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Chronicle looks back at building boom.

Egg hunts to book sales are featured at area branches. Page 4

Wistaria plant celebrated at annual event.

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hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • larchmont village • wilshire center • park labrea • miracle mile

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Hancock Park. Nearly 50K sf lot w/pool, court & gst hse. 6 bds/5 baths/2 offices up. Remarkable details. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Blends traditional charm w/resort amenities. 4+4,lib, fam, pool, spa, tennis crt, gst hse. L Hutchins/ K Gless 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Spectacular entry, extensive wood details 4+4, 2 mds, panel lib, chef’s kit, gorg grounds. Kathy Gless/Rick Llanos 323.460.7622

Hancock Park. 5+5. 3 bed up - one down, plus guest house w/new Moroccan room for entertaining. Pool. Bella Kay 323.972.3408





Hancock Park. Elegant Mediterranean w/2-story entry and grand formal rooms. 5 beds/4 baths/2 powders. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Built in 1929, this home was recently remodeled. 6Br/6.5Ba, apx 6,036 sf. Co-listed. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Classic cntr hall plan. Grmt cntr-isle kitchen. 5beds/2baths/2pwdrs+den, library, sun rms. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Gracious 2 sty entry. Step-down LR w/ carved wood fpl. Spacious fam rm opens to garden. Kathy Gless/Rick Llanos 323.460.7622





Miracle Mile. Fabulous Spanish with 6 units, 2+1 each unit. Most units are updated. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Expanded & remodeled. 3bed+2.5bath. Gourmet kitchen, open family rm, prvt master ste. Pool Ben Shapiro/Christopher 323.860.4277

Hancock Park. Completely Redone In 2000 With 4 Bed/4.5 Ba, Hrdwd Flrs, 3 Fpl, 2 Mstr Stes, Bonus Rm. James Song 323.860.4255

Mar Vista. Currently being used as a Business. Commercially Zoned (LAR3) & can be SFR or Duplex!! Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629





Long Beach. Property is on a corner lot;Five units are currently tenant occupied, one unit is vacant. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Welcome to your private estate park, 35,000+lot. 5 bds+5.5 baths.Over 6,000sq of liv space Ben Shapiro 323.860.4277

Hancock Park. Fully & exquisitely furnished Windsor Square Spanish for lease. 4 bdrms/3 bths. Special! J Hutchison/ L Hadley 323.460.7637

Hollywood Hills West. 3/3 villa set in a Spanish courtyd w/ pool & old style cabana. 2priv patios, DR,step dwn LR B LaViolette/Ginger Lincoln 323.460.7680

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Women’s Histor y Mont h

Home was built in 1913 by entrepreneur senator for his mother

By Peggy Park Bernal Guest Columnist Women’s History Month is a good time to remember Mary Andrews Clark, whose 100-year-old residence was named in her honor , and to

learn the role the home played in the lives of young women from 1913 to 1987. The 1913 opening of the Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home (Third St. and Loma Dr.) was a huge event in Los

Angeles, making headlines in the local newspapers. Several hundred persons who attended heard copper magnate, Montana senator and railroad builder William Andrews Clark, dedicate the

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YWCA residence he had built in honor of his mother. Following the suggestions of his four sisters, Clark thought a home for working girls was “... appropriate and in unison with our mother’s wishes.” The dedication was a family affair, as the Clark sisters read poems and a brother -in-law led a dedication prayer. After Clark gave the deed to the YWCA’s Mrs. Willitts Hole, he and his brother J. Ross Clark planted special ivy vines cut from his mother’ s garden that were brought from Ire land years earlier. For the 50th anniversary , the young residents spent a year planning the weeklong celebration that included the Golden Anniversary Ball, a rededication service and a n international reception. The Clark residents always boasted about the many internation al young women the home housed and were eager to facilitate cultural exchanges. For the anniversary events, the residents modeled vintage fashions and sang songs of every decade. Guests enjoyed the replica room, which included an original 1913 brass bed, a mission-style rocker, ivory dresser set with hair receiver (a common gad get for Victorian women), and a glove stretcher. Former residents returned with husbands and children and spoke fondly of the “dating rooms” where their courtships had occurred. Centennial marked As the building marks its centennial, few remember Mary Andrews Clark. Born in Pennsylvania, she was the mother to 11 children though only six were still living when she arrived in Los Angeles, a widow in 1882 (her hus band died in 1874). While little is known about her , her granddaughter’s memories (preserved in the YWCA archives of the Oviatt Library) help illustrate her character . “There was always some fam ily that needed her—her life was one of service, always seeking to do whatever she could to make everyone happier and life more complete

