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Council candidates throw hat in ring to upset incumbents Registration closes Dec. 8 for March ballot

RESIDENTS take star turns. 13 WINDSOR SQUARE meets. 7 QUEEN visits.


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FLOATS by Rodriguez.


CRUISE of a lifetime. 15 ASSISTEEN honored.


WRITER tells of surviving filmdom. 19 GIRLS' SOFTBALL on winning streak. 22 WINNER in new music.


NUTCRACKER revived with area talent. 41

SECTION TWO Real Estate Home & Garden

AREA ESTATES in new book. 4 HOLIDAY historic tour in West Adams. 2 WILL ROGERS back in the saddle. 3

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Both local City Council incumbents Tom LaBonge and Herb Wesson will face opposition when the municipal elections are held on March 8, 2011. Final day for the candidates to register is Dec. 8. The following have registered with the City Clerk. Tom LaBonge has been a city councilmember of District No. 4 since 2001, following the death of former Council president John Ferraro. Since then, LaBonge was elected in 2003 for the first time and was reelected in 2007. Other contenders for Council District Four are: Political consultant Phil Jennerjahn is an entertainer. He is a former candidate for mayor of Los Angeles. Tomas O’Grady founded Farm Feliz, a grassroots organiza-

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Bungalow civil, criminal cases head to court Visitors to the boulevard can enjoy fresh berry pancakes from the comfort of a chair at the Larchmont Bungalow a little longer, while lawyers continue to battle over the legality of the upscale eatery. More than a year ago, after the Bungalow opened with a take-out license at 107 N. Larchmont Blvd., city Dept. of Building and Safety revoked its certificate of occupancy. Before opening, owner Albert Mizrahi signed an affidavit that he would not provide tables and chairs, to adhere to a city ordinance that prevents a proliferation of restaurants on the boulevard. But when it opened, the Bungalow had plenty of tables and chairs, and was cited. Bungalow owners appealed See Larchmont Bungalow, p. 24

tion that addresses the environment problem. He also serves as chairman of the green committee on the board of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council. Stephen Box is a former director for Habitat for Humanity and was a Workforce Development Instructor in Kentucky. He was an Independent Election Administrator for L.A.’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Other candidates include See CANDIDATES, p. 22

Two holiday festivities on Larchmont Events begin Dec. 3 Music, refreshments and Santa will be featured at the annual Larchmont Village Open House on Sun., Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. The Larchmont Boulevard Association event will host Santa Claus from 1 to 3 p.m. at US Bank, 157 N. Larchmont Blvd. An evening on Larchmont on Fri, Dec. 3 will include a book signing by Chef Mark Peel of Campanile and Tar Pit restaurants. He will sign copies of his latest cookbook, “New Classic Family Dinners,” at Chevalier’s Books. He will See Holiday festivities, p. 6

SAVED! Lawn signs will be replaced with "Historic District” signs in the near future. Pictured, the Windsor Village Historic Committee: left to right: Flora Bautista, Allison Sapunor, Charles Dougherty, Victoria Bascoy, Holly Holyk, and Julie Grist. Not present were R.J. Strotz and Suzanne Wilton.

Historic ordinance was passed in Windsor Village New zone is to 'protect' area architecture By Suzan Filipek Windsor Village has an eclectic mix of architecture, significant buildings and determined residents. And, now it has history on its side. The City Council approved an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) for the 309-home and multi-familybuilding area in October. It was signed into law by the mayor Nov. 2. “The ordinance is defined to ‘protect and enhance’ the buildings and structures that are reminders of the city’s history,” said Julie Grist, vice president of the Windsor Village Association. “We are

thrilled. “Windsor Village saw this as the best route to try to deter the many proposed teardowns by developers that were facing us. We had a half-dozen properties (some single family and some multi-family) that had been bought by developers and were slated for tear-down and redevelopment.” The effort was also to help recognize the quality of the neighborhood. “Many people don’t realize what they have,” See Windsor Village, p. 9

On the Boulevard Glimpses by Jane We compose these meters to greet our faithful readers With poetry in good faith— It’s a yearly effort, our 48th Greetings to the Hills, Jones, Grossmans, Ludwigs, Cohens Serve roast goose to O’Sullivans, Guzins, Sansones, Mulligans. Rehearse the holiday songs with Nelsons, Picketts, Wongs Add a chorus for the Denshams. Boccatos, Woods, Greshams

TOY DRIVE. At last year’s event are St. Brendan teacher Stacy Herman and Mike Standifer, event chairman. Story page 18

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Community Platform By Jane Gilman

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Scene on Larchmont

Peace on earth

Instead of discussing local concerns, we look to one with a more global theme in our editorial. Peace on earth, good will to men—these are the universal seasonal wishes. But peace cannot occur unless we redirect our internal prejudices. We need to develop an “objective hatred” in which the enemy is not a human scapegoat, but something impersonal like poverty, disease or oppression. Do we pass along our hatreds to our children? Have we given them the opportunity to see all walks of life, to gain insight into other races and religions? We compliment religious leaders and school officials for their efforts to create ecumenical dialogues. We commend members of charitable groups who reach out to the less fortunate. There are numerous ways to get involved. One recommendation is to volunteer for one of the Big Sunday opportunities to help the less fortunate. The agency now has volunteer opportunities year round. If we can overcome our prejudices, the new year will be more harmonious for all of us.

'What's at the top of your holiday wish list?' That's the question inquiring photographer Laura Eversz asked people along Larchmont Blvd.

INTERVIEW. Filming some background footage to accompany an interview with a local celebrity (they wouldn't say who) were two British Broadcasting Corp. cameramen recently on the boulevard.

Happy Holidays!

"Roller skates—the old-fashioned kind with the rubber stoppers so I can skate around my neighborhood. I plan to walk my dogs while I skate. What I really want is a pony. . ." Emma Holabird Norton Ave.

Police Beat Bank robberies, hold-ups at gunpoint

Planting Trees and Native Plants The Association wishes all Hancock Park residents and their families a safe and happy holiday season and a full and successful new year! Winter is the prime planting season in Southern California. The temperatures are lower and we actually get some rain. This makes it possible for the new plants to get acclimatized and comfortable in their new home. At the Annual Meeting landscape architect Mayita Dinos spoke about the planting changes that will be necessary as water becomes more scarce and expensive. She emphasized that by using native plants we can continue to have a lush, beautiful garden while conserving water. So now’s the time to implement that native garden you’ve been thinking about. It’s also the time to plant trees, particularly parkway trees to help restore Hancock Park’s arboreal lungs. The Tree Committee reports that the parkway trees purchased for Quadrant 4 will be arriving soon. Thanks to Susana Funsten for managing the tree survey, collection of permission sheets and coordination with the City and the Tree Planting service. The Trees will be paid for with funds from the HPOHA, est. 1948 treasury as one of the Association’s many efforts to keep Hancock Park great, beautiful and green. The holiday season is unfortunately not a holiday from crime or fraud. If you suspect a crime is occurring call 911. If you are the victim of a crime or fraud contact the Wilshire Division LAPD station at 213-473-0476 or website: wilshire_community_police_station. You can also contact Hancock Park’s Senior Lead Officer, Dave Cordova (213-793-0650; 31646@ Remember to keep your doors and windows locked, activate your security system, if you have one, report suspicious activities and never open your door to someone you don’t know. If you’re going to be out of town let your block captain know so your neighbors will keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you are the victim of a crime or fraud be sure and contact the LAPD so a report will be made and possible evidence collected. This is extremely important because the number of crime reports are how precious LAPD resources are allocated and evidence collection is how criminals can be successfully prosecuted and sent to jail. If you’re planning changes to your house visit the HPHOA’ 48 web site,, or the Los Angeles Planning Department web site and read the Preservation Plan. 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 For questions regarding filming contact Filming Committee CoChairs, Ruth Marmelzat or Cami Taylor. Ruth can be reached at 323-934-0138 and Cami at 323-692-1414 (Home) and 310-659-6220 (office) Adv.



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WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERIES: A teller working in a bank on the 100 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. was given a note from a suspect preparing to rob the bank Nov. 1 at 5:35 p.m. When he refused to hand over the money, the suspect fled on foot. An MP3 player was taken from a young man near the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Highland Ave. Nov. 12 at

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3:40 p.m. One suspect strongarmed the victim to steal the music player. A second suspect returned the property to the victim before they both fled. BURGLARIES: A suspect pried open the front door of a bank on the 200 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. Nov. 2 at 2:05 p.m. He took money and then fled. Credit cards and money were stolen from a home on the 500 block of N. Highland Ave. Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. The suspects gained entry to the home when the resident let them in, after which they stole her property and fled. Jewelry and money were taken from a home on the 600 block of N. Arden Blvd. Nov. 8 (Please turn to page 4)

Calendar Fri., Dec. 3: Holiday Shopping Night on Larchmont Blvd., Beverly Blvd. to First St., 6 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5: Larchmont Boulevard Association's Holiday Open House, noon to 4 p.m. Wed., Dec. 8: Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council meeting, Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 25: Christmas. Fri., Dec. 31: Neigborhood delivery of the Larchmont Chronicle. Sat., Jan. 1: New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade.

"For my dog to stop being so aggressive. I rescued him, and usually I can train a dog in two weeks. But not him. He ate a baby goat once." Rod Hewitt with Achilles First St.

"My wish is to have all my children at home with me. Olivia's older brother and sister will be here and the grandparents, too. We'll hang out, cook and make music, and then spend a week together in Oxnard." Liz Nankin and Olivia Citrus Ave.

"We're re-doing our backyard, so I'd like for the grass to grow. And then I'd like a big trampoline to put on it." Caitlin Roney Larchmont Charter student

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Crime, marijuana, LVNA history were meeting topics Crime, medical marijuana laws, quality-of-life issues and the area’s history were among topics discussed at the recent annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA). L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo from Olympic Division said overall, crime was down 10 percent except for a recent uptick in burglary and property crimes. He encouraged residents to call 911 immediately if they witness suspicious activity. Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenburg presented an overview of the current state and city laws pertaining to the use of medical marijuana, and outlined the challenges the city faces in administering them those laws. Nikki Ezarhi from Councilman Tom LaBonge’s

office addressed quality-of-life issues, including bulk goods abandonment and disposal, and directed residents to call 311 for removal. She also spoke of the planned installation of surveillance cameras in the area and explained how to best get the city government to address local issues. Board member Vince Cox spoke on the history of Larchmont Village, including the Cole and Hancock land grants responsible for development in the early 20th century. The LVNA’s current board, re-elected by acclimation at the meeting are: Charlie D'Atri, president; Vince Cox, vice president; Winnie Mosa, treasurer; Karen Gilman, secretary; Wally August, Tom Carroll, Vita Cortese, Sandy Fleck, Mike Gilman and Teddy Kapur, directors.


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The Larchmont Boulevard Association wishes you and yours a most wondrous Holiday Season. Just in time for Christmas we have a bounty of marvelous gift items as you check your list and check it twice and we also have something for you as well. Come see us on the Boulevard especially Sunday the 5th to enjoy our Holiday Open House. A great gift idea this year would be a certificate for services from the professionals in the Medical Building at 321 N. Larchmont. We have many of the very best professional services throughout the city with reputations that everyone in Los Angeles knows when you mention Larchmont Boulevard. We are proud of their reputation and their expertise. In the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” the movie’s main street looked like our “main street” on Larchmont Boulevard. In that movie, George (Jimmy Stewart, the actor) was fighting to preserve not just the spirit and heritage but the very soul of the town and he became discouraged. The town’s appreciation, value and love of George’s fight to preserve the town were shown in the movie. George loved his town and his village. As in the movie, we at the Larchmont Boulevard Association have many, many people to thank for their tireless effort in the preservation of the “Larchmont Experience”. It is this involvement in our community which makes this Boulevard so unique, charming and absolutely the neighborhood of choice for so many wonderful people. They protect the heritage of Larchmont Boulevard. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Visit us at www. Please be sure to stop by during the holiday Adv. season.

Save the Date for Our Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, December 8th, 7:00 p.m. at the Ebell of Los Angeles Guest Speaker: Detective Dan Robbins, LAPD Vice Det. Robbins will speak about vice issues in the Greater Wilshire area and will take questions from stakeholders. Also, to celebrate the holidays, we’ll be collecting items for two charities. If you’d like to participate, please bring: • A new, unwrapped children’s toy for the “Toys for Tots” collection sponsored by the LA City Fire Department and Fire Station 29. and/or • A packaged non-perishable food item to be donated to Hope-Net The next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 28th at 6:30 pm in the Assembly Room of Wilshire United Methodist Church. HELP WANTED: Opportunities still available to represent the following great neighborhoods and stakeholder groups: Citrus Square: Alternate We-Wil: Alternate Oakwood-Maplewood-St. Andrews: Director & Alternate Education: Alternate Business: Alternate Windsor Square: Alternate Larchmont Village: Alternate

Association Annual Meeting

The Windsor Square Association Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, November 18th at the Historic Ebell Theater. Fifty neighborhood residents came to hear about the Association’s activities for the past year, get updates on topics of interest such as emergency preparedness and crime, and, of course, to enjoy the delicious cookies and coffee supplied by the Ebell kitchen. Attendees were greeted by WSA President Larry Guzin, who introduced LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge. LaBonge praised Windsor Square for the willingness of residents to advocate for their community, lauding the neighborhood as an example for others in the city. “Much goodness flows from Windsor Square,” said LaBonge. LaBonge also handed out citations, acknowledging the work of Guzin, former WSA president Mike Genewick, and former WSA Board Members Andrew Woodward and Michael Barton. Next up was LA’s Finest. LAPD Wilshire Station Captain Eric Davis, Senior Lead Officer David Cordova, and Olympic Station Senior Lead Officer Joe Pelayo provided remarks on this year’s drop in crime rates (the Wilshire and Olympic stations were numbers 1 and 2 in the city when it came to crime reduction this year), and how to best reach either station to report suspicious activity. Their words of advice: do not be afraid to call 911. Community reporting plays a key role in keeping the neighborhood safe. WSA Board Members then delivered status reports: Guzin spoke on security, Wendy Savage spoke about the Block Captains network, Mike Genewick spoke on improvements to Robert Burns Park, and John Welborne spoke on land use issues, spiced with a little Windsor Square architectural history. Welborne then presented the Annual “Squeaky Wheel Award” to Margy Hudson, who earned the accolade for her tireless work on Robert Burns Park. Guzin wrapped up the evening by presenting the 2011 Board of Directors slate, which was unanimously confirmed by attendees, then fielding questions from residents. At the close of the meeting, everyone adjourned to the theater lobby for socializing over the aforementioned cookies and coffee. More detailed notes from the meeting are available at www. As always, the Board welcomes feedback from residents, and is looking forward to serving the community in 2011. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.

