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Documentary chronicles Ambassador Hotel.

Mosaics and statues on Temple façade tell of Masonic ideals.

Summer bounty is at Larchmont Farmers' Market.

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Real Estate Museums Home & Garden

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Dancing, music, art at Summer Nights in Chinatown Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights takes place on Sat., Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Chinatown Business Improvement District event features KCRW DJs who will spin dance music. In addi-

tion, L.A. Weekly will present a fresh crop of bands performing live. Culinary offerings include Iron Chef-style cooking competitions, Chinese and Asian cuisine, microbrews at an outdoor craft beer garden and gourmet food trucks.

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Architecture, history told in new book on Miracle Mile Take a walk back in time to the 20th century and before in “Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, History and Architecture.” The Mile’s origins on Wilshire Blvd. are tied to the boom in auto travel and real estate, says author Ruth Wallach, head of the USC‘s Architecture and Fine Art Gallery. No longer home to the May Co., Silverwood’s and Desmond’s department stores, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco still decorate the architecture, and Museum Row and the La Brea Tar Pits line the boulevard. Roughly between Sycamore and Fairfax avenues, the Mile is nearing a century since land developer A.W. Ross and his partners paid $54,000 for 18 acres of a dirt road that would become the extension of Wilshire west of La Brea Ave. The 128-page paperback begins earlier, covering Rancho La Brea, a land grant of approximately 4,440 acres. Henry Hancock and his brother John bought much of the land in 1870 at $2.50 an acre; it was considered worthless at the time because it was not well suited for farming. When Henry died in 1883, his widow Ida began selling and leasing the land to make ends meet; 20 years later oil was discovered on the Hancock property. Around 1903 Arthur Gilmore, a dairy farmer, also struck oil while drilling for water on his farm. The Gilmore Oil Co. would own 256 acres around Fairfax Ave. and Third St. Arthur’s son Earl opened a farmers’ market in 1934 for locals to sell their milk and produce. He also built a racetrack for midget car races at Fairfax and Beverly Blvd. with an 18,000seat stadium. It was also home to the Bulldogs, the first pro football team in L.A. Historic revival The author also covers Wilshire Blvd. history east of Miracle Mile, including Larch-

mont, Hancock Park, Windsor Square and Wilshire Park. In the 1910s and 20s several residential subdivisions were laid on the eastern edges of Rancho La Brea near Wilshire Boulevard—planned by Henry Gaylord Wilshire as a residential avenue bordered by grand mansions surrounded by parklike landscaping. Many of the homes, such as those in Windsor Square, were designed by prominent architects and builders in historic revival styles. These included Spanish Colonial, Tudor and Mediterranean. Some of the earlier subdivisions such as Wilshire Park featured Craftman Bungalows. Although autos were beginning to shape the city, Wind-

HOME development in Hancock Park, Windsor Square are included in the paperback.

sor Square was advertised as being served by the Melrose Avenue electric car line. To boost interest in areas to the east, the Western Construction Co. built an adobestyle demonstration home at 201 Larchmont Blvd. Opened in 1921, 48,000 people came to see it, marveling at its modern electrical devices. In 1919 George Allan Hancock, Ida’s son, leased some of the land to the Wilshire Country Club, which became the center of another exclusive neighborhood: Hancock Park. (Please turn to page 6)

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MAY COMPANY department store photographed on opening day, September 9, 1939. Courtesy of the Examiner.

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sador Hotel and Lou Ehlers Cadillac are under Lost Issues, while a click away are Cinerama Dome and Vibiana cathedral, both “saved.” A map shows Conservancy preservation issues, the scope of its work and resources listing a directory of preservation professionals and a guide

SITE OF AN ADOBE RANCH, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—opened in 1965 in Miracle Mile—is listed on Historic Places and the Watch List. Postcard shows era 1968.


to historic places available to rent for special events. Funding for the general website redevelopment project was provided through grants from the Ahmanson Foundation and the Donaldson Charitable Trust. “These grants enabled the Conservancy to undertake a truly transformative

project that will advance our mission for years to come,” said Dishman. The website also introduces an updated logo that will roll out over the next year. It features an updated, abstracted version of the capital that has served as the Conservancy’s logo since 1982.