for those about her.” The family was recently in the news as Mrs. Clark’s youngest granddaughter, wealthy recluse Huguette Clark, died in 2011 amid much notoriety at the age of 104. Rent $8.50 a week When W. A. Clark announced his donation of the home in 1910, he clearly explained he would erect “a suitable build ing to constitute a home for young women working for a living.” For $8.50 a week, residents enjoyed two meals a day and weekly maid service with access to the building’ s library, gymnasium, bowling alley, tennis courts, sewing room and laundry room. It provided not just a safe place for a young woman in a strange big city, but a sense of community as residents led classes, literary clubs, dances, concerts, and theater produc tions. The library also served as a wedding chapel in which a handful of women took their vows. The building, designed by Arnold Benton, was forced to shut down after the 1987 Whittier earthquake. The YWCA sold it to Los Angeles Community Design Center (an organization that evolved into Abode Communities) who led renovation efforts. The Clark Residence was reopened in 1994 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. After 100 years and now operated by Abode Commu nities, the building continues to house those needing a safe place in the City of Angels. History of help continues The YWCA, now located at 1020 Olive St., continues the 119-year-old mission, begun in 1894, to help girls and women in the greater Los Angeles area feel safe. Job training and transi tional housing are offered to both at-risk youth and women fleeing abusive homes. After school programs, affordable childcare, mentoring and workshops on self-esteem and financial literacy are also available. For information go to

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THE ORIGINAL home of the Los Angeles YWCA, on Third St. and Loma Dr., was named for Mary Andrews Clark.

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It's lights out worldwide on Earth Hour Turn off the lights on Earth Hour on Sat., March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., and take part in the world’s largest environmental campaign to date. Households and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights to raise awareness about the need to

take action on climate change. People and businesses in more than 7,000 cities in 152 countries with a reach of more than 1.8 billion people are ex pected to pull the plug. The seventh annual event started in Australia with W orld Wildlife Fund.

Locally, Paramount Pictures buildings, facilities and sig nage on Melrose A ve. will be dark. “We will be participating as part of our environmental platform,” said Jennifer Lynch of the studio’s corporate social responsibility. For information visit

STUDYING A MODEL of the $75 million Ahmanson Center buildings are (from left) William Ahmanson, nephew of the late financier for whom the complex is to be named; architect Edward Durrell Stone, Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, widow, and Robert Ahmanson, nephew.


Wilshire Center building spurt after height limit was lifted By Jane Gilman The first three 12-story Tishman Plaza buildings at Wilshire Blvd. and Normandie Ave. were the only notable highrise buildings in Wilshire Center when the Larchmont Chronicle first started publishing in 1963. But many skyscrapers were in the planning stages since the 13-story height limit on buildings was lifted in 1951. Insurance companies began locating their west coast headquarters in Wilshire Center because of tax incentives pro vided by the city and state. The drawing boards at the architectural firm of Langdon and Wilson were responsible for such projects as the U. S. Borax Building at W estmoreland Ave., the CNA Build ing (now the Superior Court building) and Wilshire Plaza at Wilshire Blvd. and Serrano Ave. Some 22 highrise office buildings were erected on Wilshire Boulevard from 1966 to 1976 to provide office space for such companies as Getty Oil Co., Ahmanson Financial Co., Beneficial Standard Life Insurance, Wausau and Eq-

uitable Life Insurance. Dedi cation of the Liberty Bell, an exact replica of the original bell in Philadelphia, was held at Beneficial Standard Life Insurance Co.’s lobby at the firm’s Wilshire and Oxford headquarters in 1968. It was the same year Bobby Kennedy, former U.S. Attorney General and Senator , was shot and killed at the Ambas sador Hotel following a party which celebrated his victory in the California primary election for President. The Chapman Park Hotel, built in 1936, was torn down to make way for the 34-story Equitable Plaza office building erected in 1969. Cardinal James Mclnryre spoke at the dedication of St. Basil’s Church, Kingsley and Wilshire, in 1969. By 1970 firms such as CNA, Pacific Indemnity and Pierce National Life were starting construc tion of their own high- rise buildings. Southwestern Uni versity School of Law moved from its downtown location of 50 years to a four -story campus just south of Wilshire Boulevard on W estmoreland in 1973.