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AREA CRIME REPORT (Continued from page 2) between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The suspect smashed the rear window to the bedroom. PREVENTION TIP: Keep area well lit and lock all doors, gates, garage and windows. If you are leaving town, put lights and a radio on a timer, and ask friends to collect all newspapers. Install an alarm. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2010 black Ford Focus was stolen from the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between Oct. 29 at 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. A 2005 black Jeep was taken from the 800 block of N. Las Palmas Ave. between Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 6 a.m. BURGLARIES FROM VEHICLE: A purse and other property were taken from a car parked on the 100 block of S. Citrus Ave. between Oct. 28 at 10:15 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7:45 a.m. The suspect broke

into the car by smashing the front passenger window. A music player was stolen from a car parked in the 600 block of S. Citrus Ave. between Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7:50 a.m. The suspect broke into the car by smashing the window. A suspect entered through an unlocked front passenger window and took the victim’s keys from a car parked near the 500 block of N. Rossmore Ave. between Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 10:45 a.m. A bicycle, radio and luggage were stolen from a car parked on the 800 block of N. Las Palmas Ave. between Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 6 a.m. The suspect pried open the locked vehicle. PREVENTION TIP: Secure your vehicle by locking all doors, windows and sunroofs. Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle, especially in

plain view. This includes purses, wallets, briefcases, laptop computers, cell phones, iPods, CDs, cameras or shopping bags. Park your vehicle in areas where there is a high concentration of pedestrian traffic. At night, park in well-lit areas. OLYMPIC DIVISION ROBBERY: A woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint in a parking garage on the 100 block of S. St. Andrews Pl. Oct. 30 at 11:15 p.m. On Nov. 15 at 12:40 p.m., a man armed with a handgun entered Al's Liquor Store on the 5000 block of Melrose Ave. After ordering everyone to lie down on the floor, he robbed them and then fled on foot. PREVENTION TIP: Pay attention to your surroundings and try not to walk alone, especially at night. If approached, try to remember details that will help police with making an arrest.

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a home on the 600 block of N. Windsor Blvd. while a second suspect entered the home and took cash on Nov. 16. GRAND THEFT AUTO: A 2000 Toyota Camry was stolen from a parking lot on the 600 block of Wilton on Nov. 15 at 1:30 a.m. BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE: Money and clothing were taken from an automobile parked on the 500 block of S. Gramercy Pl. on Nov. 5 between 12:30 and 9:30 a.m. A car was broken into on the 200 block of S. Manhattan Pl. and tools, camera equipment, games and other property stolen Nov. 22 around 3 p.m. VANDALISM: One suspect was caught tagging while another was the look out at a property in the 300 block of S. Manhattan Pl. on Nov. 3 at 4:50 p.m. Graffiti Removal Operation Clean Sweep .............................. 311 Hollywood Beautification ............. 323-463-5180

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Fresh cut trees at Wilshire Rotary lot through Dec. 23 Freshly cut trees will be for sale at the annual holiday Wilshire Rotary Club lot through Thurs., Dec. 23 at 568 N. Larchmont Blvd. across from Page Private School. Delivery is available. Oregon trees—nobles and douglas firs—range in size from tabletop to 10-feet tall. Taller trees are available by

special order. Wreaths, garlands and other holiday items will also be for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Proceeds support Rotary’s community service, including literacy programs, student scholarships and international programs. Wilshire Rotary Club meets

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Holiday festivities on the Boulevard (Continued from page 1) providing the refreshments during the 4 to 8 p.m. event. Other stores open that night are Village Heights, Landis General Store, My Favorite Place and Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop. Each store will have refreshments, and there will be a raffle with prizes. Landis General Store will be hosting a jewelry trunk show, and Santa Claus will be visiting the toy store.

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In the November issue we incorrectly reported the time that James Duff completed the annual L.A. Triathlon. His time was one hour, 58 minutes and 10 seconds. He finished first in the Elite Amateur division. The cover photo in the Dining & Entertainment Guide in the November issue did not identify the restaurant where the D’Atris were eating. The restaurant is Tom Bergin’s at 840 S. Fairfax Ave.

Vice detective at Greater Wilshire meeting Los Angeles Police Department Detective Dan Robbins will speak on vice at the Wed., Dec. 8 meeting of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council at the Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. at 7 p.m. The meeting will also cover land use and zoning issues. A report on the recent participation in the Greater Wilshire Walk will be presented. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped children’s toy for the “Toys for Tots” collection sponsored by the L.A. City Fire Department. Donations of non-perishable food for Hope-Net are also requested.

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Windsor Square residents learn of crime decrease

Windsor Square Association members heard from Councilman Tom LaBonge and police officials at the annual meeting Nov. 18 at the Ebell of Los Angeles. Wilshire Division commanding officer Capt. Eric Davis and Olympic Division senior lead officer Joe Pelayo talked on the decrease in crime in the area over the past year. Wilshire senior lead officer David Cordova also spoke. More than 50 residents who attended were urged by the police officials to report crimes so there is an accurate reading on where and what crimes are occurring. Larry Guzin, Windsor

Square Association president, introduced committee chairmen who reported on land use issues, block captains and Robert Burns Park. The annual Squeaky Wheel Award for outstanding community involvement went to Margy Hudson for her work in improving the park.

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Hope-Net has added two pantries to its interfaith program, bringing the total to 13 sites, which provide food for people in need. There is also a need for blankets, which can be dropped off at any of the participating churches and temples:



Kennedy School honors the past, builds for the future Parents, students, teachers and members of the Kennedy family were at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Six pilot kindergartenthrough-12th grade schools opened this last fall at the former Ambassador Hotel property, 701 S. Catalina St. The schools, built by Gonzalez Goodale Architects, pay homage to the past, while celebrating the future, school officials said. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the site in 1968. The schools are united by a social justice philosophy that honors Kennedy's legacy. Curriculums include global and educational leadership, language, technology, visual arts and the

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SIGNS ON neighborhood streets drew residents to the annual meeting.

MEETING BEGAN with performances by a Korean drummer and fan dance ensemble.

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Will your favorite food truck pass the test? The food trucks, carts and trailers in the city will have to undergo grading, just like restaurants. City Council voted unanimously to implement the County health grading system on the thousands of mobile enterprises that are on city streets. The system, which awards As, Bs or Cs, is the one that traditional restaurants have been subjected to since 1998. Catering trucks used by the film industry are not included. Representatives at the Council hearing said catering trucks for the film industry operate and prepare food differently than the food trucks parked on commercial streets.

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Art exhibit by Belmont resident Dr. Andre Heltai will be showing his paintings at Belmont Village, 2051 N. Highland Ave., on Sat., Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. A resident at Belmont Village, he was born in Budapest, Hungary. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology and taught at Cornell University Medical School. He paints in oils, acrylics and watercolors.

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Did you turn on the holiday lights For the Kemps, Landays, Whites? Be sure to add tinsel on the trees for the Fenadys, Carrolls, Riberis Is a turbo truck among the toys for the Williams, Platos, Malloys and Campens, Fiebigs, Larsons D’Atris, Ahns, Boecks, Parsons Add to your holiday tunes with Williams, Mosers, MacCoons Wolfs, Johnsons, Shapiros Smiths, Woodwards, DePieros Decorate with berries, ferns for the Capatas, Clarks, Brynes Wrap up a special surprise for brothers Gintel and Takeis. Is the table brightly flowered

Close to 150 residents heard from city officials at the 27th annual meeting of the Miracle Mile Residential Association in November at the Korean Cultural Center. Councilman Tom LaBonge spoke on the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit project, and Wilshire Police Captain Eric Davis commented on a decrease in overall crime, said Jim O’Sullivan, president. A performance by fan dancers and drummers, provided by the Korean Cultural Center, preceeded the meeting. Alice Cassidy, MMRA vice president, asked for comments from the audience on a proposed farmers’ market. She said comments were favorable, but location has not been determined. The proposal will be examined at the next board meeting. The meeting concluded with a survey on “Our Favorite Things in the Miracle Mile.” The consensus was “the location, 20 minutes from almost everywhere.” for Ms’s Wagner, Daley, Howard? Get out linens for Yusts, Deans add candles for Caziers, Keanes Buy gifts for baseball, golf fans for Kramers, Blakelys, Hoffmans, Hudsons, Goodmans, Simons, Sakmars, McLeans, Reimanns. Let us ring out yuletide bells for Rasjwings, LaBonges, Cerrells and Hutchins, Penfolds, Carrs. plus Rosenfelds, Lees, Kuncars. Polish the candlesticks for the Webbs, Genewicks Try out some new recipes with the Hawleys, Doughertys

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Historic status, e-policing were on the meeting agenda A celebratory mood was in the air at the Windsor Village Association annual meeting Nov. 14 at the home of board member Dennee Frey. Approximately 75 residents heard about the area’s recent adoption by the city as a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. Sylvia Lacy, senior deputy for Councilman Herb Wesson’s office, said the councilman was supportive of the preservation ordinance, and a sign up was held for an e-policing e-mail list from the LAPD.

Members were also introduced to the association’s new website www.windsorvillage. org. A new beautification program to plant additional street trees in the area was discussed by the program’s head Allison Sapunor. Written nominations were taken for new board members and will continue to be accepted through Jan. 30. The election will be held in early 2011. Nominees’ names can be e-mailed to

Windsor Village gets historic zone (Continued from page 1) said Grist. The area is bordered by Wilshire and Olympic boulevards, Lucerne and Crenshaw boulevards, and includes French Eclectic, Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival styles of architecture. A grass-roots movement took root four years ago with bake sales and walking door to door for a city survey. About 75 percent of the buildings were found to be historic, dating from 1910 to 1962. While most of the homes are from the 1920s, Harold Henry Park, created in the early 1960s, extended the “period of significance.” A Preservation Plan was written, which outlines design guidelines for restoration of those structures deemed historic, from windows, doors and roofs to front porches, building finishes and architectural details. The Plan is designed to prevent an “unsightly patchwork of design and scale, jeopardizing the overall character of the neighborhood,” according to the ordinance. Members of Country Club Park and Wilshire Park, which are also protected by HPOZs, helped write the Plan, and the three groups will share the document. The neighborhood groups will also share a seven-member HPOZ board to include one member from each asso-

ciation. The remaining four will be appointed by the city. A celebration of the historic district was held at the annual meeting Nov. 14 at Dennee Frey’s home. “Council District 10 was instrumental in shepherding this process through” the city Planning Dept., said Frey, “We couldn’t have completed this feat without the tireless efforts of neighbors,” she added, such as Allison Sapunor, Holly Holyk, and Ros Strotz.

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“They are significant because they represent the 1960’s era,” said Julie Grist, who created the website. The area’s history is also told, dating back to the Native American Tongva tribe who once inhabited the area. Points of interest include The Ebell of Los Angeles phil-

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Westside communities oppose rapid bus project

West Los Angeles residential groups are debating the wisdom of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus lane in their communities. The final BRT Environmental Impact Report has been apArt exhibit opens proved, but Metro staff has been directed to ask the at Park La Brea Federal Transit Administration More than 50 artworks will (FTA) if they would still fund be displayed at Park La Brea’s the project if the roughly Art Center beginning with a re- mile-long stretch between ception on Fri., Dec. 10 from, Comstock and Selby Avenues 5 to 8 p.m. in the Basement in Westwood were excluded. The FTA is set to provide Gallery, 351 S. Fuller Ave. The $23.3 million for the project. show ends Dec. 11. The artists are students Staff was also asked to further under the direction of Sybil clarify the benefits and imGonzales. Adults, from be- pacts of the project. Start your Holiday shipping early. The dedicated bus lane on ginning to advanced level of both sides of Wilshire Blvd. ability, attend classes and are WE PACK AND SHIP would operate alongside given individual instruction in ANYTHING TO ANYWHERE the painting medium of their curbs during peak-hour traffic. between downtown and choice. 323-467-2255 The exhibit is open to the Centinela Ave. in West Los FAX 323-467-2266 public. For more information, Angeles. 5870 Melrose Ave. #3 L.A. 90038 Councilmember Paul Koretz call 323-549-5498. has expressed concerns about aspects of the project as it impacts some of the communities in his Fifth Council district. Several of the communities in the Westwood area retained their own traffic engineer to study the project. The consulJay will be signing his book, Stepping Stones to tant’s final report called into question whether there would Success, Saturday, December 11 at Launch Art be any significant time savings Gallery, 5412 Wilshire Blvd. from 5 to 8 pm. for bus travel through porBooks are available for purchase at the signing tions of the Westwood comand online at munity, specifically the stretch and A Great Way to Get in Shape of Wilshire between Comstock and Selby Avenues. Lose Weight! Best Boot Camp in L.A. The Westwood commu– Los Angeles Magazine nity,am! particularly the Holmby A Fun Four Week, Outdoor, Exercise Progr Westwood Property Owners For all Ages and Levels of Fitness! A Fun 4-Week Outdoor l Counseling Provided!Association and the Comstock Nutritiona s Self Confi Fitness Build Program at dence, Strength,Hills Homeowners Association, Friendships! argued strongly that the proation LACMA/LaMotiv Brea Tarand Pits Park posed bus Shape!lane through this late to get in“Condo r too s neve ItÕ Canyon” stretch of • All ages & fitness levels • Shed Excess Weight it! do can You • Nutritional Counseling • Build Strength, Self-Confidence, Motivation & Friendships Held at The La Brea Tar Pits/ LACMA Museum Park Morning & locate Evening Sessions Wilshire near Fairfax Blvd. d on


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STUDENTS joined Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, center, Elizabeth Gore, executive director of Global Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation, third from left, and Marlborough head of school Barbara Wagner, second from right, at the Girl Up pep rally.

