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vol. 51, no. 11 • delivered to 76,439 readers in hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • Miracle Mile • Park La Brea • Larchmont


NovemBER 2014

Options cited to prevent traffic accidents in area Clinton/Rossmore, Sixth/June streets targeted The screech of brakes and the sound of glass breaking are often sounds heard by neighbors living near the intersection of Clinton St. and Rossmore Ave. Residents and Councilman Tom LaBonge are working to determine solutions to the accident-prone intersection. It’s a safety issue, and it must be rectified, said LaBonge. Option one: add left turn pockets for north and southbound Rossmore drivers

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New commander at Wilshire Division By Laura Eversz Being assigned to L.A.P.D.’s Wilshire Division is like coming full circle, said new commanding officer Capt. Howard Leslie. “I worked here as a young police officer in the late 80s and early 90s,” said Capt. Leslie the 27-year L.A. Police Dept. veteran. He returned to the division in September as commanding officer of the patrol unit following a stint in the gang and narcotics units at Pacific Division. He was recently named Wilshire’s area commander replacing Capt. Eric Davis, who retired last month. Capt. Valencia Thomas takes over as See Capt. Leslie, p 8

onto Clinton; Option two: add a left turn restriction for north and southbound Rossmore traffic onto Clinton, remove left turn restriction at Rosewood and Rossmore for northbound vehicles. June Street solutions Solutions to another traffic problem are being aired concerning the intersection at Sixth and June streets. Neighbors met recently to discuss ways to prevent the high number of accidents occurring on Sixth St. between Rimpau and June. They opted for a four-way stop sign or traffic signal at the intersection. But Sixth St.’s classification as a secondary highway negates the installation of four-way stop signs because of the high volume of traffic, according to city Department of Transportation officials. The residents were in favor of changing the secondary highway designation. Another proposal was for a right-turnonly sign to prohibit northbound June St. drivers from trying to cross Sixth St.

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MUSIC AND LAUGHTER filled the air at the Larchmont Family Fair on Oct. 26. Children rode ponies, camels and giant slides. Others competed in the costume contest and talent show. Inset, duck costume won applause.

LEARN WAYS to replace your lawn with drought-tolerant plants and get paid to do it on a walking tour on Sat., Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Carolyn Ramsay, along with Brent Jacobsen of Rios Clementi Hale Studios will lead the tour of gardens in Larchmont Village and share information about the LADWP’s turf replacement program. Tour begins at 517 N. Beachwood Dr. and features 13 gardens, including Stu Melvin’s, above.

Landscape project set to begin at Harold Henry Park Playground is part of $1 million project

Residents nearby Harold A. Henry Park will soon have some new neighbors—butterflies and other pollinators— once renovations are complete early next year at Harold A. Henry Park, 890 S. Lucerne Blvd. Construction was set to begin any day, Julie C. Stromberg, chair of Friends of Harold Henry Park, told us as the Chronicle went to press. “The goal is to encourage

Planning denies Bungalow zone change request By Suzan Filipek The Central Area Planning Commission unanimously denied a zone change requested by the owner of the Larchmont Bungalow at a hearing last month. After two hours of testimony and debate the five commissioners ultimately agreed with Planning Dept. staff recommendations released in a report a week before the Oct. 14 hearing. Several people spoke for and even more came out against the zone change Bungalow See Bungalow, p 9

the planting of a pollinatorfriendly habitat for butterflies and insects that are under stress from loss of habitat and pesticide use.” Community members are proposing drought-tolerant and native plants. These are being considered by city lead landscape architect Craig Raines. The city arborist will make recommendations on tree trimming and overall health of the existing trees. Some See Harold Henry Park, p 6

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane Daylight saving time this Sunday is our unofficial start of the holiday season, and Larchmontians are compiling their gift lists. There is no Black Friday on Larchmont but there will be Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29) to encourage shoppers to patronize our local stores. *** We bid welcome to the return of Crumbs bake shop, to the new owners who are remodeling Chevalier’s Books See BLVD., p 27 ~ Entire Issue Online!



Community Platform

By Jane Gilman

No more Mayberry

Our community’s quiet, low-key profile is no more. Crime is increasing on our streets as our Police Beat column on page 11 points out. Particularly upsetting is the home invasion robbery. We need to harden the target and make sure all doors and windows in our homes are locked. Let criminals know that we are “mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.” There also has been a number of cars stolen from in front of people’s homes. Make sure your vehicle has an alarm. The use of cell phones has decreased the number of theft from cars reported. Too often the victim simply takes a picture, sends it to his/her insurance company and does not report the crime to the police. As a result, crime statistics become inaccurate. Police patrols are based on these records.

Fun for families A tip of our hat to all those participating in the Larchmont Family Fair. It was another successful event, bringing many families to the boulevard. The Fair is sponsored each year by the Larchmont Boulevard Association, a group of volunteers representing more than 100 businesses from First St. to Melrose Ave.

Better percentage Many important issues are on the Tues., Nov. 4 ballot. Let’s turn around the usual low percentage of people who vote.

Thanks for Being There! The Hancock Park Homeowners’ Association, est. 1948, thanks all the speakers who made our annual meeting a great success. LAPD Captain Howard Leslie and our Senior Lead Officer, David Cordova, spoke about the LAPDs efforts to address the crime that has been occurring in Hancock Park. They answered questions and encouraged residents to follow precautions such as not leaving anything visible in parked cars, locking their doors, turning on their security systems and to be sure and report all crimes. Call 911 if you see a suspicious person or a crime in process, do not intervene yourself! LA Department of Transportation representative Bhuvan Bajaj answered questions about traffic mitigation options. Hancock Park, has seen an startlingly recent increase in cut through traffic on our streets and residents have been expressing concerns about safety. The Hancock Park Streets Committee Chair Tim Allyn presented an update of the Committee’s work in determining costs for repaving Hancock Park concrete streets with concrete. Details will be discussed in our next column. DWP representative Greg Bartz reminded all of us to conserve water and to plan drought tolerant landscaping. There were updates from SSA Security and ADT Security to augment the recommendations given by the LAPD. Finally, the election of the candidates nominated for the HPHOA Board of Directors was announced. We particularly give a big thank you to Clinton Oie and Marlborough School for generously providing the facilities for the meeting. Institutions such as Marlborough are important parts of the fabric of the Hancock Park community and we are grateful for their generosity. And last, but certainly not least, we thank our members who attended. Without you there is no ‘Hancock Park’. The hard work of our residents keeps our community beautiful and a great place to live. If you’re considering any changes to the street visible portion of your house, contact our City Planner, Kimberly Henry ( and fill out the online form - http:// to start the process. The Preservation Plan for Hancock Park can be found at: or http:// ). Report street light outages to the city at: Report potholes by submitting an online request at http://bss.lacity. org/request.htm. Be sure and look at our website for news – http:// . 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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Calendar Sat., Nov. 1 – Tour of drought tolerant gardens in Larchmont Village, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tour begins at 517 N. Beachwood Dr. Sun., Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. Turn clocks back one hour. Sun., Nov. 2 – Pancake breakfast at Fire Station 61, 5821 W. 3rd St., 8 a.m. to noon. Tues., Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day. Wed., Nov. 12 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., at 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 13 – Windsor Square Association annual meeting, The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 16 – La BreaHancock Park Homeowners’ Assoc. meeting, 5 p.m. Tues., Nov. 18 – Larchmont Village Neighborhood Assoc. semi-annual meeting, Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave., 7 p.m.

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'What's your favorite tradition for celebrating Thanksgiving?'

That's the question

inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

Thurs., Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day. Sat., Nov. 29 – Small Business Saturday on Larchmont. Sun., Nov. 30 – Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd., 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5 – Delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sun., Dec. 7 – Holiday Open House with Santa on Larchmont Blvd., noon to 4 p.m. Santa arrives at 1 p.m.


Cameron Palmer "Going to a relative or friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner." Quinton Palmer Koreatown

VOTE 2014: arguments for and against Proposition 45 Argument in favor of Proposition 45: Proposition 45 will stop excessive health insurance rate hikes. Health insurance premiums have risen 185 percent since 2002, five times the rate of inflation. Even when premium increases are found to be unreasonable, no one in California has the power to stop them. That’s why Californians recently faced $250 million in rate hikes that state regulators found to be “unreasonable” but could not stop. Proposition 45 requires health insurance companies

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to open their books and publicly justify rate hikes, under penalty of perjury, before they can raise premiums for 5.8 million individual consumers and small business owners. Proposition 45 will require disclosure by making public the documents filed by insurers to justify rate policies. Argument against Proposition 45: We all want to improve our health care system, but Prop. 45 isn’t the reform we need. Instead, Prop. 45 is a flawed, costly and deceptive initiative drafted to benefit its sponsors and special interest backers— while patients, consumers and taxpayers face higher rates, more costly bureacracy and new barriers to health care. Prop. 45 makes things worse, not better. That’s why California doctors, nurses, patients, clinics, hospitals, taxpayers and small business all oppose Prop. 45. Prop. 45 gives sweeping control over healthcare coverage to one elected politician—the insurance commissioner—who can take campaign contributions from trial lawyers, insurance companies and other powerful special interests. Excerpted from the state voter information guide.

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Former state senator Sheila Kuehl and former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver are vying for the Third District County Board of Supervisor seat in the Tues., Nov. 4 runoff election. Kuehl, 73, served for eight years in the senate and six years in the state assembly. Currently she is founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and was appointed Regents’ Professor of Public Policy at UCLA. Nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, Shriver, 59, was a member of the Santa Monica City Council from 2004 to 2012. He is an activist and attorney. The winner will replace L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is termed out.

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The 14 candidates for the City Council’s District Four post are gaining signatures for the Tues., March 3, 2015 election. The primary nominating election will be held in March, and the general municipal election (runoff) will be held on Tues., May 19. Deadline to obtain and file nominating petitions with 500 valid signatures is Wed., Dec. 3. Candidates include four local residents: Tara Bannister, Wally Knox, Fred Mariscal and Carolyn Ramsay. Others running for office are Edward “Teddy” Davis, Sheila Irani, Step Jones, Tomas O’Grady, Joan Pelico, John Nelson Perron Jr., David Ryu, Gregory Smith, Steve Veres and Oscar Winslow.

The Family Fair was a tremendous The holidays are coming. We have success! This fair is sponsored ev- the Larchmont Boulevard Associaery year by the Larchmont tion Open House in DecemBoulevard Association as a ber and the holiday decoranon-profit event for chiltions will soon go up. The dren and adults. We have Holiday season is a great many non-profit organitime to explore the Boulezations that set up booths vard. I encourage you to that offer important and start early with your shoprelevant information about ping. There are the most themselves. These booths fascinating and innovative include schools that proitems in many of our stores vide food, games and ac- By John Winther that are so different tivities as part of a fund from many large retailPresident raising event. In addiers. You will find very tion we have rides, amusements unique, special and exotic items for and events such as the petting zoo. your holiday gifts. I loved the little girl who desperately wanted to take the chicken home with her against the wishes of her mother. I believe the chicken was more than happy to go home with the girl who literally looked like she had found her soul mate. The Larchmont Family Fair is always a very warm and communityinvolved event.

There are new establishments opening on the Boulevard. I encourage you to go slowly north on the Boulevard too that is developing into a marvelous area with all sorts of treasures. Take a look and go to to see our members. Happy Thanksgiving to all.


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Renovations on estate not adhering to landmark status

CHANGES by the owners of a Cultural Historic Landmark home in Windsor Square is contrary to the Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines. 70 Years of Focusing on You.

The new owners of the home lay Preservation Zone guideat 455 S. Lorraine Blvd. have lines because of its Historic been urged by the city, neigh- Cultural Monument status, bors and preservationists to said Mary Pickhardt, a memfollow the guidelines required ber of the Windsor Square for an Design ReHistoricview board. Cultural “Our Landmark. board does But the not have change jurisdicfrom natution over ral stone Historicto painted Cultural beige and landmarks, ESTATE before the recent changes. white, the w h i c h white iron should require any changes fence around the perimeter to the property to paint color, and the statuary are not in landscaping. keeping with Secretary of the “Clearly,” she continued, Interior’s standards for reha- “the owners have not been rebilitation for landmark resi- sponding to requests from the dences. city to submit any proposed The home was built in changes for review—every 1912 by Edward Janss and is week some new ‘project’ apknown as the Chandler house pears in the front yard.” because Norman Chandler, a former Los Angeles Times publisher, and his wife Buffy, resided there for 40 years. It was purchased in the last few months for $9.2 million, and renovations on the former house began soon after. Considered one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, the mansion does not fall under city’s Historic Over-

Firefighters to flip pancakes Nov. 2 at Station 61 Join neighbors and local firefighters at Fire Station 61 for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the station’s improvements on Sun., Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 5821 W. 3rd St. The free breakfast is a way for the fire station to thank the community for funding improvements worth more than $20,000 both inside and outside of the station. These include new landscaping, new chairs for the training room and a new laminate wood floor. The improvements were funded by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society’s garden tour. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 323-933-8164.

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NOVEMber 2014

Join the LVNA, get perks from area businesses

By Laura Eversz For the past year, Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association board member Amy Vangsgard has passed out welcome bags to new area residents. “It’s my Midwestern roots,” she said with a laugh. “My parents were meeters and greeters and so am I.” Vangsgard was brainstorming with other LVNA members about ways to increase membership to the 250-person group when the idea of membership cards came up. “I went to a few Village store owners I knew, and they were so enthusiastic. In fact, Filis, the owner at Chevalier’s, said ‘we want it and we want it in time for Christmas.’” The goal is to get everyone in the neighborhood to join, come to the Association meetings and have a better sense of community, said Vangsgard, an illustrator who designed the welcome bag and membership card and is currently redesigning the LVNA brochure. The cards will offer new residents as well as existing, dues-paying LVNA members discounts, gift or punch cards or discount days at participating local stores. “I’m just letting businesses make their own deal,” said Vangsgard. “They can come up with whatever works for them, or if they’re stumped, I tell them what other store owners are doing.” So far, the idea has been met with nothing but enthusiasm, and the LVNA is getting ready



Windsor Square meeting to cover safety, landscaping Are you prepared for the next emergency? The annual town hall meeting of the Windsor Square Association will cover safety, security and other community concerns on Thurs., Nov. 13 at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7 p.m. Larry Guzin, president, said the agenda also will include a review of Association activities

during 2014, block captains, public safety, new street lighting, landscaping, land use issues and updates from civic officials. The agenda includes a report on zoning as well as information from police and security firm representatives. Directors for the 2015 year will be elected, and the 2014 Squeaky Wheel will be award-

ed to a resident whose efforts improved the quality of life in Windsor Square. The Association promotes public safety, social welfare, community education and the quality of living for residents of 1,100 homes in Windsor Square. Boundaries are between Beverly Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd., between Arden Blvd. and Van Ness Ave.

