When completed, it will be a gateway to Hancock Park, said Bina. Bina opened his store 18 years ago to provide home furnishing and custom draperies.

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'Future' music, art at TarFest Sept. 21 "Excavating Future Culture on the Miracle Mile" is the theme of TarFest, a free all-ages celebration of music and art on Sat., Sept. 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. The park at the LaBrea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., is the site of the 11th annual event that features live music and painting, local vendors, food trucks, a wine bar and biergarten, as well as

MUSIC will be performed throughout the day.

THE FESTIVAL includes live painting, activities for children, local vendors, food trucks and a biergarten.

a variety of activities for children. The musical line-up includes Saint Motel, Nightmare Air, Echosmith and Tapioca and the Flea. A live painting by artists event took place in August in partnership with TarFest. A reception followed at Merry

Karnowsky Gallery + LAUNCH Gallery at 170 S. La Brea Ave. TarFest is sponsored by LAUNCH. The non-profit group produces, managers and directs events, programs and exhibitions that develop artist-audience relationships. For more information, go to

DESMOND'S opening on Wilshire Blvd. in 1929, inside the WilshireTower at Dunsmuir Ave., put the Miracle Mile on the map.

Apartments to be constructed on seven-story lot behind Desmond’s A luxury apartment tower is being construction at the parking lot behind the Desmond’s Art Deco office building at 5514 Wilshire Blvd. The seven-story, 175-unit luxury apartment building is a project of Ohiobased developer Associated Estates Realty Group who purchased the building and its adjacent parking lots last May. The development will include subterranean and surface parking lots, a pool and spa, gym and roof deck. Completion of the $70-million project is expected to be completed by late 2014. The building was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1928; it was the first major structure on the Miracle Mile. Declared Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #332 in 1987, it includes two stories of retail space that was once home to Desmond’s Department Store, Silverwood’s, W. Jay Saylor and Phelps Terkel.

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Pay stations inconvenient for Larchmont shoppers They’re back! Parking meters have re-emerged on Larchmont Blvd. after a fiveyear absence. According to the city Department of Transportation, the pay stations were an in-

CONGREGATION leaders tore down the existing house and started construction on the 8,100 square foot structure in 2002.

Congregation Etz Chaim (Continued from page 1) appeal are divided on it. The Ninth Circuit is more favorable,� Wright explained. Councilman Tom LaBonge was absent during the unanimous vote last month on the settlement agreement. While the temple is now in Paul Koretz’ Fifth District, it had been in LaBonge’s Fourth District. (It was changed to Koretz’s under a census-mandated redistricting last year.) Zoning laws Congregation leaders first applied for a zoning variance in 1996, which the city denied claiming a synagogue would generate traffic and was out of character with neighborhood’s “stately� homes. Etz Chaim filed a lawsuit after a second permit was denied, claiming federal law prohibits land-use regulations on exercises of religion. The Congregation demolished a 70-year-old, 3,000 square-foot home on the Third St. site in 2002, and built the 8,100-square foot temple in the residential area. The Congregation sued the city in 2010, challenging its

denial of a conditional use permit to use the home as a temple. In 2011, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled in favor of the synagogue. In May, Snyder issued an injunction allowing the home to operate as a synagogue, with restrictions on events and numbers of cars parked on nearby streets. Claims Board A city Claims Board recommended the council approve the pact prior to the settlement. An area resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was “mystifiedâ€? with the recent settlement. “The city decided not to appeal for reasons I find mystifying‌ and to top it off will pay the legal fees.â€? The city’s decision posts a green light for other orthodox groups to move into a residential zone, such as already taking place in North Hollywood and Brentwood, the resident added. Etz Chaim attorneys Joseph Fischbach and Kathryn Davis did not return calls.

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(Continued from page 2) Heavy equipment and tools were stolen from the attached garage of a residence on the 200 block of N. Lucerne Blvd. between July 22 at 5 p.m. and July 23 at 8 a.m. Electronic equipment was taken from a residence on the 600 block of S. Mansfield Ave. on July 23 between 12:10 and 1:30 p.m. The suspect broke in by smashing the bedroom window. Tools were taken from the garage of a home on the 500 block of Lillian Way between July 27 at 6:20 p.m. and July 29 at 8 a.m. The suspect broke cut the locks on the garage. An unknown suspect attempted to break into a home on the 500 block of N. Gower St. on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. After trying to pry open the side door he fled. Jewelry and computer

LAPD OLYMPIC DIVISION OFFICERS were recently awarded Police Stars for actions taken during a shooting incident in Koreatown in November. Although one victim died of his injuries, the officers rescued 10 other victims who were hiding from the suspect who was taken into custody and is awaiting trial for murder. Pictured, from left, are officers Eric Mollinedo, Gordon Helper, Heidi Stoecklein, Hope Young, Joseph Pelayo, Pete Cabral and Jay Blegamino.

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equipment were stolen from a residence on the 200 block of N. Beachwood Dr. on Aug. 9 between 9:45 and 11 a.m. The window was smashed to gain entry. Jewelry was taken from a home on the 400 block of S. Sycamore Ave. on Aug. 12 between 5 and 7 p.m. The suspect broke in through an open window. Jewelry was stolen from a residence on the 600 block of N. Lucerne Blvd. on Aug. 14 between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The back door was pried open to gain entry. A home on the 600 block of N. Arden Blvd. was ransacked and money stolen on Aug. 14 between 10 and 11:30 a.m. The back door was pried open to gain entry. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A red 2005 Ford Explorer was taken from the 100 block of S. Sycamore Ave. on July 21 at 4:45 p.m. A green 2004 Lexus 430 was stolen from the 300 block of N. McCadden Pl. between July 26 at 4:30 p.m. and July 27 and 10 p.m. A blue 1999 Honda CRV was taken from near the corner of Beverly Blvd. and Gower St. on Aug. 13 between 4:50 and 9:20 a.m. BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLE: The bumper and stereo were stolen from a car parked on the 400 block of N. Orange Dr. between July 24 at 6:45 a.m. and July 26 at 7:45 p.m. Clothing, a stereo and other property were stolen from a vehicle parked near the corner of Rossmore Ave. and 6th St. on July 26 between 8:50 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Money, clothing and food were taken from a car parked on the 500 block of N. Lucerne

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Dinner benefit at ‘A Night at the Sports Museum’ Get an exclusive inside peek at the largest collection of memorabilia of its kind at the L.A. Sports Museum on Sat., Nov. 2 at a fundraiser for the Wilshire Community Police Council youth programs. The event will recreate guests’ favorite sports experiences throughout the museum. Join celebrity guests including sports figures and bid on game memorabilia at the live auction. More than 10,000 artifacts that have been collected by businessman Gary

Cypres are featured at the site. The museum is only open by appointment, and is located at 1900 S. Main St. The $30 million collection includes Babe Ruth’s 1934 uniform, the ball Joe DiMaggio hit during his 56-game legendary streak and jerseys from NBA greats. A VIP reception begins at 5 p.m. with Wilshire Police commanding officer Capt. Eric Davis. The event raises funds for youth empowerment activities for boys and girls in the Cadet

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Night Out a big success Neighbors flocked to Larchmont Village—one of several locations that hosted National Night Out Against Crime events in August The annual Night Out promotes awareness about public safety and crime prevention. In Larchmont, residents mingled with local law

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New Petersen Museum set for speedy course in Miracle Mile Petersen Automotive Museum announced plans last month to build a sculptured metal exterior and cuttingedge interior at its site at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. in Miracle Mile. Marking its 20th anniversary in 2014, the project will forego any major architectural changes to the building. The exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates features long ribbons of stainless steel that wrap RENDERING shows new ribbons of steel design. around three sides and over the top of the deep red building, evoking speed and the organic curves of an Los Angeles Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be honored by automobile. At night, the col- Hollywood Business & Professional Women with its 2013 Man or and forms will be lit from of Hollywood Award on Sat., Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. within to accentuate the steel The award will be presented at Preston’s Restaurant at Loew’s sculpture and act as a beacon Hollywood Hotel at Hollywood and Highland. The supervisor has been serving the public for more than in the neighborhood. “Our goal is to design and three decades; as a city councilman from 1975 to 1994 and since build an exterior as stunning as supervisor representing the Third District. Among his special as the vehicles and displays interests was helping in the modernization of the Hollywood housed inside,” said Peter Bowl, the Los Angeles County Art Museum and Disney Hall.  Mullin, museum chairman of The public is invited to attend the awards luncheon. Luncheon tickets are $30. Reservations are required.  Contact presithe board. A proposed additional dent Marjory Hopper at 562-699-6288 or at mjhop6334@aol. 15,000 square feet of display com.  (Deadline is Sept. 18.)

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space will be on the inside. Redesigned galleries will feature state-of-the-art lighting, digital displays and learning stations that will tell the stories of the people and machines that changed the world over the past century. The Petersen will continue the mission set forth by its founder, Robert E. Petersen,






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Neighborhood effort results In newest median project Ten years ago, change came to Larchmont Blvd.—it took the form of landscaped medians, installed from First St. to Third St. At the end closest to Third St., a monument sign was installed, letting passersby know that they were entering Larchmont Village. These additions, completed early in my first years as councilmember for the area, improved the character of the street, improved property values, and better gave Larchmont Village a sense of place. After a decade-long intermission, I am proud to have recently broken ground on this effort’s logical second half, together with local leaders and the Bureau of Street Services. In the coming months, three landscaped medians will be installed between Melrose Ave.

and Rosewood Ave. The first median will contain a vertical monument similar to the monument installed at Third St., bringing a second bookend to the street. With this effort, we can finally connect both ends of L a r c h m o n t Councilman Report Boulevard by and better c e l e b r a t e Tom LaBonge Larchmont Village, which has long been one of Los Angeles’s betterkept secrets. Here are the upcoming steps for this incredible project: the hardscape will be complete within two months, LADWP will then install sprinklers within a month after that, and finally the city of Los Angeles’s

Wednesday, September 11 7:00 p.m. at the ebell of Los angeles* Jane Gilman, Editor & Publisher of the Larchmont Chronicle, will receive our Citizen Recognition Award for her 50 years of service to our community Also, please join the GWNC Outreach and Land Use Committees and City Council District 4 for a walk down Larchmont Blvd. and a conversation about your visions for the future of our beloved street. Saturday, September 21st, 9:00 am-11:00 am Meet in front of Go Get Em Tiger 230 N. Larchmont Blvd. RSVP to: We still have openings for the following Board Alternates: Area 2 (Citrus Square) Area 9 (Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews) Area 12 (We-Wil)- Other Non-Profit- Religion

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Urban Forestry Division will finish the landscaping. Every groundbreaking is a hint of a future ribbon cutting. So many people must be thanked for these improvements: the construction crew from the Bureau of Street Services, the bureau’s director Nazario Sauceda, other employees from the bureau such as Sunny Ton, Robert Gutierrez, Shirley Lau and Anne Kim, and last but not least, my chief of staff Carolyn Ramsay, who brought this project home after a long gestation. Community groups also contributed funding to this

Tee off at the Los Angeles Police Protective League’s golf tournament Mon., Sept. 9 at Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Dr., Northridge. The 31st annual tournament, known as the Daryl F. Gates Memorial, raises funds for L.A. Police Support Groups, which provide assistance for family members and aid officers who have been involved in a catastrophic incident. The LAPPL welcomes sponsorships, financial donations and donated raffle prizes. An awards ceremony dinner follows the tournament.   For more information call LAPPL director Mark Cronin at 213-251-4554.

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effort, including the Windsor Square–Hancock Park Historical Society, the Windsor Square Association and the Hancock Park Garden Club. I am proud to be a part of

this great improvement to what is already a great street. Thank you for giving me the honor of serving you. Here’s to a better Larchmont Blvd.