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Nuts, bolts, trends topics of state's ‘Preservation Wild Ride’ in May Preservation leaders from around the state will convene at the California Preservation Foundation Wed., May 1 to Fri., May 3 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel in Anaheim. Theme of the 38th annual conference is “The True California Adventure: Preserva tion’s Wild Ride.” The conference offers an opportunity to learn about the

nuts and bolts and trends in historic preservation. T ours and events will showcase his toric sites of Orange County , from Old T owne Orange to Crystal Cove State, and from the Los Rios Historic District in San Juan Capistrano to Casa Romantica in San Clem ente. Visit californiapreservation. org/conference.html.

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Face painting, egg hunts, jewelry-making, art classes; sale Mar ch 1 FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild : Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets Sat., March 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. M.S. Support Group: Meets for support for those who have or care for people with multi ple sclerosis on Thurs., March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friends of the Library: Discuss ways to support the library on Tues., March 12 at 11 a.m. MOMS Club of MidWilshire: Support group for Moms meets on Fri., March 15 at 3 p.m. Ongoing Computer Comfort: Handson training on the computer on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Baby and T oddler Storytime: Meet for songs and sto ries for kids 6 mos. to 2 years on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-school Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids ages 2 to 4 years old on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Book Sale: Lots of deals on used books and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. LACMA Art Classes for Kids: Best for ages five to 12; meets Wednesdays at 3 p.m. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. FREMONT LIBRARY 6121 Melrose Ave. 323-962-3521 Friends of the Library Book Sale: Book and cd deals on Fri., March 1, noon to 4 p.m. Book Club: Meets T ues.,

March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Call library for selection. Ongoing Baby and T oddler Storytime: Meet for songs and sto ries for kids 6 mos. to 2 years on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Pre-school Storytime: Meet for songs and stories for kids 2 to 4 years old on W ednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Computer Tutorials: Individualized instruction. Call library for appointment. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. MEMORIAL LIBRARY 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. 323-938-2732 Teen Tech Week: Make bead jewelry on March 14 at 4 p.m. Spring Astronomy: Checkout the photos and skymaps of Comet PanSTARRS on Thurs.,

A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES for all ages are offered at the John C. Fremont Library on Melrose Ave.

March 21 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Spring Festival: Egg hunts, face painting, races, stories and songs to celebrate spring on Sat., March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ongoing Friends of the Library Book Sale: Deals on books, cds and

dvds on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Night at the Movies: Screening of new or classic family friendly movies on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Toddler Story T ime: Share stores, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Babies and Books: For children ages infant to 1 year to share stores, songs and rhymes on W ednesdays at 11 a.m. Fun & Games: Meet Wednesdays at noon to play Chinese Mah Jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers and other games. Sahaja Meditation: Learn meditation on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Computer Comfort Class: Computer basics on Thurs days from 1 to 2 p.m. or go online: Knitting Circle: Meets Sat urdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga: Meets Satur days at 12:15 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring yoga mat or heavy towel. STAR: Library volunteers read children's stories aloud. Call branch for days and times. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Baby's Sleepy Storytime: For ages infant to 2 years. Arrive in your pajamas for 15 minutes of lullabies and sto ries, check out some board books and then home to bed. Thurs., March 7 from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Teen Council: Discuss books, music and movies on Thurs., March 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ongoing Citizenship classes: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No charge for class or materi als. For more information call 213-251-3411.

Library Hours

Mon., Weds. – 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tues., Thurs. – 12:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. – 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Holiday Closures: César Chávez Day, Mon., March 25.

