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Before Starbucks, Gilmore gas stations were a common sight in the southland.


What’s changed in Southern California, in say, the past 100 years?

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An 1863 executive order signed by President Lincoln is on view.

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Real estate Libraries, MuseuMs HoMe & Garden

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Central Library catalyzed Los Angeles preservation 40 years ago

Forty years ago, Los Angeles was a different city as far as historic preservation was concerned. The city had had a preservation ordinance to designate individual landmarks since 1962, but the ethic was not there.  The Richfield Building, Carthay Circle Theater, and the Victorian houses of Bunker Hill were all gone, mourned by some but mostly

thought to have been sacrificed for needed “progress.” Then came the threat to the Central Library downtown, and a small group of citizens had had enough. The drive to save the library served as the catalyst for the founding of the Los Angeles Conservancy, now the largest membership local preservation organization in the country with near-

ly 6,000 member households. The founders, led by Margaret Bach, (a formidable and engaging strategist whose well reasoned arguments and persuasive manner then and now are impossible to ignore) began meeting in each other’s living rooms to hammer out a sustainable approach to the challenge of saving Los Angeles’ historic resources. Making

a difference in a city the size of Los Angeles demanded more than supporting those few who wanted to save their homes for “quality of life” and personal attachment. The times demanded a bigger statement and the creation of a shared value system that reached beyond historians, design professionals and academics with an affinity for architecture. Changing hearts and minds (and pocketbooks) demanded education and courage, and the Conservancy began with education and advocacy efforts which allowed Angelenos to recognize the diverse history of the built environment and the stories of residents that that environment could tell. It began with programs and tours, shining the spotlight on the Angeleno Heights neighborhood, downtown’s rich commercial architecture, and the theaters of Broadway.  Today we almost take for granted that historic neighborhoods, adaptive reuse of downtown’s buildings and the powerful experience of seeing a vintage movie in a vintage theater are part of the extraordinary culture that is Los Angeles. Quick responses to threats became critical; “out-of-thebox” thinking was key. The library was saved through a broad coalition of civic leaders and preservationists, who collectively changed the City Hall political outlook that favored demolition of the Central Library. Funding to restore and re-imagine the building came partly through the transfer of the library property’s development rights to what is now the U.S. Bank

site across lower Fifth Street, resulting in the spectacular restoration and rehabilitation of the library and its gardens as well as the construction of what was for decades the tallest building downtown.

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Christy McAvoy The Wiltern Theater was another save, as was St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. Fires, earthquakes, and civil unrest took their toll, but the technical assistance provided by the Conservancy resulted in less demolition and more integration of historic buildings into the planning process. There were spectacular losses, as well.  The Ambassador Hotel, with its multi-layered complex history of both joyous and tragic occasions, was not to survive. Forty years of organizational history will not fit into the confines of this column.  There are many measurements of success: the membership numbers, the number of buildings saved, the laws adopted, the stories of neighborhoods told. Most importantly, the Conservancy’s mission has not changed. It continues to work through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County, and it has made it a priority to be inclusive and creative.  (Full disclosure: I was privileged (Please turn to page 8)



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FARMERS MARKET Gilmore gas station display, above. Right photo of renovated coffee store, photo courtesy Starbucks and

in the building’s renovation included cleaning up oil contamination, changing out the metal garage doors, and replacing the traditional neon with LED lighting. Starbucks also changed its signage to better complement the building’s design. Arts center, hotel and more Other project awards announced included the Free(Please turn to page 4)