WINDSOR SQUARE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BLOCK CAPTAIN GATHERING AND NEW WSA BOARD MEMBER Windsor Square Association directors and block captains will gather again on September 25th at the beautiful Windsor residence of June and Paul Bilgore. This annual dinner event recognizes the efforts of the Association's volunteer block captains, who promote communication with their neighbors and work for the good and welfare of Windsor Square. Block captains will have the opportunity to meet one another in a relaxed social setting, strengthening ties that bind Windsor Square. Local public officials and others active in the community have been invited to attend and participate in an informational program for the block captains. The Windsor Square Association Board is pleased to announce the addition of a new Board member, Gretchen Fourticq. She will be writing our monthly Larchmont Chronicle column and maintaining Windsor Square Association’s website www. You can reach her with any questions or comments regarding the website at A Colorado native, Gretchen moved to Los Angeles after studying Art History and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband Ted reside in Windsor Square with their three young children. Gretchen currently serves on the Board of Trustees at St. James Episcopal School. As always, please to contact any Board Member regarding neighborhood issues, to volunteer as a Block Captain, or receive information on upcoming events. 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.



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Emergency, security officials at summit

Health workshop at Fairfax Library Fairfax Library, at 161 S. Gardner St., is hosting an interactive senior workshop, “Healthier Living.”   The free classes, which began Aug. 20, were developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. They are continuing on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 24. The goal of the workshop is to offer seniors an opportunity to take control of their health through behavior changes that have proven effective in reducing the effects of disease and disability.

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PREPAREDNESS was the focus of the Safety Summit that drew fire and military officials in July. Here Councilman Tom LaBonge has his deputy Ben Seinfeld demonstrate the importance of being in top physical condition.

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Troop 10 is looking for former scouts for centennial celebration

Members of Troop 10 are seeking former Boy Scouts and adult leaders to celebrate the local group’s centennial May 3, 2014 at St. James’ Parish Hall. The oldest continuously sponsored Boy Scout troop in the U.S., it is sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and St. Andrews Pl. Over the years, Troop 10 has had thousands of Scouts, including more than 300 Eagle Scouts. Led by Scoutmaster Thomas Fenady, the Troop’s 60

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“Failing to plan is planning to fail” was the theme of the Miracle Mile Safety Summit on emergency preparedness at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June. “Our goal is to be the most ready city in the world,” said Fire Chief Brian Cummings who served on the panel with James Featherstone, general manager, Emergency Management Department for the city. Professor Erroll G. Southers, adjunct professor of homeland security and public policy at USC, was moderator at the event. Also on the panel were Col. Halliburton Sellers, commanding officer of Security and Emergency Services Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, Andre Birotte Jr. U.S. Attorney, Central District of California, and Councilman Tom LaBonge.


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riously underfunded pension plans. L.A. will also be under increased scrutiny as the underfunded public pension plans of Detroit, San Bernardino, and other bankrupt cities in California are challenging the priority of General Obligation bonds that are supported by the full taxing power of the issuing municipality. These GO bonds traditionally have had preference over pension fund liabilities. But in the case of Detroit and San Bernardino, there is a limit to the ability to tax. These battles between bond holders and pensions will be nasty, fought in the federal bankruptcy courts and in the political arena, and pitting bond holders, retired and active pension beneficiaries and the local governments against each other. While L.A. is not Detroit, L.A.’s finances will be under increased scrutiny by the rating agencies, accounting firms, bond buyers, and its citizens.  So now is the time for the City Council to clean up its act. Otherwise, L.A. may follow Detroit. 

Sunshine Singers entertain at area retirement homes By Morris Schulatsky “Our mission is to give joy and sunshine to the elderly,” says George Finley, leader of the Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center’s Sunshine Singers. Finley, a teacher from Hollywood Adult School, started the Sunshine Singers 12 years ago. It has grown to 15 vocalists, all volunteers, who bring happiness to aging residents. “Upbeat tunes take away the stress from the elderly who live solitary lives,” said Finley, who is also a yoga instructor. The singers are all retired. One was a pre-school teacher; one worked in investments. Others include a registered

nurse, a factory worker, a pharmacist, a teacher and school administrator. They all find that music gives them pleasure, especially after they have completed an hour of Finley’s yoga class. Finley teaches hatha yoga at 1 p.m., then with his guitar he holds weekly rehearsals for the singers. The singers are well known at Kingsley Manor, Bethany Towers, Serrano Convalescent Hospital and other places. Those interested are welcome to join the Singers. They meet Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center, 1360 N. St. Andrews Pl.

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Wilshire rotary of los angeles This September, Wilshire Rotary ing high school seniors. These is hopeful that local students goals Wilshire Rotary is helping going back to school will ben- achieve through various fundefit from the annual dictionary raising and community service donation program sponsored by events. Wilshire Rotary. We donate close On behalf of my fellow Wilshire to 800 dictionaries yearly to local Rotarians, I strongly encourelementary schools. We wish stu- age our community members to dents the best of luck in their visit Wilshire Rotary at one of academic endeavors in the com- our Wednesday meetings held at ing school year. noon at the Ebell Club Rotary International of Los Angeles. f o c u s e s o n l i t e rWe invite you to conacy among children tribute to furthering around the world and the mission of Rotary our Wilshire Rotary International though Club is working hard Wilshire Rotary – to instill the value of come to lunch with the ability to read and Francisco G. Fernández your ideas! We host a President write in the elemenspeaker every week; tary-aged students of we are the friendliour community. est Club in the region; we enjoy Other goals of Rotary range delicious lunches at the Ebell. from the complete eradication All good reasons to visit us for a of polio, feeding the hungry, pro- meeting. viding fresh water globally, promoting peaceful conflict resolu- Instilled with a desire to help… tion, as well as providing schol- determined to make it happen… arships to deserving graduat- that’s a Rotarian! Join us!


at the May Co. long before By Suzan Filipek it was targeted for the Acad Cheryl Boone Isaacs is emy’s new museum. A fundas excited about movies ing campaign is halfway to today as when she was its $300 million goal for allowed to stay up late as the Renzo Piano-Zoltan Pali a girl in Massachusetts design. Plans call to break to watch the Academy ground next year and open Awards. in 2017. Only now the Irving “The museum will be a Blvd. resident is working world-class destination... It’s with the producers on about an industry in its ennext year’s Oscars. tirety.” And, she is going over She settled in Windsor the fine points with AcadSquare 17 years ago, first on emy chief executive Dawn Lucerne Blvd., and moved to Hudson on a “worldIrving Blvd. five years ago. class” movie museum The neighborhood’s trees are planned at the historic a big attraction, says the selfMay Co. avowed lover of redwoods Isaacs was elected NEW ACADEMY president Cheryl and other varieties. president of the Academy Boone Isaacs. Her husband Stanley, a proof Motion Picture Arts ducer, writer and director, on a lot of doors; she eventuand Sciences in July by ally landed a post on the press recently finished a documenits board of governors. “That was a great first week. junket for not just any movie, tary about the producer of I’m very happy that Ellen (De- but “Close Encounters of the “The Godfather,” “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations with Generes) is our host (of next Third Kind.” year’s Academy Awards)… “What a way to start!” she Albert S. Ruddy.” Of course, they frequently we’re off to a wonderful start,” beams. she said last month from her Cheryl worked with jour- go to movies. “We love movcity-view office on the top nalists from interns to pros, ies, movies, movies.” floor of the Academy’s Beverly all the while following her The art of film and the admotto to work hard, keep her vances in technology that enHills Wilshire Blvd. office. She works with staff, runs head down and look up in 10 able an audience to sit in a dark room and have a shared the day-to-day operations and years to see where she was. oversees the Academy’s 6,000 The formula worked. She experience that is transformamembers who make movies landed high-level jobs at Co- tive never ceases to amaze her. lumbia Pictures, New Line “I am in awe,” she says. around the world. Cinema and Paramount Stu- She aims to include more of Close Encounters Isaacs graduated from dios, and handled several Best the creative and scientific best Whittier College with a politi- Picture winners, including of the best, and diversify with cal science degree, which may “Forest Gump,” “Braveheart,” more women and minorities have actually prepared her for “The King’s Speech” and “The among the Academy’s members. Artist.” the movie business. “Anytime there’s more than She’s been a member of the She may be too busy in her three people in a room, it’s po- Academy since 1987, and held one-year post (she is eligible every post from secretary to for reelection) to devote much litical,” she said. An older brother was an president, and she was on the time to her marketing consulexecutive at 20th Century board of governors for two de- tant work—her latest film was “The Call” with Halle Berry. Fox, who had worked on cades. But there will always be Academy Museum “West Side Story” and “Star Wars,” but she still knocked She remembers shopping time for movies.

A special shopping night on Wed., Sept. 25 on Larchmont Blvd. will benefit the many programs of the Junior League of Los Angeles. Village shops between Beverly Blvd. and First St. will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., and shop owners will donate 15 percent of their sales to the League. League members contribute more than 60,000 volunteer hours per year to improve the lives of women and children through service projects, advocacy efforts and awareness programs. The League, with headquarters at 630 N. Larchmont Blvd., has sponsored, developed and managed projects with community partners in areas where needs are unmet and existing resources are minimal.

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Portraits of shelter, rescue dogs paint a bright future Photographer Mandy Schoch’s portraits of rescue dogs are more than just pretty faces. She started the volunteer effort after seeing dismal photos of dogs in a South Carolina pound held up by the neck with a leash, standing forlorn in a cage, basically look- PHOTOGRAPHER Mandy Schoch. ing miserable. “This is crazy,” thought the former New York fashion photographer. She carried a backdrop into the shelter, and, with her Canon digital camera, snapped several furry mixes with eyes alert, standing proud. She posted the images on Facebook and Twitter to rave reviews. The photos generated a near traffic jam with likes and shares, and, the best part, “a lot of adoptions,” says Mandy, who recently relocated to Las Palmas Ave. These days she photographs rescue dogs at the Amanda Foundation in Beverly Hills, such as Charlie—a black terrier mix with a questioning face, PUPPY got a home via Irish wolfhound mix Aston lounging on Facebook. a sofa, and a pair of puppies cuddled on a cozy blanket. Schoch studied photojournalism at the University of North Carolina. She also spent five years in Spain on a goat farm, where she perfected her photo techniques with animals. Besides her work with rescue dogs, she takes photos of pets at home and arranges pop-up studios for block parties and other events. Visit

Breakfast group marks 20th year in new home The Hollywood Networking Breakfast is marking its 20th anniversary in its new home at Raleigh Studios, Melrose and Van Ness avenues. Recent speaker Cassian Elwes told the group about arranging financing and distribution for independent films. Other speakers have included Ron Meyer, Stan Lee and Garry Marshall. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month beginning with check-in at 7:20 a.m. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the meeting lasts until approximately 10:30 a.m. Parking is available for $5 at the multi-level lot on the east side of Van Ness Ave. For more information, go to

Books and brunch Bring books and have brunch at the Big Sunday office, 6111 Melrose Ave., on Sun., Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books will be sorted, packed and distributed. For more information, contact

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Deadly Prediction makes for a frightening, but tasty read Food and mystery form a lethal mix in “A Deadly Prediction,” a new novel by Carola S. Goodman, S. Mansfield Ave. The second in a Leslie Sisters Mystery, the story opens with preparations underway for a Hallowe’en Festival set in a village northeast of London. When a know-it-all comes from the States, the village women are thrown into a tizzy. Things go from bad to scary, in a sardonic-and-wittysort-of way, when the American woman latches on to the Leslie sisters. Their housekeeper and cook soon hear of ominous prophecies from the gypsies, and then a real victim is found. All eyes, including Scotland Yard’s, are on the Leslie sisters in the 214-page paperback. Recipes found at the back are taken from locales in the novel, such as salmon croquettes as served at the Tarts and Buns Teashop and cioppino from the Raven’s Roost. Baked Apples New England from Blandings Manor calls for brandy and maple syrup. “The novel takes place in a tiny English village where everyone knows everyone else along with everything that ev-

eryone is doing,” says the author, Carola. “Coming from a small, historic 18th century village in New Hampshire this was not a far stretch,” she adds. She moved to the local area a few years ago. Tarot cards and a skullshaped full moon on the cover illustration are also by the author.