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to roll out the cards. But it’s only the beginning for Vangsgard, the mother of two grown daughters who resides on Beachwood Drive with husband, Charles Klasky, a founding member of the LVNA. “I’m working on putting together a Larchmont Village kids’ club… wouldn’t a parade though the neighborhood be great?”

At LVNA: crime, development Crime and development issues will be among topics addressed at the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association on Tues., Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Van Ness Elementary School, 501 N. Van Ness Ave. Senior lead officers from LAPD’s Hollywood and Olympic divisions will address property crimes in the area. LVNA president Charlie D’Atri and representatives from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s office will discuss mansionization and zoning issues.

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Mile has hotbed of issues on agenda Mansionization and subway construction are just a few of the issues to be discussed at an open-forum style Town Hall meeting of the Miracle Mile Residential Association on Sat., Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. The group, celebrating 31 years, is tackling some major issues, said president Jim O’Sullivan. He will be giving a report on comments the group made to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on a Draft Environmental Impact Report for its movie museum to be built at Fairfax and Wilshire. An update will also be reported on plans to create an historic preservation overlay zone. Another effort in the works is to halt tearing down of single-family homes and re-

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construction; Established a committee to explore creating the HPOZ; financed a neighborhood traffic management plan to alleviate traffic congestion; Initiated a Historical Cultur-

al Monument status for several area landmarks on Wilshire; negotiated with developers to mitigate the impact of their projects and lobbied to stop lane reductions on Sixth St. for bike lanes.

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SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION is among the group’s issues.

placing with ones too large-inscale for the neighborhood—a reduced-floor area district— will be covered. Randie O’Sullivan, head of the historic preservation committee, will talk on a movement underway to protect Art

Deco and other style buildings on Wilshire Blvd. The group has been busy, added Sullivan. In the past year, members have conducted a “Sleepless in the Miracle Mile” petition campaign opposing “24/7” METRO subway

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Western Avenue is one of 15 designees to be included in a plan titled “Great Streets for Los Angeles,” instituted by Mayor Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. A tour of Western Ave. between Melrose Ave. and Third St. drew several hundred walkers on Oct. 19. The citywide plan includes new designs, trees and benches, improved parking signs and real-time bus arrival information. Other improvements are retiming 400 crosswalk signals to give people enough time to cross the street. A clearer parking sign system is also an objective. The plan will also provide targeted safety improvements at schools. LADOT will conduct a study that includes outreach to principals, parents, and other interested parties. By fall 2017, short-term safety improvements, such as new school crosswalks, traffic signals and signal timing, and

Harold Henry Park A Holiday Tradition for Children of All Ages

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of the palm trees have been plagued by a devastating fungus, Stromberg said. Playground equipment, new benches and a metal pergola are also planned at the park as part of the $1 million project, paid for by funds from BRE Properties at Wilshire and La Brea Ave. Construction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2015. Evergreen Construction and Landscape Structures, Inc., will do all sections of the park simultaneously, so it will be closed for the shortest amount of time. A grassy area at the western end of the park adjacent to 9th St. will remain Conveniently located 5 open during construction.

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Eye to Eye ... Hancock Park Ophthalmology Marlene, 62 years old, has been a long-time favorite patient. She began to experience glare while driving. After a thorough eye exam, I explained that she had cataracts, the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 and over. Simply put, it is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. She told me, “Dr. Gordon, surgery is not an option.” Marlene knew that the success rate of cataract surgery is extremely high. Nonetheless, she had a general fear of surgery. I explained that, without it, her vision would deteriorate. Images would blur, bright colors would dull, and night time driving would become impossible. “I‘ll call when I‘m ready.” I realized she needed some time. Three months later she came in. “Okay, what am I in for?”. I explained that the surgery would be outpatient, and relatively short. We would administer eye drops to numb the eye and a mild sedative to help her relax. The natural lens would be removed and an artificial lens of choice would be implanted. After a short stay in recovery, she would go home. Marlene understood that the procedure was straightforward with minimal risk. She was ready to schedule. At her postoperative visit I asked her how she was doing. She replied, “What a beautiful world, I can finally see!” For an explanation and discussion on lens options, see next month’s column. Dr. M. Isaac Gordon is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Trained at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, he specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. In addition, he provides services for general eye care and optical needs. Dr. Gordon is located in the Larchmont Medical Building. Call (323)465-0562 or visit www.Hancockminutes from Larchmont Adv.

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Best Friends hosts adoption at La Brea Tar Pits Looking for that fluffy little kitty to lick your nose in the middle of the night? Or that energetic little puppy to welcome you home after work? More than 1,000 adoptable pets will be showcased at the NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) Adoption weekend Sat., Nov. 8 and Sun., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Brea Tar Pits, where you can find everything from playful pups to senior cats. The NKLA adoption weekend launched 15 years ago and averages hundreds of adoptions per event. “Last spring, the NKLA adoption weekend found homes for close to 500 dogs and cats in 48 hours, and we hope to beat that number at this event,” says Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society. Adopters will receive a free starter kit with pet food, treats and other items. For information, visit

Small Business Saturday will return to Larchmont Blvd. on Sat., Nov. 29 for the third year. Merchants will be giving out tote bags, coupons and other promotional items at the event. Balloons will mark participating stores. “It’s important to support neighborhood businesses,” said Joane Henneberger, owner of Pickett Fences and chairman of the Larchmont Boulevard Assoc. The event is also sponsored by the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District.

Yard Sales Limited Five two-day yard sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. are allowed per year per home. Items must be used only and are not allowed on sidewalks or streets. Call 213-626-9271.

Chevalier Books, a Larchmont fixture since 1940, has been purchased from Filis Winthrop by longtime residents Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter. The new owners are remodeling the facility. “We’re going to fill up the store with books and invite our neighbors to come back to their community bookstore,” said Deixler. An opening event is being planned for Sun., Nov. 9. “We will establish a Friends of Chevalier’s organization for patrons to participate in the store’s revitalization,” said Holter.

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June Bilgore will receive the Citizen Recognition Award from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council at its Wed., Nov. 12 meeting at 7 p.m. at The Ebell, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Bilgore is being honored for her community involvement as host of the annual Windsor Square block captain dinner each September. She also has served as a co-chairman of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society garden tour and is a board member of the group.

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Supper with Santa will feature the Bob Baker Marionettes at The Ebell on Fri., Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Co-chairmen are Julie Stromberg, Angelique Campen and Margaret Jacquemin. Cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children 2 to 12. Reservations are due Dec. 2: call 323-931-1277 x 131.



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Olympic seeks shoes for holiday drive

Get fresh trees at Rotary lot on Larchmont

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division is seeking donations of new shoes for its annual “Operation Shoes from Santa.” Olympic senior lead officer Eric Mollinedo said the shoes will be distributed to underprivileged school-age children

It will begin to look a lot like Christmas when the Wilshire Rotary Club opens its tree lot at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. on Fri., Nov. 28. To make sure customers get the freshest trees, Noble, Frazier, Silvertip, Nordmann and Douglas firs are cut and load-

on Fri., Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at an event that will also feature real snow, hot cocoa and Christmas treats, Santa’s Workshop and a visit by Santa and his elves. Shoes can be dropped off at the Olympic Station, 1130 S. Vermont Ave. Call Mollinedo at 213-382-9140.

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ed onto the truck from a tree farm in Oregon weekly and arrive in L.A. three days later, said Wendy Clifford, chairman. Fresh wreaths and garland will also be included in the deliveries. Student members of the Interact Club—a Rotary Youth organization at the Ambassador School of Global Education at the Robert F. Kennedy Community School—will volunteer at the lot. Proceeds from sales will benefit Wilshire Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to support community service projects, humanitarian projects and scholarships.

(Continued from page 1) patrol captain. A big change since his earlier days at Wilshire is the use of social media, said Leslie. “I’m really pushing it as a way to help reduce crime and to keep people informed,” he said. The division recently introduced its webpage—lapdwilshire. com—and Twitter account @ lapdwilshire that already has 6,300 followers. A free smart phone app, LAPD Wilshire, features crime information, a phone directory, Google calendar, interactive maps, instructions on reporting crime, as well as push notifications to give residents up-to-the-minute information on traffic and crime. Leslie also supports the senior lead officer program, in which specific officers are assigned to certain neighborhoods and serve as contacts for people in the community. “It’s another way to keep people informed and is an important partnership with the community. Open communication is vital and allows you to let us know if there is a problem going on in your neighborhood,” he said. In addition, “we just started a call-back system where if you live in Wilshire Division and you’re the victim of a crime, a SLO will get in touch with you

OBITUARY Longtime resident on Larchmont Blvd.

A memorial mass was held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in September for Alex Kuncar, longtime Larchmont Blvd. resident. He was 85. A native of Jerusalem, he moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1975. He was a financial officer for Blue Cross. Survivors include his sisters, Julia, Vicky and Mary.

KAYA SMITH at the lot last holiday season.

In addition, Wilshire Rotary will donate trees to needy families in Los Angeles. The tree lot will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wed., Dec. 23. Delivery is available. and advise on how the system works. They’ll even come to your home to show you how to harden the target,” he added.


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Petersen Automotive Museum closed for renovations last month with a bang. The Beach Boys performed their classic car-themed songs and a partnership with Xbox was announced. Marking the museum’s 20th year, three industry icons were honored at the Bold Moves gala: Henry Ford III awarded Ford executive Jim Farley; Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum honored Beach Boy Mike Love, and communi-


(Continued from page 1) owner Albert Mizrahi sought for the eatery at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd. Councilmember Tom LaBonge deputy chief of staff Lisa Schechter said the takeout should not receive special treatment, especially in light of operating illegally. One of the commissioners remarked she would miss the Bungalow if it closed, but added the law took precedence. Proponents favored food The Bungalow’s food and ambience was noted by several speakers in favor of the request. Tom Kneafsey, president of the Larchmont Village Busi-

THE BEACH BOYS performed at the 20th anniversary gala.

ness Improvement District, was another supporter of the zone change. But even more, including many residents, came out in force against making an exception for the Bungalow. “The problems confronted by the owner of this property are of his own making,” John H. Welborne, vice president for planning and land use, Windsor Square Association, told the Chronicle after the decision. “The owner entered into a covenant and agreement with the city. It was signed by the owner, and the covenant was notarized on June 5, 2009. The owner acknowledged that ‘no seating for dining is

allowed.’ That agreement with the city was recorded, and it was violated by the owner as soon as he opened the Bungalow for business in October of 2009,” Welborne continued. Looking ahead? What’s next for the Bungalow and the residents as a five-year long battle with the city continues? The owner can remove the tables and chairs, Welborne said. Extra space can be used for retail or other uses allowed under the city’s zoning. The owner can also appeal to the City Council. Meanwhile, a criminal case with the city was set to be heard Oct. 30, after the Chronicle went to press. A trial is set for fall, 2015 in the civil case.

cation chairman Keith Crain also was awarded. Xbox will help create Forza Motorsport Experience, a 1,500-square foot room where visitors can drive legendary racing circuits from behind the wheel simulators. New galleries will match a racy red exterior when the museum reopens in late 2015. An auction at the gala helped

raise funds towards a $125 million capital campaign. The Oct. 19 event was also an benefit for the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program. During the renovation, some of the museum’s collection will move to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for the “Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit.”

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Pair brave weather on climb of Ecuadorian glacier Cotopaxi

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the very steep incline that was ahead,” opted out. Clay forged ahead but 50 miles per hour winds—estimated to be 80 m.p.h. at the summit—dashed his hopes. “We declared victory anyway,” said Ulene. “In spite of not reaching the summit, the trek was a spectacular success. So was the rest DR. ART ULENE and his 13-year-old of our visit: we spent grandson, Clay Skaggs at 17,300 feet. two days in Quito, later years,” Dr. Ulene said. and then flew to Coca, where we started a four- Clay’s dad is Dr. David day cruise on the Ecuadorian Skaggs, chairman of pediatheadwaters of the Amazon rics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Mom river. It was a Valerie Ulene blast.” is co-found Treks elseer of Clearwhere in South HealthAdviAmerica or, a Nepal are on service for Dr. Ulene’s topatients who do list. After need specialall, he practices what he “IT LOOKS scarier than it ized care. preached for was,” Dr. Ulene says of their Instead of following in his many years as camp site near the summit. family’s foota TV personalsteps, Clay plans to study fiity. “People don’t realize the nance. extraordinary benefits. All “I love math.” they see is the work involved. But first there might be Regular commitment to your another trip or two with his health has a profound effect in granddad.