Scores of local girls attend ‘Girl Up’ rally at Marlborough improved with a simple “hightogether in support of young five”—a $5 donation that women in the developing helps provide access to such world at the Girl Up Pep Rally basic needs as school supplies, clean water, health services in November. Marlborough’s Combs Gym and more. Participants includwas filled with messages of ed students from Marlborough courage and hope as girls and other schools and nonfrom local schools joined spe- profits. “As a parent of a teenage cial guests Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, girl, it is my pleasure and a Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, true honor to be involved with Olympic gold medalist the Girl Up campaign,” said Rebecca Soni, actress Amber Villaraigosa. “Even from far Heard, High School Musical away, teens in Los Angeles can star Monique Coleman and make a real difference to girls American Idol runner-up in developing countries.” Queen Rania encouraged David Archuleta in support girls to idenof Girl Up, a tify ways in campaign of which they the United can help Nations address Foundation. the world’s Girl Up gives problems American through girls the v o l u n t e e ropportuing and nity to raise fundraisawareness ing, drawand funds ing paralfor United lels between Nations proAmerican grams that teenagers help some of and their the world’s c o u n t e rhardest to reach ado- IF YOU GIVE a girl the smallest parts around chance, she can make the biggest the world. lescent girls change, remarked Queen Rania, “In many in Malawi, right, pictured with Wagner and the ways, they’re E t h i o p i a , Mayor. just like you; Guatemala, Liberia and the U.S. Through creative, intelligent, strong,” Girl Up, girls around the she said. “But too many girls world have the opportunity in developing countries aren’t to become educated, healthy, able to realize their dreams safe and positioned to become because the reality of their everyday lives is so constrained. world leaders. “The case for girls is so com- They can’t go to school. They pelling,” said Queen Rania, eat last and get least. They a Girl Up global advocate, in never get a chance to see a her remarks. “If you can give doctor. They’re vulnerable.” a girl the smallest chance, she The Queen encouraged those can make the biggest change. in attendance to join Girl Up This program will give a girl and utilize the programs the in California the opportunity campaign offers that encourto help a girl in Malawi buy age American teens to lend their voices to girls in the rest school supplies.” During the event, girls ages of the world. She also asked 10-18 “traveled” through the the teenagers not to forget pep rally with a “passport” how effective and loud their in hand learning about their voices can be. counterparts around the world For more information, go to and how their futures can be

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dream come true,” said Devin, who is home-schooled to allow her time for ballet training. “Everyone has so many

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Joining Devin on stage at the Saturday evening performance will be Mattise Love of Windsor (Please turn to page 14)

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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes in the New Year THE ROLE of the Sugarplum Fairy will be danced by DevinAlexus Marin, right; Matisse Love, left, was cast as Masha in Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”


Area dancers’ lead roles in 'The Nutcracker' are dreams come true Wilshire resident DevinAlexus Marin. This is the fifth “Nutcracker” for 14-yearold Devin, who two years ago danced the role of Masha, also known as Clara. A Marat Daukeyev student for the past six years, she was selected last spring to attend the New York City finals of The Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. “Being able to dance the role of Sugar Plum Fairy is truly a

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The Metro Board of Directors approved an extension of The Metro Purple Line running between the Wilshire/ Western Station and Westwood/VA Hospital, a distance of approximately nine miles, for the route of the Westside Subway Extension. > The $4.2 billion project will extend the subway to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood. > A one-way trip between Union Station in Downtown LA and Westwood will take approximately 25 minutes. > By 2035, it is estimated to attract nearly 53,000 riders boarding at the new stations along the extension. > Under the 30/10 Initiative leveraging Measure R funding with federal dollars, construction could begin in 2013, with completion of the subway to the Westwood area by 2022. For more information, visit

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By Laura Eversz More than 100 girls and boys ages three to 17 have been busy preparing for Marat Daukayev Ballet Theater’s 10th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Performances are at the Japan American Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St. in downtown Los Angeles, on Sat., Dec. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 12 at noon and 4 p.m. Cast in the role of the Sugarplum Fairy is Mid-


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Boot Camp L.A.’s Kerwin to sign ‘Success’ book at Launch Gallery Jay Kerwin, founder of Boot Camp L.A. has joined forces with authors Deepak Chopra, Dr. Denis Waitley and “Chicken Soup for the Soul” author Jack Canfield to release “Stepping Stones to Success.” Kerwin will be signing the book on Sat., Dec. 11 at Launch Gallery, 5412 Wilshire Blvd. from 5 to 8 p.m. The authors are well qualified to give you what you need to unleash your cre-

ativity, move towards your goals and improve your life, said Kerwin. He is known as “The Major” by his recruits at Miracle Mile-based Boot Camp L.A. In the book Kerwin shares his secrets to losing weight and getting in shape to lead a healthy happy life. He has been a part of the fitness community with his wife Marcella for more than 12 years. The book, published by Insight Publishing, will be available for purchase.

Rodriguez will ride on China Airlines float in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day Look for designer Raul Rodriguez riding on the China Airlines float with his macaw Sebastian during the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The float is one of 11 the Windsor Square resident has created for the annual event. This year’s theme is “Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories.” Rodriguez began his career at the age of 15 when he designed the city of Whittier float for the parade. Dogs will slide down a water chute on skimboards on

AREA RESIDENT Raul Rodriguez, with Sebastian.

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(Continued from page 13) Village who will dance the role of Masha, as well as the roles of the Chinese soloist, Pas De Trois, Arc Angel and Snow, and Waltz. A sixth grade honor student in Beverly Hills, the 11-yearold is ranked in the top 12 in L.A. for the Youth America Grand Prix competition, and like Devin, was invited to compete in the New York City World finals at the Youth America Grand Prix of Ballet. “Getting the part of Masha is probably every little ballerina’s dream, and it was mine,” said Matisse. “And now I finally got the opportunity to play it. It’s like a dream come true. I’m very excited.” Having been with the company since she was seven, this year’s holiday production is her fifth. “Every year has been amazing, but this is the best,” she added. The girls, along with the rest of the cast, study at the dance school at 731 S. La Brea Ave., founded 10 years ago by Pamela Daukayev and Marat, a former Kirov ballet star. He serves as artistic director and dances the role of Drosselmeyer in the production of “The Nutcracker.” Ticket prices are $30 and can be purchased at the Japan America Theater box office, or by calling 213-680-3700. For more information, go to www.

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been. When the passengers debarked, they were given supper and an overnight at the Marriot Hotel. The cruise company also refunded the cost of the cruise and gave passengers a free cruise voucher. Melore complimented the cruise line for the service provided by the crew during the loss of power. Melore is ready to go again. “When the Splendor is repaired, we hope to complete our trip,” he wrote in a letter to the cruise line.

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and resources. The City Council and I have long considered several ways to restore the Library Department. After many rounds of discussion, I introduced a motion on Nov. 2, requesting the City Attorney to draft a ballot title and resolution for the March 8, 2011 municipal election, giving the voters the power to save the libraries. Under the current City Charter Section 531, the Library Department currently receives 0.0175 percent of the assessed property tax for their budget. To put that into perspective, that allotment is less than half of the Department of Recreation and Parks’ cut of the general fund for its 245 parks. The Library must stretch that money across its 72 locations. The March ballot measure, if you approve it, will increase the Library Department’s share of the assessed property tax, which makes up approximately 32 percent of the total general fund of over $4 billion, to 0.0300 percent. If the percentage increase was implemented this fiscal year, the libraries would have an added $58 million to keep their doors open. Extra money would allow the Library Department to keep some of its 328 full-time equivalent positions that it proposed to cut just to make ends meet. This is a no-tax, low-impact solution that will be phased in over the course of no more than four years. It’s only a

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tion that our libraries are every bit as important as our beautiful parks, and that our village needs both services to thrive. A “yes” vote will open the local library for a full seven days so your neighbors and your children can continue to learn in an environment dedicated to intellectual growth. This holiday season of giving, I have a special request. Keep your local library close to your hearts and donate your books, books-on-CD and even your time to them. May you all have a very special holiday and a tremendous New Year! Let’s continue to enjoy and love Los Angeles!

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Tom LaBonge of our libraries open and operating. On Election Day March 8, 2011, I ask you to think about our libraries. A “yes” vote on this measure will be a declara-

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Authors relate experiences at Holocaust Museum talk

League’s youth volunteer earns philanthropy award Sloane Fowkes won a National Philanthropy Day award in November for her commitment to making a difference in people’s live. The Windsor Square college sophomore was nominated by the Assistance League of Southern California for her leadership in the Assisteens, a League auxiliary. Non-profit agencies in Los Angeles were invited by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Los Angeles chapter, to submit candidates for the National Philanthropy Day award. Fowkes and two other youths were selected from among the city-wide nominees. Other winners included Carol and Doug Mancino, Tina and Rick Caruso, Mindy and Gene Stein, Lee and Mickey Segal. Corporations and foundations also earned awards.

Fowkes was nominated for her numerous volunteer activities such as organizing the Christmas event at the Children’s Center, and spearheading the collection of 700 gifts for disadvantaged children. Later, as Assisteens chairman, she fulfilled her goals of: growing membership, increasing hands-on service, and expanding visibility of the group in working with Operation School Bell, at the Senior Center, and in a summer internship program she initiated at the Children’s Center. Sloane started a program whereby Assisteens shopped for and delivered weekly groceries to homebound seniors. Currently, she is a sophomore at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and is planning a career in geriatric social work.

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Co-authors of a Holocaust memoir “Bending Toward the Sun” will share their story at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at Pan Pacific Park Sun., Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The talk launches the museum’s Speaker’s Program with a talk By Leslie-Gilbert Lurie whose book tells a story of survival in the face of Nazi terror. A writer, lawyer, television executive, educator and child advocate, Gilbert-Lurie will be joined in the program by her mother Rita Lurie. As a five-year-old, she had to flee her home in Poland and along with 14 family members spend two years in hiding in a cramped, dark attic never speaking above a whisper and

preserve their family history and ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are not lost to future generations. subsisting on scraps of food. Admission is free with a sugDuring the program, Rita gested $10 donation. Visit the will read from the book, and Chronicles Museum webpage at www. Larchmont Leslie will discuss theirDecember, expe- for more informa2010 riences working together to tion.


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VOLUNTEERS prepare to distribute gifts that were collected at last year's holiday toy drive. Donations for this year's event can be dropped off at St. Brendan Church through Fri., Dec. 17.

Volunteer, donate for Dec. 5 Council Clothing Giveaway! The annual Clothing Giveaway! by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles will be on Sun., Dec. 5 in the parking lot at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Volunteers are needed during one- or two-hour slots between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tax-deductible donations can also be dropped off at the above address. Last year’s giveaway provided 3,000 people with more than 40,000 items of clothing, toys and accessories, according to NCJW/LA director of advocacy Ruth Williams. Women, children and families are provided with items collected at thrift shops through community service agencies, homeless shelters and battered women’s facilities, she added. The thrift shop run by the NCJW/LA was voted among the best in L.A. Magazine in 2009.

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Densham’s book tells how to survive in film business

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Wilshire Center/Koreatown gets state funding for park A vacant lot three blocks from a Metro station in Koreatown will be developed into a park using $5 mllion in state funding from Proposition 84. The state bond act passed by voters in 2006 provides funding for new parks and other projects. The .69-acre parcel at 3670 Wilshire Blvd. will include a playground, playfield, community garden, walking loop with exercise stations and picnic area. It is one of seven throughout the city to be built with $29.1 million in state

funding recently awarded to the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The others are in South L.A., Chinatown, Westlake and Hollywood. The money comes from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Grants and Local Services, which overall awarded 62 park projects statewide totalling $184 million. CRA/LA's share was the largest dollar amount and most projects awarded to any one agency. READY TO DRIVE the minivan to Francisco Home are, from left, Dan Hodgkiss, Kyle Pierce, Greg Gill and unidentified friend.