Bike segment of triathlon to roll through area Residents can catch a glimpse of cyclists when the Herbalife Triathlon races through local streets on Sun., Sept. 29. The event, which involves swimming, cycling and running, starts at 7:15 a.m. at Venice Beach, and transitions to the bicycle stint up Venice Blvd. to Fairfax Ave., then east on Olympic Blvd. The running course continues east on Olympic to Grand Ave., passing Disney Concert Hall before ending at LA Live Nokia Plaza. For more information, go to

George Charles Norton, 87 – beloved longtime Hancock Park resident and award-winning engineer Awards for Best Use of New Technology in New Construction and for Excellence in Landmark Structures in 2004). George was one of the nation’s preeminent experts at retrofitting vulnerable Southern California buildings for seismic safety, having worked on such notable projects as to ready Santa Anita racetrack for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic games and many of UCLA’s parking structures. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the only voice who could give the all-clear green light for hospitals such as St. John’s in Santa Monica to re-open to serve a community desperately in need was George’s. George spent many of his happiest moments spending time with his immediate family whom he loved so much. George is survived by his daughter Meredith and son-in-law Randall Davis of Martinez, California; their two daughters Kimberly Anne and Allyson Rose; his son Mitchell and daughter-in-law Irena of Corona, California; and their four children Samuel Nathan, Christina Elisabeth, Benjamin Edward, and Bianca Annaliese. George also enjoyed staying in touch with close family members Rebecca Campbell, his first cousin, of Canoga Park, and Sydney Norton, his younger brother, of Dingwall, Scotland. George’s two older sisters, Rita Smith and Peggy Tweedie, precedeased him. An accomplished watercolorist, George spent many a happy afternoon over the decades camped out with no more than an easel, palette, and a sandwich, capturing the essence of many beautiful seascapes and gardens from Coastal California to Washington DC’s Tidal Basin. He studied at the Boddy House art gallery at La Canada’s Descanso Gardens and before long was teaching his own master classes to appreciative residents at Valencia Ter-

race in his last adopted home, Corona. George was an extraordinary spirit. Living the essence of one of his mantras, “bash on regardless”, he fought on like a warrior after his cancer diagnosis in August of last year, living on to enjoy the company of his grandchildren for many more months than most medical professionals had predicted. Anything but the stereotype of the reserved Englishman, George had an effervescent personality and a remarkable facility to relate to and connect with folks in all facets of his life. He was just as comfortable debating the prospects for a dream season for Manchester United with the Icelandic-born physical therapist who helped looked after Marilyn as he was going toe to toe with mercurial architect Frank Gehry about the latest whimsical idea for Disney Hall. George undoubtedly would want his family to celebrate his life in the revered tradition of the New Orleans jazz funeral rather than grieve in mourning for his passing. His family is confident he is now by Marilyn’s side watching reruns of All Creatures Great and Small, with Marilyn no doubt needling him as to why it took him so long to join her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to in George’s honor. This organization is dedicated to using the power of the beautiful game to heal and bring people together the world over by providing indestructible soccer balls to kids in disadvantaged communities. Nothing would make George happier. George’s family will host a memorial service celebrating his life at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Avenue, in Riverside. ©LC0913

It is with a mixture of pride, joy, and sadness that the family of George Edward Charles Norton announce his passing on July 16, 2013 at the age of 87, after a valiant battle with cancer. George was born across the pond in London, England, on May 21, 1926, the third child of Sydney Godsmark Norton and Esther Levy Norton. His parents both passed away when George was fairly young, so he lived and studied at the historic Jewish Orphanage in West Norwood, London. During the London blitz George was billeted at a family’s home in Worthing, on England’s south coast, and then lived with family in the Salford area of greater Manchester as a young man. When he wasn’t travelling around the country supporting the Bury football club or enjoying a pint of Watneys at the corner pub, he studied engineering. Just a tad too young to see action in the Second World War, he served in the Royal Irish Fusiliers. In 1948, he set sail along with many other young professionals to chase his dreams in the States, settling in Los Angeles.

Just a year later George was introduced to native Angelena Marilyn Nathan, and after she deciphered his still thick accent, the rest is a 60 year- plus love story. They married at the famous Ambassador Hotel on May 28, 1950. Marilyn and George celebrated their affection in style, ringing in 50 years at the Paris Las Vegas and just a few years ago, 60 years surrounded by family and friends in Riverside. They travelled extensively together, enjoying such locales as George’s native Britain, Amsterdam, France, Alberta’s Banff National Park, New Orleans, and Washington DC. They lived nearly 50 years on Citrus Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles before relocating to Riverside. Marilyn predeceased him in the fall of 2011, after George lovingly and faithfully devoted so much of his energy to be by her side and care for his life-long partner. Speaking of the Paris Las Vegas: George’s many decades as a preeminent structural engineer, first with Henry M. Layne and Associates and thereafter with John A. Martin and Associates, was capped by three crowning achievements: the landmark Eiffel Tower at the Paris Las Vegas on the Strip (winner of the Structural Engineers Association of California Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in 1999 and the National Council of Structural Engineers Association Engineering Merit Award in 2001); seismic retrofit improvements to UCLA’s iconic Royce Hall (winner of the SEAOC Superior Structural Engineering Excellence Award in 1996 and the California Preservation Foundation Design Award in 1999); and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (winner of many awards, including the SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering

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Art Museum is recruiting docents The Docent Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is accepting applications. Docents lead student and public tours of the museum’s art collections. An art background is not required. However, prospective docents should have an interest in learning about art and a desire to interact and engage with children, said Wendy Ab-

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WEDDING was held in La Jolla.

Montero, Plato exchanged vows at June wedding Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in La Jolla was the setting of the marriage in June of Vanessa Montero and Christopher Plato. The bride is the daughter of Alex and Sonia Montero of San Diego. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and Chapman University, and works as a school teacher. The bridegroom is the son of Marion and George Plato of Larchmont Village. Also a graduate of San Diego State, he is a Realtor with Guiltinan Group Luxury Properties.

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Sixteen young women will be honored at the Coronet Debutante Ball in November for their community service. A luncheon to announce the future debutantes was held recently at the Bel Air Country Club. The ball is sponsored by the National Charity League.

The ceremony was officiated by Rev. James Rafferty. Among members of the wedding party were Andrea and Jennifer Plato, sisters of the bridegroom, and Gabriela Egan and Alejandra, the bride’s sisters. The couple, who reside in San Diego, honeymooned in Costa Rica.

'Carmen' kicks off L.A. Opera season Opening night gala for L.A. Opera's new season is on Sat., Sept. 21 beginning with a reeption at 5 p.m. at the Dorothoy Chandler Pavilion. "Carmen," conducted by Placido Domingo, kicks off the season. The Spanish-themed gala will raise funds for programing. "Einstein on the Beach" opens Fri., Oct. 11, followed by "Falstaff," "The Magic Flute," "Billy Budd," "Lucia Di Lammermoor" and "Thais." Visit

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Costumes, country music entertain movers, shakers “Game Of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey,” and the eye-popping bio-pic,   “Behind The Candelabra.” “I want that,” said Around Babe Johanthe sen referring Town to Liberace’s with 40-foot long Patty Hill white fur and sequin   cape. Guests then gathered in the FIDM lawn which was decked out with Tuscan- themed

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Loft @ Larchmont to host exhibit Michelle Golland will host an exhibit by artist Sharon Lee at her Loft @ Larchmont, 649 N. Larchmont Blvd., beginning Sun., Sept. 1. Lee, who holds a masters degree in interior architecture, blends traditional forms with her signature hand-carved block printing and painting process. Gollard will be having a reception on Sat., Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is open by appointment only. Call Joannie Jacard at 310-729-6168.

Photography show at Salon Photography by Franco Vogt will be making its West Coast debut at an opening on Sat., Sept. 14, 6 to 9 p.m. at Marcie Bronkar Art Salon, 128 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd. The exhibit, “Inkblots,” will continue through Sat., Oct. 19. Vogt is known for his visionary focus and dramatic images in urban and European and Asian settings, says gallery owner Bronkar.

Be a part of the Larchmont Fair, reserve a booth Boy Scout troops, religious groups, service clubs and other non-profits are welcome to join in the festivities of the Larchmont Family Fair on Sun., Oct. 27. The fair is from noon to 5 p.m. in Larchmont Village. Showcase your group’s offerings by reserving a booth for games for $300, and $350 for food or boutiques. The neighborhood, family event is sponsored by the Larchmont Boulevard Association and draws thousands of visitors. Attractions include a Halloween costume contest for children, pony rides, a Ferris wheel and a petting zoo. A talent show, pie-eating contest and water slides will also be featured. Money raised by fair booths will directly benefit the organizations, while event proceeds help fund trash collection and beautification on Larchmont Blvd. For more information or an application, contact, or call her at 323-860-4266.

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries are jointly presenting the seventh annual exhibition saluting the work of this year’s primetime Emmy-nominated costume designers. The grand opening was marked by a gala at the FIDM campus in July where 600 lucky guests   took first peeks at magnificently displayed creations. The costumes were from such iconic shows as

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Next time you walk by 5900 Wilshire Blvd., take a closer look. You could see some pirouettes and pas de deux through the windows of the 5900 Wilshire building. American Contemporary Ballet’s DanceSpace moved into the ground-floor space of the Ratkovich Company building across from the L.A. County Museum of Art. While the season runs January through August, “people can continue to see the company training and rehearsing through the windows

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COUNTRY WESTERN theme provided dress code for Del Crafter and Edward Winston.

ning and Jeffrey Foundation director Alyce Morris Winston and her husband, Edgar. ***   Suz and Peter Landay  tossed their annual   garden brunch replete with a champagne toast to  the passing season Aug. 17.  In-towners chose between eggs benedict and  eggs florentine as well as  Tuscan roast potatoes, coconut-sprinkled fruit  and a million other delectables.    Among the neighbors there were Donna and Adil Farooqui, Rafael de MarchenaHuyke, Sandy and Bill Boeck, Tanya Norris, Jim Gibbons, Jane Martin, Clara Yust, Mary Nichols, Patricia Rye, Amy and John White with their children, Ian and Sadie.        And that’s the chat.

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Obituaries John Woodward III, native of area John A. Woodward III died at his vacation home in Del Mar in August with Sally, his wife of 62 years, by his side. He was 91.

A third generation John A. Woodward, he was raised on Plymouth Blvd. as one of seven children. His father, John A. Woodward II., was a life-

time resident of Hudson Ave., and owner of St. Anthony Oil Company. Woodward’s grandfather was owner of Woodward Bennett meatpacking plant, largest plant in Los Angeles and now known as Farmer John’s. A graduate of a St. Brendan School, Loyola High School and St. John Seminary, Woodward and his wife Sally moved to Fremont Place in 1956 where they have lived ever since. He is survived by wife and five children, Mary, John, Anne, Andrew and Gerry. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, a fifth generation of Woodwards. His volunteer roles included Ahmanson League baseball coach, Meals On Wheels and counseling inmates in Juvenile Hall. Donations can be made in his memory to Loyola High School, 1901 Venice Blvd., L.A., 90006, or St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels, 2131 W. Third St., L.A., 90057.