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Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Joseph Pelayo 213-793-0709 OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERIES: A couple was robbed at gunpoint in their home on the 100 block of N. Irving Blvd. on Sept. 30. The husband and wife were in their kitchen when two suspects entered through the back door, one of them with a handgun, and demanded money and jewelry. The gunman forced the victims upstairs. The couple tried to run away, but were caught and punched and kicked multiple times. The two suspects fled on foot. Two men were robbed of cell phones and wallets near 4th St. and Wilton Ave. on Oct. 15 at 2:10 p.m. A vehicle stopped and three men got out, approached, took the property and fled in the car. BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: Property was stolen from two unlocked cars. One was parked on the 600 block of S. Wilton Pl. overnight between Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Another was parked on the 300 block of S. Norton Ave. overnight between Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. WILSHIRE DIVISION BURGLARIES: The back door of a home on the 500 block of N. McCadden Pl. was removed and tools stolen between Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. Household goods were stolen from a home on the 100 block of S. Alta Vista Blvd. between Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Tools were taken from a construction site on the 100 block of S. Lucerne Blvd. between Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. THEFT: Power tools were taken from a garage on the 300 block of N. Gower St. between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 1994 Toyota Camry was taken from the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. on Sept. 21. A 2008 Range Rover was stolen from the 100 block of N. Plymouth Blvd. Sept. 24. A green 1997 Toyota Corolla was removed from the 600 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between Sept. 26 and Sept. 27. BURGLARIES FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: A laptop was stolen from a car parked near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Detroit St. between Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. Catalytic converters were taken from several cars in


Furnished by Senior Lead Officer Dave Cordova 213-793-0650 the Wilshire Division: the 500 block of N. Sycamore between Sept. 21 and Sept. 22; the corner of Clinton St. and Arden Blvd. on Sept. 25; a third on the 400 block of S. Orange Dr. between Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. Computer equipment and a backpack were taken from a car on the corner of Lucerne Blvd. and Clinton St. Sept. 28. For an extended crime report check our website at

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Timothy Corrigan honored by French Heritage Society Interior designer Timothy Corrigan will jet off to New York this fall to be honored by the French Heritage Society for his interior design work in the French style. The black-tie gala will be held in the grand ballroom at

New York’s Pierre Hotel Corrigan recently restored the Chateau du Grand-Luce in France’s Loire Valley, and has been featured in numerous magazines and television shows. Named one of the world’s top 100 architects and

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Help out with skills, and Thanksgiving Big Sunday is seeking donors and volunteers for its annual Thanksgiving program, as well as people to share their special talents with non-profits. The group will give away bags full of Thanksgiving dinners to more than 1,000 families, including vets, the homeless, low-income families and food pantries. Donations of both food and supermarket gift cards are needed, as well as volunteers

to sort, stuff and hand out the bags on Wed., Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Big Sunday office, 6111 Melrose Ave. Breakfast will be served to participants. The PROBOlist—connects those offering skills to those who need them, from accountants, dentists, doctors to electricians, lawyers and landscapers and yoga instructors. Contact or call 323-549-9944.

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Attend our monthly board meeting on Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at The Ebell of Los Angeles 4400 Wilshire Blvd. enter through west parking lot. Got Project? Get Funded! GWNC Has Grants for Community Projects The GWNC has a limited amount of funding available to public schools and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations for education, beautification and other neighborhood-serving projects in our area (average awards are in the $500-$1,500 range). Please see our funding guidelines at http://www.greaterwilshire. org/site/files/guidelines100611.pdf and the application materials and city guidelines at 2012/10NeighborhoodPurposesGrant-application-Nov2012.pdf The application deadline is January 15; awards are announced in March. For more information, please contact treasurer

Meet Ann Eggleston Representative of Area 11 Sycamore Square This is the 10th is our series on “Meet Your Board” Ann Astrachan Eggleston has lived, worked or owned in the GWNC boundaries for almost 20 years. She is the GWNC board member from Sycamore Square and has served that neighborhood on its association board as secretary, treasurer and president — an office she currently holds. With 25 years of experience in not-for-profit arts and education management, Ms. Eggleston is currently the Senior Director of Development at Levitt Pavilions in MacArthur Park and Pasadena.


Prior to Levitt Pavilions, she served almost 10 years as the Director of Development at Oakwood School in North Hollywood. She lives in Sycamore Square with her husband and two children. In addition to her neighbor volunteer work, she is also Board member of AYSO Region 78 Hollywood, served as a volunteer for the Temple Isaiah Religious Education Committee, and interviews students for the Tufts Alumni Admission Program.



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T h e ninth annual Fall Festival, which benefits Wilshire Park Element a r y School, is on PETTING zoo is Fri., Oct. among activities. 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival takes place on the school yard at 4063 Ingraham St.

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Good Samaritan, Anthem join forces with Vivity Good Samaritan Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross have partnered with six other hospital systems to create Anthem Blue Cross Vivity. The integrated health system is the first in the nation between an insurer and seven competing hospital systems. They will align to enhance services for members and also share financial risk, said Andrew Leeka, president and CEO of Good Samaritan. The other health systems in the partnership include Cedars-Sinai, Huntington Memorial and UCLA Health. Vivity is focused on continuing a trend that financially rewards activities to keep patients healthy, Leeka added.

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Plenty of gift-buying options at local holiday boutiques Before you tear through your catalogues, hit “buy” on your smart phones or walk miles through the local malls this holiday season, don’t forget about the holiday boutiques that take place in the community each year. Here is a sample of the boutiques gearing up for shoppers this holiday season: The Junior League of Los Angeles’ (JLLA) 15th annual

Harvest Boutique is on Sun., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JW Marriott at LA Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. Julie DesJardins will receive the Community Achievement award, Rebecca Wurzburger will take home the Spirit of Volunteerism award, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) will be honored as a JLLA community partner. Proceeds will benefit JLLA’s

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The event, at St. Anne’s Foundation Room at 155 N. Occidental Blvd., will also sell home baked goods, pumpkin bread, toys, and more. Santa will brighten the room while Christmas carolers and a piano player provide live music. Box lunches are available for $25 per person with a reservation. For more information, contact event chairman Kay Lindsey at 310-858-8560. *** St. Brendan School Holiday Boutique will be held Fri., Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish center at 238 S. Manhattan Pl. This year’s event will include local vendors who will donate 20 percent of their sales to the school. Jewelry, art, clothing, hair accessories, linens and hostess gifts are always on the docket. Larchmont Wine & Cheese will sell sandwiches, and soup will be

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Good Shepherd luncheon aids homeless women Beverly Archer, actress, writer and artist, will preside over the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children’s “Forget Me Not” luncheon at the Wilshire Country Club. The annual event, on Sat., Nov. 8, coincides with the center’s 29th anniversary. The program will begin at 11 a.m. Michele Doney, Page Malloy and Mary McCracken, founders of Tender Loving Care (TLC Group) will receive the Community Partners Award. Through the organization that they founded, the women encourage people they know to donate new household items to Good Shepherd Center. When the women living at GSC graduate the program, they are presented with a move-out package to set up their new homes. Tickets are $90. For reservations, call Eleana Williams at 323-227-9738.

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ladled in generous portions. *** Shop for clothes, gifts and accessories at the Los Angeles County chapter of Childhelp’s annual Wonderland luncheon and Boutique fundraiser beginning at 10 a.m. on Mon., Dec. 8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave. The fundraiser will feature more than 20 vendors and treats from Santa’s Kitchen. Proceeds from the event will benefit residential treatment centers, National Help Line, foster care and group homes, advocacy centers and other ongoing programs. For tickets, call 818-3608889. For more information, visit

LAMP Community hosted Random Acts on Oct. 1, honoring HBO Documentary Films for its contributions to shining a light on the plight of the homeless. Gary Foster, Lamp Community’s board chairman, said the event highlights the important work we do to serve the homeless with mental illness in Los Angeles. This year, we honored HBO Documentaries, who have produced and aired films dealing with issues members face. Local past board chairman David Hurwitz was also honored at the event. Founded in 1985 on San Julian Street on L.A.’s Skid Row, LAMP’s mission is to end homelessness through services and housing.

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Two months have already gone by since the launch of the 2014 school year, but Fairfax High School is still freshly teeming with excitement about this year’s athletic games and clubs. The girls’ varsity volleyball team was undefeated until the match against Palisades, where they lost with the score of 3-0. However they recovered quickly and got back on their road to victory, winning the most recent game against Westchester with a score of 3-0. Additionally, Fairfax clubs are also actively in function. The National Forensic League went to their very first debate tournament held at Cal State Fullerton. The Health and Science Academy

There were a lot of exciting events last month at Echo Horizon. The annual Halloween

Christ the King By Earlane Jade Reyes 8th Grade The month of October was filled with many exciting activities and events at CKS. The 8th grade students worked hard to prepare for their high school entrance tests. They are attending six weeks of tutoring classes at Loyola High School, taught by the Loyola students. Almost 200 people enjoyed our family BBQ which was cooked and prepared by two of our parishioners, Rick and Heidi Brown. It was a great opportunity for families to get acquainted with

Carnival was everyone’s favorite. The Catalina Island trip was probably the most exciting field trip for 5th graders. Also, 4th, 5th and 6th graders are getting ready for the “thrill” of participating in the Echo Horizon Science Fair.

During Echo Horizon Gives Back Weekend, every student at the School made a “pinwheel for peace” for International Day of Peace. These pinwheels were later taken to the Culver City Affaire of the Arts. Another event that occurred

during the Give Back Weekend was the Ballona Creek Cleanup, an annual event where Echo Horizon students and teachers cleaned out trash from Ballona Creek in Syd Kronenthal Park. It’s starting to be a great new year at Echo Horizon School.

also recently participated in the AIDS Walk to raise money and awareness to combat the AIDS epidemic. Fairfax Advisory Student Board (ASB) hosted Spirit Week, where all the students became one and showed off their school spirit. Monday was PJ Day, Tuesday was Twin Day, Wednesday was Black Out Day, Thursday was Disney Day, and Friday was Spirit Day. Also, they sold Halloween Grams, a box of candies and treat, which students bought and sent to their friends as a surprise on Halloween one another. Our Pueri Cantores school choir sang at a beautiful concert at Saint Mark’s Church in Glendale. Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students joined hundreds of students fromother schools for the Missionary Childhood Mass, celebratee by Archbishop José Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students had a fun-filled day when they visited Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. All students were allowed to pick their own sugar-baby pumpkin to take home. Our High School Night was very informative. Representatives from 14 high schools gave presentations to junior high students and their parents to help them make choices about high schools.

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Christopher Woods 5th Grade The new school year at Pilgrim is off to an exciting start. There are over 70 new students this year, many from all over the world. Our parents went to Back to School Night, which means we got to ask them, “How was school today?” Pilgrim at the Pier keeps growing each year. Hundreds of Patriots took over the Santa Monica Pier for a day of “fun raising,” and riding the sea dragon and scrambler. The 5th graders were excited

to meet their junior kindergarten buddies for the year. They get to play and read together, and take them to Chapel once a month. Fourth and 5th graders are enjoying Mrs. Koneff’s Book Club where we are reading “Wild Wings” by Gill Lewis. We also started STEAM WEEK, where we get extra classes in science, technology, engineering, art and math to focus on solutions for world problems. Rock star/scientist/author Christine McKinley put on a show and read from her book “Physics for Rock Stars” at assembly. In Sports, Coach Sarafian has helped arrange games with a number of local schools. It should be a great year. Go Pilgrim!


By Taite Hylton 10th Grade Immaculate Heart offers numerous events that reinforce our school community in memorable ways, such as our upcoming 10K Walk. The Nov. 7 event will culminate the school’s largest fundraiser of the year and bring roughly 1,000 students, teachers and parents together. For the past few weeks, students have been soliciting donations to enrich school programs, so the actual 10K Walk will celebrate our efforts. Among other school events,

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By Rachel Villamor 8th Grade October was once again a time filled with fun, laughter, and especially candy at St. Gregory. Just

the student body eagerly embraced our recent community service fair, which showcased service opportunities throughout Los Angeles and abroad. It was an amazing experience for students to learn more about ways to help their communities and discover their personal interests. Students ended October by celebrating Halloween with a fun carnival featuring spooky booths, games, and costume contests. Now students start the second quarter of classes with a variety of new activities, including the school’s annual Thanksgiving food drive and the opening of the high school’s fall production, the musical “Legally Blonde.” Immaculate Heart also invites 8th grade girls to preview the school and meet IH teachers by attending our Academic Playday on Sat., Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact our admissions office to learn more and to sign up!


Jasper Gough 5th Grade As we think ahead to celebrating Thanksgiving, I want to remind everyone of the exciting events happening in November at Curtis. In between field trips and schoolwork, we will take time to appreciate our teachers and show off our skills. The upper elementary school will say thank you to the people who guide us throughout the year on Faculty Appreciation Day! Parents who want to help out will bake delicious cookies for our teachers to munch on. I hope our teachers realize how much we love them. Later this month, the 5th and 6th grades will demonstrate our creativity in the Film Festival. We work in groups of three or four students to make the best movie possible. Each group writes a script, finds or makes props, films, directs, and acts, and then edits the short films. At the end of the month, students will sing, dance, play instruments and even perform magic tricks in the Talent Show.

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a little recap on last month’s LA County field trip: students, teachers and the parents who made the trip had a great time at the carnival, barn, petting zoo and mall. It was a day of learning, fun and being together. Our annual Halloween Spooktacular included games, activities, candy, and of course a spooky themed Haunted House. It was led and organized by the 8th grade class of 2015 and a few 7th graders in the auditorium. Speaking of 7th and 8th graders, the upper classes visited two high schools. It was a very fun filled experience. Lastly, the quarter is nearing the end at our school. This means that progress reports and report cards will soon be given out.

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school news By Steven Haker 7th Grade The beginning of a school year at Turning Point School has never been as exciting (or as hot) as it was this year. Considering that classes started only a few weeks ago, it is amazing that middle school students have already begun sports seasons, projects, study tours, tests and other school activities. The annual middle school camping trip was an overall joy to the students, and the orientation days and back-to-school picnic where a few of the TP alumni came to say, “Hi!” to their old classmates were also successful. In addition, when Level 8 created origami hats, the class was not taught by a teacher, but by Cor, a Level 8 student and origami enthusiast.

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By Abigail Jimenez 12th Grade For the first time in many years, the L.A. High’s football team won the homecoming game with an astonishing score of 55 to 6. The Homecoming Dance, with a 1950’s theme, was almost canceled for the first time in over 100 years, but, dedication from the leadership class prevented it from occurring. A Neighborhood Watch Town Hall meeting was held at L.A. Senior High School for the first time. Many community leaders and members met to discuss ways to improve safety in the area. The “Cyber Patriot” program was recently added through the after school ARC program. It teaches students about online safety and security; competitions will test how well they can protect a computer’s files from hackers.