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Little league travel team gets first victory; regular season sign-ups begin The Wilshire Warriors, a travel team made up of boys from the Minors division of the Wilshire Association Little League, competed in three United States Specialty Sports Association tournaments after the regular season ended last summer. “These were very competitive tournaments with teams traveling from as far as Las Vegas,” said coach David Adams. “We lost our first game 23-0, but the Warriors improved and the spread started to decrease.” The team’s first victory came against the Mission Viejo Halos, when, in the last inning with two outs, Isaac Rose, Tiger Adams and Parker Lestz each got a hit and tied up the game. Patrick Armstrong made the final RBI to win the game 12110. The Warriors also competed in a weekly Continental

Amateur Baseball Assoc. league with two games every Sunday from mid September to the end of November. A second Wilshire Warriors team formed in September, and has been competing in a fall league at East Valley Baseball. According to Adams, the league is planning to start travel teams for other three divisions this year. To be a part of the Warriors, you must be enrolled in the regular season with Wilshire Baseball. Boys and girls can register online at through Jan. 31 for the 2011 spring season. The league accommodates players ages five through 12, said commissioner Jack Mansour. The Majors division will be for boys ages 11 and 12; Minors teams are made up and nine

and 10-year-olds. Boys ages seven and eight will play in the Rookie division, while boys and girls ages five and six will make up the T-ball division. Tryouts for baseball will take place in February at John Burroughs Middle School, 600 N. McCadden Place. No tryouts are necessary for T-ball teams. Ages are determined as of April 30, 2011. The regular season begins in March and continues through the end of June.

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As Wilshire Softball league expands, girls hone skills, gain confidence over the last couple of years,” said league president George Phillips. “The success of our all star teams has raised the profile of the league. We are now attracting girls from other leagues who want to play in our program.” More than 100 girls participated in the fall program, added Phillips. Last summer, the league fielded all-star teams in three divisions, and they all won. “That was an incredibly fun and intense experience for ev-

eryone involved,” said Philips. “We are focused on returning our league’s teams to States and winning the gold medal,” he added. The league is doing its part in getting the players ready. “We have created partnerships with former college players and Olympians to work with our girls to build up their self esteem and softball skills,” said Glen March, the league’s vice president of programming. “These elite athletes will be running clinics for our girls, in addition to clinics run by coaches and players of area schools, including Marlborough and Flintridge Prep.” Registration is now open for the spring season. There are no territorial limits, so girls who live anywhere are welcomed into the league. “We have expanded our program to include a six and under division for girls ages five and six,” said Phillips. The league now has five divisions offering programming for girls between the ages of five and 14. “We’re excited about the spring season,” said Phillips. “Many of the girls have been working really hard and some are playing year round. While our goal is to help them build strong fundamental softball skills, we are equally committed to teaching, practicing and instilling the ideals of character, teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair play.”

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By Laura Eversz After an all star season that experienced unprecedented success—with each division’s team winning at least one tournament and with the 10U Gold All Star team winning a silver medal in the State Regional Tournament in San Diego—the Wilshire Softball League has a lot to look forward to this spring. And the girls are ready to play. “We have created a fantastic league in our community that has really matured

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Contemporary music producer Catherine Uniack recently received the Forte Award at the opening of the Jacaranda Concert Series, a chamber music series located in Santa Monica. “I am honored to have joined such distinguished company in receiving this award, and I am grateful for living a life filled with the music, musicians and composers with whom I continue to work,” she said. California Institute of the Arts President Steven Lavine was co-recipient of the Forte Award at the Oct. 23 event. He is a driving force behind the creation of REDCAT at Disney Hall, and the new Wild Beast outdoor concert hall on the CalArts campus. In presenting the award, Jacaranda Music at the Edge artistic director Patrick Scott praised Uniack as a dedicat-

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ed leader in promoting new and modern music since the 1970s. He added she is well-acquainted with the music, the

composers and the performers who have made Los Angeles a creative center of music in our time. She is executive director of the Piano Spheres recital series, which commissions new works premiered at Zipper Concert Hall and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She is also on the board of Monday Evening Concerts, the oldest chamber music concert series on the west coast, and also based at Zipper Hall. Catherine and her husband Bob, Windsor Square residents since 1965, have five grown children and recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. Bob’s garden railroad, with many of the cars designed and built by Bob himself, has been featured in the Larchmont Chronicle and on the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour.

Venetian holiday, Rockettes on OASIS holiday calendar A gondola ride, Rockettes performance and holiday party await OASIS members in December. All the romance of Italy is yours on a Christmas Venetian Holiday day trip that includes a gondola cruise and Italian dinner on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 3 to 9:30 p.m. As the sun begins to set, guests will travel to Long Beach to board a fleet of gondolas for a one-hour cruise through the canals of Naples and Los Alamitos Bay past a myriad of floating Christmas trees. Following will be a traditional Italian holiday dinner at a Long Beach restaurant. Fee is $80. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the

world-famous Rockettes takes place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on a trip on Sat., Dec. 11 from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The dancers bring their eyehigh kicks and a cast and crew of more than 100 in this holiday show. Cost is $95. A holiday party including lunch takes place aboard the Queen Mary on Tues., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. Transportation is included from OASIS Centers in Baldwin Hills, Westside Pavilion and Lakewood. OASIS is a national education organization aimed at enriching the lives of mature adults. For reservations and more information about the trips as


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People have been utilizing Facebook as an advertising tool more and more through the use of the “Groups” function and even the “Like” pages, created to show people’s interests. Some examples are television shows, games, movies, sports teams, foods and hobbies. Many teenagers spend four to five hours a day on Facebook, while some may even spend more time. Privacy has been an issue for parents and their kids going on social networking websites. To insure privacy, the safest route is to set all your settings to “Friends Only.” This allows only your approved friends to view your profile. In an age of evolving technologies, Facebook is truly keeping everybody in touch.

Larchmont Bungalow (Continued from page 1) the city’s ruling, lost, and now attorney Fred Gaines seeks to overturn the city’s denial of an appeal of the revocation of the certificate of occupancy. A hearing in the civil case has been moved from this month to Mon., March 21 at 9:30 in L.A. Superior Court, Dept. 85 Meanwhile, in a criminal case against the Larchmont Bungalow, a hearing is set for Thurs., Dec. 16 at the Hollywood Division of the L.A. Superior Court. Unless it is postponed, again. Judge Spurgeon Smith has continued the case since the fall, pending the outcome of the civil case. “It was supposed to have been resolved by now,” said city attorney Jonathan Galatzan. The issues in the criminal and civil cases are similar,

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which is why the judge is waiting to see the results in the civil case, said Galatzan, supervisor of the housing section of the L.A. Superior Court. Bungalow attorney Gaines did not return calls. But in court Gaines has argued the limitation is unfair as

Volunteers are being sought to train as members of the Crisis Response Team beginning Tues., Jan 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grace Simons Lodge (near Dodger Stadium). CRT members respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles police and fire departments. They provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to survival and comfort needs and act as a liaison between victims and emergency personnel. The training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through Thurs., March 3. For more information call Jeffrey Zimerman, CRT manager, at 213-978-0697.

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Neighbors bond at first annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt Thanks to the spirited participation of the volunteers and the enthusiasm of the 300 guests, the first annual Wilshire Park Halloween Haunt was a resounding success, said Lorna Hennington, vice president of the board of the Wilshire Park Association. The event was held on Halloween Eve on the 600-700 blocks of S. Bronson Ave., where homes were decorated

and a live deejay spun tunes. "The residents of Wilshire Park have worked tirelessly on historic preservations issues over the last several years, so this was a chance to have some good old-fashioned fun," said Hennington. "It was also an amazing opportunity for the neighborhood to bond and for ties to be strengthened, all during a great family event," she add-

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dining among the hand-painted arches and historic photos. But the real legacy of Ron Salisbury’s grandparents lies not with the glitter of Tinseltown, but with the thousands of ordinary people of every age and stripe who have settled into one of El Cholo’s large wooden booths, taken a swipe of fresh salsa with a lightly salted chip, and found a new culinary home. Lifelong friends Judy Sheingold and Jan Pollard, for example, upon turning 60 (on the same day!) marked the occasion by travelling from their respective cities (Sacramento and Seattle) to celebrate in the same booth where they ordered their first Margaritas as USC roommates back in 1971. “And in the 40 subsequent years, if we find ourselves within a 60-mile radius, we dine at El Cholo,” Judy says. “Pilgrimages are about tradition.” And to many Mexican food worshippers, there is only one appropriate shrine: The Original El Cholo restaurant.


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By Melanie Mulligan Guest columnist In a city where eateries come and go as frequently as the Santa Ana winds, one veteran establishment has stood its ground for decades. The Original El Cholo restaurant is celebrating 87 years of making culinary history (and killer green corn tamales) in Los Angeles. It all began in 1923, when Alejandro and Rosa Borquez premiered their tiny Sonora Cafe downtown; it was later renamed “El Cholo” after a guest waiting for his dinner

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THE TOPIC WAS the new “Dinosaur Mysteries” exhibit coming to the L.A. County Natural History Museum. The foursome here are, from left, Dr. Jane Pisano, Bill Simon, Patty Lombard and Dr. John Long at the Simon house.

A variety of events will be hosted this month by The Assistance League of Southern California (ALSC) at its home at 1370 N. St. Andrews Place. An Afternoon of Glamour and Style will feature founder Assisteens as models on Sun., Dec. 5 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. New clothing will be provided to public school students who are in need on Operation School Bell Super Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anne Banning Auxiliary mem-

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Lawyers, judges in sync at holiday concert June Lockhart is emcee. Christmas carols, works by Mozart, music from “My Fair Lady,” Gershwin and Puccini arias are on the program. Tickets are $15; $10 for students and seniors (65 and older). Send a check or money order payable to WUMC, with a selfaddressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 2001, Burbank, CA 91507. They will also be at the door on a first-come basis. For more information call 818-

Lawyers and judges will put down their cases and pick up their instruments for a holiday concert on Sun., Dec. 19, beginning at 7 p.m., at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. In a program featuring traditional holiday favorites, the classics and show tunes, the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic will perform under the baton of founder-conductor Gary S. Greene, Esq. The Gwen Wyatt Chorale will join the orchestra and actress

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I just celebrated my 20th anniversary of living in Los Angeles—13 of those wonderful years, here in the Larchmont environs. With the ever-changing landscape of our neighborhood, it’s nice to know some things are constant like El Coyote Mexican Cafe, an institution since 1931. In my two decades as an Angeleno, I’ve been there for countless first dates, family occasions, birthdays, break-ups and make-ups, business dinners and film shoots. The fare has evolved to include a diverse range of delicacies while still keeping many of the tried-andtrue favorites. The margarita menu reflects the change, too, with scads of flavors and tequilas from which to choose. If you haven’t been for a while, let Margie, Billy, Isabel, Marisol, Fran, Donna and Paqui spoil you. Chances are, you’ll see me there, too. *** When you decide you need to work off all those chips and guacamole, maybe you should sign up for a local charity run.

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EntErtainmEnt Authors, clergy on the calendar at ALOUD series “Sacred Activism: Putting Spiritual Knowledge into Action” is the topic of a discussion by Andrew Harvey and Rev. Ed Bacon at the Tues., Dec. 7 meeting of ALOUD, Central Library, 530 W. Fifth St.

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Runaway train, justice and politicians take star turns Unstoppable (10/10): Highlighted by astounding action scenes without even one second of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) and mindblowing audio by Bill Kaplan, Tony Scott directs Denzell Washington and Chris Pine in brilliant performances in a tense, exciting story about a runaway train in Pennsylvania based on fact. The Next Three Days (10/10): Written and directed by multiple Oscar-winner Paul Haggis, this is the same qual-

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director Alex Gibney is much more a propagandist for his point of view rather than a documentarian doesn’t mean that his point of view is wrong due to his bias. Even though burdened by a fatal case of hubris and leftwing bias, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was way At the ahead of the Movies curve in going with after the avaTony ricious megaMedley lomaniacs on Wall Street. But he made lots of powerful enemies. Gibney shows many of them. Two, Hank Greenberg of AIG and Ken Langone of Home Depot, were supercilious enough to agree to be interviewed by Gibney and they come across as insufferably arrogant if not evil, even if they did contribute to his ignominious fall from grace, so to speak. Gibney makes Spitzer shine, minimizing his many warts, and not without some justification. Fair Game (7/10): Instead of a story in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise using fictional names, this uses real names and real people and fictionalizes them. As a political thriller, it’s a ripsnorter. Director Doug Liman does a fine job of creating and maintaining tension, aided immeasurably by a stellar performance by Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame and a terrific score by John Powell. I tried to ignore the political bias of two leftwing filmmakers, Sean Penn as Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson, and Liman, and enjoyed the film as a good fictional political thriller loosely

based on fact with fine performances by Watts and Penn (although Sean still can’t cry tears on cue). Despite the bias, knowing how dirty politics and politicians can be, it wouldn’t surprise me if it were close to the truth. Due Date (3/10): This distasteful film directed by Todd Philips contains smart performances by Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, but goes over the edge that Philips’ hit “The Hangover” fortunately avoided. The scenes created by Philips and Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland and Adam Sztykiel and Todd Philips (too many writing credits, never a good sign) defy credibility. With one absurdly contrived scene after another, one eventually just rolls his eyes and hopes for a quick ending. Philips throws in scenes of vomit and masturbation that constitute pleas for laughs based on shock value rather than talent. Read full reviews at

Strauss Symphony recreates Viennese New Year’s at Disney A Viennese-style New Year’s Eve celebration will be staged by the Strauss Symphony of America when its “Salute to Vienna” comes to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sun., Jan. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Operetta selections and performances by the Vienna City Ballet will be featured. Tickets are $42; call the box office at 213-365-3500.