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Al Roberts, past general manager of the city Department of Water and Power in the late 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 92. Roberts was a Hancock Park resident for 34 years. After his retirement from DWP, he worked with Dippell Realty, on Larchmont Blvd. And for a few years he also ran his own company, Association Administrators, on Wilshire Blvd. Roberts is survived by his wife of 15 years, Margaret Austin Roberts; children John Clarke Roberts and daughter Alice Roberts Stattman of Cottonwood, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Chorale opens 50th season with celebratory concert Los Angeles Master Chorale launches its 50th season with a celebratory concert with alumnae singers, rare footage and a champagne toast on Sun., Sept. 22 at 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. The program features works in the chorus’s repertoire and selections linked to four music directors—Renaissance motets for Roger Wagner, Scottish folk songs for John Currie, O Magnum Mysterium for Paul Salamunovich

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Rabbi Gruman to lead Aish Tamid Rabbi Pinchose Gruman will lead the minyan at Aish Tamid on W. Third St. He served for 40 years as the rabbi of the Young Israel of Los Angeles and of Bais Naftali. He was co-founder of Young Israel of Hancock Park. The minyan at Aish Tamid was founded to create a nuturing environment to foster spiritual growth and communal support. “Rabbi Gruman provides unparalleled experience…we are very excited about his involvement with the minyan," said president Saul Ackerman.

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Kushner play recalls days of Nazi party; roundup tells what’s ahead A Bright Room Called Day by Tony and Emmy award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) is set in 1932 Berlin. A group of artists are facing a volatile political climate with the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party. They gather in the apartment of actress Agnes (Teya Patt) as the world outside begins to crumble. The ensemble cast is excellent. Director Jeremy Elliot has kept the thru-line clear and has mined all the significant and evocative moments. With the addition of an eclectic soundtrack and some truly innovative and exceptional choreography by Carly Wielstein, the evening becomes a play with music punctu-

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Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music conclude the 2013 season at Farmers Market at Third St. and Fairfax Ave. with two September performances. Vocalist Nayana Holley, whose jazz fused style draws on soul and folk music, takes the stage on Thurs., Sept. 5. The Ronnie Guitierrea Band featuring Leslie Paul will bring old school salsa to the Market stage on Fri., Sept. 6. Music begins at 7 p.m. on the West Patio. Market restaurants, beer and wine bars, grocers, specialty shops and retailers, open until the concerts end at 9 p.m. For more information, go to

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Now he’s continuing his eclectic cooking at two of his own restaurants downtown. I haven’t yet ventured to try Bar Amá’s homestyle TexMex menu, but bäco mercat has become one of my favorite lunch destinations. A modest dark tavern with a small outdoor eating patio out front, bäco mercat is an organic extension of the still gritty, but gentrifying neighborhood surrounding it. Centeno has a way with vegetables. Blistered beans, “Caesar” brussel sprouts (tossed with mashed anchovy, garlic and pecorino), and fava and mint stuffed squash blossoms all sing. The namesake bäco is a hybrid sandwich Centeno created. Puffy pita-like flatbread is folded taco-style around myriad fillings. “The Original” is stuffed with pork and beef carnitas, then slathered with salbitxada, a Spanish sauce of ground chiles, almonds, tomatoes, garlic and sherry vinegar. “El pollo,” a chicken and pork bäco flavored with middle eastern spices and thickened yogurt, was also delicious. Not as complex or interesting was “El pesco,” with fried shrimp, chives and sriracha, a hot pep-


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A spate of casual New England-style seafood-centric eateries have been trending across the city. Hollywood’s littlefork, one of the newer restaurants featuring the seaside concept, adds a large dollop of meatier Montreal fare to the fish mix with excellent results. A bustling, noisy room with attractive adjacent bar, the décor is a modernist interpretation of an East Coast clam shack. Graphic wood-grained wallpaper panels, grey molded resin chairs and unadorned plank tables create a simple, yet chic and comfortable space. The reasonably priced small plates menu features the expected array of ocean bounty: fresh-shucked and fried oysters, clam chowder, lobster rolls, and assorted fish preparations. Chef Jason Travi, formerly of the now-shuttered Fraiche in Culver City, uses maple syrup and smoked meats to add a Canadian touch: maple eggs



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‘Living History’ on tour in West Adams cemetery USC’s first female professor, a Jazz Age starlet and a Union Army bugler will come back to life at West Adams Heritage Association Living History Tour on Sat., Sept. 28. Actors portraying professor Jennie Bovard, starlet and Mack Sennett bathing beauty Marjorie Zier Page and jazz chanteuse Ivie Anderson who sang with Duke Ellington will

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grave, as diseases killed thousands of those Indians who lived there. 
 When Serra died in Mission San Carlos in Carmel in 1784, he had shepherded the building of nine missions. Another 12 would be built before the missions were secularized and the effort abandoned in the

1830s under Mexico. “With the conclusion of the Mexican-American War, the advent of the Gold Rush, and the incorporation of California into the Union in 1850, the Indian population was decimated and dispossessed, forced onto the most unproductive land and into the most


exploitative wage labor,” said co-curator Catherine Gudis, and professor of California and public history at UC Riverside. “With the rapid desire of Americans to claim the land, Indians were essentially stripped of any rights they had retained under Spanish and then Mexican rule.”

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Missions founder Junípero Serra, Indian cultures in exhibit Junípero Serra’s diary, which he carried from Baja to San Diego in 1769, is among items in a new exhibit on the Franciscan priest who founded California’s missions. The exhibit recently opened at The Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. “Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions” covers his early life in Mallorca, Spain, his mission work in Mexico and California and the vast Indian cultures who lived here. Coinciding with the 300th anniversary of Serra’s birth, it will include nearly 250 objects on exhibit to Jan. 6, 2014, in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Most visible symbol “The mission period was a defining one in California’s history—and Serra is the most visible symbol of that period,” said Steven Hackel, co-curator of the exhibition, professor of history at UC Riverside, and author of “Junípero Serra: California’s Founding Father.” “It is a story of conflicting, blending, and overlapping cultures, of imperial expansion and human drama and loss, and then, finally, of the perseverance and survival of not only European institutions in California, but the California Indians who were the focus of Serra’s missions.”  Contemporary art and first-person narratives by de-

scendants of the missions are featured, as well as a host of rare paintings and illustrations documenting the history of Mallorca, Serra’s life, 18thcentury Catholic liturgical art and New Spain. “These images are not only beautiful,” says Hackel, “but they are among the most important ethnographic representations of California Indian life at the onset of the missions and of Indian life in the missions.” Textile fragment Also on view will be Serra’s baptismal record, his Bible and lecture notes from Mallorca. Notable items documenting Indian culture include a textile fragment, thousands of years old—woven by California Indians from seaweed and fiber—as well as beads, tools, baskets and written documents from the colonial period. Early California was populated by numerous and diverse groups of Indians. Culture and customs varied from village to village; more than 100 languages were spoken; and Indians in the parts of California colonized by Spain numbered nearly 70,000.   Serra, under the auspices of the Catholic Church and the Spanish flag, believed his mission was to convert them to Christianity. However, his dream of encouraging Indians to relocate to the missions ultimately led many to an early

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Sanctuary to open for High Holy services; dedication set Sept. 29 Members of Wilshire Boulevard Temple will be sitting closer to the clergy and those in the balcony will be seated on restored original pews when the renovated sanctuary opens in time for High Holy Days this month. Newly constructed wheelchair ramps crafted of marble and a lowered and extended bimah—platform from where the Torah is read—are among new features of the spiritual heart of the temple. A chandelier overlooks the restored pews and new carpet. Built in 1929 with funds from the Warner brothers and film producer Irving Thalberg, the temple’s refurbished 1,658-seat sanctuary and outdoor space were restored as the first phase of a 10-year project. Dedication concert A celebration is set for Sun., Sept. 29 with Mayor Eric Garcetti and several city choirs at a community-wide dedication. The Unity Concert will feature dignitaries of all faiths and begins at 5:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach will perform at the closing. The event is free but RSVP required at (Kids Concert with rock singer Sheldon Low will take place earlier in the day, at 10 a.m.) “This is a very internally-focused space, but it is as awe-inspiring [as Griffith

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Observatory] and very spiritual and moving for me,” said Brenda Levin of Levin & Associates Architects. Besides the Griffith Observatory, the architect and longtime congregation member also restored Dodger Stadium, City Hall and the Bradbury Building. Also included in this first phase are updating the Davidson Patio with smooth paving, landscaping and lighting, and the new Audrey Irmas Courtyard, which is adjacent to the Sanctuary. The entire $160-million renovation will include new learning centers, a sports complex, a 500-space parking lot, and a community service center to serve neighbors on the block between Hobart and Harvard boulevards. Top 10 surprises Rabbi Steven Leder compiled a Top Ten of Sanctuary Surprises of the restoration, printed in the Temple August bulletin. On the list are the four semi-trailers it took to move the temple’s organ pipes to Ohio for restoration. Number two on his list the complex task of taking apart, repairing, cleaning and reassembling with new lead the 3,000-pound stained glass in the Rose Window. And number one? “How great our ancestors who built Wilshire Boulevard Temple really were and how fortunate we are because of them.” Tracing its roots to when Abraham Lincoln was president, continued growth moved the congregation to its Wilshire Blvd. location. The temple entered the U.S. Register of Historic Places in 1981. The interior features black marble, gold inlay, mosaics, rare woods, Biblically-themed murals and an immense Byzantine dome. For more on the dedication visit

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Opa! Drink, eat, dance like a Greek at St. Sophia Cathedral Fest Greek cuisine, dancing and music will be featured at the L.A. Greek Fest on Fri., Sept. 6 to Sun., Sept.8 at the Grand Plaza grounds of Saint Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave. Honorary chairs Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will reign at the 15th annual event. The festival, which brings in more than 15,000 attendees, includes imported crafts, homemade sweets, live musical performances, a Zorba happy hour as well as Greek dancing shows and workshops for interested participants. Honoring the area’s Byzantine Latino Quarter, a live salsa band will also perform. Hourly tours of the historic landmark St. Sophia Cathedral will be held throughout the weekend. Flaming cheese, feta fries and lamb chops as well as pastries are among cuisine specialties offered along with Greek wines and beers. Angel

Love story dance, musical at Ford is ‘Fanta-Stick’ A Romeo-and-Juliet-inspired dance-musical comedy “Fanta-Stick” is on Sat., Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Ford Amphiteatre, 2850 Cahuenga Blvd. East. Co-sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center LA, the story tells of two families, String and Percussion, who have been embroiled in a feud for generations. Traditional Korean music fused with Western percussion is played on oriental instruments. Choreographed dance numbers feature break dancing, acrobatics and martial arts. Ticket prices start at $25; $10 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at or call 323-461-3673.

City Brewery will be providing a full bar with signagure cocktails. Greek cooking demonstra-

tions will be available on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the gym. Hours are Friday, 5 to 10

p.m., Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, $3 for kids 4 to 12. Free parking and

shuttle service will be offered. For more information call 323-737-2424 or go to www.

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Top chefs at Paramount’s ‘Taste’

Family fun includes concerts, exhibits, food at County Fair New exhibits and old favorites will be on display at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona, Fri., Aug. 30 through Sun., Sept. 29. New at the Fair is an exhibit of underwater animals including sea lions, stingrays, sharks and even mermaids!

Explore award-winning wine tasting, take in a world of Hollywood entertainment and creativity, immerse in marine life, discover fascinating animals and venture into the scenic wilderness. Also on hand will be the Avengers and other super

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heroes—Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk—at America’s Kids Living Library of Fun. A Los Angeles tradition for more than 90 years, the Fair offers rides, attractions, exotic animals, concerts and a vast array of food.

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Meet L.A.’s top chefs and mixologists and savor the region’s vibrant dining scene with unlimited tastings and specialty cocktails at Paramount Studios. The Los Angeles Times Food Festival “The Taste” kicks off Fri., Aug. 30 with opening night festivities from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Field to Fork on Sat., Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes a panel on “Fish or Famine: Sustainability & the Seafood on Your Plate” with Times food editor Russ Parsons moderating. Wine experts will share tips for pairing the perfect glass with locally-sourced

dishes at two tasting sessions. A Labor Day Block Party is co-hosted by Nancy Silverton, chef/co-owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, on Sun., Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This end-of-summer bash will offer an inside look at barbecue and Times Columnist Steve Lopez’s crowd-pleasing Firehouse Cook-off. Participating restaurants in five events include BOA Steakhouse, Kings Row Gastropub, The Corner Door, Pinches Tacos and many more. Tickets start at $65; go to, or connect on Facebook and Twitter @TheTasteLA (#TasteLA).