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ST. VIBIANA Cathedral is listed under “Saved.”

New website looks ahead and back at Historic Places The L.A. Conservancy’s new website is down-home user friendly and chalk full of upto-date technology with background on some 400 historic places and counting. In blue and gold highlights, gives the latest information on U.S. Senate Bills to plans to build an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the former May Company building at LACMA. Besides the list of historic places, a map of more than 300 modern sites can be searched by keyword or filtered by architect, style, decade, property type and more. “This is just the beginning,” said Linda Dishman, the Conservancy’s executive director. “We focused on launching with great content, of course, but also on creating a strong technical foundation that we can continue to build on. It

will only get better over time.” Feedback from more than 1,300 people who completed a website-user survey was compiled to create the mobile-optimized design. Click on “Unleash Your Inner Preservationist” for suggestions on giving tours to donating photographs. Take a virtual tour of San Fernando Valley and its Ranch-house neighborhoods, there is a DIY kid-friendly guide to City Hall and several docent-led walking tours, from one exploring Art Deco to Downtown Renaissance. There are curated guides to historic places and information about upcoming events, from an Instagram contest to panel discussions and the myriad of walking tours. A Watch List includes sites being considered for development, such as LACMA and Union Station. The Ambas-

Energy Service Corps queries riders Energy Service Corps interns queried bike riders on their energy efficiency before they started pedaling on a Councilman Tom LaBonge-led bike ride recently. A joint project with California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) and AmeriCorps, attendees were asked to gauge how they were conserving energy. The interns also provided the group with tips on how to save up to 40 percent on their monthly energy bills. For information about the group’s free assessment program, go to

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Free family movies screen in Grand Park in August Downtown’s Grand Park will project family-friendly movie favorites on a large screen on Saturdays at sundown through the remainder of the summer. Visitors can enjoy interactive games based on movie themes plus giveaways, music

and special guest appearances. Food trucks will be on-site. The event, screened on Grand Park's Event Lawn in front of City Hall, opens at 5:30 p.m. with music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Movies include: “The Sandlot” on Aug. 3, “Back to the Future,” Aug.

10, “Troop Beverly Hills,” Aug. 17, “Sleepless in Seattle,” Aug. 24 and “The NeverEnding Story,” Aug. 31. September movies will be on the Performance Lawn between Grand Ave. and Hill St. Visit or call 213-972-8080.

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Scottish Rite marks 50+ years in Windsor Square The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple is the world’s most outstanding example of a building that fully expresses the ideals and the history of the Masons, Chronicle historian H.M. Kurtzworth wrote in a column published in the 1970s. Eight marble statues carved from Italian marble that grace the façade of the building include an Egyptian pharaoh, St. John the Baptist, Sir Christopher Wren and President George Washington. A superior court judge provided the ideas and artist Mil-

lard Sheets designed the $14 million temple. The 90,000 square foot building on two acres faces Wilshire Blvd., between Plymouth and Lucerne boulevards. It was dedicated on Veterans Day 1961. After closing in 1994 because of high operating costs and dwindling membership, it re-opened for concerts and other large-scale events held at the site’s 1,875-seat concert hall. The four-story building also has a ballroom on the top floor, four elevators and 260

parking spaces Members of the Windsor Square Association complained about parking, noise and trash problems, and the city enforced zoning regulations which allowed only events to be “related to a Masonic theme.” It was recently sold for $8 million to Maurice and Paul Maricano Art Foundation. Founders of the Guess clothing line, they plan a private art museum at the site. Wilshire entrance The Freemasonry or Masons are the oldest and larg-