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Repurposed fuel station example of preservation The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced its annual Preservation Awards recipients for 2018, recognizing outstanding achievement in preservation of Los Angeles County’s architectural heritage. One winner is very local. Gas station to fuel station Noted as a prime example of car culture by the Conservancy, the Streamline Modernestyle Gilmore service station at Willoughby and Highland in Hollywood will be presented with one of this year’s seven project awards. The now-Starbucks location was renovated as a drive-through and walkup coffee store, and it once again is serving as a “fuel” sta-

tion, providing caffeine where it once delivered gasoline. Built in 1935 as one of the Gilmore Oil Company’s “Red Lion” gas stations, the building had also been a location for several movie scenes, including in the 1991 “L.A. Story,” the same year the structure was declared a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. However, the building remained vacant for 20 more years, becoming derelict, and it was damaged when a truck ran into the building’s canopies. In 2013, Starbucks presented a plan to convert the building into one of its locations. Some of the challenges


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BEFORE. Gilmore gas station sat derelict even after it gained Historic-Cultural Monument status.

AFTER. Signage, lighting and oil contamination were among challenges to preserving and rehabbing the site. Photo courtesy Starbucks and


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hand hotel conversion of an office building in downtown Los Angeles, Silvertop in Silver Lake, Salkin House in Echo Park, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood, the Glendale Central Library, and the City of San Gabriel for updating its historic preservation and cultural resource ordinance.

The Chairman’s Award will be presented to the Hauser & Wirth building in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The 37th annual awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Wed., May 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit

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SOLD: This home at 460 S. June St. was sold in January for $3.5 million.

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Greater Wilshire to hold first ‘green Fair’ at Memorial Park planted in April 2018.

GWNC Neighborhood Purposes Grant Applications for the 20172018 GWNC Neighborhood Purposes Grant Awards are being accepted through Fri., March 23 at 5 p.m. The awards assist permanent neighborhood improvements that are cooperative ventures among community groups. The grants can be used by either 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public schools for community improvement projects. Two grants up to $1,000 each will be available. Winners will be announced Wed., April 11. Visit

ca.1705 Painting by Leonard Knyff of the Hampton Court Palace landscape.

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British royal gardens subject of Conservancy garden talk Landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan will give a talk on his role in the refurbishment of the gardens at Hampton Court and Kensington palaces in London at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway in

The Mid City West Community Council is awarding three $1,000 Neighborhood Purpose Grants this spring to local nonprofits or public schools looking to make a difference through a community improvement project. Applications will be accepted until March 5. According to board member Mehmet Berker, all applications that seek to help the local community will be considered: “The committee will be looking for the application which offers benefits to as much of the community as possible, preferably has demonstrated community support, and which also has a feasible budget and plan.” Last year, Greenway Arts Alliance was awarded a grant to help support a teaching garden at Fairfax High School. For more information and application materials, visit

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Kensington Palace Gardens.

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The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council (GWNC) is on the move this spring, read on to see what is happening. Green fair Bring the family to the park and get ideas for how to adopt a “green” life at home at the first GWNC Green Fair at 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Sat., March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is co-sponsored by Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) and the office of Councilman David Ryu. Visit green-fair. Tree planting The GWNC Sustainability Committee will team with the KYCC to plant trees in the Greater Wilshire area, and they want to hear from residents on where they would like to see more trees planted in their neighborhoods. Suggestions require the address or block where you would like to see the planting, a brief explanation of why the block needs more trees, your name and contact information, and, if possible, a photograph of the block you are nominating. Email to Tree planting recommendations are due Mon., March 25 by 5 p.m. The trees will be

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What’s changed in Southern California since the last century? Everything. Look deeply into this landscape image. You might well think it is a dreamscape of Eden, or, perhaps, a fantasia of Devon. The original was painted by an English watercolor landscape painter and illustrator, Sutton Palmer (1854-1933).