By Ellie Zisblatt 8th Grade Meaningful activities produce a giving atmosphere here at Yavneh Hebrew Academy. A group of 8th graders spent lunch one day giving back to the community. A special meal was held in Pico Robertson for the homeless. Students learned the true meaning of unity by participating in serving the lunch. Afterwards, the students sat with the attendees and conversed. Yavneh continues to encourage helping one another in any possible way. With Succot vacation just around the corner, Yavneh’s middle school traveled to Kenneth Hahn Park for a meaningful and celebratory night. Buses transported the students in grades six to eight to perform tashlich, an impactful ceremony

that represents one’s atoning for his or her sins. This ritual is performed during the time between the High Holidays and involves a

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By Nick Terry 7th Grade We surpassed our goal of collecting 500 cans for the needy in September, proving that we can do anything when we set a goal! We held a scoliosis screening for students in grades 5 to 8 to check our growth and keep us healthy. Family Fun Night was a huge success with a DJ, some fabulous Mexican food and a bingo game in the school auditorium. The kindergarteners took a little crash course on automobiles when they visited the Peterson Museum for their field trip. The entire school participated in the Great California Shakeout, where we practiced earthquake safety. At the Larchmont Family Fair our amazing parents and students made a significant impact sharing the many facets of our school that makes CCS so special. October ended with a spooktacular celebration of Halloween including carnival games and a costume parade

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By Kristen Soh 11th Grade Marymount girls will be attending the Father/Daughter Dinner Dance—a longstanding Marymount tradition during which students invite their dads

to enjoy both meanings of the word “salsa,” while enjoying a great dinner and a fierce dance competition. Other events will include the

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only thing Marymount values; performing arts is another significant aspect of our school. Sailor thespians have been avidly practicing for the Fall Production, “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” with opening night just around the corner. Marymount will also acknowledge Sailor athletes with the Fall Sports Awards, celebrating all the incredible cross country runners, golfers, tennis players, and volleyball players who have contributed so much to Marymount’s athletic successes this season. Topping it all off this month is Thanksgiving break, a nice rest from our rigorous curriculum to cherish what we Marymount students love most— food!

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By Eliana Estrada 10th Grade November at LACHSA is full of exciting events! Many artistic performances will take place this month: the theatre department will showcase their fall play, “Almost Maine,” on Nov. 7, a piano concert will be held on the 12th, and the opera will present their fall production on the 22nd. LACHSA’s annual Walk for the Arts is scheduled during the afternoon of Nov. 7; this important fundraising event supports all of the art departments and provides funding to keep the arts alive and thriving at our school. After the walk, participants enjoy live music and performances, delicious

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By Annika Slingerland 6th Grade The Hollywood Schoolhouse is an incredibly loving c o m m u n i t y . Everyone knows each other and everyone is supported, regardless of whether they make a mistake or do something amazing. There are three inspiring phrases that our school stands by, and they have become a part of our everyday life. The phrases are to “be safe,” “be

Third Street

By Luca Brancato 5th grade The PTA is having a canned food drive for people who need food. The Korean Dual Language Program and Friends of Third will be having a golf tournament to raise money on Sat., Nov. 8. Thanksgiving is coming up so I asked kids, “What are you thankful for?” and here is what they said: “Pizza and swimming pools.” Alexander, Kindergarten. “For mom. I am thankful for her to cook the turkey.” Jasmine, 1st grade. “My mother and father. Chocolate and soccer.” Theo, 2nd grade. “I am thankful for the world.” Christopher, 3rd grade. “My house and my family.” Debbie, 3rd grade. “I am thankful for being alive.” Matthew, 4th grade. “For having such a big family. It’s nice.” Griffin, 5th grade. And I am thankful for my mom, the ghost Halloween lights and my whole house!

food trucks, and other exciting festivities. Also this month, students are able to enjoy a week off for Thanksgiving vacation. As much as we love LACHSA life, we also appreciate a break from our busy schedules! We welcome several staff members, including our new principal, Mitzi Lizarraga! For more information about upcoming events and performances, please visit kind,” and “be responsible.” Our school has a “Monday Morning Meeting,” during which we learn about what’s happening at school as well as important events in history. At the end of every meeting, a student is chosen by one of their teachers to ring our school bell three times. This is because that student has made a commitment and succeeded in modeling these behaviors. During our Harvest Festival, traditionally known as our Back to School BBQ, the 6th graders ran craft and bake stands to help raise money for their class events to come. There were also music and games.

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By Natalie Swartz 11th Grade We gathered on Booth Field to watch the all-school council and middle school council representatives dance to Katy Perry’s “Birthday.” Following this performance, the community sang “Happy Birthday” to the school. A few weeks later, a fashion show during an all-school meeting commemorated Marlborough’s past by showcasing uniforms and graduation dresses from the last century. Students and faculty marveled at the vintage fashions and changing trends, which included purple blazers and pink dresses. Finally, on Oct. 11, the 125th Birthday Bash brought together parents, teachers and alumnae to fête Marlborough’s landmark year. The night featured dinner prepared by award-winning chef Suzanne Goin ’84 as well as music and dancing. Stevie Wonder congratulated Marlborough on its accomplishments during a video cameo, and a slideshow displayed photos of Marlborough girls over the years. Attendees received a 125 yearbook whose ads shared memories

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By Matthew Redford 6th Grade October at St. James’ was very exciting. Two huskies were made the school’s official mascots. Their names are Smoky and Coyote, and they are loyal and never give up, making them greatly inspiring mascots. The annual 6th grade Astrocamp trip also took place. We stayed at the camp for three days, and

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Hold on to your hats …this month our goal is to start off “smooth!” says our dean, May Oey. Many exciting things have happened this month, including a Pledge Drive clown who showed up during carpool! In 4th and 5th grade, we’ve started our new “Kid Blog” homework system, where we do homework on the blogosphere by writing stories, book reviews and comand messages from members of the school community. Through letters in the tribute book, former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commended Marlborough on its education and empowerment of women. Judy Campbell ’65’s book “An Ever-Enduring Spirit: Marlborough School 1889-2014,” which details the history of the school, debuted the night of the birthday party.

menting on other student blogs. It’s been a nice change from writing old-fashioned English papers. Last year, some kids in Jessica’s class wanted to make a garden stand, and it was very popular, so they continued it this year… and business is booming! Kids

are selling pomegranates, corn, beans, herbal tea and squash that are prepared on campus every Friday at Morning Sing. And speaking of Morning Sing, several parents have made a coffee and pastry stand to raise money for the 5th grade Step Up Cer-

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learned all about planets, lasers, atmospheres and much more. Everyone was sad when we had to go back home after such a great trip. Another great event that happened at St. James’ during this month was the Halloween mask parade. All the grades, from kindergarten to sixth grade, made masks in art class, then marched around the school while wearing them. Every student made a unique mask, with designs ranging from unicorns to magical trees. The event was well attended by many of the parents, and everyone had a great time.

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Larchmont Charter World’s Fair celebrates diversity Larchmont Charter Elementary and Middle school celebrate their seventh annual World’s Fair on Sat., Nov. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Open to the public, the event, held at Larchmont Charter School’s primary campus at 815 N. El Centro Ave., celebrates the diverse cultures STUDENT Sophie Stuecken helped sell of its students. scones and jam tarts at last year’s Fair. The fair will include booths ofthe rich cultural heritage of fering native foods and drinks. our families,“ said May L Oey, Among activities are games, dean of the Hollygrove camprizes, a bouncy slide, cultural pus. “This fun-filled event entertainment and home- brings the school and neighcooked food and crafts from borhood together for a day more than 15 countries. of delicious food, games and “The World’s Fair celebrates entertainment in which everyour diverse student body and one proudly participates.”


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rap music at the moment, the performance is sure to feature something for everyone, including several original songs. “One is a ballad from the point of view of a kid killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary

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Former schoolmates get a whole lotta love from peers By Laura Eversz Deciding to form a band was easy; finding a drummer was not. “Moms are not as likely to allow drummers to practice in their houses,” noted a member of “Bang.” Inspiration began at Larchmont Charter school three years ago when students Vinnie Wade and Seb Juul enrolled in teacher George Foster’s afterschool performance workshop, Roxskool. It started to gel after the discovery of vocalist Nick Vuckovich led to his neighbor, Charlie Faragher, a drummer who said he first learned to play drums in his high-chair, and is most influenced by his mentor, Pete Thomas, a member of Elvis Costello’s band. After finding Lucas Culebro, who picked up the guitar after transitioning from piano in kindergarten—and names Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page as his favorite guitar player of all time—”Bang” was formed. Through Roxskool, where bass player and keyboardist Sebastian said they learned by mimicking classic rock, the band has performed at M bar on Vine, Rock and Roll Pizza on Topanga and the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. On their own, they’ve taken the stage at The Doll Factory, The Redwood Bar and Grill and Fais Do-Do, as well as talent shows at alma mater Larchmont Charter and The Community Magnet Charter School. “Bang” will return to Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., to headline a show on Sat., Nov. 8. According to the lead singer’s mom, Amy

Vuckovich, the club’s owner is working with the band as well as with the L.A. Drama Club to build an audience and create an arts center for teens in the area. To that end, the ticket price of $6 gains entrance for one person under 18 as well as an adult driver. “The idea is that kids should be able to express themselves for their peers at a ticket price more in line with a middle schooler’s pocketbook,” said Vuckovich. If “Bang’s” first performance at Fais Do-Do is any indication, their upcoming gig is sure to be a success. “More than 250 people packed the room at their show in April,” said the proud mom. “Extra

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Free admission encourages college savings The Zimmer Children’s Museum is offering a free admission day on Thurs., Nov. 6 in the hope that the savings can be set aside for college by putting it into a 529 savings ac-

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STUDENTS donned costumes to march in a Heritage Parade.

Hancock Park celebrated students’ diversity at Festival Hundreds attended the International Heritage Carnival held last month at Hancock Park Elementary School at 408 S. Fairfax Blvd. The third annual familyfriendly event featured musical and dance performances, face painting and art projects and carnival games as well as a variety of ethnically diverse food. In addition was a Children’s

Heritage Parade showcasing students in costumes representing countries including Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Latin America, Turkey and Jamaica. According to Jessie Nagel, one of the organizers, the Festival celebrated the diversity of the students at Hancock Park School, where more than two dozen languages are spoken.

Deaf education programs offered at Echo Center Echo Horizon, an independent pre-K through sixth grade elementary school in Culver City, is host to the Echo Center, an auditory oral deaf education program. According to Urmi Kar, director of advancement, Echo Horizon is the only school west of the Mississippi that offers such a program. “We have frequent requests for visitation from educators and other professionals worldwide,” she added Last month a team of audiologists, speech and language pathologists and health servic-

es staff from the L.A. County office of Education toured the Center for their professional staff development. In addition, the Center hosted 15 students from California Lutheran University’s Graduate School of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential program. Dedicated to developing listening, speech and language skills, “we rely on our strong educational program, stateof-the-art technology and emphasis on character education to involve deaf and hard of hearing children in mainstream classes,” said Kar.

Writers and artists series continues at Pilgrim School The 2014 Visiting Writers and Artists series continues this November at the Pilgrim School, 540 Commonwealth Ave. Hiromi Takizawa, a glass artist raised in Nagano, Japan, will be working with second graders to make bubble art relating to her glass sculptures. Takizawa is known for her artwork that investigates themes of distance, time, space and longing. She was recently named one of the top 50 glass artists by Urban Glass Quarterly. Corrie Seigel, an artist, curator and educator, will work with the high school students at experimental cartography. They will make large-scale maps through sewing and collage. Chris Niemi, an L.A.-based artist who explores drawing,

sculpture and installation, will lead an observational drawing workshop with the high school students. The project will culminate in the art and dance students drawing with professional dancers. Also in November, Kimo Proudfoot, a professional filmmaker and photographer, will work with the students in grades 6 through 12 on their own film projects. He is known for directing music videos for artists such as JayZ and Linkin Park, as well as numerous commercials and documentaries. The Visiting Artists and Writers Series is funded by grants from the Ahmanson Foundation, Lee and Deborah Walcott and Janet Steeper.

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school news L.A. Zoo hosts 'Festival of Lights' L.A. Zoo Lights, depicting animals in displays made of millions of lights, is open nightly from 6 to 10 from Fri., Nov. 28 to Sun., Jan. 4. Guests follow “monkeys” as they meet

up with an illuminated “Reggie the alligator,” origami “rhinos” and a pink “flamingo.” The zoo is also featuring its annual Reindeer Romp, which

offers the opportunity to see real reindeer during regular zoo hours. Visitors can also enjoy seasonal festivities and yuletide flourishes, plus an occasional visit by Santa Claus. The Romp is open from Fri., Nov. 28 through Sun., Jan. 4.

UCLA HEAD COACH Kelly Inouye-Perez and assisant coach and three-time Olympic gold medal winner Lisa Fernandez fired up Wilshire players at a clinic last year. Photo by Danette Mitchell

Sign up now for Wilshire Softball spring season The Wilshire Softball league is gearing up for the upcoming spring season, and girls ages five to 14 can register now at According to league vice president Adam Glickman, spaces are expected to fill up fast. “We couldn’t be more excited. This year we are looking forward to expanding our program to include a 14U division while supporting the terrific growth in our 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U age groups,” said Glickman. “We are also excited to build on our exclusive partnership with UCLA Softball, the winning-est Women’s NCAA softball program in history,” he added. The partnership will continue in late January with a full day clinic for Wilshire players at Easton Stadium hosted by UCLA’s head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, assistant coach-

es Lisa Fernandez and Kirk Walker and members of the UCLA Softball team. “Wilshire players will learn the mechanics of offense and defense, pitching and catching and mental training, and see a hitting demonstration by the Bruins,” said Glickman. “Most importantly, Wilshire girls will get to meet the UCLA players and start little sister/ big sister relationships that will carry throughout the entire season.” The Wilshire Girls Softball spring season runs from early February through April, with practices held during the week and games every Saturday at Lemon Grove and Queen Anne parks. An All-Star season follows for top players in each age group. For more information, go to the website at www.