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est worldwide fraternity. Famous members include Henry Ford, Presidents Franklin D. and Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain, according to NAI Capital, a real estate company which listed the property. Above the Wilshire entrance, in a mosaic two-stories high, is inscribed Mason’s objectives of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Devotion… “as outlined in the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address,” says historian Kurtzworth. Lucerne A mosaic on the Lucerne entrance depicts Masonic tools and symbols and ideals of Faith, Hope and Charity. The marble statues feature Pharoah Zoster (who died in 2900 B.C.) and his architect Imhoteph; they built the two oldest existing monuments in Egypt; the architect of Solomon’s Temple, the patron saints of Masonry—St. John the Evangelist and St. John the Baptist—and Gothic architects of France. Wren is depicted with St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and President Washington is laying the cornerstone of the Capitol in 1793. The Los Angeles chapter was founded in 1886 and centered in a temple downtown. When membership surpassed 9,000, the new site at Wilshire and Plymouth was built in 1961. The first Masonic Lodge in America was founded in Boston in 1733. Civil War general Albert Pike, who later became a lawyer, is credited with its development from 1859 to 1892. (He also published poetry and wrote a version of the song “Dixie.”) Plymouth wall Pike’s statue on the Plymouth wall shows the Washington, D.C. temple behind him. Masonic history is told in a four-story mosaic that

Hop aboard the Queen Mary for Art Deco Festival

Cruise through the Art Deco Festival aboard the Queen Mary for a long weekend getaway from Fri., Aug. 30 to Mon., Sept. 2. The weekend will feature tours of the former ocean liner, a welcome reception, lectures, an Art Deco bazaar, grand ball and tea dance. The ninth annual event is sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA). Other activities include a movie and martini bar under the stars, vintage auto display and a pajama party. For more information, visit or call 562499-1771.

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DETAIL of one of the murals on the building.

includes King Solomon in Jerusalem, Emperor Cyrus in Babylon, the Crusaders, Reims Cathedral and Garabaldi, a cofounding father of Italy. Other statues on the Plymouth façade is Edward VII with the changing guard in London, and Johnathan Stevenson, California’s first Grand Master in Sacramento.

NEW BOOK ON MIRACLE MILE (Continued from page 2)

South of Wilshire Blvd., the first mansion at Fremont Place was built by architect John C. Austin. The fashionable parklike, 47-acre subdivision included 48 original lots. Larchmont Village was patterned after a New York City suburb with a commercial main street. Several notable churches and the Wilshire Ebell Theater and Club were built, which today are among city Historic Culutral Monuments. Marlborough, Los Angeles High and John Burroughs schools also opened in the early part of the 20th century. Modern architecture The remaining 176 acres of Rancho La Brea lay claim to Park La Brea, a 4,400unit apartment development opened in 1950. Modern architecture and PostWar development is featured in chapter three, and historic locations and buildings are in the book’s final chapter. These include the El Rey Theatre, designed with Zigzag Moderne and Art Deco styles, in 1936, and the Carnation Co. headquarters designed by Stiles and Robert Clements in 1949. Petersen Automotive Museum is located in a building designed by Welton Becket in 1962 for Seibu, a Japanese department store. The History Press publication is available at

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Autry exhibit inaugurates Gamble Firearms Gallery

Silent ‘Wizard’ screens Aug. 3 The final in a series of silent and classic movies—"The Wizard of Oz”—will screen under the stars at the Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., on Sat., Aug. 3. The 1925 silent film version is a major departure from the book and also the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. The main plot difference is that the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are not actually characters, but disguises worn by three farmhands who were blown away into the Land of Oz by a tornado. Free for Museum members; non-members $10, $5 children 12 and under. Gates open 7:30

p.m. for picnics; show starts at 8 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets. Visit, call 323-225-2700.

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Auto Swap Meet at Petersen Aug. 3 Looking for a hard-to-find car part or something to surprise the car enthusiast in your life? Then look no further, the fifth annual Petersen Automotive Swap Meet is on Sat., Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Admission $12; $8 seniors, $5 students, $3 children 5 to 12. Members, active military and children under five free.

firearms and accessories, it also features historical documents, artworks and cultural artifacts from the Autry’s collection. Many of the firearms on display were owned by historical figures such as Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Major General George G. Meade, saddle maker Edward H. Bohlin, E.K. Root of the Colt Çompany and musician Jimmie Rodgers. Steve McQueen’s Mare’s Laig from “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” as well as Annie Oakley’s gold

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EARLIER 1925 version of “Wizard of Oz” was a silent film.

“Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction” marks the opening of the Autry’s new Gamble Firearms Gallery and celebrates the gift of the George Gamble Collection featuring a collection of Western firearms and related materials. The exhibition explores the roles guns have played in the history of the West, from the opening of the frontier in the late 18th century through television Westerns in the middle of the 20th century. Showcasing rare and notable


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1203 n. Sweetzer #312, $472,500 Stunning Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home West plusHollywood den/media room. Chef’s kitchen Large remodeled top with light Viking and stove bright and carrera marble floor, west facing corner 1BD/1BA concounter tops. Sound system throughout do. for Gorgeous dark distressed hardwood entertaining and relaxing. Lushly flooring. Updated kitchen. Open floor landscaped backyard with a pool/spa plan. Small private balcony.

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Museum Row

Speak 'Manga,' Steichen's Talk of the Town, back-to-school events JAPAN FOUNDATION— "Japanese Through Manga: Sounds, Patterns, Language in Context" language class is Sat., Aug. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to speak with anime comic books. Class is $10, 18 years and older. • "Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques" with the Craft and Folk Art Museum features 90 works. Free at both locations, which are within walking distance. Ends Aug. 21. 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 323-761-7510. www.jflalc. org. CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM—The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble performs Sounds of Summer concert on Sun., Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. Free. RSVP. • "Braids, Coils and Curls," a

EVOLVING role of Iranian women captured in new photo exhibit at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

free family drop-in workshop is Sun., Aug. 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $7 adults, $5 children; members free. • "This is Not a Silent (Poetry) Workshop" is Sun., Aug. 18, 1 to 4 p.m. $30/$20 members.

• "Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques" in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Ends Aug. 21. • "This is Not a Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska

CLASSICAL Korean music is performed Fri., Aug. 9

Native Artists" exhibit ends Sept. 8. • "Sonya Clark: Material Reflex." Fiber artist works with African, African/American hair. Exhibit ends Sept. 8. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., 323937-4230;, work-

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and double hung. Significant interior features include a fireplace decorated with foliate frieze, wood moldings, built-in cabinetry and original hardwood floors. Named after the first owner of record, by the 1916s new owners had moved in. The home was in the residential subdivision of Ridgewood Park, developed by John


L. Plummer, whose family had previously used the land as a vegetable garden and chicken ranch to provide food for their restaurant in downtown’s historic plaza. Designed as an upper middle class suburb, Wilton’s large, well-designed homes attracted many upper middle class residents, often mentioned in the society pages of

the “Los Angeles Times” during the 1910s and 1920s. The Craftsman style grew out of the English Arts and Crafts Movement. The Emma Wood House is listed as HCM #1032. Other buildings to make the honor were the Union Bank and Trust, 760 S. Hill St., and the Stowell Hotel, 416 S. Spring St.


JOINING the ranks of city Historic-Cultural Monuments is the Emma Wood House.

Site of prized Craftsman was once a farm, chicken ranch The “Emma Wood House” at 245 S. Wilton Pl. is among 11 locations that were recently designated Historic-Cultural Monuments by the city Cultural Heritage Commission and City Council. Located in the Wilton Place National Register District, the single-family residence built in 1912 combines Craftsman and Classical style architecture. “Of particular note is the full-width pergola supported by Classical-style columns on the main facade,” according to

the city Office of Historic Resources. The house was designed on a 10,000 square foot lot by architect Thomas Franklin Power, credited with many ecclesiastical, institutional and parochial buildings in Southern California. The two-story residence has a side-gabled roof and front entry topped by a gently arched overhang. The second story extends over a porte-cochere. Windows are fixed pane with leaded glass transoms

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Ambassador Hotel story told in unfinished documentary, ‘After 68’ By Suzan Filipek The glamour, the music and the history of a famed building come to life in “After68: The Rise and Fall of the Ambassador Hotel.” Filming of the documentary began during the demolition of the hotel in 2005, and includes interviews with celebrities and guests during its illustrious past and 15-year struggle to be saved. A campaign to raise funds to finish the feature-length documentary is underway by director and producer Camilo Silva. Described as “a gripping exposé on the dynamic history and controversial demolition of the Ambassador,” the

WHEN IT OPENED it was the “crown jewel of Wilshire Blvd.”