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The painting is Palmer’s painting of the verdant, gentle landscape of Glendale, California, around 1913. It is one of 32 lush, tippedin reproduction watercolors in a book called, simply, “California,” published in 1914 in New York and London. On the beautifully embossed cover of my copy, with gold and a rich orange, is the following information: Painted by – Sutton Palmer Described by – Mary Austin Few readers, even fans of Austin’s, have seen an original copy, with Palmer’s images intact. The book is Austin’s hymn to the California she found more then a century ago. She looks, she travels, she reads — and she tells her readers the stories of how she feels about the state she loves. She is the consummate quilt maker, making a whole of history, geography, climate, folklore, religion, architecture, agriculture, horticulture — and beauty. Mary Hunter Austin was born in Illinois, but came to California at 20, and soon settled in the Owens River Valley with a husband and baby. There, she found her subject and her voice — a steady, sure, almost oracular voice that ripened into an incantation-like tone praising the beauty she found around her in the Owens Valley in her first and most enduring book, “The Land of Little Rain,” published in 1903. She was 35. “These are hills, rounded, blunt, burned, squeezed up out of chaos, chrome and vermillion, painted, aspiring to the snow line ...” she writes in the first of 14 essays in “The Land of Little Rain.” She was also observing how farmers in the Valley were losing their water rights. She had a difficult, grieffilled life, and she was a meticulous, focused writer, devoted to the precise word. Puzzling and worrying over a sentence, she paced her desert haunts, awaiting clarity. But the marriage was a failure, and the beautiful daughter was profoundly disabled. Austin would leave them both in 1906, armed with the success of “Little Rain,” to find her place under the literary sun.

“California” is divided into eight sections. In “Mothering Mountains,” the section on Southern California, she refers to the “Sierra Madre,” which we know as the San Gabriel Mountains. (Both names were used interchangeably until 1927, when the U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided that San Gabriel Mountains was to be the correct reference.) This is a beautiful book in all ways. “Sometimes the mere mechanics of the land, the pull of the wind up the narrow gorges as you pass, advises the open mind of the power and immensity residing in the thinly forested bulks,” she writes of the San Gabriels. Her sweeping, lyrical voice may seem to some a relic from the 18th century. Her work lay forgotten for a half-century after her death, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. But then a new generation of readers

VERDANT, lush landscape of Glendale, circa 1913, by Sutton Palmer.

and writers praised her environmental prescience, multiculturalism, and eco-feminism. Edward Abbey found her work a wonder; so does Terry Tempest Williams, the writer and environmental activist, who keeps a photo of Austin above her desk. But before she was labeled as any of these things, Austin’s keen senses, swift mind, deep sensibilities, compassion, and lyricism stood her

in good stead as she looked around her at the land that was California near the turn of the 20th century. ( B i b l i o - THE BOOK, “California,” tells of the land Mary g r a p h i c a l Austin found a century ago. note: The book, with an added subtitle, the public domain. Some edihas been reprinted a few times tions are labeled, incorrectly, since 2010, as befits a book in as fiction.)

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to be president of the organization, and Chronicle editor John Welborne has been a leading proponent both of the organization and of saving the Central Library.) Hundreds of community leaders have served on the board, and thousands of volunteers have given their time in committees, the docent program and outreach. For this kind of longevity and reach, it takes a village. Furthermore, they had fun doing

it! These are talented people, who are extraordinarily fun to be around, led for the last 25 years by the intrepid Linda Dishman, whose personal commitment to preservation is unrivaled. Linda says, “I truly love working to save historic buildings and neighborhoods, and coming to the Los Angeles Conservancy was a new way of doing that work.  I had worked in government doing preservation but always with the constraints of a regulatory agency.   “Approaching  preservation as an advocate opened up a

whole new world of working with people to identify historic resources and develop ways to save them. There is an assumption that our work is about buildings, but really our focus is on people and why buildings matter.” There will be more on the Conservancy in this newspaper in the coming months, but for now we need to say thank you to an organization that changed the consciousness and the landscape of Los Angeles. All involved will tell you that the work is by no means over; the need for pro-

grams, research, policy preparation and advocacy continues to grow. But preservation is part of the conversation now, and many of you have been a consistent part of it. Dishman states, “Our goal is to build a preservation ethic that is pervasive and compelling so that people understand the role historic places play in creating meaning for our lives.” Share your favorite Los Angeles Conservancy story with me, and raise a glass to your involvement and to the last four decades of welldeserved achievements!