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FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 Children BARK!: Kids read aloud to certified therapy dogs, Sat.,

Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Toddler Storytime: Stories, songs, rhymes for ages 18 mos. to 3 years, Wed., Nov. 5 and 26, 10:15 and 11 a.m. Magic Show: Allen Oshiro's

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Kathy. Mondays, Wednesdays Thurs., Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Adults and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Tuesday Night @ the MovTeens Teen Council Meeting: ies: Tues., Nov. 4 and 18, 5:30 Books, music, movies on p.m. Fun & Games: Play board Tues., Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. games on Wed., Nov. 5, 12 and Adults L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: 19 at 12:30 p.m. First Friday Book Club: "A Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. Book Club: "The Fixer," Cat in Paris," Fri., Nov. 7, 1 p.m. Tues., Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. First Thursday Films: Veteran Appreciation Day: Mon., Nov. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Nonfiction Book Club: "Feel Friends of the Library Book the Fear," Thurs., Nov. 6, 6:30 Sale: Tuesdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. p.m. Art of Speaking: Sat., Nov. 8 Computer Comfort Class: Mondays through Thursdays, at 3:30 p.m. Medicare 101: Get help, Thurs., Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Longterm Care: Presentation and Q & A on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. MS Support Group: Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. MOMS Club of Mid-Wilshire: Fri., Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. Acting Workshop: Taught by SAG talent agent MAGICIAN Allen Oshiro's magic show includes a Zombie floating ball at Fairfax and drama coach. Library on Thurs., Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Mondays at 11 a.m. Computer Com3 to 5:30 p.m. No class Tues., fort: Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Book Sale: Wednesdays Nov. 11 or Thanksgiving week. from 12 to 4 p.m., and Sat., Knitting Circle: Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY FREMONT LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-957-4550 323-962-3521 Children Children Storytime with the Librar- Garden Project: Family garian: All ages welcome to enjoy dening class, Sat., Nov. 15, 22 stories, songs and rhymes on and 29, 11 a.m. to noon. Wed. Nov. 5, 12 and 19 at Baby's Sleepy Storytime: Bedtime stories on Mon., Nov. 10:30 and 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Stories and 17 and 24 from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Preschool Storytime: For Craft: Thurs., Nov. 13, 4 p.m. BARK!: Kids read aloud to ages 3 to 5 years, Thurs., Nov. certified therapy dogs. Meets 13 and 20 at 1 p.m. Thanksgving Cards: Make Sat., Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Navajo Storyteller: Geri Thanksgiving cards, Mon., Keams sings and tells stories Nov. 17 to Wed., Nov. 26. Teens with voice and drum. Thurs., Teen Council: Discuss music Nov. 20, 4 p.m. All ages. and graphic novels on Thurs., Teens Teen Council: Discuss Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Adults books, music and movies on Parent Meet-Up: Discuss Mon., Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m. Book and Movie Club: Read magnet and charter schools a book and watch the movie on Sat., Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Citizenship Classes: Sat, on Tues., Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. Adults Friends of the Library Used to 2 p.m. Book Sale: Fri., Nov. 7 and Food of the Americas: With Sat., Nov. 8, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. culinary historian Ernest Mill Book Club: Tues., Nov. 18 at er on Wed., Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. Working with Contractors: 6:30 p.m. Find good contractors, Sat., MEMORIAL LIBRARY Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Library Hours Teens Mon., Weds.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Day of the Dead CelebraTues., Thurs.: 12 - 8 p.m. tion: Decorate sugar skulls on Fri., Sat.: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m.. Closed: Tues., Nov. 11 for College Prep Workshop: Veterans Day; Thurs. Nov. Write personal statements 27 and Fri. Nov. 28 for and college application essays, Thanksgiving.

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She gives away millions at dream job What would you do if someone asked you to help distribute $1 million? That’s the assignment Tara Roth was handed by GOODmagazine founder Ben Goldhirsh. She went out and sold 12 non-profit organizations on the affinity marketing concept of promoting GOOD subscriptions to their members and constituent base. And that’s what led her to becoming president of Ben’s Goldhirsh Foundation. In the eight years Roth has been heading the foundation, she and the staff have give away more millions. Some 30,000 people responded to a request in September to name the most deserving agencies that could be eligible for the $100,000 My LA2050 grant. Some 267 agencies were nominated, and 10 made the final cut. The public selected five non-profits, and the foundation staff chose the other five. More than 1,000 people celebrated at an event where the 10 grant winners were announced. These included The Trust for Pubic Land which is beautifying alleys; StreetCraft LA, helping low income youth become entrepreneurs, and playgrounds for children in Pershing Square.

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Marlborough marks 125 years By Sandy Boeck Class of 1957 Twinkling lights on dozens of tables covered the grass at Marlborough School on the night of Oct. 11. Nearly 800 guests who celebrated the 125th anniversary walked the corridor lined with five flat screens illuminating photos dating back to the early years up to the present. Recorded music began with favorites from the 1940s and moved through the decades to today’s sounds. Barbara Wagner, head of

school for the last 25 years, spoke about the core values of community, confidence, honor and excellence. Suzanne Goin, chef and restaurant owner, and a 1984 graduate, catered the dinner. Two birthday cakes depicted the school in the early 1900s and the current school located at 250 S. Rossmore Ave. Guests also purchased a book on the history of Marlborough by Judith Minor Campbell, class of 1965. For photos of the event, go to www.

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One-act operas sing of love

Two one-acts, two centuries apart are paired in a performance by L.A. Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Purcell’s tragic tale is of a queen losing her heart in “Dido & Aenea,” while “Bluebeard’s Castle” is another dark tale of young love by Bartok. The production from the Frankfurt Opera contains nudity. Matinee is on Sun., Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Performances continue through Sat., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Visit


Dick Cavett at Annenberg

Among the first intervierers of our time, Dick Cavett will talk about his new book "Brief Encounters: Conversations,

coming adversity, "Reasons To Live." Making its west coast debut, performances are at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Nov. 30. Call 213-761-7061.

8 DIDO, played by Paula Murrihy in the Frankfurt production, above, makes her L.A. Opera debut.

Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks" Thurs., Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills.


Comedy on adversity

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International jazz semi-finals, gala

Herbie Hancock and Pharrell Williams will be at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet competition & All-Star Gala Concert. Semi-finals are Sat., Nov. 8 at UCLA, from noon to 5 p.m. The gala is on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. President Clinton wll be awarded the Maria Fisher Founders Award. Visit

Wayne Newton to sing at Saban Since he first toured with the Grand Ole Opry and released his first record, Wayne Newton has gone on to entertain 40 million people and counting. Sometimes called "Mr. Las Vegas," he will be at the Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Sat., Nov. 8. at 8 p.m. Visit

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Aladdin tale told as a musical Performances of the Nine O'Clock Players family-friendly musical "Aladdin" are on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 23, and Sat., Nov 22. The cast signs autographs after the show. The Assistance League of Los Angeles production is the classic story of an evil magician and beautiful princess. Visit nineoclockplayers. com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide aglow 16 Holidays 23 at The Grove The annual lighting of a 100-foot tall Christmas tree is set for Sun., Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The event will also include live music, celebrity appearances, dancers and fireworks. Continuing throughout the holidays will be seasonal music and choreography, photo opps at Santa's Workshop and nightly snowfall at 7 and 8 p.m.

Reindeer, light show at zoo

Shhh‌ don’t’ wake the lions. While the animals sleep, the Zoo turns into a nighttime wonderland aglow with “L.A. Lights,â€? animal-themed illuminations from Fri., Nov. 28 to Sun., Jan. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. (except Christmas Eve and Day). Real live reindeer and an occasional visit from Santa Claus take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Stevie, Santa join parade

Stevie Wonder will serve as grand marshal of the 83rd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. The event benefits Marine Toys for Tots Foundation on Sun., Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.

CYNDI LAUPER'S show-stopper is headed to the Pantages.

The national tour of the six Tony Award-winning Cyndi Lauper musical "Kinky Boots" opens Tues., Nov. 11 and continues through Nov. 30 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Based on the 2005 British movie about a drag queen who saves a shoe factory, the show is still running on Broadway. Visit

Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' Hear "White Christmas" and other enduring songs from America's great composer in "Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin" at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse Tues., Nov. 11 to Dec. 21. Follow Berlin's journey from Czarist Russia to New York's Lower East Side and eventually the world to epitomize the American Dream. Visit

Demon 13 Racing L.A. debut "Downton Abbey's" Lesley Nicol joins Alan Mandell in a tale of gay ordination and the priesthood in "Racing Demon." The drama of four clerymen and the Church of England, which debuted 20 years ago in London, is at L.A. Theatre Works, 681 Venice Blvd., Thurs., Nov. 13 through Sun., Nov. 16. Visit


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Dining & Entertainment Guide Favorite brunch places serve more than eggs on the menu By Helene Seifer Indulging in brunch speaks volumes about us: we’re not running errands or schlepping kids, pumping iron or in front of the computer; that we want to slow down and take a breath. Now with eggs anointed as the new “it” food, LA has fallen in love with brunch again. So where are we going—and what are we eating when we get there? “With kids at home, my husband and I don’t go out for brunch!” claims Chapman professor Madeline Warren, although she has enjoyed morning meals with friends at BLD. “Their eggs Benedict ($14) is excellent!” She also likes LuLu’s Café. “It’s nothing fancy, just good home-cooked food. The staff’s so friendly!” She recommends the $10.95 house scramble with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms and spinach. BLD. 7450 Beverly Blvd. 323-930-9744. LuLu’s Café. 7149 Beverly Blvd. 323-4386095.

OPTIONS are abundant: choices above are French toast from The Sycamore Kitchen and tacos from Antiquera de Oaxaca.

*** Graphic designer Sydney Nichols loves brunch because, “It’s fun to hang out with friends and have some eggs!” Her favorite is the Sycamore Kitchen, where she gets a cinnamon-laced iced Cubano latte and $11.50 pork belly hash with roasted peppers, onions, potatoes, and spinach, topped with eggs. Nichols

adds, “I also like Go Get Em Tiger. I get the iced almond macadamia latte because it’s amazing, and the baked eggs with chorizo and ricotta.” She enjoys the $10 dish while her fiancé Eric Kufs performs at Larchmont Farmer’s Market. Sycamore Kitchen. 143 S. La Brea. 323-939-0151. Go Get Em Tiger. 230 N. Larchmont. 323-380-5359.

Retired economist Joyce Davidson agrees that Sycamore’s hash is terrific and accompanies hers with some $3.25 buttercups. “They are incredibly buttery—a perfect morning bun.” Also at the top of her list is Antequera de Oaxaca, a neighborhood holein-the-wall, where she gets $9 chilaquiles with green salsa, black beans, chicken and cabbage over a thick Tlayuda tortilla, a regional specialty. Antequera de Oaxaca. 5200 Melrose. 323-466-1101. *** Tory Sparkman and fiancé, writer Zach Grossman, had two suggestions. She works at Le Pain Quotidien and they agree their tofu scramble ($10.35) is crispy and flavorful, especially when topped with avocado. Sparkman offers, “You can’t go wrong with the bread and jars of jams and chocolate spread!” They recently tried hot spot Sqirl. “The food was great!” enthused Grossman. “The sorrel pesto rice bowl ($7.75) with

egg was awesome!” Sparkman said her $8 veggie frittata was “the best I’ve ever had!” Le Pain Quotidien, 113 N. Larchmont. 323-461-7701. Sqirl. 720 N. Virgil Ave. 323284-8147. *** Stephanie Nakamura, an acupuncture masters degree student, recommends Chinese. “NBC has a wide range of $2 to $6 dim sum. I love their turnip cake with little bits of Chinese sausage. It has a deep earthy flavor!” For Hong Kong style food she raves about Sam Woo Barbeque. “They serve newer versions of old classics, like chow mein and scrambled eggs with shrimp and rice. Their roast meats are fantastic!” Having brunch out is important to Nakamura. “It almost feels like a form of self-care, to surround yourself with friends and good food.” NBC, 404 S. Atlantic Blvd., Suite A. Monterey Park. 626282-2323. Sam Woo Barbeque. 514 W. Valley Rd. Alhambra. 626-281-2038.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Martin dazzles in ‘Pippin,’ ‘Discord’ revives historic trio Ristorante Join the Marino family for traditional Italian cuisine complemented by a fine large wine list.