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CicLAvia to pedal along downtown’s ‘Heart of LA’ Oct. 6 CicLAvia returns to its roots when “The Heart of LA” takes off Sun., Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown, where the car-free event made its debut three years ago. The 7.4-mile route includes Chinatown, the Piñata District, Boyle Heights, Westlake and MacArthur Park, Little

Tokyo, Central Avenue and Grand Park/Civic Center. More than 150,000 people are expected to participate as bicyclists, as well as on foot, skateboard or any other nonmotorized transport. There are activities along the route and shops and restaurants are encouraged to be

open. Children can play in the streets, according to the website, It is the eighth CicLAvia to take place since 2010. Previous routes included Wilshire Blvd. to Miracle Mile and Venice Blvd. to the beach. For information call 213355-8500 or see

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‘Feast of San Gennaro’ celebrates all things Italian Sept. 27 to 29 Kick off October’s Italian Heritage Month at the Galbani Italian Feast of San Gennaro annual street festival on Fri., Sept. 27 through Sun., Sept. 29. Hosted by event co-founders Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Feast takes place behind the Jimmy Kimme Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Inspired by the 80-year-old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine and will feature food, mu-

sic, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. A procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Sat., Sept. 28 and conclude with a Mass on the main stage. Proceeds from the 12th annual event benefit the San Gennaro Foundation that supports homeless shelters and food banks as well as school programs for underprivileged youth. For more information, visit

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Learn of socialite's ‘romantic’ past with museum’s online journal Heritage Square’s new interactive online journal “Romancing Mamie” lets visitors follow the mostly true story of socialite Mamie Perry whose father owned the Perry Mansion located at the museum at 3800 Homer St.

William Hayes Perry was a prominent late 19th century L.A. business leader whose mansion, originally located in Boyle Heights, was one of the biggest homes of its era. Viewers will learn that Mamie was in love with Italian

tenor, Federico Landini, and that she too was an aspiring opera singer. She was also being pursued by shy flautist, Charles Davis, creating a potential love triangle. Players can enter the authentic Perry home by visit-

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Experience the multi-sensory impact of a giant luminarium at “Exxopolis” in downtown’s Grand Park Sat. and Sun., Sept. 7 and 8 and Fri., Sept. 13 to Sun., Sept. 15. Visitors to Grand Park’s event lawn, between Broadway and Spring streets, will be transported to another world as they traverse the 175-feet long by 95-feet wide inflatable walkin sculpture. Designed by Architects of Air and inspired by Islamic architecture and gothic cathedrals, Exxopolis features a luminous maze of winding paths and soaring domes. The structure’s translucent colored PVC material filters natural light, which then reflects onto silver opaque PVC to create a space filled with remarkable colors and subtle hues. The presentation will also include a series of performances known as “Random Acts of Culture,” which salute L.A.’s diverse communities. Access is free. Guests are encouraged to register for expedited entrance for a $1 handling fee at

‘Happiness’ art at Cultural Center “Korean Minhwa, Folk Paintings which Bring Happiness,” an exhibit which recently opened at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd., continues through Thurs., Sept. 12. More than 40 works by 30 young artists are in the “Show Mee Festival,” which makes its L.A. premiere at the site. Among the works are an eight-fold screen depicting cranes, deer, rock and clouds in “Painting of 10 Longest Living Animals.” “Painting of Peony” represents the flower, which symbolizes wealth and dignity in the Korean culture.

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tie to the neighborhood. If you take a walk to the north end of the boulevard, you will find an apartment building located at 564 N. Larchmont, which was once owned by Sennett. In the silent film era’s heyday, Sennett housed many of the actors from his films in the three-story red brick building. Sennett also used the building for exterior shots in his films, and rumor has it that the building’s façade, which has two distinct looks, was often used to represent two different

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Museum Row

Japanese swords, Good Food pie contest, Rosh Hashanah festival JAPAN FOUNDATION— "World of Deadly Valor and Tempered Beauty: The Japanese Sword Paradox," lecture by Master Swordsmith Kunimasa Matsuba, is on Tues., Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Free. RSVP. • "Let's Chat in Japanese!" a casual conversation and Tea Time event, is Sat., Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. • Japanese Paper Lecture & Demonstration is Thurs., Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. with Hironao Hamada and Osamu Hamada,

Washi artisans. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323-761-7510. www.jflalc. org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—Etsy Meet & Make Craft Night is Thurs., Sept. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. • Mobiles & Other Hanging Things CraftLab drop-in workshop is Sun., Sept. 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • Make holiday, 3-D and other creative cards on Thursdays Sept. 12, 19 and 26, 7 to 9:30

p.m. • Opening reception for two shows is on Sat., Sept. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.: "Artifacts of a Life Lived by the Living (to Live)," curated by contemporary artist Chris Johanson. Interdisciplinary exhibition celebrates the meditative ritual of the artmaking process. "Nathalie Miebach: Changing Waters," solo exhibit translates scientific data of weather patterns into musical scores

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Labor Day bash, classes on iris and natives

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Enjoy the remaining days of summer with a picnic under the oaks, live music and gardening and art classes at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. All-day Labor Day celebration “Boddy’s Big Backyard” kicks off with a tour of the California Garden with native horticulturist Layla Valenzuela on Mon., Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. Learn more about one of the first cultivated spaces at Descanso, designed by pioneering native plant advocate Theodore Payne. Enjoy the Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band in the Under the Oaks Theater at 2 p.m., and bring a picnic to enjoy on the Main Lawn, or choose from barbecue selections by Patina from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sketching, painting By sketching on location, artists experience the Gardens



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Garden Club talk on pest management Author Bart O’Brien will offer tips on integrated pest management at the Los Angeles Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Mon., Sept. 9. The meeting, which kicks off the Club’s new season, takes place at the Griffith Park Visitors Center Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. O’Brien, director of special projects at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, has a

master of landscape architecture degree from Harvard and has introduced many native plants to the trade. Co-author of “California Native Plants for the Garden” and the bilingual “Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens,” he is an authority on the native flora of California and of Northern Baja California, Mexico.


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Illustrate books, explore missions, arrange flowers A variety of children’s classes are offered at the Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Kids ages 7 to 12 will explore illustrated books and make one of their own at a handson workshop on Sat., Sept 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Toddlers ages 3 and 4 will set sail to sites around the world through stories, art activities and explorations at a preschool series on Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Five-to-eight year olds will explore mission history with a visit to the Junipero Serra Exhibition on Sat., Sept. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Create a floral arrangement using locally grown blooms in a hands-on workshop for youngsters age 7 to 9 on Sat., Sept. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Yoga, ikebana, garden talks to dog obedience classes Organic fruit and vegetable gardening classes, pet training and fitness classes are among September offerings at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Thursday garden talks The fall series of Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer kicks off on Sept. 12. A veggiegarden planning workshop will illustrate how to plot out gardens on paper with practical tips and fun facts on coolweather crops and their care from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The class is led by teacher and writer Christi Wilhelm, who will sign copies of “Gardening for Geeks.” A field trip Sept. 19 explores A Wonderful Wildlife Oasis in Beverly Hills from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The private hillside landscape is filled with natives, succulents and other plants that attract and support birds, butterflies, bees and lizards. Pre-registration is required. Dani Hahn, owner of Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, will present “The World of Roses: Past, Present and Future” on Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. She will examine the evolution of cultivated roses with insights on modern practices and varieties, as well as what’s to come for rose lovers. Save money and contribute to your family’s healthy lifestyle by learning how to grow fruits and vegetables organically. The class, taught by horticultural curator Jill Morganelli on Sat., Sept. 14 from noon to 4 p.m., focuses on seasonal production. Dog obedience classes The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA present a fiveweek dog obedience class for

all skill levels on Mondays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Discussion and training includes improved leash walking, sending your dog to bed, sitting for petting, prolonged stays and establishing a more reliable call. To register, go to or call 626792-7151 ext. 155. Ikebana, trees Learn about Japanese cultural traditions while practicing the techniques of moribana, heika and landscape arrangements. Classes for beginning students meet Fridays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advanced students meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. New species will be covered at “What Tree Is That?” on Saturdays, Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 9. Register at 626-8214623. Mexican food Italian restaurant owner Gale Kohl along with chef Beningo Zarate will celebrate Mexican Independence Day by exploring Mexican food at “Fresh: Celebrating the Table” on Wed., Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Yoga workshop A yoga workshop will celebrate the autumnal equinox on Sat., Sept. 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Insights into how the seasons impact the flora and fauna of the Arboretum will be included. Oktoberfest Celebrate Oktoberfest by learning the science of root beer-making on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8 per child for members; $10 for non-members. Must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 626-8214623. For more information, go to

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Small native garden, bulb workshops Get tips on creating a personal oasis, starting plants from seed and gardening with bulbs at Theodore Payne, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Creating outdoor space Larkspur Garden Design owner Steve Gerischer will show how to create a pocketsized space with hardscape, seating, a fire pit, bird bath or water feature and California native plants to add color, fragrance, texture and wildlife habitat on Sat., Sept. 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Native gardening Horticulturist Lili Singer will cover the basics on gardening with California flora on Sat., Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommended for beginners, the class is a prerequisite to Payne's three-part garden design course. Learn the ins and outs of propagating native plants from seed at a workshop on

Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Subjects include watering, fertilizing, pruning, grooming and mulching. Volunteer at Payne Meet and work with likeminded members of the com-


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Sat., Sept. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The hands-on class covers seed harvesting, cleaning and storage, germination and sowing. Students will take home a flat of seeds they’ve sown. A program with Lili Singer highlights trees, vines, perennials and grasses that will ensure year-round color on Sat., Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The California flora is rich

with flowering bulbs. John Wickham, curator of Payne’s bulb collection, will tell which are best for shade or sun, dry spots or moist places, in the ground and in containers at a class on Sat., Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Garden maintenance Antonio Sanchez, co-founder of Nopalito Native Plant Nursery in Ventura, will discuss maintenance on Sat.,

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Plant sale benefits Zoo conference on orangutans Mixed succulents, perennials like bearded iris, Brazilian bachelor’s button, air plants and bromeliads will be offered at a plant sale benefiting a project at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden. The sale is at a private home at 536 N. June St. on Sun., Sept. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. The project is the inter-

national conference for the Orangutan Husbandry Workshop. The L.A. Zoo and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assoc. are hosting the three-day event that will bring together keepers, managers, field biologists, veternarians, conservationists and experts from all over the world. A variety of topics pertain-

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BACK TO SCHOOL Third Street Elementary School’s top ranking is not an accident By Sondi Sepenuk If you live in the Hancock Park area, even if you don’t have kids, you most surely know that Third Street Elementary is one of the top-ranked public elementary schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. In fact, with an Academic Performance Index of 948, the school places in the top two percent of all public elementary schools in Los Angeles.

Third Street, filled with 750 kindergarten through 5th graders, has long held a reputation for having a diverse student body, high academic achievement and an abundance of parental involvement. This is no accident. The woman who has been leading the school since 1993, Dr. Suzie Oh, is determined not only to keep it at its current level of academic success, but to boost it

even higher. With the introduction of the new Common Core State Standards phasing in this fall (a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other), Dr. Oh sees lots of opportunity for progress. “I believe in the Common Core standards because it is rooted in critical thinking, discussion, creativity and community,” says Dr. Oh enthusias-

DR. SUSIE OH is thrilled with new developments.

tically. “I’m glad to be moving away from one-size-fits-all.” The principal doesn’t flinch when she says that, but the reality is that over her last 20 years at Third Street, Dr. Oh has been faced with the constant winds of academic change throughout LAUSD. The one thing that has stayed consistent is her knowledge of what works and what does not. Most recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan approved a one-year waiver that releases LAUSD from its obligation to No Child Left Behind. Dr. Oh is thrilled with these new developments. Transformative change This waiver is “transformative change,” she explains. “It provides an incredible opportunity to take a more holistic approach to school improvement. This will allow us to be far less dependent on a single test score.” Dr. Oh has managed to put her own stamp on improvements at Third Street. For example, when she became the principal in 1993, the first thing she did was to enlarge the library.