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Carolers, workshops, music herald holidays

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Seasonal music and decorations as well as a variety of activities for children will highlight the holiday season at the Farmers market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave. The festivities kick-off with a Holiday Karaoke evening featuring a sing-off contest, dance lessons and seasonal brews at EB’s Beer & Wine on Fri., Dec. 17. The Radio Disney Road Crew will provide arts and crafts, games and music for youngsters on Sat., Dec. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. B i r d i e ’ s Playhouse Holiday Show takes place on Sun., Dec. 19 at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Kids can create reindeer puppets with Art 2 Go from noon to 3 p.m. Jumpin Joz brings holiday jazz and swing to the stage from 5 to 7 p.m. A Holiday Stocking Decorating workshop is on Mon., Dec. 20 from noon to 3 p.m.. The Wonderelle’s Rockin’ Christmas Revue entertains at 1 and 2 p.m. The line-up on Tues., Dec. 21 includes Storytime Fun Land: “Searching For Santa” at noon and 1:15 p.m., with Einstein Brown’s Calypso Christmas Quartet playing from 3 to 5 p.m. and A Doo Wop Christmas strolling the Market from 7 to 9 p.m. The Goode Time Carolers will stroll the aisles both days from noon to 3 p.m. On Wed., Dec. 22, Vocal Variations performs from 3 to 5 p.m.; Mike Mann & His cowboy So Ho Ho ul takes the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy “The Comedy Antics of Santa’s Elf Mickey O” on Thurs., Dec. 23 at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Susie Hansen brings Holiday Latin Jazz from 7 to 9. The Yuletide Carolers will wind through the stalls from noon to 3 p.m. both days. Christmas Mariachi strolls the Market on Christmas Eve, Fri., Dec. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 323-933-9211.

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DANCING AS GRETEL in last year’s Los Angeles Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” is Olivia Holabird.


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Marlborough seventh grader and Windsor Square resident Olivia Holabird will dance the part of Gretel as well as the party girl and soldier in the Los Angeles Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” It is among a variety of ballet companies as well as a chorus that will perform the holiday classic in December. Los angeles Ballet The Los Angeles Ballet will perform on Sat., Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave. in Glendale. Shows at UCLA are on Sat., Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 19 at 1 and 5 p.m. Additional shows are on Fri., Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 26 at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. For tickets, go to City Ballet of Los angeles The City Ballet of Los Angeles will dance “The Nutcracker Swings” on Fri., Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 4 at 1 and 8 p.m. at the Nate Holden performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd. For tickets, go to Westside Ballet Company Watch the Westside Ballet Company’s performance on Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sundays, Dec. 5 and 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the historic Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood. Purchase tickets through marat Daukayev Ballet The Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre will perform on Sat., Dec. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m,. and Sun., Dec. 12 at noon and 4 p.m. at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown. Call 213-680-3700 for tickets. red Chair Children’s Production Company A cast of more than 100 children ages five to 18 will dance classic ballet alongside adults in the Red Chair Children’s Production Company’s performance on Sun., Dec. 12 at 1 and 6:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Ave. in Glendale. Call 818-243-7700, ext. 216 for tickets. Gay men’s Chorus The Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. blends Tchaikovsky with familiar holiday songs on Sun., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 206 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call 818-243-2539 for tickets. Long Beach Ballet Billed as the “Nutcracker” performed with a full symphony orchestra, the Long Beach Ballet production is at the Pasadena City Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., on Wed., Dec. 22 and Thurs., Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 877-852-3177 or go to



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Religious news

The senior pastor recently hired by First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, 1760 N. Gower Ave., looks forward to serving a multicultural community. Dan Baumgartner, who joined the church in November, comes from Bethany Presbyterian Church in his native Seattle, where he has been senior pastor for the last 11 years. "This is a new chapter for Hollywood Presbyterian, and for my wife and I, " said Baumgartner. “Hollywood is a meeting place for many cultures. “I want First Presbyterian of Hollywood to be known as a place where Jesus Christ is authentically  worshipped, loved and followed. It is my prayer that in worship here at the church, and in ministry in surrounding neighborhoods— there will be a palpable sense of God’s presence.” Before entering the ministry in 1996 to be associate pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, he was director of purchasing and mar-

BAUMGARTNER has marketing background.

keting with CARQUEST Auto Parts. A graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a degree in business and finance. Baumgartner also has a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He and Anne, his wife of 28 years, have two sons and one daughter. Baumgartner enjoys running marathons, biking, hiking and playing golf.

Workshops’ goal is to forge mutual respect A series of workshops exploring respective faith traditions contributions to a larger religious experience in America recently featured talks by three religious leaders. “Love, Compassion and the Art of Forgiveness” is the theme of the interfaith workshops curated by Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, senior minister of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Speakers at the November event were Dr. Colglazier, Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater of the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center and Imam Jihad Turk of the Islamic Center of Southern California. “The new opportunity being presented to us in the 21st century is to forge common understanding and mutual respect, especially in the arena of religion. The peoples of the earth will never find peace until the religions of the world find a way to understand one another better,” Colglazier said. The next event, on The Forgiveness Project, will be held Sun, Jan. 30.

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Religious news Master Chorale sings ‘Home’ for holidays Glenn Carlos conducts the Metropolitan Master Chorale, in a holiday concert, “Home,” on Sun., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave. He has also conducted the Ebell Women’s Chorale and Hollywood Master Chorale, whose members of the Metropolitan Master

Chorale include Larchmont/ Hancock Park area residents Lynn Chen, Abe Forman-Greenwald, Beth Manning, Nancy Reinisch and Catherine Schuster. A pre-concert discussion begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information call 323-342-2263 or go to

December 2010 Advent & ChristmAs At st. BrendAn Advent PenAnce Service Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Solemnity of the immAculAte concePtion Wednesday, December 8 Feast Day Mass, at 6:30 & 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. SAcrAment of reconciliAtion for chriStmAS Monday, December 20 • 11-12 noon, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, December 21 • 11-12 noon, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 22 • 11-12 noon, 4-5 p.m.

Ring in the season at the 17th annual Holiday Concert and Sing-Along “Oh What Fun” on Sat., Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. The audience will join in as the Angel City Chorale sings Christmas and Hanukkah favorites in a blend of styles from classic to R&B. Advance tickets—$25 for adults, $22 for seniors age 60 and over and $17 for children ages five to 12—can be purchased by calling 310-943-9231 or online at They can also be bought at the door for an additional $5 each. The concert will be immediately followed by a dessert reception.

‘Messiah’ concert by Master Chorale

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A Holiday Feast by the Hollywood Master Chorale featuring favorite choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed on Sun., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The concert, conducted by music director Jeffrey Bernstein, takes place at Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

VOICES OF the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus will ring out at the free holiday event.

Music, dance at Holiday Celebration Hear Columbian folk music, see hula dances and enjoy holiday songs at the free annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center on Fri., Dec. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. Groups representing L.A. neighborhoods and cultures will perform, including the Albert McNeil Jubilee singers, hip-hop dancing by Antics

Performance, contemporary gospel sounds by Christian’s Community Center Cathedral Choir, barbershop-style holiday classics from the Santa Monica Chorus, and Dixielandstyle tap dancing. Wristbands available starting at 11:30 a.m.; doors open at 2:30 p.m. Parking is free in the Music Center garage. Call 213-972-3099 for more information.

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Poetry, clutter workshops at Westside OASIS Hear poetry, get health screenings or tips on clearing clutter at the Westside OASIS located on the third floor of Celebrity Staged Play Reading New York Water by Sam Bobick Macy's, 10730 W. Pico Blvd. You'll receive results in minstarring Ross Benjamin and Alet Taylor • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12TH z 2 PM utes of stroke and blood pres• Tickets: at 323.556.5225 or at the door sure screenings on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to Segev & Sara’s “Super Duper Arts Camp” 12:30 p.m. • WINTER SESSION: DECEMBER 20TH — JANUARY 7TH Hear students of the OASIS • For information visit: poetry workshop present Fourth Annual Chanukah Swing Dance A Sophisticated Senior Bash! THE MILLION DOLLAR THEATRE was built in 1918 for theatre their writings on Tues., Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH z 2:30 — 5:30 PM impresario Sid Grauman. p.m. They attended a six-week • Reservation: 323.556.5231 workshop at which they read Battle of the Bands z A Musical Night for All Teens! and discussed the poems of • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH W.S. Merwin, recently named • Infomation: 323.556.5203 the 17th Poet Laureate of the Premier of new Shalom Sesame Herald the holidays with Clifton’s Brookdale Cafeteria, U.S., then wrote their own. Chanukah: The Missing Menorah a screening of the classic 648 S. Broadway—a downOrganizational expert Court• SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5TH z 11:00 AM “Scrooge” at the historic town classic since 1935—and ney Johnson will share tips on • Information: 323.556.5211 Million Dollar Theatre on receive a 10 percent discount. how to clear out the clutter WESTSIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER For tickets and more infor- and get organized for the New 5870 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Sun., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. 323.938.2531 z z mation visit www.laconserThe 1970 film starring Albert Year on Tues., Dec. 14 from 1 HH_Larchmont_ChanukahAd_10.pdf 1 11/23/10 10:01 AM Finney and Alec Guinness feato 2 p.m. tures song, dance and holiday cheer, not to mention ghosts, Tiny Tim and Victorian London. Set in the Broadway Historic Theatre District, the Million Dollar theatre, 307 S. Broadway, was one of the first movie palaces constructed in the U.S. It was built in 1918 for entrepreneur and theatre impresario Sid Grauman, who was later responsible for the Egyptian and Chinese theaters. The ornate Spanish Baroque interior was designed by William Woollett, and originally seated 2,300 people. The building housing the theater was designed by Albert C. Join Congregation Kol Ami to celebrate Chanukah Martin, with ornate terra-cotand the lighting of Hollywood’s giant Ice Menorah ta sculptures by Jo Mora. Tickets are $10 for adults; Interactive children’s arts and crafts $5 for children 12 and under. Show your film ticket at

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CHANUKAH CELEBRATION Tuesday, December 7 6pm, Central Courtyard

At libraries (Continued from page 33) on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Canadian Eskimo Art Projects: Artist Margo Gravelle teaches kids 6 and up how to make Canadian Eskimo Art on Tues., Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Supplies provided, but space is limited. Call for information and to sign up. Storytime: Kids ages 3 to 5 can bring their parents and grandparents to listen to stories and sing songs on Wed., Dec. 1, 15 and 29 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. No sign-up necessary. Teen Council Meeting: Meet to discuss dvds, cds, graphic novels and great books on Thurs., Dec. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.

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By George Glaviano 11th Grade We have exciting guest speakers coming up, such as Oscarnominated documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel on Dec. 9 and poet Jennifer Kwon Dobbs on Jan. 9 as part of our Faculty Fellows program. Dr. Peter Temes, our head of school, launched an essay discussion group this month. A new program called LAYLA (Los Angeles Youth Leadership Alliance) was formed by one of our former teachers, Michael Wagner, who mentors juniors and seniors about college so they can mentor kids in middle school. The soccer team and girl’s basketball team started practicing right after the volleyball and cross-country season ended. Our boy’s basketball team lost only one game in the fall basketball season. Kids were not only excited to donate canned food for our food drive, they also wanted to bring in the most items to win a pizza party for their first period class.

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is filled with many exciting By Merci Magallanes events. Our an8th Grade Our Thanksgiving potluck, which nual winter holitook place was a success. We had all day show is at the types of delicious, traditional foods. Wilshire-Ebell We enjoyed a break from school to Theatre. We are BSSad_LarchmntChron_6x6.67_Nov18_2010.pdf 1 11/18/10 2:47 PM practicing celebrate Thanksgiving. December all hard to make this the best show

yet. Tickets will start selling on the Dec. 6 for $17 per ticket. There will be class parties to celebrate the end of the year and to kickoff the beginning of our winter break. Our winter recess begins on Dec. 20, and instruction resumes Jan. 3. Have a wonderful holiday season.

We collected canned goods and other fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for CHPHP (Children Helping Poor and Homeless Peoples), an organization founded by a former EHS parent. We learned job skills during the drive, such as sorting and counting items, bagging and transporting them. Students also collected gently used stuffed animals to donate to the Bear Hug Project. Our annual Celebration of Books began this year with a Reader’s Theater made up of 10 talented students. Our theme was “Going Wild for Books.” Students track the numbers of books they read for two months; the goal is to get everybody reading! Author/ poet Hope Anita Smith visited for a second year in a row. The 5th grade recently returned from an amazing three-day trip to Catalina Island. Students went snorkeling, kayaking, eco-hiking and night hiking. They also learned about gardening and composting, and made a special snack from Catalina’s natural garden. C








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TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD By 6th Grade P.R. Committee Our school possesses a small plot of land in Wattles Garden, which is being visited every week. Last year the 6th grade was able to cultivate all kinds of produce that included strawberries and tomatoes. The 6th graders thoroughly enjoy monitoring the condition of the garden, and they are eager to plant crops. In science we are studying flight science and are learning the properties of air resistance. In Judaic studies we discussed why there is a time for everything good and bad. These concepts sparked controversy and deeply philosophical debates in the 6th grade. Our Community Service Committee had a bake sale at the Larchmont Fair and sold goods for Jewish World Watch at our Hanukah Bazaar. We also had a Multicultural Day and a visiting delegation of friends from our sister school in Tel Aviv.  In December we will be visited by students from Israel, and in the spring our 6th grade class will visit Israel. 

CATHEDRAL CHAPEL By Lainie Lim 8th Grade November was an eventful month. The 8th graders learned about Shakespearean plays at Santa Monica Playhouse. The students of CCS competed in a series of Spelling Bees that were split into three parts: K–2, Gr. 3–5 and Gr. 6–8. The 1st graders also went on a field trip to LACMA. Last month we also worked hard to collect canned food items for Hope Net Food Pantry at Blessed Sacrament Church and Food Bank at Cathedral Chapel of St. Vibiana Church. There is great need this year due to the economy, and CCS has worked hard to make a difference for those who need help during the holiday season. The school gathered for a special Thanksgiving Mass and participated in a Thanksgiving school family activity counting the many blessings bestowed on the members of our school community.