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This Tony-winning revival of Pippin, the iconic Broadway show, has blasted its way into Los Angeles with megawatt energy. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Theater Hirson. InjuryReview defying circus by acts, the iconic Patricia in-the-style-of Foster Rye Bob Fosse choreography, an excellent cast with the fabulous Andrea Martin as Berthe, who sings, dances and does a few circus tricks of her own. Through Nov. 9. Pantages Theatre. 800-982-2787. 4 Stars *** The Gospel According to Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Dis-

cord is a whip-smart new comedy by Scott Carter based on the historical fact that Thomas Jefferson (Larry Cedar), Charles Dickens (David Melville) and Count Leo Tolstoy (Armin Shimerman) all wrote their own versions of the Bible. Ably directed by Matt August, this lively engagement of ideas on man and his maker by this unlikely trio is also exceptionally funny. Through Sun., Nov. 23. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte. 310-208-5454. 4 stars

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Singer sought in Holiday parade Would you like to perform in front of thousands of people and appear on national television? Here’s your chance for this golden opportunity. Associated Television International, producers of the 83rd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is conducting a national search for a singer under the age of 19 to perform in this year’s parade in Hollywood Sun., Nov. 30. Emma MacEachern, co-executive producer of the parade, said event representatives are conducting an annual talent search to give a singer his or her first big break. The contest is open to singers. The winner will perform one song on the red carpet in front of thousands of spectators at the event. The winner will be chosen by a special talent committee on Thurs., Nov. 6. No submissions will be accepted after Sat., Nov. 1. Applicants can enter the contest by e-mailing a video to

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“Salon de Musiques” musicians will be performing on Sun., Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. as part of its series of chamber music concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The concert, on the fifth floor of the Pavilion, provides an intimate space without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists. Champagne and a gourmet buffet catered by Patina is available after the concert as part of the ticket price. Musicologist Julius Reder Carlson will introduce each performance, and the musicians will answer questions from the audience. For tickets and more information, see lesalondemusiques. com.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Young Musicians to perform Ravel at free concert Members of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra perform Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Schubert’s “Symphony no. 4 in C Minor, D. 417" at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

The concert is at 6 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 16 in the Bing Theater. Free. Comprised of 70, 15- to 25-year-olds, the Young Musicians Foundation is the second-oldest pre-profession-

al training orchestra in the country. For 58 consecutive seasons, the orchestra has performed admission-free concerts for the public in professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

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Remember celebrating an anniversary at The Windsor: or bringing an out-of-town visitor to The Brown Derby? Here are some bygone restaurants to bring you down memory lane. The plush booths, copper cove ceiling and chandeliers gave Perino’s a sophisticated elegance that drew both business executives and society matrons. After a fire destroyed the first Perino’s, the restaurant moved to its longtime location at 3927 Wilshire Blvd. Architect Paul Williams designed the new location with oval-shaped rooms, wood

paneling and a spiral staircase leading to the Gold Room. The Windsor, at Seventh St. and Catalina Ave., was opened in 1945 by Bernard Davis. Diners will recall its red leather booths, English prints and plaid papered walls. Happy hour drew patrons to its horseshoe-shaped bar. Later Ben Dimsdale purchased the restaurant and operated it until the closure in 1991 (and is now The Prince). Customers could get a reasonably priced steak at Ollie Hammond’s day and night at 3683 Wilshire Blvd. Hammond was a refrigerator salesman but ended up owning a restaurant when his client couldn’t pay the bills. Said one customer, “I was working across the street and would go in to grab a burger and fries to go—the fries were fresh-cut and salted in a brown paper bag to absorb most of the grease and keep them fresh and crisp. I think they made their own sweet pickles for the burgers.” In 1926, the original Brown Derby restaurant was opened by Herbet Somborn, the year his divorce from Gloria Swanson became final. A friend told him, “If you know anything about food, you can sell it out of a hat.” Lucey’s, at 5444 Melrose, not be to confused with Lucy’s El Adobe one block west, offered complete luncheons at $1.75 in 1949. Its authentic Spanish architecture and its celebrity patrons drew tourists and nearby residents to its doors. Neighbors across Melrose were RKO Pictures and Paramount Studios. Specialties were veal scallopini and chicken cacciatore.

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By Patricia Rye Theater columnist What do a founding father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? They all wrote or re-wrote their own versions of the Bible. And they meet in the brilliant new philosophical comedy by Scott Carter, "The Gospel According to Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord." “I found out about the Jefferson Bible through a program that Bill Moyers hosted,” says Carter.” In 1804, Jefferson took a razor and cut out the Bible verses he liked from the King James Version. “Jefferson did not feel obligated to accept all of the Bible to call himself a Christian.” Carter continues. “He felt you can approach the great mysteries of life without feeling that you need to buy into any religion’s complete doctrine. Also, what he didn’t like were miracles. He’s a son of the enlightenment, a Newtonian, and he rejects any notion that anybody is going to be able to walk on water.” Jefferson’s Bible version stayed in the family until the 1890s when it was sold to the Smithsonian for $400. Carter is executive producer and writer for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” and was based in New York. “At the beginning of the fourth season Bill wanted us to move to Los Angeles. I moved to the Larchmont area and found this wonderful independent book store, Chevaliers,” says Carter. “I was looking at their clas-

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Music gives ‘Rudderless’ meaning; eyes provide mirrors to the soul Rudderless (10/10): William H. Macy’s directorial debut is a smash! This is a sensitive, poignant tale of Sam (Billy Crudup), a successful man who descends into drunkenness after a family tragedy and is rescued by discovering his deceased son’s music. As he gets involved his life takes meaning, but that’s not the end of the story.

The music is good and Macy keeps admirable pace and gets first rate performances from Crudup and Anton Yelchin, both of whom perform their own singing and playing, with fine supporting performances from Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne and Macy himself. This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Laggies (9/10): Chick flick

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or no, I loved it. Keira Knightley is an amazing actress. She does things with her eyes that provide mirrors to the soul of her characters. And Chloë Grace Moretz is not far behind her. For one of such tender years, her two roles this year, as a prostitute in “The Equalizer” and a kind of wild teenager here, display an admirable range. Sam Rockwell, Jeff Weber and Jeff Garlin round out the cast with equally persuasive performances. The Judge (9/10): Finally Robert Downey takes some time off from squandering his God-given talent on the deplorable “Sherlock Holmes” franchise and superhero twaddle like “Iron Man,” and takes on a role more befitting his talent. To see him with Robert Duvall, a good script, and fine director is long overdue. St. Vincent (8/10): Outstanding performances by Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, and Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute, highlight this moving, funny tale of an unlikely alignment of a cantankerous older man and an 11-year-old boy who understands him like no other person does or even tries. Fury (8/10): This has the Alpha and Omega of World War II movies. For the Ome-

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Tony Medley remake of James Jones’ “The Thin Red Line” (1998). But the Alpha more than makes up for this as it is probably one of the most realistic depictions of war battles ever filmed, and that’s most of the movie, well worth the price of admission. Gone Girl (7/10): The problem with “Gone Girl” is that it pales in comparison with the bestselling book. It’s not that Ben Affleck and Rosamond Pike are not delightful incarnations of Nick and Amy Dunne or that the supporting cast is not equally pleasing (except for an unconvincing Neil Patrick Harris). What’s disappointing is that in the first half of the movie Nick is not nearly as unsympathetic nor Amy as sympathetic as in the book. Worse, Gillian Flynn, who wrote both book and screenplay, changed the ending so that readers of the book “would not lose interest.” That makes no sense because by the end of the movie they will either have lost interest or not, and, given the gender point they’re trying to make, it’s disingenuous. Regardless,

this is a fine, entertaining movie on its own. Force Majeure (5/10): The movie is filled with allegories if you’re looking for them, and the ending has all sorts of interpretations one could make. There are some funny lines, some beautiful scenes of people skiing, and it is interesting, but the story doesn’t justify a film of almost two hours duration, which is what one often gets when, as here, a writer (Ruben Öslund) directs his own script and can’t bring it upon himself to cut anything because he finds the writing so wonderful. In Swedish and English. Dracula Untold (3/10): There’s a good reason why it was untold.

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would see things. In the case of Tolstoy, the character of Pierre in “War and Peace” and Levin in “Anna Karenina” are based very much on himself. After a severe asthma attack that hospitalized him, Carter felt a sense of re-birth. “I had this very strong feeling about the beauty of life, but also the sense of having to clarify issues about why are we here. Is there a God? What is life about? One of the purposes of this play is to get people to have that same sense of urgency, to ask those questions and clarify the issues for themselves.” Carter lives in Windsor Square with wife Bebe Johnson and two children. For more on play go to p. 6.

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Dine on steaks at historic sites; Mexican, Greek among area offerings Antonio’s Run, don’t walk, to eat a meal at this Hollywood Mexican food institution. We had the chicken enchiladas con mole—amazing! We also ordered the guacamole appetizer and bean tamales—both excellent. My husband ordered a margarita and said it was insanely good and strong. The service was also top-notch and

old world classy. Antonio still gets dressed in a suit and sits by the front door. Such a magical place—they don’t make places like this anymore. 7470 Melrose Ave., 323658-9060, Chan Dara I always enjoy all the dishes every time I dine here. My ab-

solute faves are the Chilean seabass with soba noodles, black seabass (miso based), eggplant with tofu, and the papaya salad. The servers are polite and they also have outside patio seating which is great for lunch hours. Valet in front of the restaurant or you can park on the street. 310 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-467-1052, El Coyote Amazing food. I had fish tacos, my husband had the ostrich tacos and loved them. But the best thing on the menu was their margaritas. The scratch margarita was my favorite. Loaded with alcohol but tasted great. Amazing experience. 7312 Beverly Blvd., 323939-2255,

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food. I had the sea bass and he had the fish and chips. Both were delicious. 3357 Wilshire Blvd., 213385-7275, thehmsbounty. com La Brea Bakery Café For brunch I ordered the French toast rosette and an iced latte. My husband tried the farro salad and the kale and feta rosette, both were great! I highly recommend the cobb salad and tomato/ veggie focaccia. They also have some of the best cookies money can buy. And they keep it simple: oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip and peanut butter. 468 S. La Brea Ave. 323939-6813, The Larchmont Beautiful restaurant with an amazing patio. The food here was fantastic. Fresh, vibrant flavors. Standouts were the tuna tartare special, yellowtail crudo, kale salad, lamb meatballs, and scallops with romesco sauce. Banana and toffee tart dessert was also a winner! 5750 Melrose Ave., 323464-4277, thelarchmont. com Le Petit Greek I went here for lunch. I ordered the moussaka, which was delicious! The zucchini, eggplant and ground lamb were cooked perfectly, topped with a light béchamel sauce. Accompanying this large serving of moussaka were two lemon potatoes and a generous helping of salad, covered with finely grated feta cheese. I wasn’t able to finish the dish,

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Hand-made items at Crafts Market American-made jewelry, ceramics, sculptural glass, alabaster, wood, scarves and textiles are featured at the Contemporary Crafts Market Fri., Oct. 31 through Sun., Nov. 2. The show, at the Pasadena Convention Center at 300 E. Green St., celebrates American artisans, many of whom will be at the event. Formerly in Santa Monica, the show prides itself on its eclectic collection of art styles, media, outlooks and voices. Admission is $8; children under 12 are free. Call 310285-3655 or go to craftsource. org.

Japanese female troupe at East West Players East West Players presents the Los Angeles premiere of "Animals Out of Paper" at David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St. In the play, the top star of an all-female Japanese performance troupe is haunted by the ghost of a former top star. Preview performances run Thurs., Nov. 6 through Sat.,

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Korean comfort food at POT, eclectic Spanish menu at SOS are cloth aprons; pitchers of cold barley tea abound. A plate with braised vegetable banchan, typical accompaniments to Korean meals, arrives, is rapidly consumed, and filled again. We ordered $9 grilled veggies, which pack some heat, and the $16 Roger Wants Moore Octopussy, a James Bondian description of tiny, crispy octopuses tossed with celery and mizuna, a Japanese



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green. The menu’s focus is, of course, the hot pots. We were momentarily tempted to try the Boot Knocker, a wry combination On the of tofu, instant Menu ramen, Spam, by tinned corned Helene beef hash, fish Seifer cakes and other seemingly random meats and seasonings, but instead ordered the $38 Old School—a tangle of delicious marinated paper thin ribeye, with noodles, kimchi, scallions and sesame. Korean comfort food at its finest. Wash it all down with beer, wine, sake or a soju curry cocktail. POT, 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in Line Hotel. 213-368-3030. Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 to 11 p.m. *** Although the world has gone small plates crazy, very few focus on the Spanish inspiration for the trend. One spot that does is smoke.oil. salt., Chef Perfecto Rocher’s seafood-centric tapas cafe. We started with Catalan tomato toast: grilled bread slathered with astoundingly garlicky pulverized tomatoes. We thought we ordered the version with sausages, but the waiter thought otherwise and

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Lovers of puns will be amused by POT, Kogi food truck chef Roy Choi’s hipster Korean hot pot restaurant. Its neon sign is in marijuana-dispensary green, and the menu sports the admonition “Let’s Smoke” above a photo of a woman puffing a giant… something. Plays on words aside, POT is packed with flavor and loads of fun. Utensils are stored in under-table cubbies; napkins

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Dining & Entertainment Guide Music, art, food at House of Lebanon Sat., Nov. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. with Maha & Co. Percussionist Marc El Khoury and opera singer Raed Saade will give a voice and rhythm course on Sat., Nov. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit or call 323-965-8000.

Artist work at Reef Kathleen Losey, S. Norton Ave., is among several artists featured in an exhibit at Studio Eleven at The Reef, formerly the L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, on the 11th floor. The opening reception is on Sat., Nov. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is through Sat., Dec. 6. Losey is a long-time area interior designer.

Please join us for our Grand Opening Nov. 1 We are now featuring a New Breakfast Menu,. New Salads, Soups & Sandwiches too. We are also serving Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte. Come try our new fare for yourself! It’s Delicious, Healthy & Yummy!



While the featurArab world ing works is shrouded by sevin conflict, eral artthe House of ists, is up Lebanon Artthrough ists Group is Sat., Nov. promoting 15. art and culIn additure at its tion sevh e a d q u a reral workters, 4800 s h o p s Wilshire are being Blvd. offered, such as The aim is to showcase “Lebanese the rich heriC o o k tage of the ing—FlaMiddle East ART exhibit, cuisine featured at site. vors from and to help the Mezze deconstruct negative stereo- Table” on Sat., Nov, 8 from types, spokesman Lara Aki 3 to 6 p.m. with chef Najwa said. Massoud. Beyond Borders, an exhibit Middle Eastern dance is on

5210 W. Beverly Blvd. (just around the corner from Larchmont)

Herend artist demonstrates talents at Zahran Lucy Zahran & Co. invites shoppers to meet Herend master artist Marianna Steigervald as she demonstrates painting on porcelain and personalizes Herend purchases. Steigervald was born in Veszprem, Hungary, where she gained a love of painting and art. She was admitted to the Vocational Secondary School of the Herend Manufactory, where she learned to paint porcelain. Steigervald currently works in the Herend sales division in Budapest, Hungary. The event will take place Tues., Nov. 4 and Wed., Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lucy Zahran & Co. store at the Grove. Call 323-933-3166.

Spirit of Hollywood "The Spirit of Hollywood" looms at the American Legion, 2035 N. Highland Ave., on Sun., Nov. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Hollywood Art Council. Celebrity psychic Patti Negri will conduct ghost walks, and guests can bid on a seat at a seance. Cost for members is $35. Call 323-462-2355.

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Wishing You & Your Family A Safe Healthy & Happy Holiday Season Celebrating Our 61st Anniversary “This is an upscale steak house with prices half those of its competitors. Taylor’s doesn’t have competitors. It’s achieved the status of legend.” -Merrill Shindler KLSX Radio 3361 W. EIGHTH ST. LOS ANGELES • (213) 382-8449 Lunch 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ~ MONdAy - FrIdAy • dinner 4-10 p.m. ~ Nightly


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Local winners were named at annual HPOZ awards.