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the Ambassador was a favorite of celebrities, royalty, dignitaries and every U.S. President from Hoover to Nixon. Einstein, Churchill, Amelia Earhart, Lindbergh and Sinatra walked its palm-lined walkways. Marilyn Monroe signed her first modeling contract here. The legendary Cocoanut Grove nightclub featured Louis Armstrong to Roy Orbison and helped launch the careers of stars such as Joan Crawford and Barbra Streisand. Six Academy Awards presentations were held at the Ambassador, including the first ceremony where the Oscar statuette was presented. In 1968 its fate took a dark turn; Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the site. The hotel began its demise, finally closing its doors in 1989. Developer Donald Trump planned a high-rise on the property, until the Los Angeles Unified School Board entered the scene and threatened to demolish the building. The Los Angeles Conservancy and a coalition of 70 organizations tried to save it as a historic site for thousands of students set to attend the new school. After a lengthy and costly legal battle, the school board voted to demolish the hotel. At just under $600 million, the new campus, titled the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, was the most expensive built in U.S. history, almost double initial estimates

to preserve the site and turn it into a school, Silva said. Using first-hand accounts, “After 68” will demonstrate how the Ambassador Hotel’s rich history ultimately placed it between opposing cultural divides: a pawn in the power struggle between those who saw the importance of preserving our past as a means to define our future, and those who were willing to destroy it, Silva said. For more information and to pledge support visit www.

'Urban Hikes' through Forgotten L.A. Aug. 4, 11 Take a closer look at Los Angeles with Urban Hikes: Forgotten L.A. on Sundays. Explore Atwater Village (which Disneyland’s California Adventure entrance was modeled after) on Aug 4. Visit Glassell Park Aug. 11, home to the trade route between Verdugo Rancho and the fledging Pueblo of Los Angles. Beginning at 11 a.m. guide Mike the PoeT, aka native Mike Sonksen, highlights the area’s historical, cultural and architectural features. Sponsored by A+D Museum, tours run about 60 to 90 minutes long. Tickets are $60; $30 members and $15 students. Visit, or call 323-932-9393.

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Concerts, tours and classes on pruning and succulents Sat., Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other speakers include Root Gorelick of Carleton University, Ottowa, and Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Garden. An optional dinner is $25. Register at 626-405-3504. Family movie night An outdoor screening of Walt Disney’s 1998 animated classic, “Mulan,” is on Sat., Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket and kick back on the lawn for an evening of family fun. Refreshments and pre-show entertainment featuring lion dancers are included with the ticket price of $15. Children age 2 and under are free. Go to brownpapertickets. com or call 800-838-3006.

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Hear chamber music, tour tropical nurseries and catch an outdoor movie screening this month at The Huntington at 1151 Oxford Rd. in San Marino. Chamber music Wagner’s “Album Leaf for Betty Schott” for solo piano opens the show on Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a clarinet quintet by Reger and horn trio by Brahms. Works for tenor and harp by Benjamin Britten, and compositions by Hans Werner Henze and Leos Janacek round out the program as Southwest Chamber Music’s summer series comes to a close on Sat., Aug. 24 and Sun., Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and program details can be found at or by calling 800-726-7147. Classes, open houses Discover how summer pruning can benefit your home orchard in a hands-on workshop on Sat., Aug. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Lora Hall of Full Circle Gardening will demonstrate the proper tools and techniques and discuss how to use high density planting and successive ripening techniques for a prolonged harvest. Tour The Huntington’s urban agriculture site and take home fresh ideas for sustainable gardening at the Ranch open house on Sat., Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gideon Smith of the South African National Biodiversity Institute will discuss aloes of southern Africa at the Succulent Plants Symposium on

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TOUR HUNTINGTON’S urban agriculture site at the Ranch open house on Aug. 24.