By Laura Eversz Venice High School welcomed new coordinator Brendan Schallert to head its foreign language/international magnet program this fall. Schallert, a Loyola High School graduate who lives on St. Andrews Place with his wife Allison and their two




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daughters, has for the past 10 years been lead teacher for instruction and curriculum at Roosevelt High School’s magnet program. He hopes local families will consider the tuition-free LAUSD magnet at Venice High as an option for their children. The program offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with special enrichment in foreign language and international studies, said Schallert. “We strive to challenge our students academically and provide the mentoring that enables them to reach their potential.” Designated as a Magnet Center of Merit, the school performs well above district averages, as well as above many other California magnets, on standardized tests, he added. “One of the great things about a magnet program located at a larger ‘host’ school is that students get the advantage of a rigorous small school program while enjoying the classic high school experience.” Students enrolled in the program take four years of foreign

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school news CHRIST THE KING By Esther Kang 8th Grade We had a great Halloween Festival with games and fun activities for all the students, and also had our first All Saints Day parade, when students dressed as saints. Prizes were awarded for the most creative, most original and most inspirational costumes in each class. Our junior high students joined thousands of other students for the Holy Childhood Mass, which was celebrated by Archbishop Roger Mahony, in Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Our Autumn Eve dinner dance and fundraising event held at the Wilshire Country Club was a great success. Our kindergarten class had a wonderful field trip when they

CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION By Elena DeBré 5th grade As the weather gets colder, the Center for Early Education warms up with the spirit of giving. Generous students, parents and grandparents bought everything from bestselling books to scented colored pen-

explored the Kidspace Museum. Our 1st and 2nd graders enjoyed their field trip to the Assistance League to see the play “Pinocchio,” performed by the Nine O’Clock players. All grades collected food items that were distributed to needy families for a Thanksgiving dinner. We all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break.


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cils at the Scholastic Book Fair. The proceeds help support CEE. Another yearly giving opportunity was the 4th grade’s Bookends Book Drive for the organization that guides students through the process of donating books to a less fortunate school, and opening the door to new adventures through literature. By Thanksgiving time, giving was second nature as we collected canned food for the yearly Food Drive. CEE’s Community Service representatives from each grade delivered the collected food to the Blind Children’s Center. We have been learning and perfecting songs about the holidays from around the globe. All the kids are excited to share the gift of our music and knowledge about the holiday season at the traditional CEE Winter Sing, which is right before winter break.

JOHN BURROUGHS By Christopher Escobar 8th grade Fall is here and many new things are unfolding at Burroughs. The 8th grade students can’t wait for the annual Green and Gold football game in December. Seventh graders gained a great experience last month, as LACMA was generous enough to come with the Maya Mobile and teach students about the Mayans and Islamic art. They learned about the history and made clay sculptures or painting tiles. LACMA then provided these

Toddlers can visit, eat with Santa Cathedral Chapel School invites preschoolers and their parents to “Breakfast with Santa” on Mon., Dec. 6 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the auditorium of Cathedral Chapel School, 755 S. Cochran Ave. Guests will be treated to a continental breakfast and Christmas carols sung by students. Youngsters can also have their photo taken with Santa. To RSVP, call Karen Hall at 323-938-9976.

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students a free one hour tour of the museum. Seventh grade history teacher Ms. Davidson was in charge of the mock election we held last month. It gave students the opportunity to vote for state governor just like their parents! According to Ms. Davidson, “I registered the school online, and then they sent me voting materials.” The leadership students helped, and students who participated even got a sticker after they voted. “I can say that the 6th graders were the most excited group,” the teacher added. Winter is coming up, so prepare to wrap yourselves in your blankets and drink a hot cup of chocolate. Happy Holidays from JB.

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By Rebecca Muhlheim 6th Grade Our annual Halloween carnival was a blast. Students got to do Jacko-lantern limbo, the eyeball toss, cat in the hat, and the middle-schoolers got to do some creepy science: dissecting lamb hearts! The Halloween parade was held outside on our new field for the first time. The sun made the costumes glisten and shine while the primary and elementary students paraded and strutted. November was the month of giving and thanks, and also a time for

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helping the less fortunate. Turning Point collected canned meat, canned vegetables, and canned soup for the annual S.A.V.E.S food drive that supports our local community in Culver City. This year the 8th grade community leadership class made a donation to a TB clinic in Haiti. The Haitian earthquake was devastating; we hope our donations of protein bars, vitamin B6, and reusable plastic containers will help the Haitian people. The middle school sports teams played really well this season. Our A and B volleyball teams got all the way to the semi-finals, and the A football team made it to the quarter finals. All of our athletes trained hard and showed a lot of school spirit. We are very proud of them.

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EXPLORE CULTURES of more than 20 countries at the World’s Fair at Larchmont Charter School, 815 N. El Centro Ave., on Sat., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include booths featuring games, food and prizes, a bouncy slide, cultural entertainment, crafts and homecooked food. Manning a booth at last year’s fair were Caroline Wheeler, left and Jane Stuecken.



This month, we went on special assignment to LCS Middle School. Principal Rick Esquivel gave us a tour of the Immanuel Presbyterian campus. The first thing we saw was the huge auditorium filled with stained-glass colored light. The space is also used for music and lunch and has six chandeliers. Next, we went to the indoor gym—wow! It was the size of a real NBA basketball court. Rick took us up to the rooftop playground overlooking

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all of Los Angeles. It was great seeing friends who used to go to the elementary school at our Hollygrove campus. We found out we have a girls’ volleyball team at the middle school and talked to 6th grader Nyah Beck about being on the team. She told us they practice twice a week and have games on Thursdays. The boys have a flag

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At History Museum Junior scientists ages 6-to9 will get an up-close look at highlights from the Natural History Museum's collection on Sat., Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live animals, story times, songs and art activities are geared to 3-to-5 year olds at Critter Club on Sat., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., 213-763-3580,

By Chasia Jeffries 6th Grade For the 3rd grade Living Gallery, the students chose a person to do a biography report on. They created marvelous frames with information about the person, and then prepared an oral report. They dressed

LOYOLA By Michael Sapunor 10th Grade The Loyola student body is experiencing a steady stream of activities now that they have adjusted back into the rhythm of school. In early November, the Hannon Theater Company, Loyola’s official theater troupe, kicked off their fall play “Under the Lamplight.” Several students also traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of immigration reform. Loyola students attended assemblies where guests spoke of the devastating effects of their personal experiences involving drug and alcohol abuse. Loyola’s fall sports teams have wrapped up their league seasons. The water polo team won the Mission League Championship and began sectional playoffs with a win. The cross country team also won the Mission League. Our school newspaper, The Loyalist, recently won the International First Place Award for superior achievement in all aspects of newspaper production. The paper is directed by Mary Arney, a neighborhood resident and Chair of Loyola’s English department.

up like their person of choice and stood in St. James’ Hall with their frames as if they were part of a living gallery. On the frames was a button, and when you pressed it, the students would give his or her report. For the 1st grade Thanksgiving Feast, the students memorized poems based on things that happen in the fall. They then colored and put together Native American headpieces that looked amazing. The students also had soup and bread. On Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ day, students brought their guests to school and they spent the day together. The event started with an All-School Chapel in which the bell choir and children’s choir performed. Then some grades had classroom activities while the other grades had a free period where they could eat, go to the library to dedicate books, or just hangout together. Then they switched.

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By Jasmin Kim 12th Grade December brings lastminute studying, Secret Santa gifts, and our Advent Holiday service. Embracing our roles as women of great heart and right conscience, members of Immaculate Heart’s campus ministry club, Heart to Heart, and the Scio Society will hold a drive for the less fortunate. December is also the time when Immaculate Heart welcomes prospective students and their parents to our campus to learn more about our academic programs and to tour our beautiful facilities. The High School Open House will take place on Sun., Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. The Middle School Open House will be held one week later on Sun., Dec. 12, also at 1 p.m. During our final days of the 2010 year, students and parents will enjoy our annual Christmas concert featuring the voices of students in choir classes and the dances performed by our modern dance students. At our traditional Winter Formal students will dance with friends and their dates, in hopes of welcoming a bright new year.


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By Sydney Gough 5th Grade Ever since auditions were first mentioned, people couldn’t stop talking about the 4-6 grade Talent Show! Everyone immediately got together and started practicing at lunch, recess, and even out of school. Speaking of shows, the 2nd grade is putting on the Harvest Festival. They started the year studying about immigration. They learned about harvests around the world similar to Thanksgiving. Then, they researched about where their ancestors came from and wrote a report about it. The music teacher helped them put together songs, dances, and little Thanksgiving skits. For the show, the students dressed up like their ancestors. A huge feast followed the performance for the students and teachers. As the first trimester comes to an end, so does the first sports season. As the basketball, football, and swim team are wrapping up, the upper school is getting ready for another successful season!

By Ariel Amsellem 8th Grade This past month at Y e s h i v a t Yavneh, we experienced many exhilarating activities. Yavneh’s first basketball game of the season was Oct. 13. Although the team lost to Hillel Hebrew Academy, everyone enjoyed the game.  In October we also grinned for picture day.  Everyone looked snappy and smiled cheerfully.  The early childhood section of the school played with a petting zoo in November.  All the preschoolers jumped in excitement, even if the animals looked a bit scary and did not smell too fine.  The 8th grade started off on the right foot concerning their senior Israel trip fund.  They began selling pizza, pickles, ice cream, bread, and flowers.  The seniors also helped with the environment by collecting cans and cashing them in to raise funds for the senior trip.  All in all Yavneh students relished an exciting past month.


Parents shopped at boutiques and students played games and made handmade crafts to give away for Christmas. As SBS is all about giving, grades 5-8 are planning our Adopt-a-Family fundraisers. We raise money to buy a less fortunate family some basic necessities and extras for Christmas. In addition, we are also looking forward to the Toy Drive. Students bring in a new toy to school for the children at the Alexandria House. Once all the toys are collected, we host a Wrapping Party. As we enjoy our Christmas vacation, we know our school has done something special for others.

By Paula Mendoza 8th Grade As the days are shorter, and nights are becoming cooler, we are preparing for the holidays. We’re excited about all the activities, including the annual Christmas program. Every student in our school will sing and dance to Christmas hymns and jingles for our family and friends. Another one of our fun school activities was the Christmas Fair.

New soccer field opens at Laurence Laurence School, a private elementary school recently celebrated the opening of Lightning Field, its new sustainable, soccer field. Its 300 students commemorated the expansion, which brings the school’s campus at 13639 Victory Blvd. in Valley Glen to a total of four acres, with an Olympic-style entrance onto the field. This fall, Laurence added bus service from Larchmont Village and Los Feliz to accommodate the growing number of families from the area who attend the school. A state-of-the-art computer lab, science lab, indoor gymnasium and performing arts center, as well as new classrooms were added in 2005.

Turning Point School has Expanded! Our brand new, state of the art expanded facility includes a 400-seat theater, music and art studios, playing field, multi-media center, and outdoor environmental classroom.

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Please attend our gigantic parking lot book sale to support scholarships at Pacific Hills School, the most diverse college-prep independent school in Los Angeles.

Rare Rolling Stones Photos at the corner of Sunset and Holloway in West Hollywood. A powerful show focused on collectible photography from the 1960’s. Rare, limited-edition prints by Philip Townsend (Early Photos of the Rolling Stones – 1963) and Frank Habitch (social change on the streets of Paris and London).

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Educator and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel will be leading a discussion at Pacific Hills School on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 pm, about the Art of Asking Questions. Drawing from his 15 years traveling the country as a teacher-trainer for the Great Books Foundation, where Mr. Siegel is Vice President for School Programs, as well as his years writing and directing documentary films including The Weather Underground (Co-Producer and Co-Director), Hoop Dreams (Researcher), and Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story (Researcher and Writer), Bill will share insights about the ways great teachers inspire students by asking the right questions at the right moments, and the ways questioning and listening strategies can change the way we understand the world.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs Sun., Jan. 9th 4:30 pm reading 6:00 pm panel


Jennifer Kwon Dobbs will be reading from her poetry at Pacific Hills School on Sunday, January 9, 2011. A poet, librettist, teacher, and critic, Professor Kwon Dobbs was born in Won Ju Si, South Korea. Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007) is her debut poetry collection. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies, film, journals and on radio. A professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College in Minneapolis, and a former Angelino, Kwon founded a community outreach program for low income students in Los Angeles that continues to make a positive difference in many lives. Following the poetry reading, Professor Kwon Dobbs, along with PHS Head of School Peter Temes, will lead a panel discussion on Immigration and Student Success, exploring the ways that parents new to the U.S. can support their children’s success in competitive schools.

A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP to attend these free events at (310) 276-3068, ext. 113, or

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Home of oil baron Doheny open for tours Dec.18 The Doheny Mansion at Mount St. Mary’s College, former estate of early-1900s oil baron Edward L. Doheny, is open for tours on Sat., Dec. 18, at 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. at 8 Chester Place. 
Home to the Doheny family for nearly 60 years, the mansion was designed by Theodore Augustus Eisen and Sumner P. Hunt in 1898. Doheny and his wife, Carrie Estelle Doheny, frequently remodeled the mansion.