Dorothy Chandler working the circuit, bottom left, for new music center.

Family bird walk, cooking classes at Arboretum this month.

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HANCOCK PARK $6,500,000 Apx 10k sf on 3 flrs. 8+5. Lease 29k/mon Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


HANCOCK PARK $4,290,000 Impressive 5BD/4.5BA Georgian Revival Hm June Lee/James Song 323-860-4262/4255


HANCOCK PARK $3,795,000 Exquisite Italianate w/pro kitchen. 4+3. Lisa Hutchins/Sally Aminoff (323) 460-7626


HANCOCK PARK $3,500,000 Panoramic golf course view! 3beds/4baths Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


HANCOCK PARK $1,999,000 Lovely 2sty English stucco, 3+3+bonus rm Mollie McGinty (323) 460-7636


HANCOCK PARK $1,549,000 Chicly updated Dutch Colonial with pool. Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


MIRACLE MILE $1,499,000 Charming home 4+2.5+gsthse, needs work. Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


MIRACLE MILE $1,499,000 Character filled dplx, good area 2+2 ea. Rick Llanos (323) 460-7617


HANCOCK PARK $1,169,000 2+1+guest in great Hancock Park location Lisa Hutchins (323) 460-7626


HANCOCK PARK $1,130,000 1st time on market in over 20yrs.3B/2.5B Sunhee “Sara” Kilmer (213) 273-6559


HANCOCK PARK $749,000 Updated 2BD/2BA + loft condo, hrdwd flrs Michelle Hanna (323) 860-4271


HANCOCK PARK $599,000 Large 3rd floor unit w/ designer touches James R Hutchison/Peggy Bartenetti (323) 460-7637


MID WILSHIRE $579,000 1890 Victorian Home. 5BD/1BA, LR, FDR. Sandy Boeck (323) 860-4240


HANCOCK PARK $6,300/MO Romantic upper unit duplex. 3BD/2BA. Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606


HANCOCK PARK $5,000 A MON Lease upper unit in duplex, 3+2, 2 prkg. Loveland Carr Properties (323) 460-7606




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Robby O’Donnell and Wilshire Park home win HPOZ awards By Suzan Filipek Two Wilshire Park entries were among winners of the city’s 2014 Office of Historic Resources Historic Preservation Overlay Zone awards. Robby O’Donnell, Bronson Ave., the only person among the honorees, won for being instrumental in placing Boulevard Heights on the National Register of Historic Places in

2012. “I’m sure she was selected because of her tireless preservation efforts in Wilshire Park,” said Lorna Hennington, president of the Wilshire Park Association; she nominated O’Donnell for the award. “People say this is a thankless job. It’s not. It’s so gratifying,” said O’Donnell, who credited her community for

their support. The two-block stretch named after the 1905 Boulevard tract has 81 homes, from 658 to 899 S. Bronson between Wilshire and 9th St. The area, annexed by the city in 1908, includes Craftsman, Mediterranean, Colonial and Tudor Revival style homes. Landscape, exterior winner A stately Spanish style home


743 S. Longwood Ave. Listed at $2,175,000 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms


1139 S. Harvard Blvd. Listed at $579,000 5 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

Sandy Boeck 323-860-4240

CalBRE # 01005153 Hancock Park South •119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 • 323.462.1225 Fax ©2014 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office is owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC.Coldwell Banker® and the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Coldwell Banker Previews International Logo, are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

WINNING home on Bronson Ave. with Margaret Jacquemin and awardee Robby O’Donnell.

at 673 S. Bronson built in the early 1920s won an HPOZ award for landscaping and exterior rehabilitation. Margaret and Chris Jacquemin and their two children moved in three years ago, after the final stretch of a remodel. The wood windows and French doors were rebuilt to match the originals, and a second-floor Juliet iron balcony was secured. Olive and kumquat trees, lavenderia, sage and rosemary were planted in the yard. The awards were presented at the Los Angeles Historic Neighborhoods Conference held Oct. 18 at Wilshire United Methodist Church. Other HPOZ winners were mostly in the West Adams area, said Ken Bernstein, manager, office of historic resources city Planning Dept. They are:

Spaulding Square, 1414 N. Orange Grove Ave., residential rehabilitation; Jefferson Park, 2401 W. Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Square, new construction/infill/ mixed-use; Jefferson Park, 2801 Arlington Ave.—Starr Dairy Farmhouse, restoration; Harvard Heights, Granite Street Monument Restoration, community restoration project; Harvard Heights, 2018-2034 West Washington Blvd, commercial rehabilitation; Harvard Heights, 2755 W. 15th Str., Jane Eisner School, sustainability (adaptive reuse), and, University Park, 2365-2369 Scarff St., extensive rehabilitation of a Mills Act Property. The event was sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy and the city Planning Dept.

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251 S Windsor Blvd. For Lease Impeccable condition 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths including guest house and pool. $14,500 per month




245 Gower St. 3 + 2.5 and den $1,499,000




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2231 Sunset Plaza Dr. 4 + 4.5 plus views and pool $3,400,000






1248 S. 3rd Ave. Prairie style 4 + 2.5 with den, parlor and sunroom $1,280,000







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ton, in the Brookside neighborhood, the May issue found Dippell Realty selling a twostory, three–bedroom, twoand-a-quarter bath, den and “closets galore” for $185,000. Price reductions One of the biggest surprises we noticed was that many of the home prices in 1984 had

actually been reduced. A classic English brick estate at 514 S. Muirfield Rd., featuring a two-story entry with huge fireplace, hand-painted beam ceiling, four bedrooms, four baths plus two rooms up and a tennis court out back had recently been reduced to $1,190,000. Even Fremont Place was of-


fering some price busters. A Georgian Colonial, fully renovated with guesthouse, party pavilion, huge grounds, Nautilus room, elevator, pool and top security had recently been reduced to $1,950,000. If we only had a crystal ball to tell us where today’s prices will be 30 years from now…

FOUR BEDROOM Tudor home on Muirfield Road listed for $1,190,000 in 1984.

Bet you wish you had bought in Hancock Park 30 years ago By Sondi Sepenuk The real estate market is cyclical, but even as it goes up and down, the general rule is that, over time, it will continue to go up. Today’s Hancock Park area will set you back anywhere from $1 million to $12 million—and there seems to be no limit to that upward climb. Here at the Larchmont Chronicle, we took a look back at the home prices from 1984. And yes, we certainly wish we had all bought our homes

three decades ago. In the January 1984 issue, we found an English brick home at 433 S. McCadden Pl. selling for $665,000. The home featured a library, family room, four bedrooms, four baths, powder room and maid’s room. At 412 N. Irving Blvd., we noted Coldwell Banker selling a three–bedroom, two–bath bungalow with living room, dining room, large yard and long driveway for $219,000. Down south at 924 S. Kenis-

Green Car winner, finalists to rev up L.A. Auto Show Nov. 21 to 30 Green Car Journal will reveal the winner of the 10th annual Green Car of the Year Award during the L.A. Auto Show Fri., Nov. 21 to Sun. Nov. 30 at the L.A. Convention Center. The five finalists are Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit and VW Golf. An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the award each year, a re-

flection of the auto industry’s expanding efforts, an auto show spokesman said. “These five exceptional vehicles reflect an expanding ‘green’ car field that embraces diverse fuels and technologies as answers to a more efficient and low carbon future,” said Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal. The jury includes Jay Leno and Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society.

Homes for an Era - Agents for a Lifetime

Top 100 in Southern California 219 S. Formosa Ave - New Listing

Large 2 Story Home in Prime Location

Cecille Cohen Neighborhood Specialist 213-810-9949 Dre #00884530

Coldwell Banker Hancock Park North

Wonderful opportunity to make this charming 2-story Traditional home your own. Unusual for the neighborhood, this home offers 3617 SF and 5 BR/4 BA; large sun-filled public rooms boast original moldings and details, fireplace in living room, kitchen with breakfast area, and huge den/family room with built-in bar, opening up to a private yard with pool. Located in a very sought after neighborhood, close to The Grove, original Farmer’s Market, Pan Pacific Park and many great shops and restaurants. Miracle Mile HPOZ. Offered at $1,869,000

Members ~ Society of Excellence


4 Bedroom 4 bath home, plus family room and den. Living room with hardwood floors, fireplace, and stained glass window; formal dining room. Updated granite kitchen with center island. Separate breakfast room. Up, huge master bedroom, plus 3 other bedrooms and balcony.. Central air. Approximately 4700 square feet. Located close to The Grove, places of worship, and public transportation. No Saturday showings. $1,795,000

Open Sundays 1:00 - 4:00pm

Naomi Hartman 323.860.4259

Leah Brenner

323.860.4245 CalBRE# 00769979 CalBRE# 00917665

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Music Center turns 50; Blue Ribbon hosts December 6 gala The Music Center opened 50 years ago on Dec. 6, 1964. A gala marking the landmark event will be held at the site. The first and largest theater of the Music Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, was named after the Windsor Square woman who worked tirelessly to bring the world– class venue to Los Angeles.

Dorothy Buffam Chandler, called Buffy by her friends, led the citizen’s committee to build what would become home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performing arts center. Designed by architect Welton Becket, the original complex was comprised of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,

the Mark Taper Forum, and Ahmanson Theatre. In 2003, The Music Center opened the Frank Gehrydesigned Walt Disney Concert Hall, which includes the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the William M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre, and the Nadine and Ed Carson Amphitheatre. Blue Ribbon, Gala Hosting the gala celebration on Sat., Dec. 6 is a committee for The Blue Ribbon of the Music Center. The organization of philanthropic women founded by Chandler has raised more than $72 million for arts and education programs at The Music Center. Principle among them is an annual Spring Children’s Festival. Currently one of the longest-running programs of its kind, the festival each spring invites more than 18,000 fifth graders to The Music Center to experience a live performance. For many, the Festival offers their first contact with The Music Center and the power and beauty of performances— from the classical American Ballet Theatre Studio and the contemporary Alvin Ailey II to the athletic Body Vox. To

further extend the young visitors’ experience, each child receives a book entitled “A Journey Through the Music Center,” filled with fun facts about music, opera, dance and theater. The book was funded by Blue Ribbon member Maxine Dunitz. Blue Ribbon has changed with the times, and today’s members serve on hundreds of boards of directors throughout the world, from ON OPENING NIGHT Zubin Mehta conducted. Frank Sinatra, the Count Basie the Guggenheim to Band and the L.A. Civic Light Opera perthe Kennedy Center. formed later in the week. Resident compaCarla Sands. “My goal,” said nies include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Associ- Sands, “is to build Blue Ribbon ation, Center Theatre Group, to last for the next 45 years! Los Angeles Master Chorale I’m passionate about continuing Mrs. Chandler’s traditions and the Los Angeles Opera. while putting Blue Ribbon on City’s gain The group’s blueprint was a path towards the future.” laid out by Chandler. Wife of Today’s 470 members con“Los Angeles Times” publisher tinue to discover the rewards Norman Chandler, she used from their work and philanher business and social con- thropy. nections and united Eastsid- In the words of Dorothy Bufers and Westsiders, actors and fum Chandler, “A life without industrialists, newcomers and commitment, without dedication to a purpose beyond ourveterans to the city’s gain. The tradition continues with selves, and without a close current Blue Ribbon president, partnership, is only half a life.”

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A+D, director Tibbie Dunbar honored at Design Awards Tibbie Dunbar, director of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles, was named a presidential honoree at the Design Awards Ceremony. The Miracle Mile museum was also a 2014 presidential board honoree for community contribution. The American Institute of Architects, L.A. Chapter presented the awards Oct. 29 at the Million Dollar Theater & Grand Central Market. Opened in 2001 in the Bradbury Building, it later moved to the Mile, where it continues to be the only museum in the city with exhibits solely on architecture and design on view. Dunbar was the museum’s first director when she was appointed in December 2004. In the ensuing 10 years, she has developed the A+D into an active center of architecture and

Tibbie Dunbar

design, an AIA/LA spokesman said. She launched “cutting-edge programming” in education, musical arts performances, cultural urbanism and the creation of an installation space where architects, designers, and artists created on-site projects. Tibbie has curated national and international exhibits and is a practicing fine artist.

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Warner theaters remembered at museum Warner Theatres will be celebrated with a program on Wed., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Hollywood Ave. An Evening of Warner Bros. Los Angeles Theatres will include a video presentation of the history of the chain and a talk by author Steve Bingen, “Warner Brothers, the Ultimate Hollywood back Lot.” The chain’s flagship, at 6433 Hollywood Blvd., is the centerpiece of the Hollywood Boulevard National Register District. The building was designed by theatre architect G. Albert Landsburgh in an Italianate Beaux Arts style. It opened in 1928 with a Vitaphone feature, “The Glorious Betsy” with Dolores Costello and Conrad Nagel. Warners had pioneered sound, particularly fostered by Sam Warner, who passed away just before the theatre was built. A plaque in the lobby commemorates him. Atop the theatre are two radio towers, used to broadcast the then Warner-owned KFWB. In addition to being on the National Register, the building is also a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument. For many years, the theatre was the home of Cinerama, where “How the West Was Won” and “2001, A Space Odyssey” were premiered, according to a Hollywood Heritage spokesman..

DON JUAN starring John Barrymore premiered at the site.

OPENED IN 1928, theater is centerpiece of the Hollywood Boulevard District.

A New Record Sale for Van Ness Avenue Sold in less than one week

Run for Her at Pan Pacific Park aids research Registration is open for the 10th annual Run for Her 5K Run and Friendship Walk to raise public awareness and research funds for the fight against ovarian cancer. The event will be held Sun., Nov. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. in Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd. It supports the Women’s Cancer Program at the CedarsSinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Supporters can join Run for Her’s Sleepwalkers Around the World program and participate in any, or all, 2014 Run for Her events. For more information visit runforher. com.