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Steel for dozen new townhouses in place on Van Ness Avenue

Very visible from surrounding streets is the steel superstructure being erected at 610 S. Van Ness Ave. for the 12 new townhouses being built by BBC Van Ness, LLC developer Michael Winter. The subject of challenges from its next-door neighbor throughout the last year, the project is now underway because of a settlement of that dispute. Developer Winter says he expects to have the new townhouses ready for sale by the end of this year. Winter has completed other local projects, and he designed this project to comply with the restrictions of the Park Mile Specific Plan. After several consultations and a formal review last year, the overseeing Park Mile Design Review Board and the city approved the project. With a design by architect Cayley Lambur and her colleagues at Venice-based architecture firm Electric Bowery, each of the dozen units features three bedrooms plus a den and four bathrooms. Eleven of the units will have attached twocar garages (with the other “restricted affordable unit” having two adjacent surface spaces).

STRUCTURAL STEEL is visible on Van Ness Ave. between Wilshire and Sixth. The columns outline the units’ general shape.

MODERN TOWNHOUSES on Van Ness Ave. will face each other and have courtyard pedestrian entries.

Los Angeles Marathon to run from ‘Stadium to Sea’ o o o

Komen Race for Cure March 10

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Los Angeles Marathon March 19 The Los Angeles “Stadium to the Sea” Marathon will take place Sun., March 19 beginning at Dodger Stadium. Some 24,000 participants from all 50 states and 63 countries are expected to participate. The course showcases area landmarks, including Los Angeles City Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Santa Monica Pier.

Named the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, the run is the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and among the top 10 worldwide. Complimentary shuttles will run from Union Station and Santa Monica City Hall. The entry fee is $190. For more information, visit

The Susan G. Komen’s Los Angeles County Race for the Cure, which includes views of the downtown skyline, is Sat., March 10 at Dodger Stadium. Opening ceremonies start at 8 a.m., and the event continues until noon. The 5K, 3.1-mile run will include a Kids Zone and Whole Health Pavilion. Samantha Harris, 2017 Survivor of the Year, will serve as ambassador. The 21st annual event also has a one-mile route, and registrants can walk or run in either race. Visit race or call 310-575-3011.

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‘Run to remember’ set for April 8 Pay tribute to first responders who died on duty by signing up for the Run to Remember Sun., April 8, beginning at 7 a.m. The race, which goes from The Grove near Fairfax and Third to Paramount Studios (for the 10K) and Barnsdall Park (for the half marathon) and back, raises funds to serve families of those first responders who died on duty. It also raises funds to help future first responders through a number of partner charities, such as the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation. For more information, visit


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Fitzgerald, women composers, magic and books on calendar Caterpillar,” illustrated by Eric Carle, Mon., March 19, 4 to 5 p.m. Adults Origami: Kids to seniors can learn the art of Japanese paper folding Thurs., March 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Needle arts: Knitters, crocheters, quilters, and all needle

arts practitioners are invited Fri., March 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m. French conversation: Practice French with a native speaker Thurs., March 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Hear the story of Fitzgerald’s life as he might have told it himself Sat., March 31, 2 to 3 p.m.

WILSHIRE LIBRARY Children Baby’s sleepy story time: For infants up to two years old Mondays, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Preschool story time: Thursdays, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Teens: Cookies and comics: Teens to adults can discuss graphic novels over snacks Tues., March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Adults Women composers: Discuss women composers from medieval times to the present Sat., March 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Transportation class: Learn how to use the Dash bus Wed., March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Mobile devices class: Learn how to download books and audiobooks from the library to your mobile device Wed., March 28, 4 p.m. Adult literacy: Drop in Saturdays 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Citizenship classes: Saturdays at 10 a.m. FAIRFAX LIBRARY Children Bark: Kids read to a therapy dog Thurs., March 1 and 15 at 4 p.m.