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West Adams Historic Association’s 24th annual Holiday Historic Tour and Progressive Dinner is on Sat., Dec. 4 and Sun., Dec. 5. There is also a self-guided walking tour without dinner on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. The homes in Harvard Heights include the manors of Westmoreland Blvd. that rose a century ago in one of the city’s most exclusive sections. Residents have included business leaders, real estate investors, descendants of California’s pioneer families and even a musical star or two. The grand manses feature

Carthay Square’s preservation movement got a jolt last month by way of a $7,850 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The monies will go towards Carthay Square Neighborhood Association’s Historic Preservation Ordinance Zone Committee, according to the group’s spokesman Marilouise Morgan. The area south of Wilshire and west of Fairfax includes Spanish Colonial haciendas, English country cottages and French Norman chateaux ar-

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original oak and mahoganypaneled formal rooms, grand reception halls and leaded glass details decked out in holiday glory. Shepherd-led tours, departing between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 through 5:45 p.m. on Sunday will take you course-by-course and house-by-house, from appetizers and champagne in the first house to soup, salad, a waiterserved main course, and dessert in subsequent houses. Cost is $60 for WAHA members; $85 for non-members. For reservations, call 323735-9242 or go to www.westadams

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Arts writer speaks at holiday dinner Los Angeles City Historical Society will hear from an arts writer at its annual holiday dinner at the  Pilgrim School Brown Family Fine Arts Center and the adjacent First  Congregational Church of Los Angeles Tues., Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The speaker is Suzanne Muchnic, a freelance journalist for the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper she served as arts editor for 31 years. Tickets are $45 per person; contact Diane Kanner at for more information.

chitectural style homes. Neighborhood volunteers are documenting the architectural and social history of the 1920s neighborhood. Carthay Square is the only one of three subdivisions in Carthay Center yet to be designated historic. An historical preservation firm will vet the volunteer findings and prepare maps and other documents for the city Planning Dept. The funds come from the L.A. County Preservation Funds.

Let a tree be a lasting holiday gift Through TreePeople’s “Tree Dedication” program, holiday shoppers can give a gift that will last for generations and benefit the environment, too. For each $25 donation, a tree will be planted in honor of those on holiday gift lists. A personalized card will be sent to the recipient announcing the gift. Multiple trees can be dedicated, or for $100, TreePeople will plant a grove of five trees and send an inscribed certificate to the recipient. Certificates can be framed with a recycled wood frame for an additional $30. For more information, call 818-753-8733.

Grier Musser hosts old-fashioned tour Stained-glass tells The Grier Musser Museum of Jesus' life celebrates a festive traditional Victorian holiday at the Christmas House Tour on Sun., Dec. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. The 1898 turn-of-the-century house, restored to its past glory, will be decorated for the holidays. Guided tours begin at 1 and 3 p.m. at the museum at 403 S. Bonnie Brae; refreshments provided. Cost is $12 for adults; $6 for children. Free parking. For reservations or more information, call 213-413-1814.

“Light & Hope,” a stainedglass window display at Forest Lawn Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale, will be open through Mon., Feb. 7, 2011. The windows were created by Franz Mayer & Company of Munich, Germany, and date back to 1903. They depict seven scenes from the life of Jesus. These include the betrothal of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds in the stable, and Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the carpenter’s shop. Free.

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Will Rogers' descendant to speak at Hollywod Heritage Will Rogers’ great-granddaughter, Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry, will discuss the legacy of her famous relative at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave., on Wed., Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Will Rogers, who died in 1935 in a plane crash, was a cowboy humorist who starred in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, wrote a syndicated newspaper column and became one of Hollywood’s biggest box-office stars. His great-granddaughter serves as the family spokesperson and media contact. She travels throughout the year to promote the legacy of Will Rogers, including riding in the Rose Parade with Sons and Daughters of the Reel West. Jennifer will be joined by Todd Vradenburg, executive director of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and board president of the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation. The museum will host the first public screening of several documentaries produced for the Will Rogers DVD Collection. The first is entitled “Back to the Ranch” and features personal interviews with family members at the rededication of the Will Rogers

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COWBOY HUMORIST Will Rogers is topic of a talk by his great granddaughter at the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Ranch in Pacific Palisades. The second, “Jane Withers Remembers…” features stories from the child star who was befriended by Rogers when they were both making films at Fox Studios. In addition, Hollywood Heritage board member and film historian Stan Taffel will

May the new year bring health, peace and stability.

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NAUTICAL THEMED stained-glass motif is throughout the Leistikow House, built by architect Paul Williams in Hancock Park.

THIS ITALIAN RENAISSANCE Revival home was built in 1921 for Walter Petitfils,

Area homes, architecture, gardens are a classic in new book Lucile Mead Lamb was a young girl when her father hired a little-known architect to build her a dream home. The Lamb House, also called La Casa de las Campanas by architect Lester Scherer, features a bell tower and a ceiling made of timber largely unobtainable today. The 1927 Hancock Park home has become the standard by which great Spanish colonial homes are measured, according to the au-

thor of “Classic Homes of Los Angeles,” recently published by Rizzoli International Publications. L.A. was at the end of the continent, at the end of the line, and—at the tail of the 19th century—an exotic destination point. It was south of the West and a refreshing distance from the traditions of the east, D.J. Waldie writes in the book’s introduction. It was here that architectural styles, such as Craftsman and

Spanish colonial and Tuscan revivals took shape. Light, air, landscape and romance were the ingredients that made a classic Los Angeles home, says Waldie. Several examples of period revival homes and gardens include architectural details and history told by author Douglas Woods, a book dealer and private librarian. The books 240 color photographs by Melva Levickof were all taken in natural light.

Stunning examples among the 24 homes include the Doheny and Huntington mansions, the Arts & Crafts Gamble House in Pasadena and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. The Beaux-Arts library was once part of a block-size estate owned by the son of a Montana senator and heir to a copper fortune. Director Cecile B. DeMille and actor Danny Kaye are among celebrity former own-

ers. Thirteen are in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. One is in Miracle Mile. The Gless-Bullock House, built in 1916, was purchased by the founder of the famed Wilshire Blvd. department store for his daughter. The Craftsman-style home had been moved to its present location with horse-drawn flatbeds, a common practice of the day. (Please turn to page 5)

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Classic area homes featured in new book (Continued from page 4)

Stained glass in the dining room is by Judson Studios, founded in downtown L.A. by the English-born artist and still in business today. The landscape was researched and designed by the late Sandy Kennedy. (She also reconstructed the gardens for the mayor’s mansion at Getty House in Windsor Square.) Architect Sumner Hunt built a home for Henry O’Melveny in 1909. A member of the first class of Los Angeles High School, his law firm sorted out land ownership dividing the Spanish ranchos, and he helped create the San Gabriel Water Project to bring hydroelectric power and support the city’s growth. His firm O’Melveny & Myers is one of the largest in the world today. The Adamson House was designed by architect Elmer Grey in 1922 for Merritt H. Adamson and his wife Rhoda, daughter of May Rindge. The widow owned Rancho Malibu and founded Malibu Potteries, whose handcrafted works decorate both houses. (The Malibu property is a National Historic Site and part of the Calif. State Parks.) Restoration architects of the estate include locals Mary Pickhardt and Bebe Johnson, who with Ellen Geerer revived the house to its “current picture-perfect state.” Modern touches include enlarging the kitchen and adjoining it to a family room. Former guest quarters above the garage now boast a screening room. Murals by Anthony Heinsbergen, whose works can also be seen at the Roosevelt and Beverly Wilshire hotels, City Hall and the Pantages theater chain are among highlights of the Petitfils-Boos House. Another home on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built for Walter Petitfils, who owned the candy store and restaurant named after him. The gardens at the 1921 Davis Estate have been accepted into the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. Vintage pomegranates, myrtle hedges and old roses have been faithfully maintained. A sculpture by Robert Graham is in the garden of the home commissioned by Owen Churchill, who won gold in yachting in the 1932 L.A. Olympics. Inside the Mediterranean-style house, the eye is drawn overhead to Renaissance-inspired murals and elaborately carved painted wood ceilings. Survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Mary

DETAILED CEILINGS at the Churchill House. (Page one photo shows beamed ceiling and detailed stenciling in a new wing.)

Griffith spent $110,000 to build a Georgia-style fortress facing Wilshire Country Club. Much of the cost paid for the basement foundation of poured concrete. In hindsight

it was a good call, as the home has weathered several quakes throughout the years. The book sells for $55 and is available at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd.

WOODCARVING and decorative painting are throughout the Petitfils-Boos House.


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WHO WAS WHO. The man and woman on the right side of the photograph at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in our November issue are, at right, actor Robert Montgomery and his wife Elizabeth Allen. We are grateful to David Todd of Beachwood Dr. who identified the couple.

Brockovich’s ‘Greenscam’ covered in Zager’s book Journalist Norma Zager turned her day job of investigating an environmental, media and Hollywood story into a book, “Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills Greenscam.” Brockovich’s battle against the city, schools and various oil companies began when Zager was editor of the weekly Beverly Hills Courier. Her subsequent reports won her honors and awards, including L.A. Journalist of the Year. In the 244-page book she writes “the Erin of legend”— the flamboyant legal assistant people are most acquainted with through her screen image played by Julia Roberts— could be a “greenscam” artist. The author reveals how Brockovich misdirected families and the media with unfounded allegations that an oil field near Beverly Hills High was the source of cancer-causing chemicals. In 2003, Brockovich and attorney Ed Masry sued the Beverly Hills Unified School District, alleging that some 300 cancer cases were linked to a cluster of oil wells on campus. A Superior Court judge granted summary judgment against the plaintiffs and Brockovich and Masry had to reimburse the school district $450,000 for its legal expenses. The book also offers guidelines to diffuse scare tactics and ensure environmental and public safety.

It was released by Pelican Publishing Co. in October and is available on

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow" opens Sun., Dec. 12 featuring the opulent art and refined culture of the Lucknow court, which flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Indo-Islamic kingdom in northern India. Album paintings, illustrated historical and religious manuscripts, textiles and garments, and decorative art objects, including LOVERS IN A LANDSCAPE, circa 1760, ornate metalwork, is among works coming to LACMA. glassware, and jewelry are on exhibit. is Sat., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Ends Feb. 27. "The Rise and Fall of Courtly the Bing Theatre. Lucknow: A Courtesan’s Per- • "Blinky Palermo: Retrospecspective," on Sat., Dec. 11 at tive 1964–1977" features 70 3 p.m., is a lecture by Veena works by the German postwar Talwar Oldenburg, professor painter. Ends Jan. 16. of history at City University of • "William Eggleston: DemoNew York and Baruch College. cratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961–2008." Ends Free. Screening of Satyajit Ray's Jan. 16. 1977 film "The Chess Players" • "Olmec: Colossal Master-


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Los Altos Apartments, Fremont Place, Ebell Club on Great Wilshire Walk tour Walkers making the trek from downtown to Santa Monica on the Great Wilshire Walk Nov. 20 were treated to a rest stop manned by Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council volunteers. The booth distributed cookies, water and a brief history on the historic and interesting landmarks they would be passing. They included: PERINO’S APARTMENTS. The apartments were built on the site of the famous Perino’s restaurants. Alex Perino came to America from Italy at age 15 and began his life in restaurants as a busboy, moving up through the ranks to waiter and then restaurant manager until he finally opened his first restaurant in 1932, at the height of the Depression. Charging $1.25 for a meal when one could be had for 10 cents was a bold move, but Perino soon had such a popular spot that when his first restaurant burned down, in 1950, he opened an even fancier location at the corner of Wilshire and Norton boulevards designed by architect Paul Williams. Perino continued to build a handsome and monied clientele until his retirement in 1969. Guests included celebrities of every stripe and each U.S. President through Ronald Reagan. Perino’s officially closed its doors due to bankruptcy in 1985. It is now

the site of an apartment building that contains a museum of Perino’s artifacts. LOS ALTOS APARTMENTS at 4121 Wilshire Blvd. was home to many 1930s and 40s film stars. Architect Julia Morgan designed a two-story suite for Marion Davies. Built in the Spanish Colonial–esque style in 1927, the Los Altos was one of the city’s first coop apartments, then went bankrupt during the Great Depression and fell into disrepair for decades afterward. The housing group Neighborhood Effort rescued the complex from demolition in 1993 even though it was so unlivable there were gaping holes that continued from the fifth floor down to the lobby. But the restorers obtained National Historic Site status for the building by hunting down original parts and design details, including doorknobs, trim, floor tiles and colors. SUNSET BOULEVARD HOUSE. Forget the address given in the movie (“10086 Sunset Blvd.) Norma Desmond’s glorious old Renaissance-style mansion stood, until 1957, at 641 S. Irving Blvd. on the northwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard, when it was demolished to make way for the Getty headquarters, now the Harbor Building. The mansion, seen also in “Rebel Without A Cause,” was built in the 1920s for Ambassador Jenkins, for-

mer U.S. Consul in Mexico, who abandoned the building, leaving it vacant for over 10 years until it was bought by J Paul Getty. At the time of filming of Sunset Boulevard, the mansion had passed to Mrs. J. Paul Getty in a divorce settlement and she, in turn, rented the property out to Paramount Pictures on condition the film company build her a swimming pool. SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC TEMPLE was designed by Millard Sheets. Located at 4375 Wilshire Blvd., between Plymouth and Lucerne, the four-story edifice took 18 months and $14 million to build in 1960. The objectives of the Masonic order are written in a two-story-high mosaic defining liberty, equality, fraternity and devotion. The history of Scottish Rite Masonry is recorded in eight relief marble statues. These show Pharaoh Zoster (29802900 B.C.) and his architect, Imhoteph, who built the two oldest existing monuments in Egypt. Group II shows Hiram, the architect of Solomon’s Temple. Group III portrays Emperor Darius and Zerubabel before second Temple in Persia. Group IV features the patron saints of Masonry, St. John the Evangelist and St. John the Baptist. The gothic architects of France are known as the inspiration for Group V, which depicts them in 1300 A.D. Group VI shows Sir

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An eye for design, a air for marketing and a passion for people have earned Jackie Smith a reputation as a skilled and accomplished real estate agent in Beverly Hills. Born and raised in New York City, Jackie Smith went on to attend New York University’s prestigious Film School. After graduating, she worked at Miramax Films and Fine Line Features until 1996, when she was asked to run Landmark Theatres’ Marketing department in Los Angeles. Having lived her entire life in New York City, Jackie was excited about the challenges and possibilities a new city could provide her, so she accepted the job and moved to Los Angeles. After 10 years of working in lm marketing and production, Jackie’s love of real estate and design began to surpass her love of lm. She embarked on a new career in designing, renovating and selling homes, and is currently a member of the Beverly Hills Greater Association of Realtors. “My marketing background coupled with my design sensibility enabled me to become successful in my real estate endeavors,” Jackie says. “As I saw that my love of houses extended beyond ipping, I got my real estate license so that I could work with clients to nd them the homes that t their needs. I think that my experience as both a buyer and a seller, a designer and a builder, gives me an edge that buyers and sellers can use to their advantage. Everyone’s needs are unique. Working with an agent who understands that is key.” In addition to her full-time real estate business, Jackie is actively involved in numerous charities, including the Humane Society, SPCA-Los Angeles and Save The Children, helping in both fundraising and volunteering capacities. Additionally, Jackie is a member of The Ebell of Los Angeles, an educational and philanthropic organization for women.