129 N. Van Ness Ave. Asking price $3,149,000 Represented Buyer

United Way hosts 5K walk to end homelessness

Windsor Square Traditional for the growing family. Center hall floor plan features generous-sized living room leading to the family room. Formal dining room. Gorgeous custom kitchen with breakfast area and butler’s pantry. Large master with walk-in closet and spacious bath. 3 other bedrooms, 2 baths, plus laundry room complete the second floor. Huge backyard has a patio area and is accented by a fireplace and sitting area.

Kathy Gless Current Resident (323) 460-7622 BRE# 00626174

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251 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 464-9272

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United Way of Greater L.A. will host a 5K fundraiser to end homelessness on Sat., Nov. 15. Over the past seven years, HomeWalk has mobilized 38,000 participants, raised $3 million and moved 13,000 individuals off the streets and into permanent housing. All proceeds from the event go back into the community, supporting strategies to end the ongoing crisis of homelessness. Check-in is at Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., at 7 a.m. The opening program begins at 8:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. To register and for more information, visit unitedwayla. org/homewalk.

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Cemetery tour, photos by ‘chief tombstone tourist’ on the subject including the Smithsonian Institute and the Cooper Union in New York. Tickets are $30 for the lecture and $80 for the tour. Friends of the Gamble House pay $25/$75. Visit Tour space is limited.


Magnificent Italian Villa in Hancock Park Listed at $8,500,000 CANDELIGHT tour is offered.

American Indian arts, film, food at Autry Marketplace Autry Museum’s 24th annual American Indian Arts Marketplace features contemporary native artists, performances, theatre, food and film. The Marketplace, running Sat., Nov. 8 and Sun., Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., connects the public to 200 artists, representing more than 40 tribes. Artists will be selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry and textiles.


A series of family programs explore the American West. Activities include performances by native dancers, musicians, and storytellers, plus artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. Fluffy fry bread and more culinary traditions will be on the menu. Admission is free for Autry members. Non-members pay $12, $8 for seniors, students, $4 for children and free for ages 3 and younger. Visit


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America’s “chief tombstone tourist,” photographer and author Douglas Keister will
give a candlelight tour
of Mountain View Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave., in Altadena on Tues., Nov. 18. The event, “Stories in Stone,” features a lecture at 6 p.m. illustrated with photographs of cemeteries and funerary art from around the world. The tour follows at 7 p.m. and covers funerary architecture, secret societies, cemetery symbolism, a hollow tombstone and the resting place of George Reeves, the original Superman. Keister gives annual tours at his hometown cemetery in Chico, California and has been honored as a co-tour director at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York. He’s authored six books on cemeteries and has spoken at dozens of venues




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XERISCAPE DESIGN Drought tolerant idea: waterless dry stream bed

ENRICH LA co-founder Tomas O’Grady at El Sereno Middle School.

It appears, the heavens closed up the watering hole without announcing “last call” to all the thirsty California patrons. Angelenos have been asked to cut back another 20 percent on water usage...take that roses, hydrangeas and grass. We’re cutting you off! Xeriscaping (as close to zero watering as you can get) is the new native gardening. Enthusiasts and their projects are popping up all over, sometimes blowing the mind and pocketbook. But if you want to keep it simple and local, here’s a new option inspired by California’s mountainous terrain: dry stream beds. A water-wise stream bed looks fantastic whether it’s raining A) cats and dogs, B) men, or C) none of the above, which is currently where we stand in this long-suffering

relationship with water. An arid beauty during the dry season, it becomes a tranquil waterway that babbles over plants, rocks and soil when it rains…and it will rain…someday. El Sereno Middle School principal Dr. Frances Gipson was California unaware Greenin' her campus held a great by setting for a Renee dry stream Ridgeley bed when she placed a call to get a school garden. “When I learned several old bungalows were going to be removed from campus, the first thing I did was call Enrich LA. I’d heard about them from other schools where they’d installed beautiful gardens for the students and I knew I

wanted one here.” Enrich LA, ( a non-profit whose mission is “a garden in every school,” has built more than 60 gardens in Los Angeles United School District school in three years. Tomas O’Grady, who cofounded the organization in 2011 with his friend Leonardo Chalupowicz, saw beyond the half acre of asphalt eyesore at El Sereno and designed a xeriscaped garden complete with vegetables, bridges and a stream bed for the campus and community. “The school sits on a paved slope and collects run-off from the hillside and neighboring streets,” O’Grady said. “We wanted to create something wild and haphazard so the kids would love it, be invested in it and consider it their own.” Together, Enrich LA volunteers worked with students, staff and parents to transform the blighted area into a respite where the noise of the playground is buffered by green foliage, picnic benches and hundreds of butterflies. The stream bed collects water from about 2,000 square feet. Runoff water percolates into the water table and feeds plants, fruit trees and vegetables. If there’s heavy rain, excess water, which has now been cleaned by the boulderfilled bed, will filter into an overflow drain where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Directs water flow A dry stream looks great in any area with elevation, including front and back yards. It can also help solve drainage problems by directing water flow. Landscape designer Eva Knoppel, of Garden of Eva, agrees that a stream bed is good for the environment and for the soul. “Most people don’t think to ask for a dry stream bed when switching to drought tolerant landscaping even though it could save water and eliminate grass.” “People love nature and are drawn to streams because they’re soothing. So incorporating something that acts like water, even though it’s a dry stream, is good for the psyche,” said Knoppel. Maybe that’s why the El Sereno students and butterflies are relaxing on the hillside, enjoying their new retreat. It’s like going to the mountains… if only until the next bell rings.

Vote Tues., Nov. 4

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Ridgewood-Wilton takes it to the street at annual block party Ridgewood-Wilton neighbors, old and new, turned out to share food and fun at the annual block party. A rock climbing wall, which replaced the usual water slide in deference to the drought, was a huge hit. Neighbors enjoyed grilled hot dogs, sausages and peppers prepared by

YOUNGSTERS were eager to have their faces painted by Tomi Sher.

ROCK CLIMBING was a big hit for all ages.

grillmaster Al Higgins. Kids were artfully decorated with painted faces and glitter tattoos provided by Tomi Sher and Linda Hurtado of Wilton Drive. "This party brings the whole neighborhood together, and it's a lot of fun," shared Alysoun Higgins.

ARTIST Nathan Million took advantage of the street closure.

Hollywood Historic Hotel

5162 Melrose Ave. (323) 378-6312 (800) 515-1333

$89.00 and up

VIEW FROM THE BOUNCER: from left, Kate Gogolak, Sarah Higgins, Caroline LaDage, Mary Higgins wih Nathan Million.

SENIOR LEAD OFFICER Harry Cho shared his food with four-legged Mabel.

Free WiFi Free Parking

June Ahn Presents Homes for the Month of November 2014

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Veterans saluted, wooden wearables, holiday marketplace at CAFAM ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Veterans enter free on Veteran's Day, Tues., Nov. 11. • Sunday family programs feature "A Healthy and Whole You with Whole Foods!" Nov. 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. Second Sunday Concert: Andrew & Polly is Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Buttons Up! on National Button Day! Nov. 16, and "Take "The Story Boat with Capt. Storyteller Mike McArdle" Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. Create Garlands of Gratitude Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984, CRAFT AND FOLK ART Night: MUSEUM—Craft Wooden Wearables with Side Street Projects on Thurs., Nov.

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message boards: My Windsor Village. Here neighbors can find babysitters to dogwalkers, discuss topics and share information. Events can be added quickly and easily on the WordPress site. Calendar listings are color coded, i.e., purple for Metro construction and fuschia for Ebell of Los Angeles events

and filming at the site. Much of a former website was repurposed. There are 129 photos—mostly of homes in the Revival Style—and area history dating back to the 1920s and earlier to the neighborhood’s recent protection under the city’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone ordinance.

Block captains distributed some 500 color postcards to neighborhood homes announcing the new website. Launched in August, so far Hoffman is the sole editor, but it is easy to use, so he’s hoping others will don an editor’s cap in the near future. After all, it’s a community portal.

EBELL CLUB members, circa, 1932 are among historical photos on the updated website.

News, meetings to filming listed at is “a modern and robust platform” for a historic locale, says local resident and web developer Joe Hoffman. He renovated the site to bring the Wilshire Village Association into the 21st cyber

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Celebrate Japanese culture, explore plant varieties to holiday recipes Arrangements by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana will be on display throughout the Festival. Enjoy the autumn color on guided tours of the Japanese Garden on Saturday at 10 a.m. Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history and author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America,” will lead. Patina will serve Japanese


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Backyard orchards are topic at meeting of L.A. Garden Club Ellen Mackey will present “You Too Can Have a Backyard Orchard” at the monthly meeting of the Los Angeles Garden Club on Mon., Nov. 3. The meeting takes place at the Griffith Park Visitors Center Auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Mackey is a senior ecologist with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern Calif. and the author of “Care and Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens” and

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Improve flexibility, balance and strength in the open air at dusk during Tuesday evening hatha yoga classes led by certified yoga instructor Candyce Columbus. Classes meet 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.; arrive 15 minutes early in front of the main entrance for a warm-up stroll through the garden.


Morning classes are on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Garden talks, tram tours Thursday Garden Talks from 9:30 a.m. to noon, kick off with a class on hardscape materials and techniques with Andreas Hessing on Nov. 6. (Please turn to page 14)

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Enjoy a morning bird walk, Golden Road Brewing, 5410 show your support for Payne’s W. San Fernando Rd., will go mission or learn the basics toward building the Founon gardening with California dation’s new educational facilities. For flora at Theomore infordore Payne mation, eFoundation, mail kitty@ 10459 Tuxtheodoreford St., Sun Valley. Horticul Bring your turist, edubinoculars for cator and an easy morng a r d e n ing ramble writer Lili with birdSinger will watcher and present the avian artist Ken Gillil- BIRDWATCHERS might spy a basics on naand on Thur., red-shouldered hawk on a morn- tive plants, including Nov. 6 from 8 ing ramble on Nov. 6. why they are to 10 a.m. Great food, craft beer, trivia valuable, techniques, estaband live music by the Dust- lishment, irrigation, pruning bowl Revival add up to a good and maintenance on Sat., Nov. time at the third annual Gath- 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ering of Friends on Fri., Nov. 7 For more information, visit or call from 7 to 11 p.m. Proceeds from the event, at 818-768-5215.

View winter succulents and fall foliage, boost your party menu repertoire or shop at the annual Gift Shop Open House at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Cactus, flower arrangement, canary shows The San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society will exhibit fall and winter succulents and cacti rarely seen in summer shows on Sat., Nov. 1 and Sun., Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of Las Artistas de Flores will display more than 40 natured-inspired arrangements and miniatures during the two-day show on Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They use flowers, rocks, boxes, cylinders and other recycled items in their artful designs. View birds of different types and colors at the American Canary Fancier Society’s 35th annual Canary Show and Sale on Fri., Nov. 14 and Sat., Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show includes a judged competition and canaries for sale; Society members will be available to answer questions. Hatha yoga

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a focus on holiday dishes. Photography, writing workshops Don’t miss the chance to photograph the Arboretum at night! Bring your cameras, LED lights, lasers and specialty light sources along on Sat., Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. for nighttime picture-taking opportunities. Seeing is the Seed writing workshop, taught by food and garden writer Paula Panich, meets on Sun., Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Art and fear is the topic. Writing experience is not necessary; it is a no-pressure environment for people to explore the forms, content and themes of nonfiction writing about the natural world, travel, food and gardens. For more information, go to or call 626-821-3222.

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Father allowed only one instrument at son’s funeral tially granted. Instead of a band to play a funeral dirge, the captain was allowed one musician. He chose a bugler and asked him to play a series of musical notes he had found on a scrap of paper in the pocket of his son’s uniform. That music (the slow, distinctly individual cadence of the notes is like tapping) was the haunting bugle melody we now know as “Taps.” *** Why do we mind our “P’s & Q’s?” ponders Jody Bernolfo. In the early days of printing, type was composed of individual lead letters and symbols selected from trays containing rows of alphabetical compartments. The p and the q were in adjoining stalls, exact reversals of each other, it was very important to “mind” them so as not to make a mistake. Professor Know-It-All invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to


Angeleno Counts at Homeboy 5k Run/Walk Homeboy Industries “Every Angeleno Counts” 5k Run/ Walk drew 3,000 runners and an additional 1,000 spectators, nearly tripling last year’s event, a spokesman said. The event last month, lead by Homeboy founder Fr. Greg Boyle, featured local artwork by Robbie Conal, Emerald, Richard Ahern, Wini Brewer and Shepard Fairey; 30 percent of proceeds go toward Homeboy’s social programs. Homeboy is the country’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program. Visit

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Volunteers needed to sign up for huge Clothing Giveaway for the holidays Ready to roll up your shirtsleeves and help sort through hundreds of articles of clothing, children’s books and other items for the annual NCJW Giveaway? The event will take place on Sun., Dec. 7 in the morning at the National Council of Jewish Women parking lot, 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Helpers can sign up for one of three shifts: Sat., Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to noon, or Sun., Dec. 7, 6:45 to 10 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Volunteers will filter through some 75,000 pieces of clothing and books and give them to more than 3,000 needy people in our community. Participants must be 12 or older; community service credit/certificates will be issued to students. Sign up at, or call Chloe Hanna at 323-852-8515.

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What’s the origin of “Taps?” ponders Joan Fagerholm. This is the perfect question for the month that contains Veteran’s Day. I was told the origin of this emotional and poignant tradition when I was in the Army, and it never fails to move me. In 1862, during the Civil War, a ProfessorUnion Army Knowcaptain, one It-All Robert Ellicombe, was with his company at the battle of Harrison’s Landing in Virginia, separated from the opposing Confederate forces by a narrow strip of land. During the night, the captain was making his rounds of the sentry positions when he heard the pitiful moaning of a soldier who had been left on the battlefield. The captain agonized for a moment, not knowing whether the soldier was his or the enemy’s, but decided to go get him, and crawled on his stomach dodging sniper fire until he finally reached the wounded soldier. He dragged the stricken man back to his own lines and there, by lamplight, saw that the soldier, who by now had expired, wore the uniform of a Confederate private. As the captain further inspected the dead rebel, he caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son! The boy had been studying music in the South when war broke out and without telling his father, had enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, the heart-broken father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial despite his enemy status. His request was par-


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