Star story times: Mon., March 5 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Baby story time: Wed., March 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teens Teen Council: Tues., March 6 at 4 Student Smart: AP English class Sat., March 10, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Crafternoon: Tues., March 13, 4 p.m. After school snacks: Learn how to make healthy snacks Tues., March 20 at 4 p.m. Adults Quilters guild: Bring a project to work on, all levels welcome, Sat., March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book club: Tues., March 6 at 10:30 a.m. Art of meditation: Sat., March 10 and 24, 3 to 4 p.m. yiddish theater and dance: Modern dancer Karen Goodman will give a multi-media presentation on Benjamin Zemach Mon., March 12, 4 to 5p.m. Friends of the Fairfax library: Meets Tues., March 13 at 11 a.m. MS support group: Thurs., March 15 at 6 p.m. Medi-Cal and CalFresh: Get sign-up help Mon., March 19, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Transit TAP card: Load or purchase a TAP card Fri., March 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Book sales: Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. English conversation: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. MEMORIAL LIBRARY Children Magic show: Tues., March 3, at 11 a.m. Cuentame: Bilingual craft and story time Sat., March 17, 11 a.m.

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Social justice story time: Thurs., March 22, 4 p.m. Toddler story time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Teens Teens only: Mondays March 5, 12 and 19 at 4 p.m. Adults Book club: Fri., March 2 at 1 p.m. Big Read hand out: Get a copy of this year's “Big Read” book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Fri., March 2, 1 p.m. Medi-Cal and CalFresh: Get sign-up help Mon., March 5, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Author talk: Elva Green on “Eddie Green: The Rise of an early 1900s Black American Entertainment Pioneer,” Wed., March 7 at 4 p.m. Fun and games: Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. Chess club: All ages welcome Fridays at 3 p.m. Knitting circle: Come spin a yarn Saturdays at 10 a.m.


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Hinduism, Judaism at St. John’s Cathedral

Hear discussions on “Mother Religions” Hinduism and Judaism, two of the oldest existing religions in the world, at St. John’s Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Sat., March 10, 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Guibord Center, the event is free, but registration is required. Visit

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New partners share works of American West The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Autry Museum of the American West recently announced a partnership between the two museums. Michael Govan, LACMA CEO, and W. Richard West, Jr., president and CEO of the Autry, met before a large audience Jan. 9 in LACMA’s Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., to discuss their evolving and collaborative approach for their museums in the 21st century. Under the partnership, the organizations can share collections, including photography, paintings and other art of the American West, as well as of Mexico and Latin America. The partnership allows both museums to expand their content through joint programs, exhibitions, publications and more, Govan and West said. The exhibit, “Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale,” continues at the Autry Museum through March 25. The Autry is at 4700 Western Heritage Way.

IN JANUARY, Michael Govan, right, the CEO and director at LACMA, interviewed W. Richard West, president and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West, at LACMA’s Bing Theater concerning a new partnership between the two museums.

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Wilshire Library gains from WSHPHS Proceeds from the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society home tour will contribute to the landscaping at Wilshire Library, 149 S. St. Andrews Place. Ruth Silvia, president of Friends of Wilshire Library, said the funds will be used for improvements to the library’s courtyard. Jennifer Noble, branch librarian, added that the courtyard contains a vegetable garden tended by patrons. She has some projects for teenagers involving the garden as well. Richard Battaglia was chairman of the Historical Society tour of Craftsman houses in the 200 south block of St. Andrews Place in September. Beate McDermott headed the docents, Suz Landay provided refreshments, and Jane Gilman was vice-chairman. Wilshire Library, a neigh-

FRIENDS OF WILSHIRE LIBRARY President Ruth Silvia (seated, left), with (back row, left to right) Suz Landay, Jennifer Noble, Beate McDermott and Jane Gilman (seated, right).

borhood fixture since 1927, is seeking more funds from the community for needed upgrades, librarian Noble said.