Improvements in container gardening equipment and techniques have cleared the way for even the most “brown thumb” city dwellers, and anyone without a yard, to grow their own groceries. “There’s nothing to stop anyone who wants a garden from having one,” says Roy Joulus, CEO of Greenbo, www., a company that designs award-winning innovative products for urban gardening including the XL flowerbox. “Plants add a great deal to our quality of life—from cleaning the air we breathe to keeping us in touch with nature. Fresh, home-grown herbs and vegetables not only taste so much better than supermarket produce, they’re convenient, and you know exactly where they came from and what was used, or not used, on them.” While hydroponic and vertical gardening systems have been developed to maximize the yield in small spaces, Joulus adds starting a balcony garden needn’t cost much. Start with the right materials and choose plants that are right for your conditions, and you’ll soon be eating from the pots on your porch. He offers these tips especially for balcony gardeners: Plant the right plants for the amount of sunlight you have Most herbs and vegetables require six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. So what do you do if you have just one balcony and it doesn’t get that much sun?

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Botanical art, composting workshop and lots of music Music at twilight, art classes and a composting primer for kids are featured this month at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Artist Cristina Baltayian will lead a class on botanical art and illustration on Tues., Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching and medium techniques. Children ages three to eight and their families will meet at the main entrance for Bookworms, a storytelling program. The indoor/outdoor program includes plant and nature stories and a takehome craft. The theme is “You

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Learn to garden with natives, prune trees and shrubs and replace your lawn with low-care plants at the Theodore Payne Foundation this month at 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. On-leash canines are welcome at the “Dog Days of Summer” plant sale on Sat., Aug. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Are you ready to lose you lawn? Lili Singer will explain how to take it out and offer alternatives for low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water on Sat., Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Part one of a three-part native garden design course is on Sat., Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must take a basic course on native plants as a prerequisite. Landscape designer Andreas Hessing will teach attendees the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Prior to the class, students will complete a questionnaire and will bring photos of their site and a baggie of its soil to the first day of class. Discover the seasonal cycles of the native elderberry in a hands-on workshop on Sat., Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kat High, native Californian of Hupa descent will show how to make a clapstick and elderberry syrup, and offer tips on planting and caring for your own tree. Lili Singer will discuss how to combine natives and edibles in the home garden and why the partnership is so rewarding for both the gardener/chef and wildlife on Sat., Aug. 31 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call 818-768-180 or go to

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Snuggle up and read with the little ones, enjoy music under the stars and learn about birds—all this month at Descanso Gardens at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge. Extended summer hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays allow visitors to enjoy the Gardens in the cool of the evening through Thurs., Aug. 22. In addition, the Camillia Lounge will serve cocktails, appetizers and snacks, as well as items from a special children’s menu in the Full Moon Tea House. Bring little ones two and older for at nature-themed storytime at Little Owls Reading Nest on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Jazz concerts Pack a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, a picnic and lawn chairs for Music on the Main on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Twentyone-year-old Sammy Miller, who has performed with Wyn-

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Preservation Plan approved for Windsor Square Five-member HPOZ review board to be appointed By Suzan Filipek The final step in making Windsor Square a historic zone was reached last month, when the city Planning Commission unanimously approved an architectural guide for the area—the Preservation Plan. In a 5-0 vote, the plan was approved Sept. 8. “There is overwhelming support and therefore, the plan is appropriate,” Commissioner Thomas Schiff said. Commissioner Joy Atkinson added she was familiar with the picturesque area and the efforts involved in the preservation campaign. “There was good work done among citizens of the city,” she said. Several residents also spoke in favor of the document, designed to protect the original facades of the area’s historic Tudor, Mediterranean and other 1920s homes. “We really did this for the benefit of people years from now. It’s a lovely area,” said Margaret Hudson, of GO HPOZ, a grass roots campaign which lead the effort. Under the plan “original building materials within the facade and visible area should be preserved whenever possible.” The color of paint and landscape are excluded. It was the first document among See WINDSOR SQUARE, p. 15

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Best of summer's bounty at Sunday market

TOMATOES, from heirloom to cherry to grape, can be found in all shapes and sizes at the Larchmont Farmers Market.