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“The school had a very small library when I started, and libraries, in my opinion, should be the center of learning… we wanted to instill the love of reading in our students. Today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders,” Dr. Oh states with confidence. With devastating budget cuts affecting the public schools year after year, one of Dr. Oh’s main priorities was to get the parents involved in fundraising and volunteering. In this way, the school, through “Friends of Third,” has raised enough money for library support, teacher assistants, P.E. classes, the Arts and more. Dr. Oh also introduced a Korean/English dual language program 12 years ago, and expanded the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) at the school. Increase in gifted “When I first arrived, only three to five percent of the students were originally identified as gifted and talented. Now, there are about 20 to 25 percent who are in the program,” she says with pride. Even with all of her achievements at the school, the last thing Dr. Oh wants to do is to take credit for anything. She knows, as all good leaders do, that it’s all about “we.” “Every year brings me different opportunities and challenges…” says Dr. Oh, “but we are successful because of a strong parent body and teachers who are a stable presence at the school… I involve parents in our decision-making process, because they are our customers. All of our programs should be about their little darlings.” Twenty years after Dr. Oh’s arrival at the school, Third Street Elementary is moving forward with bold programs, lots of parent involvement, and a laser focus on improving every child’s life. “If I had to start all over again,” Dr. Oh muses, “I would still be in education.”

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BACK TO SCHOOL School year marks Westridge’s 100th educating girls

iPads are popular with both students and teachers at Page A one-to-one iPad program that was introduced last year at Page Private School has expanded this year to include students in preschool and junior kindergarten. iPad use complements the school's "smart boards," as well as its updated computer lab, said teacher Janet Romero. "You have a spelling test tomorrow, so you might want to work on that," Romero told a group of 4th and 5th graders

during a language arts class in the library of the school on Larchmont Blvd. Students seem more excited about learning when using a variety of interactive apps on their iPads in subjects from math and science to language and history, said Romero. The students agree. Utilizing apps in the classroom "feels like regular games, so it's fun," said 4th grader Bridjet Walker. "But we're learning, too."

in an ever-changing world, said Monica Meñez, director of communications. “The vision of Mary Ranney’s Westridge School became a reality in 1913, remained constant decade after decade of national social and cultural change, continues today and is the core of the Centennial celebration,” added Meñez. Special centennial activities throughout the year will be highlighted in classrooms and at special events. Includ-

ed are a Founder’s Day picnic in October; speaker Rebecca Skloot in November; the introduction of a Westridge Athletics Hall of Fame during homecoming in January: and Centennial Weekend in March featuring Festival of the Arts, Alumnae Day, Faculty and Staff Reunion and Westridge 100 Birthday Party. The school has grown from a single home to a nearly 10acre, 17-building campus at 324 Madeline Drive.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Hints on managing stress at back-to-school time time comes around. It’s wonderful spending the extra time with the kids during summer, but as all parents know, it can be a challenge

keeping them occupied. Then school begins again, and I’m happy to get back to our routine, but not thrilled about getting back to the crazy Mon-

day-Friday schedule. I’ve identified some tips that may help parents with the two toughest times of the school day: the morning madness and the after-school juggle. I am certainly not an expert in this arena; every day is a work in progress, but these are some ideas that may help. Let’s talk about the crazy mornings. We need to leave our house by 7:15 a.m. to get our kids to school, so evMommy ery minute Beat counts. Parby ents should set a regular Danielle bedtime and Avazianwake-up time Reyes during the school week. This will establish a routine and set the expectation with no room for negotiation. Have your child lay out his/her clothes the night before in a designated spot (this includes shoes, socks and belts.) The homework and backpacks should also be packed up and put in a designated spot near the door. Decide on simple breakfast choices ahead of time and have those breakfast items on hand and ready to go. Make sure your own items (keys, i-pad, jacket) are on-hand so you are not slowing everyone down if you need to hunt for something. To keep kids on track in the morning, try taping a checklist to the bathroom mirror of what they need to do and in what order: get dressed, brush teeth, brush hair, eat breakfast, get backpack. Some families find the afterschool juggle to be tougher

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than the mornings—that long stretch from the time school lets out until the final activity ends and everyone is home. Planning and time management are crucial to keeping everyone’s sanity while also providing a good opportunity to teach our kids about time management. Limit activities to things your kids truly enjoy, maintain a family calendar in area and have eva common eryone refer to it at dinnertime. Have them get their activity bags ready on Sundays, embrace meal planning and include your kids in the menu selection. Make the most of your time in the car by using clipboards for homework, stay on a schedule so things run more smoothly, i.e. homework at 4:30, dinner at 6, bath at 7. Depending on the age of your kids, empower them by giving them control over some of their own planning and scheduling; it is a great confidence booster.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Zimmer hosts award dinner Zimmer Children Museum’s Discovery Award Dinner is Thurs., Nov. 14 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Honored at the event will be Margaret Loesch, president

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THE MUSTANG ALL-STARS made it all the way to the finals. Pictured, from left, are Aidan Khare, Luke Turrill, manager Jeff Mast, Jake Miller, Charlie Nevins, Dillon Kim, Caleb Rose, Connor Rice, Ava Yood-Howard, coach Matt Magallon, Joey Light-Rake and Jackson Benattar. Team members not pictured are Teagan Disharoon, Jackson Kruse, Kai Moran and Alexander Saul.

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Wilshire Warriors finished stellar first season under PONY Baseball banner son, five teams made it to the PONY all-star tourament. "All did well, but the standout was our Mustang 9- and 10-year old team, who made it all the way to the finals of sectionals, finally losing to Southern Cal powerhouse Hart Baseball of Santa Clarita," said Rake. In addition, the Warriors 12

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Wilshire Baseball officially became Wilshire Warriors PONY Baseball this year, and had an amazing season in its first year in the prestigious league, said Warriors president Jeff Rake. More than 550 boys and girls played in the spring rec league at John Burroughs school and Pan Pacific Park. In post-sea-


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BACK TO SCHOOL L.A. High is accredited through 2018

TEX MEX CORNBREAD and Black Bean Mountain, a cucumber salad and a Warm Pear and Raisin Delight dessert were created by LAUSD high school students.

Students create new menu items for L.A. schools Students have their fellow classmates to thank for new menu items at L.A. Unified School District cafeterias. A breakfast item and a lunch meal, created by students, will be served at all 800 LAUSD cafeterias. They will be rotated into the menu cycle every four weeks. Students’ dishes were chosen through district-wide competitions. Among winners are Panorama High school sophomore Guadalupe Gonzalez for her Breakfast Fruit Puff

recipe as well as West Adams High senior Esther Segura and Jose Landaverde, a senior at Manual Arts High School, for their Tex Mex Cornbread and Black Bean Mountain, cucumber salad and Warm Pear and Raisin Delight dessert. “The more involved students are, the more we can deliver dishes that not only look and taste good to them, but also meet U.S. Dept. of Agriculture guidelines," said David Binkle, LAUSD director of food services.

By Laura Eversz Los Angeles High School got some good news recently when it was granted accreditation through 2018. In 2010, the school was named one of five in the Los Angeles Unified School District under threat of takeover or closure because of chronically failing scores. But a recent letter from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges announced that it had been successfully accredited through 2018. A two-day mid-cycle review will take place in the spring of 2015. "A study of the school in 2010 didn't have a great outcome," said principal Dr. Helena Yoon-Fontamillas, who came on board at the end of 2011. "They gave us one year to turn it around and show improvement. If we hadn't succeeded, we would have gotten a one-year accreditation or it would have been withheld, meaning diplomas would be valueless for students applying to UCs or Cal States." In April of this year, a visiting team liked what they

L.A. HIGH STAFF came together from top to bottom in its successful effort to improve the school.

saw. "The accreditation offers compelling evidence that we are moving in the right direction," said the principal. Being given one year "was a wake-up call for the entire staff," she added. "It was no longer business as usual." She credits the improvement to the staff's commitment to working together as a team. "We had a new instructional specialist come on board, and we made a commitment to come together

from top to bottom," said the principal. It wasn't an easy year, she admitted. "We spent a lot of time finding a happy medium between keeping the focus on students and school improvement." "Rebuilding is going to take some time," said Yoon-Fontamillas. "But the accreditation shows we have made progress and have turned the corner. That is great news," she added.

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By Margaret Combs 11th Grade In addition to welcoming a new 7th grade class of 95 students, kicking off the fall sports season, and starting rehearsals for the all-school play, the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year finds Marlborough celebrating its 125th year as the oldest all-girls school in southern California. Commemorating the school’s anniversary will play a large role in the events of the school year, as Marlborough seeks to make students and the community aware of its history. Students will create artwork and participate in activities centered on learning about Marlborough’s past, and will be able to observe archival displays around campus. Annual traditions such as Pin Ceremony, during which parents and students recognize the 9th graders’ transition to the upper school, will be accompanied by historical information about the event. The yearly drama ensemble play will be a student-written documentary of the school’s history. In the fall of 2014, Marlborough alumna and former employee Judith Minor Campbell ’59 will


By Sam Bernardy 5th Grade We had a pretty fun and exciting month, kicking off the start of the school year with a big game day consisting of games and snow cones. We’ve been swimming during our P.E. classes and on top of that, we took a supercalafragalistic field trip to Soak City! This month, be on the look out for the Safe Moves Assembly. It’s going to inform us about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Our preschool and junior kinder students will celebrate their grandparents and special friends by having morning snack with them. Our field trip is to Kids Concept located in Torrance. We’ll close out the month with our “Jog for Technology” fund run at our Page Newport Mesa campus. For information on the run, call 323-463-5118. I’ll leave you with Sam’s tip #1: “For all those kids and parents out there, take it easy on each other.”

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By Olivia Brancato 5th grade At Third Street School, everybody is adjusting to our new classrooms and teachers. Returning to teach kindergarten is Miss

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Larchmont Charter School is changing. Larchmont Charter School and Larchmont Charter West merged, but will remain at separate campuses. From changing teachers to changing principals, Larchmont has made many revisions to their staff. Kristin Droege, the previous principal of LCW, is now the head of school K-8. There are even more exciting changes, such as 4th graders taking Spanish language classes and no more multi-grade classes. In the spirit of merging, we ended last year with an LCS, LCW soccer match at RFK High School. Each school had a boy’s and a girl’s team, and they were evenly matched games. Parents, students, and faculty had fun cheering on the players who also had fun playing against friends. We are thrilled to announce our new high school opened this month. They will offer a 9th and 10th grade class and continue to grow by adding a grade each year.

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By Sela Sourapas 6th Grade I am very excited to be writing this column for the Larchmont Chronicle. I am 12 years old and enjoy reading, science and volleyball. It was a busy summer on campus. Our school offered sports, chess, and robotics camps. It also offered a Creative Arts Academy, which is a series of rotating performing arts classes—such as improvisation, fencing, film and costume design. For the final performance, the students created their own stories into an original theatrical production. This year’s theme was Epic-Center. As of August 27 the whole elementary went to back to school. It’s always a happy time to see old friends, make new friends, and meet new classroom teachers. Starting in September is Food on Fridays, where students are asked to bring in canned goods that are donated to a local food pantry.