Project Angel Food (Continued from page 12)

By the time Project Angel Food had moved to Sunset Boulevard and Vine (it’s now at Barton and Vine), it had expanded its kitchen to meet stricter health standards and to become more streamlined and professional.

“Like just about everyone else, I have to work for a living, and it’s my privilege to have as my work something that’s philanthropic, that I know at the end of the day makes a difference,” said Macauley. Since its inception Project Angel Food has provided more than 11 million meals.

UC-certified Master Gardener classes Beginning gardeners can learn the basics of growing their own vegetables from a University of California-certified Master Gardener this spring with Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative classes. The series is held at community sites including the Natural History Museum campus and Greystone Mansion. Visit and click on UC Master Gardening.



Musical among Ebell programs marking Women’s History Month

What do an opera singer, unsung heroines and a playwright have in common? They will be featured at three different programs at The Ebell of Los Angeles during Women’s History Month in March. Sylvia Boyd will present a musical history of opera singer Marian Anderson’s life at a program Mon., March 5 beginning with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. Anderson was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in 1955, and she also was the first to perform at the White House. Ticket cost is $30 for members; $35 for non-members. Little known female powerhouses will be saluted at “Look What She Did,” a program on Wed., March 21 at 6:30 p.m., highlighting the accomplishments of five women. Ebell members will describe the achievements of women ranging from an Egyptian queen to an Ebell founder. Tickets are $10. Playwright Jennifer Maisel’s “The Last Seder” will be performed on Sun., March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. followed by a light supper. The play reading, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, tells the story of a dysfunctional family celebrating Pass-

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Spring concerts at All Saints’

The All Saints’ Choir and Orchestra performs Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Messe Basse” at All Saints’ Church, 504 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, Fri., March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 students and seniors. As a prelude to Holy Week, the All Saints’ Choir will sing a special choral Eucharist, featuring the music of Francisco Guerrero and Orlande de Lassus, Fri., March 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


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Don’t make a weak preemptive opening bid in fourth seat There is no reason to preempt (open with a weak 2 or 3) in fourth seat. The purpose of a preempt is to keep opponents out of the bidding or to keep them from finding a contract. If you are in fourth seat and everyone has passed, you know that since neither opponent has an opening hand, the most they can have between them is around 22 High Card Points (HCP) or less and probably don't have a game. So if you have a weak hand with a good six-card suit in fourth seat and you open the

bidding, there’s a good likelihood that between them your opponents have more points than you and your partner. If you open with a weak bid and they then enter the bidding, you have allowed them to find a part score they could make. As a result, there's no reason to open the bidding with a sub-opening hand in fourth seat. To do so just invites opponents to search for a part score contract they can make. If you don’t have enough HCP to make an opening 1 bid in fourth seat, pass. As a result of this, a two lev-


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Grand Slam el opening bid in fourth seat is available for a descriptive bid other than a weak two, if you have an opening hand. I use it to show 12+ HCP with a six card suit. So if I have 12+  HCP with a five card or less suit, I just open at the one level. But if I have a six-card suit with an opening hand or better, I open at the two level. This has two positive effects: 1. It more  specifically describes your hand to partner and allows you to proceed bidding without having to rebid your suit to show six cards; and 2. It hinders opponents from entering the bidding to find any contract they might have because the level is too high to start exploratory bidding when they know you have an opening hand or better. With that as a preamble, here's a hand we held recently:

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Bidding: South West North East P P P! 2D P 2H P 3C P 3N P P P My partner played our system and opened 2D, although it's puzzling why North did not preempt with 2 spades in third seat. There is a feeling that you should not preempt if you have an outside fourcard major. But in this situation, North, in third seat, must preempt with 2 spades, holding six spades and three of the top five honors. He should forget his four little hearts, especially in third seat. If North preempts with 2S, it would make our finding 3 no trump (3N) extremely difficult, if not impossible. But when your opponents make a mistake, take advantage of it, and we did. I felt my partner probably had a pretty good hand, 15-16 HCP; I had no reason for that other than instinct. I did know that she had an opening hand