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Learn how to save money on your videos, laptop, phone By Leslie Meredith As this year’ s Consumer Electronics Show, we heard about the $10,000 55-inch TV from LG and a 100-inch laser TV with as yet an undisclosed price. But with the hoopla over, you’ll be able to count on some good deals this coming year. Following are ways you can save money on technology. Streaming video Redbox Instant from Verizon is a soon-to-be-released streaming movie service that could be a better deal than Netflix if you stream and or der DVDs from Netflix by mail. Redbox Instant will offer un limited movie streaming along with four Redbox DVD rentals per month for $8, compared to $16 for a similar service from Netflix. At the onset, Redbox will only offer movies (no TV shows) but it will include a bigger selection of blockbuster titles than Netflix. To sign up for an invitation, you may visit the Redbox Instant web site and submit your email. HDTVs, a site that tracks prices on all sorts of electronics, has said it expects

continued price cuts on big screen LCD TVs. During the last Black Friday, the 60-inch sets saw the biggest price cuts. One reason for the discounts may be that TV manufacturers invested in 3D technology for larger sized TVs, and 3D has been largely shunned by shoppers, so manufacturers are eager to boost sales with less complex models. A 60-inch Samsung Series 6 HDTV with a 1080p resolution is avail able for $1,098 with free ship ping—a new lowest price by $100, according to DealNews. If you can settle for a smaller screen, a 50-inch LG LED backlit HDTV is available from Walmart for $648 with free shipping— the lowest price for any 50-inch HDTV, DealNews said. Finally, you don’t need to pay a premium for a so-called smart TV that offers Internet-connected apps. De spite all of the apps that come with smart TVs, people are mostly using only the streaming apps such as Netflix. You can add some smarts to your current HDTV with a $60 Roku media streaming device. Laptops Last year, Ultrabooks were all the rage, which to me, were

PC versions of Apple’ s MacBook Air laptops. Lightweight and thin with higher resolu-


tion displays than previous PC laptops, the new Intel-branded computers were just as expen-


sive as Apple’s line—no sur prise that they didn’t sell well. (Please turn to page 6)


deasy/penner&sanchez deasy/penner&partners welcomes to Hancock Park

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$1,699,000 new windows throughout. Fully occupied Stunning Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home

with performing tenants. Actual annual rent plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen Viking stove andTwo carrera marble is with $79,500. units considerably below counter tops. Sound system throughout

market. Parking 9 cars. for entertaining and relaxing.for Lushly landscaped backyard with a pool/spa and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

Trophy Spanish bungalow in the heart of Larchmont Village screaming with original character, upgraded with concern for original integrity. Special, private courtyard entry with fountain. Living room with wood beamed ceilings and fireplace. Dining/breakfast room. Renovated galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances and separate laundry room. Separate master suite overlooking the courtyard with exceptional closet space and large private master bathroom with double sink. Guest bedroom and renovated hallway bathroom. Separate bonus studio off of single car garage. Upgrades include central heat/ air. Short distance to the village where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, coffee shops and Sunday farmer’s market.

Information contained herein deemed reliable although not guaranteed. Keller Williams does not guarantee the accuracy of provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources.

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Barker estate is Showcase House of Design 2013 A Monterey Colonial estate by architect Roland E. Coate, Sr. will be highlighted at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design when it opens its doors Sun., April 21. Designed for furniture ex ecutive C. Lawrence Barker of Barker Brothers fame, the residence, built in 1941, features a two-story, 10,433 square foot home, gardens, swimming pool with spa and a pool house set on 1.79 acres. The 49th annual fundraiser will take place in Arcadia and feature work by designers who are renovating the estate and

DESIGNERS are busy remodeling the house for April opening.

grounds. The event supports music and arts programs. The tour continues through Sun., May 19. Parking and

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complimentary shuttle service is at Santa Anita Racetrack. Tickets are $35-$45. V isit

SOLD: This home located at 825 S. Orange Dr. was listed for $1,049,000.

Real Estate Sales* Single family homes

Luxury Estate

461 N. Mansfield Ave. 127 S. Citrus Ave. 550 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 825 S. Orange Dr. 633 S. Orange Dr. 4861 Edgewood Pl. 538 N. Citrus Ave. 645 N. Cherokee Ave. 985 Westchester Pl. 975 Westchester Pl.