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WALKERS on the 16-mile journey from downtown to Santa Monica on Nov. 20 along Wilshire Blvd. received refreshments from the volunteers at the Council booth.

AMONG THE LANDMARKS on the Great Wilshire Walk was the Los Altos apartment building.

Christopher Wren by a stonemason, with his masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, behind them. Group VII depicts George Washington laying the cornerstone of the capitol in 1793. Group VII shows Gen. Albert Pike, patriarch of the Scottish Rite for 33 years. THE EBELL OF LOS ANGELES. For more than 105 years the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, one of the largest women’s clubs in the world, has been advancing cultural, social, educational and philanthropic interests of women. The name Ebell comes from Dr. Adrian F. Ebell, a German scholar and teacher, who thought the time had come for “thinking” women. The present clubhouse at 4400 Wilshire Blvd. was completed in 1927. The group commissioned architect Sumner P. Hunt of Hunt & Burns to design the new facility, which was designed in an Italian style with plaster facing and Italian clay tile roofing. The new facilities included a new 1,300-seat auditorium at the rear of the property facing 8th Street. The two-story structure facing Wilshire Boulevard houses the group’s clubhouse, including a large lounge, art salon, and dining room The dining room opens to a tile-roofed colonnade walkway and fountain. The total cost was $200,000 for the site, $650,000 for the entire structure, and $120,000 for the wall furnishings. “BEN” HOUSE. Built in 1902 and designed by John C.

Austin, this late Queen Anne house with Romanesque detail was relocated in 1924 to its present site just north of Wilshire Blvd. Originally built for Hiram Higgins in 1902 on three lots at 2619 Wilshire Blvd., it was sold in 1919 to Howard Verbeck, an interior designer. In 1923, the Verbecks purchased the property at 637 S. Lucerne Blvd. and moved the home in two pieces at 1 a.m. on June 1924. Twelve trucks, owned by George R. Kress’ house moving company, hoisted the rear half of the mansion off its foundation and moved it while 100 guests, including the mayor, partied in the house during the four-hour journey. The house is used as a movie and television shooting location, starring in: “Willard,” “Ben,” “Addams Family Halloween Special,” “Mae West,” and many more. FREMONT PLACE. One of the city’s most exclusive areas, the 53-acre park which was designed to accommodate some 50 homes averaging 200 x 200 feet. As early as 1912 it was announced that no house in the tract is to cost less than $7,500.The development grew, housing such illustrious families as the King Gillettes, Irving Hellmans, A. P. Gianninis and Willitts Holes. Today there are 72 homes in the park, and a gate house was added to improve the security. Past and current celebrities living there include Mary Pickford, Muhammud Ali, Bill Conti, Danny Elfman and Lou Rawls.

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New neighbors Heather and Brumby Boylston have purchased a home on N. Van Ness Ave. The couple has two children. He is in the entertainment industry. Sellers were Dr. and Mrs. John Townsend. Mary Woodward of The Woodward Team, Coldwell

Banker Hancock Park, handled both buyers and sellers. C. J. Johnson and Michelle Guthrie have bought a home on N. Sycamore Ave. Johnson is a filmmaker, playwright and director. Guthrie is managing director for MGM Australia.

Former owner was David Michaud. Barbara MacDonald of Coldwell Banker Hancock Park represented the buyer, and Jeff White, of ReMax Execs, represented the seller. Ira Napolietto and Janna Stein are moving to the home they purchased from

the Boylstons at N. Windsor Blvd. The Woodwards Team, Coldwell Banker Hancock Park, represented the sellers; Sally Jones of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills represented the buyers. Buyers of a home on S. Beachwood Ave. are Jon and

Ali Baird. Jon is a writer and Ali is a graduate student. The pair formerly lived in Mircle Mile. Rick Llanos of Coldwell Banker Hancock Park handled the sale for the buyers. Lisa Hutchins of the same firm represented the sellers.

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Santa fly-by, snowfall at Channel Island parade

Craft and Folk Art Museum’s courtyard will be transformed into an intimate marketplace through Sat., Dec. 4. Fair-trade goods and handcrafted works by local and global artisans include Indian silk scarves, Nepali messenger bags and journals made from vintage hardcover books. Arrivals from Sante Fe International Folk Art Market, Mexican dolls and Turkish coffee will also be at the market. The museum's on-line store, Egg and the Eye, will be launched Wed., Dec. 15 MASKS from the Sahara desat ert will be at the Bazaar.

Thousands of twinkling lights will dance on the water at the Channel Islands Harbor Parade of Lights in Oxnard. The theme of the event on Sat., Dec. 11 is “Holidays Around the World.” Children can play in the 36 tons of snow that will fall at Channel Islands Harbor at 10 a.m. Nearby, horse-drawn carriages with sleigh bells will pick up passengers from noon to 5 p.m. To add to the holiday merriment, strolling carolers and Santa and Mrs. Claus can be seen around the harbor throughout the day. At Marine Emporium Landing, visitors will find a holiday arts and crafts boutique, exhibitors, restaurants, live music, children’s activities, an inflatable fun zone, rock-climbing wall, face-painting and water-taxi rides from noon to 9 p.m. Santa and his reindeer will kick off the parade with a fly-over at 7 p.m.

(Continued from page 11) Korean American Artists Exhibit ends Thurs., Dec. 16. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141. PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Exhibits feature area fossil finds that show Ice Age life 10,000 to 40,000 years ago, when sabertoothed cats and giant sloths ruled the Wilshire area. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST— Survivor Rita Lurie and daughter Leslie Gilbert-Lurie read from their book, “Bending Toward The Sun: A Mother and Daughter Remember," on Sun., Dec. 12, 2 to 4 p.m. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; ZIMMER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM—Sunday Workshops, from 2 to 4 p.m., include making pretend latkes from glue and felt at Lotsa Latkes on Dec. 5. Cinnamon,

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Workshops with topics from organic gardening to holiday creations, a tour of the Queen Anne Cottage and a gift show are among activities at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. Just in time for the holidays create heirloom pieces from treasures gleaned from your cupboards, thrift stores and garage sales. Pieces of holiday dishes or old china can be given a second life when made into a useful tray at the Mosaic Holiday Tray-in-a-Day workshop on Sun., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Create old-fashioned wreaths using fresh greens from the Arboretum grounds on Tues., Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring gardening gloves, clippers and wire cutters, plus any decorations you may wish to add. Visit the gift show for a selection of seasonal gifts, volunteer-made holiday trees and crafts, succulents and wreaths, jams and jellies, nature-inspired ornaments, garden-related books, education children’s toys and more. The three-day event runs Tues., Dec. 7 through Thurs., Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Arboretum botanist Frank

McDonough will cover various landscaping and gardening topics plus the latest news in gardening and plant science at a free Plant Information class on Tues., Dec. 7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Bring questions for discussion. The Clay Festival will feature ceramics for sale by more than 40 artists on Sat., Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take a stroll down memory lane and view treasures and furnishings normally seen only through the windows of the Queen Anne Cottage on Sun., Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Docents will guide tours through the Victorian-era cottage, dressed up in Christmas finery, plus the historic coach barn and the Santa Anita Depot. Growing winter crops Among other December

activities is a class on growing winter crops organically led by horticultural curator Jill Morganelli on Sat., Dec. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Explore the grounds of the Arboretum and learn about its extensive collections at “Around the World in 127 Acres” at classes held on Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will explore the Hugo Reid Adobe at Arboretum Adventures on Sat., Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children ages three to eight can explore the library, enjoy plant and nature stories and a project or adventure at “Bookworms” on Sundays, Dec. 5 and 19 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 626-821-4623 or go to www.

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is coming to the neighborhood. CSA California will deliver fresh, organic produce from local farms to the Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., where it can be picked up by subscribers on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is $25 for the weekly delivery. Interested families can sign up for a four-week trial, with the option to participate every week or every other week. New orders must be placed the day before by 5 p.m. Payment must be made online using a credit card or PayPal for the first month. After that, payment can be made onsite with cash or a check. For more information, or to sign up, go to

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Painting to flower arranging, Shakespeare at Huntington Learn to paint or arrange flowers and attend a reading of “A Christmas Carol” this month at the Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Charles Dickens, portrayed by David Melville of The Independent Shakespeare Co., will read an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” on Sat., Dec. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The performance, full of the pyrotechnics and wry humor Dickens was famous for, is suitable for ages seven and up. Tickets are $18. Call 800838-3000. Explore the unusual world of carnivorous plants including sarracenias, Venus flytraps and sundews while learning botanical illustration skills in a watercolor class taught by botanical artist Lisa Pompelli on Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11

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he might cause a disturbance and “spill the beans.” In the English public schools, forbidden board games like checkers or backgammon were often played with beans, which were easily stolen from the kitchens. If a player who was losing wanted to end the game, all he had to do was “spill the beans.” This is also the origin of the expression “Old Bean” often used in place of “Old Chap,” “Old Man,” etc. *** If a gunslinger of the Old West was spoiling for a fight, his trigger finger was said to “itch.” Why? ponders Jody Bernolfo. In ancient times, the itching of various parts of the body foretold certain occurrences. If your right palm itched you were going to receive money, the itching of the left eye betokened grief, and the right eye pleasure. If your lips itched, you were going to be kissed, the nose meant that strangers were at hand. The fingers and thumbs foretold of evil as would an itchy trigger finger. Remember what a witch in Macbeth reminds us: “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send questions to

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Best Friends’ Pet Super Adoption in Miracle Mile last month was a success by any rescue group’s standards. “The event went extremely well, was wellattended, and was successful in that we placed more than 120 dogs and cats in new homes,” said Best Friends’ spokesman John Polis. “When all adoptions are calculated, we estimate that we will have placed between 300 and 400 adoptions.” CATS were also found homes. In addition, he said, more than 100 dogs and cats were rescued from the city and county shelters by local rescue groups that participated Nov. 7 at the La Brea Tar Pits.   “We were particularly pleased with this event because no cats went back to the shelters and very few dogs were returned. We are trying to place the few remaining dogs that did not get adopted or placed with a local rescue groups,” Polis added. Birds and bunnies were also available at the Super Pet Adoption, which featured celebrities, PUPS came in all sizes. children’s activities and entertainment. More than 40 local shelters and rescue groups brought border collies, German shepLarchmont Boulevard herds, Boston terriers and mixes of every breed, age, color • 300 sq. ft. & up • Free Parking and size. • Close to Studios & Restaurants The adoption held in L.A. is one of the largest pet adoption • Village Atmosphere festivals in the nation. Best • Starting at $2.00/square foot Friends Animal Society nonprofit organization is based in Kanab, Utah, and is the counLEIMERT CO (323)466-8591 try’s largest no-kill sanctuary.



Where did the term “eaves– dropping” originate? wonders Toby March. An eavesdropper is, of course, one who listens stealthily to other people’s conversation. It comes from Old England, where the eavesdrop or eavesdrip was the space of ground around a house which received the water dripping from the eaves (the edge of a roof or thatch, which overhangs the side of a building). An “eavesdropper” was one who stationed himself in the eavesdrip to overhear what was said in the house. As Shakespeare’s nefarious King Richard III said to his henchman Radcliffe: “Under our tents I’ll play the eavesdropper, to hear if any mean to shrink from me.” *** Why do English people call the bathroom “the loo”? queries Louise Sudbury. This curious expression is an English corruption of the Norman-French Guardez l’eau!—“Watch out for the water!” This warning was yelled by medieval householders just before they were about to hurl the contents of their toilet bowls into the street. When lavatories became their own rooms, whether outside or in, the “loo” was born. *** Why, when we give away a secret, do we “spill the beans?” asks Peter Gregson. There are two possible explanations: In ancient Greece, magistrates and other public officers were elected by different colored beans cast (it’s also why we “cast” our votes) into a helmet. If someone wanted to nullify the results or to ascertain the result of the election,

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Wishing you all the best for this Holiday season. Remember the best gift is the gift of giving. Our choice this year is HOPE NET LA, feeding the hungry in our neighborhood. .........................................................................................................................................................................

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