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with six diamonds, so I immediately thought we had a shot at 3N since I had three diamonds to an honor. My heart bid showed a good five-card suit. Since I already knew she had at least six diamonds, she was free to bid 3 clubs to show a club stopper. That's all I wanted to know. When she had my unstopped suit, and I had a spade stopper, I bid 3N, expecting a spade lead into my king doubleton. You can see that if North leads a heart, South takes the ace; and if she shifts to the queen of spades through my doubleton king, they can defeat the contract, taking one heart and six spades before I can get in. But, as anticipated, I got the opening lead of the jack of spades (the unbid suit and the standard lead given North’s spade holding), and we took 11 tricks (one spade, eight diamonds, and two clubs) off the top. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

Stay home and read a book: ball on March 4

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This tradition protects a new bride from bad spirits ProfessorKnowIt-All Bill Bentley

bride, then, was lifted into the house because she was a stranger or taboo. It was only after she had actually entered the house and had been sneaked past the bad spirits lurking at the doorsill that the potential curse was considered exorcised. • • • Why is something sold “lock, stock, and barrel”?

Spring comes to Descanso gardens Tours, music and art workshops can help you enjoy the spring blooms and cherry blossoms at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge Learn origami, the art of Japanese paper folding Sat., March 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, is Sat., March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hear jazz ukulele by the Abe

Egg-ceptional egg hunt at Arboretum

Kids 10 years old and younger can grab a basket and hunt for Easter eggs at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Sat., March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Craft activities, refreshments and prizes will also be included. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit

Lagrimas, Jr. Trio under the cherry blossoms Sat., March 24 and Sun., March 25 at 11 a.m. Guided walking tours of the blooms in the gardens are Saturdays and Sundays through Sun., April 29 at 11 a.m. Visit

Children’s classes at Huntington

Kids ages seven and up can learn about making books, flower arranging and Chinese brush painting at workshops at Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. How to make books and printmaking is Sat., March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creating a St. Patrick’s Day flower arrangement is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Chinese brush painting is Sat., March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit

asks Lee Stone. Modern rifles or shotguns all have a barrel and a stock. In old flintlock rifles, however, the firing mechanism that received the strike of the flint was called a lock (it actually does resemble a door lock). Lock, stock and barrel, then, means the whole works — or, if you prefer — the whole shooting match. • • • Why is a sissy “nambypamby”? queries Todd Harris. The original Namby (which is English baby talk for Ambrose) was in fact one Ambrose Phillips, 16711749, a very minor poet, whose overly flowery verses were so dipped in sugary sentiment that Harry Carey, an equally obscure critic and playwright, satirized them as namby-pamby. It proved to be more lasting than anything either wrote. • • • How come a triangle of hair in the middle of one’s forehead is called a “widow’s peak”? ponders Pam McNally. There is an ancient superstition that women with such a hairline were marked for early widowhood and were therefore not to be sought as wives. This later manifested itself in caps with a downturned projection over the forehead that became mandatory for widows in mourning and in the headdresses of some nuns, who were traditionally the brides/widows of Christ. Professor Know-It-All is the nom de plume of Bill Bentley, who invites readers to try and stump him. Send your questions to

View Emancipation Proclamation at NHM

The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., is displaying its 1864 commemorative lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation — one of only two prints signed by Abraham Lincoln in museum collections on the West Coast. The rarely seen artifact from the museum’s Seaver Center for Western History collection will be on view through Fri., March 30. Late in 1862, Pres. Abraham Lincoln warned the Confederate states to cease the rebellion by January 1 or all slaves would be freed. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 as the country entered

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