332 N. Las Palmas Avenue $2,495,000

516 S. Hudson Ave. $4,350,000

Impressive English in prime Hancock Park. Gracious 2-story entry, step-down living room w/ wood carved fireplace. Spacious family room opens to inviting garden. 3 bdr/2 ba up. Maids room, bath & powder room.

Stately English Tudor w/extensive wood detailing. 4 bm/4 ba, 2 maids & ba. Chef’s kitchen w/adjoining breakfast area. Unfinished guest apt. over 3-car garage. Gorgeous grounds.

$1,595,000 1,499,000 1,350,000 1,049,000 879,000 819,000 799,000 749,999 640,000 639,900

Condominiums 308 N. Sycamore Ave., #506 517 S. Wilton Pl., #A 311 S. Gramercy Pl., #302 651 Wilcox Ave., #3D 845 S. Plymouth Blvd. #A 949 Manhattan Pl., #301 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #332 620 S. Gramercy Pl., #334

$999,000 688,000 595,000 459,000 436,500 390,000 339,000 249,000

*List prices for January.

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battery life. Smartphones Smartphones have become mainstream and are no lon ger marketed as a premium phone. Last year, the iPhone was made available off-contract for the first time. High-end Android phones also became available on these types of plans that can save hundreds over buying a phone on con tract. As a result of the growing popularity of these prepaid plans from providers such as Virgin Mobile, an increasing number of smartphones are available as a free option when buying a two-year contract.


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(Continued from page 5) However, this year promises to bring a slew of “basic” Ul trabooks with prices starting at $500, which would make them competitive with older , heavier models. But my favorite new laptops are the Chromebooks, made by Acer and Samsung, which must have an Internet connection to be used. Even a year ago that restriction would have put me off, but there is little I do today that doesn’t require a connection. Chromebooks are exceptionally lightweight and start at $199 for an Acer and $249 for a Samsung that weighs 2.4 pounds, is 0.7 inches thick and has a 6.5-hour

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The third annual Antiques, Objects & Art L.A. Show be gins Sat., March 9 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Rd. The two-day show features ethnographic and tribal arts, mid-century modern, 20th century industrial and Ameri -

cana. Also at the show are circus and fine art, jewelry, antique photography, vintage books and antique scientific instruments. For more information call Ted at 626-437-6275 or visit:

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Community on hand as Anderson-Munger Family YMCA construction begins Construction on the Anderson-Mung- when groundbreaking ceremonies were held 30,000-square-foot facility is expected to er Family YMCA got off to an official start at the Third St. and Oxford Ave. site. The open in 2014.

READY TO DIG. Donors, staff members and friends of the new YMCA participated in the kick-off for the new recreation facility.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts 150 acres of nature and 2,500 trees can’t be wrong. Get inside Park La Brea Apartments and you’ll discover our GARDEN & TOWER APARTMENTS and a Park Paradise right in the middle of the city.

BILL AHMANSON, with wife MAJOR DONOR Charles Karla, is co-chairman of capital Munger received recognition campaign, welcomed some 200 at the ceremony. guests to the ceremonies.

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Gated and private, Mediterranean-style 6 BR + 7.5 BA and guest quarter home in prime Hancock Park sits on nearly 8,000 S.F. of 1/2 Acre. Stunning, Sophisticated! Impressive entrance with high ceilings with natural sun light throughout the house. 10 Fireplaces, crown molding and hardwood & marble stone floors throughout. Gracious living room and dining room with many original architectural details. Gourmet kitchen with granite center prep island, also a butler pantry. Fabulous family room off sun-filled loggia overlooking stunning pool entertainment area, beautifully landscaped private grounds include a detached guest house with French doors, pool, spa, gazebo, gym room and outdoor fireplace. Call for more information.

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Learn native how-tos, celebrate state flower

LEARN TO create cozy outdoor spaces at a class on March 2.