By Klara Kaupanger-Swacker Alice Lee 4th Grade Hi! We are the school reporters of Wilshire Private School. This summer 2013, we had lots of fun. Every Friday, we went on field trips to places like Knott’s, Soak City and the museums. From 9 a.m. to noon it was study time. Every Thursday for math we cooked desserts such as Jell-O peppermint no bake cake, vanilla ice cream, peanut butter bars, cake batter truffles and Oreo pudding. Our teacher can sure make math delicious! We also read “Island of the Blue Dolphins” and wrote book reports and did projects on the book. After that, it was lunch time. After lunch, on Mondays and Wednesdays, we had PE and music classes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we had computer and art classes. It was an awesome summer.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Kim recognized as top student by Johns Hopkins Kevin Kim, Sycamore Ave., dent at Walter Reed Middle was recently honored as one of School, was one of more than the brightest young students 40,000 students from over 120 in the nation at a statewide countries who participated in the CTY Talent awards ceremony Search. Because of by The Johns Hopthe difficulty of the kins University tests, only 25 to 30 Center for Talented percent of students Youth (CTY). who participated He is the son of earned an invitation Kyung Un Kim and to a CTY Awards Kook hee Park. Ceremony. The Center hon “It’s inspirored Kevin for his Kevin Kim ing and reassuring exceptional perforto see this group of mance on a rigorsome of the best and brightous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented est students emerging and to second-through-eighth-grade know that they will become tomorrow’s thought leaders students. Kevin, an eighth grade stu- and innovators,” says Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY.

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Local students receiving honors are in the news The following is news of student graduations and honors. Natalie Abshez received the bachelor of arts degree in studio art, magna cum laude, from Carleton College during its 139th commencement ceremony in June. She is the daughter of Wendy and Allan Abshez of Windsor Square. Kyle Dinsmore and Lucas Lappe were named to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute spring 2013 Dean’s List for academic achievement. Hayley Fager, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Fager of Windsor Square, won the Dean’s Award from Colgate University.

A CEREMONY AT THE GROVE honored more than 150 innercity youth scholars who had received support through the Caruso Family Foundation. The students were treated to lunch and a movie to celebrate the completion of their summer programs. Rick Caruso, CEO of Caruso Affiliated and founder of the Foundation, was joined by L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier at the recent event.

Tots learn espanol and English at Zimmer program A bilingual drop-off program for three-year-olds will be launched next month at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6595 Wilshire Blvd. The program, Jugando Grande, offers bilingual exposure in a fun Reggio-Emilia inspired learning environment led by a certified early childhood specialist fluent in English and Spanish. “The bilingual movement is growing quickly in Los Angeles and there are not enough programs to fill the need,” says Maria Palazzolo, associate director of Play and Learning for the museum. A rotating schedule of more than 10 weekly parent and child classes, a Caregiver Academy which offers professional development for caregivers, and fieldtrips for Headstart Preschools are also featured at Zimmer. For more information please contact Maria Palazzolo at maria@zimmermuseum. org or 323-761-8994.

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A VISIT to the Jersey Shore included a bumper car ride for Ryan Lavery and his cousin, Marguerite Scaturo.

BALBOA ISLAND hosted Henry Beck Boylston and his sister, Lauren Boylston.

BEST FRIENDS Merryn Forbes and Isabella Lovatelli went on a camping trip to Lake Cachuma.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Jersey shore, here's how youngsters spent the summer WHETHER enjoying bumper cars on the Jersey Shore, visiting grandparents, attending family reunions or taking part in a fellowship, all agree that the livin' was easy.

LAKE CROWLEY served up a "keeper" for Tim Burschinger over the summer.

THE MISSOURI RIVER in S. Dakota provided a scenic backdrop for fisherman Siobhan Schallert and a friend.

ENJOYING the great outdoors at Lake Casitas were Jake Prior and Luke Genewick.

KELSEY PRIOR took in the scenery from the back seat on the way to San Luis Obispo to visit her Grannie and Grandpa.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Car-related fun at Petersen Museum Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum the first Saturday of the month for Discovery Days drop-in arts and crafts workshops from 1 to 4

p.m. Actors from L.A. BookPals read stories at 2 p.m. Make magnetic streetscapes on Sept. 7. Children under six can join


THREE-YEAROLD Zoey Banks, Larchmont Village, discovered worms at Kallpachay summer camp. The Spanish immersion program, which was founded by two home school teachers, offers classes, camps and preschool for youngsters.

in Discovery Hour on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. with games, story telling, scavenger hunts and crafts. Stop Lights are featured Sept. 10. The Petersen is at 6060 Wilshire Blvd.

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Watch movies, share books, play games, dust off that screenplay FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children LACMA Art Classes for Kids: Best for ages five to 12; meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for information. Adults Book Group: Call library for selection. Meets Tues., Sept., 3 at 10:30 a.m. First Thursday Films: Have popcorn and see a movie, on Thurs., Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Call branch for selection. L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Meets Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TV Writers Group: Discusss and critique your scripts on Sat., Sept. 14 and 28 at 3:30 p.m. M.S. Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multiple sclerosis on Thurs., Sept. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Children STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Meets Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Discuss future programming, books, music and movies on Tues., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Adults Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book and cd deals on Fri., Sept. 6 and Sat., Sept. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Book Club: Meets Tues., Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Call library for this month's selection. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Children Tuesday Night @ the Movies: Come see a family friendly movie on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Free popcorn. Call branch for title. Babies and Books: For children ages infant to 1 year to share stories, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Teens Fun & Games: All Ages. Meet Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. to play Chinese mah jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers, other games. Chess Club: All skill levels welcome to come play chess on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Adults First Friday Book Club: Call library for book title. Meets on Fri., Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on books, cds and dvds on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sahaja Meditation: Learn meditation on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Computer Comfort Class: Computer basics on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. or go online: Knitting Circle: Meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga: Meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring yoga mat or heavy towel. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Children BARK!: Come read a story to a dog who is especially trained to listen to children on Tues., Sept. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. Baby's Sleepy Storytime: For ages infant to 2 years. Arrive in your pajamas for 15 minutes of lullabies and stories, check out some board books and then home to bed. Mondays from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool Storytime: Kids ages 3 to 5 years can hear stories, sing songs and check out picture books on Weds., Sept. 4, 18 and 25 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Teens Teen Craft: Decorate notebooks with Japanese Washitape Thurs., Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. Teen Council: Discuss books, comics, manga, music and movies on Thurs., Sept. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Citizenship classes: Call 213-251-3411 for info. Adult Computer Class: Schedule your own class to learn basic computer skills, Internet research, e-mail, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and

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BACK TO SCHOOL Zimmer launches music series Hear Clare Means and the Bumble Bee Band play original tunes at the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Zimmer Children’s Museum.

Concerts take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in the museum’s new Slavin Children’s Center through Dec. 8. “We know families like to

rock out all year long, and the Second Sunday Concert Series allows us to share so many of our favorite artists with the community,” said the Center’s education program manager Belinda Vong.

SPIDER PAVILION opens at Natural History Museum this month.

Camps, Critters at the Page, Natural History museums Dig into the Ice Age with Critter Club: Ice Age Stomp! at the Page Museum of the La Brea Tar Pits on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. See critters buried in ice and other amazing creatures at this event for 3- to 5-yearolds and a participating adult. “Junior Scientist: Tremendous Tar or Amazing Asphalt?" takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn about the asphalt that seeps surround Rancho La Brea and has preserved millions of Ice Age plants and animals. Meet a life-size saber-tooth cat and her kitten (puppets) at Ice Age Encounters. Shows are every Saturday and Sunday at the Page Museum in September at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Page is at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Overnight Adventure at NHM Sleep among the exhibits in Overnight Adventures Camp Dino for Boys and Girls begin-

Textiles at LACMA Children accompanied by an adult can make their own textile art in family workshops at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., every Sunday in September from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Draw inspiration from the exhibit “Pinaree Sanpitak: Hanging by a Thread,” contemporary hammocks woven of traditional Thai cloth.

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Auditions for young singers at Colburn School Sept. 7

Auditions for children ages 6 to 18 to sing with the Colburn Children’s Choir for the 2013-2014 school year are on Sat., Sept. 7 at Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. More than 200 students are placed in seven vocal ensembles, grouped by age and experience. They include a junior Preparatory Chorus, the Young Men’s Chorus, Children’s Opera Workshop and the Colburn Chamber Singers. The advanced Colburn Children’s Choir performs at Zipper Hall and other local venues. Also a touring ensemble, the choir has traveled to China, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, and the UK, and sang at Carnegie Hall. The choir will travel to Russia in summer of 2014, said choral director Mikhail Shtangrud. Call 213-621-4767 or email to schedule an audition.  

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BACK TO SCHOOL Digital dos and don’ts for computer-savvy families Parents have a lot to think about when it comes to teaching children how to live a healthy digital life. The percentage of American children with access to home computers increased 70 percent between 1984 and 2010, and the percentage with home Internet access rose 35 percent between 1997 and 2010, according to the nonprofit Child Trends research center. As families get into a routine, keep these digital do’s and don’ts in mind. Here are the “do’s”... Do limit screen time. The Mayo Clinic reports that too much screen time (whether TV or computer) has been linked to childhood obesity, poor sleep, behavioral problems, poor school performance and even violence. Parents should encourage children to engage in physical activity, creative pursuits or in-person socializing. Do keep everything in the open. Online activity should only take place with a parent present. Keep the family computer—and all Internet use—in a common area of the home. Be around when chil-

dren are online. Do take the first look. If your child wants to visit a new website or join a particular social media group, check it out first. Do use helpful tools: Protecting kids online can be a challenge, but tools like SafetyWeb can make it easier. The tool helps parents keep kids safe online by monitoring online activity—both the child’s and what the child is exposed to. ... and the “don’ts” Don’t let kids isolate themselves in the digital world. While kids might enjoy a TV show or video game together, computer time is too often alone time for them. Children who spend a lot of time online can become cut off from the real world. Encourage children to engage in healthful face-to-face interaction with their peers, whether it’s as part of a sports team, volunteer group or just hanging out together at a friend’s house. Don’t skip exercise. Families that exercise together tend to be healthier, studies show. Don’t forego physical activity in favor of screen time. Instead of sitting down

Preparing youngsters for math Mathnasium Learning Center offers the following ideas for parents to help young children get ready for match class: Change: Have your child calculate how much change you should receive when shopping at restaurants, grocery stores, Differentiated Learning retailers. Time: Ask them to figure Multi-age Classrooms out when to leave for destinations by explaining what time Extraordinary Results

you need to arrive and how long it takes to get there. Fair trades: Tell you child you have six quarters and ask how may dimes that equals. Problem solving: When you child is invited to a birthday party, ask how many months younger or older the friend is than your child. Ask how old your child will be when the friend is a certain age.

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Prices subject to change CHILDREN’S CENTER PRESCHOOL 4679 La Mirada Ave. 323-422-9690 Deborah Wyle, director. Ages 2.9 yrs. to K. Morning program begins at 8 a.m. with optional preschool and pre-K afternoons available from 1 to 5 p.m. 38 students. Call for rates. THE DOHENY SCHOOL 968 N. Doheny Dr. 310-275-3004 Zima Reyes, director. For ages 2 to 5 years. Call for a tour and more information. LARCHMONT PRESCHOOL 555 N. Windsor Blvd. 323-572-0186 Debra Stolberg, director. Ages 2 to 3 yrs. for toddler program and 3 to 5 yrs. for preschool program. Call for rates. MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S WORLD 650 San Vicente Blvd. 323-677-2670 Lori Hernandez, administrator. Ages 18 mos. to 3rd grade. 70 students. Call for rates. PLYMOUTH SCHOOL 315 S. Oxford Ave. 213-387-7381 Penny Cox, director. Ages 2 1/2 yrs. to 5 1/2 yrs. Full days 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Half days 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. 60 students. Call for rates. ST. JAMES’ EPISCOPAL PRESCHOOL DIVISION 625 S. Gramercy Pl. 213-738-7871 Katarina Matolek, director. Ages 2 to 5 yrs. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 60 students. Closed in Aug. Check website for rates. SUNSET MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL 1432 N. Sycamore Ave. 323-465-8133 Liliya Kordon, head of school. Two campuses. Ages 2 to 6 yrs. 40 students. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for rates. WAGON WHEEL SCHOOL 653 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 323-469-8994 Ruth Segal, director. Ages 2 to 5 yrs. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school program. 100 students. $1,400/mo. WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER PRESCHOOL 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-556-5251 Ellen Greene, director. Ages 2 yrs. to transitional kindergar-

ten. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 120 students. Call for rates. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS Mann (West Side) 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8900 Glazer (East Side) 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-835-2125 Carol Bovill, director. Ages 2 to 5 years. West campus hours 7:45 a.m to 3:10 p.m., 240 students. East campus hours 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 73 students. Baby and Me classes offered weekly. Call for rates. WILSHIRE PRESCHOOL 711 S. Plymouth Blvd. 323-931-0546 Myrna Velasquez, director. Ages 2 yrs. to 5 yrs., 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer program. 39 students. Call for rates.