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By Laura Eversz At this time of year, it's a good idea to take the kids along to the Larchmont Farmers Market to help carry your purchases. Watermelons and cantaloupes are hard to resist. Peaches, plums and nectarines are juicy and sweet. And tomatoes and corn are at their peak. Serve this easy, delicious corn and tomato salad alongside some salmon or tuna from the Market's fish vendor. A slice of chilled watermelon is all you need to complete the perfect late summer dinner! Potato, corn, tomato and basil salad 1 pound baby red potatoes, scrubbed 5 ears of corn 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 small red onion, sliced 1 bunch basil, leaves sliced into ribbons 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 large lemons, juiced Kosher salt and pepper Boil potatoes until just fork tender. Shuck the corn and cook in the same boiling water for about 5 minutes. Cut potatos into quarters and place in a large bowl. Cut corn kernels off cob with a sharp knife and add to bowl with tomatoes, onion and basil. Add olive oil and lemon juice and toss gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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 Some partial or light shade veggies: lettuce, broccoli, green onion, collards, cabbage, peas, carrots, strawberries, beans, sweet potatoes. pale-colored Remember, surfaces increase the light your plants receive. Plants in regions with short growing seasons usually need the full six to eight hours of light per day. Choose the right pots Bigger pots require less water and are less likely to blow over on high-rise balconies where the winds can be fierce. Terra cotta allows moisture to escape fairly quickly, which is helpful for people who like to water a lot. Non-porous plastic or glazed pots hold water longer and are better for windy balconies, where soil dries out quickly. Use brightly colored containers to add style and visual interest to your garden. Most vegetable plants require even watering—don’t let them dry out completely and don’t keep them soggy. Apply water directly to the soil. Make sure your containers

have drainage holes or a drainage system. If they have an attached tray to catch excess water, don’t allow the plants’ roots to sit in the water, which promotes rot and fungus. Either empty the tray regularly, or use a design that holds the water away from the roots. Use the right dirt It’s important to use dirt that allows for good drainage. Most edible plants don’t like to sit in wet dirt, and soil without good drainage tends to become compacted—a difficult medium for plants that like to stretch their roots out. You can buy a sterile soilless potting mix, a soil-based potting mix, or mix up your own batch using one part compost, one part perlite and one part potting soil. Don’t use garden soil or top soil, which won’t allow adequate drainage. On windy balconies, topdress your container with small rocks to keep the soil from drying out so quickly. Joulus offers one more tip for high-rise dwellers: Rely on self-pollinating plants, or plants that don’t need pollination by insects, unless you’re willing to hand-pollinate. “You likely won’t see many bees buzzing around the 40th story,” he says. Don’t worry about pollination for root vegetables, like carrots and potatoes. Some self-pollinators include beans, peas, tomatoes and peppers.

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PETERSEN'S NEW LOOK: officials will unveil plans for a new design, inside and out, on Sun., Aug. 18. Above, an early sketch of the museum's Wilshire Blvd. facade by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox. A capital campaign is underway.

MUSEUM ROW (Continued from page 8) Rudolph Schindler and other noted architects, designers and planners. Ends July 9. 6032 Wilshire Blvd.; 323932-9393; PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Meet a life-sized saber-toothed cat (puppet) and her two-monthold baby, Nibbles at Ice Age Encounters. Showtimes are Wednesdays 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. paleontologists Watch search for Ice Age fossils at Pit 91 viewing station, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See their finds in the Fish Bowl Lab. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— Raoul Wallenberg's 101st birthday celebrated Mon., Aug. 5 with a rededication earlier offsite. Museum tour at 11:30 a.m. by Survivors of the Holocaust. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S.

The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Free. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—"Summer Concert: Korean Music & Dance" features classical music Fri., Aug. 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. • "Man of Vendetta," screens Thurs., Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Free with English subtitles RSVP. 5505 Wilshire Blvd., 323936-7141. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART—"Newsha Tavakolian" features works by the award-winning photographer who looks at evolving role of Iranian women. • "Talk of the Town: Portraits by Edward Steichen from the Hollander Collection" opens Sat., Aug. 3. Luminaries he photographed for Vanity Fair and Vogue in the 20s and 30s are featured. Ends Dec. 8. • "Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet" opens Sat., Aug. 3. Ends Dec. 1. •"Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa" in the new permanent gallery for

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