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Discover the beauty of na tive plants, learn how to choose and care for them, and take some home from Theo dore Payne Foundation, 10450 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley. Native basics and more Award-winning horticulturist Lili Singer teaches the ba sics on gardening with California flora on Sat., March 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recommend ed for beginners, the class is a prerequisite to Payne’s threepart California Native Plant Garden Design course. Learn how to make the most with limited space when Steve Gerischer presents “The Small Native Garden: Creating Cozy Outdoor Spaces” on Sat. March 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Join local birdwatcher and avian artist Ken Gilliland for an easy morning ramble through Payne’s canyon land, where more than 50 different species can be seen. Bring bin-

oculars, a hat and water to the First Thursday Bird W alk on March 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. Learn basic skills of vegeta tive propagation, discuss various species of native plants and start them from cuttings at a hands-on session on Sat., March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will take home a flat of cuttings for their own garden. Native Plant Garden Maintenance covers watering, fer tilizing, pruning, grooming, mulching and other aspects of garden maintenance on Sat., March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cooking with natives Lili Singer will discuss how best to combine natives and edibles in the home garden, why this partnership is so re warding for both the garden er/chef and wildlife, and which plants make the best companions on Sat. March 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. “Spring Foods from the

Native Garden with Antonio Sanchez” is on Sat., March 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dishes to be sampled include native saltbush “rice” with local na tive greens, native sage pesto and tohon and native black walnut energy bars. Class in cludes a lecture and short walk around Payne grounds. Poppy festival/sale The annual Poppy Day Plant Sale and Open House celebrates our state flower and

POPPY: California state flower.

features vendors, exhibits and more on Sat., March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the web at www

Are Your Gutters and Downspouts Ready for the Rainy Season? L to R Donny, Mark, Mundo, Zeb, Simon, Pete, Bob and Bronco

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Camellia show, cherry blossom festival Celebrate the season at the Cherry Blossom Festival, see plants in a new way by taking a gardening class or a guided walk through the landscape or instill the love of nature in your child at Descanso Gar dens, 1418 Descanso Dr ., La Canada Flintridge. Plants and more Learn to identify different kinds and how to keep them in peak condition on a walk through the Camellia Garden with horticulturist W ayne Walker, Sat., March 9, 11 a.m. Welcome spring and explore the beauty of native plants in

the California Natives Garden with manager Rachel Y oung on Sat., March 16 at 2 p.m. Acquaint yourself with the many wild birds that populate the Gardens on a four -week class that meets on Sundays at 8 a.m. beginning March 17. Karen Johnson of the Audu bon Society leads the course. Binoculars required. Horticulture director Brian Sullivan will reveal the se crets behind the Center Circle meadow garden display on Tues., March 19 at 2 p.m. The event is part of “Get Dirty: A Gardening Series.”

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Cherry Blossom Festival Get a taste of Japanese cul ture and view the flowering trees during the Cherry Blos som Festival Sat., March 23 and Sun., March 24. A cherry tree and Japanese rose sale takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a walking tour of the many cherry trees at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn the traditional art of paper folding from origami master Yami Yamauchi on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purchase Bento boxes, bev erages and specialty cocktails including cherry-tinis to enjoy on the main lawn at the Camellia Lounge, open both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A woodcutter, a thief, a young woman and a samu rai meet by an ancient gate among the cherry blossoms when Caltech Players perform “Rashomon” both days from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Under the Oaks Theater. Fitness A beginning tai chi class emphasizes force rather than strength beginning T ues., March 19 at 8:30 a.m. Advanced classes for more expe rienced students begin W ed., March 20 at 8:30 a.m. Go to or call 818-949-4200.


Floral design Garden Club topic Gudrun Kimmel, named 2012 Flower Show Judge of the Year by CA Garden Clubs, Inc., will present and discuss favorite floral designs and plant material at the Los An geles Garden Club’s monthly meeting on Mon., March 11. Design categories to be presented include synergistic,

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Education fair, gardening to dog obedience classes ney will show how to identify trees, their growth habit and native country at “What T ree Is That? ” on Sat., March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. He’ll also cover care, common dis eases, insect pests and the best place to plant trees. A docent will tell visitors about the historical Santa Anita depot on tours offered Tuesdays and W ednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.