Parochial and Private Schools

Prices subject to change BAIS YAAKOV FOR GIRLS 7353 Beverly Blvd. 323-938-3231 Rabbi Joel Bursztyn, director. 9th to 12th grade. 300 students. $16,500/yr. BLESSED SACRAMENT 6641 Sunset Blvd. 323-467-4177 Raphael Domingo, principal. Pre-K through 8th grade. 130 students. Call or check website for tuition rates. WILSHIRE BLVD. TEMPLE BRAWERMAN ELEMENTARY 11661 W. Olympic Blvd. 424-208-8934 3663 Wilshire Blvd. 213-388-2401 Nadine Breuer, head of school. West campus, K to 2nd grade. East campus, K to 6th grade. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check website for rates and information. THE BUCKLEY SCHOOL 3900 Stansbury Ave. 818-783-1610 Larry W. Dougherty, Ed.D., head of school. K to 12th grade; lower, middle and upper schools. 810 students. Tuition rates: K to 5th grade is $29,856/yr.; 6th to 12th grade is $33,775/yr. CAMPBELL HALL 4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd. 818-980-7280 Julian Bull, headmaster. K to 12th grade. 1,115 students. Check website for tuition rates.

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LAURENCE SCHOOL 13639 Victory Blvd. 818-782-4001 Lauren Wolke, head of school. K to 6th grade. 300 students. $24,300/yr. LE LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE LOS ANGELES Main Campus 3261 Overland Ave. 310-836-3464 Clare-Lisa Kabbaz, Esq., president. Bilingual, French or English language sections available. Check website for rates. LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL 1901 Venice Blvd. 213-381-5121 Frank Kozakowski, principal. Boys only. 9th to 12th grade. 1,200 students. Check website for tuition rates and fees. MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL 250 S. Rossmore Ave. 323-935-1147 Barbara E. Wagner, head of school. Girls only. 7th to 12th grade. 530 students. $33,785/ yr. MARYMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL 10643 Sunset Blvd. 310-472-1205 Jacqueline L. Landry, head of school. Girls only. 9th to 12th grade. 375 students. $28,900/ yr. for 9th to 11th grades. $29,500/yr. for 12th grade. MAYFIELD JUNIOR SCHOOL 405 S. Euclid Ave. 626-796-2774 Joseph J. Gill, head of school. Coed school, K to 8th grade. Check website for tuition rates and more information. MAYFIELD SENIOR SCHOOL 500 Bellefontaine St. 626-799-9121 Rita C. McBride, head of school. Girls only, 9th to 12th grade. Check website for tuition rates and more information. THE OAKS SCHOOL 6817 Franklin Ave. 323-850-3755 Ted Hamory, head of school. K to 6th grade. 150 students. $19,260/yr. plus fees. PACIFIC HILLS 8628 Holloway Dr. 310-276-3068 Jeff Guzman, acting head of school. 6th to 12th grade. 150 (Please turn to page 18)


CATHEDRAL CHAPEL 755 S. Cochran Ave. 323-938-9976 Tina Kipp, principal. K to 8th grade. 304 students. 200 school days. Non-Catholic, $4,690/yr.; Catholic, $4,080/ yr. Family discounts. CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION 536 N. Alfred St. 323-651-0707 Reveta Bowers, head of school. 2 yrs. to 6th grade. 538 students. Check website for rates. CHRIST THE KING 617 N. Arden Blvd. 323-462-4753 Ruth Anderson, principal. Transitional kindergarten to 8th grade. After-school supervision until 6 p.m. 220 students. Call for rates. ECHO HORIZON 3430 McManus Ave. 310-838-2442 Martha Schuur, head of school. Pre-K to 6th grade. 256 students. Before and after school care. Check website for rates. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-462-3752 Rev. Maryetta Anschutz, founding head of school. Grades 6th through 10th, with 11th and 12th grades offered by 2017. 47 students. Call for tuition rates. HARVARD-WESTLAKE 3700 Coldwater Canyon 818-980-6692 Richard Commons, president. 7th to 12th grade, middle school and high school are separate. 1,597 students. Check website for tuition rates. HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE 1233 N. McCadden Pl. 323-465-1320 Stephen Bloodworth, head of school. Pre-school to 6th grade. Pre-school supervision until 6 p.m. 287 students. Check website for rates. IMMACULATE HEART 5515 Franklin Ave. 323-461-3651 Virginia Hurst, principal. Anne Phelps, middle school director. Julie McCormick, president. Girls only. 6th to 12th grade, middle school and high school separate. 700 students total enrolment. Tuition is $12,925/yr.



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BACK TO SCHOOL 310-840-0500 565 N. Larchmont Blvd. to 6:30 p.m. Preschool to 6th Douglas E. Phelps, head of (Continued from page 17) 323-463-5118 grade. 200 students. Call for school. CAIS certified indestudents. Check website for pendent school for children tuition rates. tuition rates and fees. ages 7 to 14 with learning disCharles J. Vaughan, president, PARK CENTURY SCHOOL PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL abilities. Call for rates. Connie Rivera, dir. 6:30 a.m. 3939 Landmark Street OF HANCOCK PARK PERUTZ ETZ JACOB HEBREW ACADEMY 7951 Beverly Blvd. 323-655-5766 Rabbi Shlomo Harrosh, principal. 100 students. K to 8th grade. Call for rates. Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? PILGRIM SCHOOL We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave. and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. 213-385-7351 Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. Mark A. Brooks, head of Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math. school. Preschool to 12th grade. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! before and after daycare. 350 students. Call or check website for rates. ST. BRENDAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL 238 S. Manhattan Pl. 213-382-7401 Sr. Maureen O’Connor, C.S.J., principal. K to 8th grade. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with after school care. 306 students. Call for tuition rates. ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN SCHOOL 911 S. Norton Ave. 323-936-2542 Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? Linda Guzman, principal. We can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework. Transitional kindergarten 5164 Wilshire Blvd. Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. (Just East of La Brea) to 8th grade. 130 students. Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math. Check website for rates. Find out how affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be! ST. JAMES’ Grades 2-12 • TesT PreP • MaTh enrichMenT • hoMework helP EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 625 S. St. Andrews Pl. 213-382-2315 Deborah David, head of school. Preschool to 6th grade. 360 students. Accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). Check website for tuition and fees. TEMPLE EMANUEL ACADEMY DAY SCHOOL 8844 Burton Way 310-288-3737, ext. 246 Lori Schulman, assistant head of school. Pre-school to 6th grade. 56 students. Check website for more information. TEMPLE ISRAEL DAY SCHOOL 7300 Hollywood Blvd. 323-876-8330, ext. 4000 Rachel Lewin, head of school. K to 6th grade. After school supervision until 5 pm. 210 students. Call for tours and rates. TURNING POINT SCHOOL 8780 National Blvd. 310-841-2505 Deborah Richman, head of school. Pre-school (2.75 to 5 yrs) to 8th grade. 370 students. Before and after school care. Check website for information and tuition rates.


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VISTAMAR SCHOOL 737 Hawaii St. 310-643-7377 Karen Eshoo, head of school. 9th to 12th grade. 270 students. Check website for rates and information. WESLEY SCHOOL 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-508-4542 John Walter III, head of school. K to 8th grade. Check website for tuition rates and fees. WESTRIDGE SCHOOL 324 Madeline Dr. 626-799-1153 Elizabeth McGregor, head of school. 4th through 12th grades. Girls only. Check website for tuition, fees and more information. WILLOWS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 8509 Higuera St. 310-815-0411 Lisa Rosenstein, head of school. Pre-K to 8th grade. 435 students. Before and after school care. Tuition for Pre-K to 5th is $25,700/yr.; 6th to 8th grade tuition is $29,300/yr. WILSHIRE PRIVATE SCHOOL 4900 Wilshire Blvd. 323-939-3800 Edward Shin, principal. K to 6th grade. 50 students. 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with daycare until 6:30 p.m. K is $6,500/yr. 1st to 6th grade is $7,500/yr. Afterschool and summer programs. YAVNEH HEBREW ACADEMY 5353 W. 3rd St. 323-931-5808 Rabbi Moshe Dear, headmaster. 2 yrs. to 8th grade. 465 students. Check website for rates.

Public Elementary Schools

HANCOCK PARK 408 S. Fairfax Ave. 323-935-5272 Ashley Parker, principal. K to 5th grade. 765 plus students. Has summer programs and after school programs. LARCHMONT CHARTER 815 N. El Centro 323-836-0860 1265 N. Fairfax Ave. 323-656-6418 Kristin Droege, head of school. Fairfax campus, K to 3rd grade. Hollygrove, K to 6th grade. MELROSE MATHEMATICS/ SCIENCE/ TECHNOLOGY MAGNET 731 N. Detroit St. 323-938-6275

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BACK TO SCHOOL Stephanie Harris, principal. K to 5th grade. 8:06 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., after school program. 350 students. THIRD STREET ELEMENTARY 201 S. June St. 323-939-8337 Dr. Suzie Oh, principal. K to 5th grade. 740 students. VAN NESS AVENUE/ FRANCIS BLEND ELEMENTARY 501 N. Van Ness Ave. 323-469-0992 Katty Iriarte, principal. K to 5th grade with a special education component. 300 students. WILSHIRE CREST 5241 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-5291 Carolyn Taylor, principal. PreK to 5th grade. 315 students. WILSHIRE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4063 Ingraham St. 213-739-4760 Enrique Franco, principal. K to 5th grade. 503 students. WILTON PLACE 745 S. Wilton Pl. 213-389-1181 Jung Hae Kim, principal. PreK to 5th grade. 970 students.

Middle Schools

JOHN BURROUGHS 600 S. McCadden Pl. 323-549-5000 Dr. Steve Martinez, principal. 6th to 8th grade. 2,200 students. LARCHMONT CHARTER AT SELMA 6611 Selma Ave. 323-871-4000 Kristin Droege, head of school. 4th to 7th grade. Check website for more information. NEW LA CHARTER 1919 S. Burnside Ave. 323-939-6400 Brooke Rios, principal. 6th to 8th grade. 300 students.

High Schools

FAIRFAX HIGH 7850 Melrose Ave 323-370-1200 Carmina Nacorda, principal. 9th to 12th grade. 2,500 students. HAMILTON HIGH 2955 S. Robertson Blvd. 310-280-1400 Gary Garcia, principal. 9th to 12th grade. 3,000 - 3,500 students. LARCHMONT CHARTER AT LA FAYETTE PARK PL. 2801 W. 6th St. Kristin Droege, head of school, 7th to 10th grade. Updates available by Sept. 3. Check website for more information.

Skirball hosts family programs Bring the entire family to the Last Weekends of the Month at the Skirball at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. These funfilled Saturdays and Sundays feature special performances and activities. Celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot by learning how to create an urban garden from local farmers, The Growing Home. Children will create pots out of recycled newspaper and fill it with seeds. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m LOS ANGELES HIGH 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-900-2700 Helena Yoon-Fontamillas, Ed.D., principal. 9th to 12th grade. 1,600 students.




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