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Bertha, the former manager at Larchmont Hardware, is Koontz Housewares buyer. Come see the wonderful new items she has in stock. • A new line called “Goodby Detergent” made from recycled materials. There’s the “gentle Spaghetti Scrubber” made from peach pits. It is good for scrubbing most anything, especially items that are prone to dull or scratch with a tool that is too abrasive. The “coarse” scrubber is made from corn cobs. It is great for scrubbing metal and things like sinks and kettles. A “Heavy Duty” scrubber is made from natural alumina and is good for scrubbing concrete and brick. A stainless and granite scrubber is made from recycled plastics. How cool is that! • Another line called “Full Circle” is fully biodegradeable, made from bamboo and recycled materials. It includes items such as the “squeeze” dish sponge, the “grip” pot scrubber, the “ring” grip vegetable brush, the “slice” cleaning mitt with loofah on 1 side and absorbent bamboo on the other. Larchmont customers be sure to say “Hello.”

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Fido is more likely to come when called when you learn training tips at dog obedience classes offered through the Pasadena Humane Society . Classes begin on Mon., March 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. Register at Certified instructor Can dyce Columbus will take stu dents on a 10- to 15-minute stroll through the garden prior to an hour -long traditional Indian hatha yoga class. Evening classes are Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and T uesdays at 6 p.m. Morning classes are Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Going green Discover the latest handson activities, ready-to-use les son ideas and useful resources easily incorporated into everyday life at the L.A. Environ mental Education Fair. The event on Sat., March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes workshops, music, crafts, storytelling and environmental challenges. Guests can also pick up a free pine seedling. Learn how to grow fruits and vegetables organically , save money at the grocery store and contribute to the healthy lifestyle of your family on Sat., March 9, 12 to 4 p.m. For youngsters Children of all ages and their families can explore the Arboretum on a “Great Bug Hunt” on Sat., March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Nature, teamwork, exploration and imagination are just a few things kids ages five to 10 will find at Spring Nature Camp during two week-long sessions beginning Mondays, March 25 and April 1. Campers will examine plants and bugs with magni fying glasses as well as paint, draw and sculpt crafts of the environment. Times are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, go to www call 626-821-4623.

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Train your dog, add to your rock collection, take a yoga class and get gardening tips at the Los Angeles County Arbo retum and Botanic Garden at 301 N. Baldwin in Arcadia. The Monrovia Rock Hounds Gem and Mineral Show showcasing gems, minerals, fossils, geodes and jewelry is on Sat., March 2 and Sun., March 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plant pathologist and certified arborist Dr . Jerrold T ur-

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Admiral named sauce after concoction in Port Mahon


up together—hence the original form of mahon-aise. *** Othello was called the “Moor of Venice.” ProfessorWhat’s the ori Knowgin of “Moor? ” It-All asks Conor Bentley. The word is from the Greek and Latin Maurus—an inhabitant of Mauritania, which was the ancient name for what is now parts of Morocco and Algeria. By the Middle Ages, Europeans called all dark-skinned, Mohammedans


While making some tuna salad today I wondered what’s the origin of “mayonnaise? ” wonders Sarah Peterson. This all-purpose sauce, made of pepper, salt, oil, vin egar, egg yolks, etc., was in vented by the Duc du Riche lieu while he was admiral of the French Mediterranean Fleet during the mid-18th century. When the Duc suc ceeded in capturing the stra tegic Port Mahon on the is land of Minorca, he demanded that the natives feed him upon landing. In the absence of a prepared meal, he took what ever was brought and beat it


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*** I’ve heard that a gallows is also called a “Gregorian tree.” Does it have anything to do with all the Popes of that name? ponders Steve Cole. A good guess, but no. The gallows was so named because of Gregory Brandon and his son Richard (Young Gregory), who were the official executioners/hangmen of the British Crown from the time of James I to 1649. Their most famous victim was Charles I. Quite a trade for a father to pass down to his son, eh? *** My grandfather used to call wild geese flying overhead “Gabriel’s Hounds.” What’ s the origin? ponders T om Stratton. The cries of geese in flight is like that of a pack of hounds

Genesis Gala for animals March 23 A benefit gala for animals will be on Sat., March 23 at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 in full cry. Legend also has it that the geese are the souls of unbaptized children wander ing through the air until the Archangel Gabriel calls them to Paradise on the Day of Judgement. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your ques tions to

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2013 - 03 Real Estate Larchmont Chronicle  

Local news for Hancock Park • Windsor Square • Fremont Place • Park LaBrea • Larchmont Village • Miracle Mile